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Tue
15
Aug

Drone Places New Eyes in the Sky

Acouple of weeks ago, the Blaine County Sheriff and Undersheriff showed up at a wooded area outside Watonga looking for a reported stolen vehicle. Next came the drone.

After Blaine County Sheriff Tony Almaguer and Undersheriff David Robertson searched for 30 minutes for a stolen vehicle from the Kingfisher Walmart, Robertson found the vehicle in seconds with the help of the sheriff office’s new drone.

The sheriff’s new remotecontrolled aircraft, a DJI Mavic Pro, was used to take aerial photos and videos of the vehicle that would later become evidence.

 

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Tue
15
Aug

Out with the Old and in with the New... Ambulance

The Watonga Emergency Medical Services ambulance fleet will rapidly modernize due to a purchase authorized by the current city council members.

The new 2017 ford-model replaces a 20-year old model that came from Orange County in New York and was on call at 9/11 in NYC.

 

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Tue
15
Aug

RV-Style Dental Office on Wheels Comes to Watonga

Weeks since her latest chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer, and without a vehicle, Donna Marshall hurried to make this appointment in Watonga.

Even John Hernandez, a cancer patient himself, who lost his wife to a sudden heart attack less than two weeks ago, wasn’t about to miss the same appointment his wife made for him before she died.

Walking more than a mile, and during time of mourning, these two Watonga natives didn’t pass up on a free dentist appointment with MobileSmiles Oklahoma.

 

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Tue
08
Aug

Warrant Issued for Canton Man in Hiding

An arrest warrant was filed for Jonathon Daukei, of Canton, on Thursday, August 3, for attempting to elude a Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy and Oklahoma Highway Patrolman and for reckless driving on July 19.

According to the affidavit, the pursuit started around 11 p.m., after Daukei failed to stop at the four-way stop in Watonga. A Blaine County Sheriff Deputy then followed Daukei into the Domino Gas Station before Daukei drove by the deputy’s vehicle and continued through the parking lot.

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Tue
08
Aug

Back to School for Watonga Students

With passing years, the summers only seem to get shorter.

It seems like just yesterday the bell was ringing for school to be out for what feels like forever. But back to school shopping is here and so is the first day of school.

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Tue
08
Aug

Couple’s Taco Trailer

There is nothing better than a favorite taco stand, but having the favorite place on wheels is a game changer. Tio’s Tacos always has its wheels down ready to serve the hungry patrons of Watonga with a menu full of taco variety.

The owners of the food truck are Irvan and Joy DeLeon, husband and wife. Tio’s Tacos is a brand-new business started in July 2017.

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Tue
08
Aug

Gay Man Files Lawsuit Against Hitchcock Residents and Blaine County Sheriffs

A federal lawsuit last week revealed alleged hate crimes in the nearby Blaine County town of Hitchcock that were deemed among the worst ever seen by Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson, a statewide LGBTQ rights organization.

Tue
01
Aug

Watonga Sees Increase in July Sales & Use Tax

The City of Watonga saw a $44,995.69 increase in sales tax revenue and net taxable sales for the month of July, according to an Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) report released this past week.

The July distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from May 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 May 16th to May 31st and estimated sales from June 1st to June 15th.

 

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Tue
01
Aug

Watonga Man Accused of Damaging Light Fixture and Spitting on Officer

Clifford Hiler, 35, of Watonga, has been charged with spitting on a Payne County detention officer and damaging a light fixture in his cell on Wednesday, June 29.

Two days earlier, Hiler had been convicted of aggravated assault and battery in Watonga by a Blaine County jury, which recommended a 20- year prison sentence, court records show.

Hiler was being held in the Payne County Detention Center in Stillwater as a courtesy hold due to his destructive behavior until his sentencing before a Blaine County Judge on Thursday, August 17, court records show.

 

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Tue
01
Aug

Grub for Watonga’s Lunch Rush

There is nothing better than a favorite local burger joint, but having the favorite place on wheels is a game changer.

TJ’s Grub Hub started in March, looking to help the high demand for food trucks in the area.

TJ’s Grub Hub always has its wheels down ready to serve the hungry patrons of Watonga with a menu full of variety.

 

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