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C&A Tribes herd adds two Yellowstone bulls


At 2:30 a.m., when most people are home fast asleep, members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Farm and Ranch crew were busy preparing for the arrival of the tribes new additions to a growing buffalo herd.

In mid-August, the C&A received delivery of two buffalo bulls by way of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribal reservation in Montana.

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COVID-19 cases at jail down to two


Sheriff Chris West said all but two of 24 inmates at the Canadian County Jail who tested positive for the coronavirus are now considered “fully recovered.”

Last week, West said 36 inmates had been tested earlier in August with 24 showing positive results for having contracted the virus. At that time, 16 inmates were moved to jails outside of the county, although only one person was considered symptomatic.

An inmate that was transferred from Oklahoma County became symptomatic and prompted other prisoners to be tested for COVID-19, the sheriff said.

ER boy dies in wreck


A 12-year-old El Reno boy was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in collided with a pickup. The accident happened on U.S. 81, three miles south of Minco, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The accident happened just before 11 a.m. Thursday at County Road 1220 on U.S. 81.

The OHP said a 2018 Ford F350 going north on U.S. 81 was being driven by Stephen B. Willmon, 48, of Chickasha. A 2013 Dodge Avenger driven by Carmen Garcia, 40, of El Reno was traveling south on 81.

City reopens Lake El Reno for activities


Lake El Reno is open for business.

City officials announced the reopening of the lake Friday morning for all water activity after closing it Wednesday. The lake level had climbed to unsafe levels after heavy  rains on Monday and Tuesday.

More than 4 inches of rain fell in parts of the city.

But by Friday, the lake was said to be safe again for swimmers and boaters just in time for the long Labor Day weekend.

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Construction reaches halfway point at Lucky Star


A new 18,500-square-foot corporate office building for Lucky Star Casino approaches the midway point of construction.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes broke ground for the corporate office building in 2019. It is located in Concho, near the Lucky Star Casino.

New Fire Native Design architectural firm, a Native-owned business located in Oklahoma City, designed the building, with Thompson Construction overseeing the construction.

TSET awards Healthy Living Grant to Canadian County


OKLAHOMA CITY – Canadian County has been awarded a grant from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) for more than $183,000. The grant is part of the organization’s Healthy Living program,

How the funds will be used will be determined from county and municipal health data, along with community feedback that will be used to customize a plan to tackle barriers associated with healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco use in high-risk areas in the county.

Public Records - September 9



Northwest Medical Center Willow Creek Women’s Hospital vs. Kapila Patel for $1,257.23 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Alliance Health Deaconess vs. Jimmy Green for $1,719.96 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Conn Appliances Inc. vs. BJ West for $1,829.31 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Conn Appliances Inc. vs. Lisa Priest for $1,185.84 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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Parade of love


OKARCHE - The residents at the Center of Family Love were smiling recently as they geared up to see their friends and family during the “Share the Love” drive-by parade outside the center.

Because of the increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19 for individuals with disabilities, the Center of Family Love has been closed to the public including family, volunteers and supporters since the beginning of March.

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Heavy rains force city to close lake


Lake El Reno is closed, but maybe not for too long.

The city of El Reno placed closed signs around the lake Wednesday after torrential rains Monday and Tuesday caused the lake to rise above safe levels.

City officials have said the fire department monitors the lake during periods of heavy rain. The area received well over 6 inches of rain in some places, with the El Reno Regional Airport reporting 4 inches falling on Monday alone. Another inch to 2 inches of rain fell in the El Reno area on Tuesday. Scattered rain, sometimes heavy, fell Wednesday morning as well.

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Storms damage El Reno school sites


For the second time in a month, El Reno Public Schools has been hit with property damage caused by heavy overnight rains.

“It’s 2020 and we have come to expect the unexpected. It’s the way the year has been treating us,” said El Reno Superintendent Craig McVay.

Last week classrooms at El Reno High School and Hillcrest Learning Center were flooded. The EHS Band Hall inside the Marsh Memorial Building had flood damage as well – just weeks after new carpet had been installed.