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August 22, 2017

Archives for January 2017

The old lawsuit against the school

A lot of news gathering involves checking files, making calls, verifying information, and waiting for return calls and email replies. Then there’s time to write. It always takes longer than I think it should. But it’s a necessary part of the process. Agencies that utilize the internet make it easier to check court records and

Smith enters Blind Plea

Former Luther Town Trustee Richard Smith will not face a jury on his 2015 charges related to copper theft. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, January 23, 2017. His attorney said Smith entered a blind plea on Friday. James Richard Smith was arrested in June 2015 after Oklahoma County authorities alleged he ordered jail

Mohr: Incumbent for School Board

When Matt Mohr filed for the Luther School Board five years ago, he was unopposed. It took no election for him to join the board. This time, as board president, he’s an incumbent with two challengers. When school district voters go to the polls for the February 14, 2017, election – they’ll choose between Mohr,  Tony

Upward & Onward: Luther Elementary Earns Award

If life gives you lemons, we’re supposed to make lemonade. When Luther Elementary received a grade of “F/53” from its Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test from the Spring of 2014, it represented a whole basket of lemons. That grade, announced that following October, came during Principal Sheila Wilson’s first year in Luther. “We were devastated, to say the least,

Keeping up with the lawsuits

Dockets at the Oklahoma County Courthouse reflect some ongoing cases with Luther connections. Luther Public Schools v ARC Architecture. The breach of contract lawsuit filed by the Norman architecture firm against Luther Public Schools was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Wednesday of this week. Court records show that the conference was “stricken by agreement.” At

A generous crowd

The 2017 FFA/4H Benefit Dinner and auction is history. Calculators were buzzing and checks were stacking up at the end of the evening to tally and collect all of the money for the SOLD BIDS for more than 50 items. The final count isn’t in, but looks like the evening’s efforts brought in about $15,000 – money directly

School Board Appreciation

January is slipping by, but it’s not too late to let Luther School Board members know they are appreciated. It’s School Board Appreciation Month. The Oklahoma State Schools Boards association says the effort is “an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role an elected board member assumes in a representative democracy.

More Pay Raises for Town Employees

The Luther Town Trustees voted Tuesday night to give three Luther Public Works Authority employees $2 hourly raises, a move that will add $1,000 a month to payroll expenses, based on a 40 hour work week. The board approved each raise separately. The first item called for consideration, discussion and possible action regarding hiring a maintenance

Land Exchange: the bank building for the tennis courts

The First Bank & Trust in Luther has a deal for the Town of Luther. Bank President Gary Roy and the bank’s attorney Matthew Winton spoke before the Luther Town Board Tuesday night offering a land trade. The pair proposed trading the bank’s Main Street property for three acres owned by the town next to

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