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The End Of The Line The Stillwater City Council has approved a plan that will shut down a city-sponsored mini-bus, which serves residents who are handicapped or over age 62, effective March 19. SUIIwater Journal Page A1 IPORTS P-T Hosts Cushing Friday The road to "The Big House" begins Friday for Perkins-Tryon and the opponent is a familiar one The Lady Demons and Demons begin Class 4A District 8 tournament action hosting the Cushing Lady Tigers and Tigers. The girls' game will tipoff at 6:30 p.m. and boys' action will follow at around 8 o'clock. PageB1 CALENDAR Got cakmdar Hems? Ema, Urn to @thqourrmlok.eom Feb, 18, noon- Perkins Community Chamber Vassar mmunity Centereb. 25, 7!30 1 p.m  Perkins Planning Commission meeting, Cft Hall Annex Mar. 1, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon School Board meeting, superintendent's office. Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m.- Perkins V.F.W. Post #732 & Ladies Auxiliary meetin Mar. 9, 6 p:m. - Perkins City Commission meeting, City Hall Annex Mar. 15-19 - Spring Break Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins Planning Commission meeting-, Cit Hall Annex Apr. 4 - Easter Apr. 5, 7 pim, -Perkins 4-H Evans Ag Complex Apr. 5, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon School Board meeting, superintendent's office Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m.- Perkins V.F.W. Post #732 & I.adies Auxiliary meetin Apr113, 6 p.m.- Perkins City Commission meeting, City Hall Annex Apr. 29, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins Planning Commission meeting, Hall Annex People .................. A2 Obituaries ............. A2 Opinions ............... A4 School .................. A6 Sports .................. B1 -B4 History .................. A5 Church .................. C3 Comics .................. A10 Classifieds ........... B5-B6 Casseroles An excellent way to save time and money. Food & Spirits - C1 I Honor Band Band, choir members chosen for honors. School - A7 P-T Teachers ot" the Year honored By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Perkins-Tryon Schools recognized its Teachers of the Year during a recogni- tion brunch Monday morn- ing, Feb. 15, at the high school commons area. Each year, one teacher from each school campus is honored. This year, the Teachers of the Year are Debbie Flynn, elementary; Janet Kirkpat- rick, intermediate; Bobble Gaskin, junior high; and Kristy Willingham, high school. Each of the four teachers were introduced by their site principal, who commended them and presented a brief bio along with their award plaques and gifts. Debbie Flynn, who is retir- ing this year after teaching in Perkins-Tryon Schools for 22 years, is a graduate of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. She received her teaching degree from Oklahoma State University. Flynn spent her entire teaching career instructing first, Perkins-Tryon Schools honored its Teachers of the Year, Debbie Flynn, Janet Kirkpatrick, Gaskin (I to r), Monday morning at the high school commons area. She plans to enjoy her retire- ment traveling and spending time with her family at Lake Tenkiller. Janet Kirkpatriek has been a teacher for the past 29 years. She taught second grade in Tryon, Okla. for four years, and has spent the past six years as spe- cial education instructor at ate School. Kirkpatrick has been married for 28 years and her son is currently serving in the Marines. Bobble Gaskin was born in Kentucky but grew up in Oklahoma. She is a 1996 graduate of Mid-Del Schools in Del City, Okla. Gaskin went on to earn a biology degree from the University taught biology there before coming to P-T Junior High, where she teaches physical science and biology: At PTJH, Gaskin is coordina- tor for the following student organizations: SWAT team, Student Council, and Recy- cling. She is training for a half-marathon, and recently became engaged. Kristy Willingham, and Bobbie Photo by Cindy Sheets has-been a teacher with Perkins-Tryon Schools for 20 years. During that time, She has instructed grades six through twelve, and is currently teaches senior English, speech and drama, and advanced placement English. Kristy and her husband, Steve, have two daughters, Karl s,ol and third graders., Perkins-Tryo n In teindir oLCcn.al Oklahoma. She Kristy Wl[l!ngham anqldennjfer. School locked down Thursday By Cindy Sheet Morris said all school sites, Contributing Writer All four Perkins-Tryon School campuses were locked down for a short time Thurs- day afternoon, Feb. 11, after the school received a tip that a student had made a threat involving a gun. School Resource Officer Gene Morris said a call was received at the intermediate school office at 12:51 p.m. The caller said a 14-year-old student had a gun and they were afraid the juvenile was going to shoot somebody. including the high school, went into an immediate lock- down. School Superintendent James Ramsey said, in the event of a threat such as this, faculty and staff are made aware of the situation through a Statement over the intercom. Teachers then immediately lock all doors and windows in their classrooms. Custo- dians and support staff lock and man exterior doors and windows, then law enforce- ment is called. Local Entrepreneur to "The buildings stay that way until we get the 'all-clear,'" Ramsey said. Morris, who was at the intermediate school conduct- ing a DARE class when the call was received, said, "You can't get in from the outside and no one's allowed to leave classrooms until the threat is located." "It took about 10 minutes to locate the 14-year-old," Morris said. "We checked the school and then his resi- dence." He was not in school because he had been suspended for a separate incident, Ramsey said. "The school was not in danger at any time," Morris added. "[The student] made a statement that made the person who reported it con- cemed." Morris and Ramsey both said all such threats are con- sidered valid, and will be investigated. Morris said no charges have been filed at this time. "I'd like to give credit to Superintendent James Ramsey and Intermediate Principal Donna Boles for working diligently to keep everyone up-to-date on how to do lock downs," Morris said. "The principals all did an excellent job. They got everything secured right away, which made it very easy for us." Ramsey said the school system routinely does dry runs to practice safety mea- sures. "Education used to be our number one priority, but now that's shared with safety," Ramsey said. "Sometimes safety holds more weight." Ramsey said his'staff met after the emergency to discuss the response. "We learned one exterior door wasn't locking prop- erty," he said. "This will allow them to get that door fixed." be Featured on Panel Tryon man arrested Austin, TX-- Jeretta Horn Nord and Cindy Patterson Thompson give aspiring and established entrepre- neurs another source of motivation and knowledge with the newly released book A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit Volume H. Both of the authors are from Oklahoman and they have prominently fea- tured Oklahomans, includ- ing local Perkins business- man Harland Wells, in the books. Dr. Jeretta Horn Nord, originally from Colbert, Oklahoma, is a professor in the department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Nord founded the OSU chapter of the Collegiate Entrepre- neurs' Organization and conducts research in the areas of technology and Harland Wells entrepreneurship. Jeretta is the Founder and CEO of A Cup of Cappuccino for the Entrepreneur's Spirit book series. Cindy Pat- terson Thompson is a 1981 graduate of Cushing High School and is the.daughter of Gilbert and Joyce Pat- terson of Cushing. Cindy attended Oklahoma State University where Dr. Jer- etta Nord was her advisor and mentor. After college, See WELLS, Page A3 on drug charge By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer An 18-year-old Tryon, Okla. man last weekend was arrested on drug charges after a routine traffic stop in Perkins. Kyle Jacob Munier was booked into the Payne County Detention Center in Stillwater, Okla. on three drug-related charges follow- ing the stop. Perkins Reserve Officer Michael Pearson was on patrol at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, when he noticed a green SUV that was travel- ing south on Perkins Road swerve left of center, cutting in front of a group of bicy- clists. Pearson made a traffic stop at 400 W. Knipe. Pearson said he became suspicious as he was inter- viewing the driver of the vehicle, Samuel Wilson, when he noted the passen- ger, Munier, was "trying to not make eye contact and was shaking." Pearson detained the two men and requested Officer Dewayne Hammack and his K-9 partner, Atilla, come to the scene to assist in a search of the vehicle. Atilla, who is trained in drug detection, attack and tracking, alerted four times during the search, Pearson said. Hammack then searched Munier and discovered a pipe and a scale in his right front pants pocket. When Munier was asked if he had anything else on him that is illegal, he replied "no," Pearson's report noted. A search of Wilson and the vehicle did not turn Ul: any other illegal objects ol substances, so Wilson was released with his vehicle. Munier was arrested fol possession of drug para- phernalia, and transported to Payne County Detention Center. Once inside the facility, detention center personne] again searched Munier, this time finding a bag containing a green leafy substance in his sock. The substance tested positiv e for marijuana. Munier was then arrested for possession of marijuan with intent to sell. He also picked up anothel charge from Payne County for transporting contraband into a penal institution. which is a felony. JOURNAL i', ! t