News Notes

Opry in the Park set for 4th of July

The Pauls Valley Opry’s fifth annual Opry in the Park is set for this Saturday, the 4th of July, according to event organizer, Becky Hill.

The show is FREE to the public!

The popular event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Wacker Park Band Shell stage in Pauls Valley.

The Fireworks Extravaganza, put on by the Pauls Valley Kiwanis Club, will begin after the Opry in the Park. This will be an aerial display only (no seed spitting contest, ground displays or added entertainment). The stadium will be closed to the public, so the park provides the perfect spot to enjoy both!     

The show features the Memory Makers Band with emcee John Williams. Special guests include many Opry favorites and previous award winners, including Missy Rude, Wiley Winters, Tanner Young, Anne Young, John Williams and Cathy Lake.

  Lawn chairs and cool drinks are in order for the outing in the park.

“After three months of cancellations (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) we’re excited for this night of fun and music under the stars,” Ms. Hill added. “Come out and join us, and we’ll see you AT THE OPRY!”

News Notes

Bag Your Blessings donations accepted

Summer just officially began for the kiddos, but an area church is already gearing up for the next school year.
BAG YOUR BLESSINGS Clothes Give Away is set for Sat., Aug. 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., according to Bev Barker.
Donations will be accepted as early as Mon., June 15. The popular event will be held at 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. Parking lot security will be provided.
“I received a call this past week from a friend, (who has supported my ministry projects both physically and financially for years) telling me that her boyfriend, ‘Lee,’ was interested in helping with the projects as well. Long story short…Lee wrote up a grant for financial assistance for the ‘BAG YOUR BLESSINGS’ clothes give-away. It was approved! This year, the ‘BAG YOUR BLESSINGS’ clothes give-away will also include giving away NEW underwear for boys, NEW panties and bras for girls, along with socks, deodorant, and more. Isn’t that remarkable???!!! THANK YOU, LEE AND KELLY!!!” Ms. Barker added.
“During the last clothes give away that was held at the Maysville Assembly of God, when I attended there, I had enough donations to give away some school supplies. That’s my goal for this year as well – things such as notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, etc. – generic supplies no matter the grade,” Ms. Barker continued.
Clothing donations needed are MAINLY for kids’/teens’ clothes for school. Clothing will be accepted BEGINNING Mon., June 15, and lasting through Wed., July 15. That will give the most recent clothes donations two weeks quarantined in plastic bags before the give-away. Clothes should be placed in bags that tie at the top. Clothes can be dropped off at Ms. Barker’s ‘Lord’s Ford’ 2001 pickup parked in the parking lot at the Senior Citizen building Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Donations of school supplies can also be placed in the back of Ms. Barker’s ‘Lord’s Ford’. There is a need for backpacks, as well.
BAGS AND BLESSINGS WILL BE PROVIDED!
“With your help, BAG YOUR BLESSINGS will be the greatest clothes give-away blessing ever in our area, county, state! May God bless YOU and may God bless Erin Springs Church of God, and may God bless BAG YOUR BLESSINGS!” Ms. Barker concluded.
Those who have questions may contact Ms. Barker at 405-756-7403 or Pastor Doug Brothers at 405-428-6575.

News Notes

News Notes

Wed., Mar. 25 –

Huge fire claims Lindsay building

In the wee hours of Wed., Mar. 25, one of Lindsay’s downtown business buildings caught fire, and burned completely. 

The building, owned by the Gilliam family of Lindsay Web Press, was more than 100 years old, and sat between, and directly adjacent to, two other buildings.

By 5:00 a.m. the fire had broken through the roof, and flames shot into the sky, virtually ensuring the buildings adjacent would go up in flames, as well.

The firefighters and volunteer firefighters of the Lindsay Fire Dept. did a fantastic job of containing the fire to one building, and spared the two adjacent buildings. (This is almost unheard of).   

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but word has it that a suspicious fellow is wanted for questioning. He is small in stature, wears a red hat, green coat, and has pointy ears. He goes by the name Ern. E. Keyblur, and was seen running from the area of the fire. He has not been officially named as a suspect, but there was a noticeable aroma of Fudge Stripe cookies in the air.*

* Part of this news note is pure fiction, so APRIL FOOLS! The part that is not is that the grand old building did burn, it is owned by the Gilliam family, and much of their supplies for printing the Shopper News Note, the Lindsay News, and many other Oklahoma publications literally went up in smoke. Also, the valiant efforts of the Lindsay Fire Dept. absolutely saved Lindsay’s downtown. Our prayers of thanks go to those firefighters, and our prayers of healing go to the Gilliam family.

Real ID deadline extended

Under direction from President Donald Trump, Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID deadline to October 1, 2021. 

Situation Update:  COVID-19

As of this advisory, there are 481 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. Counties with cases will now be required to come into compliance with Governor Kevin Stitt’s “Safer at Home” executive order that calls for non-essential businesses in counties with COVID-19 cases to temporarily suspend services until April 16.

There is an additional death in Oklahoma:  One in Oklahoma County: a male age 50-64.

There are 17 total deaths in the state, and 140 people have been hospitalized.

Governor Kevin Stitt issued Sunday evening a sixth amendment to Executive Order (EO) 2020-07, requiring travelers from six states to self-quarantine for 14 days, to include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, and Washington.   

Governor Stitt’s “Safer at Home” order includes the following guidelines for all 77 counties until April 30:

  No gatherings in groups larger than 10 people.

  People age 65 or older or those with a compromised immune system must shelter at home.

  PLEASE NOTE: Some local municipalities, to include Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman, have put into place law enforcement efforts to enforce the Governor’s order as well as the cities’ additional “shelter in place” policies.

• On both statewide and municipal levels, individuals can still leave for essential errands such as to grocery stores or pharmacies. Please call 2-1-1 or visit covidresources.ok.gov for resources and information. More information is available at coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

Super C Mart offers ‘Senior Hour’ daily

Super C Mart is offering ‘Senior Hour’ daily from opening until 9:00 a.m. for seniors age 60 and over, acording to a company official.

Super C Mart is implementing “all preventive measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and government agencies to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.”

In the Shopper’s distribution area, Super C Mart is located at 212 S.E 2nd in Lindsay, and at 1012 6th St. in Maysville. 

Meat Locker BBQ offers FREE delivery

Meat Locker BBQ is offering FREE meal delivery in Lindsay until further notice. There is a minimum $25.00 purchase for the FREE delivery, according to their ad in this week’s edition of the Shopper News Note. 

The Meat Locker BBQ food truck is parked just north of the intersection of N.W. 4th and Cherokee in Lindsay, and may be reached at 580-272-4051.

State Farm Ins. available online and phone

Jason Bridwell’s State Farm Insurance agency in Lindsay will keep their lobby closed to the public, but will be available regular hours by phone, mobile app, at statefarm.com. The office may be reached at 405-756-3263.

PASS Coalition offers scholarships

The PASS Coalition scholarship application period is now open for Lindsay High School (LHS) 2020 Seniors, according to Jessica Parker.

Packets may be downloaded from passdrugfree.org, or call/text 405-428-3255 to have one mailed. Applications may be submitted by email to passdrugfree@yahoo.com or mailed to P.O. Box 1275, Lindsay, OK 73052. Deadline is April 16 at 3:30 p.m. local time. 

Tax deadline moved to July 15

At President Trump’s direction, the United States has moved the Tax deadline from April 15 to July 15. 

The US Treasury Secretary said all taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties (as reported in the Wall Street Journal).

This includes 20019 tax returns as well as estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2020, but does NOT include payroll taxes, estate taxes, or excise taxes. It also does not include estimated taxes that are due June 15.

American Legion meeting cancelled

The American Legion Ball-Smith Post 23 in Lindsay has cancelled their April monthly meeting, according to Bill Walker.

The meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of every month at the Senior Nutrition Center, located at 310 W. Choctaw in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Mr. Walker at 405-756-0394.

Canned food donations requested

Canned food donations are being accepted for those in the community who have lost jobs in the oilfield, according to organizer Bev Barker. 

“We are not taking clothing for the Bag Your Blessings clothing give-away, but we will certainly take canned food donations,” Ms. Barker added.

Ms. Barker explained that  her pickup will be parked on the north side of the Lindsay senior center every weekday.

All canned food donations should be placed in bags, and should be tied at the top (in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19). 

“As always, I’m so very grateful. THANK YOU!” Ms. Barker concluded.

April 7 elections POSTPONED

An election emergency declaration resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic has been issued by the State Election Board Secretary. The April 7 elections have been postponed until June 30.

Those who have questions may contact the County Election Board Secretaries:  Garvin County, Doylene Cunningham, 405-238-3303; McClain County, Karen Haley, 405-527-3121; Grady County, Susan Turner, 405-224-1430.

Scholarships offered through Beta Sigma Phi

The Zeta Theta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority has scholarships available for Lindsay High School (LHS) graduating seniors, according to Lisa Hilliard. 

Applications are now available on the school’s website. They may be downloaded, filled out, and then E-mailed to the address on the application.

All scholarship applications must be received by Fri., Apr. 3. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Hilliard at 405-756-6652.

Senior Nutrition center offers pick-up lunches

The Lindsay Senior Nutrition Center’s dining room will be closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 virus, according to Site Manager, Kelly Riddle.

Congregate members will still be able to pick up a meal between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a reservation.

Meal delivery will still be available to the center’s homebound members.

Healthcare workers stress these practices:

COVID-19 is a new virus. More research is needed on how it spreads, but the current practices for preventing and minimizing acute respiratory illnesses are still appropriate:
• Practice cough & sneeze etiquette

• Stay home when sick

• Clean hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Avoid touching your face after touching surfaces

Account set up to benefit Wescott family

An account has been set up to benefit Steve and Vicki Wescott with medical bills and expenses, according to a news release. 

The account is set up at American Exchange Bank of Lindsay, located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay. Donations of any size are accepted and appreciated.

Mr. Wescott has been battling cancer since January of 2018. Most recently, he went through surgery to amputate both legs at the calf. He is facing tough battles on a daily basis. 

Chamber After-Hours event is postponed

The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Spring After Hours event scheduled for Tues., Apr. 7 is being postponed, according to Clara Doan, Chamber Director.    

At this time, Founder’s Day will remain as scheduled for Sat., May 2. Those who have questions should contact Ms. Doan at 405-756-4312.

Pauls Valley Opry cancels April show

Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, and in compliance with the CDC and state officials and school closings, the Sat., Apr. 4 show of the Pauls Valley Opry has been canceled, according to Becky Hill. 

“We hope to be back to our regular schedule as soon as possible,” Ms. Hill added. “Remember, don’t be fearful, but fearless, and walk in the wisdom of the Lord.”

News Notes

News Notes

Blood drive is Thursday –

Blood supply is at critically low levels

The blood supply is a critically low levels. Lindsay’s Community blood drive is set for Thurs., Mar. 26, according to blood drive coordinator, Lacy Curry. 

As of the Shopper News Note’s presstime, word was that OBI is accepting blood donors by appointment only. 

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports no cases of COVID-19 transmitted through blood transfusion, and respiratory viruses generally are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion.

OBI’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. 

Donor centers and mobile blood drives are also being adapted to allow for social distancing. 

In addition, all staff and donors will have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility, to ensure only healthy individuals are present.

1,200 donors per day are needed to supply the inventory needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances in Oklahoma.

Blood is a perishable product. Constant donations are required, not only to meet community needs, but in case of local and national emergencies. 

The blood drive, put on by the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Lindsay. The church is located at 114 W. Chickasaw in Lindsay.

The Lindsay Community blood drives are held the fourth Thursday of every other month in odd-numbered months, and are sponsored by the South Central Medical and Resource Center (SCMRC).

Photo ID is required when giving blood. Those needing further information, or who would like to set up a time-saving appointment, are asked to contact Ms. Curry at CMRC, at 405-756-1414, or go online at obi.org. 

Scam alert:  SSA offers advice

One of the Shopper’s readers alerted us to a Social Security scam. She received a phone call – from a 405-756- number – (a LOCAL, LINDSAY number). The caller said someone was trying to use our reader’s Social Security Number at “the border,” and that our reader should “press ‘1’.”

Fortunately, our reader recognized this as the scam that it was, and just hung up the phone. 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers advice for protection from Social Security Scams.

Telephone and E-mail scammers are pretending to be government employees. They may threaten you, and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. Do not be fooled!

If you receive a suspicious call:

1. Hang up

2. Do not give money or personal information

3. Report the Scam at oig.ssa.gov

What to look out for:

• The caller says there is a problem with your Social Security number or account.

• Any call asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.

• Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by E-mail may look official, but they are not.

• Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.

Be Alert

Social Security may call you in some situations, but will NEVER:

• Threaten you

• Suspend your Social Security Number

• Demand immediate payment from you

• Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer

• Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash

Be Active

Protect yourself, friends, and family!
• If you receive a questionable call, hang up, and report it at oig.ssa.gov

• Don’t return unknown calls

• Ask someone you trust for advice before making any large purchase or financial decision

• Don’t be embarrassed to report if you shared personal information or suffered a financial loss

• Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam

• Share this information with others  

Voters should apply early for absentee ballots

If the Tues., Apr. 7 election is still slated to occur, voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Tues., Apr. 7 Board of Education General Election and City Council Election, should apply now, according to County Election Board Secretaries. 

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5:00 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 1, voters who want to vote by absentee ballot are urged to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board offices. Right now, voters may pick up and drop off application forms at the entrance to most County Courthouses.

An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: http://www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

At least two mail transactions must be made. The County Election Board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories. By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, 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.

• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, 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 and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website. 

Questions may be directed to the Election Board Secretaries. The board secretaries and phone numbers in the Shopper’s distribution area are:  Garvin County, Doylene Cunningham, 405-238-3303; McClain County, Karen Haley, 405-527-3121; Grady County, Susan Turner, 405-224-1430.

The Garvin County Election Board is located inside the Garvin County Courthouse in Pauls Valley, First Floor, Room 8.

The McClain County Election Board office is in Room 101, at 121 N. 2nd Ave. in Purcell (inside the McClain County Courthouse). 

The Grady County Election Board office is located in the District Attorney Complex at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha.

Many April 7 elections will be postponed

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax declared an election emergency for local elections being held in 74 counties on Tues., Apr. 7. 

The election emergency declaration will require County Election Boards to accept resolutions adopted by the governing bodies of school districts, municipalities, technology districts and counties to move their Tues., Apr. 7 elections to another date. Regular and statutory elections could be rescheduled on Tues., June 30, the next available election date and the date of the State Primary Election. Special elections could be rescheduled for any election date allowed by law.

“We are in uncharted waters here, so I am hopeful we have found a sensible solution that is consistent with the spirit of the law and avoids bureaucratic overreach by state election officials,” Ziriax said. “As Oklahoma’s chief election official, I strongly urge school districts, municipalities, technology districts and counties with Tues., Apr. 7 elections to take immediate action to reschedule and help efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.”

County Election Board Secretaries will reach out to the local governments holding elections in their counties to inform them of the election emergency and the option of rescheduling their Tues., Apr. 7 elections.

A list of the elections scheduled on Tues., Apr. 7 is available on the State Election Board website at https://www.ok.gov/elections/support/electionlist.htm. The State Election Board will update the list as local governments reschedule their elections. 

Voters who have questions about whether or not an election will be rescheduled are encouraged to contact the local government that scheduled the election. 

Lindsay City Council election date in question

The Lindsay City Council held a special meeting on Tues., Mar. 24 to decide whether to hold the April 7 election, or postpone it.

More information is available by calling the City of Lindsay at 405-756-2019.

Chamber After-Hours event is postponed

The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Spring After Hours event scheduled for Tues., Apr. 7 is being postponed, according to Clara Doan, Chamber Director.    

Founder’s Day will remain as scheduled, Sat., May 2, at this time.   

Those who have questions should contact Ms. Doan at 405-756-4312.

Account set up to benefit Wescott family

An account has been set up to benefit Steve and Vicki Wescott with medical bills and expenses, according to a news release. 

The account is set up at American Exchange Bank of Lindsay, located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay. Donations of any size are accepted and appreciated.

Mr. Wescott has been battling cancer since January of 2018. Most recently, he went through surgery to amputate both legs at the calf. He is facing tough battles on a daily basis. 

Beta Sigma Phi offers scholarships

Lindsay High School (LHS) graduating seniors may apply for the Beta Sigma Phi scholarships, according to Lisa Hilliard. 

Applications are now available on the school’s website. They may be downloaded, filled out, and then E-mailed to the address on the application.

All scholarship applications must be received by Fri., Apr. 3.

“We encourage all LHS graduating seniors to apply,” Ms. Hilliard added.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Hilliard at 405-756-6652.

Senior Nutrition center offers pick-up lunches

The Lindsay Senior Nutrition Center’s dining room will be closed until further notice for the COVID-19 virus, according to Site Manager, Kelly Riddle.

Congregate members will still be able to pick up a meal between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a reservation.

Meal delivery will still be available to the center’s homebound members.

Healthcare workers stress these practices:

COVID-19 is a new virus. More research is needed on how it spreads, but the current practices for preventing and minimizing acute respiratory illnesses are still appropriate: Practice cough & sneeze etiquette

Stay home when sick

Clean hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Avoid touching your face after touching surfaces

Museums/sites closed through March 30

The first priority of the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is the health and safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers. Per Executive Orders 2020-06 and 2020-07 from Governor Kevin Stitt in response to COVID-19, all OHS sites and affiliates, including the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City, will be closed to the public. The plan, right now, is for these facilities to reopen Tues., Mar. 31.

All OHS-sponsored events at all OHS sites and affiliates will be canceled or postponed through Tues., Apr. 14. Future cancelations and closings will be assessed as the situation develops. Questions should be directed to the OHS site at which the event was scheduled.

Additionally, the OHS is canceling its annual Oklahoma History Conference, which was scheduled for Wed., Apr. 22 through Fri., Apr. 24 at the Sequoyah Lodge near Wagoner. Those who have already registered for the conference will be contacted by OHS with more information. 

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. More information about the OHS is available at http://www.okhistory.org.

Tax deadline moved to July 15

At President Trump’s direction, the United States has moved the Tax deadline from April 15 to July 15. 

The US Treasury Secretary said all taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties (as reported in the Wall Street Journal).

This includes 20019 tax returns as well as estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2020, but does NOT include payroll taxes, estate taxes, or excise taxes. It also does not include estimated taxes that are due June 15.

City of Lindsay offers Day Camp

The City of Lindsay is offering a Day Camp for children of parents who have to work during this COVID-19 outbreak, according to a City official.

If demand is high enough, the Day Camp will be offered from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks, through Fri., Apr. 3. 

The Day Camp is offered for children ages five to 13 years, and who live within Lindsay’s city limits. 

Food will be provided through the Lindsay school.

City officials have consulted with State and County Health Departments, and have put safety protocols in place to protect the children and workers.

Parents who would like to have their children use the Day Camp are asked to contact the City of Lindsay at 405-756-2019.  

Super C Mart offers ‘Senior Hour’ daily

Super C Mart is offering ‘Senior Hour’ daily from opening until 9:00 a.m. daily for seniors age 60 and over, acording to a company official.

According to a Super C Mart memo, company employees are implementing “all preventive measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and government agencies to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.”

In the Shopper’s distribution area, Super C Mart is located at 212 S.E 2nd in Lindsay, and at 1012 6th St. in Maysville. 

Meat Locker BBQ offers FREE delivery

Meat Locker BBQ is offering FREE meal delivery in Lindsay until further notice. There is a minimum $25.00 purchase for the FREE delivery, according to their ad in this week’s edition of the Shopper News Note. 

The Meat Locker BBQ food truck is parked just north of the intersection of N.W. 4th and Cherokee in Lindsay, and may be reached at 580-272-4051.

Julia Murray celebrates 90th Friday

Former Lindsay resident, Julia Cranor Murray, turns 90 years young this week, according to her son, Jeff Murray.

A large celebration was planned for Ms. Murray, but it has been cancelled. 

Cards and letters, and especially electronic cards and notes, will be appreciated. 

Ms. Murray’s email address is jvmurray30@gmail.com.

Those sending cards and letters through the US Postal Service are asked to seal them with a sticker or tape. Ms. Murray’s mailing address is 2100 36th Ave. NW, Apt. 59, Norman, OK  73072.

Medicare 101 educational events POSTPONED

The Medicare educational event that was slated to be held in several towns in the Shopper’s distribution area, has been postponed. 

The event will be hosted by Oklahoma Healthcare Exchange and South Central Medical and Resource Center, and will help people have a clear understanding of Medicare and all the benefits available.

Organizers of the event will publish new dates, times, and meeting locations when they are available.

Clothing items needed for give-away 

It’s time, once again, to gather clothing for the Bag Your Blessings clothing give-away! That’s the word from organizer Bev Barker. 

“Go through drawers, closets, and piles on the floor of your kid’s room and bag up all the clothes they can’t wear any more!” Ms. Barker added. 

The give-away will take place at a later date, but the clothes can be accepted now. 

Ms. Barker explained that  her pickup will be parked on the north side of the Lindsay senior center every weekday.

All clothing donations should be placed in trash bags only, and should be tied at the top (in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19). 

“Just bag ’em up and throw them in the back of the pickup. And as always, I’m so very grateful. THANK YOU!” Ms. Barker concluded.

Easter bake sale benefits American Legion

The American Legion Auxiliary is set to hold a bake sale on Fri., Apr. 10, according to Glenna Walker.

“At this time, we are still planning to have our sale. We’ll certainly let everyone know if that changes,” Ms. Walker explained.

There will be plenty of delicious, homemade goodies, just in time for Easter.

The bake sale will be held at the First National Bank of Lindsay, located at 101 S. Main in Lindsay.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Walker at 405-756-6330.

American Legion meets first Tuesday monthly 

The American Legion, Ball-Smith Post 23, in Lindsay, meets the first Tuesday of every month, according to Bill Walker.

“We want to make sure that women veterans know they are more than welcome, as well,” Mr. Walker added.

The meeting starts with a 6:00 p.m. potluck dinner, followed by the 7:00 p.m. meeting. 

The April meeting is still scheduled to be held, but the American Legion let everyone know if that changes.

The meeting is held at the Senior Nutrition Center, located at 310 W. Choctaw in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Mr. Walker at 405-756-0394.

Deadline to change party affiliation is Tues., Mar. 31

Oklahomans who want to change their party affiliation must do so no later than Tues., Mar. 31, according to County Election Board Secretaries.

Voters may change their party affiliation online using the OK Voter Portal at elections.ok.gov/ovp or by completing a new Voter Registration Application.

No party changes are allowed between April 1 and August 31 during an even-numbered year.

Requests received after March 31 are required by law to be held, and then processed in September.

Oklahoma has three recognized parties:  Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian.

In Oklahoma, voters must be a registered member of a party in order to vote in that party’s primary election. Independents are premitted to participate in a primary election, onlyu if a parthy officially requests its elections be opened to Independent voters. Currently, only the Democratic Party allows Independents to vote in its primary elections.

All registered voters, regardless of political affiliation, can vote for any candidate during a General Election.

Applications to register to vote or to change political affiliation are available at the County Election Board offices, post offices, public libraries, tag agencies, state offices providing public assistance, and at most political party and candidate campaign offices.

Questions may be directed to the Election Board Secretaries. The board secretaries and phone numbers in the Shopper’s distribution area are:  Garvin County, Doylene Cunningham, 405-238-3303; McClain County, Karen Haley, 405-527-3121; Grady County, Susan Turner, 405-224-1430.

The Garvin County Election Board is located inside the Garvin County Courthouse in Pauls Valley, First Floor, Room 8.

The McClain County Election Board office is in Room 101, at 121 N. 2nd Ave. in Purcell (inside the McClain County Courthouse). 

The Grady County Election Board office is located in the District Attorney Complex at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha.

News Notes

News Notes

Wild About You! –

Daddy~Daughter Dance is Saturday

It’s time to get WILD . . . ABOUT YOU! Beta Sigma Phi’s fourth annual Daddy~Daughter Dance, ‘Wild About You”, is set for this weekend, Sat., Feb. 29, according to Gena Fletcher.

The dance will be held in the Lindsay School Cafeteria, and lasts from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Cafeteria is located at the corner of S.W. 8th and Creek Streets in Lindsay.

All Pre-K thru 12th grade girls are welcome to attend with their Dad or Father figure, and dance the night away! This is a chance for the girls to get all dolled up, and their dads or father figures should dress to impress her. 

“This is a night of dancing, having fun, and making memories. We hope you’ll plan to attend this event with your daughter,” Ms. Fletcher added.

Refreshments will be served.  

Reservations aren’t required, but are appreciated. There is an entry fee for each Daddy/Daughter couple, plus a fee for each additional daughter.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Fletcher at 405-756-7614.

Railroad crossing in Pauls Valley to close

The Garvin County Commissioners’ office in Pauls Valley has sent notification that the railroad crossing at Grant and Santa Fe in Pauls Valley, next to the Train Depot will be closed through the end of the week of February 28.

Info offered for Tuesday’s election

Voters will go to the polls Tues., Mar. 3 for the 2020 Presidential Preferential Primary (PPP), according to County Election Board Secretaries. 

Voters are asked to keep the following information and tips in mind as the election approaches.

– Early voting will be available at the County Election Board office from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 27 and Fri., Feb. 28. Sat., Feb. 29, early voting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tues., Mar. 3. Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.

– Anyone who needs to look up their polling place, verify their registration information, or view a sample ballot can do so online. The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website: http://www.elections.ok.gov. Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot using the Online Voter Tool. Sample ballots are also available at the County Election Board office.

– Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required): Show a valid photo ID issued by federal, state, or tribal government; or show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by the County Election Board; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

– Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polling place, need help marking their ballots, blind or visually disabled voters and illiterate voters may be assisted by a person the voter chooses. In all cases, a person providing such assistance may not be the voter’s employer or an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter’s union. A person providing assistance also must swear or affirm that the voter’s ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter’s wishes. Alternatively, all blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled voters may use the audio-tactile interface (ATI), a feature offered on all Oklahoma voting devices, to vote privately and independently, either at the County Election Board during early voting or at their assigned polling place on election day.

– Voters who have moved since the last election, but who have not transferred their voter registration to their new address, may do so on Election Day by going to vote at the polling place where their registration has been in the past. While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the County Election Board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.

– Those who became physically incapacitated after 5:00 p.m. Tues., Feb. 25 still can request an emergency absentee ballot. Those who might qualify for an emergency absentee ballot should contact the County Election Board office at             405-527-3121 as soon as possible for more information.

– Any violation of election law will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities. Electioneering is not allowed within 300 feet of a ballot box. It is also unlawful to remove a ballot from the polling location, possess intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling place or to disclose how you voted while within the election enclosure.

Those who would like additional election-related information may visit: http://www.elections.ok.gov.

Questions may be directed to the Election Board Secretaries. The board secretaries and phone numbers in the Shopper’s distribution area are:  Garvin County, Doylene Cunningham, 405-238-3303; McClain County, Karen Haley, 405-527-3121; Grady County, Susan Turner, 405-224-1430.

The Garvin County Election Board is located inside the Garvin County Courthouse in Pauls Valley, First Floor, Room 8.

The McClain County Election Board office is in Room 101, at 121 N. 2nd Ave. in Purcell (inside the McClain County Courthouse). 

The Grady County Election Board office is located in the District Attorney Complex at 307 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Chickasha.

Revival continues at Lindsay First Baptist

Revival continues tonight, Wed., Feb. 26, at the First Baptist Church of Lindsay, according to Cindy Flood.

Dr. Hance Dilbeck is the speaker. The music is a mix of traditional and contemporary.

Lunch and a short devotional will be provided at 12:00 noon. Revival service begins at 7:00 p.m. 

The Revival will be held at the church, located at 401 S.W. 3rd in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact the church at 405-756-2266. 

Clothes closet is open in downtown Lindsay

The Erin Springs Baptist Church clothes closet has a new location! It is now open in downtown Lindsay, at 219 S. Main, according to Brenda Morrow.

The clothes closet will be open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Morrow at 405-756-0908.

“Spread the Love” food drive continues

The Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc. is calling on the public to help “Spread the Love” during the month of Febrtuary, according to Becky Deaton.

“Delta is having a peanut butter and jelly food drive to help local citizens in need of food,” explained Ms. Deaton.Donations can be dropped off at the following Delta Community Action locations:

Lindsay:  308 S.W. 2nd

Purcell:  122 W. Main

Pauls Valley:  225 W. McClure

The foundation is under the direction of Karen Nichols, Executive Director. Those who would like more information may contact Ms. Deaton at 405-527-6537.

Shirley’s clothes closet temporarily closed

The Erin Springs Church of God’s clothing closet, also called Shirley’s Closet, is being reorganized, and will be closed for a couple of months, according to Linda Brothers.

“Please watch the Shopper in the coming months. We’ll announce it here when we reopen,” Ms. Brothers added.

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Brothers at 405-428-6645. 

Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy applications available

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is currently seeking applicants for the Cattlemen’s Leadership Academy (CLA) program. 

“The CLA program develops OCA members, between the ages of 25 and 40, through industry exposure, education and association communication,” said Mike Weeks, OCA President. 

CLA consists of a series of four seminars totaling 10 days over the course of one year. The seminars are designed to expose participants to leaders from all segments of the industry and opportunities to further explore our business, gain essential information, cultivate leadership skills and network with fellow OCA members.

“This program helps identify and develop young cattlemen willing to take a leadership role and carry out the OCA’s vision – Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry,” Weeks said. 

20 Applicants will be chosen to be part of CLA, class 28. OCA membership is required at the time of application. Additional applicant requirements, session dates and the electronic application can be found at http://www.okcattlemen.org. The application deadline is Fri., May 1.

“The popularity of the program increases each year,” said Weeks. “Our CLA program is highly respected across the nation. Several states are modeling their young leader programs after OCA’s CLA. If you want to be more involved in the OCA, stay up on current industry issues and take a leadership role in charting the course for a successful Oklahoma beef industry in the years ahead; I encourage you to apply today.”

The CLA program is completely funded by several generous sponsors including: ADM Nutrition, Merck Animal Health, Oklahoma Ag Credit, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Multimin USA, Livestock Nutrition Center, The Noble Institute, Farm Data Services, Reproduction Enterprises Inc., Langston’s Western Wear, KIS Futures, Frontier Trading, Stuart Farm and Ranch, National Livestock and BancCentral NA.

The OCA is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. OCA is the only voice that speaks solely for the cattlemen of Oklahoma and represents beef producers in all 77 counties across the state. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. Those who would like more information about OCA membership, the theft reward program or activities may call 405-235-4391 or visit http://www.okcattlemen.org. 

Indian taco dinner set Sunday in Lindsay

The Lindsay Rainbow Assembly will be holding an Indian taco dinner on Sun., Mar. 1, from noon until 1:30 p.m., according to Theresa Bevers.

The dinner will be held at the Lindsay United Methodist Church, located at 114 W. Chickasaw in Lindsay.

The meal will include an Indian taco, dessert, and drink.

This is a fundraiser dinner, sponsored by the members of the Lindsay Masonic Lodge. Those who would like further information may contact Ms. Bevers at 405-756-3617.

American Legion meets first Tuesday monthly

The American Legion, Ball-Smith Post 23, in Lindsay, meets the first Tuesday of every month, according to Bill Walker.

The meeting starts with a 6:00 p.m. potluck dinner, followed by the 7:00 p.m. meeting. 

The meeting is held at the Senior Nutrition Center, located at 310 W. Choctaw in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Mr. Walker at 405-756-0394.

Bluegrass Gospel concert/jam set Sat., Feb. 29

The Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society (GOBMS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, presents its Fifth Saturday Bluegrass Gospel Concert and Jam Sat., Feb. 29, 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 Red River Reunion from Mesquite, Texas, Vintage Voices from the Oklahoma City area, and Garland Blocker & Blue Tradition from Seminole.  

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., May 30. Those who would like further information regarding performances may contact the Bluegrass Music Society at 405-317-2618 or 405-226-9191.

Taco baked potato dinner set in Maysville

A taco baked potato dinner is set for Sun., Mar. 8 at the Assembly of God Life Center in Maysville, according to Ms. Linda.

The dinner will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser, by donation only. All proceeds go to help the kids of the church have a great Vacation Bible School.

The dinner will be held at the church, located at 23720 Hwy. 19 in Maysville. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Linda at 405-207-8655. 

OKDHS launches self-service website

Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) has announced a new website for child support customers. At http://www.okbenefits.org, Oklahomans can apply for child support and view extensive information about their cases.

The site is the first piece of a multi-year plan to replace outdated OKDHS case management systems. The plan is called the OK Benefits Program.

“Digital transformation is essential to Oklahoma becoming a top 10 state,” said Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration David Ostrowe. “The OK Benefits Program is looking to modernize anything that touches citizens. We’re looking at how we provide information to families so that they can achieve or maintain self-sufficiency, and we’re putting it all in one place at http://www.okbenefits.org.”

At launch, visitors to http://www.okbenefits.org can:

• Complete and submit child support applications online and upload supporting documents

• View:

• Status of a pending child support application

• Child support hearing and appointment dates, times,    and locations

• Child support payments by case

• Child support due across cases for noncustodial    parents

• The status for each child support case

• Child support payment options

• Office address and hours for each Child Support    case

Later this year, http://www.okbenefits.org will add more services from Adult and Family Services, Child Support Services, and Child Welfare Services, the agency’s three largest divisions. As a thoroughly modern site, it supports current browser technologies including Chrome and Safari, but it does not support less secure legacy browsers like Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Child Support Services collects nearly $1 million dollars a day for almost 200,000 Oklahoma families. Before now, most interactions with the program had to be in person, on the phone, or by mail. Child Support Services recovers state funding spent on public assistance and prevents the need for assistance for many families.

“The OK Benefits Program reflects our ongoing commitment to improving safety, health, independence and productivity in Oklahoma. It showcases our True North customer focus by modernizing processes and improving service” said Justin Brown, director of OKDHS. “This website will quickly become the public’s doorway into many of the services we provide that improve outcomes for children and families.”

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! It’s cookie time!

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time in Oklahoma! Yep. Lindsay Girl Scout Troop leader, Victoria Gregg, announced that the girls are selling cookies both door-to-door and in booth sales. 

Popular cookie flavors available are Lemon-Ups, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Girl Scout S’mores, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos,  and Thin Mints. 

Those who would like further information may contact Ms. Gregg at 580-747-7117.

Garvin Co. Retired Educators meet today

Sabra Tucker will be the featured speaker at the Garvin County Retired Educators Association meeting this morning, Wed., Feb. 26, according to Terry Ann Pitmon.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m., and will be held at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting room, at 112 E. Paul Avenue in Pauls Valley.  

Ms. Tucker is Executive Director of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association.  

“Mark your calendar, and make plans to join us,” Ms. Pitmon added.  

Those who have questions may contact Ms. Pitmon at 580-310-2851.

Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma to be in concert

The First Baptist Church of Elmore City is set to host the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma on Thurs., Mar. 5 at 7:00 p.m., according to a news release.

Everyone is invited to attend for a great evening of worship! 

The church is located one block west and one block south of the four-way stop in downtown Elmore City. Those who would like further information may call the church at 580-788-4110.