Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
This weekâs Guymon Daily Herald âFamiliar Faceâ is Aubrey Skyanne Boren, known to many simply as Sky. Although new to the area, Skyâs friendly face is quickly becoming familiar to the community.
Sky, 23, was born in Tahlequah, Okla. and grew up in the small town in eastern Oklahoma called Vinita.
Sky said she decided to move to Guymon four months ago, âFollowing Godâs planâ and best friends, Melinda and Dallas McGlasson, who moved to Guymon about five years ago.
Sky gained employment at the Reed Family Clinic as a medical assistant, not long after relocating.
A dry spell that began in September 2010 would continue for months on end, and become the top story of the year 2011 in Texas County. The year ended as one of the driest in recent decades in Guymon.
Guymon Municipal Airport recorded 8.57 inches of precipitation in 2011 â nearly 11 inches below normal.
The relentless dry spell led to a severe fire season. A grass fire in January burned 500 acres southwest of the Indian Hills Addition.
The Guymon Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Guymon will be treating the 2011 honored volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Field Trip on Thursday, Jan. 5.
In a recent press release, Main Street Guymon Director Melyn Johnson described the event as a way of âstarting the New Year by honoring folks that have unselfishly given of their time and energy to the people of Guymon.â
The Guymon Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the Annual Panhandle Ag Appreciation Day, which is planned for Thursday, Jan. 12. at the Texas County Activity Center and is still accepting nominees for the Ag Business of the Year and Ag Producer of the Year until Jan. 6.
Chamber of Commerce Director, Jada Breeden, told the Guymon Daily Herald, the doors for the event will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and will feature various Ag booths, workshops and discussions until 4 p.m.
The Guymon City Council met in an abbreviated regular session Thursday evening, and voted to advertise for bids for guardrail improvements at Thompson Park (Sunset Lake).
Public Works Director Ivan Clark said about 6,000 feet of guardrail will be put up â about 1,200 feet alongside County Road 31 (Airport Road) on both sides of the road in the spillway area. The remainder will be placed on both sides of Sunset Lake.
âItâs been in dire need of some attention along the spillway road, both ways,â Clark said. âOver the years itâs just fallen apart.â
Even to big-name retail chains, including Sears Holdings Corp, the economy shows no mercy and budget belts are forced to be tightened.
The companyâs shares dropped more than 27 percent after horrible holiday sales and recently announced it will be closing up to 120 underperforming Sears and Kmart stores. As of press time, has not released a list of the stores to be closed.
Attempts to reach the Sears corporate office led to a voice recording for all media inquiries by Kimberly Freely, Director of Communications.
The Guymon Mayor and City Council will meet for its final regular session of 2011 on Thursday at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at Guymon City Hall at 219 NW Fourth.
The light agenda includes discussion of the monthly budget report and a presentation of appreciation for 27 years of dedicated service on the airport board to David Black.
The council will also have discussion and possible action on amendments to the 2011 6-month budget, including a $3,300 increase for golf, a $2,000 increase for E911 and a $5,000 increase for the airport.
Want to learn more about the who, what, when and whereâs of our community? If so, Main Street Guymonâs upcoming âNewcomersâ group is the place to find out, whether you are new to Guymon, lived here for years or anywhere in-between.
Main Street Guymon Director Melyn Johnson said the monthly group plans to meet once a month and will feature local businesses, cvic organizations, retailers, various city officials, who will speak on what is going on in Guymon.
Watching âthe ballâ drop on New Yearâs Eve is a tradition most of us have observed at least once in our lifetime, if not every year. Guymonâs own version of the drop seems to quickly becoming such a tradition and will once again be held this Saturday evening.
The first New Yearâs Eve celebration in New York Cityâs Times Square was held in 1904, however, the New Yearâs Eve Ball was not introduced until 1907.
I would love to write about my real life grandparents and my âBRT grandparents.: When I think of my âfamilyâ grandparents, it brings tears to my eyes. I love them dearly and we are very close. They used to be my foster parents, too. I loved living with them. My grandpa is now retired, but he used to serve in the army and fought in the Vietnam War. Because of his service and sacrifice to our country, I have actually thought about joining the army when I grow up.