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Local News March 31st, 2011

Fort Washita Rendezvous

Six months after the fire that destroyed the Barracks at Fort Washita, it will be hosting the annual Fort Washita Rendezvous.
The event kicked off yesterday and will go through Sunday, April 3. Admission is $5 a car load and a portion will go toward a fund to rebuild the burned barracks.



HWY 177 Fatality

We first told you about the tragic head on collision on HWY 177 yesterday.  Oklahoma Highway Patrol have now released the identity of those involved, Tammy Burns, 31 of Sulphur, as the victim who died in the two vehicle crash Tuesday evening near the Carter-Murray County line.  Randy Johnson, 43, identified as the driver of the 2010 Chevrolet pickup, which was hit head on by Burns’ 1994 Dodge van, was treated for minor injuries and released at Mercy Memorial Health Center.



Texas Getting in the Casino Business

According to the Texas Gaming Association, Texans are spending about four billion dollars at casinos between Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Nevada. Now some texas state representatives want to keep that money in state.

But the lack of a casino in the state hasn’t stopped Texas gamblers. The potential revenue would be welcome in a state facing a more than 20 billion dollar deficit in the next two years. The Choctaw Nation owns several casinos and generates millions for the state of Oklahoma.

The suggested casinos would be Destination Resort Casinos, complete with everything from hotels, to night clubs, spas and golf courses.

The Texas Gaming Association says that consistent polling of Texans across party lines shows support of casinos in the state and that taxes alone could bring in more than one point two billion dollars.



ECU in, looking out of Ardmore Higher Education Center

A bill pending the Oklahoma House of Representatives seems to be aimed at making the Ardmore Higher Education Center a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University without including East Central University in any discussions.

ECU, Southeastern, Murray State College and Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City offer courses at AHEC. ECU offers more classes than Southeastern.

House Bill 1227 originally was introduced by State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) to rename AHEC as the University Center of Southern Oklahoma. It was passed unanimously.

Monday April 4th the Senate Education Committee will see a completely new bill substitute which will make AHEC a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
ECU President John Hargrave said ECU has worked for several years with different groups in Ardmore to provide quality programs for students in the area.

“We felt like things were going well and Monday we met with Mercy Memorial Health Center and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation to discuss expanding ECU’s nursing program in Ardmore,” Hargrave said. “On Monday afternoon we were informed that there was a plan to eliminate ECU’s nursing program altogether.”

“In fact,” he added, “ECU submitted a proposal in 2007 to develop a branch campus in Ardmore which was accepted by the Board of Trustees of the Ardmore Higher Education Center.” The Legislature later rejected a proposal for state funds to get the campus underway.

ECU has offered classes and full degree programs in Ardmore for more than 30 years. Currently 440 residents of the Ardmore area take ECU classes at AHEC. During the late 1980s ECU began offering the RN to BSN completion program which allows registered nurses to complete four-year baccalaureate degrees and become eligible for better jobs.

In 2008 ECU also began offering its generic BSN nursing program at the AHEC. A partnership with Mercy Memorial Health Center and the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation helped purchase equipment; fund a coordinator, faculty member and secretary; and remodel a building in downtown Ardmore for the program, with two nursing classrooms, two skills labs, three offices and a computer lab.

Hargrave said HB 1227 puts ECU’s nursing program in jeopardy because it is not protected under the current bill.



Ardmore Murder Trial

The last of three men charged in the robbery and murder of an Ardmore man almost a year ago is going to trial. 22-year-old Jamane Stubblefield is charged with murder in the death of 36-year-old Eric Knight.

Prosecutors say last April, Stubblefield, 28-year-old William Brown, and 17-year-old Mike Murrillo forced their way into 36-year-old Eric Knight’s Ardmore duplex, robbed 5 people inside, and fired between eight to ten shot, killing Knight.

After pleading guilty last year, Murillo was given 25 years and Brown was given life without parole.

Stubblefield’s jury trial is set for April 11.




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Locations : Carter-murray CountyLouisianaNevadaNew MexicoOklahomaOklahoma CityTexas
People : Eric KnightJamane StubblefieldJohn HargraveMike MurrilloPat OwnbeyRandy JohnsonTammy BurnsWilliam Brown




 
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