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Permit No. 182 Ponca City, OK

OCTOBER 3, 2012

Around ConocoPhillips Retirees to Meet Oct. 8 The Town


the Ponca City Arts and Humanities Council, will be held at The Poncan Theatre on Thursday. Re-discover the music of Sinatra, Cole, Stafford, Clooney and the Dorseys. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. No tickets are required to attend. For more information, call 580765-3966. BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE class for the community will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Thursday to Nov. 15 at First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth Street. The class, led by Gineta Swanson, will be free, but those participating are asked to commit to attending all of the classes in the series. For more information, call 580-761-5522. GRILL NIGHT at the American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. A 16-ounce ribeye steak with fries and a drink is $15; a third-pound hamburger or cheeseburger with fries and a drink is $5. For more information, call 580-765-9073. The 29TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST, presented by the E.W. Marland Estate Foundation, is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Marland Mansion. From the beer garden to the chicken dance, visitors will find everything needed to enjoy Oktoberfest. There will be plenty of live music, dozens of food vendors, craft booths and a children’s area. Admission is $4 for all except children ages 6 and younger are free. For more information, call 580-767-0420. MIKE BOETTCHER, presented by the University Center Foundation, will present first-hand information about the current situation oversees at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Poncan Theatre. Boettcher is recognized as one of the world’s most experienced foreign correspondents, covering wars and revolutions in every part of the globe. He just returned from being embedded with our troops in Afghanistan in August and September. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the University Center at 580718-5600. All proceeds and donations will help fund scholarships for UC students. WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES 2012, presented by the Domestic Violence Program of North Central Oklahoma, is Oct. 13. The men of Kay County will stand against domestic violence and sexual assault by walking a mile in her shoes. Come see city officials, firemen, police officers and community leaders march to end violence while wearing 4-inch red high heels from The Poncan Theatre to City Hall. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and walking begins at noon. For more information, call 580-762-2873. GOBLINS ON GRAND, a Halloween carnival sponsored by Ponca City Main Street, will be held on Grand Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, on Oct. 25. The carnival includes a variety of booths from Ponca City businesses and community groups. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A FALL FESTIVAL, sponsored by RCB Bank, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Marland Children’s Home, 1300 Summers Place. There will be haunted and unhaunted hayrides, baked potatoes, hot dogs, games and door prizes. For more information, call 580-762-4156.

The ConocoPhillips Retirees Association will have its General Meeting in two sessions on Oct. 8 at the Pioneer Technology Center, 2101 North Ash Street. The meeting will focus on retiree benefits, insurance changes for 2013 and the upcoming United Way Campaign. Featured speakers will be Dan Mecham, Senior Health and Welfare Benefits Adviser with ConocoPhillips; Sarah Lerro, Commercial Director of Client Management with UnitedHealth; and Judy Rupp, Medicare Specialist, Northern Oklahoma Development Authority (NODA). Due to the anticipated large turnout, two identical meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Retirees are asked to attend according to their last name. Session 1 will begin at 10 a.m. for last names A thru J. Session 2 will begin at 1 p.m. for Last names K thru Z. Sessions will begin in the large Pioneer Conference Room. After an overview, pre-65 retirees will move to a breakout room for benefit presentations specific to that age group. Retirees age 65 and older will remain in the large conference room. Light refreshments and

Dan Mecham door prizes will be available for morning and afternoon sessions. 2012-13 United Way Campaign The 2012-13 United Way Campaign for retirees is under way. ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 Retirees are strong community advocates and are taking lead roles in this campaign for the community. “That’s why we believe a $40,000 goal is achievable,” said Rich Terrill, CRA President.

Sarah Lerro Giving helps support 13 health and human service agencies. These agencies provide essential assistance to those who need help, and they help improve the quality of life in our community. “As a team we can all take part in Fueling Dreams,” Terrill said. In recent weeks the CRA has been made aware of one significant change as a result of the ConocoPhillips corporate split that will impact the 2012-13 CRA United Way Financial Campaign.

Judy Rupp ConocoPhillips in Ponca City has a history of matching 100 percent of all retiree United Way contributions. The CRA has learned ConocoPhillips, for the 2012-13 United Way campaign, will not match retiree contributions given during a so-called “blacked out period” of September through December. However, ConocoPhillips will match retiree contributions if they are pledged during the 2012 campaign, but actually paid in 2013. The need for United Way

support is greater than ever in today’s difficult economy, so every dollar counts, Terrill said. Typically, retirees mail their United Way contribution during the campaign for the following year. Retirees are asked to consider making a pledge during the 2012 campaign, but delay the actual paying of the gift until after Jan. 1, 2013. In doing so, the donation will be eligible for matching funds through the ConocoPhillips or Phillips 66 Grant Program. The ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 matching funds are available for retirees only. A retiree’s spouse can contribute; however, the gift will not be matched, so the CRA encourages those donations be mailed to the United Way right away. Additionally, if the gift is less than $50, it will not be matched and the CRA ask that those gifts be mailed now as well. “Retirees should soon receive a pledge card and return envelope in the mail. If retirees intend to delay the donation as recommended to gain the matching gift, they should indicate that on the card and mail it in. Post-dated checks, bill me, and credit cards are accepted methods of payment,” Terrill said.

Randols’ Newkirk Home Listed On Register of Historic Places NEWKIRK —Good things come to those who wait — especially with perseverance. Jeff and Anna Randol purchased a historic property directly west of Newkirk on the Peckham Highway and began the arduous task of lovingly restoring the property. They then decided to check to see if the property would qualify for the National Register of Historic Places. After determining that the property would indeed qualify, they began the process of making application. With

assistance from the Newkirk Community Historical Society, the State Historic Preservation Office and a matching ConocoPhillips grant, the process was completed and the property known as the “Sheets House” was added to the National Register. According to the National Register application: “The Sheets House at 1350 West Peckham Road, is a modest two-story vernacular Queen Anne-style residence on the outskirts of Newkirk, Okla. Built around 1898, the

ANNA AND Jeff Randol stand with their marker showing that their historic property directly west of Newkirk on the Peckham Highway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

home is located atop a gently rolling hill on the western edge of the community. Originally sited on a quarter section of land, today the property consists of just less than two acres. The house is bordered on the north by a wooded area and vacant agricultural land on the east and the west by other residential properties on small areas, and on the south by the Peckham Road, a two lane, undivided paved road. There is no fence surrounding the property. The Sheets House is a locally significant farm house related to the early days of settlement in Kay County following the Cherokee Outlet Land Opening in 1893. “The Sheets House is a twostory vernacular Queen Anne style residence clad in wood clapboard siding, built around 1898. It has an asphalt shingle roof with fish scale shaped green replacement shingles. The house has a wide cornice board and narrow roof overhang. Cruciform in plan, with a steep cross gabled roof, the Sheets House has numerous large porches with spindled, wooden balustrades. The gabled ends have four courses of fish scale shingles dividing the gable from the main plane of the house. There are historic single story additions on the northeast and northwest sides of the house. All windows have wooden sills and lintels. The lintels have a triangular pediment. “The south façade of the house faces Peckham Road and is dominated by a frontfacing gable and wrap-around porch. The façade consists of the top portion of the cru-

THE HISTORIC home of Jeff and Anna Randol of Newkirk recently was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant) ciform shape of the house. they purchased declaring There is a single one-over-one their property on the National window on each floor. There Register and installed it on a is a large wooden picture win- limestone post in front of their dow with stained glass tran- home. som on the south wall of the Their home is the only home “T” projection.” in Newkirk on the National Just this month the Randols Register at this time and one received the plaque which of the few that would qualify.

Nicholson Honored, Surprised as Mayor of the Year

MAYOR HOMER NICHOLSON, second from right, was surprised last week at the Oklahoma Municipal League conference when he was named “Mayor of the Year” for large communities of more than 5,000 residents. He was doubly surprised when he found that his family attended the awards program. From left are his son Mark and daughter-in-law Jennifer Nicholson, with granddaughters Katy and Liz and grandson Dylan. At right is Barb Rozell. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

MAYOR HOMER Nicholson, left, received the Mayors Council of Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award for cities larger than 5,000 in population. The award was presented by Mayor Randy Ross of Choctaw during the Oklahoma Municipal League conference in Oklahoma City last week. Nicholson is the third Ponca City Mayor to win the Mayor of the Year Award. The other two were Marilyn Andrews and Tom Leonard. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)


This Week’s Adoptable Pets

Kay County Fair Honors

ARGOS IS a 16-week-old corgi/lab mix. He is super sweet, friendly and outgoing. He loves to play and give kisses, Ponca City Humane Society Director Patricia Amador said. “He really wants to be a lap dog when he grows up. He is waiting for that forever home,” she said. Call 580-767-8877 or visit at 900 West Prospect Avenue.

THE LIL Miss Kay County Free Fair is Annalee Sewell, 6, daughter of Misty Sewell and Braun Stricklin of Newkirk. Her hobbies and Interest include soccer, gymnastics, swimming and softball. Junior Miss Kay County Free Fair is Kimber Failing, 10, daughter of Kari Voegele and Chris Failing of Newkirk. She enjoys spending time with family, loves to dance, swim and play soccer. Miss Kay County Free Fair is Kacy Kincaid, 16, daughter of Dennis and Lana Kincaid of Nardin. She enjoys livestock judging, showing cattle and hogs. Front row, from left, in photo above are Annalee Sewell, Kimber Failing and Kacy Kincaid. Back row, Ponca City freshman cheerleaders who conducted the event for the Kay County Free Fair Board.

JEFF KUBIK, Kay County Free Fair Board President, presented Barbara Dunaway the 2012 Oklahoma Association of Fairs and Festivals Ernest Hay Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award. She was honored at the 2012 Kay County Free Fair as the State Volunteer of the Year for her many years of service.

NANDI IS a 4-year-old purebred Great Pyrenees. She is playful, smart and good with dogs. She is new to the Ponca City Humane Society but she is an amazing dog, Director Patricia Amador said. “She is looking for a family to call her own. Please come out and meet her and fall in love,” Amador said. Call 580-767-8877 or visit the shelter at 900 West Prospect Avenue.

As Pets, Runts Can Be the Star of the Litter By SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — For puppies and kittens, size really does matter. Shelters say smaller animals get adopted faster, and animal experts say the runt of a litter tends to be better protected by the mother. Pet owners-tobe tend to heap attention on them, since they’re attracted to big heads on little bodies. “Humans are drawn to animals or beings of any kind whose proportion of eyes to head is large,” said Dr. Julie Meadows, a faculty veterinarian at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. “It’s why we all coo when we look” at babies, whether they’re human or animal. For runts destined to become family pets, their size is their greatest risk before birth but also their greatest appeal after birth. “It’s the underdog, undercat thing,” said Gayle Guthrie, founder-director of Stray Love Foundation in Magnolia Springs, Ala. At Stray Love, smaller rescue dogs are adopted five times faster than the larger ones. Meadows said that could be a result of the growing popularity of so-called pocket puppies — teacup dogs bred to be small and stay small. “Pet owners are looking for that really cute runt equivalent, almost like we are selecting for runted creatures because we like those little things that can ride around in our purses and strollers and never weigh more than 5 pounds,” Meadows said. A litter has only one true runt, but not every litter will have a runt. Litter-bearing mothers have Y-shaped uter-

THIS JUNE 2011 photo provided by the Black and Orange Cat Foundation shows a .44-pound runt kitten named Cheddar, who fit into a 16-ounce coffee mug. He now weighs 7-plus pounds. (AP File Photo) uses. Those at the center of the Y get the least amount of food and have the greatest chance of being runts, while those closest to the mother’s blood supply get the most nourishment and have the highest birth weights, Meadows said. When runts are born, “they have to fight harder because they are small, weak, and others often pick on them or push them away from their food source. All of these things tend to press on the mother in many of us to protect them,”

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Guthrie said. In most cases, if the runt of a litter makes it to six to eight weeks, it will probably survive and likely grow close to full size, experts said. Cheddar, the runted kitten of an abandoned litter that Kristin Ramsdell fostered for the Black and Orange Cat Foundation, now weighs more than 7 pounds. He weighed less than half a pound when he was found in June 2011 with the rest of his 8-week-old littermates. At 8 weeks, a kitten should weigh between 1.5 and 2 pounds, Ramsdell said. “I stayed up for three straight days with him, giving him fluids and antibiotics, warming him with IV bags heated in the

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CHEDDAR, PHOTOGRAPHED in July 2011, weighed a whopping 1.5 pounds at three months old. In most cases, if a runted dog or cat makes it through six to eight weeks, it will likely survive and will probably get close to full size, according to experts. (AP Photo/file) microwave, using a humidifier and its sister to her home in and watching him round-the- Winder, Ga. She recalled how clock. I didn’t think he would six years ago, Annie, the runt, make it,” she said. Cheddar “was the littlest and bravest. and one of his siblings, Colby, She fought very hard to get have been adopted by a Phila- her share.” delphia family and are thrivKathy Covey of the Cat Adoping, Ramsdell said. tion Team in Sherwood, Ore., That special attention said a kitten runt weighed 11 required to bring some runts ounces when he arrived in to health can create a special August at 6? weeks old. bond. Cat owner Melissa Had“His eyes and ears were away took the runt of a litter too big for his face, he had a

kidney infection. He was on fluids, syringe feeding, pain meds and antibiotics. When you picked him up, you could feel each of his ribs. But he was a lover, snuggling in to you whenever you showed any affection and purring the whole time,” she said. Little Big Burger worked hard and gained a pound in two weeks, Covey said. He has to stay on antibiotics for his kidneys but his prognosis is improving. “He’s not giving up, so I’m not,” she said. Runts aren’t welcomed everywhere, though. Wilbur, the classic runted pig in the children’s book “Charlotte’s Web,” was saved from slaughter with the help of a spider, but animal agriculture and food producers in real life aren’t as forgiving. A pig farmer thinking about Easter hams will probably cull runts from his pens because they will never reach the body size needed for meat production, Meadows explained. Meadows also noted that in the wild, only the strong survive. And runts likely won’t win sporting awards, since they won’t have the muscles or build needed for agility or show ring competition. Even some animal welfare groups won’t champion all runts to families. The Cat Adoption Team in Oregon wants to place as many kittens as possible, but it will draw the line with some runts, said operations manager Kristi Brooks. “If there are a lot of rambunctious kids, we suggest that a bigger kitten might fare better,” she said.

Grassroots Fundraising Efforts Matched Massive wildfires in Creek and Payne counties earlier this year damaged 439 homes and burned more than 58,000 acres, leaving hundreds of Oklahomans displaced. The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation offered a grant, matching dollar-for-dollar donations to the American Red Cross to support wildfire relief efforts up to $100,000. A total of $155,219 has been raised for a combined impact of $255,219.

“This was a community effort and we are so pleased to see such an overwhelming response of compassion for the families of the areas affected. This effort exceeded our expectations,” said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. More than 79 percent of donations received over the past 30 days were $250 or less, demonstrating the grassroots

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support of the community. Donations came from religious groups, sports teams, companies, individuals and foundations. The majority of support came from northeastern Oklahoma. The fundraising efforts resulted in young children bringing in their piggy banks and senior citizens braving the extreme heat, all in support of the cause. The American Red Cross was one of the first emergency responders on the scene of the wildfires. They assisted more than 300 families by providing emergency shelter, food, water, clothing and financial assistance for specific needs, such as medications, to help stabilize families. “The Red Cross is so appreciative of this wonderful gift,” said Regina Moon, CEO of the Tulsa Region Red Cross. “It is a great reminder of the generous heart and compassionate spirit of our community, a community that never fails to step forward to help a neighbor in need.”


Standing Bear Powwow a Success

MILITARY VETERANS compose a color guard leading the Grand Entry into the dance arena to begin the Friday evening program at the Standing Bear Powwow in Ponca City.

DANCERS AT the Standing Bear Powwow perform a soldier dance.

HEAD DANCERS Arlene Grant, left, and Juaquin Hamilton lead the dancers into the dance arena for the 2012 Standing Bear Powwow. Immediately following is the 2011-12 Standing Bear Princess, Summer Dawn Moore.

WOMEN DANCERS in a variety of tribal regalia dance to the Grand Entry song as they enter the Standing Bear Park arena.

GIDEON GOODEAGLE, one of the area’s top fancy dancers, is shown in his dance regalia which includes two eagle feather bustles on the back.

News Photos By Rolf Clements POWWOW ROYALTY pose for a photo on Friday at the Standing Bear Powwow. Jessica Marie Leading Fox, left, was selected as the 2012-2013 Standing Bear Princess. A spring graduate at Pawnee High School, she is a freshman Mass Communications major at Northern Oklahoma College at Tonkawa with hopes to further her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Albuquerque, N.M. Jessica is a member of the Pawnee Nation and is the daughter of Pat Leading Fox and Vickie LeClair of Pawnee. With her is the outgoing 2011-2012 princess, Summer Dawn Moore, who ceremonially crowned the new princess, pinned the sash and placed a ribbonwork adorned shawl on the new princess.

AN OLD-STYLE fancy dancer is seen entering the arena at Standing Bear Park.


Local Sports Memorabilia Find a Treasure Trove for Columnist One never knows when and from where a big windfall is going to come. I need to clarify quickly — if the windfall includes a great financial reward, I do know the answer as it applies to me. Never and from nowhere. Those kinds of things never happen to me. Having clarified, I was the recipient of a huge non-monetary gift that came via email recently. Gary Sanford of Oklahoma City sent a message to The Ponca City News recently regarding a find of his. He had been cleaning out some things in his late in-laws’ house and came across a bunch of memorabilia from the 1940s involving football at Ponca City High School. His father-in-law was Charles Smith and apparently Mr. Smith was heavily involved with the Po-Hi football program during the years he lived here. Gary’s message included a photo of some of the memorabilia involved. His original message apparently was overlooked. A couple of weeks after he sent it, he sent an inquiry to find out if we had any interest at all in his find. When I saw what he had, I responded right away. He found me where I live — in the world of sports trivia and memorabilia. I called him and asked if he could take a picture of the inside of a couple of football programs that were in the photo display and send those to me. Gary assured me he would. To my shock and utter amazement, he sent not only photos of the inside of the two programs I wanted, but 51 photos more. I was in hog heaven when I saw what was in my email box. Included were two real prizes that Gary will want to hang on to, letters from renowned Oklahoma Sooner head coach Bud Wilkinson to Mr. Smith. Smith was arranging for a speaker for the annual football banquet sponsored by the Baptist Church men’s organization. Another item is a telegram from Wilkinson to Mr. Smith. Yet another letter was from Wilkinson’s predecessor, Jim Tatum, who coached at OU for a year or two before going to greater fame as the coach at Maryland. Tatum was another speaker for the football banquet. Other things that demanded my attention were some old football programs. One came from the Blackwell-Ponca City game played Nov. 28, 1940. Blackwell came to the game with an 8-1-1 record, with wins over Coffeyville, Wichita, Guthrie, Tonkawa, Fairfax, Perry, Pawhuska and Stillwater. Enid defeated Blackwell 6-0 and Blackwell and Cherokee had played to a 7-7 tie. Ponca City’s record was 7-11. Wins included Bartlesville, Newkirk, Fairfax, Pawhuska, Bristow, Perry and Guthrie. Ponca City lost a 14-6 decision to Enid and tied Seminole 7-7. The starting lineup for Ponca City (last name only) was Adkins at left end; Sells, left tackle; McKay, left guard; Jones, center; Stevenson, right guard; Rothwell, right tackle; Roper, right end; Fisher, quarterback; Morgan, fullback; Boring, left halfback and C.

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Rider, right halfback. Blackwell’s starters included Dinkins, left end; Garrett, left tackle; Marshall, left guard; Schellestede, center; Turvey, right guard; Pinegar, right tackle; Turvey, right end; London, quarterback; Hicks, fullback; Hetrick, left halfback and Black, right halfback. The game was played in Blackwell. Another program from 1940 was included. This one came from the Nov. 15 game between Ponca City and Seminole. The Wildcats starters with their weights included were Adkins, left end, 150 pounds; Nuchols, left tackle, 185; McKay left guard, 150; Jones, center, 165; Forney, right guard, 165; Sells, right tackle, 205; Roper, right end; 150; Boring, blocking back; 162; Rider, halfback, 172; Fisher, halfback, 167; Morgan, fullback, 157. Reserves also were listed. They included Carter, left end, 145; Bothwell, left tackle, 172; Harris, left guard, 165; Hogan, center, 140; Smith, right guard, 160; Burdick, right tackle, 162; Stewart, right end, 165; Officer, blocking back, 152; Holder, halfback, 150; Gallagher, halfback, 173; and McGee, fullback. 150. The game was played in Seminole. A 1944 program for a Ponca City game with Guthrie was among the material Sanford found. D, Dowdy and Louis Chisholm were listed as the Ponca City coaches. The Wildcats’ starting lineup included Al Taylor, left end, 142 pounds; Vernon Fisher, left tackle, 175 pounds; Jim Onstot, left guard, 175 pounds; Charles Catlin, center, 150; Bob Silvy, right guard, 170; Bob Hackney, right tackle, 159; Stanley Parsons (162) or Dale Beall (170), right end; Bob Bowker, fullback, 155; Bob Ryan, blocking back, 154; and Clark Taylor, halfback, 175. The rest of the Wildcat roster includes Jack Lowen, blocking back, 140; Vernon Fisher, tackle, 175; Jim West, back, 165; Jay Davis, tackle, 200; Roy Klufa, guard, 155; P. Middlebusher, tackle, 229; Jim Frankenfield, guard, 190; Aubrey Lockart, end, 155; Bob Conner, center, 143; Clint Pulliam, guard, 174; Bob Silvy, guard, 170; Roy Rogers, end, 143; Frost Nix, back, 143; Bob Casey, back, 135; Don Boring, back, 140; Phil Zuvanich, back, 130; James Pris, end, 135; Jim Reddell, end, 140; Ray Cummings, guard, 178; Eric Thoen, back, 150; Waylen Holder, center, 140; and Bob Woolley, end, 151. The letters from Wilkinson and Tatum are to confirm their participation in the father-son football banquet that Charles Smith was coordinator. Wilkinson apparently spoke in 1948. Tatum was the

speaker in 1946. Looking up Jim Tatum on the internet, I found that he coached at OU only one year, 1946. He then accepted a job at Maryland and Wilkinson, his top assistant, was promoted to the head job. Tatum went on to win a national championship at Maryland in 1953. His letter is brief and simply asks for a follow-up letter the week of the event to specify time and location. Wilkinson actually wrote three times before participating, plus a telegram. One letter tells what financial arrangements would be required. “As you know, we have an agreement with Oklahoma A&M and Tulsa University that we must charge $10 for such appearances plus 7 cents a mile. I trust this will be satisfactory,” Wilkinson’s letter reads. I wonder what the going rate is now for Mike Gundy or Bob Stoops? I have a hunch $10 and seven cents a mile wouldn’t be close. A story from The Ponca City News also mentions that Jim Lookabaugh, coach at Oklahoma A&M, was the speaker for the 1947 banquet in Ponca City. Lookabaugh was the coach in Stillwater from 19391949 and his 1945 team went 9-0. A program from the 1949 banquet honors the following seniors: Bruce Athens, Charles Casey, Bob Daniels, Melvin Fagg, Garland Harris, Don Kane, Ken Kranenburg, Monte Kreger, Rex Maddox, Bob McBride, John McFadden, Gene Nicks, Bob O’Malley, Steve Rainbolt, Bob Sale, Jack Ware and Jack Snyder. Coaches were the legendary Earl Sullins, Allen Robson and Marvin Clodfelter. Robert “Bob” Fenimore was the speaker. Fenimore was a halfback from Oklahoma A&M, known as the “Blonde Bomber”. He played at A&M from 1943 to 1946 and was the first two-time All America selection from his school. He finished third in the Heistman voting in 1945. Fenimore played one year for the Chicago Bears. A ticket for the 1941 banquet shows that the cost of the meal was $1. The menu for the 1949 banquet included turkey, dressing, creamed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, carrots, celery, hot rolls, cranberry jelly, butter, coffee, milk, pumpkin pie and spanked jersey juice. Included in the photos that Sanford sent me was a ticket stub from the 1944 game between OU and Oklahoma A&M. It was played in Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City and the cost of the ticket was $1.50. A&M won the game 28-6.

A PHOTO of the pregame coin toss in the 1948 Blackwell-Ponca City football game.

THIS LETTER from Oklahoma football coach Bud Wilkinson to Charles Smith was one of three written by Wilkinson concerning a speaking engagement in Ponca City. One other item of interest was a 1930 yearbook, known back in those days as The Ponkus. Two of the pictures are of Captain Kenneth Long and Captain-elect Reed Wittmer. Photos of team members (again last name only) were Martin, halfback; Brown, center; Early, end; Plunkett, guard; Brewer, end; Hickman, center; Hess, guard, Fronkier, halfback, Summers, tackle, Brooks, halfback; Sanders, halfback; Gingerich, tackle; Stroshine, end; Kanelakos, guard; Wright, quarterback; Beach, fullback; Turner, quarterback, Stanley, halfback; Burrows, end; and Lance, center. The yearbook article mentions that Paul Early was named All-State at end, Herschel Martin was the team’s most valuable player and third string All-State at halfback. The yearbook football writer has quite a way with words. Here is a description of the Ponca City-Blackwell game that year: “....on ThanksgivGARY SANFORD supplied this photo of former Ponca City football ing Day with approximately star running back Dick Powell and his wife, Twila. 5,000 people looking on, the Wildcats attempted to break the long line of Blackwell victories. During the first three quarters, the Wildcats outplayed their enemies, and though leading 19-9, the Maroons staged a whirlwind finish in the last quarter to win the game. Score: Ponca 10:00 Parade (participants need to be at High School by 9:30) City 19, Blackwell 22.” Sanford told me he really has no Ponca City connec11:00 Horse shoe tournament at Middle Park tions. A 1956 obituary for ( to sign up, call city hall 580-388-4360) Smith’s father, John Smith, lists Charles Smith of Oklahoma City as a survivor. The Vendor Booths Open at City Hall home address of John Smith and his widow Hazel was listBicycle Scavenger Hunt ages 3-6 around City Hall 7-12 ed as Route 2, Red Rock. Despite not having much around town. Sign up at City Hall at 11:00 am sharp. knowledge about the Ponca City end of things, Sanford 12:00 Noon meal provided by Summer League Baseball thought someone here might be interested in his find. Litat Legion Hut. Menu: Sloppy Joes tle did he know.

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THE PROGRAM for the 1944 football game between Ponca City and Guthrie.


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THE IDENTIFICATION on this photo supplied by Gary Sanford is “Krannebury and Nicks.”

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PTO Kids carnival in street between City Hall and Legion Hut.


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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 7621295. 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 Donna McCoy 580-362-3961 or Natalie Welch at 580-716-3059 after 5 p.m. 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. 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, 5 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand, contact (580) 763-8051. 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. Parents of Multiples Club, 6-7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, South Fifth Street and East Oklahoma Avenue, Ponca City, for more information, poncacitypomc@gmail. com. 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 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) 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 Center, 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. The Children’s Hour Grief Support Group, 6 p.m., 1904 North Union Street, Suite 103, Ponca City, call 580-762-9102 for information. Second and Fourth Monday 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 4911004. 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. Tuesday-Saturday Pioneer Woman Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ponca City, (Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays). Every Tuesday Band Playing, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. 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. DivorceCare, a seminar and support group, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Master’s Touch 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 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. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue. First Tuesday Lions Kids Diabetes Support Group, 6:30 p.m., For Location Call Rick at 762-8383.

Caregiver’s Support Group Lunch and Meeting, Noon, First Lutheran Church, 1101 North Fourth Street, Ponca City, RSVP 762-1111. Parkinson Support Group, 1 p.m., Ponca City Senior Center, 319 West Grand Avenue, Contact Sharon, 763-8051 for more information. Classic Cars & Draggin’ Grand of Ponca City meeting, 7 p.m., Nazarene Church, 1900 West Grand Avenue, prospective members welcome. Second Tuesday Camp McFadden Recreational Area Board Meeting, noon, Head Country BBQ Restaurant. Public invited; for information, phone 762-9955. Schooners Car Club Dinner and Meeting, 6 p.m., Pizza Hut, 2301 North Fourteenth Street. Cherokee Strip Corvette Club, 6 p.m., Pemberton Chevrolet, 3330 North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City, more information North Central Oklahoma Mothers of Multiples, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ponca City Library board room, all parents of multiples welcome. Northern Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 6:158:30 p.m., Pioneer Technology Center Conference Room, 2101 North Ash Street, more information Todd Rivers, 7634998 or email childofgod777@ Rural Water District No. 1 Monthly Board Meetings, 7:30 p.m., Enterprise School Building on Lake Road. Second and Fourth Tuesday Moose Lodge/L.O.O.M. Meeting Night, 8 p.m., Moose Lodge, West Prospect Avenue, Ponca City. Third Tuesday Po-Hi Leo Club, 6:20 p.m., Ponca City First Christian Church, following Friendship Feast. Children with Disabilities Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union Street, Ponca City. Fourth Tuesday Rough and Tumble Rock Club, 7 p.m., Albright United Methodist Church, 128 South Palm Street, Ponca City, call 479-619-8941 for more information. Wednesday-Friday Ponca City Humane Society, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 900 West Prospect Avenue. Every Wednesday Ponca City Noon Lions, 11:30 a.m. lunch, noon meeting, Ponca City Country Club. Bingo, Moose Lodge, 500 West Prospect Avenue, 6 p.m., 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 Jan Neylon, 767-1890 or Donna Earnest, 762-5299 or email herbs2@sbcglobalnet Ponca City Stamp Club, 6 p.m., location, members’ homes. For information, call John Hedrick, 762-6702, or e-mail john_hedrick2000@

Northern Oklahoma e-Lions To Hold First Diabetes Awareness, Support Walk Northern Oklahoma e-Lions Club is holding the state’s first “Lions Strides Diabetes Awareness and Support Walk” at 9 a.m. Oct. 13. The 2K walk is being held at Fifth Street Park at Fifth Street and Highland Avenue. “Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of blindness in the world,” said Terry Woodruff, president of e-Lions. “Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country. A recent forecast shows Oklahoma will see over 500,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed by 2030.” Lions Strides is a Lions Clubs International program to encourage a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent many cases of diabetes. Obesity is one of the major contributors to diabetes. “Just simply adding any exercise, such as walking, to daily habits can make a differ-

ence,” Woodruff said. “Lions encourage everyone to come out to take part in the walk for awareness. Our local Lions Strides is also a fundraiser for those who want to participate in that aspect of the walk to support programs in our area for kids with diabetes.” Northern Oklahoma e-Lions supports local schools with supplies for diabetic children, a support program for children and their families and scholarships to Diabetic Solutions of Oklahoma summer camp for children with Type 1 diabetes. “Our support for the summer camp is a key program “ stated Woodruff. “It takes

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almost $600 per student to attend this life-changing camp. Many families would not be able to get their kids to camp without help.” Sign-up sheets are available at Discount Carpet Outlet, 118 South First Street, and soon at local banks. Northern Oklahoma e-Lions is a branch club of the Ponca City Noon Lions. Unlike a traditional Lions Club, the group communicates and meets in cyberspace and comes together in person for projects and fun events. For more information about the walk or about e-Lions club and activities, contact Woodruff at 580-716-1920.

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City Senior Citizens Center, contact person, Sharon Ridgeway, 716-5524 or 763-8051. Oct. 6 The Town of Lamont Fall Festival, 10 a.m. Parade (participants need to be at High School by 9:30 a.m.); 11 a.m. Horseshoe Tournament, Middle Park, Vendor Booths Open at City Hall, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt; Noon Meal Legion Hut, 1 p.m., PTO Kids Carnival; 7 p.m., Street Dance. Free Lions Eye Screening for Children 6 Months and Older, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., OctoberFest, Marland Mansion, Ponca City. Author E.A. Syed Book Signing Event, “Jerry Cleans Up His Act,” Noon, Hastings, 2900 North Fourteenth Street, Ponca City. Oct. 7 Free Lions Eye Screening for Children 6 Months and Older, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., OctoberFest, Marland Mansion, Ponca City. Oct. 9 McCord Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m., McCord Volunteer Fire Department Station, 22 Howard. Oct. 12 Annual Fall Salad Luncheon and Bake Sale, 11 a.m.1 p.m., Albright United Methodist Church, 128 South Palm Street, Ponca City, Adults $6, Children $2, The AUMW’s cookbook, “Homemade With Love” also available. Oct. 13 Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 a.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, adults $5, children under 12 $3, children under 6 free, includes drinks. Raindrops Walk to Remember, 2-4 p.m., YMCA Walking Tail, Waverly Street and West Grand Avenue, Ponca City. Blackwell Community Health Fair, sponsored by INTEGRIS Blackwell Regional Hospital ad the Blackwell Area Chamber of Commerce, contact Sara Peck 363-9310 for more information. Oct. 15 Osage Cove Volunteer Fire Department, 6 p.m., Fire Station, corner U.S. 60 and Keeler Road, new volunteers always welcome. Ostomy Association of North Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m., Ponca City North Central OK Home Health, 111 Patton Drive, Program: Marta Sullivan, CEO, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma. Oct. 20 McCord’s Annual Arts and Craft Festival, Contact Aides Thompson at 580-761-6358 or e-mail Kay County Shrine Club presents The Mingo Valley Boys and The Sherbon Brothers in Concert, 7 p.m. Hutchins Memorial Auditorium, Fifth Street and Overbrook Avenue, Ponca City, Tickets and Information 580-765-0966. Oct. 25 Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 700 West Liberty, Avenue, Ponca City, Asbury UMW offers homemade chicken and noodle dinner with potatoes, corn or green beans, coleslaw, roll and pies, seeking support for mission projects. Oct. 27 Pancakes/Sausage/Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast, 6:30-10 a.m., American Legion Post 14, 407 West South Avenue, adults $5, children under 12 $3, children under 6 free, includes drinks. Dec. 15 Lions’ Free Eye Screening and Visit With Santa for Children 6 Months and Older, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ponca City YMCA.

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Blanton Chiropractic ClinicCommunity of Choice 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 7671957 or All patriotic citizens welcome. Last Wednesday of Each Month International Club, 6:30 p.m., for more information, 763-6020. 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 in-house brochures, or call to find out what’s playing. Celebrate Recovery for Anyone With Hurts, Habits, or Hangups (That’s All of Us), 6:15 p.m., Otoe Baptist Church, Red Rock. Open AA Meetings, 7 p.m., Ponca Tribal Social Development Center, all welcome. First Thursday Master Gardeners, 9 a.m., Cann Gardens. Writer’s Group, 7 p.m., Cyber Rover, 113 North Main, Blackwell, information Evyonna, 763-1638. Kay-9 Dog Training Club, 7 p.m., Ponca City Library, public welcome, contact Ruth 4015569. Second Thursday Ponca City Area Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapter No. 698, noon, Pioneer Technology Center, Room B-120, contact Katy Muller 762-5935 or Mike Daugherty 765-3372. Goldwing Road Riders Association, a motorcycle club, 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., Pizza Hut, Ponca City, More Information, call Elston and DiAnn Ashpole, 580-762-8918. “Lean on Me” Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 6 p.m., Ponca City Medical Center, Conference Room B. Contact 762-1186. Families With Hearing Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth Street, Ponca City, Daycare Provided, Information Gineta 580-761-0393. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue, all eligible persons invited. Contact 765-9073. Kay County National Alliance on Mental Illness, 7 p.m., 201 East Chestnut Avenue. The group welcomes anyone with a mental illness or who is interested in support, education or advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. Contact 765-2814. Second and Fourth Thursday American Legion Membership Meeting, 7 p.m., Post Home, 407 West South Avenue. Third Thursday Interfaith Dialogue Group of Ponca City, call Jean Chambers for details, 716-4594. Ponca City Newcomers Club, 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Country Club. Contact Teresa, 491-8863. Kay County Chapter of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society (archaeology), 6:30 p.m., Ponca City Library, call Richard, 765-9661 for meeting programs. Guests welcome. Kaw City Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m., Com-

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Crowd Attends Dedication of New American Legion Post 259 Home in Braman

KAW NATION elder and spiritual leader Luther Pepper addresses the audience to explain the cedar smoke ceremony and prayer blessing he would offer on their behalf and to the dedication of the American Legion Post 259 home in Braman.

A CROWD of more than 100 people turned out for a luncheon of Indian tacos and dedication ceremonies inside the new home for the American Legion Hennessy-Cunningham Post 259 in Braman.

POST COMMANDER Marv Sandbek, left, recites a tribute and remembrance for prisoners of war and warriors missing in action as post member Rusty Partee lights a candle at the POW-MIA table set before the lectern during post dedication ceremonies.

PONCA TRIBAL singers Douglas Eagle Sr., Dewey Crain and Wilkie D. Eagle Sr. await the commencement of ceremonies.

MAJ. GEN. LaRita A. Aragon (Oklahoma Air National Guard, Retired) is animated during her keynote address to more than 100 veterans, auxiliary members, dignitaries and guests gathered for the dedication Sept. 28 of the new home for American Legion Post 259 in Braman. Aragon serves on Gov. Mary Fallin’s cabinet as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In her address she enumerated the tremendous financial impact that veterans and military installations have on the economy of Oklahoma. Seated looking on are Kaw Nation Chairman Guy Monroe and Kaw Economic Development Authority Chairman Lloyd Pappan. The Kaw Nation was recognized for its strong support of Post 259 and the new post home.

A COLOR GUARD of Post 259 members ceremonially post the colors to begin the dedication ceremonies for the new post home in Braman.

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SPACE SHUTTLE astronaut Charles D. “Sam” Gemar shares stories from his career at the post home dedication for American Legion Post 259 in Braman. A retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, Gemar is now Director of Flight Test Operations for Bombardier Inc. in Wichita, Kan. He logged more than 580 hours in space aboard three shuttle missions from 1991 to 1994.

BRAMAN NATIVE Roselynn Utech offers a few words at the dedication ceremony for the new American Legion Post 259 home located in a former bank building. Utech holds the distinction of being the past commander of the Department of Oklahoma for the American Legion, the first — and to date, only — woman to ever hold that high post.


Oct. 15 Filing Deadline Nears For Taxpayers With Extensions WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system. Many of the more than 11 million taxpayers who requested an automatic six-month extension this year have yet to file. Though Oct. 15 is the last day for most people, some still have more time, including members of the military and others serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat zone localities who typically have until at least 180 days after they leave the combat zone to both file returns and pay any taxes due. People with extensions in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi affected by Hurricane Isaac also have more time, until Jan. 11, 2013, to file and pay. Check Out Tax Benefits Before filing, the IRS encourages taxpayers to take a moment to see if they qualify for these and other oftenoverlooked credits and deductions: •Benefits for low-and moderate-income workers and families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit. The special EITC Assistant can help taxpayers see if they’re eligible. •Savers credit, claimed on

Form 8880, for low-and moderate-income workers who contributed to a retirement plan, such as an IRA or 401(k). •American Opportunity Tax Credit, claimed on Form 8863, and other education tax benefits for parents and college students. E-file Now: It’s Fast, Easy and Often Free The IRS urged taxpayers to choose the speed and convenience of electronic filing. IRS e-file is fast, accurate and secure, making it an ideal option for those rushing to meet the Oct. 15 deadline. The tax agency verifies receipt of an e-filed return, and people who file electronically make fewer mistakes, too. Everyone can use Free File, either the brand-name software, offered by IRS’ commercial partners to individuals and families with incomes of $57,000 or less, or online fillable forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms available to taxpayers at all income levels. Taxpayers who purchase their own software can also choose e-file, and most paid tax preparers are now required to file their clients’ returns electronically. Anyone expecting a refund can get it sooner by choosing direct deposit. Taxpayers can choose to have their refunds deposited into as many as three accounts. See Form 8888

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DESTINY LECLAIR was recently crowned as the new Burr Hill Powwow princess at the annual dance, held at the White Eagle area home of Rosetta LeClair and the late Antoine LeClair. A fourth-grade student at First Lutheran School in Ponca City, Destiny is the 10-year-old daughter of Ashley Russell and Antoine LeClair II. She likes art and horses and is a Gives Water Family descendant.

for details. Quick and Easy Payment Options For unemployed workers who filed Form 1127-A and qualified to get an extension to pay their 2011 federal income tax, Oct. 15 is also the last day to pay what they owe, including interest at the rate of 3 percent per year, compounded daily. Doing so will avoid the late-payment penalty, normally 0.5 percent per month. Taxpayers can e-pay what they owe, either online or by phone, through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, by electronic funds withdrawal or with a credit or debit card. There is no IRS fee for any of these services, but for debit and credit card payments only, the private-sector card processors do charge a convenience fee. For those who itemize their deductions, these fees can be claimed on Schedule A Line 23. Those who choose to pay by check or money order should make the payment out to the “United States Treasury”. Taxpayers with extensions should file their returns by Oct. 15, even if they can’t pay the full amount due. Doing so will avoid the late-filing penalty, normally five percent per month, that would otherwise apply to any unpaid balance after Oct. 15. However, interest and late-payment penalties will continue to accrue. Fresh Start for Struggling Taxpayers In many cases, those struggling to pay taxes qualify for one of several relief programs, including those expanded earlier this year under the IRS “Fresh Start” initiative. Most people can set up a payment agreement with the IRS on line in a matter of minutes. Those who owe $50,000 or less in combined tax, penalties and interest can use the Online Payment Agreement to set up a monthly payment agreement for up to six years or request a short-term extension to pay. Taxpayers can choose this option even if they have not yet received a bill or notice from the IRS. Taxpayers can also request a payment agreement by filing Form 9465-FS. This form can be downloaded from and mailed along with a tax return, bill or notice. Alternatively, some struggling taxpayers qualify for an offer-in-compromise. This is an agreement between a taxpayer and the IRS that settles the taxpayer’s tax liabilities for less than the full amount owed. Generally, an offer will not be accepted if the IRS believes the liability can be paid in full as a lump sum or through a payment agreement. The IRS looks at the taxpayer’s income and assets to make a determination regarding the taxpayer’s ability to pay.

PONCA CITY Animal Control receptionist Eve Wilson retired last week after 31 years of service with the department. A party in her honor was given at the Municipal Courtroom in the Public Safety Center. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

Billings To Hold Annual Wheat Country Festival BILLINGS — The Billings 24th Annual Wheat Country Festival is scheduled for Oct. 13 on Main Street in downtown Billings. The fun-filled day will begin with a Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. New to the festival this year is a 5K Run at 7 a.m. Events include arts and crafts booths, stage entertainment, lawnmower tractor pulls, lawnmower poker run, antique tractor parade, quilt show, pie and cake auction, the Northwest Oklahoma Blood Institute Mobile, food concessions, kids’ games including a free moonbounce and more. The Bellmon Library and Renfrow Museums will also be open with homemade bread and wild sand plum jelly. Opening ceremonies for the event will begin at 9 a.m. The NOC Roustabouts will perform from 10 a.m. to noon. The Town and Country Pie and Cake Auction will begin at noon with more entertainment to follow. The parade, consisting of antique tractors, cars and floats, will begin at the east end of Main Street and progress west at 12:30 p.m. The Kute Kid Review and the Lawnmower Tractor Pulls will begin at 1 p.m. Entertainment on stage will begin again at 1:30 p.m. with Gene Stetnish and Co. Breaking 4 Jesus will perform its exciting power skills program on stage from 2 to 3 p.m. Other activities available throughout the day include museum tours, quilt show, Oklahoma Wheat Commission bread making, wool spinning demonstration, horse drawn carriage rides, a moonbounce game, fishing booth, football throw, bake sale, and food concessions including Indian tacos, funnel cakes, brisket, hamburgers, smoked meats and more. The festival is sponsored by the Billings Community Chamber of Commerce. Call 580-370-5044 or 580-336-7702 for more information. Quilt entrants are wanted for the quilt show to be held at the Methodist Church Oct. 13. Contact Dawn Canaday at: 580-7253227 or Rosalie Evans at 580-725-3567 to display your heirlooms.

Garber Chili Cook-Off Oct. 27 GARBER — The Garber Community Improvement Association’s third annual Chili Cook-Off is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 27. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate. There is a $5 per pot entry fee. All entries must be brought to the kitchen door on the north side of the Community Theater by 11 a.m. Doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. with a $5 fee per person. Children under 5 years old are admitted free. In addition to getting to sample the chili, there will be cornbread, crackers, desserts and drinks included in the price. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place. Judging will be done by the public. For more information, call Belinda Rowell at 580-863-5385.

League of Women Voters To Address Health Care Act STILLWATER — The League of Women Voters will host a panel of speakers to help citizens understand how the Affordable Health Care Act will impact their lives and the services they use. The program will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Stillwater Public Library. “The Affordable Care Act was enacted on March 23, 2010,” said League of Women Voters President Kirsten Tautfest. “According to the White House, the aim of the Act is to improve access to affordable health coverage and to protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices.” With some of the Act’s key provisions going into effect in just over a year, the panel was planned to help community members understand what to expect. “As we get closer to this date, people are asking more and more questions about how the Act works and what it means for their situation,” said Tautfest. “We intend for this panel to help answer some of these questions so that people will know what plans to make concerning their healthcare in the coming years.” More information about the Affordable Healthcare Act is available at http:// w w w. h e a l t h c a r e . g o v / l a w / index.html. The League of Women Voters’ program is free and open to the public.


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Where Is This?

CDC Open House

COUSINS CRUX Swift, almost 2, and Xarapaz Robertson, 7, enjoy a slide last week at the open house for the Child Development Center. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant) AN EARLY Monarch butterfly scout was spotted by Denise Jones in this botanical garden recently. The first person who emails with the correct location will have their name printed in next week’s “Where Is This?” HINT: This peaceful location is a respite from nearby traffic.

LAST WEEK’S “Where Is This?” is a photo of a tree with gracefully entwined branches. It is located on the east side of the Ponca City Art Center, 819 East Central Avenue. The first correct answer was from Katherine Goss. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)

BOARD MEMBER Xenia Robertson and her sister Dara Swift smiled at the Child Development Center’s Open House last week as their children Xarapaz Robertson and Crux Swift played on the outdoor playground. The center recently opened in its new location in the old YMCA building at Eighth Street and Grand Avenue. (News Photo by Beverly Bryant)


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