For individuals and entities, 2013 is an opportunity for progress.
During Thursday’s Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry community breakfast, entity representatives provided updates and forthcoming information about where their organizations are headed for the new year.
Among those looking forward to a positive year was Lyle Roggow, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation president. Roggow said 2012 was a successful year in the Duncan community, and he hopes that success can maintain throughout 2013.
“We’ve been very, very blessed as we move forward,” Roggow said. “We may see the rest of the nation will pick up and catch up with Oklahoma.”
Roggow made mention of the positive economic impact the City of Duncan saw in 2012, including the addition of Applebee’s to the restaurant selection.
He’s expecting to see more economic expansion for Duncan in 2013. He said there are several businesses and companies looking to possibly expand into Duncan, although nothing is definite.
“Not until shovel hits dirt,” Roggow said about the proposed companies being definite.
Aside from DAEDF, the City of Duncan is also looking forward to improving in 2013.
Mayor Gene Brown provided an update on what’s happening in the city. He started by briefly discussing a proposed recycling program through South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority, which represents the trash collection interests of Duncan, Marlow and Comanche residents. SCOEA has been discussing this program for several months and the authority will meet Monday to move toward a conclusion on the topic.
Brown also discussed street improvements, noting this was one of the biggest items that people bring up to council members. He said there are plans to improve about 250 street segments throughout the city.
In addition to these improvements, Brown said there have been and will be more improvements to recreational outlets for the city, including the proposed addition of splash pads at a few parks, including Douglass Pool.
He said there have also been improvements to the Duncan Public Library.
Jay Johnson, Duncan Regional Hospital chief executive officer, said the hospital was one of three Oklahoma hospitals to receive an A rating for patient safety and the only Oklahoma hospital to do it two years consecutively. (See Page 2B in today’s paper for the story)
For individuals and entities, 2013 is an opportunity for progress.
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Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children
Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.
All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.
“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Duncan school board to discuss possible bond issue
Another bond issue may be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting will explore the possibility of adding a safe/art room at the Duncan High School. This would be contingent on the passage of a bond issue April 2014.
PBK Architect and CMS Willowbrook, both companies involved in the renovation process at the Duncan High School, will be giving a presentation about the DHS safe/art room project to the Duncan Board of Education.
CU Victorian Tea draws 60
Snow didn’t hinder Cameron University’s Simmons Center tie-in program, the Victorian Tea on Sunday.
And in its fifth year, the Victorian Tea had a strong participation, regardless of recent winter weather. Vivian Thomlinson, CU professor of English, hosted the program through the School of Liberal Arts.
Commissioners approve county’s portion of road project
An industrial access road for South Second is a step closer to becoming reality for Stephens County District 2.
During Monday’s regular meeting, the Board of Stephens County Commissioners approved its portion of the project, which has an agreement with the commissioners board, the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, the City of Duncan and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
All schools closed Tuesday
All Stephens County public schools and Red River Technology Center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Winter weather continues
Temperatures dropped to 10 degrees. Freezing rain and snow fell, covering roads and yards. Through all of it, one thing was certain: Winter weather had come to Duncan.
In fact, about 0.23 inches of precipitation fell between 10:30 a.m. Thursday and about 9 a.m. Friday. By Friday afternoon, snow drifts ranged from about 2 inches up to 4 inches. And high temperatures leveled out at 25 degrees.
Museum on track for holidays
Although watching car after car go by while waiting for the caboose to pass at a railroad crossing is usually inconvenient, there is something almost mesmerizing about a model train going round and round a track.
In the past, many a family Christmas tree was accompanied by a model train at its base. In Duncan, one woman set up an entire Christmas village, complete with train, at her home and opened it up to the public. That scene has now been recreated by the Stephens County Historical Museum.
Duncan FD battles blaze
Snow fell Friday, but Duncan firefighters stayed warm by the heat of a structure fire.
About 10 firefighters responded to a blaze around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of South Fourth Street. A structure, just south of Main Street, was fully involved.
The building was across Fourth Street from Southwest Foods. The fire was contained to the one building.
Abigail Smith sends her final goodbye through online video
Though a community is grieving this weekend over the loss of Abigail Smith, those who knew her the best, know she is free from the pain of cancer.
Abigail was diagnosed in early 2012, with Synovial Cell Sarcoma, but “won” her battle early Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Some people may not see her death as a win, but Abigail, 24, never wavered in her mission to live life to its fullest. She always exuded the positive message of being a survivor.
Armitstead tackles next challenge at Christians Concerned
Barbara Armitstead came out of retirement to lend help to one of Duncan’s non-profit ventures.
Armitstead is the new executive director of Christians Concerned. Her first day with the United Way agency was Monday. She’s taking over the position recently vacated by Kassie Gilmore.
“I’m very excited about it,” Armitstead said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”
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