Water conservation may no longer be optional.
During Thursday’s Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry community breakfast, Dave Taylor, with Waurika Lake Conservancy District, talked about the declining water supply in the lake, as caused by a prolonged drought. Taylor said people need to start thinking about how much water they’re using and start coming up with ideas to scale back.
“The drought does not sleep,” Taylor said. “We have developed a culture for a wet community, as it’s been for the last 30 years.
“The one thing we can control is consumption.”
For months, the communities served by Waurika Lake have shown concern about how long the water supply will last if the drought doesn’t let up. For the City of Duncan, Waurika Lake is the primary water supply, although the city does have four other lakes that could help.
Taylor said at this rate, Waurika Lake has about 1 1/2 to two years of water left. But if people reduce the amount of water they use, this could help prolong the use of the lake if the drought continues for a prolonged period of time.
“All the cities have good plans for the drought,” Taylor said. “We’re asking people to conserve.”
Taylor did have a list of 100 ways for people to save water, while performing ordinary tasks. Some of the tips he borrowed from Lawton and Wichita Falls, Texas.
The tips ranged from watering the lawn in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation to washing a car on the lawn to clean the car and water the lawn, from running the washing machine only when it’s full to repairing dripping facets as soon as possible.
He said, minding the remaining water in Waurika Lake, takes the cooperation of everyone. He said the time has come for people to start reducing their water usage.
“It’s not when to; it’s how to,” Taylor said.
Water conservation may no longer be optional.
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City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system
By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.
Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.
Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies
A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.
Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.
Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.
Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet
The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.
The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.
Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.
Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children
Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.
All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.
“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Duncan school board to discuss possible bond issue
Another bond issue may be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting will explore the possibility of adding a safe/art room at the Duncan High School. This would be contingent on the passage of a bond issue April 2014.
PBK Architect and CMS Willowbrook, both companies involved in the renovation process at the Duncan High School, will be giving a presentation about the DHS safe/art room project to the Duncan Board of Education.
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