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Food, Concert Series Announces Artists for 76th Year Music And Fun Await! ATURDAY’S the day for S the pancake breakfast at American Legion Post

14, 405 West South Avenue. Join the American legion for “All You Can Eat” pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12, and children younger than 6 are admitted free. After breakfast Saturday, head to Ponca Bowl to Strike it Up for Hospice! The seventh annual Memorial Bowling Tournament for Hospice starts with the youth bowling squad at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $30 for a team of three or $10 for individuals. Prizes will be awarded. The first adult squad will bowl at 2 p.m., with a second adult squad at 6 p.m. A five-member adult team may enter for $100 or $20 for individuals. Bowlers may re-enter the second squad. A $100 fee will sponsor any lane as a memorial to a person of the sponsor’s choice. There also will be a silent auction, door prizes and more. For more information, call Nesley Fortenberry at 762-9102. For those wanting to lend a helping hand, the Ponca City Noon Ambucs Club is looking for 100 volunteers to build the new handicapped accessible playground at AMBUC Park by the boat docks on the east side of Lake Ponca. Volunteers will begin the “community build” at 8:30 a.m. along with representatives from the playground equipment company. Bring a 3/8 inch drive socket wrench — the correct size sockets will be provided. Food and drinks will be provided for all who attend. The 101 Ranch Collectors Western Memorabilia Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hutchins Memorial Auditorium. Shoppers will find anything western, cowboy or Indian related for sale or trade, including guns, knives, spurs, pocket watches, coins, and 101 Ranch items. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 767-0427. The Poncan Theatre presents the Richter Uzur Duo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The duo combines classical, rock, folk music and themes into original new compositions, performed in a unique way. Guitarist Brad Richter is originally from Oklahoma and cello player Viktor is from Moscow. Tickets range from $12 to $28. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 765-0943, or online at www. poncantheatre.com. The Roustabouts Benefit Show at Northern Oklahoma College begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Don’t miss your chance to see a live band, singers and dancers with pyrotechnics and lighting. The performance will be in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center, NOC campus in Tonkawa. The Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council will present classical guitarist Edgar Cruz in a free concert at the Poncan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. March 29. Cruz has been named Oklahoma’s top performer or classical guitarist for the past 10 years by the Oklahoma Gazette. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 765-3966 for more information. The Po-Hi Chorale will present a benefit concert for the Red Cross at 7 p.m. March 31 at St. Mary’s Church. All proceeds will benefit the local Red Cross. Call 765-6605 for more information.

The Ponca City Concert Series is starting its 76th year with the selection of four outstanding artists. Memberships for the concert series are available during the March drive to guarantee that the artist budget for the 20112012 season will be met. Several types of memberships are available: Adult, $40; Student, $20; Family (one parent) $60; and Family (two parent) $100. There have been no increases in membership costs this year, organizer Judy Million said. Donors making tax-deductible contributions will be recognized in the program. The levels of recognition are: Supporting, $25-$49; Patron, $50-$99; Sustaining, $100-$249; Benefactor, $250-$499; and Conductor, $500 or more. Campaign headquarters will be open March 28 to April 1 at the Ponca Plaza Atrium, near the tag agency, Million said. All programs are suitable for family entertainment and all performances will be held at the Ponca Theater. New memberships will receive an additional bonus concert on May 2 featuring Jim Witter, the Piano Man. Additional information can be obtained from Fran Colle at 718-0703 or Leslie Rardin at 765-3971.

The Artists Aion Clarke Aion Clarke is a singer/songwriter whose blend of pop, soul and big band favorites is establishing him as a force on the International music scene. His soulful voice and charm are winning audiences over with every performance.   Clarke performed his first solo at the age of 4 for his church, and grew up studying a wide variety of music, from R&B/funk to country and folk. He has been singing ever since. While he spent the early part of his career performing with choirs, his true passion is in performing as a solo artist.  With classics like Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” to Marvin Gaye’s  “Mercy Me,” Clarke’s presence is unique. His charm and musical talent has captured the hearts of fans of all ages.   With recent headline performances at The MGM Grand Foxwoods at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics,  and by lending his voice to the Young Artists for Haiti campaign, Clarke is making his mark as an entertainer on the rise.   Carpe Diem String Quartet Carpe Diem String Quartet, in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, is an exciting ensemble that has captured the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics and is one of the most versatile quartets of its generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming, electrifying performances and a passion for audience engagement. The group’s musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz inspired music, but the quartet is equally at home with the traditional string quartet repertoire. Defying easy classification, the quartet continues to break boundaries and push the limits of the classical string quartet. Carpe Diem writes, arranges and performs music of all styles, and works with artists from many different genres.  The quartet recently performed with American songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter, and the CD of their live concert has received rave reviews. Also this year Carpe Diem will be collaborating with Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena. Carpe Diem was recently featured in Strings magazine, highlighting the quartet’s unique and innovative vision for chamber music. The quartet has a busy recording schedule, and continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev for the Naxos label. The first CD of this series was selected for the 51st Grammy Awards Entry List (2009) in four categories: Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best New Artist and Best Engineered Album-Classical. Other recent releases include “Songs without Words,” by Bruce Wolosoff for Naxos, and “Montana,” on the Seize the Music label. The members of Carpe Diem (See SERIES, Page 6C)

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PONCA CITY Police Sgt. Kevin Jeffries and his wife Kerrie were recognized by Mayor Homer Nicholson last week at the Ponca City Board of Commissioners meeting. Sgt. Jeffries was named the Officer of the Year for the Ponca City Police Department. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

POLICE CHAPLAIN Larry Harris was recognized with his wife Diane last week at the Ponca City Board of Commissioners meeting. Mayor Homer Nicholson presented Harris with the Civilian of the Year award from the Ponca City Police Department. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

Ponca City Police Honored at Annual Appreciation Banquet The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association recently held the annual Police Department Appreciation Banquet. Several Police Department employees and volunteers were recognized with letters of commendation and service milestone awards. Letters of Commendation Those receiving letters of commendation include: •Officer Josh Henderson, Officer Brandon Schultz and Lt. Jason Filtz all received letters of commendation for the manner in which they handled a call of a suspicious adult male loitering around Trout School in March 2010. Henderson and Schultz searched the area and located the subject near Lowe’s. They identified the male, issued him a trespass warning and then briefed Lt. Filtz. Filtz recalled this male as having been identified for similar activities in the past. The officers investigated further and found that the suspect was illegally in the United States. They searched, found and arrested the suspect who was later deported from the United States. •Officer Paul Qualls received a letter of commendation for his multi-jurisdictional investigation. Qualls began investigating a case involving the crimes of obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud and delivery of a forged prescription in March 2010. During his investigation he developed a suspect in the crime who had committed more than 36 similar violations as well as committing similar crimes in Stillwater and Oklahoma City. Officer Qualls received the tip that the suspect was at a local pharmacy, but left before officers arrived. Qualls began searching other local pharmacies and spotted the suspect’s vehicle. •Officer Jesse Kriebel and Officer Fabron Porter were given letters of commendation for their arrest of an armed robbery suspect. Shortly after midnight one night in January 2010, Kriebel and Porter were on patrol in the area of Grand and Osage. The officers spotted the suspect from an earlier reported armed robbery. A short time later, the officers observed the suspect and two others in a vehicle and witnessed a traffic violation. They together made the traffic stop. Upon contact, the officers noticed the odor of burning marijuana coming from the stopped car. They identified the occupants and one was identified as a fugitive. Kriebel and Porter searched the vehicle and found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a BB pistol, three bandanas and a loaded Ruger believed to have been used in the recent

PONCA CITY Police Officer Josh Henderson was one of three officers commended for their work leading to the arrest and deportation of an illegal alien. 

PONCA CITY Police Lt. Jason Filtz received a letter of commendation in connection with the arrest of a man who later was deported from the United States.

DETECTIVE SGT. Regeneia VanArsdale was recognized for her diligence in the investigation in the beating death of Parrish NoEar in January 2010.

DETECTIVE SGT. Brian Dye was recognized along with Sgt. David Dick. They were given letters of commendation for their work in solving sex crimes.

robbery. They arrested all three occupants and solved the armed robbery. •Officer Robert Smith received a letter of commendation for solving a string of auto burglaries and recovering thousands of dollars worth of stolen property. In September 2010 Officer Smith was assigned to investigate a burglary in the 800 block of East Drummond. A few days later Smith was assigned to investigate six auto burglaries in the same area. Through his thoroughness Smith developed a list of suspects, conducted interviews and obtained a search warrant. Two arrests resulted, clearing 15 criminal cases and recovering much of the victim’s property. •Sgt. Kevin Jeffries received a letter of commendation for his arrest of a burglary suspect in April 2010. Sgt. Jeffries was on patrol when he spotted a burglary suspect riding as a passenger in a vehicle. Jeffries ran a

warrant check and found a local misdemeanor warrant. He initiated a traffic stop and arrested the suspect on the local warrant. During the booking process Jeffries discovered the suspect had in her possession a crack pipe and a stack of motel room keys. Six of these keys had been stolen from the Quality Inn; one of those keys was a master key allowing access to several spaces within that complex. Through his observation, Jeffries solved motel room burglaries, recovered a multitude of property and made arrests. •A letter of commendation was presented to School Resource Officer Bobby Pruett. He was dining at a local restaurant off duty in January 2010 when he noticed a woman choking on a piece of food. Pruett took immediate action, performed the Heimlich maneuver and cleared the obstruction from her air-

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way. He was recognized for his prompt action which saved this person’s life. •Detective Sgt. Regeneia VanArsdale was recognized for her diligence in the investigation in the beating death of Parrish NoEar in January 2010. This crime was considerably more complex than similar tragedies. Through her attentiveness and thoroughness, Raymond Dale Clark was arrested in connection with the killing. Clark waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of guilty in the matter. He was sentenced to 43 years in the Department of Corrections. • Sgt. Chad VanHoesen, off duty and recovering from an injury on the evening of Dec. 9, 2010 heard a police radio broadcast concerning a tractor trailer crash at the South Avenue and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad underpass. The truck, pulling a trailer loaded with mustang horses, slammed into the bottom of the bridge. VanHoesen responded to the scene and coordinated an outstanding response to a unique situation. The truck driver and other experts on scene had advised that any escaping horses should be shot. Because of VanHoesen’s coordination of the event, no horses escaped or suffered injury. • Sgt. David Dick and Detective Sgt Brian Dye were recognized and given letters of commendation for their outstanding work in solving sex crimes which led to the December 2010 conviction of Ian Marquis Booth and to his sentence of 105 years in the Department of Corrections. In late 2008, an investigation began when a first-degree burglary was reported and a lewd molestation occurred. In January of 2009 a like set of crimes occurred. In February 2009 a third first-degree burglary was reported. Detective Sgt. Brian Dye was the investigator on the first and second sets of crimes. Sgt. Dick was the case officer on the third burglary incident. These officers thoroughly investigated these cases. DNA evidence linked Booth to similar crimes in the state of Louisiana. •Communications Officers Anna Carlisle and Jonathan Schafer received letters of commendation for their personnel file. Carlisle and Schafer were recognized for their calming performance in June 2010 in handling a suicidal female that had barricaded herself in her home with a loaded firearm with the intent of ending her life. The communications officers immediately dispatched police to the home and an ambulance nearby. Carlisle and Schafer remained on an open lime monitoring the situation and constantly relayed important informational updates to responding officers. Their communication allowed the officers to make informed decisions for handling this dangerous situation. The female was taken into protective custody with no further injury to herself and no injury to responding

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POLICE CHIEF Clayton Johnson recognized Glen Mair for his many years of dedicated service, including approximately 10 years in the Extra Eyes unit assisting in special events and parades.

PONCA CITY Police Officer Nathan Jacobs received a letter of commendation for his investigation which led to arrests solving larcenies.

OFFICER ROBERT Hughes completed five years of service to the Ponca City Police Department in 2010. He received a plaque from Police Chief Clayton Johnson.

officers. •Officer Elliot Lindsey, while on patrol in November 2010 witnessed a man being attacked by a large Doberman. First, using OC spray on the dog to stop the attack was successful, but the dog remained vicious. Lindsey placed himself between the dog and a bystander, keeping the victim and the bystander from harm as the dog continued acting aggressively towards them. Eventually, Lindsey had to shoot and killed the dog, while the bystander continued lecturing the officer about animal cruelty and making negative remarks about the police officers. Officer Lindsey’s supervisor stated if he had not acted in the manner that he had, the victim would have been killed by his own dog. •Officer Nathan Jacobs was assigned to investigate a theft which occurred in the 1600 block of West South Avenue on July 29, 2010. Several hours later Jacobs was assigned to investigate a second larceny in the 500 block of West Highland. After reviewing security video, Officer Jacobs recognized the suspect vehicle as a car that is routinely parked at a local apartment complex. As a result of Officer Jacobs’ follow-up investigation, two arrests were made and both larcenies were solved. Citizen Award for Service Two volunteers were recognized as retiring and presented with a Citizen Award for Service. •Ford Lasher, for his 10 years of service in the Extra Eyes Unit and AFIX fingerprint system.

•Glen Mair – for his many years of dedicated service including approximately 10 years in the Extra Eyes unit assisting in special events and parades. Service Milestones Service milestones reached by Police Department employees during 2010 include: •Bob Daine completed 30 years •Kaye Harkins completed 25 years •Nancy Bricker completed 15 years •Amy Haines completed 10 years •Randy Tyner completed 10 years •Dana Wilson completed 10 years •Clint Wood completed 10 years •Robert Hughes completed 5 years •Gina Payne completed 5 years. Retirement •Officer Don Jump retired after 20 years of service. Military Recognition •Officer Brandon Schultz, SSgt. in the Kansas National Guard, called to active duty in Afghanistan in November 2010. •Officer Ben Garrison, Specialist, Oklahoma National Guard, called to active duty in Afghanistan in February 2011. •Officer Juan Duarte, Specialist, Oklahoma National Guard, not currently activated. Department Awards The Outstanding Administrative Support Award was presented to Nancy Bricker. Police Officer of the Year was Sgt. Kevin Jeffries. Police Chaplain Larry Harris was named Civilian of the Year.

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Edgar Cruz To Perform Free Concert

The Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council will present guitarist Edgar Cruz in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Poncan Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Popular classical and finger-style guitarist Edgar Cruz will play a variety of musical selections along with popular fan favorites. Cruz is a well-known performer who has been voted six times as the Best Guitarist and Entertainer in Oklahoma. Guest guitarist Steven King will make an appearance. He has won several national and international awards with his finger-style guitar method. Each year, Cruz performs more than 200 concerts throughout America, Europe and South America. He has been a headliner at The Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995. He is a strong icon at most festivals in Oklahoma, including the Festival of the Arts, Paseo Festival, Sunfest and Global Oklahoma. Cruz offers a repertoire of “The Greatest Hits of the Guitar” which wows audience members of all ages. A few of the songs to be played will include: Malagueña, Classical Gas, Bohemian Rhapsody, In the Mood, Dueling Banjos and Hotel California. Cruz has 16 CDs and two DVDs which includes musical genres such as Latin, Classical, Rock, Jazz, Mariachi, Christmas and original compositions. In addition to his musical talents, Cruz has received numerous civic acknowledgments for his contributions to various charitable events. Cruz received the first Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Oklahoma City University. This concert is made possible with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council also receives financial assistance from its members and local businesses such as ConocoPhillips, Martin, Jean and Jackson Attorneys at Law and RCB Bank.

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Teens Help With Camp McFadden Improvements CAMP McFADDEN — Shoveling dirt, digging footings for steps and moving rocks is how some area youth spent their spring break at Camp McFadden. Their reward — fishing in the camp’s pond and enjoying the outdoors. Seven area teens, under the direction of Camp McFadden Board President Bill Rutz, helped create a stone path leading down the hill east of the Camp McFadden lodge down to the Kaw Lake shore. As Rutz used a front- end loader to help move the rocks, the youth dug out the path and moved the rocks into place. At the same time, others assisted in laying carpet in the camp office, formerly the First Aid Building. This plus some plumbing and painting will complete the office for new Camp Manager Mickie Schmith. There’s still a list of projects that need to be done to get ready for summer rentals and the Camp McFadden children’s summer camp, facilities chairman John Sutton said. Individuals or groups interested in helping with projects at the camp may phone the camp at 762-9955. Children are now signing up for the summer camp sessions, Schmith said. This will be the third consecutive summer for Camp McFadden to offer a children’s summer camp program. The traditional Adven-

CAMP McFADDEN board president Bill Rutz, left, and a community volunteer supervise area youth building a path down the hill east of the Camp McFadden lodge to Kaw Lake. ture Camp gives campers the opportunity to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including canoeing, fishing, hiking and archery. Campers also will play field games and older ones will experience some ropes course initiatives. Sessions of Adventure Camp at Camp McFadden include: •Ages 6-9, June 13-15 and June 20-22; •Ages 8-15, June 26-July 1, July 3-8, and July 10-15. Camp McFadden is located on Kaw Lake. It is approximately seven miles east of

the Pioneer Woman statue on Lake Road to Sun ‘n Fun Waterpark. Turn north on Silverdale across from the water park and go north one mile to Hartford. Turn east and enter through the Camp McFadden gate on your left. Board officers for the camp are Rutz, president; Kathy Tippin, president-elect; Davina Sill, secretary, and Clifford Mills, treasurer. Other board members are Julie Kirchenbauer, Sharon Moreau, Kyle Shepard, Kay Smith, Robert Stockwell, John Sutton, Cindy Watson

and Stephanie Williams. For information about the summer camp program for children or to rent the facilities call Schmith at 762-9955 or e-mail campmcfadden@ campmcfadden.com. For more information or to sign-up for one of the summer camp sessions at Camp McFadden, go to www.campmcfadden.com or call Schmith. Camp McFadden Inc. operates and maintains a recreational park/camp for children, adults, families, and organizations to enjoy fellowship and the outdoors.

IN THE REHEARSAL for “Murder in Green Meadows,” Thomas (played by David Guinn) confronts his wife, Joan (played by Chris Ray) about a suspicion he has of her.

Ponca Playhouse To Present ‘Murder in Green Meadows’ The Ponca Playhouse will present its fourth production of the 2010–11 season, Murder in Green Meadows, at 8 p.m. March 25 and 26 and April 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. March 27 and April 3. Performances will be held in the Ponca Playhouse Theatre, 301 South First Street. The psychological thriller was written by Douglas Post and is being director by local veteran director Thomas Cowley. Cowley said Playhouse audiences will not find this production to be a typical “who-done-it” murder mystery. “This play is a psychological thriller, as our society is more interested in what is going on in a person’s head. It’s not a question of who did it, but why they did it and will they get away with it. It is very exciting and I think our audiences will enjoy it.” In the production, Green Meadows is a quiet suburban town where everything is not as it seems. The last house in Green Meadows has been bought by Thomas and Joan Devereaux (played by David Guinn and Chris Ray). Joan seems to be an attractive, sweet and ditsy girl-next-door, but is duplicitous at every turn, even though she knows Thomas is jealous and dangerous. The neighbors, Carolyn and Jeff (played by Ladella Dowell and Ron Davis) assume this new couple is perfect for their tightly-knit community, unaware of the Devereauxes’ violent past. By the end of the first act, Tom and Joan’s past come back to haunt them and a decision must be made … a decision involving murder. Playwright Post spins a web of deception, adultery, murder and mind games as two suburban couples discover their darker sides. While Guinn and Davis have both been in several Playhouse productions, Cowley said that actresses Ray and Dowell are making their Playhouse acting debut in this production, “It is a pleasure, a privilege as a director, to introduce people to this craft called community theater. It may have been a lot easier to cast the play using experienced actresses, but that isn’t the purpose of community theater. And this is something I truly do enjoy.” Production crew includes stage manager Carol Harris; assistant stage manager Cheryl Mauk; set design and construction Warren Rivers, Bernie and Rebecca Marsh; props: Bobbie Carson and Jennifer Tippin; lighting: Bernie Marsh and Teri Daniels. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 765-5360. Corporate Sponsor for the show is DeVinney & Turner Law Firm. The Playhouse also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

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Two To Graduate With Creative Writing Degrees ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — With one student taking classes on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City and another taking classes entirely online, Raphael Biltz and Alicia Jones are set to become the first students to earn Creative Writing degrees from the school. Students majoring in Creative Writing take classes in the Associates of Arts curriculum as well as courses in creative writing, poetry writing, fiction writing and journal writing/story telling. A script writing course will be implemented this fall. Marlys Cervantes, Humanities Department Chairwoman, said she is impressed by the work done by Biltz and Jones, who will graduate in May. “I am very excited for Raef and Alicia,” Cervantes said. “They could not be better students to have as the first graduates of the program. They are both excellent writers and students, and are wonderful examples of what all we have to offer.” Biltz took classes at Cowley’s Mulvane Center prior to attending classes at the main campus. He decided to take his creative writing courses at the main campus so that he could also be part of the Creative Claws writers club.

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Biltz was taking general Liberal Arts courses when he heard of the Creative Writing degree from Cervantes. “They are really interesting and informative classes,” Biltz said. “I have come to enjoy manipulating the English language. All of the instructors have been great, especially Marlys. She really helped me with figuring out what I needed to do.” “He’s been active and wonderful as a student, and he’s made many friends here,” Cervantes said. Jones was the first student to declare Creative Writing as her major. As a senior at Cedar Vale High School she took an IDL creative writing class through Cowley College. It was then her passion for writing began to blossom. Once Cowley College’s

Board of Trustees approved the Creative Writing degree, Jones enrolled in the program online. Being married with two young children and working full time, online classes have been a wonderful fit for Jones. “If it were not for the ability to take classes online I would not have been able to come back to school,” Jones said. Once Jones began working towards her Creative Writing degree, she knew she made the right decision, she said. “The flood gates opened — this was all I wanted to do,” Jones said. “Marlys has been very supportive and the best teacher I could ask for.” “She’s an excellent student and writer and being the first to declare Creative Writing as her major makes her special

OKLAHOMA CITY — A contract was awarded for road improvements in Kay County, Sen. David Myers and Rep. Dale DeWitt recently announced. to me and the program,” CerAccording to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, vantes said. the project involves asphalt resurfacing along U.S. Highway 60 Jones hopes to one day have from 1.66 miles east of U.S. Highway 177, extending east. her poetry published, while Sen. Myers (R-Ponca City) said the State Transportation ComBiltz plans to apply at Wichita mission awarded a $3,718,849.00 contract to Evans & Associates State University to enter the Construction Co., Inc. school’s Master program in The Ponca City company was the lowest of three bidders for Creative Writing. the job, said Rep. DeWitt, (R-Braman).

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By SHARON ROWEN News Staff Writer NEWKIRK — Some inmates housed at the Kay County Detention Center are now participating in church services at the facility. Brenda Shance, jail program director, said Re-Con Ministries members Jim Greenhagen, John and Marilyn Turvey and Tim Cochran conducted the first service at the jail on Feb. 27, with 16 inmates attending. “We know more want to attend and we are working toward a multi-service schedule that should be in place in the near future as we get more volunteers to conduct them,” Shance said. “What I would like to have are teams that will actually go to the dorms or pods for services to inmates that aren’t currently eligible to attend church services.” Shance said a request was granted on Jan. 19 allowing a small group of inmates to share a dorm so that they can read Bibles, share spiritual topics and personal experiences with each other. She recently said there were 12 inmates in that dorm. “These men and women were the first to attend services at the new jail,” she said. Interest in the program has led to two church services being held on Sundays, one for male inmates and another for females. Shance said the church program started in a big room, with 25 chairs donated by the Salvation Army. Since then a piano has been donated by the Ponca City Assembly of God and an electronic keyboard and drum set were donated by Life Spring Church. “The room is made of concrete and has a 25-foot ceiling, not good for acoustics,” Shance said. “However, we are looking to improve it with carpeting and soundproofing materials. We are starting with nothing, but by all indications, this will be one of our biggest programs at the jail. “We have, at this time, 27 volunteers from the community who say they want to help. The community has already shown an enthu-

GUS THE GREYHOUND is a very sweet, big guy with tons of energy. He will need a home with lots of room for him to run and move around. He has been neutered and is up-todate with routine shots. Gus is one of the adoptable pets that has been at the Humane Society longest and needs to find his own family. For information about Gus or any of the animals at the Ponca City Humane Society, call (580) 767-8877.

KITTY IS a very friendly black-and-white cat, the Ponca City Humane Society staff said. Kitty would be “a perfect cat for grandma” because she likes to sit, the staff said. She has been spayed and is up-to-date on routine vaccinations. Kitty is another long-time resident at the shelter who needs her own family to go home to.

VOLUNTEERS JOE Tompkins, Jeannie Brownfield, and Ryan Jackson conduct a church service at the Kay County Detention Center. Tompkins rendition of “I Found Jesus on a Jailhouse Floor” was a hit in both the men’s and women’s services. Brownfield tells inmates about her son’s prison record and Jackson’s testimony includes how he always found Jesus while in jail but when released, he would go back to his old ways until his last release. siastic response to the basic the inmates a goal to work journey toward self-improvefor while they are incarcer- ment. needs of the program.” TPI Staffing Service has Volunteers include 16 peo- ated and they know they must ple from area churches, who follow the rules in order to contacted the jail about a all attended a jail protocol participate in some of the pro- job placement program that grams.” includes teaching interview training session in October. He said these types of pro- skills and filling out job appli“Some of those volunteer do the Thursday evening and grams are in place at many cations. “I’m hoping some retired Sunday afternoon one-on-one different facilities all around video visitations with inmates the state and have had posi- teachers will call and tell me they want to help us with and some volunteer to con- tive results. Other programs that staff inmate reading and writing duct the Sunday church serhope to enact include an edu- skills,” Shance said. vices,” Shance said. “Though it’s a jail setting, Jody Burd, jail director, has cational tutoring program; designated one of four rec- Character Counts; anger man- there are many inmates in reational areas as a future agement; Narcotics Anony- here that have a desire to inmate library and a place for mous and Alcoholic Anony- better themselves if given a chance and we want to provide mous meetings. church meetings. Shance said Marilyn Turvey that opportunity for them.” Burd called the program Those interested in volunand others that are being is contacting several businesses for both contributions and teering are invited to attend developed very important. “This program will hope- in-kind donations that will a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., fully allow us to have a great- supplement the faith-based Tuesday at the Hartford Aveer impact on the people that programs and other programs nue Church of Christ activity center, 1905 Joe Street in come through the jail,” Burd planned for the future. Michael Schlichting, asso- Ponca City. said. “When they are released, A required jail training sesour goal is that they may take ciate pastor at the Salvation some of the information they Army, is planning classes that sion will be held from 10 a.m. received while incarcerated will help inmates develop to noon April 2 at the detenand use it in their everyday communication skills and tion center. For more inforlives.  The programs also give start an individual spiritual mation, call (580) 362-3393.

Garden Humane Society Home, Show Set Membership Drive In Ark City Supports Shelter The Ponca City Humane Society’s annual membership drive is under way. “A Ponca City Humane Society membership provides muchneeded support for our facility and, most importantly, for the animals we save,” Executive Director Pam Alexander said. “This year is going to be very big for us, as we’ve set our highest record of lives to save and are also moving forward with many exciting changes,” Alexander said. She said memberships in the Humane Society help pay for everything from food to vaccinations to facility upkeep for the hundreds of dogs and cats that come through the shelter. “As with everything else, prices continue to go up and the day-to-day cost of running our community’s shelter continues to increase as well. Food, caring for the animals, along with medicine, gas, utilities and insurance continue to take larger chunks out of our budget every year,” she said. Donations to the Ponca City Humane Society are tax deductible. “It is our responsibility as a community to provide for the animals that have been abandoned and neglected,” Alexander said. Membership forms are available at the shelter, which is located west of Ash Street on Prospect Avenue. Members of the Humane Society may also receive discounts from some area businesses listed on the forms. Members of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors include Rainee Boyd, JoAnn O’Bregon, Ashlee Greenwood, Steve Little, Courtney Lowe, Jamie Sinton, Todd Stuart, Joanna Summers and Karlissa Watson. For more information, visit the shelter or call Alexander at 767-8877.

Perry Library Plans Party To Show Off Renovations Perry Carnegie library staff and the Perry Friends of the Library invites the public to the “ Revitalization of the Perry Carnegie library party.” The party will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, downstairs in the children’s department. The library will be showcasing recent changes and additions. The children’s department renovations started back in December with the moving of the shelving to make the department more handicapped accessible and to improve the flow for customers. Books were rearranged and are being reclassified for easier access. Audio books have been updated to reflect best sellers and older cassette book kits have been updated to CD read-along books with new selections coming in constantly. The new movie nook has been updated with more than 60 new movies and all movies have been subdivided by

subject to make them easier to find. A new play area has been added separate from the bookshelves and new toys were added. Several new programs have been added to the children’s department yearly schedule of events as in the ‘50s sock hop, the holiday tea and new spring break activities. Monthly calenders of events are available at the circulation desk. Older, outdated books and reading material have been replaced with new throughout the library, including the teen section upstairs. The teen section has been moved from the back corner to a more open and inviting location and many new books have been added. The genealogy section has been moved to an area that allows patrons more room and less interruptions and new genealogy books have been added. Library staff will be on hand for a guided tour.

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Everyone Has a System for Filling Out Their Brackets With the NCAA basketball tournament going on, I am reminded that, for me at least, this is one of the most exciting times of the year. Especially those first two days where there is basketball on TV from morning until late at night. But they call it March Madness for a reason. And one of the reasons I get mad during March has to do with the dadgum tournament bracket I fill out every year. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve made my predictions on NCAA tournaments for more than 50 years now. And the result is almost the same each year — not good. Because I now work as a sports writer, I’ve had people come to me for advice on what team might be good to pick over another. Bad idea. A good friend from my church who has now passed on came to me one year and asked how Oklahoma State was going to do in the NCAA tournament. I quickly told her not to take my advice, because my picks are quite often wrong. But she persisted, so I told her what I thought. After the tournament was over she confronted me — “You gave me bad information about Oklahoma State.” All I could do was weakly smile and remind her that she had been warned. Whenever I’ve been a part of an office pool, just for fun mind you, I’ve come to understand that the one who usually wins is someone who doesn’t pay much attention to basketball except during NCAA tournament time. So much for the notion that a so-called expert in sports has an advantage. Why is it so difficult for me to do a good job filling out a bracket? I decided this year that I would analyze each choice to see what I do wrong. I found that often I pick with my heart rather than my head. For example, if a team is from Oklahoma or Kansas, I almost automatically choose that team to go far. This year I

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have Kansas and Kansas State going to the Final Four. It is probably fortunate for my bracket’s sake that there are no Oklahoma teams in the big dance this year to complicate the issue. And I am somewhat partial to teams from the Big 12. Usually I have them winning at least once. Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri were among my picks this year and I had them all winning at least once. Missouri and Texas A&M let me down as they lost their first games. I am not a big fan of Big East teams, especially this year when the ridiculous number of 11 teams were invited from that conference. So with glee, I picked most of them to lose somewhere in the early going just to spite the know-it-all talking heads on Connecticutbased ESPN. Deep down I know there will probably be at least one or two or maybe even three Big East teams really go a long ways in this year’s tournament, but not on my bracket. By the way, I don’t always pick on teams from the Big East. In other years it has been the SEC or the ACC that has had too many teams in the tournament and provoked me to make spiteful choices. Another reason for a bad bracket is that in trying to live up to the “sports expert” tag, I try to predict the upsets that will take place. We know that there will be a certain number of teams that win unexpected-

ly. I look over the field and on a hunch choose some “unheralded” teams that I think will pull off an upset. I am wrong much of the time. When my two kids were growing up, they always looked forward to challenging me in making predictions on the NCAAs. The reason for their interest is easy to understand. They would always win. Their method wasn’t very sophisticated. It involved tossing a coin, which unsophisticated as it was, usually proved to be more effective than my system. But then calling what I do “a system” is probably a stretch. I understand President Obama has chosen the same eventual winner that I have — Kansas. I won’t take much comfort in that. Last year, he was the only one I know of who did more poorly in his NCAA selections than I did. ———— Going a different direction but somewhat related: My earliest memories of the NCAA tournament date back to 1952, the year that Clyde Lovellette led the KU Jayhawks to the national championship. My family lived up there then and the success of the Jayhawks was big news around the area. My Dad was a big sports fan and passed that interest to me. He was a native Oklahoman, a graduate of Enid High School, and he gloried in OU’s success in football. The Sooners weren’t too good in basketball in the early ‘50s, so he would root for whichever Kansas team was having the better year. That year he supported KU. I remember listening with him to the NCAA tournament on radio. I often have trouble recalling where I put my car keys, but I can remember clearly some of the names of the 1952 Kansas players. Besides Lovellette, names I remember include Charlie Hoag, Bill Lienhard, Bill Hougland, Dean Kelley, Al Kelley, B. H. Born and a guy named Dean Smith who later gained fame as coach at North Carolina. Phog Allen (the Allen of Allen Fieldhouse) was the coach and the Jayhawks played their games in a venue (Hoch Auditorium) that was built for musical concerts and stage productions. My memory isn’t as clear concerning the path the Jayhawks took to get to the championship, so I looked it up. KU defeated TCU 68-64 in the first game of the Midwest Regional and St. Louis 74-55 in the regional final.

A GOOD EXAMPLE of how not to fill out an NCAA tournament bracket. This one is in trouble after just two rounds. In the first game of the Final Four KU was a 74-55 winner over Santa Clara and then in the championship game the Jayhawks defeated St. John’s 80-63. That was an Olympic year and in those days the U.S. Olympic team was picked from players primarily from the NCAA Final Four and the AAU National Industrial Basketball League, which was dominated by the Phillips 66’ers from Bartlesville. Professional players were not allowed to participate. The U.S. team included many of the KU players. Marc Freiberger and Wayne Glasgow — each of whom played college ball at OU and then moved on to the 66ers — were on the roster, as was Bob Kurland, who was an AllAmerican at Oklahoma A&M before joining the 66ers. Speaking of Kurland, he was on two NCAA championship teams at A&M in 1945 and 1946. The rule against goaltending was put in place because of him. He was a 7-footer who was skilled at leaping above the rim and

become the first back-to-back champion. The 1945 team had beaten Utah 62-37 in the quarterfinals, Arkansas 68-41 in the semis and New York University 49-45 for the championship. Kurland went on to play in both the 1948 and the 1952 Olympics. Hmmm. I wonder if anyone filled out brackets back then.

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Incarcerated Grandmother Reflects on How Courts Focus on Crime, Not Addiction By WARREN VIETH For Oklahoma Watch Teresa Malone remembers her plea bargain, although she admits her memory is clouded by the lingering fog of methamphetamine: She’s sitting at a long table in a crowded holding room in the Pittsburg County Courthouse surrounded by fellow jail residents, all of them wearing striped jumpsuits, all of them handcuffed and ankle-chained, all of them awaiting their few minutes before a judge who might just determine how they spend the rest of their lives. In walks one of her attorneys. Hold out for a jury trial, the attorney says, and you’ll probably get life in prison without parole. Accept what the D.A. is offering, and you’ll get 35 years instead. If you’re lucky, you might get paroled after 11 years. It’s the best we could do for you. So she takes it. “I’m gonna end up dying in prison,” Malone recalls thinking. She was 51 years old at the time, with three grandkids and a sick mother. She had been off meth for only 10 days, and her mind was still muddled. With that fateful decision in 2004, Malone achieved a special distinction: She received the longest sentence of any of the 261 women currently doing time in state prisons for the controlling offense of possessing illegal drugs with intent to distribute. In fact, no one else in that group received more than 25 years. By her own admission, Malone is no saint. She had been selling meth on and off for years in McAlester and made good money doing it. She already had served three years in prison for a 1998 drug conviction. After her parole in 2001, she went right back to using and dealing. Her 2004 plea deal came after she was busted several times in a matter of months. In one case, she was caught with 34 grams of meth, enough to allow prosecutors to charge her with trafficking in illegal drugs. That’s a little more than an ounce, worth about $1,500 on the street at the time. At the height of her addiction, Malone said she would consume that much in two or three weeks. Under a tough sentencing law passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, a trafficking case following two or more previous drug convictions calls for mandatory life imprisonment with no parole. No exceptions. No discretion. In the case of meth, all it takes to trigger the law is possession of 20 or more grams. Prosecutors don’t even have to prove that the

offender was dealing. Malone’s plea bargain on the reduced charge of possession with intent to distribute allowed for a shorter sentence, if a third of century can be called short. “You talk about the perfect storm, that was Teresa Malone,” said Chris Wilson, who was Pittsburg County district attorney at the time. He is now an assistant U.S attorney in Muskogee. “Looking at Ms. Malone’s history, the fact that she had multiple prior convictions, that she had cases pending in two jurisdictions, we decided that 35 years was an appropriate sentence.” Like most convicted felons, Malone won’t spend her entire sentence behind bars. She’ll be eligible for parole consideration after serving roughly a third of her 35 years. If she continues to earn the maximum number of “good time” credits, she could come up for parole in late 2015. Yet even if she manages to get out get out before her 63rd birthday, Malone’s sentence appears unusually long. According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections statistics, the average sentence length for women imprisoned for possession with intent to distribute is 10.86 years. For new arrivals in 2010, it was 7.23 years. Malone’s story is one of a life gone awry, another casualty of methamphetamine’s devastating sweep through the American heartland. Her case also raises at least two key policy questions. Does it make sense to mandate life without parole for anyone convicted of trafficking after two previous drug offenses? In 2007, the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission recommended that the provision be repealed. The Oklahoma Legislature did not take its advice. Was the 35-year sentence received by Malone reasonable? Although a trafficking conviction would have allowed no discretion, it was essentially up to the district attorney to decide how many years Malone would receive under her plea deal. With the trafficking charge hanging over her head, the defense attorneys had little leverage. The lengthy sentence meted out to Malone is one little piece of a much bigger phenomenon that helps explain why the state’s prisons and jails are overflowing, why Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state in the union, and why even some staunch law-and-order advocates are beginning to rethink the status quo. Malone, for her part, said she is not angry at authorities

for putting her behind bars for so long. “All I can think about is my grandkids, and how silly I look sitting up here, 58 years old, in prison for drugs,” she said. Prelude to Penitentiary Malone was born in McAlester, but grew up near the banks of Lake Eufaula. Her parents divorced before she was born. She was taken in by her grandparents, who raised her in their lake home until she was 7. Then she moved in with her mother and stepfather. “I wasn’t but about 8 years old, and he was using a razor strop on me. That’s what you beat horses with,” she said. After a few years, she found a solution. “I just married the first boy I ever went out with and left. I was 14.” Her young husband joined the Navy, and they moved frequently. They were living in Memphis with two young sons, J.J. and Shannon, when the marriage fell apart. A second marriage ended in divorce, too, and left Malone with a third son, Ricky. Malone’s dance with the devil began when she was in her mid-30s. It was sometime in the late 1980s when Malone was introduced to methamphetamine. She said she can’t recall the exact circumstances, but she remembers the rush it gave her. Meth is a supercharged central nervous system stimulant that gives its users a sudden burst of intense energy and euphoria—until they crash. The only way to keep the rocket ship aloft is to take another hit, and another and another. “It made me feel good. I could get up and do my housework, mow my yard, mow my neighbor’s yard, wash my car and shop, cook my meals for my son,” she said. In 1991, Malone lost her food service job at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Facility in McAlester. She was living on unemployment benefits and using meth regularly. She began buying the drug in larger quantities from her sources, often an ounce or two at a time, then re-selling it to other people she knew. “I had connections,” she said matter-of-factly. “I could buy an ounce of crank for $700 and sell it for $1,000, easy. If I wanted to go ahead and pick up 2 ounces, I could sell it for $2,000. Within an hour, I could make $1,000.” Most of her customers were middle-aged, single men, she said; some worked at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant; some were drilling rig hands; one was a bartender. She said she didn’t introduce

OKLAHOMA INMATE Teresa Malone will be eligible for parole in 2015, after serving roughly a third of her 35 years for possessing illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. (Photo by Tom Luker for Oklahoma Watch) any of her clients to the drug, never got involved with making it, didn’t shoot up with a syringe. She preferred to snort or smoke it. Lots of it. “I was an addict, yes I was,” she said. “I did it all day long.” Time of Sentence Malone’s 35-year prison sentence was based on several drug busts in late 2003 and early 2004. On Nov. 6, 2003, McIntosh County authorities in Eufala caught Malone with small quantities of meth and marijuana. She was charged with possession, posted bail and went back to McAlester. Then, on March 24, 2004, she was arrested again at her white frame house on McAlester’s north side. She was confronted at the front door as she was leaving the house by a small phalanx of sheriff’s deputies, police officers and drug task force detectives led by Pittsburg County Sheriff Jerome “Snookie” Amaranto. She said one of the officers asked her to grab the front of her blouse and bra and shake them. Out fell a packet containing 16 grams of meth, a little more than a half-ounce. In the house, they also found a small amount of marijuana, a glass pipe, a digital scale, clear plastic bags and a stash of cash, police records show. They also found a police scanner, the two-way kind that officers have in their vehicles. Malone said it was broken and sitting on a closet shelf. Malone posted bail and was back in action once more. Less than a month later, on April 20, the task force arrived on her doorstep again with another warrant. They discovered 34 grams of meth in Malone’s purse. They also found more cash and another digital scale. This time Malone didn’t bother to post her $150,000 bail. She figured she was going to prison no matter what.

She was being held in the Pittsburg County jail when they transported her to the courthouse on April 30, the first time she was presented with the 35-year plea deal. The agreement had been negotiated by Pittsburg County Assistant District Attorney Matt Dillon, who said he offered 35 years during discussions with Malone’s lead attorneys, Deborah Reheard of Eufala and Warren Gotcher of McAlester. Reheard is the current president of the Oklahoma Bar Association. “Our task force in McAlester basically considered her a huge thorn in their side,” said Dillon, now an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County. “She actually was continuing to deal…. She was becoming a real problem.” Reheard and Gotcher declined to comment, citing attorney-client privilege. On June 16, Malone was taken back to the courthouse and shuffled into the courtroom of Associate District Judge David Martin. He told her he was giving her 35 years on the April 20 possession charge, 35 and 20 years for possession charges arising from the earlier busts, a whopping 20 years for possession of the police scanner and one year for possession of paraphernalia, with all sentences to run concurrently. “I remember telling him, ‘Your honor, I am not dangerous, I’m not violent, I just made bad choices with drugs. I’m an addict. Can you get me some help?’” Malone says, describing the scene. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll get you some help. I will recommend that you have drug treatment while you’re locked up.’ … He couldn’t have cared less.” Martin did not respond to a request for an interview. Passing That Time Malone bides her time now at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, where

she is midway through the seventh year of her sentence. Roughly half of the 782 residents there are serving time for nonviolent drug-related offenses. Prison officials characterize Malone as a model inmate. She’s participated in more than a dozen special programs and classes designed to help felons become productive citizens. She’s cleaned dorms, showers and staff offices. She pushes a mop. She wipes out the microwave. She makes sure every bunk is properly made and no trash is on the floor. Malone said she’s not the same woman she was in 2001, when she got out of prison the first time, or 2004, when she went back in. “My grandchildren have grown up. I have been locked up … in July it will be seven years, and my grandchildren won’t even know who I am. I haven’t seen my children in fixin’ to be eight years,” she said. Malone said she’s certain she won’t use meth again. “The reason I know I’ll never mess with drugs again is because my desires have changed,” she said. Instead of lusting for methamphetamine, she craves “the simple little things … like going to the store with my grandkids, going to church, working on an honest job that I can be proud of myself for.” “I do honestly feel like I’ve done enough time for what I’ve done,” she continued. “I’ve lost my mama, my brother, all three of my best friends. I mean everybody’s dead and gone. In another three years I’ll be 61 years old. I feel like I’ve paid my debt to society. “I know I’m not a threat to ‘em anymore.” Warren Vieth is an instructor at the Gaylord College of Journalism, Media Arts and Strategic Communications at the University of Oklahoma.

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Free Tax Help Available for Oklahomans’ Federal Returns With less than a month to go before the April 18 tax filing deadline, plenty of free tax help remains available for Oklahomans who have yet to file their 2010 federal income tax returns, Oklahoma IRS spokesman David Stell said. Free face-to-face assistance is available at more than 140 community volunteer locations across Oklahoma, as well as at any of the IRS’s four Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Oklahoma. Free help is also available from the comfort of your home through the IRS website or by calling the IRS on your telephone. Community Volunteers Free tax preparation is available through VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and

TCE Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs for those whose incomes for 2010 were $49,000 or less. There are more than 140 locations in communities across Oklahoma. Volunteer tax return preparers provided through IRS and its community partners offer free help in preparing and filing simple tax returns. A list of VITA sites can be found on the IRS website, irs.gov (specifically at http://go.usa.gov/4uJ), or by calling (800) 906-9887. People can also call AARP — the largest TCE participant — at (888) 227-7669 or access www.aarp.org to find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site. AARP volunteers are providing tax preparation assistance at the Ponca City Library until April 15. Volunteers are available from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and senior citizens have priority. IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers Face-to-face free help can also be found at any of the four Oklahoma IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers. Each is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are located in Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City and Tulsa Taxpayer Assistance Centers will also be open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Website and Phone The IRS website at www.irs.gov is a onestop shop for a wide array of tax information. Taxpayers can even prepare and file

their federal income tax return — for free — through Free File, a service offered by IRS and its partners who make available free tax preparation software and free electronic filing. It’s important to note that the one and only way to access Free File is through the IRS website, irs.gov. Have some tax questions? Check out “1040 Central” on the Individuals page for the latest information. You can even track your refund by clicking on the home page icon titled “Where’s My Refund?” Call the IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals, (800) 829-1040, to get answers to your federal tax questions. This number is available 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Area Calendar Every Day Principles Before Personalities, Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Harmony House basement (use south entrance by parking lot). Twice a Month Friday or Saturday Christian Singles Group meets twice a month, for more information on time and place, call 763-5945 or 762-4988. Third Sunday Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) North Central Chapter, for information call (580) 716-8500. Every Monday TOPS #308 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), First Presbyterian Church, 1505 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, 5 to 5:50 p.m. for weigh-ins with meeting following. Contact DeeDee at 580-823-0540 or Natalie at 580-716-3059. After Five Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street, prospective members welcome. Ponca City Rotary Club, 11:30 a.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Gamblers Anonymous, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 761-1770. Young at Heart Dance, 7-10 p.m., The Sounds of JUSTUS (classic country and rockabilly), Moose Ballroom, 500 West Prospect, Ponca City, open to public, (snack night first Monday of the month), no smoking or alcohol, admission $5, information Ken Wilson 580-716-0156. Gam-Anon, 7 p.m., Woodlands Christian Church, Fourteenth Street and Hartford Avenue, contact (580) 382-1950. Friends of the NRA, 7 p.m., Ponca City Junior Rifle Club Range, contact 765-7324. First Monday of the Month Oklahoma City Vet Representative Harold Barse, readjustment counseling therapist, 9 a.m.-noon, OtoeMissouria Tribal Complex Enterprise Building Conference Room. Lions Vision Support Group, 10 a.m. at Ponca City First Christian Church, using the west entrance. Refreshments are served at 9:45 a.m. For a ride call 762-3263. The meetings are open to visually impaired residents. Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand, contact (580) 7638051. Parent Voice Groups, support, education and resources to assist parents in advocating for their children who have behavioral or mental health issues, 6 to 7:30 p.m., 205 East Chestnut Avenue, child care and dinner provided, please RSVP 762-7561 Tammy or Deb. Christian Motorcyclist Association, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Pioneer Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, guests are welcome, call 7625931 or e-mail kdzehr@sbcglobal.net for more information. First Monday and Tuesday Of Every Other Month AARP Driver Safety Class, February, April, June, August, October, December, 6 p.m., Pioneer Technology Center, classes intended for older drivers; however, drivers of all ages are eligible to attend. Most auto insurance companies give discount for successful completion of classes, seating limited. Call (580) 718-0637 or 762-3265 to register. Monday-Friday Alcoholic Anonymous Simple Steps, Noon, Harmony House, 212 South Third Street. First and Third Monday Ponca Lodge No. 83 Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Masonic Center, 1200 West Grand Avenue. Second Monday Alzheimer Support and Respite Group Meetings, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Cen-

ter, 319 West Grand Avenue. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group, 5:30 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Fifth Street and Cleveland Avenue, free snack supper and meeting, activities for grandchildren provided; contact RSVP 762-9412. Second and Fourth Monday Ponca City American Red Cross Chapter open for blood donors, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue, call 765-6605 for appointment and additional information. Ponca City After Five Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Prospective members welcome, information on club activities, David 765-9595 or Jerry 491-1004. Third Monday of the Month Autoimmune Disease Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact (580) 763-8051. Fourth Monday PM Patches and Pieces Quilters’ Guild, 6 to 9 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Contact 762-0761. Every Tuesday Band Playing, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Prayers for the Nation, noon to 1 p.m., foyer of First Lutheran Church, 1104 North Fourth Street. Country Notes Playing, 10 a.m.-noon, McCord Senior Center, 115 Mary Road, public welcome. Kiwanis, noon to 1 p.m., Ponca City Country Club dining room. Dragon’s Harvest Moon, story time for 3- to 6-year olds, 1 p.m., Ponca City Library. Space limited, sign up in advance. Exercise Classes in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, 5:30 p.m., Assembly Center First Baptist Church, 218 South Sixth Street, with instructor Bill Goldsberry, no class fee/appropriate clothing required. DivorceCare, a seminar and support group, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Master’s Touich Christian Book and Gift Store, 312 East Grand Avenue, Ponca City, information 767-1054. Country Jam Country and Gospel Music, 6 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. Bible Institute, 7 to 8 p.m., Ponca City Foursquare Church, 762-2729, a non-credited Broadway Bible College class taught by Pastor Blaine Herron. Every Tuesday and Thursday V.F.W. Bingo, early birds minis at 6 p.m., main at 7 p.m., two hot balls, V.F.W. Post No. 1201, 2900 East Prospect Avenue. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. First Tuesday Caregiver’s Support Group Lunch and Meeting, Noon, First Lutheran Church, 1101 North Fourth Street, Ponca City, RSVP 762-1111. Second Tuesday Camp McFadden Recreational Area Board Meeting, noon, Head Country BBQ Restaurant. Public invited; for information, phone 7629955. Kay County Mounties 4-H Club, 6 p.m., Contact Cynthia Blevins 765-3602 or (832) 7151558 for more information. Schooners Car Club Dinner and Meeting, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street.

Silent Dinner, for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Sign Language Users and/or any interested people, informal time to re-connect with old friendships and make new ones, 6 p.m., Hartford Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Center, 1905 Joe Street. Cherokee Strip Corvette Club, 6 p.m., Pemberton Chevrolet, 3330 North Fourteenth Street, more information www.cherokeestripcorvetteclub.com. North Central Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library board room, all parents of multiples welcome. For more information, call 765-2525 or e-mail NCOMOM@yahoogroups.com. Breast Cancer Support Group of Kay County, 7 p.m., information from Nancy 7631907, Teresa 762-3464 and Facebook. Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Third Tuesday Children with Disabilities Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union Street. Every Wednesday Ponca City Noon Lions, 11:30 a.m. lunch, noon meeting, Ponca City Country Club. Bingo! 6 p.m., Moose Lodge, 500 West Prospect Avenue, Ponca City, Concessions Available. First and Third Wednesday Soroptimist International of Ponca City, a women’s service club, Noon, Pizza Hut, contact 763-1474 or Kathy 765-8043. Second Wednesday General Electric Retirees Association, 9 a.m., V.F.W., Arkansas City, Kan. Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme Garden Club, 11:30 a.m., Cann Garden home or members homes, Ponca City, brown bag lunch, Gardening Enthusiasts Welcome, for information call Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or email herbs2@ sbcglobalnet Ponca City American Red Cross provides Adult, Child, Infant CPR review classes, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 216 East Grand Avenue, call 765-6605 to confirm attendance and additional information. Ponca City Stamp Club, 6 p.m., location, members’ homes. For information, call John Hedrick, 762-6702, or e-mail john_hedrick2000@ yahoo.com. Third Wednesday Crystal Dawn Coalition, a Meth Prevention Initiative, 8:15 a.m., Northern Oklahoma Youth Services, 2203 North Ash Street, Ponca City. Operation Pioneer Spirit, 1 p.m., Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Road, Ponca City; Organizing the day before, 10 a.m., at the museum, information, Pioneer Woman Museum, 7656108 or Mary Anne Potter 767-1957 or operationpioneerspirit.com. All klpatriotic citizens welcome. Last Wednesday of Each Month International Club, 6:30 p.m., for more information, 762-3921. Every Thursday Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Representative, 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., American Legion, 407 West South Avenue. Any veteran needing assistance or has questions is welcome. Movie on big screen in the program room of the Ponca City Library at 3:30 p.m. See

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April 7 in-house brochures, or call to Education Grief Support Kay-9 Dog Training Club, Group, 1:30-3 p.m., 1904 North find out what’s playing. Open AA Meetings, 7 p.m., Union Street Suiit 103, Ponca 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, Ponca Tribal Social Develop- City, more details 580-762- public welcome, information u762-7360. 9102 or 1-800-814-9102. ment Center, all welcome. April 9 Alzheimer Support and First Thursday Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit Master Gardeners, 9 a.m., Respite Group Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca City Senior Cen- and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 Cann Gardens. a.m., American Legion Post 14, Kay-9 Dog Training Club, ter, 319 West Grand Avenue. 407 West South Avenue, adults Every Friday 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, Ponca Language Arts Coun- $5, children under 12 $3, chilpublic welcome, contact cil, 1:30 p.m., Valdez Build- dren under 6 free, includes Ruth 401-5569. Classic Cars & Draggin’ ing, White Eagle, everyone drinks. April 12 Grand of Ponca City meeting, interested in the Ponca LanMcCord Volunteer Fire 7 p.m., American Legion Post guage invited. Senior Pitch, 6 p.m., Ponca Department, 7 p.m., McCord 14, 407 West South Avenue, prospective members wel- City Senior Center, 319 West Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. Grand Avenue. come. April 16 Cruise Night, 6 p.m., ChapSecond Thursday 20th Annual Spring Expo, Ponca City Area Society man’s Shoes Parking Lot, for Human Resource Man- North Fourteenth Street, Hutchins Auditorium, Fifth agement (SHRM) Chapter No. Ponca City, Welcome hot Street and East Overbrook 698, noon, Pioneer Technol- rods, motorcycles, anyone Avenue, Ponca City, Sponogy Center, Room B-120, con- interested in the hobby, host- sored by WBBZ AM 1230 and The Ponca City News, call 765tact Katy Muller 762-5935 or ed by Schooners Car Club. 6607 to reserve booth space. Every Saturday Mike Daugherty 765-3372. April 18 Story Time for 0-3 Year Olds, American Legion Auxiliary Ponca City Board of CommisUnit 14, 7 p.m., Post Home, 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Library, 407 West South Avenue, all Children’s Area, Free, Public sioners Work Session, 2 p.m., Commission Chamber, City eligible persons invited. Con- Welcome. Bro. Mike’s Gospel Jubilee, Hall, 516 East Grand Avenue. tact 765-9073. Osage Cove Volunteer Fire “Lean on Me” Bariatric 6:30 to 9 p.m. One and a half Surgery Support Group, miles east of the River Bridge Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler 6 p.m., Ponca City Medical on U.S. Highway 60. Road, new volunteers always First Saturday Center, Conference Room B. welcome. of Every Month Contact 762-1186. Ostomy Association of North Ponca City Regional AirGold Wing Road Riders Association, 6 p.m., Pizza port and Ponca City Aviation Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m., VisHut, contact Daryl and Kathi Booster Club, Fly-In Break- itor Training Session, North fast, 7 to 10 a.m., Building Central OK Home Health, 111 Dunham, 762-6950. Kay County National Alli- 14, Ponca City Municipal Air- Patton Drive, Ponca City. April 23 ance on Mental Illness, 7 port. Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit p.m., 205 East Chestnut Ave- Second Saturday of the Month Men’s Breakfast, 8 a.m., Pio- and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 nue. The group welcomes anyone with a mental illness neer Christian Church, 1701 a.m., American Legion Post 14, or who is interested in sup- East Hubbard Road. Come 407 West South Avenue, adults port, education or advocacy for a time of food and fellow- $5, children under 12 $3, children under 6 free, includes for the mentally ill and their ship, no charge. Ponca City American Red drinks. families. Contact 765-2814. Juneteenth Celebrations Second and Fourth Thursday Cross provides Adult, Child, June 17 American Legion Member- Infant CPR/FA, AED ClassBlues and Bar-B-Q, 7:30 p.m., ship Meeting, 7 p.m., Post es, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 216 Home, 407 West South Ave- East Grand Avenue. Register Attucks Community Center online at www.oklahomared- and Park, Ponca City. nue. June 18 cross.org, or call 765-6605. Third Thursday Games and Fun Galore, 3 on Figure 8 Stock Car Races Interfaith Dialogue Group of Ponca City, call Jean Cham- and Demolition Derby, 8 p.m., 3 Basketball Tournament, 10 77 Speedway north of Newk- a.m.-4:30 pm. Attucks Commubers for details, 716-4594. Ponca City irk.News_Midweek_1.847inx3in For information, call nity Center and Park, Ponca Ponca City Newcomers, 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Country (620) 442-3250, or go to badas- City. Fifth Annual MulticulturClub. Contact Joyce Fox 762- car.com. al Rodeo, 8 p.m., 101 Rodeo March 25 9578. Scrapbook and Card Class, Grounds, North Ash Street Kay County Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, and West Prospect Avenue, Society (archaeology), 6:30 Ponca City, RSVP by March 8 Ponca City. June 19 p.m., Ponca City Library, to reserve your spot, call JenCommunity Church Service, check Ponca City News Sun- nifer 580-761-8542 or Carmen 11 a.m., Attucks Community day before meeting for pro- 580-336-3387 to RSVP. Center, Ponca City. March 26 gram. Guests welcome. Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit Kaw City Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Com- and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 munity Center, 300 Morgan a.m., American Legion Post 14, Square, Kaw City, see www. 407 West South Avenue, adults kawcitychamber.org for con- $5, children under 12 $3, chiltact information, visitors dren under 6 free, includes drinks. welcome. March 29 Vietnam Veterans of AmerKay County Detention ica, Northern Oklahoma Chapter 750, regular meet- Center Seeks Volunteers to ings, 7 p.m., American Legion Teach Life Skill or Minister Post 14, 407 West South Ave- to Inmates, 6:30 p.m., Church of Christ Activity Center, 1905 nue. Joe Street, Ponca City (TrainThird Thursday ing Session for New Volunof Every Other Month Kay County Local Emer- teers 10 a.m. to noon April 2 gency Planning Committee, at KCDC, call 580-362-3393 for noon, training room of Ponca more information. April 2 City Fire Station No. 1, Fifth Sportscard Collectors Club Street and Grand Avenue, January, March, May, July, Holding Sportscard Trading Session, 1-4 p.m., Collectors September, November. of All Ages Invited, Hall of Fourth Thursday Hospice of North Central Heroes, 119 East Grand AveOklahoma inc. and Higher nue, Ponca City, 765-7437 for Ground Center for Loss & more information.

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