With Christmas fast approaching, some people are getting in the giving spirit.
And that giving spirit was prominent Thursday during the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry community breakfast. Non-profit organizations represented included the Stephens County Humane Society, the Duncan Jaycees, the Community Christmas Dinner Committee, United Way of Stephens County and Christians Concerned.
Haylee Root, appearing on behalf of the Duncan Jaycees, extended her thanks to the individuals and businesses who donated items to the annual auction, those who bought items from the auction and those who volunteered their time to make the auction a reality.
“The help at the (Jaycees) Hut blew me away,” Root said.
The annual auction, which ran Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, raised money to take area children shopping for clothing. Guardians of the children send in applications through their schools to be selected.
Traditionally, the organization raises about $30,000, which helps about 300 children after the organization pays expenses. This year, after expenses, the organization raised between $33,000 to $34,000.
Organization members and other volunteers will meet between 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to help with the clothing transitions at Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes. She said the more volunteers the better.
Another organization with a mission of giving is the United Way.
Russ Stewart, the 2012 campaign chairman, said the United Way campaign has been successful. So far, the organization has reached 65 percent of its total fundraising goal and there are still many other donations coming in.
“We’re going to reach our 100 percent,” Stewart said.
Sonny Webb discussed the Community Christmas Dinner during the Chamber breakfast. Webb said this is the 24th annual dinner, which features people who give up time Christmas day to provide a meal for members of the community to enjoy. Webb said the non-profit dinner is for anyone who wants to come, whether to eat or volunteer time.
“Last year, we served more than 3,000,” Webb said. “Usually, we have a coupe hundred volunteers.”
A few non-profit organization requested help from the community to turn around and help others in the community. Christians Concerned, represented by Gina Flesher and Cassie Gilmore, talked about things people can do in the community to benefit others. This included rounding up City of Duncan bills. The extra change would go toward the Christians Concerned cause. Flesher also joined Loisdawn Jones to discuss the Duncan Little Theatre “Dixie Swim Club,” which is a competition piece going to the regional competition in 2013. DLT is selling miles to get the group to the competition in Louisiana.
Flesher said 200 miles still remain to be purchased. People can purchase these $10 miles, which are tax deductible, from the “Dixie Swim Club” members.
Jones talked about the Simmons Center Tree and Wreath Auction with proceeds going toward various charities in the community. She said there are plenty of items to bid on, and people can gift their winnings to the charities.
Stephens County Humane Society. Kelly Nelson, SCHS Board president, said the year is going great, but there are still a few more opportunities remaining this year for the organization to raise additional funds to aid the animals at the shelter.
The final giving came from the annual Murf’s ham auction with proceeds going to the Chamber. This year, two hams donated by Jessie Murphree, were auctioned. By the end of the auction, two hospital employees CEO Jay Johnson and media relations Haylee Root purchased the hams for $130 each. Jerry Shaffer, who received a can of SPAM earlier in the breakfast, offered up the can for auction, too. The can wrangled in an additional $26 for the Chamber.
With Christmas fast approaching, some people are getting in the giving spirit.
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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.”
City Council to discuss possible improvement for Data Center
To improve the City of Duncan’s Data Center, the Duncan City Council may approve purchasing a server virtualization solution.
This purchase, if approved, would improve the performance and capacity of the Data Center. The server virtualization solution would cost $76,003.17 and would be purchased from CDW Logistics.
Golden Corral building remains vacant
In November 2012, Duncan’s Golden Corral closed its doors, leaving its building vacant on U.S. Highway 81.
More than a year later, the building still doesn’t have a new business. And it’s not the only building in such a condition. Buildings previously home to Hastings Entertainment and Goodies also remain vacant.
The gift of giving
Many young people have made out their list for Christmas, however, 11 Duncan Middle School students recently experienced the joy of giving rather than receiving.
Before Christmas each year, Love in Action, an organization through Eastside Church of Christ, makes aprons out of holiday themed fabric to take to nursing homes. This year, the group wasn’t able to purchase the fabric.
Jimmy’s Egg to arrive in March
Jimmy’s Egg is coming to Duncan.
In March, the breakfast and lunch restaurant will be taking over the old Legacy Bank location, just south of the Legacy Bank on U.S. Highway 81. This adds to other recent restaurant chains that have moved into Duncan in the past 12 months, including national chain Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Oklahoma chain Interurban.
Revolvers and Rhinestones to offer mounted shooting clinic
Cowboy mounted shooting is a fast-growing sport in the United States and now the Duncan community has the opportunity to learn skills from the best.
Revolvers and Rhinestones is presenting a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Clinic Dec. 20 with instructor Curt Moore. Beginning shooters, who have never shot off their horse, will be from 1-3 p.m. and intermediate shooters, who want to refine their skills, will be from 3-5 p.m. at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.
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