Willie Mae Roberts

Funeral service for Willie Mae Roberts, of Tuttle, OK, will be 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at the Family Heritage Church, Tuttle.

Willie Mae (Bolen) Roberts was born Jan. 18, 1926 in Saint Joe, Searcy County, Ark. to Albert and Sisreen (Berry) Bolen. She passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Yukon, at the age of 88.

She married Dec. 21, 1946 in Oklahoma City, to Douglas Roberts. She was a long time resident of Tuttle.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas in 2009; a son-in-law, Dean Stone; a great grandson, Laydon Roberts; 3 sisters and 1 brother.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by 3 daughters: Pam Lesko and her husband, Ed, of Guthrie, Lavon Stone of Tuttle, Debbie Kuhlman and her husband, Rick, of Tuttle; 2 sons: Larry Roberts and his wife, Kathy, of Tuttle, Don Roberts and his wife, Cyndi, of Yukon; Grandchildren: Doug and Jacob Talley, Scott and Chad Moore, Kirk and Kolby Kuhlman, Kourtney Houts, Sarah Preston, Tommy Roberts, Kodi Roberts, Elizabeth Pace, Heather Mantooth, and Haley Roberts; 24 Great Grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Steen of Arkansas; a brother, James Bolen of Kansas, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relaties

Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Tuttle, OK.

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COLUMN: We are not failing

Every day it seems we read articles in the state's major newspaper and see stories on news programs that point to the fact that schools are failing our children today. Now I am not naive enough to not realize that there are some schools that aren't doing their best in educating their students and thus failing at what they are supposed to be doaing, but this notion that as a whole schools are failing in their job's brings a famous French word to my mind: Bologna.

Of course I can't speak for all schools, but I can sure speak of Minco and most other schools in our county and state! Education in third grade 2014 is quite a lot different from when I was in third grade in 1978. We have more technology, more ability to look at several sources of information, quick access to educational links and videos from around the world. Our curriculum is more challenging for grade levels today than when I was in elementary school. Standards have increased, and we push student's harder today with a whole lot more homework than yester-year.

No we are not failing, and in fact I resent that notion. Today schools and classroom teachers see the impact of broken homes, poverty, drug use, and a severe spike in special needs students. Not only do we have to teach these students, but we feed many children twice a day, we have washed clothes for kids who had no clean clothes, we help children with medical needs through civic organizations, we provide mental health counseling, and more importantly we love and accept all children who come our way. I can assure you that our scope of work is far different than 10, 20, and 30 years ago.

No we are not failing as some would say, at Minco we have seen a drastic rise in the population of severe special needs. I have spoken to several other administrators, and recently I spoke to a national reading specialist who is working here at Minco this year. They have all stated that the increased number of students with severe special needs is a common trend in schools not just in Minco, but throughout the state and nation. When children with special needs test scores have the same weight as students who are in regular education...It will bring test score averages down. Sorry, but it's a fact. This does not mean we are failing because a child with special needs can't answer geometry questions on a test in the third grade. There are some students whose growth have to be measured by them being able to communicate properly, measured by mastery of basic math facts, and measured by being able to write a simple sentence. We work very hard every day to help these children grow and learn. We are sure not failing these children nor our society.

Famed Psychologist Abraham Maslow created a Hierarchy of needs. Our basic needs of food and security must be met before we move up the hierarchy to other important needs in our lives. I'm not trying to stir up a hornets nest, but I assure you that many students today as compared to the past come from homes that are shattered with problems. Schools today are reaping the consequences of a drug culture. We work with many children who have been abandoned by parents, who have been shuffled from relative to relative, who have been sexually abused, who have been physically abused, who have been emotionally scarred, and those who go to bed hungry. The numbers of these students has risen drastically!!

No we are not failing, we are the only successful entity that some of our students have. We are the only source of discipline and stability that some children have. Are we perfect? No. Do we have room to improve? Yes continually. Will we strive to educate our students? Absolutely. As standards continue to increase, so does the demand of helping students with more than just the classroom experience. Schools cannot replace a family of a dad and mom giving guidance, schools can't replace the love of a family, but in many case that is what we are trying to do.

Are schools failing? Absolutely not. We are still producing doctors, lawyers, teachers, ministers, scientists, accountants, plumbers, electricians and others. To those people who are raising the banner of schools failing: stop by for a week and work with our teachers, and see for yourself that the complete opposite is true, and that for many children schools are a thriving place of success.

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Peck completes field training, ready to serve

After 19 weeks of Field Officer Training, Officer Andrew Peck has shown that he is ready to patrol the streets of Chickasha.

The Field Training program consists of Phase training with different Field Training Officers who instruct and demonstrate law enforcement tasks. A recruit officer must learn how to perform these tasks and then demonstrate they possess the ability to perform them to our standards. "I am confident that Officer Peck will work hard for and be fair towards the citizens he serves." Interim Chief Shanon McClain.

Officer Peck was born and raised in Duncan. He enjoys shooting sports and being outdoors in general. He comes from a family of Law Enforcement Officers. Officer Pecks' father is a Lieutenant with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and was at one time a former Chickasha Police officer, his Brother is a K9 handler with Stephens County Sheriff's Department, and he has several cousins with various Law Enforcement Agencies across the state.

Officer Peck believes in Family and Faith first, both of which guide him in his actions.

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Altrusa provides dictionaries to students

Grand received 200 dictionaries courtesy of Altrusa Club of Chickasha. The third graders will put these dictionaries to good use practicing dictionary skills needed for the OCCT test in the spring. Grand students and staff are thankful for the Altrusa Club's support of our students!

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Students help fight hunger

Grand Elementary of Chickasha teamed with Chickasha Pizza Hut to help stop World Hunger!

Students and staff were encouraged to donate coins to help stop world hunger. The class with the most money donated by Oct. 23 would win a pizza party from Pizza Hut.

The donations were amazing! Grand collected a total of $746! They did an amazing job! Pizza Hut was so impressed that they awarded three pizza parties. A winner was chosen for each grade level.

Thank you to all students and staff that participated in this event!

2nd Grade Winner: Mrs. Adams' Class with $59.87

3rd Grade Winner: Mrs. Lee's Class with $121.52

4th Grade Winner: Mrs. Bogle's Class with $58.24

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CV Tech Welding student assist with major building project

Welding students have almost completed the brackets that will uphold operating room lighting in the new Surgical Technology classroom. As a result of the hands-on learning project, the school will save thousands of dollars in construction costs. Welding instructor Richard Farris is pleased with the work his students have completed so far. "They have worked hard and have been very particular about the quality of their work," he said. "The students who have been involved have learned a lot, and I'm proud of them."

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Trunk or Treat set for Wednesday

Community Trunk or Treat will be Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hope Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, located on the northwest corner of 5th and Colorado.

Smores and Popcorn will be served to all who attend!! Everyone is welcome.

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Thanksgiving Themed Art Projects are the focus of First Saturday Morning Art Class

Children attending the next First Saturday Morning Art Class on November 1 will have fun with their teacher, Brian Feltner, as they work with Thanksgiving Themed Art Projects -- just perfect for the upcoming holiday! This is a FREE arts class for children and is sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC).

The children's art class is Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the OASIS Studios & Gallery, located at 327 N. 6th in Chickasha

Brian Feltner, local resident and volunteer with the Chickasha Area Arts Council, will be leading the class. He expresses a love for 'The Arts' that began in elementary school. His special interests and skills are in Computer Aided Drafting and Design and Basics of Architecture/Engineering.

Children, ages 6 to 12 years, may register for the Nov. 1 class. Adult caregivers are to accompany their children.

The class is limited to 15 children and pre-registration is required. A 'wait list' will be made.

Reservations are to be made by calling Susan G. at 405-222-4797 or emailing info@chickashaarts.org.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birthday, age or grade of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be returned to those registering by email.

The CAAC is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council for funding the monthly First Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.

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COLUMN: It Sounds To Easy

Like Ebola or AIDS, the man was battling a terrible illness. A teenage girl told him about a man of God who had great miracles associated with his ministry. The sick man's name was Naaman. He was a commander of the Syrian army. His reputation was that of a mighty warrior who gained the respect of those under his command. Naaman sought out the prophet Elisha in the expectation of a miracle healing of his leprosy.

Naaman made his way to Elisha's house and was instructed to go dip himself 7 times in the Jordan River. Naaman became furious with these instructions. He had it all figured out how the process should go. His expectation was for the man of God to meet with him and wave his hand over the leprosy and call out to God. He was expecting an event to take place which would identify God responding to a pretty impressive need. For God to meet this awesome need there would need to be some "hand waving" and "shouting out to God". He got mad when he was instructed to do something so simple.

The next thing Naaman did was to discredit the instruction by comparison. He declared how superior the rivers of Syria was to the rivers of Israel. For him the Abanah and the Pharpar rivers of Damascus contained far better waters than that of anything in Israel. (2 Kings 5:12) In this comparison game his answer from God was discredited and abandoned. His need was of the magnitude that if dipping in water was going to help, the water needed to be more impressive than that in Israel.

For Naaman it all sounded just too easy! The answer had no display from the man of God. There was no magnificent water to dip in. The answer of privately, without fanfare, dipping into the narrow, non-impressive Jordan River seemed just too trivial for his need.

This same attitude towards God's answer is played out over and over. To be completely forgiven of any and every sin all you must do is confess it as sin and ask for forgiveness. It is not complicated. It is not difficult. Some respond, "That sounds just too Easy." And yes, it is easy for us. But it was not easy for Jesus. Jesus died for your sins. He paid the price so you can receive forgiveness freely. There is no sin the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse. You can be cleansed of sin. You can be holy, righteous, and pure in the eyes of a holy God. All because of Jesus.

Naaman finally yielded and obeyed God's process to healing, and he dipped 7 times in the Jordan River. On the 7th dip he came up out of the water with his flesh restored like the flesh of a little child, he was completely clean. The same can happen for you. You can be as clean as a little child through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

I prayed for you, PG

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CV Tech names Students of the Quarter, Coining Award winners for first nine weeks

Canadian Valley Technology Center recently honored outstanding students with "Student of the Quarter" and "Coining" awards for the first nine weeks period.

Students of the Quarter are chosen based on outstanding grades and regular attendance and exemplary classroom behavior. Coining awards are unique in that they are given at the discretion of the instructor.

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