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Nathan Graves, an officer with the Sac and Fox Nation and a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department deputy, died early Tuesday in a two-vehicle wreck on State High 99 about 11 miles north of Stroud, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Graves, 45, was driving southbound on SH 99 when he was hi...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor Cushing’s proposed animal control shelter is overdue. Long overdue, if you ask members of the Cushing Board of Commissioners. “Our window of opportunity to do this project is so long overdue given the economic climb a few year ago compared to today,” said Terry Br...read more
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Nearly 400 volunteer for Cushing pack A crowd of nearly 400 gathered Friday and Saturday in the gymnasium at Cushing Upper Elementary School. They came with a mission. For the third consecutive year, volunteers came for Feed My Starving Children Cushing Mobile Pack. “Every person that left...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor An official from the National Historical Register of Buildings will visit Cushing soon, Jim Hunter said, in regards to saving Donaldson-Walker American Legion Post 108. The building at 214 S. Noble Ave. was heavily damaged during Sunday night’s 5.0-magnitude ear...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor “We’ve got a mess.” So said Koln Knight late Sunday regarding the decision to close Cushing Public Schools on Monday. Knight, superintendent of schools, made the decision about 10:15 p.m. Sunday following a 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit just outside of Cushing. ...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor He got something of a perverse chuckle from the happening. “It’s the first Red Cross shelter for an earthquake in Oklahoma,” Carter said. “We are making history.” A moment later, Wes Carter, regional communications manager for the Red Cross, was more melancholy...read more
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5.0 earthquake leaves downtown in shambles By Jim Perry Managing Editor Thirty-six hours after the fact, Cushing was doing its best to overcome. One could almost close their eyes and hear a black minstrel choir singing in the rubble. “We shall overcome.” “We want to assure our resid...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor A semantics issue? Or a real, down-to-earth confrontation? Either way, the Cushing Board of Commissioners on Monday voted to approve a general policy for a tax increment district — TIF — in Cushing. Commissioners, along with advocate Marilyn Duff and Cushing E...read more
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Recent reports in a Payne County newspaper and an Oklahoma City TV station falsely stated that House District 33 candidate Greg Babinec was in arrears on both state and federal taxes. Friday, the county newspaper reported the prior report was in error. Citizen staff researched the issue and lea...read more
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Painting from 1968 makes roundabout return to artist A painting by Don Grounds was returned Saturday to its rightful resting place. Grounds and members of his family were in town to receive from the Downtown Cushing Revitalization Association a painting he did in 1968. The painting origina...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor The mission statement for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was lived out Saturday. Thanks to a pair of OHP officers from Cushing. Trooper Tony Harper and Lt. Jeff James ventured to Rogers County on Saturday. They attended a fifth-grade football game — Harper has a son...read more
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Saturday begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liber...read more
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More than 130 people squeezed into the Fechner Events Center on Tuesday and listened to talks about the future of Oklahoma State University men’s basketball. Those on hand listened to OSU’s new coach, Brad Underwood; Keiton Page, director of player personnel; Larry Reese, senior associate athle...read more
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Tearing yourself apart By Jim Perry Managing Editor It came. It went. It got better. “I have to be strong today because if I’m not, she won’t be tomorrow.” So said Carrie Gilbert Monday morning as she strode out of Misty Carmin’s “Parrot Place” room at Cushing pre-kindergarten center...read more
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A donation from the oil and gas industry means good things for the health of Cushing High School. Willbros, a local energy infrastructure contractor, gave funds to the American Heart Association. The AHA, in turn, used the funds to provide a cardiopulmonary resuscitation device. The CPR in Sch...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor Voters in Cushing supported Greg Babinec. So did others in House of Representatives District 33. Babinec, a businessman, on Tuesday rode a strong showing in Cushing — voters there rewarded him by nearly 80 percent — and defeated Stillwater educator Connie Parker...read more
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It is time to get fired up for the last Town & Gown Theatre production for its 65th season, The summer musical “Into The Woods” is directed by Anna Davis and opens Wednesday. “Into The Woods” is a book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The setting is the mystical...read more
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Two men have been arrested and Cushing Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred Saturday in the 1,000 block of South Little Avenue. At about 3:36 p.m. Saturday, Cushing Police Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at a residence. The report wa...read more
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Right Path Riding Academy is honored to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. The grant will fund Right Path’s Hooves on the Ground horsemanship program for veterans. Leslie Kirkland, executive director and founder of Right Path, said, “Equines...read more
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Jay Rubenstein, Class of 1985, is the latest inductee into the Cushing High School Hall of Fame. He is the son of Gene — CHS Class of 1954 — and Marilyn Jenkins Rubenstein — Class of ’57 — and brother to Mark Rubenstein, Class of 1981. He is the author of five books. “Armies of Heaven” has be...read more
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Zane Amon, Brian Johnson and Abbi Wright were multiple winners when the Cushing High School and Cushing Middle School bands presented awards for the 2015-16 academic year. The awards were presented Friday during the Cushing bands’ 25th annual spring concert in the Dora Hobbs Performing Arts Cen...read more
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State making moves to rescue budget By Warren Vieth and Mark Lash Oklahoma Watch A big investment tax break with a tangled legal history is under scrutiny as state officials search for ways to address Oklahoma’s budget crisis. The Oklahoma capital gains deduction allows individual inv...read more
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Local company makes major donations for turf By Jim Perry Managing Editor Where normally operate shifty running backs and dart-throwing quarterbacks, earth-moving equipment was in place. By the dawn of the 2016 football season, the efforts will be evident for all to see. That’s when ...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor Chad Short on Monday was sworn into Seat 4 on the Cushing Board of Commissioners. He said he felt his doing so was “an opportunity to serve the public.” Little did he know he would be voting during his first meeting on a rather surprising agenda item. Shortly...read more
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By Jim Perry Managing Editor The title, to some, is a bit misleading. But do not fail to understand it. “I will fight you to the death that school librarians are teachers,” said Rosa Blocker, librarian and media specialist at Cushing Upper Elementary School. Blocker recently was chosen T...read more
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