Never give up and keep picking yourself up.
This is the advice given to Comanche students Monday afternoon by David McCord, Comanche native and CHS class of 1981. McCord personally knows a little about not giving up.
Exactly two weeks prior to Monday on April 25, McCord was running in the Boston Marathon. About a mile from the finish line, he was stopped and told he could not finish his first marathon due to a terrorist bombing. Knowing he was returning home for a few days, McCord’s family and friends helped him finally finish his last mile in his hometown.
“They are giving me a chance to finish and I am grateful for all the love and support,” he said. “I’m in the same shirt, the same shorts, the same shoes that I was wearing that day and I get to take back what was taken from me.”
When the time came for McCord to begin his four laps around Comanche’s track, he invited any students who would like to run with him down to do so. Students from kindergartners to seniors flooded the track to be a part of the momentous occasion.
They may have been encouraged or challenged by the speech McCord gave them before the run. He compared training for and running a marathon to the End of Instruction tests they are currently taking.
“I never gave up and never stopped believing in myself,” he said. “Failing in school is not an option, so when you want to give up, pick yourself back up.”
After the race, McCord took the opportunity to shake the hand of every student who ran the last mile with him. To each, he offered a congratulations and a positive remark.
“That was wicked awesome,” McCord said after he broke through his finishing line banner. “It made my day.”
Another positive that came from Monday’s event was money that was raised for one of McCord’s favorite organizations, the Stephens County Humane Society. Since October 2012, for every mile McCord has ran, he has given $1 to the SCHS.
When news of the “finishing mile” broke, T-shirts were made and sold that commemorated the occasion. More than 120 shirts were sold and more could have been if they had been available, said Linda Watson, CHS teacher and McCord’s friend.
“The sale was phenomenal and David’s friends have made large donations,” she said. “When we get it all in, we’re ending up with close to $8,000.”
In attendance at the event were a few of McCord’s canine friends form the SCHS, as well as their human supervisors Kelly Place, Patti Whitaker and Nicole Baldwin. Place expressed gratitude for all McCord has done for the organization.
“It is great and we are so honored and blessed to have a supporter like David,” she said. “We wanted to give him a certificate to express that gratitude.”
Never give up and keep picking yourself up.
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Waurika City Commissioners reinstate Brown
Chuck Brown was somewhat surprised early last week when the Waurika City Commissioners voted to terminate him from the position of city manager.
Brown was very surprised four days later to learn he had been “un-terminated” and restored to the city manager position.
Awards handed out at livestock show
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.
Following the award ceremony, the premium sale began as livestock was auctioned off.
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
Today marks beginning of Daylight Savings Time
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.
Baseball teams remember Chris Lane in Ada
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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