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) ) Oops! Frank Cundiff, local had already down the Christmas in the post office when paper came out last VOL. 87 NO. 5 News and Views of the Cimarron Valley PERKINS JOURNAL PERKINS, PAYNE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 74059 20 CENTS JANUARY 27, 1977 However, they were ompletion of up acoupleweeksinto Weather determines c This is not uncommon. I that the City of was JdeS:o/:li:ngs Kirk Bridge project; Probably in March week. XXXX We had enough news set ?ke in type to print two rkins Journals last week, .ut only enough advertising  'Vr one. All to do in a case e that is decide what news ,. ill be left out. People don't =ilways agree with us that DIfat news was printed was |tltter than what wasn t, but _ 's a decision we've got to 18h ake, usually at late hours kfore a scheduled press We judge what we leave U! by the timeliness of the Xt!cle. If it is something that nt written towards a date and will make 1st as good reading the next then we set it back for Right now got a dandy letter from immy Gardner ready to go L We've also got some news held over, and a article about an old brought in by Connie We will gradually get tis all into print. In fact, one [ these days we'll come up of type and be for someone to us some news to print. So bear with us and please our apology if you brought by to is delayed a week so. We're doing the best can. xgxx We weren't here,' but several tell us that the big snow fell a weeks ago that some equipment was used clean off the snow on the and sidewalks. This is and was greatly xxxx A tip of the hat to one of newer businessman, Brewer. Paul's Cimar- Electronics shop is the street from the We work late on often into the ht hours, and notice working across the at his shop. That's I always advise a person just starting to work like a dog there will come a when they either can't : won't want to. XXXX Lee Kirk was in the office a visit Wednesday We were talking the fact that Perkins quite as directly on the county er's board as were now that they two Stillwater commis- so I asked Lee why didn't file again for the I thought I'd sure get a turn down on my cation but to my he said he'd sure to, but qualified his by pointing out he might have had a few many birthdays to make practical. tell you what, if Lee make the race he'd have my vote! says after you've had you don't plan ahead and filing time about two years off, so ;'ll just see what develops. you that such an is not so far fetched, Lee make it home from his birthday party until 5 in the morning. ]e i... XXXX e were talking with Lee ut the re-dedica- bridge coming up sometime s spring. Lee told how he ! H.E. Bailey to build that dge. got Bailey to He __lbne up here on Sunday [lernoon and fed him and' .nD, --.B wife a big dinner out at ranch and then they got he car to drive in and look Roy Blackwelder, Superin- tendent for the Guy H. James Construction Com- pany said this week that weather conditions were the determining factor mainly in the opening and completion of =the project. "Under perfect weather conditions with deck tem- peratures 40 degrees and rising the bridge could be completely open to traffic by February 15," the Superin- tendent said. This is the estimated time required to complete the concrete over- lay which has begun under good weather conditions. Total completion of work entails 30 percent of the guard rails yetto be built and 100 percent of the painting to be done. This date is anticipated to be March 1 depending, also, upon the same perfect weather condi- tions. However, the opening of the bridge itself is up to the State Highway Department. Bob Harper, Assistant Resi- dent Engineer for construc- tion repair, also stated temperatures were favorable Monday and Tuesday, and work was resumed on the east lane. The west lane has been completed. Mr. Harper said the concrete is the only major factor holding up the work except for a few smaller jobs. The painting also depends on wind velocity as well as temperature both Harper basically the same principles and Blackwelder said. were involved which would determine the completion of the local project across the Cimarron River south of Perkins on Highway 177. "The sub-freezing tem- peratures do not allow the crew to pour cement," Harper said. However, the "If weather remains 35 degrees and above, the bridge could be finished in 30 days," Harper estimated. On the other hand, he added, "If temperatures persist at a sub-freezing level as they have recently, the work may take as long as two months to finish." Temporary traffic lights have been installed to direct motorists in crossing the one lane of the bridge. The Lions Club named a committee to coordinate a second bridge dedication to repeat the one of 22 years ago. However, this time the bridge will officially desig- nate it as the Lee Kirk Bridge. On the committee for the re-enactment of the 1954 dedication are Galen Hol- singer, Elmo Barnes, Wen- dall Sadler, Harland Wells, and Bob Evans who will make plans for the occasion when a definite date is established. The original bridge was dedicated in 1904. Perkins-Tryon School Inspected by State The annual visit to the Perkins-Tryon Schools for accreditation purposes was made on January 11, 1977. I had assisted Mr. Crowder last year with his visit to your school. We also assisted in retroactive petition of ac- creditation of the new middle school. During this time of middle school acceptance, I feel that much informaKjO0 was revealed to me about the community and the school system. A continuance of extreme helpfulness and hospitality was a carryover from last year's visit. The administra- tion and faculty seemed to be bonded together with all intent to give their best to the students of this school district. As we walked around the campuses of each school, I couldn't help noticing the students fri- endly attitude and respect for their superintendent, Mr. Wyatt. It was apparent that there was an over-whelming confidence and support of the schools by the commu- nity I also received and viewed evidence that the administration is striving to push toward greater acade- Financing of Kaw Lake mic accomplishment by adding new programs of Water being studied now According to Bert Dodson, trustee for the Kaw Reser- voir Authority, the board is now in the process of working out legal formalities for the proposed Municipal Bond Issue. At the January 20 meeting in Ponca City the discussion mainly concerned "where the legal department stands in regard to the application for the $60 million loan. Each individual city has its own particular problem financi- ally as each city's require- ments are different," Mr. Dodson said. The KRA, a non.profit association is nogtiating for a tax free municipal bond levy. The Engineering Depart- ment of the Corporation will then sell water to towns with a feasible increase in water rates. Perkins has been granted water usage rights for 730 acre feet by the new Kaw Lake project which is estimated at around $72 million. This includes pipe- lines for the treated water to the respective communities, as well as treating plants and pump stations. The project, however, has to be approved by the Internal Revenue. At the same time, negotiations are under way with different finance companies. "Dec" Dobson, board Seniors Having Paper Drive P-T Seniors will have a paper drive on Sunday afternoon, January 30. Pl- ease have all paper, maga- zines, or books, you wish to get rid of on your porch by 12:30 Sunday afternoon. We will not haul the paper to the factory until Wednesday, so if you cannot have it picked up on Sunday, bring it to the school on Monday or Tuesday. trustee, told the Journal that this is where the project stands at the present time. "It is up to the Engineering Company to allocate an French, consumer math and social studies to the high school curriculum. A new class of learning disabilities (special education) was added to the' Tryon grade school and continued growth in their outstanding bond seemed to give their program added dimension. estimated amount of water I found that all new needed for marketing under, teachers were certified and tax free bonds. Estimates for assigned to proper areas of future water supplies must instruction. be made for the next 50 Mr. Wyatt indicated that years," Dobson said. necessary improvements and Perkins was reinstated as new equipment were in- jected into the school district a charter member with the with the full approval of the other cities which form the board of education. It was KRA. Due to the death of a mentioned that they had former trustee, Walter Mar- purchased a new 54 pas- tin, membership had in- senger bus that can be put to advertently been dropped, good use. It was indicated E.R. Dobson was appointed that they had also purchased to the board trustee vacancy a new one-half ton pickup for with Bert Dodson as the the vocational agriculture alternate, department. New tennis The KRA, derived from a courts were completed at the group of area cities, began Tryon Schools and will be exploring the possibility of used as new duo.corn- cooperating in a pipeline bination outside basketball- from the Kaw Lake when it tennis play areas. The was justbeginningconstruc- students are building an tion. After the dam was outside science energy labo- nearing completion over a rarefy for some of their class year ago, the directors hired experiments at Tryon and Ray Pool, with offices in necessary repairs of a Stillwater, as director, foundation problem have Leon Nelson is Chairman been satisfactorily complet- ed. of the KRA. Members have I found that the school was been working to meet the progressing toward the tenative date in the late needs, goals, and objectives 1980's for the proposed dead found in their accountability line when the pipeline should program. I also found them be in operation, in compliance in all state "Oklahoma Senators and mandated programs, i.e., Representatives are behind comprehensive health, eco- us," Dobson said. "we had a nomics, P.E., Title I, good Annual Banquet meet- immunization and special ing at Ponca City in education. December. Both Mr. and I feel that the Perkins- Mrs. Dodson with my wife Tryon Schools are progress- and I attended the affair." ing and give every indication In September of 1976, a that they will continue to do: $12,946 grant to overhaul the so in the future. This old Perkins water tower is community should be proud pending, separate from the of their schools. It is a KRA project. The amount pleasure to recommend your applied for would upgrade schools for accreditation as the present storage facility, requested. Jim Harris The estimated net price of Instructional Program the tower, if replaced, would Codinator be over $150,000. " GOP Precinct Meetings Set for Jan. 31 A Republican Precinct meetingwiU be held January 31, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murray, 321 West Knipe. All registered Republicans are urged to attend. Anyone with questions concerning the meeting may call 547-2809 or 547-2226. Tag Penalty Starts Feb. 1 Naudain Lore, Perkins tag agent states that on Tuesday, February 1, a ten cent a day penalty will go on all tags. Then on March 3, the penalty will double. The agency is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday at the location at 126 N. Main. G. Z Bickell G. T. Bickell will be new water man Westfall wins, Bonds carry Dan Wesffall is the Perkins-Tryon school board member following Tuesday's election. Wesffall received 551 votes. G. T. Bickell received 130 votes. Tryon voted 83 votes for Wesffail and 35 for Bickell. Perkins cast 468 votes for Wesffall and 130 for Bickell. The Vo-Tech bus bond issue carried in Perkins 358 to 253. Perkins voters approved the issue 308 to 196. Tryon voters turned it down 50 Yes, and 57 No. The Perkins-Tryon District selected Bob Randolph over Don Pfannestial 468 to 116. Central Vo-Tech Supt. John Hopper reported that returns being accumulated Wednesday morning indicated the Tran- sportation Bond and Bob Randolph were carrying the 3 county district. The three mill issues carried nicely at about 4 to 1. The ten mill local support levy received 501 yes votes to 145 no votes. The five mill emergency carried 534 to 110, and the five mill building levy carried 510 to 141. Wesffall replaces Johnny Payne who did not choose to file for re-election. New police officer goes on duty in Perkins on February 1 Chester E. Duncan from Wellston, Oklahoma will begin his job as new police officer as a result of the CETA manpower program on February 1. i The newly acquired offi- cer's salary will be paid through a grant to provide public service jobs for qualifying persons in Payne County. The emergency grant of $196,423 was recently announced by Go- vernor Boren along with the DECA program. Duncan was born in Chandler and has lived in and arqund Wellston all of his life. "I attended Wellston High School and upon graduation I attended Cent- ral State University at Edmond," he stated. "I was active "in basketball and baseball". Chester Duncan The third officer for the Perkins Police Department has completed an 81 hour course as registered Emer- gency Medical Technician (E.M.T.). He was formerly employed by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department as a dispatcher, as well as member of the Volunteer Fire Department at Well- ston. "Duncan comes to us highly recommended," Chief of Police Bill Lott said. "He has also finished the mandatory 160 hours of basic police training in Oklahoma' City. "I became interested r police work while I was still in high school and became a dispatcher and jailor for Lincoln County at that time," Duncan said. "My parents are Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Duncan of Wellston. CETA funds are sent to the governor for manpower training and public service jobs for the 69 rural counties. More than 22,000 persons are expected to be trained in the current fiscal year. City of Perkins receives a 4-wheel drive vehicle at no cost The City of Perkins which through the Coodd Clearing has been the recipient of House Wednesday or Thurs- Federal excess property day," according to DeWayne provided under the authority Moser. The . property was of section 514 of Public obtained through the Ozark Works and Economics De- velopment Act of 1965 will receive a 1967, one and one quarter ton, four wheel drive Jeep. "Drivers will pick the truck up at Fort Hood, Texas Regional Commission of Excess Property. The major said the city had been in the process of obtaining the order for two weeks. The only cost to the city is the transporting of the vehicle. Other requests have also been made for street lighting facilities and park lights as well as additional trash barrels, water and pipe equipment but have not been verified at this date. Descriptions of the Coedd property is provided by Charles Coffman for Federal excess property. Child causes car to back into officer's parked auto A 1974 Ford Ranger pick-up was reported stolen from a local resident, Elizabeth Williams. The vehicle was parked at the nine mile corner. Deputy, Bill Evans said Tuesday the The excited mother had parked her car, ran into the post office, leaving the youngster in the car alone. A four year old boy's imagina- tion about the mechanics of a car is often too much for him. Inquiries have been made According to DeWayne truck had not been recovered Moser, G.T. Bickeil was to date. chosen to replace Melvin Deputy Sheriff Bill Evans Sager as Superintendent of also found himself the victim City Water Works. Bickell of an estimated $250 worth of began work Tuesday, Janu- damages to his new gold Bill Sasser reports the ary 25. His job will also 1976 Chrysler last week. Lions Club program Monday include that of pound master. The deputy was drinking evening consisted of a film Sage;, an electrician, has coffee with Bill Lott, Chief of about Central Vo-Tech at been temporarily employed Police one morning early last Drumright. It was followed by Dale Newport. week at Riley's, when a lady by a short talk by Bill Applicants were inter- reported the accident. Upon Ramsey concerning courses viewed and qualifications investigation Chief Lott offered by the ages voca- reviewed on Monday night found a small boy had tionaland technical school, for the position which has knocked his mother's car out Shelby Wyatt, Superin- been vacant for the past few of gear causing it to roll into tendent of the Board of weeks. Deputy Evans' car. Education discussed the about the large window at the front of Pogue's Plumb- ing Shop on Main Street. According to Mrs. Pogue the window apparently cracked due to the contact of heat in the building with the icy cold glass. Oklahoma Lions Convention millage issue in regard to the school programs. On February 4th and 5th, the Lions of Oklahoma will hold their 57th mid-year convention at Clinton's City Hall according to State Council Chairman Robert Puzin of Alva. The local meeting had 39 members and five guests present.