Vous êtes sur la page 1sur 12

The Oklahoma Publisher Official Publication of the Oklahoma Press Association

www.OkPress.com Vol. 89, No. 1

www.Facebook.com/okpress 12 Pages • January 2018

Contest honors newspapers, staff
New owners were announced The deadline for the 2017 Oklahoma
at The Elk City News, Mustang
News, Stroud American and
Press Association Better Newspaper Con-
test is approaching and we want to award
Yukon Review.
the talent at your newspaper.
Did you have a great news story, sports
story, column, feature or editorial during
MEDIA EXCHANGE: Joy 2017? Enter it in the contest. How about an ENTRY DEADLINE:
Hampton from The Norman amazing print ad? Enter it in the contest.
Transcript reports on her trip An amazing front-page design? Yeah, you MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2018
to Pakistan as part of a media can enter that, too. We didn’t forget pho-
exchange program. tographers, either. This year, you can enter
PAGE 7 individual news, feature or sports photos in CONTEST RULES:
the contest.
And, many of the categories for staff
Clark finds journalism tips from
1936 still apply today. members and newspapers allow up to four
entries per newspaper.
You’re not too big or too small to enter UPLOAD ENTRIES AT:
DONATE TO ONF to receive the annual newspaper contest. OPA busi- www.betternewspapercon-
this Will Rogers print. Details at ness members will compete in nine circula-
OkPress.com/will-rogers. tion divisions to level the playing field. test.com/OPA
To paraphrase two Oklahoma journal-
ism professors, good writing is good writ- QUESTIONS?
ing whether it’s in the New York Times or Contact Lisa Sutliff, LSutliff@okpress.com
a small-town Oklahoma newspaper. The or Jennifer Gilliland, jgilliland@okpress.com
same is true for ad design, page layout, or phone (405) 499-0020
photography and other categories in this 1-888-815-2672 (toll-free in state)
year’s contest. The smallest newspaper in
the state could have the best entry and be
recognized for its work. Several of you already have experience Make this the year that you enter the
The deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. with these online contest platforms having OPA Better Newspaper Contest. Whether
12, 2018. Most entries will be judged as full- judged other states’ contests. it’s entering one category or all 20, it’s your
page digital tearsheets in PDF format. It’s a new process but we’ve created step- opportunity to receive recognition for your
Now it’s easier than ever to choose by-step instructions to guide you through hard work.
entries and upload PDFs. Simply click a the operation. If you still have questions or
couple of links and type in a few words. are having problems, just give us a call.

OPA members to meet at capitol for Legislative Summit

Register now to attend the Oklahoma Legislators rank a personal visit with
Press Association’s annual Legislative their constituents as the most effective
Summit on Thursday, Feb. 8, for an oppor- contact. They listen to people who make
tunity to meet with your legislators at the time to come to the capitol and express
Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. their concerns.
The summit begins with a group meet- Newspapers have several important
ing in the Blue Room on the second floor legislative principles to support and
at 9:30 a.m. where OPA Executive Vice defend, including First Amendment
President Mark Thomas will provide a issues, Freedom of Information issues,
quick briefing before everyone breaks to and business issues affecting newspapers,
visit legislators in their offices. such as public notice, and taxation of
Following lunch, Oklahoma Governor advertising and circulation.
Mary Fallin will speak to OPA members. Plan on attending the Feb. 8 Legisla-
The summit offers publishers, editors tive Summit and make sure your voice is
and other newspaper staff members a heard. Registration is free and includes
chance to ask their local legislators to sup- lunch. To register, go to www.OkPress.
port decisions affecting the newspaper com/legislative-summit.
2 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018

AG says sheriff’s association

On that O subject to open records law
note… An attorney general opinion says a
private organization of county sheriffs
opinion states. It is also subject to the
Open Records Act, but only for records
must make its meetings and certain involving “the transaction of public busi-
records open to the public. ness, the expenditure of public funds or
by Brian Blansett Oklahoma Attorney General Mike the administering of public property.”
Hunter said the Oklahoma Sheriff’s The opinion is based on the asso-
Publisher of the Tri-County Herald Association is subject to state openness ciation’s paid administrative role in the
2017-2018 OPA President
laws because it is “supported in whole or Oklahoma Temporary Motorist Liabil-
in part by public funds.” ity Plan, which allows police to seize a
State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaugh- driver’s license plate if the driver doesn’t
terville, asked for the opinion after hear- have proof of insurance. To get the
Changes to OPA contest offer ing concerns about the association from
journalists, The Oklahoman reported.
license plate back, the driver must pay a
$125 fee, with $10 from each fee going to
OSA must comply with the Open the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association for
more awards and digital entry Meeting Act when a majority of its mem-
bers meet to conduct OSA business, the
administering the plan.

I spent a good portion of last week- Story; In-Depth Reporting; Column

end going through our archives to pick Writing; Small Space Ad; Large Space
out entries for the OPA Better Newspa- Ad; News Photograph; Feature Photo-
per Content. graph; Sports Photograph; and Front-
And, for the first time, I was not ruf-
fling through stacks of old papers to get
Page Design.
All the information about the new
the entries. That’s because most of this categories and how to enter can be
year’s contest categories have digital found on the press association website OPA LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
entries. Three still require us to mail at www.okpress.com/contest.
entire copies of the paper, but it’s excit- If your newspaper is among the 60
THURSDAY, FEB. 8, 2018
ing that the bulk of them will be of the percent of OPA member papers that 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM – FREE but please register in advance
click-and-upload variety. Makes me a usually don’t enter the contest, I hope All OPA members are encouraged to meet at the State Capitol on Feb. 8. We’ll have a short group meeting
happier camper. you’ll do it this year. It is a good chance in the Blue Room on the 2nd floor, across from the Governor’s office and behind the Governor’s conference
room. Lunch will be provided by OPA in the 1st floor rotunda. Gov. Mary Fallin will speak to attendees at
It is exciting, too, because, for the to see how your paper stacks up against
1 p.m.
first time, this year’s contest will recog- its peers and it’s a great way to get rec-
nize individuals for their work, as well ognition for you and your employees.
as the newspapers. It’s cheap – $10 per entry. Even if OPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST
There will be 20 contest categories, you don’t enter all the Sequoyah Award ENTRY DEADLINE
with results from eight of them count- categories, pick a couple of categories
ing toward the Sequoyah Award. Those where you think you do well. MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2018
are: News Content; Layout & Design; Even though I am sure that you – There are lots of changes in the 2017 OPA Better Newspaper Contest. Most entries will be judged online as
full-page digital tearsheets in PDF format. To submit contest entries, go to https://betternewspapercontest.
Advertising; Editorial Writing; Pho- like me - enjoy winning stuff, the pur-
com/OPA. Entry materials that must be mailed (Categories 1, 2 and 3) must also be postmarked by the
tography; Sports Coverage; Sales Pro- pose of the Better Newspaper Contest February 12 deadline. This year, 20 categories offer an opportunity for newspapers and staff members to
motion; and Community Leadership. is to help us all learn and get better at be honored. Visit OKPress.com/Contest for more information.
Newspapers may also enter the digital what we do.
media contest, but the results will not And, by all means, spring for your
count toward the Sequoyah Award. staffers to enter their best work, as
There are 11 contest categories that well. They’ll appreciate it and you might THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2018
recognize individual work. Those are: find yourself hanging their hardware up 10 AM to 10:45 AM – COST: $39
News Story; Feature Story; Sports on the wall at your paper. Join Ed Henninger as he teaches newspapers how to design special sections that will make money and
draw readers. Capitalize on your sections by learning tips to create more interest and advertising revenue.
To register, visit newspaperacademy.com.


OPEA asks for investigation THURSDAY, FEB. 15, 2018
1 PM to 2 PM – COST: $35
of state tourism department Video offers your audience a front row seat to history, a chance to feel as if they are intimately connected
and an opportunity to deeply understand an issue. This session will help you decide what video strategies
to adopt, what technology to use and how your entire staff can contribute video stories. To register, visit
An investigation is being sought “Oklahomans deserve to know if the onlinemediacampus.com.
against the Oklahoma Tourism and agency disregarded merit protection
Recreation Department over allegations
that it broke laws regulating employ-
commission and district court orders
pertaining to the treatment of tour-
ment practices, taxpayer funds and open ism employees,” said OPEA Executive FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 15-16, 2018
records and meetings. Director Sterling Zearley. It’s never too early to start planning. Mark your calendars to join us for OPA’s Annual Convention at the
The Oklahoma Public Employees “OPEA also has concerns about agen- Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Okla.
Association sent a written request for the cy open records violations, the handling
investigation to Oklahoma State Attor- of a state auditor and inspector’s report For more information on upcoming events, visit the OPA website at
ney General Mike Hunter, Oklahoma and a federal Department of Labor inves- www.OkPress.com or contact Membership & Meetings Director Christine Frank
District Attorney David Prater and the tigation.” at (405) 499-0040, 1-888-815-2672 or email CFrank@okpress.com.
House Special Investigation Committee.
The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018 3

Brown family sells Stroud American The

New owners, Oklahoma
to publisher of Tri-County Herald
press days at The Stroud American is under new published the Herald has reinforced for
ownership. me the importance of community news-
Elk City News Blansett Media Incorporated, which
owns the Tri-County Herald in Meeker,
papers,” said Brian Blansett, publisher of
the Herald and now the American. ISSN 1526-811X
Official Publication of the
purchased the weekly newspaper last “The Brown family has a tremen-
The Elk City News has new own- Oklahoma Press Association
month from Mike and Alicia Brown. dous legacy in Stroud. I’m grateful they
ers after eight decades under direc-
“We are very pleased to pass the trusted our team enough to make this
tion of the Wade family.
Stroud American torch to a great team opportunity possible.”
Scott Wesner and Scott Wood, Mark Thomas
who will bring fresh ideas, new energy Blansett, a veteran of the newspaper
along with new publisher Josh
Umholtz, became the new owners
and creativity to the forefront,” said industry, currently serves as president mthomas@okpress.com
Mike Brown. of the Oklahoma Press Association.
on Dec. 1. EDITOR
The Brown family had owned the Nicole Smith, who was an intern,
“We are so excited to be a part
American since 1973. Mike and Alicia employee and stringer for the Herald, Jennifer Gilliland
of a long tradition at The Elk City
Brown have been its owners and pub- is the news editor of the American and jgilliland@okpress.com
News,” said Wesner. “Having grown
lishers since 1997. is working in the Stroud office. Salonne
up in Cordell, it’s great to be back
home working in the same area we
The Browns said they have no plans Carter, a Stroud native and veteran OPA OFFICERS
to leave the Stroud community but will newspaper sales executive, will work
know best.”
be pursuing other opportunities. part-time as a sales executive.
Brian Blansett, President
Wesner and Woods both gradu- Tri-County Herald
“The two and a half years that we have
ated from Cordell High School.
Wesner now lives in Austin, Ted Streuli, Vice President
Texas, and has been in the newspa- The Journal Record
per business for 22 years. He is the Chisolm Trails LLC takes ownership Rusty Ferguson, Treasurer
father of two children, Hanna, 16,
and William, 14. of Yukon Review and Mustang News The Cleveland American
Wood began his newspaper Mark Thomas,
Chisholm Trails LLC is the new of Scott and Rusty,” said Settle. “Their
career in 1997 in West Texas. In
owner of the Yukon Review and Mus- vision and commitment to the future of
Executive Vice President
2003, he moved to Muenster, Texas,
tang News. Yukon and Mustang has ensured the OPA DIRECTORS
and acquired three newspapers.
Yukon businessman Scott Myrick, two newspapers will be serving these
Wood and his wife, Deborah, have Dayva Spitzer, Past President
Oklahoma City attorney Russell Mulinix communities far into the future.”
two children, Emma, 18 and Sarah,
and newspaper publisher John Settle are Myrick said he is excited about the The Beckham County Record
involved in the new company. new venture. He plans to be involved Ray Dyer, El Reno Tribune
In addition to the newspapers
Chisholm Trails acquired the proper- with the newspaper, but said that Settle
they own individually, Wesner and Mike Strain, Tulsa World
ties from Star Communications, which will continue to oversee the day-to-day
Woods co-own additional papers in
Dalhart, Texas; Coleman, Texas;
has owned the Yukon Review since July operations. John Denny Montgomery,
1, 2015, and the Mustang News since Mulinix, who also owns a Keller Wil- The Purcell Register
Independence, Kansas; Coffeyville,
Feb. 1, 2016. liams franchise real estate agency in the
Kansas; and Gothenburg, Nebraska.
“This agreement will not change the Norman area, said community newspa- Mark Millsap,
Wesner said their main focus is The Norman Transcript
normal operations of the paper or its pers are the internal fiber of the com-
“producing an excellent newspaper.”
staff,” Settle said. “It will position the munity. Zonelle Rainbolt,
“We’re looking forward to con-
papers to be able to continue to grow Community newspapers, he said, are
tinuing the great tradition of com- The Cordell Beacon
with the communities.” where readers find out what’s going on
munity journalism,” he said. Alan Herzberger,
Myrick is the developer of the pro- in their towns, whether it’s city council
Umholtz said some changes are
being made to ensure the health and
posed Thunder Falls indoor water park meetings or sports coverage. The Oklahoman
near Yukon. The Yukon Review was founded in
success of the newspaper.
Mulinix is a Norman attorney and 1963 and is a successor to the Yukon
The first change was becoming
a longtime friend of Review publisher Sun, which was established before 1900. 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
a two-edition per week newspaper,
John Settle. The Mustang News was founded in Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5499
which began on Jan. 12.
With two publications per week,
“I am very excited about the addition 1982. (405) 499-0020
The Elk City News will become Toll-Free in Oklahoma:
more robust, hyper-local and timely, (888) 815-2672
Umholtz said.
A new advertising team is in
We should be your first call. www.OkPress.com
place at the newspaper to serve cli- www.Facebook.com/OKPress
ents. Courtney Faylor was recently
named advertising manager while
W.B. Grimes & Company SUBSCRIBE TO
Nancy Hylton returned to work part- has sold more than 1,500 newspapers over the THE OKLAHOMA PUBLISHER
time. years and appraised thousands of others. $12 PER YEAR
Faylor has been working at the
newspaper since July. Hylton is
Gary Borders covers Oklahoma, Texas, THE OKLAHOMA PUBLISHER (USPS 406-
Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. 920) is published monthly for $12 per year
returning to The Elk City News by the Oklahoma Press Association, 3601 N.
for the fourth time. Both ladies are garyb@mediamergers.com • 903-237-8863 Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5499.
longtime area residents. Faylor and Periodicals postage paid at Oklahoma City,
her family are moving to Canute,
and Hylton has been an Elk City
What’s Your Paper Worth? Find Out Today.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to
resident for many years. A free confidential consultation awaits via our website. THE OKLAHOMA PUBLISHER, 3601 N.
www.MediaMergers.com Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5499.
4 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018

New assistant editor joins

Trail Miller Co., LLC staff
Trail Miller Co., LLC welcomes Hay- excited for Hayley to learn all different
ley Grimes as the new assistant editor aspects of this company.”
for The Okeene Record and The Canton Prior to joining the staff at the Record
Times. She will cover local news as well and Times, Grimes worked as a courier
as help editor Lia Hillman with the news- delivering newspapers for The Houston
paper production. Chronicle. She is originally from Lake
“There’s a lot that goes into produc- Jackson, Texas, and graduated from
ing a newspaper each week that people Texas A&M University in 2015 with a
don’t always see,” Hillman said. “I’m degree in agricultural communications
and journalism.

Cushing Citizen transitions to weekly

The Cushing Citizen has transi- The Wednesday Citizen remains the
tioned to a once weekly print edition on same subscription price, but the news-
Wednesday with a free electronic edition stand price increased to 75 cents.
on Friday. Advertising packages for the elec-
The change was effective Jan. 1, 2018, tronic issue are being offered as a three-
said David Reid, publisher of the Citizen. month, six-month or weekly one-year
“The staff is quite excited about this agreement, said Reid.
change,” Reid said. “The wide-open can- “I think this Saturday electronic is
vas of the Weekend electronic edition is going to far exceed the revenues of the
fascinating to our team. previous Saturday print issues and at
“We’ve got a pretty young staff and a fraction of the production cost,” said
they are embracing this electronic prod- Reid. “We’re confident this is a positive
uct better than I am. I have to admit, move both for the company and for the
their enthusiasm is catching – even with community.”

McAlester News-Capital plans

candidate forum for community
The McAlester News-Capital part- Johns said candidates will be given
nered with Ignite McAlester on a forum opportunities for opening and closing
regarding school board candidates and statements, and will be asked questions
sales tax proposals on the upcoming presented by a panel from the News-
Feb. 13 election ballot. Capital.
“It’s our responsibility to present Representatives from the City of
these forums to our community,” said McAlester were invited to speak regard-
News-Capital Publisher Amy Johns. “We ing the sales tax proposals.
want people to be able to make wise Ignite McAlester is a young profes-
decisions when they go to the polls.” sionals network.

The Oklahoman launches magazine

The Oklahoman recently introduced
its all-new lifestyle magazine that cel-
ebrates everything Oklahoma.
“The OK” (like the tree) is a quar-
terly magazine that will cover people
and places, food and fashion, travel and
technology, and more.
It will also bring stories told in the
unique voices of The Oklahoman’s
reporters ranging from long-form nar-
ratives to in-depth reports as well as
personal columns and tales. The inaugural edition, The Year in
The OK is a premium product for Pictures, highlights the work of the
subscribers who can get it at a discount- award-winning photography staff, head-
ed price as well as opt out if they’re not ed up by veteran Doug Hoke.
interested. The magazine is also avail- Phil O’Connor is editor of The OK;
able at premium outlets as well as online Todd Pendleton is the creative director.
for $5.99.
The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018 5

Apply now for a 2018-2019 RJI Fellowship THANK

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel
Institute invites proposals from people support.
and organizations who wish to partner
with them on innovative projects that • INSTITUTIONAL FELLOWSHIPS are
strengthen democracy through better designed to unlock some of the thought-
journalism. ful, meaningful ideas inside newsrooms,
Successful projects often include campus, receive an $80,000 stipend and ad departments, boardrooms and break
devising new strategies to take advan- a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation rooms that for various reasons can’t get
tage of an opportunity or solve a prob- allowance. any traction.
lem, building new tools for news orga- Solutions – in the form of strategies, RJI will collaborate with a leader at a
nizations, transforming an idea into a products or services – developed from company or institution who will identify
market-tested prototype or advancing a these ideas would be shared with many an employee who can develop an idea or
prototype so it’s ready for investment or news and news-related organizations. lead a team that could do it. The employ-
a full product launch. You must reside in Columbia, Missouri, ee will be named an RJI Fellow but will
Whatever your idea, its benefits for the duration of this fellowship. continue working at his or her job. The
should extend to other news organiza- institutional fellowship stipend – $20,000
tions and the people who depend on • NONRESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS are – is paid to the company or organization
them. To apply, please clearly describe designed for entrepreneurial individuals and can be used for salary relief or for
your experience, relevant connections with a strong interest in journalism and another purpose to best ensure the suc-
and expected outcomes during and issues related to digital communications. cess of the fellowship project.
immediately following your fellowship Your fellowship can be about some-
RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citi-
to the following individuals
year. thing you are interested in pursuing on
zens and news organizations as well and organizations for their
your own or something that could bene-
There are three types of RJI Fel-
fit a current employer. Successful ideas,
as international news outlets. RJI also recent donations to the
lowships: residential, nonresidential and welcomes proposals from international Oklahoma Newspaper
institutional. products or strategies should serve as a
journalists who plan to partner with
model for the news industry or help the
U.S.-based news, technology and civil
• RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS are industry get smarter, faster and nimbler.
society organizations.
designed for persons, inside and outside
media industries, who want to collabo-
You do not need to live in Columbia
but you will need to make occasional
The deadline to apply is midnight Andy & Karen Rieger
CST on Jan. 31, 2018.
rate with RJI in the pursuit of solutions visits to consult with RJI leadership and
For more information or to apply,
to a particular journalism problem.
Residential fellows spend eight
Nonresidential fellows receive a
go to https://www.rjionline.org/stories/ Trail Miller Co.
months on the University of Missouri
In memory of Ray Lokey
Betty Boyd
DEATHS A donation to the Oklahoma
Newspaper Foundation will
support its efforts to improve the
DAVID ALTMAN, a longtime Oklahoma Department as a firefighter/emergency the Nowata Star as editor before return-
state’s newspaper industry and
jorurnalist, died Dec. 8, 2017. He was 71. medical technician and spent his days ing to the Fairview Republican. In 2001,
off helping start The Wewoka Sun, a he left the Fairview Republican to start quality of journalism.
Altman was born Aug. 29, 1946, in
Seminole and later moved to Wewoka weekly newspaper. an e-mail newsletter, Fairview E-News. ONF’s programs include training
with his family. He graduated from In 1979, Altman moved to Clinton While still publishing E-News, Altman and education for professional
Wewoka High School in 1964, attended where he helped start The Custer Coun- also joined the staff of the Enid News &
journalists, scholarship and
the University of Oklahoma and gradu- ty Leader as a reporter before becoming Eagle as copy editor. He retired from the
editor then general manager. In 1984, he newspaper in 2008. internship programs for
ated from East Central State College in
1969. went to the Blackwell Journal-Tribune to Altman is survived by his son Greg- journalism students, and
After his honorable discharge from serve as sports editor. Later that year, he ory Michael Altman and wife Tina of Newspaper in Education efforts.
the Army in 1972, Altman joined the began working at the Fairview Repub- Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter Melissa
lican where he was promoted to editor Dawn Altman of Oklahoma City; and two
ONF relies on donations and
Wewoka Daily Times as ad manager. A
year later he joined the Wewoka Fire in 1985. His career also brought him to siblings. memorial contributions to fund
these programs.

NORA KATHRYN FROESCHLE, former liaison for veterans at Veterans Affairs teacher at Union High School and Sand If you would like to make a
reporter for the Tulsa World, died Dec. in Washington D.C. before serving 10 Springs’ Clyde Boyd Middle School. donation, please send a check to:
21, 2017. She was 49. years as a reporter for the Tulsa World. Froeschle is survived by her two sons
Froeschle was born June 19, 1968, She later began a career as an English Jared Cole Froeschle and Christopher
in Minneapolis, Minn. She worked as a Robin Silberstein.
In Memory of Our Friends & Colleagues FOUNDATION
John Yates David Lee Avery Ronald Michael ‘Ron’ Smith Mary Louise Frick Helen Barrett
Dec. 10, 2016 Dec. 15, 2016 Dec. 30, 2016 Jan. 11, 2017 Jan. 20, 2017 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd.
James R. ‘Jim’ Bellatti Laura Yvonne Holmes Bobby V. Hughes David Allen Trammell Herman Brown Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Dec. 13, 2016 Dec. 19, 2016 Jan. 6, 2017 Jan. 16, 2017 Jan. 20, 2017
6 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018


Tri-County Herald
Dale junior Lacey Savage gets the heroine’s welcome after scoring the
winning basket at the buzzer against Latta.
Stillwater News Press
Photo by RICK HESTER, Tri-County Herald, Nov. 17, 2017

The November 2017

contest was judged by a
member of the
Oklahoma Journalism
Hall of Fame.
View all winning photos at


For more information
about the photo
contest, visit
Oklahoma State senior quarterback Mason Rudolph dives over the pile into the end zone for a touchdown
against Kansas. It was his 45th touchdown of the year, moving him ahead of Barry Sanders for the program
record of touchdowns in a season. oge-photo-contest
Photo by JASON ELMQUIST, Stillwater News Press, Nov. 26, 2017

It’s time … for OG&E’ss new SmartHours Price Plans. ™

1-877-898-3834 OGE.COM
12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
© 2012 OGE Energy Corp.
The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018 7

Journalists pay high price to report truth

who face danger daily and do their jobs anyway was declined as the number of journalists in Syria has
a sobering moment and one which prompted deep declined, CPJ reports.
reflection. Pakistan is a beautiful country full of people who
Would I have the courage to report the truth when were hospitable and welcoming. If there was a primary
and where it mattered most, even if it put my life in message they wanted to convey to Americans, it is that
danger? most Pakistanis are not terrorists.
Hopefully, I will never know the answer to that ques- They are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, hus-
tion, but asking the question gave me new respect for bands, fathers and sons. They are a people connected
those who dare to report the news in turbulent nations. by deep family and community bonds who want to
The dangers they face, along with the need and desire live in peace and safety, but there are portions of their
for better training and higher professionalism is why nation caught up in turmoil and conflict where simply
programs like the one sponsored through OU exist. reporting the truth is often seen as taking sides, put-
Since 1992, 21 journalists working in Bangladesh are ting journalists in danger from extremist factions and
confirmed to have been killed as a result of their jobs, sometimes imprisonment by governments who report-
according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a edly support freedom of the press.
Norman Transcript reporter Joy Hampton takes a selfie watchdog organization that tracks journalist deaths. Of In the United States, we are threatened with lack of
outside of a mountaintop café near Islamabad, Pakistan. those, two died as a result of dangerous assignments. access, not the loss of our lives, but perhaps there is a
Hampton was one of a delegation of 10 journalist who The rest were murdered. lesson here.
traveled to Pakistan in December as part of a media In Pakistan, 60 journalists have been killed since When President Obama visited Moore following the
exchange through the University of Oklahoma courtesy 1992, according to the CPJ, while seven American jour- 2013 tornado, I was privileged to join the press corps
of a grant from the U.S. Department of State. nalists were killed in the same time frame. that followed him from Washington, D.C.
The danger disparity becomes even more remark- Sitting in the van with reporters from major publica-
BY JOY HAMPTON able when you consider that the estimated population tions like The Washington Post, The New York Times
Senior Staff Writer for The Norman Transcript (Reprinted with permission) of the United States is 323.1 million compared to 163 and Reuters, I was shocked when they told me that
million for Bangladesh and 193.2 million in Pakistan. each presidential administration locks them out more

alls to prayer, mountain vistas, verdant valleys
and aromatic curries are just a few of the sen- For the second year in a row, the number of journal- than the last, that the news released from our nation’s
sory memories I have of trips I’ve made to Paki- ists jailed worldwide has hit a high, with the lion’s share capital is very controlled, that local newspaper report-
stan and Bangladesh. The trips were media exchanges of those behind bars being in Turkey, China and Egypt, ers with our boots on the ground are the only real
made possible by U.S. State Department grants and a according the CPJ. sources for getting at the truth in this day and age.
University of Oklahoma program to foster friendly rela- In recent years, Syria has been the most danger- What am I willing to sacrifice to get at the truth?
tions with journalists in emerging nations. ous place to be a journalist, though that number has Time to ponder some more.
When Sheikh Rokan, an environmental journalist
from Dhaka, Bangladesh, spent time shadowing me
and working at The Transcript back in 2013, little did I
know I would be invited to visit his nation in return as
part of the media exchange.
That January 2014 trip to Bangladesh was a life-
changing experience. I learned how much we have in
common with journalists around the globe, but I also
learned how challenging some of their struggles are.
One of my strongest memories in Bangladesh was a
visit to a newsroom where journalists described escap-
ing from their previous offices in a burning building
where many of their fellows perished.
While Dhaka, with a population approaching 20
million, has building and fire codes, they are seldom
enforced, the people there told me.
Recently, I returned to the Indian subcontinent of
South Asia again with an Oklahoma media delegation,
this time to meet with journalists in Pakistan.
I had met with some of them previously during
their visits to Norman and was privileged to be able
to tell the story of one vibrant young female reporter,
Shaista Hakim, who courageously bucked stereotypes
to report from the Swat valley region, an area particu-
larly dangerous for reporters.
Hakim was the first female journalist in Swat and has
been recognized with awards for her work.
On this trip, I met her fiancé, who is also a journalist,
during a visit to the National Press Club in Islamabad,
Pakistan. During the visit, I saw a monument built in
tribute to journalists who lost their lives on the job.
Every year, journalists in Bangladesh and Pakistan
face grave dangers, being shot in the crossfire during
dangerous assignments or murdered because they are
doing their jobs. It’s a danger unprecedented where I
work in Norman, where the greatest censure I usually
face is criticism via social media. Former University of Oklahoma journalism dean Joe Foote (center) poses for a photo with journalist Riaz Gul and Gul’s
Standing in front of that monument with reporters family at the press club in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Joy Hampton/The Norman Transcript)
8 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018

Tips from the past for your writing resolutions

Clark’s Critique final chance!
join in the club or at planetfitness.com
Covering the Tri-County Area Since 1894
Creek Nation to hold inauguration Saturday
tmclark44@gmail.com $2
Inaugural ceremonies for the Muscogee McNac will conduct the Oath of Office. Seat A - Darrell Proctor Seat A – Randall Hicks

@okieprof (Creek) Nation will be held on Saturday,

Jan. 6. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
in the Mound Building Auditorium in the
Capitol Complex.
The following representatives were certi-
fied by the records of the Muscoge Nation
Election Board for the 20th Session (2018-
2019) of the Muscogee National Council:
Seat B - Adam Jones III
Tukvpvtce District
Seat A – Rufus Scott
Seat B – Thomasene Yahola Osborn
Seat B – Travis Scott
Wagoner/Roger/Mayes District
Seat A - Johnnie Greene Seat B – Mark
Creek District Muskogee District
The inauguration is being held during a The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is one of
Special Session called by the current Seat A - Del Beaver Seat A - Pete Beaver the largest Indian tribes in the United
Speaker of the National Council, Lucian Seat B - Patrick Freeman, Jr. Seat B – Joyce C. Deere States with the original boundaries cover-
Tiger III. The Legislative Branch will take Okmulgee District Tulsa District ing eight counties in northeastern
the Oath of Office for the Pale-Svhokkolat Seat A - David Hill Seat A - Robert Hufft Oklahoma and a tribal enrollment of Shawnee News-Star

What are your New Year resolutions

Saturday, December
16, 2017 •

(20th) Session of the Muscogee National

Council. Supreme Court Justice Amos
Seat B - James Jennings
McIntosh District
Seat B – Lucian Tiger III
Okfuskee District
84,417 (as of Dec. 5, 2017).
CHECK OUT Looking for that last
minute gift? Have we
FRIDAY NIGHT got ideas for you! And,
Countian BASKETBALL look who’s local! LOOK WHO’S
for your newspaper? What are you going ACTION Check it out inside! Check out these unique local businesses for great

sentenced in selection, service and value close to home!


to focus on? By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor
Fallin issues
special session
Suspect hides in river, gets hypothermia
A county man has been By Kim Morava Pottawatomie County Brangus Road and Westech occupant ran northbound

Survival, obviously. Bottom line is sentenced to 14 years in

prison for child pornogra-
John Carl Berryhill, 53, of
call for Oklahoma

A suspect who tried to hide

Undersheriff Travis Palmer
said deputies apprehended
Christopher L. Goodman,
30, from the cold water and
Deputies responded after a
concerned citizen observed a
vehicle stuck in the area and a
along the river.
Palmer said the vehicle
was reported stolen from
Oklahoma City. A manhunt
Okmulgee, was sentenced in the river during a manhunt he was transported to the ZKLWHPDOHDWWHPSWLQJWRÀDJ commenced, with nearby

more than just advertising. It still means to 168 months imprison- — Gov. Mary Fallin has
Friday northwest of Shawnee hospital with symptoms of the citizen down. North Rock Creek School also
ment, and life supervised issued her formal call for a
ended up in the hospital for hypothermia. Once on scene, deputies QRWL¿HGRIWKHVLWXDWLRQ
release for Possession Of special legislative session,
treatment of hypothermia, The manhunt began just discovered the vehicle be high
Certain Material Involving asking lawmakers to return
Goodman deputies said. before noon in an area near centered on the river and the HYPOTHERMIA, Page 5A
The Sexual Exploitation Of to the Capitol on Monday to

attracting readers, more difficult than

Minors. address a $110 million hole
The United States in the current budget.
Attorney’s Office for the In an executive order CHRISTMAS SEDF/CHAMBER

Shawnee icon still burns bright

Eastern District of released late Friday, Fallin
Oklahoma announced the said she was limiting the
ever these days.
sentence this week. scope of her call to patch
The indictment alleged
a budget overrun at the
that from between on or
about January 8, 2014, to
February 2, 2017, Berryhill,
Oklahoma Health Care
Authority. vote set
Fallin and the Republi-
“did knowingly possess,
So, what stories are you going to attempt to possess and can-controlled Legislature
access with intent to view, failed to agree on a tax-in-
matters which contained
visual depictions, as that
crease plan to stabilize the
state budget and increase
County OSU Extension acquires new educator term is defined in Title 18, teacher pay during a recent
tell this year? How are you going to tell eight-week special session.
United States Code, Section
2256(5), which said visual A package of tax hikes on
depictions involved the use tobacco, fuel, alcohol, and By Vicky O. Misa
Leslie Lewis excited to bring Master’s degree, also from heart for serving people and As of right now, Lewis of minors engaging in sexu-
OSU, in agriculture educa- working with people, so I hopes to learn as much as oil and gas production Vicky.misa@news-star.com
ally explicit conduct, as that that would have funded a (405) 214-3962
tion. like the day-to-day interac- she can so she can better
new programs
them? It’s still about writing, effective
term is defined in Title 18, WHDFKHU SD\ UDLVH IHOO ¿YH Twitter: @Vicky_NewsStar
Previously, Lewis had tions with people that come serve the agriculture pro- United States Code,
been using her talents as a through the door.” ducers located in Okmulgee votes short of the 75 percent
By KAITLYN DILLARD Sections 2256(2)(A)-(B),
full-time 4H Educator at a In her position at the OSU County. and said visual depictions
majority required for a tax A proposed merger
Times Staff Tulsa Extension office Extension Office, Lewis She also hopes to start a were of such sexually increase. between the Shawnee
before she accepted her job faced some differences new program called the explicit conduct and had Economic Foundation

writing – always will be.

at OSU Extension Office in between an urban exten- Master Gardner program Development (SEDF) and
Extension Educator Leslie
Lewis is excited to bring her November. sion office to rural exten- that is set to debut in this
been transported in inter-
state commerce by comput-
Tax bill heads for the Greater Shawnee Area
Lewis has always been sion office. A big program in fall.
agricultural knowledge to
OSU Extension Office with interested in helping peo- Tulsa at her previous job “I definitely want to be an
An investigation by the
passage as GOP Chamber of Commerce has
been pushed back a few
hopes of new programs. ple. was the Master Gardner open door to the communi- Federal Bureau of senators fall weeks to be sure the process

Here are some tips from the past to Lewis had an early back- “What brought me to program, while Lewis has ty,” Lewis said. Investigation led to the is being navigated properly.
ground in agriculture, extension was the fact that I
knew that I could make a
had to delve back into her
roots at the dairy farm.
The OSU Extension Office
offers a variety of programs
charges against Berryhill. in line SEDF Executive Director
growing up in Cushing on a “Berryhill’s sentence not Tim Burg said a special call
dairy farm. Taking her difference and work with “I am really excited to get and services to the whole only brings him to justice, WASHINGTON (AP) —
people in the community to back to a rural county and community in regards to After weeks of quarrels, meeting originally planned
interests to college, she but should serve as a warn- for SEDF unit holders Fri-
help them make a differ- community and being able agriculture from cattle to qualms and then elev-

be your resolutions for writing this year.

graduated from OSU with a ing and deterrent to others
ence in their agricultural to work with the people produce to even what type enth-hour horse-trading, day was changed to Jan. 10
Bachelor’s degree in animal who might consider pos-
science and agricultural production,” Lewis said. that I grew up with.” of bug is in a resident’s gar- sessing child pornography,” Republicans revealed the to ensure SEDF is in full
Leslie Lewis “I have always had a den. compliance and is following
communications and a United States Attorney details of their huge nation-
Brian J. Kuester said. “The al tax rewrite late Friday the correct steps.
FBI and the United States “Attorneys working on

From “A Few Pointers,” in a hard-

— along with announce-
The Color of Unity Attorney’s Office are com-
mitted to investigating and
ments of support that all
but guarantee approval
The star atop an elevator at Shawnee Milling Co.
the proposed merger had
determined that we were
prosecuting those that to give President Donald not in compliance with the
exploit children, including Among well-estab- when Shawnee was just State Statutes tied to dis-
Plans finalized for MLK Jr. programs, banquet those that possess, share, or
Trump the Christmas leg-
lished local traditions, 11 years old, J. Lloyd solution of a organization

bound 51-page 1936 Copy Desk and

islative triumph he’s been
view child pornography. I
aching for. one has earned its Ford bought Shawnee such as the SEDF,” he said.
By PATRICK FORD will host guest speaker Donnie Alexander commend the FBI agents for reputation as an annual Roller Mills.
for their Martin Luther King Jr. program at The legislation would The SEDF’s by-laws —
Times Editor their thorough and profes- staple of the Christmas Ford changed the which are several decades
8:15 a.m. sional investigation, and the slash tax rates for big busi-
The Okmulgee Martin Luther King Jr. season — shining down businesses’ name to old — didn’t align with the
The MLK Jr. Commemorative Banquet members of this office who ness and lower levies on
Commemorative Planning Committee has on Shawnee residents Shawnee Milling Co. state guidelines, which re-

Reporters’ Manual for The Daily Oklaho-

will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the worked diligently to prose- the richest Americans in
finalized plans for this year’s program. State Room on the campus of OSUIT at for more than eight and transported it quire that no special call
This year’s theme is “The Color of Unity.” cute Berryhill.” a massive $1.5 trillion bill decades. Anchored north, across the North
6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. The Honorable Ronald A. that the GOP plans to mus- meeting can be held until
On Thursday, Jan. 11, Okmulgee area George E. Young, Sr., State Representative atop a 90-foot elevator Canadian River, to the after a 20-day period from
schools will hold their programs for stu- White presided over the cle through Congress next at Shawnee Milling site where the compa-
for House District 99. hearing. Berryhill will week before its year-end WKHGDWHRIUHFRUG QRWL¿FD-
dents. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., there will be a Co., the simple, yet en- ny stands now. tion date), Burg said.

man and Oklahoma City Times:

Naomi Kiett of Tulsa’s Fox 23 will be the remain in custody pending break. Benefits for most
youth program at the St. Matthew Baptist during feature greets After much success “The State Statutes are
guest speaker at 9 a.m. at Brock Gym on transportation to the desig- other taxpayers would be
Church, located on Chicago Street at Wood area residents each and expansion, the what our leadership will be
the Okmulgee High School Campus. Rae nated federal facility at smaller.
Drive. Dr. George E. Young, Sr., which the nonparoleable December. company was dealt a following, rather than the
Ann Wilson will be the speaker at the To cap off the events, Rev. McKinley Rice State Representative for “This is happening. Tax In 1935, the 26-foot tragic blow on Aug.
Okmulgee Primary School at 9 a.m. and sentence will be served. reform under Republican SEDF by-laws,” he said.
will address attendees at the MLK Jr. House District 99, will be Assistant United States tall, 14-foot wide 11, 1934, when the mill The State Statute also re-

“Never let the lead paragraph run

9:45 p.m. programs. Dunbar Elementary Program at St. Matthew Church at 7 p.m. the guest speaker at the control of Washington is Christmas star was burned to the ground;
will hold their program at 1 p.m. Rev. Attorney Edward Snow rep- quired that the meeting had
See Wednesday’s edition for more infor- MLK JR. Banquet on Jan. resented the United States.
happening,” House Speak- placed high above the the loss was estimated
Terence Reed is the scheduled speaker. mation about the programs and speakers. 13 at the OSUIT State er Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be held no later than 40
mill’s employees –– and to be around $300,000.
On Friday, Jan. 12, Stonebridge Academy Room. WROGUDQNDQG¿OHPHPEHUV GD\V DIWHU WKH QRWL¿FDWLRQ
has been perched there Without hesitation,
in a conference call. “Most date, Burg said, so leader-
ever since. Ford immediately gath-
ship tapped on the brakes

more than 50 words. Ten or 20 words

critics out there didn’t think ered his employees
Principal chief receives honor from OK Mag TAX BILL, Page 5A
A year before state-
and hired them to clear
the site –– and just nine
Milling rose from the
ashes, celebrating with
in June of 1935 — just
months before the star
a bit and rescheduled the

hood –– in 1906 — months later Shawnee a three-day dedication was added. MERGER, Page 5A
Each year, Oklahoma enriched the state’s fabric Mag, said. prise,” Floyd said. “I came which includes the publish-
Magazine select its top five through contributions to This is Floyd’s second into office not trying to er and editors, research

are preferred. Oklahomans, Principal

Chief James R. Floyd is
among the elite list.
“The recognition honors
business, policy, arts, and
entertainment, public serv-
ice, cultural preservation
and more,” Vida Schuman,
year of his first term as prin-
cipal chief of the fourth-
largest tribe in the nation.
“This is such a great
make a name for myself,
but to put the tribe back on
top. So this is a very hum-
bling accolade.”
carefully to choose
Oklahomans of the Year,
“the people we feel have

• Movies showing
See Friday’s paper for
• Cora Sue Walden
Cash 5 2-5-7-20-34
Oklahomans who have publisher and editor of OK honor and a pleasant sur- OK Mag said its staff, See Chief on page A2 4A

“The Oklahoman and Times are read

a list of movies that will Pick 3 1-0-6
Go to www.facebook.
be showing in Shaw- com/shawneenewsstar
Follow us on
nee. Twitter: or text “Like Shawnee- 62°/45° 57°/38° 61°/43°
@shawneenewsstar NewsStar” to 32665 to
become a fan.

in homes where the average education

WWW.NEWS-STAR.COM Weather .............................2A Obituaries ..........................4A Local News ........................2A Puzzles ............................... 3B Sports ................................ 1B
Calendar ............................3A Health ................................6A Entertainment.................... 3B Classified ..................... 4B-6B Scoreboard ........................ 2B
• Photo Galleries
Enjoy photos from
Family Pack Hot Pepsi or

is not above high school grades. Thus,

Crystal Farms

recaps of the past year. Some do use

sports and local events.
Fryer Drumsticks Pockets
Po Chunk Cheese Mountain Dew

68 ¢ 3/$ 5 2/$ 3 $ 99
the copy should be written in simple photos to help out, but little is used to
1570 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. • Shawnee Per Lb. 9-oz. 8-oz. 18 Pack
Vol. 123 No. 209

language. really grab readers. (I know, it’s called

“Try to answer in each story all ques- fill the paper up easily so we can have a Featured this month are the Okmulgee Times, Minco-Union City Times, The Shawnee
tions the incident is likely to arouse little time off.) News-Star, The Konawa Leader, The Canton Times, The Mooreland Leader, The Hooker
in the reader’s mind. Tell who, what, Exceptions. The Hooker Advance. Advance, The Oklahoma Eagle and The Oklahoman.
where, when, why and how. Don’t leave Sheila Blankenship uses an attention
a big question mark sticking out of the getter and writes about it, with photos. “Cherokee Meadows: Things Go another death in the Oklahoma County
printed page to pique the reader’s curi- Her lead: Boom In The Night” jail:
osity. “This past year seemed to have been • Tulsa World – Ginnie Graham, putting WHY THE KILLINGS?!
“Never fail to include all names that 12 months of extremes locally as the faces on a shelter for special needs Second place, Claremore Daily Prog-
have relation to the incident. Names are brand new state-of-the-art wind tur- children scheduled for closing, “Kids ress, on Cydney Baron story about a
news. Get both sides. One side is only bine erected by BarberWind collapsed in Crisis.” rezoning request:
half a story. Be fair. unexpectedly this summer even as the Congratulations: BETWEEN A ROAD AND A HARD PLACE
“Handle every story as though the 88-year-old Adams elevator still defies • Cheryl Overstreet, named editor as Third place, Guymon Daily Herald on
principals were personal friends of gravity as it sways with the wind but she starts her 24th year at The Elk Carol Perea story about police beards/
yours. remains upright.” City News. fund raising effort:
“Avoid formula leads. Snap it up by • Tulsa World’s photo editor John Clan- • Sharp new design at the Durant Demo- GUYMON POLICE ARREST SHAVING
getting action in the first line and clean ton (bragging here on former student crat and Altus Times. Her lead: “…you will not be arrested
up the story in the lead in the shortest and UCO grad), writes about the pho- • Tonkawa News celebrates 124th year. for shaving, but local officers jailed their
possible space. Get the feature angle. tos of the year, with three pages of top Story ideas you can localize: razors for a good cause.”
Color, spice and human interest are to photos, headlined, “Worth a thousand • The Shawnee News-Star, Vicky O. Honorable mentions: Guthrie News
be sought eagerly.” words.” Misa, on a local holiday icon. What Leader, “Christmas delivery: 211 pairs of
Or, the first item from a much earlier • Claremore Daily Progress, Tom Fink are the icons and landmarks in your shoes,” Mike Monahan about donations
style guide of the Kansas City Star, on interviews city leaders about their area? to Coyle elementary students; Minco-
one legal size piece of paper, three col- resolutions. • Beckham County Record, Shonda Lit- Union City Times, “Butcher’s Block: A
umns, in six-point type: • The Mooreland Leader, Christmas edi- tle, “Opioid crisis reaches western Cut Above,” Jayson Knight story about
“Use short sentences. Use short first tion, front page photos and poems of Oklahoma.” a store; The Ardmoreite, “Good Clean
paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be sixth graders. • The Konawa Leader, Josh Allen, Fun,” Rhiannon Saegert story about a
positive. Not negative.” • The Canton Times, historian Max national sur vey shows religious school anti-litter poster contest; Okmul-
Oh, a young reporter got his start Nichols writing, “One for the Okla- “nones” growing – interview more gee Times, “Winter Woes,” Kaitlyn Dil-
there, following this advice. His name homa History Book.” than pastors. lard photo of cold weather impact; The
was Ernest Hemingway. Newspapers doing what they’re sup- Lawton Constitution, “Students take their
Oh, my resolution for this column. posed to:
HEAD’EM UP AWARDS. best aim,” Grace Leonhart about an
Take my own advice, write shorter, First place, tie, The Oklahoman, on archery competition; The Norman Tran-
• The Oklahoman – Matt Peterson on
show more. Nate Billings’ photo of Baker Mayfield script, “Cash, Candidates and Cannabis,”
disabled people’s problems at Will
walking off field after Rose Bowl loss: Adam Troxtell on the legislative future.
LOOKING’EM OVER. I think most Christ- Rogers Airport, “Curbside Conun-
mas and end-of-year coverage in news- drum.”
The Black Chronicle, on John W.
papers is boring, front pages covered • The Oklahoma Eagle – Margaret
Simms story about a family suing over
with big Christmas posters or text-heavy Hicks, on nursing home problems, See more Front Pages on Page 9
The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018 9

Front Pages of Clark’s Critique Continued from Page 8

The Word

January 4, 2018
First female city editor
at Tulsa World retires
“Lord, now you are letting
your servant depart in Hooker, Oklahoma
peace, according to your Vol. 115, No. 1 60¢ Single Copy 8 Pages
word; for my eyes have
you have prepared in the

Contents Copyright 2018
presence of all peoples,”
Volume 115 Number 51 SEMINOLE COUNTY OKLAHOMA 74849-0157 (USPS #297-800) 50c Thursday, January 4, 2018 8 Pages & Supplements Luke 2:29-31

Seats Open on County Fair Board, Filing Period Begins Jan. 8 EXWWKH$GDPVHOHYDWRUVWLOOVWDQGV
Ken Childers 2018. Brian Carter – District #1 sent. (Konawa is in District Janice Williamson, Ed Jones, otherwise noted.
Managing Editor Those wishing to file may Robin Lambert – District #1). Bobby Shackelford, Kathi The Seminole County By Sheila Blankenship Elementary teachers played &KDPEHU([FHOOHQFHLQ$J([- +RRNHU3ULQFHVVFURZQ &HUWLÀHG+HDOWK\VWDWXVWKURXJK
obtain the prescribed form #2 Prospective candidates Rodgers; Secretary, and Fair will celebrate its 100th The past year seemed to have with students and their fami- SHULHQFH Briza Mesta was crowned DVWDWHSURJUDP
If you would like to serve from the County Clerk’s Clifton Taylor – District #3 must file with the County Clerk Jerry Taylor, Maintenance. anniversary in 2021. Several been 12 months of extremes lo- OLHV DW D IDPLO\ OLWHUDF\ QLJKW  6WDF\ -LPHQH] ZDV FURZQHG ++6 EDVNHWEDOO KRPHFRPLQJ  ++6 +$/2 PHPEHUV KRVW-
on the Seminole County Fair Office at the Seminole County Only registered voters of on the form prescribed by the The Seminole County special events and fundrais- cally as the brand new state-of- ZKLOHWZR++6VHQLRUVUHFHLYHG 0LVV +RRNHU 6ZHHWKHDUW ZKLOH queen while Tyrone seniors ed a Valentine’s Day taco din-
Board, you have an opportu- Courthouse, 110 S. Wewoka Seminole County are eligible Board of County Commission- Fair Board meets on the ers are in the works to help the-art wind turbine erected by scholarships at the Guymon Jamie Anderson won the Miss .\OHLJK 5DPLUH] DQG :LOOLDP QHUWRUDLVHIXQGVIRUWKH+$/2
nity to do so this year. Avenue, Wewoka, M-F 8: to file as a candidate. ers of Seminole County. second Tuesday of each accessorize the new fair- BarberWind collapsed unex- 6ODWHUZRQWKH7+6KRPHFRP- scholarships and the Thrivent
The filing period for candi- 00am-4:00pm. Any person so filing must Current board members month at 6:30 PM at the grounds. Visit www.seminol pectedly this summer even as LQJFURZQV )LQDQFLDOPHPEHUVRI6W-RKQ·V
dates opens Monday, Jan. 8 2018 Seats up for re-elec- reside in the Commissioner’s include Larry Bailey, Chad OSU Extension Office, 12827 ecountyfairok.com for more the 88-year-old Adams elevator Hundreds of people feasted KRVWHGD*HUPDQGLQQHUIDPLO\
and closes Friday, Jan. 12, tion: District they seek to repre- Huckleberry, Valerie Hogue, NS 3650, Wewoka, unless information. VWLOO GHÀHV JUDYLW\ DV LW VZD\V RQ OLQN DQG SDWW\ VDXVDJH OLY-QLJKWDQGDQQXDOPHHWLQJ
with the wind but remains up- er and onions and more at the  'DQ +HUDOG ZDV UHFRJQL]HG
ULJKW United Methodist Church 80th GXULQJ WKH 2NODKRPD $VVRFLD-
ible sorrow at the death of a
DQQXDO*URXQG+RJ6XSSHU tion of Conservation Districts
when he was named Outstand-

Thursday Mollie Noyes takes aim

at the basketball goal in
FFA’ers and 4-H Club mem-
He was honored for his com-
—Archive Photo
in downtown Konawa, you Happiness Is... way to an extremely dry fourth
were around when this pic-
ture was taken in 1960. remembering
quarter with 12 weeks with just
Hardesty juniors Taylor *RRGE\HV
2017 was an historic year for
About a year after this photo
was captured, a tornado hit
the best of the nation and the world but the
were crowned at the Bison loved ones passed away and
KRPHFRPLQJ FRURQDWLRQ ZKLOH obituaries were included in the
the downtown area, causing 2017! ORFDO KHDGOLQHV UHÁHFW WKH KLV-
extensive damage and injur- center of the Oklahoma Panhan- LQIUDVWUXFWXUH UHSDLUV LPSURYH- more remembrance of those
ing five people. The twister 'HFHPEHU GOH2QHODVWORRNDWWKRVHKHDG-
lines are worth the time before
PHQWVDQGPDLQWHQDQFH dear lives mourned in 2017 is
hit on Feb. 17, 1961. At The community returned RIIHUHGKHUH
that time the population was /RFDO:HDWKHU the history book slams shut on WKHORYHUHFHLYHGIURP5KRQGD 5REHUW(XJHQH%XG6WRXW
1,555. Highest Temperature 79º IRUJRRG Gilmore in a fundraiser lun- 0DUWKD-DQH5REHUWV
Lowest Temperature
Average High Temp.
Average Low Temp.

January cheon to help with her medical
expenses while a retirement re-
ception honored Keith Herald
Janice Carroll McBee
Motions Filed
Survey Shows Religious ‘Nones’ Growing in Population Seeking Utility
Total Precipitation
Highest Humidity
Lowest Humidity
review of the environmental as-
sessment on Texas County land
who had served as an employee
of TCEC and a volunteer on the
Bladimir Mesta
Staff Writer/Sports Editor 2007 to 22.8% in 2014. Rate Reduction Max. Wind Gust 45.8 mph and the county assessor offered   7KH SDVW \HDU KLJKOLJKWV LQFOXGH WKH -XQH 
Jack Perkins retired from -RH5RGULJXH]
The increase reflects the Attorney General Mike community assessment clinics TCEC and was honored with a )UDQFHV%%UDQVWHWWHU
According to an Ameri-
can survey done by the
population of atheists grew
from 1.6% to 3.1%, agnos-
Hunter has filed five motions Assessment WKURXJKRXWWKHPRQWK
retirement party at the local co-
Billy Bob Mikles
with the Oklahoma Corpo- 9LROHW-R\FH´9Lµ+HEEHUW
Pew Research Center, there
is continued growth in the
tics went up from 2.4% to
4.0% and “nothing in par-
asking for an immediate ball action with four wins over Bobcats claimed dual district (VWKHU$+RIIHUEHU
share of the population that ticular” grew from 12.1% to The Texas County Asses- TXLWHDQDWWUUDFWLRQDQGPRGHOIRUVRXYHQLUVODVW\HDU
reduction in customer rates Guymon while the Turpin area basketball crowns while the 'DUUHOO'HDQ/LYHVD\
has no religious affiliation, 15.8%. from the state’s leading utility square dancers started a new se- Hooker third and 0DU\$QQ5R\EDO
community assessment clinics
commonly known as religious This changing U.S. reli- companies. ULHVRIOHVVRQV IRXUWKJUDGH&DJ- 6KDQQRQ/D5DH :LOOLDPV 
“nones”. gious landscape is also  6QRZGHOD\HGWKHWKLUGJDPH er Club won their Gilkey
The attorney general’s  $VVHVVRU RIÀFH VWDII ZLOO EH
Another survey done by shown in Oklahoma, though of the Merritt Tournament but own basketball Irene Fae Brown
request came the day that a DW WKH <DUEURXJK 6FKRRO WKLV
the Pew Research Center, Christians still make up WKH /DG\ %XOOGRJV GHIHDWHG WRXUQH\ (XJHQH-´*HQHµ:HEHU
sweeping overhaul of federal 7KXUVGD\-DQIURPDPWR
a nonpartisan organization almost 80% of the popula- 0DQJXP IRU WKH FKDPSLRQVKLS  7KH /R\DO 2UOHQH+5HLVZLJ3HFN
income taxes was signed SP
that interviewed over 35,000 tion in the state. The religious into law, to take effect Jan.  2Q-DQVWDIIZLOOEHDWWKH 7HUUL$QQ/RULQJ
Americans in 2007 and again “nones” have grown to only FRQVRODWLRQWURSK\E\GHIHDWLQJ UDLVHG  Myra Gale Jarvis
1. The new law lowers the +DUGHVW\ 6FKRRO  DQG RQ -DQ
in 2014, showed significant 18% statewide, compared to 0DQJXP IRU WKH 5RQDOG Zackary Don McBee
highest corporate income tax  WKH\ ZLOO EH DW WKH 6WUDLJKW
decline in those that identify 22.8% nationwide. The Tyrone Bobcats claimed McDonald House Bobby Dean Jacobs
rate from 35 percent to 21 6FKRRO IURP  DP WR 
with some type of Christianity So, in Oklahoma, almost the Cherokee Tournament while DWDEDNHVDOH Billy Joe Brewer
(down from 78.4% in 2007 half the population (47%) county 4-H members took to the  1R RQH ÀOHG 3DWV\´3DWµ-,PPHOO
The estimated annual sav-  -DQ  WKH DVVHVVRU ZLOO
to 70.6% in 2014). identify as Evangelical Chris- ity and values, which is religious aspects of Christ- depicts actual events, though VWDJH LQ WKH DQQXDO WDOHQW FRQ- for the Ward #2 Donley Gene Towner
ings for Oklahoma Gas & Elec- be at Texhoma Anchor D Bank
Despite that 7.8% decline, tian and 18% identify as undoubtedly a result of the mas. those that do are still the WHVW seat on the Hook- Johnita Joy Gloden
tric, Public Service Company DQGRQ-DQVWDIIZLOOEH
Christians are still the major- Mainline Protestant. growth in the “nones”. The 2017 survey found majority.  9HUQD 6FKURHGHU ZDV KRQ- er City Council %HUQHOO6XH %ULOHV 5LFKDUGV
of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Nat- DWWKH+RRNHU&LW\+DOOIURP
ity, as America remains the This shows, both in Okla- “Most U.S. adults now say a growing number of Ameri- “For instance, there has ored by her family and friends while no one %HWW\/RX*LEVRQ
ural Gas, CenterPoint Energy DPWRQRRQDQGSPWR
most Christian country in the homa and nationwide, the it is not necessary to believe cans say the religious aspects been a noticeable decline in DW D UHFHSWLRQ FHOHEUDWLQJ KHU could defeat the -HDQQH'DUOHQH2OLQJHU
and Arkansas Oklahoma Gas SPDWHDFKFLW\
world. largest increase in Christian- in God to be moral and of Christmas are declining in the percentage of U.S. adults WKELUWKGD\ ++6 EDVNHWEDOO /LQGD1(JEHUW
is approximately $100 mil- The assessor will be avail-
Conversely, the same ity is those that identify as The Jupiter ice storm left its teams as they &DUROLQH/%DXJK
have good values (56%), up public life, albeit somewhat who say they believe that bib- lion, not including additional DEOH IURP  DP WR  SP
two surveys from 2007 and Evangelical Christian and from about half (49%) who slowly. lical elements of the Christ- savings from other affected -DQ  DW WKH$GDPV &RPPX-
tive ice that appeared lacy and WLWOHV 7KH %XOO- Jana Jill Morris
2014, showed the largest fundamentalists. expressed this view in 2011,” There seems to be a mas story – that Jesus was utility accounts. QLW\%XLOGLQJ-DQDWWKH2S-
increase was those that iden- However, there has also the most recent survey said, shrinking share of the popu- born to a virgin, for example Attorney General Hunter WLPD &LW\ +DOO DQG -DQ  DW
tify with no religion or athe- been a significant change in which was released in 2017 lation that believe the biblical – reflect historical events said he is requesting cus- 7\URQH&LW\+DOO
ists, agnostics or religious Americans’ views on moral- and concerned belief in the account of the birth of Jesus (See Survey on Page 8) All property owners are re-
quired to be assesed by March
an amount reflecting lower FRFRRQV  /RFDOVWXGHQWV .HQQHWK/HH*URYHV
Konawa Banned From The Banking Industry For Life, federal corporate income tax
property and family farm live-
won honors in
the Texas County
Claude Edward Burns
Evelyn Friesen
Invitational Scott Pruitt Friend Finds New Home at EPA begin seeing major savings
stock taxation has been abol-
rell Grandy and
after the tax cut is imple- June Elaine Burks Mathes
Starts Today Sharon Lerner person participating in the community for $605,000. mented on Monday,” Attorney
General Hunter said. “Okla-
commercial livestock and mo-
Dennis Voth won
conduct of the affairs or as an Located on a half-acre corner ELOHKRPHVPXVWEHDVVHVVHG 5LFKDUG/HUR\´5LFNµ
Josh Allen homans who are customers SRVWDJH VWDPSV EHIRUH WKH ÀUVW by the Hooker 7UREDXJK
Staff Writer/Sports Editor The Environmental Pro- institution-affiliated party of lot in the Lakes, his stately Anyone with questions or
tection Agency has tasked a the Bank, any other insured Tudor looked out on a man- concerns may contact the asses-
immediately retain the ben- cents while the Hooker Cham- VRFLDWLRQ )UHG5DOSK6PLWK
Konawa High School will banker who was banned from depository institution.” made lake and had a stone VRU·VRIÀFHDWRU
efits of the savings from the ber of Commerce welcomed The City of 0HOERXUQH'R\OH´0'µ
host its annual Konawa Invi- the banking industry for life But Pruitt, who had fireplace, parking for five DVVHVVRU#WH[DVFRXQW\RNRUJ
tax cut in the form of lower 2NODKRPD6PRNHZLWKDULEERQ Hooker and the Headrick
tational basketball tourna- with oversight of the nation’s received loans from Kelly’s cars, and a storm-safe room. FXWWLQJ Hooker City
ment starting today through Superfund program. bank, apparently didn’t find To help pay for it, Pruitt rates. We urge the OCC to
act quickly and in the best
Chad Hefner Colvin
In May, the Federal Deposit Kelly’s unfitness to serve in turned to SpiritBank — a
The girls will look to con- Insurance Corporation fined the financial industry as dis- community bank that Kelly’s interests of customers, not EDQFRQWLQXHV were named All-Conference
were awarded 6DQGUD2VERUQ
company shareholders.” Texas County continues un- (UQHVW´6OLPµ+HUDOG
tinue their winning and will
face Langston Hughes today
Oklahoma banker Albert
Kelly $125,000. According
qualifying his longtime friend
from serving as a top official
at the EPA. Since May, Kelly,
family had run since the
1930s. SpiritBank gave Pruitt
and his wife three mortgage
Also in the motions, the
attorney general is requesting
der a burn ban extended by the
three Texas County Commis-
at 4:20 p.m. Should they win, to a consent order, which The VLRQVWUDLQHG\RXQJSOD\HUV 3KRWRE\ 5XE\0DH.HQQHG\
Intercept obtained through or Kell as he was known in loans: one for $81,000, the OCC protect customers’ VLRQHUV RQ 'HF   7KH
the Lady Tigers will advance EDQLVH[WHQGHGWKURXJK-DQ Blue for Blad allowed the lo- 6KHLOD%ODQNHQVKLS 5LFKDUG*ROGVWHLQ
the Freedom of Information Oklahoma, has led the effort another for $359,000, and a ability to receive excess accu-
to the 4:20 p.m. Friday game  $OO UHVLGHQWV DUH XUJHG WR cal community as well as other  1LFN+X[PDQOHIW 'RQDOG/HH)LVFKHU
Act, the FDIC had “reason to to streamline the Superfund third for $533,000. His wife, mulated deferred income tax, schools to pour out love and
to face the winner of Holden- abide by the restrictions in the DQG 'DYLG *LEOHU 0D[:ULJKW
believe that [Kelly] violated a program — which oversees Marlyn Pruitt, has reported which is used to reflect utility concern for the family of Bladi-
ville versus Lexington, which burn ban to help protect Pan- GLVSOD\WKHJXQVRI -R\H0+LFNV
law or regulation, by entering remediation of some of the no assets or income. companies’ past use of tax PLU 0HVWD RXWVWDQGLQJ ORQJ
play this evening at 7:00. KDQGOHSURSHUW\DQGOLYHV IHUHGE\WKH+RRNHU Dwayne Mitchell
into an agreement pertaining country’s most toxic sites. The year before, Spir- breaks to defer tax bills. With GLVWDQFHUXQQHUZKRZDVVWUXFN
The other Thursday games The ban prohibits all persons )LUHÀJKWHUV $VVR :DQGD/RX5REHUWV*DQWW
to a loan by the Bank without Pruitt earned only itBank had also loaned Pruitt lower tax rates enacted, a por- and killed by a vehicle while FLDWLRQ  )LUHÀJKW
include Douglas versus Des- tion of accumulated deferred IURP VHWWLQJ ÀUH WR DQ\ IRUHVW +RPHU/HH5D\
tiny Christian today at 11 a.m. FDIC approval.” $38,400 as an Oklahoma Pruitt money to help buy a — and appointing Kelly to FURVVLQJ+LJKZD\GXULQJKLV HUV DQG WKH +RRNHU 6DUD/HH$QGHUVRQ
state senator. Even with a share of the Oklahoma City head it. income tax would be unneces- JUDVVUDQJHFURSRURWKHUZLOG
Administrator Scott Pruitt $35,000 profit from selling RedHawks, a minor league The appointment was sary to cover future taxes--cre- DUH VHOOLQJ WLFNHWV
advance to the Friday round, ating an “excess” portion. ERQÀUHRUWREXUQWUDVKRURWKHU Calvin Keith
facing the winner between
Shawnee Junior Varsity and
appointed Kelly to lead
an effort to streamline the
Superfund program. In July,
his previous home, that was
not enough on its own to
buy a house in the Lakes at
baseball team. That deal was
made in partnership with a
local businessman named
notable in that Kelly would
become a senior adviser in
the federal environmental
Without OCC action, util-
ity companies could retain
The ban allows no excep-
Betty Jean Herbel
Glenpool. WLRQVRIDQ\NLQG Birth announcements in the PRRUH 5LÁH ZLWK Pauline Cherry Mills
the FDIC went further, ban- Indian Springs community in Robert Funk, co-founder of agency despite having no the entire benefit of excess VFRSHDQGD6PLWK 
Winners of the Friday Details on burn ban restric- SDJHV RI 7KH +RRNHU $GYDQFH &RUWQH\/\OH &RU\ :DVKEXUQ
ning Kelly from banking for Broken Arrow, the suburb of an employment company. previous experience with accumulated deferred income :HVVRQ0 36KLHOG %DUEDUD$QQ )UHQFK %ULGJHV
games will advance to the tax, so the attorney general is tions may be obtained from in 2017 welcomed these special
finals, which will be held life. The “order of prohibition Tulsa that Pruitt represented On May 22, Pruitt returned environmental issues. A busi- 7H[DV &RXQW\ RU DQ\ ORFDO ÀUH EXQGOHVRIMR\ PP6HPL$XWR3LV *OHQQ7ROEHUW'UDNH-U
from further participation” in the legislature. the favor to the Oklahoma ness major with a law degree requesting that the OCC create WRO %OXH WLFNHWV DUH -'XDQH(JJOHVWRQ
Saturday at 6 p.m. Losers will GHSDUWPHQW -DFH5\DQ%ORVVHU
explained that the FDIC had Yet in 2004, Pruitt pur- banker with his announce- and a 200-head cattle ranch, a temporary protection. Macy Grace Davis VHOOLQJ IRU D ODGLHV· (GXDUGR/RSH]3HUH]
have a chance at the Consola- The commissioners may
determined Kelly’s “unfitness chased a sprawling ranch ment that he would be creat- Kelly listed motivational The actual treatment of 5RZDQ-RVKXD0F)DUODQG 5XJHU /&3  SXU /HRQD0DULH -XGG 'XQQDJDQ
tion prize at 12:40 Saturday. choose to extend the burn ban if
(See Tournament on Page 8) to serve as a director, officer, house in the upscale gated ing the Superfund task force (See Pruitt on Page 8) (See Savings on Page 8) GDQJHURXVO\GU\FRQGLWLRQVSHU- Oaklyn Joann Huxman SOHSLVWRO7KHGUDZ -+´-D\µ.DPPHU]HOO

Tulsa World Sunday Editor Debbie Jackson, at her desk in the World newsroom.
Photo by Jessie Wardarski/Tulsa World. Reprinted with permission.

T he

Debbie Jackson, Tulsa World Sun- room won’t be the same without her
Cherokee Meadows, Things Go Boom In The Night
CANTON TIMES day editor, is retiring after 46 years in knowledge and support.”
By Margaret Hicks happened in the same apart-
Eagle Staff Writer ment, with the most recent just a
mhicks@theoklahomaeagle.net few days ago. State Representative
Regina Goodwin (D), District 73,

the newspaper business. Jackson joined the staff at the

Residents at Cherokee Mead- stated, “On-going dangerous ex-
ows have been riddled with prob- ploding walls and hazardous drive-
lems since the first residents moved way curbs are life safety issues for
in Christmas Eve of 2016. They had our seniors at Cherokee Meadows.
no mail delivery, no infrastructure Senior citizens deserve safe access
for telephones to be installed, mal- and quality housing.”

Vol. 101, No. 1 $1.00 Thursday, January 4, 2018 USPS #556-340

functioning thermostats,
plumbing problems which resulted
in some apartments being flooded.
There have been reported fires.

There is the on-going issue of the

Goodwin further stated: “For
almost a year now, there have
been questions about dangerous,
faulty infrastructure and cheap
development. Owner, Terry Carty
Jackson first worked at the Hen- Tulsa World in 1979 as a copy editor
Cities receive $159 Million
CANTON LAKE FREEZES OVER ryetta Daily Free-Lance for J. Leland and soon became an assistant city
curbs, that are have no lips, making and Carland Properties received
it difficult for cars and people to approximately $1.2 million in fed-
County returns total $28.8Million gain safe entry to their rental prop- eral/local dollars, including ap-
erty. proximately $625,000 in tax
The December distribution of sales tax collections by the Residents in wheelchairs and credits. Carland Properties contin-
Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax those who use walkers and canes ues to get paid monthly rent

Gourley, an Oklahoma journalism editor. In 1985, she was named as the

receipts from October business. Companies that remit more have fallen. It was reported to The money from senior citizens. Ear-
WKDQPRQWKO\LQVDOHVWD[UHFHLSWVDUHUHTXLUHGWR¿OH Oklahoma Eagle that at least 25 peo- lier in the year, Goodwin and ten-
and pay electronically. The monies they reported this period ple have fallen. At least one of the ants filed a complaint and federal
represent sales from October 16th to October 31st and esti- people who fell was not a resident. Housing and Urban Development
mated sales from November 1st to November 15th. Over the past few months there (HUD) officials came to Tulsa and

legend. When Gourley put the Free- first woman to serve as the World’s
The disbursement of $144,305,720 in sales tax collec- RESIDENT’S BEDROOM with insulation padding strewn about the room from the explosion, and the wall which was have been five reported “explo-
WLRQVUHWXUQHGWRWKHFLWLHVDQGWRZQVUHÀHFWHGDQLQFUHDVHRI cut way to expose the damaged area; this shows the insulation and rubber HVAC hose. (Contributed photos) sions” and two of them See THINGS GO BOOM, P.3
$11,995,117 from the $132,310,603 distributed to the cities
and towns in December last year. The use tax disbursement
to cities and towns was $14,643,604.
In county returns, the counties shared in a $25,966,724
Tulsan Rev. Glenna J. Huber Installed The Cinderella Experience
sales tax disbursement and a $2,819,749 use tax disburse-
ment.Returns to Blaine County Towns compared to a year
ago were:
Dec. 2017 Dec. 2016 As Rector For The Church Of The Restoring Confidence
Lance up for sale in 1973, Jackson city editor, a job she loved.
Canton $53,384.18 $14,987.28
January 1 Epiphany In Washington, D.C.
was offered a job at the Daily Oklaho- “It’s the best job in the newspa-
By Margaret Hicks
Geary (Blaine) $59,131.70 $18,342.50
Eagle Staff Writer
Geary (Canadian) $25,084.11 $34,166.65 mhicks@theoklahomaeagle.net
YEAR *UHHQ¿HOG   By Fred L. Jones, Jr.
Eagle Staff Writer Candace (Jamison) Fields,
Hitchcock $3,423.35 $856.08 fjones@theoklahomaeagle.net is the founder of The Cin-

man, but Gourley encouraged her to per,” she said. “Every day you walk
Hydro (Blaine) $3,820.43 $5,880.78
January 4 Hydro (Caddo) $14,802.09 $13,159.13 On December 9, 2017,
derella Experience, now the

2nd Semester
TCE Foundation, provides the
Longdale $10,842.55 $3,955.22 Tulsan Rev. Glenna J. Huber ultimate prom experience for
begins Okeene $61,876.52 $38,794.91 was formally installed as Rec-
tor (Senior Pastor) for The
high school girls who are in
Watonga $248,458.04 $262.456.33 foster care. The experience in-
Church of the Epiphany in

apply at the Oklahoma Journal. in the door it’s a clean sheet. You
Returns to Dewey County Towns compared to a year ago cludes the dress, the shoes &
Washington, D.C. Huber is accessories, the makeup, and
were: the daughter of the late Dr.
January 4-6
professional hair.
Dec. 2017 Dec. 2016 Lawrence and Dr. Jayne Reed,
Medford Camargo $4,369.93 $2,623.84 philanthropist and co-founder   

of the Simon Estes Educa- Fields was born and
Leedey $11,169.07 $10,561.39

The Journal offered her $25 a don’t know what’s going to happen.”
tional Foundation. Huber is raised in Tulsa. She comes
Seiling (Dewey) $77,237.14 $46,780.40 married to Richard Huber, from a family of pastors and
Seiling (Major) $19,313.44 $18,921.25
January 8
and they have two children – ministers and has a heart for CANDACE FIELDS with three of her “Cinderellas.” (Photo
Although there wasn’t a white Christmas, the weekend brought Taloga $3,998.70 $15,253.84 Jonas (4), and Adayah (2). serving people. However, she
contributed by Candace Fields)
single-digit temperatures and a frozen Canton Lake (photo by Vici $28,499.79 $28,935.02 Huber attended Holland said she knows she is not
School Board
Hall High School in Tulsa and called to be a pulpit minister When she went away to Experience was born. Fields

week more than The Oklahoman and She left that position after 10 years
George Eischen). received a Master of Divinity and wondered what she could school at the Texas Women’s said that she believes “every
Meeting Canton competes degree from The General The- do serve people and combine University of Fashion and girl has two opportunities to
One for the Oklahoma History Book ological Seminary (New York)
and her undergraduate de-
that with her love for fashion. Merchandising, she came show herself to the world; on

January 9
By Max Nichols +RPH DV D UHÀHFWLRQ WKH of the newspaper. They sold on Thunder court gree in history from Spelman
Fields said she grew up a
tomboy. She was a basketball
across a group of girls that
need the things that a young
her prom day and her wed-
ding day.”

the deal was sealed. to become Sunday editor, overseeing

Throughout the history history of the plantation and the newspaper and moved REVEREND Glenna Huber (Photo courtesy of Jason Hoffman player. She said she wore ten- woman needs to go to go to a
See TULSA REV., P.3 nis shoes to her prom. See CINDERELLA, P.3
Basketball @ of Oklahoma, the roles the role of women within the to Oklahoma City, where Episcopal Diocese of Maryland) prom. Thus, The Cinderella
that women have played Cherokee tribe, said Jennifer she became a columnist
Mooreland have evolved. From few Frazee, historical interpreter for the Oklahoma News.
pioneering women in at the site. Her column, A Woman’s
January 11
At the Journal, Jackson honed her the World’s Sunday edition as well as
business, politics and other (OYD DQG 7% )HUJXVRQ Viewpoint, appeared in other
aspects of public life to established the Watonga U.S. newspapers.
Canton the civic leaders of today, Republican newspaper, At the Oklahoma History
Town Board women have left their mark
on the state. The Oklahoma
said Cindy Pitts, director
of the T.B. Ferguson Home
Center in Oklahoma City,
the “African American
Meeting Historical Society celebrates in Watonga, Okla. “T.B. ([SHULHQFH´ H[KLELW IHDWXUHV

January 16
Home H.S.
the legacy of these women at
its museum and sites.
Ferguson died on Valentine’s
up as editor of the newspaper.
That was unheard of at the
the remarkable civil rights
Clara was a teacher and
became an advisor to the
OU wins
Fashion a
la mode
skills in editing and page design. It’s several special projects.
suffrage in Oklahoma,” said WLPH´3LWWVFRQWLQXHG³(OYD Oklahoma City chapter of

been a major part of her career ever In 2014, she began a popular week-
Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive sold the paper in 1930. She the National Association for Page 1B Woman
Game director of the Oklahoma acted as technical advisor on the Advancement of Colored brings style
Historical Society. “On Aug. WKH¿OPµ&LPDUURQ¶DPRYLH People (NAACP) Youth expertise to
5, 2018, an amendment to the DGDSWLRQ RI (GQD )HUEHU¶V Council in 1957. She staged a new Paseo
Oklahoma Constitution that novel. The novel was based sit-in at Oklahoma City’s Katz boutique.

since. ly feature called “Throwback Tulsa,”

granted women in the state on the early day experience Drug Store on Aug. 20, 1958,
OFFICE HOURS by a vote of the people. The Pioneer Woman ordering Cokes at the “whites Page 1D
The Canton Times of- “Oklahoma was the Museum in Ponca City, only” lunch counter. Under
¿FH LV RSHQ 0RQGD\V 21st state to grant universal Okla., presents a major her leadership, the Youth
 DP WR  SP suffrage to women, more exhibit about the role Council participated in sit-
tor, Lia Hillman, is lo-
than two years before the
19th Amendment to the
United States Constitution
they had the right to vote,
Oklahoma women have
played in journalism and
broadcasting, said Director
Kelly Houston. Another
special exhibit provides an
ins through the early 1960s,
helping to end segregation
in public accommodations in
From 1960 to 1980
Susan Ellerbach, the World’s exec- revisiting often forgotten aspects of

utive editor, said “Jackson is the type Tulsa’s past.

women actively participated “exciting history of women /XSHU KRVWHG D UDGLR VKRZ
UHFWDQ\QHZVSLFWXUHV in Oklahoma public life ” in Wild West Shows.” The and later she chronicled her December 22, the Canton High School bas-

I-235 to close for three days of journalist we all aspire to be.” Jackson was inducted into the
Capitol Bureau
affecting commuters
and other travelers along
Interstate 235.
crews can move a pair of
new railroad bridge spans
in place. Winter weather
project, which is still
years from completion.
The highway construc-
a highway closure in
June, but the contrac-
tor finished work quickly
bridge is moved.
Over three days,  two
44-foot high,  275-foot
“Her standards have always been Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame
high,” Ellerbach said. “We’ve worked in 2009.
The Oklahoma Depart- could delay the closure by tion project’s final phase enough that the highway long spans will be lifted,
A stretch of highway ment of Transportation at least a week. is expected to begin in reopened sooner than moved and placed into
linking Oklahoma City has scheduled the closure The bridge replace- 2020. expected. Two more position above the
and Edmond will close for for Saturday Jan. 20 until ment is part of the I-235 Work along the highly closures are planned for
three days this month, the following Monday so and I-44 interchange traveled route forced the interchange after the SEE HIGHWAY, 10A

together for 30 years, and this news-

This, That
& The Other The Mooreland Leader
COPY PRICE – 75¢ — Always for the Interests of Mooreland, and Woodward County — 1903 – 2017
Hodge ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTEENTH YEAR Mooreland, Oklahoma 73852 — Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 NUMBER 37

• Woodward County Commis-

sioners voted Monday to place
Woodward County under a two
week burn ban. The ban will
continue through Sunday, Jan. 7.
Commissioners will look at the

Create, Sell,
situation again during a regular
meeting January 8 to see if the ban

Go to
will be extended further.
• Trash pick up in Mooreland
will be one day later than normal

the week of Christmas and New
Year’s Day. Both holidays are on
Monday this year, so trash will be
removed Tuesday, Dec. 26, and
Tuesday, Jan. 2.
• Thank you to all the business-

es who helped make this year’s

Thanksgiving Turkey and Christ-
mas Ham Giveaways successful.
All winners are very appreciative
of our sponsors.
• Time is running out on shop-
(continued on page 8) Merry Christmas Mooreland…looking north on Main Street. Drone photo provided by Billy Bojorquez.

Christmas Time…Sixth Graders’ Poems

As a special Christmas activity, Mooreland sixth CHRISTMAS EVE Christmas

For some disabled travelers, getting around

grade language arts students of Stacy Purviance were Here comes a Man By Dwight Chase Katelynn Purviance
asked to write a poem about Christmas and they are By Silas Mabra Christmas Eve night Santa We all cheer!
being published along with class pictures… You do not need a fan, came, Christmas is here!
for here comes a man. I pulled out my baseball bat. We like playing games,

OKC’s Will Rogers World Airport can be a problem

A Random Christmas With a bag full of toys and Then Santa went with a bang, And eating candy canes.
By Jaysun Moline joys, I thought Santa was a robber We go look for the elf,
We woke up with presents on for all the little girls and boys. that night. he’s on the shelf.
WKHÁRRU Then I told Santa I was sorry,
Then we hear knocking on He still gave me presents that
the door. CHRISTMAS night Christmas BY MATT PATTERSON
Then there was an explosion By Evan Sampson By Ryder Tomberlin Staff Writer
outside, Christmas my favorite hol- Christmas is the Once there was a little boy,
The reindeer busted though the iday, Best Holiday that wanted a lot of things. mpatterson@oklahoman.com
wall because they smelled pie. Many bright lights By Olivia Kornele The boy wanted toys,
Show at night I love all of the holiday cheer, but they all would sing. Bob Allen has always been some-
Christmas And spread the holiday cheer! Christmas is the best time of one who can handle tough situa-
By Alaina Crockett year.
It’s my favorite time of Jingle bells are ringing, tions. He saw combat in Vietnam,
year, Christmas Carolers are singing. Christmas Cheer ran a business and with the help of
It’s my favorite holiday. By Aubrey Cummings I love all the light, By Hannah Eilers his guide dog, Shirley, gets around
We all scream out with
And we say hooray!
All the kids go to sleep,
Just waiting for one little
They wait for morning to
Every house is bright.
Soon it will be Christmas Day,
Santa will ride his sleigh,
Christmas is the best holiday!
I love putting up the lights,
On the long Christmas nights.
This is the year,
When everybody will cheer.
as good as anyone without sight
could hope for.
But when Allen finds himself
negotiating small- and mid-sized
Oklahoma City resident Bob Allen, who
is blind, has had difficulty when travel-
No training.
My Favorite Holiday
By Harry Benton
I set out cookies and milk
out for the reindeer,
By Autumn Van Zee
When the parents hear the
Christmas Joy
By Nevaeh Sanchez
On a cold winter night the
South Pole is lit,
Pepper mints in hot cocoa.
Christmas Cheer
By Rylee Wyrick
I love to drink hot cocoa. airports, like Oklahoma City’s Will
Rogers World Airport, he and Shir-
ley often meet their match.  
Allen travels frequently. When
ing alone at Will Rogers World Airport
and other mid-sized airports around
the country when it comes to getting
from the curb to the counter. [PHOTO BY
No time wasted.
Christmas is my favorite
time of year,
I’ve already set up the tree
to decorate,
It’s just one day to wait.
Lets all cheer,
Christmas is here.
I like playing games and eating
candy canes,
If I get coal,
This year was fun,
But now it’s done.
Let’s holler and cheer,
Because it a new year!
Christmas is time for joy and
at Christmas time you shall
never mope.
At this special time of year,
he flies with his wife, there are no
problems. But when he takes a taxi or
Uber to Will Rogers, things become
more difficult. His preferred airline

ing Oklahoma City no longer provide

curbside assistance to handicapped
No more tough sells.
I will be an unhappy soul. Christmas Lights people love to hear holly jolly used to have staff available to get him and elderly passengers. As good as
My Favorite Thing About By Amy Cronister cheer. Airline travelers wait in the terminal for their planes to arrive at Will Rogers from the curb to the checkout coun-
Christmas Everywhere I go, I see Christ- You can go through town so World Airport. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN] ter. But now, all but one carrier serv- SEE AIRPORT, 10A
By Jose Ortega Christmas mas lights. merry and bright,
I like Christmas night, By Caley Kahoe They shine beautifully on Santa will let you see his Christmas lights. You
because we can see the Putting up all the lights, our tree. can sit on his lap,
lights so bright, Listening to all the cheer. You see them on cold Decem- you can also tell him a wish on your Christmas list.
Students move on, but jobs scarce for St. Gregory’s faculty
I love to cheer, Waiting for a sound at night, ber nights,
for the best New Year! Everyone is getting a New 3HRSOHDUHÀOOHGZLWKJOHH
Year. Hopefully there will be no CHRISTMAS DAY
ÀJKWV By Justyce Case
By Kase Donley for Santa will see! Christmas is here, BY K.S. MCNUTT spring semester outlook tral Oklahoma and Okla- erlanda said. “They seem requirements and gradu- no longer could afford to
CHEER Christmas This year was fun. Staff Writer is much bleaker for the homa Baptist University. pretty happy with these ated Dec. 1, but most will sustain operations.
We all cheer for a new year, By Jayden Clark Christmas Magic There is a lot of cheer.

Christmas is my favorite It’s Christmas night, By Evelyn Sturgill Now it’s done,
kmcnutt@oklahoman.com former faculty. Others, who wanted to decisions.” have to continue their “All the institutions in
time of the year. And there’s a bunch of lights. Have you ever felt the magic, we had lots of fun. Michael Scaperlanda, continue a Benedictine In its final semester, education elsewhere. Oklahoma were good,”
Then we hear the reindeer, We always look for the elf, RIDQROGJX\Á\LQJRYHU\RXU SHAWNEE — Eight weeks president of the  liberal liberal arts education, SGU had 656 degree- Bragg said represen- she said. Oklahoma Bap-

We get candy in our stock- Maybe it’s on the shelf. head. after the announced clo- arts college when it closed have enrolled at Benedic- seeking students, said tatives from 65 colleges tist University, located
ing every year. We all like to chill, You set cookies out, sure of St. Gregory’s Uni- last month, said many tine College in Atchison, Theresa Bragg, who came to campus for nearby, stepped up as the
And have a big meal. and go to bed.
Then we all count down for With all the cheer, versity, many displaced students have transferred Kansas, he said. was executive assistant transfer fairs following record depository for St.
the New Year, this is Christmas every year. students have enrolled to the University of Okla- “The students, I think, to the president. Some the Nov. 8 announce-
And when it’s here, we all cheer! (continued on page 4) at new schools, but the homa, University of Cen- are well placed,” Scap- completed their degree ment that the university SEE SGU, 3A
10 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018

Protect your computers from ransomware attacks

and emulate hardware firewalls in many File names and Extensions. Now all the Make sure both images you’re
Computer Notes ways. Cisco makes one starting at $160. extensions will show on the desktop and working on have the same resolution.
from the road • If the router you have is a newer everywhere else. This is found at Image > Image size in
by Wilma (Melot) Newby one, just log into it and make sure the Your best defense is a good backup Photoshop and Image > Scale Image in
wnewby@okpress.com firmware is up-to-date. The firmware system. If there is a server in the Gimp.
updates rules for what comes and goes building back it up with not one but two In Photoshop, get the section tool of
through the router. external hard drives – one always off your choice – Lasso or Polygonal Lasso.
Another newspaper has fallen victim
• To ensure the firewall is working on site. Switch them back and forth each Make sure the tool is feathered 3 to 5
to the ransomware virus.
a Mac computer, go to System Preferences week. Use the server’s software to do pixels. Cut out the person remembering
One of the worst case scenarios I
> Security, then look for the firewall the backup. that some cleanup can be done in the
can imagine is waking up on a Monday
button. In order to activate it, click the For backup, use drives that have other file when the object is on its own
morning, going to the office and
lock on the bottom left corner of the box their own power supply with USB3 or layer.
discovering your equipment has been
and put in the computer’s password. Thunderbolt connections. The larger In Gimp, use the Free Select tool. It
infected by a virus.
• On Windows computers look in drives seem to last longer. One that I looks like a lasso tool. Select the art then
All your files are locked up on several
Control Panel > Windows Firewall. In some recommend is the G-Technology G-Drive add the feather under Select > Feather.
computers in the office, as well as all the
cases it will say that the settings are USB 3.0 2TB External Hard Drive. It’s In either program, cut your selection
files on the server.
being managed by another vendor’s available on Amazon for $139.95. and paste it in the other photo.
As you dig around the office for some
application. That means that the antivirus Use a file service like Google Drive A free transform may be needed to
old files on a flash or backup drive, you
running on the computer has taken over or One Drive to back up your files. get the pasted object to be a good match
start worrying about how you will get
the job of putting up a firewall. Look at However, even these can be hit by for what is in the photo with all the other
the paper out this week and where you
the antivirus setting to see the firewall ransomware if the computer is logged people. In Photoshop, look under Edit >
will find copies of your current ads.
there. into the drive while the attack on the Free Transform.
Then comes the anger. You thought
computer is happening. The two drive This tool gives you handles to reshape
you were safe but realize that isn’t the
backup system seems to be the safest. the image. In Gimp, you can scale the
case. It’s a hard pill to swallow.
At least you’ve only lost a week’s worth layer but not as good
And it all started with ransomware
of work if things go south. as in Photoshop.
named Paradise.
If the paper is under attack and you Look for the scaling
That’s an ugly Monday morning,
notice it, unplug the network until the tools in the main
folks. So before it happens to you, let’s
virus is cleaned from the computers. tool box. They have
look over this checklist to see if you’re
Reformatting the drives is best but not one called the Cage
really safe.
always possible due to software issues. tool that does free
• Do all computers in the office have
As an employee, these setting are At the very least, back up some of transform but it’s a
full antivirus that includes ransomware
your best defense against losing your the more important files for future bit clunky.
computer’s files. recovery. Clearly label the drive so it Once the item is
• Do all off-site computers have the
• Turn on Show File Extensions on doesn’t get plugged in and used by some placed in the correct
same protection?
both Macs and PCs. From the desktop unsuspecting employee, requiring you place, use the eraser
• Are your firewalls on? Look at
on a Mac, go to Finder > Preferences to start the whole process over. tool to clean up the layer you brought in
each computer and see if the firewall is
> Advanced. Check Show All File Name Many times, you will be asked to pay until it blends smoothly. In Photoshop,
active. I know this can be a hassle, but
Extensions. This makes it easier to spot a fee to recover your files. I don’t believe use a soft brush with fuzzy edges.
it prevents unauthorized applications,
suspicious files. If it says something in paying these people one red dime. In Gimp, make sure Tool options
programs and services from getting
like (.PDF.EXE) you will see the (.exe) They are the worst kind of attackers. are visible. If not, look under Windows >
incoming connections on the computer.
extension and know not to click on it. Report it as a crime to the FBI, which is Dockable Dialogs (the options bar window
• Does your antivirus have plug-ins
For Windows XP and 7, open Windows always working on this type of problem. for Gimp). Choose a soft brush.
for all the browsers on the computer?
Explorer. You can do this by clicking My Don’t think it can never happen to Save a copy of the photo after you
These plug-ins stop hackers from
Computer from the Start Menu. Click the you. It’s happened to lots of people and have added the person to make sure
hopping directly onto your computer
Tools menu on the menu bar in Explorer, the hackers get better every day. everyone likes the placement of the
from a misguided click on some link.
then click the Folder Options item in the person.
• Consider a hardware firewall that
filters requests before they are allowed
popup menu that appears. When the WHERE’S THAT IN GIMP? Now flatten the photo and color
dialogue A dialog box appears, click the Many papers are using Gimp software correct it.
in your network. These can be set up
View tab at the top of the window. to correct photos for the newspaper. Photoshop: Layer > Flatten Image
by your internet provider, who may also
• Look for Hide file extensions for New employees who have been trained Gimp: To do the same steps in Gimp,
provide the box. This could be a good
known file types and uncheck the box to in Photoshop may have trouble finding go to Image > Flatten Image.
solution if several people are logging in
disable it. Click Apply to all folders, then settings in Gimp. Photoshop: Do your normal color
remotely. The cost starts at around $300.
click Apply and then OK. Let’s look at a simple comparison correction using Cur ves/Levels,
• VPN routers also are available.
Windows 10 is a little different. of menus in Photoshop and Gimp. For Unsharp mask and Image size.
They create a virtual private network
Instead of “My computer” it’s called this comparison, we will be cutting out Gimp: Levels is under Colors menu >
for your office, and are easier to set up
“This PC”. Go to View menu and check an object from one photo to place into levels. Image size is under Image > Scale
another one. This is frequently done in Image. Unsharp Mask is under Filters >
advertising to add a person who was Enhance > Unsharp Mask. Gray scale is

LEGAL ADVICE missing from the photo.

Start with the photo that has the
person you want to cut out. We’ll leave
under Image > Mode > Gray Scale.
The final PDF setup will have to
convert the photo to CMYK in your
is just one of the benefits of being a member of the Oklahoma Press color correction for later. It helps to have layout program if the paper uses Gimp
Association’s Legal Services Plan. Remove the worry of needing both photos open at the same time. I for a photo correction program.
professional advice by enrolling today. For more information contact: prefer working with a copy of the photo If Gimp is all that the paper has in
so if something messes up, I can go back house, keep digging for those features.
OKLAHOMA PRESS ASSOCIATION’S to the original and start over.
OPA Computer Consultant Wilma Newby’s column is brought to you by the Oklahoma Advertising Network
1-888-815-2672 or 405-499-0020 (OAN). For more information on the OAN program, contact Oklahoma Press Service at (405) 499-0020.
The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018 11

Create better design by knowing how it works OKLAHOMA PRESS ASSOCIATION

looks like and feels like. Design is Executive Vice President
how it works.” — Steve Jobs. mthomas@okpress.com • (405) 499-0033
That’s it. In one brief sentence. JEANNIE FREEMAN
Of course, readers want a newspaper
that looks right…and feels right. They Accounting Manager
want the look and feel of their paper to jfreeman@okpress.com • (405) 499-0027
reflect their community.
But what they want most of all is for SCOTT WILKERSON
their newspaper to work right for them. Front Office/Building Mgr.
Ask readers, and they will tell you swilkerson@okpress.com • (405) 499-0020
they want:
• TEXT THAT is legible, with size and MEMBER SERVICES
The infobox at left has more impact, but it’s so dark the text will be very difficult to LISA SUTLIFF
spacing that keeps makes it comfort-
read. Better to use a much lighter screen…or a shadow box.
able to read. Member Services Director
• DESIGN ELEMENTS like standing • COLOR USE that makes sense. our newspapers of those elements that lsutliff@okpress.com • (405) 499-0026
heads, section flags and columns sigs, create clutter and confusion. CHRISTINE FRANK
that are simple and clean. • TINT BLOCKS that add impact—but
don’t make type difficult to read. If we start with how design works, it Membership & Meetings Director
• CONSISTENCY of these design ele- just makes sense that we’ll create a bet-
• SEQUENCING that makes the dif- cfrank@okpress.com • (405) 499-0040
ments throughout the entire newspa- ter design.
per. ferent content areas of your news-
paper (e.g., news, opinion, sports, ED HENNINGER, an independent newspaper con-
• DISPLAY FONTS that are readable, features…) easy to follow. sultant and director of Henninger Consulting, offers LANDON COBB
crisp and appealing. comprehensive newspaper design services including
• CONSISTENT placement of that con- Sales Director
• SHORTER STORIES that are written tent from issue to issue. redesigns, workshops, design training and design
evaluations. Contact Henninger at www.henninger- lcobb@okpress.com • (405) 499-0022
clearly and flow easily.
We can give readers all of these. And, consulting.com, email edh@henningerconsulting.
• EDITING that makes these stories in the process of doing that, we can rid com or phone (803) 327-3322.
even easier to follow. Advertising Director
• PHOTOS THAT grab reader attention cshea@okpress.com • (405) 499-0023
because they have interest, informa-
tion and impact. BRENDA POER
• PAGE STRUCTURE that makes it
easier for readers to see what goes
with what.
You’ve Got Questions! Advertising Assistant
bpoer@okpress.com • (405) 499-0035

• SPACING between packages that • Can I photograph minors without consent?
helps readers see that structure. JENNIFER GILLILAND
• Can police deny access to records Creative Services Director
jgilliland@okpress.com • (405) 499-0028
It’s time to enter the by issuing a press release?
• Should I alter my archives Editorial/Creative Assistant
when a person demands it? anovachich@okpress.com • (405) 499-0029
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2018 • Can I report inaccurate COMPUTER ADVICE
See Contest Rules and Info at tesimony given in open court?
Computer Consultant
• What are the laws about liquor advertising? wnewby@okpress.com • (405) 499-0031

These are questions answered by the attorneys for the OPA KEITH BURGIN
Legal Services Plan members in recent months. Newspapers always Clipping Director
need timely legal advice on issues related to newspaper publishing. kburgin@okpress.com • (405) 499-0024

You should join OPA’S Digital Clipping Dept.
jbeatley-cates@okpress.com • (405) 499-0045


(405) 499-0020
See www.OkPress.com/LSP or contact Lisa Sutliff Fax: (405) 499-0048
at (405) 499-0026 or toll-free in Oklahoma 1-888-815-2672 Toll-free in OK: 1-888-815-2672
12 The Oklahoma Publisher // January 2018


November Column: SUZIE CAMPBELL, Countywide & Sun
November Editorial: KIM POINDEXTER, Tahlequah Daily Press


SUZIE CAMPBELL, Countywide & Sun Enter and Win
A place where lives can be changed a $100 Check
Last month I wrote a series about domestic violence. I wrote
my own experience with this national problem. While writing
Center of Norman opened a shelter for the dogs and cats of
abused women.
from Oklahoma
the series I discovered how much the perspective has
changed regarding this, but I also discovered how much it
So many changes are being made to make it easier for
victims to leave their abusers. Pottawatomie County is
Natural Gas!
has remained the same. looking at an opportunity to make leaving easier with a new The November 2017 Oklahoma Natural
Changes have been made to laws as well as the training of Family Justice Center. Gas Column and Editorial Contest was
law enforcement on how to handle these situations. When The Family Justice Center’s One Safe Place offers a way out judged by a member of the Oklahoma
I went through my experience, there was no such thing as to victims. “We have investigators, advocacy, prosecutors, Journalism Hall of Fame.
stalking. legal aide and mental health services,” said Cathy Adams, 1. Each month, send a tear sheet or
There are now laws to protect victims from their stalkers. Assistant District Attorney. photocopy of your best column and/
Law enforcement officers now receive training as well as All of these services located in one place. No need for or editorial to Oklahoma Natural Gas
the use of forms to determine the severity of the abuse. multiple stops. I can only imagine how awesome that would Contest, c/o OPA, 3601 N. Lincoln
According to Deputy Scott Hawkins, there are questions on be. The ability to walk out of an abusive relationship and into Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105-5499.
the forms that can “trigger” the need for safety plans without a facility designed to wrap their services around you, to lift Entries also may be emailed (full-page
the victim asking directly for help. you up emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. A place tearsheet) to jgilliland@okpress.com.

The public as a whole is more aware and informed about where they believe you, believe your story. 2. Include the author’s name, name of
domestic violence. However, the age-old question of “Why “One of the big keys that is important to me personally,” said publication, date of publication and
didn’t she just leave?” still tends to be the first question District Attorney Richard Smothermon, “research shows, category entered (column or editorial).
asked. I said it in the series and I’ll say it again here. It is not that after the basic needs are met, that is food and shelter,
3. Only ONE editorial and/or ONE column
that simple. The abuse begins slowly and by the time you clothing, maybe transportation, the third most important thing per writer per month will be accepted.
consider leaving, the abuser has control over your life. When is spiritual care. Because you had this traumatic event, you
they feel that control is slipping is when things become more need somebody to talk to. 4. All entries for the previous month must
violent. When you gather the courage to leave is when the “Right back here in my floor plan is a chapel. You walk in be at the OPA office by the 15th of the
abuser feels he or she has lost all control. This is when they these doors, no access here, no access here, then over current month.
become the most violent. here these are all sealed entrances. You can talk to the 5. Winning entries will be reproduced on
It is not always a threat directed at the victim that keeps receptionist, you can go to the bathroom or you can go pray.” the OPA website at www.OkPress.com.
them in the relationship. It is often a threat to those they love. The Family Justice Center’s One Safe Place is well on its
I know my ex made threats to me to harm members of my Entries must have been previously
way to becoming the one stop shop it should be, but they
family. published in print. Contest open to
will need the help of the community to bring this vision to
all OPA member newspapers.
This was way more terrifying than the thought of staying fruition. A time will come when money will be needed to build
in the relationship. I made the choice to marry this person. a facility to host all of the services mentioned above as well
My family should not be harmed for my bad decisions. So I as a courtroom, a chapel and possibly a school. This will be Although Oklahoma Natural Gas Company
stayed in the relationship much longer than I should have. a place where the victim and their children can go and feel selects representative contest winners’
safe and protected. work for use in this monthly ad, the views
Sometimes the threats are made against the pets. For most
expressed in winning columns and editorials
of us our pets are an extension of our family and most This will be a place where their lives will be changed, saved.
are those of the writers and don’t necessarily
shelters are not equipped to take in the victim and their This will be One Safe Place. reflect the Company’s opinions.
pet. However, I recently saw where the Women’s Resource

Thank you for continued

support of “Share The Warmth”
Read the Winning Columns & Editorials on the OPA website:
www.OkPress.com (Under Contests)