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March 2010

Vol. 3 Issue 12


March 10

Contents Publisher Art Direction Graphic Designer Guest Writers

David Elliott Layers Media, Inc. www.layersmedia.com Guillermo Martinez Josh Forrester Jeff Burnett

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events ■ 6 Left Foot Sally @ ABC Live Music (Rock/Country) 8pm ■ 7 Award-winning Christian and country music artists come together to perform during one night of spiritual entertainment for the entire family @ McSwain Theater. Mark Schultz and Point of Grace. 7:00 p.m. Platinum seats - $30.00, Premium seats - $25.00, Balcony seats - $20.00, Upper Balcony seats - $10.00, For more details call (580) 332-8108, www. mcswaintheatre.com ■ 8 ECU Wind Ensemble/ Symphonic Band Concert @ Ataloa Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Dr. Allen Correll. For more information go to http:// www.ecok.edu/ ■ 9-10 District Vocal Music Festival @ Ataloa Theatre. March 9th10th, Dr. Steve Walker. For more information go to www.ecok.edu ■ 11 Melody Baggech Concert (Gospel) @ Ataloa Theatre. 7:30 p.m. For more information go to www.ecok.edu ■ 12 Brother In Laws Team Roping. From 3/12/10 through 3/14/10. Time: N/A. For more information call Kirby Hill (903) 875-8130

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■ 13 Racing @ . Oklahoma Sports Park, located 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W Gate open at 5 p.m. & races start at 7 p.m. Divisions for Karts, Quads, Lawn Mowers and Motorcycles, Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids

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ages 11 to 15 & Senior Citizens. Children ages 10-and-under are admitted free. Racing will be held in the big barn beside the dirt track. For more information go to www. oklahomasportspark.com or 580) 332-5535 ■ 19 Walker Days, UKC Coonhound hunt & show @ Pontotoc County Agri-Plex Large. For more information call Gary Starns (580)332-8977 ■ 19 Just Between Friends Consignment Sale @ Pontotoc County Agri-Plex Convention Center. 9a.m.-8p.m. 3/1910 through 3/20/10 Children’s clothing, furniture, toys, baby equipment, books, videos, and so much more. Clothing: 0-preteen, maternity. For more information call Becca (918) 284-8142 ■ 20 McSwain’s long-time performer Jae L. Stilwell and her band Crossover performing anything from country to rock and roll renditions of your favorite songs. Adult Tickets - $18.00 (includes tax), Senior Tickets - $17.00 (includes tax), Children Tickets $10.00 (includes tax) Tickets to go on sale on 3/1/10 ■ 20 Racing @ Oklahoma Sports Park, located 10 miles norwest of ada. 3/20/10 and 3/27/10. For more inforamtion contact OSP 332-5535 ■ 20 Women’s Conference @ Ada Bible church. Gwen Smith at Women’s conference. 8:30 am.

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■ 22 Annual Faculty Exhibit, Pogue Art Gallery, ECU. Faculty art creations; From April 22 through April 9. For more information contact ECU, www.ecok.edu ■ 23 One Night in Frogtown is a multimedia musical event based on Emmy winning author/composer Philip Pelletier’s musical storybook One Night in Frogtown. The unique event will be presented in two performances Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Call Brenda Gilstrap at (580)235-0193. ■ 24 Used Book Sale @ Ada Public Library. Sale Open to the Public. Wednesday-Friday March 24 through March 26, 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 27, 8:30 a.m.- noon. The Sale will be held upstairs at the Library. ■ 25 State science fair, OK Science & Engineering Fair @ Kerr Activity Center, ECU. 3/26/10 and 3/27/10 For more information call Dr. Doug Weirick (580) 559-5548 or E-mail dweirick@ecok.edu ■ 25 Instrumental Ensembles Recital @ Ataloa Theatre. 7:30 pm., Instrumental Ensembles, Ataloa Theatre, Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center. For more information contact ECU www.ecok.edu ■ 30 Wind Ensembles Concert @ Ataloa Theatre. 7:30pm. For more information contact ECU or go to www.ecok.edu

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n old farmer once told Scout Cloud Lee that she was one of the most courageous people he had ever known. As a cancer survivor and a carrier of the Olympic torch, Lee’s life is an inspiration. She is a keynote speaker, songwriter, reality TV star, and author of 14 books. Lee’s success stems from strong beliefs that come from an inner drive. “You need to want what you want,” she said. “Believe in yourself and intend well. Hold your focus and stick with it long enough for it to manifest. Follow your passion; it was put there for a purpose.” She shares these virtues with everyone she meets - from fortune 500 companies to her students at East Central University. Lee expresses her strong passion for today’s youth. This generation has captivated her heart. Before ECU, she taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Illinois. A Florida native, Lee received her master’s and doctorate at the University of Georgia. She is currently an adjunct professor at ECU in Ada, Okla. Lee has lived in Oklahoma for 30 years and moved to Ada in August 2008 to assist her 91year-old mother. She owns a ranch outside town and enjoys living in the small-town community. She teaches two courses at ECU. Her background as an administrator gave her the opportunity to teach Entrepreneurship and Team Building at the college. For much of her career, Lee coached Fortune 500 companies. In the process she became affiliated with the Chickasaw Nation and became what she described as “their peak performance coach and team building leader”. She is the founder of Vision Us Inc. The company uses diverse training methods to teach personal growth and performance improvement. The corporation became an immediate success and presented Lee a new concept called “High Games”. These games are designed to test endurance and build character. Contestants are required to camp for a week while participating in the games. She had no idea that her contest would gain notoriety

and ultimately lead to being invited as a contestant on the most successful reality TV show on CBS. When “Survivor” aired on television for the first time, corporations from all over the country called Lee, suggesting that she watch the show. After studying “Survivor” for seven seasons, she sent in her application with an optimistic sense that she would excel on the show. She was picked out of 250,000 applicants. Her experience as a coach was evident on the show during the group challenges. Despite her third place finish, she claims her experience on the show was torture. “You had to forage for food,” she said. “We ate roots, leaves, and snails.” Her grit caught the attention from viewers everywhere. She was approached by a stranger at an automobile store. He asked Lee if she was on “Survivor” and she nodded. He told her she had more guts than common sense. There is no limit to Lee’s determination. She survived the deadly cancer Melanoma. When she received the news that she had two months to live, she was determined to survive. She said she “had to get right with her creator.” Her next step was to record albums. She describes her genre as “gypsy rock/country funk”. It is similar to Oklahoma’s “red dirt”. She puts emphasis on positive lyrics and upbeat sounds. Lee had a lifelong dream of running in the Olympics, but a personal setback delayed the run for thirty years. Lee received a certified letter saying that she had been recommended to run in the 2001 Olympic torch relay. She has no idea who made the recommendation. She was one of fiftytwo people to run the torch across Oklahoma. After a few decades of adventures and accolades, does Scout Lee have more to do? Her eyes are glazing blue as she tosses her blonde curls, “I think I’m in the prime of my life right now,” she said. “I feel like I’m just getting started.”

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success and accomplishment. Since then, Hargis has built a business with about 60 cows and anywhere between 100 to 120 bulls at one time. He has also raised several superior bulls including Grasshopper who won Bucking Bull of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Neon Nights who was a PBR finalist, Strawberry Wine who was Bull of the Finals in PBR, and Blueberry Wine who was a runner-up Bull of the Finals in PBR twice. While there is an element of luck to raising quality bucking bulls, for the most part it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to raise bulls of this caliber. “You have to work really hard to keep your breeding program right up there at the top,” said Hargis. “You have to raise about two to three superstars per year to keep yourself in business. The PBR keeps getting bigger and you have to stay with it to raise really good bulls. If you stub your toe one year and raise some sorry ones, it’s not long until you’re out of business because the buyers stop >

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“It takes a dang good bull” to keep up in the bull-raising business anymore. With the advent of ever-developing bull-riding organizations like Professional Bull Riders and Championship Bull Riding, a lot has changed since Derrel Hargis started in the business in 1972. Hargis started riding bulls at the age of fifteen and he has been interested in bucking bulls ever since. “All we ever did was rodeo,” recalled Hargis, “and so we had a lot of bulls out there at the house, and we started leasing them out to various rodeos.” By the time Hargis graduated from high school, he was so busy hauling bulls to and from rodeos, and leasing them out that he had little time for bull-riding. However, the interest sparked by his love of bull-riding eventually led him to sell his first bucking bull at the age of eighteen. “That first one was just a stroke of luck,” said Hargis modestly; a stroke of luck that eventually led to a career of

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what his greatest achievement in the business was, Hargis simply replied, “All of the good bulls I count as achievements. There have been some highlights, but it is more about getting your name out there than anything. For example, even though Blueberry Wine never got bull of the year, he got runner-up two times and more people probably know him more than any of the ones that won bull of the year. Bulls like Blueberry Wine are your bread and butter because they keep your name out in front of everybody.� Now with his “name out in front of everybody,� Hargis’s plans for the future are simple: “Keep trying to raise another good one,� and if the past is any indication of the future, he is sure to raise quite a few good ones in the years to come.

calling you in a hurry.â€? It also takes a lot of work to insure that absolutely no bad traits are passed on to the next generation of bulls. “You have to be really careful so that you don’t breed faults,â€? explains Hargis, because it is such a genetic process. “One bull would jump out to the left every time it came out of the gate,â€? Hargis recalled explaining how much genetics plays a role in breeding. “We bred seventeen bull calves out of him and every single one of them jumped out to the left,â€? just like their father. This is why it so crucial to find “a perfect bull‌ No matter how much you may like one, if it has a fault, you can’t breed him.â€? All of this dedication and precision eventually pays off when your bull actually does well, but when asked

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