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Now that the Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame is up and going, the committee who asked for nominations, which came from all over the county, have announced those who made the list.

The first round of the inductees that were in the “Pathfinders” category were Dr. Bill and Melinda Corporon and the Diane Garis Davenport Family.

The Artists who are going to be part of the Arts Hall of Fame (HOF) are:

• Joe Diffie a Velma man who is a country song writer and a renowned country performer.

“He is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 25 years,” his bio said. “From 1990 to 2004, Diffie had 35 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Joe Diffie is a CMA and Grammy award winner. Joe Diffie continues to tour today and has a new recently released album.”

Next up for accolades is a long time entertainer.

• Bobby Richardson III performed in the county for more than 59 years.

“Richardson III was a multi-talented entertainer in the Duncan area,” his bio read. “He was an accomplished singer as a soloist, in quartets and as a choral conductor.”

He was well known for using his talents in the annual Civic Capers.

“He also performed in Duncan Little Theater productions. He was the leader of the Lawton/Duncan Barbershop Group and his Church choir,” it read.

He will be honored posthumously.

This year Cindy Parks and Nicole Punneo are co-chairs and wanted to explain that HOF has a two-part mission.

“It’s mission I think is two-fold,” Parks said. “I feel like it’s to celebrate local artists and all of their achievements as well as improve this facility (Simmons Center Theatre) with the money that comes from ticket sales, because this facility has got to be maintained, and it takes a lot of money to do that.”

Punneo said last year the group focused on replacing the lights in the theatre.

“This year we are hoping for a sound system,” she said.

One of the quotes for a new sound system came in around $12,000 earlier this year.

The event will be a one evening event like the Tony’s or Grammy’s with awards and performances. The date to save is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020 at the Simmons Center.

Set to preform are:

“The Two Belles” - two local violinists who have played at Carnegie Hall

Chance Anderson - country singer from Marlow

Chelsea Shores - dancer and dance instructor

Duane Paul - flautist of Native American songs

Steelwind - bluegrass group

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