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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

With the beginning of the legislative session a little more than a week away, Oklahomans find themselves in need of solutions. Solutions often don’t come easy, and the issues we are currently facing are more challenging than ever.

With so many challenges that our state is facing, I’ll try to keep my thoughts on the issues that face public education. In my opinion, the overall funding of public education is insufficient. This lack of funding hits education in several different ways.

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Teachers Deserve To Have A Voice

By State Representative Todd Russ

I was disturbed to read a recent news story about a Louisiana teacher’s arrest after she stood up at a school board meeting and questioned why the superintendent was getting another salary raise while teachers and support staff were not. At the superintendent’s direction, a marshal was summoned to confront the woman, who is seen on video leaving the meeting room voluntarily. The video then shows the teacher in the hallway on the floor being handcuffed and then pulled down the hallway and put into a patrol car. The teacher says on the video that she was pushed to the floor by a marshal and that she was not resisting arrest. A city prosecutor and an attorney for the school board later chose not to press charges against the teacher.

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Auma Jean Holt

Auma Jean Holt of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away January 17, 2018, in the Elkview Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma, at the age of 93. Auma Jean was born September 22, 1924, on a farm near Rocky, Oklahoma, to Amos James and Winnie (Baird) Price. At an early age, she moved to Cloud Chief where she attended Cloud Chief Public Schools graduating in 1942. She married Henry Ray Holt on March 18, 1944, in Cordell, Oklahoma. She enjoyed many lifelong friends from Cloud Chief and was actively involved in the school activities there. She and Hank served as class parents to several classes at Cloud Chief through the years. They were chiefly responsible for the first all-school reunion in 1980 that was held every other year for several years. At an early age, she began pulling (not picking) cotton for her dad, and she loved talking about it to anyone who would listen.

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Ruby Isabelle Thiessen

Funeral services for Ruby Isabelle Thiessen, 93-yearold Eakly, Oklahoma resident, were held Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Assembly of God Church in Eakly, Oklahoma with Pastor Michael McDaniel officiating. Burial followed in Eakly Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home. Ruby was born June 24, 1924, in Cordell, Oklahoma to Arthur Justin and Rufina Frances (Sandefer) Newton. She was called home to her beloved Savior on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Maple Lawn Manor in Hydro, Oklahoma. Ruby was raised and attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma. On November 15, 1942, she married Jesse Louis Bowen in Cordell. Ruby worked as a Nanny for many years before becoming a CNA, (Certified Nursing Assistant). She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Cordell Memorial Hospital for 15 years and assisted with numerous newborns during this time.

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Russ Co-Authors Bill To Protect Seniors And Disabled

State Representative Todd Russ co-authored legislation to protect senior citizens who receive assistance through the Department of Human Services (DHS).

House Bill 1073 would require DHS to fully fund the Advantage Home and Community- based Waiver Program that allows aging adults to be cared for in their homes.

It also would require full funding for senior nutrition programs and for Developmental Disability Service Programs.

Ensuring these programs are fully funded at the state level also ensures they receive federal matching funds.

 

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Judge Sentences Hicks To Life Without Parole

Convicted of the 2015 murder of 59-year-old Michael Beach of Cordell, Kathryn Lynn Hicks was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by District Judge Doug Haught.

The sentence was handed down Thursday, September 28, 2017, and conformed to the jury’s recommendation. On September 12, the jury had found Hicks guilty of First Degree Murder with Malice Aforethought.

Gregg Graves and Peter Astor of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, lawyers for Hicks, had requested the judge sentence her to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Graves told the judge that Hicks, who is now 46 years old, would be 84 years old before she could be considered for parole if the lesser sentence was imposed.

Judge Haught rejected the request, stating, “I do fix your penalty at life without the possibility of parole.”

 

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“How Did They Do That” Mystery Photo Contest Begins Today

Have you ever looked at a photo and wondered, “How did they get that person to look like that?”

You will certainly find yourself wondering that as you look at the Mystery Photos on pages eight and nine of this edition.

The photos of your Cordell friends and neighbors, all local business people, have been digitally altered and it is up to you to decide which photo belongs with which business.

It will be worth the effort of doing a little studying, since the entry with the most correct answers will win $100, with $50 going to second place and $25 to third place.

Complete the entry form on page 9, then return the form to The Cordell Beacon office at 115 East Main Street in Cordell, or mail it to PO Box 220, Cordell, OK 73632.

 

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Several members of the Cordell Chamber of Commerce gathered on Monday

Several members of the Cordell Chamber of Commerce gathered on Monday, October 2, 2017, to celebrate the ribbon cutting at one of Cordell’s newest businesses, Gatlin’s Garage, located at 610 East Main Street. Cutting the ribbon is business owner Kyle Gatlin, with his wife, Brooke, standing to the right. Others at the ribbon cutting are, on the back row, from the left: Billy Gatlin, Kyle’s father; Larry Bostwick, Kyle’s grandfather; Ulyssius Emerson, service technician; Jim “Cooter” Schmidt, service technician; Jeremey Goodson, shop manager; Brooke Gatlin, Aleta Jorgensen, and Ronnie Smith. On the front row, from the left, are: Landon Hise, Jean Bostwick, Kyle’s grandmother; Becky Law, chamber president; Kyle Gatlin, Jan Byrd, chamber secretary; and Mira Burrows.

 

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Eagles Slip Past Blue Devils 12 To 7

“I don’t have any excuses,” said Cordell Head Football Coach Dustin Beasley following the Blue Devil’s 7 to 12 loss to Watonga on Friday, September 29, 2017.

“We have hung our hat on our toughness and Watonga was tougher than us Friday night,” he continued. “They outworked us and were just flat tougher than we were.”

The evening began with the Homecoming Football Queen coronation and the happiness continued as Cordell took their first possession and drove 70 yards for a touchdown.

“They couldn’t stop us,” remembered Beasley. “It was physical football and we kept possession of the ball for over six minutes. We never played that tough again.”

 

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CHS Cross Country Runners Set Personal Records

“It was the toughest course we will see all year and two of our runners set personal best times,” said Cordell Head Cross Country Coach Jana Rogers of the meet held in Stillwater on Saturday, September 30, 2017. “Berkley (Price) blew it out of the water with her time (19:57.0) on the three-mile course and Aric (Boecker)also set a personal best time of 18:53.6!”

Cordell’s girls were running a three-mile course, rather than the two-mile run of other competitions, and the course had lots of hills, wood chips and was generally very challenging terrain.

 

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