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Tue
12
Dec

Watonga Made: Who is Clarence “Ducky’ Nash?

Heading north into Watonga, one will run into the four-way stop. Keep heading north and there’s a little under four-mile stretch of road called Clarence Nash Boulevard.

Besides the most common street names in a small town (Main, 1st, etc.), there are streets named after famous people to recognize their achievements, usually who are from that specific area, such as a mayor, a longtime sheriff or a celebrity who had since moved on to different parts of the world.

 

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Tue
12
Dec

Watonga Sees Slight Decrease in Monthly Sales Tax

The City of Watonga saw a $15,903.54 decrease in sales tax revenue and net taxable sales for the month of December, according to an Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) report released earlier this week.

The December distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from October 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 October 16 to October 31 and estimated sales from November 1 to November 15.

 

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Tue
12
Dec

Judge Mark A. Moore Retires After 25 Years

The well-wishers will come from all aspects of the county on Friday, December 15, inside the Blaine County Courthouse, to celebrate the retirement of the Honorable Mark A. Moore.

Moore, announced his retirement earlier this year, bringing 25 years on the bench to an end.

 

 

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Tue
05
Dec

Watonga Splits Season Opener Against Canton

The Watonga Eagles Boys basketball team rolled to an easy season opening win over the Canton Tigers last Tuesday evening in Watonga.

There was a bit of uncertainty for Watonga as the Eagles were tasked with replacing five senior starters from a year ago and two key senior bench players. But, a bit of that uncertainty was erased on Tuesday night as Watonga rolled to a 62-27 victory over the Tigers. The Eagles outscored Canton in each of the four quarters on Tuesday night while holding Canton to just 30 percent shooting from the field.

 

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Tue
05
Dec

Geary/Watonga Wrestling

The Geary/Watonga Wrestling Team opened up the 2017-18 season with a 34-27 dual win against the Weatherford Eagles on Thursday, November 30.

 

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Tue
05
Dec

City Hall to Host Community Theatre Toy Drive

Last Stop Till Christmas directed by Kim Coney will be this weekend Dec., 9, at 7:30, and Dec., 10, at 2:30, held in Watonga City Hall. Watonga Community Theatre will accept donations for unwrapped new toys for the DHS Christmas toy drive in lieu of admission.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, this cast of characters are reminded the true meaning of Christmas while waiting at a bus stop.  Amy Adams’ character loves Christmas and wants to spread the holiday spirit. She is greeted by a mime played by Shawnda Plummer. A grumpy couple played by Mary Ann and Fred Teply who might remind you of your own grandma and grandpa

 

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Tue
28
Nov

City Council Approves to Expand School Zone

The Watonga City Council held their second meeting for the month of November, on Tuesday, November 21, inside the Watonga City Council Chambers at Watonga City Hall.

During the consent agenda, Dacia Phillips of RS Meacham CPAs and Advisors went over the City’s financial report for the approval of the council.

According to Phillips, revenues at 33 percent or higher are the goal while expenses are preferred to be at 32 percent or lower. “The revenues were at 46 percent, which is well above,” Phillips said. “The expenses were a little bit higher in some areas…but those numbers should level out as the year progresses.”

 

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Tue
28
Nov

WCT Hosts Fifth Annual Christmas Toy Drive

Even though Liberty Theatre is still under construction, Watonga Community Theatre is preparing for their fifth annual DHS Christmas Toy Drive. Last Stop Till Christmas will be performed at Watonga City Hall on Dec., 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Dec., 10, at 2:30 p.m.

“Watonga Community Theatre started the toy drive in 2013,” Marie Tech WCT board president said. “Even though we have had lots of challenges this year, we want to do this for the Blaine County DHS Children’s Christmas Fund which works in conjunction with the Angel Tree project.”

Bursting with the spirit of the Christmas season, this funny and warm-hearted play is full of oddball characters and situations. Under the direction of Kim Coney, this cast of Watonga locals is working hard to prepare a great holiday performance.

 

Tue
21
Nov

Nitrate Levels High in City Water Supply

The Watonga Light and Water Department would like to inform the Watonga residents regarding the nitrate levels in the towns water supply.

Drinking Water Warning

A water sample collected on November 1, 2017 contained a nitrate level of 12 mg/L. This is above the nitrate standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 10 mg/L. Nitrate in drinking water above the MCL is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.

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Tue
21
Nov

Yukon Man Charged in Blaine County

A 23-year-old Yukon man was charged on Nov. 16, 2017, with four felonies on suspicion of sex acts with children in Blaine County.

John Cord Bailey was charged with four felony counts of lewd or indecent acts to three children under 16, according to court records filed in Blaine County. Bailey is accused of sexually abusing three children between 2008 and 2011, when Bailey ranged from 13 to 16 years of age, according to court documents.

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