For more than 30 years, El Reno has celebrated Fried Onion Burger Day the first Saturday in May.
But not this year.
COVID-19 is disrupting plans all over town. Events, parties and concerts have been postponed because of the virus that has violently assaulted the world. So it was only a matter of time until Burger Day joined the list.
Last week, the Main Street board of directors voted unanimously to postpone the 32nd Annual Burger Day Festival indefinitely.
Shana Ford, Main Street director, said putting the festival off was the only option.
After further discussion with Gov. Kevin Stitt and health officials, Redlands Community College will extend online only classes through April 10.
College offices and services will be open during regular business hours with limited staffing in order to maintain operations and be available to assist students as needed.
While Oklahoma school districts will be closed until April 6, concurrent classes will continue online.
OKARCHE - Due to the increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19 for individuals with disabilities, the Center of Family Love (CFL) is taking extreme precautionary measures to protect its 130 intellectually and physically disabled residents from coming in contact with potential carriers of COVID-19.
As of Monday, March 16, the nonprofit organization closed its doors to all visitors, including family, volunteers and supporters, until further notice.
Synchrony Bank vs. Pamela Crabtree for $4,178.87 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
Discover Bank vs. William Herhold for $9,599.32 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
Discover Bank vs. Margarita Flores for $4,608.55 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
Discover Bank vs. Sadie Bowling for $3,133.24 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
Discover Bank vs. Linda Ronck for $6,877.20 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
The ambulance service for El Reno and the area says it’s prepared to deal with COVID-19.
Pafford EMS issued a statement last week to ensure the public of its commitment to maintain its “award-winning service.”
Pafford is “nationally known for our disaster response capabilities and as such, stands ready to respond,” the statement said.
El Reno Public Schools first day of food distribution during the COVID-19 outbreak was a success, said Public Outreach Director Brooke Robertson. Between its four school sites and the stops made by the mobile van, some 400 meals were passed out to anyone ages 18 and under.
“The breakdown was pretty even between the mobile van and our school sites,” said Robertson.
The city of El Reno will make changes to public accessibility of city buildings and city operating procedures.
As of last Friday, there were no confirmed cases in El Reno but that is expected to change.
The city of El Reno will follow the CDC guidelines and directions from Gov. Stitt regarding the shutdown of restaurants, bars, etc.
To ease the economic pain, the Golden Arches are making sure kids get a free meal. From March 23-27, El Reno McDonald’s will provide free dinners to kids ages 14 and younger, no questions asked. The idea came from Brian LaPat, owner and operator.
This special meal is available at the drive-thru from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The dinner includes buttermilk chicken tenders, apple juice, apple slices and a cookie.
Kansas closed schools last week for the remainder of the 2019-20 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Administrators in Oklahoma are expected to do the same.
On Monday, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister released details of her plan for schools to provide distance learning to students and shutter buildings for the rest of the year. Schools were earlier scheduled to reopen April 6.