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MESSENGER & REPUBLICAN Vol. 109 No. 32 – 12 Pages, 1 Section

Cherokee, (Alfalfa County) Oklahoma

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Behind closed doors By KORINA DOVE Messenger & Republican Staff Alfalfa County commissioners spent more time in executive session Tuesday than they spent conducting business in three meetings during the last week. Commissioners Doug Murrow, Chad Roach and Toby Walker had little to say, however, after taking an hour and 10 minutes to discuss the employment of courthouse maintenance worker Lonnie Beckwith. “We do feel like there’s some changes that need to be made in the maintenance position,” Murrow said, right before he motioned to let Roach talk with Beckwith about the changes. Roach would not give specifics but said he is following the advice of the district attorney. “I can say it was the recommendation of the district attorney to follow these procedures,” Roach said. He made it clear that Beckwith had done nothing illegal and is still employed. In other business, commissioners approved a data collection contract with TY Pickett for the assessor’s office and approved a juvenile detention contract with Cleveland County for $21.54 per child per day. They also signed a road crossing permit for SandRidge in District 3, two road crossing permits for Select Energy Services in District 1 and in District 3 and one road crossing permit for Crescent Services in District 3. See CLOSED Page 3

Ellis finds ways to reorganize and save money

CHEROKEE fireworks observers took ringside seats for Monday pyrotechnics at the football field. Joslyn Clem (above) closed her eyes and surfaced with a prize-winner in the Carp Catch, while a pair of youngsters do their best to influence entries in the turtle races. Look for more photos on Page 5 and elsewhere in this week’s newspaper.

By KORINA DOVE Messenger & Republican Staff Eyeballing and reorganizing past policies is how Superintendent Cory Ellis has spent his first few days on the job. “We’ve been doing things kind of haphazardly in the past,” Ellis told board of education members Thursday during a special meeting to end the fiscal year. Tackling discrepancies in support staff salaries and procedures was first on his to-do list. “I’ve ordered an electric time clock for the support employees to use,” he said. One time clock will be placed at the high school, and another will be located in the elementary building. Support staffers, or any nonsalaried school employee who does not teach in a classroom, will clock in when they arrive for work and clock out when they leave – something they have never been required to do. “The school district could get in trouble quickly with overtime,” Ellis said. “We don’t have any policy in the policy book about overtime.” He told Cherokee Board of See SAVE Page 3

Firefighters’ Straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting ‘Chief’ style From the egg toss to the sack races to ‘carp catch,’ it was a Cherokee 4th of July tribute set means red by paper for new bus To honor Alfalfa County’s volunteer firefighters, the Messenger & Republican will publish a tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their time to save lives and property during northwest Oklahoma’s extended drought. High winds have made the job even more dangerous for firefighters, who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Messenger & Republican will contact businesses and individuals countywide who may wish to show their appreciation to firefighters. Photos and a listing of volunteers will be included. If you would like to make sure you’re included, call (580) 596-3344 for more information.

Inside today... Wheat Price.............................. 3 Opinions................................... 4 Lifestyles.................................. 6 Funerals................................... 7 Sports....................................... 8 Legals....................... 8, 9, 10, 11 Classifieds............................. 11

By STEVE BOOHER Messenger & Republican Staff "I think the water balloon toss is next," screamed the 10-year-old to his partner, who was wiping egg white and yolk from an unsuccessful attempt to win a prize in the egg toss. It was a scene straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. It was Americana and it was a traditional celebration of America's birthday in Cherokee, Oklahoma. Locating shade wherever they could find it in the community's Municipal Park, the very young, the young, the old and the not-so-old nearly filled one-half of the spacious playground. A half inch rain Saturday evening settled the dust at the park, but unlike days and days of 30 to 40 mile per hour winds, Sunday offered only a whisper of a breeze and temperatures climbed to nearly 100 degrees. Youngsters scurried from one event to another, with parents and grandparents trying their best to keep up with the youthful exuberance. From about 9 a.m., when the Lions Club kicked off its Horseshoe Tournament, until the water balloon toss ended at 11:30 a.m., it was non-stop action. Soon, a long line had formed, a sure sign that the Cherokee Main Street Fourth of July Hamburger Fry – one of the organization's fund-raisers to finance fireworks – was under way. Most of the 20 and older crowd wandered away from the park following the hamburger fry, but the youngsters filed into the swimming pool for the free swim sponsored by the City of

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New Thrift Store gets a paint job from First Baptist youth members.

Cherokee and Main Street. As they have for decades now, Cherokee's Rotarians got events rolling at Cherokee High School's football field late Monday afternoon. They opened their homemade ice cream stand and began registering turtles for the club's raucous tortoise races. Girl Scout Troop 910 officially started the evening's celebration with a flag ceremony and shortly afterwards County Commissioner Doug Murrow let the first youngsters climb into a horse tank for one of the most unique events of the day – the Carp Catch. As the turtle races wound down, Main Street began handing out dozens of prizes furnished by or purchased through donations from local merchants. Winners were drawn from a drum filled with raffle tickets. Proceeds from the ticket sales are another source of income to help Main Street fund the day-long celebration. As night fell, the National Anthem was played and the hundreds of people took seats on the football field or in the grandstands, awaiting the first bomb burst to signal the beginning of the fireworks. Many people parked their cars on the streets along side the football field to view the show, others living in the neighborhood sat in lawn chairs in their yards. For about 15 or 20 minutes, only the "oohs" and "aahs" could be heard over the exploding shells. Now that it's all over, Cherokee Main Street Program Man-

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Check out photos from Cherokee’s big Fourth of July celebration.

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By KORINA DOVE Messenger & Republican Staff A 46-passenger activity bus will be decked out in red-andwhite Chief fashion and on the school grounds in time for football season. Cherokee Board of Education members Thursday pored over bids received for transportation equipment and upgrades to school buildings that money from two recent bond issues will finance. Voters passed the bond issues – totaling $445,000 – in May to pay for new school buses, suburbans, a pickup for the agriculture department, electrical work and school furniture. A large chunk of the funding See STYLE Page 3

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Brayden Nixon earns a spot on Oklahoma’s High School Rodeo team.


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Thrift Store makeover

FIRST BAPTIST Church youth members, participating in a recent campaign to spruce up the community, paint the

Continued from Page 1 ager Susie Koontz will sit down and count the proceeds from the groups fund-raisers. If it's enough, the organization will begin planning next year's pyrotechnics. Following are the results from the Fourth's many activities, as provided by sponsoring club's and organizations: Tiny Rot Revue – Trig Ream, 2; Lindzee Wessels, 2 1/2; Tripton Puffinbarger, infant; and Ashlyn Puffinbarger, 4 Best Dressed Dog – Maddilyn Soderberg & "Lashes," first; Jaynee and Justine Inman's "Sunny," second Most Unusual Pet – Maddilyn Soderberg's "Xaviar," first Sack Races – 10 & Under: Taryn Miller & Caity Mathis, first; Cooper Jones & Austin Baird, second; Joslyn Clem & Jaynee Inman, third; Teens: Cameron McGee & Matt Lan-

walls of the former McDowell Electric building, which soon will become the new home of the Thrift Store.

NWOSU enrollment continues through Aug. 23 ALVA – Current and prospective students are encouraged to enroll soon at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the fall semester beginning on Aug. 15, before classes fill up and close. Enrollment for the semester ends Aug. 23. Printed copies of the course schedule are available at all of Northwestern’s locations, and a PDF version of the booklet is located on Northwestern’s web site at www.nwosu.edu/courseschedules.    At the top of that web page is the link “Updated Course Schedule” that will allow the user to find courses in all programs. This location will keep everyone aware of what courses have been closed or canceled or if any changes have been made to course times, locations or instructors. The site also provides colorcoded lines to indicate closed or canceled classes, graduate cours-

es, or if permission of an instructor is required before enrollment in the class can be processed. All students must obtain a class schedule and enrollment form, have the form signed by an adviser and process the form at the registrar’s office. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, pre-approved by their academic advisers, may enroll online or at the registrar’s office. New students – both transfers and first-time students – and those returning after being out at least one semester, must enroll in the registrar’s office. Current office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., until July 28.  Northwestern is closed on Friday in the summer. Beginning Aug. 1, regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but hours for the business, financial aid and registrar’s offices will be extended to 6 p.m., Aug. 15-18.

VALERIE VETTER swears to uphold her official duties as Alfalfa County treasurer as Judge Loren Angle administers the oath of office Friday in the Civic Room at the Alfalfa County Courthouse. Several of Vetter’s family members and friends showed up for the inauguration. Vetter’s first official day as treasurer was July 1.

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Books for fall classes may be ordered online at www.efollett. com beginning Aug. 1.  Students may have the books sent from Alva to the Woodward campus at no additional charge, or shipped to a specified address for an additional shipping charge. In addition, Northwestern continues to offer a service provided by Rent-a-Text. This option will allow students to rent their textbooks and save up to 50 percent on the cost of textbooks.  Students must first register and open a Rent-a-Text account. To save time and money, students can sign up for a free account at www.rent-a-text.com. Books for fall classes also may be ordered online at www.efollett.com. Financial aid will not go through the Follett system until Aug. 1, but students may pre-order now and once financial aid comes in, Follet can process the order. Freshman Orientation will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, on the Alva campus. The session is required for all freshmen. All first-time freshmen also must enroll in a Ranger Connection class. Ranger Connection classes are listed under University Studies in the fall schedule and serve as an orientation to the university and college life. Payment for fall tuition and fees is due Aug 15. Students expecting financial aid funds to cover fall costs must have an award letter on file in the financial aid office by that date. Students with enrollment

questions may call the Alva registrar’s office at (580) 327-8554. People who want to know more about becoming a student at Northwestern are encouraged to contact Matt Adair, director of the Office of Recruitment, at (580) 327-8546.

caster, first; Ralyn Waugh & Kylee Wiens, second; Beth Lancaster & Anna Mitchell, third; Adults: Justin Goss & Matt Gibson, first; Carla Kildow & Christy Schanbacher; second; Kirsten Pruett & Slade Hague, third Egg Toss – Ralyn Waugh & Kylee Wiens Water Balloon Toss – Katelyn Roberts & Derek McKinnon; Kurtis Eckhardt & Ronnie Eckhardt; and Kirsten Pruett & Slade Hague; three-way tie Horseshoe Tournament – Matt Roberts, first; Mike Roberts, second; Roger Pierce, third Turtle Race – Chesney Berry, first. She was rewarded with $1,166 as her share of the prize money. Taking home $1,166 was her father, Jason, who purchased Chesney's turtle in the calcutta. The Rotary Club grossed $1,166.

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Continued from Page 1 will buy a replacement for what has become known as “The Chief,” a large diesel bus that has hauled thousands of students to activities since 1976. Board members Cheryl Washburn, Ken Girty, Daylon Caruthers, T.J. Allison and Amber Wilhite entertained bids from two dealers for a new 2012 model bus. They settled on a bid of $144,602 from Midwest Bus of El Reno and directed Sales Representative Dusty Vickers to have the bus painted up in red and white and to decorate it with a large chief head near the back. The bid from Midwest was slightly higher than the $143,755 bid from Ross Transportation of Oklahoma City, but because of a shorter delivery time the board opted for the higher price. Ross Transportation’s estimated time of delivery was 120 days. Both companies also submitted bids for a smaller, 29-passenger bus, and again, board members chose Midwest and a bid of $58,374 for a diesel unit. Midwest also submitted a bid of $47,248 for a gas-powered bus. Board members thought the diesel engine would outlast the gas model. Plus, the diesel bus is readily available. “The gasoline bus will have

to be built,” Vickers said. “The diesel buses we actually have sitting on the lot right now.” Ross submitted a bid for a diesel bus of $62,948 and a gas unit of $47,860. Bids from Mark Ream Motors Inc. in Alva and Croft Country Chevrolet in Cherokee for two new suburbans were rejected because bid specifications were not met. Croft fulfilled the bid, submitting a price of $33,009 for a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban. Mark Ream Motors bid $32,730 for a 2012 Chevrolet Suburban. Bid specifications called for a price on a 2011 model. Board members agreed that they would like to compare “apples to apples” and voted to rebid that portion of the transportation bond. Ream Motors also submitted a bid of $39,650 for a 2011 red Chevrolet diesel pickup that would be used for a vocational agriculture vehicle. Croft bid $40,794 for a 2011 white Chevrolet Silverado and won the bid because of color preference. “I specifically said white,” said Superintendent Cory Ellis. Girty abstained from voting, but the remaining four board members approved Croft’s bid. Sunderland Electric of Burlington will complete electrical work included in the bond issue. Rex Sunderland, owner,

CLOSED Continued from Page 1 During meetings on Thursday and Friday, commissioners approved the June Alcoholic Beverage Tax, totaling $6,090.98. Allocations were as follows: Aline, $377.81; Amorita, $77.68; Burlington, $275.42; Byron, $79.45; Carmen, $725.62; Cherokee, $2,877.77; Goltry, $473.15; Helena, $782.12; Jet, $406.07; Lambert, $15.89. Commissioners also established the county depositories in Thursday’s meeting, which wrapped up the fiscal year. The county depositories include

Farmers Exchange Bank, ACB Bank, Cherokee; First Carmen Branch, Cleo State Bank, Carmen; First Goltry Branch of Kremlin, Goltry; Helena Branch, Farmers Exchange Bank, Helena; Jet State Branch, Cleo State Bank, Jet; Burlington Branch, Alva State Bank, Burlington; and Oklahoma State Treasurer, Oklahoma City. Commissioners named the Cherokee Messenger & Republican the official newspaper for the county and settled on 55.5 cents per mile for employee mileage reimbursement.

submitted a bid of $14,584.11 to rewire heaters in the elementary building and replace lights in the high school and junior high hallways and gymnasium. Sooner Electric of Enid submitted two bids, the first being $17,853 for work at the elementary only and a bid of $20,610 for a separate “energy saving” package. The company submitted the same numbers in a separate bid for work that needs completed at the high school. Bids for school furniture from Merrifield Office Supply in Alva and SPC Office Products in Woodward, both totaling more than $30,000, were rejected. “Clear across the board, there was not a significant savings,” Ellis said. “It was still over $30,000 for furniture. I still think that’s a tad high.” He suggested the board let him shop online for furniture. “We’re going to save some money that way,” Ellis said. His recommendation was accepted. SPECIAL ED TEACHER HIRED Debbie Goodwin won the board’s approval as new special education teacher at the elementary school. “There were only a handful of applicants for that position,” Ellis said. “After interviewing three, Debbie Goodwin was picked.” Ellis told the board that Goodwin’s qualifications are exceptional and her experience exceeds that of the other applicants. Goodwin taught special education in the Oklahoma City area for more than 20 years and is certified in several areas. She replaces longtime special education teacher Marcia Failes. COUNSELOR RESIGNS Board members read and accepted a letter of resignation from school counselor Jaci Heaton, who has taken a coaching job at Alva Middle School. Heaton thanked the faculty in her letter and said her decision to leave was not easy. She offered assistance to her replacement.

Continued from Page 1 Education members Cheryl Washburn, Ken Girty, Daylon Caruthers, T.J. Allison and Amber Wilhite July 30 during a special meeting that he would like to establish a support staff salary schedule and job specifications during the July regular board meeting. “Several things need to be discussed because we don’t even have a policy,” Ellis said. “It’s in the policy book, but I don’t know if a lot of people know what their job duties and responsibilities are. To address all that, we had to start with the salary schedule.” Ellis used a salary schedule from a school he formerly administered and looked at typical hours needed to complete job duties. He used the elementary school’s building secretary as an example. “There’s not really any reason our building secretary should have been on for 200 days,” he said. “Really, she could have been on for 180 days.” He also looked at custodian positions, which are slated as parttime. One employee claimed 260 days during the 2010-11 school year. “That’s a full-time employee,” Ellis said. He wants the board to consider placing custodians on an 11-month contract with the option of taking a month off in the summer. “If we need work to be done, like painting or whatever, they can come in on the summer schedule,” he said. “If they want a summer break, the kids (who work for the school during the summer) can come in and paint or whatever.” Ellis also wants to put in writing specific salaries, according to support staff experience. He said one custodian with se-

niority is paid $8.50 an hour, and a newer hire is earning $8.25 an hour. Likewise, the kitchen manager makes $10.50 an hour as does the kitchen assistant, which Ellis called “crazy.” “The manager has all the paperwork in the world to do,” he said. By implementing a salary schedule and requiring employees to punch the clock, job titles and duties are structured and the school saves money. “I just think it will help alleviate a lot of questions in the future,” he said. Ellis is not just looking at policies for support staff, either. He is glancing across the board. New state legislation allows smaller school districts to cut a full-time counseling position into a half-time job. The recent resignation of school counselor Jaci Heaton allows the school to replace her with someone who will work fewer hours. “I’ve had a handful of applicants for counselor and I’ve talked to two,” Ellis said. Likewise, the recent hire of girls’ basketball Coach Margo Hamilton as a half-time employee will save some money. “That’s probably saving $10,000 right off the top and you’re probably looking at the same for a fulltime counselor,” Ellis said. Hamilton was hired last month at $25,000 a year. “A lot of it right off the bat is going to be reorganization type things that will help mainstream cost effectiveness,” Ellis said. Most of his budget trimming and tightening is related to the use of federal monies, specifically Title I and Title II funding, which he said has not been utilized to its full potential in the past. He explained that Title I monies are intended to fund lower

social economic areas in schools, and Title II funds help with classroom innovation projects and extension activities outside the classroom. “I think I’m going to be able to get a teacher out of the Title II monies, but I don’t know yet,” he said. The new teacher would oversee an elementary intervention program. Ellis said he will continue to examine past policies and procedures to see where he can make the school operate more efficiently. “There are a whole lot of things I’m planning on doing. I just haven’t gotten around to talking (with board members) about that yet,” Ellis said. “It’s about making sure we use the resources we’ve got wisely.”

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Send Letters to the Editor to... Cherokee Publishing Co. • P.O. Box 245 • Cherokee, OK 73728 E-mail: chermessenger@att.net "If by a 'liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties – someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'liberal,' then I’m proud to say I’m a “liberal.” – President John F. Kennedy

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It’s time to thank our firefighters! Over the past few weeks – with day after day of hot, dry weather and sparse rainfall – Alfalfa County’s volunteer firefighters have responded again and again to help save property and lives from the ravages of wildfire. They have sacrificed not just their time, but occasionally their lives to help not just their friends and neighbors, but anyone needing their service. Because of the wind factor, it’s not unusual for three or more volunteer fire departments from around the county to join forces to knock down out of control fires. Our radio scanner has crackled most of the early summer as firefighters place themselves in strategic locations to fight fires. It’s not unusual for county employees to step into the fray, using county equipment to establish fire breaks. And when they can, county farmers step up to the plate to do the same. Due to the intense battle that’s been waged by these volunteers, the Messenger & Republican will publish a tribute to the steadfastness and bravery these men and women have shown 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep us safe and our property intact. Many times, their loyalty to this dangerous job has taken them away from their families at the most inopportune times. Our staff will be contacting county businesses, as well as individuals who wish to show their appreciation. Anyone who would like to contribute to this endeavor should contact the Messenger & Republican at (580) 596-3344. It’s time to thank these folks for their unselfish service to their fellow county residents.

High court mistake –From the Tecumseh Countywide News Writing an editorial is kind of like preparing for a fistfight: You shouldn’t do either if you’re angry. For that reason alone, we probably ought to refrain from saying anything about the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision barring release of the birthdates of state employees. That ruling not only makes it harder for journalists to exercise their watchdog function, it looks ridiculous in light of the fact that the state is selling the same information it gathers from members of the general public who register to vote or want to drive a vehicle. From our standpoint, the most maddening aspect of this decision isn’t that it sets up “public servants” as a privileged class of citizens. It was the assertion in the majority opinion that the court could find “no instance in which we can fathom how such information would advance the public’s interest in assuring that the government is properly performing its function.” That simplistic conclusion leads us to believe either that (1) the state’s highest court is incapable of performing its function or (2) the attorneys arguing for transparency did a terrible job. One or the other must be right. No, the most disturbing aspect of this decision is that seven of the justices on this court are clearly not capable of defining the difference between interpreting the law and writing the law. The court took the fact that the Legislature failed to include birthdates in the Open Records Act as license to simply stick it in there. Purely and simply, that isn’t the job of the judiciary. Birthdates have long been regarded as “directory information” not only in Oklahoma but across much of the nation. When we took our first course in press law, oh, so many years ago, the professor told us we would know more about the subject after three months than 99.9 percent of the lawyers in the country because from John Philip Zenger to Near Vs. Minnesota on down, they simply don’t teach it in law school any more. Looks like the old professor was right again.

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Education takes it on chin again Is this an effort to cripple if not kill the public school system? –From The Tulsa World When the Legislature starts cutting spending, guess who's going to take the biggest hit? Those who need it most. The attack on public education continued last week. The state school board, guided by Secretary of Education Janet Baressi, cut $2.3 million in fiscal 2012 matching funds for all adult education programs statewide. ...The latest outrage is the assault on adult education. As of Friday, a Tulsa-based program that serves several northeastern Oklahoma communities will be denied $275,000 in state funding that is required to receive about $825,000 in matching federal funding. The program allows adults to achieve a GED and attend English as a second language classes. The program was expected to attract an additional 1,500 students with the addition of the Tulsa Public Schools service area. That could bring the total enrollment up to 3,800. That would be lots of adults getting a high school diploma and earning a better living. It would also mean offering immigrants the chance to learn English and get jobs, which would mean more people paying taxes. Yes, times are tough and money is tight. But public education has taken hit after hit in cuts. It's enough to make one wonder if there is not a concerted effort to cripple if not kill the public school system.

The Republican mantra for years has been that public schools are failing and wasting money. Public schools critics say that alternatives such as vouchers would solve the education problem, give parents more choices and save money. No doubt, there are students who might perform better in a private school. But vouchers, which would divert public money to private schools, are not the answer. The mandate of public schools is to educate everyone. Private schools are under no such mandate. Do voucher proponents really believe that private schools will be open to everyone? What about the slow learners? What about those whose voucher doesn't cover the cost? What about the handicapped? Private schools, which play an important role in education, should resist the voucher proposals. Many have at least loose religious affiliations and they shouldn't want the separation of church and state battle on their hands. A cynic would say that the plan is to reduce the public schools' funding so that they cannot compete. Their test scores will plummet, their national rankings will sink even further and then they can be declared educationally bankrupt and effectively dismantled. When legislators and candidates speak of their devotion to education the question is: Whose education? Everyone's or only a select few?

This is the reward for our teachers? By ED CANNADAY District 15 State Representative With the state Superintendent of Public Instruction leading the way by casting the tiebreaking vote of 4-3, the funding for the highly acclaimed National Board Certification Teacher program (NBCT), which awards $5,000 to Board Certified Teachers, was cut from the state education budget. This decision will have a negative effect on the income of approximately 3,000 teachers. Despite promises from the legislature to reward teachers who take the initiative to improve professional growth and student achievement, House and Senate leaders chose to remove NBCT funding as a 'line item' requirement in the budget. As a result, Superintendent Janet Barresi did not include it as a funded item for the board’s consideration, and with little time to review her proposed budget they did not address its absence as a budget item.  During my five years as a legislator I have heard a steady cry by the leadership that we must develop a system of paying teachers based in part on an incentive for going above and beyond in classroom instruction. The NBCT met this call for expanded professionalism with a focus on bringing greater rigor into their classrooms.  Research, including the 2008 Congressionallymandated National Research Council report, shows that students taught by NBCTs make

higher gains on achievement tests than students taught by non-NBCTs. The legislature has recognized this as a truly legitimate incentive program and has invested in scholarships to encourage teachers to take the initiative to become a National Board Certified Teacher. For years we have committed to fund this program by including it as a line-item in the education budget. However, this year the House and Senate leaders chose to ignore this commitment and sent Superintendent Barresi a budget that gave her the opportunity to wipe out funding for this program, which with her tie-breaking vote, she did. One tragic irony is that this Wednesday, the first of six meetings of the newly-formed Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Commission will take place. As a member of this commission I will be focused on the legislation (Senate Bill 2033) that created this commission, in which a large portion is dedicated to determining a means of developing a teacher evaluation system that will allow schools to pay teachers an incentive bonus. As we meet, I plan to question why an incentive program that had a proven track record is not being funded, while the cost of this commission will be an estimated $10,000 annually and $200,000 for training by fiscal year 2014. (Cannaday represents District 15 in the Oklahoma House. He lives with his family in Porum.)

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Children – particularly the very young – would surely count Christmas as their favorite holiday of the year. As they grow older the “reason for the season” naturally comes into focus. As a religious holiday, Christians will always have it at the top of their list. So, placing Christmas on a list all alone, where does the Fourth of July rank in your “Top Ten” of holidays? If you’d taken a poll last weekend, I don’t have any doubt that in between sack races, the egg toss and popping firecrackers, the unanimous choice would have been the Fourth of July. It’s been my favorite since that first year Mom and Dad let me try my hand (no pun intended) at removing my fingers with explosives. Popping firecrackers, or setting off small bombs if you count the M-80s that terrorized all adults and gave EMTs and the hospital emergency room a reason to exist, was something I began looking forward to shortly after school let out in May. I saved up every dime that came my way and along with the few bucks Dad would throw my way, I might have $10 or $15 to burn up on the Fourth. And I could count on Dad to show up with a matching amount of fireworks – usually Roman candles, “snakes,” and sparklers – for the family celebration in the backyard on the night of the Fourth. What we didn’t have was the organized celebration that Cherokee, Carmen and Dacoma stage once a year. As I walked through the big crowd at Cherokee’s Municipal Park Monday morning, snapping photos of Tiny Tot Revue, sack race and egg toss winners, it brought home just how great it is to be living in a small town. No, we don’t have the giant fireworks show they enjoy in Oklahoma City, Edmond or in the televised extravaganzas in New York City or Washington, D.C., but they don’t have what we have. I like to call it a Fourth of July Reunion – almost an alumni event of former turtle race competitors. Every year, I see people shaking hands in the park or at the football field, catching up with each other on new additions to their families, or who’s passed away, all the while reliving their sack race and egg toss days. No, I wouldn’t trade what Cherokee, Carmen and Dacoma have for all the Fourth of Julys in much larger cities. I doubt many folks in NYC have any idea of what it might be like to celebrate a Fourth of July reaching into a stock tank to pull out a winner in the “Carp Catch.” Those kinds of events put our Fourths on par with anything that the millions of dollars spent on sparkly bombs in Washington, D.C. can buy. I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July wherever you live... and remember the “reason for this season!”

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Happy birthday America! FOURTH OF JULY in Cherokee brought out young and old to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Clockwise from right are: Clint Ream breaks out in a smile as Billie Goss lets fly with a horseshoe. Maddilyn Soderberg shows off “Lashes,” the Best Dressed Dog, and “Xaviar,” the Most Unusual Pet at this year’s party in the park. Main Street volunteer Rebecca Hawkins serves up baked beans at the hamburger fry. They’re off and running in the sack races, trying to avoid an accident. Cousins Trig and Tyson Ream try to get a little closer to the action during the Rotary Club’s turtle races. Winners from the Tiny Tot Revue (from left) Trig Ream, Lindzee Wessels, Tripton Puffinbarger and Ashlyn Puffinbarger pose following the pageant competition. Tripton is held by his mom, Kayla Puffinbarger. You can call it noodling, or you can call it the Fourth of July “Carp Catch,” but the young man hanging onto the fish called it a winner.

Photos by Korina Dove & Steve Booher


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Lifestyles Benefits of reading ...

CARMEN PUBLIC LIBRARY concludes its summer reading program June 27 with a field trip to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse in Enid. Twenty-four children and sponsors took the trip.

Newlin to serve as ambassador STILLWATER – Burlington High School graduate Lacey Newlin has been named a College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student Success Leader for the 2011-12 school year at Oklahoma State University. Newlin will serve as a CASNR ambassador through the SSL program. CASNR ambassadors are a group of 14 students selected to represent the agriculture industry, CASNR and OSU. They will host various events throughout the year to educate students about career and educational opportunities in the industry, host prospective students on the OSU campus and speak to various groups on behalf of CASNR. Students selected to serve in a SSL position completed SeLeCT, a two-session workshop process, to become familiar with CASNR, responsi-

Quilters make preparations for quilt auction Piecemakers Quilt Club met June 21 in the Civic Room at the Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Hostess Sharon LaRue served refreshments to guests Pat Hess and Angi Sharp, and members Linda Delano, Patria Hague, Cindy Baker, Paula Gruse, Carolyn Stands, Marguerite McMurtrey, Margaret Goss, Kim York, Carolyn Demaree, RoseMary Whittet, Donna Wessels, Vicki Logsdon, Tami Cooper, Terri Woods and Tracy Quinlan. President Demaree called the meeting to order.

Secretary Goss read the minutes of the May meeting and Wessels gave the Treasurer’s report. Volunteers were needed to hang quilts at the fair after the judging; tickets were distributed to each member to sell for the raffle. Quilts will be raffled on the last day of the fair. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be given to local charities. Also discussed was the fall retreat, to be held in October. Logsdon will be in charge of the fall retreat registration. Items of quilting for Show

& Share were brought by Cooper and LaRue. Pam Hess brought a Kansas quilt and Paula Green brought an embroidered scarf. The lesson was given by Demaree on how to bind quilts. Each member brought two items of quilting to trade and everyone went home with a new treasure. Members are to bring two items to trade at the July meeting, which will be a cookout at 6:30 p.m. on July 19 at Cindy Baker’s home in Carmen. Everyone will bring a side dish to share.

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First United Methodist Church 400 S. Grand, Cherokee Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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bilities and expectations of a SSL and how to serve as a successful peer mentor. They also completed an application and went LACEY through an NEWLIN interview process before being selected as a SSL. Newlin is the daughter of Curt and Jennifer Newlin. She is a junior at OSU majoring in animal science and agricultural communications. While at OSU, Newlin has been active in Freshmen in Transition.

Wheatheart Nutrition Lists Menu Menu is subject to change due to availability of foods. Monday, July 11 - Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, winter mix with cheese sauce, whole wheat roll with butter, chilled fruit. Tuesday, July 12 - Dinner franks, sauerkraut, potato salad, bun, easy chocolate cake. Wednesday, July 13 - Ham & beans with onion, tomato relish, seasoned greens, cornbread with butter, double orange gelatin with topping. Thursday, July 14 - Fish krispies with tartar sauce, pineapple slaw, harvard beets, hush puppies, cinnamon apple muffin. Friday, July 15 -Potato soup, tomato juice, cookie, orange, pudding. For reservation, call 580596-2792 Cherokee, or 580852-3248 Helena, by noon the day before.

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Funerals CATHY STEWART CANNON Cathy Stewart Cannon was born on July 18, 1954, and died June 17, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. Memorial service was Monday, June 20, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe, La. After cremation, a memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at Bethel Cemetery in Amorita, Okla. She was born and resided in the Alva area and graduated from Burlington High School before marrying and moving to West Monroe in 1980. In addition to numerous volunteer and charitable organizations she belonged to through the years, she was employed by Drennans’ Pharmacy. She was also an Avon sales representative. She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer Community Pharmacy and GO-CARE, as well as being associated with MADD and many other civic and church organizations. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie and Ruth Stewart; and a brother, Teddy. She is survived by her husband, Rick; a daughter, Erin Sego of Memphis, Tenn; a son, John Cannon of West Monroe; a brother, Monte Stewart of Amorita; and three nephews. Memorials may be made to: Kids Against Hunger Northwest Oklahoma, 114 A Loop Drive, P.O. Box 344, Cherokee, OK 73728. NADINE HARMON Aline – Funeral service for Nadine Harmon, 77, was at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Aline Christian Church. Polly Young officiated. Burial followed at Aline Star Cemetery. Arrangements were by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena. Nadine was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Carmen to William David Frech and Bertha Spencer Frech and died June 29, 2011, in Enid. She lived in this area all of CHEROKEE CHURCHES First United Methodist Pastors: Paul Calkin Jeni Markham Clewell Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. CHUMYouth Classes: 6:30 p.m. Wed. Evening Choir Chime:6:30 Choir Practice: 7:30 p.m. New Life Assembly of God Interim Pastor: Robert Stewart Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Study & Prayer: 6:30 p.m. Wed. Prayer & Bible Study: 7p.m. Prayer line: (580) 596-2155 Bethel Baptist Church Pastor: Rev. Ed Jones Sunday School: 10 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Wednesday Youth: 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study, Wed.: 7 p.m. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pastor: Dr. Ron Hansen Youth Minister: Barbara James Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:50 a.m. Youth Meet: 5:30 p.m. KREJ Radio Wed: 8:20, 12:55, 5:25 First Baptist Church Pastor: Tom Cooksey Assoc. Pastor: Brandon Holloway Morning Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Discipleship Training: 6 p.m. Evening Worship: 7 p.m. Wednesday Prayer: 7 p.m. St. Cornelius Catholic Church Pastor: Father Lawrence Mass Every Sunday: 11:15 a.m. Friends Church Pastor: Joe Woods Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m.

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her life. She married Harold Lee Harmon Nov. 2, 1951. She was a member of the Aline Christian Church, where she sang in the church choir and was a member of CWF. She was a beautician and owned her own shop in Aline for a number of years. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Louise and Mary Ann; and one brother, Robert. She is survived by her husband, Harold of Aline; three children, Kristy Ferrall of Duncan, Brian Harmon of Mt. Hope, Kan. and Darren Harmon of Aline; six grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Memorials may be given to Aline Christian Church through the funeral home. Memories may be shared with the family at www.lanmanmemorials.com. Olen S. Gerdes Wellington, Kan. -- Funeral service for Olen S. Gerdes, 91, of Wellington, Kan. will be held at 10 a.m. Thurs., July 7, 2011, in the Assembly of God Church, Wellington. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Thurs., July 7, in the Bethel Cemetery, Amorita. A retired U.S. Postal Service and Kansas Turnpike Authority employee, Olen was a WWII veteran. He passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Juanita (Troutman) Gerdes; son, Jeffrey A. Gerdes and wife Cathy of Wichita, Kan.; daughters, Lynette M. Brown and husband Raymond of Haysville, Kan. and Christine N. McConnell and husband Phillip of Augusta, Kan.; step-children, Merlin Troutman and wife Delores, Donald Troutman and Richard Troutman; brother, Robert Gerdes of Salina, Kan.; sister, Mary Church of Morton, Wash.; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and seven step-great-great-grandchildren. A memorial has been estabLiving Vine Community Church Pastors: Matthew & Tamara Yoder Sun.Worship: 10 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Bible Study: 7 p.m. Men’s: 2nd & 4th Mon. Women’s: 2nd & 4th Wed. BURLINGTON CHURCHES Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pastor: Dr. Richard Duckworth Church School: 10 a.m. Worship: 11 a.m. Church of Christ Riverside Preacher: Jeffrey Keele Sunday School: 10 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:50 a.m. Evening Worship: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7:00 p.m.

lished with the Bethel Cemetery Association, Amorita. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com (paid) VERNE "WENDALL" CLARK Funeral services for Verne "Wendall" Clark will be 9:00 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Marshall Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Gib Clark officiating. Interment will be in the Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Verne "Wendall" Clark, son of the late Verne and Elsie Faye (Aller) Clark, was born January 1, 1923 at Amorita, Oklahoma, and passed away July 2, 2011, at the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 1 day. Wendall graduated from Amorita High School. On November 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Loreta Fern Hess at Cherokee, Oklahoma. He worked with his dad at, and later owned Clark’s Shop where he worked as a blacksmith, repaired equipment and sold hardware which he owned and operated for 65 years. He also worked as a Rural Mail Carrier for 43 years, retiring in 1992. Wendall was a member of the Amorita Community Church, Past President of the Northwest Fiddler’s Association, Past President of ABBD Senior Citizens, and past member of the Oklahoma Rural Letter Carriers Association. He really enjoyed playing the fiddle, performing roadshows and magic acts, and teaching people to square dance. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Loreta. Wendall is survived by one son, Verne Clark and wife, Marilyn, of Amorita; two daughters, Judy Junkins of Taloga, and Cynthia Rose and husband, David, of Taloga; five grandchildren, Keyra Clark, Lexi Clark, and Brenner Clark, all of Amorita, Bradley McGuffey and wife, Tabathia, of Fargo, and First Baptist Church Pastor: Scott Hofen Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Bible Study: 6 p.m. AMORITA CHURCHES Amorita Community Pastor: Guy Phillip Harris Morning Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. Prairie Valley United Methodist Pastor: Mary Irby

Tiffaney McGuffey of Taloga; two great grandchildren, Landon and Jasper McGuffey; other relatives and friends. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to ABBD Senior Citizens or Amorita Community Center. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com. (paid) LARRY D. MCCONKEY Helena - Funeral service for Larry D. McConkey will be Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., at First Christian Church, Cherokee with Dr. Ron Hansen officiating. Burial will be at Good Hope Cemetery, Helena, with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc., Helena. Viewing will be Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Larry was born to Thomas E. McConkey and Vulah Verle Smith McConkey August 24, 1941 in Whitehorse and died July 4, 2011 in Okeene. He had lived in Helena since 1972. Larry did paint and body work for 20 years, beginning in high school, roughnecked 8-10 years with his brother, Billy and then co-owned Carmen Oil Company starting in 1984 and owned J. and L. Propane Company in 1993. Larry was a member of First Christian Church, Cherokee. Survivors include his wife, Judy McConkey of Helena, his son, Jacky McConkey, brother, Billy McConkey and wife, Sharon of Orienta. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, Thomas McConkey and Vulah Paxton and step-dad, Carl Paxton. Memorials may be given to the church elevator fund through the funeral home.

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First Congregational Church Pastor: Jane Ho Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Family Meal: 1st Sunday, Noon Ladies Aid:1st Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Last Sunday: Holy Communion New Covenant Fellowship Pastor: Dale Cummins Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship: 6:00 p.m. Wed. Yth Grp, Bible Study: 7 p.m.

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Fellowship & Communion last Sunday of the month Jet United Methodist Church Pastor: Mary Irby Sunday School: 10 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. UMW: Every 3rd Wed. 7 p.m. CARMEN CHURCHES Carmen Christian Church Pastor: Kirk Board Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Carmen United Methodist Pastor: John Bizzell Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Assembly of God Pastor: Rev. Mike Wiles Morning Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Carmen Baptist Church Pastor: Jerry Stafford Morning Worship: 9:30 a.m. ALINE CHURCHES United Methodist Church Pastor: Rachel Parrott Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Bible Study: 5:00 p.m. Pleasant Plain Church of the Brethren Pastor: Elsie Koehn Sunday School: 10 a.m. Morning Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Eve Service: 7:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday Fellowship following Church Service First Christian Church Pastor: Polly Young Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Youth Group: 4 p.m. CYF: 5 p.m. Wildwood Chapel River RoadNon-Denominational Sunday: 830 p.m.

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FSA County Committee nominations open Dwight Richmond, executive director for the Alfalfa County Farm Service Agency (FSA), has announced the nomination period for local FSA county committees has begun. The committee seat up for election in 2011 represents the northern third of the county. The north boundary of the district is the Kansas state line and the south boundary is the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River until it intersects State Highway 11, then continuing east on SH 11. "I urge all farmers and ranchers to participate in this

year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline," said Richmond. "With better participation in recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of nominations of women and minority candidates. I hope that trend continues." To be eligible to serve, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Farmers and ranchers may

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Nixon earns position on state rodeo team Recent Cherokee High School graduate Brayden Nixon has earned a position on the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Team. Nixon will travel to Gillette, Wyo. to compete July 17-23 in the bull riding competition at the 63rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo. Nixon placed second in bull riding at the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Finals, which took place June 9-12 in Woodward. He also will compete July 1015 in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee. The National High School

Finals is the world’s largest rodeo, featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. Contestants will compete for more than $200,000 in prizes and more than $350,000 in college scholarships, in addition to the title of National High School Rodeo National Champion. To earn the title, contestants must finish in the top 20 after two go-rounds of competition before advancing to Saturday night’s final championship performance.

nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ elections. Forms for the 2011 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2011. FSA county committees make decisions on disaster and con-

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servation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 5. Newly elected committee members take office on Jan. 2, 2012.

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & 11 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, OklaRepublican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t homa, which section Applicants request BEFORE THE CORPORATION be formed as a -acre drilling and spacing COMMISSION unit for such formation underlying such OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA section, with the permitted well for the unit APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE to be located not less than 1320 feet from OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE the unit boundary; and (iii) granting such EXPLORATION, L.L.C. other and further relief as may be proper RELIEF SOUGHT: SPACING based upon the evidence presented at the LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 28 hearing herein. TOWNSHIP 29 NORTH RANGE 11 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, application in this cause requests that the OKLAHOMA order to be entered in this matter be made Cause CD No. 201103155 effective as of the date of the execution NOTICE OF HEARING thereof or as of a date prior thereto and STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perseeks to amend the following set out orders sons, owners, producers, operators, with respect to the following named sepapurchasers and takers of oil and gas, and rate common sources of supply: all other interested persons, particularly in Common Source of Supply: Douglas, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particuLansing, Kansas City, Cherokee and Mislarly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” sissippian attached to the application on file in this Order Number Being Extended: cause, and, if any of the named individuals 583734 be deceased, then the unknown heirs, exNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that ecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees this cause will be referred to an Adminand assigns, both immediate and remote, istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of of such deceased individual; if any of the evidence and reporting to the Corporation named entities is a dissolved partnership, Commission. corporation or other association, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that unknown successors, trustees and as- this cause will be heard before an Adminsigns, both immediate and remote, of such istrative Law Judge on the Conservation dissolved entity; if any of the named parties Docket at the Corporation Commission, designated as a trustee is not presently First Floor, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 acting in such capacity as trustee, then the North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, unknown successor or successors to such Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day trustee; if any of the named parties desigof July 2011, and that this notice will be nated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently published as required by law and the rules acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, of the Commission. then the unknown successor or successors NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the the Applicants and interested parties may named entities are corporations which present testimony by telephone. The cost do not continue to have legal existence, of telephonic communication shall be paid the unknown trustees or assigns of such by the person or persons requesting its parties. use. An interested party who wishes to NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Apparticipate by telephone shall contact the plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed the hearing date, and provide his or her an application in this cause requesting the name and phone number. Corporation Commission to enter an order, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all as follows: (i) amending Order No. 583734 interested persons may appear and be of the Commission so as to enlarge and heard. For information concerning this acextend the boundaries of the Douglas, tion contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) Lansing, Kansas City, Cherokee and Mis935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA sissippian separate common sources of No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake supply of gas so as to cover and include Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma Section 28, Township 29 North, Range City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer 11 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklato Cause CD Number. homa, which section Applicants request be CORPORATION COMMISSION formed as a 640-acre drilling and spacing OF OKLAHOMA unit for such separate common sources of BOB ANTHONY, Chairman supply underlying such section, with the JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman permitted well for the unit to be located not DANA L. MURPHY, Commissioner less than 1320 feet from the unit boundary; DONE AND PERFORMED this 27th (ii) establishing the initial boundaries of day of June, 2011 the Big Lime-Oswego common source of BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: supply of gas so as to cover and include PEGGY MITCHELL, Section 28, Township 29 North, Range Commission Secretary

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Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & portion or lateral and from any point on or Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t along such completion interval, BEFORE THE CORPORATION and to be completed in and to produce COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF hydrocarbons from the above-named OKLAHOMA separate common sources of supply, with APPLICANT: SANDRIDGE such authorization and permission runEXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, ning in favor of Applicant or some other LLC party recommended by Applicant; and RELIEF SOUGHT: LOCATION (ii) establishing a proper allowable for EXCEPTION the proposed well involved herein as to LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 13, the separate common sources of supply Township 29 North, Range 10 covered hereby, which allowable Applicant West of the IM, requests be established as a full allowAlfalfa County, Oklahoma able with no downward adjustment made Cause CD No. 201103237 thereto. Such application further states NOTICE OF HEARING that there is currently pending before the STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perCommission an application of Applicant to sons, owners, producers, operators, form “640-acre” drilling and spacing units in purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and said Section 13 for the Tonkawa, Cottage all other interested persons, particularly Grove, Kansas City, Big Lime-Oswego, in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the Cherokee and Mississippian separate following: Chesapeake Operating, Inc.; common sources of supply. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.; Yale Oil NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Association, Inc.; Unit Petroleum Comapplication in this cause requests that the pany; D W Hughes, LLC; and if any of the order to be entered in this matter be made above-named parties is a dissolved parteffective as of the date of the execution nership, corporation or other association, thereof or as of a date prior thereto and then the unknown successors, trustees that the authorization and permission and assigns, both immediate and remote, requested herein run in favor of Applicant of such dissolved entity. or some other party recommended by NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Applicant. Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Production, LLC, has filed an application “land sections adjacent to the area within in this cause requesting the Corporation the location exception” requested herein in Commission of Oklahoma to enter an said Section 13 in the State of Oklahoma in order, to be effective as of the date of the regard to the subsurface location tolerance execution thereof or as of a date prior areas described above are Section 24, thereto, as follows: (i) authorizing and Township 29 North, Range 10 West of the permitting an exception to the permitted IM, and Sections 18 and 19, Township 29 well location tolerances in the “640-acre” North, Range 9 West of the IM, all in Alfalfa drilling and spacing units to be formed in County, Oklahoma. The other “land secSection 13, Township 29 North, Range 10 tions” surrounding said Section 13 in the West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, State of Oklahoma are Sections 14 and for the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Kansas 23, Township 29 North, Range 10 West of City, Big Lime-Oswego, Cherokee and the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. Mississippian separate common sources NOTICE IS FURTHER of supply, so as to allow a well to be drilled GIVEN that this cause is set before an adfrom a surface location being not closer ministrative law judge for hearing, taking of than 165 feet from the north line and not evidence and reporting to the Corporation closer than 880 feet from the east line of Commission of Oklahoma. Section 24, Township 29 North, Range 10 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, this cause is set for hearing before an adto subsurface locations of such well’s ministrative law judge on the Conservation entry into and such well’s exit from each Docket at the Western Regional Service of the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Kansas Office of the Corporation Commission, Jim City, Big Lime-Oswego and Cherokee Thorpe Building, 2101 North Lincoln Bouseparate common sources of supply and levard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 to a subsurface location of such well’s entry A.M. on the 26th day of July, 2011, and that into the Mississippian common source of this notice be published as required by law supply being as follows: and the rules of the Commission. not closer than 200 feet from the south NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that line and 880 feet from the east line of said Applicant and interested parties may presSection 13, ent testimony by telephone. The cost of with the first perforation in the horizontelephonic communication shall be paid by tal portion or lateral of the borehole of such the person or persons requesting its use. well in the Mississippian common source Interested parties who wish to participate of supply being as follows: by telephone shall contact Applicant or not closer than 200 feet from the south Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing line and 880 feet from the east line of said date, and provide their names and teleSection 13, phone numbers. and with the last perforation in the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole interested persons may appear and be of such well in the Mississippian common heard. For information concerning this source of supply being as follows: action, contact John R. Reeves, Attornot closer than 200 feet from the north ney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, Two line and 880 feet from the east line of said Leadership Square, 211 North Robinson, Section 13, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, Teleand with the terminus or end point of the phone: (405) 235-1110; or Kevin Manning, horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole SandRidge Exploration and Production, of such well in the Mississippian common LLC, 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Oklahoma source of supply being as follows: City, Oklahoma, 73102-6406, Telephone: not closer than 200 feet from the north (405) 429-5788. line and 880 feet from the east line of said CORPORATION COMMISSION OF Section 13, OKLAHOMA and with a “tolerance distance” for the DANA L. MURPHY, Chair above-described subsurface locations, JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chair horizontal portion or lateral and completion BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner interval of such well being as follows: DONE AND PERFORMED this 30th a distance of not more than 100 feet in day of June, 2011. an easterly direction and in a westerly diBY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: rection from any such subsurface location, PEGGY MITCHELL, from any point on or along such horizontal Commission Secretary

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Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Department logs June 27 3:20 p.m. – Fire southeast of Burlington. Burlington Fire Department paged out. 4 p.m. – Harassing text messages in Carmen. Going on all day. Party wants to file charges. 5:26 p.m. – Bridge on fire west on US 64. Cherokee Fire Department dispatched. 8:08 p.m. – Dead deer at end of driveway south of Cozy Curve. 9:44 p.m. – Pickup hit black cow 10 miles south of Cherokee on SH 8. 10:26 p.m. – Boat rescue Great Salt Plains Lake. 11:36 p.m. – Wreck outside Goltry. Goltry Fire and Rescue paged. Helena Ambulance paged. June 28 6 a.m. – Vehicle clipped pole northeast of Burlington. Pole

down. Called Alfalfa Electric Cooperative. 12:36 p.m. – Child fell out of back of truck in Helena. Paged ambulance. No one found. Parent said they drove themselves to hospital. 2:54 p.m. – Fire in ditch on County Road 440. 9:31 p.m. – Black calves with yellow ear tags out near Byron Fish Hatchery. Owner contacted. June 29 7:04 a.m. – Cattle out three miles north of Jet. 7:09 a.m. – Small twister half mile east of Byron. Killed three cows, destroyed building. 2:31 p.m. – Grass fire in ditch west of Dacoma turnoff. 3:27 p.m. – Man passed out on K Road north of Alva. Advised Woods County. 7:34 p.m. – Disturbance in Aline. Aaron’s Rental workers trying to repossess refrigerator.

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Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & herein under a plan of development and Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t have proposed to commence such plan BEFORE THE CORPORATION of development of such unit by an initial COMMISSION well in the lands covered hereby, and that OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA Applicants have been unable to reach an APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE agreement with the owners of drilling rights OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE named as respondents herein with respect EXPLORATION, L.L.C. to such proposed plan of development of RELIEF SOUGHT: POOLING the separate common sources of supply LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 28 in the drilling and spacing unit covered TOWNSHIP 29 NORTH RANGE 11 hereby. WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the OKLAHOMA application in this cause requests that one Cause CD No. 201103156 or both of the Applicants, including ChesaNOTICE OF HEARING peake Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All through its agent, Chesapeake Operating, persons, owners, producers, operators, Inc., or some other party recommended purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and by Applicants be designated as operaall other interested persons, particularly tor under the order to be entered in this in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the cause of the separate common sources following: Sandridge Exploration and of supply in the drilling and spacing unit Production, LLC; and, if any of the named involved herein, including the proposed individuals be deceased, then the unknown initial well and any subsequent wells under heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, Applicants’ proposed plan of development trustees and assigns, both immediate and of such unit. Applicants may request up to remote, of such deceased individual; if one year from the date of the order to enter any of the named entities is a dissolved in this cause, within which to commence partnership, corporation or other assothe initial well. ciation, then the unknown successors, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that trustees and assigns, both immediate this cause will be referred to an Adminand remote, of such dissolved entity; if istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of any of the named parties designated as evidence and reporting to the Corporation a trustee is not presently acting in such Commission. capacity as trustee, then the unknown NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this successor or successors to such trustee; cause will be heard before an Administraif any of the named parties designated as tive Law Judge on the Merits Docket at an attorney-in-fact is not presently acting in the Corporation Commission, First Floor, such capacity as attorney-in-fact, then the Jim Thorpe Building, Oklahoma City, unknown successor or successors to such Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day attorney-in-fact; and if any of the named of July 2011, and that this notice will be entities are corporations which do not conpublished as required by law and the rules tinue to have legal existence, the unknown of the Commission. trustees or assigns of such parties. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Apthe Applicants and interested parties may plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and present testimony by telephone. The cost Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed of telephonic communication shall be paid an application in this cause requesting the by the person or persons requesting its Corporation Commission to enter an order use. An interested party who wishes to pooling the interests of the oil and gas participate by telephone shall contact the owners, and adjudicating the rights and Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to equities with respect thereto, in proposed the hearing date, and provide his or her 640-acre drilling and spacing unit in Cause name and phone number. CD No. 201103155, for the Douglas, LanNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all sing, Kansas City, Cherokee, Mississippian interested persons may appear and be and Big Lime-Oswego separate common heard. For information concerning this acsources of supply, underlying Section 28, tion contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) Township 29 North, Range 11 West of the 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, with respect No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake to the development of such separate com- Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma mon sources of supply in such unit. The City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer interests of the oil and gas owners involved to Cause CD Number. herein and the rights and equities in reDONE AND PERFORMED THIS 27th spect thereto are sought here to be pooled day of June 2011. and adjudicated pursuant to Tit. 52, Okla. CORPORATION COMMISSION Stat., Section 87.1 within and on the basis OF OKLAHOMA of the drilling and spacing unit covered DANA L. MURPHY, Chair hereby, and not limited to a single wellbore. JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman The Applicants in this cause states that ApBOB ANTHONY, Commissioner plicants have proposed the development BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: of the separate common sources of supply PEGGY MITCHELL, in the drilling and spacing unit involved Commission Secretary

SandRidge Energy, a growing & dynamic oil and gas company, offers excellent career opportunities and is currently seeking to fill the following position in Cherokee, Oklahoma: Truck Driver - Tanker Water Truck Drivers: requires Class A CDL with Tanker endorsement and a clean MVR. Prior experience preferred. Reading/Writing English proficiencies required. Will work 4 on / 2 off rotation. $20 per hour days; $21 per hour nights. Call 580-977-5050 for immediate consideration. Applicants may apply in person at: SandRidge 921 S. Ohio Cherokee, Oklahoma. All positions are subject to an employment background screen and a pre-employment drug test. SandRidge offers a comprehensive benefit package. SandRidge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

June 30 7:53 a.m. – Wreck north of Carrier on SH 132. Oklahoma Highway Patrol notified. 1:01 p.m. – 18-wheeler westbound from Jet driving all over road. 5:03 p.m. – Small grass fire east of Cozy Curve. Jet Fire Department dispatched.

6:20 p.m. – Vehicle ran off road on Craig Road in Woods County. No injuries. July 1 7:16 a.m. – Cow out east of four-way stop. Owner advised. 9 a.m. – Accident northeast of Carmen. Cherokee ambulance dispatched. Oklahoma Highway Patrol notified.

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Oklahoma-Kansas state boundary line Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t and such section is a fractional section, BEFORE THE CORPORATION containing approximately 534.74 acres. COMMISSION OF THE STATE NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the OF OKLAHOMA application in this cause requests that the APPLICANT: SANDRIDGE order to be entered in this matter be made EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, effective as of the date of the execution LLC thereof or as of a date prior thereto and RELIEF SOUGHT: SPACING seeks to amend Order No. 551534 with LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 13, respect to the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Township 29 North, Range 10 Kansas City, Big Lime-Oswego, CheroWest of the IM, Alfalfa County, kee and Mississippian separate common Oklahoma sources of supply. Cause CD No. 201103236 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this NOTICE OF HEARING cause is set before an administrative law STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perjudge for hearing, taking of evidence and sons, owners, producers, operators, reporting to the Commission. purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this all other interested persons, particularly cause will be heard before an administrain Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the tive law judge on the Conservation Docket following: George Randall Weve; Joe Allen at the Western Regional Service Office of Weve; Rexene K. Weve; Larry Rex Angle; the Corporation Commission, Jim Thorpe Phoebe Jan Angle; Commissioners of the Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Land Office - State of Oklahoma; Yale Oil Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 A.M. Association; if any of the above-named on the 26th day of July, 2011, and that this individuals be deceased, then the unknown notice be published as required by law and heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, the rules of the Commission. trustees and assigns, both immediate and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that remote, of such deceased individual; and Applicant and interested parties may presif any of the above-named parties is a disent testimony by telephone. The cost of solved partnership, corporation or other telephonic communication shall be paid by association, then the unknown successors, the person or persons requesting its use. trustees and assigns, both immediate and Interested parties who wish to participate remote, of such dissolved entity. by telephone shall contact Applicant or NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and date, and provide their names and teleProduction, LLC, has filed an application phone numbers. in this cause requesting the Corporation NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all Commission of Oklahoma to enter an interested persons may appear and be order, to be effective as of the date of the heard. For information concerning this execution thereof or as of a date prior action, contact John R. Reeves, Attorthereto, as follows: (i) amending a prior ney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, Two order of the Commission to enlarge and Leadership Square, 211 North Robinson, extend the boundaries of the Tonkawa, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, TeleCottage Grove, Kansas City, Big Lime- phone: (405) 235-1110; or Kevin Manning, Oswego, Cherokee and Mississippian SandRidge Exploration and Production, separate common sources of supply of gas LLC, 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Oklahoma so as to cover and include fractional SecCity, Oklahoma, 73102-6406, Telephone: tion 13, Township 29 North, Range 10 West (405) 429-5788. of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and to CORPORATION COMMISSION form proper drilling and spacing units for OF OKLAHOMA such separate common sources of supDANA. L. MURPHY, Chair ply in such section, which units Applicant JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman requests be formed as “640-acre” drilling BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner and spacing units; and (ii) granting such   DONE AND PERFORMED this 30th day other and further relief as may be proper of June, 2011. based upon the evidence presented at the BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: hearing herein. Such application further PEGGY MITCHELL, states that said Section 13 lies along the Commission Secretary Legal notice interval for the Douglas, Lansing, Kansas Published in the Cherokee Messenger & City, Cherokee and Big Lime-Oswego Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t separate common sources of supply will BEFORE THE CORPORATION be no closer than 330 from the north line COMMISSION and no closer than 660 feet from the west OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA line of the unit comprising said Section APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE 28, Township 29 North, Range 11 West of OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and no EXPLORATION, L.L.C. closer than 330 from the south line and no RELIEF SOUGHT: WELL LOCATION closer than 660 feet from the west line of EXCEPTION the unit comprising said Section 28, TownLEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 28 ship 29 North, Range 11 West of the IM, TOWNSHIP 29 NORTH RANGE 11 Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, with a tolerance WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, of 100 feet from the proposed completion OKLAHOMA interval, and to be completed in and proCause CD No. 201103157 duce hydrocarbons from the above-named NOTICE OF HEARING separate common sources of supply; (ii) STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perproviding for the re-opening of the cause sons, owners, producers, operators, purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and at such time as the bottom hole location of the well proposed hereunder has been all other interested persons, particularly in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particu- determined; and (iii) establishing a proper allowable with no downward adjustment larly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” attached to the application on file in this made thereto. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the cause, and, if any of the named individuals be deceased, then the unknown heirs, ex- application in this cause requests that the ecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees order be entered in this matter be made and assigns, both immediate and remote, effective as of the date of the execution of such deceased individual; if any of the thereof or as of a date prior thereto and named entities is a dissolved partnership, that the authorization and permission requested herein run in favor of one or both corporation or other association, then the unknown successors, trustees and as- of the Applicants, including Chesapeake signs, both immediate and remote, of such Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and through its agent Chesapeake Operating, Inc., dissolved entity; if any of the named parties designated as a trustee is not presently or some other party recommended by Applicants. acting in such capacity as trustee, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the unknown successor or successors to such trustee; if any of the named parties desig- legal descriptions for the land sections nated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently adjacent to said Section 28 are Sections acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 32, 33 and 34, Township then the unknown successor or successors 29 North, Range 11 West of the IM, Alfalfa to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the County, Oklahoma. named entities are corporations which NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that do not continue to have legal existence, this cause will be referred to an Adminthe unknown trustees or assigns of such istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of parties. evidence and reporting to the Corporation NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ApCommission. plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed cause will be heard before an Administraan application in this cause requesting the tive Law Judge on the Merits Docket at Corporation Commission to enter an order, the Corporation Commission, First Floor, as follows: (i) authorizing and permitting Jim Thorpe Building, Oklahoma City, an exception to the permitted well loca- Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day tion tolerances in the proposed 640-acre of July 2011, and that this notice will be drilling and spacing unit in Cause CD No. published as required by law and the rules 201103155, for the Douglas, Lansing, Kanof the Commission. sas City, Cherokee, Mississippian and Big NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that Lime-Oswego separate common sources the Applicants and interested parties may of supply, underlying Section 28, Township present testimony by telephone. The cost 29 North, Range 11 West of the IM, Alfalfa of telephonic communication shall be paid County, Oklahoma, so as to allow a well to by the person or persons requesting its be drilled as follows: use. An interested party who wishes to Surface location: No closer than 200 participate by telephone shall contact the feet from the south line and no closer Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to than 760 feet from the west line of the unit the hearing date, and provide his or her comprising said Section 28, Township 29 name and phone number. North, Range 11 West of the IM, Alfalfa NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all County, Oklahoma, interested persons may appear and be Location of Wellbore at Completion heard. For information concerning this acInterval: The casing will be cemented tion contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) along the entire length of the lateral. The 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA proposed location of the end points of the No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake completion interval for the Mississippian Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma common source of supply will be no closer City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer than 165 feet from the north line and no to Cause CD Number. closer than 660 feet from the west line DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 27th of the unit comprising said Section 28, day of June 2011. Township 29 North, Range 11 West of CORPORATION COMMISSION the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and no OF OKLAHOMA closer than 165 feet from the south line DANA L. MURPHY, Chair and no closer than 660 feet from the west JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman line of the unit comprising said Section BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner 28, Township 29 North, Range 11 West of BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and the PEGGY MITCHELL, location of the end points of the completion Commission Secretary

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & of supply underlying such section, with the Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t permitted well for the unit to be located not BEFORE THE CORPORATION less than 660 feet from the unit boundary; COMMISSION OF THE STATE (iii) establishing the initial boundaries of OF OKLAHOMA the Cherokee common source of supply APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE of gas so as to cover and include Section OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE 27, Township 26 North, Range 12 West of EXPLORATION, L.L.C. the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, which RELIEF SOUGHT: SPACING AND section Applicants request be formed as HORIZONTAL SPACING a -acre drilling and spacing unit for such LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 27 formation underlying such section, with the TOWNSHIP 26 NORTH RANGE 12 permitted well for the unit to be located not WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, less than 1320 feet from the unit boundary; OKLAHOMA and (iv) granting such other and further Cause CD No. 201103118 relief as may be proper based upon the eviNOTICE OF HEARING dence presented at the hearing herein. STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perNOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the sons, owners, producers, operators, application in this cause requests that the purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and order to be entered in this matter be made all other interested persons, particularly in effective as of the date of the execution Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particu- thereof or as of a date prior thereto and larly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” seeks to amend the following set out orders attached to the application on file in this with respect to the following named comcause, and, if any of the named individuals mon source of supply: be deceased, then the unknown heirs, exCommon Source of Supply: Tonkawa, ecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees Cottage Grove and Layton - Order Number and assigns, both immediate and remote, 191508 of such deceased individual; if any of the Common Source of Supply: Mississipnamed entities is a dissolved partnership, pian - Order Number 582892 corporation or other association, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that unknown successors, trustees and as- this cause will be referred to an Adminsigns, both immediate and remote, of such istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of dissolved entity; if any of the named parties evidence and reporting to the Corporation designated as a trustee is not presently Commission. acting in such capacity as trustee, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that unknown successor or successors to such this cause will be heard before an Admintrustee; if any of the named parties desigistrative Law Judge on the Conservation nated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently Docket at the Corporation Commission, acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, First Floor, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 then the unknown successor or successors North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day named entities are corporations which of July 2011, and that this notice will be do not continue to have legal existence, published as required by law and the rules the unknown trustees or assigns of such of the Commission. parties. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Apthe Applicants and interested parties may plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and present testimony by telephone. The cost Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed of telephonic communication shall be paid an application in this cause requesting the by the person or persons requesting its Corporation Commission to enter an order, use. An interested party who wishes to as follows: (i) amending Order No. 191508 participate by telephone shall contact the of the Commission so as to enlarge and Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to extend the boundaries of the Tonkawa, the hearing date, and provide his or her Cottage Grove and Layton separate comname and phone number. mon sources of supply of gas so as to NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all cover and include Section 27, Township interested persons may appear and be 26 North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa heard. For information concerning this acCounty, Oklahoma, which section Applition contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) cants request be formed as a 640-acre 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA drilling and spacing unit for such separate No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake common sources of supply underlying Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma such section, with the permitted well for City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer the unit to be located not less than 1320 to Cause CD Number. feet from the unit boundary; (ii) amending CORPORATION COMMISSION Order No. 582892 of the Commission so OF OKLAHOMA as to enlarge and extend the boundaries DANA L. MURPHY, Chair of the Mississippian common source of JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman supply of gas so as to cover and include BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner Section 27, Township 26 North, Range DONE AND PERFORMED this 24th 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Okla- day of June, 2011 homa, which section Applicants request BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: be formed as a horizontal 640-acre drilling PEGGY MITCHELL, and spacing unit for such common source Commission Secretary

Legal notice along such completion interval, Published in the Cherokee Messenger & and to be completed in and to produce Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t hydrocarbons from the above-named BEFORE THE CORPORATION separate common sources of supply, with COMMISSION OF THE STATE such authorization and permission runOF OKLAHOMA ning in favor of Applicant or some other APPLICANT: SANDRIDGE party recommended by Applicant; and EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, (ii) establishing a proper allowable for LLC the proposed well involved herein as to RELIEF SOUGHT: LOCATION the separate common sources of supply EXCEPTION covered hereby, which allowable Applicant LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 11, requests be established as a full allowTownship 28 North, Range 10 able with no downward adjustment made West of the IM, thereto. Such application further states Alfalfa County, Oklahoma that there is currently pending before the Cause CD No. 201103191 Commission an application of Applicant to NOTICE OF HEARING form 640-acre drilling and spacing units in STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persaid Section 11 for the Tonkawa, Cottage sons, owners, producers, operators, Grove, Big Lime, Oswego, Cherokee and purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and all other interested persons, particularly Mississippian separate common sources of supply. in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following: Chesapeake Exploration, LLC; application in this cause requests that the Chesapeake Operating, Inc.; Atchley order to be entered in this matter be made Resources, Inc.; and if any of the aboveeffective as of the date of the execution named parties is a dissolved partnership, thereof or as of a date prior thereto and corporation or other association, then the unknown successors, trustees and as- that the authorization and permission signs, both immediate and remote, of such requested herein run in favor of Applicant or some other party recommended by dissolved entity. Applicant. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and “land sections adjacent to the area within Production, LLC, has filed an application the location exception” requested herein in in this cause requesting the Corporation Commission of Oklahoma to enter an said Section 11 in regard to the subsurface order, to be effective as of the date of the location tolerance areas described above are Sections 2, 3, 10, 14 and 15, Townexecution thereof or as of a date prior ship 28 North, Range 10 West of the IM, thereto, as follows: (i) authorizing and Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. The other “land permitting an exception to the permitted well location tolerances in the 640-acre sections” surrounding said Section 11 are Sections 1, 12 and 13, Township 28 North, drilling and spacing units to be formed in Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Section 11, Township 28 North, Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, Oklahoma. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this for the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Big cause is set before an administrative law Lime, Oswego, Cherokee and Mississipjudge for hearing, taking of evidence and pian separate common sources of supply reporting to the Corporation Commission so as to allow a well to be drilled from a of Oklahoma. surface location being not closer than 200 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that feet from the north line and not closer than this cause is set for hearing before an ad660 feet from the west line of said Section ministrative law judge on the Conservation 11 to subsurface locations of such well’s Docket at the Western Regional Service entry into and such well’s exit from each Office of the Corporation Commission, of the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Big Lime, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 North Lincoln Oswego and Cherokee separate common sources of supply and to a subsurface Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 A.M. on the 25th day of July , location of such well’s entry into the Mis2011, and that this notice be published sissippian common source of supply being as required by law and the rules of the as follows: not closer than 200 feet from the north Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that line and 660 feet from the west line of said Applicant and interested parties may Section 11, present testimony by telephone. The with the first perforation in the horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole of such cost of telephonic communication shall be paid by the person or persons requestwell in the Mississippian common source ing its use. Interested parties who wish of supply being as follows: not closer than 330 feet from the north to participate by telephone shall contact Applicant or Applicant’s attorney, prior to line and 660 feet from the west line of said the hearing date, and provide their names Section 11, and with the last perforation in the and telephone numbers. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole all interested persons may appear and of such well in the Mississippian common be heard. For information concerning source of supply being as follows: not closer than 330 feet from the south this action, contact John R. Reeves, Attorney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, line and 660 feet from the west line of said Two Leadership Square, 211 North RobSection 11, and with the terminus or end point of the inson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, Telephone: (405) 235-1110; or Kevin horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole Manning, SandRidge Exploration and of such well in the Mississippian common Production, LLC, 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., source of supply being as follows: not closer than 200 feet from the south Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73102-6406, Telephone: (405) 429-5788. line and 660 feet from the west line of said CORPORATION COMMISSION OF Section 11, OKLAHOMA and with a “tolerance distance” for the DANA L. MURPHY, Chair above-described subsurface locations, JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chair horizontal portion or lateral and completion BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner interval of such well being as follows: DONE AND PERFORMED this 28th a distance of not more than 100 feet in day of June, 2011. an easterly direction and in a westerly direction from any such subsurface location, BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: PEGGY MITCHELL, from any point on or along such horizontal Commission Secretary portion or lateral and from any point on or

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Cherokee Police logs June 27 5:22 p.m. – Bridge on fire five miles west of US 64. 6:30 p.m. – Kids riding bikes on Ohio, swerving in front of cars. 8:06 p.m. – Dead deer at end of driveway. 10:03 p.m. – People shooting off fireworks. 11:23 p.m. – Stray dog with Woodward veterinarian tag. June 28 7:19 a.m. – Stray dog on 4th and Pennsylvania chases subject and tries to bite him every morning. 8:33 a.m. – Little brown dog with Woodward vet tag in back yard. Scared from fireworks going off. 8:49 a.m. – Message about unkempt property for city manager. 2:55 p.m. – Someone burning in yard on South Massa-

chusetts. 3:12 p.m. – People using cutting torch on East 4th Street during burn ban. 10:40 p.m. – Someone shooting fireworks. June 29 12:49 p.m. – Need information on burial of cremated remains. June 30 10:34 a.m. – Burglary investigation. 11:41 a.m. – Small colt out in No Hope by bridge. 7:19 p.m. – Someone shooting off fireworks and smoking at 2nd and Massachusetts. 10:34 p.m. – Part of a motorcycle in middle of road at 4th and Kansas. 11:02 p.m. – Big dog on front porch. July 1 7:59 a.m. – Horse out in No Hope.

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & unit to be any point within such unit not Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t less than 1320 feet from the boundary BEFORE THE CORPORATION of such unit; and (ii) granting such other COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF and further relief as may be proper based OKLAHOMA upon the evidence presented at the hearAPPLICANT: SANDRIDGE ing herein. EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the LLC application in this cause requests that the RELIEF SOUGHT: SPACING order to be entered in this matter be made LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 11, effective as of the date of the execution Township 28 North, Range 10 thereof or as of a date prior thereto and West of the IM, seeks to amend Order No. 261012 with Alfalfa County, Oklahoma respect to the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Cause CD No. 201103190 Big Lime, Oswego, Cherokee and MisNOTICE OF HEARING sissippian separate common sources of STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persupply in the manner set forth above. sons, owners, producers, operators, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and cause is set before an administrative law all other interested persons, particularly judge for hearing, taking of evidence and in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the reporting to the Corporation Commission following: A.G.S. Limited Partnership; of Oklahoma. Charles T. Clark Living Trust, a revocable NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this trust dated 3/21/1997, and the Trustee of cause is set for hearing before an adminsuch trust; Chesapeake Exploration, LLC; istrative law judge on the Conservation Chesapeake Operating, Inc; Fleischaker Docket at the Western Regional Service Mineral Co, LLC; Phyllis J. Clark Living Office of the Corporation Commission, Trust, a revocable trust dated 3/21/1997, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 North Lincoln and the Trustee of such trust; Singer Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bros.; Teton Properties; Tony Tucker; if the at 8:30 A.M. on the 25th day of July , above-named individual be deceased, then 2011, and that this notice be published the unknown heirs, executors, administraas required by law and the rules of the tors, devisees, trustees and assigns, both Commission. immediate and remote, of such deceased NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that individual; if any of the above-named par- Applicant and interested parties may presties is a dissolved partnership, corporation ent testimony by telephone. The cost of or other association, then the unknown telephonic communication shall be paid by successors, trustees and assigns, both the person or persons requesting its use. immediate and remote, of such dissolved Interested parties who wish to participate entity; and if any of the above-named parby telephone shall contact Applicant or ties designated as a trustee is not presently Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing acting in such capacity as trustee, then date, and provide their names and telethe unknown successor or successors to phone numbers. such trustee. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that interested persons may appear and be Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and heard. For information concerning this Production, LLC, has filed an application action, contact John R. Reeves, attorin this cause requesting the Corporation ney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, Two Commission of Oklahoma to enter an Leadership Square, 211 North Robinson, order, to be effective as of the date of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, Teleexecution thereof or as of a date prior phone: (405) 235-1110; or Kevin Manning, thereto, as follows: (i) amending Order SandRidge Exploration and Production, No. 261012 so as to reform the 160-acre LLC., 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave, Oklahoma drilling and spacing units previously formed City, Oklahoma 73102, Telephone: (405) for the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Big Lime, 429-5788. Oswego, Cherokee and Mississippian CORPORATION COMMISSION OF separate common sources of supply in OKLAHOMA Section 11, Township 28 North, Range 10 DANA L. MURPHY, Chair West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chair into 640-acre drilling and spacing units for BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner such separate common sources of supply DONE AND PERFORMED this 28th in said Section 11, which units Applicant day of June, 2011. requests be formed on the basis of said BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: governmental Section 11, with the permitPEGGY MITCHELL, ted well location tolerances for each such Commission Secretary

Alfalfa County District Court Docket Criminal Misdemeanor Caleb Lee Collins, Alva, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol under 21 years of age. Eric David Wessels, Cherokee, has been charged with public intoxication, outraging public decency. Zach Everett Miller, Oklahoma City, has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of paraphernalia. Santiago Carrillo, Oklahoma City, has been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of paraphernalia. Criminal Felony Donald Dale Diel, Alva, has been charged with unauthorized use of implement of husbandry. William Fredrick Terwort, Hardtner, Kan., has been charged with unauthorized use of implement of husbandry. Civil Lesley Ann Rice, Cherokee, has been sued by Creditors Re-

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & covered hereby. Such application further Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t requests up to 365 days within which to BEFORE THE CORPORATION commence operations on or in connection COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF with such initial well under such plan of OKLAHOMA development. APPLICANT: SANDRIDGE NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, the application in this cause requests that LLC SandRidge Exploration and Production, RELIEF SOUGHT: POOLING LLC, or some other party recommended LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 33, by Applicant be designated as operator Township 29 North, Range 10 under the order to be entered herein of West of the IM, the separate common sources of supply Alfalfa County, Oklahoma in the drilling and spacing units covered Cause CD No. 201103201 hereby, including the initial well and any NOTICE OF HEARING subsequent well or wells drilled under or STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perotherwise covered by Applicant’s proposed sons, owners, producers, operators, plan of development of such units. purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this all other interested persons, particularly cause is set before an administrative law in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the judge for hearing, taking of evidence and following: Three Amigos Oil & Gas, L.L.C.; reporting to the Corporation Commission and if the above-named party is a dis- of Oklahoma. solved partnership, corporation or other NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this association, then the unknown successors, cause will be heard before an administratrustees and assigns, both immediate and tive law judge on the Conservation Docket remote, of such dissolved entity at the Western Regional Service Office of NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Corporation Commission, Jim Thorpe Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Production, LLC, has filed an application Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 A.M. in this cause requesting the Corporaon the 25th day of July , 2011, and that tion Commission of Oklahoma to enter this notice be published as required by law an order pooling the interests of oil and and the rules of the Commission. gas owners, and adjudicating the rights NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that and equities in connection therewith, in Applicant and interested parties may presthe 640-acre drilling and spacing units ent testimony by telephone. The cost of formed in Section 33, Township 29 North, telephonic communication shall be paid by Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, the person or persons requesting its use. Oklahoma, for the Tonkawa, Cottage Interested parties who wish to participate Grove, Big Lime-Oswego, Cherokee and by telephone shall contact Applicant or Mississippian separate common sources Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing of supply in respect to the development of date, and provide their names and telesuch separate common sources of supply phone numbers. in such units. The interests of the oil and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all gas owners involved herein and the rights interested persons may appear and be and equities in respect thereto are sought heard. For information concerning this herein to be pooled and adjudicated pursuaction, contact John R. Reeves, attorant to 52 O.S. §87.1 within and on the basis ney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, Two of the drilling and spacing units covered Leadership Square, 211 North Robinson, hereby as a group or unit, and not limited Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, Teleto a single wellbore. The application in this phone: (405) 235-1110; or Kevin Manning, cause states that Applicant has proposed SandRidge Exploration and Production, the development of the separate common LLC, 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Oklahoma sources of supply in the drilling and spacCity, OK 73102-6406, Telephone: (405) ing units involved herein under a plan of 429-5788. development and has proposed to comCORPORATION COMMISSION OF mence such plan of development of such OKLAHOMA units by an initial well in the lands covered DANA. L. MURPHY, Chair hereby. Such application further states JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chair that Applicant has been unable to reach BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner an agreement with the owner of drilling DONE AND PERFORMED this 29th rights named as a respondent herein with day of June, 2011. respect to such proposed plan of developBY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: ment of the separate common sources of PEGGY MITCHELL, supply in the drilling and spacing units Commission Secretary

Legal notice Mississippian Entry Into

Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t BEFORE THE CORPORATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA APPLICANT: SANDRIDGE EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, LLC RELIEF SOUGHT: AMENDMENT OF LOCATION EXCEPTION ORDER NO. 585355 LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Section 22, Township 29 North, Range 9 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma (Starks No. 1-22H Well) Cause CD No. 201103192 NOTICE OF HEARING STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persons, owners, producers, operators, purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and all other interested persons, particularly in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, including the following: Chesapeake Operating, Inc.; Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.; and if any of the above-named parties is a dissolved partnership, corporation or other association, then the unknown successors, trustees and assigns, both immediate and remote, of such dissolved entity. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Applicant, SandRidge Exploration and Production, LLC, has filed an application in this cause requesting the Corporation Commission of Oklahoma to enter an order, to be effective as of the date of the execution thereof or as of a date prior thereto, as follows: (i) amending location exception Order No. 585355 to correct the subsurface location of the terminus or end point of the horizontal portion or lateral of the borehole of the Starks No. 1-22H Well so as to confirm, authorize and permit an exception to the permitted well location tolerances in the 640-acre drilling and spacing units formed in Section 22, Township 29 North, Range 9 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, for the Tonkawa, Lansing, Marmaton, Cherokee and Mississippian separate common sources of supply to allow the Starks No. 1-22H Well to have been drilled into, to have been completed in, to have produced from and to continue to produce from such separate common sources of supply at the subsurface locations described below: Common Source of Supply Subsurface Location Measured Depth (True Vertical Depth) Tonkawa 225.69 feet from the north line 3,933.00 feet Entry into and 885.76 feet from the west (3,932.84 feet) line of said Section 22 Common Source of Supply Subsurface Location Measured Depth (True Vertical Depth) Tonkawa 227.91 feet from the north line 4,182.00 feet Exit from and 884.71 feet from the west (4,181.83 feet) line of said Section 22 Lansing 227.91 feet from the north line 4,182.00 feet Entry Into and 884.71 feet from the west (4,181.83 feet) line of said Section 22 Lansing 286.18 feet from the north line 4,546.00 feet Exit from and 887.61 feet from the west (4,537.30 feet) line of said Section 22 Marmaton 286.18 feet from the north line 4,546.00 feet Entry Into and 887.61 feet from the west (4,537.30 feet) line of said Section 22 Marmaton 350.75 feet from the north line 4,673.00 feet Exit from and 888.73 feet from the west (4,646.36 feet) line of said Section 22 Cherokee 350.75 feet from the north line 4,673.00 feet Entry Into and 888.73 feet from the west (4,646.36 feet) line of said Section 22 Cherokee 539.61 feet from the north line 4,927.00 feet Exit from and 885.46 feet from the west (4,813.30 feet) line of said Section 22

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covery Corp. for indebtedness in amount less than $10,000. Traffic Charged with failure to wear seat belt, $20, Kathe Kae Peil, Woodward; Michelle Lee Harper, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Steven Clint Mathis, Cherokee. Charged with speeding 1-10 mph over speed limit, $188.50, are Robert F. Gettle Jr., Stigler; Zach Everett Miller, Oklahoma City; Jason Don Ham, Sharon; Cortney Beth Denelle Rose, Cherokee; Travis Scott Riley, Alva; Thomas Eugene Watson, Tuttle; Ryan Scott Bohnet, Fairview. Charged with speeding 11-14 mph over speed limit, $226.50, are Danny Gullick, Poteau; David Clifton Bonnell, Woodward; Olvin Adoniz Gamez, Oklahoma City. Charged with speeding 21-25 mph over speed limit, $281.50, is Caleb Lee Collins, Alva. Charged with speeding 41 mph or more over speed limit, $411.50, is Phillip Mykal Jasiunas, Marysville, Ohio.

Horizontal Portion First Perforation Common Source of Supply

539.61 feet from the north line and 885.46 feet from the west line of said Section 22 567.60 feet from the north line and 884.07 feet from the west line of said Section 22 Subsurface Location

4,927.00 feet (4,813.30 feet) 4,958.00 feet (4,826.55 feet)

Measured Depth (True Vertical Depth) Horizontal Portion 342.52 feet from the south line 9,337.00 feet Last Perforation and 832.60 feet from the west (4,903.03 feet) line of said Section 22 Mississippian 237.62 feet from the south line 9,442.00 feet Terminus of and 828.32 feet from the west (4,904.76 feet) Lateral line of said Section 22 and with such authorization and permission running in favor of Applicant; (ii) confirming and assigning to the Starks No. 1-22H Well an allowable without any downward adjustment thereon as to production from the Tonkawa, Lansing, Marmaton, Cherokee and Mississippian separate common sources of supply; and (iii) granting such other and further relief as may be proper based upon the evidence presented at the hearing herein. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the application in this cause requests that the order to be entered in this matter be made effective as of the date of the execution thereof or as of a date prior thereto and that the authorization and permission requested herein run in favor of Applicant. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the “land sections adjacent to the area within the location exception” requested herein in said Section 22 in regard to the subsurface location tolerance areas described above are Sections 15, 16, 21, 27 and 28, Township 29 North, Range 9 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. The other “land sections” surrounding said Section 22 are Sections 14, 23 and 26, Township 29 North, Range 9 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause is set before an administrative law judge for hearing, taking of evidence and reporting to the Corporation Commission of Oklahoma. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this cause is set for hearing before an administrative law judge on the Conservation Docket at the Western Regional Service Office of the Corporation Commission, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 8:30 A.M. on the 25th day of July, 2011, and that this notice be published as required by law and the rules of the Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that Applicant and interested parties may present testimony by telephone. The cost of telephonic communication shall be paid by the person or persons requesting its use. Interested parties who wish to participate by telephone shall contact Applicant or Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing date, and provide their names and telephone numbers. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all interested persons may appear and be heard. For information concerning this action, contact John R. Reeves, attorney, OBA #7479, Fourteenth Floor, Two Leadership Square, 211 North Robinson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102, Telephone: (405) 235-1110; or Luke Roberts, SandRidge Exploration and Production, L.L.C., 123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 731026406, Telephone: (405) 429-6344. CORPORATION COMMISSION OF OKLAHOMA DANA L. MURPHY, Chair JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chair BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner DONE AND PERFORMED this 28th day June, 2011. BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: PEGGY MITCHELL, Commission Secretary

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t County, Oklahoma, and no closer than BEFORE THE CORPORATION 165 feet from the south line and no closer COMMISSION than 660 feet from the east line of the unit OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA comprising said Section 27, Township 26 APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE County, Oklahoma, with a tolerance of EXPLORATION, L.L.C. 100 feet from the proposed completion RELIEF SOUGHT: WELL LOCATION interval, and to be completed in and proEXCEPTION duce hydrocarbons from the above-named LEGAl DESCRIPTION: SECTION 27 separate common sources of supply; (ii) TOWNSHIP 26 NORTH RANGE 12 providing for the re-opening of the cause WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, at such time as the bottom hole location OKLAHOMA of the well proposed hereunder has been Cause CD No. 201103119 determined; and (iii) establishing a proper NOTICE OF HEARING allowable with no downward adjustment STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All permade thereto. sons, owners, producers, operators, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and application in this cause requests that the all other interested persons, particularly in order be entered in this matter be made Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particu- effective as of the date of the execution larly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” thereof or as of a date prior thereto and attached to the application on file in this that the authorization and permission recause, and, if any of the named individuals quested herein run in favor of one or both be deceased, then the unknown heirs, exof the Applicants, including Chesapeake ecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and through and assigns, both immediate and remote, its agent Chesapeake Operating, Inc., of such deceased individual; if any of the or some other party recommended by named entities is a dissolved partnership, Applicants. corporation or other association, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the unknown successors, trustees and as- legal descriptions for the land sections signs, both immediate and remote, of such adjacent to said Section 27 are Sections dissolved entity; if any of the named parties 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 33, 34 and 35, Township designated as a trustee is not presently 26 North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa acting in such capacity as trustee, then the County, Oklahoma. unknown successor or successors to such NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that trustee; if any of the named parties desigthis cause will be referred to an Adminnated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, evidence and reporting to the Corporation then the unknown successor or successors Commission. to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this named entities are corporations which cause will be heard before an Administrado not continue to have legal existence, tive Law Judge on the Merits Docket at the unknown trustees or assigns of such the Corporation Commission, First Floor, parties. Jim Thorpe Building, Oklahoma City, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ApOklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and of July 2011, and that this notice will be Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed published as required by law and the rules an application in this cause requesting the of the Commission. Corporation Commission to enter an order, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that as follows: (i) authorizing and permitting the Applicants and interested parties may an exception to the permitted well location present testimony by telephone. The cost tolerances in the in the proposed -acre of telephonic communication shall be paid drilling and spacing unit in Cause CD No. by the person or persons requesting its 201103118 as to the Tonkawa, Cottage use. An interested party who wishes to Grove, Layton and Cherokee separate participate by telephone shall contact the common sources of supply and in the Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to proposed horizontal 640-acre drilling and the hearing date, and provide his or her spacing unit in Cause CD No. 201103118 name and phone number. as to the Mississippian common source of NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all supply underlying Section 27, Township 26 interested persons may appear and be North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa heard. For information concerning this acCounty, Oklahoma, so as to allow a well tion contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) to be drilled as follows: 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA Surface location: No closer than 200 No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake feet from the south line and no closer Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma than 660 feet from the east line of the unit City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer comprising said Section 27, Township 26 to Cause CD Number. North, Range 12 West of the IM, Alfalfa DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 24th County, Oklahoma, day of June 2011. Location of Wellbore at Completion CORPORATION COMMISSION Interval: The casing will be cemented OF OKLAHOMA along the entire length of the lateral. The DANA L. MURPHY, Chair proposed location of the end points of the JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman completion interval will be no closer than BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner 165 feet from the north line and no closer BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: than 660 feet from the east line of the unit PEGGY MITCHELL, comprising said Section 27, Township 26 Commission Secretary

Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & for the Tonkawa, Cottage Grove, Oswego, Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t Red Fork and Big Lime separate common BEFORE THE CORPORATION sources of supply will be no closer than 330 COMMISSION from the north line and no closer than 660 OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA feet from the east line of the unit comprisAPPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE ing said Section 7, Township 26 North, OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, EXPLORATION, L.L.C. Oklahoma, and no closer than 330 from RELIEF SOUGHT: WELL LOCATION the south line and no closer than 660 feet EXCEPTION from the east line of the unit comprising LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 7 said Section 7, Township 26 North, Range TOWNSHIP 26 NORTH RANGE 10 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, OklaWEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, homa, with a tolerance of 100 feet from OKLAHOMA the proposed completion interval, and to be Cause CD No. 201103071 completed in and produce hydrocarbons AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING from the above-named separate common STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All persources of supply; (ii) providing for the resons, owners, producers, operators, opening of the cause at such time as the purchasers and takers of oil and gas, and bottom hole location of the well proposed all other interested persons, particularly in hereunder has been determined; and (iii) Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particu- establishing a proper allowable with no larly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” downward adjustment made thereto. attached to the application on file in this NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the cause, and, if any of the named individuals application in this cause requests that the be deceased, then the unknown heirs, exorder be entered in this matter be made ecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees effective as of the date of the execution and assigns, both immediate and remote, thereof or as of a date prior thereto and of such deceased individual; if any of the that the authorization and permission renamed entities is a dissolved partnership, quested herein run in favor of one or both corporation or other association, then the of the Applicants, including Chesapeake unknown successors, trustees and as- Exploration, L.L.C. acting by and through signs, both immediate and remote, of such its agent Chesapeake Operating, Inc., dissolved entity; if any of the named parties or some other party recommended by designated as a trustee is not presently Applicants. acting in such capacity as trustee, then the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that unknown successor or successors to such the legal descriptions for the land sections trustee; if any of the named parties desigadjacent to said Section 7 are Sections 5, nated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently 6, 8, 17 and 18, Township 26 North, Range acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, 10 West of the IM and Sections 1, 12 and then the unknown successor or successors 13, Township 26 North, Range 11 West of to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. named entities are corporations which NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that do not continue to have legal existence, this cause will be referred to an Adminthe unknown trustees or assigns of such istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of parties. evidence and reporting to the Corporation NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ApCommission. plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed cause will be heard before an Administraan application in this cause requesting the tive Law Judge on the Merits Docket at Corporation Commission to enter an order, the Corporation Commission, First Floor, as follows: (i) authorizing and permitting Jim Thorpe Building, Oklahoma City, an exception to the permitted well loca- Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day tion tolerances in the proposed 640-acre of July 2011, and that this notice will be drilling and spacing unit in Cause CD No. published as required by law and the rules 201103070, for the Tonkawa, Cottage of the Commission. Grove, Oswego, Red Fork, Big Lime and NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that Mississippian separate common sources the Applicants and interested parties may of supply, underlying Section 7, Township present testimony by telephone. The cost 26 North, Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa of telephonic communication shall be paid County, Oklahoma, so as to allow a well to by the person or persons requesting its be drilled as follows: use. An interested party who wishes to Surface location: No closer than 200 participate by telephone shall contact the feet from the south line and no closer Applicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior to than 660 feet from the east line of the unit the hearing date, and provide his or her comprising said Section 7, Township 26 name and phone number. North, Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all County, Oklahoma, interested persons may appear and be Location of Wellbore at Completion heard. For information concerning this acInterval: The casing will be cemented tion contact Nathan Cook, landman, (405) along the entire length of the lateral. The 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, attorney, OBA proposed location of the end points of the No. 20805, (405) 935-8203, Chesapeake completion interval for the Mississippian Operating, Inc., P.O. Box 18496, Oklahoma common source of supply will be no closer City, Oklahoma 73154-0496. Please refer than 165 feet from the north line and no to Cause CD Number. closer than 660 feet from the east line of DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 30th the unit comprising said Section 7, Townday of June 2011. ship 26 North, Range 10 West of the IM, CORPORATION COMMISSION Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and no closer OF OKLAHOMA than 165 feet from the south line and no DANA L. MURPHY, Chair closer than 660 feet from the east line of JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman the unit comprising said Section 7, TownBOB ANTHONY, Commissioner ship 26 North, Range 10 West of the IM, BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and the location PEGGY MITCHELL, of the end points of the completion interval Commission Secretary


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LEGAL NOTICES Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Republican Thursday, June 30, and Thursday, July 7, 2011. 2t in the district court of alfalfa county, oklahoma PB-2011-5 In the Matter of the Estate of Thomas D. Keltch, Deceased. notice to creditors and notice of hearing summary administration, final accounting, determination of heirship and distribution and discharge All persons having claims against Thomas D. Keltch, deceased, are required to present the same, with a description of all security interests and other collateral (if any) held by each creditor with respect to such claim, to the named personal representative, Kimberly A. Brzowski, at the office of Hadwiger & Jungman, P.L.L.C., 120 S. Grand, P.O. Box 306, Cherokee, Oklahoma 73728, attorneys for said personal representative, on or before the following presentment date: August 5, 2011, or the same will be forever barred. Notice is hereby given that a final account and petition for distribution will be filed herein by the 8th day of August, 2011, and all persons interested in the estate of Thomas D. Keltch, deceased, are hereby directed to appear in the Courtroom of the District Court of Alfalfa County, in Cherokee, Oklahoma, on the 17th day of August, 2011, at 10:00 A.M., to show cause, if any they have, why an order approving final accounting; determining heirs; decreeing distribution; discharging the Personal Representative; and closing this estate should not be entered. In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 22nd day of June, 2011. s/Loren E. Angle Judge Kyle B. Hadwiger, OBA#11329 Marcus Jungman, OBA#19138 Hadwiger & Jungman, P.L.L.C. 120 S. Grand, P.O. Box 306 Cherokee, OK 73728 (580) 596-3591 Attorney for Petitioner

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Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Republican Thursday, July 7, and Thursday, July 14, 2011. 2t IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ALFALFA COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA PB-2011-1 In the Matter of the Estate of Lynn Dolan Penner a/k/a Lynn D. Penner, deceased. Notice of hearing FINAL ACCOUNT, PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, AND FOR DISTRIBUTION AND DISCHARGE Notice is hereby given that Violet D. Eggers, Personal Representative of the Estate of Lynn Dolan Penner a/k/a Lynn D. Penner, deceased, having filed in this Court her Final Account of the administration of said estate and her Petition for Determination of Heirs and for Distribution

of said estate, and for Final Discharge of said Personal Representative, the hearing of the same has been set by the Court for the 28th day of July, 2011, at 2:00 o’clock P.M., at the Courtroom of said District Court in the County Courthouse at Cherokee, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, and all persons interested in said estate are notified then and there to appear and show cause, if any they have, why the said account should not be settled and allowed, the heirs of the said Lynn Dolan Penner a/k/a Lynn D. Penner, deceased, determined, said estate distributed, and the Personal Representative discharged. DATED this 30th day of June, 2011. /s/Loren E. Angle Judge of the District Court John W. McCue II, OBA No. 5936 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 503 - 118 E. Broadway

www.cherokeemessengerrepublican.com Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Range 10 West of the IM, Alfalfa County, Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t Oklahoma, which section Applicants BEFORE THE CORPORATION request be formed as a -acre drilling and COMMISSION spacing unit for such formations underlying OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA such section, with the permitted well for the APPLICANTS: CHESAPEAKE unit to be located not less than 1320 feet OPERATING, INC. AND CHESAPEAKE from the unit boundary; and (iii) granting EXPLORATION, L.L.C. such other and further relief as may be RELIEF SOUGHT: SPACING proper based upon the evidence presented LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 7 at the hearing herein. TOWNSHIP 26 NORTH RANGE 10 NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the WEST OF THE IM ALFALFA COUNTY, application in this cause requests that the OKLAHOMA order to be entered in this matter be made Cause CD No. 201103070 effective as of the date of the execution AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING thereof or as of a date prior thereto and STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: All perseeks to amend the following set out orders sons, owners, producers, operators, with respect to the following named sepapurchasers and takers of oil and gas, and rate common sources of supply: all other interested persons, particularly in Common Source of Supply: Tonkawa, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, more particuCottage Grove, Oswego and Red Fork larly the parties set out on the Exhibit “A” Order Number Being Extended: attached to the application on file in this 386572 cause, and, if any of the named individuals NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that be deceased, then the unknown heirs, exthis cause will be referred to an Adminecutors, administrators, devisees, trustees istrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of and assigns, both immediate and remote, evidence and reporting to the Corporation of such deceased individual; if any of the Commission. named entities is a dissolved partnership, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that corporation or other association, then the this cause will be heard before an Adminunknown successors, trustees and as- istrative Law Judge on the Conservation signs, both immediate and remote, of such Docket at the Corporation Commission, dissolved entity; if any of the named parties First Floor, Jim Thorpe Building, 2101 designated as a trustee is not presently North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, acting in such capacity as trustee, then the Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 25th day unknown successor or successors to such of July 2011, and that this notice will be trustee; if any of the named parties desigpublished as required by law and the nated as an attorney-in-fact is not presently rules of the Commission. acting in such capacity as attorney-in-fact, NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that then the unknown successor or successors the Applicants and interested parties may to such attorney-in-fact; and if any of the present testimony by telephone. The cost named entities are corporations which of telephonic communication shall be do not continue to have legal existence, paid by the person or persons requesting the unknown trustees or assigns of such its use. An interested party who wishes to parties. participate by telephone shall contact the NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ApApplicants or Applicants’ attorney, prior plicants, Chesapeake Operating, Inc. and to the hearing date, and provide his or Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., have filed her name and phone number. an application in this cause requesting the NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that Corporation Commission to enter an order, all interested persons may appear and as follows: (i) amending Order No. 386572 be heard. For information concerning of the Commission so as to enlarge and this action contact Nathan Cook, landextend the boundaries of the Tonkawa, man, (405) 935-8257, or Emily P. Smith, Cottage Grove, Oswego and Red Fork attorney, OBA No. 20805, (405) 935separate common sources of supply of 8203, Chesapeake Operating, Inc., P.O. gas so as to cover and include Section Box 18496, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 7, Township 26 North, Range 10 West of 73154-0496. Please refer to Cause CD the IM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, which Number. section Applicants request be formed as DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 30th a 640-acre drilling and spacing unit for day of June 2011. such separate common sources of supply CORPORATION COMMISSION underlying such section, with the permitOF OKLAHOMA ted well for the unit to be located not less DANA L. MURPHY, Chair than 1320 feet from the unit boundary; (ii) JEFF CLOUD, Vice Chairman establishing the initial boundaries of the BOB ANTHONY, Commissioner Big Lime and Oswego separate common BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION: sources of supply of gas so as to cover PEGGY MITCHELL, and include Section 7, Township 26 North, Commission Secretary

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Legal notice Published in the Cherokee Messenger & Republican Thursday, July 7, 2011. 1t COUNTY COMMISSIONERS JUNE 20, 2011 The Alfalfa County Commissioners met in the Civic Room at 10:00 AM with Chairman Murrow calling the meeting to order with members Roach, Walker and County Clerk Martin present. As required by Oklahoma State Statutes 1991, Title 25, Section 311, Notice was given of this regularly scheduled meeting by posting the Agenda in the North Entrance (Handicapped Entrance) of the Courthouse and in the County Clerk’s office at 9:55 A.M., June 17, 2011. Roach moved to approve the minutes of May 14 and the special meeting of May 23. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve the blanket purchase orders. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Murrow moved to approve the following M & O Warrants for payment. Roach seconded. All voted aye. COUNTY CLERK CASH 7............Saddleback Inn.......................................$159.98........................... Registration General Fund 1128.......Interstate Batteries...................................$28.76................................ Supplies 1129.......Fuelman.................................................$281.71....................................... Fuel 1130.......Touchtone Communications.....................$23.99...................................Utilities 1131.......Cherokee Publishing Co.........................$310.94................................ Supplies 1132.......Archers Electric...................................$1,715.00.................................. Service HIGHWAY CASH 1746......Horne Oil Co........................................$6,428.38....................................... Fuel 1747......OG&E.......................................................$31.36...................................Utilities 1748......Horne Oil Co........................................$1,064.25..........................................Oil 1749......Wilber Fertilizer........................................$97.50................................ Supplies 1750......Murrow, Franklin.....................................$607.50....................................Gravel 1751......Murrow, Franklin.....................................$717.50....................................Gravel 1752......Dirks Copy Products...............................$719.98................................ Supplies 1753......Horne Oil Co...........................................$844.29..........................................Oil 1754......Unifirst Corporation................................$458.96................................Uniforms 1755......Dirks Copy Products...............................$130.73................................ Supplies 1756......Roberts Truck Center...............................$99.52......................................Parts 1757......O’Reilly Auto Parts...................................$19.99................................ Supplies 1758......OG&E.....................................................$183.12...................................Utilities 1759......Dirks Copy Products...............................$209.52................................ Supplies 1760......OK Dept. of Transportation................$27,152.15.................... Lease/Purchase SALES TAX - FAIRGROUNDS 120........Sunderland Electric.............................$3,047.00................................ Supplies 121........Gibson Heating & Air...........................$3,893.98....................................Repair SALES TAX - HEALTH 308........Accufile...................................................$484.00.................................. Service 309........Smith Drug...............................................$18.29................................ Supplies 310........Emergency Medical Products Inc........$1,114.35................................ Supplies 311.........Aramark..................................................$243.09................................Uniforms 312........Bound Tree Corporation...........................$65.15................................ Supplies SHERIFF REVOLVING CASH 91..........Tab..........................................................$350.00.................................. Service SHERIFF FORFEITURE CASH 13..........Global Communications Technology......$416.00............................. Equipment Murrow moved to approve the following monthly reports: Sheriff’s Monthly Report. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve the Treasurer’s Resale Property Fund Financial Statement. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve 5 road crossing permits (all in Dist #1) for SandRidge. Murrow seconded. All voted aye. Murrow moved to approve 4 road crossing permits for Crescent Services (2 in Dist #1, 1 in Dist #2, and 1 in Dist #3). Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve 4 road crossing permits for Select Energy Services (2 in Dist #1, 1 in Dist #2, and 1 in Dist #3). Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve 1 road crossing permit for Rodco Services in Dist #2. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Murrow moved to approve 1 road crossing permit for Triad Energy in Dist #1. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve a juvenile transportation claim for the office of juvenile affairs. Walker seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to approve the resolution for interlocal cooperative agreement with Grant County. Murrow seconded. All voted aye. Roach moved to turn over to the DA as to whether we could accept a 6-month bid without a notary public approval signed and follow her advice. Murrow seconded. All voted aye. Murrow moved to adjourn. Roach seconded. All voted aye. /s/ Doug Murrow Doug Murrow, Chair /s/ Chad Roach Chad Roach, Member /s/ Ray Walker Ray Walker, Member ATTEST:/s/ Bruce Martin Bruce Martin, County Clerk


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Cleveland publisher takes office as president of press association Rusty Ferguson, publisher of The Cleveland American, took office as the president of the Oklahoma Press Association on July 1. Ferguson, 49, was elected by OPA business members at the Mid-Winter Convention in February and will serve a one-year term. He succeeds Rod Serfoss, publisher of The Clinton Daily News. Also taking office for the 2011-2012 term are Jeff Shultz, publisher of The Garvin County News Star, as vice president, and Gracie Montgomery, copublisher of The Purcell Register, as treasurer. Mike Brown, publisher of Neighbor Newspapers in the Tulsa area, begins a three-year term on the OPA board of directors on July 1. Other directors are Jeff Mayo, Sequoyah County Times; Jeff Funk, Enid News & Eagle; Dayva Spitzer, Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat; and Brian Blansett, Shawnee News-Star. Serfoss will serve a one-year term on the board as past president. Ferguson grew up in the newspaper business. His grandfather, Jo O. Ferguson, bought The Cleveland American in 1931 and started The Pawnee Chief a few years later. His father, Larry R. Ferguson, published The American next, while his uncle, D. Jo Ferguson, published The Pawnee Chief for many years. The Hominy News-Progress is also published by the Fergusons. "We in the community newspaper business want to soundoff loud and clear that we are not going anywhere. We are embracing, not resisting, changes brought about by the incredible

RUSTY FERGUSON

Summer cooling assistance set for low income OKLAHOMA CITY – Beginning July 11, a limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be available through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funds are designed to help low-income households that are extremely vulnerable to summer-heat. Applications will be taken until funds are depleted. Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household’s income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible and are at risk for heatrelated health problems due to the inability to afford adequate cooling, you may apply for the Summer Cooling Program available at your local OKDHS Human Service Center.  The maximum income guidelines are: Household Size Allowable Monthly Net Income

1............................................$ 1,174 2............................................$ 1,579 3............................................$ 1,984 4............................................$ 2,389 5............................................$ 2,794 6............................................$ 3,200 7............................................$ 3,605 8............................................$ 4,010

Persons applying should have the latest electric bill for their home and verification of income information when they make application. For more information, contact the local OKDHS human services center in your county of residence.

advance of social media," the OPA president said. “Community newspaper readers still want their hometown newspapers and many of us are offering it to them in multiple formats. "Our readership is strong. We are creative people who will continue providing hometown news like no one else does and continue to offer the best advertising buy for the dollar." Ferguson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1984 and returned to Cleveland a year later with his wife,

Deana, to become publisher of The Cleveland American. His father had been elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and passed the paper to Ferguson. Ferguson is active in his community having served as president of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce on three different occasions and currently chairs the local library’s board of directors. The Fergusons have four children: Liberty, Lincoln, Landon and Layne.

Henry ‘Golden’ Boy’ winner David Wilber CHEROKEE LIONS Club representative Greg Graham, left, congratulates David Wilber, winner of a Henry “Golden Boy” rifle given away in a raffle. Wilber’s name was drawn during Fourth of July activities Monday night at the Cherokee High School Football Field. We’re here for you! Your Hometown Newspaper Cherokee Messenger & Republican


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