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|Cancer claims Elk City SRO
After battling cancer for more than a year, Elk City Student Resource Officer Larry Whitely passed away Wednesday night.
Whitely, who was diagnosed with cancer in May 2013, told The Elk City Daily News in April that the love and support given to him by the community helped him through numerous treatments. He said he would often go directly from radiation treatments to work in the mornings.
“When you have a really bad day, the best thing you can do is start walking the halls and seeing the kids or going down and seeing the third- and fourth- graders,” Whitely said in April. “They’ll love you to death.”
At the time, Whitely said he kept a bag of notes and get well cards next to his recliner, and he read each one.
Whitely served as school resource officer for more than a decade.
Before that, he worked as a patrolman, then an investigator for the Elk City Police Department.
New Sayre restaurant opens doors
Upscale dining comes to downtown Sayre.
Owner Angie Walker teamed up with Chef Bud Anderson to develop The Iron Post’s menu.
In addition to appetizers like Hot Asiago Cheese and Shrimp, entrée salads such as Grilled Salmon Salad, and pasta dishes like Chicken Artichoke Pasta, The Iron Post will also serve gourmet sandwiches.
The menu’s anchor, though, is Angus Beef.
“Angie envisioned opening an upscale eatery and fell in love with the West Main location and the newly revived downtown,” Graham said. “We’re excited she chose to open her restaurant here.”
The Iron Post is located at 309 West Main in Sayre. Banquet space is also available for private parties. For more information about Friday’s grand opening, call 580-928-3386.
NOAA: Drought conditions ‘improving’
Western Oklahoma saw more much-needed precipitation in the last four days, with area Mesonet recording stations logging between one and two inches of rainfall.
Cheyenne saw the highest rainfall amount in the area with 2.59 inches. Further south, Erick recorded 1.55 inches, with Retrop logging 2.18 inches and Butler recording 2.56 inches.
According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Beckham County generally sees just over 27 inches of rain in non-drought years. And while the current Erick total of 19.2 inches in the past 365 days still falls short, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the drought conditions in western Oklahoma, while persisting, are improving.
“Widespread June rainfall over the Plains and Corn Belt continued to improve drought conditions across Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas,” NOAA representatives stated in a seasonal assessment. A new assessment will be released on Aug. 21.
While the Elk City area isn’t expected to receive any more rainfall from this latest storm, it will see another chance of precipitation on Aug. 7. Until then, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 80s and low 90s, with lows topping out around 70 degrees.
1964 Elk City grad to present book
Storyteller Aralyn Hughes will present an excerpt of one of her stories and be available to sign books at the Elk City Public Library at noon Saturday.