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Residents flock to pod testing

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By the lines that formed last week at the Canadian County Health Department’s pod testing site, residents are still highly concerned about contracting the COVID-19 virus.

During the four hours of testing at Yukon Middle School, health-care workers swabbed 159 people for the virus, an average of just under 40 tests per hour.

“We are still doing testing at both health departments in El Reno and Yukon by appointments but there are just so many of those that can be scheduled each day.

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El Reno Community Chorus cancels spring performances over concerns of COVID-19

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The El Reno Community Chorus has canceled its 2020 spring program.

It was not a decision made lightly, said director Nancy Sharp.

“In the third week of March, with the information about the coronavirus outbreak we had at the time, and in the interest of safety for our members and our audience, it seemed that suspending the rest of our rehearsals and canceling the spring program was the most logical and best decision we could make,” Sharp said by email.

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Healthy stitches

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Laboring hours over a sewing machine in a small room tucked away in the belly of the Centre Theatre is nothing new to Kristin Richardson.

It’s what you do when you are a member of the costume department for the El Reno Community Theatre.

However, instead of stitching fabric for ERTC’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast, Richardson is sewing and cutting through piles of fabric for the health of the city.

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Rural Oklahoma to peak behind state

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While Gov. Kevin Stitt said the state is starting to flatten the curve in the fight against COVID-19, rural county health departments are gearing up for a possible spike in the number of cases.

Maggie Jackson, District 2 Community Engagement director, said rural counties are farther behind in the testing cycle compared to Oklahoma City and Tulsa. District 2 consists of Canadian, Logan, Kingfisher, Blaine, Major, Garfield, Alfalfa and Grant counties.

Sandidge headed to city manager’s post; utility rates expected to jump

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Matt Sandidge is expected to become El Reno’s city manager on June 1 and utility rates are expected to go up come July.

This was some of the news generated by a Tuesday night city council meeting that included two members participating by teleconference.

The COVID-19 pandemic had the council working far differently than normal with Mayor Matt White and council members Tracey Rider and Bob Ballhorn taking their usual seats inside the Municipal Building.

Vice Mayor J.T. Chronister and council member Tim Robinson joined the meeting by teleconference.

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Council passes mask fine; one death confirmed

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El Reno residents need to wear a face mask if they are in public and interacting with others, or possibly face a $100 fine. Also, there are three current cases of COVID-19 in El Reno, with one death reported.

That was the COVID-19 news coming out of Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Mayor Matt White, along with council members Tracey Rider and Bob Ballhorn, convened in the council chambers at the Municipal Building.

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Graduation on hold, ER seniors seek August date

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El Reno High School’s graduation, originally set for May 21, is officially postponed.

But those seniors who would have walked across the stage that evening are not giving up. Many stress the importance of commemorating their years of hard work.

And the El Reno School Board agrees with them.

Superintendent Craig McVay said postponing the ceremony was inevitable due to the COVID-19 situation.

Police wait for ME office to ID slain man

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El Reno police believe they have identified a man who was found dead on Sunday.

Police are not yet revealing the information, and are waiting for the Oklahoma medical examiner to confirm the identity.

Police said the medical examiner did confirm that it was a homicide, just as investigators initially believed. Evidence to suggest this was found at the scene, but details have not been made public.

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Hunt to seek court post

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El Reno resident Rindie Hunt said she is running for Canadian County Court Clerk and said her experience makes her uniquely qualified.

The primary election is set to take place Tuesday, June 30. Hunt will face incumbent Marie Hirst.

“I am happy to announce my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Canadian County Court Clerk,” Hunt said in a prepared statement. “I believe that my past experience working in this office and for members of the judiciary in Canadian County has prepared me to bring a breath of fresh air to the court clerk’s office.”

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RCC extends nurse deadline

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Redlands Community College has extended the deadline to apply for admission to the nursing program to Friday, May 1. Applicants who are unable to complete the application requirements by the new deadline may be considered for conditional acceptance into the program and will be required to complete all the steps by Tuesday, July 30, by 5 p.m. to maintain full admission, if selected, into the nursing program