Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 7:30 AM - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
COOKE COUNTY, TEXAS -- Cooke County has been doing what many counties are doing to get rid of mosquitoes and fight off West Nile.
"We have started a testing program. We tested five sites last week: Valley View, Lindsey, Lake Kiowa and Pioneer Valley and we did two in Lake Kiowa," Cooke County Emergency Manager Ray Fletcher said.
Fletcher has been trapping mosquitoes and sending them off to be tested for the virus.
"All of those tested negative," Fletcher said.
But although the county has seen reassuring results from the traps, today they announced their first West Nile-related death.
"A 76 year-old male that lived in the southwest part of Gainesville," Fletcher said.
This isn't the first West Nile death for Texoma.
In Texas, as of Friday, the department of state health is reporting West Nile-related deaths in Cooke, Collin, Lamar and Montague counties.
In Oklahoma, as of Thursday, the state department of health reports two deaths in Carter County.
"Right now, we encourage everyone to assume that West Nile-carrying mosquitoes are in their neighborhood. In Cooke County right now, we have three confirmed neuroinvasive West Nile cases and one West Nile fever case," Fletcher said.
Two Cooke County cities, Gainesville and Meunster, have sprayed for mosquitoes.
Fletcher says the county is setting out more traps for testing, but won't update their prevention strategy.
"At this point I don't believe the approach that we're taking will change much. We'll keep testing and try to narrow down where we have the cases at, if we have them and focus on those areas," Fletcher said.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.