November's Something Worthwhile set

Something Worthwhile, a delightful evening for all ladies, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Epworth Church Life Center.

Entertainment for the evening will be presented by Tena Foster of College Heights Baptist Church. The inspirational message will be provided by Kim Bowels of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

For additional information call 405-224-1054 (this is a landline so no texts please).

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CAAC to meet Monday evening

Chickasha Area Arts Council will meet Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Chickasha Art Center, 624 W. Chickasha Ave. All interested are welcome to attend.

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County Commissioners to meet Monday

The Grady County Commissioners will hold their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

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COLUMN: Paying now and paying later, the college debt crisis

Two Rhode Island chemists, Fred Franklin and Ed Aldam, invented an easily replaceable oil filtering element for automobile engines. The bright orange color of their product made it easily recognizable. Their invention was branded by taking the first two letters of Franklin and the last two letters of Aldam and placing them in bold capital letters down the side of the product.

Hence FRAM oil filters were born. Based on the wise and time honored adage of

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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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