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    The Weatherford City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday night. The commission will again consider an election for a half cent sales tax. The funds would be earmarked for infrastructure including improvements to Lyle Road. Mayor Mike Brown says the city has recieved citizen feedback since the prior commission meeting last month.

    "People have been very positive on moving forward with the potential sales tax increase," Brown said.

    Additionally, the commission will consider the lease purchase and authorizing to solicit bids for two new fire trucks. The commission meets Thursday evening beginning at 6.

     

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    Southwestern Oklahoma State Universityhas announced comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform this fall in Weatherford as part of the Panorama Series. Panorama Chairman Brian Adler says Iglesias, also known as "Fluffy", will perform at 8pm, Friday, November 3rd, at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center. Adler says tickets go on sale in a couple weeks. 

    "Online ticket sales will start on Friday, July 14th, at 10am on StubWire.com," Adler said. "We will have tickets available at SWOSU in the Administration Building, room 205, starting on Wednesday, July 19th, at 10am." 

    Iglesias is one of the most viewed comedians on YouTube. The performance in Weatherford is part of his "Fluffy Mania" world tour.

     

  3. The SSM representative of the Weatherford Hospital Board told the board this week that there is a target date for opening of Sayre Community Hospital. Bridget Crosby says that could happen next month.

    "Sayre is still thinking they'll get the doors open July 10th," Crosby said. 

    Crosby says SSM will have a transfer relationship with Sayre Community Hospital. She says implementing a telehospitalist program is still up in the air.

     

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    Summer enrollment atSouthwesternOklahomaStateUniversity is up 5.1% compared to a year ago. Head count enrollment is 2064 students for both theWeatherford andSayre campuses. Meanwhile, enrollment continues for the fall semester on both campuses. The first day of fall classes is August 21st.

     

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    Following a conversation with Custer County Commissioner Wade Anders, Sheriff Kenneth Tidwell has decided to rescind his decision to layoff a jail security officer at the courthouse. Anders says he sees the position as a benefit.

     

    Commissioners say the Excise Board increased the general fund budget in excess of $56,000 and the two other accounts that funds among other things, employee salaries and some maintenance and operations, continue an upward trend. Sheriff Tidwell says despite keeping the position filled with a field deputy, he still is having to layoff personnel.

     

    In other business: commissioners approved a bid of $55 per hour from Cross Heat and Air of Weatherford for labor charges for air conditioner repairs at the county courthouse.

     

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