City completes ADA-friendly park renovations

Visitors to two of Yukon’s city parks might notice a few new additions that help make the outdoor spaces a fun and safe place for everyone. Parks and Recreation Director Jan Scott said the city has been working to upgrade facilities so they’re compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. And at places like Taylor…

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Woman, 26, jailed in stabbing

A Yukon woman remained in the Canadian County jail on Thursday after being accused of stabbing her roommate multiple times with a knife over the weekend. Brandalyn Jenee Plender, 26, is being held on $50,000 bail. She faces an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon complaint. According to a police report, Plender was arrested…

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Barber, 80, snips idea of retirement

Since the mid-1960s, Jim Hedrick has been clipping hair, and he has no plans to put down his scissors. Hedrick turns 80 this week. “I like to eat,” Hedrick said, while sitting in his barber’s chair at A Barber Shop, located on Vandament. But more importantly, he said, is that he likes to cut hair…

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City manager unveils ‘flat,’ $53M budget

Yukon city employees would receive a 3% cost-of-living increase, along with step raises under a proposed $53 million budget reviewed by the city council Wednesday in a special meeting. City Manager Jim Crosby described the proposed $53,261,169 budget as “flat.” It is up only slightly when compared to the city’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget. Crosby…

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Yukon sales tax shows growth

As Yukon city officials prepare to meet Wednesday to discuss what City Manager Jim Crosby calls a “flat” budget, they got some good news. The city saw its first increased sales tax report in more than six months when compared to both the previous month and last May. The report, which was produced by the…

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Flooding closes roads, prompts rescues

Portions of Interstate 40 and State Highway 66 were among the roads that were closed Tuesday as floodwaters inundated the area, officials said. Andrew Skidmore, the director of Canadian County Emergency Management department, said dozens of roads were closed throughout the county after more than six inches of rain fell between Monday and early Tuesday.…

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Ex-teacher enters blind plea to sex charges

A former Yukon teacher has admitted that she had a sexual relationship with a student. Hunter Joanne Day, 23, entered a “blind plea” to charges of a second-degree rape and soliciting sex through technology during a hearing Tuesday. She could face up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced at 1:30 p.m. June…

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Annual food drive benefits Manna Pantry

Despite Saturday’s rain, letter carriers in Yukon and Piedmont delivered tons of food for Manna Pantry. Jennifer Wild, president of the board for the local emergency food pantry, said heavy downpours Saturday morning may have reduced the amount of food that was donated. Still, more than 22,000 pounds of nonperishable food was donated, and more…

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Heavy rain storms take toll on Canadian County

Washed out roads, stranded motorists, burning oil storage tanks and collapsed mobile homes were all part of the story Wednesday after storms dumped more than four inches of rainfall on the area. Fire and rescue crews spent much of Wednesday trying to help motorists who drove into floodwaters. At least three people had to be…

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