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/ / THURSDAY: December 25, 1997 NEWSPAPER FA I R OFOKLAHOMA news owners Volume: 108 Number: 14 Q .... ii• Police Officer Chuck Ottaway began the chase and was end of the chase in an incident early Tuesday morning that SH33 in Perkins. told the Perkins Journal that the driver of a vehicle on SH33 refused to dim his lights. When the officer around to follow him and turned on his flashing lights the to stop, and in fact sped up. then called for backup saying he was pursuing the northbound on US177, according to the conversations by the Perkins Journal on the scanner. t's radio reports said that the driver was going in excess hour and was still refusing to stop. Payne County Deputy Sammy Dawson arrived on the scene behind police cruiser and got in front of the fleeing driver. tried a pincer move near Higgins' store when they did a the parking lot," Ottaway said. r said the driver got the car going northbound at a high again on US177 with the two officers in pursuit. must have seen red lights coming south from Stillwater there was a road block and they turned east on 56th Ottaway said. "They were red lights all right, but by coin- it was an ambulance responding to an unrelated call." ! the vehicle was going east on 56th numerous law enforce- officers from the county, Stillwater Police Department, and Highway Patrol were converging on the area to assist and Dawson. lost it, good," Dawson reported on the radio. when the car, a 1987 Buick Park Avenue, ran out 56th Street near Brush Creek Road, it hit the muddy high rate of speed and crashed after hitting a bar ditch, airborne over a fence and rolling on its side. reports from Dawson and Ottaway that were heard over scanner, had two men fleeing from the car. a 14 year old juvenile was apprehended after a few rain- the other, a 17 year old juvenile, was picked up by offic- he went to a rural resident's home on 44th Street and The resident called the county sheriff and the sec- arrested. two juveniles, from Haskell, were driving the vehicle that be stolen from a woman in Coweeta. Payne County Sheriff Carl Hiner, left, and Payne County Commissioner Carl Moreland, right, were on hand at the Perkins Chamber of Commerce last Thursday to explain the need for courthouse expansion and the plans to call an election in March for a two-part sales tax question to pay for it. for urthouse expansion, county road explained by Rick Clark PERKINS-Payne County voters will be getting an opportunity to vote on two issues in March that will greatly affect the op- eration of Payne County govern- ment, County Commissioner Carl Moreland told Perkins Hinersaid, addingthat the need Chamber of Commerce mem- is there. hers last Thursday. The current county jail was Voters will decide a either a built to hold 37 prisoners. "We quarter-cent sales issue forroutinely have a hundred," he jail and courthouse expansion said. and a separate half-cent sales In 1997 there were 2,183 tax question to be used for admissions at the county jail, roads, bridges, and the fair- Htner said, adding, "This is a grounds, or the possibility of crisis". two three-eighths split. Hiner said that the jail The half-cent sales tax has population has expanded to cri- been in existence for the past sis proportions for several rea- four years and the March elec- sons including growth in the tion will determine if voters county's overall population and want to continue it for another aggressive law enforcement. five years. If approved by the voters If approved, the quarter- the new jail would hold 200 cent additional sales tax would prisoners and take about three be used mainly to expand theyears to build. courthouse-jail, courtrooms, It hasn't been decided yet if administrative offices-at an es- the two tax issues will be for a timated cost of $13 million,ten year or indefinite period. Moreland said. "We are still wrestling with Payne County Sheriff Carl that," Moreland told the chain- Hiner was also on hand to ex- ber members. plain the need for the jail's ex- Also present were County pansion. Commissioner Gloria Hesser and "We don't like spending the Assistant District Attorney money any more than you do,"Charles Rodgers. for Leadership Perkins Jan. 13 Leadership Perkins an- nounced its first class, which will meet January 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Accordion House. Those accepted into the 1998 class are: Amanda Beyl, Sara Burns, Margaret Hrencher, Randy Jarvis, Diane Jobe, Dan Johnson, Gary Kastl, Twila Longan, Debbie Weis and Darlene West. The Leadership Perkins program is a pat:t of the efforts of the Perkins Certified Cities Committee. Members of the Human Re- sources Subcommittee, which is administering the Leadership Perkins pro- gram, are Maria Cavanaugh, Ricky Custar, Carrie Kinsey, Twila Longan, Susan Ross and Barbara Tarlton. lerrp Cljristma You are getting the Perkins Journal for your Christmas present! To: Ron & Nedra Burton From: Reba Burton To: Lorene Dumas From: Mary Crenshaw If you would like to send the Perkins Journal to some- one special as a Christmas gift, please see special offer inside this week's edition. 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 Journal: Tom & Dorothy Arthur, Stillwater • Dianna Lodrige, Perkins • Violetta Ruminer, Guthrie • L.V. Walker, Perkins • Robert Hollinshead, Perkins • Melvin & Gayle Sager, Perkins • Earl & Donna Bridenstine, Perkins • Linda Perkins, Perkins • Geraldine Walter, Agra • Joe D. & Lee Gray, Edmond • Charles & Donna Stallard, Pleasant View, Co. • Dr. Ron Lee, Linwood, Ks. • If you would like to have the Perkins Journal mailed to your home, please see page two. Weather week in review Compiled by Rick Mathe- son, superintendent, OSU Agronomy Station. (Date, High, Low, Rainfall) Dec 15, 62, 29, 0" Dec 16, 55, 32, 0" Dec 17, 62, 27, 0" Dec 18, 65, 28, 0" Dec 19, 64, 38, 0" Dec 20, 39, 34, 0" Dec 21, 42, 34, .87" Journal News And Advertising Deadlines Are Mondays, 6:30 p.m. HI I iiill I was "decked out" Friday afternoon handing out Christmas gifts to the youngsters with Start program. were made possible by the Perkins VFW Post Auxiliary, who started a "Angel Tree" for the Perkins VFW Post members also contributed as did a lot of other people from the community. a donor to the "Angels", the expression on the youngster sitting on Santa's lap should be "Thank You." By Rick Clark for the first Celebrate Life In installation banquet held at the • January 2- Perkins "Winter Party" that was Galen C. Holsinger Lions Den. ATF agents and Perkins Po- to be held January 11. The event Officers installed included Rick lice Department officers were was sponsored by the PerkinsClark, president; Jo Atwood, investigating an incident inCertified Cities Committee. first vice president; Dan Perkins involving illegal military •January 16- Johnson, second vice president; explosives. A one-half poundTryon area school patrons Brenda Nipp, third vice presi- brick of C-4 plastic explosive interested in saving their dent; and Bobble Myers, secre- was found in a Perkins resi-school" were being asked to at- tary-treasurer. The night• also dence, tend a special meeting at the had special awards presented to The Perkins Journal began Tryon Elementary cafeteria, ac- Galen Holsinger, Citizen of the a series about the changes be- cording to Dwight Brown, school Year, Gene Wollenberg, Commu- ing made on the state and na- board member, nity Service; and Rick Clark, the tional level regarding the sell- Cecil and Carol Acuff were Delmar Niles Award. ing of electricity. Consumers featured in an article written by •January 30- may be getting the "opportu-Margaret Coate. David Sasser, a man of the nity" to buy electricity from dif- The Oklahoma Department present and future, was fea- ferent sources-similar, to the of Transportation announced tured on the front page in an way telephone long distance is that they would be installing article by Margaret Coate. being sold today, three-way stop signs at the east The Perkins-Tryon Educa- Friends gathered at the intersectionofSH33 andUS177,tion Foundation presented Bar- Steer Inn on December 31 to Over 275 area residents at- baraCarlozzi, Teresa Parks, and help Paul Evans celebrate his tended the Celebrate Life InBillie Taylor with classroom 79th birthday. Perkins "Winter Party" held at education grants. • January 9- the gym. Attendees learned Everybody was happy with The possibility of Tryon El-what Certified Cities is all about the success of the annual state- ementary being closed and and heard a speech from Leo wide YMCA wrestling tourna- those students bused to Perkins Presley, Oklahoma Departmentment held at the Perkins-Tryon Elementary was a topic of dis- of Commerce director, gymnasium. It was estimated cussion at the Perklns-Tryon•January 23- that over 1,200 fans and wres- Board of Education meeting. Perkins Fire Department tiers attended the event. The board and administrationpersonnel responded to a large *February 6- were discussing options to cut grassfire southeast of Perkins.Frank Pistol Pete" Eaton costs due to declining enroll- Fire Chief Larry Moorman said was to be honored at the Nao ment. the fire, started by someonetional Cowboy Hall of Fame. His Trish Cobb was a Perkins burning trash, consumed overdaughter, Elizabeth Wise, was to area woman featured in a story 200 acres, accept the Director's Award in by Margaret Coate. •There was a full house arthe special recognition of his role in Final plans were being made Perkins Chamber of Commerce Continued on Page Two fl