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Archive for: June 2014

Piedmont HS senior earns spot at prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute

Marisa Brown, a senior at Piedmont High School, earned a spot at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute recently at Quartz Mountain.

By Anne Peters
Oklahoma Arts Institute

Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for Piedmont High School senior Marisa Brown. She earned a spot at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute to be held June 14 to 29 at Quartz Mountain (OSAI).

Brown is studying drawing and printmaking at OSAI with nationally renowned artists from across the U.S. In conjunction with acceptance, Brown received a full scholarship to the program, worth over $2,500.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s performances and talents as well as learning new styles and techniques from the instructors and guest artists. I am hoping to gain experience that will further my artistic ability,” Brown said.

At OSAI, Oklahoma high school students spend at least six hours a day studying one of nine artistic disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts.

In the evenings, they attend a variety of performances, lectures, and demonstrations that give them an appreciation of the arts outside of their chosen discipline. Students from different disciplines and backgrounds study, reside, and eat meals together. Read more →

Oldest Piedmont resident has voted in many elections

Odessa Moffat image

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Ninety-eight-year-old Odessa Moffat casts her ballot Tuesday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Piedmont. Moffat has voted in many elections over the years, her first when she was 21 years old. She lives in Piedmont and was born in Warrensburg, Mo. in 1916.

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont resident Odessa Moffat has voted in many elections in her 98 years.

Arita Bickerstaff took her to her polling place Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Piedmont to vote for her candidates.

She said she studied up on this year’s candidates by reading newspaper articles about them.

She recalled some of the most notable elections she has been a part of during her lifetime.

Maybe her favorite election came in 1980, when she helped the California governor and former actor become the 40th president of the United States.

“He’s my favorite of all (presidents),” Moffat said.

Moffat said she could have voted by absentee ballot, but she would have missed out on taking a trip to the polls and have lunch with Bickerstaff.

“I just don’t like to vote absentee,” she said. “As long as I can be out around people, I’m going to come and vote.” Read more →

City council approves 4 road projects

By Matt Montgomery

Monday night, the Piedmont city council voted unanimously to approve four repair projects at a total cost of $510,825.60.

The four bids the city council approved Monday were for unit prices through Silver Star Construction and Woods and Son Paving.

All of the bids the council approved Monday will come back to the city council for final approval during a special meeting and will be applied to next year’s fiscal year budget.

The first project approved Monday night, is a bid from Canadian County District No. 3 at a unit price of $217,550.80, for the roadway stabilization improvements on Stout Drive, from Edmond Road south to below Monroe Ave. NW; on SaraRoad NE, from Edmond Road NE (178th Street) North to Arrowhead Road NE (192nd); on Waterloo Road, from Mustang Road NE, east to Sara Road NE. Read more →

Piedmont man, grand kids dodge man’s AR-15 bullets

Sebastian Olejniczak image

Sebastian Olejniczak

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont resident Phil Young was spending some time with his grandchildren Saturday night, on the porch of his home in north Piedmont, when shots rang out and bullets literally flew past his head, some landing in a house adjacent to his property.

According to Piedmont police reports, Piedmont police officer Jack Neumann responded to a call at 9:17 p.m. on Lake Dr. in regard to a complaint that a man was shooting a rifle in the vicinity of his and other homes.

Young told police dispatch a man was firing his rifle and his rounds were “Flying just over his head while in his yard.”

Officer Neumann wrote in his report, when he made it on scene, he heard a bullet hit the ground near him and a bullet went over his head.

Oklahoma City resident Sebastian Olejniczak was placed into investigative detention.

He told police officers he had indeed fired his .223 caliber assault rifle on the north side of a friend’s house and off the back porch into Falcon Lake.

After officer Neumann advised Olejniczak that several of his rounds ricocheted off the lake and into the area of several houses, he told the officer he,  “Was unaware that the bullets would ricochet when fired into the water.” Read more →

Piedmont teenager wins 2014 US Rowing National Championship

Xaley Yousey with trophy image

Submitted by Will Yousey
Xaley Yousey and her team hold the national championship trophy they won in California.

Piedmont teenager Xaley Yousey recently was a part of a rowing team that won the 2014 US Rowing Youth National Championship.

Yousey, a soon-to-be 10th grader at Piedmont High School, competed in the Women’s Youth Ltwt 4+ division.

That division is comprised of all girls that are under 130 pounds and have a coxswain.

A coxswain is the person in the boat who is in charge of steering and navigation.

The races were held Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Yousey races at the varsity level. In fact, she was the youngest person in the boat, the rest were juniors and seniors in high school.

Yousey said putting in a lot of hard work over the years has finally paid off and she pushed herself harder than she ever had before.

“Winning the national championship still hasn’t really sunk in – but I really feel like having been competitive in everything I do and always trying my hardest has paid off,” Yousey said.  “I have pushed myself harder than I had ever thought possible and for the last 10 months this has been my goal and in the moment we won, that was the best feeling in the world, and I got to share it with my four team mates that mean so  much to me.”

She put in a lot of hours preparing for the national championship, and prepared in different ways. Read more →

Make it a double: PHS Coach Brucker earns second coaching award

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont head girls soccer coach Brad Brucker was named as the 2014 VYPE Magazine Girls Soccer Coach of the Year for NW OKC.

By Evan Grice


When the Piedmont Lady Wildcats soccer team went on its maiden voyage in Class 5A this season, a lot of people outside the team and the coaches didn’t have high expectations for a program that was only in its third year of competition.

But after a berth in the State Quarterfinals along with 10 wins in the season, the awards have been coming in fast for the players and head coach Brad Brucker. Read more →

Lady Wildcats basketball begins road back to state

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Kayden Carver brings the ball down the court during a summer league game earlier this month against Enid from the Siberian Gymnasium on the campus of Edmond North High School in Edmond.

By Evan Grice


What does a team do after they reach the state quarterfinals and are eliminated?

Simple, they reload and hit the ground running for next season.

That’s exactly what the Piedmont Lady Wildcats basketball team has been doing this summer, playing in games all across the state in addition to numerous team camps as well. Read more →

Lady Wildcat Bre Reid committs to Tulsa

Photo Submitted
Piedmont’s Bre Reid stands in front of the University of Tulsa logo during her visit to the campus. Reid has officially committed to play for TU after she graduates.

By Evan Grice


All her life, Piedmont Lady Wildcat basketball player Bre Reid has dreamed of playing basketball at a Division 1 school following her high school career.

Last Friday, she made that dream a reality. Read more →

Lady Wildcat pitcher Scott named to NFCA All-Region team

Kassidy Scott image

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont Lady Wildcat Kassidy Scott was named NFCA All-Region 2nd team last week.

By Evan Grice


During the course of the season, Piedmont Lady Wildcat Kassidy Scott showed that she was a force to be reckoned with on the mound.

And now with her junior season on the horizon, Scott’s pitching ability has garnered national attention.

It was recently announced that Kassidy Scott was named as a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Team. Scott made the second team list for the South Central Region as a pitcher, joining Abby Lee from Enid as the only two representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Read more →

Unofficial election results show runoff for county commissioner, senate

Unofficial Election Results imageBy Matt Montgomery

Unofficial election results posted by the Canadian County Election Board Tuesday night show Edmond businesswoman Stephanie Bice and Yukon home builder Mark Thomas will go into a runoff for Senate District 22, and Marc Hader and Wes Higgins will go into a runoff for Canadian County Commissioner District No. 1.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Frank Lucas received more than 82.8 percent of the votes with 54,596 total votes for U.S. House of Representatives District No. 3, and Canadian County Republican Party Chair Robert Hubbard received 12 percent of the votes with 7,907 total votes.

For county commissioner, Surrey Hills resident Marc Hader received 37.5 percent with a total number of 1,588, and Wes Higgins received 21.8 percent with a total number of 924. The runoff election will be Aug. 26.

For Senate District 22, Stephanie Bice received 37.2 percent with 3,375 total votes and Mark Thomas received 33.2 percent with 3,012 total votes. Leif Francel received 29.6 percent with 2,685 total votes. The runoff is also Aug. 26.

For Canadian County Treasurer, Incumbent treasurer Carolyn Leck received 62.4 percent of the votes with a total of 6,996 and Republican challenger Kimberly Rhodes received 37.6 percent of the vote with a total of 4,212. Read more →

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