By Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner
Taylor Vaughn found the inspiration to earn his Eagle Scout rank, while fulfilling his love for animals.
Vaughn’s point of order, where he will officially become an Eagle Scout in Troop 4434, is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church. For his Eagle Scout project, he constructed awnings for the outdoor dog areas.
“It was a very hot summer,” Vaughn said. “We started in May and finished in July. We spent about five hours a day.
“There were not big awnings out there, just small wooden ones.”
To earn the highest ranking, scouts have to earn at least 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, and complete an in-depth project. The in-depth project is something the scout coordinates and works to complete with help from his fellow scouts and scout masters. Vaughn holds 33 badges and spent more than 200 hours on his project.
Vaughn, who is a junior at the Duncan High School, joined the Cub Scouts when he was in first grade and became a Boy Scout in sixth grade. As someone living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, Vaughn’s parents (Scott and Marcia Vaughn) encouraged him to join the scouts to help him develop socially. April is Autism Awareness Month.
“He worked,” Marcia Vaughn said. “Completing something like this is challenging enough. But for someone with Asperger’s, you can imagine how challenging it can be.”
But Taylor Vaughn was excited to earn his Eagle Scout ranking, something only about 4 percent of scouts actually earn.
He completed his merit badges, including four or five that were required. When it came to figuring out what his Eagle Scout project would be, Vaughn didn’t look any further than the Stephens County Humane Society.
Vaughn said his love for animals led him to choose a project that would benefit them.
“I thought giving dogs more shelter would really be the best thing,” he said.
During the summer, he spent 11 Saturdays working to construct the awnings. He said the project came together gradually.
“Piece by piece, it all came together,” Vaughn said.
Nicole Baldwin, director for the Stephens County Humane Society, said the project was something all the non-profit organization’s dogs can reap the benefits from. Baldwin said the awning provides shelter from the sun and from rain whenever the dogs are outside.
Small swimming pools will be put under the awning in each pen to provide extra protection from the heat during the summer.
Baldwin said the Humane Society, which works off donations, has five employees. The additional help has alleviated some of the stress off the Humane Society employees.
“When we have people who help do things like this, it’s a relief of burden,” Baldwin said.
The Humane Society has 38 dogs and usually remains full throughout the year. Vaughn said he’s helped at the Humane Society a few times to earn a community spirit merit badge, and his troop has helped with the Humane Society’s Bark in the Park event.
He said he’s ready for his ceremony, which will add him to the elite group of Eagle Scouts. He said there’s been a lot of work, but he’s excited for the hard work to pay off.
“It’s been a long process,” Vaughn said.
By Derrick Miller
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Brown was very surprised four days later to learn he had been “un-terminated” and restored to the city manager position.
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Winners were announced and students walked away vests and plaques at the end of the week-long 76th annual Stephens County Junior Livestock Show, which ended Friday.
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Stephens County Fair Board secretary Kathy Shorter said funds for the sale are gathered through the different clubs in support of the students in the competition.
School boards to meet Monday
Bray-Doyle, Central High and Velma-Alma public schools will meet at their respective superintendents’ offices at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Velma-Alma’s school board will discuss possible re-employment of certified teachers and staff for next school year and possible approval of a senior trip to Medieval Times in May
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Daylight Savings Time began in the early hours today as clocks were set forward one hour.
Clocks were skipped ahead from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. and won’t be set back again until Nov. 2 when Daylight Savings Time ends.
DPD aims to fill five staff vacancies
The Duncan Police Department is looking for five new officers.
Of the department’s 43 patrol officers, two are females and one is Hispanic. There are no African-American officers.
The city’s search for five new officers includes anyone who is qualified, said Chief of Police Daniel Ford.
Forestry service selling seedlings to public
The Oklahoma Forestry Service will offer the gift of seedlings to the public.
The service, which sells seedlings on its website throughout the year, will come to Duncan to sell seedlings and give Duncan residents a chance to speak to their forester, Kevin Keys, in person during the sale on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stephens County Conservation District Office at 3901 W. Beech Ave.
Half-cent sales tax approval urged for city’s growth
Twenty years have passed since the City of Duncan passed a half-cent sales tax to establish a foundation to strengthen the local economy.
Lyle Roggow, president of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation, and Ben Herrington, DAEDF Board chairman, spoke Thursday on the need to continue the sales tax to keep the economy strong.
Junior livestock show finishes Friday night
The 76th Stephens County Junior Livestock Show concludes tonight with the awards presentation at 6 and the bonus sale at 6:30 at the county fairgrounds and expo center.
On Thursday, the doe meat goat show, wether meat goat show, steer show and heifer show were held.
Church Women United organization to celebrate World Day of Prayer
Christian women from various denominations will celebrate their beliefs by coming together this morning to pray.
The local Church Women United organization is set to meet at 9:30 a.m. today in the First Christian Church for fellowship and a program. Today is the 2014 World Day of Prayer, which brings women from all denominations together. The local effort is headed by Church Women United.
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One by one, they stopped playing or coaching and walked past the media to talk about Chris Lane.
Guess you could say he was on everybody’s mind Wednesday, especially the 40 or so players from Redlands Community College and East Central University.
They were all wearing Chris Lane’s numbers on the ECU diamond.
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