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Thu
31
Jan

Tragedy Hit the Heart

The weekend was just getting started last Friday, Jan. 25 when all of Marshall County heard the news of an accident on U.S. Highway 70 which took the life of Robert Privitt Jr.

According to Kingston Police Chief John Canoe, the accident is still under investigation at this time, but he said that it is not very common for lives not to be lost when an accident involves an 18-wheeler. Privitt, who was 18 and a senior at Kingston High School lost his life when his pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler west of Knob Hill, near Dollar General and Gecko’s Restaurant.

Chief Canoe said, “We are aware of the magnitude this loss has on the Kingston community, and we offer our condolences to the family and all those who were touched by Robert’s life.”

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Thu
31
Jan

Annual Chamber Banquet Set for Tuesday, Feb. 19

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual banquet and silent auction Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Kingston Multipurpose Activity Center on the campus of Kingston Public Schools.

The silent auction and banquet are set to begin at 6 p.m. and the theme for this year’s banquet is “Driven to Grow.”

There will be a guest speaker this year and entertainment by the C7 Band.

Several business and individuals from Marshall County will be given awards throughout the night.

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Thu
31
Jan

Madill High Band Director Receives Award

The Madill High School Band Director, Kendal Hasty, was awarded the “South Central Oklahoma Band Directors Association Band of the Year” award for 2019. The recipient of the prestigious award is strictly by nomination – whether it be by a parent, administrator, or fellow band director.

Hasty said he did not earn the award by himself, and there were various reasons that led up to his nomination. One of the reasons was an increase in enrollment in the band program. “When I took the job, we had 63 students enrolled in band, grades 6 through 12,” Hasty said. “Today, enrollment in band is hovering close to 350 students. Five years ago, our marching band consisted of 42 students, and this past fall we had 150 in our marching band.”

Thu
18
Apr

County Firefighters Complete Firefighter 1 Training

A total of 21 firefighters recently completed Firefighter 1 Training held at the Ardmore Fire Department. Madill, Enos, Lebanon and Hauani Creek Fire Departments had 9 firefighters who finished this 96 credit hour class provided by Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training.

 

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Thu
18
Apr

‘Marshall County Ministerial Alliance’ Assisting Families

I am honored to know many of the ministers/pastors in the Marshall County area. I will have been here nine years this coming June. It was about seven years ago that we created the “Marshall County Ministerial Alliance.”

The main reason the Alliance was created was to encourage area pastors to get together and fellowship together. There have been many pastors who have come and gone over those seven years. This is a great group for new pastors, and even pastors who have been here awhile, to get connected with a great group of Godly people.

Every year, during the “National Day of Prayer (first Thursday in May), we gather together to show a united spiritual connection in the community.

Thu
18
Apr

Community Contest

Shelter Insurance has opened up their 6th Annual “Thankful for Our Communities” Essay Contest and it is available to all communities serviced by a local Shelter Insurance. Chuck McHatton runs the Shelter Insurance located at 211 N 1st St. here in Madill. McHatton said, “This really is a great contest, and it really can help a community when you help the local charities.” The contest opened up April 15 and entries will be accepted until May 6, 2019. According to Julie McDermott, content specialist for Shelter Insurance, five winners of the contest will each receive a $5,000 grant for the local charity of their choice and a $100 Visa gift card for themselves.

McDermott said, “To win, contestants can enter an essay that describes what makes their communities special.”

New this year—video submissions will also be accepted.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr

MHS Envirothon Team Wins OK Competition

The Madill High School Envirothon Team placed First at the 2019 Oklahoma Envirothon Competition held in March at the Noble Research Institute.

Madill was one of 14 teams to compete, making this year's competition the largest since Noble's Youth Education and Outreach Program began being host to the competition five years ago.

The Noble Research Institute will sponsor the Madill Team as they represent Oklahoma at the North American Competition on July 28 - Aug. 2, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. The winning team members are: Rio Bonham, Colt Crowson, Joel Halvorsen, Alejandra Salas and Jeremiah Sanchez.

The team adviser is Kelly Goff. She is also the Madill Biology and Environmental Science teacher.

Thu
11
Apr

Help Jacob Clean Up Madill Next Week

Jacob Trask may just be a 9-yearold third grader at Madill Elementary School, but he has a big plan for the city of Madill.

Jacob decided that he wanted to clean up the city of Madill, and he is now asking for the community’s help.

Jacob, along with his mother and City Manager James Fullingim, have set the date for the “Community Clean Up” for April 20. The cleanup will begin at noon at the William Ray Memorial Park and will last until 5 p.m. According to Jacob’s mother, Ashley Trask, the plan is to meet at the Park at noon and then divide up into teams to cleanup the streets of Madill. After the cleanup is over, there will be a celebration back at the Park where volunteers can fellowship, eat, and relax afterwards.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Food, Fellowship, Friends at Madill FUMC

The Helping Hand

There are many reasons an individual or family needs assistance with food. Some families fall on hard times by losing a job or having a medical emergency which keeps them out of work for a length of time.

Oftentimes, it could be because the family or individual is getting out of an abusive situation. When that occurs, normally they only leave with the clothes on their back and a small bag of a few things.

Sometimes, it can be merely a single visit to the pantry, and other times the family needs to return a few times. Most counties have multiple food pantries where a person in need can get food to help them through the tough times.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser Sees Goals Achieved

Last October over 170 Madill Middle School students stepped out of their morning routine to participate in a Walk-a-Thon at City Lake. The students were able to raise over $1,500. This money was set aside to purchase new goals (as shown above) to be put in at the William Ray Memorial Park. The Madill Schools, along with the Marshall County Health Department, J & I Manufacturing, and Oklahoma Steel and Wire are partnering with the City of Madill to get these new goals installed as soon as the new poles arrive.

 

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