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Archive for: November 2012

Officials from Piedmont-based boys home set to speak at Dec. 6 luncheon

Staff Reports

Officials from White Fields, a Piedmont based residential home for severely abused and neglected boys will be the speakers at the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Dec. 6 monthly luncheon.

Speaking to the chamber will be Frank Alberson, Executive Director of White Fields, and Mautra Jones, White Fields Director of Development.

Attendees to the luncheon are encouraged to bring an items to donate to White Fields from White Fields Wish List.

The list includes: body wash, shampoo and conditioner, 3D movies rated G, PG, or PG13, Wii games, Xbox 360 games, books for the library – children’s and preteen, and manipulatives for math and English classes.

The Chamber will also recognize the December Business of the Month, ECI Agency, represented by Scott Cornelius.

The gathering, which begins at noon at the George Fina Municipal Building, is free and open to the public. An optional lunch from Catering By Regina is available for $8. 

Lights on Piedmont contest set for Dec. 10 to 12

Staff Reports

With the holidays just around the corner, the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce announces its annual “Lights On Piedmont” holiday decorating contest.

First, second and third place awards will be given to the best outdoor displays in both the commercial and residential categories again this year.

Judges will be making the rounds within the community viewing light displays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 10-12.Residences and businesses wishing to participate and have their display judged should have their displays turned on during those times.

Piedmont Board of Education announces seat up for grabs

Staff Reports

The Piedmont Board of Education has announced the candidacy of seat No. 3, and anyone can apply.

The district announced that statutorily qualified individuals interested in running as a candidate for the No. 3 seat on the Piedmont Board of Education.

Interested candidates must file for the seat with the Canadian County Election Board between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Dec. 3 through Dec. 5.

Concealed carry permit sales increase, ‘concealed carry’ changes to ‘open carry’

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Private concealed carry class certified instructor Don Lee said there has been an increase in the amount of people who have signed up for his concealed carry class as a result of the new open carry law being in effect.

Lee said the amount of people signing up for concealed carry classes have increased, but most of the feedback he’s got is those people want to get the permit and still conceal their weapon.

“A big concern on everybody’s mind is getting a license and, of course, they are not so much concerned about open carry, they are just concerned with getting their license,” Lee said. “Most of the people I’ve talked to are not wanting to carry open. In fact, most of them are worried a little bit about carrying open and worried about the people they see carrying open. They want to conceal their guns and not let people know they have them and I think that’s pretty smart myself.”

Lee believes there will be in increase in no firearms allowed signs on local businesses.

“I think when you walk in the front door, you are going to see a vast increase in those,” Lee said. “If they start seeing people coming in there with open carry, they are going to start putting those signs up, because it’s going to make them and their customers nervous.” Read more →

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting slated Dec. 1

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

As the Christmas season edges closer to Piedmont, the community gears up for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting, this year at the First Baptist Church.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said he and the city expect a large crowd this year.

Last year, the lighting was at city hall and he said there wasn’t enough room to accommodate the guests.

The event is free and open to the public. Crosby said a talented musician is going to perform. This event is slated from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.

“We are going to have a program that the lighting of the tree will be around 6 p.m. at the Service Center,” he said. “At that point in time, Santa Claus will come in on a fire engine, then they will proceed to the Baptist church.

He said that in looking at past events, the church is a much suitable location and the city is very happy because this year they anticipate on having a large crowd and a much better facility to accommodate everyone.

The event will also have fun for the kids, including free pictures with Santa Claus, a goodie bag for the kids and some free face painting.

Irv Wagoner, from Oklahoma City University will bring his trombone and quartet and perform Christian music.

Crosby also said Little Miss Piedmont will be introduced to the crowd.

2030 Comprehensive Plan final draft tabled

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The Piedmont Planning Commission held a special meeting last Thursday, 7 p.m., Nov. 15 to view the 2030 Comprehensive Plan final draft.

The Planning Commission voted to table their agenda to approve or disapprove the approval of the draft. They felt it needed an action agenda item added to their next meeting.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said the commission asked Piedmont’s new Community Development Director, Wade Hardin, to clean it up and make it into an action item.

“They felt it lacked the proper direction,” Crosby said. “They said it needed a little more to it, so that’s what they’re doing.”

He said the Planning Commission is at a consensus that the plan isn’t as comprehensive as they’d like it to be.

“Some of it may be a little cookie cutter and understanding the direction,” Crosby said.”

He added that there are several things that are very important to it and, one of the more important things is Piedmont’s zoning and Commissioner Ron Cardwell, a former civil engineer think that and roundabouts on Piedmont’s roadways is something that will get a lot of attention.

Crosby said with an action plan added to next month’s meeting gives the Planning Commission more leverage to get the Comprehensive Plan finalized.

Crosby is confident the tabled item at the last meeting should pass with no problem.

The next Planning Commission meeting is slated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3.

Officer fired; appeals decision

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby terminated Piedmont Police Officer Ken Qualls last Friday for just cause.

Crosby met with Qualls last Thursday as part of a pre-disciplinary hearing and notified the officer that he would have a decision made within five days.

Officer Qualls fell under scrutiny after writing Ashley Ward a ticket for $2,500 because he saw her three-year-old son urinating in the Warden’s front yard.

The ticket was later ripped up and thrown out, but the talk of the situation lingered on.

Crosby said the officer gave his side of the story and now Crosby had five days to make his decision to terminate Qualls or suspend him.

After Crosby announced his decision to Qualls, he was allowed to appeal or accept the decision and he appealed it, so now he will have five days to make his case to the personnel board with the city.

Crosby said Tuesday that it is unlikely the personnel board will reinstate Officer Qualls after all of the controversy that came with the decision he made.

Crosby said, because of Qualls, there are national news organizations and world news originations that have been poking fun of the Piedmont Police Department and that is something that actually had no bearing on his decision to let Qualls go.

Piedmont man faces up to 19 years in prison

Staff Reports

A Piedmont resident has been charged in Canadian County District Court for breaking into two Yukon residences.

Barron Martin Marley of Piedmont is charged with two counts of second degree burglary for the break-ins, and another count of larceny from one of the homes he is accused of unlawfully entering. He could receive up to 19 years in prison if convicted on all three counts.

According to charges filed by District Attorney Michael Fields, Marley broke into a home located at 12005 N.W. 138th by knocking out a bedroom window.
He is also charged with breaking into another Yukon home by using a brick to break out a back window in that home.

The larceny charge stems from Marley allegedly removing a television from the second home.

He was apprehended by Oklahoma City police.

Marley was already facing drug related charges in Canadian County District Court.

He had also received a seven-year deferred sentence earlier this year in Oklahoma County District Court after he pleaded guilty to burglary and drug related charges in that county.

City terminates officer Qualls

By Matt Montgomery
News Editor

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby terminated Piedmont Police Officer Ken Qualls today for just cause.

Crosby met with Qualls yesterday as part of a pre-disciplinary hearing and notified the officer that he would have a decision made within five days.

Officer Qualls fell under scrutiny after writing Ashley Ward a ticket for $2,500 because he saw her three-year-old son urinating in the Warden’s front yard.

The ticket was later ripped up and thrown out, but the talk of the situation lingered on.

Officer Qualls has a couple of days to appeal Crosby’s decision to the city’s personnel board.

Officer awaits city manager’s decision

Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby met with Piedmont Police Officer Ken Qualls Thursday and hasn’t reached a decision yet as to whether Qualls will remain employed as an officer.

Crosby said the officer gave his side of the story and now Crosby has five days to make his decision to terminate Qualls or suspend him.

He said he would ultimately make his decision by Monday.

Qualls has fallen under scrutiny after issuing Ashley Warden a $2,500 citation for her three-year-old son urinating in their front yard.

After Crosby announces his decision to Qualls, he will then be allowed to appeal or accept the decision and if he appeals it, then he will have five days to make his case to the personnel board with the city.

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