The Duncan Banner

Local News

May 14, 2013

Commissioners seek bids for E911 mapping

DUNCAN —

Stephens County will be going out for bids to find a company to complete the county E911 mapping.
During Monday’s regular meeting, the Board of Stephens County Commissioners entered into a 20-minute executive session to talk with District Attorney Jason Hicks and county E911 Director Mark Suson to determine what action should be taken in relation to E911 mapping for the county. The county did have a contract with Visual Lease Services Inc. for the mapping project, but the commissioners and Suson were unsatisfied by the product.
“I move we hire another mapping company because Visual Lease did not complete it,” Lonnie Estes, District 2 commissioner, said.
Visual Lease began the mapping project in June 2011, but by November 2012, the county was already looking for other alternatives to get the mapping done. During the Nov. 19, 2012 meeting, the commissioners hired Spatial Data Research to move the mapping process along.
Because of the action taking during Monday’s regular meeting, the county will be going out for bids to find a company to complete the county E911 mapping.
While the mapping project did require an executive session, it wasn’t the only item discussed in detail by the commissioners.
The board approved seeking bids for a new air conditioner system for the Stephens County Courthouse.
About three weeks ago, the air conditioner system began experiencing problems, leading to the commissioners to call an emergency meeting to get the system back up and running. Stephens County Emergency Management Director Gary Ball said it could take up to four weeks to get a new system installed after the bids are opened, which would leave the installation about two months from now.
Ball said the goal is to get the compressors running until the system can be replaced, although it’s uncertain whether those compressors will be able to hold out until the replacement can be put in place.

Text Only
Local News
  • Bench found competent, trial to start Monday

    A jury took 50 minutes on Thursday to find Miles Sterling Bench competent to stand trial for first-degree murder  and District Judge Joe Enos scheduled the trial to begin Monday.
    Bench, 23, of, Velma, is accused of the bludgeoning death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry of Velma. She was killed in June 2012 in the Teepee Totem convenience store in Velma where Bench was employed.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 Miller and Decathlon 0016.jpg Miller pumps up decathlon students

    Dr. Ché Miller, who helped bridge a funding gap needed to send the Duncan High School Decathlon Team to the national competition in Hawaii, gave the team a pep talk on Thursday.
    Miller, recently recognized as the Man of the Year by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the students they are about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and advised them to absorb as much of the experience as they can.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Churches prepare for Easter Sunday

    Churches throughout Duncan and Stephens County are preparing to celebrate Easter this Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
    Today is known as Good Friday to mark the day Christ was crucified on a cross.

    April 18, 2014

  • 4-18 lauren-ellis mug.jpg Ellis named new CEO of regional United Way

    Lauren Ellis, who’s led the United Way of Stephens County for more than two years, has been named the new chief executive officer of the United Way of Southwest Oklahoma.
    Her new job will be based in Lawton but Ellis said she will remain in Duncan and commute.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jurors to decide Bench competency issue today

    Jurors will hear final arguments on Thursday and then be asked to determine whether  23-year-old Miles Sterling Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry nearly two years ago.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17 Decathlon Team1 0127.jpg DHS Decathlon Teams prepares

    Not every high school student gets an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii. But that’s exactly what’s happening with the 10 team members of the Duncan High School Decathlon Team.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Baseball tourney to be held in Wiles' memory

    The Duncan Middle School baseball team will hold a tournament in memory of the late Alyssa Wiles.

    April 17, 2014

  • Corporon memorial planned for Friday in Marlow

    A candlelight vigil for Dr. William Corporon and his grandson Reat Underwood will be held at Marlow High School at 8 p.m. Friday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Gay recuses himself from Morales trial

    Associate District Judge Dennis Gay on Wednesday disqualified himself from the trial of Dr. Oscar Morales Jr.

    April 17, 2014

  • Psychologists disagree on Bench’s mental competency

    Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions  about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
    Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.

    April 16, 2014