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Wilkes Family Endows Smalley Scholarship at SWOSU

July 16, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has announced a major charitable gift from longtime benefactors and SWOSU alumni Mike and Judy (Smalley) Wilkes of Oklahoma City.

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Kiowa Co. Road to Get Major Improvement

July 3, 2024 The Oklahoma Transportation Commission met Monday and approved $863 million that Oklahoma intends to spend in the coming few years on making more improvements to bridges and county improvements under the County Improvements for

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Canute Man Dies While Changing Tire

July 1, 2024 A Canute man lost his life in Oklahoma County after a pick up on a jack fell on him while he was changing a tire on Friday night.

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SWOSU Tuition Hike Approved

July 1, 2024 It was announced last week that the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education approved requested increases in tuition for the 2024-25 school year for 11 college and universities in the state, including Southwestern Oklahoma

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SWOSU Announces Spring 2024 Graduates

June 28, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is proud to announce the list of graduates for the Spring 2024 semester. The ceremonies were held in the Pioneer Event Center in May.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Seizure

June 28, 2024 Texas DPS Press Release The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than 12 pounds of suspected fentanyl Thursday after a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle in Wheeler County.

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Elk City Man Charged With Embezzlement

June 27, 2024 An Elk City man was arrested earlier this month and charged with false declaration in pawn, pattern of criminal offenses, and two counts of embezzlement after allegedly taking items from previous employers and pawning

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FEMA Offered to Storm Victims

June 26, 2024 Officials remind Custer County residents and others that were affected by the May 19th tornado that representatives from FEMA will be available at Hydro High School now through Friday.

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Wellington Residents Sentenced

June 24, 2024 21 pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Childress County, Texas with some involving two Wellington, Texas residents.

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FEMA Assistance Available For Custer Co. Residents

June 18, 2024 It was announced that Custer County residents who suffered damage from recent severe storms last month are now eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Kidnapping Suspect Receives Additional Charge

June 13, 2024 The Georgia man charged with, among other things, kidnapping in Custer County now has another felony charge to deal with after allegedly assaulting a detention officer inside the Custer County Detention Center.

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SWODA Awarded Opioid Grant

June 10, 2024 It was announced recently that The Oklahoma Opioid Abatement Board has awarded $11 million in grant awards to 71 cities, counties, schools districts and public trusts to help address Oklahoma’s opioid crisis.

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Primary Election Reminder

June 6, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release Primary elections for federal, state, and county candidates are scheduled for June 18, 2024 across the state. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m.

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Adjusting the App

June 7, 2024 Beckham County Sheriff Derek Manning says his office has decided to adjust the amount of alerts that the department’s app sends out during weather events in the county.

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City Manager Addresses False Rumors

June 6, 2024 Elk City City Manager Tom Ivester addressed false rumors that has been circulating on social media regarding the city’s process of declaring a home in the 400 block of N. Main as dilapidated.

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Moore Comments on Latest Legislative Session

June 5, 2024 With the Oklahoma Legislative Session wrapping up last week, District 57 Representative Anthony Moore (R – Clinton) has had time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments that included, among other things, passing the state

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Request an Emergency Ballot for the June 18th Election

May 31, 2024 Roger Mills Election Board Press Release Registered voters who become physically incapacitated after 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 3rd and are unable make it to the polls, still have an opportunity to cast their ballot.

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Local Communities Awarded Route 66 Grants

May 31, 2024 The Oklahoma Department of Commerce recently named 11 projects that have been selected to receive awards from the Oklahoma Route 66 Grant Program, with two western Oklahoma communities being awarded grants.

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Early Voting Begins Thursday, June 13th

May 28, 2024 Roger Mills County Election Board Press Release Early voting begins Thursday June 13th for voters in Roger Mills County. Voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day,

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Absentee Deadline and Early Voting

May 28, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot for the June 18, 2024, Republican Primary Election is Monday, June 3rd at 5 p.m. said Ann Brown, Secretary, Custer County

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ECHS Seniors Prepare for Boys State

May 28, 2024 By Landry Brewer Four members of the Elk City High School class of 2025 hope that Oklahoma Boys State is gonna treat ’em great.

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Public Invited to Memorial Day Service

May 23, 2024 Memorial Day weekend is upon us once again and that means the annual Memorial Day service at Elk City’s Fairlawn Cemetery will take place Monday morning.

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Remembering May 16th, 2017

May 16, 2024 It was seven years ago today (May 16, 2017) Elk City experienced one of it’s worst natural disasters in city history when a tornado ravaged the south side, destroying or damaging multiple homes near

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Elk City Graduation Saturday

May 16, 2024 The 2023 – 2024 school year is wrapping up across the country with graduation ceremonies taking place throughout the next few days.

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SWOSU Foundation Announces Key Staff Promotions

May 14, 2024 SWOSU Foundation Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and its longtime philanthropic support organization, the SWOSU Foundation, Inc., have announced the promotion of key personnel in the SWOSU Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA).

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Wellington Man Sentenced

May 14, 2024 On Tuesday, May 7, nine pleas and three revocations took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Childress County.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

May 13, 2024 Custer County Election Office Press Release Friday, May 24, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the June 18, 2024 Primary Election. The Primary

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SWOSU Announces 2024–2025 President’s Leadership Class

May 10, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has announced the selection of the newest members of the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) for the upcoming 2024–2025 academic year. The PLC program at SWOSU is

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

May 6, 2024 Roger Mills County Election Board Press Release Friday, May 24th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the June 18th Primary Election, Roger Mills

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SWOSU Announces 2024 Winners of the Brandy Awards

May 6, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has announced the winners of the 2024 Brandy Awards, which recognize outstanding staff, administrators, and faculty as well as the winner of the Diversity & Inclusion:

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Cordell Tornado Rated EF-1

May 3, 2024 According to the National Weather Service, the tornado that tore through Cordell late Tuesday afternoon causing structural damage has received an EF-1 rating.

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SWOSU Physics Banquet Celebrates Student Achievements

May 1, 2024 SWOSU Press Release The 2024 Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Physics Banquet was hosted on April 27 at the Stafford Air & Space Museum, with over 50 guests in attendance. Attendees arriving early had

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Clinton Man Wanted After Allegedly Falsifying Convictions

April 26, 2024 A Clinton man is wanted in Beckham County after being charged with unlawful actions related to licensed dealers and private sellers of firearms after allegedly attempting to obtain firearms after being convicted of various

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Accident Disrupts Power in Elk City

April 23, 2024 Power was disrupted Monday afternoon for about 6 hours for PSO customers on the north side of Elk City after power line poles with multiple transformers were pulled down by a city trash truck.

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Relay for Life Fundraiser to be Hosted at SWOSU on April 26

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is hosting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event dedicated to helping communities in their fight against cancer, on Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 11

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Rep. Archer Talks House’s Proposed Budget

April 19, 2024 The Oklahoma House of Representatives rolled out their initial budget numbers earlier this week, which is a $12.6 billion appropriation to state agencies, programs and infrastructure.

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SWOSU Foundation, Inc. Awarded Heritage Preservation Grant

April 17, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is proud to announce that the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) has awarded the SWOSU Foundation, Inc. a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

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Adopt a Dispatcher

April 16, 2024 Beckham County Sheriff Derek Manning reminds the public that there’s an easy way to show your appreciation to Beckham County dispatchers with this week being National Telecommunications and Communicators Week.

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SWOSU Launches Pharm.D./MSHIM Dual-Degree Program

April 15, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is proud to introduce the Pharm.D./Master of Science in Health Information Management (MSHIM) dual-degree program, which combines the Doctor of Pharmacy and master’s degree in health

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ECPS Partnering with Leadership Group

April 12, 2024 Elk City Public Schools has been selected to take part in a leadership program that, according to Superintendent Mike Sparks, will create more opportunities for the school district to build on success and continue

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Elk City High Fulfills “Oklahoma’s Promise”

April 10, 2024 According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, seven high schools have been named “Oklahoma’s Promise 2023 State Champions,” leading the state in the number of graduates who met the requirements to receive

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Fatal Accident Near Blair

April 9, 2024 A Granite woman has died Monday after being involved in a two vehicle accident north of Blair in Jackson County.

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SWOSU Announces 2024 Distinguished Alumni

April 8, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) with locations in Weatherford, Sayre and Yukon has announced its 2024 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame honorees.

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Kit Plane Crash Prompts Search of Pilot

April 8, 2024 Beckham County officials assisted Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into the investigation of the apparent wreck of a kit plane near Delhi on Thursday.

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Henry Announces Run For Beckham County Sheriff

April 8, 2024 Provided Press Release My name is Wes Henry I am a republican and I am running for Beckham County Sheriff. In my 20 years of law enforcement experience, I have trained and worked in

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Oklahoma Schools Win Sweepstakes at SWOSU SWIM

April 1, 2024 The annual Southwestern Oklahoma State University Interscholastic Meet (SWIM), Oklahoma’s longest running academic competition for high school and junior high students, recently took place at SWOSU on Thursday, March 28. Established in 1913, SWIM

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SWOSU Honored for Collaboration with INTEGRIS Health

March 29, 2024 SWOSU Press Release On Thursday, March 7, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) received recognition at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Business Partnership Excellence Awards Program for its collaboration with INTEGRIS Health.

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Skate Park Addition Opens

March 27, 2028 By Landry Brewer Elk City is pumped over the new Ackley Park West attraction for wheeled-sports enthusiasts.

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Deadline to Change Party Affiliation Approaches

March 25, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release Oklahomans who want to change their party affiliation must submit their change no later than March 31, Custer County Election Board Secretary Ann Brown said today. Voters may

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SWOSU Hosting Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremonies in May

March 15, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University will host four commencement ceremonies on the Weatherford campus in May for the Spring 2024 graduating seniors. Eligible participants for the ceremonies include students who will complete

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Gun Safety Bill Passes Committee

March 15, 2024 OK House of Rep. Press Release Rep. Nick Archer, R-Elk City, passed a bill out of the Appropriations & Budget Committee on Thursday that would encourage responsible gun ownership.

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SWOSU Pharmacy Students Advocate at Legislative Day

March 13, 2024 SWOSU Press Release On Tuesday, March 5, a delegation of 23 SWOSU Doctor of Pharmacy students, accompanied by three faculty members, participated in the annual Pharmacy Legislative Day at the Capitol, hosted by the

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January Sales Tax Numbers

March 13, 2024 The latest sales tax numbers have been released and most western Oklahoma communities saw a slight dip in collections when compared to the same time a year ago.

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Colonel Smith Goes to Washington

March 13, 2024 By Landry Brewer John Paul Smith takes a little bit of Elk City with him all over the United States and even overseas.

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Fire Weather Returns Wednesday

March 12, 2024 A study by the Texas A&M forest service finds that the start of the Smokehouse Creek Fires may have originated near Stinnett, Texas in Hutchinson County late last month and may have been caused

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Absentee Deadline and Early Voting

March 11, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot for the April 2, 2024, Board of Education Elections for Clinton, Weatherford and Hammon School, Clinton Board of Education Special Election,

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Stitt Comments on Recent Wildfires

March 11, 2024 During a recent appearance on KECO’s The Early Morning Show, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt talked about the recent wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma and the relief efforts that have come from the state.

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Local School Conducts “Wildfire” Drill

March 5, 2024 With recent wildfires in parts of western Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle, one local school decided to conduct a “wildfire evacuation drill” last week.

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Registration Deadline April 2

March 5, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release Friday, March 8th is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 2, 2024, Board of Education School

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Wellington, TX Man Convicted

March 4, 2024 Office of the 100th Judicial District Attorney Press Release On Tuesday, February 27, one hearing took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Childress County.

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Hook Family Endowment Established at SWOSU

March 1, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) with locations in Weatherford, Sayre, and Yukon has announced the establishment of the Hook Family Endowment.

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ECHS Student Serves as Senate Page

February 29, 2024 By Landry Brewer Elk City High School senior Jackson Ivester recently spent a week at the Capitol in Oklahoma City learning the art of legislating.

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SWOSU Names Spring 2024 North Family Scholars

February 27, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Seven Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) have been named North Family Scholars for Academic Year 2023-2024.

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Water Main Leak Likely Caused by “Air Hammer”

February 26, 2024 By Landry Bewer City crews spent several hours recently repairing a water main leak underneath Country Club Boulevard in front of the old Northeast Elementary School building.

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December Sales Tax Intake Down

February 23, 2024 The latest sales tax numbers have been released and most western Oklahoma communities saw a slight dip in collections when compared to the same time a year ago.

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SWOSU Awards Scholarships to Winners of Anatomage Tournament

February 23, 2024 The Allied Health Sciences department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) hosted the 2nd annual Anatomage Tournament at the SWOSU Esports Arena in the Wellness Center on Friday, Feb. 9. Following the success of

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Early Voting Begins Thursday, February 29th

February 21, 2024 Roger Mills County Election Board Press Release Early voting begins Thursday, February 29th for voters in Roger Mills County who would like to vote in the March 5th Presidential Preferential Primary Election. Voters who

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SWOSU to Host Veterans Education Benefits Assistance Event

February 19, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) is pleased to announce an upcoming event to assist veterans with their education benefits. Representatives from the Muskogee Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office will be visiting

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Elk City Schools Partner With Food Service Company

February 14, 2024 It was announced by Elk City Superintendent Mike Sparks that the school district has partnered with a food service management company that intends to serve fresh and nutritious meals throughout the district.

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Absentee Deadline and Early Voting

February 12, 2024 Custer County Election Board Press Release The deadline for requesting an Absentee Ballot for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Preferential Primary Election is Monday, February 19th at 5 p.m., said Ann Brown, Secretary, Custer

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SWOSU to Host Pharmacy Day for High School Students

February 9, 2024 The SWOSU College of Pharmacy will be hosting a Pharmacy Day for high school juniors and seniors on Wednesday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This program will consist of hands-on, interactive

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PSO Seeks Rate Hike

February 9, 2024 In a recently filed request with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, it was revealed that Public Service Company of Oklahoma is seeking another rate increase.

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Lisa Friesen Secures USDA Distance Learning Grant at SWOSU

February 8, 2024 SWOSU Press Release Lisa Friesen, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has been awarded a substantial grant of $1,034,341 over three years through the

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SWOSU Department of Music Welcomes Renowned Cellist Christopher Adkins

February 8, 2024 SWOSU Press Release The Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Department of Music has announced a special event featuring Christopher Adkins, Principal Cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Adkins’ guest appearance, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

February 7, 2024 Roger Mills County Election Board Press Release Friday, February 9th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the March 5th Presidential Preferential Primary Election,

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Lucas to Hold February Town Hall Meetings

February 6, 2024 Press Release Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Caddo, Kiowa, Jackson, and Roger Mills Counties this week. Residents around the locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on

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Custer City Man Charged Receives Child Porn Charges

February 5, 2024 Court records show that a Custer City man has been charged with, among other things, distribution of obscene material or child pornography after allegedly sending and receiving the material via social media.

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Early Voting Info For Feb. 13 Election

February 1, 2024 Custer County Election Office Press Release Early voting for the February 13, 2024 Election, will be Thursday, February 8, and Friday, February 9, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Custer County Election

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House Fires Keep Elk City Crews Busy

January 31, 2024 Elk City fire crews have been busy this week working two house fires that both appear to have been accidental electrical fires.

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Archer Previews HB3424

January 24, 2024 Last week was the deadline for state lawmakers to file bills that could possibly be considered during the upcoming legislative session.

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Latest Sales Tax Numbers In

January 18, 2024 The latest sales tax numbers have been released and most western Oklahoma communities saw little to no change when compared to the same time a year ago.

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SWOSU Names Johnny & Judy Beech Scholars

January 15, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has named Cayan Freeman of Balko, OK, and Tyler Hoffman of Weatherford, OK as the Johnny & Judy Beech Scholars for Academic Year 2023-2024.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

January 15, 2023 Roger Mills County Election Board Press Release Friday, January 19, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the February 13 Leedey Public Schools Special

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Extreme Cold Coming

January 11, 2024 Dangerous cold temperatures are set to return to the region starting tonight (Thursday) and continuing throughout the weekend.

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BREAKING: Fatal Shooting West of Elk City

BULLETIN FROM THE BECKHAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Beckham County deputies are on scene of a fatality shooting outside of an oilfield business on Merritt road. Sheriff Manning says the suspect is in custody and the investigation is

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Two Western Oklahoma School Districts Awarded EV Bus Grants

January 9, 2023 Seventeen Oklahoma school districts in Oklahoma, including a couple in western Oklahoma, were among dozens nationwide that received part of more than $1 billion from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace fossil fuel

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Great Plains Regional Medical Center New Year’s Baby

January 9, 2024 GPRMC Press Release Great Plains Regional Medical Center’s first baby of 2024 was born January 5th to proud parents Candra Davis and Nathan Rose. Taylyn Faye arrived weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 21

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Elk City Leadership HOF Inductees Announced

January 3, 2023 The newest members of the Elk City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hall of Fame were announced recently and will be inducted during an upcoming Elk City High School basketball game.

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News in Review: 2023

December 29, 2023   The top 10 western Oklahoma news stories from 2023:   10. Weatherford Superintendent Resigns June 30, 2023 After a special meeting Thursday afternoon, the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Jill Henderson was unanimously accepted

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Elk City’s Stories of the Year

December 29, 2023 By Landry Brewer Elk City’s most newsworthy events of 2023 included rescue and renovation, construction and education, athletics and taxation, triumph and tragedy.

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OHP Reminds Safety During NYE Weekend

December 28, 2023 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol ENDUI team announced this week that they will partner with law enforcement from across Oklahoma to make sure everyone has a safe New Year’s Eve holiday. This effort is part

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Allsup’s Coming to Elk City

December 28, 2023 According to a recent article in The Oklahoman, a popular convenience store plans to expand its footprint in Oklahoma with one of the stores planned to be built and opened in Elk City.

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Early Voting Begins January 4, 2024 in Beckham Co.

December 28, 2023 Beckham Co. Election Board Press Release Early voting begins Thursday, January 4, 2024 for voters in Beckham County. Voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, have

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Fatal Weekend Wreck Near Sayre

December 27, 2023 Two people, including a 10-year-old, were killed, and two other children were injured in a crash near Sayre on Saturday.

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SWOSU Esports Triumphs in Esports Championships

December 21, 2023 SWOSU Press Release The Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Blue Esports team concluded a week-long esports competition from Monday, Dec. 4, to Friday, Dec. 8, at the SWOSU Esports Arena in the Wellness Center

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Weatherford Woman Charged with Child Abuse

December 21, 2023 A Weatheford woman received a felony charge of child abuse in Custer County District Court recently after allegedly injuring a boy’s neck by placing her hands on him.

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Christmas Travel Looks to be Busy

December 21, 2023 Despite not being a “travel destination” state, officials say travel in Oklahoma will be busy once again this Christmas weekend.

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Little Change in Sales Tax Collections

December 20, 2023 The latest sales tax numbers have been released and most western Oklahoma communities saw little to no change when compared to the same time a year ago.

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PSO Announces Refunds on Interim Rates

December 20, 2023 PSO Press Release Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) residential customers will see refunds of interim rates on their monthly bills starting in January.

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SWOSU Names 2023 Brenda Lumpkin Scholar

December 19, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) has named Marleigh Elizabeth West of Edmond, Oklahoma as the 2023 Brenda Lumpkin Scholar for the 2023-24 Academic Year.

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SWOSU Honors Distinguished Faculty with 2023 Emeritus Awards

December 8, 2023 SWOSU Press Release The SWOSU Alumni Association Emeritus Award, established in 2015 by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, recently recognized former SWOSU faculty who have played a pivotal role in the lives of

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House Page Program Now Accepting Applications

December 7, 2023 Press Release The Oklahoma House of Representatives High School Page Program is now accepting applications for the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature, announced Program Director Rep. Brian Hill, R-Mustang.

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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

December 6, 2024 Washita Co. Election Board Press Release December 15th, 2023 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the January 9th Washita County, county-wide special proposition

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Biology Students Earn Funding for Pancreatic Cancer Research

December 6, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Two biology students from the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), Colter Esparza from Granite and Darren Powers from Burns Flat, have recently been awarded

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Combating Porch Pirates and Mail Thieves

December 5, 2023 Sheriff Derek Manning said that his office has received reports this weekend of people stealing from mailboxes in rural Beckham County. Manning said there has also been at least one report of a suspicious

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Elk City Man Pleads Guilty to Production and Possession of Child

November 29, 2023 Press Release – U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Oklahoma TIMOTHY STEVEN BLAYLOCK, JR., 37, of Elk City, pleaded guilty to producing child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J.

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SWOSU Names 2023 Drs. Bob and Nancy Maynard Scholar

November 28, 2023 SWOSU Foundation Press Release Jessica Jefferson of Clinton, Oklahoma has been named the 2023 Drs. Bob and Nancy Maynard Scholar at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) for the 2023-24 academic year.

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SWOSU Crowns Mackynsie McKedy as Miss SWOSU 2024

November 20, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Mackynsie McKedy from McLoud, majoring in Music Therapy at SWOSU, earned the title of Miss SWOSU 2024 at the recent Miss SWOSU Scholarship Pageant held on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Deer Rifle Season Begins in Oklahoma

November 17, 2023 One of Oklahoma’s most popular hunting season begins tomorrow that will typically see the “orange army” out in force.

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42nd Annual Oklahoma National Jr. Heifer Show

November 16, 2023 Press Release The Elk City Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the 42nd Annual Oklahoma National Jr. Heifer Show this Saturday, November 18 starting at 9 a.m. This year’s event will be held at

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Election Day Results

November 15, 2023 Election Day was yesterday with two western Oklahoma communities heading to the polls to decide on a city council race and another to decide on a school bond proposal.

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Clinton Man Charged With Arson

November 14, 2023 A Clinton man has been charged with first degree arson after an incident earlier this month that saw a birdhouse set on fire.

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Hometown Christmas with Susan Powell

November 10, 2023 Provided Press Release The Elk City Arts Council is proud to announce that Susan Powell will be coming back to Elk City, December 9, one-night-only, to celebrate a hometown Christmas at the newly remodeled

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Heroics in Clinton During House Fire

November 7, 2023 Two people were hospitalized early Sunday morning with burn injuries after the Clinton Fire Department responded to a house fire at 425 Wise Ave. around 4:28 a.m. which left about a third of the

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Got an Idea? Tell your Local Lawmaker

November 3, 2023 The time is now to submit ideas on new legislation or ideas on changing current laws says District 57 Oklahoma State Representative Anthony Moore of Clinton. The final date to introduce bills and joint

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Possible New Sales Tax Discussed at Weatherford

November 2, 2023 During the latest meeting of the Weatherford City Commission on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Brown introduced a new sales tax proposal that would go towards a new aquatic center.

I-40 Drug Bust

October 31, 2023 A large amount of marijuana was discovered during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Beckham County recently.

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Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

October 31, 2023 It’s Halloween which means little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and maybe even a clown or two will be wandering the neighborhoods looking for treats.

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Bulls’ Home Opener Nears

October 27, 2023 Press Release A double dose of hoops hysteria arrives as western Oklahoma’s professional basketball team begins its first season with a two-day home stand.

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Deadline Approaching to Request Absentee Ballot

October 25, 2023 If someone is wanting to vote by absentee in the upcoming Clinton City Council Election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot for registered voters living within Ward 3 is approaching.

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Local Hospitals Request ARPA Funds

October 24, 2023 The two hospitals in Custer County have requested ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding from county commissioners.

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Wellington, TX Men Sentenced

October 23, 2023 Press Release On Thursday, October 19, 19 pleas took place in the 100th Judicial District Court in Childress County.

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Study Assesses Capital Needs of Regional Colleges, Universities

October 20, 2023 Press Release Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Pro Tempore Kyle Hilbert, R-Bristow, and Minority Leader Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, today held an interim study assessing the capital needs of the Regional University System of

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Bicyclist Struck, Killed Near Pampa, TX

October 19, 2023 The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a man riding a bicycle east of Pampa, Texas was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon.

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Drug Take Back Date Planned for Oct. 28

October 17, 2023 Red Rock Medication Assisted Treatment in partner with SWOSU, SWODA, Indian Health Service, OBN, DEA, and the Elk City, SWOSU and Yukon Police Departments has announced a joint Drug Take Back Day taking place

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Heavy Fine Given to Migratory Bird Treaty Act Violators

October 12, 2023 It was announced by U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester recently, that four Oklahoma men were sentenced to pay restitution totaling $68,000 for unlawfully killing four endangered whooping cranes protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty

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SWOSU Homecoming Winners Announced for 2023

October 12, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) celebrated Homecoming this past weekend on Saturday, Oct. 7, with the crowning of Homecoming King and Queen during halftime at the SWOSU vs. Arkansas Tech football

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Manning: Attempted Fentanyl Smuggled Into Jail

October 9, 2023 Beckham County Sheriff Derek Manning said there has been three attempts within the last month to smuggle fentanyl into the Beckham County Jail. He says the latest attempt was thwarted by the jail’s body

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Elk City Flea Market This Weekend

October 5, 2023 The 50th Annual Route 66 Flea Market on this weekend at Elk City’s Ackley Park says Director of the Elk City Convention Center Julie Brewer. The Flea Market opens Friday at 8 a.m. and

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ODOT Reveals $9 Billion Plan

October 3, 2023 The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced plans for $9 billion in improvements for Oklahoma highways.

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Weatherford Duo Perish in Weekend Crash

September 25, 2023 Two people from Weatherford died as a result of a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 40 Eastbound in Canadian County Saturday afternoon.

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SWOSU Enters Into Agreement With NWOSU

September 22, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Northwestern Oklahoma State University President Dr. Bo Hannaford and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) President Dr. Diana Lovell signed a partnership agreement recently to allow student passage for continuing education to

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Lucas to Return to D.C. Next Week

September 21, 2023 Doctors have cleared Rep. Frank Lucas to return to Washington D.C. after suffering an injury on his Roger Mills County ranch.

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I-40 Cocaine Bust

September 20, 2023 A New Jersey man received a drug trafficking charge after being found with bricks of cocaine during an I-40 traffic stop in Custer County.

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Kidnapping Suspect Caught in Beckham Co.

September 20, 2023 Beckham County authorities assisted the Wheeler Texas Sheriff’s Department late last week in locating and arresting a man who allegedly took a 3-year-old child from a Wheeler, Texas daycare.

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Blaine Co. Accident Hospitalizes Two

September 18, 2023 A Greenfield couple was hospitalized over the weekend after being involved in a two vehicle accident near Watonga in Blaine County.

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Fatal Accident in Ellis County

September 18, 2023 Authorities say a 23-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Ellis County.

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UPDATE: Chase Suspects Still At Large

September 15, 2023 Beckham Co. Sheriff’s Office Press Release Three suspects were taken into custody as a result of a Texas pursuit that entered Beckham County early this morning. After Texas units lost sight of the vehicle,

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Primary Elections Results

September 13, 2023 The primary election to fill two seats on the Weatherford City Commission was held yesterday.

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Local Sheriff Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2023 22 years ago the world changed after commercial airliners were hijacked and flown into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

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Clinton Couple Receive Animal Cruelty Charges

September 7, 2023 A Clinton couple were arrested late last month and both received cruelty to animal charges in Custer County District Court after multiple dogs were found in poor living condition on the suspect’s property back

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Near Hydro

September 5, 2023 The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of a motorcycle crash near Hydro over the weekend that has left one person dead.

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Solar Farm Planned for Kiowa Co.

September 5, 2023 It was announced recently that Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, plans to build a $112 million solar farm in Kiowa County near Quartz Mountain State Park and the City of Hobart.

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Sparks: See Something, Say Something

August 30, 2023 Safety at high school sporting events has been the hot topic throughout the state after the shooting incident that took place last Friday night at a high school football game in Choctaw.

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Clinton Man Wanted on Burglary Charge

August 30, 2023 A Clinton man is wanted in Custer County on charges of third degree burglary after his suspected involvement in an alleged car robbery.

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Wheeler County Search Warrants Lead to Multiple Arrests

August 29, 2023 It was announced in a press release recently that Wheeler County, Texas Deputies executed multiple search warrants on multiple properties in Shamrock. Wheeler County Deputies had been actively investigating multiple burglaries and thefts that

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Seized Weapons to be Auctioned Off

August 28, 2023 Press Release The District II Drug Task Force announces the sale of weapons seized in joint investigations involving agencies across the Second Judicial District of Oklahoma. These weapons were seized as a result of

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Hot Hot Hot

August 22, 2023 The National Weather Service is warning Oklahomans about the dangerous heat present in the state.

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Washita County Free Fair This Week

August 22, 2023 The 115th Washita County Free Fair & Junior Livestock Show is taking place this week at the Washita County Fairgrounds in Cordell.

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SWOSU Recognized Among Top Ten Online Colleges in Oklahoma

August 21, 2023 SWOSU Press Release OnlineU, a prominent college planning website, has recognized Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) with a notable placement of #7 on the 2023 Best Online Colleges in Oklahoma list. As a prominent

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Alvarez Family Makes Gift to SWOSU Baseball

August 16, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Dr. Rafel “Rafe” Alvarez of Elk City has made a generous gift to the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) Baseball Endowment. The gift represents one of the very first contributions made

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Elk City Awarded MODA Grant

August 10, 2023 The City of Elk City has received a grant for just under $20,000 from the Midwestern Oklahoma Development Authority.

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Elk City Alumni Gather Over the Weekend

August 8, 2023 Press Release Former Elk City students who attended through the 2005 school year gathered in Elk City this past weekend in a huge reunion celebration.

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NFEC Annual Meeting Set

July 28, 2023 Northfork Electric Cooperative’s 84th Annual Meeting is Saturday, August 19th, under the pavilion at the Sayre city park.

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Speeding Leads to Fentanyl Discovery

July 27, 2023 By News Director Jared Atha A probable cause search of a vehicle pulled over for speeding in Beckham County led to the discovery of, among other things, fentanyl pills.

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Yukon Public Schools & SWOSU Provide Partnership Update

July 25, 2023 SWOSU Press Release Yukon Public Schools (YPS) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) have announced changes in their academic partnership that provides higher education opportunities in Canadian County.