Mark Twain students learned the ins and outs of recycling.
During a recycling program Friday, the students learned more about the recycling program being instituted by Waste Connections for Duncan, Marlow and Comanche. The program goes into effect May 6 and will include a twice-monthly recycling pickup schedule.
Justin Hicks, Waste Connections employee, demonstrated what types of items can be recycled, including aluminum cans, plastic drink bottles and plastic laundry detergent bottles.
“About 70 percent of the trash you throw away can be recycled,” Hicks said.
Earlier in the school year, the students constructed an igloo of milk jugs.
The igloo was disassembled so the students could contribute to the recycling efforts.
The students dropped the gallon jugs into the recycling cart, which was then picked up by the recycling truck and dumped into the truck. In all, there were about 450 milk jugs.
While the program’s start is only one week away, the conversation about recycling has been ongoing since June 2012. It wasn’t until January that members of the South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority signed to officially bring the curbside recycling program to the three cities, all of which are represented by SCOEA.
Hicks said Waste Connections employees will sort through the recycling, which will be released onto a conveyor belt.
The items allowed to be collected through the recycling efforts include newspaper, other types of paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard and glass. Some things not allowed include plastic bags, light bulbs and food scraps.
As he talked with the students, Hicks mentioned the need for recycling. He said it greatly reduces the amount of trash going into the landfill, which helps prolong the use of that landfill.
He said the Rewards Program cost $5 a month to participate in, but the average person gets between $10 to $20 in rewards each month.
Points are distributed evenly to all participants on a recycle collection route. He said there are about 1,100 people on each route.
“We are not sure what the rewards will be yet,” Hicks said. “We’re wanting to work with local vendors to keep the money in the community.”
Mark Twain students learned the ins and outs of recycling.
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Half-cent sales tax approval urged for city’s growth
Twenty years have passed since the City of Duncan passed a half-cent sales tax to establish a foundation to strengthen the local economy.
Lyle Roggow, president of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, and Ben Herrington, DAEDF Board chairman, spoke Thursday on the need to continue the sales tax to keep the economy strong.
Junior livestock show finishes Friday night
The 76th Stephens County Junior Livestock Show concludes tonight with the awards presentation at 6 and the bonus sale at 6:30 at the county fairgrounds and expo center.
On Thursday, the doe meat goat show, wether meat goat show, steer show and heifer show were held.
Church Women United organization to celebrate World Day of Prayer
Christian women from various denominations will celebrate their beliefs by coming together this morning to pray.
The local Church Women United organization is set to meet at 9:30 a.m. today in the First Christian Church for fellowship and a program. Today is the 2014 World Day of Prayer, which brings women from all denominations together. The local effort is headed by Church Women United.
Baseball teams remember Chris Lane in Ada
One by one, they stopped playing or coaching and walked past the media to talk about Chris Lane.
Guess you could say he was on everybody’s mind Wednesday, especially the 40 or so players from Redlands Community College and East Central University.
They were all wearing Chris Lane’s numbers on the ECU diamond.
Ray sentenced to life without parole
Stephens County District Judge Joe Enos on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Michael Anthony Ray to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a 14-year-old girl.
Ray, of Marlow, pleaded guilty Dec. 30, 2013, to the murder of Alyssa Dawn Wiles on June 10, 2013, in her home in Duncan.
McDonald talks about Fort Sill to Rotary Club
As the U.S. military continues to evolve, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said Wednesday he hopes Fort Sill will continue to improve.
McDonald, the guest speaker at the Duncan Rotary Club, gave an update on Fort Sill and compared the Rotary Club to the U.S. Armed Forces.
Arrest warrant issued for two assailants
An arrest warrant has been filed for Terrance Johnson and Dermond Jones Jr. after an attack in the Elm Terrace Apartments.
The alleged assailants took off with a suitcase containing the victim’s clothes, his wallet with $20 in it and a pair of boots worth $150. The victim was treated at Duncan Regional Hospital and was not able to note who his attackers were until Friday.
Awards handed out at Junior Livestock Show
The Stephens County Junior Livestock Show enters its fourth day today with the doe meat goat show at 10 a.m. followed by the wether meat goat show.
The steer show will be at 3 p.m. and the heifer show will be at 5 p.m.
Modern dance troupe to perform Saturday
A modern dance company based in Oklahoma City will perform in Duncan on Saturday.
Known as Perpetual Motion Dance, the troupe was formed in 2002 and has become known as the premier modern and aerial dance company in Oklahoma.
Waurika city manager fired
Waurika City Commissioners will hold a special meeting Thursday to begin a job search to replace City Manager Chuck Brown, whose contract with the city was terminated at a regular meeting Monday.
Brown was in a seventh year as city manager before his tenure ended following an executive session late in the regular meeting at City Hall. Mayor Jim Bernard, Vice Mayor Carole Eakin and commissioners Gayle Johnson and Bill Everett voted unanimously to confirm the termination.
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