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A‘Wl Vol. 130, No. 14 STILLWATER — It’s that time of year again when there may be a chill in the air ,but there is a warm giving spirit in the community. It has become tradition that the members of the Stillwater Board of REALTORS donate toys and gifts to support Stillwater Junior Service League’s mission of Oper- ation Christmas Store. ’J'SL partners with Central Okla- homa Community Action Agency to provide gifts to income eligible families of Payne County. This year, r there are 97 families with a total of 256 children, ages newborn to 18 yrs old, that will benefit from these dona- tions from SBOR and other businesses, organizations and residents of Stillwater to provide these families with a memorable Christmas .mdnfing- 1 “OperationChristmas holds Stillwater Board of REALTORS mes annual Christmas donation Payne County’s Oldest Ne ((9. For th week of Thursday, December 26. 2019 a special place in my heart,” said Diana Holrn,2019 Chair for Operation Christmas. “I believe every child deserves to have something on Christ- mas morning that says they are loved. This is a belief that Junior Service League holds true with this mission by helping families in Payne COunty have a Merry Christ- mas.” . Stillwater Board of REAL- TORS serves Stillwater and surrounding communities in a variety of ways through their donations throughout the year. Members volun- teer for United Way’s Day of Caring, they coordinate and participate in a, Bowling Fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and you will see them ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. It is tradition that each November, REALTOR members and affiliates denate'a ’Vél’iCWOf "; items, for a fundraising auc— tion held during their monthly luncheon. These items are presented by the entertaining auctioneer, Gregg Pickens, and the luncheon turns into a lively event of bidding. The funds raised at this auction are then presented at the December luncheon. This year, it was decided to divide the money raised between schools in the area to assist their students in need. The donations will help in providing their stu- dents with provisions they need to optimize their learn- ing and comfort at school or even at home. The school representatives gave exam- ples of how this donation helps their students including shoes, socks, snack packs, health and hygiene products, outfits for job interviews, and basically anything someone might need to._ dressed Renew yOurRural Fire Contract STILLWATER — With the new year coming soon, the Stillwater Fire Department (SFD) encourages residents who live outside corporate city limits to renew or apply fortlre 2020 Rural Fire Service Contract. The contract ensures the response fee per fire incident on a contracted property is capped at $2,000. Properties that are not contracted with the fire department have no limit on a maximum charge for emergency response. . “It is conceivable that ertiesathat are not a member of tilt? contract program could see bills that exceed $4,000 to $5,000 for fire service,” Fire Chief Tom Bradley said. TheContractfee for renewals and new applicants is $100 and covers the calendar year. There is a one-time notari- zation of applications for new applicants. All residents renewing their applications must file a new-application for 2020, also. The rates for the contract and fire service have not changed since they were implemented seven years ago. Participating in the program is notrequired and is a decision thatisstrictlyuptotheprop— city-owner. Chief Bradley said ‘ tage‘of this opportunity ' because it ensures contract holders a set range for fire service fees should a fire take place. He also said that all contract fees are used to help provide services for residents. “Any money collected is car- marked and used to purchase equipment like tools for rescue and other fire equipment,” Chief Bradley explained. Chief Bradley said the SFD does not bill for good intent alarms and detemrines when to require fees based on whether firefighters provide services. The contract begins on Jan. 1,2020,andruns throughDec. tract to'vproper’ty {owners who live outside city limits and are within the SFD response area. . FIRE, Page A3 Woman accused of drunk driving By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent PERKINS A Perkins woman accused of aggravated drunk driving in Perkins at E. Knipe and Sadler Road has been ordered to appear in Payne County District Court on Jan. 6 when she can seek a preliminary hearing on felony charge. V Christine Virginia Thomas, 41, who previously lived in Yale, was originally charged in the Payne County case with a misdemeanor that was dismissed priortobeing refiled as a felony that carries a max- imum penalty of a five-year prisonterm and a $5,000 fine on COHViCtiOr ., Thomas remains free on $1,000 bond on the three- count case in which she was also accused of transporting an opened container of beer and failing to carry a security verification form. Thomas was arrestedat9:26 pm. on Sept. 30 by Perkins Police Officer Daryn Zan— fardino,who sawavehicle that “appearedtohave wrecked out in the fence on the south side of the road at the intersection ofSadler andE.Knipe”where a white truck was parked diag— onally fiom the vehicle in the fence, an affidavit said. “Christine was very slow and deliberate while talking and was slurn'ng her speech,” theofficer allegedinhisaffida— vit. “Christine advised that she P-T‘Bands Winter Concert Held - had three beers,” the affidavit alleged. After Thomas and a juvenile were asked if they called 911 and they said they had not, “I told them that they had damaged property,” the officer alleged in his affidavit. Thomas and a juvenile said that a fiiend -‘ ‘was the one that had wrecked the vehicle and that they had come and picked her up and ' she was already home,” the affidavit alleged. While the officer was speak- ing to Thomas, he could hear the juvenile say “just tell him,” the affidavit alleged. “Chris- tine then looked at me and stated, ‘itwas me',’”the officer alleged in his affidavit. LEEANN, Page A3 t6 Pages Pictured (I to r): Kelly Hackler, SBOR President; Robin Johnson, Stillwater-Public Schools; Dale Bledsoe, Yale School; Amy Hall, Perry School; Brent Haken, Morrison School; Renee Roe, Agra School; Amy Peterman, 4Klds Community (Perkins School); Chad Speer, Glencoe School; Melissa Amon, Cushing School. Photo provided ' and ready for the day. These schools include Perkins, Still- ' water, Ripley, Morrison, Glencoe, Cushing, Perry, Yale, and Agra. Each dis- trict being presented $1,195 from the StillwaterABoard. of REALTORS. Kelly Hackler, President of the Stillwater Board of REALTORS, presented the By Captain Cruise Special to The Joumal STILLWATER — Animals hold a special place in the worid. Domesticated or wild, we have vviggled our way into hearts and homes around the globe. Rarely a celebration or holiday .goes by without ' 1‘ ‘ the help or honorary mention of either a 4—legged or feath— ered friend. Fair to say that ' people like K2. in all their happy occasions and Christmas is no exception. . Come to think of it, Jesus’ s birthday has more animal input and involvement than ' any other holiday. He was born right smack dab in the middle of an house’ called a stable. Cows, sheep, donkeys and chickens all scootched over to make one more little nesting spot. Then those three guys showed up with gifts but they certainly didn’t walk there. Their gifts for the newborn King were fartooheavytobe school districts their checks. “It was an absolute honor and privilege to make a difference for our children that would otherwise not haVe needed items for day to day living,” Hackler said. "Thank you to our members, my Board of Directors and affiliate members for your generosity in making this possible.” , She added, “The Stillwater Board of REALTORS was honored to have members of- the Junior Service League and the receiving school districts attend our December luncheon to be introduced, presented With their gifts and donations, and celebrate the spirit of the season.” Christmas has gone tolthe dogs Captain Cruise shipping his Secret Santa package With the help of Holly and Kathy at the Stillwater Post Office. Photo provided ‘ ‘ hand-carried across the land so they optedtocatcharideon camels. Proof that they were truly wise men. Heck, even the newbom’s Dad’s name spelled backwards is Dog. Flt- ting he turned outtobe man’s best fiiend. As time passed more and more people heard about the birth of little Jesus and wanted to join in his birthday celebra- tion! Aguyby tlrenarrreofSt. Nick got wind of the ‘giving and forgiving’ holiday. Years of delivering all those special requested gifts for good girls and boys eventually took its toll. He needed a new and cnursE, Page A3 City of Stillwater details funding for transportationfprojects and programs STILLWATER Ask just about any resident what would you do to improve Stillwater, and the answer will be “fix the What would surprise most is that from July 1,2016,to June 30, 2020, the Stillwater City The Perkins-Tryon Bands hosted‘a Winter Concert last Monday featuring the sixth grade beginner, middle school and high school bands. Selections included familiar Christmas tunes and medlies and pieCes by famed composers Leroy Anderson and John Philip Sousa. Directors KG. Robinson and Avery Nichols introduced attendees to this year’s record number of students earning positions in area honor bands, including two All State honorees and. a National FFA Band member. Earning All State Band honors this year are french horn player Josh Cowan and trumpeter Layne Johnson. Earning a position in this year’s National FFA band was Raphael Wall. For more inforrnation on Perkins-Tryon Bands or to donate to the program, visit perkinstryonbands. weeblycom or the band’s official Facebook page by searching Perkins-Tryon Bands. Journal photo by,Aaron Box Ciassifieds >86 1 Comics sea E steamy was i Cbituaries >A2 1 Opinions M4 1 public Records'ms Whatliowaldl. ‘ Us ’2 TV trivia, and horoscopes. liSIings, Soap updates, rezevisihfi‘eaieé r4 inside V Councilhasappropriated$259 million for capital projects to do just that. Capital transportation projects are major street reconstruc- tion projects, ranging from sidewalks, bridges, storrnwa— terdrainage,milling andrepav— ing,tofirllreconstructionofthe roadbed. They are essential to keeptheCity’sinfiasmrctmein a state of good repair. The City of Stillwater plans, funds and oversees construc- tion of capital projects; how- ever,xsome of projects are in: conjunction with partners like Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Payne County , and Oklahoma State Univer- sity. ‘ The $25.9 million for transportation projects and programs is broken down as follows: $11,562,373 for Pavement Management Pro— gram; $4,001,823 for Bridges; $1,847,999 for Street Projects including Multi-Use/Active Transportation; $6,104,6leor . gov Joint Projects with Oklahoma Department of Transportati- tion; $1,150,000 Reserved foi- Transportation; $1,000,000 for Storrnwater Master Plan; $124,001 for Modeling; and $144,166 for Traffic Conlml. $11.6 Million for Pavement Management Program After investing in repav— ing and repairing streets, the City also takes steps .to keep that pavement in good shape as long as possible. To do that, the Pavement Manage— ment (PMP) iden- ' tifies, prioritizes and recom- mends maintenance strategies (preventative; maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, defenedmaintenance) foreach Street based on their condition anduse;F1mdswereallottedin FY17,FY18,FY19andFY20 'foratotalof'$11.6million; “This allOWS us to extend the life of streets,’.’; City Engineer Monty Kamssaid. “A '> CITY, Page A3 llllllllllullllllllll 1 "9.9965,, 3 ix “MW. 0 3! \i 'l