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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.
The Iron Post will have a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at noon Friday, and the public is invited.

Owner Angie Walker teamed up with Chef Bud Anderson to develop The Iron Post’s menu.
“Anderson is a Business Developer for food service distributor Ben E. Keith and has assisted in developing several area restaurants,” said Sayre Chamber Executive Director Belinda Graham.

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.
“The mainstay will be the 100% Angus steaks cooked to order,” Graham said.
The Iron Post will also have a full breakfast menu and daily lunch specials.
Business hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“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.

KID ME NOT is an anthology of child-free women of the ‘60s who are now in their 60s.
The book is currently rated the #1 kindle book in feminist publications on Amazon.

With a forward by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, the anthology features stories of women who made the decision to not have children, as they were the first generation of women to have truly had a choice, due to the advent of the birth control pill.

“I collected and self- published KID ME NOT with the hope that all women, regardless of their inclinations, will be encouraged to listen to the voice within, and follow it, regardless of societal or family expectations,” Hughes said. ...


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