THS Alumni Council schedules dinner.

Tim Barrick has been appointed to the Shawnee Civic and Cultural Development Authority. He was installed as a new member during the Authority’s meeting this week.

Owner of the Clinic Pharmacy and involved in a number of civic and community organizations, Barrick’s first term runs through Dec. 31, 2018.


The Tecumseh High School Alumni will hold a Turkey Noodle dinner on Sunday March 2, from 11:30-1:30 at the THS Alumni Building in Tecumseh.

Jerri Wolfinbarger, with the THS Alumni Council, says the money raised in the dinner goes for scholarships for Tecumseh High School seniors. “We give $1,000 scholarships each year at our annual banquet. We give about 10 to 11 each year and two of those are funded by our two dinners we have each year,” she said.


“The Tecumseh Masonic Lodge also helped with the dinners and matches what we make after expenses. We also had a fish fry in the fall which they match,” she said.


Oklahoma Home and Community Education is an educational organization that focuses on family, home and community living. The purpose of Oklahoma Home and Community Education is to develop leadership, and to promote and extend the best interests of the family, home and community. Lincoln County has four OHCE groups and the members participate in several educational and community service oriented activities throughout the year on the local, county and state levels.

The Lincoln County chapter of Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) is hosting a seminar on small space edible gardening. Jennifer Steelman Jackson, a Master Gardener from Payne County will be speaking at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 in the lobby of the Lincoln County Court House. All are welcome, and there is no charge.


The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation sends along this information.

A longtime game warden stationed in Cleveland County has been promoted to district chief by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Tony Woodruff was promoted Jan. 1 from lieutenant to captain and became district chief of District 5. He supervises 13 other game wardens in the district that includes Carter, Cleveland, Garvin, Lincoln, Logan Love, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Payne and Pottawatomie counties.

"It's always stimulating when you change your job title," Woodruff said. "I always look forward to the new challenges." As district chief, he will oversee game law enforcement efforts within the district, ensuring his wardens are well informed, and making sure they are doing a good job. He said he enjoys working with the public and with his co-workers.

Woodruff's career as a game warden has spanned 33 years, all of them in Cleveland County. Woodruff moved into the position formerly held by longtime Logan County game warden James Champeau, who retired in September after serving the state's sportsmen for 32 years.

Wardens are among the most widely recognized members of the wildlife conservation team. The Wildlife Department employs more than 100 wardens, who are dispersed among eight law enforcement districts.

Oklahoma's game wardens are public servants sworn to protect wildlife and the public's interests in the outdoors. All wardens are state-certified peace officers, allowing them to enforce all state laws, and all are commissioned federal game wardens, allowing them to enforce Lacey Act violations.

"A game warden's primary job is to enforce the fish and wildlife laws of this state," said Col. Robert Fleenor, chief of law enforcement for the Wildlife Department. "These laws allow for the proper management and conservation of Oklahoma's wildlife resources, ensuring that all sportsmen have opportunities to hunt or fish for years to come."

Game wardens often visit landowners in the county they serve, encouraging them to allow ethical hunters and anglers on their land to harvest the wildlife. They may assist landowners with poaching problems, or give them information about having fish stocked into their pond. And wardens check licenses and bag limits of hunters and anglers in the field.

Wardens also perform many other duties that bring them into contact with the general public. They provide fishing reports and hunting reports from across the state, speak to various youth and civic groups, distribute printed materials, and help teach hunter education courses or fishing clinics.





The 4-Corners Gobblers local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its eighth annual Hunting Heritage Banquet and Auction tonight. The event will take place at the Enoch Kelly Haney Center on the campus of Seminole State College.


The doors will open at 6 p.m., with games, raffles and silent auction as soon as the doors open. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the live auction will begin immediately following dinner.


Cost of banquet tickets, which include an annual membership are $50 each or $60 per couple. Sponsor memberships are $300. Corporate Tables which include tickets and memberships for one sponsor and seven regular memberships are $600 with premium sponsorships available at the Gold and Platinum levels of $1,000 and $1,500 which include either a shotgun or rifle of your choice.

To purchase banquet tickets, sponsorship of banquet items or for information on the Gobblers activities, contact any chapter member or chapter president Daryl Howser, Seminole at 405-584-1849, Wes, Susan or Ryan Womack, Seminole at 405 706 0384, Vice president Don Warden, Tecumseh at 405-598-5279, Emma or Jim Cook, Seminole at 405-380-8282, Chuck Reed-Tecumseh, Reggie Davis, Seminole-Holdenville, Mike Moore- Prague or banquet chairman Penny Veitenheimer, Seminole at 405-303-2442 or by email at


Beginning with the Jan. 1 edition of The Shawnee News-Star, the paper has put into place once again it’s policy on not accepting any letters to the editor regarding political candidates at any level including local, county, state and federal until after the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.

This includes any attempts for endorsements or letters opposing any candidate or incumbent.


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