What a BEE-YOOO-TIFUL day!
photos by: Doug Russell News Editor
Carroll Huggins, executive director and CEO of KI BOIS Community Action, brings another skill to the fore as he rids a mailbox on South Broadway of a colony of bees Wednesday morning. Huggins, who has 12 hives of his own, said that he believes the bees traveled to the mailbox from another hive. He wet the bees with sugar water to prevent most from flying before sweeping them into a bucket. Residents said the bees had appeared on the mailbox overnight.
Moving at last
By Karen West Staff Writer
It will be three weeks of sheer torture for book lovers. No more easy access to Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz or even Richard Scarry.
The Stigler Public Library will be closing its doors at the old building at 2 p.m. May 14 and will re-open at 9 a.m. June 6 at the new location just down the road.
The move has been a long time coming. Last year, the idea of moving the library to the old Boy Howdy store on Main Street was considered, but it was cost prohibitive.
"It was going to cost us $1.2 million to do that," said Janice Williams, executive director of the Stigler-Haskell County Chamber of Commerce and also a member of the library steering committee. "We simply couldn't afford it."(more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
Reunion Days drawing near
By Doug Russel News Editor
With less than a month to go, plans for Stigler's annual Reunion Days are coming together, and there's a big lineup of events planned.
Janice Williams, executive director of the Stigler-Haskell County Chamber of Commerce, has already mailed booth applications to all those who had places at last year's festival.
"I'm getting more in every day," she said.
There were more than 60 booths at last year's event, and organizers are hoping to exceed the number this year.
The highlight of any Reunion Days festival is when a Stigler High School graduating class holds its 50th reunion and hosts a dinner for the other classes. This year it's the class of 1961's turn, and class members are determined to make the event one to remember.
That's why they're bringing in Michael Cullipher, a man who impersonates The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, at events large and small across Oklahoma and Arkansas.
"We're really excited to get him here," said Carolyn Benham, a woman friends not-so-jokingly refer to as an "Elvis guru." "I'm a big Elvis Presley fan, and I'm telling you, this is about as close as you'll get to seeing Elvis live."(more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
Firefighters & BBQ
By Doug Russel News Editor
They're really cooking, but this time it's not because their bunker gear is so heavy and hot.
Nope. Instead, members of the Brooken Volunteer Fire Department are preparing for the annual barbecue dinner that raises money for the department.
"It's our one big deal of the year," said Fire Chief Doug McLaughlin. "You ought to join us if you can."
The dinner will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Heavenbound Freewill Baptist Church, located two miles north of Enterprise on state Highway 71."(more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)