Peck completes field training, ready to serve

After 19 weeks of Field Officer Training, Officer Andrew Peck has shown that he is ready to patrol the streets of Chickasha.

The Field Training program consists of Phase training with different Field Training Officers who instruct and demonstrate law enforcement tasks. A recruit officer must learn how to perform these tasks and then demonstrate they possess the ability to perform them to our standards. "I am confident that Officer Peck will work hard for and be fair towards the citizens he serves." Interim Chief Shanon McClain.

Officer Peck was born and raised in Duncan. He enjoys shooting sports and being outdoors in general. He comes from a family of Law Enforcement Officers. Officer Pecks' father is a Lieutenant with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and was at one time a former Chickasha Police officer, his Brother is a K9 handler with Stephens County Sheriff's Department, and he has several cousins with various Law Enforcement Agencies across the state.

Officer Peck believes in Family and Faith first, both of which guide him in his actions.

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Altrusa provides dictionaries to students

Grand received 200 dictionaries courtesy of Altrusa Club of Chickasha. The third graders will put these dictionaries to good use practicing dictionary skills needed for the OCCT test in the spring. Grand students and staff are thankful for the Altrusa Club's support of our students!

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Students help fight hunger

Grand Elementary of Chickasha teamed with Chickasha Pizza Hut to help stop World Hunger!

Students and staff were encouraged to donate coins to help stop world hunger. The class with the most money donated by Oct. 23 would win a pizza party from Pizza Hut.

The donations were amazing! Grand collected a total of $746! They did an amazing job! Pizza Hut was so impressed that they awarded three pizza parties. A winner was chosen for each grade level.

Thank you to all students and staff that participated in this event!

2nd Grade Winner: Mrs. Adams' Class with $59.87

3rd Grade Winner: Mrs. Lee's Class with $121.52

4th Grade Winner: Mrs. Bogle's Class with $58.24

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CV Tech Welding student assist with major building project

Welding students have almost completed the brackets that will uphold operating room lighting in the new Surgical Technology classroom. As a result of the hands-on learning project, the school will save thousands of dollars in construction costs. Welding instructor Richard Farris is pleased with the work his students have completed so far. "They have worked hard and have been very particular about the quality of their work," he said. "The students who have been involved have learned a lot, and I'm proud of them."

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Trunk or Treat set for Wednesday

Community Trunk or Treat will be Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Hope Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, located on the northwest corner of 5th and Colorado.

Smores and Popcorn will be served to all who attend!! Everyone is welcome.

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COLUMN: We are not failing

Every day it seems we read articles in the state's major newspaper and see stories on news programs that point to the fact that schools are failing our children today. Now I am not na

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Thanksgiving Themed Art Projects are the focus of First Saturday Morning Art Class

Children attending the next First Saturday Morning Art Class on November 1 will have fun with their teacher, Brian Feltner, as they work with Thanksgiving Themed Art Projects -- just perfect for the upcoming holiday! This is a FREE arts class for children and is sponsored and facilitated monthly by the Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC).

The children's art class is Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the OASIS Studios & Gallery, located at 327 N. 6th in Chickasha

Brian Feltner, local resident and volunteer with the Chickasha Area Arts Council, will be leading the class. He expresses a love for 'The Arts' that began in elementary school. His special interests and skills are in Computer Aided Drafting and Design and Basics of Architecture/Engineering.

Children, ages 6 to 12 years, may register for the Nov. 1 class. Adult caregivers are to accompany their children.

The class is limited to 15 children and pre-registration is required. A 'wait list' will be made.

Reservations are to be made by calling Susan G. at 405-222-4797 or emailing info@chickashaarts.org.

Give the (1) name of child, (2) birthday, age or grade of child, (3) name of person accompanying the child, (4) a contact phone number and (5) an email address, if available. An email confirmation will be returned to those registering by email.

The CAAC is extremely grateful to the First National Bank and Trust Company of Chickasha, the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha and the Oklahoma Arts Council for funding the monthly First Saturday Morning Art Classes for children.

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COLUMN: It Sounds To Easy

Like Ebola or AIDS, the man was battling a terrible illness. A teenage girl told him about a man of God who had great miracles associated with his ministry. The sick man's name was Naaman. He was a commander of the Syrian army. His reputation was that of a mighty warrior who gained the respect of those under his command. Naaman sought out the prophet Elisha in the expectation of a miracle healing of his leprosy.

Naaman made his way to Elisha's house and was instructed to go dip himself 7 times in the Jordan River. Naaman became furious with these instructions. He had it all figured out how the process should go. His expectation was for the man of God to meet with him and wave his hand over the leprosy and call out to God. He was expecting an event to take place which would identify God responding to a pretty impressive need. For God to meet this awesome need there would need to be some "hand waving" and "shouting out to God". He got mad when he was instructed to do something so simple.

The next thing Naaman did was to discredit the instruction by comparison. He declared how superior the rivers of Syria was to the rivers of Israel. For him the Abanah and the Pharpar rivers of Damascus contained far better waters than that of anything in Israel. (2 Kings 5:12) In this comparison game his answer from God was discredited and abandoned. His need was of the magnitude that if dipping in water was going to help, the water needed to be more impressive than that in Israel.

For Naaman it all sounded just too easy! The answer had no display from the man of God. There was no magnificent water to dip in. The answer of privately, without fanfare, dipping into the narrow, non-impressive Jordan River seemed just too trivial for his need.

This same attitude towards God's answer is played out over and over. To be completely forgiven of any and every sin all you must do is confess it as sin and ask for forgiveness. It is not complicated. It is not difficult. Some respond, "That sounds just too Easy." And yes, it is easy for us. But it was not easy for Jesus. Jesus died for your sins. He paid the price so you can receive forgiveness freely. There is no sin the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse. You can be cleansed of sin. You can be holy, righteous, and pure in the eyes of a holy God. All because of Jesus.

Naaman finally yielded and obeyed God's process to healing, and he dipped 7 times in the Jordan River. On the 7th dip he came up out of the water with his flesh restored like the flesh of a little child, he was completely clean. The same can happen for you. You can be as clean as a little child through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

I prayed for you, PG

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CV Tech names Students of the Quarter, Coining Award winners for first nine weeks

Canadian Valley Technology Center recently honored outstanding students with "Student of the Quarter" and "Coining" awards for the first nine weeks period.

Students of the Quarter are chosen based on outstanding grades and regular attendance and exemplary classroom behavior. Coining awards are unique in that they are given at the discretion of the instructor.

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Annual Hall of Trees set for Nov. 15

The Chickasha Chapter of Altrusa International will hold their 22nd Annual Altrusa Hall of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 15th at the USAO Ballroom. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and hors d'oevres, followed by dinner with live pianist.

This year's event, themed "Merry and Bright", is underwritten by two corporate sponsors, The First National Bank and Waste Connections. The event will benefit Altrusa's two primary recipients: Chickasha Mobile Meals, and The Grady County Historical Society, as well as support other local projects. Those include the third grade dictionary project, scholarships for GED students, a reception for GED graduates and their families, and donations of books to children.

The evening culminates with the live auction featuring a trip for two to San Francisco. Auctioneer Paul Lewis will also auction five trees and three large wreaths decorated by Altrusa members.

The trees have varying themes:

* "Frozen" sponsored by Bank SNB, features a pale blue flocked tree with snowball and snowflake decorations.

*"Polar Express" sponsored by Arvest Bank, features several large polar bears frolicking around and throughout a seven and a half foot tree.

* "Candy Delight" sponsored by KOOL 105, is a seven foot white tree covered in over-sized red and white candy.

* "Merry and White" sponsored by Standley's Systems, is a nine foot pencil tree covered in glass pearlized ornaments with hints of gold.

* "Merry and Bright" a six foot red and lime green decorated tree featuring Santas, and sponsored by MidFirst Bank.

Our wreath sponsors are Thome Cook Insurance, Liberty Drug, and Seasonal Living.

Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased by calling Mary at 779-0279 by Nov. 7th. This event has raised over $36,000 for local charities over the past three years thanks to the generosity of Chickasha area businesses and their contributions to this event.

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