Several events are set to happen in the final week of this month.
On Saturday, the third annual Poker Run/Lions for Sight happens. For information, call Debi Tate at 580-252-9007.
Monday, United Way of Stephens County will host its Celebrity Servers dinner. Call Lauren Siess at 580-255-3648.
The Southwest Oklahoma Senior Games is Thursday, Sept. 27. Call Pat Bowles at 580-252-2900, Ext. 232.
Duncan Art Guild hosts an artist workshop with Thomas Stotts, Thursday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 29. For information, call Jolene Loyd-Forbes at 580-470-5031.
Friday, Sept. 28, the Stephens County Humane Society is holding a first time Spay-ghetti lunch and dinner benefit.
Duncan Crafts, Arts and Hobbies Show returns to Stephens County Fair & Expo Center Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 for its fall show. Call Susan Gooden at 580-656-7310.
The Duncan Little Theatre kicks off its 2012-13 season with the popular Evening of Shorts, also set for Sept. 28-29.
Also on those two days, the annual Bluegrass Festival returns to Duncan’s Grove. Call 580-606-9133.
Empire Volunteer Fire Department hosts a car and motorcycle show fundraiser. Call Steve Earnhart at 580-656-1022.
Prescription Drug Drop-off Day sponsored by 3D Drug Free Community. Call Pat Troutman at 580-343-9834.
Pimps in the Pulpit at the Simmons Center. Call Stephanie Sullivan, 252-2900, Ext. 240.
Red River Rocketeers Rocket Launch at Cape Greenwood. Call Bill Leyrer at 656-4781.
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Jefferson County gets rain and tornado warning
Two fronts passed through Jefferson County between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday, the second producing a rain-wrapped tornado spotted by storm watchers north of Ryan and moving east. The same front passed over Ringling, with circulation but no funnel formation reported.
Most damage in Jefferson County was limited to rural areas, where straight line wind damage was noted. Pea- to marble-sized hail fell twice in Waurika and the surrounding area, with minimal damage.
Power outages keep burger flippers busy
Deborah Hudson slowed from the frantic pace just long enough to admit it was probably the busiest day ever at McDonald’s Restaurant in the Duncan Walmart on U.S. 81 here.
“It started around 3:30 p.m.” she said, watching a line 20 people deep patiently wait for a chance to order, “and it hasn’t let up since. We had to bring extra workers in from the other store and we’ve stayed just like this.”
Duncan dodges destruction after small tornado knocks out power
A tornado touched down in Stephens County Monday about 3 p.m., east of Duncan, and Central High Mayor Julie McKinney snapped a photo of it with her cellphone. Watching it cross State Highway 29, three miles east of Marlow, with her, was Sheriff Wayne McKinney, Marlow Fire Chief Ryan Hall and county Emergency Management Director Gary Ball.
Storms over Stephens County Monday
A quick overview of Stephens County action on Monday when the storm moved into this area:
From the field with news editor Toni Hopper
Tornado did touch down on Oklahoma Highway 29.
School buses delayed
Duncan Public Schools has delayed the running of school buses until the second cell of the storm passes.
Small Fla. city wonders who won Powerball jackpot
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million — the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
Funerals today Monday, May 20
Funerals today in Stephens County
Smith family receives Dr. Beasley award at GOP Fish Fry
This year at the Stephens County GOP Fish Fry, the Dr. Beasley Party Builder Award didn’t go to an individual, but an entire family.
Civic Capers seek memorabilia
Veterans of the popular local series of Civic Capers productions here are seeking old photos, program covers and memorabilia to create a prominent and permanent display to honor those unique performances and performers.
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