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Thu
12
Jan

Old school comes down

Built nearly 100 years ago, the old Washington School started coming down Wednesday

 

by Shirley Todd

 

The walls of Washington Elementary are coming down. The building has been vacant since closing its doors in December, 2011, just as students were moved to the new Collins Elementary.

 

In 1918, a new high school was built on the west side of town and was called North School. Around that time, East School, which was built in 1910 and was the original high school, changed its name to Washington and became an elementary school.

 
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Thu
12
Jan

City prepared for ice storm

by Shirley Todd

 

Public Works Director Steve McGuire said the city is prepared and ready if the weather turns bad.

 

“We are better off than we have ever been,” said McGuire. “We have accumulated a lot of equipment since the last ice storm.”

 
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Thu
12
Jan

Kenny McGuire operates a trackhoe

Kenny McGuire operates a trackhoe and works to bring down the walls of Washington Elementary School Wednesday. City crews are salvaging the decorative pieces of the building’s facade. The school was originally built in 1921.

 
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Thu
12
Jan

Local bulldogger in IPRA finals

by J. D. Meisner

 

One of the youngest steer wrestlers to ever qualify for the International Professional Rodeo Association Finals hails from right here in Bristow and will be competing against the best in the world this weekend in Oklahoma City.

 

Ray “Rayray” Carlson, 19, grew up in Bristow and lived to play baseball, according to his grandmother and biggest fan Shirley Hendricks.

 
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Thu
12
Jan

Native daughter sworn in as district judge in Cleveland County

Former Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney Lori Puckett was sworn in Wednesday as a new Cleveland County Special Judge.

 

She is the daughter of Bristow's Edgar Spencer and the late Nancy Spencer.

 
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Thu
12
Jan

U.S. Fire Administration's tips to heat your home safely this winter

Next time you turn up your thermostat keep in mind that home heating fires are most common in winter months. In fact, half of all home heating fires happen between December and February.

 

Some people need a helping hand. The U.S. Fire Administration suggests reaching out to your older friends and neighbors to make sure their homes are heated safety.

 
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Thu
12
Jan

Oklahoma public high school juniors can take ACT or SAT free under State Department of Education program

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that Oklahoma public school districts will have the opportunity this year to choose whether their 11th-grade students can take the ACT or the SAT college-entrance exam free of charge.

 

This initiative is an extension of a 2015-2016 pilot program widely embraced across the state last spring, when all but two of Oklahoma’s 459 public high schools provided the ACT for juniors. As a result, 79 percent of 11th graders – or 35,477 of 45,071 students – took the test, compared to a little more than half who had taken the exam the year before.
 
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Thu
12
Jan

Winter storm Jupiter

The bread aisle at Williams grocery store sits nearly empty Thursday after shoppers hit area markets in preparation for winter storm Jupiter. Weather experts say the latest computer models show the worst of the storm hitting central and northwest Oklahoma with heavy ice, but are calling for mostly rain in the Bristow area.
 
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Thu
12
Jan

Did Gerrymandering give Republicans dominance in Legislature?

By Trevor Brown
 
A recent federal court ruling could open a new wave of redistricting challenges across the country. And that includes Oklahoma, where Republicans now control 78.5 percent of the statehouse seats – a 10 percentagepoint increase since the GOP-controlled Legislature redrew legislative boundaries five years ago.
 
In a possible watershed case decided in November, a threejudge panel struck down the Wisconsin state assembly’s redistricting map by saying it unlawfully favored Republicans. The case is notable because it’s only the second time in the nation’s history, and the first time in decades, that a redistricting map was thrown out on partisan grounds.
 
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Tue
10
Jan

City race set

Seats in Wards 1 through 3 already determined. Three candidates in the race for Ward 4

 

by Shirley Todd

 

The filing period to run for Bristow City Council closed at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, and there will only be one contested council seat.

 

Three council members will retain their seats as they were the only candidates to file in their respective wards. They are: Randy Witty, Ward 1; Rick Pinson, Ward 2 and Kenny Odell, Ward 3.

 

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