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Old Settlers Harvest Fest photo spread - pages 8 & 9 Perkins, okl Home of Deb W is SJ "PAYNE COUNTY'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER" L /[ , ilill~ rot he Wednesday-Thursday Edition September 26-27, 200t Volume 112 No. minute, Pete. That's no horse! sis horse for a Ford pick-up. "Pete" is none other than Kyle Knott of Perkins. "Pistol Pete Look.Alike Contest" during this celebration. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets 6 by Cindy Sheets Journal Publisher Oklahoma voters approved State Question 695 by a very narrow margin Tuesday. The Oklahoma State Elec- tion Board reported unofficial election results at 447,072 votes, or 54.16 percent, for the proposal and 378,465 votes, or 45.84 percent, against the pro- posal. This measure will add right- to-work to the state constitu- tion. Oklahoma will be the 22nd state to approve the measure which will ban labor contracts from requiring workers to pay dues to unions. Oklahoma neighbors Texas, Kansas and Arkansas already have right-to-work. Right-to-work was on the ballot in Oklahoma in 1964, but was rejected by voters. Supporters of right-to-work said that the measure will attract islators review child support system CITY -- State to dis- uested to exam- Support system. is rex]uired to every four wanted an ear- system and the establishing a The Del Re- and current prob- ,stem would be better next review. experts citizens at- recent meeting to truggles with the One father, tears, said he Court 14 times just He held up young daughter legislature to ,stem that "dis- best inter- in 1999 a bill the Legislature cannot be another, event of failure to that [l being denied stems child support enforcement said in conflicts between parents, "it's the children who get kicked around." Rivers, who has practiced fam- ily law for nine years, agreed. "I see a lot of self-centered par- ents." In cases where there is a custodial and non-custodial par- lowing as little as one more day of visitation. Tucker also said that con- versely, no debits are applied tbr time not spent with the child. "There is no good mechanism in the statute to-adjust the shared parenting component," he said. ent, child support payments of- The attorney called for a sys- ten become a problem. In OUa- tern that encouraged better par- homa, a 'shared parenting' for- ent relations. "As soots you mula is used to determine the tied money into visitation you amount of child support pay- ments, explained Dr. Greg Polumbo, executive director of Oklahomans for Families. Shared parenting allows for a re- duction in the amount of child support paid by the non-custo- dial spouse for time spent with the child or children, said Polumbo. The concept is that the non-custodial parent isn't just 'visiting' with their child, they are sharing the responsibilities and expenses of parenting, he said. Phil Tucker, a family law prac- titioner, explained some of the problems with the shared parenting system for determin- ing child support. One problem he pointed out was that credits given towards the amount of child support paid were divided ~ " S" into what he called chff. assured the system would be adversarial," he said. Judith Fleming of Perkins, who testified about the burden divorce and visitation restric- tions have on grandparents, criticized a system that is too dependent on the courts. "Don't let the people allowed in the children's life be determined by who has the money to pay for court costs," she said. Dr. Polumbo also questioned a system that he said "makes it financially attractive to divorce, or not to marry at all." He said that for low income families, there is more money available to single parents, and in middle income families, most divorces to A dollar amount for reductions the is placed on categories that in- a clude a specified amount of days. If the non-custodial parent were stands now, to have even one day more than parents haveallowed within their category, custody for it then they would fall off this ",'lift" and into the next cat- If one parent re- egory', explained Tucker. He ex- tge J lakq one and the other pressed concerns that a custodial parent could face a reduction in child support payments for al- ght passes more businesses to Oklahoma. Other opponents said the Opponents claim that those measure would cause many new businesses would likely be workers to lose health benefits. lower-wage type businesses P-T Homecoming Court chosen The 2001 Perkins-Tryon Football Homecoming Queen will be chosen during this Friday evening's game against Newkirk. The homecoming queen candidates are (front row, 1 to r) seniors Heather StaUworth, Kara Lawson, and Stephanie Arthur. Queen attendants are (back row, I to r) Hillary Clinesmith, junior; Jessica Nichols, sophomore; and Summer Roper, freshman. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets that involve children happen ing a child support chart similar when the children are under the to those for tax codes to help age of five. In most cases, he citizens calculate support. He said, the mother is awarded cus- said the current complexity of tody and the mother and child the system was a "full employ- live the same lifestyle, ment opportunity" for lawyers. Suggestions were made to the Polumbo recommended add- legislature by those in atten- ing economists to a commission, dance. Tucker suggested creat- if formed, to help determine the Stillwater Area United Way United Way Day of Caring cares for Pistol Pete home "Harding Lawrence Day" Longan presented Perkins native Harding approved by the city commission "Harding Lawrence Day" in Perkins. following the Old Settlers in which he served as grand marshal. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets Local people joined thousands across the nation during United Way's annual Day of Caring on Thursday, Sept. 20. The group helped Marlena Hodson, Alice Hall, and Phyllis Dotter, owners of the home formerly occupied by Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton, clean up the yard and garden areas. Pictured left to right are: Calvin Oyster, Kasey Longan, Cheryl Sheldon, Hodson, Cathy Horton, Hall, Janet Karner, Stacy Beal, Kathleen Woods, Stillwater Area United Way Director Shelly Ricker, Dan Johnson, and David Holbrook. Not pictured are Rodger Anderson and Jim Cooper. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets Community Calendar Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. - Gen- eration GAP meeting at First Baptist Church. Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m. (before tbotball game) - Lion's Pan- cake Supper at high school cafeteria. Sept. 29, 1 p.m.- Perkins Lions Club 15 Annual Golf Tournament at Cimarron Trails. Sept. 29, 3 p.m. - Masonic Lodge Chili Cook-off. Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. - P.O.S.S.E. meeting at el- ementary cafeteria. Oct. 1,7:30 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting at fire station. Oct. 1,7:30 p.m. - Perkins- Tryon School Board meet- ing. Oct. 4, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. Oct. 4, 7 p.m.- Taylorsville Gospel Opry at Taylorsville. Oct. 5 - Perkins-Tryon Schools early dismissal day: elementary- 1 p.m.; middle and high school - 1:15 p.m. Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - P.O.S.S.E. Smoked meats sale at Market Maze. Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. - VFW Post #7322 and Ladies Aux- iliary meeting. Oct. 18, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lioas D,',m. Oct. 18 & 19 - Perkins- Tryon Schools Fall Break. Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m, - Genera- tion GAP meeting at First Baptist Church. Oct. 26 - No school; Perkins-Tryon Schools Par- ent/Teacher conferences. Oct. 28 - Daylight Savings Time ends. Oct. 31 - Halloween cost of raising a child. He also suggested inhibiting no-fault divorce in divorce cases with small children, and recom- mended the removal of any in- cenuves for either not marrying or divorcing. Calvey said that he does plan to form a commission on child support and will ask for further study. "My goal is strengthen- ing marriage and placing disin- centives on no-fault divorces," he said. Masonic Lodge hosting chili cook-off for charity Don't miss the Perkins Masonic Lodge's chili cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 29. The contest is open to anyone and there is no entry fees. Entrants may set up beginning at 12 p.m. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Each entrant must furnish five pounds of ingredients. Contestants will be vying for cash prizes of $30 for first place, $20 for second place, and $10 for third place. Tickets for the hot stuff are $10 each, and all of the proceeds will go to charity. The Masonic Lodge will match the total proceeds of the event. And if that isn't enough excitement, one lucky person will win 60 pounds of beef that will be given away in a drawing during the contest. For entry forms or more information, contact Pete at 547-5333 or Henry at 372- 0001. / it i i ii! i i