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Clancy Concert to Benefit Allen Academics The Allen Academic Boosters will be hosting a Clancy Davis & Friends concert this Saturday, April 14th. Featured with Clancy will be the Over Drive Band, emcee Darlin’ Darla Morgan, Darla Sadler, Karisa Davis, Haley Miller and Maddox Ross.

Make Plans to Attend The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium; doors will open at 6:00. Admission prices are $10 for floor seats and $7 for bleacher seating. Tickets are available in Ada at Steppin’ Out and Hair & Nail Work in the Mini-Mall; in Allen tickets may be pur-

chased at Farmers State Bank or The Allen Advocate office. A concession stand will be available and a Pie & Cake Auction will be held at intermission. Also to be auction will be a hat, donated by Steppin’ Out, signed by Blake Shelton, a guitar, donated by

Tiger Pawn, signed by Blake, Miranda Lambert and Clancy, and an 18” pearl necklace donated by Gem Jewelers of Ada. All money raised will be used to finance the academic banquet and award ceremony in May.



Allen FCCLA Members Win State Competitive Events

Seven members of the Allen High School Chapter of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America recently participated in the FCCLA State STAR competitive events. STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition and is one of FCCLA’s national programs. Allen FCCLA had a great turnout as the following members qualified for the National STAR Events Competition: 1st Place: Crissy Fenwick and Shelby Merriman, Focus on Children; 2nd Place: Emilee Costner: Career Investigation; and 1st Place: Hannah Heck, Kennedy Prentice, and Taryn Wofford, Promote and Publicize. As state STAR event winners, these students now qualify to compete at the 2012 National Leadership Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Allen FCCLA would also like congratulate Jaime Allred for her second place win in the New Member’s Facts event. The Allen FCCLA chapter would like to congratulate each of these students and wish them the best of luck as they compete in the national competition in Orlando this Hannah Heck, Kennedy Prentice and Taryn Wofford placed 1st with their presentation summer. “Promote and Publicize” and will travel to the national competition in July. Katrina Lewis, FCCLA Chapter Adviser said, “I am extremely proud of all of our students and the wonderful job they did representing our school and FCCLA chapter. These students spent many hours preparing for their events and it is always great to see their hard work pay off.” Allen FCCLA members will now begin fundraising to pay for these students way to attend the National Conference in Orlando, Florida the week of July 7th-13th. If you are interested in making a donation to help fund these students way to compete at the national FCCLA conference please contact Katrina Lewis, Allen FCCLA Adviser.

Allen FFA Farmhand Auction and Dinner Next Friday The Allen FFA has set Friday, April 13th, as the date for a Farmhand Auction and Dinner. Come out and eat a good meal at 6:30 p.m. and help support the Allen FFA Chapter. A plate dinner of barbecue, beans, potato salad, bread, dessert and tea will be served for $5. The dinner will be followed by the farmhand auction of FFA members at 7:00. The farmhand auction, with each student giving a day’s labor, is being held to raise funds to further the program by sending students on trip, to contests, Crissy Fenwick and Shelby Merriman placed 1st at state and will go to national competilivestock events, etc. Both events will be held in the newly remodeled Ag tion with their “Focus on Children” presentation. Building.

Rabies Clinic Wednesday

Dr. Tim Costner says it’s time to shoot the dogs . . . as well as all other pets. The annual Spring Rabies Clinic will be held Wednesday, April 18th, at the Allen Vet Clinic on Hwy 1. Vaccinations will be given from 8 am to 12 noon, and from 1 to 5 pm; cost for a rabies shot is $8.50.

Lula VFD Fundraiser Saturday The Annual Lula Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser, Pie Auction & Hot Dog Supper, will be held this Saturday, April 14th. Serving of the hot dogs and chili meal begins at 5:30 and donations will be accepted; the pie auction starts at 7:00. A bounce-house will be provided for the children. Come enjoy the evening and support the Lula Fire Department. The event will be held in the Community Center/Fire Congratulations to Jaime Allred for her Emilee Costner will take her “Career Inves- 2nd place will in New Member Facts. Station at the intersection of State Highway 48 and County tigation” program to National in July. Road 1600.

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by Bill Robinson, Publisher

People who don’t have high self-esteem. Low self-esteem doesn’t contribute to happiness, and some self-esteem can add to one’s happiness. But high self-esteem contributes to unhappiness. People with high self-esteem rarely have close friends. First,

almost no one is good enough for them. Second, such people are usually insufferable, and while they attract sycophants, they repel friends. Self-respect, not self-esteem, should be the goal. People who have few expectations.

The more we expect, the less happy we will be — because the more we expect, the less grateful we are for what we receive. And ingratitude is the mother of unhappiness. People who are grateful. Gratitude is the mother of happiness.

Dennis Grager recently wrote a book titled “Happiness Is A Serious Problem.” Here are some of his conclusions about who is happy. People who control themselves. Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature. People who are given little and earn what they have. That is why lottery winners are rarely happier than those who have far less money — that they have earned; and often less happy after their win than before it. So, too, those who get used to receiving unearned material benefits (such as government entitlements) are likely to be unhappier than they were before receiving those benefits — and much less happy than those who have earned whatever they have. That is why the entrepreneur who has worked day and night for years is usually happier than the person who inherited vast wealth. People who do not see themselves or their group as victims. Virtually every person can legitimately see himself as a victim — of an unloving upbringing; of bullies in school; of a loveless, or just plain bad, marriage; of financial problems; of membership in a victim group; of health problems; and of so much else. But however valid the fact of one’s victimhood, perceiving oneself primarily as victim is the road to misery. If the primary conclusion you have reached after years of therapy is that you are a victim, you really are a victim — of lousy therapy. The post-60s labeling of virtually everyone except WASP males (blacks, women, and Hispanics, etc.) as victims has exponentially increased unhappiness in America. People who rarely complain. Complaining not only ruins everybody else’s day, it ruins the complainer’s day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get. Want to raise children who will be happy adults? Teach them not to whine. People who have close friends. Close friends not only prolong people’s lives, but on a day-today basis they contribute more to most adults’ happiness than even their children do. From their teenage years on, children are considerably more capable of causing parents unhappiness than bringing them happiness. That is one reason parents who rely on their children for happiness make both their children and themselves miserable. People who are in a good marriage. A good marriage — having a real partner in life — is so contributive to happiness that it is almost enough. Almost. People who act happy. A fundamental rule of life is that the deed shapes feelings more than feelings shape deeds. We feel what we act. Act loving — you’ll feel loving. Act happy — you’ll feel happy, or at least much happier than if you don’t act happy. The notion that acting happy when we don’t feel happy is “inauthentic” is foolish. People who aren’t envious. No matter how little or how much one has, envy destroys happiness. We naturally envy those who have more money or a nicer home, and those we think have better kids, better spouses, or better jobs. But the fact is that we almost never know the pain and suffering of anyone we envy. As a wise woman said to me when I was in high school, “The only happy people I know are people I don’t know well.” The next time you envy another person’s life, just remember that you don’t know anything about their inner demons, their childhood, their battles with life. Even friends often know little about their friends’ marital problems. The unhappy think that those who walk around with a happy disposition have had less pain than they. They’re almost always wrong.

The Allen Pre-K students had a great time hunting for Easter Eggs at school this past Thursday.


Community Center Construction Update Hootenanny, Garage Sale planned to benefit construction

—CC— Recently I ran across an old ad featuring Nehru jackets. This hip-length tailored coat was popular in the 1960s. I always wanted one. I did at one time own a leisure suit and now wish I had kept it. It would be a good addition to our local museum. If any of our readers has a Nehru jacket please let us know. It would be fun to get a picture of a top fashion from the “good old days.” —CC— How would you have written the encyclopedia entry about last week’s news that the Encyclopedia Britannica, which was first published in 1768, has stopped putting out a printed version? The media naturally focused on this fact alone—the loss of the printed volume. The more interesting story is whether Britannica can survive online. Those of us who grew up with the leather volumes tend toward nostalgia. In the pre-digital era, Britannica was the definitive way to impart and search information. The surprise is that for many people Britannica remains a key way to find authoritative knowledge online at a time when Wikipedia is a top-10 website. In the peak year of 1990, 120,000 sets of the printed Britannica were sold; only 8,000 sets of the 2010 edition have been sold. Yet a company representative says 500,000 subscribers pay some $70 a year for unlimited access to its website. This means that despite the free alternative of Wikipedia, more people pay to access Britannica online annually than paid for the print version in any year. The company estimates that “tens of millions of people around the world: also have access to the online version through their library, school or college. “This is remarkable considering the great success of Wikipedia which covers many more topics – in English, four million versus the Britannica’s fewer than 100,000 – by letting anyone post or update entries, with mostly volunteer editors vetting the results. Britannica hopes there is a place for a brand that claims to be authoritative instead of crowd-sourced. Britannica has 100 full-time editors who have worked with contributors over the years such as Albert Einstein, Milton Friedman and Alfred Hitchcock (who replied “98.6” when asked by Britannica to list his degrees on its contributor information form). Britannica’s marketing division says, “There’s no such things as a bad question – but there are bad answers.” In 2008, company president Jorge Cauz told the New Yorker, “Wikipedia is to Britannica as “American Idol” is to the Julliard School.” (This quote appears in the Wikipedia entry on MR. Cauz.) An anecdotal comparison of Britannica and Wikipedia shows the value of the premium source, but also the generally high quality of the crowd-sourced edition. The Britannia entry on itself comes to 30 pages when printed out, while Wikipedia has 23 pages; Britannica covers Wikipedia in three pages while Wikipedia has 39 pages on itself. The Wikipedia entry on the solar system, at 23 pages, is twice as long as the Britannica version. Evolution has a 61-page entry in the Britannica, by a University of California scholar, while Wikipedia has 44 pages, including an exhaustive 288 footnotes. Still, length is not always the best indicator of value. Britannica has a well-crafted, six-page entry on economist Friedrich Hayek, for example, compared with a 15-page Wikipedia entry that includes random anecdotes alongside more serious analysis, reflecting the group wiki-effort based on consensus rather than a unified approach to a topic. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in actress Salma Hayek, Britannica has less than one page (“known for her sultry good looks and intelligence”), compared with Wikipedia’s 11 pages, which include exhaustive detail on her films, TV appearances and charitable work. If you’re interested in the foot ailment Morton’s Neuroma, Wikipedia has a more complete entry than the Mayo Clinic’s, and Britannica has none. The Wikimedia foundation that oversees Wikipedia has its own worries. Its strategic plan, posted online, says its biggest risk is the declining number of volunteer editors. Many entries include cautions that the reliability of information hasn’t been confirmed. “Declining participation is by far the most serious problem facing the Wikimedia projects,” the group says. “The success of the projects is entirely dependent upon a thriving, healthy editing community.” Another related issue: “Risk of editorial scandal can’t be mitigated; there is an inherent level of risk that we cannot sidestep. This is especially true as Wikipedia adds new languages and countries, including many that censor results. It’s not clear that the volunteer model is sustainable, though few would have imagined that Wikipedia could grow to have a goal for this year of serving one billion online readers with 50 million articles in some 280 languages. Britannica remains a profitable business, especially after dropping its print version, but to survive it will have to be the most accurate source – and make the case that authoritative sources matter. For Wikipedia, the challenge is whether volunteers can sustain what has become the world’s largest compendium of facts and sometimes knowledge. As usual in this Internet era, consumers have the best of both worlds: They can choose to rely only on Wikipedia, or they also pay for Britannica and its online scholarship. Even without the printed Britannica, we have more information at our fingertips than ever be f or e . We should all hope that neither Britannica nor Wikipedia will ever have to write the other’s obituary.” — Gordon Crovitz Wall Street Journal —CC— And, speak-

ing of encyclopedias, here is my favorite story of the week. Amber Sandoe writes . . . “What are those?” asked my younger sister. She had just spotted the old encyclopedias our mother had unearthed in the basement. Mom tried to explain the concept of an encyclopedia to her, but it just wasn’t clicking. She finally blurted out, “It’s like Google, but in a book.” —CC— Is the answer to the aging process a makeover? It appears to be for one well known icon. The rosy-cheeked, white-haired man smiling out at you from the Quaker Oatmeal box is getting a haircut, losing some weight and dropping about five years from his age. Known among insiders as “Larry,” the venerable Quaker man on the logo is getting a makeover as part of a wider effort by owner PepsiCo Inc. to reinvigorate the brand globally. It hopes to keep the 134-year-old brand “fresh and innovative,” says Justin Lambeth, Quaker’s chief marketing officer. Consumers associate the logo and brand with heritage, trust, and quality, says Patrick Rowell, director of strategy for Hornall Anderson, Quaker’s brand-design firm. And today, people associate oatmeal with “energy and healthy choices,” he says. To signal these qualities in the logo without losing a sense of history, Hornall Anderson made small adjustments. (The firm won’t say how much it was paid for the revamp.) Larry now shows his shoulders, making him seem stronger and more vibrant, says Michael Connors, Hornall Anderson’s vice president of design. Trimming his hair makes him look lighter and his neck longer. “It’s the same neck,” says Mr. Connors, but the haircut “makes him look thinner.” Hornall Anderson also removed his double chin and smoothed the rolls and plumpness in his face and neck. “We took about five pounds off him,” says Mr. Connors. Quaker didn’t want to make him look too young, so he still has crow’s feet and “a little sparkle in his eye,” says Mr. Connors The color red is prominent in the new logo. Two blocks in slightly different tones form the backdrop. The shift in shades “adds a sense of movement,” says Mr. Connors. The logo’s new shape, and a band of gold along the bottom chevron suggest “a seal of

quality” on every box, says Mr. Rowell. They also added “Est 1877” to reinforce a message of tradition, quality and trust. Subtlety was a primary aim. The “goal is not to have anyone notice that he is different,” says Mr. Connors. — Sarah Nassauer Wall Street Journal —CC— And last of all, a story I really enjoyed. The last names have been omitted for obvious reasons . . . As Shane and his wife were driving home from church one week, she mentioned, “Cindy sure is putting on the weight. Do you think she’s pregnant?” “I didn’t notice, dear.” “Well, did you see how short Diane’s skirt was? And at her age.” “I’m sorry, dear, I didn’t notice.” “Surely you noticed the way the Smiths let their kids crawl all over everything during fellowship?” “No, dear, I’m sorry, I guess I didn’t notice that either.: “Honestly, Shane, I don’t even know why you go to church anymore.”

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Life is a journey. It has many twists and turns. Just about the time you think you have your life in order, you turn around and find that things are not what they were before or you have to find another way to accomplish what you want. Sometimes it is hard to cope. You have habits and when circumstances change, you have to figure out how to deal with those changes. For instance, one day I was reading the morning paper and I did not find the Dear Abby

column in the paper. Not that I need the advice or identify with the writers, it is just that I read that column every day and I had not found it. I went back to the front page and turned each page. After the third time through the paper, I found it. And guess what! It DID NOT have a heading of Dear Abby on the column. It just had a bold headline with information about the lead letter. The way I identified it was to look at the content and the letters

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Great! I only wanted a portion of the contents. Well, I tore off the top piece of plastic to get to the opening. I could not open it. I pulled and pulled. Finally, I found a pair of pliers and held them on one side of the package and pulled and pulled again. Finally, I got it open. I am glad the package was resealable, but did it have to be “not available to open” in the first place? I think as a whole, most manufacturers are working to make things easier for us. I do

like the canned products that have a pull-tab on them. They are easier for me to open, and I am adding those tabs to the soft drink pull tabs I save for the McDonald House. They may not want them, but I will take that chance. They do add up fast. I received an Easter card from my daughter Phylece, who lives in Washington, D.C. The message on the card was, ‘I was just wondering how I can get a hug to you there, when my arms are here?’ Those are my sentiments exactly.

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California. He will always be loved and remembered for his lessons in family, responsibility, and generosity. On February rd 3 , 1927, Odys was born in Allen, Oklahoma to Bud and Nora Davis. He was the 3 rd of 10 children. In 1948 he and his brother ordered a soda from a girl who was too shy to tell them her name. Within three months, Odys and that shy girl, Ruby Jo Brooks, were married. Odys and Ruby kept the road “hot” between California and Oklahoma for many years. During this time, Odys became a journeyman carpenter. His strong work ethic and dedication to his craft assured he always had a job when times were tough. Odys and Ruby welcomed their firstborn, Tommy, in 1949. Ruby finally put her foot down and said she was no longer going to move and they settled in Fresno where their family grew with the addition of two daughters, Joycelyn and Gail. Odys went to work at West-

ern Asbestos, with an 10 th grade education, in 1954. He worked his way from carpenter to owner as Western Asbestos became Western Building Materials. T he family continued to grow as the grandchildren arrived: Tamara, Theresa and Tara Davis, Joe and Jennifer Fisher, and Nick and Gabriel Calderon. Odys and Ruby had almost 40 years together before Ruby passed away in 1988. After retiring from Western, Odys once again became a traveler between California and Oklahoma, but this time in a motor home, with his wife Jeanne Bowers Davis. Odys is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his children, Tom Davis, Joycelyn Davis, and Gail Fisher; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren (all of Fresno); three sisters Oleta Aldridge of Orange, California, Oretha Trotter of Oklahoma City, and Sue Stephens, Midwest City; and two brothers Ray of Choctaw, and Ed Davis, Moore. A memorial luncheon will be hosted by the family at Holland Park West on Saturday, April 14th at 11:30. Visit the memorial website, www.odysdavis. com.

Services held for Ramona Harris

Ramona June (Cotton) Harris, age 69, of Holdenville, died March 17, 2012 in Ada, Oklahoma, following a lengthy illness. She was born March 18, 1942 in Holdenville, and was the daughter of Earl and Ferrell (Addy) Cotton, longtime residents of the Calvin-Gerty area. They preceded her in death. Ramona was a graduate of Gerty High School and later attended East Central State College, Ada. She was married to Thomas R. David Harris, Jr. of Elmore City. He Died June 10, 1997. Surviving are two children, Judy Carol Day and husband, Jim, of South Carolina, and David Earl Harris of Sallisaw; one grandson, Levi Day of South Carolina; also her cousins and friends. No services are planned at this time.

Hudson James Arrives!

Hudson Dean James was born March 28, 2012 weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces. He joins two sisters, Allison and Addison, the children of Rocky and Mindy James. Maternal grandparents are Barbara and Mike Bailey; paternal grandparents: Annette (Rinehart) James and Dewayne James. Great-grandparents are Dean and Fay Rinehart, and Goldie Rinehart. Hudson and his sisters also have an aunt and uncle, Jdanna and Doug Janes; great aunt Diane Miller; great uncle and aunt Stormy and Debbie Rinehart; cousins: Jordan, Bridge, Will, Sophie, Jesse and Kolt; as well as lots of greatgreat aunts and uncles. The Rinehart stamp is definitely on Hudson Dean James!!



Pharmacist’s View Going to church on Easter and watching a group of children line the stage and sing “Jesus Loves Me” was a treat and a good way to start an Easter Sunday Service. Participation in the music was not equal—some of the kids just moved their lips while the others carried the song along but it sounded good enough to the large group of people that filled the pews last Sunday at First Baptist Church in Allen. Believe it or not, it reminded me of another place and another time: Going to church back in 1941 at Centrahoma. There were three main churches open for business those days and we attended all three of them. There was also the Holiness but its preacher, Clyde Nickell of Allen, couldn’t make it over very often. He didn’t drive a car plus the old church building was falling down. My family belonged to the Baptist Church, but the pastor of the Nazarene Church worked in my Dad’s grocery store and sometimes we had prayer meetings on

Wednesday nights up there. The Baptist preacher only came on Sundays we would go up and listen to Brother Craig (as did some Methodists) as he would conduct and preach. We were pretty liberal about stuff like that in those days with frequent revivals at all three churches attended by congregations from all three churches. It was the neighborly thing to do and besides, there wasn’t all that much to do in Centrahoma anyway. We had BTU (Baptist Training Union) every Sunday night at the Baptist Church and many from the other churches attended it too. My grandpa called it the BUT. It was at the “BTU” that I had a chance to win a nice looking ribbon— all I had to do was memorize some bible verses, stand up on the stage and recite and identify each. A piece of cake, I figured. My main competition was a pretty little girl and my best friend, Letha Mae Moore. The big night arrived and Letha got up and ran off an impres-

sive amount of verses as did some of the other kids; but really, it was between Letha and me. I got up and did my recitations and sure enough, I had just a little bit more than she did. I won. At least I thought I did. Letha and I were competitive. Her hand shot up and the moderator asked her what she wanted. “I forgot to say one of my verses” and he proceeded to let her come back and do the forgotten verse. She said, “This is John 3:16 and here it is—For God so loved the world that He went home and forgot His only Son.” Although she said it wrong, she got the little ribbon. I was a perfect gentleman of course— after my brother kicked me and told me to calm down and shut up—as she walked up on the stage and took possession of the coveted prize. Gerald was a worry too. He had gone up to one of the Methodist Church’s revival meetings and gotten himself “saved.” Since the Methodist’s weren’t as fiery as the Baptist and Nazarenes, I worried about his eventual

destination but he did stick with us and didn’t join the Methodist, instead joining the Baptist. The Methodist guy was smart enough to not stir that pot too much. Sadly, after becoming an adult, he went over to the Methodist after all. But I figured it is probably OK now since I have learned that most of my ancestors down in Alabama were active Methodist (several preachers) and it

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Light from God’s Word Mark Legg, Allen church of Christ

“We are all going to the same place, just by different ways.” Haven’t you heard people say that? Is it true? Are there several different ways to heaven? Can we choose from many different ways and go by the way of

our choosing? When Thomas asked Jesus about the way to the Father in heaven, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) That’s very plain and easily understood. The only way to salvation and eternal life in heaven is through Jesus Christ. There are not many ways from which we can choose! We must go through Jesus Christ; there is no other savior. We can’t go by “my” way or “your” way. We must submit to Jesus, the Christ. He said we must deny ourselves and “follow” him. (Mark 8:34) Salvation is through following Jesus and

Out & About Tim Files and friend Alex of Norman enjoyed Easter dinner with his parents, Robert and Martha Files and Scottie. Joining in the visit were Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Finney, Leonard, Isabel and Kellianne, Betty Finney, and Dennis File, Desiree and Isaiah. —O&A— Debbie Vinson visited in Tuttle recently with the Johnny Thompson family. —O&A— Carl and June Vinson, Lynn and Debbie Vinson, and Cayna Cash visited in Oklahoma City with the Chris Vinson family, Brad, Pam and Heidi Bennett, and Rhonda Pachucki and family. Carl, June and Cayna attended the drama, “Thy Kingdom Has Come”, at the Del City United Pentecostal Church. Other family members and friends attending included the Jason Sharp family, Christina and Kambree Thompson, Jason and Jenny Bennett, Thad Vinson and Jeana Fuller, and Brian Lowe. Farmhand Auction Friday Night The Allen FFA has set Friday, April 13th, as the date for a Farmhand Auction and Dinner. Come out and eat a good meal at 6:30 p.m. and help support the Allen FFA Chapter. A plate dinner of barbecue, beans, potato salad, bread, dessert and tea will be served for $5. The dinner will be followed by the farmhand auction of FFA members at 7:00. The farmhand auction, with each student giving a day’s labor, is being held to raise funds\

not by a particular belief that seems right to me or any other man! He is “the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9) Peter preached, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NIV) Considering all the “different ways” of man, it should behoove each of us to examine the “way” we are “going” and make sure we are following Jesus and not a “way” of error that has originated with men. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32, NIV)

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~ 3 BD 1 BATH — on 50 Acres. Double detached garage, cellar, barn, ponds. 1.5 miles south of Stonewall. $100,000 ~ ALLEN — 203 E. Lexington. 2 or 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, wood burning fireplace, refrigerator, dishwasher; 1 car garage plus 2 car carport. $85,000 REDUCED TO $69,000 ~ ADA — 2 BR 1 bath. Nice yard. Completely remodeled inside with new carpet and paint. 922 West 13th. $34,900 ~ SASAKWA — 49 wooded acres with 30x60 shop building, water well, two ponds and older house (needs remodeling). $110,000 ~ ADA — Beautiful older home in excellent shape with wrap-around porch. 3 BR 2 Bath. Owner/Agent. Only $119,000 ~ OFFICE BUILDING IN ADA — On busy Arlington Street. Bathrooms, kitchen, parking in front and back. $175,000 REDUCED TO $165,000 ~ BYNG — Great building for mechanic or other business. $60,000 REDUCED TO $50,000 ~ TUPELO — 2 BR 1 bath, 200 East 2nd. Out buildings. Good starter home. $38,000 MAKE OFFER! OWNER ANXIOUS! ~ WEST OF ADA — Well maintained, open floor plan, CH&A, gas log fireplace, dishwasher, range. Highway frontage. $113,000 REDUCED TO $99,900 ~ PICKETT — 3 BR 1 bath, CH&A, large carport, large fenced backyard. $85,000 REDUCED $75,000 ~ 5 LARGE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS — East of Ada on over 7 acres. $300,000 WILL DIVIDE, MAKE OFFER ~ ADA — 330 East 17th. 2 BR, 1 bath, washer & dryer hookups, ceiling fans. REDUCED $31,500 $29,500 ~ EAST OF ATWOOD – 3 BR, 2 bath, approximate 2356 sq ft. Lots of room with 2 living areas, nice size kitchen/dining area, large master BR with rural water, on 5 acres. $98,800 ~ BYNG — 3 BR 2 Bath. Well maintained with 2 living areas, CH&A approx. 2 years old, new windows approx 5 years old, 12x20 carport, 12x24 & 8x16 storage buildings. $128,000 REDUCED $124,000 ~ HWY 3-W — 3 BR 1 bath, needs work. On 1 acre mol. $42,000 REDUCED TO $39,900 ~ ADA — Commercial Buildings. Two 1250 sq ft buildings, 10x10 building, 12x13 building. Good place for mechanic or other types of business. $69,500 REDUCED $64,000 ~ GERTY AREA — Hunting land – turkey, hogs, deer & more – mostly wooded. $1000 per acre. REDUCED TO $95,000



~ 5.25 ACRES IN ATWOOD – Cleared; corner of Gerty & Oak Sts. Electric pole on property, rural water in front of property. $20,000 ~ 80 ACRES — West of Ada on Hwy 3 W. Good hunting land. Make Offer.



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A good crowd turned out early for the Easter Sunrise services, and although most of us sat in the chairs under the tent shelter, the rain held off. Several people, who perhaps had more faith, sat on the benches in the renovated prayer garden. The pastor and wife Teressa and several church members have been working to prepare it for the services, and it was gratifying to have so many there to enjoy it. Tom Spillman, Ted and Wyatt Deaton, and James Hammonds played guitars, and Joe Howshar played drums for the services. We had three special music selections this time. Tom Spillman sang “Until Then,” Kerri Howshar and James Hammonds sang “Glorious Day,” and Kerri and Sandra Howshar sang “Amazing Grace.” Rev. Karch stood at the foot of the cross at the east end of the garden and shared the story of our Savior who, although He had died on a cross, rose from the dead on the third day. In Luke 24 we read that Jesus arose victorious over death, hell, and what man could do to Him. What is even better, He will return from heaven one day to take us to live there with Him. Although guards had been posted by the tomb, religious authorities of that time found it expedient to spread the lie that Jesus’ followers had stolen his

body from the tomb. However, there is much evidence in the scriptures that Jesus did, in fact, rise from the dead just as He and Old Testament scriptures foretold that He would. Some of the people to whom Jesus appeared were people who were close to Him. In the twentieth chapter of John, we read that Mary Magdalene saw and spoke with Jesus on that Sunday morning when He rose from the dead. Then in verse 19 we read that Jesus appeared to ten of his disciples. Thomas wasn’t with them at the time. Eight days later, He appeared again to the disciples, and this time Thomas was there, too. Although he had refused until then to believe that Jesus was alive, this time Thomas believed wholeheartedly. Others who met the resurrected Jesus were not close friends or family. In I Corinthians 15 beginning with verse 3 we read Paul’s account of how he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul also states that Jesus appeared to over 500 people between the time of His resurrection and the day he ascended to heaven. It is amazing and humbling when we realize that God’s love for us is so unconditional that he sent Jesus to sacrifice himself for us. It is even more humbling that He did this knowing we would be terrible at being faithful even after we accept such love, repent of our

sin, and ask Jesus to be our savior and Lord. W hen Thomas saw Jesus and believed, Jesus was compassionate and loving toward him, but He also told Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” That’s us. Yes, Jesus is risen indeed; and yes, all who believe are blessed indeed!


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are free. The mobile program kicks off April 21 in Holdenville. Vicki Kuestersteffen, director and CEO, said the goal with the pilot program is to reach out to families who live in counties that are underserved by the center, which is a state agency and a specialized pediatric rehab hospital. Last year, the center provided services to children from 57 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. The first stop for the program is Holdenville. Screenings will be conducted by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21st at the Holdenville High School auditorium. The screenings will consist of interviews with parents and their children about the child’s medical, social and behavioral history. The screening team members are a nurse, social worker and psychological clinician from the center. The team will also share information about the center’s comprehensive inpalate Charles and Mary Francis tient evaluations, inpatient

John Bentley Beasley Arrives Grace Beasley is proud to announce the arrival of her new brother, John Bentley Beasley. Ben was born March 31, 2012, weighing 10 pounds 2 ounces and 21-1/2 inches long. Grace and Ben’s parents are Matt and Lana

Beasley, Edmond, Oklahoma. Proud grandparents are Terry and Tacy Olivo, Allen, and John and Harriett Beasley, Ft. Smith, Arkansas; great-grandparents are Jerry and Sue Edwards, Allen, Don and Mary Olivo, Allen, the

Beasley, and the late Charles and Garland Hartsfield. Aunts and uncles are Gary and Kala Sharp of Tulsa, Brian and Ashley Beasley of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and Sarah Kathryn Beasley, Norman.

respite care, outpatient services and other services available to families through related state and federal programs, said Richard Mann, the center’s director of social services and a coordinator of the mobile program. The free mobile screening is also part of the Holdenville Public Schools’ Child Find services to locate, identify and evaluate children from 3 to 21 years old who are in need of early childhood intervention or special education and related services. Child Find is a federally established, comprehensive system designed to ensure that each child is educated toward his or her maximum potential. Holdenville was selected by the McCarty Center as a mobile screening site because it’s located in Hughes County, which is one of the counties identified as being underserved by the center. Employees looked at places that have not received center services within the last year. The majority of those counties are along the state’s borders.

Cutline: The J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities is located in Norman. The center is now offering a free mobile screening program to reach more families in Oklahoma. The program kicks off April 21 in Holdenville.

Atwood Nazarene hosting Singing April 28

The Atwood Nazarene Church will be hosting a Southern Gospel Singing on Saturday, April 28th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Featured guests will be the Gastineaus, Broken Vessel, the Buck Family Singers and Atwood Singers. Admission is free; a concession stand will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this special time of worship. In case of rain, the signing will be held inside. The Atwood Nazarene Church is located on Highway 48, one mile north of Atwood (10 miles south of Holdenville).

Night Golf Scramble at Eccentric Duffer

The Eccentric Duffer Golf Course & Range is holding a NIGHT GOLF, 2-person scramble on Friday, April 13th. Tee time is 8:15 p.m. Entry fee per team is $30.00. Night supplies are available for purchase at the golf shop. The Eccentric Duffer is located approximately one mile west of the Holcim Cement smokestack at 13205 County Road 1550 (

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Atwood Nazarene Easter Sunday was a beautiful day even though we were blessed with the rain. After last year, we know how dry and hot it can get in Atwood. Easter is always a special Sunday when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord. Before the worship service, the Atwood Singers sang “Beautiful,” and “There’s Power in the Old Rugged Cross.” We also sang “Because He Lives.” With all the trials and temptations, this song is one that tells how we can live in this world and live a holy life. B ro. Larry’s sermon was taken from Romans 6:1-4 and entitled “Living a New Life.” We choose to identify with Christ. Actually, it was He who sought us. We were lost and He came for us. Baptism became the symbol of our new life. It was a public proclamation and event. It was and is a profound statement of belief.

We are committed to following Christ. We do so intentionally. Life as a committed follower of Christ should show evidence of the commitment. We are not part-time followers. We are determined to pursue the Holy life. Jesus was sinless. That is why He could become our sacrifice. He came to show us what our lives should be. To be His disciples, His followers were challenged to do what does not come naturally. By nature, we are attracted to sin. By nature, we are destined to sin. Many have resigned themselves to a sinful life. Jesus gave His life so that He can impart to us a new nature. We are not merely promised forgiveness. We are promised the possibility of becoming “brand new,” with a new heart, a new nature, and a new life. We want to invite you to attend our outdoor gospel singing Saturday, April 28th

Gerty Bingo Saturday

The Gerty Community will be hosting their monthly Bingo Night on Saturday, April 14th. Door open at 6:00 pm and the concession stand will be spaghetti and salad. Bingo begins at 7:00. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ladies Golf Clinic Slated

The Eccentric Duffer Golf Course & Range will be sponsoring a Ladies Only Golf Clinic on Saturday, April 21st, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Cost of the two hour session is $25 per person. Included in the class will be golf basics and ways to improve your golf skills; instructor will be Sara Posey, member of the ECU Ladies Golf Team. The Eccentric Duffer is located approximately one mile west of the Holcim Cement smokestack at 13205 County Road 1550 (formerly Reeves Road), Ada.   For more information, phone (580) 332-4950 or (580) 310-2121.

Marilyn Hosts Sorority

Hostess Marilyn Coulson served delicious chicken chili, a strawberry spinach salad and fresh apple cake to Pat Johnson, Jill Kaminiski, Melonie Johnson, Jeniffer Smith, Janice Deaton, Cindy Davis, Cindi Sanders, Tonya Caldwell, Becky Boyd, Tammy Fredericka and guest Sue Boyd and Dwayne Johnson.  The business meeting was called to order and the secretary called roll, committee reports were given and approved.  Plans for Founder’s Day, April 30th, were discussed.  We will host an Ada chapter of Beta Sigma Phi from Ada.  Members were reminded to bring their baked goods for the Clancy Davis concert to the  gym on Saturday the 14th by 6 p.m. and asked to please put their name and what type of baked goods it is on it so it can be announced when it is auctioned.  Don’t forget to be saving items for the yard sale scheduled for May 5th to benefit the community center (alumni building).  We will have a very busy agenda at our next meeting April 19th.  We will vote for the Woman of the Year, Sorority Sweetheart and elect new officers.   Marilyn Coulson presented a very informative program on the different types of Power of Attorneys.  Thanks for the great information Marilyn!  


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Plaza Dedication Next Tuesday The Pontotoc County Public Facilities Authority and the

Pontotoc County Board of Commissioners cordially invite the public to the dedication of the Pontotoc County Plaza Tuesday, April 17th, at 10:30 a.m. The Plaza is located in the 100 block of West 13th Street, Ada. The dedication ceremony will include the presentation of a $4,000,000.00 early prepayment of debt to the lending bank consortium including Vision Bank, Citizen’s Bank, Landmark Bank and First United Bank. A Pontotoc County Family Fun, Health & Safety Fair will begin at 11 a.m., also located at the Pontotoc County Plaza. The Pontotoc County Family Fun, Health & Safety Fair, sponsored by Pontotoc County and the OSU Extension office, will include displays featuring ATV safety, bicycle safety, and child care safety seats. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will be taking donations; appointments can be made through the OSU Extension office, 580-332-2153. Citizen’s Bank is providing free hot dogs and water, and there will be tours of the renovated Courthouse. Booth spaces are still available; contact the OSU Extension office at 580-332-2153 for information.

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Out and About Allen

Alec Runge, son of Alan and Traci Runge of St. Louis, Missouri, visited his grandparents, Wayne and Pat Bullard of Allen during his Spring Break. A lec and Wayne attended two softball games where they were able to watch Emilee Costner play first base on the Allen team. One of the games

was in Weleetka and the other in Stonewall. Thursday they drove up to Oklahoma and saw the sights at Bricktown, looked over the grounds at the Myriad Gardens, and finished off their day with a tour of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Friday, Wayne drove Alec to

Allen Nutrition Site Week of April 16th

Monday Swedish Meatballs with Gravy, Cauliflower, Oven Fried Okra, Yeast Roll, Fruit Cocktail, 2% Milk, Coffee and/or Tea Tuesday Pork Chops with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes or Baked Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Whole Grain Roll, Butter or Margarine, Butterscotch Pudding, 2% Milk, Coffee and/or Tea Wednesday Meat Lasagna, Tossed Green Salad, Beets, Garlic Bread, Salad Dressing, Strawberry Fluff, 2% Milk, Coffee and/or Tea Thursday Chicken Stir-Fry, Orange Slices, Brown Rice, Peanut Butter Bars or Peanut Butter Cookie, 2% Milk, Coffee and/or Tea Friday Taco Salad with Beef, Beans & Cheese, Diced Tomatoes, Corn, Tortilla Chips, Sour Cream, Apple Crisp, 2% Milk, Coffee and/or Tea

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IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR PONTOTOC COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA Case No. CV-2012-44 NANCY Y. CAMERON, Plaintiff,    vs. The Heirs, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Trustees, and Assigns, and  the unknown Successors of ALPHUS COLLINS, Full Blood  Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 937, deceased; SERENA CHANDLER, nee COLLINS, Full Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 2484; CECIL C. COLLINS, One-half Blood  Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 4007; CLIFTON PERRY, a/k/a E. CLIFTON PERRY, One-half Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 939; LEE COLLINS, One-half Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 938; STANWAITY KILCREASE, Full Blood  Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 4043; and AGNES WILLIAMSON nee KILCREASE, Full Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 543, if living, and if deceased, their unknown successors, Defendants.   NOTICE BY PUBLICATION STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: The heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees and assigns, and the unknown successors of Alphus Collins, full blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 937, deceased; and Serena Chandler, Nee Collins, Full Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 2484; Cecil C. Collins, One-half Blood Chickasaw Indian Ro l No 4007;  Clifton Perry, a/k/a E. Clifton Perry, One-half Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 939;  Lee Collins, One-half Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No 938; Stanwaity Kilcrease, Full Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 4043; And Agnes Williamson Nee  Kilcrease, Full Blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 543, if living and if deceased their unknown successors, if living, or if deceased, their unknown successors.  You the Defendants above named are hereby notified that you have been sued by the above named Plaintiff in the above entitled action in the District Court of Pontotoc Oklahoma, and that you must answer the Petition filed by Plaintiff in said case on or before the 10th day of May, 2012, or said Petition will be taken as true and judgment rendered accordingly in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendants above named in said action, quieting title to the following descr bed real property in Pontotoc County, State of Oklahoma, to-wit: The SW/4 SE/4 SE/4 of Section 23, Township 2 North, Range 7 East, containing 10 acres, more or less, and judicially determining the heirship of Alphus Collins, full blood Chickasaw Indian Roll No. 937, deceased. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court this 22nd day of March, 2012. ERNESTINE EUBANK, COURT CLERK BY:   s/ P. Weaver Deputy G egory S. Taylor Atto ey for ai tiff OBA #8863 115 S. Broadway PHELP O. Box W 1737 NTE Ada, OK 74821 ATBED D IV R 580/332-7717 st A E a L ies now openinw The th l Allen n y of Advocate (Published M thl on Pa March me t 29, n April R m 5 and 12, 2012) 


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Tulsa where he spent the night with Steve and Francesca Bullard and caught an early plane the next morning home to St. Louis. —O&A— Attending a birthday party for Jailynn Porter recently were Dalton James, Payton James, Kayla Lawler, Brooke Holcomb, Brandi Thompson, Jesse Rinehart, Emily Smith, Jake Linker, JoCleta Cross, James and Brenda Linker, Junior and Jodi Porter, and Bubba and Lindsey Linker and sons. —O&A— C indi Sanders was out & about early Sunday morning, March 25th, driving to Madison, Wisconsin to welcome a new granddaughter, Claire Nicole Spencer, and enjoy spending time with her son and family, Shaun and Danielle, Eva and Lily. After a great week with the Spencer family she headed home, arriving back Sunday, April 1st. —O&A— Tammy Frederick, along

with Greg Chermack, traveled to Kilgore, Texas recently where they met other Tankwork employees and attended the Belts and Buckles East Texas Treatment Center fundraiser. —O&A— Judy Johnson met her sister, Jan Walters of Tuttle, in an Ada restaurant recently for a great visit. Joining them in their visit was Sam Johnson. —O&A— Alene Callaway has received word of the death of her sister, Jean Robinson. —O&A— M ike and Tammy Lawler and Lauren attended a birthday party honoring his father, Eddie Lawler of Ada. The party was held March 31 st in the Lawler home, Ada. —O&A— Loetta (Lou) Yargee has been enjoying a visit from her sister Leota Allen and son, Harvey Alexander, of Mesquite, Texas. —O&A—


IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF PONTOTOC COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA Case No. PB-12-28 In the Matter of the Estate of MARY ELIJAH HARRIS, Deceased. COMBINED NOTICE NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR SUMMARY ADMINISTRATION; NOTICE TO CREDITORS; AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON FINAL ACCOUNT, DETERMINATION OF HEIRS, DISTRIBUTION AND DISCHARGE OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of MARY ELIJAH HARRIS who died intestate October 2, 2011, while a resident of Hanover County, Commonwealth of Virginia, hereinafter referred to as “Decedent�, that Gerald E. Stone of 18091 Vontay Road, Rockville, Virginia, filed in the District Court of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, a Petition praying for the summary administration of the estate pursuant to 58 O.S. §245. The total value of the estate of Decedent in the State of Oklahoma, as set forth in the Petition, is less than $175,000.00. Although a search had been made for a Will of Decedent, none has been found. This Combined Notice is given pursuant to the Order of this Court entered on this date. All creditors having claims against MARY ELIJAH HARRIS, 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 Gerald E. Stone, Personal Representative of said estate, in care of Bryan W. Morris and Sheila Southard, at Braly, Braly, Speed & Morris, PLLC, P.O. Box 2739, 201 W. 14th, Ada, Oklahoma 74820, attorneys for said Personal Representative, on or before the following presentment date: the 15th day of May, 2012, or the same will be forever barred. The final accounting and petition for determination of heirs, distribution and discharge will be filed on or before the 25th day of May, 2012. Objections to the Petition must be filed not less than ten (10) days before the hearing and a copy mailed to Petitioner in care of his attorneys at the address shown above, or any objections shall be deemed waived. If an objection is timely filed, the Court will determine at the hearing whether Summary Administration proceedings are appropriate and, if so, whether the estate will be distr buted and to whom the estate will be distr buted. All persons interested in the estate of said Decedent are hereby directed to appear in the District Court of Pontotoc County, State of Oklahoma, on the 21st day of June, 2012, at 1:00 o’clock p.m., at which time the Petition for Summary Administration, Final Account, and Petition for Order Allowing Final Account, Determination of Heirs, Distribution and Discharge will be heard. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 4th day of April 2012. Thomas S. Landrith Judge of the District Court s) Sheila Southard Bryan W. Morris, OBA#14591 Sheila Southard, OBA#21830 Braly, Braly, Speed & Morris, PLLC PO Box 2739 201 W. 14th Ada, OK 74820 580-436-0871 580-436-0889 (fax) Attorneys for Personal Representative (Published n The Allen Advocate on April 5 and 12, 2012)

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IN THE DISTRICT COURT AL SECURI DS WITHIN AND FOR AIMS. Saunde COUNTY s & Sau PONTOTOC orne s a La o eco ery STATE OF OKLAHOMA e 1 8 0 25 RS Case No. FD-2012-51 hc re et reme t e l ss IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF STEVEMISF. LASURE LLANEOUSPetitioner, and JOANN LASURE, si Sv 5 1 Respondent rgre wide co ATTEND COLLEGE ONLI NOTICE BY PUBLICATION f o to: JOANN ome. Medica B THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, LASURE h o e y o tm s ice, Ho i l . J TAKE NOTICE you have im been sued for divorce in the above Court by the Petiekly /ON 7/OF that 1 /ON place ass sta ce C put r tioner, Steven F. Lasure alleging incompat Fu l o P rt me Dail Pa ! avai able Financbility al A dand f praying qualif ed for divorce from you and such other be entitled you 9-2843 must answer the Petition on or SCHEV ert fied aall d866-5 qu pment! R relief u res to 3 which months he may before the 21st of May, 2012 www or e said turaO Petition line com will be taken as true and a divorce xpe enc 800day 41 -9569 riveknigh com and other relief sought will be granted to the Petitioner. WITNESS MY HAND AND DISH SEALNETWORK this 28th day 2012. Star of ingMarch at $19 99 emium Ernestine Eubank, Court Clerk for 3 Mon County, s Pontotoc State of Oklahoma S Y BY: s) Brandy Myers Deputy ef e c m. 5 by: 3 Prepared Kurt Sweeney OBA #17455 LI A Smith, ENTS. Draper BSO & Christopher, RLINES A P.L.L.C. E H RIN Sweeney, BZ Box (SF 70 U" T PO P T BJ %B MZ QMFU Ada, Oklahoma 74821 -FB T FB T B / Telephone NE E SA (580) Y TO 332-7200 APPLY Fax (580) 332-7201 8 71 6020 Attorney for Petitioner (Pub Ma chSTA 29 Apri AD oERTISE EWID5 and 12, 2012) WANTshed O BUYThe Allen Advocate



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Recca Jo Rowe of Holdenville was out & about Easter Sunday visiting her daughter, Peggy McNabb. —O&A— Wesley and Peggy Rinehart and Thurman and Betty Rinehart traveled to Harrison, Arkansas this past weekend to attend a bluegrass festival. —O&A— Margaret Johnson’s Easter weekend visitors were her son and his family, Denny and Kandi Johnson, Ashley and Nicholas of Cushing. Joining in their visit Saturday evening were Candy and Melissa Johnson of Ada.


IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR PONTOTOC COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA Case No. PB-2012-20 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WALTER JAY NAHNO-KERCHEE, deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF OKLAHOMA   )                                               ) ss. COUNTY OF PONTOTOC ) All creditors having claims against Walter Jay Nahno-Kerchee, 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 Sallie Tonips, Personal Representative at the offices of Gregory S. Taylor, Attorney, 115 S. Broadway, P.O. Box 1737, Ada, Oklahoma 74820, attorney for Personal Representative, on or before the following presentment date: The 30th  day of May, 2012, or the same will be forever barred. DATED this 29th day of March, 2012. s/Gregory s. Taylor Gregory S. Taylor, Attorney for Sallie Tonips, Personal Representative for the estate of Walter Jay Nahno-Kerchee, deceased GREGORY S. TAYLOR     115 S. Broadway P.O. Box 1737 Ada, OK 74821 580/332-7717 Attorney for Personal Representative (Published in The Allen Advocate on April 5 and 12, 2012)



TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED: Notice is hereby given that any person who is a registered voter and a resident of the Pontotoc County Conservation District and has entered into or will enter into a Cooperator Agreement with the Directors of said District, may have their name placed on the official ballot of the District Director Election of said District for Position Number 2 by filing a Notification and Declaration of Candidacy with said District located at 1328 Cradduck Road, Ada, OK 74820 between the dates of May 1-14, 2012. Notification and Declaration of Candidacy forms may be obtained at the above location and must be returned to the same location before close of business on the last day of the filing period. The Election will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Lonnie Manual Board of Directors Representative s) Lonnie R. Manuel Board of Directors Representative s) April Casiano ATTEST: District Representatdive (Published in The Allen Advocate on April 5 and 19, 2012)


IN THE DISTRICT COURT WITHIN AND FOR PONTOTOC COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA No. PB-2011-2 In the Matter of the Estate of Elizabeth Louise Timothy, Deceased. NOTICE OF HEARING FINAL ACCOUNT, PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP, FOR DISTRIBUTION AND DISCHARGE Notice is given that William E. Timothy and Cleo Nelson Timothy, co-personal representatives of the estate of Elizabeth Louise Timothy, deceased, has filed in this Court a Final Account and Petition for Determination of Heirship, for Distribution and Discharge, and the hearing of the same has been fixed for 9:00 o’clock a.m. on the 25th day of April, 2012, in the District Courtroom of the Pontotoc County Courthouse situated in Ada, Oklahoma, and all persons interested in said estate are notified then and there to appear and show cause, if any they have, why said account should not be settled and allowed, the heirs of said deceased determined, said estate distributed, and the co-personal representatives discharged. Witness my hand this 29th day of March, 2012. /s/ Thomas S. Landrith JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT JAMES R. SCRIVNER, P.C. 120 East 14th Street Post Office Box 1373 Ada, Oklahoma 74820 Attorney for the Estate (Published in The Allen Advocate on April 5 and 12, 2012)

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—O&A— Out & about for an overnight visit this week with Tom and Agnes Taylor were Chris and Lindy Taylor and Coen of El Reno. —O&A— Helen Pierce attended Easter Sunday church services in Ada with her good friend, Pat Thomas. She was then a dinner guest in the home of her daughter,


ed Easter services and later that evening drove to Oklahoma City and attended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s game against the Toronto Raptors.  Braden will return to Florida this weekend after a week of visiting friends and relations in the area. 

Kathy and Harold Pinson. Joining them for lunch were Amber and Joe Brooks, Kayla, David, Aaron and Emily. —O&A— Braden Bullard of Weston, Florida visited over Easter with his grandparents, Wayne and Pat Bullard of Allen.  Braden also visited Tim and Lesli Costner and daughters Emilee and Meegan.  Sunday the families attend-

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Felonies William Tanner Lowry—Unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, schedule II Michael Eugene Parker— Obtaining money, property or valuable things by means of false or bogus check Bryan Thomas Pogue— Knowingly concealing stolen property Tonya L. Pogue—Knowingly concealing stolen property Tonya L. Pogue—Child endangerment by driving under the influence Misdemeanors Gunner Allen Musgrove— Actual physical control of vehicle while intoxicated Angela Renee Madden— Public intoxication William Tanner Lowry—Actual physical control of vehicle while under the influence Ryan Gentry House—Driving motor vehicle while under influence of alcohol, aggravated Sterling Alexander Springer—Driving motor vehicle while under influence of alcohol, aggravated Tonya L. Pogue—Driving motor vehicle while under influence of drugs Wylarma Rae Folsom— DUS Nicholas Don Terrell— DUS Rachel Leann Mullins— DUS Zachary Lynn Goodman— DUS Melissa Gail Pool—DUS Michael Eugene Parker— DUS Troy William Willoughby III—DUS Dennis Patrick Kee—DUS2nd offense Wylarma Rae Folsom— DUS-3rd offense Troy William Willoughby III—Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Yayragan Eberechi Keoula— Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Dennis Ray Harrell, jr.— Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Joseph Buerkle—Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Roland Jeffrey Ardery— Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Troy William Willoughby III—Failure to report accident Troy William Willoughby III—Leaving scene of accident-unattended vehicle Civil Shirley Boatright vs M.J. Chamber—Quiet title

Small Claims Creditors Recovery Corp. vs Bo Spoon—Money judgment Peoples Electric Cooperative vs Kerrie Carter—Money judgment Peoples Electric Cooperative vs Mike Erickson—Money judgment Peoples Electric Cooperative vs Misty Blevins—Money judgment Peoples Electric Cooperative vs Jason J. Hamilton—Money judgment Peoples Electric Cooperative vs Glen Reiser—Money judgment Velouria Properties LLC vs Brandon Babb—Eviction Velouria Properties LLC vs Marty Short—Eviction Velouria Properties LLC vs Amy Miller—Eviction

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Janna Carol Calvery— Speeding 75 in 65 zone Sheyanne Taylor Grove— Operating vehicle without having paid all taxes due state Courtney Jo Davenport— Speeding 75 in 65 zone Elwana L. Redding—Speeding 79 in 65 zone Camille Renee Huelle— Speeding 81 in 65 zone Jordan Tieon Bell—Operating vehicle without having paid all tax due state David Lloyd Wise—Driver not (properly) wearing seat belt

Qwinnlyn Jonea Royce— Operating vehicle without paying all taxes due state Jasmine Queen Garner— Operating vehicle without valid driver’s license Adrian Medrano—Speeding 21-25 mph over limit Katherine Braddock Farley— Driver not (properly) wearing seat belt Sharla Mae Fisher—Driver not (properly) wearing seat belt Cris P. Cruz—Driver not (properly) wearing seat belt

Sean Patrick Wallace—Passenger not wearing seat belt Steven William Walton— Operating vehicle at a speed greater than reasonable or proper Kenton Leon Perry—Operating vehicle without having paid all taxes due state Charles Anthony Bliss— Speeding 16-20 mph over limit Aleta Marie Phelps—Speeding 1-10 mph over limit

Hughes County Court Records Felonies Civil Cody Alan Ashley—UnauMoseley, Moseley & Mosethorized use of a vehicle ley vs Sonja Ware—Foreign judgment Small Claims World Acceptance Corp. vs Marriage Jeremy Craft—Indebtedness Brenda Lee Baker & KenWorld Acceptance Corp. vs neth Wayne Dugger, both of Keith Parvey Jr.—Indebted- Holdenville ness Robyn B. Higgins & Kevin Oklahoma Cash Advance Bates, both of Holdenville vs Samuel L. Fish—IndebtTraffic edness Lindsey Renee Buck—PassAdvance Oklahoma vs Eddie ing without sufficient clearJo Brown—Indebtedness Advance Oklahoma vs Larry ance Lynda James Helsley—No D. Hunt—Indebtedness seat belt Advance Oklahoma vs ZachJohn Davenport—Operating ary G. Wilbanks—Indebteda motor vehicle without valid ness Advance Oklahoma vs Mat- driver’s license Douglas B. Shipman— thew Scott Logan—IndebtedSpeeding 1-10 mph over limit ness Brian S. Merriman—No seat Advance Oklahoma vs Brian Belt Andy Wood—Indebtedness Dan Lee McPherson—OpAdvance Oklahoma vs Wilerating a motor vehicle at a liam George—Indebtedness Advance Oklahoma vs Rob- speed greater than reasonable & proper ert Colston—Indebtedness

George William Evans—No seat belt James Lysinger—Failure to comply with compulsory insurance law Kendall Jade Johnson— Improper turn about Bruce B. Tiger—Speeding 16-20 mph over limit Matthew Lee Harjo—Driving under suspension-3rd offense Matthew Lee Harjo—No seat belt Franklin Yahola Jr. –Opperating a motor vehicle without valid driver’s license Franklin Yahola Jr.—No seat belt Franklin Yahola Jr.—Operating a motor vehicle with defective equipment Tristan Destry Nixon— Speeding 11-15 mph over limit

T he Journal, the student newspaper at East Central University, traveled to the Oklahoma College Media Association Conference in Stillwater and returned home enlightened, motivated and with a record number of awards in hand. The annual event, which is open to all OCMA members, features informative sessions, the Paul Miller Lecture Series and an awards presentation. Session topics ranged from strategies for obtaining public records to statewide investigations but also featured the basics like getting sports stories and writing and editing successfully. P r e s e n t e r s included Berry Tramel, sports columnist for The Oklahoman, Chris Lusk, editor-in chief of The Oklahoma Daily, and the investigative team from KWTV and KOTV. The event concluded with dinner and an awards banquet. In the interest of fairness, some competing schools were divided into categories. The Journal competed in class 1A

“We’ve shown we can do amazing things as individuals,” Newport said. “Now we’re going to band together and make the whole paper equally wonderful. Next year, The Journal takes first overall.” Members of the Kansas Press Association judged the contest entries. OCMA is made up of two and four-year public and private colleges and universities. East Central University, Bacone College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Southern Nazarene University, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa all compete in 1A. “I am proud of my staff,” Cathie Harding, Journal advisor, said. “They work hard, meet relentless deadlines and take a lot of criticism when they mess up. It’s great to see them get the recognition they deserve.”

ECU Students from Allen Win Awards

Cynthia Mellon

where they earned 23 writing and three overall newspaper awards for their efforts in 2011. The Journal staff swept investigative reporting with Cynthia Mellon, last year’s editorin-chief from Allen, taking first for a in-depth look at an out of control animal infestation, Krystyan Dorsey, staff writer from Ada, snagging second for delving into campus security issues and Cierra Tynes, associate editor from Ada, placing third with a story on the effects of last year’s earthquake. Mellon also captured a second place for her feature over ECU artist D.J. Lafon while Jimmy Manyanga, staff writer from Zimbabwe, took third for showing the sorrow and concern students from Japan felt after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Mellon struck gold again in editorials with a first place finish for “ECU Declares War on Alcohol.” Elliott Carwile, sports editor from Allen, took second in sports reporting for his story about the football receiving corps and their contribution to a winning season. Journal photographers, advertisers and designers also picked up awards for their efforts. I n the category of overall newspaper, four-year 1A schools, The Journal received three awards, third place for front and interior page design and honorable mention for overall newspaper.

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Helping hands needed at Hilltop Cemetery

by Bob Melton

Orvetta Jones grew up near Hilltop Cemetery. Jones has spent much of her life making certain that the area appeared clean and neat when visitors came to pay their respects to the deceased that are buried there. Orvetta recently had surgery and is simply overwhelmed by the challenge of maintaining the cemetery. Of special concern is the fast approaching Memorial Day weekend. Jones notes that in the past families would decorate the cemetery on the third Sunday in May, and this is traditionally when they had the most visitors during the year. However, this year there is a possibility that they will instead observe Memorial Day with everyone else on the following Monday, May 28. Either way, she has always taken great pride in the way the cemetery appeared, but she is worried that the families will be disappointed when they visit next month. Located east of Calvin just off Highway 1, Hilltop Cemetery is where Jones’ great-grandparents were buried in 1906. Her home was within sight of the front gate, and the foundation of where she attended school can be seen on the short drive between the cemetery and Highway 1. She became involved in maintaining the quiet, serene spot more than 35 years ago after he dad asked her if she could help raise money to build a fence around the SEEKING HELP – For the past 35 years Orvetta Jones has been part of a group that maintained location. Jones explains that her dad, who died 20 years the Hilltop Cemetery east of Calvin. Unfortunately, the other members of this group have passed ago, was concerned because this is where his father is on, and she is no longer able to handle the challenge. She is hoping a new generation of volunteers buried. will step forward and take over this important task. The community pitched in and donated the funds needed to build the fence her father requested, and during this time she became involved in a group that worked hard to keep up the appearance so visitors could always take pride in the final resting place of their ancestors. Jones served as Secretary for the group that also included LawAllen Academic Boosters Present rence Baker, Frank Ellis, Ed Jett, and James Blasengame. Unfortunately, all of the other members of this crew are now deceased themselves, and she is left with nobody to take over this important commitment. She says that she has been able to find an occasional volunteer to mow and weed-eat, but most able-bodied Saturday, April 14 helpers are simply too busy to make a full time commitment. Although these volunteers are always greatly apAllen Gym • 6:30 p.m. preciated, Jones laments that the appearance sometimes becomes less than attractive between the times that the Clancy will be joined by: grass gets mowed, and there is some maintenance work that is being ignored. With the summer months approach• MC Darla Morgan ing the cemetery will require more frequent grooming, • Darla Sadler and she is hoping that someone will either step up and • Karisa Davis accept the responsibility of maintaining the site or donate • Haley Miller enough that she can hire someone to do the work. During her time as Secretary, Jones has acquired an • Maddox Ross alphabetical list of all of the people that are buried in the Hilltop Cemetery, although there are many early graves proceeds benefit the that are marked with a simple blank stone, their identity Academic Achievement & lost to time. The earliest “resident” she can positively Awards Ceremony identify is a woman named Virginia M. Wells, who was born in 1847 and buried in 1902. Tickets available at: During a recent visit to Hilltop Cemetery Jones shared Steppin’ Out of Ada a lesson in local history as she used the marker stones as reference points. She can tell an interesting story Hair and Nail Works of Ada about many of the people that are buried, and she is Allen Advocate well acquainted to many of their living descendants. Farmers State Bank - Allen Her concern is also obvious as she fusses over the stone markers as if they are all her own family. Jones states that a fund has been set up a “Hilltop CemBenefit auction at etery fund” at the First United Bank in Holdenville, and all donations are greatly appreciated. More importantly, the intermission however, she hopes a group of young people will come forward and accept this sometimes challenging but alTickets available at the door Floor tickets......$10 ways rewarding obligation. an th d e

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