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Pride In McAlester Recognized
Pride In McAlester received state-wide recognition during the America Recycles Day Awards Banquet on November 15. The event is organized by the Metropolitan Environmental Trust in Tulsa and honors what M.E.T. Executive Director Michael Patton refers to as “recycling heroes” throughout Oklahoma for their work in the State of Oklahoma. Pride In McAlester works year-round to promote the McAlester Recycling Center and encourage recycling efforts in the community. The McAlester Recycling Center is a cooperative effort from the City of McAlester, Kibois Community Action and Pride In McAlester and was established in 2010. Since that time, recycling in the community has flourished and the three groups meet several times a year to discuss ways to expand and improve the center. Pictured is PIM Board of Directors’ President Justin Few with the arward.
Beta Iota Donation
The ladies of Beta Iota of McAlester, a local chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, which is a nationally recognized leadership-service organization; recently made a generous donation to 27th Annual Pittsburg County Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The presentation was done just before the weekly County Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, November 13. Seated in the front row from left are Pittsburg County Commissioners Kevin Smith and Gene Rogers; and back from are, Lori Few, Betty Balkman, Cindy Pingelton and June Miller.
Kareesa Kennedy and her steer were named Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer at the Oklahoma/Arkansas State Fair in Ft. Smith. Kareesa represented Buffalo Valley FFA. She was the 2nd animal in the Premium Sale and was proudly purchased by Choctaw Nation. A special thanks to Brad Spears of Hartshorne for representing Choctaw Nation at the Premium Sale this year. Kareesa is the daughter of Jackie and Brenda Kennedy, Granddaughter of Byron and Gertrude Bohanon and Johnny and Laverne Kennedy, all of Buffalo Valley.
Red Oak 4-H Club had a pumpkin decorating contest as part of the Red Oak Annual School Carnival. Pictured from left are the individual class winners from each class, Sawyer Hall, 5th grade; Ashlynn Montgomery, 6th grade; Reed Kauk, Kindergarten; Justic McGee, 2nd grade; Parker Thomas, 3rd grade; Chet Coffey, 1st and Raelyn Ashby, 4th grade. The class winners each received a candy bag. The next scheduled Red Oak 4-H meeting is Monday, November 5 and plans will be completed for the 4-H Horse showmanship training on Saturday, November 10. Red Oak 4-H meets on the first Monday of each month. For more information contact Jodie White at 918-448-4937 or Dru Kauk, 918-465-6717.
At the October chapter meeting for Beta Iota of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, President Lori Few, right, presented the Persistence Pays Off Award to June Miller, left. The award was presented to Miller in honor of all the hard work and dedication in serving as Chairman for the "The Many Flavors of ESA" Cookbook. Beta Iota will soon be selling the cookbooks as a fundraiser. The proceeds will go to all the many local charitable organizations that Beta Iota supports. For more information about Beta Iota or "The Many Flavors of ESA" Cookbook please contact Lori Few at 918-360-8818.
Two Wilburton High School seniors were recognized as Students of the Month for October by members of the Wilburton Kiwanis Club. The students were special guests during the club’s Wednesday, October 24 meeting held in the Student Life Center on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Pictured from left are Deontaie Evans and Kristyn Adams. Adams is the daughter of Patty Adams and the granddaughter of Sue Chester of Wilburton. She attends Wilburton High School where she is a member of the Wilburton FFA chapter, student council and service learning. She currently serves as senior class president, FFA vice-president and is a member of the livestock judging team. She was selected as a delegate to Oklahoma Girl’s State, named a star chapter member in FFA and was the top salesperson in FFA. She has also won numerous awards exhibiting lambs and swine at regional and state livestock competitions. Adams enjoys exhibiting livestock, judging livestock and spending time with her family and friends. She plans to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College and then transfer to Oklahoma State University–Tulsa to major in x-ray technology specializing in sonography. Deontaie Evans is the grandson of Shirley and Marlon Evans. He attends Wilburton High School where he has participated in speech. He is also a recipient of the American Legion school award. Evans enjoys playing basketball, watching television, sleeping, eating, listening to music, hanging out with his friends and making people laugh. He plans to either join the U. S. Marine Corps or attend law school. He would eventually like to become an FBI agent and be successful.
Pictured from left are, Tom Crowl, being presented a Rotary coffee mug by Rotary president, Yevette Martin. Crowl presented a program to the Rotary Club on the history of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl as it effected Oklahoma and the local area. The Rotary Club meets at Noon each Tuesday at the Meeting Place in downtown McAlester.
Two Wilburton seniors were recognized as Students of the Month for September by members of the Wilburton Kiwanis Club. The students were special guests during the club’s Wednesday, September 19 meeting held in the Student Life Center on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Pictured from left are Spencer Bray and Brittney Helmert. Bray is the son of Joe and Yvette Bray. He attends Wilburton High School where he is a member of the Digger baseball team, the Digger marching band, vocal music and speech. He was named All-District vocalist for three years. Bray serves as worship leader at Cavalry Baptist Church in Wilburton. His hobbies include playing baseball and table tennis, playing the piano and watching college football. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in the computer science field to become a computer scientist. Brittney Helmert is the daughter of Lana Helmert and David Helmert. She attends Wilburton High School where she is a member of FCCLA, FBLA, speech and drama and yearbook. She has been a football homecoming queen attendant, received the Who’s Who math award, was 2nd runner-up to Miss Oklahoma Teen and is the current reigning Miss Oklahoma Teen Covergirl. Helmert has been involved in a water drive with KiBios to support Oklahoma firefighters. Her favorite things to do are cooking, writing and spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College and then transfer to a university and pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
Red Oak 4-H
Red Oak 4-H members participated in the 4-H Creed, Motto and Pledge Competitive Skills Contest at the Latimer County Free Fair on Friday, September 7. Pictured from left are, Asher Kauk, Charity Thomas, Ashlynn Montgomery, Mollie McGee and Kyleigh Hilburn. For more information about Red Oak 4-H contact Jodie White at 918-448-4937 or Dru Kauk, 918-465-6717.
Yvette Martin, with the McAlester Rotary Club, put out U.S. Flags for Labor Day. The flag display is one of the ways the club raises money to use for their dictionary project, student scholarships and more.
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