The Duncan Banner

Opinion

June 10, 2012

Good stories fill magazine

DUNCAN — Final details are falling into place. Finishing touches are nearly complete. And our excitement is growing.

The June edition of Duncan…the magazine will publish Thursday, June 21

It will -- thanks to the stories you’re helping us tell, the enthusiasm and enjoyment you’ve shared about our previous issues and your continued support -- be our largest ever.

And though we’ll let you be the ultimate judge, we think it’s shaping up to perhaps be our best.

The lineup of story topics seems especially strong and diversified.

We think, for example, you’ll like the focus on vivacious Danielle Flesher Stephens, her recent stage successes, her busy but exciting schedule and the possible pursuit of a career in the performing arts.

An emotional piece shares how Mayor Gene Brown and his wife, Mary, have overcome issues surrounding a personal tragedy, embracing a city important to them and sharing a spirit full of forgiveness and giving.

Sharply-edged and occasionally sharply-tongued wood carvers expose their considerable skills and highly-spirited camaraderie in a delightful piece that profiles their talents and a marvelous and even marketable hobby.

Towana Spivey’s sense of tradition, passion for history and commitment to preservation makes for a remarkable story on a remarkable man. His contributions are significant, so valuable they border on being priceless, touching generations past, present and into the future.

And what could be more timely than an inside look at Amanda Johnson, recent recipient of Duncan High School’s prestigious Crossman Award? She’s a sharp young lady to be sure, one who now belongs to a best-of-the-best human assemblage of which much has been expected and through which much has been accomplished.

We know because, as part of our expanded “Whatever Happened To?” feature in this month’s Duncan…the magazine, we tracked down the current whereabouts of former Crossman winners, connecting with 64 of the 71 recipients dating back to 1946. You’ll recognize some special names and memories from the past as you review that list and you’ll be pleased to note their achievements, individually and as a group.

There is more, of course.

Food buffs will read about Bobby Goodner, a familiar face on the local culinary scene, while the perhaps more health-conscious folks will learn from Dr. James McGouran and his wife, Laura, the benefits of a plant-based diet.

We recommend the multi-page pictorial tour of the exquisite home of Rick and Barbara Braught on the grounds of The Territory Golf and Country Club as a “don’t miss” opportunity.

We suggest, too, a close look at “What’s Hot!” for those unique and trendy items that make memorable gifts on almost any occasion and we encourage you to pay special attention to area businesses who use the magazine to deliver important messages about the products and services they provide.

Scheduling through a busy summer season can be a challenge, we know, but we hope the process is made easier by our comprehensive calendar of events and activities and we’ve even highlighted a few dates to circle as truly special occasions.

And an expanded package of photos of your friends and neighbors having fun at meetings and parties or supporting worthy causes will likely keep “Faces” among the magazine’s most popular sections while a parting shot photo reminds us all that the upcoming United Way campaign is a personal one whether you are a volunteer, a contributor or a recipient.

We’ve worked hard on this edition of your magazine. We’re proud of how it has come together and we’re pleased to say several of the story ideas came from suggestions you shared. Keep open, please, that exchange of ideas.

Subscribers to The Banner receive a copy of Duncan…the magazine as an added value of being part of our information family. Single copies are available at The Banner or in special locations throughout the community. Back copies remain in case you misplaced or missed an earlier edition. And new this month is a magazine-only mail delivery subscription offer.

Again, we look forward to Thursday, June 21 and the opportunity to share some interesting stories and features with you. We hope you enjoy reading them.

edarling@duncanbanner.com

580-255-5354, Ext. 130

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