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Russ Co-authors “The Drive Act”

January 21, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha District 55 State Representative Todd Russ of Cordell has joined other representatives as co-author of a bill aimed to ensure all vehicles utilizing Oklahoma state highways are contributing to

Local Airports Scheduled to Receive OAC Funding

January 20, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha During the latest Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission meeting, the Commission was briefed on upcoming airport projects that will likely be granted for calendar year 2021.

Recalled Milk Raises Concern in Western Oklahoma Schools

January 19, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha Local schools in the area have been named as possible recipients of recalled chocolate milk, fortunately it appears that one school district has publicly stated that none of their

Municipal Filing Period Approaches

January 18, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha Candidates for municipal office in six Washita County municipalities may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2021.

Local Lawmakers Appointed To Committees

January 18, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha House of Representatives committee assignments and schedules for the 58th Oklahoma Legislature were made and announced Friday.

More Counties To Receive Federal Emergency Assistance

January 15, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that federal emergency assistance has been approved for 16 more Oklahoma counties, including area counties in western and southwest Oklahoma that were paralyzed

SWOSU Ramping Up Vaccination Numbers

January 13, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha After announcing that the Pioneer Cellular Event Center at Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford would be a Covid-19 vaccination distribution site every Friday, the school has now announced that

Former NFCC Officer Sentenced

January 12, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha In a press release, The Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Monday that a former correctional officer has been sentenced in a case involving contraband.

PSO Receives High Marks From Customer Survey

January 12, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha Public Service Company of Oklahoma continues to rank high among the top of all U.S. providers after receiving its best-ever score in the 2020 J.D. Power Electric Utility Residential

GPRMC New Year’s Baby Announced

January 11, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha It may have taken a few days, but Great Plains Regional Medical Center has announced that the first baby of 2021 has been born at the hospital.

Local OHP Trooper Honored

January 8, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper from Troop H, which is officed in Clinton, has been awarded a high honor.

Standoff In Weatherford Lands Texas Man in Jail

January 7, 2021 By News Director Jared Atha A Texas man who is allegedly responsible for a standoff in an apartment complex in Weatherford has a preliminary hearing conference scheduled for February 5.

SWOSU Joining Vaccination Efforts

January 6, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University has announced that faculty and students are helping with the distribution efforts of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Top Stories of 2020

December 31, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha As 2020 comes to an end, lets take a look back at the top three stories that came out of western Oklahoma.

Mountain View House Fire Claims Life of Child

December 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Tragedy in Mountain View last Wednesday after a house fire has taken the life of a 5-year-old girl and left the family homeless.

Major Gift Given to SWOSU

December 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University with locations in Weatherford, Sayre and Yukon has received a generous philanthropic investment from Oklahoma City-based Delaware Resources Group and the Busey Family.

Elk City Fire Chaplain Honored

December 17, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha After 31 years of service to multiple cities, Elk City Fire Chaplain Danny Ringer is retiring.

Voter Registration Deadline is Friday

December 17, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha According to election officials, Friday, December 18, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the January 12 Special Election.

Feds Sue Lone Wolf Housing Authority For Discrimination

December 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The U.S. Department of Justice has sued the affordable housing agency in Lone Wolf for allegedly denying housing to a Black mother and her 5-year-old daughter because of their

Elk City Project Updates

December 11, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha An un-mapped underground drainage pipe at the CAPPs Project Indoor Activity Center construction site in Elk City will cost the city just over $66,000 to relocate and replace.

Businesses Showing Interest in Elk City

December 10, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During his city manager’s report, Elk City City Manager Tom Ivester updated the commission of possible businesses showing interest in locating to the city.

SWOSU President Search Sees Large Amount of Applicants

December 9, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Due to the tremendous response of applications received on the last two days of the application period that ended December 6, the meeting of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Hiring New Elk City Superintendent Could Be Quick

December 9, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Based on past experience, it appears that the Elk City School Board will keep its search for the school district’s next superintendent in-house.

SWOSU Provost Announces Retirement

December 8, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James South has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2021.

Fire Leaves Home in Ruins – No Injuries

December 8, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Multiple fire departments in the area responded to a house fire northeast of Elk City Monday afternoon in Custer County.

New Services Offered to SWOSU Students

December 7, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University has created an innovative program for academic assistance for SWOSU students on both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

PSO Customers to See A Slight Bill Increase

December 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Officials with Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced recently that they will be increasing the fuel cost adjustment on customer bills to reflect higher prices for natural gas and

School Board Filing Information

December 2, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Candidates for Board of Education seats in area school districts will be able to file their Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, December 7.

Highly Effective Disinfectant Available to the Public

December 2, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford is now home to a machine that makes hypochlorous acid that is used to help disinfectant rooms and buildings during the current COVID-19

Winter Weather Set to Return

December 1, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Winter weather returns to western and northwest Oklahoma Wednesday.

Second Man Charged in Weatherford Shooting Case

December 1, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A second man has been charged in Custer County District Court for his involvement in a shooting and robbery attempt near the SWOSU campus in Weatherford on October 27.

Thanksgiving Lock Down at N.F.C.C.

November 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has locked down all facilities, including the North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre, after more than 20 inmates were assaulted at three prisons Friday

Semi vs Alleyway = Power Outage

November 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A semi-truck navigating through a Weatherford alleyway is to blame for a power outage to nearby homes the day before Thanksgiving.

Thomas Man Assaults Woman – Breaks Bone

November 25, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Thomas man was arrested and charged recently in Custer County District Court after he allegedly assaulted a woman.

SWOSU President Search Committee Holds First Meeting

November 24, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha All 22 members of the screening committee that is assisting in the search for a new president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University attended the group’s first meeting held November

Mangum Police Investigating Armed Robbery

November 23, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Mangum Police Department is still investigating an armed robbery, and they’re requesting help from the public.

Progress Made on Elk City Apartment Building

November 20, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During the latest meeting of the Elk City Commission, Commissioners received an update of the process of bringing an apartment building located at 415 N. State up to code.

GPRMC Awarded

November 19, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha As part of National Rural Health Day, Great Plains Regional Medical Center announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of

SWOSU Foundation Doing Well During Pandemic

November 18, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation recently convened for a regularly scheduled business meeting. Due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the

SWOSU Reminds About Fall and Spring Semester Changes

November 17, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, Southwestern Oklahoma State University officials reminds students and area residents several date changes on both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

Cordell Leaders to Meet

November 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Cordell City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session Monday night.

Tank Battery Fire South of Leedey

November 12, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A tank battery fire near Leedey kept emergency responders busy Thursday morning.

Cordell Woman Aides Minors in Drug Theft

November 11, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Cordell woman received felony charges after allegedly helping minors steal legally home grown medical marijuana.

Garrison Happy with How School Has Adjusted

November 11, 2011 By News Director Jared Atha After adjusting to virtual learning and in some cases an A / B schedule due to Covid-19, the Elk City School District was thrown a “curve ball” with the

SWOSU-Sayre Collects Over 1,000 Cans of Food

November 9, 2020 By SWOSU Press Release The Southwestern Oklahoma State University-Sayre Student Government Association met its Food Drive 2020 goal of collecting 1,000 canned food items. SWOSU-Sayre SGA members invited campus faculty and staff to join

Clinton to Host Oklahoma Senate Redistricting Meeting

November 6, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate announced dates for a series of redistricting town hall meetings to be held across the state in the coming weeks.

Elk City Commission Meets

November 5, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During the latest meeting of the Elk City Commission, Commissioners approved establishing prior approval for City Manager Tom Ivester to purchase water rights without additional consideration from the City

WOCS Hamburger Fry This Friday

November 5, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Western Oklahoma Christian School officials say despite health concerns surrounding the ongoing pandemic, one of their biggest fundraisers will still take place.

Elk City Storm Clean Up Continues

November 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During the latest meeting of the Elk City Commission, City Manager Tom Ivester updated the commission on how the city responded to last week’s ice storm.

SWOSU Adjusting Spring Semester Calendar

November 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University officials have announced changes to the upcoming spring 2021 semester for both the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

Search Committee to Find Next SWOSU President Selected

October 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University officials have announced that the Regional University System of Oklahoma Regents have named a 22-member screening committee to assist in the search for a new

Stitt Says No to SQ 805

October 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During his appearance on Exploring Energy with Shawn Wilson and Butch Black, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt voiced his opinion on State Question 805.

Western Oklahoma Sample Ballots

Western Oklahoma Sample Ballots for Tuesday’s Presidential Election Beckham County Washita County Roger Mills County Front / Roger Mills County Back Custer – Clinton Pt. 1 Custer – Clinton Pt. 2 Custer – Custer City Custer –

Early Voting Underway

October 29, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Early in-person voting began Thursday across Oklahoma for an election that has already seen record turnout throughout the U.S.

Power Issues Remain After Ice Storm

October 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Power companies are still dealing with the aftermath of one of the earliest ice storms to date in western Oklahoma.

Elk City DDI Lights Update

October 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Even though the state’s first diamond divergent interchange bridge project in Elk City has been open and operational for a little over a month now, some finishing touches still

Elk City Commission Discuss Future of Apartment Building

October 22, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Elk City Commission met in regular session Wednesday afternoon and after an executive session, and a public hearing, have decided to table their decision on the future of

Weatherford Superintendent Resigns

October 21, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha One of the area’s largest school district will be searching for a new superintendent.

SWOSU Saturday Going Virtual

October 19, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha More alterations are forced to an event at Southwestern Oklahoma State University due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Time Running Out to Obtain Absentee Ballot

October 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Less than a week remains for registered voters to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the November 3rd General Election.

SWOSU Names Athletic Director

October 15, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University has a new athletic director.

Elk City Demolishes Girl Scout Hut

October 13, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha If you’ve driven through Elk City’s Ackley Park lately, you may have noticed a building is missing.

SWOSU Commencement Ceremony Canceled

October 13, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The commencement ceremony that had originally been planned to celebrate the 2020 spring graduates of Southwestern Oklahoma State University has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former SWOSU President Passes Away

October 11, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Southwestern Oklahoma State University has announced the passing of former president Dr. John Hays.

Elk City Commission Repeals Sign Ordinance

October 6, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During Monday night’s regular meeting of the Elk City Commission, the commission went ahead and approved to repeal portions of an ordinance that has caused controversy in Elk City,

SWOSU Charitable Hunt Raises Over $70,000

October 1, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Over $70,000 was raised at the first-ever charitable hunt recently hosted by the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Deer Strike in Greer County Hospitalizes Woman

October 1, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A deer is to blame for an accident that took place north of Granite early Thursday morning. The result of the mishap placed an Altus woman in the hospital.

Bus Driver Picked Up in Elk City Dies in Accident

September 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A commercial bus that picked up its driver in Elk City was involved in an accident in the Texas Panhandle Monday morning where the driver was killed.

SWOSU Announces “TurboVote” For Students and Public

September 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha An effort to increase overall voter registration and turnout plus reduce the gap between college students who register and students who actually vote is underway at Southwestern Oklahoma State

Head Butt Lands Felony Charge For Weatherford Man

September 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Weatherford man with a history of defying officers was arrested and received a felony charge recently after he allegedly assaulted a Weatherford Police Officer.

Deadline to Register to Vote Approaching

September 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Election officials remind the public that Friday, October 9th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the November 3,

Local Police Dept. to See Improvements

September 25, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Cordell Police Department is about to see some upgrades to both their building and their fleet.

Clinton High Returning to Full In Class Format

September 24, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Clinton Public Schools announced this week that students will return to the high school campus to attend classes starting Tuesday, September 29 after participating in an “A/B” schedule due

Beckham County to Benefit from USDA Grant Program

September 24, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states, which includes a project in western Oklahoma.

SWOSUpalooza Rescheduled Again

September 23, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A popular concert event that takes place annually at Southwestern Oklahoma State has been postponed again due to the pandemic.

Cordell Receives Cares Act Funding

September 23, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Like many municipalities in the area, the City of Cordell will take advantage of Cares Act funding.

“OKVOTE” Causing Confusion

September 21, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Officials with the Oklahoma State Election Board, along with local election officials, cautioned voters about a mailing from a Tulsa-based organization, “OKVOTE,” after state and county election offices received

Help Inc. to Receive Generator

September 17, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha The Community Care Center, which is located inside the old armory building in Elk City, will be receiving a generator thanks to donated monies and financial help from the

Rodeo Weekend in Elk City

September 4, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Labor Day weekend in Elk City means its rodeo weekend, and this year the rodeo could be one of the most competitive in recent memory.

SWOSU’s King Promoted

September 4, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Garrett King has been named assistant vice president for institutional advancement at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Gunshots Fired in Clinton

September 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Clinton Police Chief Paul Rinkle says the department received multiple reports of gunshots being fired Thursday morning near the intersection of Glenn Smith Road and Route 66 Highway on

Fugitive Arrested In Clinton

September 1, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Carnegie resident was arrested in Clinton recently after allegedly harboring a fugitive who was wanted for a felony charge.

Elk City Looking Towards Next Projects

August 20, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Now that the dirt work has started for the Elk City Indoor Activity Center, Interim City Manager Tom Iverster says officials are already looking ahead to the city’s next

Semi Accident Closes Part of I-40

August 6, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A semi truck accident between Elk City and Canute Wednesday afternoon disrupted traffic for a long period of time and sent one man to the hospital.

Business’ Showing Interest In Elk City

August 5, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Business’ are still showing interest in Elk City. This according to Interim City Manager Tom Ivester. During his report to the city commission Monday night during the regular meeting

Local Oklahoma Schools To Receive “Hot Spots”

August 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced Friday that 175 Oklahoma school districts, including seven in western Oklahoma, have been awarded mobile internet access and devices through

SWOSUpalooza Rescheduled to Oct. 22

July 30, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha School officials at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford announced Thursday that the popular annual SWOSUpalooza concert has been rescheduled once again.

UPDATE: Benevento Sentenced

July 28, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Clinton man who pleaded guilty to shooting his ex-wife was sentenced today after a bench trial inside the Custer County Courthouse.

Beckham County Courthouse Closed to the Public

July 23, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha After shutting down the Beckham County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon due to positive cases of COVID-19 emerging in the building, the Beckham County Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Thursday

BREAKING: Hammon Bank Robbed

July 22, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Details are still coming in, but officials with the Roger Mills Sheriff’s Department are confirming a bank robbery took place at the Security State Bank in Hammon.

Elk City Sales Tax Numbers Tops $1 Million

July 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha During the latest Elk City Commissioners proceedings, City Treasurer Lisa Church reported the latest sales, use, and cigarette tax numbers. Once again, sales tax intake looked strong, being over

Elk City Bridge Project In Final Stages

July 16, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Traveling on Oklahoma’s first diversion diamond interchange located in Elk City is almost a reality. According to Oklahoma Department of Transportation Division Five Engineer Brent Almquist, although not complete,

Thomas Man Accused of Rape

July 13, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A Thomas man was arrested and charged earlier this month after he allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

Oklahomans Going to the Polls

June 29, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha A lot of local political races that include school board seats and county sheriff positions will be decided Tuesday by Oklahomans.

Coronavirus: June 24, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 24 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Wednesday Oklahoma has 2,769 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 225 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 22, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 22 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Monday Oklahoma has 2,716 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 101 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 21, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 21 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Sunday Oklahoma has 2,615 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 360 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 20, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 20 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Saturday Oklahoma has 2,255 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 128 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 19, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 19 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Friday Oklahoma has 2,127 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 210 active cases in the state when compared to

SWOSU Summer Enrollment Sees Growth

June 18, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Officials with Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre say despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the university experienced a 2.3% growth in summer enrollment.

Coronavirus: June 17, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 17 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Wednesday Oklahoma has 1,642 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 125 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 16, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 16 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Tuesday Oklahoma has 1,517 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 87 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 15, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 15 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Monday Oklahoma has 1,430 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 136 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 14, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 14 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Saturday Oklahoma has 1,294 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 75 active cases in the state when compared to

Coronavirus: June 13, 2020 Update

Updated: 11:00am on June 13 According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, as of 11:00am Saturday Oklahoma has 1,219 of active cases of COVID-19, an increase of 121 active cases in the state when compared to

Attempted Contraband Drop Lands Two in Jail

June 11, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Beckham County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to a pursuit Wednesday afternoon that resulted when a Department of Corrections investigator attempted to stop two men that appeared to be trying

Fires Pop Up on Windy Day

June 10, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha With sustained winds ranging in the 40s and 50s Tuesday afternoon, two fires that could have gotten out of hand in the area were quickly knocked down by fire

Vandals Strike Altus School

June 8, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Altus police say three juveniles caused at least $50,000 in damage to the Altus Intermediate School located at 1221 North Howse Street.

PSO To Award Grants To Local FFA Chapters

June 3, 2020 By News Director Jared Atha Agricultural education in Oklahoma is getting a big boost with the announcement of a $200,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to fund FFA STEM After-School Grants for