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Vol. 126, No. 51 Payne County" Oldest Newspaper Sines Frhe as V Thursday, Sepember 15, 2016 5 «Sift? fiflfiqflqs IL". l 2:: Qty-Tim; [8’ 20} Pages County Budget Board approves revised salary plan By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Payne County Budget Board Monday approved a revised salary plan for new employees of the county Sheriff” 5 department. ‘ Sheriff R B. Hauf presented the board for a new salary plan for his department which stretches his current 10-year plan to a 20—year plan. He said the new plan which would only affect new employees is designed to pro— vide a better balance of salary increases for department employees who are hired at the same time. “It would sure make my budget process a lot easier plus fairness in my office where everybody lmows how much year to year they will make,” Hauf said. “It will keep two employees who have been here the same time making the same amount of money.” Hauf said the new plan is designed similar to what public schools use in level raises for teachers for each year of service up to a maxi- mum point. Captain Kevin Woodward said the new plan will provide a salary balance for new employees going forward. “The current salary plan for the county was basically a bell curve where it went up pretty fast at the beginning and sort of tapered out over the last years,” Woodward said. “They don’t get any- thing anymore other than if it’s a cost of living increase. Every year you won’t see a big difference but you will see something (with new salary plan) In other matters, County Clerk Glenna Craig updated board members on the new federal overtime/compensa- tion regulations that go into Perkins Old Settler’s Day set for Saturday, Sept. 24 By/Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer Perkins will host its annual fall festival Old Settler’ 5 Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 starting at 9 am. with a variety of activities planned. Kim Tumham with the Old Settler’s Day planning committee said this year’s theme is “Famous in a Small Town.” “We started putting it together last February,”she said. “The idea behind Old Settler’ 5 Day was to celebrate the beginning of Perkins. The whole celebration is to bring I people together to enjoy the parade and visit with friends.” Tumham said the festivities include the annual parade istarting at 9 a.m., vendor alley, a food truck court, kid’s zone, baking contest and auction, hot dog eating contest and a free photo booth. She said floats and parade participants will line up downtown starting at 8 am. and the parade will begin along Main Street. Past parades have included marching bands, Native American dress, tractors, bikes, vehicles, floats, horses and more. This year’s parade mar— shal is Joe McElroy, Per- kins-Tryon High School Principal. The 2016 Honored Citizen is 99—year—old Doris Clarke who was born in Per— kins and her parents were part of the original settlers group in town. Her father provided Frank Eaton (Pistol Pete) a horse in later years. Tumham said the Per- kins-Tryon FFA will host a dunk tank and baked item sale. “The FFA uses the money raised to send kids to nation- als,” she said. Tumham said there will also be a children’s covered wagon obstacle race and adults can enjoy Vendor Alley, which is filled with handmade items and unique crafts. A variety of food trucks will also be available. The Old Settler’s Day main stage entertainment will be provided by Marty Tipton who is better known as The Oklahoma Kid. He will be performing at 10 am. fol- lowing the parade. “The Oklahoma Kid is our entertainment this year,” Turnham said. “He is a 4. comedian and isnIQDSF'W-hg. ‘ will do a variety of'ropifigu...‘ trio 9’ Man arraigned on shooting charge By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent A 62-year-old landowner was arraigned Monday on a . felony charge accusing him of using a Colt .38-caliber revolver to shoot a 37-year- old Spencer man on his property east of Perkins in the 4900 block of E. 122nd five months ago. p Payne County Assistant District Attorney Tom Lee filed an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge on Friday against Raymond Scott Sewell in the wounding of Micheal :L'ynn Webb, court records show. Webb was shot in the back about 10:15 am. on April 16 and found lying on the ground, according to a Payne County Sheriff’s Department report released to the Journal. Webb Was in critical con- dition when he was taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Okla— homa City, the report said. “Webb previously lived on the property in a camper. Sewell had moved him out,” Payne County Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Woodward told the Journal at the time of the shooting. A neighbor called 911 after the victim was shot, the sheriff’s captain said. “Deputies were advised that an individual had been shot in the back,” Deputy Justin Henninger wrote in a report. “The suspect advised that the victim had been warned to stay off of the property. “According to the suspect, the victim has threatened the shooter in the past numerous times to cause great bodily harm to him. “The suspect informed deputies that the victim came towards the suspect. “The suspect ordered the b SEWELL, Page A4 effect Dec. 1. “If you have any employ— ees‘that make less than $47,476 a year that are over- time exempt they can no longer be overtime exempt,” Craig said. “You need to give them either no overtime .or we need to talk as a board about, adjusting our salary plan for employees.” Craig said if raises are given then those departments would have to'have their annual estimate of needs revised. The budget board also discussed the upcoming elec- tions to renew the county’s 3/8th sales tax on Feb. 14 and extending the county’s 1/ 16th sales tax April 4 from five years to 10 years. The 3/8th sales tax revenue goes in part towards roads and bridges, rural fire depart- ments and the operations of the Payne County Expo Center and Payne County Extension Center. The 1/ 16th sales tax also benefits the county’s rural fire depart— ments. “Last year our 3/8th’ 3 sales tax was down 11 percent,” Craig said. “If we keep on this trend and it stays down that is going to change the operations of Payne County. I would encourage you to be talking to people in the com— munity. We are going to have to start a campaign to show people the benefits of our sales taxes and what it does for the county. If these don’t pass it will be detrimental for Payne County.” County lowers speed on Boomer Rd. By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer The Payne County Commissioners Monday approved several traffic sign resolutions aimed at helping reduce speed and improve safety near Cen— tral Rural Electric Cooper- ative’s new headquarters. The Commission approved resolutions for adding a four-way stop at 32nd and Boomer Road, setting the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on Boomer Road from 32nd Street to State Highway 177 and setting the speed limit to 30 miles per hour on 32nd from Boomer Road to State Highway 177 and a pedestrian crosswalk on Boomer Road at CREC. “We are trying to slow traffic down because of Central Electric’s new- facility,” said Board Chairman Kent Bradley. “They are going back and forth across the road there on South Boomer. This helps out with safety.” In other matters, the Commission tabled naming new members to the Yale’s EMS Board for District 1 until its next meeting. District 1 Commissioner Zach Cavett read off the names of the people who have applied for the board and their qualifications. “They want to be helping the community,” Cavett said. Bradley announced for the month of August the Payne County Sheriff’s Depart— ment spent $23,911.05 for food and the August 3/8th sales tax collection was $339,313.84. “That is dowu seven percent from the previous year,” he said. C ulpepper Merriweaiher Circus returning to Perkins Sept. 22 Thanks to the sponsorship of The Perkins Lions Club, the Culpepper & Merri— weather Circus is returning to Perkins on Thursday, Sept. 22, with two sched- uled performances at 5 and 7:30 pm. next to Oklahoma Territorial Plaza on Perkins Main Street. TOSU hits record enronth on Stillwater campus Following a regularly scheduled OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, Oklahoma State University released the final enrollment numbers for fall 2016. Undergraduate enroll- _.ment on the OSU—Stillwater campus reached 20,277 up -70 from last fall and an all- »time high for the Stillwater campus. In addition,the total undergraduate enrollment for Stillwater/Tulsa is also up slightly to an all-time high -of 21,093 , Total enrollment for (OSU-Stillwater is 24,387 and total enrollment for OSU-Stillwater/Tulsa is 25,594. Both are down from a year ago due to a decline in graduate student enrollment. This year’s enrollment fig- ures include the third largest freshman class in OSU his- tory of 4,156, down slightly from last year’s freshman class of 4,177. Here are few other facts about the 2016—17 freshman class: 0 65% from Oklahoma 0 29.4% are minorities - 29.2% have an ACT of 27 or higher 0 16.1% have a 4.0 high school GPA 0 25.4% were in the top 10% of their high school graduat- ing class 0 16.2% percent are first-gen- eration college students 0 45 different states are rep- resented In other action at Fri— day’s board meeting, Selser Schaefer Architect of Tulsa was selected as the archi- tect and Lippert Bros of Oklahoma City was selected as the construction man- ager for the new Unmanned Systems Research Institute/ Unmanned Systems Devel- opment Center Building to be located in the Oklahoma Technology and Research Park west of the main OSU campus in Stillwater. The current facility is located northeast of campus and is outdated. The new building will be a high profile facility for advanced test- ing and research, as well as enhanced outreach. Several Oklahoma State University personnel actions were approved during the OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting Friday in Stillwater. APPOINTMENTS:Justin Crosswhite, clinical instruc- tor, animal science; Mellissa Crosswhite, clinical instruc- tor, animal science; Phuong Nguyen, assistant professor, biochemistry and molecular biology; Misha Manuchehri, assistant professor, plant and soil sciences; Lisa Malone, assistant professor, art, graphic design and art history; Jeanne Bolliger, assistant professor, chem- } OSU, Page A4 Now in its 32th edition, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus has become interna- tionally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic one-ring, big top circus has been featured on National Geograph- ic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program. Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a vacant lot on Perkins Main Street is transformed into a bus— tling circus city. Between 9:30 and 10 am. watch the raising of the big top, then stay for the free tour. This presentation offers a unique face—to-face opportunity for families, schools, and inter- ested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merri- :weather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. > Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the big top is erected, and riggingis prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Learn interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of anirnais in the circus family. On circus day, the per- formers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90—minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an all—star group of performers and enter- tainers that include: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “ Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, and back by b CIRCUS, Page A4 meme ' Ctassitéeds ass 5 Comics was? 3 History >A6 l Obituaries ma 1 Gpinions M4 1 Public Records M3 T No Softball District For P—T By virtue oftheir No.2 ranking, the P—TLady Demons Will notplay in a district tournament next week according to the post-season assignments released by the OSSAA.’ Sparks 3* 81 raw ' What to watch TV listings, soap updates, trivia, and horoscopes. Television Guide Inside mun I||l| n “L