Being a Boy Scout may be worth more than its weight in pancakes.
Boy Scout Troop 4434 will host its annual pancake breakfast 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Duncan. The pancake breakfast is the biggest fundraiser for the youth-based organization and is before the Christmas Parade.
“We’ve been doing it 30 or more years,” Eric Davis, who is one of the 4434 scout leaders, said. “This is a chance for the boys to raise money for the different trips they take as Boy Scouts.”
The proceeds from pancake ticket sales are split two ways. The individual scouts gets a portion of the proceeds to put toward trips and normal camping costs. The troop gets the rest of the money to supply tents, chuck box food, various things the troops are responsible for, and maintain the bus and trailer.
Each year, the scouts serve between 1,200 to 1,500 people, although the event has drawn in up to 1,600 people. The advance tickets have been kept low, which Davis said is to maintain a family atmosphere by making it affordable for families to attend.
Tickets will still be available at the door.
The scouts will start setting up for the breakfast Friday night. They will cleanup immediately following the pancake feast Saturday.
“Something that’s different about our pancake breakfast is we have cooked-to-order eggs,” Davis said.
Chris Pack, another troop leader, make eggs however someone requests them. There is an additional charge for eggs.
During the breakfast, the scouts will be greeting people, busing tables and providing service to their customers. They’ll be stopping by tables to make sure their customers are satisfied.
“There will be a tip jar,” Davis said. “That money will also help with campouts.”
Several larger Scout trips are planned for the coming year. For instance, the young scouts will attend a summer camp to obtain leadership skills. Older scouts will serve as a crew on sailing ship in the Florida Keys. And a few scouts will attend the national jamboree in West Virginia.
Davis said the boys are often hard at work in the community, whether they’re dropping off bags to collected canned foods for Christians Concerned or planting flags on veterans graves around Memorial Day.
“It’s a good meal, a good breakfast,” Davis said. “Come out and support a scout.”
Annual Pancake Day is Saturday
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This is the first expansion of the company. Two years ago, the Billings purchased a 4,000 square foot building on Ridley Road (the new office is about 4,100 square feet). At the time, the business owners thought Duncan Machine would only use about half of the square footage.
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It’s going to be an exciting Sunday for First Baptist Church of Duncan this weekend with a return to the newly renovated worship center and the revival of a favorite holiday production.
FBC began raising funds for the Renovation and Renewal capitol campaign in November 2012. Budget for the project was set at $500,000 and that goal was surpassed. Work began in late May of this year and services have been being held in the FBC Family Life Center for the duration of construction.
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Since the day in November 2008 when land at 5th and Cedar was donated, those involved with the Stephens County Youth Services have been looking forward to showing off a new youth shelter at that location.
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LAS VEGAS — Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett’s philosophy at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is quite simple: He’s on a money-making mission.
“I came here with nothing to lose,” said Jarrett, an eight-time NFR qualifier from Comanche. “It’s just time to get at it and try to get what money you can and go home.”
The Georgia-raised cowboy came to ProRodeo’s championship event No. 13 in the world standings. Through four go-rounds inside the Thomas & Mack Center, Jarrett has placed three times and earned $37,410.
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Before “Wind Beneath My Wings” was a hit for Bette Midler, the song won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year awards for Gary Morris.
Morris is a Texan native who decided upon a career in music while in college and was the first to record the ballad that is known to recognize heroes. The Duncan community will have the chance to see the award-winning artist perform at 7 p.m. today at the Simmons Center.
This will be the second time for Morris to take the Simmons Center stage. He performed as part of the CTAC Live Concert Series in November 2010.
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Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
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