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4 Sections 24 ennmgton Services i Today County's Oldest Newspaper Since 1890" 75 Got Supplies? Perkins- Tryon elementary school supply lists. School, A6 Elvis Pennington, co- founder of a home-grown refief agency called Chris- fian Emergency Services, died last Sunday after an extended battle with cancer. In 2004, He and his wife Colleen founded an organization that grew into a network of vol- unteers and donors that provided aid and comfort to police and firefighters from several area depart- ments as well as helping private citizens. Stlllwater dournal Page, A1 SPORTS P-T, Cushing Part Of:Same 3A District '%1' Starting nexi season, the "Highway 33 and Cushing wi have a bit m0re significance beginning next season. Both will be part of the new Class 3A football alignment nding approval from the Oklahoma ,Secondary School Activities Asati0n, B1 meeting, Vassar Community Center Aug 4, noon - Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce meeting, Vassar Community .Aug 8, 6 p,m - Perkins Lions Club meeting, at Eden Chapel Aug 8,6-8:30 p.m. , Monday Music Night, Perkins Senior Citizens Center, 114 E. Kirk Aug 9, 6 p.m. - Perkin= City Commission meeting, City Hall Annex. Aug 9, 7 p,m. - Perkins Masonic Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk Aug 10, 7 p.m. -AIc0h01ics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den ,Aug 11, Perkins-Tryon School Starts *Aug 15, 6 p,m. - Perkins Lions Club meeting, 1st United Methodist Church INDEX Church .................. C3 Classifieds., ........ B4,B5 Comics .................. B6 Entertainment ...... C2 Farm & Ranch. ..... B3 History ........... ,,,..: ;AS Obituaries ........... A2 Opinions ........... A4, $4 Public Records .... $2 School .................. A6 Seniors ................. Sports restaurant base for local Thunder fans By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Perkins welcomes a new venue for sports fans; Chopstix Sports Restaurant hosted an opening party to welcome area residents in for a look. A local rock and blues band, Hidden, provided entertainment Saturday evening, July 30, for the opening. "Everybody seemed to enjoy [the music] and we are glad to know people actually appreciate the non-smoking environ- ment," co-owner Christine Ogle said. The business, formerly known as Lucky Chopstix Chinese Food and Taters restaurant, is located at 251 E. Hwy 33. Though the two popular restaurants were combined and the building renovated, owners Chris- tine and Bruce Ogle are still offering the delicious dishes their customers expect. Chopstix Sports Restau- rant features both Asian and American food selections on its menu. "We are still serving most of Taters original menu selection, featuring catfish night only on Fridays," Christine Ogle said. In addition to great food, Chopstix offers a bonanza for sports fans. The restau- rant boasts nine flat-screen tv's, plus a 135-inch HD projection tv. These will feature Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and UFC fights, college football and basket- ball games, and Oklahoma City Thunder games. "We just wanted to bring another entertainment option to Perkins," Ogle said, emphasizing the res- taurant is family-friendly. Kids are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. After 9: 30 p.m., all customers under age 18 are welcome to stay in the Chopstix side of the restaurant; 18 and older may stay until closing time, but may not consume beer. "There's no drinking for those under 21," Ogle notes. Younger customers can order energy drinks or sodas while they watch sports, play pool, or enjoy the jukebox. "We think the changes, leaning towards sports Manager Dave Boles, management assistant Zach Allen, Blue Alliance-Perkins Chapter Captain Chuck Lester, assistant Sarah Ware, and waitress Amber Scott (I to r), along with Thunder fan Jared Ware (back) welcome everyone in for a cold drink and hot sports action at Chopstix Sports Restaurant, which opened July 22 in Perkins. Photo by Cindy Sheets entertainment, will be good for Perkins and the surrounding area," Ogle said. "We would like to thank all our customers for being patient with us during our remodeling time. "Special thanks for great support and spon- sorships go to Anheuser Busch, Pope Distributor, Pepsi, Petra Electronics, Thunder OKC Basketball, and United Fighting Cham- pionship, USA." The Ogles have added five new employees to their business, which officially opened on July 22. The restaurant, which seats 70, handles domestic and premium beers, as well as its usual lunch and dinner fare. Manager Dave Boles said, "Now that the NFL lock- out is over, we're ready to gather up." He invites everyone to drop in for a visit and notes "Happy Hour" is held daily from 4-6 p.m. "Food will be available until close; we have a lim- ited menu after 9 p.m.," See CHOPSTIX, PaQe A3 Paroled pets are looking for a fresh start By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Dogs from the Parole A Pet program at Cimarron Correctional Center in Cushing, Okla. will be at Tractor Supply in Stillwa- ter Saturday, Aug. 6. "Upcoming grads and dogs that have already graduated will be avail- able Saturday at Tractor Supply," trainer Colleen Crummy said. "We like to have homes for the dogs ready so they can go right to their new homes rather than a foster home." This innovative program matches inmates with dogs in need. "We take shelter dogs, mostly from the Cimarron Valley Humane Society, to the prison and the inmates train them for 10 weeks before they are adopted to their new homes," Crummy said. "The dogs learn basic obedience, Board of Ed hires personnel A few "house-keeping" items were approved by the Perkins-Tryon Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting Monday night. Board members approved recommenda- tions for dairy and food product vendors for the 2011-2012 food service program, an issue dealt with annually. Hiland Dairy will once again pro- vide the dairy products for the school district while Earth Grains/Sara Lee had the best bid for the food products. Hiland Dairy was the only vendor to submit a bid for the dairy prod- ucts and has serviced the district for the past few years. Earth Grains/Sara Lee had the overall best bid over Wonder Bread for bread products. The board agreed to table an item that would include the new perform- ing arts choir room as part of the facility use rental agreement. The board instructed superintendent James Ramsey to get more information from the band and vocal music faculty about the issue. An out of state travel request for FCCLA stu- dents to attend an event in Denver, Colo., was also approved. The trip will be Nov. 10-13. The board also approved declaring a 1999 Dodge van as surplus property and directed Ramsey to dispose of it as per dis- trict policy. Ramsey said it would be used as a trade in for a new sport utility vehicle for the district. The two that are currently part of the fleet have over 140,000 each. Following an executive session, the board voted in open session to hire personnel for the 2011- 2012 school year. Pat Hamilton was again hired as the OPAT coordinator and teacher pending state grant approval. Support personnel hired were Diana Culie, elemen- tary school cook; Sherri Sharp, elementary para- professional; and Done Mullins, intermediate school office assistant. The board acknowl- edged the resignations of Denette Payne and Renae Notaro. Also approved were Gen- eral Fund encumbrances of $1,128,267.84; Build- ing Fund encumbrances of $6,990; Child Nutri- tion Fund encumbrances of $371,757.88; and a Bond Fund encumbrance of $733,991.27. such as leash manners, and commands like sit, stay, and come. "Basically, how to be much better pets." Each dog has a handler and a co-handler, and the dog lives in the cell with the inmates, Crummy said. "For ten weeks, the inmates treat the dog like it's their own. They feed it, give it medicine, exercise it, etc. Program founder Rebecca Stowers, who also founded Cimarron Valley Humane Society in Cushing, Okla., said, "We have pretty good luck adopting the dogs out of prisons. They're trained and start out on the right foot with people." The charge to adopt Muggins Lady Bird the dogs varies, based on the individual dogs' age, See PET, Page A3 Old Settlers Day taking shape By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer It may be the slow, dog days of summer, but the Old Settlers' Day plan- ning committee is fever- ishly planning the annual fall festival. The annual parade, set to begin at 11 a.m., is the star of the show, but the day will be filled with other activities, too. "We already have a lot lined up for Old Settlers' Day," Lanae DeMuth, committee chair said. "I think everyone will enjoy some of the new things we're doing this year." DeMuth said Main Street in downtown Perkins will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the event, set for Saturday, Sept. 10. "We'll have games like sack races and turtle races right here on Main," she said. "The kids sec- tion will have inflatable games, face painting, a petting zoo, and pony rides. "PIE is also hosting games." She said the Army will be bringing a rock climb- ing wall and a video game trailer for older kids. "We also just confirmed a clown and a magic show," DeMuth said. Besides these activities, Old Settlers' Day fun will live entertainment on the Main Street stage. Included in the line-up are a line dancing squad, Zumba, the Guthrie Gun- fighters, vocalist Jean- nie Troxel, and Cueless Comedy Improv. Entertainment organizer Debbie Clinesmith said a few slots are still open. Anyone interested in per- forming during the day is asked to contact her at (405) 547-2000. Vendors of all kinds are also always a big part of any Old Settlers' Day celebration. This year, vendors will be located in a tent on Thomas Street west of Main Street. DeMuth said spots in the tent are first come, first served, so ven- dors should contact Jeana Coyle at (405) 547-2000 See OSD, Page A5 A ayne 00Yu, I