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Vol. tare. No. at. (an K” ’- -‘ For the weeohl'. July 4. 2019 County budget approved By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer STILLWATER — The Payne County Budget Board met last week to approve a preliminary county budget for the new fiscal year which started IM‘onday. ’ 2; County Clerk Glenna jCigaig said the proposed b‘ijtdget for fiscal year 321319—2020 is about $1 millionhigher than last year’s budget. . i' Among those estimate ‘of'needs presented was Ithe'Sheriff’s office, which submitted a requestvfor $1.6 million in funding :for'salaries to come from ithe’county’s general fund. :Last year the department given $800,000 from 3036 General Fund for that expense. ,7 This year, other county officers expressed con— cerns about spending the county’s contingency fund down and denied that request. The county had a contingency fund of $1 million. ‘ “We don’t mind help- ing out, but I don’t want to run that account dry,” said Undersheriff Kevin Woodward. “We have become very dependent on that $800,000, and that $800,000 will run out . pretty quick.” Craig said county jail has $9.3 million in its accounts, and the $1.6 million was needed to help replenish the coun- ty’s contingency fund. “I know what you are saying,” Craig said. “But,- you have to look at the whole county’s general fund. You have $9 mil— lion, and the whole county has $1 million.” Craig said the county may need to help with funding for roads for Dis— trict l and District 3. “If we only have $1 mil- lion, we aren’t going to be able to help Zach (Cavett) and Rocky (Blasier),” she said. “I personally would like to see you take the $1.6 million out of there, so we can build the con- tingency back up.” Assessor James Cowan said he felt the county would need the money to help fix county roads which were damaged or washed out to due to heavy spring and summer rains. “I think these guys are going toneed the money for the roads,” Cowan said. SPEF making a difference By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer - STILLWATER —The Stillwater Public Education Foundation funded over :fiiiflBDOO back to Stillwater Public Schools classrooms for the 2018-19 school year, which was a record high. SPEF Executive Director Jennifer Bartley said SPEF funded $118,501 for SPS. “Since I have been here, I think that 'is the highest “that we have done for a school year and we are really excited,” she said: ’Bartley said the funding goes for a variety of grants and other awards. “We do our teacher grants, and that is $39, 000‘,” she said. “A little over $35,000 went towards our Tech to Teach project, which was continuing our efforts to put iPads in the lower elemen— tary gradesf We did pre—K last year, and then expanded into kindergarten, and a little into first grade. That has been really exciting to be able to provide that technology that is age—appropriate for our early education students.” '7§3fBartley said SPEF also helped fund a lighting proj— ect for the Performing Arts. Center at Stillwater High School. » ,.“We did also did a big upgrade to lighting at the high school,” she said. “A little over $17,000 was spent on upgrading lighting equip— ment.” Stillwater Public Education Foundation, instituted and chartered in 1984,is a 501(c) (3) non-profit foundation. The idea for SPEF began with local citizens, Board of Education members and school administrators who wanted to become more effective in dealing with the financial difficulties facing public education. The foundation is based on the essential premise that meaningful enrichment programs and innovative instructional materials are not attainable solely through traditional funding sources Since the foundation’s incep- tion, more than $1.2 Mil- lion has been provided to SP8 classrooms through our teacher grants and technol- ogy initiatives, positively impacting thousands of Still- water students. SPEF relies on the sup— port of parents, grandpar- ents, businesses, educators, alumni and friends of the) Stillwater school system to fund our grants and pro- grams. We invite you to make a wise investment that will make a difference in the July Yard Of The Month . ‘ , Gihdy Davis who lives at 1004 Payne Street was selected as the Mutual Improvement Club yardcf the month for July. Each, month during the summer the Mutual improvement Club recognizes an outstanding yard in the Perkinscommunity. Photo provided ‘ r lives of children today and in the future. The dollars raised sponsor creative SPEF projects such as interactive and problem based learning programs for all areas of curriculum; suppliesfor music, art, sci— ence and math; research for libraries; the Adopt-an- Author reading and writing program; and technology enhancements. “Mest of our funds are donated by individuals and businesses 'within' our com— munity,” Bartley said. Bartlexfsaidif‘SPEF‘isv-plan—> ning its 2019 Celebration of Excellence fundraiser which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at OSU’chs Watkins Center! Tickets will go on .sale in August. “We are gearing up and making plans for that over the summer,” she said. Bartley said nominations are open for SPEF’s 2019 “Powerful Peers” Teacher Recognition Awards. Nom- inations are due by Friday, Aug. 2. “It is a great opportunity to recognize a co-worker who is maybe a mentor teacher, who really goes out of their way to help their fellow teachers,” she said. “That-is something that we wanted to celebrate and recognize.” \wm:»«‘~MJ-;L»«.n..ww«tmhn u. an. I Aw“ Happy Birthday America The Railroad Yard, located on‘US 177 between Perkins and Stillwater, unveiled a large 20 foot by 30 foot United States flag from a crane in their yard Monday morning just in time for the Independence Day holiday Thursday. ‘ Former teacher accused of sexting student scheduled for Sept. 9 trial By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent STILLWATER — The jury trial for former Cush- ing teacher Seth Robert Swaim on a charge of sex- ting a 13—year-old female student on Oct. 8, 2018, has been scheduled by Payne County‘District Judge Phillip Corley to begin on Sept. 9, court records show. ‘ Swaim, 25, of Still— water, who reportedly now is a full—time student, appeared in court Friday with defense attorney Cheryl Ramsey. Swaim remains free on $50,000 bain’é‘nding- an Aug. 23 pre-trial hearing on the charge of engaging in sexual communication with a‘minor by use of technology, court records show. . Swaim had been arrested on Oct. 9, 2018, in Cush- ing~by Stillwater Police Detective Sherae LeJeune, a member of the Okla- homa Crimes Against Children Task Force, who was asked by the Cush— ing Police Department to aid in an investigation involving the solicitation of a miner, her affidavit alleged. , “I was informed that a 24—year-old Cushing Public School teacher was actively talking to a 13-year-old female stu— dent...via Snapchat Mes- senger. The content of the conversation involved the request of nude images "of . the minor,” the Stillwater detective alleged in her affidavit. The girl’s parents had contacted Cushing police out of concern for their daughter, the affidavit alleged. At the Cushing Police Department where the girl and her parents were present, the Stillwater police detective was given .the girl’scellphone that was open to the Snapchat message conversation, the affidavit alleged. “The conversation with Swaim was active and ongoing at that moment,” the affidavit 1.alleged. r Ctishing' Police Sgt. Carson Watts had been allowed by the girl and her parents to take over the girl’s“ Snapchat account to continue conversations with Swaim, the affidavit alleged. . “I read through the con— versation and learned that Swaim was making plans to meet with (the girl) at the park at 9th Place and Highland Avenue (in Cushing) that evening after 7:30 pm. He asked her to send pictures of her- self until they were able to meet,” the Stillwater detectiVe alleged in her affidavit. “Based on the conversa— tion,:I did believe Swaim did solicit sexual conduCt and did engage in conver- sation for sexual interest with a person‘he knew to be a minor by technol- ogy (cell phone). I deter- mined that it was 'vital to get Swaim in custody,” the Stillwater detective alleged in her affidavit. Before Swaim posted $50,000 bond to get out of the Payne County Jail, Special District Judge Katherine Thomas told him that his bail was con- ditioned on having no con— tact with the girl or anyone under ‘18 and no electronic device in‘ his possession, .court records show. Swaim had previously been charged with public intoxication and hitting two vehicles in the parking lot of’his apartment cem- plex in Stillwater Without notifying the owners on May 9, 2018, a misde- meanor case that remains pending”, court records show. Five months before his arrest in that case, Swaim had been placed on 18 months’ probation for aggravated drunk driving on, Oct. 3, 2017, in Still- water, to which he pleaded guilty, court records show. The prosecution alleges that Swaim violated the terms of his probation in a case that remains pending. If conVi‘cted of sexting the student while he was a teacher, Swaim could be given a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to the felony charge filed by Payne County Assistant District Attorney Debra Vincent. ‘ OSU Police warn about phone scam STILLWATER —— The Oklahoma State University Police Department is warn- ing Oklahomans about a' potential scam that appears to come fromthe depart- ment’s phone number. More than 35 people have been a victim since June 10. Chief Leon Jones said some calls or messages have directed the recipient to report to the police depart— ment, where they claim an officer will be waiting regarding an outstanding warrant. Other callers tell the victim his or her name has come up regarding a drug. investigatiOn. One caller requested inappro- priate photos of the victim. In some cases the caller used the name of an actual OSUPD officer. r “These fraudulent mes- sages and calls are part of a larger body cf crime where an individual irnpersonates a representative of a law enforcement or government agency in an effort toobtain money, gift cards or per- sdnal infomation,“ Jones said. “No one would receive a call from the OSUPD regarding warrants or the collection of meney.” Anyone who receives a fraudulent call or text message should notify their local law enforcement agency. ' “It’s simple to find the names of officers off depart- ment websites and then 'use them with this type of crime to make the victims believe the call is-authentic. Remember, if you do not initiate the call or message, do not provide personal identifying information like your address, birth, date, Social Securitynumber or phbtos,” Jones said. “Under— . ’ standing the nature of these scams and protecting your personal information is‘key ' to not becoming a‘victim." .7 Classifieds yes | Comics >33 I History were ,I ‘ Obituaries we I Qulnlene M4 'l Public was M8 . JIM" .llllllllllllllll'lll] 4879 0136 ll, as