Yukon Area News

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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El Reno man killed Friday in shooting

The man suspected of killing Ryan Randall Johnson on Friday evening, fired multiple times, several rounds from close range, police said. Zachary Khea Huber, 25, is being held in the El Reno municipal jail. Information will be presented to the Canadian County District Attorney for consideration of formal charges. El Reno police arrested Huber just…

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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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Ex-state Sen. Shortey gets 15 years in sex case

By Chris Eversole, Contributing Writer A federal judge on Monday sentenced former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, who formerly represented the Mustang and Yukon areas, to 15 years in prison for soliciting a 17-year-old young man for sex. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti imposed the sentence based on the arrest by police of Shortey, 36,…

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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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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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