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RCC temporarily moving to virtual classes

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Redlands Community College is moving classes to on-line only after a number of students tested positive for COVID-19.

The school issued a statement Friday saying it made the decision after consulting with health officials.

“Working in conjunction with the Canadian County Health Department, the Redlands Community College administration has decided to transition live classes to a virtual format for the next two weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 14,” the statement said.

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Don’t toss that trash here

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Saying they’ve had enough, the El Reno City Council approved increasing fines for littering from $255 to $350, with one councilman saying the financial pain for violating the ordinance may need to be more harsh.

The unanimous 4-0 vote came at Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the council. Councilman Tim Robinson was not in attendance.

Mayor Matt White said the increase is needed along with stepped-up enforcement, especially at Lake El Reno.

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Lankford speaks on upcoming election, COVID-19 vaccine

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford spoke last week in Canadian County on topics including the CARES Act, mail-in voting and a possible coronavirus vaccine.

There has not been a COVID-19 bill since April because there already has been $3 trillion put into the economy for pandemic relief, Lankford said.

Of the $3 trillion, $1 trillion has not yet been used.

“Typically, all appropriated spending for all of the government for a year is $1 trillion,” said Lankford.

“That doesn’t include things like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. That’s a separate amount.”

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Ducking the mist

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Water fowl, like these at Lake El Reno, may have been some of the only creatures enjoying the weather Wednesday as cold and rainy weather made its way into Oklahoma. The forecast calls for a return to more mild temperatures.

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Arrest made in shooting at 7-11

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A 21-year-old Oklahoma City man was arrested in connection with a robbery that led to the death of a 7-Eleven clerk last week.

Oklahoma City police said George Way was arrested at an apartment in the 11500 block of SW 15th Street. The arrest was made after police received a tip.

Way was arrested on complaints of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

Maj. Gary Knight, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, say Way did not resist when arrested.

VA plans to open new Yukon clinic

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Veterans in Canadian County will soon have a closer option for VA health-care services.

The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System said last week it is opening two new clinics this fall, including one in Yukon. The other center will be in Norman.

“The new locations will allow us to continue to meet the needs of our veterans and to provide quality access to care for the many veterans who live in the area,” said Wade Vlosich, director of the Oklahoma City VA.

Public Records - September 12

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LAWSUITS

Citibank N.A. vs. Mildred McKee for $2,592.37 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Citibank N.A. vs. Gary Humphrey for $2,677.53 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Jefferson Capital Systems LLC vs. Maria Gonzalez for $3,968.70 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Crown Asset Management LLC vs. Marcy D. Bomhak for $2,748.71 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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Cheers for El Reno

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Hollywood may be the “Entertainment Capitol of the World” but El Reno is quickly becoming the home away from home for movie-makers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the third time since Oklahoma reopened its doors from the virus lockdown, production on a full-length movie was done at different locations in the city.

“I shot here in June and we were the first Screen Actors Guild crew to shoot here since COVID-19 hit. There are a ton of producers and directors working on movies in Los Angeles and you just get sick of the same look.