Jennings honorary chair, kickoff luncheon is Thursday.


Dr. Paul Jennings has been selected as the 2014 Honorary Chair for Pottawatomie County’s March for Babies.


There will be a kick-off from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Shawnee Mall. Lunch will be provided in the old Sears building.


The March for Babies walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at the old Sears building inside Shawnee Mall.


The walk is in memory of Dr. Cynthia Alsup, OBGYN with St. Anthony’s

Physicians-Shawnee, a long time supporter of the local walk.


Shawnee’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing during its meeting Wednesday, Aug. 6, and also consider an item for the Shawnee Marketplace.


The public hearing is for consideration of approval of a conditional use permit for property located at 2102 E. Main Street in Shawnee. The applicant is the Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority.


The Commission will also consider approval of a final plat for Shawnee Marketplace Planned United Development located at the southwestern quarter of I-40 and Kickapoo Street.


The meeting, open to the public, is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the commission chambers of city hall.



Landowners, conservationists and sportsmen will get the chance to hear the latest information about bobwhite quail as the Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever presents an Oklahoma Quail Symposium on Aug. 23.


The daylong symposium will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and close at 2:30 p.m. It will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by the organization's ninth annual fundraising banquet. All events will take place at the Crowne Plaza hotel, near Northwest Expressway at May Avenue in Oklahoma City.


Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will join others from Oklahoma State University, the National Resource Conservation Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to speak on various topics during the symposium.


"It's important to preserve our quail hunting traditions for future generations," said Laura McIver, 89er Chapter president. "Attending our fundraiser banquet helps all of us to achieve our quail habitat conservation goals and restore our grand heritage for our kids and grandkids."

Scheduled symposium topics include:

• "Quail Mythology," Robert Perez, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

• "Grants and Monies Available for Better Habitat," Mike Sams, NRCS.

• "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Identifying Native Grasses and Forbs," Scott Cox, upland game senior biologist for the Wildlife Department.

• "Feathers and Fire: Improving and Managing Quail Habitat with Prescribed Burning," John Weir, OSU.

• "How the Wildlife Department is Managing WMA Lands to Benefit Quail," Scott Parry, biologist for the Wildlife Department.

• "Coveys and Cattle: Using Land to Produce Both Beef and Bobwhites," Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service wildlife specialist.

• "Update on Quail Research," Matt Carroll, OSU research assistant.


The dinner banquet will feature prizes, auctions and entertainment.


Each symposium ticket is $20, which includes lunch. Tickets for the dinner banquet are $60, which includes membership in Quail Forever. Tickets for a spouse or non-member dinner are $30. There is a special price of $70 for those wishing to attend both the symposium and the banquet. Banquet sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To register for either event, call (405) 415-5724 or go online to or send e-mail to



Thousands of hunters entered the drawing, and the wait is over. Applicants for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Controlled Hunts Program can find out at whether they were selected to go hunting.

Applicants can go to the website and click on the "Controlled Hunts Results" link. They will be prompted to enter their last name, birthday, and the number they used on the original application (either their Social Security or driver's license number).

Applicants without internet access may check the drawing results at computer terminals available at Wildlife Department headquarters in Oklahoma City and at some regional offices during those offices' regular business hours. In addition, many local libraries offer Internet access to library cardholders.

All successful applicants will be notified of their selection by mail, along with information about any required fees. Hunters must pay any required fees by the due date listed for their hunt to avoid forfeiting their hunt opportunity.

"Checking the Controlled Hunts drawing results online is free and easy," said Melinda Sturgess-Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Wildlife Department. "In addition, those hunters who have been selected can also use the online system to pay any fees that might be required."

The chance to hunt on some of Oklahoma's most unique and desirable hunting properties has made the Department's Controlled Hunts Program one of the most popular programs of its kind in the country.

For more information about the Wildlife Department's Controlled Hunts Program, go online to


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