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Archive for: November 2012

Photo Gallery: Wildcat swimmers take to the pool in Kingfisher

Piedmont’s swim team made the short trip to Kingfisher last Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats’ boys 200 freestyle relay team qualified for state with a time of 1 minute 46.75 seconds.

For a full recap of the swim meet, check next week’s Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.


Palmer signs with the Lady Cavaliers

By Greg Evans

Kylie Palmer signed her name on the dotted line for St. Gregory’s University on Tuesday. She will play softball for the Lady Cavaliers.

“I really like the campus,” Palmer said. “It’s a bit older of a campus so it is really pretty. I like Coach (Heather Shanahan). She is new there and I know she will push me. I will have to work for a spot. It’s also close to home, about 45 minutes away.”

Palmer said she will pursue a degree in education as she would like to be a softball coach and high school math teacher.

“(Coach Shanahan) recruits athletes,” Palmer said. “She saw that I would be an asset and said I will play anywhere.”

Piedmont Coach Rick Scott had many kind words to say about a player who stepped up to play shortstop for the Lady Wildcats this year.

“She was one of those girls who always gave her full effort,” Scott said. “She never complained. She was not happy with her playing time her junior year. We sat down and talked about what she needed to do to play shortstop. For her first year, she played fantastic. I told her she would have errors during the year but she couldn’t get discouraged. She was the type of girl who would dive and chase after balls. Her heart was always in the right place. Whether that was with softball, God or her teammates, it was always in the right place. Kylie, I’m really proud for her.”

St. Gregory’s University is located in Shawnee.

As Palmer signed her letter of intent, she was joined by her parents Jennifer and Lance Kimball.

Wildcats drop dual to Yukon

By Greg Evans

Piedmont kicked off their season on Thursday with a close dual in Yukon. Piedmont lead by two points with two matches left but dropped their opening contest to the Millers 41-31.

The Wildcats wrestlers and Yukon combined for nine pins, with Piedmont recording three of them.

Steven Sharp lost by fall at 106 pounds. Jesse Lopez, 113 lbs., evened the score at 6-6 with a pin. Coulton Parker lost a major decision at 120 lbs. Michael Lopez at 126 lbs. lost by pin and Yukon lead 17-6 after four matches.

Alex Cardenas, 132 lbs., and Reece Henry, 138 lbs., recorded back-to-back falls for the Wildcats and Piedmont was able to take a one point lead. Yukon would take the lead at 145 lbs. with a pin of Francisco Lopez.

Shelby Miller, 152 lbs., Blane Culp, 160 lbs. and Dryden Abla, 170 lbs., reeled off three straight wins for Piedmont to give them their largest lead of the night, 28-23. Miller won 11-7, Culp won 11-2 and Abla won 9-5.

Darryl Burns, 182 lbs., lost by a pin and Yukon took a one point lead with three matches to go.

Brody Largent, 195 lbs., gave Piedmont a two point lead following a 5-2 win.

Kaleb Richter, 220 lbs., and Matt White, heavyweight, both lost by pin to give Yukon the 41-31 win.

“I’ve got a lot of positives about this match,” Coach Erik Ford said. “There are things we need to work on but this is a great way to start the year. They are the No. 6 team in Class 6A and we gave them a real fight. Yukon is a really good program and this dual came down to the last two matches. It’s always a lot of fun when it happens like that.”

Next Thursday, Piedmont travels to Deer Creek for another dual. The dual starts at 7 p.m.  That following day, the Wildcats will also take part in the Deer Creek wrestling tournament.

Chamber and Gazette team up to present open house

Staff Reports

The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette are teaming up to co-sponsor a Holiday Open House Dec. 10 at the Timber Lodge Steakhouse for current and prospective chamber members.

The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will offer attendees free food, drink, entertainment and prizes.

“The event was well attended and well received last year, and we look forward to an even bigger night this year,” said Chamber President Darren Owens. “Everyone seemed to have a great time last year, and it is a great opportunity for those considering membership in the chamber to come meet our members and see what we do,” he added.

Open House Co-Chairs Tanner Cline of Edward Jones and Randy Anderson of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette have been working very hard along with Chamber Executive Director Lisa Gigstad to make this a memorable event for our members and prospective members,” Owens said.

“We are proud to work with the Chamber to put on this event for the chamber membership and to help bring new members into the Chamber,” said Gazette Publisher Roger Pugh. “We have lined up some great prizes for the drawings and I know it will be an enjoyable evening for all of those attending,” he continued.

Charter Revision Committee makes good stride from Tuesday’s meeting

By Matt Montgomery

Charter Revision Committe member John Bickerstaff said the committee is making good strides toward cleaning up the charter.

Bickerstaff said Tuesday night, the charter discussed article two, which deals primarily with the council, the mayor and the responsibilities of both.

Also, they discussed what would be the appropriate number of wards for Piedmont and they decided that whoever is running for a particular ward must live in that ward for a certain number of days.

He said that it was agreed that the term limit should remain three years.

He added that the committee will discuss quorum next week.

“That’s about as far as we got tonight,” Bickerstaff said.
“We are going to talk about in an extraordinary circumstance, if a councilman is to be displaced like what happened in the tornado, but had no intention of moving out of town and giving up his residence. We are going to solidify that at our next meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Dec. 11 at the Piedmont Civic Center.”

Piedmont School Board Seat No. 3 up for grabs

Staff Reports

Filing period begins Monday, Dec. 3 for Piedmont Board of Education seat number three, which is currently occupied by board president Karen Green.
The filing period for Green’s seat closes Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Karen Green

The actual election for Green’s seat isn’t until Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 election.

However, the Canadian County Election Board has already announced the seats that are up for grabs for each school board within the district.

Piedmont Service Center offers food baskets to low income families

By Matt Montgomery

The Piedmont Service Center will be offering holiday food baskets and children’s Christmas needs to low income families again this year.

Applicants must reside in Piedmont, or have a 373 telephone prefix, 73078 zip code or have children enrolled in the Piedmont School District.
Applications may be picked up at the Piedmont Service Center, 415 Piedmont Road North from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For those wanting to help with monetary donations, turkey or ham are appreciated.

Piedmont Service Center Director Dennis Owen said the Service Center volunteers have already started the preparation for the holiday food baskets.

The baskets will include turkeys, pies, vegetables and other items that constitute the all-American holiday dinner, Owen said.

“We buy some of these things locally and typically the single most need thing we have are turkeys, hams and other meat products,” he said. “We have a number of groups in the community that help us out.”

He said some of the groups in the Piedmont community that are helping with the food collection is the high school, who just completed their food drive. Also, the Service Center recently received a couple of generous checks from the Piedmont Kiwanis and a special donation was made by the United Methodist Church.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
The Piedmont Service Center recently decorated the area outside the front of their building on Piedmont Road with Christmas lights and decorations. They are currently collecting for their food baskets and are also seeking donations from the community, both monetary and food.

“We also received a generous donation from the Surrey Hills Home Association,” he said. “They sent us a generous check and donation.

September 2012 sales tax check down from September 2011 figure

By Roger Pugh

The monthly sales tax check to Piedmont for September, 2012 business was down compared to September 2011, according to figures released by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

In Piedmont, the commission returned $138,662.50 for September, while last year during the same period, Piedmont’s check was $178, 715.63.

Although the sales tax check for Piedmont was down, the use tax check to the city was up for September. Piedmont collected $23,901.73 in September 2012 use tax, compared to $8,837.68 a year earlier.

The use tax is a companion tax for purchases made outside the state from retailers who do not collect Oklahoma sales tax whether by mail order, catalog, television shopping networks, radio, Internet, phone or in person. Use tax is paid by the buyer when the Oklahoma sales tax has not been collected by the seller.

Some other nearby cities and towns also saw lower sales tax returns for this September compared to the previous year, while others enjoyed an increase in returns.

The commission returned $84,683.61 to Okarche this month for September sales, down from last year when Okarche received $117,797.60 for the same period.

Kingfisher saw its September sales tax collections dip this year to $209,550.37 compared to $230,336.87 for the same time in 2011. El Reno’s take fell this year to $760,685.32 while last year the check September check was for $855,734.15.

There were some are communities who enjoyed sizeable jumps in this year’s September check. Cashion collected $25,712.59 for the period this year, compared to $10,769 last year. Calumet’s check exploded from $35,805.16 last year to $342,150.08 this year.

Yukon and Mustang also saw slight increases in the sales tax checks to those cities for September 2012. Yukon took in $1,345,297.51 this year for September sales, while the figure a year earlier was $1,324,698.87. Mustang’s check was for $639,691.36, compared to $612,329.68 same time last year.

Kingfisher County saw its share of the September sales tax dip, with the county getting a check this year for the period in the amount of $157,902.07, compared to $179,704.90 in 2011. Canadian County saw an increase, receiving $561,519.79 this year, while last year for the period, the county received a check for $496,865.14.

Piedmont Area Veterans seek donations, citizens to join

By Matt Montgomery

John Bickerstaff said the Piedmont Area Veterans have received some donations but are seeking more, as well as some citizens to join their group.

“Piedmont Area Veterans and any interested citizen, please come to a meeting on Tuesday, Dec .4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Historical Society Annex (west of the Post Office) We will provide an update status on our progress,” Bickerstaff Said. “We will also show a rendering of the building, seek input on how to proceed and discuss expectations.”

Bickerstaff said they are seeking donations upward of $30,000 and have already received several generous donations from Piedmont and Surrey Hills citizens.

“We have received seven donations so far with the largest being $5000,” he said. “We need to have around $30,000 by mid December to ensure a January ground breaking. I’d like to shoot for $50,000 so we have some funds to work on the interior. None of your donations will go to waste.”

He added it will all go to get the building, parking, etc constructed and then the left over money will be used on the inside. Funds will dictate how much interior finish work they do

City Council debates possible fix to two Piedmont roads

By Matt Montgomery

The Piedmont City Council Monday approved a bid for a new sound system for the George Fina Municipal Building and Councilman Donnie Robinson and Piedmont Resident Al Ridgely researched the sound system and got the best they could get for the for the $8, 647,30 price tag from Cory’s Audio Visual Services.

The funding for this project will come from the city’s Capital Improvement Fund.

In other business, the debate went on about the deplorable roads around Piedmont, including 164th Street and also Waterloo Road. Some of the councilmen wanted to see Waterloo Road fixed first, while others wanted to see 164th Street fixed first.

Councilman Donnie Robinsons said this is a project that needs to be fixed now, even if the city has to do a five or six year fix, as advised by Piedmont City Engineer Joe Davis.

Paving Washington Ave from Piedmont Rd. to Cemetery would cost just under $100,000 and Waterloo would cost nearly $37,000 per mile.

The council also discussed if the city had the money to spend on road repair projects. The council discussed that if the bond issues passes next year, then some of them don’t feel comfortable using that money to pay for the road repair. In fact, some of them said they would rather use the $100,000 and repair one road at a time instead of doing them both simultaneously.
The council made recommendations to the planning commission and sent the agenda item back to them.

The council also tabled the item about hiring a lobbyist until their December meeting.

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