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Five Republicans, one Democrat vying for commissioner’s seat

By Matt Montgomery

Since the filing period deadline last week, five Republicans and one Democrat have made their bids for the Canadian County commissioner’s seat official. The Republicans vying for the District 1 seat are Surrey Hills resident Marc Hader, Piedmont resident Kevin Hopkins, Yukon resident Scott Deatherage, El Reno resident Wes Higgins and Yukon resident Clifford Lawson. Canadian County Road Foreman Justin Atkinson will represent the Democratic party.

The District 1 seat, occupied by Phil Carson, will be up for grabs since Carson has announced he will not seek another term once his term is up this year.

The primary election for the District 1 seat is June 24. The runoff is Aug. 24 and the general election is Nov. 4.

Earlier candidate and Piedmont City Councilman Bobby Williamson had previously announced his intention to run for Carson’s seat but recently changed his mind.

The lone Democrat in this race, Justin Atkinson, works as the Canadian County road foreman and has been a El Reno resident his entire life.

Atkinson said he isn’t worried about being the only Democrat in the race and said he wants to focus on the issues at hand and not about the party he is running against.

“I am a person who is dedicated to the county and the community here,” Atkinson said. “It doesn’t matter which party, I’m on both sides here.”

Atkinson said since he has already worked in the county as the District 1 road foreman, he would work with communities in the county and work together to repair the 417 miles of roads in Canadian County.

“I’ve been employed with the district for 17 years,” Atkinson said. “This isn’t going to happen overnight, we are on a limited budget so we try to work our way around the county and do what we can, when we can, and try to take care of the roads as they get outdated.”

There were more who filed for other offices last week in Canadian County. Some of those include:
County commissioner District 3
Rick Opitz, Republican, Yukon
Jack Stewart, Incumbent Republican, Yukon

County Treasurer
Matt Wehmuller, Republican, Okarche

Federal Office, U.S. Senator
Jim Inhofe, Incumbent, Republican, Tulsa
Jean McBride Samuels, Democrat, Jenks
Erick Paul Wyatt, Incumbent, Norman
Ray Woods, Fairview

U.S. Senator (Tom Coburn’s seat)
Connie Johnson, Democrat, Oklahoma City
Jason Weger, Republican, Norman
Kevin Crow, Republican, Chickasha
Eric McCray, Republican, Tulsa
T.W. Shannon, Republican, Lawton

U.S. Representatives-District 3
Frank Lucas, Incumbent, Republican, Cheyenne
Robert Hubbard, Republican, Yukon

U.S. Representatives-District 4
Tae Si, Democrat, Norman
Bert Smith, Democrat, Moore
Tom Cole, Incumbent, Republican, Moore

Joe Dorman, Democrat, Rush Springs
Mary Fallin, Incumbent, Republican, Oklahoma City

Piedmont sweeps NWC in doubleheader

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Piedmont’s Marshall Wallace releases a pitch Tuesday afternoon during Game One of a doubleheader against Northwest Classen at Wildcat Field.

By Evan Grice


With the season winding down and the playoffs approaching, wins are becoming more and more important for the Piedmont baseball team.

More specifically wins in district play.

Piedmont helped itself out Tuesday afternoon at Wildcat Field, as the Wildcats earned a doubleheader sweep of the Knights from Northwest Classen, in two blowout victories. Read more →

Softball standout Courtney Anderson inks with Rose State

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Courtney Anderson signed a national letter of intent to play for Rose State College Thursday morning. Pictured from left to right, bottom row, Rose State head coach Nickie Williams, Grandmother Linda, Courtney Anderson, Mother Amy Anderson, and Father Dave. Back Row, PHS head coach Rick Scott and assistant coach Bobby Burke.

By Evan Grice


While Piedmont Lady Wildcat softball standout Courtney Anderson always dreamed of playing college softball, she never knew if it was going to become a reality.

Thursday afternoon though, in front of a standing room only crowd of coaches, friends, teammates, and family, Anderson made her dream come true.

Starting this fall, Anderson will be a member of the Rose State Lady Raiders softball team at Rose State College in Midwest City. Read more →

A winning knight for PHS: Lady Wildcats soccer holds off late rally from NWC

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Vanessa Esparza fights to gain control of the ball against a NWC Lady Knights player during the first half Tuesday night in a district game at Stout Field for the Lady Wildcats.

By Evan Grice


With just three games left in the regular season, every opportunity becomes important no matter who the opponent is.

For the No. 12 Piedmont Lady Wildcats, Tuesday night at Stout Field saw them tested, but ultimately able to walk away with a positive result. Read more →

No. 9 Wildcats undone by lone goal vs. NWC

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Piedmont’s Kanton Logan looks to send the ball up field as a NWC Knights player defends Tuesday night at Stout Field in Piedmont.

By Evan Grice


For the No. 9 Piedmont Wildcats, history will have to wait a few more days.

Seeking their first ever playoff berth, the Wildcats could have earned it with a victory over No. 4 Northwest Classen Tuesday night at Stout Field. Read more →

Piedmont soccer clips Eagles’ wings at home

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Piedmont’s Thomas Spencer looks to regain control of the ball as Lawton Eisenhower player Tyler Schemonia defends last Friday night at Stout Field.

By Evan Grice


If there was ever such a thing as a landmark victory, it came last Friday night at Stout Field for the No. 13 Piedmont Wildcats boys’ soccer team.

Facing the Eagles of Lawton Eisenhower in an important district contest, the Wildcats needed overtime and then some before finally taking out EHS, and putting themselves one step closer to the playoffs in the process. Read more →

U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas visits Piedmont

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas stopped by the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette Wednesday morning to talk about the Farm Bill, the Affordable Care Act and wind energy with Okarche resident Julie Harris, right.

Out with the old, in with the new…

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Workers install a new Keller Williams real estate sign Tuesday morning in Piedmont at the former Cleaton and Associates location.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
A longtime icon/sign sees its final minutes of existence Tuesday morning in Piedmont as it is about to be replaced by a new Keller Williams real estate sign.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
More than 50 Piedmont Chamber of Commerce members, Keller Williams associates and area community business people join Susan Miller, operating partner of Keller Williams Platinum of Piedmont, and Phil Boevers, Keller Williams franchise owner and Piedmont home builder, to cut the ribbon Tuesday morning for the new Piedmont Keller Williams Platinum location, located west of F&M Bank on Piedmont Road.

Road Warriors: PHS boys soccer rolls over Altus, Duncan in district

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Steffen Funkhouser attempts to control the ball in midfield as a Duncan Demon player gives chase during the first half Tuesday night at Halliburton Stadium. Funkhouser finished the game against the Demons with a pair of goals as the Wildcats improved to 2-1 in district play with a 6-1 victory over the Demons on the road.

By Evan Grice


If there was any doubt about the No. 13 Piedmont Wildcats still having some fight left in them for the playoffs, those questions were answered with an emphatic statement Tuesday night.

Facing their second road game in Southwest Oklahoma in as many days, the Wildcats used a fast start to take the Duncan Demons out of the game early, eventually claiming a 6-1 victory at Halliburton Stadium.

The victory was preceded by a 5-2 victory over the Altus Bulldogs Friday night also on the road. Read more →

No. 12 Lady Wildcats exercise Lady Demons

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Jordan Hendren battles for control of the ball with a Duncan Lady Demon player Tuesday night during the first half at Halliburton Stadium in Duncan. Hendren scored in her first game back from injury for the Lady Wildcats in a 5-0 rout of the Duncan Lady Demons.

By Evan Grice


These days it seems as though returning players and scoring goals have gone hand-in-hand for the No. 12 Piedmont Lady Wildcats.

Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in Altus, a returning Kylie Pyle registered a hat-trick as the Lady Wildcats took out Altus by a score of 5-0.

The trend continued Tuesday night at Halliburton Stadium in Duncan as a returning Jordan Hendren claimed her goal as well, as Piedmont cruised past the Lady Demons, by a score of what else but 5-0. Read more →

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