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Economic development sales tax awaits Council, DAEDF agreement
Duncan residents won’t see a ballot for the economic development 1/2 cent sales taxes, voted on every 5 years, until at least April.
The Duncan City Council, at request of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation Board, tabled the sales tax and a resolution for an election during Tuesday’s special meeting. Duncan City Manager Jim Frieda said this request reflected the foundation’s desire to work on language in the resolution.
Duncan bus involved in Tuesday accident
A Duncan school bus accident Tuesday morning resulted in some property damage, but no children were injured.
The accident took place prior to the start of the school day Tuesday, as the bus was heading toward Emerson Elementary. The bus was traveling south on 12th Street between Cedar and Pine streets, Duncan Superintendent Sherry Labyer said.
Horace Mann fifth-graders learn English customs via Skype
Horace Mann fifth-graders could tell you celebrating Christmas in England isn’t much different than celebrating the holiday in the United States.
In fact, English children have quite a few things in commons with American children. This was one thing Horace Mann fifth-graders learned through a Skype conversation with students at the Cotswold School, a language and science academy in Gloucestershire, Great Britain.
Ribbon cutting held at new Windhaven Homes addition
It was a great day for Duncan, as several community leaders put it, when a ribbon cutting ceremony was performed for the Windhaven Homes.
Situated at 102 S. 2nd Street there are 40 new single family homes which have been and will be saving graces to many Duncan families. They are part of a low income-based housing project headed by LW Development, LLC. and partially funded by tax credits through to the developer through the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.
“This is a special occasion for Duncan and a great investment in our community,” said Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce president.
Thousands expected to attend community Christmas dinner
On Christmas Day, people have a place to go, food to eat and others to socialize with.
About 200 volunteers are expected to help with this year’s Stephens County Community Christmas Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25, at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. This is the 25th year for the meal.
“If the weather’s good, we expected over 3,000 people this year,” Sonny Webb, Christmas dinner board member, said. “It’s been good for Duncan. It’s good for the whole county.”
Colder days ahead
Stephens County residents should enjoy this last day of warm weather because the cold is soon to return, according to The Weather Channel.
Though there are temperatures forecasted for today up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, winds up to 20 miles per hour are blowing in a cold front that will settle in tomorrow. The high for Friday is projected to only be 41 degrees and winds will still be quite strong.
Christmas Auction raises funds for more than 300 children
The annual Christmas Auction raised more than $32,000 to help clothe Duncan children. On Saturday, the auction shopping purchased clothes for 305 children (about $100 per child).
Velma-Alma Elementary receives $5,000 stipend from Cotton Electric
A $5,000 stipend from Cotton Electric will be used for technology at Velma-Alma Elementary, not a hot tub as students might have hoped.
The elementary school received the stipend Monday. The funds will be used to purchase electronic equipment, including electronic tables, storage cart and charging stations, to help younger students excel in their education.
“We’ve got to infuse our curriculum with technology,” V-A Elementary Principal Shannon Williams said.
The school has laptop computers its uses with its older students. Those students play educational games, take Accelerated Reading and Accelerated Math tests, and learn to type using those computers.
Need for foster families exists in Stephens County
In Stephens County 103 children are in out-of-home care. Only 20 foster homes exist in the community.
“Do the math,” Ashley Barker, with TFI Family Connections, said. “That’s a lot of kids and not near enough homes.”
TFI is an organization, based in Lawton, that focuses on recruitment and training of foster families. The organization is working to establish more foster homes in Stephens County because the need exists, but the response isn’t quite what is needed.
Mark Twain renovates office space
All Duncan elementary offices have been renovated to enhance safety and to improve the flow of people into each school.
The last elementary school to get its office renovated was Mark Twain Elementary. Because of the elementary’s office set up, Mark Twain is the only office without a door people have to enter first before being permitted to continue on through the rest of the school. People have to go through the office at Woodrow Wilson and Emerson, and have to check in with the office at Horace Mann and Plato before being buzzed in through another door.
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