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Williamson takes election against Woods

Bobby Williamson

Bobby Williamson claimed a victory tonight in the race for the Ward Two City Council seat.

“I am humbled and honored that the citizens of Ward Two have given me a full term to represent them and all of Piedmont on the Piedmont City Council,” Williamson said.

“I honestly believe Ward Two has spoken and they want to see things get done, and with the makeup of the present council, we have the opportunity to accomplish great things,” he noted.

For full details about the election and more information on Williamson’s plans for his first full-term in office, see this week’s issue of the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette.

Let’s keep Bobby Williamson

Ward 2 Councilman Bobby Williamson

On Tuesday, voters in Piedmont’s Ward Two will go to the polls to elect their city councilman.

Current Ward Two councilman Bobby Williamson was elected to the office about 18 months ago when his opponent in this election, who was then the councilman for the ward was recalled by his constituents. The recalled councilman chose to run in the recall election and the voters decided to replace him by electing Williamson.

Since coming to the council Williamson has demonstrated his care, concern and interest in his Ward Two constituents and the entire community. He votes for what he believes is best for Ward Two and for all of Piedmont and has proven he is his own man, not beholden to any single person, issue or cause.

The council has worked well together and accomplished much since Williamson has taken his seat at the table. In fact, we have seen the council address numerous issues left unattended for many years as the council was able to form consensus, avoid petty bickering and get something done. We site recent road repairs such as along 164th Street as but one example.

In fact, this council, with Williamson in the mix, is among but a few Piedmont councils in our 23 years of close council observation and scrutiny that has put petty differences, egos, and selfish agendas aside to try to move the city forward.

We think this should continue, and believe it will with the re-election this Tuesday of Bobby Williamson. We honestly believe Piedmont can move forward with Williamson’s election, and stands to go back to old ways if he is turned away.

Williamson, Woods face off

Bobby Williamson Vernon Woods

In Tuesday’s municipal elections there is only one race on the ballot: the race for the Ward Two city council seat.

The seat is now held by Bobby Williamson who won the position from his again opponent, Vernon Woods during a recall election around 18 months ago.

In that race, Williamson defeated Woods, who had been recalled by constituents in his ward, and another opponent, Don Rubely.

Williamson owns two Piedmont businesses, Piedmont Glass and Butterfly-Gypsy in Old Town Piedmont.

He’s active in the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Chamber board, and on the Chamber’s Business Planning and Economic Development Committees. Read more →

Piedmont City Council meeting cancelled

The regular monthly meeting of the Piedmont City Council, scheduled for tonight, February 23, 2015 has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30pm, Tuesday, March 3.

Mayor retains office

Mayor Valerie Thomerson

Roger Pugh

After the filing period officially ended last week, Mayor Valerie Thomerson will have another term in office, incumbent city councilman Bobby Williamson will face a former councilman, and another former councilman will assume the seat being vacated by current city councilman Charles Coffman.

Thomerson, who is ending her first term as Piedmont Mayor, drew no opponent and as a result of her filing and running unopposed, she will automatically have another term in office.

She won her first term by defeating incumbent Mayor Mike Fina.

Incumbent Ward Two Councilman Williamson will face off in the upcoming municipal elections against former councilman Vernon Woods.

Woods was forced into a recall election some 18-months ago and Williamson defeated him and another opponent in that special election to finish the remainder of Woods’ term.

In Ward Three, incumbent city councilman Coffman did not file again for office, opting not to seek re-election.

The only person filing for Coffman’s seat was former city councilman John Brown.

Coffman was ending his first term on the city council.

Missing Piedmont man found dead

Ryan Trotter


Roger Pugh

A missing Piedmont man, Ryan Matthew Trotter, was found dead at Roman Nose State Park near Watonga in Blaine County.

His wife, Rebecca Lynn Trotter, filed a missing person report with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office after he went missing sometime around 3 p.m., Feb. 3 and then did not show up for work.

Near the end of the week she began contacting area media with his photo and other information in hopes of locating him.

The Gazette received her appeal for help last Thursday and information and photos of Trotter, furnished by his wife, were posted on the Gazette’s web site and on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

By the weekend, 186 people had shared the post on the Facebook page in an effort to help locate the missing man.

However, reports began to surface late Friday that Trotter had been found dead at Roman Nose.

Crash takes life of Piedmont youth

Roger Pugh

A 17-year-old Piedmont youth died Sunday night when the pickup truck he was driving rolled over on a county road north of Okarche.

According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Jared Don Wilson, 17, of Piedmont died in the crash.

Another passenger, a 15-year-old listed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to be from Edmond, was injured just moments before the crash when he reportedly fell out of the truck while attempting to climb from the passenger’s side of the cab of the truck to the truck bed. He was transported by helicopter to OU medical Center in Oklahoma City, the highway patrol reported.

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Williamson draws opponent

Ward 2 Councilman Bobby Williamson

Filing ended Wednesday for two city council seats and mayor, and by press time this week, with time still remaining to file, the only race to draw two candidates was for Ward Two, where incumbent Bobby Williamson had drawn former councilman Vernon Woods, who Williamson had defeated earlier in a recall election.

At press time, Mayor Valerie Thomerson remained unopposed. In Ward Four, former Councilman John Brown had filed, while incumbent Charles Coffman had not yet turned in papers.

City to negotiate for trash collection

Roger Pugh

The Piedmont City Council voted last week to negotiate with Waste Management Corp. to handle the city’s trash service.

The city’s contract with that firm is expiring and the city invited other trash service providers to furnish proposals.

Council members were told that Piedmont received responses from five companies, but only two, Waste Management and Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority (OEMA) handed in proposals. Read more →

Piedmont Hall of Fame adds Judge Strubhar

Judge Strubhar

Judge Strubhar expresses her gratitude Saturday after it was announced at the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction that she had been selected for inclusion in the Piedmont Hall of Fame.

By Roger Pugh

Judge Reta Strubhar, the first woman judge to sit on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals since statehood, became the newest member of the Piedmont Hall of Fame when she was inducted Saturday during the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet.

Hall of Fame member Judge Ken Dickerson, who served five years with Judge Strubhar on the bench in the Canadian County District Court, introduced Judge Strubhar and announced her selection to the Hall during the festivities Saturday.

Dickerson noted that when the two of them were on the bench, Piedmont was home to half the judges in the county.

During her remarks Saturday, Strubhar said that before Dickerson came to the bench she had an office and secretary all to herself. However, she explained when Dickerson arrived, she and the new judge had to share her office and the services of her secretary.

She quipped that in no time, in typical Dickerson fashion, Dickerson took it upon himself to fire her secretary. Read more →

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