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1/1/2010 12:00:00 AM Smalltown Papers 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 B,h,h,h,,,ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,h,h,,hhlh"hdl "Payne County's Oldest Newspaper i Since/890" Trick Or Treat Moved Due to concerns about heavy traffic associ- ated OSU's home football game at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. the Stillwater City Coun- cil has moved traditional Halloween trick-or-treat activities to Thursday, Oc, 29. Stillwater Journal Page A1 P-T Hosts Berryhiil The Perkins-Tryon Demons still face a similar situation in this week's game against the Berryhill Chiefs. A win would keep solid playoff hopes alive for both teams A loss would have the other scrambling with two more chances left in the regular season. The District 3A-3 encounter will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McIlvain Field. Page B1 Got calendar items? Email them to news@thejoumalok.com Oct. 22 - 23 - Parent/ teacher conferences. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. - HS Football vs Berryhill, homo. Oct. 27, 5 p.m. -JH Foolbail at Chandler. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. - Perkins Masonic Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk. Oct. 29, 6a30 p.m. - Perkins Planning Commission & Flood Plain Board meetings, City Hall Annex. Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. - HS Football at Dewey. Oct. 31 - Halloween Oct. 31 - Monster Mash, elementary school gym. Nov. 1 - Daylight Saving -time ends Nov. 1,4 p.m. - Perkins- Tryon POSSE meeting, high school commons. Nov. 1,6 p.m. - Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Perkins VFW Post, Sadler Rd. Nov. 2, 7 p.m. - Perkins 4-H, Evans Ag Cornl ex Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m. - Perkins V.EW. Post #7322 & Ladies Auxiliary mee ngs. Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m.- Monthly city-wide siren test (weather perm Ung) NDEX People .................. A2 Obituaries ............. A2 Opinions ............... A4 School .................. A9 Sports .................. 131 -B4 History .................. C3 Church .................. C4 Comics .................. C6 Classifieds ........... 135-B7 THE JOURNAL I]ll!l!U!UIII!!! J !)11113 A Summer Jamison Rudd' s mission trip to Africa. Destinations & Travel - C1 Gettin' Kicks On Route 66 Perkins 4-H Club takes a road trip. School- A7 By Michelle Charles ODOT Division Engineer Journal Staff Writer Casey Shell said. A highway project that offi- ODOT developed a con- cials say will help the City of ceptual design 15 to 20 years Perkins will come at a cost to ago that would have bypassed four homeowners and three downtown Perkins at S.H. 33 businesses that will lose part and removed some curves of their land. from US- 177 south of Perkins. They and their supporters he said. attended last week's Perkins Shell said as he understood City Commission meeting to it, the plan was rejected by express their feelings about city leaders and downtown that. merchants afraid of the effect The Oklahoma Department on businesses in Perkins. of Transportation has been The current plan involves working on plans to improve improving the intersection at US-177 for at least 20 years. US-177 and S.H. 33, creating a 12 acre water detention basin at the southwest comer of the intersection and installing a 24 inch underground drainage pipe to drain excess water to the Cimarron River. The highway, which is known as Main St. in Perkins. will be widened for mile from the comer to include right and left turn lanes as it enters the north end of town. Turn lanes will alleviate traf- fic congestion and make turn- ing left off Main St. safer. "People won't have to worry about being rear-ended when Flu shots offered in S Seasonal flu shots will be shots in the drive-thru clinic. "We have been asked to givenatthePerkinsSeniorCiti- "I hope people will be patient target school-aged kids," she zens Center. Thursday, (Xn. 22, and understanding," said said. from 9-11:30 a-m.. and from Annette O'Connor, Adminis- Healthy school aged children. 1-4 p.m. at the Glencoe Senior trative Director of the Payne 2 to 18 years old. will receive Citizens Center. The vaccine County Health Department. the nasal flu mist. while chil- will be administered by Payne "The vaccine is available, you dren with chronic health con- County Health Department just have to find it."ditions - athsma, bronccitis. nurses and was donated by O'Connor said they have etc. will receive the injectible Stillwater Medical Center. given about 3,000 doses in vaccine. Sfillwater Medical Center's their clinics, which represents The Health Department's annual drive-thru flu shot about 80 percent oftheir annual flu clinics in Stillwater are clinic has been cancelled due flu shot supply, offered Mondays and Fridays to a shortage of vaccine. In O'Connor said the H1N1from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., as long the past SMC and the Payne vaccine is coming in small as the vaccine is available. In County Health Department increments and they have given Cushing the flu clinic is offered administered about 7.500 flu about 400 doses so far. Fridays from 8 a-m. to 6 p.m. they stop to tum left." Shell said. Becky Jones said she didn't understand why the bypass wasn't still being considered. "It kills your downtown but town will always be there." she said the night of the commis- sion meeting. "There will still See PROTEST Page A3 An Editorial vu In March 1980, a meeting was held in Perkins to discuss an improvement project to Perkins Main Street. The $1.2 million project included widening Main Street from SH33 to Kirk Street, installing curbs and gutters for eight blocks through town, and installation of a storm sewer system alleviating most of our community's drain- age issues. However, at the meeting a couple of Main Street business owners spoke up against the project saying construction would hurt their businesses and called it a 'waste of money." Sen. Bob Murphy and State Highway Director R. D. Ward told the group, "If the community does not want the improvements, there are numerous other places the money could be spent." And that's exactly what happened, thanks to the selfish interests of a few people. Fast forward to October 2009, and again a meeting is held in Perkins to discuss improvements to Perkins Main Street. The project now stands at $8 million but doesn't include the new downtown streetscape. Again, a few property owners stand up and voice their opposition to the project for selfish and self-serving reasons. In a letter to the editor published in The Journal a few weeks ago, these individuals stated the citizens of Perkins don't understand the project and they" are doubtful that this is an improvement." They say the project will benefit See EDITORIAL, Page A3 By Cindy Sheets waiting for the bomb squad to 911 was made at appmxi- local, county and state law ofthe call from phone records. Contributing Writer fromOHP."Ramseysaid, mately 6:30 a.m. and law enforcement and emergency Even though the caller had Twolocaljuveniles have teen Galt said deparmaent protocol enforcement officers cleared responders, They got here a blocked phone number. arrested formaking an alleged for a bomb threat incident calls the area by around 9:30 that quickly and were very profes- officers obtained a subpoena bomb threat to Perkins-Tryon for an assist request to the morning, sional. I think the local police to ask AT&T for the phone Schools last week. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Ramsey noted he is grateful did a great job handling this." records which identified P-T Superintendent James bomb squad, the call was reported before Hensley said officers were the phone number and even Ramsey confirmed that a "qhey'll bring out their tech- bus drivers headed out on their able to determine the origin See BOMB, Page A3 school bus driver received nicianandbomb-sniffingdogs routes. He also said he is glad the alleged threat to blow up and walk through the area to the bus barn is not located near Parent Portal Available her bus. see if explosive devices can any of the school campuses. The bus driver, Brenda Perry, be detected." he said. "Once so it was relatively simple to Parents of students attending Perkins-Tryon schools discoveredtheallegedthreaton they're satisfied there is no secure the area. can pick up passwords to access the school's Parent her voicemail at approximately threat of explosives, they let In addition to Perkins Police Portal website during parent/teacher conferences this 6:30a.m.Wednesdaymoming, us know the area has been Department and OHP. Per- Thursday and Friday. The Parent Portal allows par- Oct. 14. The call was received cleared." kins Emergency Management. ents to access their student's grades and attendance Tuesday evening. An OHP bomb technician Payne County Emergency records. Passwords can only be given in person, not Perry immediately called gl 1 to arrived on scene with two Management. and the Payne over the phone, and are available in the office of each report the threat. That call went bomb-sniffing dogs and County Sheriff's office also schoolsite. Parent/teacher conferences are being held to the Payne County Sheriffs quickly inspected the scene, responded to help handle the Thursday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday from office dispatch, which relayed finding no explosives, threat. 8 to 11 a.m. the information to the Perkins Ramsey said the initial call Ramsey said. "I want to thank Police Department. Perkins Police Sgt. Jason Galt said t.ecityimmediately United Way Campaign in full swing implemented its emergency plan to handle such an inci- By Cindy Sheets towards our Perkins goal," Payne County Bank will host Scouts.Girl Scouts. Legal Aid dent. Contributing Writer Wollenberg said Monday a Halloween costume contest of Oklahoma. Smart Start.and Gait said Officer Michael This year's Stillwater Area morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Consumer Credit Counseling Pearson was the first officer to United Way fund drive is well It's not too late to contribute: Friday, Oct. 30. The public Services. respond to the bus barn. where underway and the Perkins there are lots more local fund- is invited to drop by the bank "This week we would like he found one staff memberat community is busily working raising events planned, and vote for their favorite cos- to highlight the Stillwater work. Pearson evacuated the toward its $24,000 goal. "Each person or business tume by making a donation to Domestic Violence Service." barn, and began securing the Perkins Division Co-chairs making a donation will get United Way. Wollenberg said. "This scene to prevent any other Gene Wollenberg and Chris their name in a weekly draw- Bank employees will also agency provides comprehen- school staff members from Petermann said the local drive ing" for exciting prizes, Wol- have Jack-O-Lanterns for sale sive, confidential services to entering the area- was kicked off in September lenberg said. Prizes include on Friday, Oct. 30, and Samr- those dealing with domestic Ramsey said the morning bus with the annual Day of Caring. several gift sets from Bath day, Oct_ 31. All proceeds will violence and sexual assault." mutes were immediately can- That day, local volunteers and Body Works, gift cards go to United Way. Parenting skills, education celed. He then notified local spiffed up the yards oftwo Per- from area restaurants, and This year's Stillwater and reliefnursery services are and state media, following the kins residents and also pitched children's toys. Area United Way goal is available at the Parents Assis- same procedure that the school in at the Oklahoma Territorial The drawings will be held $800,000. tanceCenter, ll5E.Fourthin system uses during inclement Plaza on North Main Street. through November. Tickets Wollenberg encourages area Stillwater. For more irdbrma- weather. This year, the annual Pistol for the drawings may also be residents to support the drive tion about SDVS, call (405) Perkins ChiefofPoliceSteve Pete 5K Run and l mile Fun purchased. Tickets are $5 each because Stillwater Area 377-2344, or its 24-Hour Hensley said officers cordoned Run designated $1,700 in orfive tickets for $20. United Way supports 24 Crisis Line (800) 624-3020. off the area surrounding the event proceeds to UnitedWay. Only one prize per donor, and agencies that provide a wide For a complete list of bus barn, blocked all acces- The mn was held during Old you do not need to be present variety of services for people Stillwater Area United Way sible entrances and re-routed Settlers' Day festivities on to win. of all ages, including services agencies, or more informa- traffic. Saturday, Sept. 26. Last weeks prize winnerwas to Perkins residents, tion about United Way, visit "When I showed up, they had "At this time I can safely James Ramsey. Watch the Those agencies include the still vatemnitedway.org, or theareacordonedoffandwere say we have banked $6,200 paper each week for winners. American Red Cross. Boy ca11(405)377-2161. ) q