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Tue
17
Apr

Deadly Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Oakwood and Nearby Towns

An already dire situation turned deadly over the weekend as wildfires killed two area residents and forced the evacuation of towns across northwest Oklahoma as the threat of more wildfires grows daily locally as the bulk of the region has seen less than a half an inch of rain in the past six months, including Watonga.

With temperatures expected to reach into the lower 90s and heat indexes expected to reach triple digits on Tuesday, the threat will only continue into this week. Winds are expected to remain strong all week with the first chance of rain not expected to arrive locally until Friday. After Tuesday, the wildfire potential is expected to remain elevated until Friday, when the aforementioned rain, wind and cooler temperatures are forecasted.

Tue
17
Apr

Bill to Help Fight Opioid Abuse Signed into Law

The first piece of legislation recommended by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse was signed into law by the governor this week.

Senate Bill 1078 adds fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of drugs eligible for a felony trafficking charge, along with marijuana, cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and others. The law takes effect Nov. 1.

Opioid abuse is a serious problem in Oklahoma, and fentanyl is one of the most deadly drugs. Law enforcement reports that fentanyl causes 1,000 Oklahoma deaths per year and thousands of deaths nationwide. They say even the dust from fentanyl is enough to cause a fatal overdose.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

Lucas Participates in White House Roundtable

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today visited the White House to join a round table discussion with President Trump, governors from several agricultural states, and members of the U.S. House and Senate to discuss recent trade tariffs and challenges facing American agriculture. After the meeting, Lucas released the following statement:

“I enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with President Trump to discuss the importance of the next Farm Bill, as well as the impact of trade tariffs here at home, especially throughout rural America,” said Congressman Lucas. “Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and energy producers rely on our foreign trade partners in order to sell their goods into the world market.

 

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Tue
10
Apr

City Council Talks New Playground and Pay Raises

The Watonga City Council held their first meeting for the month of April, on Tuesday, April 3, inside the Watonga City Council Chambers at Watonga City Hall.

After the consent agenda, the council motioned to move to the action agenda, which started with the consideration, discussion and action to open bids for playground equipment at the Library/Wheeler Park to be awarded at the next council meeting on April 17, 2018 per Park Committee’s recommendation. The board discussed several bids with a final decision coming at the next meeting.

 

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Tue
10
Apr

Donation Made to Watonga K9 Unit

Donation made possible by: Wheeler Brothers Grain, Watonga Library, Dr. Tim Neslon, Mary Lee Jones, Cimarron, Sammy’s Heat & Air, Stevens Carpet, Swann/City Pharmacy, BCF, Fortis, First State Bank, and B&W Ready Mix.

 

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Tue
10
Apr

Local Hopes to Play in Australia

Ja’Quez Gasper, a senior at Watonga High School, has been selected to participate in the 2018 Down Under Hoops Classic in Australia.

But in order to get there, each participant needs to raise their own funds. According to Gasper, that is $9,000 to $10,000 to be exact to make the little more than 9,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean.

 

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Tue
10
Apr

Cold Weather and Snow Usher in Watonga’s Prom

The Watonga Junior Class (above) at the Watonga High School Junior/Senior Prom on Sat. April 7, 2018.

 

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Tue
03
Apr

Message Sent

Watonga Teachers Visit State Capitol for Walkout

from left to right) retired Watonga teacher Joan Hursh, Watonga 3rd grade teacher Amanda Riley, Watonga 7th grade Science and Biology I teacher Amy Estep, Watonga Elementary Physical Education teacher Renee Ross, Watonga 6th/7th grade Reading teacher Sherry Cowan, and Watonga Elementary Special Education teacher Lauren Coleman, who were selected to represent Watonga Schools during the first day of the teacher walkout on Monday, April 2.

 

 

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Tue
03
Apr

Nutrition Store Opens in Watonga

An easy path to a healthier lifestyle has made its way to main street in Watonga. Total Chaos Nutrition held its grand opening ribbon cutting with the Watonga Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 2.

Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the nutrition driven store offers delicious low-calorie meal replacement shakes, healthy metabolic boosting teas, nutrition coaching, weight loss challenges and supplements for home use.

“We’re working on getting more support staff, so we can expand our hours,” said Stephanie Bayse, owner of a sister store in Kingfisher. “We are looking to bring in some health coaches to add to the team as well.”

 

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Tue
27
Mar

Legislators Hold Teachers Summit as Walkout Looms

With the winds of war blowing between Oklahoma’s public school teachers and its State Government, Senator Darcy Jech and Representative Mike Sanders attended Watonga Public Schools to meet with its teachers and staff on Friday, March 23.

With a teacher walkout certain on Tuesday, April 2, around 85 percent of the Watonga School certified and support staff attended with hopes of being updated on talks within the Capitol, ask questions, share their opinions and alleviate some concerns they have for themselves and their students.

 

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