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The Stillwater Journal Thursday, April 22 - Page 7 Jury awards Cushing woman $2.5 million MIKE MORGAN AND JESSE HOLLINGSWORTH sworth Senate Page High School studentwhich is off limits to the sworth has corn- Executive Assistants and other week of service as a Senate staff. the State Senate, Hollingsworth served at the to Sen. Mike MorganCapitol from April 12 to 15. "I appreciate the work Jesse vital functions dur- did for us here at the Capitol," legislative sessions, said Sen. Morgan. "Jesse is a note. They attend avery bright, young man and we ~0f Senate committee were privileged to have him with and sit in on daily ses- us." full Senate. Jesse, who the son of Stillwater their primary duties is residents Alan and Brenda es to and from Plaxico, is a senior at Stillwater L in the Senate Chamber, High School. By Patti Weaver the surgery on her wrong foot five years ago, totally healthy. He took out healthy bone on Journal Correspondent Kennedy said, "I used to train foster and her right foot. They admitted he injured the A Cushing woman whose surgeon admitted adoptive parents all over the state. I've nerves in her right foot and caused her pain," that he had operated on the wrong foot said trained the trainers. Now I can't do that. I Holloway said. she was grateful to a Payne County jury that want to be able to do that again. I have so Explaining what led to her surgery on April awarded her $2.5 million in damages last much pain in my foot." 20, 1999, Kennedy said, "I had fallen offmy week. "With nerve pain, you have episodes. My porch one year before. I had chipped bone in But Julie Kennedy said what really mat- foot is on fire or it will feel its freezing cold. my left ankle. I sprained it really bad. I saw tered to her was not the amount of the verdict It's awful I'm up all hours with the pain. It's Dr. Shackelford. He said there was a free against Cushing physician Robert E affected my life, as well as for being there piece of bone floating. He needed to go in Shackelford, but that "The jury believed me with my children," Kennedy explained, and remove it," from her left foot. - that is what means the world to me. My foot Her attorney, Dan Holloway of Oklahoma Aiter her operation in the Cushing hospital, is in so much pain." City, sald, "Over the years, she has taken in "Once I woke up, I said 'Why is my right leg "I have a strong belief in God. My whole as many as 80 foster children. She's adopted hurting?' Then they realized they did surgery thing is I just wanted to have the truth five of them. When nobody can reach out to on the wrong leg," Kennedy said. With her known," said Kennedy, 45, who with her them, Julie can." permission, Shackelford took her back into husband, Mike, has eight children, five Shackelford, who testified he still practices the operating room and did a second surgery adopted and three biological, from age 3 to medicine in Cushing, "admitted liability two - this time on her left foot, she said. 23. weeks before the trial," which was for actual Kennedy, who seems optimistic despite all The jury, which reached a unanimous ver- damages only, Holloway said. Kennedy she's been through, said, "I'm going to have dict after seven and one-half hours of delib- would not allow her lawyers to seek punitive a nerve stimulator put in May 3 in a Tulsa eration Tuesday, also awarded $120,000 in damages. "She said, 'I do not want to hurt hospital that will help me with the pain," in damages to Kennedy's children and $5,000 him personally,'" Holloway said. her right foot. Such an implanted spinal cord to her husband. Shackelford "made the mistake of wrong- stimulator uses a radio frequency "to try to Crying as she spoke about her life before fully working on the wrong ankle that was make the pain tolerable," Holloway said. By Shelley Ricker names of some of the wineries Sparks Vineyard and Winery, Caney, (580) 889-5997. Here is the list (in no particular are quite telling. Sparks, (877) 669-8893. Canadian River Vineyards and order) of Oklahoma Wineries I You can look for the "Okla- Robert Bartunek Winery, Enid, Winery, Lexington, (405) 872- mentioned in last week's col- homa Wines" section at your (580) 233-6337. One of Okla- 5565. umn. Included is the nearest favorite package store, homa's oldest wineries. Natura Vineyards and Winery, town and a phone number. It is exciting to watch this Moonfeathers Winery, Guthrie, Beggs, (918) 756-WINE. It is a good idea to call ahead to industry grow arid develop in our (405) 282-WINE. Watch for Art Redland Juice Company, find out hours of operation, state. And, last year our state and Wine event June 12. Lexington, (405) 527-9181. directions, etc. Some of these are legislature passed a bill allowing Summerside Vineyards, Win- Tidal School Vineyard and way off the main road! This is by the sale of Oklahoma Wines at cry and Inn, Vinita (800) 507- Winery, Drumright, (866) 258- no means a complete list. I have festivals and events which WINE. 1903. Wine tasting June 12. been told there are 35 wineries in should be a big help to the Stone Bluff Cellars Winery and Cabin Creek Vineyards and Oklahoma! There is one starting industry! For more details go to Inn, Haskell, (918) 482-5655. Winery, Big Cabin, )918) 606- here in Stillwater! Watch this www.oklahomawines.organd Annual festival is in September. 3608. paper for more information,ww.oklahomawines.com Nuyaka Creek Winery, Plain View Winery, Lahoma. As you plan your trips to Turkey Creek Vineyards andBristow, (918)756-8485. Festi- Woods and Waters Winery, wineries in the state, you will Winery, Durham, (580) 983-val May l! Anadarko, (580)588-2515. probably brush up on your 2285. Indian Creek Village Winery, Be sure to check out the local Oklahoma geography and possi- Tres Suenos Vineyards and Ringwood, (580) 883-4919.events and support your local bly some Oklahoma history. The Winery, Luther, (405) 277-7089 Cimarron Cellars Winery, event sponsors! HUMANE SOCIETY volunteers Laura Loewen- Misti Pittman work at the Humane Society Bake Sale recently, which raised more than $320 for the shel- (Photo provided) sale Humane Society Society of for their support, including the $320 man who anonymously donated April 10, during its $100." at Hastings. Donations received will bene- Public Relations fit the upkeep of the shelter and provide much needed supplies as a class project,for the animals at the shelter. Very pleased with the The Humane Society of sale, which will Stillwater is a no-kill shelter that r~any animals at the operates totally off of donations said Misti Pittman, an from the public. For more infor- relations manage- mation on how to volunteer or and representative donate to the humane society, "We would like to contact the shelter at 377-1701 Stillwater community or email shelter@hspets.org. ,atreearaV & A Stilwell businessman has been sent the food and agriculture dis- named to a committee dedicated tribution sector of the state as a to enhancing and supporting value-added processing member food and agricultural product to fill an unexpired term ending processing in the state centered April 28, 2006, said Adair, D- at a facility here in Stillwater. Stilwell. John L. Bailey, director of Mrs. The state Legislature established Smith's Bakery in Stilwell, a the committee in 1996 to serve division of the Schwan Food in an advisory and oversight Co was appointed by House capacity for the Food and Speaker Larry Adair to serve on Agricultural Products Center. In the Industry Advisory particular, the panel assists in Committee of the Oklahomaprioritizing projects, setting fees, Food and Agricultural Products and creating joint ventures for Research and Technology the state's value-added process- Center. ing. The organization is located on The center opened its doors in the Oklahoma State University early 1997 to discover, develop campus in Stillwater. and deliver technical and busi- Each of the 16 members of the ness information to boost food committee was selected to repre- and agricultural product process- sent a particular sector of the food and agricultural industries in Oklahoma. Bailey will repre- Say Something Nice About Our Community %Ws item for the Journal? Send it to gibbsnet@brightok.net or call 377-2775. ing in Oklahoma. and technology projects. The Under guidance of the Industry center has affected more than Advisory Committee, Bailey 22,000 direct and indirect food- said the Food and Agricultural processing jobs and provided Products Center has assisted better than $2 billion in direct approximately 800 businesses and indirect food-processing with more than 1,000 business revenue in Oklahoma, he said. 4421 S. Husb l UK 405"l ff- f6"6 Saturday April 24 - May 81h 9:00AM - 6:00PM Paintings, Jewelry, Bola Ties, Bdt Buckles by Tom and Vclma Sanders Double D 6:00am - 10:00 am Melissa Roth l O:OOam - 2:00pro Steve Ke/!y 2:00pm - 6:00pm Pete Mitchell 6:00pro- 12:00am Valerie Diamond 12:00am - 6:00am Hits of the '7O's & '$O's Sundays 6:00-8:00pro Stillwater Jukebox Live with Tom Dirato Music from the '60's