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February 16th, 2012

A Piece of the Puzzle: Local 4-H’ers raising money in partnership with Friends of the NRA

February 16, 2012

Local 4-H members have been hard at work painting and raising money. And it’s all part of the puzzle.


The local Friends of the NRA approached Texas County 4-H leader Brad James about partnering on a new fundraising concept — the Masterpiece Fundraiser.

Community stepping up to help local girl diagnosed with leukemia

February 16, 2012

Once again, many helpful hearts and hands have reached out to help a neighbor in need.
According to Guymon Jr. High Coach/Teacher, Michelle Davis, a couple of years ago the Leukemia Foundation contacted the school to host an annual fundraising activities for the foundation, however was not very successful, due to lack of no local connection. But this year is different. One of Guymon’s own, 8th grader Emily El-Amoudi was recently diagnosed with the disease.

Local coalition applauds tobacco ban

February 16, 2012

Earlier this month, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin authorized an executive order to ban tobacco use on all state property to “help contain the growth of increasing health care costs currently straining the budgets of families, businesses and state government.”
The order states, “Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-1523 prohibits smoking in all public places, in any indoor workplace and all vehicles owned by the State of Oklahoma and all of its agencies and instrumentalites.”

Tournament of Champions Contest held at Guymon

February 16, 2012

The Tournament of Champions qualifying meet was held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Guymon Central Junior High. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students competing were from Guymon, Hooker, Texhoma, Alva, Beaver, Felt, and Straight.
Guymon’s sixth graders earned six medals, the seventh graders won nine medals, and the eighth graders received eight medals.

School board discusses waiver to No Child Left Behind law; new plan slated for next year

February 16, 2012

The Guymon Public School Board gathered for their regularly scheduled meeting, Monday evening.
The topic of most discussion was Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind Waiver passed last week.
States wishing to be free from the federally mandated No Child Left Behind law must adopt a college/career-ready standards for education and teacher evaluation systems.
According to Guymon Superintendent Doug Melton, flexibility was one flaw of the No Child Left Behind law and Guymon Schools will finish out the school year under these old rules.

Bill D. Bledsoe, Sr.

February 16, 2012

Bill D. Bledsoe, Sr., 74, Hot Springs. Ark., died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.
He was born Jan. 27, 1938 in Guymon, the son of John Bledsoe and Lillian Watkins Bledsoe. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John Bledsoe, Jr.
Bill was a retired welder in the oil and gas industry.

February 15th

Kenneth Wayne Hill

February 15, 2012

Kenneth Wayne Hill, 62, lifelong Guymon resident went to meet the Lord on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, 2012 following a brave battle with his health.

The son of Kenneth Theodore and Filomena Kay (Chiusano) Hill of the Oslo community, he was born June 11, 1949 in Guymon. Wayne attended the Guymon school system, graduating with the GHS Class of 1967. He then attended Panhandle State University, where he graduated with his degree in Biology and Chemistry. Following his graduation, Wayne taught high school chemistry and biology in Kansas for a time before returning to Guymon.

Texhoma officials regroup after bond failure

February 15, 2012

The voters of Texhoma have spoken, and the Texhoma School District will not get any of the anticipated upgrades proposed in Tuesday's bond election. The $5.6 million proposal actually passed by a 188-173 margin, but a 60 percent majority was needed to pass, and the initiative only received 52 percent of the vote.
"Disappointed," said Texhoma Superintendent Eric Smith. "The community has spoken and that's what they decided, so we just have to regroup."

Tigers thump Rolla on senior night

February 15, 2012

It was just your average Tueday night at the Guymon gym last night. Fundraisers in the entryway and senior night were just added flair to something that is a weekly occurrence.
Last night for the seniors on Guymon’s basketball team will be the last time that they can play in front of a home crowd wearing the orange and white. With that idea in mind both teams successfully demolished Rolla in very decisive wins 42-22 and 88-27.
After the first quarter of the girls game was finished and the score was a meager 5-4 the Lady Tigers got on the attack trying to win the game.

February 14th

Unofficial: Texhoma bond fails; Mihelic wins Goodwell School Board seat.

February 14, 2012

Voters in Goodwell and Texhoma went to the polls Tuesday, with Goodwell School Board Seat No. 2 on the line and a $5.6 million bond issue on the ballot in Texhoma.

In the Goodwell School Board Seat No. 2 race, Gerald Mihelic Jr. defeated Ryan J. Hines 63-48.

In Texhoma, 188 voters said yes to the bond proposal and 173 said no — 52 percent for the proposition. But in order to pass, a 60 percent yes vote was needed, meaning the bond failed.

These numbers are unofficial until certified by the county election board.

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