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THE COMANCHE COUNTY CHRONICLE

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012 • PAGE SIX AROUND THE AREA Area students do well AT&T calls on nation's drivers to pledge: at Marlow District Fair Never text and drive
and Breed Champion. In the Crossbred, Emily Lepein won with 1st place and Breed Champion, with MaKayla Clement with 1st place. Senior showmanship went to Deekota Williams. Intermediate Showmanship went to Maverick Williams. Junior Showmanship went to Kye Helderman. Pee-Wee went to Derik Clement. In the Sheep division, SouthDown Ewe class 1st and Breed Champion went to Garrett Fishgrab, also in the Shropshire class 1st and Breed Champion went to Garrett. In the Speckle lamb class Cody Fishgrab took 1st and Breed Champion. In the Hampshire class Cody also received 1st and Breed Champion. In the Cross class Hayden Travis took 1st place and Breed Champion, and Presliegh Bowles took 2nd and Reserve Breed. From the Hampshire class Cody Fishgrab took home Grand, from the Cross class Hayden Travis was Reserve. In the Market Lamb Division, South Down lamb class Makenna Fishgrab was 1st and Breed Champion. In the Speckle class Kylie Wilcher was 1st and Breed Champion. In the Hampshire class 1 Ashton Fisher was 2nd place and Cody Fishgrab was 1st. In class 2 Austin Fisher was 2nd place and Hayden Travis was 1st. In class 3 Payton Bowles was 1st. Breed Champion went to Hayden Travis, and Cody Fishgrab took Reserve. In class Suffolk went to Deekota Williams with 1st place. In the Natural Class, Kylie Wilcher took 1st, and Breed Champion, and Payton Bowles received 2nd place, and Reserve Breed. In the Cross class 1 Austin Fisher took 1st place. In class 2 Deekota Williams received 1st. In class 3 Ashton Fisher had 1st, and Parker Bowles had 2nd. In class 4 Hayden Travis was 1st place. Hayden Travis was Breed Champion, and Austin Fisher was Reserve Champion. Grand Champion Market lamb from the cross class Went to Hayden Travis. Also from the Cross class went Austin Fisher. Senior showmanship went to Hayden Travis. Intermediate showmanship went to Cody Fishgrab. Junior Showmanship went to Kylie Wilcher. Pee-Wee went to Makenna Fishgrab and Payton Bowles. In the Goat Division Makenna Fishgrab took 1st, Breed Champion, Grand Champion, and also Showmanship. While some students are at home sleeping in late on a Saturday morning, these dedicated members are up at sunrise working their animals to show their excellence in livestock preparation. They are also learning life skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. In the end it will make them better leaders for today, tomorrow and their futures.

Americans Urged to Make Lifelong Commitment on Sept. 19
OKLAHOMA CITY, AUG. 15 — Wireless provider AT&T*, seeking to bring attention to a serious road-safety problem, today urged all Americans to pledge to stop texting while driving, and then to join with others Sept. 19 to make a lifelong commitment to never do so again. AT&T, its employees and other supporters are calling on all drivers to go to www.itcanwait.com to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge, and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook. The pledge effort is part of the cornpany's public awareness campaign aimed directly at stopping the dangerous practice of texting while driving. More than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and people are injured or die while a driver was texting and driving, said Bryan Gonterman, President of AT&T Oklahoma, citing a statistic from the National Safety Council'. "The 'It Can Wait' public awareness campaign is focused on a simple, powerful message: that no text is worth dying for," said Gonterman. "From the TV airwaves to our AT&T stores and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, we will be employing a full court press to educate Oklahoma teens and parents about the dangers of texting and driving." "We're challenging everyone to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a lifelong cornmitment," he said. "And we're challenging all device makers and app developers to offer devices that come pre-loaded with a notext-and-drive technology solution." AT&T's "It Can Wait" public awareness campaign is focused on a simple, powerful message: No text is worth dying for. AT&T plans to spend tens of millions of dollars on the carnpaign in 2012 and has made it an ongoing commitment in future years. The effort is comprised of several key initiatives, including: •Encouraging its 240,000 employees to take the pledge and, in turn, urge all people to commit that they will never text and drive. On an average day, AT&T retail store and call center employees speak to customers more than 500,000 times. •Working with TV and music celebrities to deliver a strong no-textingwhile-driving message via TV ads, concerts, public appearances, Twitter and Facebook. •Launching an aggressive social media campaign with advertising on Facebook and Twitter to encourage Americans to take the pledge and to share their pledges with their friends via social media. •Educating the public using TV ads on the dangers of texting while driving that will run during highprofile events and teen-focused programs. •Working to provide a toolkit of no-textingwhile-driving information to every high school in the country. •Challenging device makers and app developers to work with AT&T so that all devices include a pre-loaded, no-text-anddrive technology solution as soon as possible. •Launching an online driving simulator at www. itcanwait.com in the corning weeks – so that anyone with access to the Internet can experience the dangers of texting while driving. •Bringing an in-car simulator to more than 200 locations before the end of this year. •Enlisting others – including law enforcement, educators, national retailers, consumer safety groups, legislators and the entire wireless industry – to join the no-text-anddrive movement. •Asking more than 1,000 of AT&T's strategic and other major suppliers to encourage their employees to pledge not to text and drive. "The Oklahoma Sheriff's Association is proud to be involved with AT&T to bring to the forefront the impact of texting while driving, which is an evident distraction to drivers," said Bill Winchester, President of the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association. "The problem has become so prevalent that agencies nationwide are looking at this serious problem. I believe that next to driving while under the influence this is becoming a leading cause of vehicle and pedestrian accidents. "These are intentional acts committed by drivers. Like alcohol and drugs, it's a choice, a bad choice. I applaud AT&T for taking this type of initiative to save lives, and I hope everyone in Oklahoma will sign the pledge not to text and drive," Winchester said. "Working with teens day-in and day-out, we see firsthand the impacts that peer pressure – and peer influence – have on the decisions they make," said Sandra Spavone, executive director of the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). "That's what makes AT&T's efforts so effective. They understand that – by working with these teens and incorporating their feedback programmatically – ultimately, we'll reach even more of that critical and impressionable audience with a message they'll hear." Together with NOYS, AT&T has pioneered more than 12 teen-led, teenfocused educational summits, with plans to hold 10 or more locally by the end of the year. NOYS is a collaboration of national, youth-serving organizations, including non-profit organizations – such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving – and government agencies, such as the Governor's Highway Safety Administration (GHSA). AT&T shares in their cornmon goal of promoting safe and healthy behaviors among our nation's youth. In addition, many other governmental, corporate, non-profit and other organizations have already pledged support for the awareness campaign, including: The AFL-CIO's Union Plus program, American Federation of Teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CTIA, Junior Achievement, LULAC, National Safety Council, National Urban League and RadioShack. More supporters can be found at www. itcanwait. A recent AT&T survey 2 found that 97 percent of teens say they know that texting is dangerous. The survey also found: •75 percent of teens surveyed say that texting while driving is "common" among their friends; •Almost all teens (89 percent) expect a reply to a text or email within five minutes or less; •And 77 percent of teens report seeing their parents text while driving. But technology can help: 89 percent of teens said a phone app to prevent texting & driving – like AT&T DriveModeTM 3 – would be an effective way to get them or their friends to stop texting and driving. AT&T first began its "It Can Wait" campaign discouraging texting and driving in 2009. The website www.itcanwait.com provides an opportunity to take the don't text and drive pledge. It also offers a host of educational resources and information on the issue – including a documentary featuring families impacted by texting and driving accidents that has been viewed more than 3 million times. 'National Safety Council www.nsc.org 2 Survey conducted by Beck Research on behalf of AT&T http://www.att. com/Common/about us/txting driving/att teen survey executive.pdf. 3 Data and text messaging charges may apply for download and app usage. Standard messaging rates apply to auto-reply messages. AT&T DriveMode is free to AT&T customers only. Compatible device required. *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

This past Saturday August 18, 2012 at the county fairgrounds was the Annual Marlow District Fair, over 50 animals were exhibited. This show gives young students the opportunity to show off the hard work they put in over the summer. This has also allowed them to become more responsible and get recognition for the hard work they have put into their animals. To start off in the beef barn, taking the English Breed Champion Prospect steer was out of class 2 shown by Victoria Harper. The Reserve Breed was out of class 1 shown by Tanner Childers. In class 1 Brayden Waldrop placed 2nd and in class 2 Jonathon Cantwell took 2nd. In the Cross Prospect Steers, Lucas Harper was Champion and Ben Ivory took Reserve. Taking the overall grand was Lucas Harper, and for Reserve, Victoria Harper. In the Market Steers Jarrod Harper received English Breed Champion and Austin Harper took Cross Breed and Grand Champion Steer. In the Angus Heifer Division, Class 1 Sam Ivory was 1st; in class 2 Sarah Ivory was 1st and Reserved Breed, and Brayden Waldrop with 1st Breed. In Chianina class Will Derryberry with 1st and Breed Champion. Now for Shorthorn's Class 1 Cale Brady with 1st and Reserved Breed Champion, and also from class 1 was Ty Linam placing 2nd. From class 2 Josh Goodrich took 1st place and Breed Champion, and Ben Ivory with 2nd. Simmental class 1 Riley Julian with 1st and Reserve Breed, from class 2 Riley also had 1st and Breed Champion. In the Commercial Division class 1 Tanner Childers took 2nd and Reserve Breed, and Jarrod Harper with 1st and Breed Champion. For the overall Grand Champion Heifer, went to Will Derryberry, and Reserve went to Jarrod Harper. Showmanship in the Senior Division went to Tanner Childers. Intermediate Showmanship went to Ben Ivory, and Junior Showmanship went to Sam Ivory. In the Market Barrows show, the Berkshire Class saw Patrick Kelly taking 1st and Breed. In the Hampshire class Kye Helderman was 1st and Breed. In the Spot class Patrick Kelly took 1st and Breed Champion. In the Cross Breed class Deekota Williams took 1st and Breed Champion. Sage Helderman was 1st place and Reserve Breed and also Reserve Grand Champion. In the Gilt Division, Duroc class Derik Clement was 1st and Maverick Williams took 1st and Breed Champion. In the Hampshire class Deekota Williams took 1st and Breed Champion. In the Spot class, Kelsi Clement took 2nd and Maverick Williams 1st place

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Lady Owls finish first at Clinton Tournament

Tigers place second in Tournament of Champions

The Sterling Tigers suffered its first loss of the season to the number one ranked team, the Dale Pirates, with a score of 3-0. Kaden Hardzog struck out seven, but gave up five hits and two earned runs. The Tigers bounced back the following weekend as they beat Dover 14-4 at USA() stadium. Courtesy photo

The Elgin Lady Owls continue their impressive winning streak. They walked away with a first place finish at the Clinton Tournament, which took place this past weekend. They also defeated Cement in three sets Tuesday, bringing their record to 15-0. Don't miss the excitement this Friday, August 31st, when Elgin plays at home, facing 3rd ranked Cache. Games begin with junior high at 4:00, followed by JV and varsity. Courtesy photo