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Archive for: June 2014

Election board offers voting day tips

By Bryan Dean
State Election Board PIO

The State Election Board and Secretary Paul Ziriax offers these tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters before they head to the polls for the June 24 Primary Election.

Be prepared
Study the candidates and issues before going to the polls. Look at your sample ballot using the election board’s Online Voter Tool at www.elections.ok.gov. You can also use the tool to check your polling place and track the status of your absentee ballot.

Election day voting
Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. Lines at the polls are longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work.

Vote during off-peak hours
Voters can save time by voting during “off-peak” hours – usually from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Read more →

County jail full; inmates to be transfered

Randall Edwards

By Matt Montgomery

Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards signed a purchase order Monday to transfer 40 inmates from the Canadian County jail to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center in Shawnee.

Edwards said the reason for the transfer is because phase one has reached its capacity and the prisoners had to be moved. Edwards brought the issue before the county commissioners during Monday’s evening. Since 29 of the inmates are from the Department of Corrections, Edwards invoked the 72-hour rule. That means the DOC has 72 hours to transfer those prisoners or the state will have to pay $27 per day to house each prisoner.

Since the jail’s capacity is 198 and the number rose to 228 recently, Edwards had to place the purchase order Monday to send those inmates to Shawnee, but at a cost.

Edwards said the cost per year is about $500,000 to transfer inmates out of county to places like Pottawatomie County.

“We’ve only got 194 beds,” he said. “There is nothing we can do to free up space.”
The 194 beds at the jail are part of phase one of the project. There will be a phase two, but the date for that new section of beds to be added to the current jail has not yet been specified. Read more →

Area addiction medicine doctor prescribes NA, safe medicine

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Dr. Charles J. Shaw holds up a Narcotics Anonymous handbook in his office.

By Matt Montgomery

Oklahoma City addiction medicine doctor Charles J. Shaw, M.D., has been treating addicts with an effective and non-addictive drug called Subutex and requiring his patients to attend Narcotics Anonymous, both at a fraction of the cost of inpatient treatment.

Shaw, who operates out of an office in northwest Oklahoma City and who has been a doctor for more than 50 years in Oklahoma, says his patients who follow his treatment plan are far more likely to succeed and have their names added to his wall of stars who have celebrated one year of sobriety than those who check into a high-priced inpatient facility, often times paying more than $30,000 for treatment.

Shaw, now in his 80s, is passionate about helping his patients recover from pain pill addiction. He’s helped thousands recover their lives by prescribing them the safe, but effective, opiate antagonist drug, Subutex, and by assigning them to go to 90 Narcotics Anonymous meeting in 90 days and complete the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous.

“Almost every day, I see or talk to people about their addiction – most are younger people between 20 and 40 years old,” Shaw said. “They seek my help as a specialist in addiction medicine – many in utter desperation from their addiction to pain pills.”
Most of Shaw’s patients began their road down addiction using hydrocodone as a teenager to party or use with others usually in their age group. Read more →

Piedmont banker completes intermediate banking school

Josh Atkinson

By Matt Montgomery

Josh Atkinson, assistant vice president at F&M Bank in Piedmont, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association 2014 Intermediate School at the Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City.

He was among 31 students who attended the two-session school in February and June.
Atkinson, a loan officer with F&M, said he took the course to learn more about the all around workings of banking.

“I took the course to further my banking career,” Atkinson said. “You really learn how all aspects of the bank work, not just one department, but how all of those other departments work together.”

The OBA Intermediate School, conducted annually, prepares junior to mid-level bank officers and future officers, to serve effectively the needs of their banks and consumers.

The school Atkinson was enrolled in exposes students to a broad range of banking functions and issues, including economics, marketing, lending, investments, trust services, compliance and legal issues, bank financial analysis, ethics, human resource management, communications, strategic planning, regulatory examinations and asset/liability management.

In the two sessions Atkinson completed, he had two big projects he had to get finished between each session. He first completed a marketing project, then he had to complete a financial statement analysis project. Both projects required Atkinson to complete them individually. Read more →

Correction: Piedmont Tag Agency not post office is local polling place

The Piedmont-Surrey Gazette erroneously reported one of the three polling places for Tuesday’s election is the Piedmont post office. In reality, the Piedmont Tag Agency is one of the three polling places. The Piedmont Tag Agency is located on Piedmont Road just north of Monroe Ave., behind City Stop. Its physical address is 414 Piedmont Rd N, Piedmont, OK 73078.
The other two polling places are Toubl Ranch and First United Methodist Church.

End of an Era for PHS Boys Basketball: Wagner named new head coach of PC North High

Evan Grice/Gazette
Ryan Wagner poses with fans after the Wildcats defeated Carl Albert last season at Collett Fieldhouse on Homecoming night. Wagner will be leaving the Piedmont basketball program after nine seasons to take over as the new head coach of Putnam City North next season

By Evan Grice


After nine of the best years in the history of Piedmont boys’ basketball, there will be a new leader at the helm come next season.

It was officially confirmed and announced earlier this week that Ryan Wagner has left his post as head coach of the Wildcats and will be taking over as the new man in charge of the Class 6A Putnam City North High School boys’ basketball team.

In a conversation via text message with the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette, Wagner said this wasn’t an easy decision to make about leaving everyone in Piedmont. Read more →

PHS junior varsity baseball splits with MWC

By Evan Grice


The sun wasn’t the only thing shining bright Monday for the Piedmont Wildcats junior varsity squad.

Against a tough opponent in Class 6A Midwest City on the road, the Wildcats were able to claim a shutout victory in their opening game against the Bombers, before falling in a close one-run game in the second game.

In game one of the evening, Piedmont wasted no time getting on the board as Chandler Prough hit an RBI groundout that scored Koy Priddy to make it 1-0 in the top of the first. Read more →

Candlelight vigil marks two months since Piedmont teen disappeared

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Friends, community members and friends of Anne Hill and her family gathered Wednesday evening at Hafer Park in Edmond in part of a candlelight vigil to mark two months since the Piedmont teen disappeared.

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
It has been two months since Piedmont teen Anne Josette Hill disappeared in Northwest Oklahoma City. Friends, family and community members gathered Wednesday at Hafer Park in Edmond to pray and take part in a candlelight vigil to keep her in their thoughts.

A PHS Softball STATE-ment: Lady Wildcats Davis, Lowrie shine at OCU

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont Lady Wildcat softball players Bre Davis, left and Jamie Lowrie pose for a picture following the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State game which was played at Tom Heath Field on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. Davis and Lowrie played for the West squad in the contest.

By Evan Grice


When it comes to Piedmont softball, All-State softball has always been a proud tradition for many years.

For Lady Wildcats Bre Davis and Jamie Lowrie, Saturday afternoon marked their own chance to etch their name into this proud tradition at Tom Heath Field on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.

In front of their friends, family, along with teammates from Piedmont and future college teammates, the PHS duo helped put on a solid performance for the West team against the East, with the game ending in a 0-0 tie after nine complete innings of play  at the Oklahoma High School Fastpitch Coaches Association All-State game.

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PHS baseball takes two from CAHS Titans

Evan Grice/Gazette
Piedmont’s Tyler Coit makes a flip to first base for an out during the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon at Bill Tipton Field in Midwest City during summer league baseball vs. Carl Albert.

By Evan Grice


Tuesday afternoon saw the Piedmont Wildcats varsity team do something they couldn’t do during the regional tournament earlier this year.

Sweep the Carl Albert Titans at Bill Tipton Field.

Thanks to a solid pitching performance from Noah Ellis in the first game, followed by some timely offense and another strong outing from the PHS rotation, the Wildcats were able to claim two solid victories over the Titans in summer league action. Read more →

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