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Enthemto Jul 4 - Independence Day Jul 4, 6-8:30 p.m. - Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E, Kirk ,Jul 6, 7p.m: =Alcohorlcs Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den Jul 7, 11 a.m.-Oklahoma Territorial Raza Trust mooting, Vassar Community Center ojul 7, noon - Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce meeting, Vassar Community Ju111, 6 p,m - Perkins Lions Club meeting, Perkins Christian Church .Ju111, 6-8:30 p.m. / - Monday Music Night, / Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk Ju111,70 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon School Board meeting, supedntendent's office oJul 12, 6 p.m. - Perkine City Commission rneeng City Hall Annex. Ju112, 7 p.m. - Perkins Masonic Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk ,Ju113, 11 a.m. - Perkins Writers Group, Thomas Wilhite Library oJu113, 7 p.m. -Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den Ju118, 6 p.m. - Perkins Lions Club meeting at Merrick Community Center Ju118, 6-8:30 p.m. INDEX Church .................. A6 Classifieds .......... B3-B4 Comics .................. $8 Entertainment ...... $7 Farm & Ranch ....... $6 History .................. A5 Obituaries ........... A2 Opinions ........... A4, $4 Public Records .... $2 People .................. $3 Seniors .................. A7 Sports ........ ; ........ B1-B2 Get - The Outback L I I library ..... Local.A3 ...... I I I II rl i i ] I I I I II I I I IIr I1[ ': i : : z. : Perkins to celebrate Independence Day By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer The area's recent hot weather can be described as "hotter than a fire- cracker," but Perkins Fire Chief Joe Barta might add a couple more words to that description, "dry as a tinderbox." Barta urges taking special precautions when using fireworks. "It's been drier than usual, and we've had pretty windy condi- tions," Barta said. "We've already had a few fireworks-related grass fires." "Even though we've had rain, there's a lot of dead vegetation left from last winter. It bums very quickly, especially with 20-to 30-mph winds driving it." Perkins residents are allowed to use fireworks within the city limits only during the following days and times: July 3:9 a.m. - 10 p.m., July 4:9 a.m. - 12 a.m., July 5:9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fireworks are pro- hibited within 300 feet of any school, church, public building, medical facility, service station, convenience store or commercial business. All bottle rockets are also prohibited. Colleen Crummy, City of Perkins Utility Dept.; also noted regular trash collection routes will not run on Monday, July 4, due to the Independence Day holiday. Trash col- lection will resume on Tuesday. 4th of July Rodeo The Perkins Round-Up Club will crown its 2011 Rodeo Queen and Princess during the 57th Annual 4th of July Rodeo. The event will be held July 1 and 2 at the Round-Up Club Arena on West Freeman Street in Perkins. This year's Queen is Jewel Castine. Castine, a homeschool high school senior, is the daughter of David and Shari Lloyd of Perkins. She also attends classes at Meridian Technology Fireworks stands are popping up all over the area this week. Evelyn Anderson and her grandson, Cole Morris, look over some of the fireworks offered at this stand, located on North Main Street next to the Hair Cottage. The stand, owned by Anderson's daughter Gladys Morris and operated by family members, will be a busy spot this weekend. Photo by Cindy Sheets Center, where she will soon begin pre-veterinary courses. Castine enjoys lots of outdoor activities, such as fishing, swimming, horse- back riding, and spending time with friends and family. She said she especially enjoys trail riding at the lake, and has been focus- ing on her favorite rodeo event, barrel riding, with her Quarter Horse, Julie. Jaylah Short, 8, is the 2001 Rodeo Princess. She is the daughter of Barba- rina Costello and Derek Short, and she resides in Coyle, Okla., where she attends school. Short gets lots of equine experience, as she lives on a family-owned horse breeding farm, where she assists her family with farm duties. She competes in play= days, rodeos and horse shows with her PeA pony, Chip. She also shows her Quarter Horse mare, Jewel, at halter. Short has earned several See 4TH, Page A4 Youth Force invades community By Cindy Sheets busied themselves with Contributing Writer ..... There's an army in town this week. You won't see tanks, guns, or fatigues, how- ever. This army carries hammers, paint brushes, and crowbars. The army is called "Youth Force," and it's in town to clean things up. Youth Force is an all-volunteer mission sponsored by the United Methodist Oklahoma Conference Student Min- istries Department. Lost Creek United Methodist Church is hosting approximately 200 junior high and high school students who have decided to spend a week out of their summer to help other people by performing a variety of ) Youth Force God Squad membem (from left) Timmy Chhor, Carthage, Texas; Christian Bowman, Midwest City, Okla.; Trent Dunaway, Thomas, Okla.; leader Adam Jarvis, Perry, OkkL; Trevor Kelton, Mustang, Okla.; Anna CorneU, Custer City, Okla.; leader Sarah Hunter, Carthage, Texas; Katy Nicholson, Ripley, Okla.; Miranda Davis, Jenks, Okla.; and Rachel Wood, Carthage, Texas, pause for a break Monday afternoon. These students and nearly 180 others are in Perkins this week to participate in Youth Force camps. The students and their leaders are painting, cleaning, and doing a variety of construction projects for local residents. Photo by Cindy Sheets tasks, such as clean-up, tion projects. painting, and construe- "You name it, they're McDonald's to open July 26 'We're hiring crew and man- agea's," Horrocks said. "We'll hire around 60 for full-time and part-arne positions. ''We've already hired several people, including three from P(kins.' ' Those new employees will statt naining afis week at the McDo, ald's mstatnant located on Sixth Street in Stillwatex. 'It will be a 24-hour-a-day operation out ofthe box" Her- rocks  ''We'll see how it goes from there." Owne Biff and Sue Her- rocks broke ground for the new McDonald's on May 2. The couple currently own two McDonald's mstanrants in Stillwater and one in Peny, Okla. By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer The Golden Arches will be open for business in Perkins on July 26. McDonald's owner BiffHor- rocks Monday said construc- tion on the new restaurant is proceeding well and the first of its new employees have been hired. The restaurant, located at the intersection of Highways 33 and 177, will host an invita- tion-only VIP evening July 25, then will be open for business on Tuesday, July 26. The building's exterior work is largely complete. Horrocks said the restaurant's driveways should be comple this week. Its refrigerators and freezers will also go in this week, and the remainder oftbe restaurant equipme oukt be installed arotmd July 11. The new 3,355-square foot Peddns mt will feature a drive-thru lane and an dec- Ironic reader sign. A Grand Opening will be held approximately two-to- three weeks after the restau- rant opens, to allow staffto get toregularbusiness flow. ''We're taking applications now at any of the Stillwater stores," Horrocks said. An online application form is also available at wwwancstate.com. Just enter 'Peddm" or the zip code, 74059, in the online form. doing it," Jake Ehrlich, Lost Creek UMC's youth director who heads up the local effort, said. Ehrlich said volunteers from Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas gathered here Sunday evening. The volunteers were divided into "God Squads," which consist of eight to ten students and two adult leaders. Each morning after breakfast, these squads disperse into the community to clean, sort, paint, and build. "They're going out to around 21 to 22 job sites to do roofing, painting, plumbing, siding, build- ing wheelchair ramps or new porches, and other general construction tasks," Ehrlich said. God Squad B, a team of eight volunteers and two leaders, Monday clean-up at a residence on Southwest Second Street where they'removed trash and fallen limbs, sorted articles for salvage and recycling, and prepared to build a new wheel- chair accessible porch with a ramp. Katy Nicholson, a 14- year-old volunteer from Ripley; Oklal, said she is participating in Youth Force because she .loves to help people. She said, "I learned about Youth Force and found out how fun it was, so I decided to try it. I just love it." Rachel Wood, 15, from Carthage City, Texas, said this is her fourth year to participate in Youth Force. Wood said, 'I just enjoy helping people and love getting close to my God Squad." A Perkins native who now lives in Perry, Okla., Adam Jarvis, also has a long history serving with Youth Force. "This is my 12th Youth Force camp. I went to the Oklahoma City camps for ten years, seven of those as a camper," Jarvis said. "It's nice to be helping people I know here, but also making a difference in the lives of others I don't know." Jarvis' co-leader, Sarah Hunter, also hails from Carthage City, Texas. She said this is her second year to participate in Youth Force, but her first year as leader. Youth Force isn't all See YOUTH, Page A7 THE JOURNAL ,IIII!I!I!I!I!III!IU !IIIII00 ........................ -| ............................................ 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