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Archive for: March 2014

White Fields breaks ground on new foster home

Submitted by Mautra Jones
Impact Oklahoma presents a check to White Fields Executive Director Frank Alberson, center, to build the new foster home on their campus.

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

Piedmont-based boys home White Fields is looking forward to a new foster opening on their campus soon.

White Fields broke ground on the new foster home back in November and the building is taking shape. White Fields said the building should be functional by this spring.

Impact Oklahoma provided White Fields with a grant to build their new foster home.

White Fields Executive Director Frank Alberson said building this new foster home on campus will allow them to serve more boys and give them a great place to live. Read more →

Williamson drops out of District 1 county commissioner race

Bobby Williamson

With an abrupt decision early Thursday afternoon, Piedmont’s Bobby Williamson withdrew from the Canadian County commissioner District 1 race. In a prepared statement to the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette, Williamson stated he has decided to discontinue his intentions to campaign for current Canadian County Commissioner Phil Carson’s seat.

“Being an elected official brings responsibility and commitment. That commitment starts with the oath of office. I have received a lot of encouragement and support while considering this campaign, but after discussing the future with residents of Ward 2, I believe that I can represent their interests most directly as a Piedmont city councilman, so I have decided to withdraw my bid for the Republican candidate for Canadian County District 1 commissioner. I want to thank my supporters for believing in me and sticking by my side. Again, thank you,” Williamson stated.

The filing period for Canadian County commissioner District 1 is April 9, 10 and 11. The primary election is June 24 and the runoff is Aug. 26.

No. 12 Lady Wildcats blitz Lady Jets at home

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Caitlin Lewis dribbles through a pair of Western Heights Lady Jets players Tuesday night during the second half at Stout Field.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

There’s good ways to open up district play, and then there’s what the No. 12 Piedmont Lady Wildcats did Tuesday night against Western Heights.

A five goal offensive blitz in the first half was too much for the Lady Jets to handle, as Piedmont opened the district season with a commanding 9-1 victory at Stout Field.

It didn’t hurt matters that the Lady Wildcats outshot the Lady Jets 27-1 in the game. Read more →

Left out in the cold: Western Heights hands No.7 Piedmont first loss

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s TJ Abraham dribbles the ball around a Western Heights player during the first half Tuesday night at Stout Field during the Wildcats district soccer game against the Jets.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the No. 7 Piedmont Wildcats entered Tuesday night undefeated and riding a shutout streak, they left Stout Field in a completely different fashion.

Western Heights used a three-goal blitz to not only hand the Wildcats their first home loss of the season, but end their consecutive shutout streak as PHS fell 3-0 on a cold and chilly night at Stout Field. Read more →

PHS baseball drops district pair to Irish

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Piedmont’s Brett Adams attempts to make a tag at third base on Bishop McGuinness player Mike Neuberger during the Wildcats district baseball game against the Fighting Irish Tuesday.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While the wins have been rolling in for the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team in tournament play, district play is still proving hard to figure out.

Monday and Tuesday saw the Wildcats tangle with Bishop McGuinness in a home and home district series, where the Fighting Irish took both games from the Wildcats.

Tuesday afternoon’s game was especially hard to swallow, as the Wildcats squandered a 4-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning, only to fall in eight innings. Read more →

Wildcats baseball claims title at Chandler

Photo Provided by Alissa Antwine
Players and coaches from the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team pose for a team photo after the team won the championship at the Mark Howard Memorial Tournament Saturday afternoon at Mark Howard Park in Chandler. PHS defeated the Westmoore JV squad in the finals to claim the title.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

While there wasn’t a whole lot of resting going on for the Piedmont Wildcats baseball team over spring break, there was certainly a lot of winning.

At the Mark Howard Memorial Tournament held in Chandler, the Wildcats resumed pool play Thursday morning and eventually fought their way to the tournament title Saturday afternoon.

Picking up victories over McLoud, Stroud, and Westmoore JV, the Wildcats claimed their seventh victory in a row at the time in the process along with the tournament championship. Read more →

Wildcats land four on All-Conference list

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Piedmont’s Adrion Williams drives to the basket during the State Quarterfinals against Tulsa Memorial at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Williams was named 1st team All-Conference.

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Piedmont’s Cameron Peters fights to get up the floor during the State Quarterfinals against Tulsa Memorial at the Mabee Center. Peters was one of two Wildcats named 1st team all-conf.

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Piedmont’s Grant Smith runs in transition on offense. Smith was named Honorable Mention for the Suburban Conference All-Conference Awards.

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Piedmont’s Kendell Franklin puts up a shot during the State Quarterfinals against Tulsa Memorial. Franklin was named Honorable Mention for the Suburban Conference All-Conference awards.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

For the Piedmont Wildcats basketball team, the 2013-14 season was one to remember.

And it seems coaches in the Suburban Conference have taken notice to it as well.

Earlier this week the announcement was made for the Suburban Conference All-Conference team, with Piedmont landing multiple players on the list. Read more →

PHS football senior Capshaw inks with OPSU

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont football standout Matt Capshaw signed his letter of intent Tuesday morning with OPSU. Pictured are father Matt Capshaw Sr. and mother Lisa Capshaw at the signing.

By Evan Grice

Sports@piedmontnewsonline.com

For Matt Capshaw, it was never a case of when he was going to sign a national letter of intent to play football, but who was he going to sign it for.

Tuesday morning, he put all of those questions to rest as he put pen to paper, signing his national letter of intent to play football for the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggies in Goodwell, Oklahoma.

In front of a standing room only crowd of friends, family, classmates and coaches, Capshaw officially declared himself a college bound athlete, making him the third Piedmont football player to commit to the next level. Read more →

Piedmont fire chief offers fire safety tips

 

Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan

 

By Matt Montgomery

editor@piedmontnewsonline.comWith dry conditions and high winds in the Piedmont area, comes the danger of wildfires. Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan offered some tips on how to stay safe while Canadian County is still under a fire burn ban.

The City of Piedmont is not issuing burn permits right now, and Logan said that coupled with the Canadian County burn ban has helped the fire department out.

“We’ve had a few small fires, but nothing of any real magnitude,” Logan said. “Most of them were accidental fires.”

Logan said outdoor activities that could lead to a fire like welding, torching or grills must be used with caution and it’s also a good idea to have a spotter watch for sparks and stand waiting with a bucket of water to extinguish those.

“We encourage people to be mindful of the hazards when it come to welding and torching,” he said. “When there’s a burn ban in effect, cutting and welding activities have to be approved on a case-by-case basis.”
Activities like welding have to be approved and those participating in the activity have to have a fire watcher, he said.

“A fire watcher is someone to sit there and watch for sparks, embers and things that could eventually start a fire.” Read more →

Making a joyful noise…

Submitted by Lyndall Jones
Lyndall Jones with his wife, Kari, and son, Landon at First Baptist Church in Piedmont.

 
By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

First Baptist Church Music Minister Lyndall Jones has been bringing down the house lately, so to speak, with his uplifting version of “O Happy Day.”


Since Jones has been the music minister at First Baptist Church in Piedmont, he has brought a flare of musicianship to the church that is second to none.

“The way I believe that I am called by God is to use music or the arts of any kind to bring a focal point on who God is,” Jones said. “I’m using arts tools through music to worship God and point to who he his, whether it is something that we can understand from a textual standpoint by reading the bible or whether it’s something that is expressed through feeling or emotions.” Read more →

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