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SJ "Recording the History around Perkins and Payne County for 1 t 3 Years" Wednesday-Thursday Edition February 5-6, 2003 Volume 113 No. 18 50’ uttle lost, nation mourns nation looked on Shuttle Columbia Fexas Satur- Columbia's crew was reported to have lost contact with Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston following two "sig- lands following a mission. nificant thermal events" that raised temperatures on the craft's left wing and left wheel well. Mission Control lost contact with the orbiter at 7:59 a.m. on Feb. 1 as the vehicle was attempting to return to John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida following a mission. Search crews, including an Oklahoma Army National Guard chemical detection team, have been sent to eastern Texas to search for debris from the fallen shuttle. A memorial service, attended c',al family loses all s fanned a fire that local family's home evening. and Iowa Tribe fire- to a call at and Gladys [y after 5 p.m. on time the firefighters the scene, the home help. pretty much fully ',n  'e ro lied up on ," Perkins Fire Chief "The east side was totally gone got there and we anything to save See FIRE on 2 A pile of charred rubble is all that remains of the Owen and Gladys Morris home following a fire on Saturday, Feb. 1. No one was injured during the blaze. The family was in Oklahoma by President Bush and family members of the Columbia astronauts, was held at Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon on Tuesday. Oklahoma's U.S. Third Dis- trict Congressman Frank Lucas made the following statement regarding the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Lucas is a member of the U.S. House Science Committee, and a member of the House Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, which has over- sight over NASA and the U.S. space shuttle program: "Saturday was a tragic day for our country, and for the American space program. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these seven brave astronauts. To the families, I extend my condolences. "Our primary concern now will be to console the astro- nauts' families, and to support the NASA program in its efforts to retrieve the remains of this disaster, so that we can better ascertain what went wrong on the Columbia. See SHUTTLE on 2 in house fire City when the fire started. Perkins, Tryon and Iowa Tribe Fire Departments responded, but found the home engulfed in flames. The home was a total loss. Photo provided by Sherian Kennedy [Ioard approves competitive athletics for grades 7-12 only Payne felt that Perkins has a very good sixth grade basketball pro- gram, and was concerned about losing that due to cost reduction efforts. "Parents would be will- ing to do whatever it took to keep the program going," Payne said. She offered several suggestions Future Home Of Andrews Wdter ts regular meeting Feb. 3, the school concerns from tbo tt a cost reduc- limiting competi- 3 grades 7-12 only. toward that effort. Superintendent Jim Hyder expressed appreciation for the concern of the parents and shared that many schools are refocusing their sixth grade athletic programs. Some of the suggestions offered by Payne, Drive In Facility "= COUnty Bank recently broke ground for its new drive-in facility located on SH 33 in for the ceremony was (I to r) Rob Coleman, Heritage Construction; Dick Rogers, PCB Lynn Kinder, PCB CEO; Teresa Dees, PCB Drive-In teller; Gary Crane, PCB Director; Dan Cashier; and Felsa Hastings, PCB Director. a spokesperson for several visi- tors present, would be helpful in a small way, but the overall cost to continue the program amounts to a little over $8,700. This amount is approximately 1/7 the salary of a certified teacher, ($4,800-5,000), and includes stipends, travel, and other expenses. The sixth grade basketball team plays eight to nine games a year. Sixth grade PE teachers, Bobby Buck and Joanie Goss, See SCHOOL on 2 Candidates file for municipal offices Candidates for municipal office in Payne County munici- palities began filing Declara- tions of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3. Perkins City Commissioner James Stoecker, who represents Ward 3, has filed to retain his seat on the commission. Two Perkins citizens, Mark Anderson and Charles L. Ott- away, have filed to run for the Ward 1 seat on the commis- sion. Vice Mayor Rick Jarvis said he has decided not to run again to retain his position as commis- sioner of Ward 1. "I decided that probably some- one else needs to wear that hat right now," Jarvis said. Jarvis said his business, and his positions as city commissioner and Perkins Fire Chief has been keeping him busy. "I've decided it's just too much right now," Jarvis said. "If I give up the fire chief position, I prob- ably wouldn't get it back." Jarvis did not rule out running See FILING on 2 Perkins City Commissioner James Stoecker visited the Payne County Election Board office bright and early Monday morning, Feb. 3, to file for Perkins City Commission Ward 3 seat. He was the second candidate to file for office. Election Board Secretary Glenna Craig (left) assists Stoecker with the paperwork. Photo provided by Mikki Couch adding new facility of Payne ank will soon be benefits of added has just broken 011 its new drive-in on SH 33, just M a in Perkins. SqUare foot building lanes Side of the building lane and night on the west side of on both the north and south side sometime in the future," Payne County Bank CEO Lynn Kinder said. "If we do add on, we will potentially be able to use the new location as a full-service branch." Kinder explained that the new facility came about because the current drive-up lanes on the main bank can be quite busy. "Our drive-in is so busy at certain times of the week or day," Kinder said. "We thought that adding a new location would mean better service and conve- nience for our customers." Kinder also said that recent changes in banking laws will now allow a full service branch bank to be placed in Perkins. "If we do decide to expand the new facility into a full branch, we will be able to handle any type of banking transaction there," he said, Kinder said the bank's board of directors expect that con- struction on the new facility should be completed and the new drive-in facility will be ready to open by Sept. 1. the new build- We can add on to it ?eoLian, OLlod,,o00ct og 3i,,a StOecLe’ Community Cedend • Feb. 6, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • Feb, 7 - P-T Schools early dismissal day: elementary-I p.m.; middle & high school-l: 15 p.m. • Feb. 8, 5-7:30 p.m. - Ben- efit Pancake Supper for Morris Family at Perkins First United Methodist Church • Feb. 10 - Cimarron Valley HCE meeting • Feb. 11 - Annual School Elec- tion • Feb. 11, 6 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting at fire station. • Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins VFW & Auxiliary meeting. • Feb. 11 - Elm Grove HCE meeting • Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. -Ag Boost- er's Meeting • Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day • Feb. 17 - President's Day - No school • Feb. 20, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • March 1 - P-T Local Livestock Show at Evans Ag Farm • March 3, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins- Tryon School Board meeting. • March. 6, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meet- ing at Lions Den. • March 7 - P-T Schools early dismissal day: elementary-I p.m.; middle & high school-l: 15 p.m. • March 11, 6 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting at fire station. • March 11, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins VFW & Auxiliary meeting. • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day • March 17-21 - Perkins-Tryon Schools Spring Break • March 20, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meet- ingat Lions Den. • March 28 - Perkins-Tryon Schools Parent/Teacher Con- ferences • April 1 -April Fool's Day • April I - Election day • April 3, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. 11mnkyou for your lull! 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