The Duncan Banner


January 9, 2014

Casteel named 2013 City of Duncan employee of the year

DUNCAN — The City of Duncan on Wednesday recognized Scott Casteel as its 2013 employee of the year.

Casteel is the supervisor of the streets department, a position he’s held for more than four years.

“It’s really an honor,” Casteel said. “It’s an honor. Everyone respects you to vote for you like this.”

The award was presented Wednesday by Duncan Mayor Gene Brown.

The employee of the year is chosen by a vote of city workers.

  The mayor said Casteel’s selection is a reflection of the respect employees have for him.

“To win an award like this from your peers, it means a lot,” Brown said.

Casteel admitted he was surprised by the selection, but he figured something was happening when Brown and City Manager Jim Frieda gathered all the street department employees together.

A city employee since 1999, Casteel said he’s enjoyed his time with the streets department and looks forward to continuing his career with the city.

“It’s a really good place to work,” Casteel said. “You get to work with family and friends. This is just another family.”

Text Only
Local News
4-20 bestinshow - carshow.jpg

Deral Knight of Rockport, Texas, won the Best In Show Award for his 1959 Chevy Corvette, which he first bought for his wife and then later restored to its current mint condition. Knight is a former Duncan resident.

  • Governor, state Legislature have misplaced priorities

    If the Oklahoma State Legislators and our Governor spent less time interfering in women’s rights to manage their bodies, creating ways to lay more taxes and fees on the middle class in order to generate more tax breaks which benefit only the wealthy while also conceiving methods with which to fill Oklahoma’s for-profit prisons, they would be doing all of us a favor. Instead, why not work to enhance funding for our schools and wage increases for all school employees? While reforming the state’s educational budget, why don’t they approve wage increases for our Oklahoma State Troopers and enlarge their Academy to insure qualified individuals are ready to fill the upcoming vacancies as many of the older force retire?

    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

    April 9, 2014