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MUGS is getting better. Not perfect but everyone from the last three days is up there for now. One picture would not upload no matter what I tried but...............Life is GOOD. Ideas/suggestions bring them on. news@chickashanow.com or 405.255.0582

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Christmas Homecoming

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING FOR THE COMMON GOOD By Representative David Perryman

Growing up, we received a number of papers and magazines. Among them were the Farmer-Stockman and Progressive Famer, but my favorite was the Saturday Evening Post. It included very readable articles and novellas, but illustrators of "Americana" such as Norman Rockwell and John Phillip Falter "made" the magazine. Today, Rockwell prints make me pause to admire the detail and deeply inhale the air of nostalgia so adeptly communicated by the artist. Norman Rockwell's subjects were varied. Much of his brightly colored art focused on the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas. He painted an abundance of the Jolly Old Elf in a multitude of situations and predicaments. Tree trimming and families at their dinner tables are among the most memorable. However, the one print that resonates most clearly is a lithograph simply called "Homecoming." The artwork shows a man being greeted with the genuine love and admiration of a community of nearly two dozen people whose eyes, smiles and posture unconditionally shout WELCOME. Subtly, we are drawn into the scene and share in the affection toward the man. The quality that underscores the message of "Homecoming" is that the person being greeted is seen only from the back. Consequently, we do not know whether he is a returning hero or a former lost soul who has sought and received forgiveness and redemption. We are unable to determine whether his travels have allowed him to attain great wealth or have taken him through the depths of despair and addiction. He may be a returning prodigal son or may have been recently released from prison. Perhaps he has suffered from mental illness. What Rockwell communicates is that he is a human being and all eyes are focused on him and not the three or four small packages under his arm. In fact, except for the fact that color was added to this print, festive wrapping paper was added to the packages and the picture later appeared as the December 25, 1948 cover on the Saturday Evening Post, there is little, if any indication that the return was associated with a holiday at all. What Rockwell communicates in drawing us into the scene is that EVERYONE is deserving of human compassion and not just this holiday season, but EVERYDAY in America. Otherwise, there is not a scintilla of difference between us and ANYONE else who shares compassion only with those whose presence makes them "comfortable." Another set of Rockwell prints hang in my office. They are titled the "Four Freedoms" and in addition to Religion and Speech, include "Freedom from Fear" and "Freedom from Want." Claiming the first two is a hollow victory if fear and want control our lives. That is my Christmas message, but it is being scrambled by negative and destructive cable news networks that pelt us endlessy and manipulate us with fear, hate and despair. We can do better. Merry Christmas. Contact me at any time at 800-522-8502, or David.Perryman@okhouse.gov.

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Minco School Report

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 By Kevin Sims Minco Public Schools Superintendent

I would like to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year this holiday season. 2014 has been a fast moving year, and another year of great success at Minco Public Schools. We are in a busy building program, we are working very hard in the classroom, and we have been very successful in extracurricular activities throughout the fall semester. This year we are in the construction phase of our new high school, and it is a very exciting time for us. Next school year we will open up building with 10 classrooms, with state of the art technology, a science lab that is up to date, a very nice media center, and a thousand seat auditorium that will be able to host several events such as school wide Christmas events, graduations, concerts and school assemblies. It will have an excellent audio visual sound package, and it will be a comfortable setting for all who will be at events. The lobby of the auditorium will be able to be used for community meetings etc... We have maintained a high record of academics at Minco. We have been a reward school for a number of years. This year we have added special emphasis in reading at the elementary level, and we are working with Josie Javens an expert who travels the nation and works with teachers to improve student literacy. We also have two reading teachers who specialize in reading for students who have a tougher time learning reading. We emphasize all academic fields and want to continue to improve every area of learning here in our school district. This fall has been no different from recent ones in the past. We have been very successful in extracurricular activities. We had a very good football season making it to the second round of the playoffs where we lost to the eventual state champions. Our softball team played a hard schedule and did very well this year. Basketball is off to a great start, and the Bulldog Classic was a great success a few weeks ago. Our FFA, FCCLA, Student Counsel, BPA, Academic teams, and all of our organizations have done well this fall. Vocal music and Band has produced great success with all state winners and several honors choir and band recipients. We have had a great 1st semester. I hope this holiday time brings your family enjoyment and some rest as we gear up for the spring semester. May God bless you and your entire family this Christmas season.

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Chickasha Mugs

Working diligently on the ChickashaMugs site my equipment issues prevent me from uploading photos at this time. Will get it resolved as quickly as I can. Thanks for the patience.

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Sharing Shoes in the Christmas Spirit

Twenty-four Lincoln Lions and CMS students received shoes for Christmas from donations from two families of the community! We are so very grateful for Shoe Department of Chickasha for opening their store just for us and helping each student find the shoes just for them! What a great way to start the Christmas Spirit!

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Pioneer Station of Grady County Fire Department Gets New Doors

Getting new doors at Pioneer Station. A big thank you to OEC and Forestry for the grant money. Also, Duncan Overhead Doors and Ben Milham Heat and Air for the installation! These doors work with remote controls. This should make life easier for any firefighter responding out of that station.

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Sheriff's December Letter to the Public

A Merry Christmas to everyone in Grady County. As this year closes I want you to know we have much to be thankful for in our county. One way we track crime statistics is by assigning case numbers to all reportable crimes and qualifying incidents that occur throughout the year. I am pleased to report that this time last year we had used 1158 case numbers while this year we have used only 1030. This represents over a ten percent drop in crime this year. I believe this is a result of our deputies being proactive in their duties. When not on specific calls they are patrolling, making traffic stops and checking buildings and residences. I am very thankful for the people we protect and serve in our county. I am sure if you have been watching the news over the last several weeks you have seen citizens, media talking heads and politicians berating and bad mouthing law enforcement officers all over our fine nation. This is not the case in our neck of the woods. I have lost track of how many times people, who live in Grady County, have approached us on the street, in restaurants and on calls have thanked us for our service. They would say things like, "ignore what you are hearing in the news, I know what a difficult job y'all have and I appreciate all you do." On behalf of our Deputies and every law enforcement officer in our county, I want to thank you for all of your support.As a demonstration of why your support is not misplaced, I want to relate an incident that occurred December 1st. Just after midnight, Rush Springs Officer Aaron Mitchell and Deputy Corey Loftice responded to a possible heart attack. Upon arrival they found a 56 year old male unconscious and unresponsive. They were informed he had been down and not breathing for thirty minutes. Rather than waiting on EMS they immediately began CPR. At 0346am he was admitted to the Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City in stable condition. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his condition and passed away later that day. The point being, they cared enough to give it their all and gave him a fighting chance.The Grady County Sheriff's Office has been busy collecting non-perishable food and money for our food drive. We want to thank everyone who has donated to us. We are able to deliver food to almost 700 needy elementary children in Grady County schools on the backpack program. We have several large donors we'd like to recognize: Secrett Braziel, Vicki Stewart and Bart and Carol Bingham. We'd also thank Homeland for pairing with us for the 2nd year, Karol and Shawn really go above and beyond and we appreciate them! We had a busy November with lots of things going on, including our 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Banquet. We'd like to thank everyone who donated door prizes for our event. We recognized Sgt. Phil Blevins as Deputy of the Year, Diane Grahm as the Dispatcher of the Year, Deputy Dick Lee as the Reserve Deputy of the Year and Lisa Hatchett was recognized with the Sheriff's Award. We had a great turn out with law enforcement from across the county.Our next blood drive is coming up this Monday, December 22nd from 1:00 to 6:00pm at the Sheriff's Office. OBI has contacted us and said they are in a blood emergency; we would like help them out. If you'd like to donate blood through our office, contact Lisa at 405-222-1000, ext. 259 for your appointment time.We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Once again, as always, my office is open to you, if you'd like to visit with me, call or come by my office.

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Grady County Sheriff's Department Food Drive

The Grady County Sheriff's Office had a successful food drive this year. The Sheriff's Office 2nd annual food drive had enough food and money donated to feed almost 700 elementary children across Grady County that participate in the backpack program. We appreciate everyone that donated to our food drive! Thank you for helping us help others!! Pictured are: 1st picture: Sgt. Michael Poe and Sheriff Jim Weir with a truckload of food, 2nd Picture: Chickasha Homeland Manager Shawn King, Sheriff's Office Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, Asst. Manager Homeland Karol Jenkins and Sheriff Jim Weir with baskets of food for delivery, 3rd Picture: Alex School Food Delivery From the Sheriff's Office, In front: John Littrell of Alex Police Department, Sheriff's Office Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, Sheriff Jim Weir, Alex Chief of Police Tim Keef, 4th picture: Putting together food sacks for delivery: Sheriff Jim Weir, Sgt. Michael Poe, Deputy Raymond Newport, Sgt. Darrell Pitchford and Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, 5th and final picture: Chickasha Grand Avenue Food Delivery From the Sheriff's Office: Principal Mickey Edwards, Sheriff Jim Weir, Sharon Weir, Public Relations Officer Lisa Hatchett, Assistant Principal Cindy Stone and Corporal Tommy Rutledge. Lisa HatchettPublic Relations OfficerGrady County Sheriff's Office Phone: 405-222-1000 Ext. 259Fax: 405-222-1096

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New Executive Director Chickasha Public School Foundation

PRESS RELEASE Chickasha Public School Foundation Names JJ Francais Executive Director

Chickasha, December 17, 2014: The Chickasha Public School Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of JJ Francais as Executive Director effective December 11, 2014. Mr. Francais succeeds Joyce Black, Interim Director. As Executive Director, Mr. Francais will be responsible for continuing the Foundation's existing programs and developing new programs to enhance the educational opportunities for students in the District. Mr. Francais has worked as a Regional Manager for a test prep and college admissions firm, as a director of fundraising, a staff writer, and served as a member of numerous boards of directors. Mr. Francais says, "My passion has always been to help others become successful members of society." A friend of Mr. Francais' describes him as "panurgic" which is a Greek word meaning "skilled in all kinds of work." While his resume is diverse and his experience is broad, Mr. Francais said he has always been to devote his time to helping others achieve their educational life goal. Originally a high school drop-out who worked several retail jobs in succession, though successful, JJ found the hours he worked limited his opportunities to contribute to the community in the way he wanted. He knew that he needed to further his education to that end he enrolled in Canadian Valley Technology Center. Later he enrolled in USAO and upon completing their program, he earned a B.A. in History. Though Mr. Francais worked at Tulley's Bakery when he was 14 and has been a resident of Chickasha since 2006, he didn't always call Chickasha home. He said, "Growing up I considered both Dibble and Chickasha hometowns, not unlike many of our youth, I thought I wanted to go to college outside of Chickasha. I thought I wanted to 'see the world' and then come back to Oklahoma." He moved to Chickasha to attend college when a chance encounter with Dr. Shafer at Dunn's inspired him to enroll at USAO and embrace an interdisciplinary approach to solving life's problems. He enjoyed the unique interdisciplinary curriculum and smaller class sizes that one of the top ranked public liberal arts universities in the mid-western region provides. Upon graduation he began advertising test prep services emphasizing the importance of one-on-one personalized tutoring. John Rood, the C.E.O. of Next Step Test Prep, discovered one of the advertisements and recruited him as a tutor. JJ was quickly promoted to regional manager and began working with various student groups to offer workshops on test prep, soft skills, resumes, and numerous other topics. Though JJ found his work with Next Step very rewarding and will tell you that it was the perfect job for him at the time; he knew his eventual goal was to work entirely with non-profit groups and someday focus his efforts on education. This led him to Heat 4 Children Ministries (H4CM) where he served as Director of Fundraising and the Southwest Oklahoma Coordinator. During his tenure annual revenue increased 400 percent. At H4CM he worked with victims of domestic violence, natural disasters, and the underprivileged to provide food, clothes, toys, and books. He said, "After years of working with hundreds of children, many of whom were abused, neglected or lacking the resources they needed to achieve their full potential, I needed a break." Wayne Watts with the Washita Valley Weekly hired him as a Community Liaison. In that role he photographed and reported on local events and sports. Mr. Francais also serves as a mentor with Chickasha High School Robotics, a board member of the Grady County Historical Society and the USAO Alumni Association, and is Chair of the Chickasha Chamber Ambassadors. The Foundation invites you to a Business After Hours meet and greet, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, on January 22, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. being held at the School Administration Building, 900 Choctaw Avenue.

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Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce held a breakfast meeting at the Canadian Valley Technology Center on December 15, 2014. The guest speaker was Mark A. Stansberry, Chairman of the GTD Group author of The Braking Point: America's Energy Dreams and Global Economic Realities, host of The Weekly Roundtable radio show on KFAQ 1170 AM in Tulsa, and chairman of People to People International, a Kansas City-based nonprofit organization that promotes world peace through cultural education and understanding.

Stansberry spoke on Oklahoma's largely untapped natural gas resources and the need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. He believes consumer demand for energy will only increase and the solution is natural gas. He encourages Oklahomans to take the responsibility in creating an energy strategy plan and playing our parts in preserving our country. Attendees of the function were given autographed copies of his book "America Needs America's Energy: Creating Together the People's Energy Plan". The event was sponsored Continental Resources. For more information go to www.peoplesenergyplan.com or check out the facebook page America Needs America's Energy. To learn more about the Chamber of Commerce go to http://www.chickashachamber.com/ or contact samantha@chickashachamber.com

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