Carter Observer

Independent local news from Carter County, Oklahoma, with a focus on government and public meetings.

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A commissioner says some fire departments have been waiting years for vehicles on backorder, so the county is stepping in to build one in hopes of getting the equipment sooner rather than later.

carterobserver.net/2024/03/04/

19 hours ago
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Danielle Wells has been overseeing nearly every aspect of the OSU Extension Office in since June 2023.

That changed last month with the hiring of two new educators.

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3 days ago
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City Commissioner John Credle, Jr. had some thoughts on how the city can help neighbors without stable , the search for a chief, and an uncontested second term on the city commission.

carterobserver.net/2024/02/27/

February 27, 2024
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City Commissioner David Plesher sat down with Carter Observer this month to talk about his uncontested second term at city hall, the search for a new chief, and if/how city hall can help Ardmoreites

Listen to the full interview!

carterobserver.net/2024/02/22/

February 22, 2024
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February 20, 2024
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School officials in are considering a big change that could impact the entire community in an effort to recruit teachers:

A 4-day school week.

carterobserver.net/2024/02/19/

February 19, 2024
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An based instance is the social media home for Carter Observer, because relying on a West Coast tech bro for local news from just doesn't seem necessary.

carterobserver.net/2024/02/15/

February 15, 2024
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The first meeting for Jacob Tynes as school board member was a more than 2-hour marathon on Monday evening, with discussion or votes on topics ranging from testing standards to school security.

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February 13, 2024
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Jacob Tynes was sworn in as the newest member of the school board tonight. He replaces Todd Myers, who died in December 2023.

Tynes was immediately put to work during a marathon 2-hour meeting that saw discussion or votes on topics ranging from school schedules to safety to a nearly $2.4 million bond proposal.

February 13, 2024
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The Commission has given final approval for a $4.5 million contract to restore the county courthouse, one of the oldest in

carterobserver.net/2024/02/12/

February 12, 2024
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One of the hardest parts of being a professional journalist in southern Oklahoma is the short deadlines in an industry competing for clicks and eyes at all times. The pressure for 'quantity over quality' can be real, especially in a 24-hour news cycle.

Carter Observer will be different

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February 09, 2024
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6 of 7 local races in this year are uncontested, sending incumbents back to city halls in and for the next few years.

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February 09, 2024
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A phone call today confirms that 6 of 7 municipal seats up for election across this year will not see any challengers, giving a win to incumbents in , and

One one seat in Healdton will be decided by voters on April 2.

February 08, 2024
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Carter Observer today visited city halls in and

The Healdton "Resources" page has been populated, pages for all 9 cities and towns in should be fully populated by this weekend.

Just in time for city elections in April.

carterobserver.net/healdton/

February 08, 2024
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In , David Plesher and John Credle, Jr. retain their seats with no challengers. also retains Butch Kinslow and Jeff Matthews.

While Josh Waddle is unchallenged in , Elizabeth Sloat is challenging James Stubblefield for Healdton Seat 2.

Bobby Davis and Micah Newell are both qualified for the election.

Elections will be held April 2.

February 07, 2024
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Qualifying for local elections in and is over.

Out of 7 seats across the county up for election this year, only one will actually go to voters in April.

EDIT to correct only one election goes to voters

February 07, 2024
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I took a drive today and ended up in Springer and Gene Autry, but my most productive stop was at Town Hall.

As a result, the Dickson resource page on Carter Observer has been updated to include town board members and their public meeting schedule.

carterobserver.net/dickson/

February 06, 2024
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On this Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, City Commission and Town Council each have regular meetings scheduled.

Ardmore meetings have been temporarily moved to the Ardmore Public Library.

Want to learn more about some local governments?

carterobserver.net/resources/

February 05, 2024
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In other , qualifying for municipal elections in and runs today through Wednesday.

February 05, 2024
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Planning to vote in the primary ? Check your voter registration before Friday!

Here's a summary of what voters can expect.

carterobserver.net/2024/02/05/

February 05, 2024