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For information, or to enroll, call 580-255-2903, ext. 330, or toll-free at 888-607-2446 today! Bond issues pass, Marlow elects new council person  Last Tuesday, February 11, Marlow voters turned out to select a City Council person for Ward 2 and Velma-Alma and Empire voters approved bond issues for their school districts.  Marlow Voters selected Neal L. Moore to sit on the Council by a slim margin of 5 votes over Brad Throckmorton, the official talley was Throckmorton 25, Moore 30.  Velma-Alma School District voters approved two bond issue propositions.  The first bond proposal totaled $505,000 and will fund renovations of the school’s auditorium which is approaching seventy years of age. According to published reports, the remodeling would include new floors, seating, paint, lighting and work on the stage and equipment.The issue was approved by voters 222 to 18.  Other proposed upgrades would include the foot- ball field house including rest rooms and showers. Security cameras would be placed around the campus as well.  The second issue was to purchase a new activ- ity bus for the school students. The $260,000 issue passed 215 yes voters and 24 no votes.  The bond issues would follow an expiring tax, so there would not be an increase in taxes for property owners in the district.  Empire School District patrons voted to approved two bond issues as well.  A $995,000 bond issue passed 121 votes to 26. The funds will be used to add an Agriculture Barn to the school facility. The new facility will allow the agriculture students to have many other activities including stock shows. Other planned upgrades on campus will include covered walkways according to officials.  The second proposition of $185,000 was to up- grade transportation and would allow the district to purchase new buses which would provide safer, more reliable transportation for students. That issue passed with 122 yes votes and 27 no votes.  The bond issues also replace an expiring bond issue, therefore property owners would not see an increase in taxes due to the bond issues. CU-Duncan to host annual Victorian Tea By Derrick Miller Former British Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone was once quoted about the wonders of tea, ranging from its ability to warm and cool a person as needed. Gladstone talked about how tea could cheer someone who was depressed and calm someone who was excitable. One Feb. 23, Cameron University-Duncan will give people a first hand account of the impact tea can have, when the university hosts its annual Victorian Tea. The event will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Simmons Center in the Redbud Courtyard Room. This year’s theme is “Love After Valentine’s Day in Victorian Literature.” The program will be led by Dr. Vivian Thomlinson, who is a professor at Cam- eron University. “You don’t have to be well versed in high tea eti- quette,” Susan Camp, CU-Duncan program director, said. During the Victorian Tea, high tea will be served with scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches and tarts. The tea will be provided by Distinctive Decor. The event is free for Cameron University students. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Victorian Tea does have limited seating, and people need to RSVP for the event. To RSVP for the event, call 580-581-2491. Duncan Regional Hospital to continue expansion By Derrick Miller  Duncan Regional Hospi- tal is looking at putting its first ever clinic in Coman- che County with a goal of getting things underway this year. A new clinic will be open- ing in Elgin. Other clinics are in various other commu- nities in Southwest Oklahoma, including Comanche and Marlow. “That will put Duncan Regional in 10 communi- ties,” DRH President and CEO Jay Johnson said dur- ing the Duncan Chamber of Commerce community breakfast. Johnson said the hospital is bringing in more doc- tors and specialists that will help the entity grow and improve. The clinic is just part of that movement toward growth. He said work on the clinic is expected to start in April, although a completion date is not known at this time. “We’re continuing to grow and add new services and bring more people in,” Johnson said. In recent months, Duncan Regional has taken on other projects, including an upgrade to the existing emergency room, which started in 2019. Johnson said DRH is run by people who care about the community. He said he wants the hospital to be something people are proud of. The new clinic will allow the hospital to help more people. What’s Love Got To Do With It?   Duncan Safe Center will hold their 3rd Annual ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’ event on Sat- urday, February 22nd at Fuqua Park. The event is to help prevent teen dating violence.  The chalk art contest is bolstered by entertainment by DJ Hollywood, free food, door prizes, swag bags and information packets.  The contests and games are scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm.  The event is an outreach program designed to reach 4th to 8th graders and help influence their dating behaviors before they start dating.   According to statistics one in three young people experience physical and/or sexual abuse by a dating partner.  For more information contact the Safe Center at 580-252-5324. Reserve now for Toy Shop Spud Lunch  The Spud Lunch, an annual fund raiser for the Church Women United’s Toy Shop will be held on Tuesday, March 3. The 11 am to 1:30 feed will be held at the First United Methodist Church.  Tickets are $8 each and available from Toy Shop Volunteers, at the FUMC office or you can call and reserve tickets at 255-9625.  Take out orders are available and delivery is of- fered for orders of 10 or more spuds. No tickets are sold at the door.  The Toy Shop began in 1940 as a way to make sure that underpriviledged children of Duncan had Christ- mas gifts.  Today Church Women United sponsor the drive action, and [that] no public funds will be used in any manner to restrict the Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Stephens County, or to aid federal, state, or any municipal agencies in the restriction of said rights.  Tuesday, Stephens County Commissioners signed on to the declaration when presented to them to sup- port the Sheriff in his endeavor to protect the consti- tutional rights of the citizens of Stephens County.  The Declaration can be seen in its entirity on Page 8 of this issue and Steve Fair’s ‘Fair and Biased column on Page 8 also addresses some of the history behind the Sanctuary declaration. ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ continued from Page 1 and work throughout the year with many volun- teers to raise funds to provide gifts to approxi- mately 1200 children. Fine-Free February happening at library By Derrick Miller  Imagine bringing back an overdue item to the Dun- can Public Library and not having to pay the late fee that typically comes with late returns.  For the month of February, that is a reality.  Duncan Public Library is hosting its Fine-Free February throughout the month. People turning in overdue items will not accrue a late fee. Instead, the library is pushing to have late items returned instead.  Late items will need to be returned in good condi- tion to have the fee waived. The goal is to get items returned so other patrons can check them out.  Although Fine-Free February won’t result in late fees for the most part, accounts sent over to collec- tions because of unreturned items will result in a $10 fee when items are returned.  For information, call the Duncan Public Library at 580-255-0636. At the Library  Thursday, February 20, 6:00 pm: Wildlife & Forestry Presentation: Jimmy Pryor will give a presentation about wildlife and our national forest systems. Mr. Pryor is a well-traveled, knowledgeable, and fascinating speaker who has lots of photos and stories to tell about his experiences in the national forest systems. This presentation is open to anyone!  To take advantage of this or other opportunities contact Amy D. Ryker, Duncan Public Library, 580- 255-0636. the Library is located at 3785 N. Hwy 81.