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Halliburton property sold, buyer said to be ‘local’


In December, Halliburton shook the El Reno area when it announced it was leaving its operation on SH 66 and laying off most of the 800 people who worked there. That news, coupled with the collapse of oil prices and then joined by the COVID-19 pandemic created an ocean of economic strain and uncertainty for the area.

So news last week that the Halliburton property has been sold brought an excited reaction from the community.

Man jailed on meth charges after lake plunge


Canadian County deputies fished a man out of Lake El Reno after he jumped into the water following a high-speed chase that began as an ongoing drug investigation.

Information provided by Sheriff Chris West said investigators were watching a house at 906 S. Duane on June 25 after receiving reports that drugs, especially methamphetamine, were being sold from the residence. Sonny Joseph Phillips was said to be living at the house. Documents show he has an extensive history of drug involvement, dating to 1999.

Police awaiting examiner’s report on death at ATV track


El Reno police are waiting on a report from the state medical examiner to learn what caused the death of a 29-year-old man.

Assistant Police Chief Major Kirk Dickerson said Kompton Otto Killsnight was found unconscious and unresponsive near the ATV track at Lake El Reno. Officers were called to the scene Friday, June 26 shortly after 3:30 p.m. When they arrived they found citizens performing CPR, trying to revive Killsnight.

County balks at ONG demand


A request from the parent company of Oklahoma Natural Gas for additional assurances from county officials that they will not build over a gas distribution line at the new county fairgrounds complex was denied last week.

ONG had sought an encroachment agreement on its rights-of-way on the site of the future facilities.

However, attorney Joe Weaver of the Bass Law Firm said the agreement was not needed because the county had already agreed to not build near the pipeline. It does, however, plan to create a parking lot over the pipeline, which is legal.

County to seek COVID-19 funds


County officials are hoping to recoup some of the expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money would come from Oklahoma’s portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

County commissioners, during their meeting Monday, authorized emergency management director Andrew Skidmore to begin the application process for reimbursement.

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Takeaways from Oklahoma’s primary balloting


Nearly 675,000 Oklahomans cast their ballot Tuesday in an election that will not only have deep ramifications for November’s general election, but also the state’s future. 

In a historic vote, voters in one of the nation’s most conservative states passed a ballot initiative to embrace a key component of former President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

Republican and Democrats, meanwhile, selected, or narrowed down, their nominees for several pivotal congressional and legislative races that will be decided later this year. 

Public Records - July 4



State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company vs. Deondra Yvette Graham for $11,353.79 for alleged actual damages.

Craig A. Moreland vs. Pelsang Sechang and Brother Luo Inc. for an amount in excess of $75,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

Citizen Energy III LLC vs. Red Wolf Acquisitions LLC, Red Wolf Natural Resources LLC and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. for $8,389,439.53 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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One book at a time


The power of reading, especially over the summer months, has been the main focal point of Wesley United Methodist Church’s Project Transformation.

The project started eight years ago with the goal to help elementary students in El Reno maintain or improve their reading skills over the summer break.

This year, Project Transformation had planned to up the summer offerings with a bookmobile after partnering with El Reno Public Schools.

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Historic military plane to prepare aircraft mechanics given to CV Tech


A U.S. military airplane built in the mid-1950s to prepare young pilots for flying an array of Vietnam-era jets has been recalled to active, non-military duty.

The North American Aviation (NAA) T-28C was replaced by more modern military aircraft in the early 1980s. Now, one of these historic planes will be used to prepare aircraft sheet metal workers and mechanics for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licensure at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno campus.