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SJ "Recording the History around Perkins and Payne County for 113 Years" Wednesday-Thursday Edition May 28-May 29, 2003 Volume I 13 No. 34 50’ Pete Days for June 7 Andrews Eaton was citizen in the s and the "original" model for State University The ties and Pistol Pete So join Perkins celebrating the "Pistol Pete" ol Pete Run will kick Pete Days" cel- 7 right here in viii begin in the four-way Is encour- fee is $15 until after that) and late registrations at 7 a.m. day of begins at 8 a.m. Sanctioned and Road Race Oven Cook- also begin at 8 Emerson Park, on West Ken- worthy. Dutch Oven cooking is about the same as Chuck Wagon Cooking, without the wagon! The Pistol Pete Days celebra- tion will be held at Emerson Park from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tasting bowls from the D.O.C.C. will be available to sample at that time. The afternoon promises food concessions, craft booths, and hands-on demonstrations. Games for all ages will include sack and stick horse races, frying pan throw, cow chip toss, horse- shoes, and more! The event will feature ReTro- SpecT and Oklahoma Company Cowboys bands - rock and roll and country! There will be local groups performing as well. So bring your lawn chairs, put on a bonnet or hat, and come join the afternoon celebration on Saturday, June 7, at Emerson Park! The 5K - IMi. Fun Run registration forms and Dutch Oven Cooking Contest forms are available at the Perkins Main Street office or call 547- 1107 or 547-5360 or email daveh@provalue.net. In Memory The weather was perfect for the annual Memorial Day Service held at Perkins Cemetery on Monday, May 26. The service was presented and led by members of Perkins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7322. Pictured (left to right) are Post #7322 members Cecil Henrick, Lonnie Houston, Commander Kirby Nichols, Ollie Moor, and Dale Jarvis. Red Cheek and Burt Coffman are hidden behind the American flag and the V.F.W. flag. Not pictured are Curtis Owens, V.F.W. chaplain, and Lisa Cundiff, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary president-elect, who also participated in the service. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets ! birthday bouquet at her shop, Patsy's Flowers & Ceramics, located is celebrating it's 25th anniversary with an open house on Saturday. Journal photo by Claudia Andrews 's Flowers & Ceramics - Years with a personal touch Patsy Lile, & Ceram- part of Commu. open 31, ffering Flowers Main in Patsy's began in the shed located behind her existing shop until August of 1978, when she moved downtown Perkins in the old bank building. A dress shop had just closed, and she rented from Bill Sasser for seven year, when he sold the building. In 1985, Patsy purchased her pres- ent "shop," from her mother who was then in a nursing home. You'll see appealing retouched showrooms, redone by Patsy and daughter Gaye Lynn Charley. Though Patsy is a certified ceramics teacher, she no longer holds classes and will need to do away with the ceramics to enlarge her work space. Her first love is flowers, which she does quite well. Special touches are a hallmark of Patsy's Flow- ers and Ceramics. According to Patsy, the hard- est arrangements are the funeral pieces, particularly when she See PATSY'S on 7 Wells critical of attempt to re- open 17-year-old proceeding A grox ing chorus of Oklahoma Anthony to turn his focus from legislative and busiss I ',ll,te faa: - including Rep. Dale W. Wells,  Tu/sa Wor/d,sid Mr. D-Cushing -- is calling on Cox- Anthony'a Notice of Inquiry poration Commissioner Bob Anthony to abandon an attempt to rehash a nearly 17-year-old proceeding, and focus instead on the ftmJre of Oklahoma. Anthony scheduled a May 15 hearing, and later can- celled it after receiving a letter from Attorney General Drew Edmondson saying a unilat- eral investigation would be outside the law, and any funds or employee time spent may constitute misappropriation of public funds. Not realizing the hearing had been cancelled, about 70 50 people turned out to Oppose Anthony's plan. It's apparent from read- ing Anthony's filing that he intended to attempt to reopen a Southwestern Bell rate case that was first decided by the Oklahoma Corporation Com- mission in 1986, confirmed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1992, and decided again by the OCC in 1997. Rep. Wells urged Commissioner would be a big joke, were it not so potentially harmful to the state," Wells said. "I coulda't agree more. I do not under- stand this latest unnecessary attack that hurts our efforts to bring much needed investment to Oklahoma. "This case was decided twice by the Corporation Commission and confirmed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court," he said. 'I don't believe Commissioner Anthony has the sole authority to reopen a case that has been previously ruled on three times." Wells was far from alone in his outspoken opposition for Antho- ny's single-handed attempt to reopen the old proceeding. He was joined by business and labor leaders, as well as several other legislators from across the state, including Rep. David Braddock, D-Altus; Sen. Maxine Homer, D-Tulsa; Rep. Ron Peters, R- Tulsa; Pep. Sue Tibbs, D-Tulsa; and Rep. Larry Rice, D-Pryor. Bills on deregulation, employee evaluations vetoed Governor Brad Henry has vetoed two more bills - one that would have reduced state over- sight of telephone companies in Oklahoma and another that would have mandated additional bureaucratic hurdles in the state employee evaluation process. HB 1335 would have changed the regulatory classifications of telephone companies, allowing eligible telecommunications firms to operate without sig- nificant oversight from state regulators. "I don't think the legislation was in the best interest of con- sumers. Ratepayers need some kind of regulatory body provid- ing oversight and representing their interests in the ratemaking process," said Gov. Henry. HB 1744 would have placed new mandates on annual state employee performance evalu- ations, requiring managers to perform a "mid-term" assess- ment in addition to the annual evaluation. It would have also allowed employees to appeal their individual performance scores to the Merit Protec- tion Commission, needlessly making the evaluation process more adversarial, costly and time-consuming. Any such appeals would also compromise the confidentiality of employee evaluations. "The legislation would have made the evaluation process more cumbersome and expen- sive without providing a mea- surable benefit to the employees or their managers. We need to make government more efficient and accountable, not create new bureaucratic hurdles that make it tougher to manage agencies and programs," said Gov. Henry. ?00ki00ts, OkloJ00o,,,O. I-lc)wle c)" Conmlun0000 • June 3, 7 p.m. - Friends of the Library meeting at Payne County Bank Conference Room • June 5, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • Juno 5, 7 p.m. - Taylorsvile Gospel Opry • June 5, 7:30 p.m. - P-T Ag Booster Meeting at Evans Ag Farm. • June 7 - Pistol Pete Day • June 10, 6 p.m - Perkins City Commission meeting at fire sta- tion • June 10, 7:30 pm - Perkins VFW & Auxiliary meeting. • June 14 - Rag Day • June 15 - Father's Day • June 19, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • June 21 - Summer Solotlce • June 21 - Heaven's Gates Gospel Opry Past Board of Ag members support legislation to modernize Board As Senate and House members take up legislation this week to modernize the structure of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture. "I believe this legislation to  the Board of Ag is a defln/te step in the right direc- tion" said, Gary Sherrer, past Commissioner and President- of the Board of Ag. "Over the years, the Secretary of Agri- culture and the President of the Board of Agriculture positions have been jointly held by one individual. Common sense dictates that a single individual serving in a dual role is in the best interest of Oklahoma. It provides a mechanism to include the Governor and his plan for the growth of agricul- ture and Oklahoma's economy in the decisions made by the agency." The responsibilities of Sec- retary of Agriculture and the President of the Board of Agri- culture include promotion of Oklahoma agriculture products across the state, the nation and abroad; advising the Governor on issues impacting the agri- cultural industry; enforcing the laws and regulations of the State; and protecting agricul- tural investments and assets. Virgil J:mgensmeyer, Miami See AG BOARD on 7 Thank you for your subscrlptlon! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. 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