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"Payne Count 3 Oldest : Since 1890" , Judge Case 750 Bates had a sle on ' fiisfaceMondayaftcr Federal Reserve tries to steal Christmas Phmi00 Cor00ey ., O.v,,,mr ro,i0000ous 00o.00ative lie was facing in Payne I Journal Publisher political organizations County District Court I Perkins was a buzz last from across the country to Americans." for alleged violations of [ week, not only with people become involved. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe the OMahoma Computer Crimes Acti If convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and been ordered to pay a $5,000 to $i00,000 fine: Stillwater Journal Page A1 4 Wrestlers Medal At Kingfisher Four Perkins-Tryon High School wrestlers medaled in their respective weight classifications following last weekend's tournament in Kingfisher. Page 1 Rural Fire Subscriptions Due Renew your Rural Fire Subscriptions now. $50r year , covers all rural proper- ties you own. helps the fire depart- ment purchase new equip- ment and keep on top of new fire fighting methods and techniques. A fire call can quickly amounf to thousands of dollars in expenses. Get your application at Perkins City Hall or online at www.cityofperkins.net. Got calen( ems? Emsil them to news@thejoumalok.com ;.l:e. 25 - Christmas oay Dec. 18, 7 p.m. - Perkin: Masonic Lodge #92 meeting, 915 E. Kirk. ,Dec. 29, Noon - Perkins Lions Club meeting, Holsinger Lions Den ;Dec. 29, 7 p.m, : - Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Perkins Lions Den Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins Planning Commission meeting, Ci Hall Annex Jan. 1 - New Year's Day finishing up their Christmas shopping, but with televi- sion news crews. Local residents had learned it wasn't the Grinch trying to steal Christmas this year, but the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. A week earlier, Federal Reserve Bank. examiners had completed a compliance review at Payne County Bank. While they found the bank had not violated any of the fed- eral fair lending regula- tions, they instructed bank officials to remove any reli- gious decoration objects from the bank's lobby and teller windows and to also remove a Bible verse of the Day from the bank's website. This included crosses and personal items employees had at their work stations. They also told employees they couldn't wear buttons that said, "Merry Christmas, God With Us." The examiners told the banks officers that they believed the symbols vio- lated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the fair lending act, stat- ing, "...the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication ... express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion." In other words, a non-Christian seeing the items might be discouraged from applying for credit at the bank. When officers of Payne County Bank objected, they were threatened with U. S. Department of Justice action. So they complied. Soon, local residents learned of the demands, and it didn't take long for INDEX Church .................. C3 Classifieds .......... B4-B5 Comics .................. B6 Entertainment ...... C2 Farm & Ranch ....... $6 History .................. A5 Obituaries ........... A2 Opinions ........... A4, $4 Public Records .... A2 School .................. A6 Seniors ................. C4 Sports ................. B1 -B4 The banned buttons had been purchased from the American Family Associa- tion (AFA) in Tupelo, Miss. From this tiny community more than one million of the colorful Christmas but- tons have been sold since October. "This is both absurd and tyrannical." said Tim Wild- mon, president of AFA. "Christmas is an official national holi- day. Telling a privately owned bank it show any mages Christ connec- tion with this holiday is no different than tell- ing the bank it can't show images of George Washing- ton and Abraham Lincoln in connection with President' s Day. "For bureaucrats of the central government to threaten employees with prosecution by the Depart- ment of Justice for exer- cising their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religion is flatly illegal, heavy-handed, and sounds more like something you'd read about in Communist China." U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas also got involved issuing a joint letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke over what the two view as a "distressing interpretation of Federal Reserve Regula- tion B" concerning a bank in Perkins, Oklahoma. Lucas said, "The recent actions taken by the Federal Reserve at Payne County Bank are of great concern to me. I do not agree with its interpretation of Regula- tion B in this circumstance and believe that it infringes agreed. "This is an all out assault on the faith, values, and rights of the bank, its employees and the people of Perkins they serve," Inhofe said. "It is abso- lutely ridiculous for the regulation to be interpreted this way, and it unduly discriminates against a person's faith in Christ and their Constitution- ally protected freedom to publicly express that faith. It is simply another case of liberals in Washington overstepping their bounds and intruding in the lives of individuals. I expect the Federal Reserve to rectify this situation quickly." And the Federal Reserve See BANK, Page A6 Payne County Bank teller Glennyce Davis shows off one of the items examiners from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City tried to ban in the bank's lobby. Public outcry made the government agency reverse its earlier decision to ban the religious items. Journal photo by David Sasser Perkins Fire Department Station 2 is being constructed in northeast Perkins, near the inter- section of State Highway 33 and Brush Creek Road. Journal photo by David Sasser Additional fire station now under construction By Cindy Sheets Contributing Writer Perkins Fire Department Station 2 is going up. The new fire station is being constructed in northeast Per- kins, near the intersection of State Highway 33 and Brush Creek Road. Dirt work and a concrete slab for the new station was completed several weeks ago and framing started last week on the 60xS0-foot building. Fire Chief Joe Barta said primary funding for build- ing materials was provided by REAP/CDBG grants. Fire department mem- bers will provide the labor to erect the structure, with some assistance from local contractors, Barta said. "That will save us quite a bit of money on the overall cost," Barta said. "We hope to have it fully complete by April 1. "Since it's being done with volunteer labor, it will just take time to do this." The station will be large enough to house five or six trucks, with three doors exit- ing to the south and two to the north. The building will feature plenty of apparatus parking, a training room and a shop area, Barta said. "This will help alleviate some crowding [at the Main Street station]," Barta said. "The current fire station building (built in 1985) has little apparatus storage." The new station will also allow plenty of room for firefighters to maintain their equipment. The fire department also uses another city building located off Kenworthy Street, behind Oncue downtown. The building was enlarged in 2005. This addition, on the north side, will continue to serve the fire department, but the south side will Wansfer back to other city agencies. The new station is being constructed on a nearly two- acre parcel of land owned by Perkins-Tryon School District. "We obtained it on a 99-year lease from the school district," Barta said. Barta said he hopes the new station will help Perkins achieve a lower ISO rating. "A lower ISO rating translates into lower insurance rates for everyone - residential, commercial, and the school system," he said. "This will benefit residents inside and outside the city limits." An Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating for a com- munity reflects an evaluation of the community's ability to fight fires, which primarily See STATION, Page A3 IIIIJlLI!l!!lll!l! " " -'