The Woodward News

Local News

May 20, 2014

County commission approves agreements

Woodward County Commissioners approved two youth detention service agreements and a public works agreement at Monday's regular weekly meeting.

Commissioners approved an agreement for detention services ROCMND Area Youth Services of Craig County for the housing of juveniles when Woodward County's facility is full.

Commissioners also approved the contract between the county and its own local youth services provider, Western plains Youth and Family Services, Inc., for the housing of local adjudicated youths. The contract is approved yearly.

In other business, commissioners approved a resolution that authorized the Woodward County Treasurer to reimburse the Woodward County Election Board for extra personnel needed in school, municipal and special purpose district elections scheduled to take place in 2014 and 2015.

A public works contract with William S. Key Correctional Center that would allow the county courthouse, District 3, the fairgrounds and District 2 to utilize inmate labor for maintenance and other minor maintenance projects was also approved.

The contract requires the county to supply a county employee to supervise inmates. The inmates would be permitted to perform mowing and basic maintenance projects, said District 3 Commissioner Vernie Matt.

Commissioners approved financing documentation between District 2 and Welch State Bank for a piece of equipment known as a "Asphalt Zipper."

The equipment mills used asphalt so that it can be reapplied and reused on certain roadway improvements, said District 2 County Commissioner Randy Johnson.

A total of $13,311.81 of alcoholic beverage taxes was collected and allocated by commissioners Monday. The money goes to cities and towns within the county as a part of each town's monthly receipts.

In other business, District one County Commissioner, Tommy Roedell announced that he attended a special class through ACCO (The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma). The class dealt with the best ways for those who work or serve in government offices, schools and even churches should react when there is an "active shooter" present.

"The information was very good and I was just wondering if we could maybe find out if there were some offices here and with the school who wanted to send people to this," he said.

According to Roedell, the course suggested three possible responses to an active shooter;

1. Get out

2. Hide out

3. Take the shooter out

Each action would depend on the circumstances, Roedell said.

According to Roedell, the course was helpful in bringing to mind the awareness that all need to have when they are at any work location.

"Even though we are in a rural area, there is really no place that is safe now and we need to be aware and plan for how to respond to these things," Roedell said.

Text Only
Local News
  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014

  • Winners of Cudd Legacy award named

    Three veterans of the oil industry will receive this year's Bobby Joe Cudd Legacy Award during the Tri-State Oil and Gas Convention on Aug. 7 at the Woodward Conference Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Benefit gun raffles underway

    Woodward Reserve police officers and other Woodward full time officers have come together to support one of their own.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014