Honk & Wave
Members of the Divas cheerleading squad and their mothers join outside of Shelton's Supermarket Saturday to raise money for the Chad Peery family. The Divas raised more than $2,100. See related story, Page 4 of this week's Stigler News Sentinel.
(Staff photo by Karen West)
No ban, but watch the burns
By Doug Russell
There is no burn ban in place in Haskell County, but firefighters are asking people to use caution with fire anyway.
Burn bans declared by county commissioners are in place in several local counties, according to the Oklahoma Forestry Services. These include McIntosh County, a 7-day ban declared March 11; Latimer County, a 7-day ban declared March 14; and LeFlore County, a 7-day ban declared March 14.
"We thought about it, but we decided not to when we looked at what the weather was supposed to do," County Commissioner Kenny Short said when asked about a burn ban in Haskell County. "We're supposed to get about a half inch of rain, so, hopefully, we will. That'll make a big difference."(more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
Sponsors lining up for fundraising tournament
by:Doug Russel News Editor
Sponsors for a fundraising golf tournament are lining up, with 17 or 18 holes sponsored by Monday morning, according to Ann Burch, an organizer of the event.
Burch and other employees of the Stigler Health and Wellness Center are joining Masonic Lodge No. 121 to sponsor the golf tournament, which is designed to raise money for the family of Oklahoma City police officer and Stigler resident Chad Peery.
Peery suffered severe spinal injuries while helping stop an altercation at Dan O'Brien's Pub in Oklahoma City on Feb. 15.
"It's going to take a lot to make it through this and we want to do what we can to help," Burch said, adding that all monies from the golf tournament will go to the Peery family.
Stephanie Peery, wife of the injured officer, is the chief financial officer at the Health and Wellness Center, and Chad is a former employee of the Center as well. (more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
Board ponders possible bond issue
by:Karen West Staff Writer
There are some major problems at Stigler schools. Facility problems.
Superintendent Bill Self approached the school board at its monthly meeting on March 7 with the suggestion of implementing a bond issue to raise funds for much needed repairs at all the campuses in the Stigler school district.
"There are several building issues at the grade school," Self said. "The fifth grade building floor is about to fall. At the middle school, the back wall of the gymnasium is crumbling due to roof problems and leaks." He also spoke of the roof issue at the kindergarten building. (more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
Fundraising T-Shirts on sale now
by:Doug Russel News Editor
"Fight. Survive. Live." These words emblazon the backs of a special T-shirt being sold to raise money for the family of Chad Peery.
The 32-year-old Oklahoma City police officer was injured while breaking up a disturbance at an Oklahoma City bar and remains in rehabilitation. Oklahoma City police say his neck was broken and that he may never regain the use of his limbs.
The T-shirts are being sold in conjunction with a March 26 fundraising golf tournament, with all proceeds from both the T-shirt sales and the tournament going to the Peery family.
"This isn't something we're doing with the Health and Wellness Center or anyone else," said Julie Fioretti, when asked about the golf tournament sponsors. "We're doing this in addition to, because we're hoping this is another way we can raise money for the family."
The T-shirt, which was designed to show moral support of Peery and his family, is on sale now. Orders will be taken through March 22, and all orders must be prepaid.
The shirts, which have the words "Fight," "Survive" and "Live" around a representation of Peery's badge on the back, are emblazoned with the word "Police" on the front. All T-shirts are navy blue, with yellow/gold lettering.
Shirt rance in size from Youth Extra Small (2-4) to Adult 4X. The fundraising T-shirts are $15 each for sizes up to Adult 2X. Adult 2X, 3X and 4X cost an additional $2.
For more information, or to place an order, contact Fioretti at 918-448-4018 or e-mail email@example.com, or contact Cassie Shelton at 918-685-0232 or e-mail cassiebsheltonaol.com.
Order forms are available from the Stigler Haskell County Chamber of Commerce as well.
Orders can be mailed to 20222 E CR 1170, Stigler OK 74462, or 700 W. Main, Stigler OK 74462.
"We're doing this because it's something we can do to support Chad and his family," Fioretti said. "The moral support of seeing someone with that shirt will go a long way, but the financial support is something they really need as well."
Meth March Tonight
by:Doug Russel News Editor
There'll be a special gathering at Roye Park next Thursday, as members of the community get together to show their support for ridding Haskell County of drugs.
The third annual March Against Meth will begin at 6 p.m., with District Attorney Farley Ward as the speaker.
"This is just something we can do so show that we don't want drugs in our community," said District 18 Narcotics Task Force agent Tim Turner.
Turner and other law enforcement officers will be on hand at the park, joined by members of various organizations – as well as the community at large.
Officers will distribute a variety of information about drug and drug awareness during the march. In addition, "We'll be serving hot dogs and soft drinks," Turner said.
"Meth really is a big problem in our area," Turner said. "They're still out there cooking and using. We all have to work together to stop it."
As an example of how bad the problem is, he pointed out that an alleged drug trafficker was recently arrested with a half pound of suspected methamphetamine. "You've also got a lot of people making small amounts," Turner said. "The problem isn't gone. Not by a long shot."