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Archive for: January 2014

Hubbard announces intent


Robert Hubbard

Robert Hubbard (R) announced his intent to run for the 3rd Congressional seat currently held by Frank Lucas

Robert Hubbard (R), Chairman of the Canadian County Republican Party today announced his intent to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by 10-term U.S. Rep Frank Lucas.  Hubbard will formally announce his candidacy today, Monday, at the Oklahoma History Center.

Lucas has been in the House since 1994 and has won previous elections by wide margins.   Hubbard believes it’s time to make some changes.

Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District covers all of western Oklahoma, from the Panhandle and southwestern corner of Oklahoma to the northern fringes of Oklahoma City.

Mac Thompson inducted into the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame

Mac Thompson

Congratulations Mac Thompson!

Longtime resident, Mac Thompson, tonight was inducted into the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Thompson has been an active member in the Piedmont community for many years. His tremendous contributions have garnered Thompson the love and respect from a lot of Piedmont residents and business owners. It is with Great Pride that the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette congratulates Mr. Thompson on this honor.

Congrats Mac, you deserve it!

Veterans associations seeks donations

By John Bickerstaff
PAVA Committee Spokesperson

As you know, the Piedmont Area Veterans Association (PAVA) is in the process of constructing a building on Edmond Road in Piedmont.

The goal for this building is to have a place to honor the selfless service of our nation’s service members of the United States Armed Forces through preservation, celebration and education.

This organization has made giant strides to keep the project moving forward.

All of the required state and federal documents for the incorporation and by-laws have been completed and we have applied for the IRS 501(c) (19) not-for-profit veterans’ organization.

The deeds for the donated property have been filed and completed. Construction permits have been obtained, building materials are on site and construction is underway. Much of the materials will be donated, as well as the labor efforts.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we have raised over $30,000. This has allowed us to proceed with the construction of the PAVA building. However, further donations are needed in order for us to continue forward. We realize economic times are tough and many people and other organizations are seeking your support as well. Your donation toward this building would help to honor and remember our veterans.
Should you have any questions, please contact John Bickerstaff at mjbickerstaff@prodigy.net.

High school construction moves forward

By James White
Piedmont Schools Superintendent

Although this winter’s inclement weather has caused some delays, construction at Piedmont High School is going strong. Even with the delays, it is still our goal to have the project completed during the summer months.

This much-needed construction will meet a number of pressing needs as our enrollment continues to increase at a rapid pace. First, this project includes an expansion of the current cafeteria space. With an expected enrollment of almost 900 students in the high school next year, this added space will be extremely beneficial.

A secured entrance and attendance office is also being constructed at the front of the building. This will allow for all other outside doors to be locked once the school day begins. All visitors will then be checked in before being allowed to enter the building, which greatly enhance school security.
Two additional classrooms and restrooms are being constructed on the southwest corner of the building. This part of the project obviously will add needed classroom space, but it will also assist in alleviating hallway overcrowding.

The final and largest piece of the construction project includes a physical education gymnasium, wrestling room, restrooms, locker rooms, and training room. Currently, PE/Wellness classes cannot be held.

McDonald named finalist in national assistant principal race

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont High School Assistant Principal Clay McDonald was recently named a finalist for the nation’s top assistant principal prize.

Clay McDonald, Piedmont High School, In his eight years as assistant principal at Piedmont High School, McDonald has implemented a plethora of new initiatives, all aimed at developing a strong and positive learning environment. He wrote and obtained a grant to be part of the High Schools that Work (HSTW) initiative and developed focus groups to develop new ideas for the school while enabling students and teachers to achieve at a higher level. Every teacher is part of a focus group, allowing all faculty members to have their voices heard when it comes to school decisions.

After a school survey was completed that indicated many students do no reading outside of the classroom, McDonald led the development of a reading program to increase reading and literacy. When he saw that ACT scores were staying stagnant or growing very slowly, McDonald offered a professional development session to help teachers understand the ACT, started an ACT Day at the school to help students, and created an ACT prep course, which has seen an increase in enrollment every year.

In an attempt to decrease the number of students failing classes, McDonald developed a school-wide policy where students have until the end of the semester to turn in uncompleted assignments for up to 60 percent of the final grade before it turns into a zero. This initiative has decreased the failing list and led to more students passing courses. Read more →

Piedmont teams prepare for Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tourney

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Hayden Priddy drives around Bishop McGuinness player Elizabeth Jantz during a game at Deer Creek earlier this season. The No. 7 ranked Lady Wildcats will be in action at 4:10 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Kingfisher High School in the first round of the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament.

By Evan Grice


Thursday afternoon will officially begin the second half of the season for Piedmont basketball.

And there’s no better way to start then with the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament, which will be held at the Kingfisher All Purpose Building on the campus of Kingfisher High School.

On the girls’ side of the bracket, the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats will be entering with an overall record of 5-4 for the season, and are coming off the heels of a tough loss against No. 1 Shawnee last Friday night on the road.

For the Lady Wildcats, this tournament could be just the resurgence needed for them as they have made the finals the past two years in a row. Read more →

Wildcats set to host Piedmont Invitational

Photo Provided by Julia Henry
Piedmont’s Tyler Banks gets into position during a match at the Geary Invitational tournament earlier this month. Banks and the rest of the Wildcat wrestling team will be at Collett Fieldhouse starting on Thursday Jan 23. for a dual against Geary before hosting the Piedmont Invitational wrestling tournament Friday.

By Evan Grice


For the past three years, when teams have ventured to Collett Fieldhouse for the Piedmont Invitational wrestling tournament, there’s only been one outcome: Piedmont standing tall at the top.

Head coach Erik Ford and his squad will be hoping for a four-peat this weekend as the Wildcat wrestling team readies to host the annual tournament, which is set to begin Friday morning at noon with matches running all day and into Saturday.

First though, there’s the small matter of meeting Geary for a dual Thursday night Jan. 23 at Collett. Read more →

Piedmont softball standout Lowrie inks with NOC

Evan Grice/Gazette
Thursday morning saw Piedmont Lady Wildcat softball standout Jamie Lowrie sign with Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Pictured from left to right (front row) Jamie’s sister Kaylan, mother Ronda, Jamie Lowrie, and her father Mike Lowrie. Back row (L-R) Piedmont softball head coach Rick Scott, NOC head softball coach Jamie Roberts.

By Evan Grice


Normally when a player tears their ACL, they aren’t supposed to keep playing.

But Piedmont softball player Jamie Lowrie isn’t just any normal player.

Lowrie, who played through the 2012 State Tournament with a torn ACL in her knee, officially brought her softball career full circle Thursday morning when she signed an official letter of intent to play softball at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Read more →

Lady Wildcats fall to No. 1 Lady Wolves

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Abbie Hall tries to get ahold of a loose ball while holding off the defense from Shawnee player Kelsey Simmons during the first half Friday night at the Shawnee Athletic Center.

By Evan Grice


Earlier this season, the No. 7 Piedmont Lady Wildcats pulled an upset over then No. 1 ranked Deer Creek on the opening night of the season.

Apparently, the now No. 1 Shawnee Lady Wolves took notes and came prepared Friday night at the Shawnee High School Athletic Center.

SHS used a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest and eventually claim a 59-30 victory over the Lady Wildcats.

The 30 points were the lowest amount of points put up this season by the Lady Wildcats. Read more →

Piedmont escapes at Shawnee with win

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kendell Franklin looks to drive to the basket around Shawnee’s Marquese Tramble during the second half Friday night at the Shawnee High School Athletic Center.

By Evan Grice


While the No. 4 Piedmont Wildcats didn’t have the lead for very long Friday night against No. 19 Shawnee, they did have it when it mattered most.

When the final horn sounded.

Piedmont fought through a rough shooting night along with a stingy Wolves defense to claim the lead with 52 seconds left in the fourth at 49-47 and leave the Shawnee High School Athletic Center with a 53-47 victory.

The result was finished with a thunderous exclamation point by senior Adrion Williams who slammed home his final two-points of the night as the buzzer sounded. Read more →

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