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f i / PRESS ASSOCIATION November 20, 1997 WINNING NEWSPAPER ome news owners FA OFOKLAHOMA Volume: 108 expected: Off-track wagering site probable 0 Clark Perkins Journal has three Payne County will be presenting a rto the county clerk to be- process of circulating a to bring pari-mutuel to a vote. petitioners will also "letter of intention" to County Board of Corn- "in the next day or Cruse of Stilhvater Story of Perkins, both to the .Journal Tues- day evening that they were a part of the pari-mutuel betting proposition. Cruse is a longtime race horse owner in the Perkins area and has been an advocate for pari-mutuel horse racing in the state for many years. Story is also a horse owner and a trainer as well as the presi- dent of the Oklahoma Division of the llorsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (OH- BPA). OHBPA, based in Oklahoma City, is an association who's !,e~.in:: Trvon ;;0~,,,I [,-'ri,! ~,l~;e,J en lhc- lqq(.' C(nsH5 --- Poad~ ~ P,ver m F'-T school district "Zones" for February board ' Zone 3, which is south of the Cimarron River, is now held Brown of Tryon date for school members are horse owners and trainers who want to promote the industry. Leon Turnbow, Cushing, has also confirmed that he will be a part of the petition. "We know that we won't get a track here (in Payne County), but if it passes we would be look- ing at an off-track betting site," Turnbow said. "furnbow, who has been ill the "business since 1 q68" said he thought the proposition would help the county as well as the horse-owner. Part of the "handle" or to- tal money bet goes toward gen- erating larger purses at the track. The better the purses for by Rick Clark Oklahoma Lt. Governor Mary Fallin will be presenting community leaders with an of- ficial Certified Cities plaque, flag and highway signs, at a recep- tion Friday, December 5, 1:45- 2:45 p.m., at.l, he.Accordion House Bed and Breakfast, Jo Atwood, co-chairperson of the Perkins Certified Cities commit- tee announced. Big plans are underway to give a special welcome to the Lt. Governor including a police es- the horse-owner the better the quality of horses. "The trainers and owners go where they can make more money," he said. If Payne County voters should approve the proposition, one percent of the total money bet at a local off-track site, is split between the city. counW. and the state. 45 percent of it goes to the county, 45 percent to the city, and ten percent to the state auditor's office. "I think it would be a good deal for the county," Turnbow said. "They are always looking for revenue to fix the roads and bridges." According to the pari- mutuel advocates, the economic impact for other cities and coun- ties who have off-track wager- ing sites has been substantial. For example: Enid in two years has split $61,450.70; Lawton- $123,134.34; and Elk City- $58,596.58. To bring the issue to a vote, the oetitioners would have to have ten percent of the regis- tered voters in the count)' as sig- natories within qO days. There are approximately 47,567 reg- istered voters in Payne County. If the petition signatures are valid, an election date would then be set, probably at the same time as another election date such as a runoff or primary for 1998 races. to at~ ties reception cort, a key to the city, autographed books about Perkins and Pistol Pete, a bou- quet, and other gifts. The public is urged to attend the reception and join in the fes- tivities. Merchants and residents will also have "Welcome" signs in their windows. The Perkins Police Depart- ment will escort Fallin from Whistle Stop II to the Accordion House where she will be met with music provided by the Perkins-Tryon High Midnight Regiment. December 1-5 will be de- clared as "Certified Cities Week" in Perkins by Mayor Randy Hall. Hall will present Fallin with a "Key To The City" at the recep- tion. Fallin will also be presented with a basket of unique gifts from local merchants and a bou- quet of flowers. The presentation is ex- pected to be filmed by state tele- vision news organizations, Atwood said. election December 1 filing date for persons in Zone 3 of the Perkins-Tryon :ation is December 1-3 for the February 10 election. must live within Zone 3 and be a registered voter within for at least six months. registered voters throughout the district will vote on the but the candidate must come from within Zone 3. That y held by Dwight Brown of Tryon. of Zone 3 outlines the area, but for those prospective who want a detailed legal description of Zone 3 can from the Payne County Election Board or from the office. prospective candidate must file at the Payne County Elec- Attorney General Drew Edmondson was at The Perkins Journal in Perkins Thursday as part of a statewide tour to visit district attorneys, court clerks and county clerks about new laws which will effect their of- rices. Edmondson stopped by the office of District Attorney Rob- ert Hudson to discuss the sweep- ing cllatiges ill criminal law that will take effect as a result of the passage of a truth-in-sentencing bill. The bill passed the Okla- homa legislature last session. "The ramifications of the truth-in-sentencing bill are not completely clear," Edmondson said. "But it is clear that all of the current criminal punish- ments are going to be repealed under this measure, and that is going to complicate the job that district attorneys do. As we have done on many other is- sues, I plan for our offices to work closely together to moni- tor the bill's effect and when necessary, to communicate our observations to the legislature." Edmondson also reviewed e on the effects of the state and fed- eral legislation designed to speed up the death penalty ap- peals process. "We worked hard and were able to pass death penalty ap- peals reform at the state level two years ago, and in Congress ' last year," Edmondson said. "We are now seeing the fruits of our labor. It is important for me to communicate with district attorneys about how the re- forms are working, since my of- rice does the appeal on every death penalty case." Edmondson also visited with the offices of County Clerk Sherri Schieffer and Court Clerk Lisa Lambert on his visit to the Payne County Courthouse. "The legislature, at my urg- ing, passed an important bill making it a felony to file false liens in state court," Edmondson said. "Anti-government groups, such as We the People, are fil- ing hundreds of these false liens in state court against public of- ficials under the cloak of law. They are simply tools of harass- ment, and are draining the re- e tour Drew Edmondson sources of our courts to process. "I took to the clerks' offices today a notice to be posted in the courthouse, advising people that the filing or attempted fil- ing of sham legal process is ille- gal, and will not be tolerated," Edmondson said. Edmondson toured all 27 district attorneys' districts two years ago. This tour will take him to all 77 counties. 1/'FW and Auxiliary members have "adopted" the Perkins Shown above are Red Cheek and Ollie and Oor with a slide set donated by the VFW. During Veteran's ies last Tuesday, Perkins VFW Commander Dale %ted that the local post has donated over $8,000 to causes. (Editor's Note: This is the 15th chapter of "Campfire Tales" that is being seen by the gen- eral public for the first time. Frank Eaton's daughter, Eleizabeth Wise has been pains- takingly-in longhand-getting the handwritten manuscript ready for Journal readers to enjoy-Rick) Copyright 1997 by Elizabeth Wise and Mac Welch. An adventure by Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton I was coming in from Uncle Nick Eaton's old ranch on Run- ning Water Creek in northwest Texas. I was riding light, in no hurry, as there was nothing in sight for me to do. All I wanted was to get back to the Territory that summer or fall and try and winter at home. My horse was in good shape and a good easy riding one. We both knew each other very well. In fact, al- though he was 8 years old, I could bank on old Bowlegs to always be ready for any and all kinds of service, and we were making 40 to 50 miles a day. I came in through Buffalo Gap and on to Abiline and laid over 2 or 3 days to visit around, and let old Bowlegs rest, then rode on to Fort Worth on the Trinity. story I found some of the old boys there and we sure had a good time for a few days. Then I went on to the Washita at Fort Cobb. I ran into my old friend, Charley Chism, chief of the Indian Police, and my old friend Wa-Shin-Ka-Sapa and he insisted that I go to his lodge and live with him for awhile. So, as Charley wanted me to help them keep a bunch of young men of the tribe from stealing some ponies from the Kiowas and Comanches up on the Ca- nadian, as it would start trouble among the tribes and bring out the soldiers from Fort Reno. Community Thanksgiving service Saturday Everyone is invited to the Annual Perkins Community Thanksgiving Service and dinner scheduled for this Saturday, November 22, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The dinner is free and any donations received will be used for the mission work of the church. Annual Lost Creek Bazaar "Home for the Holidays" is the theme for this year's Lost Creek Bazaar that will be held at the church Satur- day, November 22 from 8- 2:45. It's a great opportunity to purchase special holiday gifts such as home-made quilts and arts and crafts, baked goods, candies, and lots more. (see ad on page 7 for more details). Ripley 4-H/FFA Benefit Dinner this Saturday The Ripley $-H and FFA Booster Club will hold a smoked pork chop dinner and benefit auction at the new Payne County Fair- grounds (:onlnlunity' Build- ing on Saturday, November 22, The meal will start at 5:00 p,m. and will by served until 6:30 p.m. when the auction starts. The cost of tile meal will be $S.00 for adults and $3.00 for chil- dren 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased from and Ripley 4-H or FFA member or at the door. Items to be auctioned are being donated by area businesses, individuals, and Ripley 4-H and FFA mem- bers. Items include: 1 regis- tered Simmental heifer, ceil- ing fan various hand tools, gift certificates, weekend getaways, dinners service and maintenance items, crafts hay of all kinds, feed and much, much more. The money generated will go to support the Rip- Icy 4-H and FFA member's livestock programs this year which will culminate at the county premium sale next March. Come out and support the young people and their projects and enjoy a fun- filled night with a great meal! For more information call Bob Mitchell, 918-372- 4245 (Days) or 918-372- 4647 (Evenings); Ruth Bridenstine, 405-466-2691; Linda Amey, 405-372-3332; Denny Chapman, 918-372- 4338; or Imogene Stanford, 405-372-2730, You are front page news to us! Your subscription is im- portant to us. Thanks go to the following who renewed or started a subscription to The Perkins ,lournal: Robert & Nancy Hilley, Perkins .Jack& Linda Bow- yer, Perkins Carolyn Gar- rison, Elk City Overhead Door of Stilhvater, Stfllwater , Roger McMillian, Stillwa- ter A.J. Thompson, Stillwa- ter Stillwater Medical Cen- ter, Stillwater Bill & Judy Scott, Perkins Bill & Ruby Disney, Spring Branch, Tx. B.D. Evans, Wellston from Dora Mercer, Perkins The Wells Agency, Stillwater If you would like to have the Perkins Journal mailed to your home, please see page two. continues J That was one thing they did not want to do. The lodges on the Washita~ were known as the Affiliated: Bands. They were Kaws, Dela-: wares, Cherokees, Q.uapaws, Caddos, and others. Jim Bobs was Chief and Jasper Exendine was Sub Chief. They were both down in Mexico, and a Winnebago, Little Elk, took this time to gain a name for himself,.~ by raiding the Kiowas and steal- ing some of their ponies. There were plenty of warriors ready and willing, and the old man Washinka Sapa and Charley;I Continued on Page 2