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Alva Review-Courier Vol. 121 No. 98
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620 Choctaw, Alva, OK 73717
Alva Public Library to celebrate 50th anniversary Dec. 9
Former Alva resident Randall Murrow’s iPhone photographs are displayed at Murrow’s FrameArt in Alva. A graduate of Alva High School as well as the University of Oklahoma and the University of Houston, Murrow now lives in the Houston, Texas, area. He says, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” His work will be displayed through Dec. 24. In addition to their son’s photographs, the Murrows greeted Art Walk visitors with hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies. Photo by Marione Martin More on page 10
What to know about Medicare in 2014 By Bob Moos, southwest public affairs officer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services The new year will bring improvements and other changes to Medicare. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect in 2014. • The best news is that there are no changes in Medicare’s Part B premium and deductible. The standard premium for the part of Medicare that covers doctor visits and outpatient hospital care will stay the same: $104.90 per month. Over the past three years, the premium has remained unchanged or turned out lower than first projected. A small number of people with Medicare – about four percent – pay surcharges on their Part B premiums because their annual incomes exceed $85,000. They, too, will see no increase in their premiums for physician visits and outpatient services. The Part B deductible for 2014 will also be the same as this past year: $147. That’s what beneficiaries pay out of pocket for doctor appointments and outpatient care at the beginning of each year before Medicare coverage kicks in and helps to cover costs. • Generic drugs will receive a bigger price break for those in the “doughnut hole.” Beneficiaries who have a Medicare drug plan and have reached the coverage gap will
receive bigger discounts on generic prescriptions: 28 percent in 2014, compared with 21 percent this past year. Brand-name drugs will continue to receive a price break of about 53 percent. The price breaks are adding up. More than 43,800 Oklahomans with Medicare have saved $37.5 million on their prescriptions in the coverage gap this past year – an average of $855 per person. The discounts will continue to grow until the doughnut hole disappears in 2020. • Beneficiaries who are dissatisfied with their Medicare Advantage plan can quit it beginning Jan. 1. For those who are unhappy with their private Medicare Advantage health plan, an annual “disenrollment” period – between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14 – allows a return to the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. A drug plan can be chosen at that time to go with the new coverage. A word of caution here: There are a few things you can’t do during the six-week disenrollment period. You can’t switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, nor can you switch from the traditional Medicare program to an Advantage plan. Most people will need to wait until the annual enrollment period in the fall to make either of those changes. • For people who are not old enough yet for Medicare but need
health care coverage, help is here. Those with Medicare don’t need to do anything about the new health insurance marketplace. But if those without it (or their spouse or another family member) are too young for Medicare and lack insurance, this new way of buying coverage may be just the ticket. Health plans sold through the marketplace will provide affordable and comprehensive coverage. Insurers can no longer deny coverage, or charge more, because of a pre-existing medical condition. Enrollment continues until March 31. Those looking for health care coverage can shop and sign up online at healthcare.gov or by phone at 1-800-318-2596. They can also sit down with a trained counselor and enroll. For a list of local counselors, visit localhelp. healthcare.gov or call the 1-800 customer service number. People with incomes up to $45,960 for individuals and $94,200 for families of four may qualify for tax credits to reduce their premiums. Some applicants may also qualify for help with deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs. • Medicare beneficiaries now have access to their personal health information through Medicare’s “blue button.” Having ready access to your
By Leslie Nation The Alva Public Library board met on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. for its annual luncheon at The Homestead. The library director, Sandra OttHamilton, stated that circulation numbers were down even though it had been a busy month for the library staff. They noticed that more school-age children are coming inside the library to work on homework and use the computers. At this time there are no records of how many people have accessed the WiFi; the library will check on how to obtain that information. OttHamilton noticed that adults who have accessed the library have been checking out books only one at a time instead of multiple books. Mayor Arden Chaffee reported that city council meetings are ongoing concerning the annexation of the land east of town to include it in the city limits. This will include the area of the new motel and Atwoods. The addition of traffic signals on the east side of town is also in discussion. The library board announced that the Cisco EXPO desktop web video-conferencing unit has been delivered to the library. Decisions were made to set up the equipment in the Share Conference Room and the cable would be installed in January. The public will be informed when this equipment will be available. Local businesses will be able
have employees attend training through the video-conferencing equipment without traveling out of town, saving time and financial expenses. Library staff members will also be able to use the equipment for this purpose. Ott-Hamilton reminded the board members about the library’s 50th anniversary celebration on Monday, Dec. 9, that will begin at 10 a.m. Karen Koehn will be the guest speaker, and refreshments will be provided. All community members are encouraged to attend the celebration, where they will be able to view the history of the library through pictures and newspaper articles. Students from Washington Elementary School will visit the library on Monday and Tuesday. The library has planned special events for the local youth. Story hours will be scheduled for Mondays, and for Dec. 10-11 and 17-18. The library staff will be available to help youth make crafts, and holiday movies will be presented. Preschoolchildren will need a parent or guardian present, as the crafts are geared for independent construction. The library’s long-range planning committee and library staff will hold a meeting in January to find options to maximize the use of library space and the access of information. Pictures of the library’s interior were sent to consultants of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for their input.
Man flees after stop for erratic driving
By Marione Martin Garrett Allen Lahr, 19, of Alva is facing four misdemeanor charges after an incident on Nov. 17 in Alva. According to court affidavits, about 3:30 a.m. Alva Police Officer John Caviness was informed by Woods County Dispatch that a possible intoxicated driver was traveling from Hopeton toward Alva. The information was provided by two offduty park rangers who were in an unmarked vehicle and were following the suspect vehicle. The rangers reported the vehicle was having difficulty maintaining a single lane of traffic. Caviness waited near the city limits for the two vehicles. He got behind the suspect vehicle and noted the driver was having diffiSee Medicare Page 3 culty maintaining a single lane and
was using erratic speed. The driver apparently became aware of Caviness and turned east on High Street. Caviness activated his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop at High and College. He saw the vehicle did not come to a complete stop and pulled into a residential driveway. As Caviness left his patrol vehicle, he saw a male subject wearing a red sweatshirt exit the vehicle and begin running south. He attempted to pursue but lost sight of the suspect due to darkness. Caviness returned to the vehicle and saw a female attempting to hide in the front cab area. He ordered her to exit the vehicle and she refused. She was then physically removed,
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Further charges Council approves franchise transfer, outside water request filed against Broken Arrow pair By Marione Martin A franchise agreement transfer and an outside water service contract were the main items on city agendas Monday night, Dec. 2. The Alva City Council met first at 6:30 p.m. with all members present except Jessica Kreigh. After approving minutes of the last meeting, the council approved paying claims totaling $223,594.00. Among the larger claims were about $25,000 for third quarter workers’ comp under general government, $21,000 for a Whitner Publaed battery and pads, just under $4,000 to Woods County E-911, $3,750 for firefighter training, and about $2,800 for rock from the street and alley fund.
Oklahoma Natural Gas asked the city to transfer the franchise for natural gas to One Gas, Inc. Oklahoma Natural Gas is a division of ONEOK, Inc. The ONEOK board has approved the separation of its natural gas distribution business into a new standalone, publicly traded company, One Gas, Inc. The council unanimously approved the transfer. Alva Utility Authority Following the council adjournment, the same members met as the Alva Utility Authority (AUA). The trustees first approved minutes of the last meeting and claims totaling $54,341.39. Under the city’s new budget system, matters involving city utilities are now handled by the AUA. As board members looked over the request for outside water service, Bryce Benson questioned the location described in the application. The request was for SEMGROUP and the location was given as a quarter mile south of Highway 11 on County Road 470 on the west side of the road. Benson pointed out that Highway 11 turns north in Alfalfa County and does not go through Alva. Steve Oliver was present at the meeting. He said he is the supervisor for Glass Mountain Pipeline, LLC, which is a subsidiary of SEMGROUP. After describing the location of the company office, it was determined the location was a quarter mile south of US 64 on County Road 470, which is east of Alva. The application says the water is to be used for the company’s office, which will include restrooms and shower facilities as well as drinking water. The company also plan to use the city garbage service. Wes Miller made a motion to approve the water service application, amending it to be for Glass Mountain Pipeline, LLC dba SEMGROUP and correcting the location. Benson seconded, and the motion was approved. Alva Economic Development Authority Steve Oliver, area supervisor with Glass Mountain The same members then met as the Alva Economic Pipeline, clarifies the location and name of the com- Development Authority. They approved minutes of pany requesting outside water service from the City the previous meeting and voted to pay claims totaling of Alva Monday night. Photo by Marione Martin $17,900.59.
Don Bellah Memorial Sculpture Garden at SMC completed Volunteers at Share Medical Center (SMC) have finished landscaping the Don Bellah Memorial Sculpture Garden and the hospital grounds, thanks to donations provided by local businesses and individuals. SMC volunteers Lynn Heasley and Dr. Kenneth Brown, along with inmates from Bill Johnson Correctional Center, have been working since the middle of August
to get trees, bushes and ornamental grasses planted before winter. “In May, the SMC volunteer program held a Cow Patty Bingo contest to raise funds towards the purchase of landscaping materials,” said Janet Valencia, volunteer coordinator. “The contest ended on July 4th.” Donations for a ticket for a $500 prize were received from lo-
cal businesses and individuals. Jessica Elmore of Enid was awarded the prize for her winning square. The remaining proceeds went to purchase needed materials. “Close to 20 people showed up to cheer on the calf and witness ‘the drop,’” said Valencia. “Larry and Joy Glass had visiting friends from the Czech Republic and had heard about the Cow Patty Bingo contest and wanted to attend the event. They had just shown up when the cow picked a winner,” she said. “Attendees had a great time and many stayed afterwards to visit. It was a lot of fun!” Proceeds from the event went to purchase landscaping materials and a plaque for the memorial garden. The sculptures in the memorial garden were crafted by the late Don Bellah and were donated to the SMC Foundation by Betty Jo Pangburn in August of 2012 as a
By Marione Martin Two Broken Arrow men who were charged with misdemeanors after being arrested at Little Sahara State Park are now also facing felony charges. Last week it was reported that Kyler Anthony Miller, 27, of Broken Arrow was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Taylor William Hammons, 32, of Broken Arrow was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a firearm unlawfully. On Dec. 2 in Woods County, both men were charged with pos-
session of controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a state park, a felony. According to documents, the charges follow an incident at the park on Nov. 15 when rangers Ryan Webster and Kyle Hair saw suspicious activity at a camp site. The rangers retrieved a plastic container from a table that held a grinder, rolling papers and a green leafy substance. They also found a loaded handgun, a glass smoking pipe and a bag of a green leafy substance in Hammon’s vehicle, according to court affidavits.
Possible intoxicated driver reported at Love’s By Marione Martin Local police were called to a Love’s convenience store about a possible intoxicated driver on Nov. 23 at 3:05 a.m. Alva Police Officer Anthony Fogle found a red GMC truck parked in front of the store with the driver’s door open. He approached the truck and saw a man wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans inside. The man appeared to be non-responsive. The keys were still in the ignition and the engine was running. Fogle knocked on the back window and received no response. He loudly called “wake up” about three times before he saw any reaction. Officer Ronald Vasquez arrived. He rubbed the man on the sternum to help awaken him. The man started to speak but could not be understood. Fogle described him as having slow and slurred speech and red watery eyes with an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person. He asked for ID and was told, “No, no ID.” Fogle asked the man to step outside, and he exited, pulling himself out of the truck by holding onto the driver’s door handle. Asked for ID, the man pulled a wallet from his back pocket and
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handed Vasquez a military ID and an Oklahoma driver’s license. He was identified as Larry Joe Eugene Underhill, 21, of Kingfisher. He said he had been working around Alva and staying at Nescatunga. While Vasquez checked Underhill’s license information, Fogle talked with him in his patrol unit. He asked if he had anything to drink, and Underhill said, “Oh, a couple.” He said he had been “at the dance club.” Fogle administered the standardized field sobriety tests and then placed Underhill under arrest. He asked Underhill if he had anything else in his truck and he said, “Yes, my 40 is in there.” Underhill agreed to the implied consent test and later took the breath test at the Woods County Jail. Vasquez arrived at the jail and handed Fogle a Smith & Wesson MP40 with two magazines and a black holster. He said the gun was loaded and had been located in the center console of the GMC truck. Underhill has been charged with actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence and transporting an open container of low-point beer, both misdemeanors.
placed in handcuffs and escorted to Caviness’s vehicle. Alva Police Office Wade Suffron and Park Ranger Ryan Webster arrived to assist. They began looking for the driver. Caviness learned the passenger was Rachael Schaffer, 19, of Alva. See Memorial Page 7 She said she met the driver at the Nite Lite and, after the bar closed, they left in the pickup, driving to Hopeton to consume beer. She said she did not know the driver’s full name but only his first name, which was Garrett. She said he was taking her home when they were stopped. She admitted to Caviness that she had been consuming beer and she was under 21 years of age. He found half a 30 pack of Keystone beer in the cab area and an open Keystone in the center console. He issued her a citation, removed her handcuffs and released her. She was allowed to contact someone to pick her up. Caviness then began investigating ownership of the pickup. He learned it belonged to Troy or Sheri Lahr of Alva. He also saw an Northwestern Oklahoma State University
(NWOS) parking permit in the rear window. He contacted NWOSU officials, who said the permit was issued to Garrett Lahr. Caviness learned from a records search that Lahr was 19 and his physical description matched the suspect he had pursued. Suffron went to the Lahr address and talked to Troy Lahr, who confirmed he owned a 2005 GMC and had a son named Garrett. Lahr said his son was in college and lived in an apartment complex and he had not seen him. Suffron went to the apartment complex but was unable to make contact with Garrett Lahr. The vehicle was impounded with instructions to the towing company not to release it until the owners contacted law enforcement about the location of Garrett Lahr. On Dec. 2 in Woods County, Garrett Lahr was charged with eluding an officer, obstructing an officer, transporting an open container of low-point beer and consumption by a person under 21 in a public place, all misdemeanors.
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Obituaries VERNON LEROY HAYES Graveside services for Vernon Leroy Hayes will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Liberty Cemetery with Rev. Ken Higgins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka. Vernon Leroy Hayes was born to Ernest Thomas and Elnora (Harmon) Hayes on June 15, 1933, at Fairview and passed away Dec. 3, 2013, at Alva at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 18 days. Vernon is survived by six cousins. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Liberty Cemetery. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com. MARK CLINTON WILLIAMS Mark Clinton, son of Evelyn (Leigh) and Stewart F. Williams, was born June 15, 1946, in Greenwich, Conn. He departed this life on Nov. 28, 2013, for that “big drag race” in the sky. Mark moved to Alva in 1976 and went to work for Bob Coker Motor Company. Later he was employed by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, from which he retired in
1992. He then went to work for BNSF Railroad in 2002 and retired in June of 2012. His last really “fun” job was with the NAPA auto parts store in Alva. He was a picker, car builder and kind of a “jack of all trades.” Those who knew him certainly realized he had a great gift for gab! He will be missed by his “NAPA” kids, the crew at BNSF Railroad, his car family and many friends. Mark’s greatest passion was his love of animals, six of whom survive him. Mark is survived by his best friend, Donna, of the home; his step-children, Kellie Dunkin Lane of Bloomington, Ind., and Ryan Dunkin of Dallas. Also surviving is his brother Allan and sister-inlaw Lynn of Greensboro, N. C. ....Until we meet again. A celebration of Mark’s life will be held sometime in June of 2014. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the SPCA or the Wounded Warriors Project. Online condolences may be given online at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
97-year-old man charged with killing granddaughter CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — A 97-year-old Cushing man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his granddaughter. Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee filed the murder charge Friday against Russell Eugene Dawes for the Thursday shooting death of Sonja James Dawes was being held in the Payne County jail and court records
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do not list an attorney for him. An affidavit filed in the case says Dawes told a deputy at the scene that he shot James because he was “tired of her carrying on.” The affidavit says Dawes called a Cushing funeral home director shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday to help with a dead body, then told the man when he arrived that he had shot the girl. The funeral director then called authorities.
Medicare claims data gives you a better understanding of your health information and greater control. It also makes it easier to share your medical history with doctors, caregivers or anyone else you choose. Visit mymedicare.gov to use Medicare’s “blue button” today. You can download 12 to 36 months of claims information for Medicare Parts A and B and 12 months of
claims information for Part D to your computer or mobile device. For more information on changes coming to Medicare in the new year, the “Medicare and You 2014” handbook beneficiaries recently received in the mail has a complete summary. A free digital version of the handbook can also be downloaded from medicare.gov. Make the most of your Medicare benefits by staying informed.
Woods County Forecast Sunday A chance of snow, freezing drizzle, and sleet before 7am, then a chance of freezing drizzle between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. South southeast wind 14 to 16 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Sunday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. North northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Monday A 20 percent chance of snow after 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as zero. North northeast wind 6 to 13 mph.
Monday Night A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the evening. Tuesday A 20 percent chance of snow before 7am. Sunny, with a high near 38. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 37. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 41. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Northwestern’s fall commencement ceremony to be held Dec. 8, 2013 Fall commencement at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Percefull Fieldhouse. Michelle Williamson, 1988 alumna, will provide the commencement speech. Williamson graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor of science degree in accounting, and is currently serving as a vice president with MidFirst Bank. Music will be provided by the Ranger symphonic band under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Drobnak. A reception honoring the graduates will immediately follow the ceremony and be held in the Student Center Ballroom. One hundred and five students are candidates to receive bachelor’s degrees, 24 will receive master of education degrees and four will receive master of counseling psychology degrees. Twelve of those receiving bachelor’s degrees will graduate with honors. Students with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) between 3.70 and 3.79 are designated cum laude, those with GPAs between 3.80-3.89 are magna cum laude and those with 3.90 and above are summa cum laude. Those honor graduates, their degrees and their hometowns are as follows: Summa Cum Laude Oklahoma AFTON – David Markes, bachelor of science in biology. JET – Drew Fischer, bachelor of business administration. Magna Cum Laude Oklahoma AFTON – Macy Gibson, bachelor of science in biology – health science. CHEROKEE - Audrey Elizabeth Richmond, bachelor of science education in early childhood education ENID – Teila Mikel, bachelor of business administration in accounting. COLLINSVILLE – Angelo Majike, bachelor of science in biology – health science. TYRONE – Kylea Copeland, bachelor of science in mass communication. WOODWARD – Mackenzi Bodin, bachelor of business administration. Nevada BOULDER CITY – Amanda Callender, bachelor of science in criminal justice – -law enforcement. Cum Laude Oklahoma ALVA –Braden Bettencourt, bachelor of science in agriculture; Bradley Trekell, bachelor of science in health and sports science education. FARGO – Trevor Long, bachelor of science in health and sports science education. FORT SUPPLY – Destrye Keith, bachelor of business administration. Master of Education Oklahoma ALVA – Ricardo Haynes, Tiffani Kilgore, Leah Lanie and Carly Williams – all adult education management and administration; Brooke Taylor, non-certificate option. ENID – Beth Kelly, Craig Liddell and Christy Wallace – all educational leadership. PONCA CITY – Whitney Edens, Elizabeth Hargraves, Kevin LaRue, Mary Radka and Katy Thomason – all educational leadership. PRYOR – Tamara Bryan, Heather Burroughs, Patricia Davis, Kirk Emerine, Melinda Thornton, Travis Wheeler, Amy Wingard and Anthony Wingard – all educational leadership.
WAUKOMIS – Michael Felder, educational leadership. Texas AMARILLO – Kenneth LaFon, adult education management and administration. STRATFORD – Chad Thies, school counseling. Master of Counseling Psychology Oklahoma ALVA – Emily Williams. ENID – Sean Byrne and Amy Hartling. GOLTRY – Brianna Stephens. Bachelor of Arts Oklahoma CHESTER – Caitlin Bedwell, English. ENID – Melissa Arnold, history; Raymond Williamson, general studies. FAIRVIEW – Chesnei Price, general studies. MEDFORD – Emily Sturgeon, general studies. Kansas SCOTT CITY – Lesley Freese, history. Texas MESQUITE – Kathryn Montes, political science. PLANO – Khadidja Souleyman, political science. Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Oklahoma ALVA – Mason Lindquist, technical management. ENID – Sean Gibson, technical management. Bachelor of Arts Education Oklahoma GUTHRIE – Jonathan Washington, social science education. FORT SUPPLY – Rhonda Hunter, English education. WOODWARD – Alexis Peterson, English education. Bachelor of Business Administration Oklahoma ALVA – Sadie Bier, accounting. CHEROKEE – Marcus Stephens, accounting. ENID – Miriam Day, Kassandra Kuykendall, Patricia Mitchell and Leslie Zweifel – all accounting. FARGO – Stephanie Hamaker, accounting. LAVERNE – Stacey Crissup. NASH – Sheldon Diller. PONCA CITY – Whitney Anthony and Rachael Fredrick, accounting. SEILING – Merisa GatesWeeks. WOODWARD – Stacie Pettigrew. California ANTELOPE – Joseph Esquivel. Kansas ASHLAND – Kelsey Konrade. MEADE – Debbie Heinson. Texas HALLETTSVILLE – Jeremy Gutierrez. HIGGINS – Justin Jordan. KELLER – Cameron Wilson. Brazil SAN PAULO – Fernanda Tomazini. Bachelor of Music Education Okklahoma LAVERNE – Ashley Schmitz, vocal. Bachelor of Science Oklahoma AFTON – Ashley Carroll, psychology. ALVA – Chereese Bowman, mass communication; Amanda Goodman, psychology; Alison Mark, criminal justice – law enforcement; Mitchell Terrel, agriculture business; Cassie Watson, agriculture; Jacob Williams, chemistry. AMBER – Chance Green, health and sports science education.
BEAVER – Jay Pillars, agriculture. CARMEN – Coty Green, mass communication. CHEROKEE – Janise Hohmann, health and sports science; Kyle Spade, mass communication. ENID – Tori Carson, health and sports science education; Devin Horton, criminal justice – law enforcement; Stephanie Metcalfe, psychology; Ty Stroble, psychology. FAIRFAX – Sasha Sepulveda, psychology. GARBER – Erin Land, criminal justice – law enforcement. PONCA CITY – Cheryl Chanslor, organizational leadership; Magon Mayhall, mass communication; Regan Miles, criminal justice – law enforcement. THOMAS – Allyson McFeeters, health and sports science education. VICI – Misty Moore, criminal justice – law enforcement. California LA MESA – Heather Brewer, biology – health science. TEMECULA – Justin Laureano, criminal justice – law enforcement. Florida MCALPIN – Bradley Bullock, agriculture business. Kansas ANTHONY – Janelle Hoover, agriculture. ATTICA – Heather Fly, criminal justice – law enforcement. KIOWA – Ariel Simpson, psychology. Missouri ODESSA – Clara Morris, agriculture business. Texas ARLINGTON – Clayton Thomas, mass communication. BEDFORD – Jarad Moore, health and sports science education. KINGWOOD – Jonathan Freemyer, criminal justice – law enforcement. Canada ARNPRIOR – Ryan Meek, criminal justice – law enforcement. Bachelor of Science Education Oklahoma ALVA – Andrea McDow, early childhood education. BEAVER – Ryan Nelson, health and sports science education. CHEROKEE – Audrey Richmond, early childhood education. ENID – Brenda Alvarado, elementary education; Emily Atkinson, elementary education; Brooke McNaughton, special education; Stacia Paul, elementary education; April Swinnea-Ogg, elementary education. FAIRVIEW – Deborah Goodson, elementary education. LAVERNE – Brandon Curtis, health and sports science education. MEDFORD – Olivia Hammontree, early childhood education. MILL CREEK – Jacey Ford, elementary education. OKEENE – Brock Wardlaw, health and sports science education. PONCA CITY – Mike Arnold, elementary education and special education; Hallie LaRue, elementary education; Tracie Soutter, early childhood education. WOODWARD – Tyler Laubach, agriculture education. Kansas MCDONALD – Robert Holliman, agriculture education. Missouri AMORET – Megan Boone, elementary education. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Oklahoma LONGDALE – Lori White. PONCA CITY – Lori Rau and Kimberly Wyckoff.
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Why voters are finished believing Obamacare promises By Byron York In April, the Real Clear Politics average of polls showed that 47 percent of Americans opposed Obamacare, while 41 percent supported it – a 6-percentagepoint edge for opponents of the president’s health care law, which at the time was still months away from implementation. The latest average of polls, less than two months into the law’s rollout, shows 57 percent opposing Obamacare, with 38 percent supporting – an enormous 19-point gap between opponents and supporters. The two numbers explain why Republicans made little
progress when they tried to warn Americans about Obamacare. For years, GOP warnings about Obamacare were about something that had not yet arrived. People had not experienced it, did not have friends who had experienced it and didn’t fully understand what it was. Many tuned out the Republican alarms. Now that has changed. Millions of Americans are unhappy with what they have experienced under Obamacare – canceled policies, higher premiums and sky-high deductibles. They are also much more likely to believe predictions of future problems. They’ve seen what has already happened and now know it can get worse. So how can it get worse? So far, Obamacare has upended the individual market for health insurance, which covAlva Review-Courier ers about 10 million people. The next step, according to the (USPS 016-180) respected health care analyst 620 Choctaw St. Robert Laszewski, will likely Alva, OK 73717-1626 come in the small-employer (580) 327-2200 market, meaning businesses Fax: (580) 327-2454 with anywhere between two and 50 employees. That covers Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. about 45 million people. Monday - Friday “Obamacare is impactWebsite: www.alvareviewcourier.com ing the small-group insurance market in many of the same HERE TO HELP YOU ways as the individual health Publisher.............Lynn L. Martin insurance market,” Laszewski Editor..................Marione Martin writes. Under Obamacare, the (email@example.com) small employers who offer Ad Sales...........Angela Courson their workers health coverage (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be “required to comply Colette Baier with the same essential benefit (email@example.com) mandates, age rating changes, Reporters.............Yvonne Miller and pre-existing condition reforms the individual market Sports...................Leslie Nation faces. That means essentially (firstname.lastname@example.org) all small-group policies cannot continue as they are – they Subscriptions & Action Ads..........Linda Toone have to be discontinued.” (email@example.com) When the individual market Ad Design.............Paula Oakes began to roil, Obamacare’s defenders were quick to point out Page Design........Patty Hankey that it was a relatively small part – about 5 percent – of the Legal Notices.......Patty Hankey total U.S. insurance market. (firstname.lastname@example.org) The assurance was that everyThe Alva Review-Courier is one else would either be unafcombined with the Woods fected by Obamacare or benefit C o u n t y N e w s , T h e A l v a from the new law. Advocate and Newsgram, and is It now looks like that will published every Sunday and not be the case. In the smallFriday by Martin Broadcasting group market, Laszewski preCorp., 620 Choctaw St., Alva, OK 73717-1626. Periodical dicts many employers will use postage paid at Alva, Oklahoma. a feature in the law that allows Annual subscription rates in them to keep their current plans Woods County, Oklahoma $72. for about a year. But then: Elsewhere in Oklahoma $90, “They will likely increase emelsewhere in the United States $108. POSTMASTER: Send ployee premiums and deducta d d r e s s c h a n g e s t o A l v a ibles to keep the wolf from the Review-Courier, 620 Choctaw door for maybe another year.” St., Alva, OK 73717-1626. And after that: They will “hope for a rescue party.” Not a parContents Copyright 2013 Member of the Associated Press, ticularly encouraging scenario Oklahoma Press Association, National Newspaper Association
Are you listening, finance committee members?
By Jim Scribner I originally was going to write about the fuel price debacle, but decided the story on the opinion page reminded me too much of a line from “The Outlaw Josie Wales” to respond to just now. As John Vernon said, “Don’t pee down my neck and tell me it’s raining.” I saw on News 9 where several heads of state agencies had gotten large raises, while the employees haven’t had across-the-board raises for seven years. Some of the raises included a $47,000 raise for Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations Director Stan Florence, increasing his pay to $127,000; a $21,000 raise for Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Eric Pfeifer, increasing his pay to $256,000; a $40,000 raise for tourism director Deby Snodgrass, increasing her pay to $126,000; a $40,000 raise for Terri White, who oversees the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, increasing her pay to $173,000.
Raises of from $21,000 to $47,000? I wonder what percentage of state workers don’t even make what the raises were. I’m not going to say these heads don’t deserve raises (although I think $256,000 for a medical examiner constitutes a criminal offence on taxpayers, rape in the first degree), but by accepting these raises, they basically are saying they don’t really care about their workers. A better plan is to give every state employee the same percentage across the board. Even if it is only one percent, it at least would show that our representatives care a little for “the help.” For a list of agency heads and their raises, go to the News 9 website (www.news9.com), enter “department agency head raises,” then click on the link to see the list. It is quite an eye opener. One head understood, and I thank him. The board at the School of Science and Math wanted to give its president a raise, but he refused to accept it. “It just didn’t feel right to me,” said Dr. Frank Wang, who oversees the state-funded Oklahoma City campus. Although See Gems Page 7
Dog of year in Congress whimpers to end
By David Espo An AP News Analysis WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose longterm unemployment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients. There’s more — much more — as lawmakers grasp the tail end of a dog of a year. Federal payments to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will begin shrinking, at least temporarily, on Jan. 1. Tax breaks will expire temporarily for millions of people in states without an income tax, and also for the relatively few Americans who own racehorses. They are routine deadlines gone unmet in a year more likely to be remembered for a tea party-inspired partial government shutdown, the stalling of President Barack Obama’s See York Page 13 agenda, repeated failed Republican attempts to
eviscerate the health care law and a successful move by Senate Democrats to limit opposition to White House judicial nominees. The blame game transcends all. Republicans have “made good faith, serious efforts to Senate Democrats” to resolve differences on year-end issues, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said recently. “When will they learn to say ‘yes’ to common ground?” The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, attacked Republicans for opposing an increase in the minimum wage, voting to cut $40 billion out of food stamps, and seeking reductions in school money and college aid for low-income families. “I mean, how unconscionable can that be?” she asked at a meeting scripted to build support for extending unemployment benefits. A much-ballyhooed year-end stab at bipartisanship is designed chiefly to ease the impact of across-the-board See Congress Page 5 spending cuts that
December 8, 2013
Click and Clack Talk Cars
The fortunate ones Giving your car a Dear Annie: My husband and I are the youngest of our siblings, now all in our 50s with nearly grown children. Despite having the same opportunities, my husband and I are the only ones to have finished college, stayed married and kept the same jobs. As a result, we have a nice home, two cars and college tuition set aside for our kids, and can take family vacations. Our three siblings dropped out of college, racked up credit card debt, married and divorced multiple times, compromised their health with alcohol and tobacco abuse, and left jobs as soon as the work became tiresome. They live in tenuous circumstances. We never judge or lecture. Lately, as the direness of their situation has pressed them into tough decisions, they keep bringing up how “lucky” my husband and I are to have all the security that we do, as if we didn’t earn it or make sacrifices over many years to conserve our resources. While we are indeed blessed, luck had little to do with it. We’ve been disciplined. We have generously helped our siblings whenever the need arose, including college tuitions, car down-payments, emergency veterinary bills and even funeral expenses. Now it seems they believe it was our duty, and with the holidays coming up, their comments are escalating. This is terribly hurtful. My husband is able to let this
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matter slide. But I need a civil response when our siblings accuse us of “owing” them because our circumstances are so much “luckier” than theirs. I want to show my kids that I am proud of what we have earned and saved without sounding unsympathetic. – Sad Sister in Sacramento Dear Sister: People can become embittered by their lot in life and look to place blame on others when they cannot face up to their own responsibility in creating the situation. Your children can see the results of this every day, so there’s no need to get into a public argument with your siblings. Instead, simply say, “We’ve been fortunate” – because that is also true. And it shuts down the discussion. Dear Annie: For the past two years, I have been in a relationship with the lady I thought would one day be my wife. I have pampered and spoiled her, even when she occasionally would take weeks at a time to be alone or visit her family without me for holidays. She refused to move in with me, though I asked her to several times. When she was laid off three months ago, she decided to move to the city where her daughter lives, six hours away. She claims she wants to be in a long-distance relationship. Am I wrong to consider her actions selfish? She claims she is “in love” with me, but I don’t believe someone can be in love and just up
and move six hours away. – Heartbroken in Nebraska Dear Nebraska: It is not surprising that your girlfriend wants to live closer to her daughter, especially with no job to tether her. But based on her past behavior, we’d say she doesn’t value the relationship as much as you do. Unless you are both willing to travel frequently, this romance is likely to fizzle. Sorry. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “J.D.,” whose parents have gone through the money he received as a settlement. You suggested he contact a lawyer. He also could contact his state public welfare department and request an Adult Protective Services investigation. It sounds like a case of financial exploitation, and the government might take his parents to court and order that a new conservator be put in place. He might not even need a conservator now. – Sevierville, Tenn. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, 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.
resulted from an earlier episode of gridlock. Even a compromise probably would face strong opposition from tea party-aligned conservatives in the House whose tactics have opened a deep divide within the GOP. Whatever the deal might be, Milton Wolf, a tea party-backed primary challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, is against it. It will “raise spending levels by billions of dollars and continue to provide funding for Obamacare,” he said in a statement. He’s right that the health care law would survive because most Republicans have no interest in reprising a partial government shutdown that sent the party’s approval ratings plummeting this fall. But there is no deal yet, and officials in both parties say Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the chief Republican negotiator, is insisting that any eventual agreement push deficits lower than they would be if across-the-board cuts were left untouched. With the House on track to adjourn for the year at the end of this coming week and the Senate hoping to file out a week later, much attention is focused on the talks between Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. But what might emerge from those discussions isn’t expected to address a stack of routine unfinished business, some of which probably will carry over into 2014. Lawmakers are at work drafting a three-month measure to prevent a 24 percent drop in Medicare payments to doctors, the residue of an ambitious plan for a permanent overhaul of the entire system. The cost is estimated at about $8 billion. A similar extension, perhaps for
as little as one month, is the alternative to a milk price fiasco. The issue is hostage to a far broader disagreement about legislation to set spending levels for farm and feeding programs. A House measure that passed on a party-line vote calls for food stamp cuts totaling $40 billion over a decade. A Senate version, passed with bipartisan support, envisions reductions of $4 billion. Failure to resolve the broader issues would return the nation to a Depression-era dairy law and set in motion a chain of events that would potentially quadruple the price of a gallon of milk. If the prospect is for a onemonth extension of farm programs, there has been virtually no public discussion about the dozens of tax provisions due to expire at year’s end. Some originally were placed into law only temporarily to mask their true impact on the deficit. Now, they are renewed periodically, and temporarily, because the cost of permanent extensions could be prohibitive. Among the more obscure is a provision that allocates to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the proceeds of a $13.25-per-gallon federal excise tax on imported rum. Without action by Congress, the amount to be turned over would fall
to $10.50 per gallon. Other items allow racehorse owners to write off their investments relatively quickly, and permit residents in nine states that have no income tax to claim a federal deduction for the state sales tax they pay. Concern over milk prices, tax breaks and payments to doctors all cross party lines. Not so unemployment benefits, a Democratic priority. “I don’t see much appetite on our side for continuing this extension of benefits,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told reporters. Obama and Democrats do. Benefits for 1.3 million workers unemployed for longer than six months expire Dec. 28, and that would be the case for 1.9 million more people in the first half of next year. Boehner said he was waiting to review any proposal the White House would like to make. Pelosi announced that an extension would be a requirement for House Democrats to vote in favor of a budget deal. Then there’s the annual defense bill, which has passed Congress like clockwork each year since John F. Kennedy was in the White House. This time, it’s mission not yet accomplished.
facelift on a budget
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2000 Toyota Corolla. It runs really well, especially since it has 180,000 miles on it. However, the paint is coming off and it looks horrible. What is an economical way to get it painted? I think that the original paint would have to be stripped, so I realize that this adds to the cost. I plan to keep it for two more years (when I am done with university), so I am on a tight budget. – Karen TOM: Have you ever heard of Rustoleum, Karen? Or Krylon? RAY: Actually, there’s not a great solution to your problem. A number of cars from this era experience this peeling paint syndrome, which we call “delamination.” It typically occurs on the hood, the roof and the trunk. TOM: The reason it happens is that, at that time, car makers were switching over to more environmentally friendly paints – paints with fewer volatile organic compounds. RAY: The problem was, they didn’t really know what they were doing with the new paints yet, and some of the paint jobs failed – catastrophically. TOM: If you were lucky enough to catch it early, when you were still at least within shouting distance of your warranty period, you could make a good case to the manufacturer that it should repaint the car for you. But that’s a harder case to make (successfully) when the car has been on the road for 14 years and has 180,000 miles on it. RAY: Still, it’s worth a try. You can go to your dealer and say: “Look, I bought a Toyota because they’re supposed to last forever, and mechanically, it has lived up to that reputation. I love the car. But look at it ... does Toyota think it’s normal or acceptable for paint to just peel off its cars while they’re still on the road?” TOM: I doubt they’ll respond
by ushering your car right into the body shop and telling you it’s on them. But if you acknowledge that it’s an older car now, you can still ask them if there’s anything they can do to help you get your car back into “presentable condition.” RAY: Maybe, if they’re real humanitarians, they’ll try to help you pay for part of the cost of a paint job. TOM: But a paint job is likely to be several thousand dollars, Karen, because it does require removing the existing paint with a scraper or random orbit sander, which is very time-consuming work. RAY: I think it’s worth getting a few estimates. But I think you’ll probably get sticker shock. And if you can’t get financial help from Toyota and don’t want to make the investment yourself, then you can either live with it (which is what I’d do), or improvise something that might make the car look worse. TOM: Personally, I like contact paper, Karen. That way, you can hide the delaminating paint and make an artistic statement at the same time! We wish you luck. *** In their pamphlet “Should I Buy, Lease, or Steal My Next Car?” Tom and Ray break down the strategies for buying a car, so you can make the most of your money. 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.
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Chapter ET-PEO met Senior citizen report twice in November The Nov. 13 Chapter ET-PEO meeting was in the home of Julie Fechner, and Westline Ritter was co-hostess. Liz Smith invited Kay Decker to present a program highlighting upcoming events at Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios. Decker shared information about the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “New Harmonies,” a celebration of “American roots music.” Decker told the group that the exhibit opens Nov. 16 and runs through Jan. 4. In other business, President Mindy Barton reported on the Nov. Founders Day gathering. The Nov. 20 meeting was hosted by Ashlee Sneary, and co-hostess was Wallecia Ream Julia Bays, a licensed professional counselor, presented the program on empowering women. Bays shared the American Counseling Association’s guidelines for empowerment of women. She also talked to members about alternative ways to deal with anxiety and depression. Bays told members that although sometimes medication is necessary, meditation and muscle relaxation techniques are effective in dealing with daily stress. The next meeting is the annual Christmas party, Dec. 11, in the home of Helen Thiesing. Co-hostesses are Julia Bays, Beki Houston, Mistie Kline, Joelle Randall and Dana Roark.
By Betty Riggins The months have gone by so fast, and here it is Monday, Dec. 22, and it is time for our seniors’ birthday celebration, the most wonderful time of the year. We had a good attendance with soup and sandwiches. Our dietician was in to check on our menus and the temperature of foods to see if we are doing everything right. The puzzle table was busy through the morning. It is this way most of the time, and the domino table is a must, so come in and join is for these activities. This beats going out and spending money for something we do not need. On Tuesday we had another fairly good attendance but, of course, we could always use more. We
got a new soup container, so now we can have two or three different kinds of soup, which is really great. We sold out of noodles again, so another batch has been made even though we were short of help. John Wiebener has been absent from the center due to having some eye problems. Also, Norm Lancaster spent a few days in Oklahoma City for some stents, and Sandra Halling has fallen and broken her hip and is spending some time at Share Nursing Home until she can get up and around. We certainly miss these wonderful seniors. Wednesday was a little chilly, as the weather is going into a cold winter day and maybe snow. We got the noodles weighed and bagged early in the morning and everything back
into place, and then had a good attendance for lunch. We had our monthly board meeting with Jewel LeDou, Beulah Mathes, Phyllis Fisher, Betty Riggins and Joan Nelson all sitting in on the meeting, as we were setting the dates for bagging Christmas candy and our Christmas party. Thursday was a very cold day and many of our seniors stayed at home. I know I miss out on a lot of news, as I do not go out to many places. Next week we make noodles on Monday, Dec. 9. Bingo is on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and on Wednesday, Dec. 11, we have the Baptist men’s quartet coming to sing for us. Thanks for reading my notes.
Xi Gamma Nu members Twentieth Century Club discuss local cultural events The Twentieth Century Club met for its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7, at First United Methodist Church with Evelyn Kramp serving as hostess and Melba Richey as co-hostess. President Johnette Beagley opened the meeting with the flag salute and the Club Woman’s Collect. The club members was voted to donate to Northwest Treatment Center and the food bank. Paula Bloyd reported that a book had been purchased and given to the library in memory of Betty Jo Pangburn. After the close of the meeting, Warren and Beverly Little presented a most interesting program detailing their recent trip to Israel. Their slides included the many excavations, the Dead Sea and the Western Wall. The next meeting will be held Dec. 19 in the home of Helen Thiesing. The program, by Susie Schlarb, will be on floral design.
Sixteen members of the Xi Gamma Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Joyce Bender. The meeting opened with the welcoming ritual for new member Sandy Malget. Linda Tutwiler and Peggy O’Neil conducted the ceremony and everyone welcomed Sandy to the group. O’Neil reported that the November social would be held at the Fireside Room Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Sixteen members and guests planned to attend. Members discussed cultural events, including the Act One play entitled “Death by Chocolate” and a National Endowment for the Humanities program at the Graceful Arts Gallery entitled “New Harmonies.” The friendship committee reported sending cards and pro-
viding meals for ill members. The theme for the December meeting will be “Christmas Lights up Our Lives.” The annual Christmas party and gift exchange will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the home of Ann Goll. Meredith George presented the scrapbook to last year’s president, Verlinda Otte, and Jane Tucker requested that members clip articles and pictures for her preparation of the scrapbook for this year. New possibilities discussed included a digital scrapbook or a collection of memorabilia from the year. The executive board will discuss these ideas further at their next meeting. After the meeting, the members enjoyed socializing and a luscious dessert.
Northwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society Dec. 9 to Dec. 13 Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Cinnamon Toast Crunch, pears, cinnamon toast, orange juice, skim milk Tuesday – Breakfast pizza, pineapple, milk Wednesday – Berry Colossal Crunch, buttered toast, applesauce, grape juice, skim milk Thursday – Pancake on a stick, maple syrup, banana, milk Friday – Sausage gravy, biscuit, peaches, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Sausage patty, pancakes, maple syrup, hash browns, pineapple, milk Tuesday – Chicken patty, happy coins, corn, rosy applesauce, milk Wednesday – Pigs in a blanket,
dill pickles, french fries, fruit cocktail, milk Thursday – Baked ham, green beans, potatoes au gratin, garlic bread, strawberries, whipped topping, milk Friday – Hamburger, potato rounds, dill pickles, pears, lemon pudding, milk Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Baked ham, carrots, au gratin potatoes, bread Tuesday – Chicken tetrazinni, mixed vegetables, broccoli, gelatin Wednesday – Goulash, corn, green beans Thursday – Goldwater beans, tomato spoon relish, cornbread, sugar cookie Friday – Krispy fish fillet, french fries, coleslaw, cheese biscuit, fruited gelatin
On Nov. 9 at the Alva City Library 11 members and guests of the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society congregated to hear member Dorothy Erikson give a presentation on Cajun research. Erikson started genealogy as a hobby around 1976 and gives credit to two local genealogists, Joan Hodson and Mary Erskine, for helping her. As Erikson proceeded with her presentation, she gave the following advice to researchers: • Know the historical background of your ancestor’s people. • Know the geographical area where your ancestor lived. Study maps. • Contact local genealogical societies. • Study transportation of the area where your ancestor lived. • Research local epidemics. • Make phone calls to the area. Erikson was led into researching the Cajun people through her research of her mother’s family, the Trimmells. Family stories said that they were French but Erikson could not prove this. Painstaking research
led her to the Cajuns in New Orleans. Claude Trimmell, Erikson’s grandfather, lived in Beaver County, Kan. His father, John J. Trimmell, was born in Kentucky, lived in Illinois and later moved to Kansas. John J. Trimmells’ father was born in New Orleans and moved to Illinois. Erikson spent some time on a historic background of the Cajun people. They were first Arcadians from France who migrated to Canada and settled there in Nova Scotia. The British government persecuted them, eventually forcing them out of Canada in what is known as the Great Expulsion. The largest group of Arcadians with other cultures of the area has produced what we know as Cajun culture. The Cajun people in Canada and Louisiana kept to themselves and continued to speak French. They wanted the isolation but World War II changed that when the men were drafted and learned English. After that, children were educated at home. The Cajun people have experienced a lot of discrimination. In 2003 the Queen of England acknowledged the mistreatment of the Cajun people by the British government. When analyzing the geographical area of ancestor, Erikson realized that the City of Lafayette and Lafayette were two different towns a
considerable distance apart. Erikson has had success in contacting local societies and in making a general phone call to the area. Of course, the best thing to do is physically visit the area. When visiting a library, ask for the vertical file. Vertical files are becoming obsolete but probably have been put on microfilm and can give a wealth of information. Erikson next recommended researching the local area’s method of transportation. In her family research, Erikson found her ancestor traveled between New Orleans and Danville, Ill., down the river to visit family and do business. Erikson also advised researching local epidemics. If an ancestor has apparently disappeared, he or she might be buried in a mass grave. During the business meeting, Larry Thorne reported on the programs for next year, and officers were elected. Rocky Fox will serve another term as president. Larry Thorne will be vice-president and Loleta Leslie will be treasurer. Ken Higgins was elected as secretary, as Sandra Olinger has completed the allowed two terms in office. The next society meeting will be a Christmas social on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alva Public Library. Members are asked to bring snacks. Visitor are welcome.
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90-year-old Oklahoman 4.5 magnitude serves state for decades earthquake rattles central Oklahoma By Bryan Painter FAY, Okla. (AP) — Take a look at Snip Baker’s 90-year-old hands. And then think for a minute about how many people those hands have helped. It will take a lot longer than minute. They’ve served Baker’s family, his country, his community of Fay and neighbors throughout Dewey County. Baker’s hands remain active helping others, son-in-law Mike Mahoney told The Oklahoman. “Whether it is helping someone understand oil and gas leases, remembering deceased veterans who served our country, or serving weekly meals to the senior citizens, Snip is there to lend a helping hand,” Mahoney said. “He and Penny still attend mineral owners’ meetings, join travel groups to Branson, and love to entertain family and guests in their home.” Baker’s projects of passion almost always are focused on others. An example is his project for the Veterans Memorial at the Fay Community Center. He built cases to house the American flags of deceased veterans. “It was his way of lifting those individuals up, honoring them,” daughter Lanee Mahoney said.
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Baker grew up in a family that made its living by farming, sawing lumber, making molasses, grinding grain and custom threshing. “Being from a large family, Dad learned to work hard and take pride in all he did,” daughter Janice Stinson said. In addition to work, education was important. Baker attended the one-room Bell School through eighth grade and then went to Oakwood High School. He graduated in 1941. Then it was on to a job with the Santa Fe Railroad before attending welding school at Weatherford. “World War II was upon us, so Dad enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May of 1944,” Stinson said. The previous year, Baker had met Penny Pennington of Reydon. They were married May 11, 1944. “He left for service with the CASU 28 North Atlantic Air Arm,” Stinson said. “After two years of service, he received an honorable discharge in March of 1946. Baker returned to farming, and he and Penny began a family that would include four daughters. In 1953, Baker became a rural mail carrier out of the U.S. Post office at Fay. When he started, his route was 33 miles. By the time
Baker retired in 1981, the route had expanded to 146 miles. He remembers many unusual occurrences along that route. Not only did he deliver mail, he occasionally had to determine its recipient. “One letter came addressed to ‘The Old Battle Ax on the Hill,’” Baker said. “It was delivered.” Occasionally an illegal activity caught Baker’s attention — the bootlegger waiting for his load or cattle rustlers stuck in the mud. After retiring from the mail route, Baker returned to farming and ranching. He remained busy serving on several boards, including Farm Bureau, Mount Hope Cemetery and more than 20 years with the Oklahoma Mineral Owners Association. He is a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Baker volunteers at the Fay Community Center and at community organizations. And he puts out flags on veterans’ graves at Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Two years ago, Baker was inducted into the Dewey County Hall of Fame. “He has been an inspiration to us all,” Mike Mahoney said.
By Ken Miller OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 4.5-magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma shook residents Saturday, just weeks after the two-year anniversary of the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the Sooner state. The shaking is increasingly commonplace in the state, so after the initial surprise, customers at a central Oklahoma restaurant returned their attention to an in-state college football rivalry game. Marty Doepke, general manager of Pops Restaurant in Arcadia, said there was no damage at the restaurant that’s known for its selection of some 600 soft drinks — hundreds of which are displayed along shelves. “It shook a bit, that’s for sure. Everybody just kind of stopped and looked around,” Doepke said. “Everybody almost automatically knew what it was and then went back to watching the Bedlam game” — Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The earthquake was centered near Arcadia, about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, and was about 5 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said no injuries or damage were reported. A spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately return a phone call. Oklahoma is crisscrossed with fault lines that generate frequent small earthquakes, most too weak to be felt. But after decades of lim-
memorial to her late husband. The are pleased that Betty Jo and her of 2012, she came in immediately memorial garden was completed husband, Sam, got to see the sculp- and started asking why we weren’t just prior to Pangburn’s death. “We tures on display before her death,” landscaping the grounds. She besaid Valencia. gan working towards finding fund“Trees and art are passions of ing for landscaping.” mine,” she said. “I wanted SMC to “I researched and applied for join in the art movement happening grants to help the hospital with their in Alva and I also wanted to help landscaping needs,” said Valencia. the exterior of the hospital look “Due to the sequester, the grants we softer and inviting. Thanks to Betty applied for were not funded, so we Jo and many others, we were able had to come up with another plan.” to do both.” The volunteers were brought to“The hospital building has been gether as a group and were asked his $75,000 a year salary is well below what a pay study suggested here for 40 years and has had only for suggestions on how they could By Sean Murphy OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — he should be earning, Wang said the one stunted redbud tree on the make some improvements to the school’s budget is already stretched grounds the entire time,” said Kan- hospital exterior, Valencia said. State workers in Oklahoma are paid thin. “I could not be in an institu- dice Allen, SMC’s chief executive The Cow Patty Bingo contest was less than their counterparts both in tion where we’re talking about cut- officer. “When we renovated the their recommendation. The volun- other states and the private sector, ting individuals and cutting back building in 2004, no thought was teers and employees worked for but their health and retirement benpeople’s hours and in a state of given to landscaping. It was not two months selling tickets to fund efits are more generous, according hardship, and take a raise,” he said. something we could afford. When this project and were proud of what to a state-commissioned study released Friday. Are you listening, finance com- Janet came to work at SMC in April they were able to accomplish. mittee members? Why am I never in the right place at the right time? In Lenexa, Kan., a woman was trying on bras when she saw a hand with a cell phone sticking under the door. She ran after him, topless, through the store. He escaped, only to be caught a couple blocks away. Witnesses at the store identified him for police. I bet most of the witnesses were women. Most guys not only couldn’t identify the peeper, but couldn’t identify the topless woman with her clothes on. I know this guy is a pervert and needs help, but I wonder if we will see this any time soon on reality TV? The Women’s Imaging Center is hosting a special Pink Party. Scientists have studied withIf you book your screening for December 13, you will not only out success how there can be 300 receive your imaging results before you leave, you will be employees at a Wal-Mart store and only four checkout lanes open. served a Holiday Tea and enjoy some holiday shopping from a selection of popular items from the St. Mary’s Gift Shop. It’s convenience and quality combined and a great gift to give yourself.
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ited seismic activity in this region, earthquakes have become more common in the last several years. The strongest earthquake on record in Oklahoma was a magnitude-5.6 earthquake on Nov. 5, 2011. That time, the football stadium in Stillwater, about 70 miles north of Oklahoma City, started shaking just after OSU defeated No. 17 Kansas State and left ESPN anchor Kirk Herbstreit wide-eyed during a postgame telecast. That temblor also toppled castle-like turrets at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, some 40 miles east of Oklahoma City. Since 2009, more than 200 magnitude-3.0 or greater earthquakes have hit the state’s midsection, according to the Geological Survey. Scientists are not sure why seismic activity has spiked, but one theory is that it could be related to wastewater from oil and gas drilling that is often discarded by injecting it deep into underground wells. Saturday’s tremor was felt in the northern Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, where Gabriella Devero, a University of Central Oklahoma student, was visiting her grandmother and experienced her first earthquake. “My jaw was just wide open, ‘Was I actually going through an earthquake?’” Devero said about her initial thoughts. “Then I was like, ‘Yep this is actually an earthquake.’ She continued: “My grandma came into the room and was like ‘Gabby are you OK,’ and I was like, ‘yes, I’m just terrified.’”
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December 8, 2013
Goldbugs men’s basketball team wins its first, 47-37 By Leslie Nation It was a low-scoring game, but a well-fought win for the Goldbugs men’s basketball team in a game that started out as a nail-biter against the Maroons on Dec. 6 on Alva’s home court. Blackwell was first on the scoreboard with two, but a made foul shot by Trevor Johnson (#5) at the 5:56 minute mark made it a one-point game. It was another two minutes before either team scored again, when Blackwell hit a threepointer to increase their lead to four. But Johnson bridged that gap, hitting a layup and then draining a three-pointer to take a one-point lead over the Maroons at the end of the first. Blackwell hit a three to start the second and gain the lead, but Ty
Hooper (#3) got it back, draining a shot from three-point range. Riley Hess increased the gap with a twopoint jumper before the Maroons responded, but Jeremiah Bozeman (#22) answered with another from beyond the arc, followed by a layup from Lane Madsen (#20). The Goldbugs went into the half with a seven-point lead at 18-11. Alva came out swinging in the third quarter, going on a 6-0 burst before the Maroons answered back. The Goldbugs made quick work of Blackwell in the third quarter, outscoring them 15-6. Madsen hit 10 of his 13 points in that quarter, draining four of his seven in the paint. With a 16-point lead, the Goldbugs went into the fourth quarter with plenty of cushion. Blackwell
fought back hard in the final eight minutes of the game to give Alva a moment of pause, outscoring the Goldbugs 20-14. But the gap the Goldbugs had created was enough to get their first win of the season, 47-37. Three Goldbugs scored in double digits with Madsen in the lead
with 13 points, hitting five of 11 and grabbing 13 boards throughout the night. Bozeman followed with 11 points, shooting four of eight. Johnson added 10 points, draining three of eight. Hess followed Madsen’s 13 rebounds with eight of his own to go along with his five points.
Alva shot 31.3 percent, making 15 of their 47 from the field. They struggled early in the game at the foul line, but picked up to hit 12 of 20 with 60 percent. The Goldbugs will be on the road on Dec. 10 to face the Longhorns after the girls’ basketball game.
Ladybugs steamroll the Lady Maroons in first home basketball game By Leslie Nation The Alva High School Ladybugs women’s basketball team came out of the gate to run away with a sizable lead against the Blackwell Lady Maroons on Friday, Dec. 6. The Ladybugs went on an 11-0 run in the first four minutes of the first quarter before the Maroons got points on the board off of two foul shots. With 4:14 left, Alva went 7-0 to end that quarter 18-2. Blackwell battled back in the second and was only outscored by two points, but the lead the Ladybugs had built was too much for them to overcome. Alva went into halftime with a 17-point lead over the Maroons. At the start of the second half, a layup with a foul shot by Lora Riley (#15) and a two-point jumper at the top of the key by Bailey Forell (#3) gave the Ladybugs a 5-0 run. The Maroons were able to respond,
but two back-to-back jumpers from Jaden Hobbs (#23) and a foul shot by Morgan Shiever (#10) gave Alva a 23-point lead over Blackwell. It was almost a full two minutes before either team scored. Hobbs broke the drought with a long-range shot from beyond the arc. Rozlynn Murrow (#32) added another threepoint play, after draining a layup and her foul shot, to end the third quarter 50-26 in Alva’s favor. With eight minutes left in the game, the Lady Maroons were starting to feel the heat coming down. They fought hard in the fourth quarter to try to overcome the 24-point lead the Ladybugs had built. At the 5:51 minute-mark Hobbs made another three-point shot and drained a two-point jumper with a 23-point cushion. The Lady Maroons fought until the final second, but the gap was too much to overcome and Alva won 59-39.
Two Ladybugs made it into double digits with Hobbs leading the way with an impressive 27 points, hitting 50 percent of her shots from the field at 11 of 22. Forell followed with an additional 10 points. Riley followed with nine points over her own to go along with her six rebounds. Two other Ladybugs – Shiever and Nicole Ritter (#24) – added six rebounds apiece, tying with Riley. Alva outrebounded Blackwell 3320 for the night. From the field, the Ladybugs’ shooting was 38.9 percent with 21 of 54, while Blackwell’s was 35.9 percent, hitting 14 of 39. The Ladybugs struggled at the foul line, however, draining only seven of their 18 from the line. The Ladybugs are 2-0 thus far in the season and go on the road to face their longtime rivals, the Chisholm Lady Longhorns. Tipoff will be at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.
Riley Hess (#13) tries to power his way into the paint past a Blackwell defender in Alva's first home game on Dec. 6. Photo by Leslie Nation
Jaden Hobbs (#23) drives past Faith Ashford (#3) and hits a layup over Ireya Calderon (#32) in the Ladybugs’ first home game Dec. 6 against the Blackwell Lady Maroons . Hobbs made 27 points for the night. Photo by Leslie Nation
Heather Armbruster and Carter Stewart circle the gymnasium after queen crowning ceremonies Friday night at Burlington High School’s games against the Waynoka Railroaders. Photo by Lynn L. Martin
December 8, 2013
Lady Rangers fall to the Crimson Storm By Leslie Nation The Lady Rangers, who have entered into the thick of conference play, took a 14-point loss against Southern Nazarene University (SNU) on Dec. 7 at Percefull Fieldhouse. The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basket-
ball team started out with an early lead on a layup from Dierra Gilmore (#3), but two back-to-back layups from SNU’s Kristin Milster (#11) gave the Crimson Storm their first lead. After two foul shots from Jurnee Reid tied the game up again, SNU had no trouble keeping their
lead after going on a 7-0 run. Kayleigh Crowe (#20) stifled the Crimson Storms’ rally momentarily to cut the lead to six, but SNU went on another seven-point run to increase their lead to 12. It was a whole three minutes before Crowe answered for Northwestern off a three-point jumper.
Dierra Gilmore (#3) defends against Southern Nazrene University’s Ashleigh Hutchings (#22) on Dec. 7. The Crimson Storm won 78-64. Photo by Leslie Nation
Superb shooting from the Crimson Storm takes down the Rangers 83-76 By Leslie Nation The Rangers battled Southern Nazarene University’s (SNU) men’s basketball team in a close first half. After a layup by the Crimson Storm’s L.B. Willis (#10) to take the lead at the 17:12 minutemark, Northwestern trailed for the rest of the first half – but not with-
out contesting SNU’s lead every step of the way. With 15:21 left in the half, the Rangers got close to the Crimson Storm’s lead, cutting it down to a one-point game off a short jumper from Bruce Wright (#22). Northwestern would not get any closer until a three-pointer from Laakeem
Henderson (#5) put the Rangers to within two points with over 10 minutes left to go in the half. Northwestern fought hard to pursue SNU. After the Crimson Storm’s C.J. Smith (#13) drained a three to put SNU at 40, Ranger T’aries Taylor (#10) answered with a two-point jumper to make it a sixpoint game at the end of the first half. At the start of the second half, SNU came out gunning to put the Rangers to rest on an 8-0 run, pushing it to a 14-point game in less than three minutes. Adrian Motley (#15) slowed the Crimson Storm’s progress on a layup, but two foul shots by Willis put SNU back up by 14 at 36-50. The two teams battled it out on the court, with Northwestern never clearly getting an upper hand until Motley was fouled on a three-point shot. With Motley draining all three at the foul line, Darrian Dempsey (#11) came back to put up a layup off of an SNU turnover to make it a five-point game with 7:15 to go. Northwestern wouldn’t get that close to SNU’s lead again until two layups by Wright and Ryan Radcliff (#12) put the Rangers to within four with a minute left. But the Crimson Storm extended their lead to win by seven in less than 15 seconds, and the Rangers fell 76-83. Four Rangers made into double digits. Taylor lead the way with 13 points, hitting 11 of 13 from the foul line and one of three in the field. Wright followed, adding 12 points, and Motley and Henderson put up 11 apiece. The Rangers were 28 of 65 from the field, shooting 43.1 percent. The Crimson Storm had the game-high scorer: Quan Conner (#3), who hit a total of 30 points. Smith trailed not far behind with Adrian Motley (#15) goes up to shoot a long-range jumper over two 26 points, and Willis added 10 to Crimson Storm defenders. Motley had 11 points for the night. Photo See Rangers Page 15 by Leslie Nation
The Crimson Storm led by as much as 13 points in the first half before Northwestern entered halftime trailing by 10. After the half, Northwestern and SNU battled back and forth, with the Crimson Storm unwilling to give up the sizable cushion they’d built. With 12:13 left to go in the game, Northwestern went on a 6-0 burst – their biggest of the night – before coming within seven of SNU’s lead on a layup by Ashley Pride (#1). But that was the closest Northwestern was able to get. With 6:22 left in the game, SNU went on a 4-12 rally, hitting four long-range shots from beyond the arc within three minutes. This gave the Crimson Storm their biggest lead of the night – 20 points – making the score 54-74. The Lady Rangers fought back, but it was not enough, and the game ended at 6478 in SNU’s favor.
Crowe was the only Ranger to reach double digits with 14 points, draining six of 10 from the field. Sarah Parker (#33) added nine points and was followed by Micaela Yu (#25) and Emily Eaton (#10) with eight points apiece. Northwestern was 42.2 percent from the field against SNU’s 55.1 percent. The game-high scorer was the Crimson Storm’s Aminata Fall (#10) with 25 points, hitting 11 of 19, to go along with her 12 rebounds. SNU’s Milster was the only other player to enter double digits, adding 19 points to the scoreboard. The Lady Rangers (0-9, 0-3 Great American Conference) are finished for the rest of 2013, but they will come back before the end of the Christmas break to host Arkansas Tech (5-1, 2-0 GAC) on Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. and Harding University (7-0, 2-0 GAC) on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. in back-to-back home games.
Northwestern Oklahoma State Women’s Stats # Player PTS FG 3FG 1 Ashley Pride 3 1-6 0-0 2 Kierra Gilmore 0 0-1 0-1 3 Dierra Gilmore 6 3-6 0-1 10 Emily Eaton 8 3-5 2-3 14 Kaci Hansen 0 0-0 0-0 20 Kayleigh Crowe 14 6-10 1-1 22 Jonae Isaac 2 1-5 0-0 24 Jurnee Reid 6 2-5 0-2 25 Micaela Yu 8 4-9 0-0 32 Kamera 2 1-2 0-0 Bozeman 33 Sarah Parker 9 4-10 0-3 42 Relina Johnson 6 2-5 0-1 Totals 64 27-64 3-12
FT 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0
REB 1 0 2 2 0 4 1 4 3 2
A 1 0 4 1 0 4 1 1 0 0
PF 1 0 2 0 0 4 4 2 3 0
1-3 2-2 7-11
3 2 27
1 1 14
2 1 19
Southern Nazarene Women’s Stats # 5 10 11 12 14 22 23 24 25 32
Player Abby Boyd Aminata Fall Kristin Milster Ashley Almond Callee Cox Ashleigh Hutchings Danielle Gaddis Ashley Gorman Olivia Chapman Katelyn Gorman
Score By Period Team 1 NWOSU 29 SNU 39
2 35 39
F 64 74
PTS 7 25 19 0 6 9 0 2 4 6
FG 2-3 11-19 6-10 0-1 2-5 3-5 0-1 1-1 0-1 2-3
3FG 1-1 1-2 3-4 0-0 1-4 3-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
FT 2-2 2-3 4-5 0-0 1-2 0-2 0-0 0-0 4-4 2-2
REB 4 12 3 0 3 4 2 2 2 2
A 4 3 0 0 3 3 0 2 2 0
PF 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 1 1 0
December 8, 2013
The Smithsonian exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” is one of the curDr. Kay Decker, second from left, talks with visitors at the Graceful rent attractions drawing visitors to Graceful Arts Gallery in downtown Alva. This section features saArts Gallery during Friday’s Art Walk. Photo by Marione Martin cred music from its Native American roots to that brought to Oklahoma by settlers. The exhibit has many interactive elements, such as a chance to try the washboard or play the spoons. Visitors can also don headphones to listen to numerous selections of historical music. Photo by Marione Martin
Tying in with the Smithsonian exhibit’s theme of American roots music, this display at Graceful Arts Gallery features the sort of music popular in early northwest Oklahoma. Settlers on horseback and in wagons favored portable instruments like this 80-year-old violin and the acoustic guitar. Photo by Marione Martin
Alva student Megan Garnett sketches at a table displaying her beauti- Jane Tucker serves refreshments to Northwestern fully detailed art. She was one of several students displaying items at Oklahoma State University choral students taking a the Runnymede during the Friday Art Walk. Photo by Marione Martin break from singing at the Runnymede Friday. Photo by Marione Martin
The statue of Dale Brown is dressed in holiday attire accompanied by gifts as if she’s ready to take part in the holiday gatherings at the Runnymede. She was instrumental in the effort to renovate the historic hotel located on the east side of Alva’s square. Photo by Marione Martin At left: Despite temperatures in the teens, a good number of people attended the First Friday Art Walk in Alva. These visitors to the Graceful Arts Gallery enjoy refreshments and chatting. Photo by Marione Martin Larry Parker checks out the display of handmade items by Nice Mutshipayi. The Northwestern Oklahoma State University student from Congo displayed handmade items ranging from knit hats and scarves to Christmas cards. She said enthusiastically, “I love art!” Photo by Marione Martin
Joyous holiday music by students from the Northwestern Oklahoma State University chorus greet visitors at the Runnymede during Friday evening’s Art Walk. The students are directed by Dr. Irene Messoloras. Photo by Marione Martin
December 8, 2013
Woods County Real Woods County Estate Transactions Sheriff’s Report Beginning book 1167 page 295 Real Estate Transfers Dorothy Mae Young to Sherry Gruber: Lots 14, 15 & 16 in Block 19 of the Original Town, now city of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Joyce Dixon, Trustee of the Ernest Dixon Trust dated April 26, 2006 and Joyce Dixon, Trustee of the Joyce Dixon Trust dated April 26, 2006 to G.M. Oil Field Solution LLC: a tract of land located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 12, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: Warranty Deed. Joyce Dixon, Trustee of the Ernest Dixon Trust dated April 26, 2006 and Joyce Dixon, Trustee of the Joyce Dixon Trust dated April 26, 2006 to Wayne Neilson: a tract of land located in the Southeast Quarter of Section 12, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: Warranty Deed. Ricky Lee Davidson & Sallye Davidson to Ted James Detgen: a tract of land located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM: Warranty Deed. Mary Herren to Randall Herren: the East 64 feet of the West 65.4 feet of Lot 6 in Block 2 of the Nob Hill 2nd Addition to the City of Alva: Correction Quit Claim Deed. Devona D. McMurphy aka Devona D. Robinson, David Daniel Arndt and Kenneth Maynard Arndt, Co-Successor Trustees of the Arthur T. Arndt and Mildred W. Arndt Revocable Trust dated Jan.
13, 1999 to David Daniel Arndt: ALL our interest in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and the West Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 17, Township 28 North, Range 16, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Branden K. Breeze and Desarae D. Howard to Charles Snyder & Diane Snyder: Lot 1 and the East 8 feet of Lot 2 in Block 55 of the Original Town, now City of Alva, SUBJECT to easements filed of record, LESS and except all oil, gas and other minerals: Warranty Deed. Mortgages Ted James Detgen to Community Bank: a tract of land located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM: maximum obligation limit $10,000. Stonie S. Stewart & Debra A. Stewart to First American Bank – Woodward Banking Center: the West Half of the Northwest Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, all in Section 23, Township 27 North, Range 18, WIM; LESS and except 2 tracts described on page 322 of book 1167: maximum obligation limit $40,583.60. Michael Ross Simpson to United States of America, acting through the Farm Service Agency for the United States Department of Agriculture: (1) the East Half of Section 16, Township 25 North,
Range 16, WIM, containing 320 acres more or less, AND Reserving the full benefit and use of the oil, gas and other minerals lying in and under and to be produced and mined, AND all rents, issues and profits thereof, for and during his natural life; (2) the South Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 8, Township 25 North, Range 16, WIM, consisting of 80 acres more or less; (3) the Northwest Quarter of Section 17, Township 25 North, Range 16, WIM, containing 160 acres more or less; (4) Northwest Quarter of Section 17, Township 25 North, Range 15, WIM, LESS and except Tract A: a 4.60 tract described at Book 51 Page 216, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company; LESS and except Tract B: a 33 foot by 220 foot strip adjacent to the Railway described at Book 61 Page 164; LESS and except Tract C: a 43/100th acre tract described at Book 69 Page 340 the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company: 3 notes totalling $258,500. Rita C. Melkus to Community Bank: South Half of the Northwest Quarter and North Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 9, Township 27 North, Range 17, WIM: maximum obligation limit $57,000. Jeff Cahoj & Mika Cahoj to Alva State Bank & Trust Company: the South 65 feet of Lots 7 & 8 in Block 5 of the East Vale Addition to the City of Alva: maximum obligation limit $45,000.
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. Felony Filings Kyler Anthony Miller, 27, Broken Arrow: Possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of state park ($505.40). Taylor William Hammons, 32, Broken Arrow: Possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of state park ($467.90). Misdemeanor Filings Drew Landon Garrison, 28, Wichita Falls, Texas: DUI ($832.20). Larry Joe Eugene Underhill, 21, Kingfisher: (1) Actual physical control of vehicle while under the influence; (2) Transporting an open container of low-point beer ($1061.20). Garret Allen Lahr, 19, Alva: (1) Eluding an officer; (2) Obstructing an officer; (3) Transporting open container of low-point beer; (4) Consumption by person under 21 in public place ($999.70). Juan Fernando PerezVelazquez, 32, Gainesville, Texas: (1) DUI; (2) Operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license ($1061.20). James Michael Durkee, 31, Woodward: Public intoxication ($312.70). Traffic Filings Rodolfo Alvarado Jimenez, 54,
Enid: Failure to stop at stop sign ($211.50). Jose Lopez-Rosales, 44, Alva: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Jose Lopez-Rosales, 44, Alva: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Theodore Francis Bruna, 56, Hanover, Kan.: Operating ATV on roadway ($211.50). Luis Fernando Martinez, 38, Cleburne, Texas: Failure to pay taxes due state ($211.50). Darren Lee Hacker, 43, Woodward: Operating ATV on public roadway ($211.50). Daniel Anthony Allen, 24, Moore: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Cyle Franklin Goucher, 21, Waynoka: Failure to use child restraint ($234.50). Jason Gabriel Asebedo, 15, Alva: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Jason Gabriel Asebedo, 15, Alva: Operating motor vehicle in manner not reasonable and proper ($256.50). Tyler James Lenhart, 19, Alva: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Korbi Renee Lyon, 18, Alva: Operating a motor vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable and proper ($256.50). Michael Gene Creed, 30, Alva: Failure to stop at stop sign ($211.50). Raymond Lee Buckley, 32, Cedar Hill, Texas: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Richard Allen Fisher, 42, Alva: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Sean Campbell Davis, 44, Center, Texas: Transporting man-
ufactured home without permit ($241.50). Juan Fernando PerezVelazquez, 32, Gainesville, Texas: Failure to stop at stop sign ($211.50). Jeffrey Lee Bush, 37, Alva: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Dusty Dean Rhodes, 40, Alva: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Miguel Morales-Serna, 32, Dallas, Texas: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Miguel Morales-Serna, 32, Dallas, Texas: Failure to provide security verification ($211.50). The following individuals were cited for speeding: William A. Steward, 45, Frost, Texas: 73 in 55 ($188.50); Suzanne Elizabeth Bryan, 48, Guymon: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Christopher P. Gipson, 28, Woodward: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Jesse Colt Jensen, 28, Grand Junction, Colo.: 81 in 65 ($241.50); Andrew J. Parker, 33, Dequincy, La.: 70 in 55 ($226.50); Saul Mendoza, 20, Oklahoma City: 83 in 65 ($241.50); Michael Martinez, 23, Burns Flat: 85 in 65 ($241.50); Kisungu Noe Kipulu, 19, Weatherford: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Danielle Dawn Leonard, 28, Midwest City: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Daniel Anthony Allen, 24, Moore: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Stephen Alan Kirkpatrick, 41, Alva: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Shaden Trae Foresman, 21, Laverne: 78 in 65 ($226.50); Cody Don Kysar, 34, Broken Arrow: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Travis Marvin Campbell, 33, Cherokee: 82 in 65 ($241.50); Michael S. McCracken, 51, Alva: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Maria Del So-
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November 27, 2013 11:40 p.m. Cattle out north of park pond passing welding. November 29, 2013 7:50 a.m. Individual called to advised he was going to doctor’s. 9:30 individual advised he had returned from doctor’s. 6:22 p.m. Individual called to see if he had any active warrants.
November 30, 2013 6:25 p.m. Oklahoma City Police Departmenr has individual in custody. 9:50 p.m. Fayetteville Police Department, Ark., has two individuals in custody. December 3, 2013 7:50 p.m. Person called asking for information on two individuals.
Alva public records for November 2013 The following individuals paid a water deposit for the month of November: November 1, 2013 • Donnie Parsons, 310 College November 4, 2013 • Chelsea Sanders, 902 3rd • Tyla Brown, 614 Linden • Ann Becker, 1734 Maple November 5, 2013 • Shelby Sims, 730 1st • Marilyn Myers, 509 8th • Jay Tyree, 405 Center November 7, 2013 • Lauren Pena, 706 Locust November 8, 2013 • Jason Middleton, 206 Flynn • Brett Weyrick, 1318 Maple November 12, 2013 • Timothy Wise, 119 E Center • Misty Eaton, 1011 Choctaw • Clarissa Murphy, 912 Maple • Robert McDaniel, 1024 Oklahoma Blvd November 13, 2013 • Ernesto Carpio, 806 College • Shane Engelken, 303 Barnes • Huakai Zhang, 220 Valley View Rd • Crystal Avila, 609 Hunt November 14, 2013 • Billy Tolle, 712 ½ 4th November 15, 2013 • Colby Staats, 105 Center November 18, 2013 • Jessica Cox, 716 7th • Josie Sullivan, 1222 Mill November 19, 2013 • Devin Hamlin, 725 N Sunset Dr • Leah Boham, 1115 Mill • Jerry Kohlrus, 901 Mill November 20, 2013 • Gabriel Kern, 904 Church • Alexander Cook, 1308 Fair November 22, 2013
• Jeff Haddock, 511 Mimosa November 25, 2013 • Tricia Roberts, 119 Barnes • Jessica Unruh, 518 12th November 26, 2013 • Christina Wilmot, 210 Aspen The following individuals purchased a building permit during November. November 13, 2013 • Paul Benson – Remodel duplex from fire permit, 626-28 Hart (expires Feb. 13, 2014), 1,060 square feet, valuation $45,000. November 15, 2013 • Leon Arndt – Addition permit, 1310 Mill (expires Feb. 15, 2104), valuation $1,500. November 19, 2013 • P.A.S.T., Chris Green – Conex containers for storage permit, 1729 Oklahoma Boulevard (expires Feb. 19, 2014), valuation $8,000. • Kabir Shiran LLC – Storage permit, 608 E. Oklahoma Boulevard (expires Feb. 19, 2014), 1,000 square feet, valuation $15,000. November 21, 2013 • M-H Capital Builders – New one-family residence permit, 507 Magnolia (expires Feb. 21, 2014), 2,384 square feet, valuation $160,000. • M-H Capital Builders – New one-family residence permit, 419 Magnolia (expires Feb. 21, 2014), 2,197 square feet, valuation $160,000. • Bob Baker – New one-family residence permit, 1739 Pine Circle (expires Feb. 21, 2014), 5,751 square feet, valuation $500,000. November 26, 2013 • Kathy Hawley – New garage permit, 1104 Santa Fe (expires Feb. 26, 2014), 1,800 square feet.
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December 8, 2013
Woods County Communication Call Center
November 27, 2013 11:10 a.m. Officer to 800 block of Hunt, male in car, just north of Monument. 11:35 a.m. Reckless driver west on Highway 11, tan four-door Lexus ran semi off road, just getting into town. 1:29 p.m. Animal in black trash bag in tree line by high school track field. 4:24 p.m. 911 call, fire in center of sand dunes, yellow razor dune buggy side by side. 5:40 p.m. Red pickup with trailer blocking drive on Santa Fe. 5:46 p.m. Take no further action for officer at Santa Fe, vehicle ran out of gas. 7:04 p.m. 911 call, needing officer to Ampride. November 28, 2013 10:35 a.m. 911 call, need ambulance in Lamont, transferred to Miller EMS. 11:24 a.m. Porta potty 1 ½ to 2 miles west of Ingersoll. 11:28 a.m. Wanted game ranger’s number. 12:55 p.m. Black cow out just east of water tower on south side of 64. 1:28 p.m. Wants ambulance to 200 block of Fourth, he is worse, wants to go. 1:55 p.m. Domestic at Waynoka Jiffy Trip, needs officer. 3:03 p.m. 911 call, cows out by Dacoma. 5:21 p.m. 911 call, found pug dog 5-6 miles west of PC, brought into PC, transferred to Grant County Sheriff’s Office. 5:26 p.m. 911 call, car fire at high school in parking lot on north
side. 6:05 p.m. 911 call, referring minor accident on south side of Salt Fork Bridge. 9:56 p.m. 911 call, needs son taken in at 300 block of Dakota Drive in Pond Creek. 11:54 p.m. Black truck shining a laser at the road 1 mile north of Alva on west side of road, spotlighting on 420 and Jefferson. November 29, 2013 6:14 a.m. Question about stolen deed/mineral rights, advised would need to speak with officer, will call back to follow up. 9:41 a.m. Black lab loose on 800 block of Second, collar/tag, officer notified. 10:11 a.m. German shepard loose on 800 block of Second. 10:22 a.m. 911 call, hit and run at McDonalds. 10:57 a.m. Dogs have been out for about a week at 1000 block of Flynn, being a pain, tearing things up, causing other dogs to bark, one brown one black one type of husky. 12:56 p.m. 911 call, car alarm going off. 1:07 p.m. 25- to 30-foot steel cable in street in alley between Church and Locust. 3:52 p.m. Anyone willing to help light candle bags at 6 p.m. call station. 4:41 p.m. 911 call, disconnected cell, man trying to get numbers off his phone. 9:42 p.m. Screaming at 600 block of Hart. November 30, 2013 8:25 a.m. Individual needs paperwork, court on Tuesday 1:30 on
11:49 a.m. Individual referring car stolen a week ago from 900 block of Center. 1:35 p.m. No electric, squirrel in transformer, big boom, in alley of High and Rose. 3:09 p.m. Question about leaving home at 19. 3:24 p.m. Llama out west on 64, contacted possible owner. 4:18 p.m. Illegal hunters 12 miles west of 64 south on 14, 3 miles south, no vests, gun, coyote hunting, game warden notified. 5:44 p.m. Waynoka, found weapon at police department, pistol in roadway, wants to turn it in, officer notified. 7:21 p.m. Hit deer west of 281 on Johnston. 8:18 p.m. Needing an alcohol test done. 10:40 p.m. Tractor lights at Church and Hunt. December 1, 2013 12:35 a.m. Dodge pickup with lights on sitting at house on corner of 12th and Barnes. 1:14 a.m. Kingfisher County transfer to sheriff’s office for warrant check. 1:37 p.m. Water main repair on Highway 281/Greer Road on Mon 2nd. 2:53 p.m. BNSF police, 5-8 year-old playing on tracks on Eagle Chief Avenue or Lake Road in Avard, officer notified. 5:56 p.m. 911 call, 7 month old choking at Santa Fe and High. 7:13 p.m. Dog on Oklahoma Boulevard by State Farm. 7:14 p.m. Red car in middle of road with lights off at Camp Hous-
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ton. 8:08 p.m. Brown/black dog at 900 block of Santa Fe going northbound, west on Santa Fe. December 2, 2013 12:25 a.m. 911 call, truck rollover at junction of highways 11 and 74 and 1 mile north. 6:27 a.m. 911 call, head-on collision on 81 PC turn south of four corners, paramedic on scene, passenger unresponsive, can’t breath and trapped. 6:38 a.m. Additional fire department and EMS to south of four corners on 81. 7:11 a.m. Air evac pilot, fog not lifted, eagle med fixed wing. 7:30 a.m. Need to call Bass emergency room when en route with critical patient. 8:12 a.m. Dead deer/dog on Flynn west entrance of track. 8:57 a.m. Individual wanting game ranger’s number. 10:57 a.m. Controlled burn northwest of Freedom on CR 150. 11:27 a.m. Individual needs to speak with officer about accident report. 1:40 p.m. Electricity sparked and caught bales on fire 2 miles west of Alva on 64. 1:49 p.m. Dog on playground at Longfellow School. 4:07 p.m. Black lab at 700 block of Fourth. 5:57 p.m. 911 call, hunting south of Medford, cattle out. 6:35 p.m. Vehicle parked in street at Alva Middle School. 11:38 p.m. Black/white cattle out north of Alva. December 3, 2013 7:07 a.m. Lamont Fire Depart-
ment advised of carbon monoxide alarm at 200 block of W. Madison Ave in Lamont. 11:41 a.m. Transfer to police department for dog catcher, cat trap by senior citizens. 12:15 p.m. Pit bull problem at 700 block of Church. 1:02 p.m. 911 call, two-car accident on north side of Dacoma, no one hurt, highway not blocked, northeast edge on Custer/500. 2:07 p.m. 911 call, seizure inside of Wellness Center, need ambulance. 3:39 p.m. Little 7 year old girl at Lite Nite on Boulevard. 4:11 p.m. Freedom Fire and EMS meeting next Wednesday to sack candy for Santa Claus Day. 5:08 p.m. Semi rollover accident on CR 300 and Kay Road. 5:34 p.m. Question on accident at Kay/300. 11:44 p.m. Major County with warrant check. December 4, 2013 4:08 a.m. Individual put cows in field at 160 and 64. 9:08 a.m. Vehicle in middle of street on Second and Maple, maroon van, officer notified. 9:16 a.m. Animal control to 1900 block of Elm in Waynoka, message left with officer.
The call center also handled the following calls: abandoned calls – 23, accidental calls – 10, pocket dial – 8, wrong number – 3, hang ups – 9, animal control – 10, sheriff – 47, police – 47, general info – 109, fire dept. – 10, ambulance – 13, road conditions – 4, weather – 1.
coro Mercado Soto, 38, Brooklyn Park, Minn.: 78 in 65 ($226.50); David Bernard Alfred, 58, Rush Springs: 80 in 65 ($226.50); John Michael Caffrey, 28, Wichita, Kan.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Thomas Joseph Aulmann, 21, Kennard, Texas: 73 in 55 ($241.50); Donald Keith Payne, 19, Haslet, Texas: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Michael D. Helfer, 31, Staunton, Ill.: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Dakoda Wade Brigmon, 25, Natchitoches, La.: 87 in 65 ($281.50); Marco A. Bal-
anzario Islas, 61, North Miami Beach, Fla.: 76 in 65 ($226.50); Mitch R. Pinkham, 50, Andover, Kan.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Larry Wayne Burk, 67, Piedmont: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Joe Lynn McCray, 53, Alva: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Justin Don Yauk, 53, Woodward: 75 in 65 ($188.50); James Errol Neal, 37, Fowler, Kan.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Ricardo Apodaca Lujan, 37, Pecos, Texas: 71 in 55 ($241.50); Scott Leroy Johnson, 33, Yukon: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Asuncion Rios, 53, Wichita Falls, Texas: 75 in 55 ($241.50); Richard Allen Fisher, 42, Alva: 96 in 65 ($341.50); Stephen Tucker Beall, 22, Blanchard: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Tamra L. Algrim, 38, Blackwell: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Troy Calvin
Platt, 41, Greenville, Fla.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Miguel MoralesSerna, 32, Dallas, Texas: 73 in 65 ($188.50). The following individuals were cited for failure to wear seatbelt ($20): Jeff Carter Pierce, 46, Alva; Edyce Jo Littrell, 66, Carmen; Michael Gene Creed, 30, Alva; Manuel E. Esparza, 47, Wichita, Kan.; John Wayne Cropp, 23, Alva; Brice Daniel Buzzard, 22, Garnett, Kan.; Chase Alan Lako, 19, Arthur, N.D.; John Wesley Nickelson, 23, Waynoka; Eric Gene McClain, 26, Alva; Ty Dean Hooper, 18, Alva; Jared Alan Thompson, 23, Everly, Iowa; Shelby Allen Lee, 23, Alva; Jeffrey Lee Bush, 37, Alva; Kevin Michael Talbert, 31, Carmen.
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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 580-3272030. 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. 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 1027 8th (Wesley House) in Alva every Monday and Thursday. 7:30 p.m. Alva VFW will meet at their building. 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 580-3272030. 7 p.m. Alva Moose Lodge menâ€™s meeting is held every Wednesday.
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(Published by the Alva ReviewCourier on Sunday, December 8, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of WAYNE L. LANE, Deceased. Case No. PB-2013-52 NOTICE OF HEARING PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL, APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTRIX AND DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, DEVISEES AND LEGATEES Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Wayne L. Lane, deceased, that on the 5th day of December, 2013, Bettielou Geis Lane produced in the District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, an instrument in writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Wayne L. Lane, deceased,
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December 8, 2013
‘For Unto Y’all’
Alva Community Theatre will have three performances of “For Unto Y’all,” a cowboy Christmas musical, Dec. 13, 14 and 15. Curtain time is 7 p.m. “Our annual Christmas production is a great way to start the holiday season,” said Director Thamazin Harrison. “We hope everyone will join the Alva arts community as we celebrate our western heritage. Our talented young cowboys and cowgirls will sing and dance their way through an engaging western-themed storyline, telling the ageless story of Jesus’ birth.” Twenty-two local youth are in the cast: Alexander Ridgway, Delaney Lambert, Joshua Scribner, Bethany Towns, Ko Brooks, Hannah Kornele, Linda McDonald, Connor Weinhoffer, Hannah Mason, Emily Barton, Lindsie Vickes, Jaylin Scribner, Christian Burton, Elisabeth Ridgway, Destiny Harris, Montana Colvin, Dusty Colvin, Miles Tyree, Christina Jenlink, Aubrey Towns, Ben Kreigh and Travis Hazelwood. Alva Community Theatre has received a matching grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
The young cast members of ACT I’s upcoming play “For Unto Y’all” sing during rehearsals. Left to right are Joshua Scribner, Delaney Lambert, Conor Wienhoffer, Linda McDonald, Aubrey Towns, Ko Brooks and Emily Barton.
Alex Ridgeway, as Doc Trotter, Rehearsing their roles in “For Unto Y’all” are Joshua Scribner, as Joseph, and Delaney Lambert, as Mary Destiny Harris and Hannah Mason promenade during the Holiday narrates “For Unto Y’All.” Hoedown square dance as they rehearse the upcoming play “For Unto Y’all.”
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ees Association. The study shows that when salary and benefits are combined, the total compensation of state employees is about the same as those from comparable states and more than 7 percent below the private market. “Gov. Fallin is serious about working with legislators to address the findings of this study, particularly the imbalance between employee pay and benefits,” Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said. “She also hopes to act in the next legislative session to provide a pay increase to state employees who are being paid the furthest below market value.” The study showed some state managers, auditors, comptrollers and attorneys were among those whose salaries most significantly trailed those in the private sector. The recommendations in the study include: appropriating $41 million next year to help fund pay hikes for targeted workers and a
performance-based pay initiative, making changes to employee benefit packages, and discouraging the use of across-the-board pay increases or salaries that are covered under state statute. The president of a group that represents state workers says the study shows it’s time for legislators to get serious about increasing state employee salaries. “State workers already know that their salaries are low and this study confirms it,” said OPEA President Jess Callahan, a social worker in Choctaw County. “For the state to provide necessary services, this must be a legislative priority now and in the future.” The study also could lend support to Fallin and other GOP leaders’ push to change the retirement plan for newly hired state workers. They want it to shift from the current traditional defined-benefit plan to a 401(k)-style defined-contribution retirement account.
Gabriel (Bethany Towns, center) and the angel posse (left to right:Emily Barton, Hannah Mason, Lindsie Vickers, Linda McDonald and Elisabeth Ridgeway) draw down on some mangy cowpokes (left to right, sitting: Ben Kreigh and Travis Hazelwood; left to right, standing: Jaylynn Scribner, Destiny Harris and Conor Weinhoffer) during rehearsals of “For Unto Y’all.”
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Rangers SNU’s score. Though the Rangers didn’t win on the scoreboard, they outrebounded SNU 38-31, but were unable to take advantage of those second chances inside. Northwestern’s men’s basketball team has one more game before the end of 2013, as they head on the road to face Cameron University in Lawton on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The Rangers (3-5, 1-2 Great American Conference) will host two more conference games before the end of the Christmas break, with a visit from Arkansas Tech (53, 1-1 GAC) on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Harding University (35, 0-2 GAC) on Jan. 4 at 4 p.m.
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