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June 14, 2018 Vol. 19, No. 3


Rough Cut Swiss, in real life, is located in front of Othello’s Restaurant at the southwest corner of Main and Broadway, but this week it is hidden somewhere in our paper. Email with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. For more information see page 4.

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By Steve Gust An incentive to attract qualified teachers to the Edmond School District passed last week, but did so in a rare split vote for the five-member school board. Board of Education member Jamie Underwood was quick to voice her opposition to a new transfer policy, which allows Edmond teachers living outside the district to enroll their children into Edmond Schools. “I’m opposed to this,” said Underwood, the lone “no” vote during the regular meeting. “This is opening up a can of worms to bring students here who contribute no ad valorem tax dollars.” Yet, one administrator said it was needed to make sure the district could recruit qualified staff to the district, especially teachers. “Kemp Cole, a former board member, told me once we need to get creative in recruiting,” said Randy Decker, Edmond’s chief human resources officer. Decker told the board last week the district had 85 teaching

Randy Decker vacancies. A few days later, he said that number had grown to 100. Both Decker and Superintendent Bret Towne noted most of the nearby metro districts already have such a transfer policy. Those offering teachers and their children a chance to transfer into the district where they teach include Guthrie, Deer Creek, Piedmont, El Reno, Yukon, Mustang, Mid-Del, Moore, Norman, Putnam City and Oklahoma City. During his presentation, Decker

said recruitment for qualified teachers was difficult and getting tougher for the state’s thirdlargest school district with almost 25,000 students. “In five years we’ll probably have 30,000 students in the district,” Decker projected. “Even if a huge pay increase is approved for teachers, it will probably take the colleges four to seven years to graduate the number of teachers needed.” Decker also produced a survey that showed Edmond possibly losing out on hiring 61 teachers if they couldn’t bring their children to the district’s schools. The same survey, done in January and February, showed 102 new students transferring into the district if such an option was available. Educating students who live outside of the district is not new, Towne said. He mentioned the district teaches some foster children and some from the nearby Oakdale District. Decker said the state will still continued on Page 3

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Memorial stadium upgrade to cost $13.7 million

Edmond Schools’ construction boom ongoing By Steve Gust The state's third-largest school district has just approved an estimated $20 million in building projects and is already making plans for another $22.5 million in construction. The Edmond School Board last week authorized four major projects. The most prominent is a $13.7 million upgrade to the Edmond Memorial High School football stadium. Being awarded that task is Key Construction of Oklahoma City. That business is already on site at the school, working on gymnasium renovations as well as a new storm shelter, which will double as a band room. The upcoming stadium expansion will allow Edmond Memorial to host varsity football games for the first time in Bulldog history. The stadium seating will be expanded and there will be an enlarged press box, as well as more concessions areas. Similar projects were completed at Edmond Santa Fe High School two years ago. Edmond North High School's upgraded stadium will open this fall. Unlike North and Santa Fe, crews at Memorial will be working with less space. "It's a challenging build," said Justin Coffelt, the district's chief operating officer. He explained Memorial is an older school and doesn't have as much land around it as Santa Fe and North. Board member Cynthia Benson urged the effort to proceed on time and to be ready by August 2019. "It's not just football. The band

uses the stadium as well," she said. Superintendent Bret Towne said builders on the other stadiums stayed on schedule. "If it rained on a Monday, they would be there on Saturday working," Towne said. In addition to the stadium, Chisholm Elementary School will see a multiple classroom addition worth $2.7 million. The classrooms can also be used as a storm shelter. The district is continuing an effort to have shelters on every campus for its nearly 25,000 students, that can withstand EF-5 twisters and high winds. The district will also invest $200,000 to address slab problems on the north side of Chisholm. Towne said more anchor piers would be added to the bedrock to secure the foundation. Pillar Contracting of Oklahoma City was awarded the work. The company has done similar jobs at Edmond elementary schools Ida Freeman and Sunset. The five-member board also approved $804,740 for roofing work at Memorial High School by Oklahoma Roofing. And, Wynn Construction of Oklahoma City will handle a $1.16 million parking lot expansion at Edmond North High School. That will add 309 parking spaces to the east of the campus. Coffelt said there eventually would be 1,240 student parking spaces. Benson and board President Meredith Exline urged Coffelt and administrators to communicate with

Cover From Page 1 pay a per capita reimbursement on all students, including transfers, when the fall enrollment numbers are turned in on Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, such a staff student transfer would not be allowed under the new policy. Board Member Cynthia Benson saw some problems with the plan. “I don’t want to see teachers in Edmond now moving to Oklahoma City because of this,” she said. Although Benson voted for the transfer measure, she hesitated and reluctantly said “yes” to the new policy. Meanwhile, Underwood urged another course of action for Decker. “Let’s work on retention of the teachers we already have,” she urged. Decker noted the district recently lost two special education teachers to Texas, which offers higher salaries. In another development, despite higher premiums payments, the board approved an insurance contract with Lincoln Financial for employee short-term and long-term disability policies. It was noted the district is one of the few that provides such coverage. Decker said the transfer policy will be reviewed once all the enrollment numbers are available this fall.

Teachers needed The Edmond Public Schools, with almost 25,000 students enrolled, employs an estimated 1,500 teachers. Due to retirements, and out of state recruitment, Edmond is consistently looking to hire quality instructors for the classroom. If you're qualified to teach, please consider getting in touch with the district to apply for one of the positions. There is more information on the district web page at At the last board meeting the Board of Education voted to allow teachers to allow their children to also enroll in Edmond Schools, even if the teacher does not live in the district. Also, Edmond Schools generally offer more than the state average in a starting salary. As was also noted at the past board meeting, the district pays for short-term and long term disability insurance for teachers -- one of the few districts in the state to offer such a benefit. For additional questions on applying for a teacher’s job, please call (405) 340-2800.

parents on when the project would be ready and if access to the area would be limited or shut down due to the construction. The board further OK'd final shelter plans at Cimarron Middle School and authorized the bidding process to start. That shelter, also to be used as a media center, will be big enough to hold just less than 1,000, according to district construction supervisor Jason Ferguson. The school has an enrollment of 836. Other projects on the horizon The future will see a new gym/shelter at Sequoyah Middle School, Haskell Elementary School's gym/shelter, a building addition at Frontier Elementary School and renovations at Edmond North and Edmond Santa Fe high schools.

Those projects will be funded in a fourth and final $22.5 million bond sale from a $111 million school bond package passed in February 2017. Zack Robinson, of BOK Financial Securities of Oklahoma City, will be handling the bond sale next month. Robinson said the district has a AAplus bond rating. "That's outstanding," Robinson said. "I'm not sure of anyone in the state with a rating higher than that." The district will also be using the services of Cenergistic LLC. That company projects saving the district $2.5 million in energy costs over the next five years. The district will not pay Cenergistic a fee if no savings are achieved. "We need this for the district's 5 million square feet and 30 buildings," Towne said.

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From the Publisher

We have more in common Having the opportunity to travel the world is a blessing that I never take for granted. Just returning from a delayed honeymoon trip with my bride Lisa in France, is a reRay Hibbard minder of how folks are really the same all over the planet. We may differ in politics, government, religion and more but at the end of the day, we all want the same thing. We want a job to support our families, good health and time to enjoy our children and grandchildren. It does not matter where you are in the world. Sit down and have a cup of coffee with any person you may meet, and they will want the same things out of life that you do. It is a beautiful thing folks. We picked the south of France for many reasons but one of them was because of my familiarity with that part of the world. Granted, it has been four years since I have been to Europe and nine years since I was in the south of France, but it should be like riding a bicycle, right? It would be fair to say it took a while for me to get the bicycle up and going this trip. Being 59 versus 50 years of age does have an impact on adjusting to the effects of the overseas flight and time difference. My cognitive skills were not quite as sharp after being up for over 24 hours as they were in 2009. Yet, I marched ahead with confidence. It was confidence that was soon shattered. Flight connections went great and the bags arrived with the two of us. Also the rental car was in place for the drive to St. Tropez. We loaded the car, dialed in the car’s built-in GPS for our hotel and motored off. We got as far as the end of the ramp where you turn right to exit out of the garage. I made too long of a turn and ended up needing to reverse to adjust the car, so it did not hit the giant pole dividing the lanes. I had ordered a manual on purpose since I love to drive on the curving roads in Provence. In my jet lag state, reverse was eluding me. I saw reverse on the top of the shifter, but I couldn’t get it there. The clutch was down and foot on the brake, but it would not make the move to reverse. At this point, cars were starting to back up behind me and they were not happy about the American blocking their exit. One of

A toast to France.

the workers came over and despite my poor French, figured out what my problem was with the shifter. Apparently, manual transmissions now have an extra step to put them in reverse. You must pull up on part of the stick at the same time you move it into reverse. Who the heck came up with that idea? We both relaxed, and I moved the car into the lane to exit. We had been given a ticket to put in the machine at the exit to raise the bar. Yup, there was no ticket. I had it in my hand at some point. We tore the car apart looking for it. There wasn’t even a way to back up and get out of the way. Once again, folks behind us were not very happy with us. It would seem by their honking they had other places to go. My beautiful wife said, “I got this.” She ran back up the ramp and into the building where the Hertz desk was located. Just as I am about to get strangled by the drivers behind me. She appeared with a new ticket. Another problem solved. The car’s GPS is giving me instructions and I thought things were going well. I glanced down to the console where my phone had been located but it was not there. “Honey, have you seen my phone?” I asked. She had not. It had to be in the car somewhere didn’t it? I could not stand not knowing and pulled off in a patch of gravel where I am sure you are not

supposed to be stopping. Once again we tore the car apart but this time we had success. Phone was found, and we were off again to beautiful St. Tropez. At this point Lisa was just staring at me. She had been led to believe that she was coming to France with a real professional traveler, a guy who has led groups of travelers in Europe. I am also the same guy who has rented cars and made his way across a dozen countries especially in the south of France. Yet, I couldn’t get us out of the parking garage at the airport for crying out loud. She sat in silence for about the first 30 minutes of the drive. My being able to successfully navigate the toll booths on the A8 gave her some confidence that she might survive the trip. God blessed us with a fantastic trip and no more difficulties. I am thinking it was His way of making sure I was careful with my precious cargo. While I truly believe we all want the same things out of life all over the world, France does have some interesting and unique ways about them which mostly revolve around food. Here are my observations: French bread rules. It is incredible but there are some etiquette points to remember. You will be served a basket of bread with every meal. Lisa was surprised when we ordered a pizza and still got served a basket of

bread. There will not be butter on your table for the bread except at breakfast. My advice is to save the bread and use it for soaking up whatever incredible gravy or sauce that comes with your food. I am not sure if this is acceptable in France but then again, I really don’t care. If they go to all the trouble to make such incredible sauces and bread, I am going to marry them up right there on my plate. Call it from my Arkansas roots. At our first lunch I explained to Lisa that the waiter would not bring us a bill. She looked confused. I told her you had to ask for it because the French and their laissez faire attitude means they believe it is rude to bring you a bill. It is perfectly fine for you to sit and linger over that glass of wine or cup of coffee after your meal. There is no pressure for them to turn tables. If you are in a hurry, let the waiter know beforehand so you don’t get frustrated. “L’addition s’il vous plait” is the best way I know to get the check. It is also a good idea before you go to learn some of the French names for the foods you will see on the menu. A little study before you go will make a big difference. You can also make up a cheat sheet for what certain names are for food. You really want to know what the French name for pig cheek is if that is something you may not want to eat. Should you have food allergies, find someone to write out an explanation of them in French so that the waiter understands. Lisa is allergic to any kind of fish or fish products. We did not think it would be a big deal but my son, Clark, who studied in France reminded me that many of their sauces have fish in them. Lisa took a card prepared by one of our neighbors who is fluent in French that explained her situation. When we would sit down at a restaurant and before we even looked at the menu she would hand the waiter the card. They were all very nice about it and would go over what was safe for her to order on the menu. Don’t wait to eat lunch too late. Most restaurants either close or quit serving food from 2 to 7 p.m. in the afternoon. Some would serve as late as 3 p.m. but I wouldn’t count on it. Be ready with some snacks or just plan to sit at a sidewalk bar, enjoy a glass of local wine and snack on potato chips that most of them provide. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon either.

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Check out what’s inside! n Weekend calendar of events..........................................................Page 6 n What’s it like to be $16 million in debt? ......................................Page 8. n Dave Farris remembers infamous kidnapping ..............................Page 9. n St. Jude’s Dream Home for sale ..................................................Page 10. n Sr. Follies nears ..........................................................................Page 13. n Sports ........................................................................................Page 14. n Crossword ..................................................................................Page 15. n Business news ............................................................................Page 21. n Church directory ........................................................................Page 22.

Find the ‘Rough Cut Swiss’ Rough Cut Swiss, in real life, is located in front of Othello’s Restaurant at the southwest corner of Main and Broadway, but this week it is hidden somewhere in our paper. E-mail with the correct location to be entered in the weekly drawing. Rough Cut Swiss is by artist David Phelps. Phelps is an Oklahoma based sculptor whose work has been featured throughout the state. He is inspired by expansive spaces and hopes his works will inspire meaningful meditation. Said Phelps, “I grew up on a farm in the central valley of California where the fields became an extension of oneself. I continue to live in the wide open spaces of Oklahoma where my sculptural images expand to include their environments as part of the aesthetic experience.”

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Rotarian Keith Kersten honors longtime Edmond teacher David Nichols, left, as a ‘Paul Harris Fellow,’ the highest honor Rotary Club International gives to Rotarians or non-Rotarians alike.

Rotarians laud longtime Ida Freeman teacher Edmond Rotary Club honored longtime Ida Freeman Elementary School teacher David Nichols with its highest honor, internationally – an honorary Paul Harris Fellow. The recognition is named for Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. The presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian or educational programs. Rotarians can designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation. In doing so, the Rotary club donates the $1,000 on the individual’s behalf, in this case, Edmond Rotary Club. The donation is made to international programs and projects. One example of such a project is providing artificial limbs for 25 disabled persons in Calcutta, India. Originally of Sapulpa, Nichols has been an elementary teacher 33 years, the bulk of the time spent at Ida Freeman Elementary. In 2010, he was selected Edmond’s “Teacher of the Year.” He has a bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma State University and Master’s from St. Paul School of Theology. Nichols and his wife Tish have been married 34 years and have five grown children. Nichols is founder and coach of Ida Freeman’s Chess Team since 1997 and, during that time, claimed 33

state championships and the 2014 National Championship. David is the founder and has been the coach of the Ida Freeman Chess Team since 1997. During that time, Ida Freeman teams have claimed 33 State Championships and the 2014 National Championship. His newest venture is establishing Cara Farms with his wife in Edmond, which will eventually produce fresh fruit and vegetables for local food pantries, schools and friends. “As his Rotary Reader for 16 years for fifth grade, I have first-hand experience David did an outstanding job in not only educating his students, but teaching them life lessons and preparing them for their next step of their journey in middle school. David truly made an impactful difference in his student’s lives,” said Keith Kersten, who presented the award. Nichols was designated to receive the recognition as a special expression of appreciation from The Rotary Club of Edmond for his service to Ida Freeman Elementary and its students, as a dedicated teacher, and the founder and coach of the Ida Freeman Chess Team. The service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Mercy Clinic Primary Care, located at 15th and the west I-35 Service Road. The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $12.50. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at

BENEFIT FOR MOBILE MEALS --- Red Valley Landscape & Construction was the location for a Let’s Eat fundraiser for Mobile Meals. Boulevard Steakhouse, Covell Park, Picasso Cafe, Smokin’ Don, Chef Toni, and Bakery Bears ice cream sandwiches created the delicious food served at the event while patrons listened to live band music. Tables were set up on the rolling lawn while gentle breezes blew and servers delivered food at intervals so all attendees could taste each restaurants’ cuisine. Almost 200 people attended the fundraiser and silent auction. A few of the silent auction items included a Dallas getaway, an Edmond night-on-the-town basket, a pizza oven, a big Green Egg cooker, gift baskets, wine purses, and several landscape construction projects. Donations were also accepted and Red Valley Landscape & Construction matched the donations up to $5,000.

Above, Gamma Zeta members Liz King and Jacci Gantz were two of the 40 volunteers at Let’s Eat, a Mobile Meals Fundraiser.

Engagement, Wedding notices Do you have a wedding or engagement notice? If so, please contact us at Edmond Life & Leisure, either by phone, 340-3311 or e-mail, We will then send or fax you an engagement or wedding form.The cost is $35, which includes a photograph. Payment is due upon submission by noon Thursday.

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June 15 ---- In The Gallery ---- AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show ---- The Non-Pro Cutting Horse Event ---- Souled Out ---- Always ... Patsy Cline ---- Summer Signature Tour ---- Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival ---- Bricktown Blues Festival ---- Exhibit: Seals of Isiah and King Hezekiah Discovered June 16 ---- In The Gallery ---- AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show ---- The Non-Pro Cutting Horse Event ---- 2018 Family Fun Nights ---- Always ... Patsy Cline ---- Art Moments ---- Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival ---- Bricktown Blues Festival ---- Junk Utopia ---- Plain White T’s in Concert ---- Oklahoma Modernism Weekend ---- Heard on Hurd ---- Exhibit: Seals of Isiah and King Hezekiah Discovered ---- Edmond Farmer’s Market ---- Phil Smith and the Blend Project ---- Father’s Day Train Ride ---- Ghost Tours June 17 ---- In The Gallery ---- AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show ---- The Non-Pro Cutting Horse Event ---- Father’s Day at Sam Noble Museum ---- Always ... Patsy Cline ---- Art Moments Dads will Love ---- Sunday Twilight Concert Series ---- Exhibit: Seals of Isiah and King Hezekiah Discovered In the Gallery Location: Edmond Fine Arts Institute Featuring works by Jason Wilson AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show Location: Lazy E Arena Extra Info: for more information go to: 405-282-RIDE The Non-Pro Cutting Horse Event Location: Oklahoma State Fair Park, Barn 7, Jim Norick Arena, Performance Arena & Super Barn Time: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Souled Out Location: UCO Jazz Lab Extra Info: Doors open at 7 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m.; $15 Dance/Pop/Classic Rock ---- First come first serve seating 405-974-2100 or 2018 Family Fun Nights Location: Kickingbird Golf Club Extra Info: 5 p.m.; $8.00 green fees, $8.00 carts Play 9-Holes with the Family, Special Junior Tees, a FREE putting course, $3.00 range tokens, and Food and Beverage discounts. Father’s Day Location: Sam Noble Museum Extra Info: 1 ---- 5 p.m.; The museum offers complimentary admission to all fathers on this day. Always ... Patsy Cline Location: The Pollard Theater Company Extra Info: The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honkytonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Summer Signature Tour Location: Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Extra Info: 1 – 2 p.m.; From Remington and Russell to Native American works, see some of the finest Western art in the country during this docent-facilitated Museum tour. View ethnographic material from Native

Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Art Moments Location: Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Extra Info: 1 – 2 p.m.; Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works in the Museum’s temporary exhibitions or permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents.

Art Moments Dads will Love Location: Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Extra Info: 1 – 2 p.m.; Happy Father’s Day! Browse the galleries for a variety of 10-minute talks spotlighting various works in the Museum’s temporary exhibitions or permanent collection that dads will enjoy. Tour the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Free to dads and Museum members, or with Museum admission. Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival Location: Lyric Theatre Extra Info: Oklahoma’s largest burlesque event, featuring the best in burlesque & variety entertainment from around the world.Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p. m. Get more info at Bricktown Blues Festival Location: Sheridan & Oklahoma Ave Junk Utopia Location: Oklahoma State Fair Park Extra Info: get more info at Plain White T’s in Concert Location: Frontier City Theme Park Oklahoma Modernism Weekend Location: Gold Dome, OKC Extra Info: Join the Mod Squad and Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture in celebrating all things midcentury. Heard on Hurd Location: 32 N Broadway Ave Extra Info: 6 .m. Local food, local music and local shops. Sunday Twilight Concert Series Location: Myriad Botanical Gardens Extra Info: 7:30 to 9 p.m., Bring a lawn chair, blankets and picnics to Myriad Gardens Great Lawn Stage. Exhibit: Seals of Isiah and King Hezekiah Discovered Location: Armstrong Auditorium Extra Info: an archaeological exhibition Items on display will include nearly three dozen artifacts from the time of King Hezekiah, including the recently discovered royal seal impressions of King Hezekiah and Isaiah from the Ophel excavations, royal Judean clay vessels, and weapons used during the siege of Lachish. Edmond Farmer’s Market Location: Festival Market Place & Plaza Time: 8 a.m. – Noon Phil Smith and the Blend Project Location: UCO – Jazz Lab Time: Doors open 7 p.m., Show begins at 8 p.m. Marley’s Ghost Location: UCO Jazz Lab Time: Doors open 6 p.m.; Show begins at 7 p.m., $20 Father’s Day Train Ride Location: Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma City Extra Info: for more information go to Ghost Tours Location: Historic Fort Reno Extra Info: By lantern light hear the stories of the restless spirits of the old post align with some of the unsolved mysteries and murders that have occurred here.

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Reminder on famed artifact exhibit at Armstrong Armstrong International Cultural Foundation announces the world premiere of “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” from now through Aug. 19 at Armstrong Auditorium. “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” is an archaeological exhibition that will enable visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing — a story which illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army at the end of the eighth century B.C. Items on display will include nearly three dozen artifacts from the time of King Hezekiah, including the recently discovered royal seal impressions of King Hezekiah and Isaiah from the Ophel excavations, royal Judean clay vessels, and weapons used during the siege of Lachish. The exhibit will also feature key Assyrian history and will include such artifacts as the famous Annals of Sennacherib Prism (aka Taylor/Jerusalem/Oriental Prism), various other Assyrian inscriptions, and replicas of the famous Assyrian wall reliefs. “The stars of the show are the Hezekiah and Isaiah bullae,” said Brad Macdonald, curator of the exhibit. “But the supporting cast – the arrowheads from Lachish, Sennacherib’s prism, the Assyrian wall reliefs – is also pretty extraordinary. We will

Dr. Mazar of Hebrew University standing not far from the discovery.

use maps, illustrations, interactive aids, and storyboards to connect all these articles and create what we believe will be a unique and moving experience.” Discovered by archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University, the clay seals, called bullae,

Genealogical meeting to focus on getting life story interviews She is actively involved in her The Edmond Genealogical church. She also enjoys volunSociety (EGS) is pleased to teering with several youth proannounce the program for its grams and especially with the June meeting is “Leaving a Oklahoma DeMolay AssociaLasting Legacy … Conducttion where she is Secretary of ing a Life Story Interview.” the Edmond Advisory Council, Presenting the program is past ODA State Parent's Club the President of the OHCE President and past State DeGenealogy Group in OklaBeattie Molay Mom. homa City, and EGS Board She’ll cover many topics durmember/secretary, Jan Beating her presentation. Although tie. tremendously important, don't negThe meeting will be held on Monlect to collect the most important day, June 18, at 6:30pm at the part of your family history - the stoChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day ries. Summer is the perfect time to Saints located at 1315 E. 33rd in Edvisit your family and presents you mond. Jan Beattie is a native of California, with the perfect opportunity to interbut came to Oklahoma more than 35 view them about their life. If you conyears ago to attend college and never duct a life story interview of a left. She is married with two children relative (or other individual) and write stories about their memories or and retired from the medical field. life events, or even write stories Also she has time for her genealogy about your own life, you will leave a hobby of which she is passionate. lasting legacy for generations to She is involved in several genealogy and lineage-based societies and loves come. This program gives you guidelines, to share her knowledge with others. tips and ideas on how to interview She has presented numerous presenyour relatives, the types of questions tations, seminars and workshops to ask and things you can do to trigacross the state on topics relating to ger memories so you can get those genealogy and family history. stories recorded so they are not lost Jan is currently President of the to time. The stories from your life (or OHCE Genealogy Group in Oklahoma City, Chaplain for Samuel King the lives of a family member or an Chapter Daughters of the American ancestor) are just waiting to be writRevolution in Edmond and Secretary ten. Are you up to the challenge? of the Edmond Genealogical Society The EGS meeting is free and open Board of Directors. She was Member to the public. Parking and entry to of the Year for Oklahoma County the church is through the rear of the OHCE for 2015 and was again sebuilding. The church is fully handicap lected in 2017. accessible. She is also a Board Member of the The EGS meets on the third MonMountain Meadows Association and day evening of each month, with holds memberships in several other speakers on subjects of interest to georganizations including Oklahoma nealogists and historians. MemberGenealogical Society, First Families of ship is open to anyone interested in the Twin Territories, First Families of historical or genealogical research. Central Missouri, First Families of For more information please like our Eastern Tennessee, The White River Facebook page at Valley Historical Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy, ColoNext month’s presentation, on July nial Dames, The Towne Family Asso23, will feature members of the EGS ciation and several others. She is also Board of Directors, who will be sharinvolved in "Cemetery Hopping" to ing their Life Stories. The meeting help others locate the final resting will be held at the Church of Jesus places of their Oklahoma ancestors. Christ of Latter-Day Saints in EdProfessionally, she is also a member mond. Free genealogy assistance is of the American Society of Clinical available for those who come early to Pathologists and the Southwestern the meeting at 5:30 .p.m. Meeting Society of Clinical Microbiologists. starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

were found only one yard apart on the Ophel at the foot of the Temple Mount. According to their inscriptions, the seals belong to King Hezekiah of Judah, who ruled in the 8th century B.C. and Isaiah, possibly “the prophet." “This is truly a historic exhibition. Artifacts from the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem have been exhibited previously, but these exhibits have never included the seals of King Hezekiah and Isaiah,” Macdonald said. “Visitors would have to travel to London, Jerusalem, Istanbul and Chicago to see everything on display. Here we’ve brought them all together in one place.” Edmond’s Herbert W. Armstrong College assists Dr. Mazar’s Temple Mount Ophel excavations and helped uncover both the Hezekiah and Isaiah, and now has the honor of hosting the world premiere. The “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” exhibition is free and open to the public from now until Aug. 19 in the lobby of Armstrong Auditorium. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. The exhibit is closed Saturdays. Free guided tours are available. For more information call (405) 285-1010 or visit

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$16 million in debt? Did you happen to catch any of former President Bill Clinton’s book tour last week? He’s promoting a new book, a thriller he co-wrote with famed writer James Patterson. During the publicity blitz, Clinton has been asked some Steve pretty tough questions about his past -- in particular his infamous relationship with ex-White House intern Monica Lewinsky. I’m a bit surprised at Clinton’s indignation during the interviews. Did he not think in this age of #Metoo he was going to get a pass? In essence Clinton said he paid the price 20 years ago and has apologized. I was particularly interested when Clinton said he left the White House in January 2001, $16 million in debt. I’m always a bit skeptical of any claim Clinton makes. The guy just isn’t the most honest fellow in the world. Yet let’s assume he’s right about the $16 million. He made that statement so we’d feel a certain amount of sympathy for him. Most of his debt, I would think, is

for a legal team to fight the allegations made against Clinton. The ex-president only has himself to blame for that. Something else I wondered. What kind of credit score do you have if you’re $16 million in debt? Gust Also, is that a good sign for a leader? If a president can go in that much personal debt, is he really the guy you want in charge of fiscal matters and budgets? How many people would get hired for any kind of position anywhere if a potential employer knew they had been $16 million in debt at one time? Interviewer: “Hmmm I see you were $16 million in debt once.” Applicant: “Yeah, but it’s just because there were serious sexual allegations made against me. It’s no big deal. I’m sure that applicant would be at the top of the hiring list -- NOT. Despite Clinton’s indignation, he better get used to being asked a lot of questions about his past.

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A good idea for the Senate to keep working It wasn't exactly a surprise, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announcement last week was a welcome one nonetheless. “Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees,” his statement reads, “and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled.” McConnell, R-Ky., added that although there will still be a week at the beginning of August for senators to meet with constituents back home, they “should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees.”

Yes, McConnell's move can be viewed as a shrewd, partisan political maneuver. It makes sense to keep all the senators in school during campaign season when your party has just one vulnerable Senate incumbent, and the Democrats have six or seven. But it goes beyond that. The August recess has always been a dubious institution. After all, this isn't continental Europe. Most Americans don't take (or get) the entire month of August off. Why should their senators? It's not as though the current Congress accomplished so much that it needs the break. If they can, senators should still be talking about passing something to fix the health care mess that Obamacare left behind.

They should be trying to make a deal on immigration reform that beefs up border security and gives legal status to those covered by DACA. And as for McConnell's mention of passing appropriations bills on time — well, it's about time, isn't it? As we've often argued, it's well past time for Congress to get back to regular order and pass actual agency appropriations bills on time — no more shutdown showdowns, no more last-minute continuing resolutions, no more omnibuses, cromnibuses, minibuses, or megabuses, please! And of course, the month of August will be well spent if it means more judicial nominations are confirmed and more judges seated. The Senate has accelerated its work here lately, with seven new Trump-appointed circuit court judges confirmed just last month, for a total of 21 so far. But there are still 85 to be confirmed, and after that another 93 current or future vacancies to fill. Democrats, though mostly powerless, have exercised their minority rights under current Senate rules to drag out votes on nominations to the extent possible. They can delay committee hearings and force as many as 30 hours of floor debate on each nomination. As the Senate Republican Conference has been eager to remind us, they have already forced 100 cloture votes under Trump — unprecedented for any president's first two years in office. In short, the cancellation of the August recess is a win for everyone. Let's hope Senate Republicans use the time wisely.

— Washington Examiner

Obamacare still a huge public policy flop By Stephen Moore Remember Obamacare? The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the states. This isn't full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services. Democrats are adopting a new political spin, which is that everything is fine with Obamacare. They claim that the only reason premium and deductible costs keep exploding is because President Donald Trump repealed the individual mandate tax — which was nothing more than an unfair penalty on low-income families who couldn't afford the high cost of the health law's mandates. But if Trump is to blame, why were the costs skyrocketing two years before Trump even entered the Oval Office? The clear-eyed reality is that things aren't going well for Obamacare. The predicted death spiral in the insurance market (higher costs cause more healthy people to drop coverage, which raises prices even more) is now upon us. Here are six reasons Obamacare needs to be repealed now, more than ever. n Health insurance is more expensive than ever. Remember the promise that the average family would save $2,500 a year on health insurance? Forget about it. In May 2017 the Department of Health and Human Services reported that average health insurance premiums had doubled since

2013. How many families' incomes doubled over that same period? In 2018, costs have risen by another 19 percent for high-cost plans and 32 percent for the cheapest plans, according to a study by the Urban Institute. Overall inflation for all other goods and services is running at around 2 percent. n Obamacare has not stopped the stampede of rising health care costs. Proponents repeatedly claimed that Obamacare would "bend the cost curve down," yet national expenditures on health care continue to rise. The year before Obamacare was fully implemented, health care amounted to 17.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Last year that tab grew to 18.3 percent — an increase of almost $200 billion in health spending. The latest forecast for 2025 is that medical expenses will reach almost 20 percent of GDP. n Americans are paying more money for less health coverage. According to Kaiser, the average deductible for people with employer-provided health coverage last year was $1,221, compared with $303 in 2006. Usually, you pay higher deductibles for lower premiums. Under Obamacare, you pay more when you get your hospital bill. n Fewer insurance choices. According to federal and state data of insurer exchange options per county, more than 50 percent of our nation's counties have only one insurer in 2018. Over 30 percent of counties are limited to two insurers. This means roughly 4 out of 5 counties will have either just one or two Obamacare exchange insurers to choose from. n Medicaid enrollment is exploding. The vast

majority of Americans who have received insurance under the Obamacare law have enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid enrollment has soared from 55 million to 74 million since 2013. Yet many physicians, health clinics and hospitals don't accept Medicaid. This means tens of millions of Americans often can't choose the doctor, hospital or treatment of their choice. n Nearly 30 million Americans are still uninsured. On April 1, 2014, standing in the rose garden at the White House, President Barack Obama claimed that the Affordable Care Act meant "everybody" would have health insurance. Today, some 30 million Americans remain uninsured. Why? Families can't afford the insurance. Let's summarize what we have gotten for our money under Obamacare. We have spent hundreds of billions of dollars; we have massively increased the size of the federal budget; we have subsidized insurance plans to get Americans to sign up for Obamacare; we have penalized people if they don't buy Obamacare; and we still have almost 1 in 11 Americans without insurance. Has there ever been a bigger public policy flop? I recently debated a high-ranking Obama White House economist and asked him: What was the greatest accomplishment of President Obama in eight years in office? He replied: the Affordable Care Act. Really? If this is Obama's grand success, imagine how bad the failures were. From Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with Freedom Works.

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Massacre suspect Bailey drew FBI scrutiny By David Farris As FBI agents began their investigation into the shootout between lawmen and gangsters at the Union Train Station in Kansas City, Mo., on Farris June 17, 1933, there was one name that kept coming up; Harvey Bailey. Bailey was friends with Frank Nash, the prisoner killed in the massacre along with four lawmen who were returning him to the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan. It was at Leavenworth where the two men had met and forged their criminal alliance. Only a few weeks earlier on May 31, Bailey escaped with 10 other inmates from the Kansas State Prison at Lansing, thanks to a plot that was mastermind by Nash. Also, witnesses identified two other Lansing escapees, Wilbur Underhill and Bob Brady, as shooters. Harvey Bailey was referred to as an old “jazz-age yegg,” from Minnesota who spent time at the notorious Green Lantern Tavern in St. Paul. The Lantern was like something out of a B movie, where wannabe young gangsters could associate with oldtime yeggmen who were brimming with criminal knowledge. Bailey is credited with educating a freshmen class of up-and-coming bank robbers, which included such notables as Fred Barker and Alvin Karpis. By the time of the massacre, the 47-year-old Bailey had salt-and-pepper hair, and was affectionately known as “Ol' Harve.” At least three witnesses identified him as one of the shooters on that morning along with a known gangster and mob hit-man who was living in Kansas City at the time, Verne Miller. Bailey had also been a suspected shooter in what became known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in 1929, when seven men associated with crime boss George “Bugs” Moran were executed under orders from a rival bootlegger, Al Capone. The evidence was beginning to fit a pattern, and FBI Director John Edgar Hoover assured worried Americans that the suspects would soon be brought to justice. There were, however, some doubts that Bailey was involved. It was a known fact that he had been shot in the leg by a guard during the prison break. Agent O.D. Smith of the Chicago office was told by an informant that the old con was in Bartlesville, Okla. receiving treatment for a broken leg. When he and other Lansing escapees learned that they were suspected in the massacre, an unusual defense was mounted. Weeks after the shooting, a letter, typed on a broken typewriter, arrived from Bailey at the Oklahoma City FBI office. It stated that “We the undersigned are the perpetrators of the robbery” of a bank at Black Rock, Ark., on the morning of June 16. For authenticity the letter included a labeled fingerprint from each of the “undersigned:” Bailey, Underhill, Brady, along with Ed Davis and Jim Clark. The massacre was not mentioned, however the implication was obvious that the men were not in town at the time. Regardless, Bailey and the other escapees remained suspects. Unfortunately for investigators,

after only a month into the case, their attentions were diverted to another matter. On a Saturday night, July 22, 1933, at around 11:30 p.m., Oklahoma City oilman Charles Urschel and his wife Berenice (not Bernice) were playing bridge with fellow oil executive Walter Jarrett and his wife, at the Urschel's Heritage Hills mansion, located at 327 N.W. 18th Street. The couples occupied the screened-in porch where they could enjoy a little breeze on that warm summer night, when their game was interrupted. Two armed men, one toting a machine gun, burst through the door and inquired, “Now, which one is Urschel?” Since the hoods hadn't done their homework, and neither man volunteered identification, both oilmen were abducted. After a few miles, the kidnappers checked the men's wallets, then released Jarrett. Back at the mansion, Berenice remembered a Time magazine article about the recent series of kidnappings and that it included a kidnapping hotline phone number. Her call was answered by Hoover, himself who said, “This is J. Edgar Hoover, Mrs, Urschel. Give me every detail you can.” After a series of instructions from the kidnappers regarding a ransom payment of $200,000, Urschel was returned to Oklahoma City 10 days later. It was determined that the ransom note had been typed on the same machine used to print the earlier letter from the Lansing escapees. Urschel had been kept, chained and blindfolded, at an isolated farmhouse south of the Red River, but he could provide little other information. Due to the tenacity of a Fort Worth, Texas, police detective, Ed Weatherford, FBI agents finally raided a location that fit the description. It was owned by an old cuss, Robert “Boss” Shannon, and his wife Ora. Ora had a daughter, Katheryn Kelly, who was married to George Kelly; A.K.A., “Machine Gun” Kelly. On Aug. 12, at about 6 a.m., agents, along with Urschel, arrived at the farm house and arrested the Shannons, including Boss' son, Armon. Then, the agents noticed a man soundly sleeping on a make-shift cot to the far end of the backyard. On the ground next to him was a machine gun and a couple of automatic Colt pistols. Even in the dim, morning light, agents immediately recognized the 47-year-old man with salt-and-pepper hair. Ol' Harve opened his eyes to see the barrel of a machine gun pointed at his chest. He briefly glanced at his own guns, to which the Dallas agent, Charles Winstead, challenged, “Go ahead! Reach for it!” The old yegg knew better. His hand was played out, “You have me,” he conceded. “Hell, a fella's gotta sleep sometimes.” Kelly was also part of that freshmen class schooled by Bailey; however, he was not a star pupil. When it came to robbing banks, he was regarded by Bailey and others to be nervous and inept. He wasn't any better at kidnapping. Bailey's guns were test fired to see if they were used during the massacre, but there was no match. Evidence connecting him to the Kansas City massacre was weak, but not in regard to the Urschel kidnap-

Children’s author coming to Best of Books

Best of Books has announced the upcoming book signing event for children's author, Brad McLelland. He will be signing copies of his book, “Legends of the Lost Causes,” Saturday, June 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m.   Legends of the Lost Causes marks the thrilling start to an action-packed middle grade series by debut authors Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester. A band of orphan avengers. A cursed stone. A horde of zombie outlaws. This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground. With his home destroyed and his family lost, Keech will have to use the lessons he learned from Pa

Abner to hunt down the powerful Char Stone. Luckily, he has the help of a ragtag team of orphans and together, they’ll travel through treacherous forests, fight off the risen dead, and discover that they share mysterious bonds. Born and raised in Arkansas, Brad McLelland spent several years working as a crime journalist in the South before earning his MFA in creative writing from Oklahoma State University. A part-time drummer and singer, Brad lives in Oklahoma with his wife, stepdaughter, a mini-Aussie who gives hugs, and a chubby cat who begs for ham. Call (405) 340-9202 if you would like to reserve signed copies of book safter the event.

The FBI placed Harvey Bailey on its suspect list for the 1933 Kansas City massacre. Although not involved with that crime, Bailey did play a role in the infamous kidnapping of OKC oilman Charles Urschel.

ping. He had been caught at the scene of the crime with $700 of ransom money in his pocket. A total of 14 people were convicted of various charges in the Urschel kidnapping. In October 1933, Kelly and Bailey were found guilty and sentenced to life at Leav-

enworth. Albert Bates, who was with Kelly at the Urschel mansion on the night of the kidnapping, received the same sentence. The trio was later sent to the new, state-of-the-art prison on Alcatraz Island when it was finally completed in 1934. It was hailed as an escapeproof institution for the worst federal prisoners; but to many of the inmates, it was like an alumni reunion for a bunch of old-time yeggs who hadn't seen each other in years. Bailey was later returned to Leavenworth in 1946, and then to Seagoville Federal Correctional Institute in Texas, in 1960. On March 30, 1964, he was released. Harvey Bailey was one of the few of his peers to have survived his criminal career, let alone to be miraculously released from prison. On March 1, 1979, the old yegg died peacefully in Joplin, Missouri. He was 91 years old.

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Merchant Marine Academy appointment


Edmond Memorial graduate Jonah Weltzheimer, left, has been accepted into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Making that announcement was Oklahoma Fifth District Congressman, Steve Russell. Russell also represents Edmond in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) announced that Edmond Memorial graduate Jonah Weltzheimer has received and accepted an appointment to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Weltzheimer is Rep. Russell’s first nominee appointed to the Merchant Marines. “I was excited to learn that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has recognized the talent and abilities of Jonah and has extended this incredible offer of appointment. While preparing to serve our nation, Jonah will be a student athlete playing football at one of the premier education systems in the country,” Russell said. “I’m proud to have nominated him and I wish him continued success. He is exactly what our nation needs in the future. I am thankful we have young men and women of such talent who place service before self.” Weltzheimer, the son of Ronald and Marie Weltzheimer of Edmond, is a 2016 Edmond Memorial graduate and Eagle Scout who has been attending the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell since graduation and playing football while seeking an appointment to one of the U.S. Service Academies. He had also applied for and been nominated by Rep. Russell to both the Air Force Academy and Military Academy at West Point and was one of only two nominees from the Fifth District to be nominated for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is Rep. Russell’s first nominee to the Merchant Marine Weltzheimer will report to Kings Point, NY on June 28. “I am just proud and thankful to earn such a prestigious opportunity to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy. I would just like to thank everyone in my life that has encouraged and supported me to help me earn an appointment to a service academy.” Weltzheimer said. Since the federal government is

providing this education, Weltzheimer and other Academy graduates will have a service obligation following graduation. Upon graduation, each will be a commissioned officer in the Merchant Marine and must then serve at least five years in the maritime and/or transportation industry, and to Armed Forces Reserve duty. Weltzheimer may choose to seek an opportunity as a ship's officer at sea, ashore in the maritime and intermodal transportation field, or as an active duty officer in the Armed Forces. Other area students nominated from Rep. Russell’s congressional district that have received appointments and are currently attending a U.S. Service Academy include Hunter Hill (Bishop McGuinness) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Jaci Brakelle Smith (Edmond North), Mackenzie Taylor Rudolph (Deer Creek), Jacob Kelly Fresella (Homeschool Edmond), Tate David Troxell (Edmond Memorial), Helen Elizabeth Homola (Bishop McGuinness), and Lenard Wayne Leviston (John Marshall) at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; and Yogaish Khastgir (Casady), Erich Michael Eden (Harrah), Shaun Alexander Johnson (Harding), and Cameron Ryan Hancock (Edmond North) at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. does not accept congressional nominations. High school seniors interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies may begin by applying directly to any or all of the five U.S. Service Academies and then applying for a congressional nomination with Rep. Russell’s office at before the Oct. 18 deadline. Applicants may apply every year after graduation from high school until July 1 of the year they turn 23.


Seated are Margaret Kramer, Epsilon Sigma Alpha state president, Jacci Gantz, ESA member, Shelly Goetz and Linda Voss, ESA member. Standing behind the volunteers are Fox 25 on-air personalities, Meg Alexander, Chris Standford and Mitch English.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha members help with St. Jude’s benefit Fox 25 hosted the first day successful, kick-off of ticket sales for the St. Jude Dream Home. Over 700 tickets were sold out of the 7,250 tickets available. Helping to sell tickets were members of Edmond’s service organization, the Gamma Zeta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. First day buyers' names were entered for a chance to win a Storm Safe Shelter. One lucky winner will have a chance to win an in-ground

storm shelter, plus installation, courtesy of Storm Safe Shelters. The Dream Home is a beautiful 3,500 square foot home, built by Foster Signature Homes. It has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and features an open floor plan with a mother-in-law suite, a theater room, wine room and an outdoor kitchen. Tickets sell for $100 each. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call 1-800-592-1596.

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Integris Health Edmond, east of Interstate 35 near 15th Street, is planning an expansion, which will double its current size.

Integris Health Edmond plans major expansion

By Eriech Tapia Oklahoman Integris Health Edmond is pushing forward on more than doubling the size of its current hospital to include 64 new inpatient beds and more exam rooms. The expansion will be five stories in certain places at the campus, 4801 Integris Parkway, just east of Interstate 35. “Our commitment, from the time we opened our Integris Health Edmond campus six years ago, was to grow our facilities and its services to meet the needs of a growing community,” said Avilla Williams, president of Integris Health Edmond. The estimated expansion of 143,000 square feet will be located on the three different sections of the main hospital, increasing the total size to 304,000 square feet, according to architects on the project.

Part of the expansion will also increase the size of the central plant, allowing for future growth of internal operations. Council gives the go-ahead “We are pleased that city council members have approved our plans to expand both inpatient and outpatient services,” Williams said. The Edmond City Council approved the addition at its last meeting in a unanimous vote. A construction timeline is unknown. “While the construction schedule has not yet been finalized, we will continue to make every effort to ensure we are meeting the high-quality health care needs of the people and families in the Edmond area,” she said. Now, the hospital has 40 inpatient beds that include 24 private surgery rooms, six intensive care units and 10 beds in the women's unit. The total

will be increased to 104 beds once construction is finished. Also, there are plans for two additional emergency rooms in the expansion. A parking study conducted by Integris suggested the city's standards were too low for the number of spaces required, so the hospital will put in more parking than what is required. There will be 151 parking spaces added for a total of 709 spaces for the entire complex, which includes the new Arcadia Trails facility. Construction continues on the Arcadia Trails addiction treatment facility, which will include 40 beds on the east side of the Integris Health Edmond complex. The new center will include a 90-day program that allows individuals a way to fight substance disorders and will include follow-up appointments during the five-phase program. A 90-day stay will cost about $56,000.

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Playing a huge role in Seniors Follies 2018 is ‘Mr. Oklahoma’ and 2018 Follies King Lee Allan Smith and with Beauties Jonna Kirschner, Jan Henry, Billie Rodely, Edie Roodman and Fran Kozakowski.

Seniors Follies extravaganza returns June 23-24 Oklahoma Senior Follies is proud to honor Lee Allan Smith, “Mr. Oklahoma,” as its 2018 King. Gracing the stage with him will be the 2018 Beauties, women chosen for their outstanding community leadership, Edie Roodman, Fran Kozakowski, Jan Henry, Jonna Kirschner and Billie Rodely. Partnering again this year with the Alzheimers Association, the Follies is a 501c3 entity. Founded by Bobbie Burbridge Lane in 2011, its mission is to “promote, encourage and stimulate the social and active lives of Oklahoma seniors.” This year marks the eight year of Ziegfeld-like extravaganzas per-

formed by volunteer singers, dancers and entertainers over 55 years of age. The theme for this year’s production is “Oklahoma Performing Artists-Then and Now” and will feature well known stars of stage, screen and television. Returning seasoned performers include Jim Henline, Jody Miller, Linda Wright Piro, Larry Darnell (Hank Williams), Sherman Andruss and many more. New to the cast this year are Bill Perry of “Gridiron” fame, Egg Man Moore of radio fame, Irv Wagner on spoons and Robert Lange, who will be engaged in background creations for the sets.

Joining the accompanist team will be Kyle Dillingham, Oklahoma’s nationally and internationally famous violinist. Terry Runnels, who has acted on Broadway and has toured with Broadway shows and whom many will remember from his days with Lyric Theatre, will return as director of the show. Shows will be Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, at 3 p.m. at OCCC, 7777 S. May Avenue. Tickets may be obtained by calling the box office, (405) 682-7579 or by going online at or

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KC Royals draft Broncho pitcher

Central Oklahoma pitcher Austin Lambright was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals, the second straight year for the Bronchos to have a pitcher taken by Royals. “We’re really happy for Austin and this is a great opportunity for him,” UCO head coach John Martin said. “He did a great job for us. It’s a good deal for him and we hope he goes and does well. “It also says a lot about our program and the direction we’re heading. That’s two years in a row we’ve had a guy go in the top 10 rounds and that speaks well for the players we have.” Lambright, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Friday Harbor, Wash., played one year for Central and saw duty mainly in a relief role. The hardthrowing left-hander appeared in 25 games with four starts, going 4-1 with three saves and a 3.32 earned run average. Lambright struck out 52 batters in 43 1/3 innings and opponents hit just .191 against him. Kansas City picked UCO’s Holden Capps – also a left-handed pitcher -- in the 10th round of the 2017 draft. Capps is currently playing for PHOTO PROVIDED the Lexington Legends in the Royals’ minor Austin Lambright, a big left-handed pitcher, was taken in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball league system. draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Instructor named to state’s Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame Ed Sunderland, clinical coordinator for the University of Central Oklahoma’s graduate Athletic Training program, recently was inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame. Sunderland joined Central in 2007 and has played a key role in developing UCO’s Athletic Training program, said Jeff McKibbin, program director. “Ed’s contributions often go unnoticed, however his involvement with the field of athletic training is consistent and impressive. He mentors our students well. Additionally, he never hesitates to step in and help. Ed is always there to answer the call. He is very deserving of this honor.” A Certified Athletic Trainer for more than 40 years, Sunderland exemplifies a commitment to public service, serving as a medical volunteer at the Susan G. Komen ThreeDay event, UCO Endeavor Games, Special Olympics and Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, where he took on a larger role as the on-course medical coordinator. In addition to teaching and volunteering, Sunderland formerly served as a medical observer at the University of Oklahoma’s foot-

Sunderland ball games. UCO alumnus Brian Coley (’90) also was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame, and Sydney Rios, a graduate athletic training student at Central, was one of two students statewide who received an OATA Graduate Scholarship. For a complete list of the organization’s 2018 honorees, visit

Oklahoma Christian golfer receives postseason honor Her career scoring After a memorable average of 77.39 ranks postseason run, Oklafourth in OC history homa Christian's Kate and she's one of only Goodwin was recogthree OC players to nized recently on the own at least three All-West Region team tournament wins. by the Women's Golf "We are so proud of Coaches Association. Kate and all she has Earlier this spring, accomplished this Goodwin was the final year," OC coach Greg individual selection for Lynn said. "It is quite the NCAA Division II an honor to be seWest Super Regional lected for the NCAA tournament at Hillcrest West All-Region Team, Golf Club in Durango, Kate Goodwin because there are so Colo. The junior from Tulsa took advantage of the opportu- many great players in our region." Goodwin is the first OC women's nity, shooting a sizzling 2-under-par golfer to receive Division II all-region 70 in the closing round to tie for the honors. The program began play with individual title and record her third the 2011-12 season and started playcareer tournament win. ing at the Division II level the followThe Super Regional individual ing season, achieving full postseason championship earned Goodwin a spot at the Division II Championships eligibility with the 2015-16 campaign. at Bay Oaks Country Club in HousJoining Goodwin on the 12-woman ton, in which she tied for 48th while All-West Region team were Evelyn Armaking her first national-tournament guelles, Hanna Harrison, Addison appearance. Mitchell and Ann Parmerter of Dallas In 32 rounds as a junior, Goodwin Baptist (Texas), Jelina Fernando, posted a scoring average of 76.53, Loukyee Songprasert and Holly Winshooting par or better six times. She ter of West Texas A&M, Emily Brenhad four top-five individual finishes nan of Midwestern State (Texas), and four other top-20 showings. She ranked 13th in the Heartland Confer- Maria Regina Gonzalez of St. Mary's (Texas), Sabrina Virtusio of Sonoma ence in scoring average and was at No. 95 in the final Division II individ- State (Calif.) and Jess Whitting of Rogers State. ual rankings.

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Actress Sandra Bullock, far left, stars in the new cinema release, ‘Ocean’s 8.’

‘Ocean’s 8’ film a tad uninspired

By George Gust Upon her release from prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean (George Clooney), puts together a team of specialist crooks to pull of the heist of the century. Their target, a necklace worth in excess of $150 million, which is only to be on display for the poshest night of the year, the New York City’s annual Met Gala. "Ocean's 8" undeniably features a phenomenal cast of talented actresses, and unfortunately for the most part the film is comfortable coasting on the likability of its massive stars in place of an exciting new heist storyline. The fatal flaw for "Ocean's 8" is that it feels uninspired. "Ocean's 8" plays too much in the shadow of the "Ocean's 11" series of movies and whether it be overt allusions to Clooney and crew or mostly unsuccessfully replicating story beats from the 2001 movie, "Ocean's 8" never finds its own voice. And even though the story of "Ocean's 8" falls short of the magnitude of the film's cast, the movie-star talents of stalwart actresses like Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway mixed with the fresh faces of Awkwafina and Rihanna produce a likable movie experience albeit in service of an unsatisfying plot. "Ocean's 8," and Ocean's movies in general, work best when the charismatic movie star cast gets to play on (or against) their off screen persona. Bullock takes the lead in this movie and once again shows why she's been America's sweetheart for decades with an effortless charm and the ability to play it as cool as Clooney did in his Ocean's

Mandolin workship at Arcadia’s Round Barn ARCADIA – Country and bluegrass musician Virgil Bonham will teach a mandolin workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 16 at the Arcadia Round Barn. Bonham, who lives in Kingfisher, sings and plays mandolin in Bonham ReVue, The Bonhams and the Bonham Brothers. The workshop is for all levels of mandolin players as well as for people who don’t own a mandolin but are interested in the instrument. Players should bring their mandolins, and a few loaner instruments might be available for those who don’t own one. There is no charge for the workshop. At the conclusion of the workshop, Bonham will present a short concert. The Arcadia Round Barn is located six miles east of Interstate 35 on historical Route 66. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is free but donations are accepted for the maintenance of the barn, which was built in 1898 and is owned and operated by the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society.

movies. And the cast around Bullock each brings their own moments of flair that feel unique to each actress. Hathaway turns in a fun performance playing a wonderfully vapid version of celebrity that has just the right amount of cheese for the tone of this movie. Carter is also a standout in the film as the down on her luck Irish fashion designer whose performance is quirky and delightfully sincere. Overall, "Ocean's 8" is a mishmash of a movie that feels like a cover song of the 2001 "Ocean's 11" featuring some fun performances but a heist/revenge plot that ultimately underwhelms. With an all too familiar story and an odd editing style that ends up feeling scenes stitched together instead of the misdirection the filmmakers were aiming for. There's enough to like in "Ocean's 8" to recommend seeing it in the theater, but unfortunately there's more flash than substance in this heist movie. "Ocean's 8" is rated PG-13 for language, drug use, and some suggestive content. 2.9 out of 5 stars

Crossword Puzzle STATEPOINT CROSSWORD THEME: PRO SPORTS ACROSS 1. *MLB pitcher who retired with 321 saves 5. Bean house 8. Babies down under 12. Singes in "La PlanËte des singes" 13. Foolhardy challenge 14. 24-____ gold 15. Horizontal wall beam 16. Land o' blarney 17. Analyze 18. *Stanley Cup sport 20. Fanatic's quality 21. Street art 22. Have a bawl 23. Wear out 26. Maliciously satisfied one 30. Poor man's caviar 31. Send, as in troops 34. Prefix meaning "left" 35. Resoundingly successful 37. Be unwell 38. Give a green light 39. "I'm ____ you!" 40. Rudolph or Hermey, e.g. 42. 1950s' "I Like ____" 43. Mended by a cobbler 45. *a.k.a. association football 47. Hauling truck 48. Sanrio's "____ Kitty" 50. Great Depression drifter 52. Most pleasing to the eye 56. Saintly glows 57. Owl's cry 58. Stringed instrument 59. Like old cracker 60. Prefers 61. *The Browns and Indians play near this lake 62. Hurt a muscle 63. Don't waste 64. College dwelling

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Scenes from 2018 Endeavor Games

Youngsters competing in track & field events at Wantland Stadium at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The UCO Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities marked its 18th games last weekend at the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. The goal of the games is to provide children, adults and military service members with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities. Above, biking was held near Arcadia.

Liam Mealer (109) competing in the Boys 13 and Under 20 Meter Dash at the Endeavor Games

Jeff Waldmuller, left, and Jesse Still after they completed the 20k cycle event as part of the Endeavor Games

Photographs by Melinda Infante

Andre Wood, takes off from the starting line in the 20k cycling event as part of the Endeavor Games held throughout Edmond.

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National honor for counselor “How Racial Trauma Impacts In an effort to promote Clinical Work.” Bennight also and recognize excellence in will be paired with a mentor to diversity and inclusion within help foster career development the counseling profession, and success. the Association for University “I am honored to be one of and College Counseling Centhe recipients of the award, ter Directors (AUCCCD) sebecause the award is known lected Jade Bennight, a for recognizing professionals licensed clinical social worker Bennight who have come from adverse in the University of Central backgrounds and diverse expeOklahoma’s Center for Counseling and Well-Being, as one of riences,” Bennight said. Bennight has worked at Central two national recipients of its Harriett for more than three years. In her Copher Haynes Award. current role, she serves as a mental The award’s namesake, Harriett Cohealth counselor, helping students pher Haynes, Ph.D., is a licensed psyto resolve emotional difficulties, imchologist and advocate for diversity in prove personal skills, overcome the psychology, calling for the acknowleffects of trauma or grief, decrease edgement and integration both of the substance abuse, or achieve their need for diversity among psychology intellectual, personal and creative professionals and of the ways in which potential. diversity impacts psychology. “It’s an honor to serve in the role As part of the award, Bennight rethat I serve in on campus and be recceived $2,500 to cover the cost of attendance for the AUCCCD conference, ognized for overcoming some of life’s adversities to be in this role today.” in October, where she will present

Amusement parks and safety tips

There are more than 400 amusement parks in the nation and an estimated 375 million guests visit these parks annually. With schools letting out for summer break and warm weather making a steady appearance, many people will be gearing up to spend time at their favorite amusement park, but the upside-down rollercoaster is not the only thing to fear while there. Theft, getting separated from your group and heat stroke are just some of the common issues that people can face. Below are safety tips from Krav Maga Worldwide to know before heading out on amusement park adventures. n Fuel up for the big day. Before leaving the house for your favorite park, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious breakfast that will provide sustained energy for your day without weighing you down. n Comfort is key. Spending the day at an amusement park requires comfortable shoes and attire. When it comes to clothes and shoes think function over fashion. It’s also a good idea to limit what sort of jewelry you wear and valuables you bring. It’s easy to drop things while on rides or misplace things in crowded areas like restaurants or restrooms. There’s also a chance that having expensive jewelry, bags, etc could make you a target for theft while at the park. n Pack the necessities. Make sure

to pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit (band-aids, Advil, hand sanitizer, etc.), snacks, water and of course your trusty smartphone not only for pictures, but for emergencies as well. If you are going to be wearing a purse or backpack that is not in your line of vision at all times, think about picking up small luggage locks to secure the zippers so that no one can pickpocket you. Most amusement parks offer a bank of lockers for patrons to use. It’s a good idea to secure valuable items in the lockers if you can. n Create a plan. If you are going with a group of people to an amusement park, make sure you all exchange phone numbers so that everyone has the ability to contact each other in case you get split up or the group wants to separate. Once you arrive at the park agree on an area and time to meet at the end of the day in case phones die. n Take a break. With all the rides, sounds and sights it’s hard to want to take a break from all the action. But it can be key to preventing heat stroke, dehydration and other common summer heat-related issues. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, refuel with a snack and reapply sunscreen as needed. For more information check out see the Facebook page (Krav Maga Worldwide), follow on Instagram @krav_maga_worldwide or call 800.572.8624.

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Farming vital, she says

Ag prof’s mission to educate public


Crystal Shipman of Eagletown, Okla., pictured with her husband Bobby and their 5-year-old son Jasper.

‘Meet & Greet’ at Edmond Chamber The Edmond Area chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lt. Governor Candidate Meet and Greet here at the chamber office, Monday, June 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. According to Chamber president & CEO Sherry Jordan the event is free and anyone is welcome to attend. The chamber office is at 825 E. Sec-

ond St., near the University of Central Oklahoma. The chamber event will be eight days before the Oklahoma primary on Tuesday, June 26. For additional information on the “Meet and Greet,” please contact the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce at 341-2808.

By Betty Thompson EAGLETOWN — It has been said just as one tiny droplet can create ripples that spread throughout an entire pond, the actions of one individual can have far-reaching effects. Crystal Shipman hopes to create a ripple effect with the positive message she shares about agriculture and those she comes in contact with. “I know one person can’t reach everyone,” Shipman said, “But I can teach my students to have intelligent conversations with others, and I believe that can make a difference someday.” For the last three years, Shipman has taught agriculture and agronomy courses at Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) in Wilburton, Okla. In addition to her role as a professor, she has also served as the coach of the soils judging team and co-sponsor of the college’s agricultural leadership and advocacy group. Shipman believes that while the agricultural industry has made great strides in technology, efficiency, and conservation practices, there are still several misunderstandings on a daily basis when it comes to agriculture and the public. “I believe some of the most common misconceptions about agriculture actually come from some of our successes,” Shipman said. “For example, the public may be skeptical of how quickly something can grow, and in actuality, our advancements in genetics, feed efficiency and environmental controls are responsible.” Whether it is food labels following marketing trends or misinformation about farming practices and techniques, Shipman feels education is the best way to combat those misconceptions. “The incorporation of genetically engineered crops, such as Roundupready varieties, have actually helped to minimize pesticide usage, even though the public’s perception is that we’ve increased pesticide use,” Shipman said. Internet not always right She explained that many consumers turn to a quick internet search, which does not always reveal accurate information, instead of reaching out to the industry. Though she recognizes that by herself she has limited influence, she believes engaging in educated conversations with others who can carry that information and message on will have a far greater impact. “We as agriculturalists must fill the knowledge gap,” Shipman said. “The industry has been working for years to minimize nutrient loss and erosion by implementing practices like soil testing, crop rotation, conservation tillage, cover cropping and rotational grazing.” Shipman believes soil is one of agriculture’s most valuable resources and that farmers, ranchers and their families understand the importance of protecting that resource. She said the agriculture industry continues to minimize the impact they have on the environment. “One of the main objectives I’ve had with my career is to ensure that my students are not only knowledgeable about the subject matter, but are also prepared to inform others,” Shipman said. Shipman strives to equip her students for times when they encounter people with questions and misgivings about the agricultural industry, and hopes they will be able to enlighten them with amiable conversations. Prior to being a professor at EOSC, Shipman was the Agricultural Education instructor at Smithville High School for five years. “I always knew I wanted to have a career in agriculture but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do,” Shipman said. “It has kind of evolved over the years.” Having been active in 4-H and FFA, and growing up on her family’s small

Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture farm, Shipman is no stranger to the industry. She and her three sisters, two older and one younger, were all involved with their family farm. Shipman showed hogs and sheep from the time she was 9-years-old, though admittedly, she preferred the hogs for their personalities. “Hogs are very intelligent,” Shipman said. “They are almost like having dogs, so they are pretty easy to get attached to.” Growing up, the county fair was her favorite, because of family-like atmosphere. She was also active in judging contests. In fact, her high school ag teacher convinced her to try out land judging through FFA which sparked her interest in agronomy. “She is one of the top three brightest students I’ve taught out of thousands over the last 25 years,” said Lance Reavis, Shipman’s high school ag teacher. “She’s also one of my alltime favorites.” A destiny with agronomy After graduating from Eagletown High School, Shipman attended EOSC where she was on the soil judging team, which has a history of success at the national level with six national championships in the last 15 years. The seed planted by her high school ag teacher eventually resulted in her becoming the EOSC coach herself. “She’s self-motivated, hard-working, and competitive by nature,” Reavis said. “Those are the kind that succeed in life.” It is no surprise that she also majored in plant and soil science while at EOSC, and later went on to complete her degree at Oklahoma State University. After an eight-year teaching career in high school and college, Shipman is beginning a new chapter. She recently accepted the OSU Extension Educator position in LeFlore County. Reavis said he has no doubt that Shipman’s teaching career has had a great impact on her students, and believes she will be just as impactful in her new role as extension educator. “I’m excited to start,” Shipman said. “There’s nothing like the excitement of the little ones.” She will now have the opportunity to work with numerous 4-Hers in her county on their projects and hopes some of them may also develop an interest in agronomy and horticulture. “It’s not as prevalent,” Shipman said, “I’m hoping to bring more of a spotlight to plant and soil sciences.” When she isn’t advocating for the agricultural industry, Shipman is helping her husband of nearly 10 years, Bobby, with his family’s commercial cattle operation. Though their son Jasper is only 5 years old and not yet old enough to enroll in 4-H, Shipman said he’s already developed a love for agriculture, specifically horses. “It is so important to educate our younger generations,” Shipman said, “They are the ones who will be fighting the battle in the future.” Whether in her classroom or now in her role as an extension educator, Shipman is helping to create many more advocates for agriculture, and there is no way to determine just how far those ripples will spread.

Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture. The project is a collaborative program between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University to recognize and honor the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry.

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Parents Helping Parents meeting set for June 19 The Edmond Chapter of Parents Helping Parents will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at McLaren's Pantry located at 3414 South Boulevard in the Boulevard Shopping Center located in the SE corner of 33rd and Boulevard. The restaurant is closed to the general public at 6 p.m. The meeting is from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The speaker is Sheila Ridley, M.Ed., LCSW, and her topic is, "What Is Your Weapon?" Parents Helping Parents provides support and resources for parents of addicted children (any age child). This is an anonymous meeting and no cost or reservations required. For more information please call 405-642-8198.

Warnings for new grads and startup businesses As the college Class of 2018 ventures out into the working world, many of them will choose to work for themselves, or at least entertain the thought. A variety of factors – less security in the traditional job market, more innovation (especially through social media), a desire for more fulfilling work and independence – has led to a steady trend toward entrepreneurship among graduates in the past 10 years. Recent surveys of graduating classes found nearly half want to become entrepreneurs post-graduation. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, for example, saw a quintuple increase in its graduates starting their own company during a seven-year study period, according to Business Insider. Slightly over 50 percent of small businesses fail in their first four years, according to Small Business Trends, but those startup-failure rates apparently don’t deter grads. “I am amazed at the dramatic increase in interest among students across all disciplines in starting a business,” says Jeremy Greenberg, Entrepreneur in Residence at The Wharton School and founder of Avenue Group ( “At the same time, while it’s wonderful to have that dream, it’s daunting. Most don’t make it. Most have no idea what they’re getting into. Those who do have to embrace the whole challenge, from learning every step of the way to taking action.” But Greenberg says there are plenty of cautionary tales they can learn from, and he offers five factors college graduates should seriously consider before taking the leap: n You can’t do it all. Young entrepreneurs quickly get in over their heads when they wear too many hats or aren’t sure which hats fit. “This is especially common among inventors and technologists with superb ideas but no business-building skills,” Greenberg says. “Very few people are both inventors and operators. Most successful entrepreneurs must determine early on which category they

fall into and find a complementary partner/company to provide the skills they lack.” n Indecisiveness is crippling. Entrepreneurs cannot be stagnant. “Lack of action due to fear of making the wrong decision impedes success and growth,” Greenberg says. “There is inherent risk in starting a company, and, in order to become successful, we must be willing to take risks and make bets along the way.” n Motivation is not the answer. “Working long hours isn’t enough. It’s the development of new habits that drives lasting behavioral changes,” Greenberg says. “There’s a brief period of motivation required early on when improving our work habits. However, once we make a change in our behavior – be it ever so small – and it becomes a habit, it overrides the need for motivation. n College debt may slow you way down. This can snuff out start-out hopes. “Getting access to capital is a challenge many small-business owners face, but it can be particularly difficult when you’re saddled with student loans,” Greenberg says. “Being in debt makes self-financing that much tougher and taking on the entrepreneurial dream much harder. Sometimes, having a ‘normal job’ while experimenting with a new company is a good way to mitigate this burden. n Being overly optimistic is dangerous. “It’s easier to believe in your business when you’re growing it, but there will always be setbacks and you have to be prepared, starting with adding a cushion to your budget,” Greenberg says. “It’s amazing, all the costs associated with starting a business. The only thing you know for sure about a planned budget is that it’s wrong – and 99 percent of the time it’s wrong in a negative way for the business.” “We do not need to sacrifice our lives for a business,” Greenberg says. “You have to decide early on if it’s worth all the sacrifice. It certainly can be, once the foundation is set, and if you have a passion for it.”

‘It’s amazing, all the costs associated with starting a business. The only thing you know for sure about a planned budget is that it’s wrong – and 99 percent of the time it’s wrong in a negative way for the business.’ --- Jeremy Greenberg, Entrepreneur instructor

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Know the symptoms

Excessive heat can be deadly


The Honorable (Dr.) Mark T. Esper, left, Secretary of the Army, congratulates Kevin D. Offel on appointment as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). The investiture ceremony was held here recently in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Offel will represent Oklahoma (North).

Edmond resident named civilian aide to Secretary of the Army The Honorable Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Army, selected Kevin D. Offel of Edmond to represent Oklahoma (North). "It is an incredible honor to serve Secretary Esper and our Army as a Civilian Aide for the great state of Oklahoma,” said Offel. “As a fourth generation Armed Forces Veteran and former Army officer, I personally understand what our soldiers and their families sacrifice every day. My family and I look forward to working with Secretary Esper, his team, and our steadfast leaders in Oklahoma to assist in the growth, combat readiness, and wellbeing of our brave warfighters, their families and my fellow Veterans.” CASAs are a vital part of the Army. Their duties and responsibilities include keeping the public informed about why a strong and robust Army is vital to our national security; partnering with the Soldier for Life Program to support our transitioning Soldiers and families; connecting prospective Soldiers with recruiters and commissioning sources; promoting good relations between the Army, Congress, and the public; and advising the Secretary on regional issues. "You are a bridge from the community to the military, which is increasingly important given that the percentage of the population having served in the military continues to decrease,” said Esper. “I am confident Kevin will have a positive impact in Oklahoma and on the CASA Program.” Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen in-

terest in the welfare of the Army and their communities. Offel served five years as an Army aviation officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot with 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, Texas. He served in uniform simultaneously alongside his father and older brother, who served in the Air Force; and his younger brother who served in the Navy. After being medically discharged for injuries sustained during active duty, Offel earned a master of business administration degree from Emory University, Atlanta. He joined GE’s Junior Officer Leadership Program where he completed leadership training at Crotonville, N.Y., and obtained Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. He continued his professional career in healthcare, serving as president, CEO, and COO of several successful healthcare companies. Offel is currently president and CEO of Centennial Hospice in Oklahoma City and also an operating partner for Shore Capital Partners in Chicago. He is president of U.S. Military Academy Class of 1996; president of West Point Society of Central Oklahoma; an ambassador for Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame; board director for Folds of Honor Oklahoma; and a Member of First Wave and YPO in OKC. Offel is an accomplished pilot and holds both a commercial helicopter instrument and private airplane single engine land certificate. He and his wife, Heidi, have two sons. CASAs serve a two-year term without compensation. Terms may be extended to a total of 10 years of service. The secretary may recognize a civilian aide as a CASA Emeritus after 10 years of service with distinguished service.

Summer is heating up, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illness. Each year, more than 600 people die from heatrelated illness in the United States. In Oklahoma, there were 145 deaths associated with exposure to excessive heat from 2010 to 2017. Approximately 70 percent of those deaths occurred in males. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death. It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly. Heat Exhaustion n Heavy sweating n Weakness n Cold, pale, clammy skin n Fast, weak pulse n Nausea or vomiting n Fainting n Muscle cramps n Headache n Feeling dizzy Heat Stroke n Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher n Hot, red, dry or moist skin n Rapid and strong pulse n Headache n Nausea n Feeling confused n Feeling dizzy n Unconsciousness A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If any signs are recognizable, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler environment. Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath. The OSDH offers the following safety tips for preventing a heat-related illness: Stay indoors. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit the mall or public library, or contact the local health department for the location of a heat-relief shelter in the area. Stay hydrated. Increase your fluid intake to two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids every hour. If you are on water pills or restricted fluid limit, consult a physician first. Avoid liquids which contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar; they contribute to the loss of more body fluid. Very cold drinks can cause stomach cramps and should be avoided as well. Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing as well as sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection. Closely monitor those who are more vulnerable. Infants, children, people older than 65 years of age, those with mental illness, outdoor workers, athletes and those with physical illnesses such as heart disease or high blood pressure should be closely observed. Never leave anyone in a vehicle. Never leave anyone, especially children and the elderly, in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked. For more information on summer heat safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit

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State tax collections hit a record high At $970.9 million, May Gross Receipts to the Treasury are a record high for May collections, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced last week. In addition, total gross receipts during the past 12 months, at $12.09 billion, are within $14 million of matching the all-time 12-month high. Miller said the May report on gross receipts, which provides a broad reflection of state economic activity, is good news for Oklahoma. “As has been the case each month for more than a year, Oklahoma’s economy is showing signs of ongoing expansion, Miller said. “In just the past 14 months, since 12-month collections last bottomed out, gross receipts have grown by more than $1.3 billion, an increase of more

than 12 percent.” The record high for 12-month collections was set in February 2015 at $12.103 billion. At the end of May, 12-month collections were set at $12.09 billion, below the record by $13.7 million, or 0.11 percent. May’s gross total, at $970.9 million, exceeds all previous May totals since the treasurer’s office began tracking gross receipts. The monthly and 12-month reports show growth in all major revenue streams. New revenue collections The tax commission attributes $33.8 million in May to new revenue resulting from legislation enacted during 2017. The additional revenue

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Crackdown on drivers without insurance The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) has awarded a contract for the new Oklahoma Compulsory Insurance Verification System (OCIVS). The new system, hosted by MV Solutions, Inc., will be overseen by the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID). The current system has been managed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Senate Bill 115, passed in 2017, transferred authority of the system from DPS to OID. “This will go a long way toward solving Oklahoma’s uninsured driver problem,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “This brings us one step closer to creating a real-time, reliable database for law enforcement officers, court clerks, district attorneys and tag agents to verify auto insurance coverage. Those trying to drive without insurance are about to get a rude awakening.” Commissioner Doak will notify all private pas-

‘Rude awakening’ faces violators senger auto insurance companies in Oklahoma they are required to participate in OCIVS using a web service that allows access to the insurer’s realtime book of business. The previous system allowed companies to upload data on a weekly or monthly basis, making it difficult for OCIVS users to access current policy information. In order to create the most effective system possible, Commissioner Doak is committed to using every regulatory tool at his disposal to ensure that insurance companies comply with the requirements of the system. Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, was the principal Senate author of SB 115. “Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the nation,” said Sharp. “We have to change that. A better verification system can

Industry official ties strong economy to energy sector Continued expansion of the oil and natural gas industry is leading to a stronger state economy, the economist who compiles the Oklahoma Energy Index said this month. Dr. Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute, said every indicator in the most recent energy index trended higher, led by 5.6 percent and 4.1 percent gains in crude oil and natural gas spot prices, respectively. Price improvements prompted new rig activity with the average weekly rig count at 129, an increase of seven rigs over the previous month. “Conditions are certainly favorable to carry the current expansion further, with the state enjoying the resulting spillover economic and fiscal benefits,” Evans said. “Should that expansion materialize, policymakers will need to apply lessons learned from our recent experience to better manage the next wave of economic fluctuations.” The Index has grown by 12.2 percent from one year ago, reaching a level of growth last seen in March of 2011. The most recent monthly Energy Index grew by 1.9 percent and stands at 212.9 using data collected

in April. Evans said employment gains were modest in both the primary and energy support sectors and are consistent with expectations that the pace of hiring in the industry will slow in the second half of 2018. The OEI is a comprehensive measure of the state’s oil and natural gas production economy established to track industry growth rates and cycles in one of the country's most active and vibrant energy-producing states. The OEI is a joint project of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute.

Health group adds new doctor SSM Health St. Anthony is pleased to welcome Waddah Nassar, M.D., to SSM Health Medical Group. Dr. Nassar is board certified in family medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Damascus in Damascus, Syria, and completed his residency at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina. SSM Health Medical Group, located at 7221 West Hefner Rd., in Oklahoma City, focuses on family care treating adults, and pediatric patients six years of age and older. To schedule an appointment please call 405-470-6900.

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make a big difference. OID has the resources and regulatory authority to ensure compliance and manage the system efficiently.” SB 115 was coauthored by Rep. Lewis Moore, RArcadia. “Our state’s high number of uninsured drivers leads to higher premiums for everyone,” said Moore. “Once people realize this database is accurate and updating in real time, they’ll be much more likely to keep their auto insurance current instead of risking a costly fine.” The new law authorizes the insurance commissioner to initiate an administrative proceeding against an insurance company that is not providing vehicle insurance policy information to the online verification system. It also allows for license plate numbers to be used for verification.

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comes primarily from changes in sales tax exemptions and gross production tax incentives. The new revenue accounts for 3.5 percent of May gross receipts. Out of $10.2 billion in gross collections since last August, $274.7 million, or 2.7 percent, has resulted from last year’s law changes. Tax increases signed into law in late March of this year have not yet taken effect and therefore have no impact on current collections. Other indicators The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index has topped growth neutral for 10 consecutive months. The May index rose to 68.5, from 62.7 in April. Numbers above 50 indicate anticipated economic growth during the next three to six months. At 4 percent, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in April, while the U.S. jobless rate dropped by two-tenths of a percentage point from April to 3.9 percent. It marks the third time since October 1990 that Oklahoma’s jobless rate has been higher than the U.S. rate. The last time U.S. unemployment was as low was September 2000. May collections May gross collections total $970.9 million, up $116 million, or 13.6 percent, from May 2017. Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $281.8 million, an increase of $13.7 million, or 5.1 percent, from the previous May. Individual income tax collections for the month are $255.9 million, up by $18.1 million, or 7.6 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $25.9 million, a decrease of $4.5 million, or 14.7 percent. Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $391.1 million in May. That is $42.6 million, or 12.2 percent, more than May 2017. Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $74.1 million in May, an increase of $35.3 million, or 91 percent, from last May. Compared to April reports, gross production collections are up by $13.4 million, or 22.1 percent. Motor vehicle taxes produced $69.7 million, up by $4.5 million, or 6.8 percent, from the same month of 2017.

Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including use taxes, along with taxes on fuel, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages, produced $154.2 million during the month. That is $20 million, or 14.9 percent, more than last May. Twelve month collections Gross revenue totals $12.09 billion from the past 12 months. That is $1.2 billion, or 11.2 percent, more than collections from the previous 12 months. Gross income taxes generated $4.2 billion for the period, reflecting an increase of $335 million, or 8.6 percent, from the prior 12 months. Individual income tax collections total $3.8 billion, up by $274.5 million, or 7.8 percent, from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $459.9 million for the period, an increase of $60.5 million, or 15.1 percent, over the previous period. Sales taxes for the 12 months generated $4.6 billion, an increase of $439.2million, or 10.5 percent, from the prior period. Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $673.5 million during the 12 months, up by $246.9 million, or 57.9 percent, from the previous period. Motor vehicle collections total $770.5 million for the period. This is an increase of $20.4 million, or 2.7 percent, from the trailing period. Other sources generated $1.8 billion, up by $177.7 million, or 11.2 percent, from the previous year. About Gross Receipts to the Treasury The Office of the State Treasurer has issued the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report since March 2011 to provide a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy. It is released in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund allocation report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides important information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes. The General Revenue Fund receives less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and placed into off-thetop earmarks to other state funds.

New health clinic planned Due to heavy rains last week, HealthCARE Express is having to reschedule its groundbreaking. It will now be held on Thursday, June 14 at 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided for those in attendance, and there will be a drawing for tickets to see Thomas Rhett in concert. Interested in coming to the ground breaking? Visit the future location of HealthCARE Express at E 2nd Street

between Vista Lane and Wayne Martin Road in Edmond. HealthCARE Express is walk-in, urgent care clinic, which values customer service. They treat broken bones, sprains, work injuries, ear aches, fever, flu, sore throats, minor cuts, abdominal pain, allergies and burns. For additional informaiton, visit

City makes OKC water purchase Edmond’s water supply consists of two primary sources and a secondary source. The primary sources are surface water from Arcadia Lake, and well water from the Garber-Wellington aquifer. The secondary source is treated water purchased from The City of Oklahoma City and may be used continuously starting in June of 2018. Oklahoma City water, more than likely, will not be purchased any earlier than thirty days from the date of this notice and will likely be used continuously moving forward. Edmond city officials want to advise residents of the purchase because some home dialysis machines may need adjustment due to the different disinfection system used by Oklahoma City. Although residents typically do not notice any change, kidney dialysis machines may require a different method of operation. Oklahoma City uses chloramines and Edmond uses chlorine, which is termed “Free� chlorine, for disinfection. Both disinfecting processes meet all state standards

and are accepted industry-wide. When bringing in smaller amounts of OKC water, Edmond uses the connection that is located on the southwest side of town. Water is delivered to a large ground tank and then pumped back out as needed. The Oklahoma City water that is used from this location is diluted with Edmond “Well� water.  In the event Edmond needs to bring in large amounts of water, there is a connection and pump station that is located in northwest Edmond. This facility can accommodate up to fifteen million gallons of water per day.  If it becomes necessary to utilize this facility then Edmond can, if needed, convert the chloramine disinfectant back to the “Free� chlorine state, or use it as it is.  Residents are urged to advise the Water Resources Department if they have a medical condition that would warrant notification prior to a change. To report a medical condition, call 2167775 between the hours of 7:30 am5:30pm M-Th and 7:30am-11:30am on Friday.

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New Henderson Hills pastor By Carla Hinton Oklahoman A Fairview native has been named new lead pastor of one of the metro area's more prominent churches. The Rev. John Wohlgemuth was chosen as the next leader of Henderson Hills Baptist Church on June 3 after the church held a congregational vote. "It is with great joy and excitement that we announce the results of today's vote on whether or not to call John Wohlgemuth to be our next Lead Teaching Pastor. The vote was 99 percent in favor of calling him, and John has accepted the call!" the church said in June 3 tweet. Wohlgemuth, 36, has served as lead pastor of Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth since 2015. Prior to that, he had served as senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Weatherford. The preacher is expected to preach his first sermon in his new role June 23-24, said Kevin Nicolin, a

member of Henderson Hills' elders council who serves as executive pastor. Wohlgemuth's title will be lead teaching pastor. He succeeds the Rev. Dennis Newkirk, who had been the church's lead pastor for 26 years before retiring in 2017. "We're starting a new chapter in the history of the church and we're looking forward to it," Nicolin said. Wohlgemuth preached May 19-20, 26-27 and June 2-3 at Henderson Hills. "What a day. What an honor," he said in a tweet after the June 3 congregational vote. "My prayer: 'Give me now wisdom and knowledge to lead this people, for who can lead this people of yours, which is so great?' (2 Chronicles 1:10)." In a May 20 tweet, the preacher described Henderson Hills as an "amazing church, amazing people." A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he and his wife Emily have three sons.

Upcoming Haydn Festival The Oklahoma Haydn Festival, under the direction of Jim Waddelow, presents its seventh annual season this month. There will be three presentations including at June 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Edward's Chapel at Casady School; June 17 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church 1000 N. Broadway Edmond; and June 23 at 7 p.m. at Casady Auditorium at Casady School. Featuring chamber works in piano trio, string quartet, piano sonata, and piano cello duo. Musicians are all participants of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival More information at “Please join us for this performance,” said Jose Batty, conductor for the Southwestern College Youth Symphony.

Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi Good Shepherd Anglican Church (Traditional Episcopal) 1000 N. Broadway, Edmond •314-8715 Sundays - Holy Communion 8:00 & 10:00am Animal Friendly Parish “If you have people who exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have those who deal likewise with their fellow human being.” St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) 1928 Book of Common Prayer •


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