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Archive for: July 2014

Catching the future: PHS holds catchers camp at Lady Wildcat Field

Photo Provided by Rick Scott
The second annual Piedmont Catchers Camp took place last week at the Lady Wildcat softball field in Piedmont. A total of 18 catches of all ages from Putnam City, Piedmont, Purcell and Yukon turned out for the camp. Instructors for the camp included Oklahoma State University alumni Tamra Brown, NFCA All-American Martha Thomas, Southern Nazarene University softball standout Kylie Webb and Southwestern Oklahoma State University softball player Ashley Filer.

By Evan Grice


It’s not often that players get to receive teaching from players who have performed at the highest level of their sport.

This was the opportunity presented to 18 individuals this past week, when the second annual Piedmont Catchers Camp took place at Lady Wildcat Field.

Among the instructors that were present were former Oklahoma State Cowgirl and Women’s College World Series player Tamra Brown, along with NFCA All-American Martha Thomas, and Kylie Webb from Southern Nazarene University and Ashley Filer from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Read more →

PHS Swimmer Kasey Rein named 2014 Scholar Athlete for Piedmont High School

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Piedmont’s Kasey Rein was named as the 2014 Scholar Athlete for Piedmont High School as announced last week by The Oklahoman.

By Evan Grice


When it comes to being a student athlete, Kasey Rein has always been excellent inside and outside of the classroom.

This past week, it was announced in The Oklahoman that Rein was a recipient of the 2014 Scholar-Athlete award as chosen by The Oklahoman.

Other nominees from Piedmont included Bre Davis and Jamie Lowrie. Read more →

PHS Track standout Richardson inks with Bacone

Photo Provided by Andra Richardson
Piedmont’s Andra Richarson signs his official letter of intent for Bacone college as head track coach Darrin Prince watches.

By Evan Grice


During his high school career, Piedmont track standout Andra Richardson got to experience some of the biggest stages possible.

Now he can add one more stage to his future, college.

This past weekend, Richardson made it official that he will be running for Bacone College in Muskogee as a member of the Warrior track team. Read more →

OKC Mudcats invite sick children to their youth baseball game

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Oklahoma City Mudcats youth baseball player Kyle Swain, left, wears the jersey with the name of Cavett Kids Foundation child Brasen. Swain and others from the Mudcats wore the name of one of the Cavett Kids on their jersey for their game, held last Wednesday at the P.C.O. youth baseball fields in northwest Oklahoma City.

By Matt Montgomery

The Oklahoma City Mudcats, a youth baseball team with three players living in Piedmont, were joined last Wednesday at their little league game in Oklahoma City, by several kids suffering from life-threatening illnesses: the Cavett Kids.

Cavett Kids Foundation, based in Oklahoma City, is a non-profit organization that brings together children with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses and takes them to different events and camps to interact with other kids their age.

Cavett Kids Foundation art therapist and director of Diversionary Play, Ashley Simpson, attended the game last Wednesday with the Cavett Kids and said Ty, Carly and Brasen had a great time interacting with the youth baseball team.

“For several of them, it was the first time they had ever been to a baseball game,” Simpson said. “Some of them were able to play sports before they got sick and some are hoping that if their health gets good enough, they want to try to play again. It sparked a lot of those feelings in them.”

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
The OKC Mudcats are Piedmont residents Colby Bethea, Brooks Whiteman and Donnie Berry; Luke Treece, Trevor Loomis, Cole Limber, Jake Perez, Chirs Moore, Zayin Brungardt-Davis, Cole Crosier and Kyle Swain. They were joined at their little league baseball game held last Wednesday at Putnam City Optimist baseball complex, located on NW 50th Street in Warr Acres, by several kids from the Cavett Kids Foundation. Ty Stahlbusch, Carly Wood and Brasen (three in front right) enjoyed a night of little league baseball, as they were the invited guests that night who got to sit in or near the dugout and meet some of the baseball players.

The Mudcats reached out to the Cavett Kids Foundation to raise awareness for kids who couldn’t play sports.
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Piedmont Freedom Fest to feature parade, music, veterans, fireworks

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This year’s Freedom Fest begins at 5 p.m., and will boast a variety of events, including a country music artist performing, the Patriot March for veterans, a parade and fireworks.

By Amanda Elrod
Mid-America Christian University student

The Piedmont Freedom Fest has something for everyone this year and can fill your day with many activities to help celebrate our nation’s birthday. Come join us on July 4 at Piedmont Elementary School for the annual Independence Day Freedom Fest.

Start the day with the Piedmont Patriot march to honor our heroes: registration begins at 7 a.m. at Piedmont Elementary School, and the march will start at 8 a.m. We will walk just a mile or two and honor our many veterans and active service men and women. Then return to the elementary school and allow your children to express their creativity in the Freedom Fest sidewalk chalk mural. Evening activities begin at 5 p.m. with local vendors located at Piedmont Elementary School offering a wide variety of food, crafts, inflatables, face painting and pony rides. The Freedom Fest Parade will kick off at 7 p.m. with popular Oklahoma country artist, Kylie Morgan, performing at 8 p.m. The firework display will begin at dark and end the day’s events with a beautiful show of patriotism.

Piedmont’s Mayor Valerie Thomerson said, “I look forward to the Freedom Fest every year. I always enjoy the strong feeling of community, coming together and having fun, the kids, the candy, but mostly the fireworks. The 4th of July is a time to celebrate, as a nation, our independent nature, our willingness to take a stand and be counted for something worthwhile and it is about our collective will to fight against tyranny and oppression.”

For more information about the Piedmont Freedom Fest, visit the website at www.piedmontfest.com

or like us on facebook at piedmont freedom fest.

OSBI probes Piedmont police department alleged embezzlement

Matt Montgomery/Gazette
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is actively involved in an investigation into the disappearance of money from the Piedmont police department.

By Matt Montgomery

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is involved in an active investigation of the alleged theft of $1,000 from the Piedmont police department petty cash fund.

OSBI Public Information Officer Jessica Brown confirmed OSBI is actively investigating the alleged embezzlement from the City of Piedmont.

The Canadian County District Attorney’s Office provided possible penalties for embezzlement.

According to the statute, embezzlement is defined as “the fraudulent appropriation of property of any person or legal entity, legally obtained, to any use or purpose not intended or authorized by its owner, or the secretion of the property with the fraudulent intent to appropriate it to such use or purpose.”

The penalties for embezzlement in Canadian County vary.
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Piedmont police chief set to retire

Alex Oblein

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein submitted his letter of intent to retire to the City of Piedmont July 1. Oblein wrote in the letter, his last anticipated working day will be July 25.

“It has been my honor to serve as chief of police for the Piedmont police department for the last two years,” Oblein wrote in his notification of intent to retire. “After spending over twenty-eight and a half years in municipal law enforcement and the last eighteen and a half as Chief of Police, it is time for me to move on to other opportunities.”

Oblein took the job with the Piedmont police department in 2012, after then police chief Tom Linn resigned.

In Oblein’s notice of retirement, he wrote, “Piedmont is fortunate to have an excellent group of dedicated and professional officers and staff providing law enforcement services to this community. They accomplish a lot with a small budget and limited equipment and manpower. Their service to this community should be recognized and appreciated by those they serve.

During Oblein’s tenure in law enforcement, he served as police chief at several Oklahoma-based police departments, and in Iowa.

Most recently, Oblein was the police chief in West Burlington, Iowa. He was police chief at the Purcell police department for four years, chief of police at the Marlow police department for two years and began his career in Moore, where he was a patrol officer and public information officer.
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