Miami News-Record

Miami BOE hears capital improvement update, approves staff changes

Miami school superintendent Nick Highsmith presented updates on capital improvements and the ESSER III construction project to the Board of Education Members during the regular BOE meeting held on Monday, Nov. 8. The school plans on using the same architect and construction management firm. Overall, Superintendent Highsmith said they’ve made a lot of progress over the last month. Originally published in the Nov. 12, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 8

Limited spaces left for Park of Lights displays

It’s not too late to join the holiday fun! The Twin Bridges Park of Lights still has a few spots open for holiday displays, but you only have until Friday, Nov. 12 to sign up. You or your business, church, civic organization or social group can snag one of these coveted spots to decorate with your special holiday message for the 2021 season. Twin Bridges State Park and the Twin Bridges Park Partners host the annual Park of Lights, which is one of the largest Christmas-themed displays of twinkling lights in the area. The Park is literally transformed each evening into a sparkling extravaganza of holiday magic that visitors can drive through and vote for their favorite displays. Originally appeared in the Nov. 9, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1

MHS Wardog Band Haves a Very Successful Season

Under the ongoing leadership of Toye Harris, the Miami High School Wardog Band is having one of its most successful seasons ever. While marching band is winding down, concert band is just gearing up but sometimes band members rock both styles in the same day. The high school band marched their last show for the season last Friday, Nov. 5, during the high school football game against Grove. The same band members switch over to concert band and there’s no rest for these talented troubadours. Their first concert band performance is a Veterans Day performance on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the high school gym. Later that same day, they’ll suit up in their marching band gear to play in the Veterans Day Parade. Originally appeared in the Nov. 9, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 4

Quapaw Band Takes 3rd at OSU Homecoming Parade

Oklahoma State University celebrated its 100th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 30, but the Quapaw Band had its own celebrating to do after taking 3rd Place during OSU’s Sea of Orange Parade. The band may be small compared to some, but its members are mighty and band teacher Sarah Fanning couldn’t be prouder of her students. “We just love the experience, it’s very different from parades we go to around here,” said Fanning. “It’s just very college town oriented. They’re always excited to see us, they’re excited that we’re there and they’re very supportive of us.” Originally appeared in the Nov. 9, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 2

Wyandotte students get goodies during Red Ribbon Week

Holly Hilliard with the Wyandotte Nation set up a booth in the commons area inside the Wyandotte Middle School/High School for Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 29. Students had access to a wide array of free goodies, including granola bars and other snacks, reusable water bottles, Gatorade in various flavors, earbuds and drug awareness t-shirts. Since it was the Friday before Halloween, there was also lots of candy. Originally appeared in the Nov. 9, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1

American Legion Will Raise 100s of Flags for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and American flags will be flown all over Miami in tribute to military veterans who’ve served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Members of the American Legion will be putting up about 350 to 400 flags beginning the morning of Nov. 10. They must start a day early because they have so many flags to fly. “We put up flags about 10 or 12 times a year for businesses and residences,” said Bill Tritthart, current commander of American Legion Post 147 in Miami. “Anyone can sign up for the service.” Originally appeared in the Nov. 5, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 8

Pinnell talks tourism at summit in Miami

Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell spoke to an eager audience about how tourism in Oklahoma could be better during the Travel & Tourism Summit held at the Coleman Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 2. He emphasized that the tourism industry brings valuable tax dollars to communities, but it can also lure new residents to the state. The event, hosted by the City of Miami, Visit Miami OK (CVB) and the Coleman Theatre Beautiful, was held in partnership with the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. It featured education sessions on the best practices to grow tourism and hospitality in cities and counties across the region. Guest speaker Bill Geist, the Chief Instigator at DMOproz, presented these sessions. Lt. Governor Pinnell, who also serves as Secretary of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage on Governor Kevin Stitt’s cabinet, oversaw the town hall meeting and shared information on how tourism in the state has improved and how it can continue to improve through community involvement. Originally appeared in the Nov. 5, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 4

Halloween safety tips to avoid hospital trips

Halloween is Sunday and all of Miami’s little ghouls, ghosts and goblins are ready to collect a mound of coveted candy. Although some cities in Oklahoma opted to have trick or treating on Saturday, Miami isn’t among these cities. Trick or treating will take place on Oct. 31 . . . Scientists have determined that there’s minimal risk of getting COVID-19 from candy wrappers, so no candy chutes or candy catapults required this year (Oh, darn!). Since candy wrappers aren’t contagious, there’s no need to quarantine your treats before you eat them (Yay!). However, parents should still double-check all treats to ensure they’re properly sealed and appear safe to eat before letting kids attack that great big sack of candy. Originally appeared in the Oct. 29, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 2

Spooky fun is on tap all weekend across Miami

With Halloween on a Sunday this year, kids can take advantage of various Halloween events all weekend long. Several organizations have activities planned for the spookiest holiday of the year with some events on Halloween and others taking place on the Friday or Saturday before. It’s a weekend full of fun for the whole family and lots of candy, too! Originally appeared in the Oct. 29, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 4

Quapaw Hay Days is Saturday

Bring your lawn chair and spend the day in Quapaw at the town’s annual Hay Days on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of activities are planned throughout the day and plenty of prizes will be given away. Most of the events will be held on the lot at the corner of 4th and Main with 4th Street blocked off to ensure audience and participant safety. “I remember having Hay Days when I was a kid,” said Lacey Richardson, one of this year’s Hay Days organizers. Originally published in the Oct. 22, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 8

Tips for Fire Prevention Month

Getting out of your home safely during a fire depends on advance warnings from smoke alarms and advance planning. Smoke detectors work around the clock to provide that early alert you need to safely escape. Every second counts, because a home can quickly become engulfed in flames. When you hear your smoke alarm go off, be sure you and your family are prepared by practicing EDITH drills. EDITH stands for Exit Drills In The Home. Everyone in your family must know at least two escape routes from every room in the home, but especially their bedrooms since many fires start at night while everyone is asleep. Practice these escape routes until they become automatic. It’s easy to panic during a fire, but if escape routes have been drilled in everyone’s head, instinct should kick in. Originally published in the Oct. 22, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 11

MFD Talks About the Importance of Fire Safety

October is National Fire Prevention Month, so it’s the perfect time to go over important fire safety tips to ensure your home and family are protected. Kade Witten, Driver/EMT with the Miami Fire Department, is one half of the team who specializes in spreading the word about fire safety. He and MFD Fire Chief Robert Wright shared some tips about smoke detectors, which are a key part of fire safety in the home and the MFD gives them away. Originally published in the Oct. 22, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 12

Afton Grad Serves as FFA State Officer

Quetta Woodall grew up in the rural community of Afton where agricultural education is required for 8th graders. However, watching her older sister prepare for a speech competition had already kick-started her desire to get involved in FFA and eventually led to her being elected the Oklahoma FFA Northeast Area Vice President. Originally published in the Oct. 22, 2021 edition of the Miami News-Record on Page 1 and continued on Page 4.

Dinosaur Exhibit in Commerce Huge Success

Bradly Shelby, the museum curator of Four State Museum of Natural History, had visitors waiting for him to open as he was setting up his traveling museum Saturday morning at Commerce City Hall. The exhibit was such a success that he’s already been asked to come back again in a couple of months. He’s hoping by then he’ll have his new pieces in. “I’m expecting two Tyrannosaurus rex skulls and a Triceratops skull,” said Shelby. “They’re all being created by a company in England and should be ready about the same time.” Originally published in the 10/18/2021 edition of the Miami News-Record - Page 1 and continued on Page 2

The Stables Casino taps Miamian for top post

The Stables Casino at 530 H St. SE recently hired a new General Manager, who might be familiar to some Miami residents. Byron Long is a 2001 graduate of Miami High School, who started out as a card dealer at Quapaw Casino while attending NEO. He’s stuck with the gaming industry ever since, steadily climbing up the managerial ladder at various establishments. Originally published in the 10/19/21 edition of the Miami News-Record Page 3

Dinosaur Exhibit Comes to Commerce City Hall

About 66 million years ago, dinosaurs walked the earth and they left evidence of their existence behind. Bradly Shelby, a lifelong resident of the Four State Area and current Miamian, wants to share the history of the dinosaurs through a unique traveling museum that will be on display at the Commerce City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 16, from noon to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The traveling Four State Museum of Natural History features both authentic fossils and life-size museum-quality replicas of different fossils. The pieces span the entire period of the Mesozoic Era or what people think of as the time of the dinosaurs. Originally published in the 10/15/2021 edition of the Miami News-Record - Page 1 and continues on Page 4

Maple Gathering powwow recognizes Native American elders

Kimberly Dean is coordinating the first of what she’s hoping to be an annual powwow at Maple Healthcare and Rehab in Fairland on Saturday, Oct. 16. The free event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and is intended to recognize Native American elders who reside in the nursing home and their culture. “As they’ve gotten older, they’re not able to go to powwows like they used to,” said Dean. “So, we’re trying to bring the powwow to them.” Originally published in the 10/15/2021 edition of the Miami News-Record - Page 6

Wildlife Moving Into Miami

Miami residents are used to squirrels frolicking in their trees and rabbits scampering across the yard, but certain wildlife isn’t always the norm. For some residents though, other critters are making their homes in their backyards. Foxes have become frequent visitors in many neighborhoods and at least one resident has a groundhog living beneath a shed it burrowed under. “One of the neat things about living in Oklahoma for a lot of us is that we don’t live that far away from wildlife,” said Micah Holmes, Assistant Chief of the Communication and Education Division at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Originally published in the 10/15/2021 edition of the Miami News-Record - Page 1 and continues on Page 8
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Stillwater NewsPress (Writing as Moira K. Wiley)

Perkins Water War

PERKINS - The city and a rural water district are battling over who can sell water to developing areas. During Rural Water District No. 3’s annual meeting Tuesday, some Perkins’ residents and water district members said they were not happy with the district’s decision to file a lawsuit against the city of Perkins on Oct. 10. The lawsuit states that “Perkins is and has been selling water within RWD 3’s ‘Territory’ to potential customers” of the water district. The area in question includes developed land north of Kirk Street and west of Sadler Road, a large part of Perkins Country Estates, Cimarron Trails Golf Course, Perkins-Tryon School District property, Cimarron Trails housing development and commercial land occupied by several businesses along state Highway 33. (Previously published 1/16/2003 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

The blessings of devastation

MULHALL - For residents, mention of May 3, 1999 brings back memories of a day many of them lost everything to Mother Nature’s fury. Following the devastation of twin funnels that roared through the quiet community, an indomitable spirit to survive rose from the rubble. Today, the little town is scarred but still kicking and there’s not much evidence left of that fateful day. That day, two tornadoes literally rocked Mulhall’s foundation, destroying homes and businesses, throwing trees and power lines to the ground and toppling a 100-foot tower that was the town’s sole water source. (Originally published in the Stillwater NewsPress)

New traffic lights offer safety

Perkins’ residents can enjoy the convenience and safety of new traffic lights at the busy intersection located at the eastern junction of U.S. 177 and S.H. 33 in Perkins. Construction began earlier this year on the signal lights, which were officially turned on Monday. Included with the new set of lights was a crosswalk that will make crossing the highway easier and safer for pedestrian traffic. (Originally published 7/20/2002 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Stillwater residents celebrate Independence Day

Amidst the red, white and blue bursts of light were oohs and aahs from the crowd as Stillwater residents celebrated their independence at the Boomer Blast 4th of July celebration held at Boomer Lake on Thursday. The 30-minute fireworks display over the lake was the culmination of a day full of events that attracted people as far away as Nevada and Arizona who were in town visiting relatives during the patriotic holiday. Activities included a fishing tournament, bicycle ride, live entertainment, games and more. (Originally Published July 2002 by the Stillwater NewsPress)

Getting ready for FreeWheel

Bicyclists around the country and points beyond are gearing up for the Oklahoma FreeWheel Cross State Bicycle Tour 2002. Participating riders will be traveling nearly 400 miles on a trek that runs across the state with 50-75 miles covered each day of the seven day trip. The route starts in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Snyder and ends in South Haven, Kan. A total of 488 riders have registered for the ride, thus far, with 362 from the state of Oklahoma and 22 other states represented with a total of 111 riders. Plus, this year’s event has attracted three riders from other countries, one each from Australia, Canada and France. Marking his 14th year to participate in the event is 76-year-old Stillwater resident Bill Burke. (Originally published in the Stillwater NewsPress)

How to cope with disasters

Preparing for disaster before it strikes can be a real learning experience. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma found this out first hand when they recently conducted three emergency preparedness exercises. The three exercises included a wildfire drill May 2 and a massive tornado and resulting hazardous material spill June 26. Coordinators of the exercises decided to run the last two drills in conjunction with each other to better facilitate an extreme disaster. (Originally published in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Author earned fans through details

Not many Stillwater residents can say they have their own fan club. Glenn Shirley could. A fan club was formed in 1992 for Stillwater’s best known author who believed in “telling it like it was” in the accurate recounting of stories based on famous outlaws and lawmen. Writing about outlaws, lawmen and famous events in history was a passion of his, which he pursued right up to his death on Feb. 27. (Originally published in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Flu has Stillwater under the weather

According to FluSTAR, a system that tracks flu activity, the flu has officially hit Oklahoma City. FluSTAR also has confirmed an outbreak of influenza in Stillwater. Local health officials seem to have differing views on the influenza epidemic. “From Jan. 1 to Feb. 9, we’ve had a total of 80 flu patients,” said Shyla Eggers, public relations director for Stillwater Medical Center. “This might not sound like a lot, but many more people may have went to the Warren Clinic or their regular doctors. (Originally Published 2/16/2002 by the Stillwater NewsPress)

Pistol Pete portrait

A portrait of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton was officially unveiled Thursday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. The portrait was commissioned as a gift to the Capitol by Sen. Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater. It was one of two original paintings presented. The second, a portrait of William “Bill” Tilghman, was commissioned by Sen. Brad Henry. “Most Oklahomans probably think of Pistol Pete as OSU’s mascot,” said Morgan, “but may not realize he was a real person and very much the product of the Wild West. (Originally Published 02/09/2002 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Tornados and true love

The 1996 hit movie, Twister, brought a whole new meaning to storm chasers. Real life storm chasers, Val and Amy Castor, have a passion for chasing tornadoes even greater than the on screen characters. Val became fascinated with weather as a young boy when his father would rouse him in the middle of the night to run to the family's outdoor cellar to hide from potentially dangerous storms. Playing baseball as he grew up, he remembers paying more attention to the sky than he did the game. He then went on to earn a physical geography degree from Oklahoma State University and a meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma. Val's first year at OU, he and fellow weather enthusiasts, Bill Pryor and Steve Nelson, began chasing storms on their own. After chasing for about five years he decided to give News Channel 9 a call. After proving himself as a competent chaser, Gary England offered him a staff position. (Originally published February 2002 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Virus battle covers state

Health officials stress vigilance, but not alarm or panic, about the West Nile virus making its way across Oklahoma. The disease is spread by mosquitoes who feed on infected birds, then bite other birds, animals or people. The virus made its first appearance in the United States in New York City during the summer of 1999. At the end of 2001, West Nile virus had been confirmed in 28 eastern states, including Arkansas and Louisiana, so the Oklahoma Department of Health developed a surveillance program for West Nile virus called “On Watch.” The first case of West Nile in Oklahoma was identified July 17 in the northeastern part of the state. (Originally published January 2002 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Dummies show their intelligence at OSU

You can learn a lot from a dummy. The use of crash test dummies in collision simulations plays a significant role in the design and safety engineering of automobiles. Modern dummies are high-tech sensor systems that allow car makers to accurately predict bodily injuries during a crash. As part of the 2002 Awesome Design Committee activities, a detailed presentation on crash dummies and other events will be held Friday. This is the 12th year for the activities, hosted by Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. (Originally published circa January 2002 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

City woman training to become a Doula

Kristy Scott is training to be a doula, or labor support specialist. Scott completed her required training in September through Doulas of the Heartland, a nonprofit organization based in Enid that trains and certifies doulas. She’s now working toward her certification, which requires her to attend and help with three births then get evaluations from each mother and delivering doctor. Doula comes from the Greek language and means handmaiden. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the laboring couple before, during and just after childbirth. Eleven studies have shown using a doula has several effects on birth outcomes. These include shorter labor, fewer complications, Caesarean rates are reduced, less need for induced labor, use of forceps is reduced and fewer requests for pain medication and epidurals. (Originally published circa December 2001 in the Stillwater NewsPress)

Local trio confront challenges

Jacobson has climbed 50 of the 53 mountains in Colorado classified as 14ers. His goal is to climb them all. “I tried to play golf, but it didn’t give me the same thrill. Some people ask me if I’m crazy or why would I want to do this. But, no one asks an overzealous golf player why they drop everything and go play golf every chance they get. It’s the same concept with me and mountains. Many people ask me if I’m afraid of falling or dying. To which I always respond, I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not living.” (Originally published circa December 2001 in the Stillwater NewsPress)
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Perkins Journal (Writing as Moira K. Wiley)

The Perkins Journal - May 14, 2003 / Page 1

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