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Workers hammer spikes into place on a new rail spur south of Kingfisher.
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

A Houston-based company is planning to invest up to $40 million in a rail spur and transportation loading center near Kingfisher.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new study of county health rankings lists Kingfisher County as the healthiest in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County snagged the top ranking thanks, in part, to its low rates of smoking, child poverty and single-parent families.

It’s also seen its unemployment rate decline to 3.3 percent since 2010.

Kingfisher, OK, August 19, 2007 -- A Rescue Boat searches for stranded people in downtown Kingfisher. People were rescued when flood waters rose and stranded them.
Marvin Nauman / Federal Emergency Management Agency

Kingfisher has received a 2014 Municipal Innovation Award for its ongoing work on a flood mitigation project.

The town received the honor for a city under 10,000 population on Thursday from the Oklahoma Municipal League.

Kingfisher recently completed the first phase of a flood plain buyout program using $7 million in local, state and federal funds to clean up properties along a flood plain area.

Work on solving the problem began in 2007 after remnants of Tropical Storm Erin caused a devastating flood in Kingfisher that caused more than $20 million in damage.

Workers clean up an acid spill in Kingfisher County.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Contractors worked through the weekend to clean up an acid spill at an oil and gas site near Hennessey in Kingfisher County. About 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked from a tank into an alfalfa field last week, killing crops over a 500-foot long path.

”The area of contamination was bermed before the rains came to prevent anything from getting into the creek," said Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner. "And the water then that resulted from when the rains came, that has been pumped off and taken off site.”