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Perkins Fire Perkins, OK, America uo e the w, most mportant t ]ng in communication is to hear what isn*t being said." : : ..... Assistant District Attorneycharges against Matthew Perkins Maintenance build- of presstime early Wednes- Jack Bowyer confirmed this Dale Smith, 23, of rural ing, and the empty buildingday, those charges had not week thatsevencountsofsec- Payne County and Edgar formerly occupied by the been formally filed. ond degree burlary and one Leslie Kendrick, II, of Still- Perkins Journal, according to Perkins Chief of Police Bill count of knowingly concealing water. Bowyer. Lott confirmed to the Journal stolen property will be filed Smith and Kendrick are to "I anticipate filing charges that Perkins Police Officer against two men for allegedly be charged in connection with and plan to proceed, although Ken Boles was to take the burglarizing several Perkins the breakins and burglariesI am awaiting additional in- additional information to the businesses earlier this month, of Burt's Jewelry Store, Har- formation from the Perkins district attorney's office some- Bowyer said that he has ris 66, Glamor Cuts, Olivers Police Department," Bowyer time Wednesday. Charges enough information to beginBarber Shop, the Perkins told The Perkins Journal were expected to be filed and the process of filing thoseRoundup Club, the City of early Wednesdaymorning.As warrants issued by Thursday. :iii Glen Wyatt Earp by permission from the Spring edition of Persim- '9 generation cousin of Wyatt Earp's find success in today's Hollywood westerns? Earp hopes so, since he is trying to wrangle an aided by the legend of his famous namesake, people often think he's joking about his name. aspiring actor was a recent visitor at the OXvboy Hall of Fame and said growing up as a of the famous lawman was always a great opener. "The kids I grew up with around ust thought I had a funny last name," Earp traditions were always a part of his childhood. His was a driller ofoil and gas wells, working PUsher for Gene Porter Drilling Co. for 20 years, 'att and his three sisters grew up wrangling the family ranch. "My mother, Wanda, always famous cousin was an outlaw," he laments. grader, Earp used to make up and present little dramas based on Gunsmoke, his favorite televi- Even then, I wanted to be the next Matt Dillon, figured by the time James Arness retired, I'd for the part." tlatil aider grad-uation from Oklahoma State 1984, with a degree in political science, that tirae to learn more about his lawman cousin. He ancestry to Joshua Earp, great grandfather of known for creating a legacy of swift justice. reading biographies about Wyatt Earp, es- written by Glenn Boyer, an authority on the of Wyatt Earp. the footsteps of his cousin's political ambitions, motivational speaker for high school students, them to realize their ambitions and live their OCcurred to Earp that he was telling everyone achieve their goals, without really pursuing his bored," he noted in a 1994 People magazine to get the hell out of Dodge." In 1988, at Earp pulled up stakes and moved to Los Ange- his dream to become an actor. I had wanted to do since the third grade," "I had been telling all these young kids to XVagon to a star. I decided it was time to rekindle To me, acting is less about who you are to be and more about finding different aspects a real estate and financial investment studying at the University of Southern Cali- Angeles and appeared in student films while "big break." in my ancestor graduated when were being made about his life," the young Smelled gold. When I read an announcement 1992 that they were making the movie Wyatt , up the director Lawrence Kasdan and said, 'If town who needs to be in that film, it's me is Wyatt Earp.' They didn't believe me. them my driver's license to prove my iden- for the part of Wyatt's brother, Morgan, in Perkins is about to become a part of the information high- way as Southwestern Bell Telephone Company announced plans to upgrade the switching facilities at Perkins and to link the community with fiber optic cable, according to Larry Brown, area manager for Southwestern Bell in Stillwater. Southwestern Bell Telephone announced that it will be up- grading and modernizing it's telephone network by install- ing state-of-the-art digital switches in 72 Oklahoma com- munities of which Perkins and Ripley are included. "We are real excited about it," Brown told The Perkins Jour- nal. "It represents a $85 million investment (statewide) by March1993. But before the Wyatt Earp script was finished, he was offered a part in Tennessee, by Kevin Jarre, the movie's writer and initial director. "I wound up playing a combina- tion of two characters in the movie, bad guy Billy Claiborne, a real-life enemy of Wyatt's. I robbed a stage coach, killed a Continued on page 5 @ in By M.J. Van Deventcr (Reprinted by permission from the Spring 1995 edition of"Per- simmon Hill magazine) For American cowboy Trey Aven, the Ukraine has become a new Western frontier. As one of 44 Peace Corps represen- tatives to the Ukraine, this Oklahoma native enthusiasti- cally sells the cowboy image abroad and stresses his own western heritage at every opportunity. As one of the first group of American business advisors Trey Aven, son of Bennie Russell of Perkins, is a real life cowboy in Kiev. chosen by the Peace Corps to serve in the Ukraine two years ago, Aven expected to use his experience as a marketing, ad- vertising and mass media professional to help businesses there learn how to promote and market their products and services. "The Cold War was won and not with weapons, but with Western style marketing," Aven says, "the stuff that put Levis and Nikes on bodies worldwide." Although more than 100 United States corporations are currently doing business in the Ukraine--including Coca Cola, Apple Computer, Reebok, Snickers and Philip Morris-- the 46 year old Aven did not expect to become a Western icon on the streets of Kiev. But when he invited Vladimir Lakamov, the chief for for- Continued on page 5 Southwestern Bell Telephone." The digital switching upgrade in the 72 Oklahoma commu- nities should be completed within "20 months", according to Brown. He could not confirm the exact shedule of when Perkins and Ripley would get the new equipment. "Customers will notice a remarkable difference in the clar- ity of conversations," Brown said when the new equipment is installed. He added that many other positive changes will be notice- able including being able to add features such as Call For- Continued on p ge 10 Barbara Tarlton Perkins Elementary teacher to retire When an educator gives of her time to successfully teach students for 24 years, don't you agree that they deserve to be feted and congratulated by their fellow educators and friends on their retirement? Fellow teachers and friends of Barbara Tarlton are plan- ning to show their apprecia- tion for her help and encour- agement to them and for her friendship by hosting a "Best Wishes" reception at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 22nd at the Perkins Elementary Cafete- ria. Before her teaching career began, Mrs. Tarlton attended OSU, graduating from there in 1961 with an M.S. degree in 1972 and a B.S. degree in 1961.. Because nurturing her three children was so very important to her, she took "a coffee break" often years while they were grow- ing up. When she began teaching at Tryon, she taught a com- bined first and second grade classroom with 28 students. "I planned to be in a position of a library aide at Tryon," she said, "but due to the fact that my mother was retiring and her position was avail- able, I began my teaching ca- reer in 1971. I felt that this was a special beginning, as I had the opportunity to follow my mother in my career." Continuing her own educa- tion was important to this teacher, so she had begun work on her master's degree part-time before she began teaching. "I received certifi- cation as a librarian, so when Perkins-Tryon schools began a library progra L I became district librarian," she said. "I yearned for the close teacher- student relationship," she ex- plains, " so I returned to the classroom to teach fourth grade at Perkins Elementary, and did so for six years. "I desired the opportunity to teach younger children, so I requested a change in place- ment, spending another six years in first grade, one of which was in developmen- tal first grade," this educa- tor said. "Seeming to suffer six-year burn-out, I then moved to second grade where I have remained to the present day." Even though she won't be teaching in el- ementary sdnodl and dne'mr/ t the school librarian any more, she surely isn't worried about becoming bored because she has is many church activi- ties to keep her busy. She has been the Sunday School pre-school director at the First Baptist Church for 20 years and a pre-school teacher for 14 years. She is on the Sunday School coun- cil, the pre-school committee, a Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of the Per- sonnel Committee and she is on the Prayer Ministry. Now that Mrs. Tarlton's children are grown, she will enjoy spending time with her six grandchildren. Daughter Judith Deaver and her son Benjamin, age 12, live in Still- water. Daughter Bonnie Baird and husband Craig live in Ponca City with their chil- dren: Sabrie, age 10; Ashley, 7; and Bradley, age 3. Son Randy and his two children make their home in Perkins. Amanda is 8 and Zachery is 6. Barbara, in addition to her many church activities, which in addition to teaching Sun- day School, includes being the assistant church librarian for Continued on page 10