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June 28, 2017

Archives for February 2016

Public Hearing for Hwy 66 Improvements

(Advisory from ODOT) The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is having a public meeting to present information about future projects along SH-66 from Arcadia to Luther that are designed to improve traffic flow and safety along the corridor. The proposed projects will address poor pavement conditions, insufficient drainage, safety issues such as narrow lanes and a

Former Band Teacher in Court

For the first time since his arrest three weeks ago, the attorneys in the case against former Luther Band Teacher Kyle Whitmus met today in Oklahoma County District Court. Whitmus was arrested Feb. 2, 2016, on five counts of sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 14, according to the OSBI’s report, including

SOTA Meets Tonight

Another Thursday and another turnpike meeting. But tonight’s meeting about the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike does not involve the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. This is a meeting is organized by the SOTA group, (STOP the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority). Harrah Church 101 S Dobbs Rd. Harrah, OK 73045 7pm The venue will accommodate more than 800 guests. SOTA, also known

Turnpike Authority Approves “Right-of-Way Acquisition” Policy

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority board met today for its regular February meeting. Tucked within the inch-thick formal agenda packet was an item to consider adoption of a “Right-of-Way Acquisition Policy” for the Driving Forward Program. The OTA calls it “Right-of-Way Acquisition,” but those in the path of some of the new projects, including the $300 million

By the numbers

The regular meeting of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is a mite quieter than last month when hundreds came out to protest, and support the EOC loop connecting I-40 to I-44. The January 2016 operations report of the system shows toll revenues up nearly three percent over a year ago. Total $20 million. There were 74

Pencils, Maps & Generosity

The agenda did not call for discussion of much economic development, but the Luther Economic Development Authority showed its generous side last Thursday when members voted to buy school supplies for the cash-strapped Luther Public Schools. Not all of the four members present for the meeting were aware of the funding issues when LEDA staffer Chere Kolar

Turnpike Troubles

Trust, power and lifestyle. To oversimplify, the opposition to the Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike project could be boiled down to a few basic issues: trust – or lack of it; power, who has it and why; and lifestyle, rural residents who say they don’t want the expensive road, not in their back yard – not even in their part

A great day for a Local Show

The Luther Agriculture Barn off Rte 66 at the bridge is the place to be today. Members of 4H and FFA, their parents, grandparents, biggest fans AND an impressive collection of livestock are ready for the annual show. The concession stand with baked items, walking tacos and good food galore will satisfy any hunger and support a

Can’t Stop a Turnpike

“Is it a done deal that we’re going to build it? Absolutely it’s going to happen.” Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley’s comment brought thunderous jeers at the public hearing Thursday night regarding the controversial Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike loop adjoining Interstate I-40 to the Turner Turnpike (I-44) – a path that could potentially affect some

Weekend Plans: LUTHER LOCAL SHOW

The best ticket in town this weekend is for the annual Luther Local Show. The weekend kicks off Friday night WITH A DANCE from 7 – 10 pm on the Ag Barn floor. Bring a lawn chair, buy some food and drinks and be ready to two-step, whip or line dance. Big Day Saturday begins

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