News Notes

Pick-up lunches resume at Senior Nutrition Site

The Lindsay Senior Nutrition Center is open again for pick-up meals and meal delivery, according to Site Manager, Kelly Riddle. 

The dining room of the Lindsay Senior Nutrition Center remains closed, due to COVID-19, but 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 also still be available to the center’s homebound members through Mom’s Meals.

Homebound members who experience difficulties with the Mom’s Meals deliveries are encouraged to contact the Lindsay Senior Nutrition Center at 405-756-4780, and other arrangements will be discussed.  


COVID-19 vaccines available in Lindsay

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic is set for Fri., Jan. 29, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the REC Multi-Purpose Center, according to South Central Medical and Resource Center’s (SCMRC) ad in this edition of the Shopper.

Vaccines will be available for any first responders, healthcare workers, and anyone age 65 or over. This in in accordance with the State of Oklahoma’s current distribution plan. 

Those already on SCMRC’s waiting list will be contacted to be scheduled. 

Those not already on the list should contact SCMRC at 405-756-1345.

Arrangements will be made for patients with mobility issues or special needs, who are unable to enter the building.

Masks will be required inside the building, and temperature checks will be conducted at the door. 


Sat., Jan. 30–LHS cheer team heads to state

The Lindsay High School (LHS) Varsity Cheer Competition Team will travel to Union High School in Tulsa to fight for the State Championship in Class 3A, according to Cheer Coach Lori Karpe.

Fifteen Lindsay High School students are expected to make the trip. 

The team will compete around 11:45 a.m.

The folks at the Shopper News Note in Lindsay wish the Cheer Team and coaches GOOD LUCK! TAKE STATE!


Lindsay Tag Agency set to be closed

The Tag Agency of Lindsay is set to be closed Fri., Jan. 29 to move to their new location at 311 W. Cherokee, Suite C, in Lindsay, according to Holly Belknap.

The Tag Agency will also be closed the week of Mon., Feb. 1 through Fri., Feb. 5, maybe a little longer.

“We HOPE to be up and running at our new location on Mon., Feb. 8,” Ms. Belknap added, “but if not then, we’ll open as soon as we can.”

Those who have questions may contact the Tag Agency at 405-756-3169.


Car Show and BBQ Cook-off set in June

The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce has announced they will put on the First Annual Car Show and BBQ Cook-off Contest on Sat., June 5, according to a news release.

Vendors and food trucks, plus fun, family-friendly games for everyone are expected.

Vendor spots are available.

Vendors who are over age 65 and who live in the Lindsay-Erin Springs area do not have to pay for booth space.

Those who would like to sign up to be a vendor, or who have further questions, may contact Ms. Doan at 405-756-4312.         


Shopper News Note set to be closed

The Shopper News Note and Smith Office Supply will be closed Fri., Jan. 29 to move to their new location at 311 W. Cherokee, Suite C, in Lindsay, according to William Belknap.

The  two businesses will also be closed the week of Mon., Feb. 1 through Fri., Feb. 5, maybe a little longer.

The Shopper News Note will still be delivered each Wednesday, and there should be no delays in the delivery. 

“Our plan is to be up and running at our new location on Mon., Feb. 8,” Mr. Belknap added, “but if not then, we’ll open as soon as we can.”

Those who have questions may contact the Shopper News Note and Smith Office Supply at 405-756-3169.


Benefit account set for Dovie Hines Bakewell

A fund has been set up at First National Bank of Lindsay to benefit Dovie Hines Bakewell, according to Valerie Beck.

Ms. Bakewell is an art teacher at Lindsay Schools, and is currently fighting cancer. 

She and her family are facing mounting expenses in her ongoing fight. This fund will help with those expenses.

First National Bank is located at 101 S. Main in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Beck at 405-756-7129. 


Deadline to request absentee ballots nears

Less than three weeks remain for registered voters to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Tues., Feb. 9 Board of Education Primary and City Council Primary, 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. Tues., Feb. 2 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 http://www.elections.ok.gov.  Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Haley said, 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 the 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: http://www.fvap.gov/oklahoma. 

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, Katrina Hughes, 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.

Additional election-related information is available at http://www.elections.ok.gov.


Appointments are needed for Drivers License

Oklahoma’s federally compliant REAL ID is here for licensed Oklahoma drivers! That’s the word from Lindsay Tag Agent, Holly Belknap.

A REAL ID document checklist is available at the Tag Agency of Lindsay, located at 317 S. Main in Lindsay.

Appointments are necessary for both the federally compliant REAL ID and a regular drivers license, and take about 45 minutes. Those who have questions may contact the Tag Agency at 405-756-3169.


COVID-19 vaccination scheduler portal is open

Oklahomans who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can now use an online portal to register their information and receive notifications when it is time to schedule their vaccination appointment, according to a news release. 

All Oklahomans are able to pre-register and enter their contact information right now. However, only Oklahomans who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state’s priority phase plan will be able to use the portal to schedule their vaccine appointment at this time. Individuals who are 65 or more years of age, healthcare workers and/or first responders are eligible to schedule vaccine appointments. 

During the registration process, Oklahomans will be asked to enter basic contact information, including an email address, and complete a brief questionnaire regarding their medical history. 

The portal will act as a tool to guide Oklahomans at several key points in the vaccine process: it will send notifications when individuals become eligible and appointments open up, prompt people to schedule their appointments, and send appointment reminders for the first and second dose of the vaccine.

As the state advances in its phased approach to vaccine distribution, the system will notify and allow individuals in additional priority groups and phases the opportunity to schedule their appointment. Appointment availability will depend on vaccine supply in each county, which changes from week to week as the state receives more vaccine doses from the federal government.

All Oklahomans can pre-register, and eligible Oklahomans can schedule their vaccine appointment now at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov. 

Resources:

To use the Vaccine Scheduler Portal, visit:

https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov 

If you would like to learn more about your eligibility, but cannot access the internet, please call 211 or your local health department.

Vaccine Plan Reminder:

There is no list for Oklahomans to be added to in order to be included in the state’s phased approach to vaccine distribution. However, up-to-date, detailed information about the vaccine distribution plan and the priority populations included in each phase can be found at oklahoma.gov/COVID19 or call 2-1-1. In addition, for updates on Oklahoma’s vaccine distribution progress, follow OSDH on social media: 

On Facebook: facebook.com/OklahomaHealth

On Twitter and Instagram: @HealthyOklahoma


Vote Tues., Feb. 9 in School Board Primaries

Voters will go to the polls Tues., Feb. 9 for the Lindsay Board of Education Primary and Elmore City Board of Education Primary and City of Purcell Special Election, according to County Election Board Secretaries.

Voters should 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. 4 and Fri., Feb. 5.

• Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tues., Feb. 9. 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 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. Mon., Feb. 1 still can request an emergency absentee ballot. Those who might qualify for an emergency absentee ballot should contact their County Election Board office 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.

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, Katrina Hughes, 405-224-1430.

More additional election-related information is available at http://www.elections.ok.gov.


Filing begins Monday for City Council

Candidates for City Council positions in Lindsay, Maysville, Dibble, and Alex may begin filing Declarations of Candidacy for Municipal Elections (City Council) from 8:00 a.m. on Mon., Feb. 1 through 5:00 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 3, according to Election Board Secretaries.

Each candidate for City office shall be a qualified elector of that City, and each candidate for office of council member shall be an actual resident of said City for a period of no less than six months. 

Any qualified elector must sign a sworn statement of candidacy with the City Clerk during the filing period.

The non-partisan election, if needed, will be held Tues., Apr. 6.

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, Katrina Hughes, 405-224-1430.


Oklahoma Railway Museum plans events

The Oklahoma Railway Museum volunteers plan to hold their anual Easter Train on Sat., Apr. 3, according to a news release. 

The group also plans to resume their regular Saturday train runs on Sat., Apr. 17.

The Oklahoma Railway Museum is located at 3400 NE Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City, and features trains from yesteryear, a historic depot and railway yard, and model trains. 

Those who would like further information may contact the Oklahoma Railway Museum at 405-424-8222.


Benefit account set for Joe Grimmett

A benefit account has been set up for Joe Grimmett at American Exchange Bank in Lindsay, according to Justin Davis.

Joe is an associate at Lindsay Walmart, and has been in the hospital battling COVID-19 since October.

All donations will go to help pay monthly utility expenses and his growing medical expenses.

American Exchange Bank is located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Mr. Davis at 405-756-7099.


Fund set for Monica Stewart Meek

An account has been set up at American Exchange Bank of Lindsay for Monica Stewart Meek, according to Billie Webb.

Ms. Meek, a 1983 graduate of Lindsay High School, has been in the hospital fighting COVID-19 for several weeks. 

Her family is facing large medical bills, along with many other expenses associated with her ongoing hospital stay, in addition to her loss of income.

American Exchange Bank of Lindsay is located at 402 S. Main in Lindsay. Those who have questions may contact Ms. Webb at 405-756-7739 or Joy Stewart at 405-756-2355. 


Farm to school program offers school garden kits

Now through Mon., Mar. 1, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry’s Farm to School program is accepting applications for school garden kits on behalf of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, according to a news release.

The primary aim of these school gardens is to not only promote healthy eating habits, but also educate students on where their food comes from and how to produce that food themselves. The Farm to School program will partner with four public schools and three Early Childhood Centers to provide garden kits for the schools.  

  The kits will include everything needed to build, grow and maintain the garden. Each school selected to participate in the two-year program will receive a stipend for a garden coordinator.  

“School gardens provide the opportunity for children to consume more fruits and vegetables, but more importantly, to learn about how they grow, how they are harvested and how to prepare them,” said Farm to School Coordinator, Cheri Long.  

The application can be found at okfarmtoschool.com and will be due electronically Mon., Mar. 1 to Cheri Long at cheri.long@ag.ok.gov. Along with the completed application, applicants should include a signed letter of support from administration and photos of the area where the garden will be placed or explanation of plan to obtain space. Applications should include the available square footage, water access, space for learning and area where the space is located. 

Those who would like more information regarding the application process should visit okfarmtoschool.com or call Cheri Long at 405-249-9234.