News Notes

News Notes

Congrats to us-

We’re 38!

Thirty-eight years . . . and counting! Yes, the Shopper has been mailed to the homes . . . like it should be . . . for 38 years now. This edition of the Shopper News Note begins our 39th year of publication. 

The first edition of the Shopper News Note came out on Wed., Oct. 21, 1981. Publisher was Gary Smith, and Harriet Smith handled typesetting and bookkeeping. Gary’s sister, Ursula Pohl (deceased September, 2006), handled the ad designing, and the Smith’s daughter, Holly, helped with the mailing. It was, and still is, a family operation.  

Gary (deceased April, 2017) and Harriet (deceased March, 2019) turned the operation over to their daughter, Holly and her husband, William, in 2003. Also, Mona Taylor, Jessica Gray, AJ Byrum, Tylar Mitchell, and Leland Taylor help get the popular publication out to folks in Lindsay, Maysville, Bradley, Alex, and Dibble on schedule. 

The popular publication has the largest circulation of any weekly mailed publication in Oklahoma. Factual circulation information is growing more important almost daily and the Belknaps welcome every opportunity to compare circulation information with other publications. Besides serving the advertising needs of most of the area businesses, the Shopper also offers non-commercial want-ads called Shopper Toppers, News Notes of upcoming events of general interest, Business Briefs, Who’s Where in Uniform, and publish area obituaries. As has become customary, we’d like to thank those folks who came on board that first publication – many of whom are still with us – • Standridge Hardware and John Deere, Inc. • Geffre’s • Doil King’s Swap Shop Home Furnishings • Jean’s Shu Shack • Ursula Pohl’s Fuller Brush • Goodner’s Discount Foods • Henderson T.V. and Appliance • Freeman Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac • Vic Cacy Motor Co. • Lindsay Builder’s Supply • Ernie Philpott Realty, Inc. • Williamson’s  • First National Bank.

Lindsay’s downtown trick-or-treat is October 31

Lindsay’s downtown Halloween trick-or-treat on Main Street and then throughout the town at the homes will be held on Thurs., Oct. 31, according to Violet Henderson, Lindsay Chamber of Commerce manager.

Local merchants will be handing out candy from 3:30 p.m. until about 6:00 p.m., and trick-or-treaters will be able to show off their costumes by parading up and down Lindsay’s Main Street. 

First National Bank will have a bounce house on the north end of Lindsay’s grand brick Main Street, and KBLP Radio will have free hotdogs. 

Folks who would like to participate, but who do not have businesses on Main Street, may bring their vehicle, or table and chairs, and hand out candy.

“This is a fun time, and it’s great to see all the kids!” Violet Henderson added.

Toward dusk, the trick-or-treaters will be able to head to the neighborhoods in Lindsay for more treats.

“Bring your kiddos and join the fun! Everyone is welcome!” Ms. Henderson added.

Those who would like more information about the downtown trick-or-treat may contact the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce at 405-756-4312.

‘We CAN Help’ donations accepted through Fri., Nov. 15

Canned good donations will be accepted through Fri., Nov. 15, according to Beverly Barker.

The purpose of this project is to collect as much canned food as possible to organize and deliver to the elderly of our community of Lindsay. 

“The high cost of heating and cooling homes sometimes puts a financial strain on those with fixed incomes. It’s especially difficult for them during the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Ms Barker added. 

“We need a LOT of food. We have older people living in our neighborhoods who are hungry. Please pray about and consider helping feed the elderly residents of our community this year,” Ms. Barker went on to say.

Donations will be accepted through Fri., Nov. 15. Canned foods such as canned vegetables, canned salmon, tuna, beanie weenies, Spam, etc., will be ideal foods.

Canned goods will be accepted at the following locations:

• First National Bank of Lindsay, located at 101 S. Main

• Erin Springs Church of God, located at 14028 E. County Road 1518, south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76, or just south of the Washita River bridge.

• As always, food may be dropped off at the blue 2001 Ford pickup in the parking lot of the Lindsay Senior Center, daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

“God bless you all!” Ms. Barker concluded.

Those who would like further information may contact Ms. Barker at 405-756-7403.

Grady County Republicans Meet

The Grady County Republican Party is set to hold their October meeting on Thurs., Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m., according to a news release.

The meeting will be held in Classroom 1 at the Canadian Valley Technology Center (CVTC) Chickasha Campus, located at 1401 Michigan Ave. in Chickasha.

Guest speaker Steve Fair, 4th Congressional District Chairman, will speak on steps to prepare and work toward the 2020 election. The program will also include introduction and platforms from the candidates, and possible legislative updates from Sen. Lonnie Paxton and Rep. Brad Boles.

Those who would like further information may contact the Grady County Republican Party by E-mail at The mailing address is P. O. Box 241, Chickasha, OK 73023. Their Facebook is Grady County Republican Party. 

Beta Sigma Phi’s Halloween Carnival is Nov. 2

Lindsay’s annual Halloween Carnival, put on by the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi, is set for Sat., Nov. 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., according to Gena Fletcher.

The carnival will be held at the Lindsay Fair Barn, located north of Lindsay on Hwy. 76, northwest of the old REC Building.

There will be plenty of fun games, plus the costume contest and the crowning of the King and Queen/Prince and Princess contestants. Concessions will be available, including delicious chili, nachos and Frito pie. The always-popular Bingo game will be held in the comfortable new area beside the concession stand.

“We still have booth space available, and this is a great way for civic, non-profit organizations to raise money. The booth space is only $10.00, and the rest of the money you make that night is yours. ALL of the booth space rental money is awarded to the group with the best-decorated booth,” Ms. Fletcher added. 

Those wanting to sign up for a booth or who need more information about the carnival are asked to contact Ms. Fletcher at 405-756-7614.

JOM & Title VI Indian programs to host meeting

Fall meetings of the Lindsay Public School Johnson O’Malley (JOM) and Title VI Indian education programs are set for Thurs., Oct. 24, according to Gail Ince.

This is an open meeting, and the annual elections will be held. Three new members will be elected to each parent committee. 

The JOM meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the Title VI meeting will follow. 

All parents of American Indian students Pre-K through 12th grade are encouraged to attend. The meetings will be held in the Elementary computer lab at Lindsay Public School, Doyle Greteman Media Center. Those attending are asked to enter through the southwest entrance, by the Jungle.

Those needing further information may contact Ms. Ince at 405-428 or my email at 

Deadline to request absentee ballots nears

A little more than a week remains for registered voters in McClain County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Tues., Nov. 12 according to County Election Board Secretaries. .

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5:00 p.m. Wed., Nov. 6 to be processed in time for the election.

Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or e-mail. An online version of the form may be filled out and submitted electronically at  Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, however absentee voters can activate certain special conditions in the following circumstances:

• Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Military personnel, residents of McClain County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by e-mail. Military and overseas voters who would like more information and instructions may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website: 

Those who would like more information on absentee voting may contact the McClain County Election Board at 121 N Second Avenue, Purcell, OK  73080. The telephone number is 405.527.3121. The County Election Board’s fax number is 405.527.9347. Karen Haley is the McClain County Election Board Secretary. Additional election-related information is available at

Area teams to take the field Friday night

It’s football time in Oklahoma! That means it’s time for some Friday night lights on high school football fields across the state. Games begin at 7:00 p.m.

Lindsay travels to Comanche

Alex travels to Carnegie

Elmore City-Pernell travels to Apache

Dibble hosts Healdton

Pauls Valley hosts Purcell
Maysville hosts Tipton

Blanchard travels to Tuttle
Marlow travels to Sulphur

The University of Oklahoma travels to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State University Wildcats, and Oklahoma State University travels to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State University Cyclones.  

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

Garvin County Health Dept. offers FREE flu shots

The Garvin County Health Dept. will offer a FREE drive-thru clinic on Fri., Nov. 8 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Lindsay Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station, located at 110 W. Creek in Lindsay, acording to Kevin Caldwell.

Flu shots will be provided at no cost to recipients, courtesy of the Garvin County Health Department and the Chickasaw Nation.

Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone six months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. Also, a yearly flu shot is needed because a person’s immune protection from being vaccinated decreases after a year, and yearly vaccination provides the best protection against the flu through the entire flu season. 

“We are encouraging everyone to get their flu vaccination, and we hope this effort to make it FREE to individuals will make it more accessible,” said Jackie Kanak, Regional Director for the Garvin County Health Department. “The last season was especially devastating, and we want to ensure that as many people as possible can receive the added protection that the flu vaccine provides.”

In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:

• Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting a full night’s rest. • Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled. • Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands. • Stay home from work, school and other public places when feeling ill.

Those who would like further information may contact the Garvin County Health Dept. at 405-238-7346.

FREE dinner set for Veterans and families

The Lindsay Elks Lodge #2351 is hosting their annual FREE dinner for all veterans on Mon., Nov. 11, at 4:00 p.m., according to Lodge Veterans Chairman, Lee Martin.

The free dinner will be held at the Lindsay Elks Lodge, located at the north edge of Lindsay, just off Hwy, 76.

“We hope all area veterans and their families will come out to this dinner. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service to this country. This dinner is just the way to show it,” Mr. Martin stated.

Those needing futher information, or to RSVP, may contact the Elks Lodge after 4:00 p.m. at 406-756-4245.

Annual business meeting set for Purdy Cemetery group

The Purdy Cemetery Association is set to hold their  annual business meeting on Mon., Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m., according to LaVern Russell.

The meeting will be held at the Erin Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Visitors are asked to enter in the north door. The church is located on Hwy. 76, just south of Lindsay at Erin Springs.

Those who would like further information may contact Ms. Russell at 405-756-6596 or Barbara England at 405-756-3842.

Benefit account set up for Alma De Chavira

A benefit bank account is set up at the American Exchange Bank of Lindsay for Alma De Chavira, according to Desiree Allison.

Ms. Chavira is a Lindsay resident who is battling breast cancer. She has three children, two are in Lindsay Elementary School, and one is in Lindsay High School. She is also head of housekeeping at the Best Western Hotel in Lindsay. Her son is on the Lindsay Jaguars baseball team.

American Exchange Bank is located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Allison at 405-401-7779. 

Fall Festival set at Calvary Baptist Church

The annual Fall Festival at Lindsay’s Calvary Baptist Church is set for Wed., Oct. 30, according to Lisa Jackson.

The Fall Festival will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 410 W. Chickasaw in Lindsay.

There will be hot dogs, games, Trunk-or-Treat, a Treat Walk, candy, and so much more.

Everything is FREE, and everyone is welcome.

Family-friendly costumes are welcome. Those who would like further information may contact the church at 405-756-2781.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner set for Alma De Chavira

The Lindsay Jaguars baseball team is hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner on Fri., Nov. 1, for Alma De Chavira, according to Desiree Allison.

The dinner will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Elementary Cafeteria, prior to the Lindsay home football game against Dickson.

Ms. Chavira is a Lindsay resident who is battling breast cancer. She has three children, two are in Lindsay Elementary School, and one is in Lindsay High School. She is also head of housekeeping at the Best Western Hotel in Lindsay. Her son is on the Lindsay Jaguars baseball team.

The dinner will include spaghetti, bread, salad, drink, and dessert. All proceeds go to Ms. Chavira for medical expenses.

There is also an account set up to take donations at American Exchange Bank of Lindsay. The bank is located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay.

The Lindsay Elementary Cafeteria is located at the corner of S.W. 8th and Creek Streets in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Allison at 405-401-7779. 

Scam Alert-

A Lindsay resident reports a new scam. She received a phone call from someone who said he was a representative of AT&T. 

He said AT&T needed her help to catch a hacker who was trying to get her information. She hung up on him, but he called her back several times, even calling her husband and saying the same thing.

She reminds everyone not to answer their phones unless it is a local phone number, or a phone number they know. In addition, no one should ever give out their Social Security Number (SNN) to any callers.

Walking History Tour set Sunday at area cemetery

A Walking History Tour is set for Sun., Oct 27 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Erin Springs Cemetery. This is a Family Outing for all ages, including children and youth, according to Thelma Love. 

It is hosted by the Lindsay Community Historical Society and the P.A.S.S. organization, to help people connect with the history of the past. Many residents of the Lindsay and Erin Springs communities are buried at this cemetery.

There will be many interesting stories told by local residents. Brandon Fentem, a retired History teacher of the Lindsay Public Schools, will be sharing the story of an older man who fought in the Civil War as a teenager.

The Murray-Lindsay Mansion will be open for tours during the afternoon. Children and youth will be playing games in the Mansion yard.

The Erin Springs Cemetery is located just south of Lindsay on Hwy. 76, then west about one-tenth of a mile. Anyone who has a special interest in this event, or who has information to share may contact Thelma Love at 405-919-6146.

Fall Festival set for Wednesday at Lindsay FBC

The First Baptist Church of Lindsay is set to hold their Fall Festival on Wed., Oct. 23 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., according to a news release.

There will be games, inflatables, food, Trunk-or-Treat, and more – all at the church, located at 401 S.W. 3rd in Lindsay – and it’s all FREE!

Those who have questions may contact the church at 405-756-2266.

Area church to host Walk through the Word

Maysville’s First Assembly of God Church is set to host ‘Walk through the Word’ and Fall Festival on Sat., Oct. 26, according to Sister Linda Franklin.

The evening will start with a walk through God’s Word, then there will be lots of candy, games, food, and fun for everyone to enjoy.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church, located on Hwy. 19, on the west side of Maysville. The event is free, and everyone is welcome. 

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Franklin at 405-207-8655.

Lindsay Chamber hosts Town Hall meeting

The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the Depot on Thurs., Oct. 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., according to Violet Henders, Chamber manager.

Oklahoma State Senator Paul Scott and Oklahoma State Representative Cindy Roe will be at the Depot to provide legislative updates, and to answer any questions presented to them. 

“Please come down and support our representatives at the State Capitol,” Ms. Henderson added.

The Depot is located at the north end of the Lindsay’s grand brick Main Street. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Henderson at 405-756-4312.




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