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by Don Gammill Modified: July 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: July 31, 2013

Some things happening around the state that you might have missed the first time:

Owner Reza Ghanaati and his remodeled Happy Days Diner.
Owner Reza Ghanaati and his remodeled Happy Days Diner.

‘Happy Days’ here again

PAULS VALLEY — Back on Jan. 26, a fire severely damaged the popular Happy Days Diner. It was bad enough to force the establishment to close until repairs could be made.

Well, the business has re-opened, the Pauls Valley Democrat reports.

Owner Reza Ghanaati told the newspaper that he was extremely pleased by the reception during the re-opening from visitors and those who have made the diner a regular stop.
“I’ve never seen so many people shake hands and thank me for being open,” he said. “I really want to thank Pauls Valley for the tremendous support.”
He said there have been improvements, but he tried to keep things as they were in many areas. He’s also kept the menu mostly the same, with a couple of additions.
And among the real joys, most of his employees have returned to work.
Check out the story (http://tinyurl.com/mc6lq9g), then make the drive and try the food. You’ll enjoy both.

 

Found safe

POTEAU — A grandmother and her young grandson were found safe after disappearing while riding an all-terrain vehicle in far eastern Oklahoma.

The Associated Press reported that Sarah Alan and her grandson, Lance Bartleson, were missing  between about noon Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Authorities say the pair told them the ATV had a flat tire and they were stranded in the woods overnight.The Le Flore County Sheriff’s Office said the two were riding the ATV at Cavanal Hill near Poteau.

Authorities told Fort Smith, Ark., television station KHBS (http://tinyurl.com/kopzg9w) that the pair was riding a green Polaris Ranger side-by-side ATV.

 

deVine water hits the spot

Bottles are filled and capped at deVine Water Company near Jet. (Enid News & Eagle photo)
Bottles are filled and capped at deVine Water Company near Jet. (Enid News & Eagle photo)

JET — It’s very possible this water has its origin in the Ice Age, the experts say. But for the past 10 years, it has been a popular drink for a growing clientele for Max McDermott.

deVine Water continues to grow, the Enid News & Eagle reports (http://tinyurl.com/k6rcslu), as the water continues to flow. The newspaper reports that McDermott bought the land in 2003 and tapped an artesian well on it, not knowing there were others.When he found the others, he left one near the highway where travelers could get water free.
Meanwhile, he bottled water from the other wells and turned it into a business, which has continued to get bigger and bigger.
A geologist says the water’s origin comes from the Ice Age 15,000 years ago.  The News & Eagle story says glacier waters flowing from Colorado were trapped underground naturally in a sandstone reservoir. “Stored by Nature from the Ice Age … available now for your enjoyment,” the geologist said.
From a  beginning venture that got 60 to 100 cases a day, the water is now extracted using new equipment at a rate of about 100 bottles a minute.
“Success isn’t always tied to money,” McDermott told the Enid newspaper. “God has blessed us. He gives us our little area to take care of.”
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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