Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews in Duncan were gearing up early today for incoming equipment and neighboring crews, as they prepared to head to northwest Oklahoma to assist in the blizzard.
Division Maintenance Engineer Brad Mirth said the 18-man crew would begin travel north later today to Clinton, moving two motor graders, two front end loaders, six dump trucks with plows and sanders.
ODOT Construction Engineer Jeff Hiller said they could move toward Woodward depending on how the blizzard hits that area.
Hiller expected those areas to be most impacted. They were coordinating efforts with nine other counties in their district.
Stephens County Commissioners said they also have crews on standby should the weather take a turn for the worse locally. As of 2:30 p.m. the rain began changing to wet snow in Duncan, but was still more rain than snow.
District 3 County Commissioner Dee Bowen said road crews and the commissioners were ready and prepared but waiting to see what the weather was doing later to make any decisions.
“It is a normal day for us right now,” Bowen said earlier in the morning. “We are just waiting to see what the weather does. We have sand spreaders loaded and ready if we need them.”
Drivers should keep a watch on any area with ice or snow.
Although the City of Duncan does not have any snow plows available, Public Works Director Scott Vaughn said they are as ready as they can be. Should the weather get bad, the city will be using their two sand trucks to help with road conditions.
“In the event that snow needs to be cleared, we will use road graders, back hoes and front end loaders,” Vaughn said.
He warned that drivers should be especially careful on steep intersections such as the where U.S. Highway 81 road intersects with Elder Avenue and Pine and on bridges. If road crews are needed, their first priority will be clearing access to emergency personnel — police department, the fire stations and hospitals. Major intersections and bridges would be the next concern.
“If the weather hits, people need to slow down and allow more time to get from point ‘a’ to point ‘b,’” Vaughn said. “Be mindful and watchful of the conditions.”
Bowen said there are no specific locations in the county that people should watch out for but said the intersections would be the worst. Should the weather get worse, the county road crews will be focusing on spreading sand primarily only on intersections.
“We just do not have the manpower to do the whole road,” Bowen said.
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Church ministry to host $1-per-gallon gas event on Saturday
Hop & Sack Grocery should be hopping on Saturday morning.
The annual gas buydown project, a ministry of Marlow’s First Baptist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday.
The church will buy down the price of gas so customers will pay only $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons.
Homegrown Marlow singer returns for free concert
Marlow native Chance Anderson brought his band to Marlow’s downtown stage Thursday evening for the second of three community concerts of the summer.
Free hot dogs and drinks were served to about 150 people who gathered for the music.
Jason McPherson, city administrator, said he was proud of the turnout, especially with the raging heat.
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National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday
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The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.
Temperature hits 101
The temperature hit 101 in Duncan on Thursday and stayed there for about two hours before cooling down to 99 at 6:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
More hot weather is in the forecast.
Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting
Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.
What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project
Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but before that happens a fairly large hole has to be filled.
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man
Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62, for a traffic violation on Saturday.
Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process
A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.
Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition
A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.
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