Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:36:04 p.m.
The filing period for candidates for municipal office for the Town of Alex, City of Minco, Town of Ninnekah, Town of Rush Springs, Town of Verden, and City of Blanchard starts at 8:00 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 and will end at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.
The municipal positions at stake will be filled at the nonpartisan Primary Municipal Election scheduled for April 7, 2015. Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board Office located at 307 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Chickasha, for the following: Town of Alex, City of Minco, Town of Ninnekah, Town of Rush Springs, Town and Verden and the City of Blanchard.
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Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:33:00 p.m.
dance number performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 classic movie, "Shall We Dance" introduced us to George and Ira Gershwin's memorable little ditty of a song playing with regional dialects and social-class hoity toity. The scene, performed on roller skates, presents a series of common words, (i.e. either and neither) and nouns, (i.e. potato, banana and Havana) suggesting that since the two characters are so drastically different, their budding love affair will never endure time.
While the Gershwin brothers' cinematic word play did not earn them an Oscar, it evolved into a part of our pop culture, leaving us with assurance that it doesn't matter what you call it, a potato is always a potato.
That concept had been around for centuries as evidenced by the famous line from Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, when in the Capulet's orchard, Juliet said, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Fast forward to state government in Oklahoma and a political phenomenon that is both dishonest and disheartening. Voters are no longer willing to exert the time and energy necessary to understand that our representative democracy can be destroyed by elected officials whose campaigns are based purely on spin, catch phrases and a tendency to prey upon basic human instincts. Undefined, in fact undefinable, words such as liberal, progressive and conservative are venomously tossed about to simply motivate voters.
Politicians ignore common sense solutions to prison overcrowding because they do not want to be labeled as "soft on crime." Oklahoma's hospitals are abandoned to fiscal neglect and bankruptcy because "accepting federal funds" might be viewed as Obamacare.
The dreaded "tax and spend" label is political suicide and everyone remembers George H.W. Bush's unequivocal statement, "Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES" at the 1988 Republican National Convention followed two years later by a number of tax increases.
Oklahoma's current version of this budgetary dishonesty is the tactic of increasing fees and costs of permits and licenses under the auspices of allowing departments and agencies to be better funded and then raiding those agency accounts to fill gaps other departments and other agencies.
For example, while Oklahomans do not particularly like enormous increases in the cost of drivers licenses, they will accept them as the means to hire and train driver examiners so that wait time for driver tests might be shortened from months to weeks. Likewise public safety employees such as highway patrolmen need raises.
Imagine how dishonest it would be for the legislature to harvest the revenue from these increased fees and divert it to purposes unrelated to public safety.
In 2014, more than $250,000,000 was diverted by the legislature from agency accounts in this manner and according to remarks made by the governor in her inauguration address; she is considering a repeat of that exercise to the tune of up to $900,000,000.
The "acceptable" solution therefore appears to avoid calling them taxes even though they are revenues removed from the pockets of citizens.
Huh... Walks Like a Duck.
Not that the process is not painful. In fact a bill has been filed this session to make the budget consideration and the dishonest agency raiding process have to occur only every other year. If the bill is successful, Oklahoma will be halfway toward doing what Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were considering when they sung the Gershwin tune, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."
Thank you for allowing me to serve as State Representative.
If you have questions or comments about this issue or any other matter, please contact me at David.Perryman@okhouse.gov or 800-522-8502.
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Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:13:37 a.m.
29th Street Dental will host its 8th annual free "Dentistry From The Heart" event beginning early on the morning of January 30th.
Dozens of dental volunteers, dentists, dental assistants, dental students, and many other types of volunteers will begin to gather around 6:00 a.m. to prepare for the day of providing free dental care to several hundred people that come from all over Oklahoma and from some surrounding states to take advantage of this event.
The staff will work tirelessly until all have recieved the care that they came for.
We spoke with a lady from Verden, Oklahoma that wished to remain nameless about being the first in line for this event. She told us that this is way for her to afford dental care and she really apprecistes the sponsers and participants of the event. She told us she had been the first in line for the previous 6 years. She arrived at the 29th Street Dental Clinic around 11:00 a.m. on the morning of January 28th. She was prepared to spend the night out in the cold reserving her number one spot, equipped with a chair, coats, blankets, food and water to make her wait successful. People will continue to arrive through-out the night guaranteeing that they will recieve some type of dental care.
Spokesman for the event stated it is a way they can give back to the community and has grown each year. Several business and individuals have made financial and non-monetary donations of many types to insure the successful completion of this event.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:56:01 p.m.
Bailey and Cox City stations of the Grady County Fire Department responded to a reported cement truck accident 2 miles south of the Cox City Baptist Church Thursday afternoon.
Upon arrival they found a Dolese redi-mix truck had overturned while appartently entering a turn at to high a rate of speed.
The driver was transported by Lindsay EMS to Duncan Regional Hospital with what were thought to be minor injuries.
Bailey and Cox City firefighters stayed on the scene until a crane could be brought in to right the overturned truck.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:44:21 p.m.
Firefighters from the Naples, Ninnekah, Alex and Bradley stations of the Grady County Fire Department gathered at the Bradley Station to perform routine maintenace, upgrade some equipment and perform general clean=up duties.
Repair, maintenance and upkeep of equipment are important to all the citizens of Grady County. Response times and protection capabilities are improved through this type of effort.
Cross training on other stations equipment provides confidence in firefighters when they respond on multi-jurisdictional events. Working/training with firefighters from other stations also builds a level of trust in each others equipment and skills which also makes the Grady County Fire Department a better prepared agency.
This type of gathering will be scheduled/performed on a regular basis for the reasons listed above.
Grady County Fire Department is always on the look-out for additional personel. Should you have an interest in joining our organization and serving the citizens of Grady County please contact our office.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:18:32 p.m.
Canadian Valley Technology Center was the location of a ribbon cutting celebrating the official opening of the Georg T. Tiner Center For Educational Excellance also known as Building 400. The building was named in honor of George T. Tiner who came to the tech center as an electronics instructor at the El Reno campus in 1977 when he and his wife moved here from California.
Mr. Tiner was promoted up through the ranks into the position of Assistant Superintendent at the Chickasha Campus in 1987 a position he would hold for the last 26 years of his 36 year tenure with Canadian Valley Technology Center. During this time the Chickasha Campus experienced a phenomonal amouth of growth.
Building 400 was originally constructed in 1994 and was the home of Early Care and Education/Early Care Center Health Careers, Surgical Technology Practical Nursing, Math, the KEYS Center, EMT Training, Massage Therapy, PIVOT and Flexible Healhcare. The 36,000 square-foot addition was completed in 2014 with remodeling of the original building 400 being completed in 2015. The additional space, classroom, and state of the art improvements will allow CVVT to expand its offerings to include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related programs.
The ribbon cutting was attended by school, city,state and civic group dignitary's.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:51:35 p.m.
Stained Glue Heart Window Ornaments is theme of CAAC's First Saturday Morning Art Class
Children, ages 6 to 12, will have fun on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10 to 11:30 am as they learn the techniques involved in making festive Stained Glue Heart Window Ornaments!
The class will meet in the Parish Hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located at 124 S. 6th. Children are to enter on the south side, which is Kansas Street. Adult caregivers are to accompany and stay with their children for the class.
Teachers for this Valentine-themed class are the husband and wife duo of Adam and Amber Heilman. Adam is President of the Chickasha Area Arts Council, a talented artisan and Manager of Printing Services on the USAO campus where he not only oversees the printing of various projects but also helps to develop and create the designs. Amber is an art teacher in the Rush Springs Public Schools and also works as an On-Site Director at the two-week ArtScope camp held on the USAO campus in June.
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 by emailing her at email@example.com.
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.
This is a FREE arts class for children and is sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council, a non-profit organization.
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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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:44:29 p.m.
Members of P.E.O. Chapter FV will meet Monday, February 2, 2015 in the Parlor at Epworth Church, 4th and Iowa, Chickasha.
Hostess is Suzan Colvin with Lynn Heck and Diana White serving as co-hostesses.
Social time begins at 6:30 pm with the business meeting starting at 7:00 pm.
The theme for the evening is The Many Facets of Our P.E.O. Founders with Carol Wallace serving as program leader.
A report by the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Committee will be given. Members include Angie Lewis, Liz Lowe, Angie Keneda and Kacey Wallace.
The President's Letter will be read by Sallie Pittman. Membership Dues for 2015-16 are to be paid at this meeting.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.
The theme for 2014-15 is The Many Facets of P.E.O.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:36:15 p.m.
On January 28th, 2015 at approximately 10:25 a.m. Chickasha Police Department officer was dispatched to the Chickasha Middle School located at 1000 South 9th Street in the City of Chickasha.
The officer upon arrival investigated a report of a juvenile possibly in possession of narcotics. Upon investigation a juvenile was arrested for possession of controlled and dangerous substance within 1000 feet of a school as well as possession of paraphernalia.
The name is being withheld due to the offender being a juvenile.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:12:26 p.m.
Keeping Community Smiles Shining Brightly - Judy Lowe, Liberty National Bank representative, presents a donation to Dr. John Phillips, III, 29th Street Dental Care, for the 8th Annual "Dentistry From The Heart" event which will be held January 30. This yearly ministry provides free cleanings, x-rays, fillings, or extractions on a first come, first serve basis to interested individuals. Several businesses from around the area made financial and non-monetary donations while area dentists as well as students from the OU Dental School and Platt College Dental Assisting Program donated their time to help meet this need in the community
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