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County recognizes administrators

The Beckham County Health Department recognized the work of its three administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Day Wednesday.

“We are grateful for the excellent work all our office professionals do each day to bring order and cohesion to the Beckham County Health Department office,” said Karen Weaver, administrative director. “This work is vital to assure our clients receive the services they are seeking from our agency.”

Administrative Professionals Week is now observed worldwide with nearly 9 million persons working in the United States in administrative roles.

At the Beckham County Health Department, the following staff are recognized for their administrative and office support: Kristi Wilmoth, Shawna Sparks, Samantha Fannin and Cheri Cumiford.


Spring cleanup scheduled

The City of Elk City will allow the residents of Elk City free dumping at the Municipal Landfill during the first spring cleanup week of April 28 through May 3. Simply show your current Elk City residential water bill for waste to be accepted.

No roofing, remodeling or commercial trash will be accepted for free during this event. All loads must be under a tarp, tied down, or bagged.

The city will be providing an added service to this year’s spring cleanup. On Saturday May 3 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Ag Barn behind the Elk City Convention Center, there will be a household hazardous waste collection event for Elk City residents only and you must present a current Elk City residential water bill to participate. Examples of waste accepted are: paint of all types, herbicides, insecticides, old motor oil, anti-freeze, fluorescent bulbs, household cleaners and solvents. Please call 225-1414 if you have any questions.

During the second week of spring cleanup, May 5 through May 9, the city will pick up items that Elk City residents were unable to deliver to the landfill during the week of free landfill dumping. There will be a limit of two items per household. Please call in all collection requests to 225-1414.




Storm damage

An afternoon thunderstorm brought high winds and rain Wednesday, leaving debris scattered through the area.

City crews are working to clear fallen limbs and other objects. According to Elk City Mayor Dan Gambill, anyone with tree limbs down can call the city’s street department for help with the cleanup.

“If you have limbs down, get them to the curb and call 225-1414 and they’ll put you on the list,” Gambill said today.
The Oklahoma Mesonet indicated that rainfall amounts varied widely in the area, from .34 inches in Erick to 1.04 in Mangum. Retrop recorded .29 inches of precipitation.

Wind gusts varied as well, with Mangum again maxing out at 62 miles per hour.

Erick’s top wind gust was recorded at 44 miles per hour, and Cheyenne recorded 49 mile per hour gusts.

In Elk City, people began notifying officials of debris just after 6:30 p.m., when police received a call of a tree that had been downed at 7th and Pioneer.

More debris was reported at 20th and Main in the form of a tank rolling down the street, another tree down at 8th and Washington, and a large tree at 6th and Boone.

A power line was reported down at Grissom and Washington. A telephone pole fell almost completely down at State and 8th, and a trampoline blew into a driveway in the 700 block of Lester.

Another storm system is expected to move into the area Saturday. Currently, Elk City sits at a 30 percent chance of rain during the day and 60 percent overnight, with a high of 89 degrees and a low of 62 degrees.

Winds Saturday are predicted to be from the south at 21 miles per hour.

Next week, the area has a 10 percent chance of rain on May 30, with the rest of the week expected to be breezy and warm, with temperatures ranging from the low 60s to the mid-80s.

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