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Thu
19
Apr

Deadly Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Oakwood and Nearby Towns

By Chad Waters

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 Geary.

Winds are expected to remain strong all week with the first chance of rain not expected to arrive locally until Friday. The wildfire potential is expected to remain elevated until Friday, when the aforementioned rain, wind and cooler temperatures are forecasted.

In Geary, the local fire department has helped other departments across Blaine County with several wildfires in Watonga and several small fires outside Geary.

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Geary Schools Announce District Teacher of the Year

By Chad Waters Editor

Geary Public Schools announced their 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year at their monthly school board meeting on April 3. The finalists are nominated by their peers at the elementary school and middle school/high school levels, with two finalists then voted on by a secret party outside the school.

Geary Kindergarten teacher Barbara Maib received the top honor this year. “I appreciate everyone that I work with and it means a lot to be recognized,” Maid said. “We work hard, and it means a lot to know that your peers recognize your efforts toward your students.” Maib’s been in education for 13 years with all 13 coming in Geary. Before teaching Kindergarten the past six years, Maib taught 5th grade and pre-k as well.

 

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Tax Revenues Climb in April

By Chad Waters Editor

The City of Geary (Blaine and Canadian Counties combined) saw around an $17,387.33 increase in sales tax revenue and net taxable sales for the month of April, according to an

 

Oklahoma Tax Comm i s s i o n (OTC) report rel e a s e d earlier this week. The April distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from February 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 February 16 to February 28 and estimated sales from March 1 to March 15.

 

 

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Thu
12
Apr

Kendell Johnson Honored on Championship Wall

Lfrom left to right) Kendell’s grandmother, Rita Ward, his mom, Kristi Ward, Kendell Johnson, his dad, Kendell, and his baby brother, Kenneth.

 

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Thu
05
Apr

“Touch the Trucks” Event Set for Later This Month

By Chad Waters

For the fourthstraight year Geary Elementary students will get a hands-on experience to explore a variety of vehicles and meet the people who build, protect and serve the community.

This year’s “Touch-the- Trucks” event, sponsored by the City of Geary Utility Authority, will be held on April 19, 2018, outside the Stegall- Long Field House from 9 a.m. to noon. For the past three years Jeff Choate, Geary’s public works director, has been overwhelmed by the support and joy it has brought to the children who get to experience these life-size vehicles in person

 

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Thu
05
Apr

Hicks Places in Two Tournaments

By Chad Waters

As an 8th grader, Hicks placed 4th at two junior high tournaments in Anadarko and Marlow. This season, he placed 4th and 5th at the Elk City Golf and Country Club Tournament and at the competitive Generations Golf Course Tournament in Marlow. With each junior high golfer allowed to compete in four tournaments, last year Hicks finished off the year strong in the month of April with two

1st place medals at the Fort Cobb Tournament and the Clinton Tournament. Now, Hicks is looking to continue his success in April on the golf course as he closes out the regular season at Weatherford on Friday, April 6, and at the Oklahoma Christian Tournament on Tuesday, April 10.

 

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Thu
05
Apr

Devon Energy Makes Large Donation to Geary’s Volunteer Fire Department

Local fire and sheriff’s departments were invited to Devon Energy’s emergency responder luncheon on Tuesday. The company gave each attending agency a $2,000 grant and discussed techniques to keep them safe in the oil fields. “Our volunteer fire department relies on the generosity of donors like Devon,” said Geary Fire Chief Jeff Choate. “This grant will help us buy much-needed supplies and equipment to keep our community safe

.” Tangi Smith, community relations specialist at Devon, said the company’s giving program in western Oklahoma focuses on supporting public safety, community development and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Devon partnered with One Total Safety

Devon partnered with One Total Safety to donate four automated external defibrillators to the Geary Police Department.

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Thu
29
Mar

Murder of a Local Man Still Under Investigation

By Chad Waters

Now past the three-year anniversary of the possible homicide of Edward Foreman, Foreman’s mother, Rinda Smith, is still searching for some closure.

Smith last spoke with OSBI Special Agent Todd Doyles three months ago, which he told Smith he never considers anything a cold case. But, he doesn’t have any leads or a direction to go, according to Smith.

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Thu
29
Mar

Fatality Aircraft Crash Near Geary

By Chad Waters

A fatality aircraft collision occurred after two individuals, who were en route from Odessa, Texas, to El Reno, collided with a field about 6.5 miles south of Hydro, in Caddo County.

Due to weather, the plane was diverted to the Hinton Airport. But, for an unknown reason while the plane was flying eastbound it collided with the field. Both the pilot and passenger were ejected an undetermined distance from the aircraft, per the OHP.

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