The Duncan Banner

Local News

November 6, 2013

Plans for Christmas Auction under way

DUNCAN — Several new ideas for the annual Christmas Auction were discussed during a planning meeting for volunteers Monday evening.

Previously run by the Duncan Jaycees, this year the Duncan Rotary Club is stepping into the sponsor role. The Christmas Auction will be 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night Dec. 2 through Dec. 6.

Live viewing for the auction can be seen on Duncan Channel 10 or at

About 15 volunteers attended the meeting, where Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson, led them through what needs to be done in preparation for the auction and ideas to jazz it up. Right now, donations are being collected from local businesses.

“We have several things coming in,” said Reynolds. “We want to get some trips and dinners in there.”

Many volunteers have picked up packets, which include lists of businesses in one area or another in town. The volunteers go by each entity to see if they have anything they would like to donate. Packets are still available.

Deadline to have all donations turned in is Nov. 18 so there is time to input items into the computer and compile a master list.

Reynolds is also looking for volunteers to help each night of the auction. There are several ways to help such as answering phones, working the bid board, running cameras, presenting auction items for the viewers and working the pick up window.

“Anyone can be a volunteer,” Reynolds said.

Duncan High School students interested in volunteering are welcome to do so. Sign up sheets can be found with Amanda Smith in Room 203.

New twists to the live auction Reynolds and others have come up with are adding a bit of a show in the middle of the auction each night. Something to keep the audience tuned in all throughout the week.

“It would add energy in the middle of the show,” she said.

Organizers are also considering company hours, during which if employees from a certain company bid on an item, their employer would match the bid.

Proceeds from the auction go to clothing children in need from Duncan. Each child is given $100 and it is always the goal to clothe at least 300 kids. Shopping day this year is from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at Walmart and Payless Shoes.

“We also need help with shopping day, which is the most rewarding day,” said Reynolds. “The kids come through the line with these looks on their faces and parents take your hand; it all hits home.”

Those wanting to volunteer or donate items can visit Reynolds at Bank of Commerce or items can be left with any Duncan Rotarian.

Text Only
Local News
  • Psychologists disagree on Bench’s mental competency

    Two psychologists on Tuesday offered differing opinions  about the mental competency of Miles Sterling Bench to stand trial for first-degree murder in the 2012 death of Braylee Henry.
    Bench, dressed in a dark blue suit, sat through a second day of court proceedings that will determine if the case against him goes to trial. The state is seeking the death penalty.

    April 16, 2014

  • Empire water removal proposal withdrawn

    A rural water district has canceled its application to withdraw up to 7.8 million gallons of additional water after Empire residents protested their private wells might run dry if that much groundwater was taken.
    A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board said Tuesday the application for groundwater rights was withdrawn by Fox Engineering Inc., an Ardmore firm that works as a consultant for Rural Water District No. 3.

    April 16, 2014

  • Man stabbed at water treatment plant

    A 50-year-old man who said was approached by three males was stabbed and cut several time at the Duncan Water Treatment Plant, police said Tuesday.
    The attack took place around 9 p.m. Monday on the south side of the treatment plant office where two men forced the victim against a wall and a third man attacked him, police said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Maundy Thursday services reflect on night before crucifixion

    Maundy Thursday, the night before the crucifixion that some Chrisitians refer to as “Holy Thursday,” will be recognized with special services in some Duncan churches.
    The day is celebrated in recognition of the Last Supper and a foot washing ceremony that took place before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    April 16, 2014

  • jimmyseggstore.jpg Jimmy’s Egg set to open June 9

    A new Jimmy’s Egg restaurant will open in Duncan on June 9 and will begin interviewing job applicants later this month, the restaurant’s general manager said on Tuesday.
    The restaurant will seat about 150 and will employ 33 people, said Libby Shirra, the new general manager.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 Odesse Barnes Mug crop.jpg Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon

    The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged a fourth person in the Christopher Lane murder case.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Slaying of former Duncan doctor shocks friends

    The deaths of former Duncan physician Bill Corporon and his teenage grandson at the hand of a onetime Ku Klux Klan leader left the beloved doctor’s friends in Oklahoma heartbroken and shocked on Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • file 3-17 BENCH Miles Sterling.jpg Competency hearing begins in Bench case

     A hearing to determine if Miles Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for murder began Monday in Stephens County District Court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Skeletal remains found in pond

    More skeletal remains that may be linked to the death of a woman in 2006 have been discovered in a pond northeast of Bray this weekend, authorities said Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commissioners choose different bid in electric project

    A decision made a week ago was changed on Monday when Stephens County commissioners found liability coverage would not be provided.

    April 15, 2014


Who do you favor for the U.S. Senate seat that Tom Coburn is giving up?

State Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton
U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Edmond
State Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City
Former State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso
     View Results
AP Video