In 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first electrical telegraph message, “What hath God wrought,” from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to an assistant in Baltimore.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge opened in New York City.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a new law recently prohibiting towns and counties in Oklahoma from enacting local taxes on plastic bags and other “auxiliary containers” like foam boxes used for restaurant to-go orders.

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Visiting Acme Park to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine are grandmother Rosa Martinez, left; daughter Brenda Rojas and son Mateo Bautista, 1½ years old; and daughter Ruth Rojas and son Chris Valeria, 1 year old.

Western Plains Library System is continuing to grow, and director Tim Miller said he’ll be reaching out to some local contractors soon for bids on a construction project planned for the WPLS main office. But he’s expecting to have to wait a while before the remodel is done this time.

Custer City School is organizing its Panther Pride Party 2019, and the planning committee is requesting that RSVPs be sent now from those planning to attend, said alumna and committee chair Yvonne Covey. The party will be held from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, on Main Street in Custer City.

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Nance Elementary student Colton Pool, left, swings partner Mia Jara in a square dancing performance for family and friends before taking the summer break.

A low bid of $277,000 was accepted conditionally Tuesday night by Clinton City Council members for refurbishment and repair of the clarifier at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

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An impressive Memorial Day service that will feature retired Brig. Gen. Steve D. Elliott, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, as main speaker, has been lined up for Monday at the Clinton Cemetery.