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Sam Noble Scholarship Applications Now Available

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ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Foundation’s Sam Noble Scholarships are available to eligible southern Oklahoma students in all stages of higher education, from incoming freshmen to those seeking graduate degrees.

 The Sam Noble Scholarship Program supports students from southern Oklahoma as they strive toward achieving associate degrees from technical institutes, or agriculture-related bachelors or graduate degrees. Agriculture study areas range from communications and economics to agribusiness and biosystems agricultural engineering. Technology certifications or degrees available extend in fields across the spectrum of vocations, including computer information systems, photography, high-voltage electricity and more.

 “The Sam Noble Scholarships play a pivotal role in providing opportunities for students in southern Oklahoma,” said Alexis Carter-Black, director of philanthropy for the Noble Foundation. “We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity and apply as soon as possible.”

 To be eligible to receive a scholarship, a student must plan to attend or be attending a qualifying university or technology training institution during the 2019-2020 academic year. The student must also be a resident of one of the following southern Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Garvin, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha or Stephens.

 Scholarships for students seeking undergraduate degrees in agriculture-related fields provide $2,500 of support per semester for up to nine semesters, while scholarships for graduate students offer $3,125 per semester for up to five semesters. Applicants must pursue their education at a university awarding baccalaureate or higher degrees through a division or college of agriculture, such as Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas Tech University (Lubbock campus) or Texas A&M University (College Station campus).

 Scholarships for those seeking degrees or certifications from technical institutes are for $3,750 per year for up to two years. The applicant must pursue this degree or certification at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City or Okmulgee campuses.

 Further information and access to the online scholarship application may be found online at www.noblefoundation.org/scholarships. Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed by email to scholarships@noblefoundation.org. Completed scholarship applications must be received on or before Feb. 15, 2019.

 The scholarship program is named in honor of the late Sam Noble, who created the program through a gift to the Noble Foundation. Sam Noble was a longtime member of the Noble Foundation Board of Trustees and a son of Lloyd Noble, who founded the Noble Research Institute in 1945.

 Since 1999, more than 200 Oklahoma students studying agriculture and technology have been awarded scholarships in excess of $2.8 million.

 “Sam Noble believed a quality education was one of the keys to leading a successful life,” said Bill Buckner, president, and CEO of the Noble Foundation. “He once said, ‘An excellent education is something that no one can ever take away from you; you can use it for the rest of your life.’”

Oklahoma College Savings Plan offers gift kids won’t outgrow

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As holiday shopping gets underway, State Treasurer Ken Miller is encouraging Oklahoma parents and grandparents to consider a gift that kids won’t outgrow—contributions to an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account.

To make that gift even more attractive, the Oklahoma College Savings Plan (OCSP) is offering a special bonus promotion from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. New accounts opened Nov. 23-26 and set up for automatic contributions will receive a bonus $50 from OCSP. For details, visitwww.ok4saving.org/offer.

Miller, board chair for OCSP, said the benefits of college savings last for years to come.

“Kids will outgrow clothes and lose interest in even the trendiest toy, but the benefits of higher education will last for the rest of their lives,” Miller said. “Setting aside even small amounts regularly over time can make a big difference when it’s time to attend college.”

Miller said OCSP contributions are a gift that children will appreciate more as they get older.

“Taking even a portion of what you’re going to spend on gifts this year and putting it in an OCSP account is a worthwhile investment,” Miller said. “College graduates have more job opportunities and make more over their lifetimes, so OCSP contributions, and the educations they help pay for, really are the gifts that keep on giving.”

Parents, grandparents, relatives or friends who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old may open an OCSP account on behalf of a beneficiary, and the minimum initial contribution is only $100. Once an account is open, anyone can contribute, making an OCSP account a great gift idea for all family and friends.

The $50 bonus contribution for new accounts will be deposited after six months of automatic contributions.

The OCSP website, ok4saving.org, provides gift-givers with an eGifting option where contributions can be made to an OCSP account online, and “Gift of Education” certificates can be created to show the contribution to a loved one’s account.

For those hoping family and friends will contribute to an existing plan, OCSP has created an option to allow account owners to send a tactful, prewritten email inviting others to contribute to their existing OCSP account.

Through September 2018, more than $961,000 has been contributed through the OCSP eGifting program, representing more than 1,000 gifts. Last year, 39 percent of all eGifted dollars were received in November and December.

“The eGifting program gives an extended family the opportunity to contribute to college savings,” Miller said. “Grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else can help their loved ones reach their college savings goals.”

More information about opening an OCSP account can be found at www.ok4saving.org.

 

About the OCSP

Introduced in April 2000, the Oklahoma 529 College Saving Plan (OCSP) is Oklahoma’s direct-sold 529 college savings plan. It is designed for families who want to direct their own 529 college savings accounts. The plan is managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. Introduced in March 2009, OklahomaDream 529 Plan is offered through financial advisors and is managed by Allianz Global Investors.  As of September 30, 2018, combined assets in both plans exceeded $1 billion.

Oklahoma taxpayers may deduct, from their Oklahoma adjusted gross income, up to $10,000 in contributions to the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan for individual taxpayers and up to $20,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return with a five-year carryforward. Read the Disclosure Booklet carefully.

 Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing in the Oklahoma College Savings Plan. Please visit www.ok4saving.org or call toll-free 1-877-654-7284 for a Plan Disclosure Booklet containing this and more information. Read it carefully.

 Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarships and protection from creditors for investing in its own 529 plan.  Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.

 Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice, including the impact of the new federal tax changes. If the funds aren’t used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.     

 Funding for OCSP prizes comes from the marketing budget of the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan; no state funds are used.

 TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, distributor, and underwriter for the Oklahoma College Savings Plan.

Employers invited to participate in Cameron University’s Red River Career Expo

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Cameron University is inviting employers to participate in the 22nd annual Red River Career Expo, scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Aggie Rec Center. The event will provide participating companies with the opportunity to recruit new employees, as community members, CU students, military families and more will be on site to meet with national, regional and local employers. All career fields are encouraged to participate. Higher education institutions are also welcome to attend. To register as a vendor, call 580-581-2209 or email hirecameronaggies@cameron.edu. Vendors who register by December 28 will receive an early-bird discount of $200. After December 28, the cost to register is $250.

“The Red River Career Expo is one of the largest job fairs in southwest Oklahoma,” says Paula S. Merrifield, Coordinator of Career Service at Cameron. “Over the years, we have heard from employers who are very satisfied with the quality of applicants they meet.”

Employers looking for full-time and part-time employees, as well as those offering internships or job shadowing opportunities, are welcome.

Popular career fields represented at past events include health care, telecommunications, marketing, engineering, information technology, banking, and sales.

The Artesian Hotel offers Classic Christmas Giveaway

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SULPHUR, OKLAHOMA (Oct. 23, 2018) – Staff at The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa are preparing to deck the halls in anticipation of the 5th annual Classic Christmas celebration. The event, which runs throughout the holiday season, will feature lights and decorations, Breakfast with Santa, live reindeer, a Christmas Ball, carriage rides and more.

“Christmas is a magical time at The Artesian Hotel and in the city of Sulphur, and we strive each year to create an experience that is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Justin Williams, Artesian area general manager. “The Classic Christmas celebration is a way for families to start new holiday traditions and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Holiday festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 with the community’s Christmas in Sulphur celebration. Christmas in Sulphur will include music, entertainment, food trucks and more, followed by a Christmas Parade of Lights and the Official Lighting Ceremony when The Artesian and other downtown businesses switch on their elaborate light displays.

More than 150,000 LED lights will outline The Artesian’s traditional spires and turrets while more than two-dozen Christmas trees fill the inside of the hotel, including a grand 20-foot tree at the hotel’s entrance.

On Dec. 8 and 15, Santa will fly in from the North Pole for breakfast with his fans from 8–10:30 a.m. each day. Breakfast with Santa reservations includes a hot breakfast served in the ballroom and an opportunity to meet and snap a photo with Santa. A 4×6 portrait will be included, with the option to buy more prints online.  In addition, live reindeer will greet guests from 8 a.m. to noon both days. Seats are $25 per person or $250 per table of 10. Reservations are required.

New this year, The Artesian Ballroom will host a Christmas Ball on Dec. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Christmas Ball will feature holiday décor, a dance floor and holiday music performed by Aubrey Anna. The Christmas Ball is free, but reservations are highly encouraged.

Two Fridays and Saturdays in December will feature visits from carolers and Mrs. Claus. Carolers dressed in Victorian garb will entertain guests from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15. Mrs. Claus will also visit The Artesian on those days to sit by the fireplace and read stories from 6 to 8 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriages will offer tours through downtown Sulphur and its numerous light displays on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning Dec. 7 and running through the weekend before Christmas. Tickets are $40 per carriage ride. As carriages vary in size, reservations are required.

In The Artesian’s lobby, hotel guests can also treat themselves to milk and cookies from Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in December leading up to Christmas. Complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider will also be available.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Historic Candlelight Tour is scheduled for Dec. 7-8 and will take visitors on a walking tour of Flower Park, which will be decorated with more than 1,000 candlelit luminaries. The tours take approximately one hour and will begin at 6 p.m. with the last tour starting at 9 p.m. The tour is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling the Travertine Nature Center at 580-622-7234.

While visiting The Artesian, guests also have the opportunity to pose behind an oversized picture frame to commemorate their stay. Visitors are encouraged to share and tag photos with the hashtag #TistheArtesian on social media.

“The holidays are a special time at The Artesian and we love sharing the joy of the season with our guests,” Williams said. “The lights, decorations and all of the holiday activities set the scene for a perfect family holiday outing. We hope you can join us.”

To make reservations for Breakfast with Santa, the Christmas Ball and carriage rides, call 855-455-5255. For more information or to book a room at The Artesian, visit www.artesianhotel.com. An official calendar of events is below.

 

Date Event Time
Nov. 24 Christmas in Sulphur, Downtown Sulphur 4 p.m.
Dec. 7-8

 

 

Dec. 7-8

Dec. 14-15

Dec. 21-22

Chickasaw National Recreation Area Candlelight Tours,

Chickasaw Visitor Center

 

Carriage Rides, Sweet Swirlz at The Artesian

6-9 p.m.

 

6-10 p.m.

Dec. 8 and 15 Breakfast with Santa, The Artesian Ballroom 8-10:30 a.m.
Dec. 7-8

Dec. 14-15

 

Carolers serenading guests, The Artesian Lobby 4-8 p.m.
Dec. 7-8

Dec. 14-15

 

Storytime with Mrs. Claus 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 22 Christmas Ball, The Artesian Ballroom 8 p.m. to midnight

Chickasaw weapons-maker to Hollywood authors book

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. – Historically accurate craftsmanship of Native American weapons has made Chickasaw citizen Eric Smith recognized among Hollywood movie-makers.

In December, he will add another accomplishment to his resumé – published author.

“The Warriors tools: Plains Indian bows, arrows and quivers” will hit bookstores and retail businesses Dec. 4. It is published by Roadrunner Press.

“I am very excited about it. Roadrunner Press is out of Oklahoma City and has published many Native American-themed books,” Smith said. “It is written from a Native American perspective. So many books concerning (Native American) history are written by Europeans and they had a completely different perspective from that of Native people,” he added.

Smith most recently found nationwide acclaim for crafting Native weaponry for the Oscar-winning movie “The Revenant.” The 2016 motion picture was nominated for a dozen Oscars, taking home three; Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Director.

He is still crafting weapons for movies but is unable to say much about his endeavors until studios and movie executives are ready to make announcements.

For Children

The book is written at a high school level and Smith’s greatest desire is to make it available to students. Children are the keys to preserving Native culture, in Smith’s opinion.

“The things that we do, our cultural ways, they must continue. The key to that is reaching children. We must inspire our youth or we are in trouble,” Smith intoned, adding “with everything I do, I try to inspire our younger generations to take up some of these techniques.”

“As a youth, when I was learning to make Native weapons, people were telling me ‘this is irrelevant’ and ‘there is no use for these things in the modern world.’ Well, I am a walking testament that isn’t true. Here are these ancient methods so needed and highly sought after today,” Smith said. “That just shows the relevance of our people and our culture.”

He has been crafting Native weapons since age nine. That is when he made his first bow. “No, it wasn’t a very good one,” Smith recalls with a sly grin, “but I was so proud because it actually worked.” By the time Smith entered his teens, his craft was honed to such a high degree he was asked to make bows for friends and for hunters.

The Next Level

Making weapons came naturally to Smith, but a curiosity nagged his soul. Not only did he wish to make quality weapons, but he also wanted them to be historically and culturally pure.

For guidance, he turned to Native elders and made frequent road trips to consult with them.

“Elders always have a story to tell. If you sit down with an elder, listen and let them talk to you, it is amazing the information they will share. Everywhere I went, whether it was Pine Ridge (South Dakota Oglala Lakota) or Tuba City in the Navajo Nation, I listened and learned.”

With the visits came an epiphany – all ancient cultures worldwide used archery.

No culture, however, excelled at it like Native Americans.

In the book, Smith devotes two chapters to weapons made from the horns/antlers and sinew of animals. “Native Americans made some of the most complex bows in the history of the world,” Native American “horn bows” are among them.

“Mountain sheep horns, elk antlers, caribou antlers, and sinew were all used. I’ve replicated many of those bows. For me, it was a lot of trial and error and a lot of mistakes. For our people to figure out this complicated technology, it is almost unbelievable,” Smith explained. “It shows great skill, great ingenuity, and dedication to work with material available to them in their natural environment. So, I share that knowledge in the book for people who want to try to do it.”

Winning the Battle

Smith is an expert in Native American weaponry. He has successfully replicated all kinds of weapons from many different tribes, including his own tribe. However, his specialty is weapons of Plains Indians at around the time they acquired horses. Most historians put the date at around 1680, following the Pueblo Revolt.

He was recently a trifecta winner at the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation during its Annual Meeting and Festival celebration. Smith entered two categories and placed three times – first place in cultural clothing; second place in weaponry and third place in cultural clothing.

Sometime in the near future, he will move from his Lawton home to Pauls Valley. He has spent a year restoring a home once owned by a family member who is now deceased.

Sharing his knowledge, research, philosophy, and skills appeal to Smith because the book “will be around forever.”

Eric Smith greets visitors from his booth at the Southeastern Art Show and Market during the 2018 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.

“It took about four months to write the book,” he said. “I did some research to make sure all the facts were correct, but primarily I wrote about what I have learned from elders and by doing it. I had friends read the manuscript and they said ‘it makes me want to build a bow,’” he said. “And, I consider that a great compliment.”

“The Warriors tools: Plains Indian bows, arrows, and quivers” will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major bookstores. Amazon will make the book available for Kindle download.

Waurika Library News November 15, 2018

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Did you know your Amazon purchases can help support the library? AmazonSmile donates to Friends of the Waurika Public Library Inc when you do your Christmas shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0811372.  Just login with your regular Amazon account and a portion of your purchases will go to help programs like Santa’s Workshop and Summer Reading!

In addition to books, the Waurika Public Library has hundreds of movies on DVD and Blu-ray available for checkout.  New family-friendly releases added to our catalog this month include ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘Incredibles 2’.  

In Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’, Winnie the Pooh and friends embark on a new adventure to help remind a grown-up, Christopher Robin, how to laugh again, for “sometimes doing nothing leads to the very best something.” 

Everyone’s favorite Superfamily is back in Disney-Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’!  Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, and Bob must juggle the day-to-day heroics of home life.  But when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot, the Parrs meet the challenge together with Frozone by their side.

Don’t forget, Story Time is held every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Jefferson County 4H News

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Saturday, December 8 – Waurika Christmas Parade (Jefferson County 4-H will decorate our float Monday, November 26; Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28).  We will begin at 4 p.m. each day.  

Saturday, December 15 – Share-the-Fun will begin at 2 p.m. at Ryan Public School.  Please register by November 30 to Jefferson County OSU Extension Office – 580-228-2332.

Monday, December 17 – “4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen” (Holiday Sweets) – 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, March 9 – Jefferson County Jr. Livestock Show

Saturday, April 6 – Jefferson County Communication Contest (speeches, Illustrated Talks, Demonstrations) 1 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Saturday, May 11 – Jefferson County Cupcake Wars – 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.

REMINDER:

To participate in 4-H events and activities, including showing livestock, you must be enrolled in the 2018-2019 enrollment period which began September 1.  Enrollment is completed online by the family at ok.4honline.com    There is a state 4-H program fee; there is no charge for Adult volunteers.

If you need assistance, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332.

We are looking for adult volunteers for 4-H Clubs!  We have youth interested in joining 4-H and need adults to be leaders.  Call 580-228-2332 for more information.

CLOVER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTION:  In what city did 4-H first begin in Oklahoma?

Answer:  Tishomingo

Terral News and Happenings

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QUOTE OF THE DAY – “The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso.

I would like to take the time to say “Thanks” for all the prayers, cards, and phone calls while I was home after back surgery.  “Thank You” to Sue McKinley for doing my office duties while I was out of the office.  A special “Thanks” to Mary Alice Kunkel for teaching my GA Class on Wednesday nights at the church.  GA’s your notes and drawings were so very uplifting and I really enjoyed them.  While I am not 100% as of yet, I am on the road to recovery.  I could not have done this without my best friend and partner in life, my husband, Valton Gambill.  I want you to know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me.  Thank you all – Shirley Gambill.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GA’s -Thanks to all who came out on Saturday and supported our Bingo and fundraising efforts.

If you missed it, you will have a second chance on Dec. 1 to play Bingo again at 3:00 p.m. Come and join us!

TERRAL SCHOOL EVENTS – Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 19-23.  School resumes on Nov. 26th. Nov. 26 we will have a game at Wichita Falls Christian at 4:00 p.m. there.

TERRAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – The Terral Volunteer Fire Department is having a Toy and Food Drive for Christmas.  Donation boxes are located at the Terral City Hall.  The Drive will begin on November 1st through Dec. 15th. 

All donations will be given to those in need in Terral at Christmastime.  For more information, you may call  580-437-2337.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift Wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each.  If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437i-2545 after 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group.  Hope to see ya there!

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriguez, Carried Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Daly, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world.  May God Keep you in His loving care.

Round Ryan November 15 2018

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Ryan Main Street

It’s beginning to feel like winter around here. We were fortunate to have had rain instead of snow yesterday morning. This weekend looks like it might be a pleasant and dry weekend. Then, the week of Thanksgiving, it looks like we are going to get wet again. 

This coming Saturday, there will be the food distribution from the Ryan Food Bank.  This will be the 3rd Saturday, instead of the 4th Saturday, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The same will apply for December.

There will be businesses closing for the Thanksgiving Holiday, which will be Thursday, November 22nd. The banks, post office, Beaver Creek Mercantile, Tina’s Flower Shop, and Morgan’s Beauty Shop, and Ryan Drug Store will be closed on that Thursday. The Ryan Health Clinic on the highway will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Ryan Medical Clinic will be closed on Thursday and a half a day on Friday. 

Kim’s news for this week:

Because we are going into winter and out of fall, I had to put more bedding in Ruffy Tuffy’s stall. Because of the colder weather, Foxy has been wearing her sweater. Foxy and I sure had fun visiting Barbara Sunday afternoon.

Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for each other, too.  Prayers for safe travels for folks that will be leaving town next week, too.

Christmas Angel Tree

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There is an Angel Tree set up at City Hall and there will also be another Angel Tree located at Shelton’s Grocery the week after Thanksgiving. You can pick a name off of the tree and bring the gift back unwrapped. If you know anyone needing an application for a name to be put on the tree, there are applications at The Jefferson County DHS office in Waurika and the deadline for these applications is December the 18th. The Angel Tree is set up by the Waurika Police Department, Shelton’s Grocery and other local businesses. The deadline to turn in the gifts is December the 18th. You can also make cash donations for the Angel Tree at Waurika City Hall, The Quik Mart, and Shelton’s Grocery. If you have any questions please call Chris Bayless at 580-313-1051.

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