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Thu
30
May

MURDER INVESTIGATION EXTENDS INTO MARSHALL COUNTY

Multiple law enforcement agencies coordinated in the May 25 arrest of Destinee Denise Hutcherson, 41, at a location in north Marshall County. Hutcherson became the third person arrested in the suspected murder of Stephen Wayne Simonds; a Wapanucka man who had been missing since May 14.

Hutcherson was scheduled to appear according to a press release by the office of Johnston County Sheriff Jon Smith, “[Saturday evening], Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation traveled to a location in Marshall County, Oklahoma. Johnston County Deputies learned the location of a suspect wanted in connection to the murder of Stephen Wayne Simonds and possible evidence related to the crime.

 

 

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Thu
23
May

Food, family, fun: attract thousands To the National Sand Bass Festival

For anybody living within Madill, or the surrounding towns, the National Sand Bass Festival is a normal, annual occurrence. However, for the outsiders looking in, the festival may be somewhat of an enigma.   

The Festival laid down its roots in 1961 with the initial aim of giving back to the community and tourists that helped Madill flourish. The committee wanted to present the community a free festival to celebrate the Lake Texoma tourism.   

The Festival has always been a week long, and ends with a Sand Bass Fishing Tournament. The fruits of that tournament would then be cooked and offered to the guests for free. Over 27,000 plates of food were handed out at the 1976 Festival.   

The event had done so well, and had attracted so many people, the name was upgraded to the National Sand Bass Festival. Even though the Festival had grown to enormous proportions, the original run only lasted 15 years, making 1976 the finale one.  

 

 

Thu
23
May

COUNTERPOINT OF ORDER

The future of the Kingston Police Department took center stage at the May 13 meeting of the Kingston City Council.

During the meeting, John Canoe, announced his retirement effective May 31, 2019. Canoe has been on medical leave, said Kingston Mayor Robbie Kendrick.

The council chose to name John Bridgeman, Canoe’s successor as chief. The new assistant chief will be Chris Watson.

Bridgeman is a five-year veteran of the Kingston Police Department. Watson has been with the department for three years.

The final vote was 4 to 1 in favor of promoting both Bridgeman and Watson to their new positions effective June 1. Three other councilmembers joined Kendrick in voting aye. They were Michelle Bearden, vice mayor Lillie Parrish, and Loren Runyan.

 

 

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Thu
16
May

D.A.R.E. to be different

The City of Madill held the monthly city council meeting on May 9, starting at 5:00 p.m. The meeting began with the Madill City Attorney Dustin Rowe swearing in Heath Weaver as a councilman.

After the fanfare and Weaver was sworn in, Mayor Travis Williams read the D.A.R.E. program proclamation, naming May 9 as D.A.R.E. Day. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, also known as D.A.R.E., is a drug prevention program that teaches school-aged children the dangers of doing drugs. The program also encompasses other potential dangers like over-the-counter drugs, and bullying while teaching internet safety.

There was an essay contest where students submit a one-page essay to describe what they have learned from the D.A.R.E. program. The fifthgrade winners of the essay contest were Tristan Barnes, Lauren Landgraf, Andrea Robles, and Yadera Barbosa. Evan Watts, Beck Vargas, Korlee Cunningham, and Derrick Adams-King were the seventh-grade essay contest winners.

Thu
16
May

New things coming to Madill schools

It was announced at the May 9 meeting of the Madill School Board that Blake Smiley Stadium will be receiving a new artificial turf surface and a new eight-lane track this summer as part of a $1.3 million improvement project.

The item was discussed and approved as new business in front of the Madill School Board.

The life expectancy of the new field is 12 years, said Hector Puentes, president of General Sports Services (GSS), the contractor hired for the project. Replacement fencing and drainage improvements are also part of the work, Puentes said.

“We’ve been replacing these fields at district schools in this area,” he said.

Puentes said the life of the artificial turf is 10 to 12 years.

 

 

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Thu
16
May

Marshall County Grads Choose Military Service

Marshall County has five graduating seniors who have chosen to go into military service; Fatima Comacho, Colt Crowson, Alfredo Mejia-Hess, Damian Ramirez of Madill High School and Jaden Ellison of Kingston High School.

Fatima Comacho is the first in her family to enlist in military service. “I chose the Navy because they have great educational opportunities as well as opportunities to travel.” Camacho says. She leaves for Chicago, Illinois for eight weeks of basic training on June 11, 2019 and then it’s onto AIT in San Antonio, Texas. “I will be training to become a Hospital Corpsman. It’s basically working with the medical side of the Navy.” When asked where she hopes to travel to, “Rome is where I’d like to go.”

Thu
09
May

Unfinished business

By law Oklahoma’s legislature must complete its business, or Sine Die, by May 31 each year. However, a familiar trend is reemerging at 23rd and Lincoln in Oklahoma City. It is one of discontent and competing interests.

Multiple sources inside the Capitol indicate the Oklahoma Senate Republican Caucus and Oklahoma House Republican Caucus are at odds regarding funding state government; specifically education.

Following last week’s look at SB 441 and the education funding process, I spent most of Thursday, May 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol speaking with multiple legislators, legislative staffers and executive staffers on background.

 

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Thu
09
May

When passing the baton is more like picking up Mjolnir

A phrase I’ve heard since at least 2008 is that the newspaper industry is dying. Let me tell you why that is a truth that doesn’t apply to The Madill Record.

First, let me tell you a story. After all, I am a writer, and my job is spinning a good yarn.

In the process of telling this tale, I’ll share a little about myself – where I come from, why my words are in your hand, and where I hope we will go together.

 

 

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Thu
09
May

Shooting suspect has long list of charges

On May 3, the Madill Police Department received a call about a fight in progress. Officer Alex Boren responded to the general area of Sixth Street and East Overton. While the officer was in route, the call was upgraded to a shot-fired call.

Upon arrival, Boren observed a gold minivan that contained two females and two males. Boren was advised that one of the male subjects was shot. Once Boren learned of the casualty, he notified dispatch to send EMS, but for them to stand by at a safe distance until Boren could secure the scene.

Boren evaluated the situation and found the subject, whom Boren recognized as Chance Davis, was only grazed by the bullet, with no major injuries.

 

 

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Thu
02
May

‘Letter Carriers Food Drive’ May 11 Helps Local Families in Need

On Saturday, May 11, help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving a plastic bag filled with canned food donations by your mailbox during the largest one-day food drive in America.

In Marshall County, the donations will go to help the Family Christian Center in Madill, the First Baptist Church in Madill, the Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program in Madill, DHS Marshall County, and the Baptist Children’s Home in Madill in collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Since 1993, letter carriers, like myself, have been participating in the “Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.” In Central and Western Oklahoma, we have collected more than 11.3 million pounds of food. That is the equivalent of more than 9.4 million meals going to help feed our neighbors living with food insecurity.

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