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Rachel Carter crowned Miss Alva 2013 By Helen Barrett A backdrop of black velvet curtains and multiple strands of white lights draped from the center stage framed the five Alva High School senior girls competing for the title of Miss Alva 2013-2014. Each of the girls – Sage Sunderland, Jordan Coffman, Emily Harris, Alyssa Brewer and Rachel Amy Rhodes and her dog are talking to a passerby after fire gutted the duplex where she and her adult Carter – introduced themselves son were living. She said she had just gotten out of the hospital this week and the dog had smelled up the place. So she put a lighted candle in the front window to neutralize the odor and the next thing she knew someone was yelling “fire.” Photo by Lynn L. Martin
Duplex caught on fire near Lincoln Elementary School By Leslie Nation Alva Fire Department and volunteers responded to a structural fire Saturday at 2:15 p.m on Hart Street near the Lincoln Elementary School. Amy Rhodes lived in the duplex apartment. She said she had been gone from her home for a week and had just been released
from the hospital last Tuesday. According to Rhodes, the fire was started from a burning candle on her front window lit to get rid of a bad odor. “I lit a candle on the windowsill because my house smelled like pee and poop from the dog,” said Rhodes. Rhodes was with her son and
to the judges and the audience, revealing a brief, unknown and slightly humorous personal tidbit. Between segments, Aaron Pierce entertained the audience with his piano skills. He played three different piano solos – “Never Forget,” “Time,” and “Dragon Born.”
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dog in the duplex when she heard someone yell fire, and told her son to call “9-1-1.” The fire spread to the other residence of the same duplex and the firefighters had to break through both doors of the apartment to put out the fire. No one was injured during the incident.
Red’s Place burglarized Damage estimated at $5,300
By Marione Martin Jim Case of Alva envisioned a place where he could serve his famous smoked meats in a sparkling clean, retro atmosphere. He spent many months remodeling the building at 818 Oklahoma Blvd. Walls were prepped and painted, floor tile was installed and restaurant furnishings and supplies were ordered. Sev-
eral of Case’s antiques were carefully displayed. Once everything was just right, Case opened Red’s Place. But all Case’s plans and hard work meant nothing to burglars who broke in sometime overnight Thursday, leaving a path of destruction as they sought valuables to steal. Case discovered the mess Friday morning when he arrived to open the restaurant. Windows were broken See Red’s Page 3 throughout the building. Rachel Carter, Miss Alva, will represent AHS in the Miss Cinderella Pageant during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University homecoming. Photo by Lynn L. Martin
Vehicles collide Thursday morning Burglars tried a sledgehammer and acid on this safe at Red’s Place in Alva. They were unable to open it so left it outside the This antique gumball machine at Red’s Place was tipped over and back door. The door contains one broken, spreading gumballs across the floor. Thieves obtained some of the many broken windows at quarters from the machine. the business.
By Marione Martin Several vehicle collisions have occurred recently on Oklahoma Boulevard near Love’s convenience store, the Western Motel and Ampride. Two vehicles collided Thursday, Aug. 22, about 8:25 a.m. on Oklahoma Boulevard east of Seiling Street. According to the Alva Police report, Marvin Johanning, 64, of Enid was driving a 2011 Chevrolet traveling westbound in the inside lane of Oklahoma Boulevard. John
Ortiz, 39, of Alva, driving a 2012 Dodge, was stopped facing north in the east driveway of Love’s waiting to turn west on Oklahoma Boulevard. Ortiz said he did not see the Johanning vehicle and thought the roadway was clear to enter. He also said the sun obscured his view. When Ortiz entered the roadway, the front end of Johanning’s vehicle hit the back right side of Ortiz’s vehicle. No injuries were reported. Alva K9 Officer Patrick Hawley worked the scene of the collision.
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Rainfall good, Funds approved for banners, flags and robotics lightning bad By Marione Martin Three organizations were approved for funding by the City of Alva Tourism Tax Committee. Two were given the full amount requested while the other was given partial funding. Committee members present at the Aug. 21 meeting were Chairman Henry Bickerstaff, Norville Ritter and Terri Parsons. Dr. Charles Tucker arrived a little later. Janet Valencia was absent. Jody Bradford, secretary, presented the financial report. Subtracting amounts already encumbered for previously approved projects, the committee has $256,954 in funds available. Community Banners Alva Chamber Executive Director Alex Mantz presented a request for $12,736.33 for banners and new mounting hardware. She had already obtained funding commitments of $250 each from the Alva Chamber, Alva Kiwanis and Alva Rotary. “If you drove down College on your way to the meeting tonight, you would have seen many of the Welcome to Alva banners that are hanging, maybe not hanging or half hanging,” she said. “This brings to light the project I am requesting tonight.” Mantz said that she’s been told the canvas banners are about 20 years old. Many of them have fallen apart and been thrown
away. She said with the recent work on strategic planning, the new downtown sidewalks and the recently approved water bill fee to improve streets, it’s time to replace the banners. She said $2,610 was for 138 banners and $5,980 was for 46 new bracket sets. The 24 x 72 inch banners are double-sided. The remainder of the request is for setup and sales tax. Mantz brought samples of the spring-loaded mounting hardware, which is guaranteed to withstand winds up to 65 mph, the speed at which tornados become rated. The bracket warranty is for five years and the banner warranty is one year. Mantz said the banners include three designs: Welcome to Alva, Season’s Greetings or similar message, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University, which could be hung during Homecoming. She said the banners would be displayed along College Street leading downtown and around the square. Committee members asked several questions. Bickerstaff explained that a couple of years ago the committee turned down a request to pay for Goldbug banners because the Goldbugs have their own organization to handle funding. He said he felt the same about the Northwestern banners. They have organizations that can handle funding. He said if the
Alva Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alex Mantz holds up a sample banner of the type she proposes to replace the aging canvas banners now on display. She presented a request for funding at the Alva Tourism Tax Committee meeting Wednesday. Video frame by Marione Martin
committee approved the NWOSU banners, he could see other groups such as the Goldbugs returning to the committee with requests. Mantz argued that Homecoming is a big event in Alva so that’s why she chose NWOSU. Bickerstaff said there are other big events such as the car show that might also want recognition. He said it was better that they handle the funding through their organizations. Bickerstaff also asked Mantz to explain her choice in ordering the banners through KP Enterprises (Kelly Parker). He asked if she obtained quotes from anyone else. Mantz said she was trying to “purchase local” but she couldn’t find anyone in Alva or in Oklahoma who made these banners. And all the banner companies wanted designs prepared for them. Parker can make the designs and the banners can be ordered through his company’s contact with an out-ofstate business. Eventually Ritter said without the university banners, the total would be about $10,600. The committee approved a motion to provide funding for $10,600. Homecoming Flags Last year the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Homecoming Committee requested funds to help with the Cinderella Pageant held in conjunction with
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Dr. Aaron Mason (left) and Dr Eric Schmaltz of the Northwestern Homecoming Committee ask for tourism tax dollars to pay for tri-color banners and mountings. The banners are like those displayed around the Alva square in earlier years at Homecoming. Video frame by Marione Martin
By Marione Martin While the recent rain brought much-needed moisture and cooler temperatures, the accompanying lightning caused a problem for the City of Alva. “Currently we have four water wells down,” Business Manager Joe Don Dunham told the Alva City Council during its Aug. 19 meeting. He said the cooler, wet weather kept the demand for water down so Alva did not experience a shortage. Unfortunately, the parts to repair the four wells will cost an estimated $24,000. Dunham said the parts have been ordered. A much bigger problem at the well field is that the telemetry system is down. Dunham said a lightning strike knocked out a phone line used by the system. The telemetry system operates the water wells automatically, turning wells on and off as needed. With the system out, the city has been manually monitoring the wells with workers making trips to the well field to check on storage tank levels. When the levels are low, pumps are turned on. When the tanks are full, pumps are turned off. Dunham said the replacement phone line arrived on Monday, Aug. 19, and they hoped to start trenching it in on Tuesday. Another water problem occurred with two significant water leaks. The city repaired a water leak at Locust and 11th on Monday. There is a water leak in front of the Extreme at College and Barnes that may have a “significant impact” on the new sidewalks. Dunham said the leak repair will require replacing part of the sidewalk. Share Trust Grant Application Much of the equipment being used by the city is old. Sometimes it is difficult to find parts for repairs. With this year’s strong focus on fixing and maintaining streets, the street department has found that several pieces of equipment need to be replaced. The city has prepared an application for a grant for street equipment to be presented to the Charles Morton Share Trust. That application will be presented at the next scheduled meeting of the board. Closing Two Alleys BancCentral is pursuing the closing of two north-south alleys in Block 29 of the Original Town of Alva. They talked about this several years ago but never pursued it. Answering questions from council members, Dunham said that is the block where the bank is located. He said that one of the alleys might even run under the bank building. Councilmember Gary Lehl said
one of the old alleys ran next to the old ice house that became the Devereaux Locker Service. Apparently the other alley is somewhere to the west of that location. Dunham said city staff members are investigating whether there are any utilities in these alleys, but they don’t think there are. If that’s the case, there shouldn’t be a problem with the request. The block has an east-west alley that will remain open. Solid Waste Transfer Station The plans have been approved for the solid waste transfer station. An application to DEQ is being prepared. As soon as that application is approved, the city can start the bid process. Dunham said the application process is expected to take two to four weeks. Finances After one month on the new budget and using the new budget system, revenue and expenditures could be expected to be 1/12 or eight percent of the total budget. Dunham said during July Alva collected 13 percent of budgeted revenues and spent or encumbered 12 percent of budgeted expenditures. At the end of July, he said the city had collected $50,000 more than was expended. Last year at the end of July, the city experienced a 40 percent increase in total revenue. Comparing revenues for this year, Alva had a four percent decrease in sales and use tax along with a 39 percent decrease in other taxes. However, intergovernmental fees are up by 70 percent and charges for services increased by 54 percent. Other income items such as fines and forfeitures, licenses and permits, investment income and miscellaneous revenue decreased by 61 percent. During July, the city spent three percent less in personnel services than in the same month in 2012. Materials and supplies expenses are 126 percent over last July. Other services and charges are up 48 percent over last year. Total expenditures are 76 percent above the expenditure level of last year. Dunham said a lot of the percentage changes are due to the change from the Estimate of Needs to the Municipal Budget Act. “We’ve gone through and tried to adjust those, but it’s kind of hard to break some of that stuff out,” he said. Capital Outlay During July capital outlay expenditures were $225,000 while debt service and transfers were $510,000. Dunham provided the council with a list of capital outlay items in this
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Obituaries WESLEY W. NIXON Wesley W. Nixon, 91 year old longtime Freedom banker, farmer and rancher, died Friday, August 23, 2013 at his home in Freedom surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Freedom School Auditorium in Freedom with the Reverend Scott Ware and the Reverend Aaron Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Freedom Cemetery with the United States Army providing military rites. Visitation will be held at the Freedom United Methodist Church on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Wesley Willis Nixon was born February 17, 1922, southwest of Freedom, near Ellendale. He was the fourth child of Arthur and Lula Mae (Plumlee) Nixon. Wes attended first grade at the one-room, rural schoolhouse of Ellendale. After attending grade school at West Union, Wes began attending high school in Freedom. He began working for the Freedom State Bank in 1937 on evenings and weekends. His early duties included being the bank janitor, and running the check posting machine. Wes graduated from Freedom High School with the class of 1939. He began college at Northwestern University in Alva and continued working at the bank. In 1942, however, duty called and Wes entered the United States Army during World War II. He served his country with the 9th Bombardment Squadron as the Crew Chief responsible for maintaining the B-17 and B-24 aircraft during the building and defending of a treacherous 300 mile road over mountains and through jungles to reconnect the Burma Road, rescue China and counterattack the Japanese. Wes served his country admirably and was honorably discharged on November 8, 1945. Wes returned to Freedom and resumed working at the bank. After a two year courtship, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Maxine Coles at the home of Jim and JoAnna Powers. They were blessed with four children, Kayle, Sue, Mark, and Julie. Wes became President of the bank in 1954 and has continued with his family at the bank since that time. To say that Wes was involved in the community of
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Freedom would be an understatement. He has held office in practically every organization within the Freedom community. He is a 50 year member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star. He was a charter member of the Freedom Museum and the Freedom Education Foundation. For 48 years, he served on the Woods County Excise Board. He was honored by being inducted into the 50 year club of the Oklahoma Bankers Association. He was instrumental in the historic refurbishing of Freedom’s storefronts, a project that began with the bank in 1972. He was honored at the Freedom Rodeo in 1999 as the Old Cowhand. He gave generously of his time and talents to many boards, foundations, clubs and to his church the Freedom United Methodist Church in which he was very active. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maxine Nixon of the home; three daughters, Kayle Costello, Sue Reed and husband Randy, Julie Russell and husband Tom; one son, Mark Nixon and wife Peggy; grandchildren, Debbie Costello, Dallas Smith, Nicole Caddell and husband Casey, Jerrod Reed and wife Cindy, Ashley Ferguson and husband Troy, Lisa Hughes and husband Dwight, Lori Parks and husband Bart, Corey Russell and wife Jill, Jordan Russell and wife Jessica, Lucas Russell; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Kennedy Caddell, Emma, Austin, and Arlee Reed, Chastin Eagan, Janea, Evan and Channing Ferguson, Dalton, Jake, Paige and Peyton Hughes, Sidney Parks, Jackson Nixon and Nolan Russell; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter Lindsey Reed, son-in-law, Bob Costello, brothers, Forrest, Cecil, Leo and Howard and a sister JoAnna Powers. Memorial contributions may be given to the Freedom Museum Building Fund with the Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Avenue, Woodward, OK. 73801 accepting the contributions. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com MAX DEAN RITTER Funeral services for Max Dean Ritter will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Zion Lutheran Church with Aaron Wagner officiating. Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Ceme-
Woods County Forecast Sunday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 101. South wind 8 to 13 mph. Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South southeast wind around 10 mph. Monday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind 9 to 13 mph. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tuesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 73. Wednesday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 73. Thursday Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 73. Friday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Friday Night Clear, with a low around 73. Saturday Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
tery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Max Dean Ritter, son of the late Walter Fredick Frank and Anna Mae (Graff) Ritter, was born Dec. 22, 1931, at Alva and passed away Aug. 22, 2013, at Alva at the age of 81 years and 8 months. Max attended the Lutheran School, graduated from Alva High School and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He lived his entire life in the Alva area where he was a well-known farmer and cattleman. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. As a talented musician, he played the piano and sang in the church choir. He enjoyed bowling, boating and fishing, and was an avid Goldbug and Ranger fan. Max is survived by his brother, Irvin Ritter and his wife Kay of Alva; nieces Tanya Griggs and husband Bob of Edmond and Jil Koppitz and husband Marty of Alva; seven great nieces and nephews, Katie Griggs of Tulsa, Chase Griggs of Norman, Nikki Griggs of Edmond, Kelly Griggs and wife Tara of Edmond, Blake Koppitz of Nebraska, Tanner Wamsley of Stillwater, and Cole Koppitz of Alva; one great great niece, Arden Griggs, and one great great nephew, Brogan Griggs; other relatives and friends. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Zion Lutheran Church. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.
An antique gumball machine was broken with gumballs scattered across the floor, yielding some quarters for the thieves. An antique parking meter and an antique scale were tipped over. In the office, an old cash register was opened. The drawer was pulled out and emptied of about $80. A money bag in the office was gone through with about $200 taken. The burglars even removed $4 to $5 in pennies from a jar kept in the front part of the building. A safe in the office proved to be an insurmountable problem for the burglars. They carried it outside where they apparently applied a sledgehammer. When that didn’t work, they poured acid over it. The safe remained unopened, sitting on the ground outside the back door. The burglars’ take is estimated at around $300. But Case and restaurant manager Leon Toone said the damage amounts to about $5,300. The Alva Police Department is investigating. Despite the burglars’ destruction, Red’s Place is still open for business.
Burglars found about $80 in this old cash register kept in the office at Red’s Place. The empty drawer is wedged between the chair and desktop with a drawer divider on the floor below.
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Fractured GOP struggles to exploit Obama’s weakness
By Byron York Republicans are buzzing about a new Gallup poll showing public approval of President Obama’s handling of the economy has fallen to 35 percent, while disapproval has risen to an astonishing 62 percent. With showdowns coming over Obamacare, spending, and debt, the president’s weakness could create a huge opportunity for the GOP. But the fact is, Republicans are too disorganized, splintered, and unfocused to take advantage of it. For the moment at least, the party’s situation is little changed from November 2012, when it could not beat a presi-
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dent with an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent. Today, it’s common for Republicans to blame Mitt Romney for that loss. Of course it’s true that Romney bears a good deal of responsibility; he was (as some of his rivals argued) uniquely unqualified to attack Obama over Obamacare, and his entrepreneur-based economic appeal frequently seemed to hit the wrong note. But Romney’s was not the only race Republicans lost in 2012. If the fault were all his, what accounts for the GOP losing Senate races it should have won in Montana and North Dakota? What accounts for Republicans losing a special election like the 2011 race in New York’s 26th Congressional District at a time when the economy was undeniably terrible? It takes a long time to get over big defeats, and Republicans aren’t anywhere near getting over 2012. But now, as new battles with Obama loom, some Republicans are trying to come to grips with the dimensions of their defeat, and with what they have to do to get back into the game. Specifically, they’re laboring to come up with policies that will both help the economy and capitalize on Obama’s vulnerabilities. Of course they’ll continue to hit Obama on jobs, on an economic “recovery” that has left millions behind, and on the dislocations of Obamacare. But GOP strategists increasingly concede that taking whacks at Obama is not enough; they have to base their campaign on a revitalized economic agenda. What that agenda will be, however, is another matter. Right now, they’re considering pushing four issues: tax reform, energy, government spending, and health care. All except health care have been GOP staples in the past, so the challenge will be to craft Republican proposals that break new ground and are clearly directed toward stimulating economic activity, toward spurring growth that the Obama economy has been so desperately lacking. The danger is that the new agenda will come out sounding like Republican same-old, same-old. Another danger is that the Republicans won’t be able to agree among themselves on what to stress. “Can you tell me the position of the Republican
Junkman’s Gems By Jim Scribner There is an old song that has the line “It’s a Strange, Strange World We Live in, Master Jack.” Boy, did Four Jacks and a Jill (1968) make an understatement. Colorado is wanting to split into northern and southern and one become the 51st state. I guess when they made medical marijuana legal, EVERYONE in the state took a toke. Other states, Florida comes to mind, have considered splitting up. I have an idea for all the people that are not happy with where they live in the USA. Pack your bags, do not pass go, but do go to Iran, Ethiopia or South America and stay. In a little bit you would be begging to come back and be happy with what you had here. I do believe that there are lots of things that need addressed, but not by making even more confusion. Think about it a minute. Who makes the big bucks if all flags become obsolete? The flag-makers are behind the splits of states. Well, California politicians must be smoking quite a bit of grass themselves. A law has been passed making life easier for transgender
students. For those that don’t know (I had to Google for the meaning myself), transgender is a condition where you believe that you were born with the wrong fixtures and should be the other sex. California on Monday became the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. They also can choose to participate in whatever sports program they feel the most confortable with. “They’re not interested in going into bathrooms and flaunting their physiology,” is what one rocket scientist said. Let me get this straight in my mind. If I am going to school in California, all I have to do is tell the principal I am nervous going to the boys’ locker room and I will be allowed free access to the girls locker room? I’m sure no upstanding male or female students will take advantage of this setup. Yeah, right. It’s been a busy month for birthdays in the Scribner family. Mine was the second, my cousin Allen’s the fourth, grandson Josh’s the 16th, great grandson Drake Chaffin’s the 20th, and lastly Jaylyn’s is Tuesday the 27th. Happy August to all my birthday family members. I discovered another Aug. 2 birthday girl: Amy Mayes. Happy belated birthday, kid.
Health Dept. says Oklahoma smoking rate declining
By Tim Talley OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Health said Friday the number of Oklahoma residents who smoke has dropped to an historic low, which officials said will mean fewer premature deaths and lower health care costs for smoking-related illnesses. State health officials said figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate 23.3 percent of Oklahoma residents smoked in 2012, down from 26.1 percent in 2011. Oklahoma is now ranked 39th highest in the nation in its rate of adult smoking, a significant decline from 47th last year. “It’s great news,” said Dr. Terry Cline, a See York Page 6 clinical psychologist who’s the state health
commissioner and secretary of health and human services. Cline credited the decline to education efforts by state and community officials about the harmful effects of smoking. “We’ve worked hard to get accurate information to Oklahomans. As a result, Oklahomans are deciding for themselves not to smoke,” Cline said. Health officials said figures released by the CDC and census data indicated there were about 75,000 fewer adult smokers in Oklahoma in 2012 than 2011. “That’s phenomenal,” Cline said. “This is the best news we’ve heard in a long time.” The percentage of Oklahoma residents See Smoking Page 6
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Not responsible for others choices Saving lives more Dear Annie: I live with my 55-year-old sister. “Toni” has always been a heavy drinker, but she’s recently moved on to pot and Vicodin. She has started hanging around with people half her age and is obsessed with being young. Toni will not acknowledge that she has issues. She’s too busy telling everyone else what is wrong with them. I used to drink, too, but sobered up seven years ago. Toni resents this, referring to me as a “whack job.” To make things worse, her 28-year-old son moved in with us, and he is a drinker and is also addicted to video games. Toni and I own this house jointly. I am in a tough financial bind right now and cannot move out. How should I handle this? – Sister in Southern California Dear Sister: First, please make sure Toni understands that she cannot bring illegal substances into your home. You could all be held responsible. Beyond that, we urge you to ignore as much of Toni’s irresponsible behavior as you can manage. You cannot change her if she is unwilling, so it’s important that you look out for yourself. Would Toni be interested in purchasing your half of the house? Could you work out an arrangement to purchase her half? Does it make fiscal sense to sell the house altogether? Consider ways to escape living with Toni, but otherwise, try not to let her behavioral issues become your problem. She is irritat-
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ing and reckless, but you are not responsible for her choices. Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 51 years. She was always on the voluptuous side, but now she is enormously fat. She absolutely refuses to discuss her weight. Our adult children live in fear of ending up as heavy as their mother. I am 83 years old and keep my weight at 180. Her weight is the best kept secret in the country. Once a month, my wife has lunch with a group of equally large ladies, which probably doesn’t help. I have my own physical problems, and I’m tired. I worry about my wife’s health. Please help. – Married to the Blob Dear Married: For some people, working on their weight is so overwhelming that they give up before they start. It also doesn’t help that your wife tends to hang around others who are equally large. Studies have indicated that overweight people who socialize primarily with other overweight people tend to see themselves as “normal” sized, which can lead to overeating and denying that there is anything wrong. We know your wife’s weight affects you, but you cannot force her to address it. You could suggest a walk after dinner and some other mild physical activity on the weekends. And if you do any cooking or grocery shopping, see that the foods in your home are nutritious. Beyond that, you can only accept her as she
is. After 51 years, we hope she has other qualities that make up for her size. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Devastated,” who intends to marry an African-American man, but her family refuses to accept him. She sounds like me 32 years ago. My mother never accepted my better half because he is black. But I chose him. This is for her: Don’t kid yourself. It will be hard in the beginning. You may not get the wedding you want, but keep on pushing. If you aren’t invited to a family get-together, make a special day of it for the two of you. It will get easier. Always remember when you are planning something to invite your family. Let them keep making the decision of whether or not to come. In time, that will change. Unfortunately, my mother never accepted my husband or my biracial children. That broke my heart, but the rest of my family lifted me up. Keep strong. – Been There in Memphis Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
year’s budget: • Administration, drive-through drawer for $1,500. • Police, police car for $32,000. • Fire department, lease/purchase of a pumper truck for $4,784 and a PASS (personal alert safety system) device for $9,324. • Library, book shelves for $2,000, computers for $4,000 and books for $8,000. • General government, $1,236 for weed trimmers, $7,997 for mowers, $24,375 for an inmate van, and $1,500 for an equipment trailer. • Ambulance, a defibrillator for $15,000 and a laptop for $6,000. • Airport, T-hangar for $25,000, carports $24,000 and a mower for $6,000. • Alva Police Department Drug Fund, a police car at $32,000. • Street & Alley, $120,000 for capital improvements.
• Alva Recreation Complex, a car for $12,000, a utility tractor with loader for $22,871, field maintenance for $30,000, strategic master plan $10,000, trees $10,000, three shade structures $25,000 and barriers around soccer fields $13,000. • Water/sewer, line replacement $65,000, generators for well field $50,000, half ton pickup $28,000, backhoe lease/purchase $13,435, well field building improvements $5,000. • Sanitation, transfer station $275,000, large skid loader/small front end loader $8,957, tarps for roll-off trucks $15,000, roll-off tractor truck $30,000, two yard dumpsters $27,000. • Alva Utility Authority Development, LEO lease water and sewer lines $70,000, LEO lease street entrances $45,000, hotel sewer line extension $20,000, Atwoods sewer line
extension $70,000. A few of these items have been paid out, but most will be later in the year. Job Openings The city still has a number of job openings. Dunham said interviews had been held on the police officer position, and he expected a job offer to be made soon. Other jobs open are part-time police clerk, sanitation worker, street worker, water/sewer worker, EMT attendant and parttime EMT attendant. Meetings The Oklahoma Municipal League will hold its annual meeting in Tulsa Sept. 17-19. Several city officials and council members usually attend. The Oklahoma Academy Town Hall Conference Retreat will be held in Norman Oct. 27-30. Dunham and a couple of the council members are scheduled to attend.
important than saving pennies By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: I don’t mind being called a sorry skinflint as long as I can justify my penny-pinching proclivities. I happen to believe that there are only so many “blinks” in a blinker. Therefore, I turn mine on only when absolutely necessary to signal another driver. For example, if I’m in a turn-only lane, I don’t waste any blinks. Nor do I sit at a light with my blinker clicking and clacking, driving me nuts with the thought of all that wasted energy and technology until the light turns green. Am I right in my hypothesis, or do I need professional help? – Randy TOM: I would lean toward the latter, Randy. RAY: I mean, of course you’re right that all mechanical parts eventually wear out. But you have to consider the risk/reward equation for what you’re doing. TOM: On the reward side, you might save a few bucks on light bulbs over the life of the car. You might. RAY: And while the flasher unit generally lasts the life of the vehicle, sometimes the directional switch on the steering-wheel stalk will fail before the car does. If your behavior makes it last the life of the car, then you can save a few bucks there, too. TOM: But here’s something to keep in mind: You might not save any money. Let’s say the typical directional bulb lasts 50,000 miles (that’s a guess), and somehow you make yours last 60,000 miles, and the car lasts 150,000 miles. You may save 20 bucks because you only had to change the bulbs twice. RAY: But if the car happens to last 190,000 miles, you’ll still replace the bulb three times in the life of the car. So you save nothing.
TOM: And the risk you’re assuming is way out of proportion to the possible reward. If failing to signal a turn causes some distracted driver to rear-end you, or some oncoming driver to not realize you’re making a left turn (left-turnonly lanes aren’t marked for people coming from the opposite direction), you could be out hundreds or thousands of dollars. Not to mention a couple of vertebrae. RAY: Plus the alimony from having this be the last straw for your long-suffering spouse. TOM: More importantly, the lives of automotive light bulbs are shortened much more by going over bumps and rattling the filaments than they are by blinking. RAY: So if you’re really concerned about minimizing costs, don’t drive, Randy. We know for a fact that you’ll save money if your car spends its life sitting in your driveway. TOM: Or you can just relax a bit. That won’t be easy, I’m sure, because you say that just thinking about wasting blinks makes you crazy. But try. We’re all for being gentle and non-wasteful with mechanical objects, and we admire you for that instinct. But try to keep it just this side of the looney bin, Randy. *** Changing your oil regularly is the cheapest insurance you can buy for your car, but how often should you change it? Find out by ordering Tom and Ray’s pamphlet “Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It!” Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Ruin, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. *** Get more Click and Clack in their new book, “Ask Click and Clack: Answers from Car Talk.” Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack in care of this newspaper, or email them by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com.
August 25, 2013
Aug. 26 – Aug. 30 Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Whole Grain Cinnamon Crunch, buttered toast, peaches, orange juice, milk Tuesday – French toast strips, pears, maple syrup, milk Wednesday – Chicken biscuit, pineapple, milk Thursday – Whole Grain Frosted Flakes, whole wheat toast, banana, apple juice, milk Friday – Breakfast pizza, rosy applesauce, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Chicken fried steak, garlic bread, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fruit cocktail, milk Tuesday – Chicken sandwich, broccoli, potato wedges, Mandarin oranges, milk
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Wednesday – Potato tot casserole, whole grain biscuit, garden salad, apple wedges, milk Thursday – Nachos with ground beef, refried beans, salsa, fruit cocktail, chocolate pudding, milk Friday – BBQ on a bun, potato rounds, black-eyed peas, pickle spear, banana, milk Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, broccoli, rolls, lemon tea cookie Tuesday – Taco salad, ranch beans, tortilla chips, cinnamon roll Wednesday – Boiled ham dinner, rolls, chocolate cake Thursday – Chili, cauliflower, peas, crackers Friday – Chuckwagon steak, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, rolls, gelatin with fruit
who have never smoked increased from 49.2 percent in 2011 to 52.4 percent in 2012, an increase of about 100,000 people. And the percentage of those who smoke every day decreased from 19.9 percent in 2011 to 17 percent in 2012. In addition, cigarette purchases across the state have decreased. More than 14 million fewer cigarette tax stamps were sold by the Oklahoma Tax Commission in the fiscal year that ended June 30 than the year before, a 5.2 percent drop in cigarette packs sold. In the past decade, the number of cigarette tax stamps sold has decreased by 100 million overall, the Health Department said. “The decreases in our smoking rate and cigarette sales will help create a healthier Oklahoma for the next generation,” Cline said. State health officials say smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and contributes in more deaths than alcohol, traffic accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders and illegal drugs combined. Cline
said at least 6,000 Oklahoma residents die every year from tobaccorelated illnesses. Statistics provided by the United Health Foundation show the state ranks high in the number of cancer and cardiovascular deaths, diseases Cline has said are linked to smoking. The state averages about 330 cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 residents — 48th in the nation. Last year, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline received approximately 34,000 calls from Oklahomans interested in quitting tobacco. “These are all positive steps,” Cline said. “We’re on that track. While it is fantastic to see Oklahoma out of the bottom 10 states for smoking rates, we still have work to do to reduce the devastating health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke.” *** Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848669) or register online at www. okhelpline.com .
Senior citizen report By Betty Riggins Friday, Aug. 16, was a beautiful day and a great day at the center with a hot dog dinner plus salad bar. Neva Wilhite dropped in for lunch and played beautiful music for us all to enjoy. We had a great attendance for our Friday night covered-dish supper and games. We did have a small mishap with a stopped-up drain and several of us were in the back room mopping up water and emptying the Shop Vac. What a mess until Forrest Nelson went and got something to pour into the drain to unplug it. Everyone did get to play a few games before the evening was over. Monday was a beautiful morning with a fairly good attendance. The men were busy at the domino
table most of the day. They were still playing when I went home. The Bill Johnson Correctional Center boys decided to make cookies before they left, which is great, so they don’t have to make them Tuesday morning. Tuesday we had a great attendance with our ham and bean dinner and salad bar. I do believe this is a favorite even though we have it several times a month. Greg Kuykendall and son Kyle were in to check hearing aides and discuss any problems with seniors. We had Louise Ewing and her daughter Annie in for the first time in a month. Wednesday was a nice day with a tasty meal but low attendance, so let me know what is keeping you
away as we need you at the center to keep it open five days a week. Thursday was a beautiful morning, with good attendance and a tasty meal. We had Carol Anderson back for a visit. Doris Schupbach is in the hospital not doing too well. We wish her well. Earlene Evans said she may be back next week, but she is still awful weak. We will have bingo on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Cards, dominoes and covered-dish supper will be on Friday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Come and join us for these events. We will be making noodles next month, so helpers be prepared. I want to thank all the helpers that volunteer at the center to keep it running because without them we couldn’t stay open.
Youth encouraged to create and compete in Special Poster Contest Division 5000 The Woods County Free Fair will be held on Sept. 5-7 at the Woods County Fairgrounds south of Alva. One of the very popular exhibits each year is the “Special Poster Contest.” This exhibit is open to any boy or girl who will be in kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2013-2014 school year in Woods County. First place prize will be $5. The themes for the youth are: Grades K – 2: “How I Exercise” (Entry Class number A-01) Grades 3 – 5: “Bicycle Safety” (Entry Class number A-02) Grades 6 – 8: “Exercise is Healthy” (Entry Class number A-03)
Put your drawing skills to work and enter the Special Poster Contest sponsored by the Woods County Home and Community Education Safety Committee. The rules are as follows: 1. The exhibit must be the work of the exhibitor. 2. The exhibit may be made of construction paper, watercolors, pastels, crayons, etc. 3. The poster must depict the theme for each particular age group. 4. The poster must be entered in the grade the exhibitor is in presently. 5. Any youth residing in Woods County may enter. Fair books are available at the Woods County OSU Extension Office while supplies last.
Time to enter your fair exhibits Poultry, rabbit, horse and Oklahoma Home & Community Education groups The Woods County Free Fair will be held Sept. 5-7 at the Woods County Fairgrounds south of Alva. The only pre-entries required are poultry, rabbits, horse and the Oklahoma Home & Community Education (OHCE) group entries. Completed tags are to be returned to the Woods County OSU Cooperative Extension Center by Friday, Aug. 30. All poultry and rabbit exhibits must be put in place on Thursday, Sept. 5, between 8 a.m.
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and 1 p.m. as poultry will be blood tested. Horse show pre-entries are also required by noon, Aug. 30, at the Woods County OSU Extension office. Others are submitted on exhibit tags and taken with the item to the fairgrounds Thursday, Sept. 5. All exhibits must be in place by 5:30 p.m. that day. The floral show entries are due to be in place by 11:30 a.m., Sept. 5, and will be judged that same day at 1p.m.
The Woods County Fair Books are at the Woods County OSU Extension Center. Be sure to come by and pick up a copy along with exhibit tags or a pre-entry form (required for poultry, rabbits, horse and OHCE exhibits) to enter your treasures or livestock at the Woods County Free Fair. Call Extension Educator Karen Armbruster or Greg Highfill at 580-327-2786 for more information. The Woods County OSU Extension office is located in the Woods County Courthouse on the ground floor.
party in terms of what tax reform they want to put in place?” asks one party insider. “Are we ready to take a vote in mid-September on tax reform?” The answer, of course, is no. And the same holds true for other issues. So unless Republicans 1) unite behind a single proposal in each area; 2) make clear that proposal will improve the economic lot of most Americans and not just some specific group, like Republican donors; and 3) push those proposals with single-minded intensity, the GOP could be in for another difficult campaign. Doing all those things is particularly hard for a party out of power. Who is the leader who will bring Republicans together behind a specific plan? There isn’t one. Not John Boehner, not Mitch
McConnell, and not anyone in the Christie-Paul-Rubio-Cruz-JindalSantorum-Ryan-Bush-Walker 2016 presidential field. No individual leads today’s Republican party, which means no individual can go head-to-head against the president. In the months leading up to the 2012 election, it was conventional wisdom among many Republicans that no president could be re-elected with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent. (The figure was used because that was the rate when Ronald Reagan was re-elected in 1984; before and after, going back to the New Deal, no chief executive had won re-election with an unemployment rate anywhere close). But Obama won handily. Now there are indications some Republicans might be falling back
into their old 2012 mindset, viewing the 2014 elections as a referendum on the president’s continuing poor economic performance. But unhappiness with Obama is just the necessary predicate for convincing voters that the Republican plan is better. When there is a plan. The opportunity is there. “This is where the 35 percent matters,” says the GOP strategist. “That means you’ve got almost twothirds of the electorate that wants to hear something different. When that number is so high, people are really paying attention.” Voters are listening. The question is whether Republicans will have anything to tell them. (Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)
August 25, 2013
Northwestern freshmen, transfers gather for orientation More than 370 students attended freshman and transfer orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Aug. 17. Kaylyn Hansen, director of student life and counseling, said that approximately 320 attended freshman orientation, and 53 students attended transfer orientation. Orientation was opened in Herod Hall Auditorium with the Ride, Rangers, Ride fight song played by Northwestern’s band, and a performance from the Ranger cheerleaders. Members of the Northwestern staff, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors were introduced. After introductions Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, spoke to students, along with Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, and Scott Brown, Alva city council president. Following the opening session, the freshmen braved the morning rain as they walked across campus for their various breakout sessions. Each student had the opportunity to have their student IDs
Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s freshman class gathers for the traditional group photo
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homecoming. Dr. Aaron Mason and Dr. Eric Schmaltz thanked the committee for that help. They said that despite some sidewalk construction, everyone seemed to enjoy the parade and activities on the downtown square. However, several people commented how much they missed the flags that traditionally flanked the square. Last year, it was determined the flags were too old and dilapidated to use. So Mason and Schmaltz presented a request for funds to buy new tri-color flags in red, white and dark blue. The $3,523 request covers purchasing 160 flags and the hardware needed to mount them. The flags are 3 x 5 feet and include a dowel to keep them hanging vertically. Mason said the flags would be suspended from wires hung between light poles with eight flags between each pole. The flags would be owned by the Homecoming Committee but would be stored in a university building, the former armory on Thunderbird Road. “This committee has tried to help Homecoming because it is one of the three big tourism events in Alva,” said Ritter. “This is your request this year for Homecoming?” “This is our only request for Homecoming,” said Mason. Tucker made a motion to approve the funding request, and the committee passed it unanimously. Heartland BEST Robotics Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill made the final request of the meeting. “We are in our 12th year with the robotics building competition for Oklahoma middle and high schools,” she said. Pfeifer-Hill said the event budget will run between $15,000 and $20,000. She asked for $2,500 to pay the BRI dues of $2,000 and the kick off workshops of $500. The group has obtained several business sponsorships for the event. Other costs are robot kits and kit supplies, game field supplies and construction, awards, travel stipends for the regional in Arkansas, game day lunches, promotional items for judges and helpers (all of whom are volunteers), postage, shirts,
hats, buttons, and miscellaneous supplies. This year’s budget totals $17,500. “It’s a grassroots sort of organization, and it really caters to smaller, more rural school districts,” said Pfeifer-Hill of BEST (boosting and engendering science and technology). She said Alva expects to attract more Oklahoma City area schools this year because Alva is hosting the only contest in the state. In previous years, Oklahoma Christian at Edmond also hosted a BEST competition. She said more teams from out of town mean more motel or hotel rooms will be rented. The student teams come to Alva on three dates. Sept. 28 is Kickoff Day when approximately 175 youth with coaches, parents and friends arrive for the unveiling of the game field and rules. They will also attend workshops on topics like soldering and figuring out torque. The teams are provided with robotics kits. On Mall Day, Nov. 2, about 125 youth, coaches, parents and friends attend. This is when students test drive their robots, submit building portfolios and have table displays or booths judged. Game Day is actually two days, Nov. 8-9, when approximately 350-450 youth coaches, parents, friends and spectators participate in the robot competitions and oral presentations to judges. This year there is a conflict with a sports event so the Mall Day can’t be held at Perceful Fieldhouse. Instead it will probably be held at the recreation complex or at Alva High School. Bickstaff mentioned that a few years ago the game day was held in conjunction with Northwestern Homecoming. “I thought that was
pretty cool. It brought people in here during Homecoming weekend and lot more people saw what was going on,” he said. Pfeifer-Hill agreed but said that usually won’t work. They are given three possible dates for game day, and they are usually not the same time as Homecoming. The committee unanimously passed a motion giving the Heartland BEST their requested $1,500.
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Semi reported for erratic driving Driver arrested for drugs
By Marione Martin A Kansas man was arrested after he was reported to be driving a semi in an erratic manner. According to documents on file, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, about 10:35 p.m. Alva Assistant Police Chief Ben Orcutt was dispatched to Oklahoma Boulevard west of Alva to check on a report of an erratic driver heading east toward the city limits. The reporting party described the vehicle as a semi with a long flatbed and said it was all over the road. Orcutt saw the semi on Oklahoma Boulevard at 14th Street going east and crossing the center line. Orcutt passed the semi and turned around. As he passed, he saw the semi quickly swerve into the east bound inside lane and again swerve, crossing over into the outside lane straddling the lane line. At Oklahoma and 9th, the semi continued to straddle the lane line so Dr. Cynthia Pfeifer-Hill lists ex- Orcutt initiated a traffic stop. The penses for the Heartland BEST semi stopped just west of Oklaho2013 Robotics Bulding Competition she co-chairs. She said Alva now has the only Oklahoma competition before the regional. She asked the Tourism Tax Committee for some funds to pay dues and host the workshops. Video frame by Marione Martin
ma Boulevard and College Street. Orcutt approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and the driver, later identified as Justin Wayne Kastens, 35, of Anthony, Kan., opened the door. When he did, Orcutt said he could immediately smell a strong chemical smoke odor. He told Kastens why he had pulled him over and asked if he had been driving long today. Kastens stated he had just started earlier that day and apologized for his driving several times. Orcutt described Kastens as speaking very fast and having very dilated pupils. He shined his light toward Kastens’ eyes and his pupils did not restrict. Orcutt asked Kastens to stay put and requested K9 Officer Ron Vasquez to come do a free odor search with his K9. While Vasquez did the odor search, Orcutt did a computer check and found Kasten’s license to be suspended. Vasquez reported his K9 Jet alerted on the driver’s side door. The officers went to talk to Kastens who kept putting his
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August 25, 2013
Alva has ‘dirty’, Improving education or inviting federal snooping? expensive trash Common Core State Standards draw opponents
curate comparison of student per- 2015. formance among states. Advocates But Barresi did not repudiinclude education leaders, some ate Common Core. “I want to be prominent Republican and Demo- clear, this is not a suspension of cratic officials and chambers of the implementation time frame for commerce. the Oklahoma Academic Standards By Carol Cole-Frowe Opponents say the standards that include the Common Core Oklahoma Watch should be dumped or replaced be- State Standards for English and Efforts are building to block cause they represent a federal intru- math,” she wrote. tougher, nationally uniform aca- sion into state and local education, She also has pointed out that demic standards from taking effect with unforeseen consequences. Oklahoma has adopted its own next year in Oklahoma’s public Among those resisting Common tougher social-studies standards schools. Core are tea-party-type conser- and is implementing its own sciIt’s unclear, however, if oppo- vatives, the Republican National ence standards. nents have the political support to Committee and some Oklahoma Still, some national experts halt a program that the state has pastors. Some educators support have warned that if many states debeen gradually implementing for tougher standards but oppose any velop their own tests tied to Comthree years. resulting increase in testing time mon Core, it would make it harder Although debates have heat- for students. to compare results among states, as ed up over Common Core State The increasing tensions over well as among districts and schools Standards and some legislators Common Core are playing out in in different states, and could drive are opposed Oklahoma in in varying degrees of adherence to the to them, other various ways. standards. state officials Some GOP Meanwhile, Oklahoma Departare defending legislators say ment of Education staff members the guidelines, they plan to in- are traveling the state to help pre— Alex Weintz, troduce which outline bills pare schools to enact Common press secretary for next session that Core. They were recently in Guythe knowledge and skills that Gov. Mary Fallin would modify or mon, Bristol, Lawton and Hugo to students from repeal Common conduct training, said department kindergarten through 12th grade Core. One advocacy group, Restore spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton. are expected to learn in English Oklahoma Public Education, has Brian Hunt, executive director language arts and math. been sponsoring “Common Core of Stand for Children Oklahoma, Alex Weintz, press secretary for Is Not OK” events around the state which supports Common Core, Gov. Mary Fallin, told Oklahoma and has debated with proponents on said his group plans to coordinate Watch recently that Fallin sup- a television forum show. Earlier this with educators to explain examples ports Common Core benchmarks year, about 60 Oklahoma ministers, of how teaching will change unbecause standards in the state and church elders, tea-party members der the Common Core standards. nationally have eroded and students and others submitted a letter to Fal- An example would be, instead of are not being prepared well enough lin calling Common Core “the most asking students a multiple-choice for college and careers. Fallin was dangerous Trojan Horse that has question about events at the end of recently elected chairwoman of the yet been brought to our gates” to the book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” National Governors Association, undermine local control of educa- they would be asked to analyze which, along with the Council of tion. some of the isChief State School Officers, was Last month, sues explored a driving force in developing the questions arose in the classic. standards. The Oklahoma Legisla- about ComPemberton ture voted to adopt them in 2010, mon Core’s also cited an along with 44 other states. fate when State example, sayWeintz pointed to Kentucky, Superintendent ing instead of where the number of high school Janet Barresi giving students graduates who showed college withdrew from a vocabulary readiness on the ACT test has using Common list with words — Tricia Pemberton from a passage, climbed since Common Core was Core-aligned adopted in 2009. tests developed they might be “We’re interested in results,” through a consortium of about 20 asked to read the passage first, then Weintz said. “We’ve seen results in states, called the Partnership for come up with their own vocabulary other states.” Assessment for Readiness in Col- lists. In general, she said, the goal Still, proponents and opponents lege, or PARCC. Several other is to push students to think more are gearing up for what promises states also have dropped out or critically on their own and use creto be a months-long fight over the scaled back their role in PARCC. ativity. standards, even as schools prepare Barresi cited the cost and the duraIn Kentucky, the tougher stanto fully implement them in school tion of the tests, as well as the re- dards have caused more students’ year 2014-2015. quirement that they be given online standardized test scores to drop, Supporters of Common Core after one year. Many small Oklaho- which some experts believe will say the new benchmarks will inject ma schools have limited bandwidth happen initially in many other more rigor into K-12 education, and technology. states that adopt the standards. push students to compete better Barresi said the state will work If Oklahoma students begin fallwith those in other top-performing with a company to develop its own See Standards Page 13 countries, and allow for more ac- new standardized tests for 2014-
“We’re interested in results.”
The goal is to push students to think more critically on their own and use creativity.
By Marione Martin The price of trash is going up for the City of Alva. Monday, Aug. 19, the Alva Utility Authority agreed to the terms of a renewed five-year contract with Red Carpet Landfill near Meno. “Unfortunately, it’s not as good as what I’d like it to be, but it’s not as bad as what it could have been,” Business Manager Joe Don Dunham told the board. Alva has been paying $15 per ton for the past five years, which is now below Red Carpet’s cost. The new contract continues that $15 rate for the first year then it jumps to $20 a ton during the second year. During the following year, the rate will increase by the January CPI (consumer price index) for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Dunham said Dallas-Ft. Worth was specified because that’s where the company that owns Red Carpet Landfill is based. Board members had several questions about the big 25 percent jump in price the second year and looking for a different landfill. Dunham explained again that the big increase was because the price had not been adjusted for the past five years, and Red Carpet’s current rate is $20. He said he checked with TriCounty in Woodward but they are at their limit. The only other alternative he could find was at Davis for $27.50 per ton plus the additional mileage and time to transport the trash. Someone suggested the city check with Barber County, Kan. Dunham said, “Kansas, no. We can’t cross state lines.” Bryce Benson asked why
Alva can’t cross the state line but Wichita, Kan., can haul trash into Oklahoma. “Something about the type of trash we pick up,” said Dunham. “They call Oklahoma dirty trash. It’s the types of trash and the types of segregation they do in their trash. But we can’t carry it across state lines.” After the board passed a motion to approve the five-year contract, Mayor Arden Chaffee who chairs the trust authority said, “I’ll sign that tomorrow because I don’t want our ‘dirty’ trash to build up.” Other Business Utility authority members unanimously approved a request for outside water service at 922 Burton Place for Steven and Pamela Freeman. The Freemans plan to build a new home at that location. They also plan to use city trash service. The utility authority also approved payment of claims totaling $82,510.22. Economic Development Authority The Alva Economic Development Authority met next, approving minutes of the last meeting. Members approved paying claims totaling $27,005.50. Jessica Kreigh was sworn in as a member of both authorities. There was a moment of levity during the meeting when Chaffee asked, “Mr. Williams, do you have any claims for us?” There was a pause before Finance Committee Chairman Wes Miller asked if Chaffee was addressing him. City Attorney Rick Cunningham explained the name error to Chaffee who quickly corrected it.
Community blood drive Healthy Alva-area residents age 16 and older are encouraged by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to donate blood Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Extreme in the Extreme room, located at 425 College. Area hospitals, including Share Medical Center, rely exclusively on OBI donors to meet their patients’ needs. “With even the most common blood types, we routinely operate with only a three-day supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI president and chief executive.
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“We wouldn’t feel comfortable doing that with vaccines, sutures or for other medical needs. And we shouldn’t with blood. That’s why regular donation by those who can is so important.” Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. OBI provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 state medical facilities. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Robin Wallis at 580-327-2800 or visiting www.obi.org.
hands into his front pockets even after being asked several times not to do so. They asked Kastens if he minded emptying his pockets, and he removed a wallet from his front pocket. Orcutt stated he saw Kastens put his hand back in his pocket and remove a small plastic bag and try to conceal it in his hand. Vasquez also saw this and grabbed Kastens hand, removing the plastic bag. The bag contained a white crystal substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Vasquez placed handcuffs on Kastens, and Orcutt asked if he had anything else. Kastens said he put a glass pipe in his boot and broke it. Kastens stated the meth and pipe were in his semi so he hid them, but they were not his. Orcutt patted Kastens down while Vasquez went to get some gloves. Orcutt
told Kastens if there was a needle on him and he stuck himself with it, he was going to be unhappy. Kastens replied, “No man, that’s not how I do it, that’s not me. I use a pipe.” Vasquez removed Kasten’s boot and found a broken light bulb with the metal end modified to use for smoking. Orcutt placed Kasten’s in his patrol vehicle and took him to the Woods County Jail. During an inventory of the semi, Vasquez found a metal pipe fitting with two end caps on it that contained a small plastic bag with a white residue that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. On Aug. 15 in Woods County District Court, Kastens was charged with felony possession of CDS (controlled dangerous substance). Bond was set at $5,000. Kastens posted bond on Aug. 16.
August 25, 2013
Northwestern announces Decorated cupcake summer session honor rolls competition Honor roll listings for the 2013 summer session at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been announced. All students – undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate – on the President’s list had a 4.0 grade point average in a minimum of seven hours of work. Those on the vice-president’s list had grade averages of 3.5 or better for a minimum of seven hours of work. PRESIDENT’S HONOR ROLL (Graduate and Post-Graduate Students) OKLAHOMA ALVA – Kaylyn Hansen, Corie Kaiser, Tiffani Kilgore, Ngalula Mutsipayi, Jennifer Tyree BURBANK – Amie Berryman CASHION – Trisha Vanderpool CLAREMORE – Camerann Johnson ENID – Sean Byrne, Danielle Fields, Aranda Gulick, Rita Lyons, Kelli Osburn, Samantha Schmaus, Wukyoung Song, April Wallace FAIRVIEW – Kaci Edwards GOLTRY – Brianna Stephens GRACEMONT – Marsha Todd GUTHRIE – Jeffrey Ball, Lesley Cotton, Patsy Ritter, Conttessa Wallraven KINGFISHER – Amanda Matthews LAHOMA – Chad Thies LAMONT – Jill Green LONE GROVE – Tyler Young MAYES – Anthony Wingard MENO – Marsha Cusack MULHALL – Dani Watson NEWKIRK – Kayla Johnston, Jenny West OILTON – Rebecca Hankins PONCA CITY – Adriana Benson, Allison Brown, Kyrie Crippen, Ashley Davis, Elisabeth Hargraves, Katy Mcnew, Kenneth Naegele, Charles Nix, Mary Radka, Kara Smith, Denny Wehr, Tim Williams PRYOR – Heather Burroughs, Patricia Davis, Daryl Heston, Melinda Thornton, Amy Wingard SAPULPA – Andrea Long STILLWATER – Crystal Deken, Amy Hartling TONKAWA – Lorrie Hazard
WOODWARD – Kristan Bell FLORIDA MIDDLEBURG – Diane Hall KANSAS CONWAY SPRINGS – Adam Burnett Undergraduate Students OKLAHOMA ALVA – Sugandha Aggarwal, Mason Lindquist, Matthew Martin, Tanner McGehee, Khadidja Souleyman, Bradley Trekell BLACKWELL – Brittany Gregson, Felicia Smith CHEROKEE – Kathi Jenlink EDMOND –Titua Bakare ELGIN –Kyle Enis ENID – Mallory Eulberg, Carissa Hernandez, Devin Horton, Stacia Paul, Tanner Schantz, Nicole Stone, Raymond Williamson, Amy Yankech LAHOMA – Kimberly Ward LAVERNE – Jaden Crocker LUCIEN – Jennifer Harris MEDFORD – Malarie Cline, Janelle Przybylski MUTUAL – Kylie Pethoud NEWKIRK – Melani Cassady PAULS VALLEY – Patrick Driskill PERRY – Micah Keith PONCA CITY – Mark Bean, Allison Bishop, Lori Rau, Matthew Weers POTEAU – Alexandra Kirtley SHARON – Dalton Lamberth TONKAWA – Misty McCullough VICI – Charity Hickman WAUKOMIS – Mercedes Key WOODWARD – Britainee Clark, Ashley Malone, Hannah McKay, Benjamin Smith, Matthew Weber CALIFORNIA LOMPAC – Catherine Kelly NEBRASKA WALLACE – Josi Hasenauer TEXAS PERRYTON – Merilee Stelling VICE-PRESIDENT’S HONOR ROLL (Graduate and Post-Graduate Students) OKLAHOMA BOISE CITY – Laura Torres ENID – Drew Bartel, Melissa
Bell, Renna Bowers, Karen Curtis GAGE – Audra Olive KINGFISHER –Tamra Tollefson PONCA CITY – Brooke Fredricks, Jamie Roller PRYOR – Tamara Bryan, Mikkel Stump, Travis Wheeler WOODWARD – Jeremy Jones CALIFORNIA RANCHO CUCUAMONGA – Joshua Lange-Casillas KANSAS CONWAY SPRINGS – Adam Burnett OLATHE – Lauren Vanderloo Undergraduate Students OKLAHOMA ALINE – Brooke Beckner ALVA – Dalton Beeler, Rupal Christian, Kamal Poon, Fernanda Tomazini BYRON – Elizabeth Guffy DUNCAN – Keziah Cook ENID – April Burshik, Robert Cossin, Ashley Hutchcraft FAIRFAX – Melissa Renfro MOORELAND – Julia Crawford MUSKOGEE – Jennifer Mitchell PONCA CITY – Kylie Fowler, Chandra Kimble, Regan Miles, Kimberly Wyckoff SHATTUCK – Kayla Murray WAYNOKA – Jack Nickelson, Rachel Ruble WOODWARD – Chaunce Carrico, Toni Stine CALIFORNIA LA QUINTA – Jamey AlvarezBraxton NORWALK – Nayeli Meza IDAHO EAGLE – Samantha Smith ILLINOIS MULBERRY GROVE – Brandon Barringer MICHIGAN MOUNT PLEASANT – Bethany Andrews NEW MEXICO BLOOMFIELD – Kellie Mason OREGON TUALATIN – Bimala Gurung TEXAS AUSTIN – Brandon Wooley
Attorney General Pruitt offers back-to-school Internet safety tips
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Friday issued a warning for kids and parents to be aware of Internet safety as students return to school. “Many smartphone apps, social media sites and Internet scams can have consequential outcomes for children who do not practice Internet safety,” Pruitt said. “As these outlets expand, it is essential that parents and caregivers review Internet safety with their children to help prevent them from falling victim to Internet and digital dangers.” The Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission recommend talking to kids of all ages about the importance of digital dangers, including popular apps such as Snapchat that younger adults wrongly assume erases their photos. Children should be aware of the consequences of their actions on the Internet and with their smartphones. The Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit provides the following Internet safety tips: • Even the most tech-savvy kids and adults need to understand that
not everything they see on the Internet is true, that people on the Internet may not be who they appear to be, that information or images they share can be seen far and wide, and that once something is posted online, it’s almost impossible to “take it back;” • When very young children start using a computer, they should be supervised closely by a parent or caregiver; • For children between the ages of 8 and 12, consider keeping the computer in an area where the child has access to you or another adult. That way, they can be “independent” but not alone. The Federal Trade Commission’s Web site OnGuardOnline. gov provides specific tips for parents on what to say to kids about Internet safety: • Remind your kids that online actions can reverberate; • Explain to your kids why it’s a good idea to post only information that they are comfortable with others seeing; • Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child’s profile;
• Know what your kids are doing; • Talk to your kids about online manners; • Remind your kids to protect your personal information online; • Develop smartphone rules. To report an Internet crime involving children, contact the local police department. To report Internet fraud or for more information on Internet fraud, contact the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit at 405-521-2029 or go online at www.oag.ok.gov. For more information about tips and resources, go online to www.ftc.gov.
Maybe you’ve watched “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Channel, and you know that it’s all about the cupcake and the frosting that makes your taste buds say “Feed me!” Does your family enjoy a certain flavor of cupcake? Do you like to be creative in the kitchen by stirring in different additions to your frostings or by adding extra decorations as well? Or maybe you’ve made cupcakes for baby or wedding showers and you are ready to show your creations to the world! For some great prize money, how about entering those cupcake
creations in the decorated cupcake contest competition at the Woods County Fair Sept. 5? A recipe must accompany the entry and should be entered by 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Women’s Building at the Woods County Fairgrounds. The competition will take place at 7 p.m. A panel of judges will be on hand to sample the cupcake entries and the top three will receive cash prizes. Make plans now to enter the decorated cupcake competition at the Woods County Free Fair.
Come to the Woods County Fair for some homemade ice cream Treat yourself and the family to a variety of delicious homemade ice creams at the Women’s Building Friday night, Sept. 6, during the Woods County Fair. Each OHCE group in the county has been asked to provide two freezers of ice cream that will be judged by three lucky people at 6:30 p.m. Following, at 7 p.m., $1
will get you a cup of any kind of ice cream or combination thereof. The top three favorite freezers will receive cash prizes for their group. All profits will be given to the Woods County Home and Community Education organization to carry out their educational objectives for the year. See you at the fair!
Northwestern to conduct emergency training exercise Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in conjunction with various emergency response agencies from the City of Alva, will conduct a disaster training exercise at the Alva campus on Monday, Aug. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. The exercise will begin with an emergency medical helicopter landing on the university’s parking lot at the corner of U.S. 281 and U.S. 64. Emergency responders will simulate loading victims into
the helicopter on backboards. Then the Alva Fire Department will respond to a mock fire on the upper floors of Jesse Dunn. Emergency vehicles will be parked in the horseshoe drive around Herod Hall during the exercise, and the drive may be blocked to public traffic for up to 30 minutes. Employees, students and visitors are asked to avoid the horseshoe drive during the period of 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
August 25, 2013
Ladybugs crush Tonkawa in another home victory By Leslie Nation The Alva High School Ladybugs softball team went on a threegame win streak to put their season record 8-2 on Thursday against the Tonkawa Lady Buccaneers. Though the Ladybugs handled Tonkawa easily for a huge 17-3 win, they got themselves into trouble early in the first inning. With the bases loaded, the Lady Bucs’ Logan Burgess scored their first run on an error. The Ladybugs cut Tonkawa’s turn at-bat short after pitcher Lexie Shafer threw three strikes to get the third out. Shafer had two hits, one walk and struck out three in the first inning. The Ladybugs up at bat, Natalie Seevers was their lead off hitter to give them a chance to take back the lead. Seevers made it to first on a soft bunt to Tonkawa’s pitcher, Cansas Swaggart. Swaggart helped get another runner on base after pitching a wild ball to walk Tatum Honer. Seevers had been working her way around the diamond in the process and was in position to score, sliding into home plate. Alva got two more runs off RBIs by Ally Riley and Katlin Ramy before going into the second inning. Alva was able to hold the Lady
Bucs to their one run, getting the third out with a line drive catch by shortstop Tatum Honer. Junior Kally Gordon started Alva off at bat making it to first base after Tonkawa’s third baseman, Celia Ruth, and Swaggart collided trying to catch a pop fly. Swaggart allowed Patricia Beeler on base after throwing another wild pitch hitting Beeler and allowing her to take first base. After Gordon scored the Ladybugs’ first run of the inning from a steal to home with runners at second and third, Riley hit a hard ground ball to left field to bring in Beeler and Seevers. Those two runs gave Riley her third RBI of the game. Alva scored two more runs off a steal to home by Siera Earnest – courtesy runner for Riley – and a fly ball to center field by Shafer to bring in Darian Carothers to end their five-run rally in the second. Alva continued to build their lead against the Lady Bucs, scoring another five runs in the third and their final four runs in the fourth. Tonkawa scored two more runs, one in the fourth inning off a fly ball to left field by Bailey Shipley and another in the fifth off an infield
error. The runs were not enough to extend the game and ended in the fifth inning on a run-rule. Riley led the Ladybugs in RBIs getting four, followed by Katlin Ramy with two. Seevers, Carothers and Earnest led the team with three runs each. Shafer allowed six hits,
two runs, three walks and got six strikeouts before being substituted for Whitney Randall in the fifth inning to finish the game. The Ladybugs’ junior varsity made an easy sweep of Tonkawa in the second game with a 9-0 shutout.
The Ladybugs will continue their season on the road in Chisholm on Monday, Aug. 26. They play Chisholm at 5:30 p.m. before facing the Lady Buccaneers again at 7 p.m. Alva will then go to Okeene to face the Lady Whippets on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Sophomore Rozlynn Murrow slides into home plate. Photo by Leslie Nation
Sophomore Natalie Seevers leads off to steal third base. Photo by Leslie Nation
Freshman Lexie Shafer pitches against Tonkawa on Thursday. Photo by Leslie Nation
August 25, 2013
NWOSU women’s soccer hosts a ‘Splash Party’ By Leslie Nation The Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) women’s soccer team hosted a swimming pool “splash party” at the Alva Municipal Pool on Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lady Rangers head coach Kasey Mahaffey saw this meet-andgreet as a great opportunity for the team to be introduced to the Alva community. The Lady Rangers will have a lot of young, new faces this year, and Mahaffey said they are excited to get the season started. For now, the Lady Rangers spent the evening at the city pool to have some fun and relaxation in the hot weather. The soccer team planned for games and prizes to hand out to the guests and provided music. “The girls were really happy to come out here for this because they’ve been having three-a-day practices right now,” said Mahaffey. After having a difficult first season in the Great American Conference (GAC), Mahaffey and her team are preparing for another tough schedule as the underdog of the GAC. With 14 starters from last season returning, the Lady Rangers have a lot of new additions to the team. Mahaffey, however, is pleased with the depth these newcomers bring to each position and said that all spots are up for grabs at this point.
NWOSU women’s soccer team enjoys the pool with party guests. Photo by Leslie Nation “Right now I can’t tell you who will be my starters,” said Mahaffey. “These are a talented bunch of girls.” The Lady Rangers will have their first game in St. Charles, Mo., against Linewood on Sept. 6, at 8 p.m.
NWOSU soccer players Sabrina Machorro (far left) and Erica Hostetter (far right) have fun with party guests. Photo by Leslie Nation NWOSU women’s soccer team sits by the pool for their Splash Party. Photo by Leslie Nation
NFL making news in 2013 ahead of upcoming season By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer The NFL never really shuts down. It kept rolling long after the lights came back on after a 37-minute delay at the Superdome in New Orleans and the Baltimore Ravens squeezed out a Super Bowl title. It’s rolling still, right into a new season that will kick off in less than two weeks and end with (shiver!) an outdoor Super Bowl in New Jersey. In between, there were plenty of headlines: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges; Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller has been suspended for the first six games for violating the league’s drug policy; and HGH testing is getting closer but still isn’t underway two years after the league and players agreed on the need for it. A rash of preseason injuries have prompted some players to question the NFL’s player safety initiatives. Already gone for the season are tight ends Dennis Pitta of Baltimore (fractured hip) and
Dustin Keller of Miami (right knee), with more than a dozen others also sidelined. “It’s just weird how things have changed from the past,” noted Jets tight end Konrad Reuland. “Before, diving at the knees was a dirty play. Now hitting up high is a dirty play. It’s almost done a complete 180.” That might be understandable considering the emphasis Commissioner Roger Goodell is placing on player safety. The league has been named in concussion lawsuits brought by more than 4,000 former players who charge that the NFL didn’t protect them or warn them against the sport’s inherent dangers. Even before the regular season kicks off, the two sides are due in Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s court in Philadelphia to report any progress made during two months of mediation. Some believe the players’ claims could be worth $1 billion or more if they move forward in court. Key rules changes for this season with player safety in mind will bar ball carriers from using the crown of the helmet to make con-
tact with defenders, and require player to wear knee and thigh pads. The uniform police will remove them from games if they don’t have the full complement of equipment. Fans, meanwhile, will deal with increased limits on what they can bring into stadiums; nothing that won’t fit into a gallon-size clear plastic bag will be allowed. “This is the right thing to do from a public safety standing,” NFL security director Jeffrey Miller said, adding that the NFL constantly evaluates its stadium entry process. “In light of recent events, the tragedy of the terrorist attack in Boston, we wanted to ensure anywhere we have large groups of fans that we know we have limited that type of situation with fans only using the approved kind of bags to create a safe environment and a buffer zone, if you will.” Fans may grouse about it but not enough to stay away — from the stadium, the TV or any device spewing game information. They can’t wait to see if Robert
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August 25, 2013
Oklahoma health officials concerned about Texas measles outbreak A statewide health alert issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services following an outbreak of measles in Texas has prompted concern from Oklahoma’s public health officials. “We are worried about the current outbreak of measles in Texas, because measles is very contagious, spreads like wildfire and can be very serious,” said Lori Linstead, director of the Immunization Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The age range of the Texas cases is from 4 months to 44 years old. “Persons of any age who have not been appropriately vaccinated against measles are susceptible to the disease,” said Linstead. Currently, there are no reported cases of measles in Oklahoma. The last reported case of measles in the state was in 1997. Measles is spread from personto-person by airborne droplets, commonly from a contagious person coughing or sneezing; by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons; or through touching surfaces contaminated with these secretions. Infected people can spread the disease usually four days before their rash starts to four days after rash onset. Symptoms of measles include a high fever and a red blotchy rash starting on the face then spreading to the rest of the body. Symptoms begin to appear about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals first experience a fever lasting about two to four days then followed by the onset of cough, runny nose and/or conjunctivitis. The rash usually appears about 14 days after exposure and lasts four to seven days. It begins at the hairline, and then involves the face and upper neck. Over the next three days, the rash gradually proceeds downward and outward, reaching the hands and feet. Symptoms may last for one to two weeks. There is no treatment for measles; however, health care providers may treat the symptoms of measles with bed rest, plenty of fluids and anti-fever medications. Oklahoma State Department of Health officials are alerting Oklahoma health care providers to consider measles in their diagnosis of patients with compatible symptoms who have traveled to the North Texas area during the 18 days prior to the onset of symptoms. Providers should take appropriate infection
control precautions and immediately report any suspected cases to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. One out of every 2,000 will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Coma due to measles encephalitis may last for weeks or months. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. Persons who are not vaccinated are definitely at risk of getting the disease. “We strongly recommend that all parents think about vaccinating their children with MMR vaccine now. The first dose is recommended at 12 to 15 months of age, so babies who have reached their first birthday can receive the vaccine now; there is no reason to wait,” Linstead said. Ninety-four percent of Oklahoma toddlers (19 through 35 months of age) have received one dose of measles vaccine and 97 percent of children entering kindergarten in Oklahoma have received two doses. But measles is so contagious that even a very small number of unvaccinated children won’t be protected if the measles virus gets into the community. State health officials consider the six percent of Oklahoma toddlers who haven’t received the vaccine to be at risk. The second dose of MMR is recommended at 4 to 6 years of age or before entering kindergarten. “All children 4 years of age or older who have not received a second dose of MMR can get it now,” Linstead said. Parents who have not vaccinated their children or delayed vaccination because of fears of measles vaccine causing autism should know that many studies have been done to investigate if the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has any connection to autism. Absolutely no link has been found. Twelve studies have produced no evidence that children who receive MMR vaccine are at greater risk of autism than those who haven’t received MMR vaccine. The results of studies are very clear; the data show no relationship between vaccines and autism. The Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends that children receive MMR vaccine from their regular health care provider, clinic or county health department.
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“Fullset” who describes themselves as playing the “finest in Irish traditional music” will perform as part of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Concert Series on March 11, 2014. The group will be the last to perforn in a season of four concerts.
Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series announced By Lynn L. Martin The first performance of the annual four-program Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series will be on Oct. 29 at Herod Hall on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) campus and will feature “Riders in the Sky.” This group has performed several times in the series starting back in 1996. The group has released more than thirty albums and have always drawn high praise for their concerts in Alva. Season tickets are ready and citizens are encouraged to join a sponsorship circle. The varying levels of sponsorship include increasing amounts of season tickets and provide preferred seating locations. The “Member” level is reached with a $150-$249 contribution. This package includes three season tickets, seating in a reserved sec-
tion and name recognition in the program. The “Partner” level is for those who contribute $250-$349 and includes five season tickets, reserved seating and program name recognition. The “Friend” level is for contributions of $350 to $499 and includes seven season tickets, special seating and name recognition in the program along with a quarter page ad. The “Associate” member receives nine season tickets, special reserved seating and named recognition in the program along with a quarter-page ad in the program. The “Sustainer” level is for those who provide funding of $750-$999. The package includes 11 season tickets, program name recognition and a half page ad in the concert program. A “Patron” has provided a gift
of $1,000-$4,999. Patrons receive 18 season tickets, reserved seating, name recognition and a full-page ad in the program. The “Benefactor” level comes with a contribution of $5,000 or more and includes 25 season tickets, reserved seating, name recognition in the program and a fullpage ad in the concert program. Tickets can also be purchased one at a time before each program. Adult tickets are $40 and student tickets are $20. Tickets or memberships forms are available at Holder Drug, Graceful Arts Center, NWOSU Bookstore and the Rialto movie theater. Other concerts in the series include Ted Vigil on Dec. 10; The Fantasticks on Feb. 18, 2014; and Fullset on March 11, 2014. For further information contact Dr. Irene Messoloras at the university or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma Forestry conducting inventory in Woods and Woodward counties What type of forest or woodlands is present in Oklahoma? What tree species? Is our forest healthy? These and many other questions will be answered as a Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) crew from Oklahoma Forestry Services begins collecting data on plots in Woods and Woodward counties. Foresters began this important data collection in 2009. Each subsequent year, foresters continue gathering information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species that are present, tree size, invasive species and forest health issues.
“Healthy forests and woodlands provide Oklahoma with many valuable goods and services,” said State Forester George Geissler. “We are collecting information about our forests in all 77 counties, which will improve our planning and management strategies and ensure our citizens receive the greatest benefit possible.” The analysis is conducted on randomly located plots across private, industrial, and public lands and includes both forested and nonforested areas. Private landowners are contacted directly by mail if a plot falls on their land. The infor-
mation gathered from this analysis determines the status of the local forest resource and shows trends seen in the forests of Oklahoma. This data also contributes to similar nationwide efforts of the USDA Forest Service. “The information we collect is added to the national database to give policymakers the data they need to make informed decisions for the future of our forest resources,” said FIA Coordinator Carri Abner. “We appreciate landowners allowing us access to their land so we will have an accurate assessment of Oklahoma’s trees and forests.” Crews will be traveling in marked Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry vehicles and will be carrying proper identification with them. Landowners and lessees can assist in this endeavor by granting crews access to property if an FIA plot falls on their land, as well as telling others about the program. They are also welcome to be present when the crew is conducting the measurements on their property. If you would like more information, contact Carri Abner at 918290-9208 or email@example.com. gov.
August 25, 2013
County health officials urge Sample ballots prevention of head lice now available A common event for many Oklahoma parents: you receive a note from your child’s teacher that advises you to check your child for head lice. Should you panic? The answer is “No.” Head lice, also called Pediculus Humanus Capitis, are parasitic insects commonly found in a human’s hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. Head lice are treatable and do not cause disease. Children ages 3 to10 years are at highest risk of infestation, according to the Woods County Health Department. “Families should follow some basic health precautions to prevent head lice infestation and seek advice on the most effective treatment from a pharmacist, health care provider or their local county health department,” said Woods County Health Department Administrator Terri Salisbury. “People most atrisk for getting head lice are those who come in close contact with
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someone who already has headlice-contaminated clothing or the belongings of someone who has head lice.” Head lice and nits are quite small and very hard to see. The nits are head lice eggs found firmly attached to the hair shaft. The nymphs are baby lice that mature in about seven days, and the adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed with six legs and is tan to greyish-white. The nymph and adult lice feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person, it usually dies within two days. Lice are most commonly found behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. Children most commonly get lice from contact with a family member or friend who is infested. Transmission may occur when children share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, helmets, hair ribbons, combs or brushes. Lice are easily transmitted in the home to children who share
beds and pillows with an infested person. If one member of the family has head lice, the parents or caretakers should screen all family members, especially the children, for head lice. Treatment involves all infested family members and the household at the same time. The most important step in the treatment process is quite time-consuming, but essential to success – daily attention to nit removal. Prevention is important in helping your child remain lice free. Teach your children to never share brushes, combs, hats, scarves or other head coverings. Conduct “head checks” at home as part of routine personal hygiene to catch an infestation early, when it is easier to eliminate. For more information about head lice, including how to treat head lice, contact the Woods County Health Department at 580-3273192.
ing behind under Common Core, “It’s (Common Core) kind of “we will deal with that and will like pushing a snowball off the top correct the problem,” Weintz said. of a hill,” Blackwell said. “What’s Other GOP leaders also support the scope? What’s it going to enCommon Core. Mike Huckabee, tail?” He said he plans to introduce former Arkansas governor and for- legislation that will modify Commer presidential candidate, issued mon Core, based on findings in a letter to Oklahoma legislators the study. Blackwell has been an calling criticisms of the standards outspoken opponent of the stan“short-sighted” and saying the dards, saying they are an attempt to benchmarks would not threaten lo- nationalize education and change cal control of what’s taught in the every aspect of public schools. classroom. “Oklahoma educators, Oklahoma Voices of opposition have been legislators, we will make these degrowing stronger, however. cisions,” he said. Perhaps the most prominent Another legislator said he plans Oklahoma opto introduce a ponent of Combill that would mon Core is repeal and reHouse Speaker place Common T.W. Shannon, Core. who in May “I definitely called the stanplan to introdards “another duce legislavehicle for fedtion,” said Rep. eral control of Jason Nelson, our public eduR-Oklahoma cation system.” — House Speaker T.W. Shannon City. Nelson Shannon and Rep. Dasaid recently he does not know how vid Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, strong of a push there will be in the authored a bill last session that renext legislative session to revise or stricts student information that can do away with Common Core. be shared with the federal govern“I am very concerned about (the ment, including health and medical possibility of) a federal takeover records and social security numand I think we need to be very pru- bers. The bill was approved. Comdent,” Shannon said. “Yes, we need mon Core opponents have alleged to raise standards, but they need to the standards will allow the federal be Oklahoma standards, not nation- government to collect personal inal ones.” formation about students; supportAnother opponent is state Rep. ers have called this misinformation. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, who is Nelson said he would like stanchairing two House committees to dards to be tougher than the new examine Common Core standards, math and language standards being how they compare to the state’s implemented this year. previous standards and any issues “Let’s set even higher standards surrounding student testing to where you don’t need Common
“Yes, we need to raise standards, but they need to be Oklahoma standards, not national ones.”
Core,” he said. “Our kids deserve it. … The world of tomorrow demands it.” Nelson, however, acknowledged that his first- and fourthgrade children are already benefitting from curriculum changes being driven by Common Core, with his first-grade daughter able to do subjects that his fourth-grade son learned in second grade. Jenni White, co-founder of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, which opposes Common Core, said she favors returning to previous state standards. In her blog, she writes that she believes Common Core proponents are deceiving the public with claims that the standards will lead to deeper “critical thinking,” which is undefined. White said in an interview that she views Barresi’s departure from the national consortium testing as a political maneuver to appear to reject the standards while actually implementing them. “I just think this is bait-andswitch,” White said, “how to make it sound like it’s not Common Core.” White, who homeschools her children, said she is in favor of going back to the previous state standards. “This has all been dumped on us,” White said. Oklahoma Watch reporter Clifton Adcock contributed to this story. Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces indepth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. More Oklahoma Watch content can be found at www.oklahomawatch.org.
Sample ballots are now available at the Woods County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the special municipal election on Sept. 10. Wilodean Linder, secretary of the county election board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the election board office located at the Woods County
Courthouse during regular office hours, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes. Only voters in the boundaries of the City of Alva will be eligible to vote in this election.
Fair premium monies for Woods County Fair Fair books, exhibit tags available The upcoming Woods County Fair is a good place to show your talents, whether it be from the kitchen, sewing room, garden, camera, or workshop. And best of all, prize money is given for the top three placings in each class. First place exhibits will be awarded $5, second place exhibits will be awarded $4 and third place $3. The Woods County Fair is scheduled for Sept. 5-7 this year at the Woods County Fairgrounds. Exhibitors are encouraged to visit the Woods County OSU Extension Office and pick up a fair book and exhibits tags. The extension office is located on the north side ground floor of the Woods County Courthouse. Poultry and rabbit exhibits, as well as Home and Community Education exhibits, will be required to have a pre-entry form filled out and returned by Friday, Aug. 30, to the Woods County Extension Office. All poultry and rabbit exhibits
must be brought to the fairgrounds and be in place on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for entry and blood test. Horse show pre-entries are also encouraged by Aug. 30. Other fair exhibits are to be submitted on exhibit tags attached to the item and taken to the fairgrounds by Thursday, Sept. 5. All exhibits must be in place Thursday, Sept. 5, by 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified. The floral exhibit deadline is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, with judging to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday. All livestock must be in place by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, including bucket calves. Swine will be weighed and then cattle. Also, barrow weights will need to be submitted at this time. Please call extension educators Greg Highfill and Karen Armbruster at 580-327-2786 for more information or questions about the fair or fair entries.
Okla. man arrested after fatal crash that killed 4 KELLYVILLE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been arrested following a fatal crash in Kellyville in which four people were killed. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 52-year-old David M. Ernst was taken into custody by the Kellyville Police Department following Friday night’s crash. Ernst was arrested after he was released from a Tulsa-area hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash. He was booked into the
Creek County Criminal Justice Center pending formal charges. The patrol identified the victims as 74-year-old Vernon Bowles, 74-year-old Susie B. Frazier, 51-year-old Vivian R. Henry and a 9-year-old child whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. The patrol says the collision occurred at 9:15 p.m. on Oklahoma Highway 66 northeast of 141st Street. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
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Oklahoma female Incentive program for tech education paying off juvenile offenders TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new state program that pays students’ tuition to help them pursue a technical education is getting glowing reviews from students and leaders alike. Under legislation passed in 2012, Kansas pays tuition for students who learn technical skills during their junior and senior years of high school. The students spend part of their school day in typical high school classes and the rest attending technical or community colleges to learn skills such as graphic design, welding or nursing assistance. The program has been a hit early
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on, with the number of high school students taking such courses at the state’s 26 community or technical colleges increasing from 3,870 students to 5,800 last year, which was the initiative’s first. The numbers are expected to increase again this year, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Last year, the state paid $12 million in tuition, which school administrators and officials at the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas State Department of Education say is money well spent. “It’s a great initiative to help students,” said Blake Flanders, vice president for workforce de-
velopment at the Kansas Board of Regents, “but it also helps Kansas employers.” The program helps students learn a job skill while helping address workforce shortages in many fields, he said. The regents worked with the Kansas Department of Labor to determine high-demand industries they hope students will consider. High school students can earn industry certificates before leaving school for many of the jobs in those industries, such as electricians, diesel engine experts, carpenters and
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Griffin III is fully recovered from his torn-up knee and can be even more dynamic as the Washington Redskins quarterback. Or whether Tim Tebow has a future in the NFL in New England. And how the Ravens will handle losing team leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, while Joe Flacco tries to justify the huge contract he received as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The television networks are already salivating about what they hope will be a ratings bonanza, starting when the champion Ravens visit Peyton Manning and the Broncos to open the season on Thursday night, Sept. 5. “The NFL always provides an element of surprise, and that is a part of the intrigue that makes it so popular,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “It’s hard to predict who can be the champions at this point, because it’s a great unknown that changes as the year goes on. It’s not always the top team over the season that wins, but the one able to perform the best when it means the most. And that element is always exciting about an NFL season.” Lots of points and big plays tend to excite fans the most, and the copycat NFL could feature even more up-tempo offenses now that Chip Kelly has brought his go-go-
go quack attack from Oregon to Philadelphia. If it works for one team — as it has for the high-powered, fast-draw offenses in New England, New Orleans, San Francisco and Green Bay, for example — then just about everyone tries it. Kelly downplays the speed of his offense, but throughout the league, look for no-huddles, quick snaps out of a variety of formations, and lots of passing. “There are certain plays we can call where we don’t need the defense to be set,” Kelly said, “and there are other plays where we need to get the right look to get in the right play. But a lot of that, from a speed standpoint, we never say we want plays snapped in X amount of seconds or anything like that.” Those fast-paced offenses from Foxborough to Philly, Louisiana to Lambeau Field won’t have to deal with likely Hall of Famers Lewis and Brian Urlacher in the middle of the field. They retired, along with NFL champions Matt Birk, Jeff Saturday and Donald Driver. Replacing veterans everywhere are lots of rookies — a good crop but nowhere near the quarterbacking caliber of last year’s trio of RG3, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. “We now get more coaches in pro football, and offensive and de-
fensive coordinators, who know they got to play these young guys,” former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. “I have always been big about playing young guys; if he knows what to do, we have got to play him. And that’s what you will see.” The coaching carousel spun frantically, with one-quarter of those jobs changing. Aside from Kelly bringing his offensive wizardry from Oregon to the Eagles, Andy Reid, fired following 14 seasons in Philadelphia, immediately landed as coach of the Chiefs. Kansas City is a strong candidate for most improved team under Reid’s guidance and with quarterback Alex Smith acquired from San Francisco. The 49ers, who came alive after the Superdome blackout and nearly stole the title from Baltimore, are among the favorites to reach the Meadowlands next February for the first outdoor Super Bowl at a cold-weather site. The Giants and Jets, co-owners of MetLife Stadium, talk bravely about becoming the first team to host and play in the Big Game, but that’s a long shot. Denver, which added prolific Wes Welker to its receiving corps for Peyton Manning — a blow to major rival New England — also is among the hot choices to reach what could be a frigid Super Bowl. Then there’s Adrian Peterson’s pursuit of a second straight 2,000yard rushing season for Minnesota. No one has ever come close, but no one has ever come off a wrecked knee to do what Peterson achieved in 2012, winning MVP honors. If Peterson doesn’t grab the spotlight, maybe it will be Tom Brady with his arm, Calvin Johnson with his hands, J.J. Watt with his swats, or Darrelle Revis with his picks. Regardless, rest assured much of the nation will be watching — and checking their fantasy stats, too.
to get own prison NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Female juvenile offenders who are now housed at a mixed-gender medium-security facility will soon be transferred to a privately run facility that is just for girls. Paula Christiansen, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, said the agency plans to begin processing the girls Monday and hopes to have the transfers from Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh complete by the end of September. “It will eliminate the difficulties that exist when you have girls and boys at the same facility,” said Keith Wilson, executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The privately run Southern Plains Treatment Services will operate the facility in Norman under a contract signed in July, The Oklahoman reported. An existing facility is being modified to handle female juvenile offenders. The contract requires Southern Plains Treatment Services to have 22 beds reserved for girls, the same number of beds that are at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center. The Office of Juvenile Affairs
is paying for the transition and first year’s expenses out of a revolving fund, Christiansen said. The agency expects to ask the Legislature about providing funds for future operations. Before the contract, Oklahoma had two medium-security institutions to house its most violent juvenile offenders. The Office of Juvenile Affairs operates the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou, which is a 78-bed facility just for males, and the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, a 116-bed facility that has 22 beds reserved for females and 20 beds reserved for male juvenile sex offenders. Christiansen said girls and boys have been housed in separate wings at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center and are kept apart for classes and activities. “It was difficult for us — not impossible, but difficult — to get the girls from one place to another and time it out so they are not running into the boys,” she said. “We clearly wanted to keep them separate.” “This has given us an opportunity to separate them fully,” she said.
Man found in septic tank pleads guilty TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man found hiding in a septic tank under a women’s restroom at a public park in Sand Springs has pleaded guilty to a peeping Tom charge. Kenneth Enlow pleaded guilty Thursday in Tulsa County District Court to the misdemeanor charge. The Tulsa World reports that Enlow was sentenced to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Authorities alleged that the
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, August 25, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY AND STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Application of TABITHA LAUREN BUSH to Change Her Name Case No. CV-2013-9 AMENDED NOTICE OF FILING PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME OF ADULT TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Take Notice that Tabitha L. Bush has filed in the above Court a petition to have her birth name changed as follows: From Tabitha Lauren Bush to Tabitha Lauren Diefenbach; and that the same will be heard by the District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, in the County Courthouse, located at Alva, Oklahoma, on the 4th day of October, 2013, at 3:00 o’clock P.M.; and that any person may file a written protest in the case prior to the date set for the hearing. Mickey J. Hadwiger JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT Denis S. Cote OBA #30366 Attorney for the Petitioner 42142 Harper RD. Alva, Oklahoma 73717 Attorney for Petitioner
52-year-old hid inside a permanent outhouse at White Water Park. He was arrested after a woman taking her daughter to the restroom saw someone looking at her from inside the toilet. A police report says firefighters pulled Enlow from the septic tank and authorities arrested him after he was cleaned off with a fire hose. Enlow remains in the Tulsa County jail.
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, August 25 and September 1, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of ROBERT MICHAEL JENSEN, Deceased. No. PB-2013-32 NOTICE TO CREDITORS All creditors having claims against Robert Michael Jensen, deceased, are required to present the same, with a description of all security interest and other collateral, if any, held by each creditor with respect to such claim to the named Personal Representative at the office of Rick Cunningham, Attorney at Law, 409 College, P.O. Box 433, Alva, Oklahoma 73717, attorney for said Personal Representative, on or before the following presentment date: October 23, 2013, or the same will be forever barred. Dated this 22nd day of August, 2013. 5/Laura Faith Jensen Laura Faith Jensen Personal Representative Rick Cunningham, OBA #12628 Attorney at Law 409 College Ave., P.O. Box 433 Alva, Oklahoma 73717 (580) 327-0080 Attorney for Personal Representative
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Woods County Real Woods County Estate Transactions Court Filings Beginning book 1163 page 1 Real Estate Transfers George Conder & Patricia Conder to The Conder Family LLC: (1) the South Half of Lot 6 in Block 2 in the Fryer Addition to the City of Alva; (2) the South Half of the Northeast Quarter, and the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 22, Township 27 North, Range 15, WIM; (3) the Northwest Quarter and the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 11, and the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 14, Township 26 North, Range 15, WIM; (4) the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; (5) the South Half of the Northeast Quarter, and the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 22, Township 27 North, Range 15, WIM; (6) the Northwest Quarter and the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 11, and the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 14, Township 26 North, Range 15, WIM; (7) the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; an undivided 1/3 interest in the North Half of the Northeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; (8) an undivided 1/3 interest in the North Half of the Southwest Quarter and 1/3 interest in the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; (9) all oil, gas and other minerals in and under and that may be produced from the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; (10) all oil, gas and other minerals in and under and that may be produced from the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; (11) all oil, gas and other minerals in and under and that may be produced from the West Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 24, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Benjamin Warren Hughes aka Benjamin W. Hughes & Jean Lavonne Hughes aka Jean L. Hughes, husband and wife and as Trustees of the Benjamin W. Hughes Trust No.
1 dated Feb. 1, 1997 and the Jean L. Hughes Trust No. 1 dated Feb. 1, 1997 to B & J Hughes Limited Partnership: the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 24 North, Range 13, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. William F. Crow & Mary Ann Crow to Aaron Rodkey: Beginning at the Southwest corner of Lot 4 in Block 4 of the East Vale Addition to the City of Alva, according to the recorded plat thereof, thence East 50 feet, thence North 50 feet, thence West to the West line of said Lot 4; thence in a Southwesterly direction following the West line of said lot to the point of beginning: Warranty Deed. Barbara White to NMPG LLC: Lots 23 & 24 in Block 8 of the East Hill Addition to the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Glenda Harper to NMPG LLC: Lots 23 & 24 in Block 8 of the East Hill Addition to the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Vernon Lawson to NMPG LLC: Lots 23 & 24 in Block 8 of the East Hill Addition to the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Norma D. Fugit to NMPG LLC: Lots 23 & 24 in Block 8 of the East Hill Addition to the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Garold Ferguson & Rebecca M. Ferguson to Brenda Borders, Dana Ferguson, and Mary Ferguson: the South Half of the Southeast Quarter; the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter; and the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, all of Section 35, Township 26 North, Range 16, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Jack A. Lancaster aka Jack Alan Lancaster to Holder – Pyeatt Family LLC: Lots 15 & 16 in Block 65 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: Warranty Deed. Sharon Joyce Andrews & Charles R. Andrews to Holder – Pyeatt Family LLC: Lots 15 & 16 in Block 65 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: Warranty Deed. Shirley Lancaster Reed to Holder – Pyeatt Family LLC: Lots 15 & 16 in Block 65 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: Warranty Deed.
Timothy Gene Turner & Charla Annette Turner to Kevin Jackson, Shelly Jackson and Austin E. Jackson: Lots 16 & 17 in Block 1 of Reed’s Addition to Alva: Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Nieta R. Lohmann and Nancy R. Lohmann, the living heirs of Donna Ruth Kinzie aka Donna Ruth Terwort to Wayne E. Kinzie & Beverly S. Kinzie, Trustees of the Wayne E. Kinzie & Beverly S. Kinzie Trust: Spaces 1, 2, & 6 of Lot 4-A in Block C in the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Jennifer Warren to Mike Goucher: South Half of the Northeast Quarter and North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Ona Lee Treadway, Ona Lee Treadway, former Trustee, Leo Eldon Treadway and Linda Lee Treadway-Dillmon, Successor CoTrustees of the Treadway Family Trust dated Jan. 28, 1998 to Jo Thompson: Lot 11 in Block 3 of the Legion Heights Addition to the City of Alva: Warranty Deed. BancCentral National Association and Wayne O. Schupbach Living Trust to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative: a tract of land described on page 190 of book 1163: Warranty Deed. Mortgages Kevin Jackson, Shelly Jackson and Austin E. Jackson to Community Bank: Lots 16 & 17 in Block 1 of Reed’s Addition to Alva: maximum obligation limit $51,101.10. Paul Barton & Melinda Barton to Alva State Bank & Trust Company: the North Half of Lot 5 and the East 25 feet of the North Half of Lot 6 in Block 10 of the East View Addition to the City of Alva: maximum obligation limit $47,000. Mike Goucher to Hopeton State Bank: South Half of the Northeast Quarter and North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM, LESS and except a tract of land in the East Half of Section 19, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM: maximum obligation limit $131,200.
Woods County Sheriff’s Report August 14, 2013 6:30 a.m. Garvin County called and said that they will be here around 8 to pick up someone for ICE. 11:00 a.m. Caller reporting vehicles parked too close to Highway 64 at the intersection of highways 64 and 14, vehicle owners were asked to move them. August 15, 2013 7:30 a.m. Called individual about cattle out 6 miles west on Highway 64. August 16, 2013 4:00 a.m. Blaine County called to ask if we wanted
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, August 25, 2013.) BEFORE THE CORPORATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE EXPLORATION, L.L.C. RELIEF SOUGHT: INCREASED WELL DENSITY LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 28 NORTH, RANGE 14 WEST OF THE IM, WOODS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA Cause CD No. 201305589 NOTICE OF HEARING STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persons, owners, producers, operators, purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and all other interested persons, particularly in Woods County, Oklahoma, more particularly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” attached to the application
them to hold individual for Woods County. August 19, 2013 6:00 p.m. Individual called to notify the sheriff’s office that person is at Buena Vista. August 20, 2013 11:37 a.m. Report of a deer caught in a fence 1 mile north of Freedom on west side of roadway, notified game ranger. 5:40 p.m. Individual of Lincoln County, Nev., Sheriff Department called to ask about a possible money scam in restaurant.
on file in this cause, and, if any of the named individuals be deceased, then the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, both immediate and remote, of such deceased individual; if any of the named entities is a dissolved partnership, corporation or other association, then the unknown successors, trustees and assigns, both immediate and remote, of such dissolved entity; if any of the named parties designated as a trustee is not presently acting in such capacity as trustee, then the unknown successor or successors to such trustee; if any of the named parties designated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, then the unknown successor or successors to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the named entities are corporations which do not continue to have legal existence, the unknown trustees or assigns of such parties. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Applicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.,
have filed an application in this cause requesting the Corporation Commission to enter an order amending applicable orders of the Commission, including Order No. 537416, to authorize and permit an additional well for the production of hydrocarbons from the Mississippi Lime common source of supply underlying the 640-acre drilling and spacing unit comprised of Section 35, Township 28 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma, and to establish proper allowables for such well and such unit. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the application in this cause requests that the order entered in this matter (amending applicable orders of the Commission, including Order No. 537416) be made effective as of the date of the execution thereof or a date prior thereto, and that the authorization and permission requested herein run in favor of one or both of the Applicants, including Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and through its agent, Chesapeake Operating, Inc.,
According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtained by anyone during regular hours at the Woods County Courthouse. The Alva Review-Courier will not intentionally alter or delete any of this information. If it appears in the courthouse public records, it will appear in this newspaper. Criminal Filings Justin Wayne Kastens, 35, Anthony, Kan.: Possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS) ($505.40). Civil Filings Tabitha Lauren Bush: Name change ($135.70). LVNV Funding LLC vs. Travis L. Long: Money judgement – Breach of contract (up to $10,000) ($205.70). LVNV Funding LLC vs. Christin L. Parkhurst: Money judgement – Breach of contract (up to $10,000) ($205.70). Paternity Filings State of Oklahoma vs. Charles E. Willhite Jr. and Kara Dawn Stoner ($135.70). Child Support Filings State of Oklahoma vs. Brian L. Phipps and Britny Coleen Bunch: Reciprocal – Incoming URESA ($135.70). Divorce Filings Lindsey Jean Murry vs. Nicholas Scott Murry: Separate maintenance ($198.70). Gregory Wayne Kirkpatrick vs. Amanda Kirkpatrick: Dissolution of marriage ($198.70). Magen Elaine Shelton vs. Shawn Leon Shelton: Divorce granted. Traffic Filings Lacy Eugene Caulder, 73, Alva: Failure to stop at stop sign ($211.50). Francis D. Gimmick, 25, Deguing, La.: Reckless driving ($455). Coby Don Beals, 35, Burns Flat: Operating a motor vehicle with an expired driver’s license ($256.50). Johnny Lee Rhoades, 39, Oakwood: Operating a motor vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable and proper ($256.50). Arthur Gallenero Tagud, 52, Alva: Left of center in marked zone ($211.50). Sammy Roundtree, 49, Waynoka: Failure to pay taxes due state ($221.50). Derik Ivan Lucas, 31, Enid: Operate vehicle at a speed less than reasonable and proper ($256.50). McKenzie E. Earle, 17, Alva: Violation of driver’s license restriction ($211.50). Martin Rodriguez-Vasquez, 63, Shamrock, Texas: Operating motor vehicle without a valid driver’s li-
cense ($256.50); Scott Franklin Roehrig, 28, Mobile, Ala.: Failure to provide security verification ($211.50). Jesse Alan Abbott, 23, Lucedale, Miss.: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($302.70). Jesse Alan Abbott, 23, Lucedale, Miss.: Failure to yield from stop sign ($211.50). Jesse Alan Abbott, 23, Lucedale, Miss.: Failure to provide security verification ($211.50). Jesse Alan Abbott, 23, Lucedale, Miss.: Failure to pay taxes due state ($211.50). The following individuals were cited for speeding: James F. Russell, 58, Enid: 83 in 65 ($251.50); Andre Terrell Alexander, 29, Mansfield, La.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Filomeno L. Martinez, 42, Amarillo, Texas: 76 in 65 ($226.50); Ira Braden Bennett, 36, Beaver: 74 in 65 ($188.50); Reva Dawn Spencer, 56, Waynoka: 76 in 65 ($226.50); John A. Michlitsch, 45, Alva: 84 in 65 ($241.50); Jared Lesley Deck, 33, Weatherford: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Hilary Denise Hugaboom, 23, Buffalo: 93 in 65 ($341.50); Brent E. Williams, 40, Geary: 77 in 65 ($226.50); Billy Ryan Adkisson, 39, Cushing: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Phillip Michael Veneges, 26, Fort Worth, Texas: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Joshua W. Yard, 29, Russellville, Ark.: 76 in 65 ($226.50); Shane Lee Miller, 37, Muskogee: 77 in 65 ($226.50); Brandon Keith Cobb, 29, Ada: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Anthony Wayne Dawson, 45, Fay: 74 in 65 ($188.50); Gabriel Onisoru, 37, Springfield, Mo.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Sarah Jean Barnes, 30, Cherokee: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Thomas Joseph Aulmann, 21, Kennard, Texas: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Zachary A. Myatt, 36, Piedmont: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Javier Sanchez-Alonso, 48, Albuquerque, N.M.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Samuel T. Shaffer, 56, Medford: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Clayton Clarence Heller Jr., 30, Mustang: 75 in 65 ($188.50); James Travis Feazel, 39, Altus: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Tyler Shay Hogsett, 19, Ripley: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Keith Edward Bamburg, 49, Newton, Texas: 75 in 55 ($241.50); Gloyd Dee Orrell, 70, Broken Arrow: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Colton James Darrow, 24, Mustang: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Zackery Blake Buescher, 18, College Station, Texas: 70 in 55 ($226.50); Alvaro Lopez Galvan, 35, League City, Texas: 86 in 65 ($281.50). The following individuals were cited for failure to wear seatbelt ($20): Sarah Jean Barnes, 30, Cherokee; Jose Arthur Ramos, 34, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jesse Alan Abbott, 23, Lucedale, Miss.
or some other party recommended by Applicants. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause will be referred to an Administrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of evidence and reporting to the Corporation Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause will be heard before an Administrative Law Judge on the Conservation Docket at the Corporation Commission, First Floor, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 17th day of September 2013, and that this notice will be published as required by law and the rules of the Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Applicants and interested parties may present testimony by telephone. The cost of telephonic communication shall be paid by the person or persons requesting its use. An interested party who wishes to
participate by telephone shall contact the Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to the hearing date, and provide his or her name and phone number. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all interested persons may appear and be heard. For information concerning this action contact Matt Fleischer, landman, (405) 935-1407, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA No. 20805, (405) 9358203, Chesapeake Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer to Cause CD Number. DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 22nd day of August 2013. CORPORATION COMMISSION OF OKLAHOMA PATRICE DOUGLAS, Chairman BOB ANTHONY, Vice Chairman DANA L. MURPHY, Commissioner BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: PEGGY MITCHELL, Commission Secretary
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Woods County Communications phone log August 14, 2013 2:18 p.m. 911 call, herd of cattle out 1 mile north of Jackson on County Road 430. 4:05 p.m. Individual has fallen, bleeding, on 100 block of N. Fourth in Pond Creek. 4:07 p.m. 911 call, controlled burn on Grant and 900, hay field. 7:13 p.m. Individual passed out at 600 block of Hart. 8:14 p.m. Individual having heart attack on County Road 400 and Aline blacktop in a green Ford van. 8:18 p.m. Is the storm siren right? 8:38 p.m. Group of kids fighting on Cecil/Church in Waynoka. August 15, 2013 3:30 a.m. 911 call, in Enid, need ambulance, gave Garfield County Sheriff’s Office number. 3:59 a.m. Someone walked by with flashlight by back bedroom around house at 700 block of Second. 4:22 a.m. On 700 block of Santa Fe, man came up on porch claiming to have been beaten up by bat. 4:24 a.m. 911 call, guy running around the neighborhood at Eighth and Santa Fe, think he’s spaced out. 7:13 a.m. On Third Street in Waynoka, controlled burn from last night still smoldering, should be okay. 7:15 a.m. Question about towed vehicle. 8:35 a.m. 1300 block of Flynn blocked for repairs. 9:10 a.m. Replacing fire alarm at Lincoln School. 9:58 a.m. Cat in bushes at 14th
and Center, message left with animal control. 11:12 a.m. 911 call, disconnected cell, spoke with a 4-year-old for a few minutes. 3:17 p.m. Wants copy of police report, transfer to police department. 7:22 p.m. Backed into pole at Ampride. 9:43 p.m. Four wheelers by derailment on Comanche and County Road 330, notified BNSF. 9:57 p.m. Suspicious vehicle parked out front of 400 block of Olive, red Trans Am. August 16, 2013 3:01 a.m. Loud noises at church on 400 block of Choctaw. 3:47 a.m. Guy trying to buy beer at Loves, in a silver Chevy going west on Oklahoma Boulevard. 8:48 a.m. Needs to get rid of an 8-month-olf black lab from 300 block of Oklahoma Boulevard. 10:10 a.m. National weather service, question about hail west of Alva. 1:21 p.m. Individual notified stop sign down at County Road 340/Ellis, message left with ODOT. 4:20 p.m. Water leak at 11th and Maple, transfer to water works. 5:02 p.m. Vehicle accident 2 miles east of Redhorse Bridge on west side, no injuries, mirrors. 7:40 p.m. 911 call, broken down between Freedom and Alva, never mind, wrecker drove up. 8:58 p.m. 911 call, baby playing with phone. 10:30 p.m. Water leak at 11th and Maple. 11:05 p.m. Truck load of juve-
niles in Pond Creek on Aspen by BBQ joint, silver Ford jacked up. August 17, 2013 8:05 a.m. Two black pits, not vicious, no collars, one male one female. 9:37 a.m. Controlled burn on county roads 320 and 310 and Hughes. 9:48 a.m. PC EMS advised controlled burn 2 miles west and ¾ mile south of Pond Creek. 9:55 a.m. Water on roadway 1-2 miles south of Alva on 281. 11:29 a.m. Controlled burn at 100 block of E. Harrison in Lamont. 12:28 p.m. 911 call, individual with question about a sherrif’s deputy, transfer to Grant County Sheriff’s Office, concern about him pulling him over. 5:10 p.m. Domestic at 1000 block of Barnes Avenue, no weapons. 5:19 p.m. 911 call, in Pond Creek, told me she had emergency, yelling in background, she said she was going to hospital, hang up. 5:35 p.m. 911 call, stray dog on campus, not aggressive, officer can meet at pound. 8:31 p.m. 911 call, car accident on College Boulevard, car and truck, Jiffy/Champs. 8:31 p.m. Two-vehicle accident by Champs. 10:46 p.m. 911 call, accident at 10th and Maple, hit parked car. 11:00 p.m. Loud party out of control at 700 block of Church. August 18, 2013 7:44 a.m. Water leak at 11th and Maple. 7:49 a.m. Power tools at 7 a.m. disturbing the peace in Waynoka. 8:50 a.m. Controlled burn off Johnston on County Road 370, no-
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, August 25, 2013.) BEFORE THE CORPORATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE EXPLORATION, L.L.C. RELIEF SOUGHT: WELL LOCATION EXCEPTION LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 35, TOWNSHIP 28 NORTH, RANGE 14 WEST OF THE IM, WOODS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA Cause CD No. 201305590 NOTICE OF HEARING STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persons, owners, producers, operators, purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and all other interested persons, particularly in Woods County, Oklahoma, more particularly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” attached to the application on file in this cause, and, if any of the named individuals be deceased, then the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, both immediate and remote, of such deceased individual; if any of the named entities is a dissolved partnership, corporation or other association, then the unknown successors, trustees and assigns, both immediate and remote, of such dissolved entity; if any of the named parties designated as a trustee is not presently acting in such capacity as trustee, then the unknown successor or successors to such trustee; if any of the named parties designated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, then the unknown successor or successors to such attorney-
tified Alva Fire Department. 10:51 a.m. Officer notified of an old primer Camaro flying by BJCC in parking lot of trailer park. 12:51 p.m. Cars drag racing x6 north of park pond by Johnston and County Road 430. 2:04 p.m. Controlled burn on 100 block of E. Harrison in Lamont. 3:53 p.m. Hawk with broken wing on south side of depot, called game ranger. 3:59 p.m. Controlled burn at 900 block of Second in Deer Creek. 4:00 p.m. Domestic at 100 block of E. Birch in Pond Creek. 4:19 p.m. Red Jeep with trailer in alley between Young and Davis. 5:00 p.m. Fire department to outside of Share emergency room for lift assist. 8:32 p.m. Three yorkies growling, barking and roaming Cherry Street. August 19, 2013 1:06 a.m. 911 call, water leak at 11th and Maple. 8:07 a.m. 911 call, baby momma wants to commit suicide, respondent wants their baby, wants to know what to do, transfer to Grant County Sheriff’s Office. 8:31 a.m. Controlled burn south of Johnson on 370. 8:57 a.m. Pond Creek EMS needs a driver at the station for a seizure at the school. 11:14 a.m. Individual threatening suicide at Great Salt Plains. 11:56 a.m. Semi and truck accident 2 miles east on 64. 2:16 p.m. Tree fell at College/ Locust, transfer to public works. 3:30 p.m. Two cars racing on 64 westbound to Freedom, turned on Avard blacktop south, let officer know.
August 20, 2013 1:40 a.m. 911 call, need cops to 1900 block of Waynoka. 8:23 a.m. NW Tech fire drill at 9:30 am. 9:15 a.m. Animal control to S. Hall for cat, carport parking lot. 9:16 a.m. NWOSU for animal control to South Hall, mangled cat lacking hair. 9:22 a.m. 911 call, individual on Fifth in Carmen with swollen stomach, can’t get out of bed. 10:28 a.m. Cancel fire department air evac no longer coming. 10:54 a.m. Needing criminal history check, gave info. 11:36 a.m. 911 call, scream and hang up. 12:38 p.m. 911 call, individual has fallen on 200 block of N. Sixth in Medford. 12:48 p.m. Accident at Noble/ Oklahoma, injury, road blocked. 4:08 p.m. Closing road on Ellis between county roads 1030 and 1040, starts on Monday, 45-75 days, fixing bridge. 7:29 p.m. Gun shot around Aspen Apartments on 600 block of Hart. 8:17 p.m. Controlled burn on 2000 block of Cecil in Waynoka. 11:03 p.m. 911 call, what’s the number for Garfield County? August 21, 2013 7:20 a.m. 911 call, car vs deer 1 mile south of Salt Fork, car not driveable, OHP notified. The call center also handled the following calls: abandoned calls – 45, accidental calls – 13, pocket dials – 19, wrong number – 5, hang ups – 14, animal control – 16, sheriff – 39, police – 84, general info – 89, fire department – 25, ambulance – 22, road conditions – 2, weather – 8.
in-fact; and if any of the named entities are corporations which do not continue to have legal existence, the unknown trustees or assigns of such parties. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Applicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed an application in this cause requesting the Corporation Commission to enter an order, as follows: (i) authorizing and permitting an exception to the permitted well location tolerances in the 640-acre drilling and spacing unit comprised of Section 35, Township 28 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma, for the Endicott, Tonkawa, Lansing-Kansas City Lime, Big Lime-Oswego, Cherokee Sand and Mississippi Lime separate common sources of supply, so as to allow a well to be drilled as follows: Location of Wellbore at Completion Interval: The proposed location of the completion interval for the Mississippi Lime common source of supply will be no closer than 165 feet from the south line and no closer than 560 feet from the east line and no closer than 165 feet from the north line and no closer than 560 feet from the east line of the unit comprising said Section 35, Township 28 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma, and the location of the completion interval for the Endicott, Tonkawa, Lansing-Kansas City Lime, Big Lime-Oswego and Cherokee Sand separate common sources of supply will be no closer than 330 feet from the south line and no closer than 560 feet from the east line and no closer than 330 feet from the north line and no closer than 560 feet from the east line of the unit comprising said Section 35, Township 28 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma, and to be completed in and produce hydrocarbons from the above-named separate common sources of supply; (ii) providing for the re-opening of the cause at such time as the bottom hole location of the well proposed hereunder has been determined; and (iii) establishing a proper allowable with no downward adjustment made thereto. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the application in this cause requests that the order be entered in this matter be made effective as of the date of the execution thereof or as of a date prior
thereto and that the authorization and permission requested herein run in favor of one or both of the Applicants, including Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and through its agent Chesapeake Operating, Inc., or some other party recommended by Applicants. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the legal descriptions for the land sections adjacent to said Section 35 are Sections 25, 26, 27, 34 and 36, Township 28 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma and Sections 1, 2 and 3, Township 27 North, Range 14 West of the IM, Woods County, Oklahoma. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause will be referred to an Administrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of evidence and reporting to the Corporation Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause will be heard before an Administrative Law Judge on the Merits Docket at the Corporation Commission, First Floor, Jim Thorpe Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 17th day of September 2013, and that this notice will be published as required by law and the rules of the Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Applicants and interested parties may present testimony by telephone. The cost of telephonic communication shall be paid by the person or persons requesting its use. An interested party who wishes to participate by telephone shall contact the Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to the hearing date, and provide his or her name and phone number. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all interested persons may appear and be heard. For information concerning this action contact Matt Fleischer, landman, (405) 935-1407, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA No. 20805, (405) 9358203, Chesapeake Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer to Cause CD Number. DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 22nd day of August 2013. CORPORATION COMMISSION OF OKLAHOMA PATRICE DOUGLAS, Chairman BOB ANTHONY, Vice Chairman DANA L. MURPHY, Commissioner BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: PEGGY MITCHELL, Commission Secretary
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Oklahoma grain elevator cash bids as of 2:00 pm Friday. U.S. No 1 HARD RED WINTER WHEAT: .01 to .02 higher. 6.41-6.91. Davis 6.41, Clinton 6.70, Hobart, Manchester, Shattuck 6.71, Alva, Buffalo 6.72, Banner, Cherokee, El Reno, Geary, Medford, Okarche, Okeene, Ponca City, Watonga 6.75, Perry, Stillwater 6.78, Lawton, Temple 6.80, Frederick, Weatherford 6.81, Hooker
6.88, Eldorado 6.90, Keyes 6.91, Gulf 7.65 1/2. MILO: Mixed, mostly .09 to .14 higher. 7.32-10.37. Manchester 7.32, Shattuck 8.66, Medford, Ponca City 9.03, Weatherford 9.21, Alva, Buffalo 9.92, Hooker, Keyes 10.37. SOYBEANS: .41 to .42 higher. 12.83-13.13. Shattuck 12.83, Hooker, Medford, Ponca City 12.88, Stillwater 12.93, Alva, Buffalo 13.13, Gulf
14.76. CORN: Mixed. 5.21-6.46. Manchester, Medford, Ponca City 5.21, Hooker 6.45, Keyes 6.46, Gulf 6.60 1/2. CANOLA (CWT) (New Crop) N/A per cwt. : Red Rock, El Reno, Yukon, Apache, Dacoma, Enid, McWillie, Clyde, Hillsdale, Bison. Grade 41, Leaf 4, Staple 34 Cotton in Southwestern Oklahoma averaged 80.50 cents per pound.
Combine caravan celebrates Gleaner milestone By Kristen Roderick NICKERSON, Kan. (AP) — Corn fields stood tall as a Gleaner combine caravan slowly passed by. Farmers took a moment on the morning of Aug. 17 to grab a camera to capture the moment, marking the 90th anniversary of a combine that brought agriculture its first self-propelled combine. The combines slowly skirted along the Kansas prairie. They passed fields - some freshly plowed, others full of crops - as they slowly drove on 82nd and Dutch avenues from the combine’s birthplace in Nickerson to where they are made today at AGCO in Hesston. “All the people who came to be a part of this (celebration) tells you what a beautiful name the Gleaner combine has created - a legacy that will certainly live on,” said Kevin Bien, Gleaner brand marketing manager for AGCO.
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Bill Baldwin, son of one of the brand’s founders, Ernest Baldwin, made sure to be in central Kansas for the three-day celebration. The Ottawa resident excitedly talked to his son, David, about the celebration of their family’s legacy. He did not want to miss it. “At 85, I’ve never had more excitement in my life than I’m having today,” Bill Baldwin said. He was in Nickerson at 7 a.m. when a dedication was unveiled at the combine’s 1923 birthplace. A display with an old combine was placed on top of crushed rock, surrounded by a fence. A sign on west Railroad Avenue just north of N. Nickerson St. tells the legacy of the Gleaner combine. It tells how brothers Curtis, Earnest and George Baldwin developed the universal harvester and named it “The Gleaner” after an 1857 painting by Jean-Francois Millet depicting women gathering grain after harvest.
Bill Hurley, vice president of North American Field Organization for AGCO, was impressed at how the city of Nickerson recognized the Baldwin legacy. “We appreciate the turnout and the work that the city of Nickerson did,” he said. Today Gleaners are made in the AGCO facility in Hesston, about 40 miles from Nickerson. Hurley couldn’t say how many combines the company makes per year, but it sells thousands of machines all over the world. The finale of the three-day celebration to commemorate the Gleaner’s 90th anniversary was a parade that took off from the AGCO parking lot in Hesston. “It was almost like the good Lord set this up,” Bien said. “We hope (people) come and recognize what a beautiful love affair it has been with the family that has brought so much to the farm equipment industry.”
made, get parking decals and visit with staff members about the differences between high school and college and what to expect from their college professors and classes. Freshmen visited with current Northwestern students to ask questions about college life. Financial aid, registry and the business office were open to assist students with final payments and questions. Freshmen students also visited the Academic Success Center and the J.R. Holder Wellness Center. Clubs and organizations from throughout campus had booths set up in the Student Center Ballroom so all students were able to see many of the organizations they will have a chance to join. “With the help of Northwestern’s administration, staff and the student organizations, freshman orientation was a success,” Hansen said. “We believe our incom-
ing freshmen were able to engage in activities that will help with their transition into college life.” Transfer students attended their orientation session in the afternoon and were given information about receiving their Northwestern email accounts, the Student Information System, transcripts, IDs and park-
ing decals, and a short wellness center orientation, among other topics. “We are looking forward to showing new students on campus this year all the fun activities we have planned,” Hansen said. “We highly encourage all students to get involved.”
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Emcee for the evening, Matt Martin, filled needed time with jokes including a good natured self-deprecating fact that he was so short he had to stand on a chair to be above the podium. Miss Alva 2012-2013 Alana Adams could not attend due to commitments of the President’s Leadership Class at the University of Oklahoma. Former Miss Alva title holders introduced were: Tyla Brown – 1979, Savannah White – 2003, Madison Bird – 2010 and Kamaree Lewis – 2011. Talent Competition An earlier random drawing determined the order of contestants. Competing first, Sage Sunderland danced and twirled to the song “Footloose.” Jordan Coffman performed a vocal solo, “I Won’t Give Up.” Third contestant, Emily Harris, sang “Only Hope” accompanied by Charla Parker. Rachel Carter sang “Thank You for the Music,” also accompanied by Mrs. Parker. Judges Judges for the pageant included two music teachers, Mrs. Paula Kiner of Seiling, and Mrs. Beth Berkinbile of Hennessey. The third judge, a veteran judge of many pageants, was Mrs. Pam Nichols, also of Seiling. Poise and Appearance Miss Sunderland appeared in the Poise and Appearance portion wearing a long flowing royal blue
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gown with a god sequined strapless top. Miss Coffman took the stage in a hot pink gown featuring a layered chiffon skirt with a handkerchief hem, topped by a ruched top embellished with large black sequin dots. Miss Harris chose a soft leopard print gown with a jeweled halter neckline and open back. Miss Brewer chose a peach chiffon one shouldered high-low skirted gown embellished with sequins and beads on the shoulder and midriff. Miss Carter chose a black and silver strapless gown embellished with bugle beads. Awards Presentation Emcee Matt Martin announced the individual awards. Alyssa Brewer won the interview portion of the pageant. Miss Congeniality, Poise and Appearance and Talent awards went to the winner of Miss Alva – Rachel Carter, who was crowned and presented the queen’s bouquet by Emcee Martin. Miss Alva will receive one year of room and board at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the tiara, and a formal portrait by Lynn Martin Photography. Each of the contestants also received a gift courtesy of the Electric Gold Booster Club and Wylodean Linder’s Merle Norman. The pageant was sponsored by the Alva High School Electric Gold.
heating mechanics. High schools also profit, getting an extra $1,000 in state funds for each student who earns a certificate. Statewide, 711 students earned the certificate last year, with most training for the health industry. Clark Coco, dean of Washburn Institute of Technology, said his school has doubled the size of its diesel program and more than doubled its heath care program. Students say the choice to miss time at their own high schools to pursue technical training is worth it.
“It’s a fair trade-off,” said Engsean Lee, a junior at Washburn Rural High who is studying graphic design. “It’s good to be able to afford college.” This year, Lee will learn to use software like Photoshop and InDesign and in his senior year, he will work directly with clients to design promotional materials and other products.
August 25, 2013