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A FORMER CORDELL MAN IS BEING HELD IN THE WASHITA COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND AFTER MAKING A COURT APPEARANCE YESTERDAY ON A FIRST DEGREE MURDER INDICTMENT. 35 YEAR OLD RONNIE DENNY JUNIOR WAS INDICTED IN JUNE IN THE DEATH OF MELISSA SUE FLORES, WHO WENT MISSING IN JANUARY 2007.  DISTRICT ATTORNEY DENNIS SMITH TOLD THE COURT THAT THE PROSECUTION PLANS TO DISMISS THE INDICTMENT AND FILE AN INFORMATION OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN CONNECTION WITH THE CASE. AUTHORITIES SAY ITEMS BELONGING TO FLORES, INCLUDING HER CELLPHONE, PURSE AND CAR WERE FOUND AT THE DENNY RESIDENCE. HOWEVER, THE REMAINS OF FLORES HAVE NEVER BEEN FOUND. IF CONVICTED, DENNY FACES THE POSSIBLITY OF LIFE IN PRISON, LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE OR EVEN DEATH.

MEMBERS OF AIR EVAC LIFETEAM MADE A PRESENTATION TO THE WEATHERFORD REGIONAL HOSPITAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES LAST NIGHT WITH HOPES OF LOCATING IN WEATHERFORD.  SPOKESPERSON JAY CHAPPELLE SAYS AIR EVAC IS EAGER TO LOCATE IN WEATHERFORD. THE HOSPITAL BOARD DECIDED TO ALLOW HOSPITAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER DEBBIE HOWE AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT TO ALLOW THE LEASE OF AN ACRE BEHIND THE HOSPITAL.  HOWE SAYS UNTIL A PERMANENT FACILITY CAN BE CONSTRUCTED, AIR EVAC STAFF COULD BE LOCATED AT THE OLD WEATHERFORD FIRE STATION.  

PASSAGE OF A SCHOOL BOND ISSUE AND ELECTION OF A NEW MAYOR WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF BALLOTS CAST FOR CORDELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE CITY OF CORDELL YESTERDAY.  CORDELL SUPERINTENDENT BRAD OVERTON SAYS SAFEROOMS AS PART OF NEW CLASSROOMS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROJECT. ALSO, CITY OF CORDELL VOTERS ELECTED BOB PLUMMER AS THE NEW MAYOR DEFEATING INTERIM MAYOR RICK OLIVER.  PLUMMER GOT 64% OF THE VOTE.

A CHARGE OF GRAND LARCENY HAS BEEN FILED IN CUSTER COUNTY DISTRICT COURT AGAINST TWO MEN. 61 YEAR OLD GARY ALAN JEFFRIES SENIOR AND 34 YEAR OLD GARY ALAN JEFFRIES JUNIOR ALLEGEDLY TOOK AN ESTIMATED $25,000 WORTH OF RAILROAD MATERIAL FROM FARMRAIL OF CLINTON.  

BECKHAM COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE APPROVED A CONTRACTURAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND OFFENDER WATCH. SHERIFF SCOTT JAY SAYS OFFENDER WATCH IS SOFTWARE TO HELP TRACK SEX OFFENDERS IN THE COUNTY. SHERIFF JAY SAYS OFFENDER WATCH COSTS $3,500 A YEAR AND WILL BE PAID FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT FUND.

A NEW SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN HONOR OF UNA BEUTLER TO BENEFIT THE RODEO PROGRAM AT SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY IN WEATHERFORD.  BEUTLER WAS WELL KNOWN IN COLLEGE RODEO CIRCLES AS A DEDICATED AND PROFESSIONAL RODEO SECRETARY ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS.  CONTINUED DONATIONS TO THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL KEEP IT A VIABLE RECRUITMENT TOOL FOR SWOSU AND ALSO HONOR THE MEMORY OF UNA BEUTLER.

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