United Way sets $180k fundraising goal

The United Way of Canadian County has set an impressive goal for 2019, and the chairman of this year’s campaign said he believes it is achievable. Craig McVay announced the $180,000 goal on Friday during the Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Community Coffee. It was held at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno.…

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Yukon businesswoman plans to seek pot permit

Courtney Young has been waiting for a chance to go into business. She took her first major step toward that goal on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the city of Yukon amended its laws regulating where medical marijuana dispensaries can locate. Young, who owns the Green Lily, a CDB shop that she plans to…

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Police investigate teen’s shooting

By Chris Eversole Authorities in Mustang say they are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was found shot in his home Tuesday. Mustang Police Chief Robert Groseclose said authorities believe the shooting was self-inflicted but are continuing the investigate. Groseclose said police received a call shortly after 5 p.m. stating that the boy, whose name has…

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Group says proposed law could damage eye health

A spokesman for a group of optometrists working to keep a state question related to their work from being approved by voters said the proposed constitutional amendment could affect the eye health of many Oklahomans. Voters will get an opportunity to decide State Question 793 on Nov. 6 during the general election. It would allow…

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Auto dealer donates to Yukon bookmobile

Plans by the Yukon School District to create a bookmobile that will travel throughout the district offering students free books got a big boost this week. Officials with Oklahoma City-based Smicklas Chevrolet presented the district with a check for $7,500. Kara Hudson, the general manager for Smicklas, made the presentation during an event inside the…

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Yukon education advocate dies at 83

Yukon lost a longtime advocate for education last week. Dixie Ritz, 83, died Sept. 9 surrounded by her family. Her funeral was Saturday at First Christian Church in Yukon. Internment was in Yukon Cemetery. Ritz served on the Yukon School Board for 32 years. She was initially appointed in 1976. She left the board in…

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Yukon schools’ enrollment tops 8,900

More than 8,900 students are attending school in Yukon this year. That was the number that Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth provided Thursday to members of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce during his annual state of the school presentation. Simeroth gave insights into how the district has grown since 2015, when he moved from Durant in…

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CV Tech’s Lutts is ready for new role

Gayla Lutts has been preparing for her new role for more than three years. It was destined. Lutts is the hand-picked successor to Dr. Greg Winters as the superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center. She began her new job Aug. 11, the day after Winters retired. Winters told members of the technology center’s board of…

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Family honors daughter’s memory on 18th birthday

Grace Roark would have turned 18 on Tuesday. It would have been her senior year at Yukon High School. Instead, her family spent the day handing out gift cards to random people in Yukon to celebrate her life. Later in the evening, they dedicated a bench honoring her in the courtyard of Yukon High School.…

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