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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Even if your red and green decorations aren’t up yet, there are plenty of community happenings this month to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas Auction, formerly run by the Duncan Jaycees Club and this year taken over by the Duncan Rotary Club, will be from 6:30-10:30 p.m. each night today through Friday live on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Proceeds go to clothe children in need in Duncan. Shopping day for the children will be Dec. 14.
Volunteers stay busy during Toy Shop Blitz
Volunteers for the Toy Shop Blitz this year said time flew by as they helped several families register for toys this Christmas season.
While the event is an opportunity for the community to tour the Toy Shop, it also is the first day of regular registration. When volunteers arrived at 9 a.m. Monday, there was already a line waiting.
Dennington, Nelson discuss 2014 re-election possibilities
Duncan City Council positions, held by Mike Nelson and Ritchie Dennington, are coming up for vote in April. Dennington plans to run for re-election, and Nelson hasn’t made a final decision.
Between 8 a.m. Feb. 3 and 5 p.m. Feb. 5, the two council positions (Ward 1 and Ward 2) will be open for filing. Although the two councilmen may file for re-election, the people within those wards could file to run against them. The election is set for April 1.
United Way closes in on 85 percent of goal
The United Way of Stephens County’s 2013-14 campaign has reached 85 percent of its $350,000 goal.
But campaign chairwoman Haylee Root is hoping to go beyond the goal to help more people. The more money raised during the campaign, the more money there is to distribute among the 16 partner agencies to help people throughout Stephens County.
“We want people to send in their donations so we can reach goal,” Root said. “The more money we raise, the more we are able to give to our agencies. If we go above goal, that is even better to be able to give our agencies even more.”
DHS construction remains on target
The frame of a new structure sits directly behind the main building of the Duncan High School.
This new construction will house a new campus library and a cafeteria, taking over an area previously held for faculty parking. This project is part of a $19.2 million bond issue approved by Duncan voters Feb. 14, 2012.
Marlow electric rates increase
Electric rates for the City of Marlow are increasing for the first time in 25 years.
Toward the beginning of November, the Marlow City Council approved increasing electric rates, which will go into effect during this billing cycle. Acting City Administrator Jason McPherson said the increase won’t be a large jump in price for residential and commercial customers, with the exception of heavy-use commercial customers.
Christmas parades through Stephens County
If you’re looking for a Christmas parade to be a part of, Stephens County has at least four to choose from.
In fact, for the ambitious, you could even join in almost all of them. Marlow starts the festivities off with their parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Marlow VFW Post 2888 and American Legion Post 9 Color Guard will lead the procession on Main Street to First Street.
City Council reviews first draft of budget
As the City of Duncan approaches the beginning of the 2014 fiscal year, the Duncan City Council has begun reviewing a tentative budget.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council reviewed and acknowledged the first draft of the 2014 budget. Council members will revisit the budget in a workshop, which has been set for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the City Hall Conference Room.
A time for giving
More than 400 donation items have been collected for this year’s Christmas Auction, which begins Monday.
Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. each night Monday through Dec. 6 and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Previously ran by the Duncan Jaycees Club for several years, the project has been turned over to the Duncan Rotary Club this year.
Moffatt elected state HOSA president
Sam Moffatt’s senior year of high school might be a busy one, but that doesn’t keep him from taking on more responsibility.
And Moffatt’s latest round of responsibility not only put him in another leadership position, but a state leadership position to boot. Moffatt is the new state Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) president.
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