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SPD Dispatch Supervisor Charged "Pavne Ohtest Newspaper - Since 1890" A former dispatcher supervisor for the Stillwater Police Department was arraigned Monday on a felony charge accusing him of secretly recording a June 25 conversation between three other dispatchers about his girlfriend. StlUwater Journal Page A1 SPORTS Intrasquad Scrimmage Saturday The first week of football practice for the Perkins-Tryon Demons will culminate with the annual intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night at Mcllvain Field. It will begin at 6 p.m. Page B1 Got calendar items? Email them to news@thejoumalok.corn Aug. 12 - P-T Schools Rrst Day of School Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - 4-H meeting, Evans Ag Complex Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. - Perkins Lions Club meeting hosted by Cimarron Valley HCE Aug. 17, 3:30-6 p.m. - Open house at new Perldns-Tryon Junior High building Aug 18, 7 p.m. -AIc~ Anonyrnous (.~) meeting, Perkins Uons Den Aug. 19, noon = Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce meeting, Vassar Community Center Aug. 20, no0n-Birthday Luncheon, Senior Citizens Center Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m.- Perkins Lions Club meeting Aug. 24, 7 p.m. - Perkins Mason~ Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk. Aug 25, 7 p.m. - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. - Pertdns Planning Commission meeting, City Hall Annex Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m. - Perkins Lions Club meeting at Lost Creek Church NDEX Church .................. C3 Classifieds .......... B4-B5 Comics .................. B6 Entertainment ...... C2 Groups ................. $6 History .................. A5 Obituaries ............. A2 Opinions ........... A4, S4 People .................. A2 School ........ .. ......... A6 Seniors ................. C4 Sports ................. B1 -B3 THE JOURNAL IIl!iJ!l!!lll!!! U ! !11 III New buildings ready for first day of school By Cindy Sheets Contdbuting Writer When riley rearmed to school this morning for the first day of school, Perkins-Tryon sev- enth and eighth graders will be stepping into brand new classrooms. The students wiU be the first to enjoy the district's new junior high school. The 22,844 square feet building hosts ten classrooms, including a state -of-the-art technical edu- cation room. Two of the classrooms also serve as storm "safe rooms." The $2,943,000 project was let for bid on March 2, 2009, and construction started that summer. Almost all of the construc- tion is now complete, with the exception of a tittle exterior finish work on the older junior high building which will now mainly serve only the ninth grade. The district will hold an open house of the new facility Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 3:30 to6p.m- The school boasts a geother- mal HVAC system. "The geothermal system is top-shelf," School Superin- tendent James Ramsey said. "We've had it on and it's lived up to its claim as far as [reduced] energy cost." The new building and part of the old junior high building is covered with an Exterior Insu- lation and Finishing System (EIFS), which also provides a boost to energy bills in the form of improved insulation. Though the EIFS exterior looks like a stucco finish, it is actually much more effi- cient. It uses a foam plastic insulation that is coated with a lightweight synthetic coating which is waterproof. The building also boasts a standing seam metal roof. The new junior high front doors face Kenworthy Street. The building entrance features a vestibule whose inner doors leading into the school will be locked during school hours. Visitors to the school will enter through the administra- tion office. This will provide better security for the school. The administration area. located mainly behind the front office, features a teacher workroom, lounge, restrooms and storage, as well as office and meeting space. Adjacent to the office is an open school commons area that will serve as a spot for a variety of events, as well as a place for students to gather. Hallways radiate from the commons area and lead to classrooms. Just down one of the halls, students will be able to access the new school media center, which hosts offices and lots of reading and studying space. The media center also con- tains 16 computer stations and a recessed large screen. The media center and all The main entrance of the new junior high school building faces Kenworthy Street on the north side of the building. Photos by Cindy Sheets Gall Metcalf (right), owner of Heart & Sow Designs, Tuesday morning discusses her products with Pat Hamilton and Kelley Sasser during the Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce's Business Fair at the high school commons area. The event is held each year to help kick off Perkins-Tryon School's fall semester. More than 170 P-T school staff, administrators and instructors viewed information booths from 40 local businesses and organizations. classrooms are also equipped with Smart Board capabil- ity. These interactive white School supplies ready for students boards allow teachers to dis- play lessons or activities via a computer and can be accessed A group of volunteers Monday evening gathered at the Perkins-Tryon High School commons area to assemble supplies for a school backpack project. Shown are (from left) Tonya Gilbert, Dec Doyle, David Orr, Brian Norton, Debbie Murlin, Amy Petermann, Chris Petermann, Rusty Norton and Tammy Curtis. Project organizer Amy Petermann said the effort is in response to a need that many students at all school sites have for school supplies. Petermann said 15 filled backpacks will be distributed to each elementary school grade. Classroom sets will be distributed to intermediate school classrooms; fourth grade will receive water paint sets, scissors and dry erase pack- ages, fifth grade will receive planners and scissors, and sixth grade will receive planners and index cards. The intermediate school will also receive several bags that can be distributed on an as-needed basis. The junior high and high school will receive 90 binders with paper, folders, dividers, pens and pencils. The supplies were purchased with funds from grant monies and donations from Eden Chapel, Payne County Bank, Williams Foods, the Perkins Lions Club, Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home, Old Station Monuments & More, Perkins Drug, Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce, the Christian Church of Perkins, Ralph's Packing Co., Frontier Realty, and the First Baptist Church. Photo by Cindy Sheets using touch technology, sort of like an electronic chalkboard. Each classroom is equipped with two computers, and teachers have access to two portable computer labs, which each contain 14 laptop computers. Ramsey said the school is designed for future classroom and kitchen/dining additions. Outside, the school boasts a large, paved parking lot that extends from the old junior high and intermediate school buildings west to the old band room parking lot. 'Tm really pleased with the parking lot," Ramsey said, noting the lot should improve drainage in the area. 'q'his is the area that would usually become a pond when we'd get heavy mill." Ramsey noted that Kenwor- thy Street, on the north side of the school, was also raised and re-paved to alleviate flooding problems. Rainwater should now be diverted west to the practice field area, he added. Over the summer, other improvement projects on the existing school were com- pleted, Ramsey said. See SCHOOL, Page A3 Vinco woman ordered to pay restitution in cruelty case By Patti Weaver Joumal Correspondent In what the undersheriff called "the worst case of animal cruelty I've ever seen." a Vinco woman was placed on five years' proba- tion Friday -- conditioned on her not owning any domestic pet and paying restitution for the cost of caring for about 80 dogs and two cats seized from her property southwest of Perkins. Martuan Louise Middle- ton, 59, had been found mentally competent to stand trial and spent eight months in jail before she pleaded no contest to animal cruelty and was released on a personal recognizance bond pending her sentencing. Payne County First Assis- tant Dislrict Attorney Tom Lee had argued in court Friday that that she should be given a five- year prison term for allowing more than 80 animals to live in unfit conditions. Her court-appointed attorney, Debra Vincent, told District Judge Donald Worthington, "Martuan Middleton loves animals so much that she can't say no to them. That's how you end up with 84 dogs. "One person on a limited income couldn't take care of all those animals," the defense lawyer argued in asking the judge to put her on probation. "I think the court can under- stand her no contest plea is based on her belief she didn't have the intent to do harm to these animals. "She was working at WalMart at the time she was arrested," noted the defense lawyer, who added that Mid- dleton had lost everything and was now staying with a friend in Stillwater. Since Middleton did not have a plea bargain regarding her punishment, the judge held a sentencing hearing Friday at See CRUELTY, Page A3