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Helping hand

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El Reno fireman Tanner Hood, left, pulls slack on a water hose as fellow fireman Ty Gulickson moves into position to spray water on a shed fire last week on North Hoff. The inside of the shed was destroyed.

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Lankford: Voter fraud concerns are justified

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Following the 2016 presidential election, reports of Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election process prompted numerous congressional investigations and bipartisan efforts to better protect election security, U.S. Sen. James Lankford noted.

But the Oklahoma City Republican sees less interest in addressing many concerns raised about election integrity following the 2020 presidential election — even though he said those concerns are just as valid.

Public Records - December 26

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LAWSUITS

DNF Associates LLC vs. Gwendolyn Knowles for $3,946.71 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Arvest Bank vs. Marsha Bruce for $3,945.26 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC vs. Sharon D. Stucks for $2,351.72 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

OneMain Financial Group LLC vs. Tamera Culbertson for $2,540.87 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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Some El Reno schoolchildren helped brighten the day for some COVID front-line health-care workers by sending them colorful cards and drawings.

Raven Bramlett teaches fifth-grade math and science at Roblyer Learning Center. Her former neighbor and El Reno resident, Melissa Knight, is an RN at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. She works in the ICU with the primary task of caring for COVID patients.

Bramlett said she talked with her two classes, 42 students in all, about what the health-care workers were going through, working in “these crazy conditions.”

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A shot in the arm

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Three days into dispensing the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine, the eight counties which make up District 2 had used close to half of the initial allotment from the state of Oklahoma.

“I think it was amazing the number of hospital staffs that were willing to get the vaccine and that’s significant. Everyone has been positive and we are thankful they are willing to take this next step,” said Maggie Jackson, public information officer for District 2. Canadian County is one of the eight in District 2 along with Alfalfa, Blaine, Garfield, Grant, Kingfisher, Logan and Major.

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C&A Tribes win state KOB award

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As one drives onto the lands of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Concho, they are met with a picturesque view of the tribes bison herd grazing freely in the pastures blanketed in thick native grasses.

The sight is breathtaking and would explain the recent award presented to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Bison Program.

The Towering Spirit Award was presented to the tribes by the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) organization.

Public Records - December 23

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LAWSUITS

Gerald Fortney vs. Thomas Mauchahty-Ware III for an amount in excess of $10,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

Thomas Berkeley and Ellen Berkeley vs. Roger Lowell Edwards for an amount in excess of $75,000 for injuries and damages alleged to have occurred during an automobile accident.

Discover Bank vs. Sharon L. Clary-Kubiak for $10,485.27 to pay a debt plus interest, costs and attorney fees.

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First doses of COVID-19 vaccine given to El Reno health-care professionals

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The latest step in eradicating the COVID-19 virus in the city took place shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday as SSM Health St. Anthony’s cardiologist Dr. Radwan Kesserwan was given the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in El Reno.

“I’ve always supported anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccinations. Being here with all these people and the effort to get the vaccine here, I’m glad to be the first one to get the vaccination in El Reno,” said Kesserwan.

Kesserwan urges everyone in the city to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes widely available.

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Photographer focused on writing books

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Many know Ed Zweiacher as an educator and accomplished photographer.

For years he has been involved in agriculture education at Redlands Community College and his photos of the landscape around El Reno and central Oklahoma are tributes to the history and color of those who carved a life out of the often rugged countryside.

So revered are his photos, they have been used to decorate homes and businesses. Some in mulitmillion-dollar makeovers.

What may not be known is Zweiacher is also an author, having just penned his third book.