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Which Year Should I Review?

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As we kissed goodbye to 2020, an extremely nightmarish year to say the least, I thought to myself, "Self," I said, "What year should I review since no one will want to remember this last one?" I talk to myself a lot.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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A social activist and minister, Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to eradicating injustice and securing equality and human rights for African American and economically disadvantaged people through peaceful protest.

Watonga Wraps Up the Year and Looks Toward 2021

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With a less than normal year for the City of Watonga, City Manager, Larry Mitchell suggests the city is doing everything it can to continue operating as normally as possible. Mitchell says that for Mitchell says that for early 2021, residents of Watonga can look forward to the upcoming election as well as the continuing construction of the Lucky Star Casino.

Watonga Schools Continue to Tackle a Changing World

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With COVID-19 affecting multiple aspects of everyday life, Mark Batt, superintendent of Watonga Schools, says the faculty and students all have been going through this experience together. Despite challenges ranging from virtual and in-person learning to new technology, Batt says he’s impressed with how the teachers have adapted and appreciates the support of the community.

Weekly Coronavirus Updates

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COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the state of Oklahoma. However, a vaccine is just one part of the solution. It’s important to remember that distributing this vaccine will take time. There have been limited quantities starting out. Even once you have the vaccine, it is vital that you continue to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 everyone should continue to wear a mask, wash their hands and watch their distance. These actions, in conjunction with the vaccine plan, can make a huge difference in keeping our families and communities safe and healthy in the long term.

Gas Prices To Jump in 2021 as Country Mends From COVID-19

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The national average could eventually hit $3 per gallon in 2021 thanks to economic recovery associated with improvements in the COVID-19 pandemic GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app used by more North American drivers to save money on gas, predicts today that 2021 may feature a sharp rally in gas prices by year end, warning that the national average could rise to as high as $3 per gallon should the nation broadly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the risk exists for some pain at the pumps during the year, GasBuddy expects the yearly average will jump a more modest 27 cents per gallon in 2021.

City of Watonga Changes to Municipal Government

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On June 11, 2019 the Citizens of Watonga voted to approve the transition in the form of government, from an aldermanic form of government to a council- manager form of government. Since then, the current City Council has worked to prepare for this transition.

Blaine Co. Students Make President’s Honor Roll

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre announced their fall 2020 semester honor roll list. An undergraduate student earning all A’s in 12 or more hours during a semester qualifies for the President’s Honor Roll.

Fingers Crossed for 2021

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As Oklahomans ring in the new year, Oklahoma Blood Institute has its “fingers crossed” for 2021! Blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” T-shirt. Oklahoma Blood Institute is hosting a blood drive from noon-6 p.m.