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"Payne County's Oldest Newspaper : Since 1890" 75 4 Sections 24 Pages i Voters Go To The Polls Tuesday Voters in Stillwater will go to the polls for a spe- cial municipal election in addition to the Presidential Preferential Primary elec- tion on Super Tuesday, which falls on March 6 this year. The first Tues- day in either February or March of a presidential election year is known as Super Tuesday because a large number of states hold primary elections on the same day. $tillwater Journal Page A1 SPORTS Lady Demons Win; Demons Ousted The Perkins,Tryon; ,i Lady Demons are within a game,of reaching the Clas 4A state tournament again following last weekend's regional tournament sweep. It culminated with a 47-40 win over the Byni Lady Pirates Saturday night at Okmulgee. On th, , flipside, the Demons were eliminated from further post-season action. Page B1 3ALENDAR  r ....  them to ' ':i.@theJoumalok.com ,r i'inn _ Perkins rPmunity Chamber emmerce meeting, VassarCommunity Center Mar 5, 6-8:30 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk Mar 5, 7 p.m. - Perkins- Tryon Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent's office Mar 7, noon - Perkins Lions Club meeting, Holsinger Lions Den Mar 7, 7 p.m. - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den Mar 9, 5-7 p.m - Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mar 11 - Daylight Saving Time begins Mar 12, 6-8:30 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk Mar 13, 6 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting, City Hall Annex. Mar 13, 7 p.m. - Perkins Masonic Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk Church .................. C3 Classifieds .......... B4-B5 Comics .................. B6 Entertainment ...... C2 Farm & Ranch._ .... $6 Hisiory .................. A5 Obituaries ........... A2 Opinions ........... A4, $4 Public Records .... $2 School .................. A6 , Seniors ................. C4 Sports ................. B1 -B4 Elementary School Addition Progressing By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Perkins-Tryon Elemen- tary School is a busy place. A walk down the hallways reveal rows of backpacks, original student artwork, and the low buzz of conver- sation, but it's the activity out behind the school that is especially exciting. Construction of the school's new addition is well underway. "About 70 percent of the walls are up," school prin- cipal Bobby Simma last week said. "They plan to pour concrete for the safe rooms on Saturday." The 17,000-square-foot addition classrooms are pproximately 750-square- feet each and each will have 'a restroom. All classrooms will be equipped with com- puters and smart boards. The addition also features a 2,480-square-foot multi- purpose room, along with a teacher workroom, storage areas, and restrooms. "The multi-purpose room will be a good place for little kids to romp around and play in inclement weather," Simma said. Simma said Partners In Education (PIE) provided funds for play materials, toys, games for the multi- purpose room, with Pre-K students in mind. Simma said cafeteria staff will transport food to the multi-purpose room for Pre- K meals. The multi-purpose room will also be used for physical education, and will serve as a safe room. Perkins-Tryon Superintendent James Ramsey (foreground, left) and Elementary School Principal Bobby Simma view progress on construction of a new 11-classroom addition to the school, which can be seen in the background. Heritage Construction started on the project just after start of the 2011 fall semester. Photo by Cindy Sheets The new addition will be connected to the south wing of the current elementary school building. The building's color scheme was selected to appeal to young children, which is important, since it will soon house Pre-Kin- dergarten and Kindergarten classes. Simma said the elemen- tary students haven't really expressed much interest in the new building yet, but they have missed their playground, which has been off-limits due to its proximity to the construc- tion area. "This has certainly, wrecked our playgrounds," Simma said. "We're thank- See SCHOOL, Page A3 OnCue store closing due to drainage project By Cindy Sheets has been completed. ODOT had the station for a short Contributing' Writer A long-time Perkins business will soon be clos- ing its doors to make way for a solution to the area's flooding problems: The OnCue convenience store situated at the south- west comer of the intersec- tion of State Highway 33 and U.S. :Highway,797 is the last of several gas stations and convenience stores to be located on the site. The location is part of a $6.2 million Oklahoma Department of Transporta- tion (ODOT) project that will alleviate storm water drainage problems that have plagued the community for more than 100 years. Store owner Harland Wells was this month notified by ODOT that the purchase of right-of-way at that location intends to take physical pos- session of the property by April 20. The project includes installation of a storm water holding pond and drainage conduits that will direct the water from the trouble spot approximately 1.5 miles south through Perkins and on to the Cimarron River. Local historian David Sasser said C.A. Moser opened a grocery and filling station at the site in 1936. "Moser's son, Charlie, operated it for a few years, then sold it to his brother, Jack, in 1947," Sasser said. "After severe flooding in 1959, the Mosers moved their station to 202 N. Main. "Doyle Harral owned Harral's Gibble station there from 1970 to 1976. Larry Hall and Bill Sasser time before Richard Pitt- man [purchased it]." Wells said he purchased the business from Rich- ard and Jo Pittman in the summer..of 1978. ....... : Wellald,':' "At that time, it was a little Gibble Gas store with no canopy." Wells said the land was first leased from Pearl Freeman, who died in 1982. Kenneth and Helen McWherter inherited the property from Freeman; years later, the property See ONCUE, Page A3 Lionel Harris, unidentified Total Petroleum representative, Ken McWherter, former Perkins Mayor Donnell Boyclstun, and Harland Wells (I to r) at the ribbon cutting of the Whistle Stop in 1978. Photo provided Couples jailed on nleth charges By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent Two Coyle couples have been jailed in Payne County on mul- tiple charges of endeav- 'Change for Chad' By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer A large group of area resi- dents showed up Saturday evening, Feb. 25, to enjoy a barbecue dinner in support of a local man. The "Change for Chad" benefit dinner was hosted by family and friends of Chad CoUum of Perkins. Collum is in liver failure and is awaiting a liver transplant. . Friends and relatives are working to raise funds to help medical and day-to-day expenses while Collum is unable to work. The Saturday event was held at the Perkins-Tryon High School commons area, and featured the barbecue dinner, plus silent auction items and a raffle. Debbie Clinesmith, one of the event organizers, Monday said 367 people were served at the dinner. A silent auction held during the evening also provided 35 to 40 quality items donated by local resi- dents and businesses. "We really appreciate the big turnout and everyone's support," Clinesmith said. "We plan to have another event like this in the summer." Clinesmith said all of the food for the dinner was donated by local businesses and residents. If you we'e unable to attend the dinner, but would like to help by purchasing a raffle ticket, drop by Frontier Realty in Perkins or stop by Payne Cotmty Bank Saturday morning. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Several items, including a fiat-screen tv, a John Deere toy tractor, and a CHI hair straightener, are up for grabs in a raffle drawing, which will be held on March 1. "Change for Chad" t-shirts are also available at Model Tee Screenprinting in Per- kins. A portion of all sales will be donated to Collum. Volunteers serve mouthwatering plates of barbecue to diners during the "Change for Chad" dinner Saturday eve- ning at Perkins-Tryon High School commons area. Photo by Cindy Sheets oring to manufacture methamphetamine on the property of another man who said that "just kinda moved themselves in," according to an affidavit by Deputy Daniel Nack. Johnny Robin Battle, 26, and Tammy Thi Keeler, 27, live in a shed behind the property in the 7700 block of S. Vassar Road in rural Coyle, while Juanita Marie Munoz, 45, and Richard Joseph Keeler, 29, live in a bedroom in the house, the affidavit alleged. All four were arrested Feb. 19 while a team of Stillwater police officers, Payne County sheriff's deputies and state nar- cotics agents "were conducting interdiction missions at the Stillwa- ter area pharmacies," to monitor pseudoephedrine purchases, an affidavit alleged. Battle was the first to be taken into custody after being observed at a Walmart store on W. Sixth Street while buying a box of cold compress packs containing ammo- nium nitrate-- that can be used in the meth manufacturing process, Stillwater Police Officer Kyle Bruce wrote in an affidavit. After Battle was arrested on an outstand- ing municipal warrant, the driver of the pickup, in which he was travel- ing, consented to a search of his vehicle, the affida- vit alleged. "Under a pile of jack- ets, I found two Walmart sacks. One sack contained a box of cold compress packs and the other sack contained a package of lithium batteries. Both items are used in the methamphetamine manu- facturing process," Bruce alleged in his affidavit. Battle initially claimed that he bought the cold packs for his injured thumb and the batter- ies for his portable CD player, but eventually said he purchased them "to take them back to the place he was staying to give them to some friends to make meth," the affi- davit alleged. "Battle said the cold packs and lithium bat- teries were the last items needed to start the manu- facturing process," the affidavit alleged. The pickup driver - who was not charged -- told .an officer that See METH, Page A4 THE JOURNAL Poweredby IIIl]l!l!l!!lll!l! ! ! !IL III "" Payne 00unlv l00ank ............................... " ...................................................................................  ........ -:-'::Z " ___L.LS ...... 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