Final figures are in on the local March of Dimes for Babies walk.Final figures are in on the local March of Dimes for Babies walk.

The walk was held two weeks ago at Shawnee Mall. Kim Rawls, who always heads up this effort along with her great bunch of volunteers, sends along some special thanks to the ambassador family Carson and his parents Glen and Kasey Long and to Bill Ford, president of Shawnee Milling Co., who served as honorary chairman this year.


Final figures are in on the local March of Dimes for Babies walk.

The walk was held two weeks ago at Shawnee Mall. Kim Rawls, who always heads up this effort along with her great bunch of volunteers, sends along some special thanks to the ambassador family Carson and his parents Glen and Kasey Long and to Bill Ford, president of Shawnee Milling Co., who served as honorary chairman this year.

Rawls said “the walk generated $34,000 toward the $35,000 goal. But we still have several fundaisers planned. In addition, the following restaurants are hosting give back nights to the March of Dimes in Shawnee: Chili’s, Garfields and Billy Boys. Chili’s was held on Oct. 17. Garfields will be held on Nov. 14.”

The following awards were handed out:

Top corporate team Division I was K-Mart: They raised $8,389. Top corporate team Division II was Arvest Bank: They raised $5,008.78.     Top family team walker was Becky Winkler and she raised $515. Top family team was Carson’s Walkers and they raised $1,562.50.

“We also honored the top three individuals who raised the most money,” Rawls said. They were:

Kim Rawls with Arvest Bank raising $2,670. Michelle Sigman with First United Bank raising $1,230. Peggy Rider with Bancfirst raising $1,204.

Walkers were treated to breakfast courtesy of Sonic and Burger King. After the walk, door prizes were given away, provided by numerous businesses in town.

Presenting sponsors included Shawnee Milling Co., and Cleo L. Craig Foundation; Gold sponsors: First United Bank and Shawnee Medical Center Clinic; Silver sponsors: Shawnee News Star, Arvest Bank, Unity Health Center, Burger King, Bancfirst, Vision Bank, First National Bank, Oklahoma Baptist University, State Rep. Kris Steele, and remaining sponsors: Tinker Federal Credit Union, Kelli D. Koons, MD, Dr. Pat Chainakul, Pottawatomie Telephone and RBC Insurance.

Local committee members are: Peggy Rider-Bancfirst, Kim Steen- Shawnee Medical Center Clinic, Natalie Montoya, Jennifer Podest and Mindy Palmer with Shawnee Mall and Kim Rawls-Arvest Bank.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Because of March of Dimes advocacy, every baby born in Oklahoma is screened for 28 out of 30 serious, yet treatable disorders.   

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Here are a couple of events worth noting.

On Friday, Nov. 11, Bethel Public Schools will celebrate Veteran’s Day with a school-wide assembly and program.  The assembly is open to the public, and the school would like to extend a special invitation for all area veterans to attend. It will start at 9 a.m. in the BE Cantrell Fieldhouse on the school’s campus. All veterans in attendance will be recognized, and special seating will be provided.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Bethel Elementary is having a “Campout and Read” for PreK-5th grade students. The Upper and Lower Elementaries will set up campsites where students can come read and enjoy a story. They will also be able to shop at the Elementary Book Fair. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and smores will be available for $2.50 per person. All elementary students and their families and friends are invited to attend the first family literacy night.

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The Shawnee Police Foundation will hold its second annual music jam on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center located at Leo and U.S. 177.  The doors will open at 7 p.m. and there will be refreshments available for a minimal price. All proceeds from the drinks and ticket sales will go towards the foundation’s endeavors, like the new tactical team ballistic vests that just came in, or the ballistic helmets worn by the officers. These two items will protect local officers when they are confronted with serious situations that they must physically encounter.  

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets may be obtained at either the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce, or the Shawnee Police Department at the chief’s office, or the records window.

Bands which will be playing include Shiloh Steel and Red Dirt Duo.

Mark Bronson will lead the night off.

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South Central Industries is offering free cardboard pickup to the Shawnee area. South Central is a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. The recycling program is one of the major avenues to providing services.
To schedule routine cardboard pickup, tours or to drop off products, go by 130  N. Louisa at Ninth and Louisa or call 275-3851.

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The 4-Corners Gobblers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and retired Seminole Fire Chief Roy Boystun, will host a BBQ fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. today in the Walmart parking lot in Seminole.  

Funds generated by the event will go towards purchasing needed food items the chapter will be giving away for their seventh annual “Turkey Hunters Care” holiday meal distribution.

Items available to purchase will include:

Full Slab Smoked Ribs— $18 BBQ Beef or Smoked Polish Sandwiches—$3.

There will be a drawing at noon for the Remington Versamax 12-gauge shotgun the chapter was awarded by Midway USA, the company owned by Larry Potterfield. The company provided 1,000 of these firearms to the top NWTF chapters in the nation and the Gobblers were among those chosen to receive one. The money generated from this raffle will be earmarked for a Jakes/Extreme Jakes Youth event that will take place within the next 12 months. There are only 100 tickets sold per gun at $20 per ticket. For information or to buy a chance on the Versamax, contact Daryl Howser, chapter president at 584-1849 or by email at pennyv@purelineseed.com or phone at 303 2442.

For information on the National Wild Turkey Federation and all their outreach programs, including the “Turkey Hunters Care” holiday meal distribution and “Jakes/Extreme Jakes” youth programs, go to www.nwtf.org.

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