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Pa County's Oldest Newspaper Since 1890" Scan the QR code below" : for online content 2o Pages Begins In A Payne County court- room was packed Tues- day as testimony began in the manslaughter trial of a.young Stillwater woman charged with fatally shooting her close friend in the forehead at a Dec. 20, 2014, party in Stillwater - with what she thought was his toy gun. Stillwater Journal Page A1 SPORTS Today Perkins-Tryon's second baseball tournament in as many weeks starts today with the McLoud Invita- tional Tournament. The Demons play two pool games later today at 4:45 and 7:30 p.m. Page B1 ;ALENDAR Got calendar items? Email them to news@ thejournalok.com Mar. 25.7:30 p.m.-Alco- holics Anonymous(AA) meeting, Perkins Christian Church Mar. 28, 5:30 pm - Perkins Lions Club meeting, Lions Den Mar. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Per- kins Senior Citizens Center, 114E. Kirk Mar. 29, 7:30 p.m. -Alco- holics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Christian Church Mar. 30, 7 p.m. -Alcohol- ics Anonymous (AA) meet- ing, Perkins Lions Den Apr. 1, 7:30 p.m. -AlCo- holics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Christian Church Apr. 2, 10 a.m. - Perkins Library Book Discussion WVhere the Heart Is," Per- kins Library Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m. -Alco- holics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Christian Church Apr. 4, 5:30 pm - Perkins Uons Club meeting, Lions Den Apr. 4, 6:30-8 p.m.- Monday Music Night, Per- kins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk Classifieds ..,.,..': B4"B6 Comics,., .......... ..... ,. B3 Entertainment ........ $4 Farm&Ranch ..... ,,.. A4 History.: .................. A5 Obituaries .............. A2 Opinions $4 Public Records S2 School ................... A3 Seniors ..... ,i ...... ...... Sports ,.:.:i,,, .... ,.,B1 By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer Perkins City Manager Bob Ernst says there is no easy way to pay for a new municipal water tower as well as refurbish the city's current tower which is over 100 years old and is show- ing its age. And after reviewing several options the City Commission last month approved a resolution call- ing for the election for the issuance of general obli- gation bonds for the pur- pose of constructing water system improvements. Perkins residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, April 5 to consider a $1.285 million bond issue to build a new water tower and refurbishing the current one to help meet the demand for the city's future water needs. "We need more revenue avenues," Ernst said. "This is a revenue stream that we haven't utilized. We don't bring in enough funding through our sales tax reve- nue to make the repair the on the downtown water tower or even come close to building a new water tower. It is just not there." Ernst said the bonds would be paid off over a 15-year period. "It would affect peo- ple's property taxes for 15 years," Ernst said. "The average increase over that 15 years for a $100,000 home would be $ 6.40 a month." Ernst said the revenue bonds would help build a' new 250,000 gallon water tower and refurbish the current downtown water tower. "It will repair the down- town water tower and con- struct a new water tower on State Highway 33 that would 250,000 gallons of new water storage for Per- kins," Ernst said. Ernst said the downtown water tower is aging and a new water tower is needed to help meet Perkins future population growth and demand. "The old one was put up about 105 years ago and it looks bad," he said. "Basically what $200,000 will do will fix the exterior and make some structural repairs. Once that is all done we will get on the inside and look at it and make our plans from there." Ernst said the extra water storage could also be ben- eficial in case the City endtwes another prolonged power outage like the one that occurred recently which resulted in damage to two of the city water'wells. "You want to have at least 24-hours of water use storage in case we have a problem with power," he said. "If we build an ele- vated tower that is 250,000 Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, March 27 gallon capacity that is going to give Perkins 250,000 usable gallons. That is going to get us a lot closer of where we need to be and room to grow." Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. discusses G1 By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Payne County Economic Development Authority Monday dis- cussed the status of a walk- ing trail project in Glencoe that previously received PCEDA grant money. The Trustees voiced con- cern that the project which was approved in 2012 hadn't been completed yet and discussed possibly can- celing that grant as a result. A prior PCEDA board approved the grant for $41,450 which was to 'install a walking trail in a city park in Glencoe. "We (prior board) approved a large grant for a variety of different proj- ects," said Trustee Chris walking trail project have gone up and ques- tioned whether Glencoe had the money to complete their half of paying for the project. "There are other worth- while candidates out there wanting it (grant money)," Bradley said. Bradley asked what type of equipment Glencoe had trail. The question at hand is do we want to give them a date they need to be done by?" Payne County Emer- gency Management Direc- tor Jeff Kuhn said he knows that Glencoe city officials recently started work On the walking trail but didn't know its progress status. a tractor with a front-end loader and would have to rent the equipment to com- plete the project including laying the asphalt for the trail. Reding said he was pleased to hear the project has been started but wishes it would have been done Reding. "They completed all but the nature walking Trustee Kent Bradley said construction prices sooner. to complete the2roject "If they are working on it Kuhn said the city only had now can have it done pretty quick that is fine," Reding By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent Two Perkins women were charged in Payne County District Court with possessing methamphet- amine near a park. as well as drug paraphernalia, following the service of a search warrant by Perkins police at a house in the 100 block of Lynn Combs last week. Jessica Ellen Lon- gan-Tovale, 34, whose residence was searched, and Christy Marie Conley, 37, who lives in the 200 block of W. Freeman, were arrested on March 14, according to an affidavit by Perkins Police Officer David Sloan. Both were released on $5,000 bond pending an April 8 court appearance. The search warrant was served shortly before 9 p.m. on March 14 by Sloan, along with Officers William Bowen, Michael Pearson and George Hannon, as well as Sgt. Kyle Howard, the affidavit said. "When I asked Jessica if she was willing to talk to me, she stated she wanted a lawyer," Sloan wrote in his affidavit. In a northwest bedroom on the night stand, after an eyeglass case was found containing a clear zip-type baggy with a substance that tested positive for metham- phetamine, Longan-Tovale was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged. "Officer Bowen fur- ther located in a trash can in the bathroom off the northwest bedroom two glass smoking devices commonly used in the con- sumption of methamphet- amine. Further located in the bathroom was a black See WOMEN, Page A2 said. "I am just tired of having the (grant) money tied up." In other matters, the Trustees approved a grant payment of $144.22 to the Copper Penny Trading Company for outdoor table umbrellas as part of the Downtown Cushing Revi- talization Grant project. Coyle Alumni Banquet this Saturday The Coyle Alumni Ban- quet is scheduled Sat- urday, March 26 in the Coyle School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The doors will be open to the caf- eteria by 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to come early and visit. Honor Ripley Band spay/neuter clinic Saturday The Ripley High School Band has accepted an invi- tation to perform as part of a massed band performance to honor our veterans at the 75th Anniversary Cer- emony of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor. The band will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii in December to take part in these ceremonies, and will perform for a huge local crowd including many vet- erans in attendance as well as for a live audience all over the world. The cer- emony will take place on To earn enough money for the students to attend, the band has several fund- raisers ongoing, including a Spay and Neuter Clinic for dogs and cats that will be held at the Ripley Ag Building on Saturday, March 26. The cost for cats is $45, while the cost for dogs is $55. To reserve a spot call (918) 399-9158 as space is limited. Shots available will be Rabies $10, DHLPP $10, and FBRCP $10. Students are also selling Ripley All-Purpose Build- ing on Saturday, April 30 which will give everyone a chance to hear the Ripley Bands perform along With a festive Hawaiian themed meal. Tickets for the Luau Concert will be available from Ripley Band students beginning in April. The Ripley band students are proud to be able to represent Oklahoma at this historic event and greatly appreciate the support and assistance of the citizens of Payne County. For more years range from 1936 to 2016. Over 130 people are expected to attend the banquet. Served at the alumni banquet will be smoked pork chops, potatoes, sweet corn, green beans, dinner rolls, cheese cake or angel food cake with strawberry topping. The banquet is catered by the Coyle FFA Chapter. There will also be a silent auction at the ban- quet. Alumni are encour- aged to bring potential auction items to bid on as well as bid on the items at the banquet. The silent auction proceeds will be used for the Coyle Alumni Memorial Scholarship. Award winners of the Coyle Alumni Memo- rial Scholarship, Wayne attend college and further their education. Also, an exciting event will take place at the Coyle Alumni Banquet. The Coyle School Foun- dation will draw the winner of side of beef and freezer. There will be one winner. Tickets are $20 or buy 5 tickets for $100 and get a 6th ticket free. Tickets are sold by Coyle School Foundation members or call Julie Weathers at (405) 202-7915 or check the website at www.coyle- schoolfoundation.com. The fee for the banquet is $15 per person if you walk in. To help in plan- ning, please call Joyce Carrier Axton at 405-466- 3821 if you plan to attend. You may also contact any of the alumni board mem- Gross Scholarship, Janet bers for more information. Freudenberger-Hies The alumni board mem- Scholarship and the Gary bers are Michele Carrier, the pier next to the USS candy bars, sportswear, information concerning the Myer Memorial Scholar- President, Dalena Roark Missouri which is moored and Tupperware products, Ripley Band's upcomingship will be "announced Caldwell, Joyce Carrier right in "Battleship Row" and have several other ser- performances or fundrais- at the banquet. These Axton, Jim Dobson, Kim which is the area of the vice-oriented projects in ing please contact Kent scholarships are givenDowney, Alicia Sumlin, harbor that was the main the works. A spring Luau Taylor at Ripley Schools; to deserving high school Patrick Franks, and Julie focus of the attack. Concert will be held at the 918-372-4245. Coyle seniors who plan to Flasch Weathers. THE JOURNAL Poweredby IIIIJILI!I!!III!I! ! ! !II III .YouCan : eayn ankl