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Washington Elementary Fire Drill Council to hear proposal for new private prison By Marione Martin Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, the Alva City Council will not meet until Tuesday, Sept. 3. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. Following votes on approval of minutes and claims, the council will hear the business manager’s report. There will be discussion and action on pursuing the development of a private prison as economic development. Mayor Arden Chaffee will ask the council to acknowledge his appointment of new Ward 2 council member Jessica Kreigh to the finance committee, the personnel committee and the sanitation committee. There will be discussion and action on approving Resolution No. 2013-064 amending the annual budget by $4,474 for an Oklahoma
Department of Forestry Rural Fire Department Operational Grant. The council will also discuss and vote on approving the purchase and financing of an LP-15 V2 Monitor/Defibrillator for the ambulance department in the amount of $42,521.44. Time will be allotted for remarks and inquiries by council members and citizens. The Alva Utility Authority will meet after the council adjourns. The only items on the agenda are action to approve minutes and claims. The Alva Economic Development Authority will then meet. Besides action on minutes and claims, the trustees will discuss and act on the Alva Recreation Center Board’s recommendation to purchase a new tractor and loader off the Oklahoma State Contract in the amount of $22,450.
Be alert to expensive, probably needless, deed letter By Lynn L. Martin Woods County Courthouse officers are receiving inquiries about a “notice” being mailed to some land-owners offering to sell them a copy of their property deed. There’s nothing illegal about that. The problem is the price is outrageous.
In a sample letter supplied to the newspaper, the “document fee” is $83. The same deed copy can be purchased at the courthouse for $1. The copy on the “Deed Processing Notice” reads in part, “Record
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Parents of newborn with broken leg, skull fractures, charged with felony child abuse
Nearly everyone will remember fire drills from their public school days. Now the fire drills have several twists. The first exercise was to exit the building as if there were a fire. The second occurred after they returned to the building for an “intruder” drill where all classroom doors were quickly locked and the students huddled in the safest part of the room. A third drill was a “lock-down” drill where all outside doors were quickly locked. At Washington, only one door is unlocked during the day — the front entrance — so the lock-down was quickly achieved. In a few days, the school will conduct a tornado drill. Some students may go to a safe room near the gym, but others will likely be taken across the street to the basement of the Alva Public Library. Red tape has been added to the drills. They now must be reported to the federal Homeland Security office. Video frames by Lynn L. Martin
By Marione Martin An Alva couple has been charged with child abuse after taking an injured 20-day-old baby to the hospital. According to affidavits, on Aug. 22 hospital personnel notified the Alva Police Department about the baby, who had been brought to the emergency room at Share Medical Center. They told Alva Police Officer Jade Cardenas the infant was being treated for a broken leg and the injury was from non-accidental abuse. Cardenas notified Steve Tanio, a District #26 District Attorney’s office investigator.
Tanio spoke to the emergency room clerk, who said Rachel Madderra arrived at the ER at 8:16 p.m. with the 20-day-old child. The clerk said Madderra told her about 3 p.m. she was with the baby at Apartment #12, Country Club Apartments, in Alva. She told the clerk she placed the baby on some pillows on a couch and went to the bathroom. She said when she returned, the baby had rolled off of the pillows and the baby’s leg was distended. Madderra said she waited to bring the baby to the hospital because she
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September 1, 2013
Looking for solutions in Road crossing permits approved by Woods rural doctor shortage By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch Despite efforts to increase the number of doctors in rural areas, many Oklahoma counties are still sorely lacking physicians to provide sufficient care to their residents, according to health experts. Seventy-two of the state’s 77 counties are designated as primary health-professional shortage areas by the federal government: 30 of them have 10 or fewer doctors of any type. The five counties not considered shortage areas are Oklahoma, Johnston, Canadian, Rogers and Wagoner, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Oklahoma has 76 doctors per 100,000 residents, far fewer than the 220 doctors per 100,000 nationally, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The state ranks 43rd in doctors per capita and 41st in primary-care physicians. The shortage of primary-care doctors plays a large role in the poorer health outcomes of rural residents, health experts say. Rural counties have a significantly higher residents-to-doctor ratio than urban ones, according to data obtained by Oklahoma Watch from the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and the State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Since the 1970s, Oklahoma has been creating incentives for doctors to set up shop in rural areas and in recent years has tried some new methods, but shortages remain a significant problem. Small-Town Practice Many large urban hospitals and medical groups have different sets of doctors for emergency rooms, clinics, and inpatient and outpatient care. That is a luxury physicians in small rural communities do not have, said Dr. Maha Sultan, who practices in Frederick in southwest Oklahoma. Sultan said her duties consist of working in a clinic; the hospital, including the emergency room; home health care; and nursing homes. “Most new graduates want to get a job where it is nine-to-five, no responsibility after hours, nobody to call them and nobody to bother them, so they are not interested,” Sultan said. “In a small town, you have to do everything. Some new doctors, they just don’t want that life.” Sultan came to Frederick about 20 years ago after emigrating from Syria and receiving medical training in Canada. A friend referred her to Frederick. “After four months, I was going to leave like everybody else,” Sultan said. But the hospital, which was having difficulty with finances and a lack of doctors, pleaded with her to stay. “I have been here for 20 years,” she said. “You don’t see too many people like me.”
Dr. Maha Sultan According to licensure records, Sultan is one of only three licensed physicians – two M.D.s and one osteopathic doctor – in Tillman County. Sultan said she often misses the amenities that urban areas offer, but she has enjoyed working in a tight-knit community. “I love the patients. I care for them; they care for me,” Sultan said. “They’re very loyal, and I’m loyal to them.” Lure of the City It is the big-city amenities and educational and professional resources that draw many physicians away from rural areas, said Rick Ernest, executive director of the Oklahoma Physician Manpower Training Commission, a state agency responsible for encouraging physicians to locate in underserved areas. “When you’re in a rural community with one or two doctors, you spend every other night or every third night on call. That gets pretty old,” Ernest said. More new physicians are choosing specialty practice, Ernest said, because they can earn more and pay off their sizable debt from medical school more quickly. Most of the specialty practices are located in urban areas, he said. To encourage doctors to practice in rural areas, Ernest’s commission has worked with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to fund a $5 million, five-year program to help pay off doctors’ student debts in exchange for them agreeing to practice in a rural area, Ernest said. Ernest estimated the commission has helped send around 25 to 30 new doctors to rural areas each year. One problem See Shortage Page 10 is that although
By Lynn L. Martin The following road crossing permits were approved by the Woods County commissioners at their Aug. 29 meeting 2 9-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 1-28-17 Grady Rentals Water $1,000 2 9-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 14-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 17-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 7-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 23-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 32-28-16 Tetra Tech Water $125 2 23-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 14-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 13-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 13-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 17-27-17 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 2 7-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 11-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 10-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 10-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 8-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 8-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 11-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 11-27-16 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 2-26-13 Midstates Petroleum Electric $500 1 17-28-13 Midstates Petroleum Gas $500 1 6-27-13 Access Midstream Gas Gas $500 1 14-28-14 Access Midstream Gas Gas $500 1 25-28-14 Rockwater Energy Water $500 1 22-28-14 Rockwater Energy Water $1,500 1 5-27-14 Access Midstream Gas Gas $500 1 23-26-13 Midstates Petroleum Water $500 1 22-28-14 Access Midstream Gas Gas $500 1 29-28-13 Chesapeake Energy Electric $500 1 10-27-14 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 10-27-14 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 9-27-14 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 9-27-14 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 12-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 12-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $ 1 11-27-15 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Electric $
‘Repurposed item’ category added to Woods County Fair entries Are you a Pinterest fan? Are you amazed at the ideas that have been shown online for re-creating items in your home for another use? We’re calling it “repurposeing” and we’re adding a class for “repurposed items” at the 2013
Woods County Fair. Maybe an old chair has been taken apart and the pieces have been used to create a picture frame or a decorative wall hanging. Maybe a wooden pallet has been made into a kitchen shelf or a rack for
holding antique serving bowls or pitchers. Plan to take “before” and “after” pictures to attach onto your “repurposed item.” The “repurposed item” will be added as class # 091 in the cultural arts division. Lots of ideas will come to mind and those items can be entered at the Woods County Fair on Thursday, Sept. 5, by 5:30 p.m. at the Woods County Fairgrounds Women’s Building. The Woods County Fair takes place Sept. 5-7, so make plans to attend!
Two members of the Alva EMS crew visited Washington School Friday and checked out the defibrillation equipment that is kept at the school. While the equipment “talks” to the operator and provides step-by-step instructions, the EMS team offered to conduct a fifteen minute in-service training to familiarize all staff members in its operation. Principal Tracie Leeper agreed that was a great idea and will schedule a time. From left, Brentney Loewenstein, Assistant EMS Director Julie Dennis, and at right is Tracie Leeper, principal. Photo by Lynn L. Martin
September 1, 2013
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thought the infant might have “gas.” She did not mention anything about a husband being around. Tanio and Cardenas talked with Madderra, who said about 3 p.m. she placed the baby on some pillows so she could use the bathroom while her husband Martin Moore was smoking a cigarette outside the front door. She said when she returned the baby was “screaming its head off” and had rolled off the pillows. She said Moore was still outside smoking while this had occurred. Woods County Deputy Sheriff Keith Dale spoke to Moore, who said the baby’s injury occurred while he was taking care of the child. He told Dale he had the baby propped up on the couch between two pillows when he had to use the bathroom and left the baby unattended. Moore said while in the bathroom he heard a muffled cry from the baby, and when he returned the baby was lying face down with its leg under its body. Dale spoke with the manager of the Country Club Apartments who said Madderra and Moore had resided there for approximately seven months but had been served with an eviction notice for failure to pay rent. The manager said she was aware the couple argued and fought “all the time.” Dale interviewed a neighbor at the apartments who said he had witnessed numerous instances of domestic violence between Madderra and Moore including one a couple of days before when Madderra hit Moore with a golf club. On Aug. 23, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent in Charge David Sauls conducted a post-Miranda interview with Madderra. He said Madderra told him that about 2:30-3 p.m. on Aug. 22 she was with the baby in the apartment and fell asleep on the bed. About 7 p.m. she said she left the baby in the apartment with Moore and stepped outside to smoke. Madderra told Sauls when she returned the baby’s left leg was limp. She then took the baby to Share Hospital and Moore did not go with her because he had a phobia of hospitals. On Aug. 23 Tanio talked with Martin Moore, who said he was the natural father of the 20-day-old baby and Madderra was the natural mother. Moore said they had another natural child, age 2 ½ years, who
was taken from him and Madderra by child welfare authorities in Texas and was currently in foster care. Concerning the 20-day-old baby, Moore said sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., while Madderra was outside the apartment smoking a cigarette, he was the lone individual taking care of the baby. He said he was bottle feeding the baby when he needed to use the bathroom. He said he propped the baby on the air mattress bed between two pillows. While in the bathroom, he heard the baby make a muffled noise and upon returning to the bedroom saw the baby lying face down on the bed. He said he picked up the baby and saw the baby’s left leg was hurt. Moore said he “was responsible” for the baby’s injuries. Moore admitted he and Madderra had been involved in numerous domestic arguments “like most couples.” He said he was the sole provider for the family and had recently lost his job. He said they were to be evicted by Aug. 31. He said he and his family were in the process of moving from Alva to a location out of the state. Tanio conducted a criminal record check for Moore and found he had numerous criminal arrests, including a felony conviction in Texas for unlawful delivery of marijuana between 5-50 pounds to which he pled guilty and received a five-year sentence. On Aug. 23 Sauls executed a lawfully obtained search warrant for Moore and Madderra’s apartment. Sauls and other officers observed marijuana and a set of scales in several locations in the apartment, which Sauls believed was dangerous for a 20-day-old baby. He also saw numerous empty boxes inside the apartment, and it appeared as if the family was in the process of moving. On Aug. 23 the Woods County District Judge provided emergency custody of the baby to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). On Aug. 23 DHS child welfare supervisor Kristin Baird told Tanio that DHS had been notified by medical professionals at OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City that in addition to the broken left femur, the child had been diagnosed with two skull fractures. Martin Leon Moore, 47, and Rachel Sahloh Madderra, 30, have each been charged with felony child abuse by injury in Woods County.
Woods County Forecast Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming north 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 91. East northeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 92. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 67. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 93. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 93. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68. Friday Sunny, with a high near 95. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 96.
Alva School Board meets Tuesday By Marione Martin The Alva Board of Education will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the office at 418 Flynn. Following the consent agenda and purchase order encumbrances, the board will hear principals’ reports and the superintendent’s report. Under current business the board will discuss and act on the Gifted and Talented Committee for the 2013-2014 school to include Shonda Lehr, Joy Nightengale, Trina Piper-Hughbanks and Michelle
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Mapes who are parents, and Gena Denton, Jenny Webster, Jeff Levetzow and Ramona Cummings who are teachers. Contracts for football lay coaches will be discussed with possible action including Billy Dollar, Derrick Thomas and Ryne Wilson. The board will also consider employment of three non-certified personnel: Melynnda Corneillisson, Amee Stuck and Annie Towns. There will be discussion and possible action on ratification of
the AEA teachers’ contract for the 2013-2014 school year, a contract with Opportunities, Inc., for meal service, and the professional development committee of Tracie Leeper, chairman; Dana Manning, AHS; Heather Gottsch, AMS; Dena Denton, Lincoln; Gail Swallow, Longfellow; and Teresa Rader, Longfellow. The board will also consider approval of the Internal Activi-
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Transfer Services recommends that the property at **** was in fact all OK homeowners obtain a copy transferred to ****. of their current Grant Deed. This All the official sounding landocument provides evidence that guage on the “notice” is accurate.
Obituary ERIN NICOLE SMILEY Funeral services for Erin Nicole Smiley, 20, are pending at Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka, LLC.
But most people already have a copy of their deed, and if they don’t, a copy is available at the courthouse for $1.
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Republicans look to change structure of campaign By Byron York “They’re really thinking outside the box,” says one well-connected source of the Republican National Committee’s effort to reform its system of presidential primary debates. “They’re looking at everything.” Everyone knows the RNC leadership believes there were too many debates last time around and intends to cut the number in half for 2016. And by now everybody has heard of the group’s decision to shut out NBC and CNN from sponsoring debates if those networks go forward with Hillary Clinton documentaries that many Republicans believe will be little more than campaign commercials. But what has gotten less attention is that Republicans are
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fundamentally rethinking their whole debate system. And that could result in a very different kind of GOP race in the next few years. The biggest change under consideration is a move to break the connection between debates and television news organizations. Under today’s system, news networks sponsor almost all the debates. They control the moderators, content, and production, and in the end exclusively broadcast the program. “Why can’t we have more than one outlet?” asks Ari Fleischer, the former Bush White House spokesman who served on the RNC’s reform committee and is still in touch with officials on debate and other issues. “One of the options could be for the RNC to sponsor its own debates, to spend a serious amount of money to build a set, design it, organize it, run it, and make the feed available to all, so that it could be broadcast on numerous outfits.” That leads to the inevitable issue of who will ask the questions. “The RNC has to pick credible, challenging, realistic, independent moderators,” says Fleischer. The field of choices, he adds, is wide open. “It could be a conservative radio personality, a conservative columnist, a former White House aide or presidential campaign aide, someone who has been there before.” Fleischer and party officials say the RNC does not view the change as an either-or proposition. Future campaigns might have hybrid debate schedules; the RNC might produce some of its own debates while still partnering with news organizations for others. “Let’s say the first debate is an RNC debate,” says party spokesman Sean Spicer. “The second one is on Fox, the third one is on Bloomberg, the fourth one is RNC ...” And so on. (Note: I am a Fox News contributor and was a panelist in a 2011 debate co-hosted by Fox and the Washington Examiner.) One key question for the RNC is viewership. If it produced some of the Republican debates itself, and offered them to all outlets, would the total viewership be as high as a debate on cable news? That’s something officials really haven’t scoped out yet. “There’s no point in having a debate if no one watches,” says Fleischer. “We want to take the debates back, but we don’t want to keep them to our-
If I missed it, I do apologize, but I don’t think I did By Jim Scribner As I was finishing up my story, I took a minute off to deliver the grandkids to school. I had a “Jim” moment on the trip home. I was daydreaming along when I got to the crosswalk by the church on 281. When I glanced up, the light was flashing and a student was ready to go across. Fortunately she realized the van driver was senile and inattentive and didn’t
step into the street. I bet I don’t do that again anytime soon and neither should you. The students and teachers have gotten past the first week jitters, making their early adjustments and getting back in the groove. I hope everyone has a great year. The Boy Scouts have started out busy and fun. A week ago last Friday night, scouts, parents and leaders went to Alabaster Caverns and spent the night in a cave. It was a quarter mile to the cave and the See Gems Page 7 scouts had to pack their
The Coffee House Philosopher
Stephen Dorsey and his mansion By Randy Kilbourne
One exceptionally fine June morning of this year, my wife, Patti, and I were in the process of driving back to Oklahoma to see our grand kids. Now for those of you in Alva who aren’t familiar with the highway between Springer and Clayton (an almost never-ending span of 87 desolate miles), let me offer a warning. If you are only going to drive the posted speed limit, you risk hav-
ing your doors blown off by lead-footed Texans headed home (eastward) or getting out of the heat (westward). But if you do pay attention to speed limit signs, at approximately two-thirds of the way across the Springer-Clayton stretch (about 350 miles from Alva), you might notice that the limit drops even further from 60 mph to 50. At that point, there are other indications that you are (not so) rapidly approaching the one and only Gladstone Mercantile store. Patti and I See Philosopher Page 5 have stopped at
Lactose intolerance and your child
By Karen Armbruster, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service As a parent, you try your best to keep your children healthy, which isn’t always easy. Today, with new information about lactose intolerance, making sure your child is getting adequate nutrition during his or her growing years is easier than ever. Here are two questions that have been recently asked in the Woods County Extension See York Page 6 Office, and here are the answers, in hopes this
benefits other parents with the same questions. Question: What Is Lactose Intolerance? The Answer: Lactose intolerance is one type of food sensitivity. People who are lactose intolerant don’t have enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks down the natural sugar found in milk, lactose. Most children with lactase deficiency do not experience symptoms until late adolescence or adulthood. Symptoms of intolerance may include gas, bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhea. If your young child is experiencing symptoms, there may be an underlying medical cause, so See Kolumn Page 7 it is important to visit
September 1, 2013
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Intimidated by boyfriend Oils are getting thinner and better Dear Annie: Last year, my best friend of 20 years married someone who comes from a very wealthy background. The wedding was beautiful. I spent hundreds of dollars on travel to get an expensive bridesmaid dress, attend the bachelorette party and go to the wedding. I tolerated the typical “let’s talk my wedding to death,” while my relationship with my boyfriend was ending. At the wedding, I discovered that the groom told his friends and family that I had slept around at the bachelorette party. This was a total lie, and the bride knew it. The bride’s past is, let’s say, seedy. But she allowed her husband to tag me as part of that wild partying past – a lifestyle about which I had fought with her many times. After her honeymoon, she sent me a lengthy email detailing the end of our friendship. She said she could no longer handle my “drama” and claimed I was forcing her to choose between her marriage and our friendship. We had 20 years of friendship through thick and thin. She wasn’t available for me when I needed her, but I wasn’t jealous of what she had. I was truly happy for her. Mind you, her husband is a potsmoking fast-food employee. Their lifestyle is entirely subsidized by his parents. But I never once said I thought her husband was a loser, even though he treated me terribly at the wedding. Why would my
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friend do this to me? – Hurting in Miami Dear Hurting: We think your friend is intimidated by her boyfriend and his family, and the request to cut you off came from him. This could simply be a gesture of shedding her old life and starting over, and your feelings toward her groom may be more apparent than you realize. But it could also be more insidious – he could be a controlling husband who wants to isolate her. Please see if you can meet with her in person. Otherwise, send her an email saying you are sorry she feels the friendship must end, you will miss her, and you are available if she ever needs you. Dear Annie: My husband told his cousin that she and her husband are always welcome to stay at our house. That was two years ago. I now have learned that they want to stay with us for five nights beginning next month. My husband is retired and doesn’t have the stressful job that I do. He also is not willing to help around the house. Not only will I be working the days these relatives will be staying with us, but I am getting older and have health issues and cannot handle the extra work that comes with having houseguests. How do I tell these cousins that I am not up to having them stay at our house without causing hard feelings? – Suggestions, Please Dear Suggestions: Your husband should handle this, but we
suspect he won’t. So it falls on you to call these cousins and say, as sweetly as possible, that you are so sorry, but you simply are no longer up to having houseguests. Give them the contact information for local hotels, and tell them you are looking forward to seeing them when they arrive and taking them out for dinner. If your husband objects, tell him the only way the cousins can stay is if he takes charge of the housekeeping duties. Dear Annie: Thanks for more hilarious letters on the subject of white-haired ladies. I giggle now whenever I see another grandma with a boyish haircut, jeans and a polo shirt. And they wonder why people think they’re lesbians? Fashion flash for the ladies who just want to be left alone: Wear that white hair a little bit longer, and put on a more feminine top. If they ditch the tomboy look, the lesbians will leave them alone. – Aging Gracefully 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.
the store several times in the past, and we did so again this time to relieve various and sundry pressures of advancing age, and to once more check out the store’s supply of sweet delights and soft drinks. The store is something of a throwback to the old frontier general store, which had a smattering of just about everything, and it’s delivered with the charm that is only offered by a “mom and pop” establishment. So, while Patti checked out the “ladies’ public convenience,” I contented myself with perusing the literary works of the place. Of course, there were no hot rod magazines or golf periodicals, but in a distantly related matter, the store’s selection of salt water taffy was absolutely superb. While busily engaged in sampling the taffy, I happened across a small 50+ page publication about New Mexico’s colorful cattle rancher of the latter 1800’s, Stephen Dorsey. The somewhat lengthy title of the publication was “ROGUE! Being an Account of the Life and High Times of Stephen W. Dorsey, United States Senator and New Mexico Cattle Baron” by Thomas Caperton. (This publication is the source material for much of this series of articles about the good Senator and his mansion.) My new literary acquisition appeared to me to be the ideal thing to flesh out the conversation between Patti and me during the rest of our nine-hour trip. My desire to read and share the information from this publication required that I be able to talk her into driving the 50 miles on to Clayton whilst I dug out all of the factual nuggets contained therein. Of course I would have to conceal my purchase until she got going so she wouldn’t get the chance to don her ever-present MP3 player and thereby cut short my professorial lecture du jour.
Ah, but success in the scheming of a man can be ever so sweet, especially when he has an adequate supply of candy to go with it. For Patti had hardly pulled off the Gladstone store drive before I began to bombard her with vibrantly interesting facts contained within the ROGUE! publication. Number one of which was that the town of Clayton, N.M., was named after one of Dorsey’s son (who by the way attended Harvard), and number two was – we had just passed the turnoff to the historic Dorsey Mansion while traveling eastward, just a short while before. But alas, before long Patti’s eyes glazed over, and she slowed down to put on the MP3 player. And as is often the case, I had to satisfy my historical curiosity by reading to myself, which was consistent with our previous 25 years’ experience of marriage. As some background filler, several times when driving alone in the early 1980s, I had turned off Highway 56 at the tree-lined rest stop and driven the 12 miles of dusty road to the isolated mansion. At the time, the doors and windows were boarded up to keep interlopers (like me) from doing any harm to the structure. The mansion itself is (get ready for a mouthful) constructed in a combination of log and gothic revival castle architecture, and has gargoyle adornments, a large stone fountain fronted by a large artificial lake complex with three “islands” (the water had to be piped in six miles), a transportation carriage house, a combination greenhouse/ smokehouse, a-n-d (very importantly for the late 1800s) a high tech eight-hole outhouse. When replete with over a hundred guests for an all-night dance party 150 years ago (which was often the case), it must have been a sight to behold.
It is readily apparent even to the casual observer that the owner of the massive mansion complex, which was the centerpiece for the 60-by-40-mile ranch, must have been a colorful individual and was someone to be reckoned with. One notable party was held away from the mansion in 1880, and was intended to honor Dorsey’s success in getting Indiana to switch its vote from Democrat to Republican. This change in election results of 1880 was key to putting James Garfield in the White House. This particular party, held at Delmonico’s of New York City, was supposed to have been the swanky restaurant’s finest event ever. It was attended by such notables as Ulysses S. Grant, John Jacob Astor (the richest man in America), Jay Gould (the man who became America’s richest man after Astor went down on the Titanic in 1912), J. P. Morgan (America’s premier financier), Chester A. Arthur (America’s 21st President), and Collis P. Huntington (railroad mogul). These were the people who were running America in1880. But Mr. Dorsey had a way of settling accounts with both associates and enemies that necessitated his setting up the foremost trial attorney in America on a ranch of his own near Dorsey’s. This was done in order to handle all of the lawsuits precipitated by some of Dorsey’s methods. In the late 1800s, Stephen Wallace Dorsey definitely qualified as a major mover and shaker. Next time, more about northern New Mexico’s Stephen Dorsey and his mansion.
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: I just bought a new Mazda, and the owner’s manual states that I should use 0W20 oil. I wonder if that is too lightweight for summer travel at interstate speeds, and would it not cause the engine to wear more than using 5W-30? The vehicle is a CX-7 with a 2.5-liter I-4 non-turbo engine. I like getting 100,000-plus miles on my vehicles: I currently have an ‘03 Protege with 120,000 miles and a ‘97 Toyota with 140,000, and I would want this CX-7 to get that kind of use. Please advise on your feelings about this 0W-20 oil. – Jim RAY: It’s good stuff. My brother uses it in salads. TOM: For years now, car manufacturers have been pressuring oil companies to make oil better and less viscous. And they’ve done it. RAY: Just because oils are less viscous (thick), that doesn’t mean they don’t lubricate, dissipate heat or protect well against wear and tear. It just means they do all that stuff while creating less friction, which means you get better mileage and longer engine life. TOM: You’re probably not old enough to remember when cars routinely took 40-weight oil in the summer and 20-weight oil in the winter. That stuff was real sludge. You could still see the dinosaur bones in it. RAY: Then, multiviscosity oils were invented. So, for instance, you could use a 10W-40 oil that would act like a 10-weight (thinner) oil when the temperature was low and a 40-weight (thicker) oil when the temperature was high. TOM: And, through the years, as lubricant technology has improved, the viscosity of the oils has dropped, to the point where we can now use a zero-viscosity oil in cold weather. That means the engine uses less energy to push its parts through the oil. That energy goes into miles per gallon instead. RAY: It also means the oil
coats the inside of the engine more quickly –in a fraction of a second after startup – which protects the engine from wear and tear during cold starts, and makes it last longer. It also means the engine starts more easily in cold weather. Pretty good stuff, huh? TOM: We’ve seen no problems as cars have gone from 10W-40 down to 5W-20. And while the 0W20 is fairly new, I don’t expect any problems from that, either. RAY: That said, most vehicles have “severe duty” recommendations in the owner’s manual. They’ll tell you that if you’re planning to climb Pike’s Peak with a trailer, if you’re using your car as a taxi or if you live where it’s regularly above 100 degrees out, you qualify for special maintenance procedures. Those can include more-frequent oil changes and/or use of a different oil. TOM: So, if that describes you, Jim, check your owner’s manual and look up the severe-duty recommendations. But if you’re just driving the car like the rest of us, I’d go with what the manufacturer suggests. *** Tom and Ray share secrets on how you can save tens of thousands of dollars on your cars over the next 20 years in their pamphlet “Should I Buy, Lease, or Steal My Next Car?” Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Next Car, 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.
September 1, 2013
Stroke awareness Senior citizen report discussed by Patchwork Friends OHCE group The Patchwork Friends OHCE group met at the home of Dottie Gatz on Aug. 22. Nine members answered roll call to “Name a Sign of a Stroke.” Those members answering were Dee Mason, Barbara Cue, Aleta Noland, Patti Greenland, Doris White, Maureen Thomas, Liz Kinzie, JoAnne Prewett and Dottie Gatz. JoAnne Prewett led the group in the flag salute. Dottie Gatz led the group in the Lord’s Prayer for the devotions. The minutes of the July meeting were read and approved and the treasurer’s report was also approved. Pennies for Friendship and Nickels for Leadership were collected. The Woods County Fair was discussed, which takes place Sept. 5-7. Patchwork Friends has kitchen duty on Friday night, Sept. 6. They will have two shifts with Doris White, Dottie Gatz and JoAnne Prewett working the first shift, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to closing will be Patti Greenland, Liz Kinzie, Maureen Thomas and Aleta Noland. DeeAnn Mason and Barbara Cue are working a booth in the Merchants Building and will fill in when needed. Nine pies will be supplied by DeeAnn Mason, Liz Kinzie, Dottie Gatz, JoAnne Prewett and Patti Greenland. Under new business, President Thomas reported the group is responsible for providing three dozen sandwiches for the upcoming blood
mobile held at the Extreme on Aug. 28. Volunteering to make the sandwiches were Dottie Gatz, Liz Kinzie and Maureen Thomas. Dottie Gatz presented the lesson on stroke awareness and prevention. She stated it only takes one sign to make a stroke and calling 911 immediately is important. The signs spells F.A.S.T. – F: face uneven, A: arm drifts down, S: speech comes out slurred/strange, T: time to call 911 NOW! You can ask the patient to repeat, “Sky is blue today,” and if this comes out slurred or strange call 911 immediately. Liz Kinzie stated how important it is to go to the hospital and not go to bed if one is feeling any of these signs. The September meeting will be held at the home of Maureen Thomas on Sept. 26. Dee Mason will be the lesson leader of “Sew You Want to be a Quilter?” although Dee Mason, Maureen Thomas, Dottie Gatz, Patti Greenland, and Doris White attended the presentation at the Fabrics & More/Alva Sewing Center. Dottie will attend the September leader’s lesson on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Woods County Courthouse conference room. President Thomas reminded the group that the election of new officers will take place in October and the annual dues will be collected at that time. There being no other business, the meeting adjourned. The hostess served refreshments and the hostess gift was won by Liz Kinzie.
Sept. 2 – Sept. 6, 2013 Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – No school – Labor Day Tuesday – Whole Grain Cocoa Krisp, buttered toast, fruit cocktail, grape juice, skim milk Wednesday – Scrambled eggs, biscuit, peaches, milk Thursday – Waffle stix, maple syrup, pears, milk Friday – Sausage roll, banana, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – No school – Labor Day Tuesday – Popcorn chicken, Happy Coins, green beans, biscuit, applesauce, milk Wednesday – Meat loaf, garlic
bread, corn, pinto beans, fruit cocktail, milk Thursday – Flatbread pizza, tossed salad with romaine, carrots, peaches, milk Friday – Hot ham and cheese sandwich, french fries, broccoli, watermelon, milk Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Closed for Labor Day Tuesday – Ham and beans, Harvard beets, corn, cornbread Wednesday – Ham and cheese sandwich, lettuce and onion, Show Peg corn salad, chocolate pudding Thursday – Spaghetti, green beans, carrots, wheat bread Friday – Swiss steak, rice, cooked cabbage, wheat bread, fruited gelatin
By Betty Riggins Friday, Aug. 23, was another great summer day with a low attendance at the center. We welcome you at the center, as we still need you to come. On Friday night we had a fair attendance, as other things were going on. You need to join us for our covered dish supper and games. Monday was another hot day. We had a great chicken and noodle dinner plus a great attendance – the way it should be. We got another helper from Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC), so we have three helpers. We get them for a while just before it is time for them to transfer to another place or go home. We get them trained and
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try we live in. We are blessed. We had chili and a great mixed fresh fruit dessert made by Nathan, our BJCC helper. He is becoming a great cook. I am training another helper at the desk, Arlene Hada. She will be a great greeter at the desk. If I get enough trained I may take off a day or two. I believe Alan and Pam have a babysitting job this weekend, so they will have a blast. We have menus in, so drop in and pick yours up. Next week we will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day. The board meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 4. Friday night, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. is our fun night. Thanks for reading my notes.
Ridgways gather to celebrate 28th family reunion
Family and friends of the late Eli and Barbara Ridgway gathered at the Woods County Senior Citizen Center Aug. 17, to celebrate their 28th family reunion. A bountiful carry-in meal was shared at noon with Gene Myers asking God’s blessings on the meal and the family’s time together. The day was spent taking pictures, catching up on the past year, and being thankful for another time to be together. Enos “Budd” Ridgway is the only remaining child of Eli and Barbara Ridgway and was in attendance. He is 93 years young. Those in attendance representing the late Skeet Ridgway family were Alycen Yoder, Anton Ridgway and Elisabeth Ridgway, all of
Alva. The late Eunice (Ridgway) Bender family was represented by Rosemary (Bender) and Al Habenicht, Ft. Collins, Colo. Those representing the late Jim Ridgway family were Sherry (Ridgway) and Tom Ramy, Derrick and Terri Walcott and Kadee, all of Alva. The guest with Terri Walcott was her niece Kanessa SmithJones. Representing the Mary (Ridgway) Myers family was Gene Myers of Edmond. The Enos “Budd” Ridgway family had the largest representation with 23 members and guests: Enos “Budd” Ridgway; Deanna (Ridgway) and Gene Jackson, Alva; Kayla Jackson, Norman;
Kevin and Shelly Jackson, Jerad Jackson, Austin Jackson and Haley Jackson, all of Alva; Verlyn and Janece Ridgway, Drummond; Natalie (Ridgway) Miller, Tara (Miller) Sander and Abbi, Alva; Tara’s guest Melina Harris; Bobbie Jene Powers, Alva; Lynn Ridgway, Edmond; Ella Ridgway, Blake Ridgway, , Kaylea Ridgway, Eli and Ali, all of Enid; and Merle Ray Ridgway, Alva. During the day, Dana (Miller) Craven made a phone call from her home in Florida. She visited with many of her relatives via cell phone. The 29th Ridgway Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at the Woods County Senior Citizen Center in Alva.
Household Executives enjoy mini-lesson and ‘Stroke Awareness and Prevention’ Joy Sherman was hostess for the Household Executive OHCE group at its regular August meeting that was held in the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church. President Johnette Beagley opened the meeting with members repeating the flag salute. The quote for the month was “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1.” Joy Sherman gave the devotional “The Sparrows Are Back.” Seventeen members answered
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they they are gone, but we appreciate their help. Tuesday was another nice day with a fairly good attendance, with taco salad and cinnamon rolls for dinner. Rita Lancaster was in, Larry and Sonya Pearson from Clinton stopped in and Ruth Woodson was back after a couple of weeks absent. We welcome them all back. Wednesday was very nice morning, and we had good attendance for our baked ham dinner. Alan and Pam Smith are back from working on their retirement home in Colorado. Thursday – what a great day! Just be thankful for our wonderful town – so many great people who keep giving – plus the great coun-
roll with “What is one of the signs that you are having a stroke?” Answers were dizziness, confusion, trouble speaking and weakness. Some of the members who’d had a stroke shared the experience and symptoms. Connie Allen gave a mini-lesson on how to clean windows. Use a quarter cup of automatic dishwasher shine, and two tablespoons of laundry detergent mixed in a gallon of water. Apply to windows with a sponge and rinse with a hose. There is no streaking and you have
clean sparkling windows. Sandra Schubert, Colene Barham, Celia Roots, Joy Sherman, Marilyn Brown and Helen Thiesing will make pies, cobblers or layered deserts to be served in the fair kitchen. Connie Allen and Johnette Beagley will make ice cream that will be served on Friday night at the fair. Carolyn Gasaway attended leaders training on Aug. 22.
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selves.” All this thinking predates the controversy over the NBC and CNN Clinton documentaries. The RNC’s reform report, released in March by the so-called Growth and Opportunity Project, contained one tantalizing hint about future plans. “We are intrigued,” the report said, “with the suggestion some have made for an organization to be formed that can host robust, vigorous, tough and professional debates.” Still, it’s not clear whether the RNC will actually go ahead with such a momentous change. And even if it does, some observers think the party won’t have the
power to force candidates into its debates. But at the 2012 convention, the RNC gave itself the authority to make rules changes in mid-cycle. Now, if it wants to create a rule to, say, penalize candidates who buck the debate schedule, it can. And if it does, that will be a sign the RNC is serious about changing the debate system. Spicer says any changes are still in “discussion mode” at the moment. But the party fully intends to change its debate structure. The reason goes beyond Republicans’ belief that holding 20-plus debates, as in 2011-2012, provides too much opportunity for gaffes and intra-party bloodlet-
ting. It also stems from GOP dissatisfaction with debates in which the moderators don’t seem to understand the premises of modern conservatism and engage in hostile or clueless questioning -- or out-of-the-blue provocations like former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos’ queries about contraception at a 2012 debate in New Hampshire. Just what the RNC will do is not yet clear. But it is serious. Look for real change to occur before Republican presidential candidates meet again. (Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)
September 1, 2013
August Yard of the Month selected by Alva Council of Garden Clubs A committee of the Alva Council of Garden Clubs has selected the 2013 August Yard of the Month located on the corner of Church and Second Street. The beautifully landscaped home at 129 Church is
planted, maintained and manicured by gardening partners Bernice Tyree and Charles Bird for the pure joy of its care. There are many species of flowers and shrubs, including two
Montgomery miniature blue spruces flanking each corner of the front area, along with Mesa Yellow Blanket flower, two butterfly bushes – a Flutterby Petite and a Black Butterfly Bush. There are carnations,
Route 66 Correopsis, an unusual yellow yarrow bush, Burgundy Coleuses, miniature crepe myrtles, and two well-established pink miniature rose bushes on either side of the front porch steps that bloom profusely all season. Also featured are the coral bells, a variegated Japanese Red Glow Barberry, a Pipa’s Red Chinese Fringe Flower with attractive purple and green leaves and begonias round out the front of the home. The long, shaded
front porch invites the gardeners to relax, sip some tea and swing a bit, resting and enjoying the results of their hard work. Bird mentioned he enjoys picking out plantings with lots of color. A very interesting patio to the home’s east side is cleverly patterned in two-toned bricks of charcoal and tan. A bench has been attached to the small garage inviting
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The August Yard of the Month home at 129 Church Street is planted, maintained and manicured by gardening partners Bernice Tyree and Charles Bird.
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food, bedding and cooking utensils in on foot. I could have gone, but the last time I outright walked a quarter mile on purpose a Kennedy was in the White House. Everyone I talked to had a really good time. Tuesday evening was the membership drive in the park for the scouts, along with S’mores and water gun fights. Several new scouts were signed up. Last Saturday 14 Girl Scouts and five leaders went to Clinton to the Water Zoo for fun and fellowship. Jaylyn said one of the water slides was called the “toilet.” I guess I really don’t want to know. This last Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the pool was the annual Girl Scout swim and membership drive. If you did not make it to one of the gatherings to sign your child up for scouts, please contact any leader to get enrolled. I was sure glad to run into Lynn Martin Tuesday. BancCentral was having free food and I hadn’t read about it. Thanks to the bank for a tasty noon meal. If I am still around for the next free food celebration, don’t hesitate to call. I was sure sad to see that three young people (15, 16 and 17) killed
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Kolumn your doctor. Question: How Do I Know if My Child Is Lactose Intolerant? The Answer: If you suspect your child has lactose intolerance, discuss it with his/her doctor. IF the diagnosis is lactose intolerance, your child will most likely still be able to consume dairy products, which are important for bone health and over all growth. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children with lactose intolerance still consume dairy foods in order to get calcium, vitamin D, protein and other nutrients essential for bone health and overall growth. Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy first.
an Australian student, Christopher Lane, at Duncan a week ago. The reason for the random killing was said to be the boys were bored and decided to kill someone. Probably it would have been a better plan for the four families whose lives have changed forever if the kids would have cleaned up a roadway or volunteered at a local hospital to get unbored. Much has been said about their ages and how they might be rehabilitated. Rehabilitation for me would be cutting their heads off, putting them on sticks at the edge of town with a sign saying, “This is what your fate is if you kill someone in our town.” I was watching a 1984 Miami Vice rerun and some kids had killed several people. Crockett mentioned that these were only kids. His boss, Castio, told him they gave up the right to be kids when they picked up the guns. Amen to that brother. I hate that Australia missed the point about this killing. All the gun control laws would not have stopped these boys from killing someone. If he had to die, at least it was quick and he didn’t suffer like with a beating. Oh, did I men-
The giant blooming hosta is doing particularly well this year, say the gardeners, perhaps because of all of the recent rains. tion two of the young killers were African Americans? Does color really matter when something this terrible happens? If I missed it, I do apologize, but I don’t think I did. When a black youth is killed, justified or not, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and our president, Barack Obama, wade in with condolences, use the race card and stir up all the problems they can. I know that the Duncan shooters are “alleged,” but they have already confessed, so the killers have been found. None of the three people I mentioned have said word one about the tragedy of this crime. In addition, unless it slipped by me, our president has not publicly condemned the shooting or told the family of Chris Lane how sorry he, as not only a “Black” American but the president of the United States, feels about this crime. My vision of a bigot is a Southern “gentlemen” who spews poison about African Americans and I hate them all. But even though they are trying to do what they think is right for their race it is hard for me to respect three of the biggest bigots in the United States: Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and Barack Obama.
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The next meeting will be Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church. Cecil Roots will be the hostess and Carolyn Gasaway will present the lesson “Sew You Want to be a Quilter?’ Liz Smith gave a very interesting and informative lesson on “Stroke Awareness and Prevention.” A stroke is a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain by a blocked or burst blood vessel. There are two types of strokes: ischemic (blockage) and hemorrhagic (burst or leaking blood vessels in the brain). A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is like a stroke,
producing similar symptoms but usually lasting only a few minutes and causing no permanent damage. TIAs must be treated seriously. Stoke warning signs are those named by the members in roll call. You, your family and friends should learn what F.A.S.T stands for – F: face uneven, A: arm drifts down, S: speech comes out slurred/ strange and T: time to call 911 now. Be a stroke hero: act F.A.S.T. Others attending the meeting were Carol Anderson, Betty Benson, Leta Guinn, Lola Heaton, Evelyn Kramp, Eleanor Ring, Louise Schoeling and Donna Schwerdtfeger.
September 1, 2013
AHS Ladybugs softball team wins three games on the road By Leslie Nation Alva High School’s (AHS) softball team played two games in Chisholm against Tonkawa and the Lady Longhorns on Monday at 5:30 and 7 p.m. respectively. Game One In the first game against Tonkawa, the Ladybugs shut down the Lady Eagles at bat and allowed only two hits. The Ladybugs got their first run in the bottom of the first off of a line drive by Darian Carothers to center field, allowing Natalie Seevers to score on the play. After that the Ladybugs got a rally going in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs against Tonkawa’s defense. Alva went three up and three down on defense to start the third inning. They scored one more run in the bottom of the third when Patricia Beeler hit a ground ball to center field, allowing Lindsey Bellah to score. The Ladybugs were leading 7-0. Alva quickly ended the Lady Eagles’ chance at bat with another three up and three down before scoring their final five runs in the fourth. The Ladybugs won the game on a run-rule 12-0. Game Two In the second game the Ladybugs played an old rival, the Chisholm Longhorns, quickly proving it was no contest. Alva pulled into the lead early in the first, scoring four runs. The Lady Longhorns did not get their first and only run until the third inning off of an error of right fielder Siera Earnest. With N. Seevers and Tatum Honer on base in the fourth-inning, Carothers hit a long fly ball over the fence to center field for a home run, getting the only three runs of that inning. The Ladybugs got their last six runs in the top of the sixth to win the game 13-1. Carothers wasn’t the only player of the Ladybugs to have a big night. Freshmen Lexie Shafer had a high school career high of 14 strikeouts against the Chisholm Lady Longhorns. Shafer leads the team with 30 strikeouts in the season. Game Three The Ladybugs’ next game was against Okeene on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Alva got to yet another huge early lead to end the game in just four innings. N. Seevers scored the first run of their six-run rally in the top of the first when Ally Riley hit a ground ball to left field. Another RBI by Whitney Randall allowed Beeler to score their second run. Alva got their next two runs off of steals to home by Carothers and Allison Seevers. Two more RBIs ended the Ladybugs rally when Shafer hit a fly ball to center field to score Randall, and Megan Maharry hit a sacrifice ground ball to score Rozlynn Murrow. Okeene answered with their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the first. After that the Ladybugs extended their lead by another four runs in the second and their final nine runs in the fourth to end the game 19-2. Sabrina Hughbanks pitched all four innings against Okeene, receiving her career high of eight strikeouts. She allowed only two hits, two runs and two walks the entire game. The Ladybugs are now 11-2 for the season, putting them at No. 15 in the Class 3A rankings, according to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Alva will try to continue the 6-0 win streak in the Tonkawa softball tournament. The Ladybugs had their first two games on Thursday against Woodland at 2 p.m. and Pond Creek-Hunter at 3:20 p.m.
Pitcher Hallie Durkee tags a runner out at home plate. Photo by Leslie Nation
AMS Ladybugs take a hard loss By Leslie Nation The Alva Middle School Ladybugs softball team had the win within reach, but Chisholm came back to score six runs in the final inning and defeat the Ladybugs. The Ladybugs played Chisholm on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Alva Recreation Complex. The Lady Longhorns got two runs off a single RBI and an infield error by second basemen Kaleigh Henke. But with one out the Ladybugs quickly regrouped to get the next two batters out by a strikeout from starting pitcher Camryn Wren and a pop fly hit to Henke. On Alva’s turn at bat, they responded to Chisholm’s two runs in kind when Karlee Dietz hit a hard ground ball to center field, hitting in Dru Bryant and Hallie Durkee. The Ladybugs didn’t give Chisholm a chance to reply, going three up and three down in the top of the second. This gave Alva a chance to pull ahead after getting one run off of a steal to home by Hannah O’Neil. The one-run lead by Alva was short lived, however, when Chisholm scored two runs to pull ahead by one in the top of the third. The biggest hit of the night came from eighth-grader Wren when she hit a long fly ball to left field allowing her to get a home run. With the score tied up at four, the Ladybugs pulled ahead again by one off a steal to home by Tatum Hughes before going into the top of the fourth. The Ladybugs got one more run in the fourth before the Lady Longhorns got their huge rally in the fifth, getting six runs to lead by four. The Ladybugs were unable to
Hannah O’Neil leads off first to steal second base. Photo by Leslie Nation pull ahead in their final at-bat and lost 6-10. Game Two In the second game it looked like the Ladybugs would face another loss at the hands of Chisholm, but they were able to pull it off in the second inning to win by two. The Lady Longhorns got their first two runs by a costly error in the outfield. Chisholm scored another run off a hard ground ball to center field to end the top of the first. Their turn at bat ended because they were only allowed to score three runs per
inning for the second game. The Ladybugs got two runs to pull within one off of steals to home by Savannah Hughbanks and Gretchen Kraft. Alva would hold Chisholm at three for the rest of the game, but scored three more runs in the second inning, winning 5-3. The Ladybugs had a game on Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Woodward softball tournament. The tournament will continue until Saturday. Alva’s next home game will be against Woodward on Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.
September 1, 2013
Alva Goldbugs scrimmage against the Woodward Boomers
Junior Jon Vanbuskirk punches up the middle of Woodward’s defense for a first down. Photo by Leslie Nation
Freshman quarterback Ethan Swanson scrambles to the outside to find an open man. Photo by Leslie Nation
Senior starting quarterback Ty Hooper looks to throw downfield to his receivers. Photo by Leslie Nation
Starting receiver Riley Hess sprints to the open field for a huge gain after catching a pass from Ty Hooper in the scrimmage against the Woodward Boomers on the Alva High School football field on Friday. Photo by Leslie Nation
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a view of two large lime green Marguerite sweet potato plants, as well as the purple sweet potato vines flowing out of pots like a river, inviting guests to soak in the scenery. On the patio’s south side grow two gorgeous burgundy hibiscus with blooms nearly the size of a dinner plate. Large wooden barrels contain abundant flowering Pursalene ground covers. To the back of the home are plenty of mums with lots of buds coming on and a Royal burgundy barberry bush. On the west side are more mums and a 40-year-old old-fashioned red rose bush still producing as much as ever, along with a huge flowering hosta – one rather big for our usually dry Oklahoma summers. Tyree believes it is the first time it has had the two-foot white spiked flowers and feels that it is possibly due to the much wel-
comed rain we have had this spring and summer. All of the plantings sit on river rock purchased in the area, which allows the plantings to really stand out – plus it beats pulling creeping grass and weeds and allows the gardeners more time to relax and enjoy the beauty of their many plant varieties. If anyone would like to suggest a yard for the honor of being the Yard of the Month, they may call committee members Barbara Case at 580-327-0753, Evelyn Hofen at 580- 327-7506 or April Ridgway at 580-917-0331. To be nominated for consideration, a yard must be within the city limits and must not have won the award for three or more years. The Alva Council of Garden Clubs sponsors the Yard of the Month program from June through September each year.
Ladybugs make it to Tonkawa Softball Tournament finals
By Leslie Nation After losing their first game in the tournament against Woodland, the Ladybugs came back to win the next two games and advance to the finals. An End to a Six Game Win-Streak It was tough to see Alva lose their first game of the Tonkawa Softball Tournament because this ended their 6-0 win streak. It was a close matchup, with the Ladybugs taking an early two-run lead, but it wasn’t enough to hold. In the first inning, the Ladybugs were first up to bat, which didn’t last long. Woodland quickly went three up and three down off of two ground balls and a strikeout. With Woodland’s turn at-bat, they were able to get one batter on base, but starting pitcher Natalie Seevers would make quick work of the next three batters to end the first inning. In the top of the second, the Ladybugs had more success at bat getting their first two and only runs of the game from Darian Carothers and Katlin Ramy. But Woodland came out swinging in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs and taking the lead. For the rest of the game it was nothing going for Alva at bat, and they lost the game 2-3. Starting Over in Game Two The Ladybugs found themselves fighting from the losers’ bracket again starting with a Class The beautiful paved side patio invites gardeners and guests to relax A powerhouse, Pond Creek – Hunter (PCH). PCH was 7-1 before facand enjoy the scenery.
ing Alva in the Tonkawa tournament and have a history of winning seasons. Alva got a one-run lead in their first at-bat when Carothers hit a ground ball to third base scoring N. Seevers. Alva did not score another run until the top of third and then their final two runs in the fifth inning. N. Seevers led the Ladybugs with three runs and Tatum Honer had one, and Carothers had two RBIs for the game. Lexie Shafer pitched all five innings against PCH and allowed only two hits and three walks, but striking eight batters out. A Win Against Newkirk The Ladybugs had their next game on Friday at 4:40 p.m. If they won this game, Alva would advance to the finals on Saturday. Alva pulled ahead of Newkirk early in the top of the first after
Ally Riley hit a ground ball to left field to score N. Seevers. Carothers scored their second run when Ramy hit a fly ball out to left field. The Ladybugs held Newkirk to zero and scored two more runs in the secondinning off of a ground ball to center field by Honer for a double. Newkirk got their only run in the bottom of the third before Alva got two more runners across home plate in the sixth and final inning. The Ladybugs won 6-1. N. Seevers again led the Ladybugs in runs with three, followed by Patricia Beeler with two and Carothers with one. Honer led Alva with three RBIs. Shafer and N. Seevers each pitched three innings and combined six strikeouts for the game. The Alva Ladybugs returned to Tonkawa on Saturday, Aug. 31, to play the Chisholm Lady Longhorns in the finals at 1 p.m.
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Northwestern football coach receives Reichenberger award Stewart Arthurs, the Northwestern Foundation board chairman, presented the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award to Alan Hall, Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s head football coach, at the foundation’s Donor Appreciation Dinner. Hall was recognized for raising $79,258 for the football program. The funds allowed the football team to purchase two new team uniforms and provided numerous items for the field house. “Coach Hall is working hard for his program and his student athletes. His efforts and the efforts of his staff are paying off with backing from our alums and donors,” said Skeeter Bird, Northwestern Foundation chief executive officer. “I am pleased to see our generous supporters recogniz-
ing the potential in his football program and investing their funds accordingly.” Established in 2010 with the Northwestern Foundation, the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award recognizes the private fundraising efforts of Northwestern faculty and staff. Named for Donovan Reichenberger and his example of generosity and fundraising service, the award honors an individual who seeks to further the mission and vision of the university, allowing continued prosperity during a critical time of diminishing state support. “It’s an honor to be given an award for just doing your job, and I’m thankful to be able to do it,” Hall said. “It’s nice to be recognized from across all parties involved and knowing that everyone
Alan Hall, Northwestern Oklahoma State University head football coach, received the Donovan Reichenberger Fundraising Award presented by Stewart Arthurs, Northwestern Foundation board chairman.
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ties Committee to include Steve Parkhurst, Tammy Duncan, Jeff Levetzow, Randy Nation, Steve Gale and Marcia Martin. The extra duty salary schedule and the extra duty assignments are on the agenda for action. The board will consider approv-
ing requests from FFA, Randy Nation, for two out-of-state trips to the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., and the American Royal Livestock Evaluation Contest in Kansas City, Mo. The board will also consider declaring several items as surplus.
is doing their part to help raise funds for this institution.” Hall played collegiately at the University of Miami (Fla.) and was a member of the Hurricane’s 1991 national championship team. He later transferred and earned his bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak (Conn.) State College. He earned his master’s degree from the University of West Alabama. Hall is entering his second season as the Rangers’ head coach. “It says a lot about where our program is at and I have a great staff. Obviously, if I’m out fundraising, I’m not here and some-
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body needs to keep the ship moving,” Hall said. To be considered for the award, nominees must be full-time Northwestern employees, demonstrate excellent personal qualities and exemplify Northwestern values. Selection by the Northwestern Foundation executive committee is based on the total funds raised by the nominee, both pledged and realized; the average age and income of the alumni base from which the nominee raised the funds; the nominee’s university position and level of responsibility; and the sources of private gifts
secured for Northwestern. The prestigious award’s selection criteria reflect Reichenberger’s dedication to the university. A former Northwestern faculty member and 1965 alumnus, Reichenberger is one of the university’s most generous benefactors. He has served as a Northwestern Foundation trustee since 1993. For more information or to nominate Northwestern faculty or staff for the 2014 award, contact Bird at 580-327-8599, aebird@ nwosu.edu or by mail at Northwestern Foundation Inc., 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.
medical-school class sizes at state universities have increased, residency programs have not kept pace. That means graduates must go out of state for residency requirements, Ernest said. In 2012, a bill was passed by the Legislature that established a fund to create residency programs in rural areas, said William Pettit, associate dean for rural health at Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Center for Health Sciences. The program has residencies in Enid, Tahlequah, McAlester, Lawton, Durant and Talihina. OSU also has begun to offer a medical track that focuses on providing health care in rural areas. Students from rural areas are recruited to join. “We think this is the way to go – start encouraging young men and women in high school (to believe) that a rural practice back in their hometown or a neighboring community is not only possible but can be rewarding from a professional point of view and financially,” Pettit said. Work to be Done Cindy Duncan, interim chief executive officer (CEO) for Memorial Hospital and Physician Group in Frederick, said that the hospital has interviewed six doctors for a position since January. All declined offers, either because they or their families did not want to live in a rural community or because of the range of duties required. The hospital has not had a full staff of physicians since 2004, Duncan said. “We’re optimistic and want to say, ‘Yes, things will get better,’ but based on historical experience, I would say no,” Duncan said. “You want to be positive, but going on 11 years, it’s kind of hard to be positive about it.” Physician shortages are a national problem as well. Small communities can expect to see more doctors retire, a reflection of the aging workforce and the fact that doctors in rural areas tend to be older, Pettit said. “The handwriting is on the wall, with the aging workforce, that we’re going to need to do something,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO of Variety Care, a community health center that also operates clinics in four rural areas. “The communities that support those providers really understand that and usually they do just about anything they can to keep their doctor in town or their nurse practitioner or whoever,” Carmichael said. “It’s an economic problem as well as an access problem.” About half of Oklahoma’s population lives in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton areas, but twothirds of its doctors practice there, Pettit said. Telemedicine, in which specialists video-conference with patients long distance, has helped compensate a bit for rural doctor shortages, but overall the state still is in need of more physicians, said Lyle Kelsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Medical Licensure Board. The shortage has a disproportionate effect on the poor because poverty rates often are higher in rural areas, said Carmichael. Each of the rural Variety Care clinics was opened after its respective community, faced with a lack of health resources, approached Variety Care. Carmichael said to improve the health of Oklahomans, efforts cannot be focused only on urban counties. “It’s easy sometimes to focus on the big urban areas, but really the rural communities are where an awful lot of Oklahomans live and so it’s really important for us to keep that at the forefront,” he said. Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. For more Oklahoma Watch content, go to www.oklahomawatch.org.
DOCTORS PER COUNTY
Counties with fewer residents tend to have higher ratios of people per doctor. No. of No. of Residents County M.D.’s D.O.’s Total Per Doctor Grant 0 0 0 Beaver 1 0 1 5,857 Pushmataha 1 2 3 3,889 Washita 1 2 3 3,836 Noble 3 0 3 3,804 Atoka 1 3 4 3,470 Osage 6 8 14 3,174 Tillman 2 1 3 3,096 Lincoln 7 4 11 2,916 Hughes 0 5 5 2,831 Kiowa 4 0 4 2,557 Caddo 9 3 12 2,513 Mcintosh 6 2 8 2,432 Logan 12 2 14 2,423 Marshall 3 3 6 2,197 Alfalfa 1 2 3 2,035 Coal 0 3 3 2,010 Blaine 5 1 6 1,996 Seminole 6 7 13 1,915 Sequoyah 11 10 21 1,856 Wagoner 15 16 31 1,855 Creek 16 21 37 1,821 Nowata 4 2 6 1,762 Roger Mills 1 1 2 1,718 Jefferson 1 3 4 1,705 Cotton 3 1 4 1,654 Harmon 2 0 2 1,642 McClain 14 3 17 1,632 Dewey 2 1 3 1,581 Murray 6 2 8 1,578 Cimarron 2 0 2 1,574 McCurtain 15 7 22 1,564 Choctaw 7 3 10 1,534 Greer 4 0 4 1,515 Pawnee 2 9 11 1,510 Johnston 4 3 7 1,502 Okfuskee 7 1 8 1,477 Love 3 3 6 1,472 Canadian 49 13 62 1,414 Kingfisher 7 3 10 1,393 Woods 6 1 7 1,298 Major 4 2 6 1,258 Mayes 19 12 31 1,238 Garvin 11 11 22 1,237 Grady 23 14 37 1,230 Leflore 15 25 40 1,203 Okmulgee 19 14 33 1,203 Harper 1 2 3 1,187 Haskell 7 3 10 1,179 Adair 17 2 19 1,107 Pottawatomie 54 7 61 1,074 Texas 11 8 19 1,058 Stephens 39 3 42 1,028 Ellis 3 1 4 1,019 Woodward 15 4 19 973 Ottawa 25 10 35 948 Delaware 35 5 40 927 Custer 27 3 30 871 Rogers 45 38 83 851 Kay 46 12 58 829 Jackson 28 8 36 790 Latimer 7 7 14 764 Pittsburg 42 19 61 721 Cleveland 244 55 299 696 Craig 14 8 22 680 Beckham 24 6 30 660 Payne 84 24 108 631 Washington 76 25 101 485 Comanche 204 38 242 475 Bryan 41 36 77 474 Carter 72 25 97 470 Garfield 96 34 130 445 Muskogee 124 33 157 442 Pontotoc 77 17 94 374 Cherokee 62 54 116 367 Tulsa 1,629 847 2,476 228 Oklahoma 2,730 458 3,188 207 Sources: Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision; State Board of Osteopathic Examiners.
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Woods County Communications phone log August 21, 2013 11:48 a.m. 911 call, fell in shower 2-5 miles west of Camp on north side, no ambulance needed, patient refusing transport. 1:31 p.m. Transfer to sheriff’s office, papers served. 2:14 p.m. 911 call, drilled hole on County Road 1030, natural gas, Center Pointe Energy. 4:40 p.m. Report of theft at 1700 block of Cherry Street. 5:12 p.m. Bike in bushes on northeast corner of 200 block of Mill. 7:44 p.m. Black GMC Sierra/red Ford in park by pond. 7:57 p.m. Hit a pole on 1000 block of High Street, old blue GMC. 8:03 p.m. Old grainery burning 3 miles south of Four Corners 1 mile east, Pond Creek. 9:04 p.m. Call for inmate. 10:57 p.m. West of Camp Houston, broke mirror, cattle truck heading west towards Coldwater. August 22, 2013 6:44 a.m. Custody issue, notified officer. 8:25 a.m. 911 call, truck vs truck at Loves, one in traffic. 8:28 a.m. 911 call, truck vs truck, no injury, two officers notified. 8:30 a.m. Dog on walking trail by ARC, cow, animal control notified. 11:45 a.m. 911 call, erratic driver on Highway 11 past Salt Plains, oversize loads, high rate of speed.
1:27 p.m. 911 call, pumper fire by river on Highway 64 2:57 p.m. Unruly person in Freedom, transfer to sheriff’s office. 5:35 p.m. Accident on railroad crossing in Hopeton. 5:35 p.m. 911 call, wreck on railroad in Hopeton, car hit signal, off tracks, not injured. 5:44 p.m. Need traffic control. 9:41 p.m. Check for violent offenses. 10:36 p.m. Erratic driver going north on 281 from Waynoka, white Ford pickup. 10:56 p.m. Needs to talk to deputy about her land. 11:27 p.m. Keys locked in car on Murrow and Elm. August 23, 2013 12:35 a.m. Individual calling about daughter would like officer to contact her. 2:02 a.m. 911 call, sister hasn’t been heard from in over an hour, she’s worried. 6:49 a.m. 911 call, vandalism inside building, officer notified. 9:26 a.m. Red/gray bird dog missing from east of town, message left with animal control. 9:36 a.m. 911 call, individual needed assistance with retrieving an unknown caller’s number. 11:04 a.m. OHP advised of minor accident on Garvin/470, roadway not blocked.
11:31 a.m. Stop sign down at 470/Garvin. 12:39 p.m. Minor accident at Napa store on Flynn and Hunt. 12:46 p.m. Controlled burn at County Road 370 and Johnston. 1:09 p.m. Accident at 1030 and Garvin, tractor and car, notified GCSO. 5:01 p.m. 911 call, pickup and crotch rocket racing on Saddlehorn Drive in Freedom, transfer to sheriff’s office. 6:36 p.m. 911 call, ditch on fire on south side of Garvin on 470-460 in front of oil field location. 9:26 p.m. Extra patrol tonight, had break in this morning. August 24, 2013 12:27 a.m. Ran over sign south of airport on 281, back on road, white SUV. 12:48 a.m. Called wrecker. 9:53 a.m. Crossing on Kay Road malfunctioning, gate arm down. 2:08 p.m. Duplex on fire at 600 block of Hart, people outside. 2:20 p.m. 911 call, individual on front porch, cut leg, dizzy, at 1100 block of Ninth. 2:49 p.m. Missing blue heeler from Fifth and Church, red color gold collar. 4:31 p.m. Assault occurred in Alva, head slammed, left before they got there, shoot up with meth. 11:26 p.m. Two people fighting
Woods County Real Estate Transactions Beginning book 1163 page 383 Real Estate Transfers Martin B. Koppitz & Jil Koppitz to Michael H. Koppitz & Debra Koppitz: the East Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 28 North, Range 13, WIM, LESS the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 31, LESS and excepting all of the oil, gas and other minerals and mineral rights in and under said premises: Joint Tenancy Quit Claim Deed. Michael H. Koppitz & Debra Koppitz to Martin B. Koppitz & Jil Koppitz: the West Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 31, Township 28 North, Range 13, WIM, LESS and excepting all of the oil, gas and other minerals and mineral rights in and under said premises: Joint Tenancy Quit Claim Deed. Daren Leon Frech & Jessica Danielle Frech to Brittany DelRae Frech and Roger Dale Frech: a tract of land located in the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Joseph H. Shirley & Sylvia A. Shirley to Charles Morton Share Trust dated June 12, 1959: the Southeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 26 North, Range 15, WIM, Reserving unto Grantor an undivided 80 acres of minerals in the above described property: Warranty Deed. Vanessa K. Acton f/k/a Vanessa K. Goucher to Gary D. Goucher: (1) the Southwest Quarter of Section 8, Township 25 North, Range 15, WIM; (2) the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM; (3) a tract of land situated in the Southwest Quarter of Section 9, Township 25 North, Range 15, WIM; (4) the Northeast Quarter of Section 20, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM; (5) the East Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 6, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM: Quit Claim Deed.
MWK Farm Inc. to Glass Mountain Pipeline LLC: a tract of land in the Northeast Quarter of Section 29, Township 27 North, Range 13, WIM: Warranty Deed. Faye Elaine Trekell to Faye Elaine Trekell: Lots 10 & 11 in Block 4 of Highland View Addition to the City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Paul Barnett and Jennifer Barnett to Paul Barnett: Lots 3 & 4 in Block 48, LESS and except a tract of land described as follows on page 483 of book 1163: Individual Quit Claim Deed. Phillip A. Murry & Sandra K. Murry to Matt L. Murry & Linda K. Murry: a tract of land located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 14, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Phillip A. Murry & Sandra Kay Murry aka Sandra K. Murry to Phillip A. Murry & Sandra K. Murry, as Trustees of the Phillip A. Murry & Sandra K. Murry Revocable Trust dated Nov. 13, 2012: (1) West Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 26 North, Range 13, WIM; AND (2) Lot 19 and West 15 feet of Lot 20 in Block 51 of the Original Town of Alva; AND (3) the South Half of the South Half of Section 14, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM, AND (4) the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 14, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Rex Ronald Caldwell to Franklin D. Simpson, Trustee of the Franklin Simpson Revocable Trust, a trust created by an instrument dated Sept. 19, 2005: Lots 12 & 13 in Block 4 of Nickerson & Olmsted Addition to the Town, now City of Waynoka, LESS and except the West 36 feet of said Lots 12 & 13: Warranty Deed. Lois L. Rhodes f/k/a Lois L. Beale & Billy D. Rhodes and Doris J. Helton & Roy D. Helton to John W. Mathes & Grace E. Mathes: Lots 13, 14 & 15 in Block 2 of the Davison’s Addition to the Town, now City of Waynoka: Joint Tenancy
General Warranty Deed. Mortgages Brittany DelRae Frech and Roger Dale Frech to Oklahoma Employees Credit Union: a tract of land located in the West Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: $40,500. Brian Matthew Parker & Darraigh Ruthe Parker to the United States of America acting through the Farm Service Agency for the United States Department of Agriculture: West Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 7, Township 28 North, Range 15, WIM, and a tract described as beginning at the Southwest corner of the Northwest Quarter of said Section 7, Township 28 North, Range 15, WIM, thence North 200 feet, thence East 300 feet, thence South 350 feet, thence West 300 feet, thence North 150 feet to the place of beginning containing 2.01 acres more or less: 2 notes totalling $51,000. Faye Elaine Trekell to Southwest Stage Funding LLC D/B/A Cascade Financial Services: Lots 10 & 11 in Block 4 of Highland View Addition to the City of Alva: $147, 232. Holder Pyeatt Family LLC to Alva State Bank & Trust Company: (1) Lot 15 in Block 65 of the Original Town, now City of Alva; AND (2) Lot 16 in Block 65 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: maximum obligation limit $90,000. Jonathen Tate Watkins & Tally Marie Watkins to the United States of America acting through the Farm Service Agency for the United States Department of Agriculture: (1) Lot 1, the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 1, Township 23 North, Range 14, WIM, surface rights only; (2) Lot 2, the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 23 North, Range 14, WIM, surface rights only: 3 notes totalling $145,350.
at 1000 block of Barnes. 11:57 p.m. 911 call, 1300 block of Broadway in Waynoka, maroon pickup, full tank, keys in it, individual last seen five hours ago, two officers notified. August 25, 2013 8:40 a.m. Hit deer on Highway 132 north 5 miles south of intersection. 9:31 a.m. 911 call, drunk driver on Highway 11 west through PC then south, maroon Dodge Dakota pickup. 12:03 p.m. 911 call, vehicle parked wrong way on Locust and Noble, officer notified. 4:35 p.m. No water on east side of Alva. 6:19 p.m. Contact individual, Red Cross couldn’t help individual, roof had collapsed, wiring a fire threat, no protection from mosquitoes, need adult protective services, officer made report. 6:28 p.m. On Highway 64 on left side of road by Camp Houston, family with two babies in a silver car, anonymous. August 26, 2013 3:09 a.m. Lamont Fire Department for controlled burn at 1200 block of W. Jefferson, truck at scene. 2:01 p.m. Landing zone, fire department mock training. 2:35 p.m. 911 call, wanting to know what day it is and if someone had died. 5:04 p.m. Riding lawnmower stolen from 800 block of Ridgeway, Red Snapper riding lawn mower, 36 inch deck, one hour ago, individual was to pick it up. 8:35 p.m. Erratic driver in a blue 1500 Dodge Ram, lives down High
Street. 10:23 p.m. Loud music at 900 block of Santa Fe west. 10:40 p.m. Individual called to complain that cops are driving with headlights off on Santa Fe, advised him to call in morning. August 27, 2013 2:56 a.m. Man passed out in a gray Chevy pickup on Highway 11 and 470, open 12 pack, Texas plate, officer advised he was just gonna let him sleep it off. 6:32 a.m. Drunk individual at 300 block of Center. 1:00 p.m. Car sitting in middle of 13th and Maple, gold Buick. 3:14 p.m. Yards need to be mowed on Park Street. 3:15 p.m. Smoke on south side of road on west side of Nash. 3:25 p.m. Semi and truck on 480 and Garvin, flammable, road blocked, no injuries, page regulars and volunteers. 6:03 p.m. Grant County controlled burn 3 miles north of Medford 1 mile east. 8:47 p.m. House being broken into at 500/600 block of College. 9:56 p.m. Any complaint of shotgun on Broadway? Shot skunk on porch. August 28, 2013 8:55 a.m. Calf out on 64 and County Road 490-500. The call center also handled the following calls: abandoned calls – 44, accidental calls – 19, pocket dial – 18, wrong number – 7, hang ups – 15, animal control – 8, sheriff – 50, police – 85, general info – 134, fire department – 30, ambulance – 16, road conditions – 3.
Woods County Court Filings 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 Barton William Rogge, 54, Alva: Possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS) ($551.60). Thurman Joe Keeter, 50, Dacoma: Knowingly concealing stolen property ($305.50). Martin Leon Moore, 47, Alva: Child abuse by injury ($265.50). Rachel Shaloh Madderra, 30, Alva: Child abuse by injury ($265.50). Misdemeanor Filings Barton William Rogge, 54, Alva: Possession of paraphernalia ($382). Thurman Joe Keeter, 50, Dacoma: Possession of paraphernalia ($344.50). Donna Michelle Williams, 40,
Waynoka: (1) DUI; (2) Driving without valid driver’s license; (3) Leaving the scene of an accident – Property damage ($1,336.40). Dakota Kent Koehn, 23, Logan: Assault and battery ($312.70). Robert Justin Taylor, 28, Alva: DUI ($832.20). Civil Filings B & B Buckles Properties LLC vs. Geostone Resources Inc Et Al: Quiet title, oil and gas lease ($290.70). Cavalry SPV I, LLC vs. Robert Dean Hibberts: Money judgement for an amount $10,000 or less ($205.70). Marriage Licenses Issued Aug. 21, 2013: Scott Eric Tidwell, 28, of Alva and Christy Marie Kerfoot, 27, of Burlington. Aug. 22, 2013: Travis Cody Briggs, 22, of Alva and Nicole Leigh Catlin, 28, of Alva. Aug. 26, 2013: Wayne Carl Vaughn, 60, of Fort Supply and Tiffany Lynn Pierce, 34, of Alva. Divorces Granted Aug. 20, 2013: Amanda Elizabeth Weber vs. Tracy Scot Weber. Aug. 21, 2013: Cayenne Nichole Criswell vs. Caleb Bruce Criswell. Aug. 21, 2013: Jon Michael Hill vs. Monica Marie Hill.
Woods County Sheriff’s Report August 21, 2013 August 22, 2013 7:55 a.m. Individual called say3:10 p.m. Individual called to find ing he needs a deputy to come pick out how to handle situation with her him up from rehab because he was son, talking irrationally, she was told PR bonded out. to call Northwest Mental Health.
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Vehicle stopped Stolen light tower by utility pole recovered in Dacoma By Marione Martin A woman arguing with her significant other apparently decided to drive away even though she didn’t have a license. Her vehicle was halted by a utility pole. According to documents on file, at 7:57 p.m. on Aug. 21 Waynoka Police Chief Brian Whitney was dispatched to the 1000 block of High Street for a report of a vehicle that struck a utility pole and left the scene. The vehicle was described as an older blue mid-size Chevrolet Blazertype vehicle. When Chief Whitney arrived he was waved down by an individual who stated he saw a vehicle traveling south on High Street that left the roadway and struck a utility pole. He said he saw a woman he recognized and knew as Donna, who lives at 1080 High St., exit the vehicle and walk away. He said he then observed a man he recognized as David get into the vehicle and drive it to the residence at 1080 High St. and park it in the driveway. Whitney saw a blue GMC SJI parked in the driveway of the residence at 1080 High St. The vehicle was verified as being registered to David Martin at that addres. He saw the vehicle had front-end damage consistent with the witness statements. Whitney then walked back to where the collision occurred and saw tire marks on the roadway that showed where the vehicle was traveling south on High Street and left the roadway, crossing over the center and through the grass on the east side of
the road leading up to a utility pole. There were flakes of blue paint on the pole and plastic pieces that were later matched to the vehicle parked in Martin’s driveway. Whitney went back to the residence where he made contact with David Martin who said he and his significant other, Donna, were arguing and she left the residence driving and had struck the utility pole. He said she exited the vehicle and walked down the street to a friend’s house, so he got into the vehicle and drove it to his residence and parked it. Martin stated, “I knew ya’ll would be coming.” Whitney went to the residence where Martin said Donna had gone. He talked to several people there who said Donna had just left the residence and was taken to another residence by a friend. Whitney then went to the residence at 2555 Springhill Dr. As he arrived, he recognized Donna standing in the driveway. When he drove into the driveway and was exiting his vehicle, Donna began walking into the garage and going into the residence. He had to speak to her twice before she stopped and walked back to him. Whitney observed that Donna was very unsteady on her feet with a stumbling gait and swaying forward, backward and side to side. He asked Donna what happened, and she had very thick, slow, slurred speech. Whitney had to ask her to repeat what she said several times during
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By Marione Martin A Dacoma man was arrested after he allegedly offered to sell a stolen light tower/generator. According to affidavits on file, Alva Assistant Police Chief Ben Orcutt learned of the purchase and contacted Woods County Deputy Sheriff Keith Dale on Aug. 20. Orcutt said the light tower/generator had been stolen from ECM Rentals in Alva in early 2013 and it was believed to be concealed in Dacoma. The contact who had agreed to make the purchase for $1,500 said he had talked to a man he knew as Thurman Peters. He said the man was very confrontational and always carried several knives concealed on his person. Deputy Dale asked the man to call Thurman Peters and ask if he could drive to Dacoma and pick up the light tower. He listened as the call was made, and asked to accompany the man to Dacoma. Assistant Chief Orcutt conducted a search for Thurman Peters and found his true name to be Thurman Joey Keeter. About 7:50 p.m. Dale, dressed in plain clothes, and the purchaser arrived at 1475 12th St. in Dacoma. The purchaser called Keeter and told him they had arrived. They saw him exit the rear of the residence and motion them toward an out-
building located on the northwest end of the property. They walked behind the outbuilding and saw a light tower lying in the grass. Dale contacted Orcutt and Alva Police Officer Ron Vasquez, who were assisting, to come to the location. Dale identified himself to Keeter and showed his badge. Due to the report of Keeter carrying weapons, Dale drew his sidearm and ordered Keeter to the ground where he was later handcuffed by Orcutt. After being read his Miranda Rights, which he waived, Keeter said he found the light tower/generator a few months ago in the ditch on County Road 500. He said he thought no one wanted it because it had been there several weeks. He said he took it, fixed what was broken and stored it on his property. Keeter told Dale he didn’t have any other stolen property and gave consent to search his residence, property and vehicles. He said he lives with two other men, Barton William Rogge and Terry Simmons. Dale spoke to Simmons, who gave consent for a search of the residence, property and vehicles. Orcutt spoke to Rogge by telephone and obtained permission from him for a search. In Keeter’s bedroom, the officers found one light bulb made into
a smoking device with burnt residue, one used hypodermic syringe containing liquid, one glass pipe with residue and one butane torch. Dale asked Keeter who the items belonged to, and he said a “girl” that had stayed the night at his residence. Keeter admitted to recent use of meth. In Rogge’s bedroom, a search revealed one light bulb made into a smoking device with burnt residue, one plastic baggie containing a white crystal substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, and one small brown glass jar containing a white crystal substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Dale spoke with Rogge, who admitted possession of the items and meth use. Bruce Morse, owner of ECM Rentals, arrived at the residence and positively identified the light tower as his. Thurman Joe Keeter, 50, of Dacoma has been charged with a felony of knowingly concealing stolen property and a misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia. Barton William Rogge, 54, of Alva has been charged with felony possession of CDS (controlled dangerous substance) and a misdemeanor of possession of paraphernalia.
Jealousy leads to fight, arrest By Marione Martin Jealousy led to an early morning fight, which led to an arrest. According to documents on file, Woods County Deputy Sheriff David Cummings was dispatched to a fight at 1703 Noble St. in Alva about 2:48 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. When Deputy Cummings arrived he talked to Perry W. Dietz who said Dakota K. Koehn had crossed the fence and taken off running through the field located northwest of the residence. He said other people were searching for him. Cummings talked to Micah S. Samples, identified as the victim, who said about 10:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Aug. 22, she got into a verbal altercation with her boyfriend, Koehn. She said she picked him up in the Pizza Hut parking lot and was taking him to his residence. While doing so they argued. She said at one point he put his hands on her and began shaking her, which caused her to strike her head on the window of her vehicle. When they arrived at her residence, they again started arguing as he was holding her cell phone. He threw the phone at her, striking her on her left forearm. Cummings observed significant swelling of her arm and fresh bruising, which he photographed. After Cummings spoke with
Samples, he was told by Dietz that Koehn had been located and was walking back to the residence with another friend. Cummings met Koehn and told him he was under arrest for domestic violence, placed him in handcuffs and escorted him to his patrol car. He returned to Samples and asked if she wanted to write a voluntary statement, but she declined. Cummings took Koehn to the Woods County Jail where he was booked and jailed for domestic violence. In a post-Miranda interview, Koehn said he and Samples have been in a relationship for the last year. He said Samples has been talking to another guy, and they have been arguing over this for a while. He said Samples picked him up from Cowboy’s Bar at approximately 11 p.m. He said during the drive home Samples stopped and they began arguing. Koehn said he grabbed her and started shaking her and she struck her head on the window. They then went to her residence where they continued to argue. Koehn said Samples handed over her phone so he could see who she’s been talking to. He said he knew she had already deleted things and he threw it at her while standing close. A short time later he left the residence. Koehn said about 2:45 a.m. he returned to the residence by walking from his residence. He said he noticed Dietz, a guy she had been talking to, was staying at the house with her. He noticed the lights in the house went off. Koehn checked the doors, which were locked. He then pushed a window air conditioning unit through and entered the residence. Koehn said he and Dietz began wrestling. Then Koehn said he left and the police were called. He declined to write a voluntary statement. Dakota Kent Koehn, 23, of Logan has been charged with assault and battery in Woods County.
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(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, September 1, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR WOODS COUNTY AND STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of Max Dean Ritter, Deceased. No. PB-2013-35 NOTICE OF HEARING PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL, APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, DEVISEES AND LEGATEES, AND ISSUANCE OF LETTERS TESTAMENTARY
Community Calendar Sunday 2-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. Monday 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is closed for the Labor Day holiday. 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 1027 8th (Wesley House) in Alva every Monday and Thursday. Tuesday 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is open for games and other activities. Exercise is scheduled each day at 11 a.m. Transportation provided upon request. 2-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. 5 p.m. Alva Board of Education will meet at 418 Flynn. 6:30 p.m. Alva City Council will meet in the council chambers of City Hall.
7 p.m. Widows and widowers support group will meet at College Hill Church of Christ. Call 580430-6083 with questions. 7 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday at the Bible Baptist Church, 4th & Choctaw, Alva. The purpose is to help people dealing with alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual addiction, food addiction, co-dependency, gambling addiction, anger, grief and more. Wednesday 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is open for games and other activities. Exercise is scheduled each day at 11 a.m. Transportation provided upon request. Noon Alva Kiwanis Club meets at Champs Restaurant. 2-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. 7 p.m. Alva Moose Lodge menâ€™s meeting is held every Wednesday.
Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Max Dean Ritter, deceased, that on the 29th day of August, 2013, Irvin Walter Ritter produced in the District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, an instrument in writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Max Dean Ritter, deceased, and also filed in said Court his Petition, together with a copy of said Will, praying that the Will be admitted to probate, that Irvin Walter Ritter be appointed as Personal Representative named in the Will, that the heirs, devisees and legatees of said decedent be determined by the Court, and that Letters Testamentary be issued to Irvin Walter Ritter. Pursuant to an Order of this Court made on the 29th day of August, 2013, notice is hereby given that on the 16th day of September, 2013, at 11:30 oâ€™clock A. M., the Petition will be heard at the District Courtroom, County Courthouse, Alva, Oklahoma, when and where all persons interested may appear and contest the same. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 29th day of August, 2013.
s/ Mickey J. Hadwiger JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT Larry L. Bays P. 0. Box 98 Alva, Oklahoma 73717 Attorney for Petitioner
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(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, September 1 and 8, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of CHARLES CECIL NIEMAN, Deceased. No. PB-2013-33 NOTIC E TO CREDITORS All creditors having claims against Charles Cecil Nieman, 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 Administratrix at the office of Rick Cunningham, Attorney at Law, 409 College, P.O. Box 433, Alva, Oklahoma 73717, attorney for said Administratrix, on or before the following presentment date: November 1, 2013, or the same will be forever barred. Dated this 29th day of August, 2013. s/Lois Yvon e Nieman Lois Yvonne Nieman Rick Cunningham, OBA #12629 Attorney at Law 409 College, P.O. Box 433 Alva, Oklahoma 73717 (580) 327-0080 Attorney for Administratrix
(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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Stopped the conversation because her speech was so difficult to understand. Donna said she and David had been arguing, so she was driving around and struck a pole with the â€œhoopty.â€? She admitted she did not call the police and report it because she had been drinking beer and did not have a driverâ€™s license. When Whitney asked how much alcohol she had consumed since the accident, she stated â€œonly what is gone out of the beer can I had when you got here.â€? Whitney observed that approximately 1/8 of the contents had been consumed. Donna stated she had been drinking throughout the evening and had consumed approximately â€œeight or nine beers.â€? She said she believed she was not impaired and didnâ€™t feel the crash was a result of her drinking alcohol. Whitney gave Donna a series of field sobriety tests and she exhibited six of six possible clues on the HGN test. He didnâ€™t ask her to do the walk and turn or the one leg-stand due to her unsteady gait and balance. He asked her to submit to a preliminary breath test but she refused, stating, â€œNo, Iâ€™m drunk and youâ€™re going to take me to jail anyway.â€? A verification with dispatch revealed Donna did not have a valid driverâ€™s license. Whitney placed Donna under arrest and took her to the Woods County Jail. She agreed to take the stateâ€™s breath test. Once at the jail, she was so unsteady on her feet she had to be assisted by two jail staff members to walk. Whitney and jail staff had to steady her numerous times to keep her from falling down and falling out of a chair. Donna kept falling asleep and was unable to follow simple commands or even sit upright in order to complete the breath test. Whitney read Donna the stateâ€™s implied consent a second time requesting a blood test due to the inability to complete a breath test. She agreed, and Whitney took her to Share Medical Center where the blood test was performed, and then he took her back to the jail. Donna Michelle Williams, 40, has been charged with DUI, driving without a valid driverâ€™s license, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. All three are misdemeanors.
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SCU president announces 2014 retirement After leading the institution through a period of significant growth and expansion over the past several years, Dr. Ed Huckeby, president of Southwestern Christian University (SCU) in Bethany, has announced that he will be retiring in June 2014 at the end of the academic year. “It has been an exciting, careercapstone experience to have been involved in the dynamic growth we have experienced since 2010,” Huckeby said. In the past three years, SCU has almost tripled its overall enrollment, built new and expanded campus facilities, added an educational site in the Tulsa area, and developed a fast-growing online program. The SCU Board of Regents Vanessa Gerloff and Julia Bays (left to right) are pictured with House Minority Leader Scott Inman, chairman, Enid businessman David Congressional District 3 Chair Mack Miller and Rep. (District 97) Mike Shelton. Photo by Stacy Sanborn Burrows, indicated that Huckeby has brought a new dimension to
Democrat leaders visit Alva, share vision for future By Stacy Sanborn Last Monday was an interesting evening at the home of Larry and Julia Bays, politically speaking. Their house on Canyon Road was the gathering place for the public to meet and talk to Congressional District 3 Chair Mack Miller, Rep. (District 97) Mike Shelton and House Minority Leader Scott Inman. The trio converged to share their vision (as Democrats) for the future of Oklahoma and to ask those present to carry the message about the “dire situation” in rural Oklahoma. The vision: Invest in the core fundamentals of education, public safety, health care and transportation. Inman delivered a powerful
speech about the present-day happenings at the state capitol under Gov. Mary Fallin. In his discourse, the minority leader gave hard numbers. Public Safety (Highway Patrol and Department of Corrections) • Staffed at less than 70 percent of what is needed. (Approximately 225 troopers will be eligible to retire in the next few years) • Democrats asked for $12 million out of the budget and Republicans rejected the request. • Democrats asked for $7 million and were again rejected. Health Care • One out of five Oklahomans have no insurance
• Feds offered money to expand Medicaid but Gov. Fallin rejected the offer. • Oklahoma hospitals give away $600 million annually in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Transportation • Many roads and bridges are in very poor condition across the state. Education • In spite of economic improvement after extreme budget cuts, Republicans chose to use funds for voucher programs and charter school programs rather than public education. To hear the details, watch the video on the Alva Review-Courier website: www.alvareviewcourier. com.
Students from Alva attending Northwestern The 2013-2014 school year has begun at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and students have been busy with their first couple weeks of class. The school year began with successful freshman and transfer orientations. More than 370 students attended the orientations. Kaylyn Hansen, director of student life and counsel-
ing, said that approximately 320 attended freshman orientation and 53 students attended transfer orientation. Students have enjoyed different welcome back activities the last few weeks. The first week of school students had the opportunity to enjoy Howdy Week, which included a giant slip ‘n slide, a free movie
night and a block party. This week flag football has started and a “grillin and chillin” volleyball tournament and cookout took place. “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.”
Dr. Ed Huckeby will retire as president of Southwestern Christian University at the end of the 2014 school year. Photo provided
the institution. “Under his tenure SCU has experienced tremendous and unprecedented growth,” said Burrows. “We all dreamed growth was possible, but we knew the actualization of dreams requires hard work and leadership.” Huckeby indicated that he and his wife, Latricia, anticipate returning to the Tulsa area where their children and grandchildren live. “We look forward to focusing our energy on family, community, and arts-related activities,” he said. In addition to his extensive career in higher education administration, Huckeby is internationally recognized as a composer and conductor. He served as the university band director, Music Department chairman and dean of the graduate school during his 22-year tenure at Northwestern Oklahoma State University from 1976 to 1998. Huckeby was also an active leader in the Broken Arrow community as the Chief Academic/Operating Officer at the Northeastern State University – Broken Arrow campus from 1999 until his appointment as the SCU president in 2009.
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