News Notes

News Notes

Get ready, Oklahoma!

It’s time for Friday Night Lights!

Hallelujah, it’s here! Yes, it’s football time in Oklahoma! 

That means the skies across Oklahoma’s plains will be lit with Friday night lights. High school football starts Friday in southern Oklahoma, and games begin at 7:00 p.m.

Lindsay hosts Pauls Valley

Elmore City-Pernell hosts Wayne
Dibble hosts Chickasha JV
Maysville travels to Bray-Doyle

Oklahoma State University travels to Oregon State University, also on Fri., Aug. 30.

The University of Oklahoma hosts the Houston Cougars in their home opener on Sun., Sept. 1.

“Wear your school colors, and get your cheering voice ready, because football season is here!” one fan encouraged.


5th annual Alex Founders’ Day set Sat., Sept. 7 

Alex’s fifth annual Founders’ Day celebration and Car Show is set for Sat., Sept. 7, according to Paige Ridley.

The one-day event is held in “The Grove Park” from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

There will be lots of vendors, a fish fry, a car show, a parade at 2:00 p.m., live music, a 5K, Founders’ Day Pageant, chili cook-off, and a bass fishing tournament.

The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration includes a FREE t-shirt.   

The kids’ play area will be open all day, and wrist bands may be purchased for all-day play.

The car show will feature 22 classes. The first 50 to enter will receive a gift bag and t-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place winners in each class. Other awards include Best of Show, Kids’ Choice, and Heros’ Choice. There is a 50/50 pot, and proceeds benefit Wyatt’s Wings. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Founders’ Day. There is also a burn-out contest.

The bass fishing tournament is for two-man teams, biggest stringer of six fish, maximum. The fish must be alive, caught on rod and reel, and all state rules and regulations apply. Weigh-in is from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be cash prizes for first- and second-place stringers. The biggest bass wins 100-percent of the pot. Entrants must pre-register by 8:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 6.

Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. in the community park. There will be a performance by Billy Davis and the Band of Brothers. 

“Come out and enjoy refreshments, family fun, and watch the parade!” Ms. Dunn added.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Dunn at 405-320-3930 or 405-574-4120, or at


Family plots need attention in Purdy

The Board of the Purdy Cemetery Association.

are asking familys who have marked plots at the Purdy Cemetery to re-mark their burial plots that they’ve already requested, according to LaVern Russell,

Markers need to be raised, “due to ground sinking from weather. We also ask that the user’s name be applied to the markers,” Ms. Russell added.

Those needing further information, and to get at date and time to re-mark plots, may contact Ms. Russell at 405-756-6596.


Area church to serve Indian tacos Fri., Sept. 6

The Erin Springs Church of God is set to host their monthly Indian taco dinner on Fri., Sept. 6, according to Linda Brothers.

The dinner will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church, located at 14028 E. County Road 1518, south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76, or just south of the Washita River bridge.

The dinner includes an Indian taco, dessert, and drink. Proceeds will go toward the church’s building insurance payment.

Call-in orders are welcome by contacting the church at 405-756-8685. Those who would like further information may contact Ms. Brothers at 405-428-6645. 


Alex schools start Tues., Sept. 3

Drivers in the Alex area are urged to use extra caution next week, as the Alex kiddos, teachers, and staff head back to school Tues., Sept. 3 for the 2019-2020 school year.

The folks at the Shopper News Note wish the Alex Longhorns a great and safe school year!


Wiley Post festival set for Sat., Sept. 14

The annual Wiley Post Festival is set for Sat., Sept. 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., according to Janet Dinwiddie, Librarian of the Maysville Public Library. 

The Maysville Public Library sponsors the popular event that showcases craft vendors, food vendors, music and fun all day on Williams Street in downtown Maysville.

There will be a welcome at 10:00 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the crowning of the fifth annual Wiley Post Royalty will be held, and the parade will be held at 11:00 a.m. 

At 12:00 noon, there will be drawings for an adventure package and a freezer full of meat. The band and cheerleaders will perform throughout the day.

“We still have vendor/booth space available. Come join the fun!” Ms. Dinwiddie added.

The Wiley Post Festival gets its name from famous Maysville native, Wiley Post, who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world, discovered the jet stream, and was the pilot for famed humorist and fellow Oklahoman, Will Rogers.

Those who have questions, or who would like to rent vendor/booth space, may contact Ms. Dinwiddie at 405-867-4748. 


Garvin County Retired Educators set to meet

The next meeting of the Garvin County Retired Educators and Support Personnel is set for Wed., Aug. 28 at 10:00 a.m., according to Terry Ann Pitmon.

The meeting will be held at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting room, located at 112 E. Paul Ave. in Pauls Valley.

“We look forward to seeing everyone!” Ms. Pitmon added.

Those who would like more information may contact Ms. Pitmon at 580-310-2851.


Erin Springs Baptist Church to hold Awanas

The Erin Springs Baptist Church will be starting the Awanas program on Wed., Sept. 4 at 6:00 p.m. for the school year, according to Donna Wallace.

Awanas is for children four years old through sixth grade. 

The first night is for parents and children to come and register their child, and join in with their children for fun, games, and snacks.

“Please come and get registered for the upcoming yuear, and enjoy the fun time with your children,” Ms. Wallace added.

The buses will not run the first night, so parents must attend to register their child. The buses will begin picking up children the following week.

Erin Springs Baptist Church is located south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76 at Erin Springs. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Wallace at 405-756-7826.


Child Find program to be in Lindsay schools

The Lindsay Public Schools participate in the child identification, location, screening and evaluation activities throughout the year, in coordination with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, according to Jennifer Taylor, Director of Special Services.

Personally identifiable information shall be collected and maintained in a confidential manner in carrying out the following activities:

• Referral: Preschool children ages three to five and students enrolled in K-12 who are suspected of having disabilities which may require special education and related services may be referred for screening and evaluation through the local school.

• Screening: May include vision, hearing, and health. Other screening activities may include review of records and educational history, interviews, observations, and specially developed readiness or educational screening instruments.

• Educational Evaluation: Includes testing to determine whether a child has a disability, and the nature and extent of special education and related services that the child needs. The term refers to procedures used selectively with an individual child, and does not include basic tests administered or procedures used with all children in a school, grade, or class. Written consent of the parent or legal guardian for such evaluation must be on file with the school district prior to any child receiving an initial evaluation for special education and related services purposes. 

• Collection of Personally Identifiable Information:  Educational records containing personally identifiable information collected by schools in the identification, location, screening, and evaluation of children shall be maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Policies & Procedures of Special Education in Oklahoma. School districts develop and implement a local policy regarding the collections, storage, disclosure, and destruction of confidential student records. Parents may obtain a copy of the local policy from the Superintendent. 

Those who would like further information about school records or to discuss the need for educational evaluation for their child may contact Dan Chapman, Superintendent of Lindsay Public Schools, or Ms. Taylor at 405-756-3131.  


Tag Agency to be closed for Labor Day

The Tag Agency of Lindsay will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Mon., Sept. 2, to allow employees to celebrate the holiday with their families, according to Holly Belknap.

Those needing further information should call the office at 405-756-3169.


Circus set to be in Lindsay Mon., Sept. 16

The Carson and Barnes Circus will be in Lindsay on Mon., Sept. 16 for two performances, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., according to a news release.

The circus is brought to Lindsay by the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce.

Those who have questions may contact Violet Henderson, Chamber manager, at 405-756-4312.


Bluegrass Gospel concert/jam set Sat., Aug. 31

The Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society (GOBMS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, presents its Fifth Saturday Bluegrass Gospel Concert and Jam Sat., Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m., according to Ronna Monse.

This event will be held at the Oklahoma Country-Western Museum & Hall of Fame, located at 3925 S.E. 29th in Del City.

  Jamming rooms are available for musicians who wish to jam. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Jamming is from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. 

Featured bands are Vida Brooks & High Mountain BG from Roland, OK and Huntington AR, Salt Creek from Sand Springs, and the GOBMS Board Band from Oklahoma City. There is a general admissions fee for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted for FREE, but must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Seating is provided and concessions are available. No outside food or drinks are allowed. 

Church/Senior/other groups of 10 or more receive a reduced rate. Bus drivers are admitted without charge.

The Museum & Hall of Fame is an air-conditioned, handicapped accessible, smoke-free facilty, and no drugs, alcohol or tobacco products of any kind are permitted. 

The next Fifth Saturday Bluegrass Gospel Concert is set for Sat., Nov. 30. Those who would like further information regarding performances may contact the Bluegrass Music Society at 405-317-2618 or 405-226-9191.


Art Walk set for Friday in Pauls Valley

The Pauls Valley Arts Council presents the Fifth Friday Art Walk on Fri., Aug. 30 from 5:55 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. according to a news release.

The Art Walk takes place in downtown Pauls Valley in months that have five Fridays. 

Artist Kris Fairchild will be on hand with her aquatic works of art. CJ Bradford will have his sketches, ink, and graphite drawings available, and Carre Shandor will be demonstrating wood burning technics, as well. 

Other artists will be on hand with their creations. Visitors will also enjoy FREE admission to the Toy & Action Figure Museum in downtown Pauls Valley.


Guided Striper fishing tour raffle set

A raffle is set for a guided Striper fishing tour, according to Nicki Dewoody.

The Lindsay Junior Class Parents After Prom Committee is sponsoring the raffle, and all proceeds from the raffle go toward the Lindsay High School After-Prom party in the spring.

Tickets may be purchased to win a four-man guided Striper fishing trip at Lake Texoma. The trip is valued at $500.00. 

The winner will be drawn in late September, and does not need to be present to win.

The winner will be able to set up their trip with the fishing guide. Also, the fishing guide said the good fishing begins in October, just in time to use these tickets.

Those who have questions, or who would like to purchase tickets, may contact Ms. Dewoody at 405-488-5604.


Alex Founders’ Day Pageant set Sat., Sept. 7

A Founders’ Day Pageant is set for Sat., Sept. 7 for the Alex Founders’ Day, according to Sandra Manning.

There will be two age groups:

• Prince and Princess are Pre-K through second grade

• King and Queen are third grade through sixth grade

Contestants will be judged on dress, talent, and decorated vehicle float. 

Entry forms are available at Alex Florist and at First National Bank in Alex, and are due by Thurs., Sept. 5.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Manning at 405-320-3176.


Bake sale set for Friday in Lindsay

The Lindsay Junior Class parents are planning a bake sale for Fri., Aug. 30 in the lobby of the First National Bank of Lindsay, according to Beth Anne Legare.

The bake sale starts at 9:00 a.m, and all proceeds go toward the After Prom Party for Lindsay Juniors and Seniors.

“Let us do your baking before the big holiday weekend. We’ll have plenty of delicious treats to choose from!” Ms. Legare added.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Legare at 4105-428-2009. Kassie Kelly and Amanda Taylor are also available for questions. 


SNN/SOS to be closed for Labor Day

The Shopper News Note and Smith Office Supply will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Mon., Sept. 5, to allow employees to celebrate the holiday with their families, according to Holly Belknap.

Those needing further information should call the office at 405-756-3169.


Special service set at Fair Oak Pentecostal

Pastor AC Ezzell and the congregation of the Fair Oak Pentecostal Church invite everyone to attend a special celebration service on Sun., Sept. 8, according to Gayla Ezzell. 

The special service will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., to celebrate the church’s Homecoming Sunday, commemorating 39 years of service. The congration will also hold a dedication of the newly remodeled Sanctuary, as well. 

“We are inviting the presence of the Lord to fill this place like it did in the days of Solomon when He dedicated the temple,” Ms. Ezzell added. “We are confident that the Lord will attend with His mighty presence, and we hope you can attend, also.”

Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration. The church is located three miles east of Elmore City on Hwy. 29, at the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Airline Road.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Ezzell at 580-788-4278.  


OHS unveils new grant program

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) will host a presentation on Thurs., September 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City to share information with the public about the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program. This new grants-in-aid program will set aside $500,000 to award grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to municipal, county or tribal governments or nonprofit historical organizations registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. The grants will be specific to three categories: collections, exhibits and programs. The online application will open on Mon., Sept. 9 and close on Fri., Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m., with award announcements being made in late January 2020, according to a news release.

The presentation in Oklahoma City is one of several regional meetings across the state that will be free and open to the public. These gatherings will inform those in attendance of the eligibility requirements for organizations and projects, and describe the application, review and award process. Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator, will conduct these presentations and will be available to answer questions during and following the presentations. 

  “We hope that this new program is a game changer for local communities and their ability to collect, preserve and share Oklahoma history,” said Harvey. “We want to get the word out to as many prospective applicants as possible to let them know of this new funding opportunity.” 

  The full schedule for presentations is as follows:

• Thurs., Sept. 5, 10:00 a.m. at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Woodward • Thurs., Sept. 5, 2:00 p.m. at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid • Wed., Sept. 11, 1:00 p.m. in the Adjutants Building at Fort Gibson Historic Site, Fort Gibson • Thurs., Sept. 12, 1:00 p.m. in the Musser Learning Lab at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City • Fri., Sept. 13, 1:00 p.m. at Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus • Mon., Sept. 23, 1:00 p.m. at Idabel Public Library in Idabel.

  While reservations are not required, seating may be limited at some locations and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the grant program or presentations, please contact Nicole Harvey at 405-522-5202 or Additional information on the program may also be found at


Purdy Cemetery Association meets Tuesday

A special meeting is set for Tues., Sept. 3 for the Purdy Cemetery Association board members, g on Tues., Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m., according to LaVern Russell.

The meeting is set to discuss the Salt Water Disposal Well to be built next door to the Purdy Cemetery. 

The meeting will be held at the Erin Springs Baptist Church fellowship hall, located at 3053 Hwy. 76 in Lindsay, or one-and-a-half miles south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76

Members of the Purdy Cemetery Association are invited and encouraged to attend.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Russell at 405-756-6596. 


BBQ sandwiches to be served prior to season opener 

Dinner before the Big Game is set for this Friday evening, prior to the Lindsay Leopards’ season opener against the Pauls Valley Panthers, according to a news release.

Calvary Baptist Church of Lindsay is holding the BBQ sandwich fundraiser dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the vacant lot west of the Ryan Taylor-Dutton Family Museum, at the corner of S.W. 7th and Cherokee in Lindsay.

Everyone is invited to stop by on their way to the game. There is a charge for the dinner, and all proceeds go toward building the church’s Family Life Center. Those who have questions may contact Calvary Baptist Church at 405-756-2781.

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