Ken Criner of Donaldson- Walker American Legion Post 108 in Cushing presented Teresa Shaffer a new American flag to fly over Deep Rock Elementary School, where Shaffer is principal. Post 108 provides flags for all schools in one of its patriotic gestures. The American Legion is involved in many community projects and activities. “When a need arises it is so wonderful to have that need met before even asking,” Shaffer said. “That is one thing that I love about the Cushing partnership with outside entities and individuals who deeply care.
By M. Scott Carter
Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue. The wage boosts have occurred over the past few years, even as state lawmakers were working on legislation to prevent minimum wage increases. During spring, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1023 by state Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa. The bill prevents any city or town from establishing a minimum wage.
By Jim Perry
One week away sits the real season. One week away sits competition for berths in the Class 3A playoffs. But don’t bother Cushing High School’s football Tigers if they are focused on the here and now. And Cleveland. Cushing at 7:30 p.m. Friday will invade Billy Vessels Field and take on Cleveland’s Tigers in the final weekend of play before district action begins. Cushing next week visits Perkins-Tryon for its first District 3A-1 game of 2014. The Tigers will play six district games in a span of seven weeks before the regular season ends. Cleveland next week begins district play in Class 4A.
They had lost a game in a whirlwind, thrilling, painful fashion. To a man, the Cushing football Tigers were undaunted. “This one hurts but we will pick it up Monday and get ready for Cleveland,” senior lineman Colton Farris said Friday, minutes after a last-ditch try failed and Cushing had fallen 28-27 to Berrhyhill. “I’m ready to get back on the field Monday, practice, get better, and go out there friday and take it to Cleveland.” He was not the only Tiger thinking along those lines. “We will get better and get after Cleveland on Friday,” senior tight end Tyler Watkins said.
The art show is taking place. Musical groups have been booked. And food vendors are filling out the roster. It’s almost time for the 26th annual Festival in the Park. The event opens at 9 a.m. Oct. 11 in Memorial Park on South Little Avenue. As usual, it will be a multi-sensorial day. Taste buds will be treated with events sold by nonprofit enterprises. Eardrums will pound to the sounds of music played in the park amphitheater by both local groups and professional entertainers. As for the ocular senses? They will be treated again and again and again.
A Cushing resident was charged with multiple counts and ordered to return to Payne County court on Oct. 17 with an attorney. Fifty-two-year-old Verldon Patrick Boles was charged with methamphetamine trafficking, illegally having a handgun as a convicted felon and possessing drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed after the Payne County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at his house in the 1200 block of East Ninth Street in Cushing. Boles was released on $150,000 bond, court records show. He was arraigned Sept. 5 and ordered to return to court on Oct. 17 with an attorney.