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Wiebe, Boaldin awarded Excellence in Ag scholarships

January 30, 2015

The panhandle has a strong tradition and culture in the agriculture industry - a concept demonstrated Thursday evening at the Excellence in Ag Experience. Among those at the event, attendees heard from John Grunewald and Jamey Mitchell of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Ace Berry of Anchor D Bank, Audrey Hofferber of Texhoma Wheat Growers, and Randy Jacobs, president of the Guymon Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees were also treated to speeches from Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, Tyler Norvell.

City of Guymon and GEAR UP team up

January 30, 2015

It’s difficult enough for students to keep up with their day-to-day studies in high school. The added pressure of planning for college can be extremely overwhelming.

Rachel Sides of the Guymon Public Library and Arts Center proposed the Guymon City Council accept a $2,000 College Partnership Grant Thursday evening.

The grant is from Oklahoma GEAR UP. The statewide grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

DOE, Plains and Eastern Clean Line hear concerns of locals

January 29, 2015

Oklahoma Panhandle residents have complained about the wind for as long as the area has been inhabited. Will citizens soon be changing their tunes due to the possible financial benefits transmission of wind energy could bring to Texas County?

McCarter discusses upcoming plans for TSET program

January 28, 2015

At the recent Texas County Coalition meeting, Kayla McCarter offered updates to attending coalition members to share items of importance from the Texas County TSET program.
McCarter shared that the new year started off with the distribution of Quit Kits to local pharmacies. The program has also partnered with Victory Center's Celebrate Recovery program.
"(The Celebrate Recovery coordinator) is doing a really really great job with doing a lot of tobacco prevention and cessation with the individuals that are a part of the recovery process there," McCarter said.

Rasmussen presents administrative report to board

January 28, 2015

Memorial Hospital of Texas County CEO David Rasmussen reported on administrative matters related to hospital operations Tuesday evening at the scheduled Board of Control meeting.
Rasmussen reported recent management changes during his report.
"We've had one manager has resigned his post, his last day of work is Saturday," Rasmussen said.

MHTC Board of Control hears, discusses audit report

January 28, 2015

The Memorial Hospital Board of Control heard from T. Carley Williams, CPA of BKD CPAs and Advisors on a financial and operational audit report Tuesday evening. The report highlighted several positive improvements between 2013 and 2014, and outlined items of concern for the board and staff to focus on to continue these changes.

Clean Line Energy’s proposal enters public hearing phase

January 28, 2015

The process of possibly sending wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee, and all points in between, went to the public hearing phase Tuesday evening at Pickle Creek.

Dr. Jane Summerson of the Department of Energy explained the process of approving or disapproving such a proposal – a $2 billion project from Clean Line Energy Partners.

See Wednesday's edition of the GDH for more information on the process.

Goodwell, Tyrone fire departments present findings on truck bids

January 26, 2015

Members of the Goodwell and Tyrone fire departments arrived at the Monday morning commissioner's meeting to present written points in a report outlining problems identified in the recent bid from Chief Fire and Safety out of Chickasha.
Bids from Ag-Meier Industries LLC out of Belton, Texas and Weis Fire and Safety out of Salina, Kansas were also considered this past week.
Find out more about the commissioner's decision in the Tuesday edition of the GDH.

Saturday collision claims one life

January 26, 2015

Saturday morning saw the third fatality in 10 days on U.S. Highway 54 in Texas County.
A report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stated Lucas Hipolito, 27, of Guymon, died on the scene as a result of his injuries in a collision with a 1997 Kenworth, driven by Ruben Zubia, of Liberal, Kansas. Zubia was uninjured. Hipolito was driving a 2002 Volkswagon.
For further details, see Monday's edition of the GDH.

Hernandez sees community pride in code enforcement

January 24, 2015

When it comes to taking pride in the community and taking the time to make Guymon the kind of place that people want to live, code enforcement and building inspections officer Elvia Hernandez takes her work seriously.
Over the time that Hernandez has been learning the ropes in this particular public service position, she has learned there is a great deal to tackle when it comes to being mindful of the safety and health of the community at large.
Read more in the weekend edition of the GDH.

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