The Duncan Banner


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.

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    April 9, 2014

  • Self government key to keeping politicians in check

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal campaign laws that limit the total amount of money donors can give to political parties, committees and candidates for federal office (U.S. House, Senate, and President) was unconstitutional. The ruling will not increase the current $2,600 limit on how much a donor can give to a federal candidate in each primary and general election or the $32,400 limit that can go to a national party committee. Those limits are still in place.  The ruling will instead remove the limit on how many candidates/committees to which a donor can contribute.

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  • Legislative goals crucial to priorities in education

    I am a member of several professional organizations where I attend regular meetings, network with colleagues, and stay abreast and informed on education best practices.  The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, better known as CCOSA, is a nonprofit organization that establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers, and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of schools. Attendance this time of year is especially critical because legislators are in session.

    March 28, 2014

  • An impressive ranking that could be better

    That Duncan was named one of the best 15 communities in Oklahoma by Movoto, a national Real Estate company, is news worth celebrating.
    Of 43 places with population of 10,000 or more, as determined by the U.S. Census data, Duncan finished 15th. Norman was first, Edmond second, Yukon and Moore tied for third and Bethany was fifth.

    March 9, 2014

  • Kids shouldn’t have to pay for having punster parents

    Friends and neighbors, I’ve been cloistered in my Thought Chamber for the past few days, contemplating many high-brow philosophies and haughty hypothesis that we who think on a different level use to exercise our finely-tuned minds and remain intellectually superior to the Great Unwashed.
    As you see, the time alone has been intellectually beneficial. I just composed an opening sentence (what we in the journalism dodge call a “lead”) that’s 46 words long.

    March 9, 2014

  • The blissful serenity of No-TV Land

    Life without TV is possible. Maybe you should try it. I did. It’s a do-able thing, I tell you. I’m still here, no worse the wear, no oozing wounds, no serious loss of brainwave activity except for the slow, inexorable downhill decline that already started when TV viewing was a daily occurrence.

    Granted, two months without the tube is quite likely not a scientifically acceptable sample from which is to hold forth. But it’s the best I can do, so deal with it.

    March 9, 2014

  • Cooper’s message is to remain active

    Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the Dallas physician who coined the phrase “aerobics” more than four decades ago, who has become a world leader in physical fitness and who has saved, literally, thousands of lives by promoting the value of an active lifestyle, shared his philosophy of life here last week.

    March 9, 2014

  • Time to take the “B” out of the “Three R’s”

    Our young folks are hitting the stretch drive toward the end of another school year, during which they’ve been taught “Three R’s”, which are not really “r’s” at all.
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    February 23, 2014

  • Thank you for lettin’ me be myself again

    Friends and neighbors, hope I don’t sound like the biggest egomaniac since Donald Trump, but you know, I am the most interesting person I’ve ever known.
    Forgive me if — on first blush — that sounds like the most totally self-aggrandizing statement you’ve ever heard. And if you’ve headed to the restroom to express an editorial opinion about the statement above, I’ll stop for a couple minutes.

    February 15, 2014

  • Buzz misfired in Vanity Fair body slam of Duncan

    As the new kid in town, I’m reluctant to leap atop the ramparts to defend the honor of Duncan, Okla., my new adopted hometown.
    But to heck with that. When an out-of-towner comes into your house and soils your rug, it’s on.
    I speak, of course, about the article in Vanity Fair magazine about Duncan and the  killing last year of Chris Lane, the Australian who was gunned down in August.

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