Youth Services of Stephens County enrolled in the Save-a-Label program through Homeland in Duncan as the lastest fundraiser.
The local branch of the grocery chain donated $120 to the non-profit organization. This is in addition to the money the organization will make from the Best Choice brand, which is the house brand for Homeland. Through the program, Best Choice will pay Youth Services $30 for every 1,000 bar codes collected.
In addition to Homeland, Best Choice is also sold at Delbert’s in Comanche and Waurika. Project Chairwoman Suzy Bruner said only the bar code is needed, not the entire label. A collection box for bar codes has been placed at the Youth Services of Stephens County offices located at 16 South Seventh in Duncan.
“Our hope is that local groups will take the initiative and start collecting bar codes,” Bruner said. “The beauty of the project is that there is no cost involved. If we can get the word out and it catches on, Youth Services could get quite a bit of money to help, not only with the building of the new shelter, but with operating costs in the future.
“The project has a lot of potential.”
Youth Services is continuing to raise money to build a new shelter with hopes for a groundbreaking in coming months. The overall goal for the construction is $1.1 million. Numerous fundraisers have taken place during the past few years to raise the money before the construction kicked off to avoid putting the non-profit into debt.
“It is important for children in crisis to feel a sense of belonging,” Barbra Davis, shelter director, said. “When a community throws its support into the shelter’s improvement efforts, they get that sense of belonging.”
Youth Services of Stephens County is a United Way agency. It is the mission of Youth Services for Stephens County to strengthen the emotional health and functioning of youth, adults and families.
The youth shelter provides emergency shelter care for children; individual, group and family counseling; substance abuse assessment screening and counseling; the Community Intervention Center; life skills training for youth, parent education; First Time Offender’s Program; educational groups to address anger management; Community-At-Risk services; and other prevention and diversion services.
Youth Services predominantly serves Stephens, Jefferson and Cotton counties. The board is conducting its “Promise for Tomorrow” fund drive to build a new emergency shelter at 806 Fifth Street in Duncan.
Blood drive scheduled for Empire
Empire High School will host a blood drive conducted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Each donor will receive a “FEEL BOLD” T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo theT-shirt.
Western classics scripted by art history
Catch a western classic at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center as a free movie series begins this month with the 1962 John Ford film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” in the T.H. McCasland Jr. Experience Theater, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
CTHC’s Andy Couch, associate curator and programs coordinator, said the western films relate to the permanent art collection displayed in the Garis Gallery of The American West.
“John Ford was strongly influenced by western artists and painters like Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.” Couch said.
New’s sculptures go on display
A Central High artist is getting an opportunity to show her sculptures to a wider audience.
Kathye New’s work is being displayed in the Paseo Art District in Oklahoma City, having been formerly invited by another artist. The first of three shows ended Friday, but the next show is set to begin this month at another art gallery in the Paseo Art District.
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.
Central High FFA generates $20,000 for chapter with student ‘labor auction’
A crowd attended the annual Central High FFA labor auction last week with More than 250 supporters of the Central High FFA program attended the annual labor auction, a fundraiser for the chapter.
The high seller for the night was chapter President Deekota Williams fetching a nice $1,200 after the bidding was stopped. Sixty-three FFA members, as well as cakes and pies were auctioned with a grand total of $20,000 being raised for the support of activities for the FFA chapter.
The FFA chapter said they appreciate the wonderful support of the community.
Duncan Art Guild Fall Art Show entries
More than 30 artists entered the Duncan Art Guild Fall Art Show in three different categories.
Duncan High yearbook team proves they’re ‘smoking hot’
Deadlines, staff meetings and presentations are only a few of the reasons the Duncan High School Smoke Rings yearbook staff were awarded with Sweepstakes for the second consecutive year.
This year’s yearbook “Smoke Rings” and newspaper “Demon Pitchfork” staff attended Fall Media Monday, hosted by Oklahoma Scholastic Media, on Nov. 4 at the University of Oklahoma. Staff members had their choice of various sessions to attend throughout the first part of the day, then awards were announced for the 2012-13 yearbooks.
Operation Christmas Child drop-off point set at FUMC
First Methodist Church is now a drop-off location for shoe box gifts benefiting Operation Christmas Child.
Boxes individuals or churches pack during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25, will be received by the church. Operation Christmas Child uses shoe boxes filled with goodies to demonstrate God’s love to children in need around the world and is the largest Christmas project of its kind.
DHS Band places eighth in OBA contest
Duncan High School Band’s marching season is drawing to a close. And for its final contest, the band placed eighth overall, while giving what Band Director Jeramy Haas referred to as its best performance.
The band competed in the Oklahoma Band Association (OBA) contest Oct. 26 in Mustang. The contest featured 4A and 5A high school bands from around the state. And the DHS Band was one of the competing bands to make it to finals.
Davis given Valiant Woman award
If you’ve ever enjoyed a meal at First United Methodist Church, then more than likely, Betty Davis was behind the scenes.
From overseeing to cooking this and that, Davis serves many roles in the FUMC kitchen. Friday she spent preparing for and serving the members of Church Women United who were celebrating their third gathering of the year with World Community Day.
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