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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Waurika City Commissioners reinstate Brown
Chuck Brown was somewhat surprised early last week when the Waurika City Commissioners voted to terminate him from the position of city manager.
Brown was very surprised four days later to learn he had been “un-terminated” and restored to the city manager position.
Awards handed out at livestock show
Winners were announced and students walked away vests and plaques at the end of the week-long 76th annual Stephens County Junior Livestock Show, which ended Friday.
Following the award ceremony, the premium sale began as livestock was auctioned off.
Stephens County Fair Board secretary Kathy Shorter said funds for the sale are gathered through the different clubs in support of the students in the competition.
School boards to meet Monday
Bray-Doyle, Central High and Velma-Alma public schools will meet at their respective superintendents’ offices at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Velma-Alma’s school board will discuss possible re-employment of certified teachers and staff for next school year and possible approval of a senior trip to Medieval Times in May
Today marks beginning of Daylight Savings Time
Daylight Savings Time began in the early hours today as clocks were set forward one hour.
Clocks were skipped ahead from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. and won’t be set back again until Nov. 2 when Daylight Savings Time ends.
DPD aims to fill five staff vacancies
The Duncan Police Department is looking for five new officers.
Of the department’s 43 patrol officers, two are females and one is Hispanic. There are no African-American officers.
The city’s search for five new officers includes anyone who is qualified, said Chief of Police Daniel Ford.
Forestry service selling seedlings to public
The Oklahoma Forestry Service will offer the gift of seedlings to the public.
The service, which sells seedlings on its website throughout the year, will come to Duncan to sell seedlings and give Duncan residents a chance to speak to their forester, Kevin Keys, in person during the sale on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stephens County Conservation District Office at 3901 W. Beech Ave.
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.
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