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Thursday, September 19, 2013

DHS to host assembly on dangers of texting


2 EVENTS TODAY FOR IT CAN WAIT' CAMPAIGN
BY REBEKA RUTLEDGE
THE DUNCAN BANNER

In a matter of seconds, lives can be changed by something as simple as a few words on a screen. In 2010, Sept 19 was declared National Don't Text and Drive

Day. The Duncan High School Leadership Class is making an effort today to push the message to their peers and the community that "It Can Wait" An all-school assembly will be at 10:40 a.m. today in the DHS auditorium. "From One Second to the Next," a 12-

minute documentary on the dangers and consequences of texting while driving, will be shown. "Taylor Barrick, a senior, this subject is near and dear to her heart," said Lauren Hackler, Leadership Class sponsor. "She has prepared a speech for the assembly." Although many states have enacted laws banning the use of hand-held phone devices

while driving or texting while driving, Oklahoma has not. Speaking at today's event will be Joe Williams with Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Air Evac Life learn. Weather permitting, the Air team will have their helicopter nearby. There will be an almost identical gathering at 6 p.m today, again at the DHS auditorium. Though the school assembly was done last year; the commu-

nity meeting is something new the class is trying. "We want parents, friends from other schools and anyone from the community to take the pledge," Hackler said. "The more people the better because we don't want our community affected by this. It's completely preventable." During the assemblies, everySee TEXTING, Page 2

Rodeo Legends Reunion has organizers excited


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BY TONI HOPPER
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Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, right, talks to state Sen. Don Barrington, RLawton, and his wife, Jennifer, during a Tuesday night fundraising dinner at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

Lt. Gov. Lamb makes Duncan his first campaign money stop
November 2010 for becoming the first Republican male elected to the state's second-highest executive post, minOklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb gled with about 70 people at a made Duncan his first campaign fundraising barbecue dinner at the fundraising stop heading into an Chisholm Trail Heritage Center on expected run for a second term. Tuesday night Lamb, who made headlines in See LAMB, Page 14
BY MIKE SMITH
THE DUNCAN BANNER

A special Living Rodeo Legends Reunion is planned for Saturday at the Simmons Center. It's open to anyone who wants a chance to come and meet some of the greatest rodeo athletes, many of them from right here in Stephens County. Some of them are World Champion title holders. The idea isn't a new one, said Mike Anderson, committee chairman for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo that happens Oct. 17-19 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center in Duncan. But it is

the first time such a reunion has been held here, and for the public. Anderson lives and loves rodeo. You can see him perched on a horse at most of the area rodeos at the Fair & Expo Center, where he is also director. About 15 years ago, Anderson had a rodeo to attend and was invited by a friend to an event in Fort Smith, Ark.. He knew he'd be tired by the time he got home from the rodeo, but three hours later, the friend picked him up and they were on the road to Fort Smith. "I didn't really want to go 'cause I was so tired," he recalls. "But I got to sit and meet with the legends of legends. I met Clark McEntire, Clem McSpadden and some others." McEntire was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979; McSpadden was

the grand-nephew of Will Rogers and an Oklahoma legislator. Fast forward to more than a year ago when Anderson, Joe Henderson and others involved with the Prairie Circuit Finals were talking of fundraising ventures. It takes about $190,000 to produce the Finals, which the rodeo committee has secured the contract now for a second year to be held in Duncan. "This is something we've thought of for a long time. You don't get to experience very often. I mentioned it to our committee," Anderson said. "We keep talking about celebrities for a fundraiser. We have 12 World Championships right here in Stephens County.
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Will Rogers Pre-K gains funding from Teacher Rewards program


BY DERRICK MILLER
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Will Rogers Pre-K Teacher Koree Wilkerson cuts a cake brought by Wal-Mart employees Stephanie Kerns and Angela Seratte to recognize Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten Center. Every teacher at the school received $50 gift cards to use toward classroom supplies.

In a given school year, the average teacher spends about $500 on supplies for their classrooms. On Wednesday, Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten teachers received a little more funding to help. Wal-Mart selected Will Rogers Pre-K for its annual rewards program. Each of the teachers received $50 gift cards to use toward classroom supplies. "The teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets," Will Rogers Principal Koree Wilkerson said. "A lot of what they teach is hands-on. This will help take care of those necessities."

Around $1,000 was given to Will Rogers Pre-K. This is only a portion off the $4.5 million in giftcards provided to 90,000 teachers across the United States. This is the fifth year for Wal-Mart to donate giftcards to teachers. In previous years, Woodrow Wilson and Horace Mann have been beneficiaries of the Teacher Rewards program. Will Rogers was notified about two weeks ago about being the focus of this year's program. Wilkerson said she's glad Will Rogers was recognized this year. She said she knows how hard teachers across the district work, and this funding will help with supplies for the district's youngest students.
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Submerged cars found in Foss Lake may solve cold cases


BY SEAN MURPHY
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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SAYRE (AP) When three teenagers from this small Oklahoma town disappeared on their way to a high school football game in 1970, rumors swirled as to what happened to the trio.

Some thought the three had stumbled across a drug deal at a rural airstrip and been killed. Others said they might have run away to California. "There have been theories from everybody," said Dayva Spitzer, publisher of The Sayre Record

newspaper and a longtime resident. "Everyone suspected foul play. ... But every lead just went nowhere." Now authorities believe they have a key piece to the puzzle: A 1969 Camaro, just like the one the teens were driving, was pulled from a lake with the

skeletal remains of three people inside. And that wasn't the only discovery. A second car containing remains, an early 1950s Chevrolet, was also recovered from Foss Lake. Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples believes it may solve another case in

which two men and a woman disappeared a year before the teens vanished. "These vehicles match those missingpersons reports real close," Peoples said Wednesday as investigators combed through
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