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
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City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system
By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.
Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.
Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies
A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.
Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.
Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.
Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet
The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.
The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.
Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.
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.
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