Holiday Expressions

Saw this in a local parking lot. Seems to say "Let is snow, let it snow."

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GRADY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE BLOOD DRIVE

A blood shortage emergency has been declared in Oklahoma. The Grady County Sheriff's office has decided to hold a blood drive to help alleviate this issue. The blood drive is scheduled for Monday, December 22, 2014 from 1 - 6 p.m. Attached is a picture of the flyer with all the particulars. Please come out and support the Sheriff's office with this project.

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Services for Hal Cletis Lee

Funeral Service for Hal Cletis Lee, age 85 of Amber will be held 10:00 am Monday December 22, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Pocasset.

Mr. Lee was born September 25, 1929 in Purcell, Oklahoma. He was the son of Hal and Velma (Bingham) Lee. He died Friday December 19, 2014 at his home in Amber.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday December 22 at the Green Hill Cemetery Lindsay, Oklahoma under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home of Chickasha.

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MUGS is getting better. Not perfect but everyone from the last three days is up there for now. One picture would not upload no matter what I tried but...............Life is GOOD. Ideas/suggestions bring them on. news@chickashanow.com or 405.255.0582

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Christmas Homecoming

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING FOR THE COMMON GOOD By Representative David Perryman

Growing up, we received a number of papers and magazines. Among them were the Farmer-Stockman and Progressive Famer, but my favorite was the Saturday Evening Post. It included very readable articles and novellas, but illustrators of "Americana" such as Norman Rockwell and John Phillip Falter "made" the magazine. Today, Rockwell prints make me pause to admire the detail and deeply inhale the air of nostalgia so adeptly communicated by the artist. Norman Rockwell's subjects were varied. Much of his brightly colored art focused on the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas. He painted an abundance of the Jolly Old Elf in a multitude of situations and predicaments. Tree trimming and families at their dinner tables are among the most memorable. However, the one print that resonates most clearly is a lithograph simply called "Homecoming." The artwork shows a man being greeted with the genuine love and admiration of a community of nearly two dozen people whose eyes, smiles and posture unconditionally shout WELCOME. Subtly, we are drawn into the scene and share in the affection toward the man. The quality that underscores the message of "Homecoming" is that the person being greeted is seen only from the back. Consequently, we do not know whether he is a returning hero or a former lost soul who has sought and received forgiveness and redemption. We are unable to determine whether his travels have allowed him to attain great wealth or have taken him through the depths of despair and addiction. He may be a returning prodigal son or may have been recently released from prison. Perhaps he has suffered from mental illness. What Rockwell communicates is that he is a human being and all eyes are focused on him and not the three or four small packages under his arm. In fact, except for the fact that color was added to this print, festive wrapping paper was added to the packages and the picture later appeared as the December 25, 1948 cover on the Saturday Evening Post, there is little, if any indication that the return was associated with a holiday at all. What Rockwell communicates in drawing us into the scene is that EVERYONE is deserving of human compassion and not just this holiday season, but EVERYDAY in America. Otherwise, there is not a scintilla of difference between us and ANYONE else who shares compassion only with those whose presence makes them "comfortable." Another set of Rockwell prints hang in my office. They are titled the "Four Freedoms" and in addition to Religion and Speech, include "Freedom from Fear" and "Freedom from Want." Claiming the first two is a hollow victory if fear and want control our lives. That is my Christmas message, but it is being scrambled by negative and destructive cable news networks that pelt us endlessy and manipulate us with fear, hate and despair. We can do better. Merry Christmas. Contact me at any time at 800-522-8502, or David.Perryman@okhouse.gov.

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Minco School Report

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 By Kevin Sims Minco Public Schools Superintendent

I would like to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year this holiday season. 2014 has been a fast moving year, and another year of great success at Minco Public Schools. We are in a busy building program, we are working very hard in the classroom, and we have been very successful in extracurricular activities throughout the fall semester. This year we are in the construction phase of our new high school, and it is a very exciting time for us. Next school year we will open up building with 10 classrooms, with state of the art technology, a science lab that is up to date, a very nice media center, and a thousand seat auditorium that will be able to host several events such as school wide Christmas events, graduations, concerts and school assemblies. It will have an excellent audio visual sound package, and it will be a comfortable setting for all who will be at events. The lobby of the auditorium will be able to be used for community meetings etc... We have maintained a high record of academics at Minco. We have been a reward school for a number of years. This year we have added special emphasis in reading at the elementary level, and we are working with Josie Javens an expert who travels the nation and works with teachers to improve student literacy. We also have two reading teachers who specialize in reading for students who have a tougher time learning reading. We emphasize all academic fields and want to continue to improve every area of learning here in our school district. This fall has been no different from recent ones in the past. We have been very successful in extracurricular activities. We had a very good football season making it to the second round of the playoffs where we lost to the eventual state champions. Our softball team played a hard schedule and did very well this year. Basketball is off to a great start, and the Bulldog Classic was a great success a few weeks ago. Our FFA, FCCLA, Student Counsel, BPA, Academic teams, and all of our organizations have done well this fall. Vocal music and Band has produced great success with all state winners and several honors choir and band recipients. We have had a great 1st semester. I hope this holiday time brings your family enjoyment and some rest as we gear up for the spring semester. May God bless you and your entire family this Christmas season.

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Sharing Shoes in the Christmas Spirit

Twenty-four Lincoln Lions and CMS students received shoes for Christmas from donations from two families of the community! We are so very grateful for Shoe Department of Chickasha for opening their store just for us and helping each student find the shoes just for them! What a great way to start the Christmas Spirit!

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Pioneer Station of Grady County Fire Department Gets New Doors

Getting new doors at Pioneer Station. A big thank you to OEC and Forestry for the grant money. Also, Duncan Overhead Doors and Ben Milham Heat and Air for the installation! These doors work with remote controls. This should make life easier for any firefighter responding out of that station.

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Sheriff's December Letter to the Public

A Merry Christmas to everyone in Grady County. As this year closes I want you to know we have much to be thankful for in our county. One way we track crime statistics is by assigning case numbers to all reportable crimes and qualifying incidents that occur throughout the year. I am pleased to report that this time last year we had used 1158 case numbers while this year we have used only 1030. This represents over a ten percent drop in crime this year. I believe this is a result of our deputies being proactive in their duties. When not on specific calls they are patrolling, making traffic stops and checking buildings and residences. I am very thankful for the people we protect and serve in our county. I am sure if you have been watching the news over the last several weeks you have seen citizens, media talking heads and politicians berating and bad mouthing law enforcement officers all over our fine nation. This is not the case in our neck of the woods. I have lost track of how many times people, who live in Grady County, have approached us on the street, in restaurants and on calls have thanked us for our service. They would say things like, "ignore what you are hearing in the news, I know what a difficult job y'all have and I appreciate all you do." On behalf of our Deputies and every law enforcement officer in our county, I want to thank you for all of your support.As a demonstration of why your support is not misplaced, I want to relate an incident that occurred December 1st. Just after midnight, Rush Springs Officer Aaron Mitchell and Deputy Corey Loftice responded to a possible heart attack. Upon arrival they found a 56 year old male unconscious and unresponsive. They were informed he had been down and not breathing for thirty minutes. Rather than waiting on EMS they immediately began CPR. At 0346am he was admitted to the Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City in stable condition. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his condition and passed away later that day. The point being, they cared enough to give it their all and gave him a fighting chance.The Grady County Sheriff's Office has been busy collecting non-perishable food and money for our food drive. We want to thank everyone who has donated to us. We are able to deliver food to almost 700 needy elementary children in Grady County schools on the backpack program. We have several large donors we'd like to recognize: Secrett Braziel, Vicki Stewart and Bart and Carol Bingham. We'd also thank Homeland for pairing with us for the 2nd year, Karol and Shawn really go above and beyond and we appreciate them! We had a busy November with lots of things going on, including our 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Banquet. We'd like to thank everyone who donated door prizes for our event. We recognized Sgt. Phil Blevins as Deputy of the Year, Diane Grahm as the Dispatcher of the Year, Deputy Dick Lee as the Reserve Deputy of the Year and Lisa Hatchett was recognized with the Sheriff's Award. We had a great turn out with law enforcement from across the county.Our next blood drive is coming up this Monday, December 22nd from 1:00 to 6:00pm at the Sheriff's Office. OBI has contacted us and said they are in a blood emergency; we would like help them out. If you'd like to donate blood through our office, contact Lisa at 405-222-1000, ext. 259 for your appointment time.We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Once again, as always, my office is open to you, if you'd like to visit with me, call or come by my office.

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