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Residents talk race during ER town hall

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El Reno held a town hall meeting last week to discuss how police and city officials interact with citizens.

About 30 people attended the Thursday evening meeting at the Centre Theatre. A number of them spoke about issues or concerns they have.

The discussion came on the heels of a Black Lives Matter protest held outside the police station two weeks ago.

After that demonstration, Mayor Matt White and other city officials decided to invite anyone who wished to a public meeting to discuss the issues.

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Community provides support for annual summer food program

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Blessing Baskets and The Lord’s Harvest began the annual Families with Children Summer Food Program in early June.

The effort to feed El Reno and area families during the summer months first began in 2012, said Blessing Baskets coordinator Donna Dyer. The COVID-19 pandemic added a new twist to this year’s food distribution.

“We are going forward with an abundance of caution,” Dyer said.

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Lutts talks ways to deal with disasters

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Gayla Lutts knows a thing or two about disasters and how to handle them. She’s worked through two major disasters in the past eight years.

Lutts, superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, discussed “Leadership During a Disaster” at a recent meeting in Yukon.

The event was held virtually as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Beef task force organized by state legislators

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma task force designed to analyze problems in marketing and processing beef has been organized by State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, and State Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant. 

The two legislators have invited independent ranchers, meat buyers, meat processors, livestock auction owners and meat inspectors to convene and identify financial obstacles and structured solutions that will provide a process for long-term financial gain for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. 

Public Records - June 24

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LAWSUITS

Aaron and Ginger Price, individually and as parents of Allison Price, a minor, vs. Yukon Public Schools for an amount in excess of $75,000 for alleged injuries and damages.

United Services Automobile Association vs. Patricia Ann Harris for $110,000 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

City of Piedmont vs. Steven J. Strehlow for $11,500 for alleged damages.

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Call of Duty

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When Jason Duff joined the El Reno Fire Department at the age of 25, he soon found he wanted to follow a path that would help him make a positive impact in the community.

Now 22 years later, his journey has led to being the department’s new chief, taking over April 1 for the retiring Kent Lagaly.

“When I first started I didn't think I would ever want to be chief, but soon afterward I knew I wanted to be in a position to where I could influence people and be able to make a difference," said Duff.

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Fun at the splash pad

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The El Reno Splash Pad inside Legion Park has been a popular afternoon stop for area youth to beat the heat which has been pushing triple digits. The pad has been open daily free of charge since the city’s swimming pool was closed this season due to financial fallout related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Residents map out ER’s Route to the Future after 18-month study

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In 1910, a full-page advertisement was purchased in the Saturday Evening Post. A headline at the top of the ad read: Building A City By Leaps And Bounds! El Reno, Okla. Watch us Grow to 100,000.

The ad was purchased by The Packers Industrial Company of El Reno.

While the expectations for population growth have been tempered, the new City of El Reno comprehensive plan titled Route to the Future sets out a plan to build and improve on what has been accomplished since that 1910 advertisement was printed.

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Voters head to the polls June 30

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In less than two weeks, Oklahomans will vote in the first major election since the COVID-19 pandemic surged to a level that locked down much of the state.

The disruption has left many voters with questions about the voting process itself, in addition to basic questions about dates, deadlines and the ballot lineup.

Here’s what you need to know about voting in the June 30 primary.

What’s on the ballot?

County seeks to join Banner Rural Water District

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Canadian County commissioners voted Monday to submit an application to become a member of the Banner Rural Water District.

The 3-0 vote will allow the county’s Public Facilities Authority to seek membership in the organization, which is the water supplier for portions of rural Canadian County between Yukon and El Reno.

The membership is needed so Canadian County officials can tie into the water district’s system to provide water to the new fairgrounds complex. The project is being built and is located just east of the El Reno city limits.