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by Don Gammill Modified: May 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: May 1, 2013

If  you’re looking for the latest updates on current events, or you have some of your own to share, there are a few places you can go. At these locations, you’ll connect with others who have read, watched, or listened to all the news sources available, done their own analysis, and come up with solutions to all situations we face.

Years back, they were known as the beauty shop, the barber shop, the diner, coffee shop, or cafe. There were others, of course, such as the waiting room at (add your own favorite here), or maybe even at church, though that one generally involved outside conversation.

They are still available, though generally under a different name. But there’s still that attempt to solve local and world problems. Here are examples of potential hot topics in some of our communities:

Bomb threat proves hoax

Dickson schools were evacuated after a bomb threat was found written in a restroom.

The flow of vehicles when parents came to pick up their children packed the roadways, causing traffic jams.

The Daily Ardmoreite reported it all turned out to be a hoax, with those responsible caught on surveillance video.

Apparently, there was a confession and the incident was a copycat crime, similar to one that occurred at another school. http://tinyurl.com/acxqo52

School officials said punishment would be swift and harsh.

You can bet an incident like this would create a lot of discussion in light of the Boston Marathon bombing and other recent events.

And somewhere along the way, you’d probably hear: “What we need … ” or maybe even, “What THEY need … ”

 

Warning lacking

JAY — Local townsfolk want to know why no sirens sounded the night an EF-2 tornado struck the Butler community in eastern Delaware County and caused damage to several homes.

Blue tarps cover damage to this Delaware County home's roof and to a car out front. (Delaware County Journal photo)
Blue tarps cover damage to this Delaware County home's roof and to a car out front. (Delaware County Journal photo)
Blue tarps cover damage to this Delaware County home’s roof and to a car out front. (Delaware County Journal photo) 

The Delaware County Journal reports a meeting is planned for April 26 with Jay leaders to review the city’s tornado siren policies.

Several sirens are located within the area, but not one was activated.

Butler is about eight miles southeast of Grove. http://tinyurl.com/bc4rp9n

City officials said they were not activated because the storm changed direction.

There were some minor injuries but no fatalities.

Officials said the storm formed near Zena in rural Delaware County and two separate storms hit Butler and Spavinaw.

The storm that hit Spavinaw was recorded as an EF-1.

Undoubtedly, the talk includes: “What we need to do is … ” or “What THEY need to do is … ”

 

They’re champions!

Taylor Faulkenberry tosses a runner out during Lexington’s district championship finale. (Purcell Register photo)
Taylor Faulkenberry tosses a runner out during Lexington’s district championship finale. (Purcell Register photo)

LEXINGTON — Among the hottest topics of conversation in most any community is when one of its sports teams wins a title.

Such was the case recently when the Lexington Lady Bulldogs won the district championship with a 12-2 gem over Community Christian. http://tinyurl.com/aw9tozl

Head Coach Brian Snow told the Purcell Register: “Overall, it was a great day for us. We were able to produce 34 hits over the three games on the day.

“It’s playoff time and our main goal is to play hard and work to advance.

“We were able to accomplish that in our District tournament and now we can just see where the Regional tournament will take us.”

Lexington is 15-5 on the season.

They hosted Harding Charter on Tuesday night for senior night.

So what’s next? Regional competition.  And they’re hoping they have what they need to take them on to the state championship.


by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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