Duncan Community Residence celebrates anniversary
Duncan Community Residence will celebrate its 38th anniversary with a cookout at 5:30 p.m. today with the residents, staff and Board of Directors at DCR.
Antique Car Club
The Duncan Antique Car Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Duncan Senior Citizens Center, 1110 N. Seventh St., for a potluck supper.
Hosts for the evening will be Roger and Sandy Strasheim, and Hershell and Harriet Mitchell.
For information, call Sharleen Johns at 580-255-4199 or Sandy Strasheim at 580-656-6404.
Duncan school bands offer final concert of year
The Duncan Instrumental Music Department is hosting its free Spring Band Concert and “Evening of Percussion” Concert at 7 p.m. today and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The percussion concert will be held and the band concert will be held on Tuesday. Both concerts will be in the DHS auditorium.
This is the 6th annual Evening of Percussion Concert which features a wide variety of music with more than 35 musicians playing on various percussion instruments.
The “Evening of Percussion” is directed by Andrew Orr.
Groups featured in the band concert will be the 6th grade band, 7th and 8th grade bands, the jazz band and the HS concert Band. Also being recognized will be the senior members of the band and their parents, as this will be their final performance,” said Director Jeramy Haas.
“There is bound to be a selection of music that the band will play that will appeal to someone.”
Movie music will be dominant in the band concert with selections from “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” “E.T.” and more.
These events are open to the entire community.
“So, come out and support these students who have been out there supporting so many of the school and community activities on their last concert of the school year,” said Haas.
DMS Spring Concert
The Duncan Middle School (grades 7th and 8th), along with DMS Honor Choir, will be presenting its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Simmons Center. The name of the program is “Springtacular.” This is a free event open to the public.
Senior Law Project at the Comanche Delta Senior Nutrition Center
Legal Aid has scheduled a community education talk at the Comanche Delta Nutrition Center in Comanche at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tyler Johnson, attorney at Legal Aid, will be talking about senior issues to be followed with a short question and answer session.
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., Lawton Law Center, along with the Chickasha Satellite office and Altus Satellite office, provides direct legal services for senior citizens on civil legal problems through judicial or administrative representation, legal counseling, advice and community education.
The Senior Law Project staff make regular visits to nutrition sites and Senior Citizen Centers within Comanche, Caddo, Grady, Stephens, Jefferson, Tillman, Cotton, McClain, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, and Kiowa counties.
Hall returns to Oklahoma for book signing
Former Oklahoma Gov. David Hall will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Twisted Justice”, Wednesday at the Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.
A discussion period precedes the signing.
The book focuses on his career in politics, his conviction on charges of bribery and extortion and his 18-month stay in federal prison.
Hall now lives in California.
Duncan Community Residence celebrates anniversary
Americans prepare to support school choice
Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26.
The week will include an unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states, with a goal of increasing public awareness of the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children.
National School Choice Week events will be independently-planned and independently-funded by schools, organizations, individuals and coalitions. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, school fairs, parent information sessions, movie screenings, and more.
Last monolingual Chickasaw citizen dies at 93
Emily Johnson Dickerson, a full blood Chickasaw who spoke only the Chickasaw language her entire life, died at her Ada home on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. She was 93.
Dickerson was the last monolingual Chickasaw language speaker, according to Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Nation Language Department.
Hinson, who has devoted his career to revitalization of the Chickasaw language, said today the loss of Dickerson was monumental. “I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the loss and what this means to the Chickasaw Nation,” he said.
Dickerson was one of only an estimated 70 remaining fluent speakers of the Chickasaw language.
Where is Mrs. Stephens County?
Julie Pittman, Mrs. Oklahoma 2013, recently competed at Mrs. America and won Mrs. Photogenic. Who will she crown as her successor? The search is on.
Mrs. Oklahoma is proud to announce its search for married women residing in Oklahoma who wish to receive the honor of representing their community in the 2014 State Competition. Selected applicants will receive an official title and banner and become their community’s representative.
Native American focus features works by Choctaw artist
Preparing for a temporary exhibit of works already in the vault at Chisholm Trail Heritage Center involved days of research for the staff, with curator Andy Couch overseeing the project. The exhibit features oil painting portraits and other images by the late Brunetta Bernard Griffith, of Choctaw ancestry, who died in 2006. It is part of the museum’s focus on Native American arts and history which kicked off with the new year and continues to March 14.
“It is an exciting exhibit in that not all of her works have been on display here before and the quality of the work is showcased in this exhibit,” Executive Director Stacy Cramer Moore said.
County parades provided Christmas spirit despite cold weather
Whether you attended one, none, or all three area parades Dec. 14, there may have been a few scenes you missed.
If you didn’t brave the cold, here is a glimpse into the Christmas season in Stephens County when Duncan, Marlow and Comanche celebrated with the cities’ annual parades.
Floats ranged from those featuring groups, churches, city and county figures. Of course Santa ended each parade in his jolly style.
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.
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