The month saw Da’Lynn Sumo selected as Homecoming Queen for Guthrie High School at the end of October. Unfortunately, the parade had to be cancelled this year because of ongoing rain and safety concerns. The BlueJays would win the game later that night.
The county courthouse was again the scene of yet another murder trial this month as Lance Solomon would be found guilty of the 2014 murder of James Fox in southern Logan County in a little over two hours. This was the second trial for Solomon as the first trial ended in a 6-6 hung jury.
The Coyle High School community was in shock earlier in the month when three of its graduates, all from the same family, were tragically killed in a car accident early one Sunday morning as the trio was returning home from Stillwater. The three former students were all involved in athletics at the school. The funeral was held at the fieldhouse to accommodate all the mourners.
In Guthrie, the city council meeting in early November got out of hand and very heated over several issues. The meeting was one of the controversial meetings in recent years and at the next meeting, Mayor Steve Gentling apologized for letting the meeting get out of control.
The General Daniels Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Lighted Parade ended the month and kicked off the Christmas season in Guthrie.
The Victorian Walk events downtown were a success this year. The committee shut the streets down for patron safety this year and it seemed to be well-received. The crowds were solid, and the restaurants looked like they all had good crowds on the night of the events.
The city council had another opening, as Ward III Councilman Gaylord Z. Thomas, resigned for personal reasons at the beginning of the month. Thomas had just been appointed in January to fill an open seat. As of the Dec. 17 meeting, the seat was still open and applications for the seat were slow coming in.
The council also voted and approved several improvements to Mineral Wells Park this month after a workshop and fiery discussion with the Historical Preservation Committee. The bids were good until Dec. 9, so work will begin in 2020. The project calls for a new playground that is ADA compliant among the other projects. The council also approved a grant application for the Harrison Street bridge repair and other infrastructure issues along Broad, Wentz, Oklahoma and Harrison.
A Look Ahead to 2020
It should be an interesting year in 2020 as it is a presidential election year, so no telling who will show up in Guthrie. The city council will continue to tackle infrastructure issues and if the sales tax continues to climb back to the 2018 levels—that will be great news for the city. The Guthrie School District continues to grow and do incredible things for the students.
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