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NO. 7 Bob Evans be a year Tues- Perkins-Tryon district voters the polls and defeated (327 783 No) a bond issue. that a patrons of the concerns t a meeting of the as to "where" and has not jelled later--even public evaluation of those joining are just as ~in their stand to- were a year at the same school ad- lays plans temporary and con- r teachers down the hall- teach students in classrooms in- of bringing the to them. date for the school board have been set to l Monday, Decem- and close at 5 Deeem- !Board position up this year is !now being held by Robinette. school election will on Tuesday, 22, 1985. Voters opportunity on school board if a contest and the regular levies that are to conduct the of school each millage levies in- 10 mill local levy; the 5 mill levy and the 5 levy. for the school Post is open the days of the of December 10 with protests possible ).m. on Friday, 15. Filing is at the county board office in at Still- b fee re- for school board must voters lie- the school will be a day earlier i week so can observe :too, and all readers will their eapy of The by Wednes- the regular date was (Thursday), people would their Journal or Satur- are phum- t news items or ts for Thanksgiving issue, please that it will to have in a day ear- at 5p.m. classifieds 12 in advance cooperation. The enrollment con- tinges to grow. Resi- dences owned by the school are being used as classrooms, and although effort is being made to provide maintenance on buildings, no major overhaul is being plann- ed until voters are ready to make a decision on new construction. Financially, the school's position con- tinues to improve somewhat with the bond- ed indebtedness being paid down providing more funds for a new pro- ject if voters someday approve. The reserve and surplus stays about the same level with $600,000 plus available to add to the bond money. It is thought the district can put together a building package totaling $1,250,- 000 plus, as compared to $1,045,000 a year ago. The first proposal, re- jected on November 22 last year, was con- structed as follows: $780,000 bonds, plus reserve funds, plus some The same dates for fil- ing apply to the Indian Meridian Vo-Tech elec- tion. That election will be held the same d&y as the local election. Dist. 2 is the Board post up for election, and is in the Guthrie area. A can- didate must be a resident of the District up for elec- tion to be eligible to file. -O- Christmas Program is December 6 Many community and school organizations are working together again this year to present the annual Community Christmas program on Thursday evening, Dc cember 6, in front of the City Hall. Coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce, various organizations and groups contribute their time and material to making the program happen. The program will in- clude the reading of the real Christmas story .from the Bible, Christ- mas music and Christ- mas carols, lighting of the nativity "scene, lighting of the big com- munity Christmas tree and a visit by Santa Claus. Preceding the pro- gram, the Chamber of Commerce will have a chili supper for the com- munity at the Lions building, with proceeds going to the new media center at the Perkins Middle School. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The supper will be over in time for everyone to at- tend the program at 7 p.m. The city hall area will be equipped with bleach- ers so seating will be available. Jeanne Hall is coordi- nating the activities for. the Chamber, with Patty Johnson and Kristy Will- ingham assisting her. A list of the organizations taking part will be pul lished in the near future. -O- News and Views of the Cimarron Valley J Perkins, Payne County. Oklahoma - USPS 428040" $45,000 interest earned on bonds, for a total of $1,045,000. The original plan called for a high school building con- sisting of 17 classrooms, constructed on a 115 acre site owned by the school district on Highway 33 northeast of Perkins. The project was to be a first phase to establish a complete high school plant on the site, which would include a future gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium and band and ag rooms. The new high school would have freed up 16 classrooms at the v est side of Perkins campus which would be utilized by the elementary and middle school. The mid- die school would have ex- panded into the present high school building, and the elementary class- rooms would spread into the gymnasium wing and classroom space in the addition constructed some four years ago. Opposition developed. Opposition zeroed in on the location of the school property on Highway 33 and the lack of community involve- ment when the property was purchased at an estate auction; also, the fear of abandoning pre- sent facilities, and criticism for not keeping present buildings in bet- ter shape and updated; the desire by many patrons to develop new elementary facilities rather than high school facilities; and charges that the board failed to follow the recommenda- tions of the citizens. study committee. Ironically, even a year later there is evidence that school district voters are aware that more classrooms and facilities are needed. The enrollment problem is the same, with the ad- ministration enrolling new students right along. There are still severe scheduling problems in all areas of the schools, with classes filled to capacity and numerous classes being held in residential property, and many'teachers floating their classes with no per- manent classroom space. In the intervening year, three factions have developed with a fourth standing by. One group wants an elementary plant constructed. Another group wants a high school plant built. A third group is divided on location and draws from both of the other fac- tions. This group builds their strength on where the buildings will be built. There are those wl o do not want the new plant built on the 115 acres owned by the school district, purchas- ed some three years ago for $200,000 from the Clara Wirz estate. They would rather see the school built on approx- imately 16 acres just east of the new Methodist Church on Kirk Avenue. Another group feels the board of education is on the right track by having purchased enough acres (I 15) to provide adequate space for the future, and wants the new school built on the Highway 33 property purchased for that purpose. The "where" factions organized and circulated petitions with the Kirk Avenue location and the Highway 33 location garnering about an equal number of signatures. A group then evolved who are promoting the con- struction of a high school instead of a grade school, which they say would free up the Perkins old campus for development into an elementary. Each faction has representa- tion on the board of education. Compromises were at- tempted, and a trade was put together, offering to trade half of the acreage on Highway 33 for acre- age on Kirk Avenue, with an elementary school be- ing constructed on Kirk Avenue, and a gym- nasium, to serve as a nucleus for a future high school, being built on the NATIONAL FFA MEATS CONTEST WINNERS The Perkins-Tryon Meats Judging Team above placed third in the nation at the Kansas City National FFA Meat Judging contest. Guy Gill was 4th high individual in the nation. Rick Mahar was 10th high and Brian Kucko, 16th. Members of the Oklahoma FFA State Meats Team met recently with Special Project Sponsors of the contest {left to righ0 Mr. Michael D. Van Ess, Fresh Meats Purchasing Manager, Oscar Mayer Foods, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin and Mr. Robert Wells, Vice President, Pork and Beef Divi- sion, Gso. A. Hormel & Co., Austin, Minnesota. The team was one of 38 FFA teams participating in the National FFA Meats Judging Contest at the 57th National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Members of the team are {left to right): Bryan Kucko, Rick Mahar, Guy Gill, and Tony Epperson, team alternate. They were accompanied by their Advisor/Coach, Paul H. Evans of Perkins, Oklahoma. In what surprised many political observers, Perkins voters went heavily against incum- bent Rep. Tom Hall (Dem.), to help elect his Republican challenger, Mike Morris. Morris won Represen- for Patrick Miller (Rep.). Senator David Boren got the nod in Perkins, Payne County and all 77 counties. Perkins voted 812 for Boren, 276 for Crozier, and 15 for Mur- phy. Countywide, Boren garnered 20,405 votes, tative District 33 seat giving up 7,007 votes to 6747 to 5732. Hall, a retired highway patrol- man, won the office two years ago. Perkins voted 610 for Morris and 494 for Hall. Perkins voters general- ly followed the trend of the rest of the county, state and country. Locally they went for incumbents. County Clerk Sherri Schieffer {Dem) won in the county and in Perkins. Perkins voted 645 for Mrs. Schieffer, and 407 for Ken Maxwell. Schieffer won county-wide 16,307 to 10,448. In the Congressional race, Perkins voters went heavily for Congressman Wee Watkins, 604 to 337. Watkins won in the county, 16,277 to 8,888 Crozier and 441 to the Libertarian candidate, Murphy. In the Corporation Commission racd, Per- kins voters cast 568 votes for Townsend, 523 for Tom Guild, and 18 for Regier. Countywide, Townsend was defeated, with Guild getting 13, 695, and Townsend 13,110. Regier got 744 votes. Statewide, Town- send won re-election with a fair margin. Perkins voters went heavily for Reagan, casting 808 votes for the President. Mondale received 302 votes,, and the Libertarian can- didate 6. Countywide, Reagan received 20,211 votes, Mondale 7,653, and the Libertarian can- didate 184. Perkins voters blasted all ten state questions with no votes, but the county was more selec- tive, with several of them passing in Payne Coun- ty, but all going down to defeat in the state except one. Here is how Payne County voted on State Questions: SQ 570 (Allow Tulsa and Oklahoma Counties to vote 3 mills to support county parks; Yes, 20,939 No, 16,241 SQ 571 {Let legislators change state law to allow injured workers to sue employers as well as receive workers compen- sation awards.) Yes, 14,320 No, 12,658 SQ 572 {Would raise from 10 to 15 percent of assessed property value for the building equip- ment bonding limit of a school district.) Yes, 14,829 No, 12,181 SQ 573 {Permit voters of a county to levy an addi- tional 5 mill tax.) Yes, 12,711 No, 14,271 SQ 574 {Eliminate the present requirement that voters of a city, town or county must give ap- proval before public utili- ty bonds may be issued.) Yes, 10,155 No, 16,487 SQ 575 {Would permit voters of a county to9 authorize an added 31/2 mill tax to provide medical care for poor persons.) Yes, 12,219 No, !4,659 {Continued on Page 3) New Residents Those who have made a deposit for water ser- vice at the city building during the past week are: Vivian Turner, 313 NW 3rd St.; Mark Murphy, 214 SE 3rd St.; C. B. Stout, 322 Stumbo; Carol Rae Dean, 103 S. Sharp Street. "O" THOUG OFTHE "Tolerance is the only reel test of civilization." Sir Arthur Hdps THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1984 Highway 33 property. A situation at Tryon has fourth faction developed . stabilized, and enroll- who said they would be ment is down slightly if against that plan, and said it would be watering down available construc- tion money to attempt to do both projects. Everything moved back to square one, and the parties involved in the trade withdrew or re- jected offers. In the meantime, school board members continue to talk con- struction project, with spokesmen promoting a new high school, and others promoting a new elementary school. At the last board meet- ing, discussion included classroom dimensions and space needed in either an elementary or a high school. These were compared to per foot con- struction costs. But "where",t and "what" is stil not resolved. In the meantime, Supt. Larry Gill points out that enrollment con- tinues to increase. The anFthing, but in Perkins it continues to grow. Two temporary classrooms were constructed last summer at a cost of over $I0,000. Drivers Educa, tion is being held in the Chesmore house, and Gifted classes in the lit- tle red house down the street from the Home Ec cottage. All classrooms are bulging, especially in middle school and ele- mentary. Many teachers have not found home- rooms, and their classes consists of a cart they push from room to room. The board has gone back over all the figures and developed new ones. They hired an appraiser who evaluated all avail- able property in the are& They entertained the idea of doing a district survey, but put that pro- ject on hold. They have their architects evalua- ting and studying all angles of nst_ruction, {Continued on Page Bob and Yvonne Evans, who owned the majority stock in Western Periodicals, Inc., publishers of True West~Frontier Times, Old West and Hunter's Frontier Times magazines, have sold their interests to the minority stockholders and are no longer associ. ated with the magazines. The magazines were 'purchased from the Krause Corporation of Iola, Wisconsin, on March 1, of last year, and moved to Perkins in May. The administrative offices were in downtown Perkins, and the editorial offices and warehouse were located I lA miles north of the Nine Mile Corner on Highway 177. The magazines will continue to operate at the rural Perkins ad- dress. The majority Stockholders are a group of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Stillwater investors. The magazines employ a staff" of eight. They are distributed nationally by mail subscriptions and newsstand distribution. The last issue boasted a distribution of 110,000 copies. The Evanses, who also publish the PerIdnsJour. nal, the Central Rural News, The Daily Report BuMness Digest, and Evans Publications {book publishers) said it was a physical impossi- bility to actively divide their attention over such a broad spectrum of pub- lishing projects, so reluc- tantly opted to sell their stock in the magazine properties when the minority interests in- dicated a willingness to purchase them. "Although we found magazine publishing ex- citing and different, we've been rural weekly newspaper publishers~)r nearly 30 years, and feel more comfortable pureu- ing those interest 0ur book publishing business continues to grow and needs our attention, too." they said. Evans added, "We are confident that the magazines are on solid ground in Oklahoma and in Perkins, and the new owners are interested in making them even bet- ter. We look for them to show a healthy growth under the new owner- ship." The typesetting,and darkroom equipment was sold in the transaction, so The Journal will be setting in different equip- ment over the next 30 to 60 days. I Community Thanksgiving Service ToBe Held Sunday, November 18 The annual'Community Thanksgiving Service will'be Sunday night, November 18th, at 7:00 p.m. The sez- vice will be held at the First Baptist Church, 500 E. Knipe. This year's set ,ce will include music perforated by a special commaniW yonth choir led by Mrs. Rusalee Taylog and a Thanks$iving mc~alge by Bro. David Raines, pastor of the A ,mbly e( God church. Tbet will be rdreshn 'nu mva/immcdindy f llow- ing the m ce. Plan now on ininiag together u a commuiq, November tath. for this TIn Wouhip Service. The Thanl~ving community service is azranll~ by the Ninimt Alliaace ef " .... III I I I I III1[ IIIII ~