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Hwy 7 Controlled service interruptions are a last resort and is only implemented to safeguard the regional electric grid.”     While the blackouts are expected to affect different areas of Duncan and Stephens County, the outages are not expected to last more than an hour each.     However, it’s not just homes and businesses that are expected to lose power.     “Not only will neighborhoods be without power, but also traffic lights and other infrastructure too,” ac- cording to the post. “We will notify the public of the area being affected prior to the outage.”     In addition to rolling blackouts, the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center will serve as a warming station during the blackouts. The city also gave tips on how to shelter in place.     Those shelter in place tips included:  • Using flashlights for emergency lighting  • Leaving a light on to know when power has been restored  • Keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors closed  • Putting on warm layers of clothing  • Not burning charcoal indoors  • Unplugging appliances and other electronics in case of power surges  • Using generators away from the house     In the second Facebook post, the City of Duncan pointed out that the level the city is on could fluctuate over the next couple of days.     “If it goes back to a Level 3, we may have to implement the rolling outages, but we will give ad- vanced notice. Please continue to conserve energy by lowering your thermostats, try avoid using the use of major electric appliances, and turning off lights and appliances that are not in use.” in small pens stacked on top of each other with no bedding, food or water. Many were reported with sickness, sores with matted hair and other conditions.  The dogs which included several breeds such as Yorkies, Chows and Golden Retrievers were taken to local animal clinics and boarding locations. Sat- urday, the Humane Society of Tulsa and Humane Emergency Animal Response Team picked up 165 animals which also included a cat and two sheep on the property.  Otherwise local citizens heeded the call for help and brought hay for windbreaks and bedding and other supplies to help protect the animals from the frigid temperatures of the season. ‘Power Outages’ continued from Page 1 ‘Murder Charges’ continued from Page 1 Emergency volunteers sought  The Duncan community is putting out a plea for volunteers to serve during emergency situations.  In the past the Red Cross has been the go-to orga- nizations when situations occur where warming sta- tions or cooling stations were needed or when there have been major power outages occur.  However, with the COVID-19 situation, the Red Cross has stepped down from managing such situa- tions.  A training program has been established to train additional volunteers who would be willing to serve during emergencies along with city and county em- ployees.  The volunteer process will involve four classes. Three of them are done 100% online and each one takes less than an hour to complete. The other one is a three-hour class and will be taught by a Red Cross representative.  A class will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks. There is a registration process that has to take place and a background check that is done. Once that is completed the training can begin.  If you choose to become a volunteer, you would not be deployed to any other disaster other than here in Duncan/Stephens County. However, you do have the additional option available if you want to deploy to other disasters throughout the U.S. This would be a volunteer basis and there is no compensation for it.  Anyone interested or has any questions or concerns can contact Chris Deal at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce by calling 580-467-5371. You may also contact Tera Mathis, CFM, the Emergency Manage- ment Coordinator with the City of Duncan at 580- 251-7712 or email . Snow moves Duncan Schools to virtual By Derrick Miller      Duncan Public Schools is working to counteract the 6 to 8 inches of snow Duncan received by moving school online for a couple of days at least.     On Friday, Duncan Superintendent Tom Deighan made the announcement that the Duncan School Dis- trict would be virtual Monday and Tuesday instead of using more inclement weather days as Duncan Public Schools had done two days last week.     Following Deighan’s announcement to teachers, the school district posted on its Facebook page to alert parents and community members of the situation.     “Due to the inclement weather forecast, Duncan Public Schools will have Virtual Learning Days for all students,” according to the post. “Schools will send out information to families and students on how to ac- cess the learning assignments for these days. All dis- trict buildings will be closed.”     Throughout the first semester, days were set aside so teachers could practice with their students what would happen if the school had to go virtual. At the time, the concern was about the COVID-19 pandemic.     However, that practice came in handy, when the snow began to accumulate on Sunday.     Up to this point, Duncan Public Schools have used three snow days with only a few more days remaining. The school district is set to have Fridays off in April and May, but if the school district uses too many snow days, there is a possibility some of those Fridays could become regular school days instead.     Making Monday and Tuesday virtual days will help prevent that. Instead, because virtual days are treated like regular school days, those days will not have to be made up later in the year and won’t count as snow days Community unites to aid Stephens County Humane Society By Derrick Miller      It was Friday night. Temperatures were already dropping, the threat of snow was on the rise. It was just after 9 p.m. when the Stephens County Humane Society took to social media to alert the community of an emer- gency situation.     Hundreds of dogs were involved in a puppy mill, and the Humane Society was seeking aid from the community to help those animals, especially against the cold.     “We need hay and straw for them ASAP,” ac- cording to a Humane Society Facebook post. “It’s a terrible situation. WE are overwhelmed. Stores are closed; we cannot buy hay and straw.”     The Humane Society reached out to farmers and people in the community who might be able to help provide the hay and straw needed to help keep the more than 200 dogs warm as the situation unfolded.     Following the first post, the Humane Society let its followers know that the hay was received, but there was a need for pickups or flatbed trucks to haul the hay to the site. The next update came shortly after.     “Thank you Thank you Thank you to everyone one of you who have reached out to us,” the Humane So- ciety posted on its Facebook page. “We have enough trucks on the way to haul the hay to the site. The dogs will be OK with this. The sheriff and the SCHS staff and board members are on site taking care of things”.     “Tomorrow (Saturday) a Humane Society Emer- gency Animal Response Team will be here to help and assess.”     More posts and updates came throughout the nights, many singing the praises of those who reached out to the Stephens County Humeane Society to help.     But the needs didn’t subside with the hay and truck requests. It was around 10:30 p.m. when the organiza- tion reached out for cleaning supplies, such as bleach and liquid laundry soap.     It didn’t take long to get those needed items.     In the morning, the Humane Society of Tulsa joined in the Stephens County Humane Society’s efforts. All of the animals were transferred to the Humane Society of Tulsa, where they will be nursed back to health before they can be put up for adoption.     The Stephens County Humane Society expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the Duncan and Ste- phens County community.     “Miracles do happen,” the Humane Society posted. “Dozens of local and area residents rallied to help save over 200 animals from freezing to death tonight. Some brought hay for windbreaks and shelter. Some brought food, and the Marlow Fire Department brought water for these helpless souls. Thank you everyone.” Prater continues as Marlow Mayor  Jeff Prater was re-elected as Mayor for the city of Marlow in the February 9th election .  Prater was challenged by Michael Waller for the position. Waller received 56 votes and Prater received 240.  Prater was appointed to the po- sition of interim mayor in August of 2020 when then Mayor Brian Davis resigned due to employment restrictions.  Prater has been a career educator, mostly in the Marlow Public School system, currently is the EMS Program Instructor at Red River Technology Center in Duncan and has a custom clothing business. He has served on the Marlow City Council for six years and has served as a volunteer firefighter for the community. Jeff Prater Marlow Mayor I have about 10 inch- es of Global Warming sitting in my drive- way. Will the govern- ment send someone to pick it up very soon. I am ready for some sunshine and warmer temperatures! ... Seymore Folkes