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Tue
17
Oct

Texas Man Charged in Stabbing

By Chad Waters

WATONGA - Christopher Farris, 21, of Fort Worth, Texas, is facing an alleged charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, according to Blaine County Courthouse records.

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Tue
17
Oct

Local Post Office Employee Arrested on Felony Charge

By Chad Waters

GEARY - Chris Lee Park, 48, of Watonga, admitted to embezzling $1,844.00 from multiple Geary Post Office bank deposits during the December 2016 through February 2017 timeframe, to support his addiction to opioid pain medication, according to the affidavit.

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Tue
17
Oct

School Board Seat Up for Election

By Chad Waters

WATONGA - The Board of Education for the Watonga Public School District announced last week the opening of a board seat.

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Tue
17
Oct

41st Cheese Festival Brings Sun & Smiles

By Chad Waters

Besides a little wind, back-toback days of temperatures in the 80s and 90s made for a picture-perfect setting last weekend for those who attended the 41st anniversary of the Watonga Cheese Festival.

“It went really well and really smooth thanks to our volunteers, which we had more of this year,” Watonga Chamber Director Amy Adams said. “Everyone did a fine job.”

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Tue
17
Oct

King and Queen Crowned

Cristal Reza Named Queen

By Chad Waters

Cristal Reza was named 2017 Watonga High School Fall Homecoming Queen prior to the start of last Friday night’s Homecoming Football Game in Watonga. Fellow senior, Jonathan Reza, was named 2017 Watonga High School Fall Homecoming King.

Cristal Reza is the daughter of Alejandro Reza and Guadalupe Cathalina Reza. She is the granddaughter of Juan Manuel Reza and Elvira Duenez. Cristal is active in Student Council, Yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCCLA, Heritage Club and was previously involved in Band, Scholastics, and was a football manager. 

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Tue
10
Oct

Okla. 33 Past Legion Park to be Widened

Towards the end of the first Watonga City Council meeting for the month of October, last Tues. Oct. 3, 2017, it was shared the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is planning on widening Highway 33 past Legion Park.

“ODOT is widening Highway 33 past Legion Park. I guess they are putting in three lanes out there,” said Olsen. A turning lane would be the third lane.

ODOT is asking to purchase some of the frontage of the city’s 80 acres out that way. Per acre, ODOT is saying it is worth $7,500.00, according to Olsen. 

 

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Tue
10
Oct

City Prepares for the 41st Watonga Cheese Festival

Welcome to the 41st Annual Watonga Cheese Festival’s Birthday Bash.

We are pumped and ready to celebrate Wheeler Brothers Grain Company’s 100th Birthday. It’s not very often you get a great chance like this to honor a business and family that have such a long and fruitful heritage in our town.

Wheeler Brothers always supports Watonga and the activities here. 

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Watonga High School 2017 Fall Homecoming Court Set

This year’s Homecoming Announcement will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, before the Watonga Eagles face the Mangum Tigers for a chance to take the top spot in the District.

Last’s years Homecoming Script was read at halftime, but a change was made this year to wrap up the festivities before the game.

2017 Watonga High School Fall Homecoming Coronation 

 

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Tue
10
Oct

Edsall Receives Kiwanis Sophomore Scholarship

Watonga Kiwanis Club member Todd Lafferty (left) awards a $600 Walter Hurst sophomore of the year scholarship to Ruby Edsall (right) during a Watonga Kiwanis Club meeting on Wed. Sept. 27, 2017. Since the program started, Watonga has had only two prior recipients, Alysa Sattler and Jack Lafferty. Walter Hurst was a long-time member of the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis Foundation Board. In 1979-80 the scholarship award began, it is not based on academics, but on leadership qualities. Applicants are required to submit an essay as a part of the process. 

 

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Tue
03
Oct

City’s Sales Tax Revenues Decline

The City of Watonga saw a $53,591.75 decrease in sales tax revenue and net taxable sales for the month of September, according to an Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) report released this past month.

The September distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from July business. Companies that remit more than $2,500 monthly in sales tax receipts are required to file and pay electronically. The monies they reported this period represent sales from July 16 to July 31 and estimated sales from August 1 to August 15.

 

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