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Jury: Gordon Splinter not guilty in shooting death

After more than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury found Gordon Splinter II, not guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death five years ago of Michael Smith of Erick.

Splinter, 36, was taken into custody in Amarillo early last year. At the time, Beckham County Sheriff Scott Jay said Splinter was initially a person of interest in the case, then a suspect, but lack of evidence stalled the investigation.

Michael Smith was shot with a high-power rifle outside a house on April 29, 2008. He was taken to Sayre Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

According to officials at the Beckham County Court Clerk’s office, the jury began deliberation at 5 p.m. Tuseday and returned at 3:35 a.m. today.

Ben Firth named to OSU leadership council

Oklahoma State University has named 118 incoming freshmen - including one Elk City graduate - to its President’s Leadership Council for the 2014-2015 school year.

2014 Elk City graduate Benjamin Firth (Nutrition/Pre-Med and Spanish, son of Paul and Cheryl Firth) was chosen for the council.
PLC is a freshmen scholarship and academic leadership program that emphasizes the importance of leadership and service throughout life.

Students in the President’s Leadership Council complete a year-long class to develop skills including problem solving, self-assessment, planning and implementing change, and team building and maintenance.


Archer re-elected to state board

Elk City City Manager Anita Archer has been re-elected as a district representative for the City Management Association of America.

District representatives serve two-year staggered terms to represent the members of CMAO’s seven districts across the state.

Craig Stephenson, Ponca City City Manager, was elected president of the City Management Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) Board of Directors for 2014-2015 at the semi-annual business meeting during the 2014 Summer Conference in Guthrie, OK, July 16-18.

Stephenson was one of four officers elected to the board as provided in the CMAO by-laws. The officers will serve a one-year term.

“As the incoming President of the City Management Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) I look forward to working with both new and continuing members of the CMAO Board in promoting the profession of City Management in Oklahoma,” said Stephenson.  

“CMAO has implemented several initiatives the last several years to enhance professionalism in the state by providing educational opportunities to the CMAO membership, as well as informational opportunities to the residents of our communities about the importance and value of a professionally managed municipality.”

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.

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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