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Archive for: February 2014

Fire destroys Piedmont area home

By Matt Montgomery

Oklahoma City firefighters, along with a mutual aid from the Piedmont Fire Department did all they could to contain the house fire at 15524 Canyon Road in Northwood last Friday, but a lack of fire hydrants in the neighborhood caused Oklahoma City to get the water to fight the fire from Piedmont tanker trucks.

In a report filed by the Oklahoma City Fire Department, fire crews reported the house was completely in flames and the fire fighting operation was be a defensive fight. Oklahoma City assumed control of the fire fighting and extinguished the grass fire around the structure.

Oklahoma City reported that the home owner was not home at the time of the fire, but was notified and returned shortly after a neighbor notified them.

“Home owner stated she had a broken water line that had flooded her house a few days earlier and her heater was broken,” the report noted. “She had been at the house yesterday to meet with a heating and air technician. She had left her house around 5 p.m. and was staying with a friend.”

The report stated that OG&E was on scene and disconnected the service to the structure.
Oklahoma City Fire reported that they were still looking for a point of origin and the cause of the fire this week.

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said Piedmont responded a tanker to the scene of the fire as well as an engine to the fill point on 164th and Cemetery Road.

“What we did there, was set up an engine to assist filling the tankers that were going back and forth hauling the water,” Logan said.

Logan confirmed there are no fire hydrants in the Northwood Lake edition. He said the closest fire hydrant was Piedmont’s fire hydrant at the 164th and Cemetery Road location.

Lucia Wyant/Gazette
This Northwood Lake Estates home was destroyed by a fire last Friday morning.

“They (Oklahoma City) needed assistance with tankers, so we were more than happy to assist them,” Logan said.

Piedmont City Councilmen Robinson and Gleichmann will run unopposed in April election

By Matt Montgomery

Al Gleichmann

Donnie Robinson

Piedmont City Councilmen Donnie Robinson and Al Gleichmann will run unopposed in the Piedmont City Council election on April 1. The filing period deadline for the City of Piedmont general election expired Wednesday, Feb. 5. No one filed to run for election against the two current council members in wards three and five, Robinson (Ward five) and Gleichmann (Ward three).

Robinson said this council will face some of the same issues in the budget cycle they’ve faced in the past including road repairs, maintaining a police department, getting new businesses in Piedmont and cutting the budget.

“I think we have a pretty stable council right now,” Robinson said. “I think we have an outstanding planning commission that does their due diligence in preparing things for us (city council).”

He said the city council must be very cautious in their approach on various issues and following proper guidelines.

Robinson has been a council member for many years and said budget issues are common for any council.

“You can go and set a budget then you can have something like a fire engine go down,” Robinson said. “You’ve got the unforeseen out there also. While you may have budgeted money for a project, an emergency comes up so you have to put that on hold. There’s always the unknown that’s out there, but the known is you’ve got to run a police department, a fire department, got to have a city hall, got to have road work done constantly and have equipment.”

Robinson said the City of Piedmont has been working to repair the roads in Piedmont. He said with a little bit of luck, the city will get to fix three to four miles of road in 2014. He said the city is constantly doing road projects that all of the residents might not know about, especially the rural roads around Piedmont.

He said in the future, a big road project will require another bond issue. Piedmont faced it’s first ever General Obligation Bond issue for road repairs in April 2013. The citizens voted that one down, which would have allotted money to fix a majority of some of the major roads in Piedmont.

Robinson said he felt like if the bond issue last April would have been prepared a little better, it might have had more success passing by the voters.

“I think it was done in too rushed of a time,” Robinson said. “The first one that you put out there is always a tough one. That was the first bond issue that the City has ever put out there for roads. I think the City learned a lot from it. It was kind of an educational process, also. We need to step back and take a look and see how the cities do it, that are experienced at doing it, and getting input from them.”

Robinson said he is very confident that this council will work hard. He said there is nothing wrong with disagreements, because that’s how the facts get straightened out.

Gleichmann said that the council needs to tighten the budget. He said one of the biggest things he wants to get accomplished is fixing the roads in Piedmont.

“I look forward to serving all of the people in my ward three,” Gleichmann said. “If they have a problem, call me. I don’t always find out about the problems at first. Give me an idea what the people want.”

Gleichmann said he wants the residents in his ward to call him to let him know about issues in his ward.

He wants to know what the residents think needs to be cut from the budget or things in general that need to be accomplished. He can be reached at 373-2018.

“I want people to give me opinions,” he said. “That way, you can find out what the people really want out there. If somebody lets me know about a road or if I discover a road then I get a hold of Jim (Crosby) and see what we can do about it.”

The next scheduled Piedmont City Council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 at the George Fina Municipal Building, located on Edmond Road, just west of Piedmont Road.

Piedmont Chamber awards Lyn Land Piedmont volunteer of the year

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Piedmont Parks and Recreation board member Lyn Land was awarded the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award by Chamber member Darren Owens at Thursday’s February Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the George Fina Municipal Building in Piedmont.

Piedmont wrestling claims third at Chickasha; wins eighth straight dual

Photo Provided by Julia Henry
Piedmont’s Blane Culp fights to stay in control during the championship match at 160 pounds Saturday at the Chickasha Tournament. Culp would eventually win the title at 160 pounds for the Wildcats. He was the only wrestler to win an overall weight class on the weekend.

By Evan Grice


It seems like the Piedmont wrestling program is hitting its stride at just the right time.

Following their eighth straight dual victory last Thursday over Guthrie on the road, the Wildcats followed it up with a solid third place team finish at the Chickasha Wrestling Invitational tournament this past weekend.

Piedmont finished with six wrestlers in the semifinals, but it was Blane Culp (160) who brought home the lone championship for the Wildcats from the tournament.

PHS is off until the Dual State tournament which is scheduled for Feb. 15 at Yukon High School. Read more →

Lady Wildcat freshman win seventh straight game

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Maddie Sperle looks to drive around a Kingfisher player during the first half Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse.

By Evan Grice


Right now it seems nothing, not even the cold weather can slow down the Piedmont Lady Wildcats freshman basketball team.

Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse in the midst of freezing cold weather outside, PHS turned up the heat on the Kingfisher Lady Jackets as they claimed a 41-22 victory.

The win was the seventh straight for the Lady Wildcats in a row.

While the game might have started slowly on the offensive end for Piedmont, things quickly changed in a hurry. Read more →

MSP Lady Wildcats split vs. Kingfisher girls

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Maci Attalla drives through the lane for a layup attempt during the first half of the seventh grade Lady Wildcats game against Kingfisher Monday night at Collett Fieldhouse.

By Evan Grice


While the weather outside was less than pleasant Monday night, the seventh and eighth grade Piedmont Lady Wildcat basketball teams were hoping to bring some delightful results to their fans at Collett Fieldhouse.

Unfortunately, MSP fans were forced to settle for a split on the night as the seventh grade girls pulled out a come from behind victory, while the eighth grade girls fell in an overtime heartbreaker against Kingfisher. Read more →

Getting back on track: No. 3 Wildcats knock out El Reno

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Adrion Williams puts up a shot in the first half against El Reno Friday night.

By Evan Grice


Earlier this season following their first defeat of the year, the No. 3 Piedmont Wildcats bounced back in a big way in their following game.

Friday night was no different as the Wildcats made everyone forget about their heartbreaking loss to Kingfisher in the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Finals, with a commanding 60-46 victory over then No. 5 El Reno at Collett Fieldhouse.

More importantly in the grander scheme of things, the Wildcats stayed unbeaten in Suburban Conference play with a 5-0 mark, and lead second placed Carl Albert by one game in the standings. Read more →

Statement delivered: No. 6 PHS bombards Lady Indians

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Keli Patterson looks for an open teammate to pass to during the second half against El Reno.

By Evan Grice


One might have to forgive Piedmont basketball fans for doing a double take Friday night during the Lady Wildcats homecoming game against El Reno.

This was because the Lady Wildcats didn’t show the relaxation of a team who had just won its first tournament title the following week in Kingfisher.

Instead, the No. 6 Lady Wildcats came out with an offensive flurry against the then No. 7 Lady Indians, draining seven three pointers in the process of a coast-to-coast victory on Homecoming night by a score of 59-49. Read more →

One-on-One with Lady Wildcat senior Alex Hall

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Alex Hall drives to the basket as Heritage Hall player Morgan Garrett defends during the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament at Kingfisher High School in January.

By Evan Grice


Piedmont Lady Wildcat senior basketball player Alex Hall recently sat down with the Surrey-Gazette following practice to talk about Piedmont basketball, how sports run in her family, and what it’s like getting to play with her twin sister Abbie on the same team.

PG: What drew you to the sport of basketball?

AH: “It was mainly my mom (Cindy Schrader). She played basketball at Sterling College in Kansas and ran track as well. She played it all when she was a kid as well. Basically she started me in the sport and it just grew from there.”

PG: Basketball is something you take very serious and you look very intense out on the court. Is that another trait you get from your mom is that intensity?

AH: “Yes, definitely. On my mom’s side of the family, they’re all very competitive and hate to lose. So I definitely would say I get my competitive nature from my mom.” Read more →

Piedmont Chamber of Commerce cuts ribbon to new business in Piedmont

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce and members of the Piedmont community joined Melisa Ryker, owner of Piedmont Dry Cleaners and Florist, center, in cutting the ribbon during the grand opening of her business Wednesday morning.

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