Marshall County Moments

The Madill Record 2018 Year in Review

Jan. 4, 2018

District 2 Commissioner, Josh Cantrell, was named as the Board of County Commissioners chairman for 2018. District 3 Commissioner Chris Duroy was named as vice chairman.

•The 2018 MHS Wrestling Homecoming Candidates were announced. The Queen Candidates were: Hannah Henry, Kamryn Weaver, Jordyn Ybarra, and Molly Fulgham. The King Candidates were: Zachary Stephenson, Zane Crisp, Dakota Graver, and Wyatt Inslee. The Flower Girl was Aubrey Orr and the Crown Bearer was Daeton Brown.

Jan. 11, 2018

•The 2018 KHS Basketball Homecoming Candidates were announced. The Queen Candidates were: Kes Reeves, Madison Auld, Tyla Bohannon, and Emi O’Steen. The King Candidates were: Stoney Lowe, Rylee Holmes, Tyler Blanchard, and Ryan Capps. The Flower Girl was Dilynn Weeks and the Crown Bearer was Mason Clark.

•MHS senior Hannah Henry was crowned as the 2018 Wrestling Homecoming Queen on Jan. 9, along with senior Zachary Stephenson who was named Homecoming King.

•Smiley’s Travel Center will have a food truck with goodies like old Americana food and even a few special recipes. You will find it on the corner of Smiley Road and U.S. Highway 70 after construction is complete.

Jan. 18, 2018

•The 2018 MHS Basketball Homecoming Candidates were announced. The Queen Candidates were: Cloe Austin, Madison Jowers, Rylee Ruff, and Kortlyn Yow. The King Candidates were: Trey Hughes, Abel Ortega, Tanner Barnes, and Cole Austin. The Flower Girl was Leighton Clement and the Crown Bearer was Cutter Scasta.

•KHS senior Kes Reeves was crowned as the 2018 Basketball Homecoming Queen on Jan. 16. Her escort was senior Stoney Lowe.

•After 32 years of dedication, Kalynne Johnson retired from her position as Kingston’s Postmaster.

Jan. 25, 2018

•MHS senior Madison Jowers was named the 2018 Basketball Homecoming Queen on Jan. 23. Senior Trey Hughes was named as Homecoming King.

•Bobby Sanders was named chief of the Caney/Soldier Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

•The Kingston Powerlifting Team recently won the Small School Division at the Dickson Meet with a score of 184.

Feb. 1, 2018

•In Kingston, behind Paradise Donuts, residential property is being built and will offer at least two different types of housing. Duplexes are being built first, with 16 buildings containing 32 units.

•Moving to Madill are new townhouses on U.S. Highway 377. The complex is located next to William Ray Memorial Park. Currently 13 units have been built, but when the property is full there will be 31 two-story townhouses.

•Madill wrestlers competed in the Midwestern Conference. Just two Wildcats claimed medals in the two-day tournament. Dylan McCullough and Zane Crisp each took home the bronze medal for the Wildcats.

Feb. 8, 2018

•Voters in the Madill and Kingston School Districts will determine who will be seated in Seat 3 of both the Madill and Kingston Board of Education. For Madill, Andrea Porterfield and Shannon Williams were vying for the seat. As for Kingston, Randy Arneson and Philip Emerson were on the ballot.

•Shelby Cosby, Melisa Stanfield, and Jordan Wise, of Kingston, were among 620 freshmen and sophomores that earned recognition on the Northern Oklahoma College Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester.

Feb. 15, 2018

•Voters in the Madill and Kingston School District voted to fill Seat 3 of their respective Boards of Education. In Madill, there were 339 ballots cast for Shannon Williams, just ahead of Andrea Porterfield who held 216 of the total votes.

•In Kingston , the incumbent Randy Arneson retained the seat in Kingston with 152 of the 177 total votes. Arneson defeated opponent Philip Emerson, who held 25 votes.

•KHS announced their Valedictorian, Nick Mizell, and Salutatorian, Kaitlyn Hobbs. They spoke May 18 at the Kingston Multipurpose Activity Center for graduation.

Feb. 22, 2018

•The 76th Annual Marshall County Junior Livestock Show was Feb. 21-24 at the Community Building and Fair Barn in the William Ray Memorial Park.

•Interim Madill Police Chief Donald Yow was recognized at the recent Madill City Council meeting for his 25 years of service at the Madill Police Department.

•Molly Raley and Tina Firquain, of The Madill Record, traveled to the Oklahoma State Capitol on Feb. 8, during the Oklahoma Press Association’s Legislative Summit. During that time they visited with Representative Tommy Hardin.

March 1, 2018

•Both the Redskins and the Lady Redskins claimed the Regional Championship, which sent them to the Area Championship Game on March 2.

•The entire Kingston Elementary Third Grade, 95 students, raised a total of $764 for the Kingston Animal Shelter in February. Mariah Maple had the idea, and so the fundraiser “Pennies for Pets” was created.

•At the Museum of Southern Oklahoma, the Marshall County Historical Society has been given the opportunity to display original photos from the infamous country doctor, Dr. Joseph Raff.

March 8, 2018

•The Kingston Redskins were named the Class 3A Boys Basketball Academic State Champions. The award is given to the team with the highest overall combined GPA. The Redskins together had a grade-point average of 3.78.

•On March 3, the Lady Redskins were pitted against the No. 4 ranked Comanche Lady Indians. The game winning shot by Kes Reeves earned Kingston the Area Championship, as well as a trip to the Class 3A State Tournament. The final score was 54-53.

March 15, 2018

•The Kingston Lady Redskins fell to Sequoyah-Tahlequah in the Class 3A State Basketball Championship in a devastating 53-51 loss.

•The Kingston Redskins fell in an overtime loss to Star Spencer in the Class 3A State Basketball Championship 64-55 loss.

•The Hope for Marshall County (HFMC) group held a grand opening for the new Hope Outreach Facility on March 10. It will provide a food pantry, temporary shelter, showers, a laundry room, and much more for those in need throughout Marshall County.

March 22, 2018

•Teachers across the state of Oklahoma are banding together to form a statewide walkout on April 2 if the state Legislature doesn’t figure out a way to give teachers a pay raise and more funding for state education.

•Tommy Bare was hired as the new head football coach and math teacher for Kingston High School. Bare will be taking the position that John Caraway held for the 2017-2018 football season.

•Sixteen fire departments from three counties worked until nightfall on March 16, on a grass fire that burned approximately 500 acres just outside Madill, off Airport Road. No one was injured during the fire, and there was no property damage except for the pasture land.

March 29, 2018

•Voters in Madill will take to the polls on April 3 to cast their votes for Madill City Council members. Incumbant, Shaunda Kendrix, and Tom Austin are on the ballot for Seat 5.

•As of March 26, both the Kingston and Madill post offices got new postmasters. The Madill Postmaster, Denise Wheeler, heard about the Kingston position, applied, and was offered the job. To replace her in Madill, Kelly Breault, from Shallowater, Texas, will be the interim postmaster until the position is filled permanently.

•National Ag Day 2018 was especially exciting for Madill High School junior, Rio Bonham. Bonham was selected as the National Award Winner of the National Ag Day Essay Contest. For that honor he was provided an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where he joined agriculture leaders and officials in celebrating National Ag Day on March 20.

April 5, 2018

•Voters in Madill decided on Shaunda Kendrix after a citywide vote on April 3. Kendrix will retain her Seat on the Madill City Council after defeating Tom Austin, 82-29.

•The 66th Annual FFA Rodeo begins April 6. Four candidates are vying for Rodeo Queen: Maryjane Goodwin, Samantha Smith, Lauren Pense, and Paizlee Szenasi.

•On April 2, schools in Oklahoma closed for ‘Teacher Walkouts,”but Madill and Kingston were not among the many. However, Madill sent an advocacy team to represent the school at the Capitol.

•The Marshall County Jail got an upgrade. Some features of the new facility were skylights in the dorms and pods, which will help regulate the inmates day and night.

April 12, 2018

•Paizlee Szenasi was crowned as the 2018 FFA Rodeo Queen on April 7. The runner up was Maryjane Goodwin.

•With a 3-0 vote by the Madill Board of Education, Larry Case was hired as superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year.

•The Kingston Redskins were named the Lake Country Conference Champions for the 2017-2018 basketball season. Also, the LCC named senior Stoney Lowe as the “Most Valuable Player.”

April 19, 2018

•Madill Public Schools has been awarded a $1,075,353 Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant that will provide literacy enrichment in the district over the next four years.

•The Madill City Council approved a five percent water and sewer rate increase at the MPWA’s monthly meeting on April 10. On average that will be an increase of $.92.

•MarshallCountyEmergency Manager, Robert Chaney, applied for multiple grants, including outdoor warning sirens (tornado sirens) for parts of the county.

April 26, 2018

•As of April 20 Madill High School has a new head football coach, Todd Vargas. He comes from Altus High School where he was the head coach there as well.

•Madill Mayor Travis Williams signed a proclamation stating that the week of April 16-20 would be considered “Week of the Young Child” in Madill. During that week the children of Fran Drummond Day Care had a “Teddy Bear Parade,” along with several other activities.

•The Kingston Redskins were crowned as the Lake Country Conference Champions on April 20, after defeating Plainview, 13-4. The Redskins beat Comanche, 7-3, and Tishomingo, 12-4, earlier in the bracket to advance to the Championship Game.

May 3, 2018

•Marshall County was host to the Second Annual Home and Garden Show on May 4 and

5. The show was held at the Marshall County Expo Center.

•Fourteen Marshall County athletes, and eight relay teams competed on the biggest stage as each of them placed well enough at the Regional Track Meet to advance to the Class 3A-4A State Track Meet. The State Meet was held on May 4 and 5, in Moore.

•The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting on April 25 for the new local business, Landscape and More. There was a grand opening on May 4 and 5.

May 10, 2018

•The 1600-Meter Relay Team for the Madill Wildcats were crowned State Champions during the Class 4-A State Track Meet in Moore.

•Madill is among 20 of the safest cities in all of Oklahoma. Madill was ranked at number 18 out of 20.

•The Kingston Redskins’ Golf Team competed in the State Golf Tournament in Oklahoma City where they received the Academic State Championship Award.

May 17, 2018

•Seniors Addison Jovee and Andrew Hughes were crowned Prom Royalty at the Madill High School Prom on May 11. The decision was made after a tally of votes by their peers.

•The Madill FFA Senior Parli Pro Team placed First at the Murray State Speech and Parli Pro Contest. The Junior Chapter Meeting Team also placed First.

May 24, 2018

•The Madill Board of Education appointed Madill resident Jeff Landgraf to Seat 1 of the Board. The seat was previously held by Janie Lee, who moved outside the Madill School District.

•The Madill High School Class of 2018 celebrated graduation on May 18. The senior class had four sets of twins that graced the graduation stage.

•Kingston was ranked as one of Oklahoma’s top school districts by According to the list published April 2, the Kingston School District was ranked 34th out of 100 schools in Oklahoma for 2018.

May 31, 2018

•Hope Elizabeth (The Wal-Mart dog) loves her new family. Peggy Zadik and her husband adopted her after she spent five years living in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Kathy Germany, owner of Southern Oklahoma Animal Resources, took her home and found her a forever home with Peggy and her family.

•As construction was close to completion of Smiley’s Travel Center, the most notable progress in the construction was the new “Jukebox Entrance,” which stands 35 feet tall. It lights up and plays music. According to the owner, Mitchell Brown, it might even hold a world record for the “World’s Largest Jukebox.”

•The Madill Sand Bass Festival was held June 4-9 in the square of downtown Madill. The talent included an Elvis impersonator Kraig Parker, Rick Trevino, Doug Stone, and the Casey Donahew Band, just to name a few.

•Twila Goodwin, of Madill, has been making metal art pieces since the early 2000s and was asked to provide her work for the Madill Beautification Committee. A tribal horse, two musicians, and a mother and daughter ballerina pair are just a few of the many sculptures that have been placed around Madill.

June 7, 2018

•On June 1, exactly 26 years to the day after being hired at the MPD, Madill City Manager James Fullingim officially promoted Donald Yow to Chief of Police.

•Daniel Nixon has chosen to serve his community and the county by working as the Marshall County Emergency Management (MCEM) deputy director.

•For the second consecutive year, in its 53-year-old history, the Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will include both a boys’ and a girls’ game on June 9. Kes Reeves of Kingston High School was one of the lucky few. Also, Chad Rumer, of Kingston served as the head coach.

June 14, 2018

•On June 4, Marshall County Commissioners approved a ‘Certificate of Substantial Completion’ of the Marshall County Jail project.

•The Madill Fire Department recently received a more than $30,000 donation from Cimarex for the purchase of equipment to design their very own air supply trailer, which will be used on scene at any disaster the department responds to.

•Coral Ann Galbraith and the late Shannon Galbraith were inducted into the National Sand Bass Festival Hall of Fame on June 9. They have spent over 20 years managing the Sand Bass Fun Run. In addition to being inducted, the Sand Bass Fun Run was officially renamed the Shannon Galbraith Memorial King Sandie Fun Run.

June 21, 2018

Several members of The Madill Record staff were recognized for their excellence in journalism by the Oklahoma Press Association during the annual convention. Together, The Madill Record took First Place in Sports Coverage, while placing Third in Advertising, Editorial Writing, and Community Leadership.

•The Primary Election was on June 26. The Candidates for County Commissioner, District No. 1, were Willard Ray McGahey and Don Salty Melton. For State Representative, District 49, the candidates were Vicki Gaylor and Miranda Shelton. And, for State Senator, District 6, the candidates were David Bullard and Erick P. Wyatt.

June 28, 2018

•Some of the winners of the election were as follows: Don “Salty” Melton (Marshall County Commissioner); Mick Cornett (State Governor); Miranda Shelton (democrat, State Representative, District 49); David Bullard (republican, State Representative, District 49). State Question 788 passed, taking 56.84 percent of the vote. The alcohol proposition passed with 60.99 percent of the vote. The General Election was Nov. 6.

•As of June 25, Dale Faulkner was promoted from detective lieutenant to assistant police chief, serving directly under Police Chief, Donald Yow.

•On June 21, a 2015 Volvo semi and a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier collided on the Roosevelt Bridge. The accident led to the Cavalier catching fire and sending the semi over the railing of the bridge into Lake Texoma. It was on June 26 when they were finally able to bring the truck to shore, leaving crews to work on the cleanup of the lake.

July 5, 2018

•The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce announced that Kalynne Johnson, of Kingston, joined their team as the new Marshall County Chamber of Commerce executive director.

•Three members of the Madill FFA Chapter, Rio Bonham, Colt Crowson, and Damian Ramirez, participated in the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference that brings together FFA members from across the United States to hone their leadership skills.

•For the first time in 52 years, the lake community will have a new Miss Lake Texoma for 2018. The first pageant was held in 1966, when Pam Ball was chosen as the first and only Miss Lake Texoma. On Aug. 2, the crown was passed on.

July 12, 2018

•Three girls competed for their chance to be crowned as Rodeo Royalty at the 70th Annual Madill Roundup Club Rodeo. The Rodeo was July 19-21. The candidates were 15-year-old Makaela Parker, 3-year-old Aiyana Neal, and 5-year-old Jordyn Toliver.

•Since 2003, three sets of “pirates” made their journey from Treasure Island in Las Vegas to Oklahoma. Unfortunately, one set broke while being moved. But, one set sits on a boat slip on the north side of Catfish Bay, and the matching set has taken residence at a home office in Bryan County, just outside of Durant.

•Several athletes from Marshall County competed on the Ardmore Cardinals Baseball Team over the summer. The Cardinals were invited to participate in The Pathway Games, a festival held in Albuquerque, N.M., from June 20-23.

July 19, 2018

•Undersheriff Ed Kent retired from his duties at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office on June 28. According to Sheriff, Danny Cryer, the position will remain vacant until he can find a suitable candidate to fill Kent’s position.

•The Marshall County Historical Society and the Museum of Southern Oklahoma was host to an open house and tour on July 28, with featured guest speaker Towana Spivey. A former Madill resident, Spivey is a historian, museum director, author, Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame inductee, and promoter of Oklahoma resources and Native American heritage.

•Bobby Kaney retired July 13 as Water Department supervisor at the Madill Water Department after 30 years of dedication. They held a small reception in honor of his hard work.

July 26, 2018

The Editor of The Madill Record, Molly Raley, decided to pursue a career in teaching. Her last day at the paper was July

24. She will be greatly missed, but we all wish her the very best in her future accomplishments.

•The Marshall County Commissioners approved to lower the speed for a 3-mile stretch of road near City Lake. The speed limit was changed to 35 mph. Also approved was the appointment of Brent Goodwin to the Economic Development Committee. He will replace Vicki Byrd who had a one-year term on the committee.

•Makaela Parker was announced as the Madill Roundup Club’s 2018 Ambassador on July 19, the opening night of the 70th Annual Madill Roundup Club Rodeo.

Aug. 2, 2018

•Madill resident, Mrs. Helen “Mama Helen” Mann celebrated 100 years on July 31. She was around for the invention of the television and the telephone, plus she remembers seeing Lake Texoma being created and built.

•Madill’s Our Community Cares Coalition (OC3) was recognized by The Journal Record and Governor Mary Fallin for their contributions to our community. OC3 received one on the 11th Annual Beacon Awards in the small category of “Nonprofits Serving Nonprofits.” Tanya Magness attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of OC3 on July 12.

Aug. 9, 2018

•On Aug. 1-3, the Enos VFD, the Buncombe Creek VFD, and the Kingston Fire Department fought to put out fires at Wheeler Ranch. A total of 115 acres burned.

•The Marshall County Commissioners approved to reduce the speed on Bethel Road, which is in District 1.

•The Kingston Lady Redskins started their 2018 Fast Pitch Softball Season off right when they defeated the Dickson Lady Comets 4-0 on Aug. 6. The Madill Lady ‘Cats took home a great win also against the Hugo Lady Buffaloes. They won 11-3 in their first game of the season.

Aug. 16, 2018

The Marshall County Fair was held Sept. 7-9, at the Madill Community Building in the William Ray Memorial Park. Along with a variety of competitions, there was a cupcake contest, a Little Miss and Mr. Marshall County Contest, a themed cookie jar, a Hat Contest, and much more.

•The Madill Police Department was host to Madill’s very first “Community Night Out” in conjunction with “National Night Out” on Aug. 7. Over 150 people visited William Ray Memorial Park to meet and socialize with the Madill Police Department. Children and families even got to explore and tour police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.

•Several Madill Band students: Mateo Fajardo, Joel Halvorsen, Raul Puente, Jastiny Hale, Rayne Adams, and Keon Christie, spent the entire week at the Annual Red River Drum and Auxiliary Camp at Lake Murray. At this camp students from all over the state and Texas meet to work on skills for the upcoming marching band season.

Aug. 23, 2018

•National Dog Day was Aug. 26, so hopefully everyone celebrated with their furry friend. It is a good time to raise awareness about adopting a dog from a shelter. So many dogs need loving homes and what better day than National Dog Day to go and adopt one.

•The “Our Community Cares Coalition,” or better known as OC3, has been going strong for a year now. On Aug. 28, OC3 held its Second Annual Bonfire at City Lake in Madill.

•Two of Madill’s finest were sworn in by police chief, Donald Yow–Officer Garrett Royal and Madill Police Department Chaplin, Billy Harding. Royal joined the police force on Aug.


Aug. 30, 2018

•The old offices of the Clint Williams Peanut Company, or what used to be the “old hotel,” will have a new purpose. The building was donated to the City of Madill by Stuart Swanson, the facility manager at Red River Cold Storage. The idea is that it will be restored and used to house the Marshall County Historical Society and Museum.

•From Aug. 20-24, the Kingston Lady Redskins won their fast-pitch games against Hugo (doubleheader), Marietta (doubleheader), Madill, and Atoka. The Lady Redskins played the Hugo Lady Buffaloes in back-to-back games on Aug. 20, and won both games. The first game, Kingston won 13-0, and the second game, they won 12-0.

Sept. 6, 2018

•On Aug. 27, a bid to purchase the Enos Cardinal Cove Volunteer Fire Department a Tri-Toon boat, was accepted by the Marshall County Commissioners and the Enos VFD.

•The Madill Art Club had a new exhibit at the Ruby Adkins Art Gallery called “Animal Kingdom.” The Gallery came to life in a virtual zoo environment. The exhibit opened in September and ran through November.

•The Kingston Redskins had one runner in the boys 5K, Tucker Rumer. Rumer was able to run the time of 26:51 and placed 79th Place in the Madill Cat Run on Sept. 1.

Sept. 13, 2018

•The Marshall County Free Fair was Sept. 6-8, and held at William Ray City Park, in Madill. The schedule of events was packed full of family activities, such as a Dog Show, the Little Mr. and Miss Marshall County Pageant, a Pet Parade, even a Nine and Under Softball Throw Contest, and so much more.

•The Kingston Redskins (2-0) were matched with the Atoka Wampus Cats (0-2) on Sept. 7. The Wampus Cats lost on their home field 34-0 to Kingston.

•Country music star and native Oklahoman, Blake Shelton, joined the board of directors of the new Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation. His board membership was approved during the regular September meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Sept. 20, 2018

•Congressman Markwayne Mullin was recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NFR), for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses.

•The Madill High School Football Homecoming was set for Friday, Sept. 21, before the game with Cushing. The theme for this year was “Decades.” The Queen candidates were: Mesa Ross, Chantel Trejo, and Daisy Rosas. The King Candidates were: Isaac Eades, Dakota Vanderburg, Fermin Laffita, Colt Crowson, Jayson Queen, and Moises Ibarra. The Princesses were: Itzel Dominguez, Beth Coleman, and Autumn Bryant. The Flower Girl was Addison Hoedebeck and the Crown Bearer was Hamilton Raley.

Sept. 27, 2018

•The Kingston High School Football Homecoming was held Sept. 28, prior to the game against the Tishomingo Indians. The theme for this year was “Postcard Destination.” The Queen Candidates were: Kayli Bolay, Tatum Davis, and Jillian Hatfield. The King Candidates were: Rylee Holmes, Garrette Voyles, Braden McGehee, Tyler Blanchard, Jarron Morgan, and Braden Matchen. The Princesses were: Tyla Bohannon, Abbie Carlile, and Harmony Hammon. The Flower Girl was Ainsley Uhlenhake and the Crown Bearer was Elijah Meeks.

•Madill Public Schools joined schools from around the world to celebrate International “Walk to School Day” on Oct.

10. The “Walk to School Day” events raised awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children.

•The first deliveries of strong beer and new brands will be sold cold in grocery, convenience, and liquor stores on Oct. 1, arrived at Oklahoma Beer Alliance distributor members across the state.

Oct. 4, 2018

•At approximately 2:32 a.m. on Oct. 2, officers of the Madill Police Department responded to the 100 block of East Wolf Street in Madill to a report of a person being shot. Upon arrival, officers found a 36-yearold male subject with a single gunshot wound, laying on a bed in the bedroom he had rented from the homeowner.

•Prior to the game with Tishomingo on Sept. 28, Kingston High School senior, Kayli Bolay, was crowned Homecoming Queen, along with Rylee Holmes, senior, as Homecoming King,

•The Kingston Lady Redskins Softball Team won the Regional 2 Tournament on Sept. 28, which earned them a spot in the Class 3A 2018 Fast-Pitch State Championship Tournament Oct. 4-6.

Oct. 11, 2018

The Madill High School Homecoming festivities were originally set for Sept. 21, but due to rain it was postponed until Oct. 5. Madill High School senior, Daisy Rosas, was crowned Homecoming Queen, along with senior Fermin Laffita, as Homecoming King.

•The Madill Wildcats and the Lady ‘Cats, both high school and junior high, attacked the Reuel Little Classic course on Saturday, Oct. 6. Coach Cale Eidson had 19 high school boys, 11 junior high boys, 23 high school girls, and 13 junior high girls competed. They all ran a 5K, 3.1-mile course.

•The Madill Middle School sixth-eighth graders, in the noncompetitive P.E. classes, walked to raise money for new basketball goals at William Ray Memorial Park. On Oct. 16, the classes went to the Madill City Lake and walked the track for three hours. Sponsors pledged $3 per mile.

Oct. 18, 2018

The Kingston fourth and fifth grade basketball teams traveled to Colbert Oct. 8-12 to compete in its Elementary Tournament. The fourth grade girls’ and boys’ teams and the fifth grade Lady Redskins all managed to earn Third Place in the Tournament.

•”Walk to School Day” was a huge success. On Oct. 10, hundreds of children not only filled the William Ray Memorial Park, but they marched the streets and walked right into their classrooms. There were over 700 children, school faculty, and staff who participated.

•The Kingston High School Marching Band took First Place in Field Competition at the “Chickasaw Festival Band Day Extravaganza” in Tishomingo. “The Pride of Texomaland” took top honors in Division VI, ahead of Runner-Up Sulphur, and Third-Place Dickson.

•Miguel Duran, Madill Wildcat sophomore, took home First Place out of 75 other runners at the 2018 Velma-Alma Class 4-A Regional Cross-Country Meet on Oct. 13. He ran the 5K course in 17:46.7 minutes.

Oct. 25, 2018

•The Kingston Lady Redskins were represented at the Oklahoma Class 3A Cross-Country Championships for the second year in a row. Kingston High School sophomore, Avri Weeks and senior Ellie Nickell, both took their determination to the State Meet on Oct. 20, which was held at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee.

•The “Pride of Texomaland” took home several trophies after the “Blue and Gold Classic Marching Band Contest” in Holdenville. The awards they took were First Place Overall, Top Color Guard, Top Drum Line, and Top Drum Majors.

•The 26th Annual Reuel Little Classic was enjoyed over the weekend. The First Place winners were: Brantley Eppler, of Madill, for the One Mile Fun Run; Miguel Duran, of Madill, for the 5K; Cale Eidson, of Madill, for the 10K; and Mihaela Popa, of Ardmore, for the Half Marathon.

Nov. 1, 2018

•The 2018 Softball All-District Teams were named, and Kingston dominated the roster with six players making the cut. Taylor Spence was named “Co-Player of the Year,” Kobe McDonald was named “Offensive Player of the Year,” Danna Wagnon earned the title of “Defensive Player of the Year.” Also Jewell Henry, Stewart McCuan, and Tyla Bohannon were named as “Utility Players” for the 2018 All-District Team.

•Kingston High School students Kayte Auld, Mallory Easley, Carter Moore, Mia Moore, and Kaily Shelton returned from the Family Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Capitol Leadership Meeting held Oct. 8-10 in Washington D.C. The students went to Capitol Hill and met with the offices of Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Congressman Frank Lucas, Senator James Lankford, and Senator James Inhofe.

•The “Art Show at the Expo” winners were recognized on Oct. 25. The 2018 Art Show Judge, Dr. Gleny Beach, awarded Patrick Laird with a ribbon for winning “Best in Show,” and the 2018 “People’s Choice Award” was presented to Tanya Lawrence for her painting. It was sold to Guaranteed Purchaser, Oklahoma Steel and Wire.

Nov. 8, 2018

•The Kingston Redskins were named 2018 Class 2A District Champions, after they defeated the Lindsay Leopards 44-23, on Nov. 2, which was also Senior Night.

•A $43 million contract to replace a mile-long, 58-year-old bridge over Lake Texoma, that links Oklahoma and Texas, was awarded by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Nov. 5. The Willis Bridge is on State Highway 99/U.S. Highway 377 and connects Madill in Marshall County, Okla., and Whitesboro in Grayson County, Texas.

•Chief of Police Donald Yow promotedlongtime Madill Police Officer Steven Ray to the rank of Captain on Nov. 5 in a ceremony attended by the officers of the Madill Police Department.

•On Nov. 3, Miguel Duran and Diego Ibarra ran a 3.1 course at Carl Albert for the Meet of Champions race. Duran ran a 16:47 for 18th place and Ibarra came in 36th place, with a time of 17:31. Both students will run in Rogers, Ark., on Nov. 10, for the OK/AR Dual Meet.

Nov. 15, 2018

•The Marshall County Emergency Managers, along with the City of Madill and the Town of Kingston, partnered together to bring Hyper-Reach, a mass emergency notification service, to the entire county.

•On Dec. 1, the Town of Kingston and the City of Madill, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, was hosts to a joint Christmas parade. The theme was “Deck the Halls of Marshall County.”

•The Kingston Redskins reaped the benefits of winning their District, with another home playoff game on Nov.

16. They were ranked 10th in the state by the Daily Oklahoman, and fifth by Tulsa World. They played host to the Antler Bearcats for a chance to face the winner of Beggs-Oklahoma Christian in the State Quarterfinals.

•Miguel Duran and Diego Ibarra competed on Nov. 10, at the AR/OK Dual in Rogers, Ark. Sophomore, Miguel Duran, came in Ninth Place, with a time of 16:42. Diego Ibarra, also a sophomore, finished in 29th, with a time of 17:23.

Nov. 22, 2018

•The Kingston Redskins won their playoff game with the Antler Bearcats. They moved on to play Beggs-Oklahoma Christian, who won their last game, in the State Quarterfinals.

•Stryve Biltong, the leader in Biltong Snacks, opened a new production facility in Madill. The Chamber of Commerce was host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 15.

On Nov. 16, Madill Wrestling coach, James Love, received a surprise visit from an old student, Kevin Davis, who presented coach Love with a $1,000 donation to the Madill Wildcat Wrestling Program.

Nov. 29, 2018

•Kingston Redskins head coach, Tommy Bare, was named “Coach of the Year,” while senior, Garrett Voyles was named “Co-Player of the Year,” and senior, Trey Keatts was “Special Teams MVP.” First Team Offense selections included: senior, Braden McGehee; senior, Zac Lee; and sophomore, Jakey Williams. While First Team Defense selections were: senior, Rylee Holmes; sophomore, Bryant Watts; and junior, Caleb Yeager.

•After dominating wins in their first two playoff games, the Kingston Redskins went on the road to Beggs to play the Golden Demons in the State Semifinals, but ultimately fell short in a heartbreaking 36-31 loss.

•The winners of the “Banc-First Annual Essay Contest” for Veterans Day were: Uziel Aviles in First Place, Griffon Williams in Second Place, and Case Coble in Third Place. The theme for this year was, “Why Should We Honor Our Veterans?”

Dec. 6, 2018

•Marshall County held its first annual “Christmas Tree Lighting” on the courthouse lawn on Dec. 1, following the Christmas Parade around the square.

•The Kingston Redskins defeated the Caddo Bruins 65 to 36 in their season opener on Nov. 27. Then the Lady Redskins started off their season with a 76 to 46 win against Caddo, also on Nov. 27.

•AllianceHealth Madill hospital has a new Chief Administrative Officer as of Nov. 26, Tracy Byers. He comes to Madill from Drumright Regional Hospital in Drumright, Okla., where he has served as CEO since 2015.

Dec. 13, 2018

•Kingston High School held its 2018 Basketball Homecoming Coronation on Dec. 14. The Queen Candidates were: Madison Auld, Kayli Bolay, Sierra Brown, Britny Henderson, Emi O’Steen, and Raegan Davis. The King Candidates were: Matthew O’Steen, Rylee Holmes, RJ Weeks, Kaden Johnson, Marshall Ludrick, and Brady Brister. The Crown Bearer was Jace Massey and the Flower Girl was Ragean Khoury.

•The Lady ‘Cats and Wildcats Basketball Teams were host to their first home game of the season against the Kingston Lady Redskins on Dec. 4. The second half proved tough for the Lady ‘Cats and Kingston took the win, ending the game 82-31.

•On Dec. 15, the Ministerial Alliance Church and the First United Methodist Church of Madill were host to a Living Nativity, at the William Ray Memorial Park Community Building.

Dec. 20, 2018

•Seniors, Madison Auld and Matthew O’Steen, were announced as the 2018 Kingston High School Basketball Homecoming Queen and King. The announcement was made before the girls’ game against the Dickson Lady Comets on Dec. 14.

•On Dec. 15, The Madill Wildcats brought home the “Bring the Hammer” trophy, after winning First Place as a team in the “Bring the Hammer” Tournament, in Cabot, Ark.

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