Canadian County

Judge scolds ex-teacher convicted of rape

Through tears, Hunter Day on Friday admitted that she was not prepared to be a teacher and took on too much responsibility in becoming a teacher. That decision, she said, allowed her to stray from her marriage and give into the temptation of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy who was one of…

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County slashes funding to area libraries

For the past three years, libraries across Canadian County have benefited from the income that has been derived through the county’s Educational Facilities Authority. They will continue to do so this year, although the amount of funding is being reduced by more than half. The three county commissioners, acting Monday as the trustees for the…

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Survivor points to need for unified services

By Chris Eversole Shelia’s experience with the criminal justice system was not good for many years. Law enforcement officers sometimes didn’t believe her when they responded to her calls for help with domestic violence. Despite court protective orders, her ex-husband harassed her, her extended family and her employers through 6,000 derogatory text messages and in…

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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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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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Father looks for closure with Posey trial

The father of a Calumet woman who authorities say was raped and then beaten to death by a Tulsa oil-field worker in 2013 says he is glad the trial is finally underway. “It took five years and 10 months for it to start,” Keith Heinley said. Heinley is the father of Amy Gibbins and the…

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Canadian County tops population growth in state

Canadian County continues to be the fastest growing county in Oklahoma and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. According to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Canadian County has grown by more than 4,000 since 2017 and almost 30,000 since 2010. According to the census estimates, there…

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Bench trial set for ex-Yukon teacher accused of rape

A former Yukon teacher accused of rape could face a bench trial in May after she failed to enter an expected blind plea on Tuesday. Hunter Joanne Day, 24, told Canadian County District Judge Paul Hesse that she was not prepared to enter a guilty plea to charges of second-degree rape and soliciting sex from…

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County panel approves Yukon schools’ loan

An $18 million loan that will help push forward work on a new Yukon school was approved Monday by the Canadian County Educational Facilities Authority. The loan, which is considered short-term, was approved unanimously by the panel during a special meeting. The Yukon School Board authorized the loan during its meeting last week. At that…

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