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Thu
29
Nov

Several Redskins Named to All-District

The coaches of District 2A-8 announced their All-District Awards for football on Monday. Each of the eight District coaches voted for the awards. Several members of the 2018 Kingston Redskins were honored for their efforts on the field this year.

In his first year at the helm, Kingston head coach, Tommy Bare, was named “Coach of the Year.” Coach Bare led the Redskins to an undefeated record in District play, with a narrow loss in the State Semifinals to Beggs this past weekend.

Senior Garrett Voyles was named “Co-Player of the Year,” along with Coalgate’s Austin Lambert. Voyles had 1,003 rushing yards on 134 carries for the Redskins, along with 2 catches for 101 yards. He scored 20 touchdowns on the year, including two punt returns he took to the house. Voyles also excelled on defense, recording 93 tackles and 3 sacks, along with an interception.

 

 

Wed
21
Nov

Christmas Cottage Tours Offer Family Fun

Baptist Home for Girls’ (BHG) first annual “Christmas Cottage Tours” is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 13976 Anthony Ln., in Madill.

The public is invited to bring the whole family, enjoy refreshments, and take the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who have previously attended BHG’s “Tour of Lights,” this year will be slightly different.

Your attendance will provide an opportunity to meet the girls who live on campus and to learn about the ministry of BHG. You will be able to have one-on-one conversations with the girls and house parents while they greet you and your family with sweet treats. BHG will be opening up two double-cottages for the event, including the newly built Fellers/Brown Cottage.

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Wed
21
Nov

Fatal Collision in Kingston

On Nov. 14 an accident occurred on State Highway 32 about 2.7 miles west of Kingston. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper, Alan Murray, the 2000 Ford Expedition was westbound on State Highway 32 in a construction zone. Trooper Murray said, “The vehicle departed the roadway to the right. The driver over corrected to the left, and the vehicle went into a broad slide to the right, overturned a half time and struck a tree.

Ashley Nichole Leslie, 22, of Kingston was pronounced deceased at the scene by Medical Examiner Investigator, Timothy Dwyer.

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Madill Ready to Thrive with Stryve Biltong

Stryve, the maker of Biltong Snacks, has opened a new distribution center in Madill and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 15. The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, along with several in Madill and Kingston, attended the ceremony to welcome the new business with open arms. 

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Wed
21
Nov

More Than Just a Reunion – 10 Years of Kindness Returned

On Nov. 16, Madill Wrestling coach, James Love, received a surprise visit from an old student.

Kevin Davis is a correctional counselor at the Core Civic – Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, but graduated from Madill High School in 2008.

According to coach Love, Davis came back down to Madill with his boss, Warden James Yates, because he said coach Love had made a huge impact on his life while he was a student at MHS and he wanted to return the favor.

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Thu
15
Nov

Marshall County Soon to be Equipped with Hyper-Reach

By Tina Firquain

 

The Marshall County Emergency Managers, along with the City of Madill and the Town of Kingston, have partnered together to bring Hyper-Reach, a mass emergency notification service to the entire county. Hyper-Reach is a state-of-the-art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety.

Telephone-based systems like Hyper-Reach are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the U.S. to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards, and other threats. The county expects to have the service fully operational by 2019. According to the Director of Emergency Management for Marshall County, Robert Chaney, when he was elected, he went to several in the county and asked, “What do you want to see from Emergency Management?” And, from there he created a wish list. Chaney said, “One of the items that several people mentioned was

 

Thu
08
Nov

Nov. 6 Oklahoma General Election Results

By Tina Firquain

Oklahoma State Representative for District 49 Tommy Hardin (R) was re-elected to another two-year term.

Hardin ran against Miranda Shelton (D) and won with 67.29 percent of the votes.

Harding received 194 absentee mail votes, 910 votes during early voting, and 6,498 votes on Election Day.

Shelton received 91 absentee mail votes, 361 votes during early voting, and 3,244 votes on Election Day.

Kevin Stitt (R) won the race for Governor of Oklahoma by 54.34 percent. Not far behind him with 42.22 percent of the votes was Drew Edmondson (D). Chris Powell (L) came in with 3.44 percent.

 

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Thu
08
Nov

Newly Promoted

Chief of Police Donald Yow promoted longtime Madill Police Officer Steven Ray to the rank of Captain on Monday, Nov. 5, in a ceremony attended by the officers of the Madill Police Department. Ray joined the  Madill Police Department in 2003 as a patrolman and was promoted to Sergeant in October 2005. Captain Ray will immediately assume responsibilities as third in command of the Department, under Assistant  Chief Dale Faulkner and Chief Yow.

 

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Thu
08
Nov

Stryve Biltong Announces Grand Opening

Stryve Biltong, the leader in Biltong Snacks, is proud to announce the opening of a new production facility in the city of Madill, on Nov. 15. The 52,000-square-foot facility will allow for 30,000 square feet of production and will enable the Company to become the largest processor of Biltong in the U.S.

On Nov. 15, the local Chamber of Commerce will be co-host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with prominent, local dignitaries in attendance, to celebrate the opening of the facility and the 50-75 jobs expected to be brought to Madill in 2019 alone.

“We are honored and humbled to partner with the city of Madill to bring new jobs and contribute to the success of the community,” said Stryve Biltong CEO, Gabe Carimi, in reference to the new facility.

 

 

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Thu
01
Nov

Responsibly Preserving Mandatory Programs

ByTom Cole

 

OFollowing the recently ended fiscal year, it was reported that the federal government’s budget deficit increased significantly compared to the previous year. While this is certainly discouraging news, the existence of a deficit is not surprising or unusual. Critics are, of course, quick to blame the implementation of tax reform as the chief contributor to the recent deficit. However, the reality is that another factor has for years been driving deficits and as a result, adding to the national debt.

To provide some context, federal spending falls into a couple of general categories: discretionary and mandatory. During the annual budget and appropriations process, lawmakers address only the discretionary side of the budget. Mandatory spending, on the other hand, is essentially left as is unless lawmakers offer solutions for reform to various programs.

 

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