|United Fund announces 2015 recipients
The Elk City Area United Fund has released its list of recipients for 2015.
Each year, the United Fund donates thousands of dollars to local non-profit organizations.
In all, $55,600 will be split among 11
organizations. A total of $61,160 will be sought during this fall’s fundraising drive, $5,560 of which is anticipated to be uncollectable. To qualify, each organization must be not-for-profit and hold no more than one fundraising event each year.
This year’s recipients are:
Elk City Arts Council - $5,100
Civil Defense - $500
Summer Youth Recreation - $8,000
Multi-County Youth Services - $1,000
Action Associates - $9,000
Western Oklahoma Learning Center - $4,500
HELP, Inc. - $7,000
Meals on Wheels - $5,000
Girls Softball - $5,000
Elk City Youth Football - $8,000
Salvation Army $2,500.
Chelsea Stigleman raising funds for overseas mission trip
An Elk City native is working to raise funds for a mission trip to India.
“I am hopefully going on a fully-student-funded mission trip into the slums of India,” said Chelsea Stigleman, who graduated from Elk City High School in 2011 and now attends Oklahoma State University. “Our hope is to shine the light of Christ while being the hands and feet of Jesus to the poorest of the poor.”
Of the $3,000 Stigleman needs to make the trip, she’s raised about $60 and expects to bring in about $120 more.
“Around half of our cost to go on the mission trip will go directly to building some beautiful people homes,” Stigleman said.
Law enforcement sets sights on uninsured motorists
Motorists who drive without auto insurance will have their tags impounded, and they’ll have 10 days to take care of their legal and administrative obligations to get those tags back, thanks to a relatively new law in Oklahoma.
The Temporary Motorist Liability Law went into effect on Jan. 01.
It authorizes policemen, Sheriff’s deputies and OHP troopers to seize a driver’s tag if he is pulled over for a traffic violation or involved in a crash and found to not have insurance on his vehicle.
When a tag is seized, law enforcement officials will issue a citation that allows the driver to legally drive for 10 days without a vehicle tag.
To get the tag back, the offender has to pay his citation for not having insurance, pay administrative fees, and purchase auto insurance, Sheriff Jay said.
If the offending motorist fails to meet these obligations and decides to drive his vehicle after that 10-day period, law enforcement will impound the vehicle.
Nearly one in four Oklahoma drivers does not have auto insurance, according to Insurance Commissioner John Doak.
Oklahoma’s Temporary Motorist Liability Law is modeled on a Louisiana law that helped reduce that state’s rate of uninsured drivers from 30 percent down to 10 percent.
City leaders to discuss handling of film crews
Elk City Mayor Dan Gambill said the next city commission meeting will include a discussion on film crews in Elk City.
The talk, Gambill said, came from some concerns regarding a crew that filmed in Elk City on two separate occasions in past months.
“I’m not sure how the item will be phrased yet for it to be discussed, but it will be discussed,” Gambill said.
During the filming, a street was shut down, Gambill said.
“We’re trying to weigh all sides,” Gambill said. “Obviously I’m for it, but we have to look at the whole picture here. I know some people with concerns about it. So, I want us to discuss it, and if (City Manager Anita Archer) and (commissioners) decide they don’t want to do it, I will abide by it.”
The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 4.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.