Plato first-graders give thanks
Plato Elementary first-graders have much to be thankful for.
To ask a student a random what he or she is thankful for, that student might say he or she is thankful for family, friends or the Thanksgiving lesson learned Thursday. Plato first-graders invited family members to eat lunch with them, and during that Thanksgiving-themed program, the two students performed two songs and a poem for their audience.
This year’s program was extra special for at least one Plato teacher and two retired Plato teachers. For first-grade teacher Chrisie Young, this was her second year to lead the program with the other first-grade teacher Jamie Rowell. Young’s son, Cole Young, is also a Plato first-grader this year and was able to participate in the program.
Close election race against Nixon helped define Kennedy’s legacy
Just as most Americans in their 50s and 60s know exactly where they were the day – Nov. 22, 1963 -- President John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, they also remember the charisma of Kennedy, the handsome Democratic candidate, and his performance on the first ever series of four televised debates.
Richard Nixon was the Republican opponent and while both he and Kennedy were strong, knowledgeable and capable candidates, Kennedy’s good looks, charm and style seemed to offer the Massachusetts senator a significant edge in what routinely has been called the first modern presidential election.
Former FCC Pastor counseled Ruby after shooting
A slight Duncan angle exists relative to the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
James Smith, who served as senior pastor of the First Christian Church here for 20 years, was senior pastor at Urbandale Christian Church in Dallas from 1961 to 1971 before moving to Duncan in 1972. He was also a chaplain at the Dallas Police Department.
It was in his chaplain’s role, the connection was made.
Former state trooper assigned to security during president’s trips to Kerr Ranch
President John F. Kennedy only visited Oklahoma twice during his presidency. The first was to visit the Kerr Ranch. The second was to attend the funeral of Sen. Bob Kerr.
For Jan Howard-Cannon and her husband Don Cannon, Kennedy’s visits marked important moments in their lives.
Cannon was about 25 years old when he met Kennedy. Cannon was a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. By the time he retired, he was a major over the airline division.
A moment that changed our nation forever
Few events have shaken American citizens like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas.
It caused a change in what, until then, was a safe, secure, innocent, trusting lifestyle. It snuffed out the life of a charismatic, articulate leader who had a young, beautiful family and whose difficult decisions in tough times were adding to his support and popularity.
He was in Dallas to build momentum for a 1964 re-election campaign. His motorcade was open and inviting. Huge crowds that jammed sidewalks for a closer view were happy and excited.
4-H youth cook-off creates champions
Fifty-six Stephens County 4-H members and 18 Cloverbuds prepared their recipes for the 30th annual Stephens County 4-H Cook Off.
Dishes were judged on taste and appearance at the event, held Nov. 4 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Awards were presented to the top three in each category.
A monogrammed apron was presented to the first place winners, while second and third places received kitchen items. Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds) were given a certificate and measuring spoons.
Duncan Art Guild Holiday Show winners and participants
More than 30 artists entered the Duncan Art Guild Holiday Art Show in three different categories. The event was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center's Territory Hall. These are the artists who entered. If they placed, that is beside their names.
Leaves of gold, red, orange and yellow swirl in the air and drift to the ground.
A symbol of change. A burst of brilliant color reminding you of hope — that winter is coming, but a rebirth is just around the corner.
Autumn, it’s one season a year. Yet, for Abigail Smith, autumn, her favorite season, came for her three times this fall.
First in Ukraine, then again in Paris and this last week in southern Oklahoma.
Abigail, a Duncan native who is dying of cancer, almost didn’t get to see her Oklahoma fall season.
“God gave me one more week. I don’t know why,” she said on Friday as she lay resting in a hospital bed in her living room, tended to by her mother, Betty.
FUMC men serve up flapjack feast
The men’s group at First United Methodist Church set out to make pancake perfection, while feeding the community.
Group members worked with other members of the church Tuesday to host the annual Pancake Day, formerly sponsored by the Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club. This is the second year for the FUMC Men’s Group to sponsor the pancake feast.
“It’s a tradition thing we’re trying to carry on,” Butch Whitten, member of the men’s group, said. “It’s state election day. We’ll do this whether you vote or not.”
KIA 1968: Siow’s sacrifice
It’s been 45 years since Erma Hynson saw her brother, Gale Robert Siow, an aviation electronics technician with the U.S. Navy. But, in September, she was briefly reunited with him.
At his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
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