Washita Valley Weekly

Page 2   Washita Valley Weekly “My Community Magazine” September 22, 2021 God Bless America 100.1 FM & 91.5 FM For the best music this side of heaven Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ One Song at a Time! Sunday Service 10:30 AM • Pastor Lynn Walker • Wednesday Night 7:00 PM Song Writer Recording 3 piece (guitar,drums,bass) Demo Only $100 per Song Full Blown 5 Piece Demo - $150 per Song Lynn Walker: 405-320-0055 for Schedule & Appointments 904 County Rd. 1310 ~For 41 Years~ Salvation Army Angel Tree Applications Available  Families who wish to participate in the Grady- Caddo County Salvation Army Angel Tree program at Christmas should pick up an application form now.  The program provides Christmas assistance for low income families in Grady and Caddo counties with children up to age 12.  County residents must go in person to the Salva- tion Army office in Chickasha at 2402 South 16th or Bethel Baptist Church at 501 West Florida in Anadar- ko to receive an appointment letter. The letters are available now on a first come, first serve basis. There is a limited number of Appointment Letters and only one letter is needed per household.  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit guides is used as the income screen.  The Chickasha office is open 9am-4pm weekdays and the Anadarko office is open 9am-3pm.  For more information call (405) 224-5647. Boren wins Caddo County District 2 Special General Election  Democrat Jeff Boren will hold the title of Caddo County District 2 Commissioner after wiping out Republican challenger Belita Jo Byrd in a 231 to 19 vote last Tuesday.  Boren will finish out the term of Randy McLemore who passed away last December from COVID-19.  Boren had been the district’s road foreman and worked for the district for the past five years. ‘Together We Heel’ walk  Fifth annual “Together We Heel” walk to end domestic violence is scheduled for October 2nd.  The event brings awareness in Chickasha and the Grady County area about domestic violence while taking a ½ mile stroll in high heel shoes and is just a part of the fifth annual Together We Heel walk to end domestic violence Oct. 2 in downtown Chickasha.  The walk is organized by the Grady County Co- ordinated Community Response (CCR) Team, and raises awareness of domestic violence while support- ing the county’s domestic violence crisis center – the Intervention & Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN). In 2019, the walk raised more than $16,000.  Participants, both men and women, walk ½ mile in downtown Chickasha – many in high heels. The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. at the YMCA and ends at the Rock Island Depot.  Corporate and business sponsorships are available. DHS seeks foster homes/parents  Over 7,500 children are currently in the custody of the State of Oklahoma according to a recent press release. The Oklahoma Department of Human Ser- vices are seeking to find foster parents to help provide loving and caring homes for these children.  The department hopes to recruit 100 or more foster homes for Region 2 this year and are seeking appli- cants to become foster homes.  Region 2 includes Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Coman- che, Cotton, Garvin, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jef- ferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Okfuskee, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Semi- nole, Stephens, Tillman and Washita Counties.  Taylar Smith is the Director of Recruitment for Stephens, Jefferson and Cotton Counties and is charged with helping find new foster parents and help bring them into the system to help children that cur- rently have no stable placement.  Some of the things Smith does is help you tackle the application process by requesting background checks, obtaining references, visiting your home for a house assessment, setting you up for training, setting you up for fingerprints, and helping you through the home study process.  You do not have to be a perfect player to help children succeed according to the press release. The Department understands that all families come with their fumbles. Families with fumbles often times are great Foster Parents who connect with children and their biological families.  Contact Smith at 580-483-1773 to help children and families become a success. WWI Mobile Museum makes stop in Duncan  AWorld War I Mobile Museum will be making a full week stop at the Stephens County Museum in Fuqua Park this week.  The Awakening the Mind Mobile Museum has been making a differnce across the nation for years. Prior to the national shut down the museum has had hundreds of shows with over 220,000 visitors to date  Objects on display will include an authentic trench- ing tool of the type used to dig the 25,000 miles of trenches dug during the War, and one of the first por- table movie cameras used by soldiers to record battle- field scenes. Other artifacts in the ten separate display booths include vintage panoramic photographs of some of America’s first Aero Squadrons, an authentic 48-star flag, and many personal equipment items from the War’s combatants.  The traveling museum continues to touch evey generation as it makes it way around the country honoring, not only the hero’s of WWI, but Veterans of all wars.  The museum opened on Tuesday and will remain open through Wednesday September 29 with the excep- tion of Wednesday September 22nd and Sunday September 26th. Hours are 1-7 on Thursday; 1-5 on Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  When Keith Colley visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., it oc- curred to him that senior adults are the last direct descendants of World War I veterans. Colley decided to do something about it. He created the World War I Mobile Museum. Sheriff’s says vaccination mandate will not be enforced in office’s  Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir and Sheriff’s from other Oklahoma Counties recently posted a letter on facebook regarding the national push to require everyone to be vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus.  The letter stated “As law enforcement officers, our first and foremost duty, and what we all swear an oath to do, is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State orf Oklahoma. It is in that defense and the defense of individual liberty, that the County Sheriff’s Office HAS NOT, AND WILL NOT mandate the COVID vaccine for any of our employees as long as I’m the Sheriff.”  The letter which has been posted on several dif- ferent Oklahoma County Sheriff’s facebook pages goes on to say that the Sheriff is not pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine, but rather pro-freedom for each person’s ability and responsibility to decide for themselves.  The letter states that the Sheriff’s are appalled at some of the dictator-like tactics that the Federal Government and other State Governments are using and that it further damages and divides the people of the nation.  The controversey over the COVID, mask man- dates, restrictions and lockdowns have created a great division in the country which in turn has created hate and contention among diffferent groups.  The letter ends with a challenge for politicians and other public servants to tak a stand and to pro- tect peoples rights, not to run their lives.  You can see the let- ter in its entirety at the Grady County or Ste- phens County Sheriff’s Office facebook page. and tents of various artists, authors, crafters, busi- nesses, food, wine and craft beer vendors. There will be beautiful artwork, photography, books, and specialty pieces available for purchase.  Live performances by many different artists will be on stage throughout the day. Watch for more information and updates of the 13th annual Rock Island Arts Festival at rockislandartsfes- tival.org and also on Facebook.  For further information contact the RIAF Director at 405-905-2350 or email at director@rockislandarts- festival.org . ‘ Rock Island Arts Festival’ continued from Page 1 WWI Mobile Museum has over 200 artifacts. Drought potential ahead  Field Meteorologist Michael Armstrong (KOCO News 5) says he’s looking into the potential drought danger that could be ahead for Oklahoma.  It’s been a pretty good year when it comes to rain in the Sooner State; however, we’ve moved into a dry stretch. If that continues, a lot of grass and trees are going to be problematic as we head deeper into the fall.