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° T NS JOURNAL-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25,1997 1997 in review-continued from page one the American West. The Perkins-Tryon Board of Education accepted the new band room addition that was just completed. The school board also welcomed newly appointed member David Sasser. Sasser replaced Calvin Roggow, who chose not to run for re-election. Tryon residents wishing to keep the Tryon Elementary school open also met with the school board. Over 40 Tryon area resi- dents attended the meeting seeking more time to resolve the issue of the school being closed due to declining enrollment• • February 13- Perkins VFW Post 7322 members, Doyle Brake and Kireby Nick- els met with Payne County Bank loan officer Calvin Oyster to pay off the mortgage on their building. Perkins Lions Club member Don Prickett received the presti- gious Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellow award by Lions District Governor Perry Neel. Prickett was given the award for his efforts in initiating and organizing the Payne County Rural Road Sign project. Members of the Pawnee Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Pawnee group had plans to start their cattle drive in Perkins, ending in Pawnee, to promote the Pawnee Bill Wild West Rodeo. • February 20- The Perkins JOurnal had a feature about Frank Eaton written by Lance Millis. Millis, from Stillwater, was instrumental in getting "Pistol Pete" into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Grassfires again were plaguing the Perkins area. The Journal had photos of fires at Alta Youngker's and near Ripley on Mehan Road. The P-T varsity basketball squads ended their regular season and were to host Pawnee in district play. This is the first time that district was ever played at Perkins and it was said that the reason it was held here was because of the new gymnasium. • February 27- Charges of first degree manslaughter were filed in Lincoln County against Ryan Wells, Perkins. The district attorney's office alleged that he was involved in the death of a woman killed in an accident involving Wells and Korina A. Smith of Choctaw. The ac- cident hao_o_ened on US177 near the Pav ne/Lincoln County. line. Four Perkins men were arrested in a drug raid and charged with various drug related crimes in a combined effort by the Perkins Police and Payne County Sheriffs office• Arrested were Billy Clyde Black, Bobby Joe Black, Johnny LeeRoy Black, and Jimmy Edward Foil,will. The Perkins Library Board voted to "stay put" at their monthly board meeting. The board was considering moving the library to the old Methodist Church Building on Thomas and East First. • March 6- A 72 year old Shawnee truck driver escaped serious injury when the truck he was driving went out of control and crashed with the mobile home he was towing. The incident happened just south of Dugout Creek on US177 south of Perkins. P-T Board President Dwight Brown welcomed newly elected board member David Sasser aboard. Sasser ran unopposed in former board member Calvin Roggow's post. Also at that meeting the dosing of the Tryon campus was dis- cussed. No action was taken. • March 13- Margaret Coate wrote a story about Elizabeth Wise, daughter of Frank Eaton, and what it was like growing up and raising a family in Perkins. The Annual Payne County Junior Livestock Show and Premium Sale was a big success again this year. This year the sale hit the Million Dollar mark in its 22 year history. The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons basketball club was headed for the State tournament after being crowned district, regional, and area champs. • March 20- The P-T girls varsity team made school history by winning the state runners-up in the state tournament. The Lady Demons lost to Bethel in the final game of the state tournament. No team in the school's history, boys or girls, has ever made it that far in a state tournament. The Journal ran a picture of Elizabeth Wise posing with a beau- tiful bronze trophy representing the Director's Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Elizabeth accepted the prestigious award in behalf of her father, Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton for his contributions to the American West. • March 27- The Perkins Police Department was investigating several van- dalism cases involving juveniles. Someone spray painted graffiti on the Lions Club and Prairie's Edge buildings• Willa Jean Case, Perkins Elementary teacher, was named as "Educator of the Year" at a special reception. Mrs. Casey has been a teacher in the local school system for 22 years• The Perkins Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee an- nounced that the annual golf tournament would be held April 11 at Cimarron Trails Golf Course. Committee Chairman Jim Hyder said the fundralsing event would be co-hosted by State Senator This newspaper is dedicated to the memories of Dr. R. V. and (USPS 42 8040) Published every Thursday and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, Ok 74059-0040 1ZZ S. Main • Box 40. Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-Z411 FAX 405/547-2411 Rick & Kathy Clark Publishers The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. Office hours: 9-5, Mon.-Fri. 9-noon on Sat. Deadline for advertising & news submissions is Monday at 5 p.m. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to The Perldns Mike Morgan and State Representative Dale Wells. David Lara, owner of Country Comfort Heating and Air, will be donating his time by evacuating old refrigerators, as part of the town-wide cleanup day. Perkins Lions Club president Gene Wollenberg announced that the annual Easter Egg Hunt would be held Sunday at the Roscoe Emerson Park. It was also announced at the Lions Club meeting that the nomi- nating committee had made their recommendations for new offic- ers and directors. Nominated were Wes Bean, president; Jim Hy- der, first vice president; Lee Ray Murlin, second vice president; Rick Clark, third vice president; Dan Johnson, secretary and assis- tant treasurer; Larry Tomlinson, assistant secretary; Bennett Andrews, treasurer; Frank Eades, Lion Tamer; Gene Wollenberg, Tail Twister; David Lester and Bob Baker, one-year directors; and Robert Sasser and Larry Tomlinson, two-year directors. • April 3- Numerous Perkins residents, some of them juveniles, and three Stillwater juveniles were involved in a shooting incident on US 177 north of town. Payne County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brook Buchanan said that one of the suspects "leaned out and fired three rounds that hit the radiator" of another vehicle following them. "I intend to file intent to kill charges on the shooter," Buchanan said. According to recent Certified Cities surveys completed by Perkins residents, the four most important improvements needed were street maintenance, water drainage, youth activities, and overall appearance. Churches, education, and fire control were said to be the top three categories of "What makes Perkins the best little town." Perkins Lions Club President Gene Wollenberg presented a special poem and recognition plaque to Bob Thomas. Thomas and his wife, Erma, were moving to Duncan. *April 10- Assistant District Attorney Jack Bowyer said that charges were expected to be filed soon regarding a shooting incident involving three Stillwater juveniles. Bowyer said that he was awaiting paper- work from the county and Perkins law enforcement officers. The Perkins-Tryon Board of Education voted to call a special meeting to decide the fate of the Tryon Elementary campus. The specially called meeting was to "Discuss and take action to set a date and to decide the grade configuration of the Perkins-Try on school district and the status of the Tryon Elementary for the 1997- 98 school year." The Friends of the Library will be selling Kool-Aid and snacks in conjunction with their book sale that will be held during the town-wide garage sale April 12. *April 17- The Perkins-Tryon Board of Education voted 3-2 to close the Tryon Elementary campus effective with the next school year. Voting for the measure were Lloyd Moorman, Larry Huff, and Sheri Gordon. Voting against the measure were Dwight Brown and David Sasser. Harland Wells and Steve Willingham posed with young Kiefer Keylon and his dad, Kasey, in a photo depicting toys donated to the Perkins Family Clinic from the Perkins Medical Foundation. Also pictured was Brenda Warnecke representing Dr. Hough and the Perkins Family Clinci. Rain has forced the rescheduling of the annual Chamber of Commerce Legislative Golf Tournament• Perkins VFW officers were pictured dedicating their new post colors. Shown were incoming Post Commander Dale Jarvis; Post Commander Ron Burch; District 8 Senior Vice Commander Cecil Henrick; and District 8 Commander Herman Allmendinger. • April 24- Jack and Winnie Moser, longtime Perkins residents, were fea- tured on the front page of the Journal. School students were moved to the safety of the football field after a bomb threat. It was discovered to be a hoax and a P-T Middle School student was named as the caller. "Hg,will be dealt with accordingly," Supt. Jim Hyder said. The Town of Perkins and a former Perkins Police Department police officer, Kenneth Boles, were named as co-defendats in a suit filed in Payne County by the family of a Perkins juvenile. The plaintiffs alleged that a judgment be granted as the result of an arrest allegedly made by Boles was =unlawful and without author- ity." P-T horticulture students were pictured sprucing up the flower pots along Main Street. Shown were Amanda Moser, Sheila Roggow, Steven Pinkerton, Scott Davis and Russell Brown. Also helping out was instructor Brandon Brunker. • May 1- Assistant District Attorney Jack Bowyer filed several charges against a 16-year old juvenile from Stillwater in connection with a shooting incident in April. The felony charges-use of a vehide to facilitate the discharge of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon-were filed against Ullyses Bush, 16, of Stillwater. Bush was to be treated as an adult in the charges, Bowyer said. The Perkins Certified Cities Committee held a meeting to de- termine the "vision" for Perkins and compose a plan of action to achieve that vision. Responses included "a quiet, family-type of community" and "a 21st century town with tour-of-the-century values." Longtime Perkins resident and Lions Club member Bill gasser was presented the prestigious Ralph Crane "Lion of the Year" award by Perkins Lion Galen Holsinger. Sasser has been a member of the local civic organization for over 25 years and has contributed to the betterment the community through his many volunteer deeds over the years. .May 8- A group from Try.n, "Tryon For Education", asked the board of education at its May meeting to either reconsider closing the Tryon campus or allow the de annexation to Agra or Carney. The board did not take any action other than to allow the item be put on the next month's agenda for "discussion only." Perkins-Tryon High School senior Angela Emerson was pictured proudly displaying her banner as an "Academic All-American. P- T Education Foundation president Robert Hilley presented the banner at the Achievement Awards Assembly. City Attorney Roger McMillian administered the oath of office to new council members Albert May and Jim Stoecker and Town Treasurer Twila Longan. • May 15- The Perkins Journal and area businesses saluted the 1997 Perkins-Tryon High School graduating seniors in a special edition. The four-laning of US 177 between Perkins and Stillwater was said to be on the proposed project list submitted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The House and Senate were work- Iournal, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059 ing on a compromise for the new highway funding bill. The Perkins Certified Cities Committee adopted their vision All contents © Copyright 1997 J - tatement draft. The statement in part read that Perkins is a pro- ~To Subscflbe By Mall Just Fill Out This Form and Mall With Remltlamce gressive rural small city that provides its citizens and guests the Tot The i w um lourmd, P.O. Box 40, I ddns, OK 74059 highest quality of life..." r - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "u Installed as new officers for the Perkins VFW were Dale Jarvis, IMml _ ..... - ......... : .................. ...... : ................. .............. ........ .......... I commander; Doyle Brake, quartermaster;, Kirby Nickels, senior vice; | | Gene Webb, junior vice; Red Cheek, surgeon; and Frank Sine, Judge IAddress.......................................................................... 1 adv°cate" Installed as officers for the VFW Auxiliary were Kathy Clark, president; Sharon Burch, senior vice; Lori Axton, junior vice; Ruth | [ Kelly, secretary; Karen Brake, treasurer; and Eddie Frey, conduc- ICRY ..................................... State ................ Zip ............... u tress. I( ) One year In Oklahoma....$24 eMay 22- i( ) 6 months In Oklahoma .... $14 The Perkins Chamber of Commerce endorsed two important • p g i( ) One year Oult of State ..... $28 projects at it May meeting" The Perkin Main Street ro ram and I( ) 6 months Out of . alte .... $16 i to have American flags installed on lighted poles. The Journal began the first in a series of articles from an un- L j published Frank Eaton manuscript-"Campfire Tales." m u m m mm m m m m mm m m m mm m,~ m m m m mm Linda Murray was recognized as the "Fan of the Year" All-Sports Booster Club at their annual banquet. Travis Cundiff was named the Star Chapter Farmq Perkins-Tryon FFA banquet held to honor outstandin • May 29- Leon Duffle, 79, Perkins, was killed in an automobile on SH33. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his was attempting to turn into Jalopy's Restaurant. The hide pulled in front of a westbound vehicle driven by 44, of Stillwater. Perkins Senior Citizens served a delicious Memorial to the many travelers and visitors to Perkins. Burton and Donna Gunkel who helped serve the meal. Perkins residents were reminded that the nal is one continuous blast, according to Civil Defense Larry Dry. June 7th was the date set for the town-wide garage brings in hundreds of visitors from throughout the state. Richard Craven was named the new minister at Church. Craven will be splitting his ministerial duties Perkins and the Carney Christian Church. • June 5- Aubrey Taylor was named the reci scholarship. Payne County won't benefit much from the billion way funding package. The only road to receive y of money in the county is four-laning of SH51 from Fair to SH 108. The Perkins-Tryon Board of Education received a approximately 110 signatures from Tryon residents board to reconsider the closing of the Tryon campus or de-annexation election. "I still think enrollment next fall us...give us an indication of the numbers...we don't have into this election," Board member Lloyd Moorman said. • June 12- Perkins Librarian Helen Marler announced that the now on the internet thanks to the efforts of Sara Burns. Receiving special recognition from the for their efforts in the American Flag project were Wes Beane, Larry Moorman, Roger Anderson,and David Named as the chamber's "Citizen of the Month" was J Police Officer Chuck Ottaway. Local residents were getting prepared for a garage bake sale to raise money to help preserve the historic Hi School House. • June 19- =Nosy", a 12 year old gelding owned be euthanized after being seriously injured when stock trailer that had come loose. The trailer came the owners pickup while he was traveling southbound south of Perkiffs. Longtime area farmer Wendell Sadler brou of wheat on June 13, Cimarron Valley Coop manager Tim ] • June 26- Perkins Roundup Club announced that its annual July Rodeo was a two-day event set for July 4-5. The Journal had a front page feature, written Johnson, about legendary Perkins resident and commissioner, Lee Kirk. (The Journal wlll publish the second half of1997 in edition.) Well, here we go again• We all survived Santa Claus' if we can get by Father Time's DUIs it will be OK by me. Harland Wells gave me one of those items you awhile over the FAX machine that someone thought was It's about Noah trying to build the ark in modern And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, "In six months to make rain until the whole earth is cored with water evil people are destroyed. But, I want you to save a few good people, and kind of living thing on the planet• I am commanding yo01 and Ark...in six months" Six months passed, the skies clouded up and rain The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard, there was no Ark. "Noah, shouted the Lord, "Where is the Ark?" "Lord, please forgive me[ begged Noah. "I did my were big problems. First, I had to get a building construction project, and you plans didn't meet the to hire an engineer to redraw the plans. Then I got into a over whether or not the Ark need a fire sprinkler Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to the city planning commission. Then I had problems getting enough wood for the Arg there was a ban on cutting trees to save the Spotted owl. convince the U.S. Wildlife that I need the wood to save but they wouldn't let me catch any owls. So, no owls. "Then the carpenters formed a union and went had to negotiate a settlement with the National Board before anyone would pick up a saw or hammer. have sixteen carpenters going on the boar and still "Then I started gathering up animals, and got sued mal rights group. They objected to me taking only kind. "Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified ; couldn't complete the Ark without filing an pact state on your proposed flood. They didn't take idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of Being. "Then the Army Corps of Engineers wanted a map posed new flood plain. I sent them a globe. "Right now, I still trying to resolve a complaint from Employment Opportunity Commission over how I am supposed to hire. The IlLS has seized all my l'm trying to avoid taxes by leaving the country. Now wanting some kind of use tax. "I don't think I can finish the Ark for at least Noah wailed. The sky began to dear. The sun began to shine. A across the sky., Noah looked up and smiled. "You mean you're not going to destroy the earth?" hopefully. "No," said the Lord sadly, "The government already RVC It makes you wonder if Jesus was born December 2 5, Joseph be paying a hotel/motel tax? would the Myrrh have child proof caps? and would the three to have a PHD? RVC Happy New Year!