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Elk City ranks among state's safest cities

In a recent study conducted by California-based real estate site Movoto.com, Elk City ranked eighth in the state when it comes to overall safety in cities with populations greater than 10,000.

Natalie Grigson, Movoto staff writer, said the list was compiled by comparing the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report. Any cities without data reported to the bureau were omitted.

Of the 40 remaining cities, researchers looked at the following statistics: Murder; Rape; Robbery; Assault; Burglary; Theft; and Vehicle theft.

Those crimes were then divided into four categories: murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and totals.

“We calculated all of these crimes based on crimes per 100,000 residents, in order to compare larger and smaller cities fairly,” Grigson wrote. “Then, each place was ranked on a score from one to 40 in terms of all of these categories per 100,000, with one being the best and safest possible score.”

The rankings, Grigson added, were calculated in such a way that murders, violent crimes and property crimes carried more weight than the total number of crimes - the total number of crimes accounted for 10 percent of the overall score, with the other categories given 30 percent each.

In regards to Elk City, Grigson wrote:
“This small Beckham County city had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the state, with just 186 per 100,000 in 2012. Of those, there were no robberies, no murders, 17 rapes and 169 assaults per 100,000.

“Additionally, there were 615 burglaries, 1,964 thefts and 211 vehicle thefts per 100,000, making a total of 2,976 crimes per 100,000, which was the 13th lowest in the state.

“Glenn Pool, a city with a similarly-sized population (just over 11,000) had a total of 3,026 crimes per 100,000, including 2,244 peroperty crimes, 782 violent crimes and nine murders per 100,000 residents.”

Registration deadline approaching

Aug. 1, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the August 26 Runoff Primary Election, Beckham County Election Board Secretary Deidre O’Briant said today.

O’Briant said that to be eligible to register, you must be a United States citizen, a resident of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old.

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Aug. 1.

O’Briant explained that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed; however, the application will not be approved until after Aug.26.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration.

The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.

O’Briant said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 306 E. Main Street in Sayre, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county.

O’Briant said that application forms also are available to download, print and mail from the state’s election board website www.elections.ok.gov.


Learn about orphan train Sunday

The Elk City Library program at 2 p.m. Sunday, “Riders on the Orphan Trains,” combines live music by Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore, video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors, and a dramatic reading of the 2012 novel “Riders on the Orphan Train” by award-winning author Alison Moore. Although the program is about children, it is designed to engage audiences of all ages and to inform, inspire and raise awareness about this little-known part of history.

Pat Sprowls, librarian, says the program promises to be both historically interesting and entertaining. Held in the downstairs Carnegie Room, attendees are urged to use the west doors to the library.

Alison Moore is a former Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona and a current Humanities Scholar in Texas.

She lives in Austin and completed the novel “Riders on the Orphan Train” with a fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Texas Institute of Letters and the Dobie/Paisano Foundation of the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of three other books, one of which was chosen as an American Library Association Notable Books of 1993.
In 2004 she received the Katherine Ann Porter Prize for Fiction.

Phil Lancaster studied art and music at L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in Angers, France.
He became a member of a bluegrass band that traveled and played throughout France and produced an album entitled “Bluegrass Oldies Ltd./Traveling Show.” He also worked as a stage theatre technician for La Coursive Theatre Nationale in La Rochelle, France. After returning to the U.S. he met three Arkansas musicians and the acoustic quartet “Still on the Hill” was formed in Fayetteville.

They released their first CD in 1997, the second in 2000. The group performed at national and international festivals. In 2007 he received an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship for Music Composition. He currently lives in Austin and is a co-presenter of “Riders on the Orphan Train.”


Beckham County Relay for Life needing teams

Beckham County Relay For Life is recruiting teams for the August Relay For Life event. So far, six teams have signed on.

Relay For Life will be held Aug. 22 at Elk City Convention Center. The survivor meal will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the survivors walk at 7 p.m. Survivors will receive t-shirts for participating.

Teams will relay until 2 a.m. Aug. 23.
According to the Beckham County Relay For Life website, so far six teams with 30 participants have raised $22,845.34 of their $60,000 goal.

Publicity Committee Chairman Karen Snyder explained that Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national signature activity. She said more teams and more sponsors are needed.

“We had eight or nine teams last year but only six this year,” Snider explained. “Others have promised to join but have not yet registered or attended any meetings.”

ECDN publishing alumni reunion special section

Do you have any old school photos to share?

Elk City High School’s tri-annual alumni reunion is Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at Elk City Convention Center. In advance of the reunion, The Elk City Daily News will publish a special section featuring old photos and stories about Elk City High School.

Send photos to cheryl@ecdailynews.com with your name and the names of the people in the photos, school year and any other available information. Or stop by the office at 206 W. Broadway between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and we will scan your photos for you.

Any photos left at the office will be returned.


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