As part of the News-Star’s efforts to raise funds for the local United Way campaign, the newspaper is holding a bake sale here on Friday, Oct. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until all of the goodies run out. Among the baked items will be cookies, brownies, pies, cup cakes and sweet rolls for sure, plus possibly others.

Our bake sale is open to the public, and we encourage our readers, customers and others to join us Friday and help generate United Way dollars.

The goal for this year’s fund drive is $580,000. The campaign helps provide needed funds for 24 deserving agencies.

Ninety-nine cents of each dollar raised stays in this area and local volunteers are the ones who decide how the funds are allocated each year.


As part of the News-Star’s efforts to raise funds for the local United Way campaign, the newspaper is holding a bake sale here on Friday, Oct. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until all of the goodies run out. Among the baked items will be cookies, brownies, pies, cup cakes and sweet rolls for sure, plus possibly others.
Our bake sale is open to the public, and we encourage our readers, customers and others to join us Friday and help generate United Way dollars.
The goal for this year’s fund drive is $580,000. The campaign helps provide needed funds for 24 deserving agencies.
Ninety-nine cents of each dollar raised stays in this area and local volunteers are the ones who decide how the funds are allocated each year.
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Ground will be broken this morning for Vision Bank’s new facility at 4301 N. Harrison. That is south of the new Golf USA store. The ground breaking will take place at 11 a.m.
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Shawnee School Board members will participate in a special meeting next Monday at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
The agenda issued Tuesday by Shawnee’s school administration calls for discussion, interaction and a whole board development workshop on the topic “Strategic Planning” with the Oklahoma State School Board’s Association facilitator and with other local school boards meeting jointly for the same discussion, interaction and whole board development.
It’s my understanding that one of the purposes of the meeting is to bring together local school boards to discuss strategic planning and goal-setting as a process. I’ve been told that other school boards, in addition to Shawnee, which have been invited to participate Monday night include North Rock Creek, South Rock Creek, Grove and Pleasant Grove.
I also was informed that Grove has indicated it will not participate.
Also listed on the agenda sent out by Shawnee superintendent Marilyn Bradford are discussion of schools’ strengths and challenges along with summary comments and discussions.
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This is simply a reminder about the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce annual planning retreat Thursday (tomorrow) at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. It’s in the Eclipse Suite, where it was held last year.
If you have made reservations to attend, you are encouraged to be there. Tuesday (yesterday) was the final day to register and, since the chamber is required to guarantee meals and other arrangements, president and CEO Nancy Keith advises there are no refunds after the Oct. 28 registration deadline.
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In case you missed it earlier, trick or treaters, you have only two days left to prepare for the big night. Shawnee officials have announced that Friday evening, Oct. 31, which is the actual date for Halloween, will be the official trick-or-treat night beginning at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.
Yes, the Shawnee Wolves have a home game Friday night, entertaining Noble in the next-to-last regular season, district contest, beginning at 7:30.
Halloween revelers are encouraged to be safe as they enjoy the evening.
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We received a call from someone through our anonymous call-in line recently asking why the head of the city’s code enforcement in Shawnee doesn’t have to have a secure fence around his pool, and all the rest of the people do.
I made a call Tuesday to the city’s code enforcement division and was informed that is the not the case at all. I was informed no one in code enforcement has a swimming pool which would require such a fence.
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I see where the initiative petition to increase funding for public education is picking up more opposition.
According to a story this week by The Associated Press, several groups have joined the opposition to an initiative petition that would change the state constitution to increase funding for our public schools.
State Question 744 would require the Legislature to provide per-pupil funding equal to the regional average. The cost is estimated at $850 million.
The story reports among those opposing the measure are the State Chamber, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, American Federation of Teachers in Oklahoma, Oklahomans for Responsible Government and Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation.
Critics of the proposal say it would result in less money for other state services such as highway improvements — or it will mean higher taxes.
In an editorial I authored a couple months back, we expressed our concern about this measure because of what we believe would be an adverse impact on other state services. The group reportedly gathered around 235,000 signatures for the petition and it was submitted to the Secretary of State on Oct. 20.
The vote on this issue will be critical, even though it’s two years away. Although Oklahoma’s economy seems to be weathering the downturn in some respects, sources indicated last week that state lawmakers will little if any new money to appropriate during the 2009 legislative session.
Proponents are hoping to have Oklahomans vote on this measure in the 2010 general election. That will be the same time voters will choose a new governor to succeed our own Brad Henry, and decide a number of other state offices.
We will vote on a U.S. Senate race as well that year (the seat now held by Sen. Tom Coburn) along with municipal, county and federal seats too.
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