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Fallen deputy honored during commissioners meeting


A veteran Canadian County deputy who died in a traffic accident Feb. 14 was honored during a county commissioners meeting.

David Lanning, the husband of Lt. Shirley Lanning, was presented with a citation from the Oklahoma Legislature during the meeting.

The presentation was made by State Reps. Brian Hill, R-Mustang, and Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont.

Mustang police officers cleared following shooting


Two Mustang police officers who were involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Canadian County Assistant District Attorney Eric Epplin said the two officers, whose names have not been made public, were cleared following a review of a report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The shooting, which occurred June 5, resulted in the death of Benjamin Ballard of Yukon.

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Partnership could aid beef production


OKLAHOMA CITY – A couple of state lawmakers are touting the potential of a new partnership that could help Oklahoma grow its beef processing capacity.

State Reps. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee, and Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, said the partnership between the Oklahoma Departments of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and Career Tech schools could help clear a processing backlog for Oklahoma cattle producers.

Public Records - July 1



Tinker Federal Credit Union vs. Clyde L. Clark for $17,483.19 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Magnolia Trace Property Owners Association Inc. vs. Jerome Askin for declaratory and injunctive relief.

Cavalry SPV I LLC vs. J. Wesley Cusher for $11,532.88 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Iron Goat Garage LLC vs. Chris Day for $25,000 for alleged damages.

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District seeks parent input for new school year


Craig McVay knows education in Oklahoma, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is not a one-size-fits-all deal.

So that’s why the El Reno superintendent wants to know what parents in the district feel about the 2020-21 school year and how the administration should handle classwork for its nearly 3,000 students.

“Most school districts are planning to see what parents feel comfortable doing. Our team wants to know what is the best scenario for our parents. We have a lot of families with two working parents and if we went straight digital, it would not work,” said McVay.

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Ground broken


A new Canadian County Fairgrounds should be open for business within a year.

Architect Todd Gralla said the new $15 million fairgrounds is expected to be ready in time to host the 2021 Canadian County Free Fair.

Gralla, with Populous, the Norman-based firm hired to design the first phase of the project, said the new fairgrounds will include a combination expo center/arena that will accommodate crowds of about 2,000, all under one climate-controlled roof.

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County wheat crop yields up


Mike Crowly has been a wheat farmer for 35 years. He struggles to recall a single season in which the weather and crop yields were better than what the fields in Canadian County have churned out in the month of June.

“This might be one of the first times I have had the situation to where we can cut wheat every single day and not be interrupted by any type of weather circumstances. We started and finished harvesting without any interruptions from the weather,” said Crowly.

Man struck, killed while riding mower


An El Reno man was killed when the lawn mower he was riding was struck by a vehicle that apparently veered off the roadway.

Police Major Kirk Dickerson said Howard Noland, 71, was killed in the June 18 accident. The collision happened about 8:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Shepard.

Police said the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police.