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Just a Line More By Bob Evans If you haven't done your shopping, you be thinking about it, Christmas is almost here. XXXX We would like to advise VOL. 88 NO. 12 News and Views of the Cimarron Valley PERKINS JOURNAL PERKINS, PAYNE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 74059 20 cents THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1977 correspondents, ad- and those who ht have news for the next issues of The Journal, post office and many be closed the after Christmas and Monday after New It will be necessary to bail copy early those weeks, some advertising calls will be made early. Many items, especially those mail- ed Monday on the routes, ould not arrive in time for Honday's deadline. Thanks in advance for your this matter. XXXX Perkins farmers are man- the picket lines at City stockyards. m that Palmer shift. He complaining at Lions that he picketed all day and his friends didn't he even got out of bed 10 or 11 in the morning. a cause one in often brings new habits. XXXX A lot of the farm strike is coming from and that is good. I've always liked Perkins--right or you can practice what believe and folks will it, and still be XXXX There are a lot of beautiful decorations about If you haven't yet, get some evening and drive streets and you'll be XXXX Last week in this column discussed the metric stating our person. I Frankly, we didn't just exactly how the was fairing over the States, until we ran this editorial in an daily news- The Christian Science The editorial re- President Carter's of 17 members i the U.S. Metric Board by Congress in signals the start of the effort to convince join most of the world in relying on measurements. The which has no enforce- is charged with and coordinating a public conversion !the metric system. But if developments are a what's to come, the Board obviously still a big selling job on its editorial continues: most big U.S. that do business already have made switch...Americans are little enthusi- Much of the opposition simply resistance to conversion in the and business com- tuities no doubt will tinue to occur quietly. when it comes to football Ids or convincing house- res to buy hamburger by !kilogram and motorists to of gasoline in liters toad of gallons--these are everyday changes that truly tax the Metric 's powers of persua- a. Progress in this area Y be difficult to measure g any scale." o, there you have what is idered to be aa accurate Farmer Strike office I ere is providing state with leadership A local group of the American Agriculture Move- ment has established a Strike office in Perkins. The office is located in the Harland Wells building just south of The Journal office. The office has been desig- nated as headquarters for coordinating the strike efforts in the Perkins and Payne County area. Local farmers and ranch- ers have been spending shift time in Oklahoma City manning the picket line at the Oklahoma City Stock Yards. Several have also become involved in the state and regional leadership of the strike effort and have been utilizing their time around the state and in neighboring states discus- sing the issues with interest- ed farming groups. Ken Close, local farmer, has been instrumental in attending organizational meetings in Oklahoma and nearby states, as has Jerry Sadler. Sadler and Close flew to Denver last week to attend a strategy and support meeting. Most Perkins area mer- chants have permitted signs supporting the strike to be : i placed on their store fronts. Four major agricultural related businesses are spon- soring a page ad in this week's Journal to attract attention to the plight the American economy may be in if prices farmers receive for their products are not adjusted upward. According to Wayne Allen who is helping with the strike headquarters, a local speaker supplied information for some 22 meetings that were held in Texas Monday. Tuesday night local farm leaders went to Billings where they met with United States Senator Henry Bell- men at his home there. Arrangements are being made for them to meet with Governor Boron. A.D. Mercer came by The Journal office to show the editor his new leg that is two weeks old. Even though he is still using one cane slightly, he is learning fast and has even arranged a foot race with local constable Lee Crawford for the 4th of July. (Crawford also sports a mechanical leg.) A.D. wrote a little poem about his new leg--' 'As you're walking down the road of life/It's just "another piece of cake/All you need is one God-given leg/And another one that is fakel" Mercer lost his leg recently after he scalded it in an industrial accident. Free movie, drawing, mystery shopper on tap The Chamber of Cam-" merce Christmas Sbopp!ng will be free popcorn for all movie goers. The Chamber Program will finish up Thursday evening (tonight) of Commerce would suggest with mystery shoppers, a that parents bring their free movie and popcorn and children to the movie while a drawing for three $10 gift they do their Christmas certificates.  shopping in Perkins stores Downtown shoppers that will be open that Thursday evening should be evening. The show should .alert to identify the "Mys- start at 7 p.m. and will be tery Shoppers" that have over at 8:lS p.m. been appointed by the A drawing for three $10 Chamber of Commerce. gift certificates will be held Each of the m)stery shop- at 8 p.m. on Perkins Main Street. Tickets that have pers will have at least one been given through the past league'l;a'seball eam. id ................. ..... The Chamber of Corn- three weeks by participating merchants are still eligible for the gift certificate drawing. The winners of Thursday and Saturday drawings were: Thursday--Charlene Con- ner and Chris Johnson. Saturday--Kathy Motts, Roxie Kent, Richard Grimm and Rosalee Stafford. Several hundred kiddies turned out for the appear- ance of Santa Saturday morning on Perkins Main Street. The annual visit is sponsored by the Lions Club. Santa had sacks of candy for all the children. merce voted at their Monday morning meeting not to meet for two weeks, the Monday following Christmas and New Years. A letter will be sent members before the January 9 meeting. Larry Navarrette reported at Monday's meeting that the town faces a problem with inadequate water sup- ply and distribution for fire fighting services. A report will be given to the city next month. The fire department Public offices will close Monday The bank, post office, city offices and Courthouse, as well as some business establishments will be closed o, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2, in observgnee of Christmas on Sunday, December 25, and New Years on Sunday, January 1. Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club meetings ordinarily held on Monday, will also be recessed on those two days. The city council meeting ordinarily scheduled for the first Monday of the month, will be held on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the city hall. The school board meeting $10 gift certificate they will give to the first person that asks if they are the mystery shopper. Several different ones have agreed to serve as a mystery shopper and will be in Perkins stores begin- ning at 7 p.m. Thursday evening (tonight). Also at 7 p.m. at the Lions Den will be a free movie and popcorn for the children (and the adults, too if they have their shopping all done). The feature picture will be a 70 minute film entitled, "Roe- gins Bump", a story about a young lad who has miracu- lous baseball abilities that is signed up to play on a big ordinarily scheduled for the ran tests on city fire hydrants first Monday of the month, and found them grossly inadequate, some of the fire hydrants not even register- ing on the pressure gauges. Some fire hydrants did not function, and others leaked so badly they will freeze up when it gets cold this winter. Those present for Mon- day's meeting include J. D. and Evelyn Anderson, Larry and Carol Navarrette, Louis Shulte, John Bowyer, Rich- ard Murray, Bob Evans, Alvin Olson, Ruby Disney and Mattie Lee Thompson. -0- will be held on Wednesday, January. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Perkins stolen checks are costly The Perkins Police Depart- ment and Payne County Sheriff's office are working on a check cashing spree that has cost six Stillwater stores $180 each. According to information received at The Journal office, blank checks from a Perkins service station were stolen sometime in the past and six of them have been cashed at Stillwater grocery stores. Each of the checks was for $180, and the signer used a forged signature. The checks started show- ing up at the Perkins bank on the service station account Friday. Officials say that the store cashing the check will suffer the loss. School election is nearing Filing period for the Perkins-Tryon school district election will open January 9 at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on January llth. The board position up for Onal view of the change- election this year is Seat 3, '' held by Dale Jarvis. XXXX eone at Thursday willThebeSChoolheld ondistriCtjanuaryelecti°n24, St s treasure hunt on with poling places at Perkins ltins Main Street was not and at Tryon. thing their tickets close- Also included on the ballot We gave Charlie Ander- will be the usual 5 mill L a strip of tickets and the emergency fund levy, the ten ,number was just one less mill Local Support Levy, and It he number posted on ddr.et n an dall. The reaction of Perkins' younger the five mill Building Fund Journal window that generation was a mixture of awe and levy that are needed each |d have meant a free n tonaan respect for the old, bearded gentleman, year to operate and maintain The Journal camera catches a few facial the local schools for a full ntinued on Page 8) " expressions, year of school, Perkins to stay put? White withdraws redistricting proposal; Task may be completed today {Thursday} By Bob Evans Jounlal Editor A special county re- districting meeting was set up for this morning (Thurs- day) when Monday's meet- ing became bogged down after District Attorney Char- les Headrick advised the commissioners any vote that day would be illegal. Commissioners were ap- parently prepared to vote on a plan after hearing over an hour of testimony from nine countians, when Commis- sioner White pointed out an apparent typographical error when redistricting was un- dertaken three years ago. Headrick verified this. Al- though the date of the resolution three years ago was dated December 16, the official meeting was on December 20. It was decided to call a special meeting for Thursday (today) to discuss and vote on the redistricting. The earliest date was Thursday to meet the Open Meetings Law that requires 48 hours notice of a special meeting. Perkins residents present at the hearing were concern- ed about a proposal by Commissioner White (Dis- trict 3) to place the Perkins precinct in Crnzan's District 1. They testified, through attorney Winfrey Houston, representing the town of Perkins, and Jack Vassar, representing a group of business people, that tradi- tionally Perkins' interests are with the Stillwater area where many of the residents work. Houston also pointed out that Stillwater and Perkins are the two fastest growing towns in the county and have several common problems, including the new Kaw ware project, and a common trade territory. He said the town council at Perkins went on record at a special meeting Wednesday evening as opposing any plan to include them with District I. Commissioner White said his reason for proposing a redistricting plan that would throw Perkins into District 1 was that he felt it best that all three county commission- ers not draw their votes from Stillwater. The only way he could see to equalize the district population was to assign the Perkins precinct to District 1. However, he stated that it was the wishes of the other two commission- ers that each district would include Stillwater city pre- cincts. He therefore had withdrawn his proposal, and spent his time discussing and studying proposals presented by Cruzan and Mayfield that include a division of Stillwater in each Commissioner's district. Kenneth Nelson, a resi- dent of the Clayton Township north of Perkins which has traditionally been in District 3, protested any plan that would place that precinct in District 1. He presented a plan that he had drawn that would district the county much like it was 12 years ago with an equal division of Stillwater among the three districts. Commissioner Mayfield contended that the Nelson plan did not go far enough to clarify what Stillwater precincts would he in each district, and it would be difficult to come up with such a formula. Several suggested that the" Commissioners could leave the districting as it is at the present time since there was apparently no concern from the rest of the areas of the county. Jack Vassar said he personally favored the Nel- son plan, as did Ray Henderson. Others speaking were Wilfred Overholt who recommended leaving the districting as it is, Harland Wells, who also chastised Commissioner White for neglecting the Perkins area, and Larry Navarrette, a Perkins resident sitting in on the discussion. Commissioner Mayfield said the present districting was not of his making and was established by the courts. He said he did not mind having a road district. Commissioner White ask- ed that the public record show that the three commis- sioners asked for a public hearing on re-districting. He said it is not often this way in other counties, and the public is often unaware of re-districting plans until after it is completed. At this point, Commis- sioner Cruzan began to introduce a second plan that he had "given considerable thought to over the week- end". This plan would have put Perkins and Clayton Precincts in Mayfield's Dis- trict I. Commissioner May- field protested Cruzan enter- ing an alternate plan at a public hearing and suggest- ed that it bedone at a regular meeting of the Commis- sioners. Cruzan contended that he had a right to speak as an interested person at the public hearing and continued to discuss his plan until it was moved to call a special meeting for Thurs- day, and no action was taken on his alternate plan. At one point it was suggested by county survey- or Darrel Mecklenburg that it was not clear whether the meeting was being conduct- ed as a public hearing or an official meeting of the Commissioners. If it was a meeting of the Commission- ers, the public present should not be allowed to quiz and interrogate the commis- sioners and officials present. Chairman Cruzan said that he was trying to be fair and if there were any questions to he asked by the public present he thought they should be asked. The re-districting hearing was finalized at approxi- mately 11:30 when it was voted to call a special meeting for Thursday. In other business, a Revenue Sharing hearing was held with numerous requests for funds heard either by letter or by representatives appearing in person. Those requesting funds included the District Court who would like to have a new IBM typewriter costing $750: Sheriff Frank Phillips requested $8000 for addition- al radio requipmcnt: The Election Board office requested two secretary desk chairs and labor for con- structing shelving: Ran Hill of the Civil Defense organization re- quested $7000 for insulation to complete the warehouse at the fairgrounds, and $2250 for a radio system that would be compatible with the state Civil Defense Network. Representatives of Still- water, Ripley. Glencoe, (Continued on Page 6) olo- Poll This Week's Question: Many people feel'Anita Bryant has come under much criticism and perhaps even discrimination because of her vocal stand against homosexual rights in Florida. Presently she has been banned by NBC from the Orange Bowl Parade, and a group of fellow Oklahomans are coming to her defense. Do you feel that Anita Bryant is being treated unfairly following her ' public stand against homosexual rights? To Vote Yes , call 547-5028 To Vote No , call 5't7"2972 There is no need tO talk. l Last Week s Questio # ' n The hang up sound yc hear is your vote be g | recorded. * / Have you read or do you own a 1977-78 rule book | pertaining to high school sports? [ ! • Jesda Yes.. 30 'A re Y Call anytime befo Hoot [ No.. 70% I ote.