Canadian County

Hesse to seek full term as district judge

Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse said this week that he will seek a full term in office. Hesse was appointed to the position last year by Gov. Mary Fallin after District Judge Gary E. Miller retired in 2016 after six years as the county’s only district judge. Hesse said he will file for candidacy…

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Canadian County officials issue burn ban

With no measurable precipitation in the past three months and none in the forecast for the near future, Canadian County officials have declared a burn ban. The burn ban went into effect Monday at noon and will continue for at least two weeks. Canadian County is the 19th county in Oklahoma to declare a ban…

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Athletics should play role in Redlands Community College merger talks

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin created a task force that has recently ordered Redlands Community College and several other two-year institutions to develop a plan for merging their boards with a four-year school. Those four-year colleges include regional universities such as Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma and larger institutions such as…

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Merger discussions underway at Redlands Community College

Redlands Community College President Jack Bryant said he expects the process to be “open” concerning a proposal that could see the two-year school merge its board with a four-year school. Bryant made the comment after El Reno Mayor Matt White began calling RCC regents and state lawmakers pushing for the process to be more open.…

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Canadian County Commissioners: Right-of-way permit policy eyed by county

After months of discussion, the Canadian County commissioners are expected to consider a resolution that will require companies wanting to place temporary or permanent structures in the county’s rights-of-way to get a permit. Officials agreed to require the permits in November, but have not actually approved the resolution that would put it into effect. Officials…

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Judge stalls company’s plans for oil, gas wells

By Chris Eversole Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse on Monday issued a temporary restraining order that the City of Mustang sought in its lawsuit over plans for two oil and natural gas wells in the northwestern corner of the city. Hesse scheduled a hearing for Dec. 20 to consider further actions on the lawsuit.…

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Canadian County Deputy helps clean up crime

Jacob Briggs says he could find a job that pays more, but the work he does as an environmental deputy for the Canadian County sheriff’s office is far more rewarding. Briggs, who has served as a part-time environmental officer since 2013, will soon take on the role on a full-time basis. His job will be…

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Canadian County ex-jailer pleads to federal charges

A former Canadian County Detention Center worker faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that he assaulted a prisoner. Jason Barber, 41, of Bethany, entered his plea in U.S Federal Court in the Western District of Oklahoma to charges of depriving a pretrial detainee of his civil rights by…

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Quick, quiet new Mustang power plant takes off

By Chris Eversole With U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas at his side, OG&E’s CEO Sean Trauschke clicked a mouse and turned on the Rolls Royce of power generation Friday. Within 10 minutes, the Rolls Royce engine that powers one of seven new generators at Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s Mustang Energy Center was quietly humming. “Being able…

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