The local TG&Y that opened for business here in 1927 as the R.A. Young Co. and later helped spawn a nationwide chain with stores in 29 states will be closing its doors for good Christmas eve.
The store was founded by Raymond Young, who managed it for eight years while he opened branches in Crescent, Hennessey, Geary, Watonga, Cherokee, Guthrie, Weatherford and Sand Springs. It was 1946 when he went into partnership with R.E. Tomlinson, of Frederick, and Les Gosselin, of Cordell, and the TG&Y empire was born.
Young, now in semi-retirement, has lived in Oklahoma City since 1935 but has continued to make civic contributions to Kingfisher.
Conoco tax hits billion PONCA CITY Conoco Inc. mailed a check to the federal government last week that represented the billionth dollar the Ponca City-based company has paid in windfall profits taxes.
Conoco officials, who along with other oil companies have been critical of the tax, noted the amount equaled the cost of drilling an estimated 1,000 wells. Oil companies have paid more than $30 billion in windfall profits taxes since the levy was first imposed in 1980.
Wagoner woes grow WAGONER When Sheriff Clyde Watkins complained to the Wagoner County Commission last week that he needed money to fill his patrol cars with gas, he didn't know just how bad things could get.
At its next regular meeting the commission decided without gas the sheriff didn't needed any cars. They voted to gradually phase out the department's seven vehicles. The sheriff and his deputies will instead be allowed to file claims for mileage accumulated on their own vehicles for official purposes.
Classic Model T donated SHAWNEE The old Sante Fe Depot has a new crowd pleaser that bumps, grinds and sometimes goes topless.
The new exhibit, a 1917 convertible Model T Ford pickup, was donated by local auto dealer Bob Townsend. He found the old "Tin Lizzy" in mint condition in a barn in Nebraska about 20 years ago while searching for additions to his private antique auto collection.
Crows lure state hunters FORT COBB Thousands of hunters converged here Sunday at the state's largest crow roost for the opening of Oklahoma's 1982 crow hunting season.
More than 15 million crows sometimes winter in the area, feeding in the peanut fields on farms in the area's counties. The crow season continues through March 4 and the birds can be hunted statewide. Order shields Bixby watershed TULSA A Tulsa judge has granted a temporary restraining order keeping the city of Tulsa from granting building permits in a watershed area that drains into the south Tulsa suburb of Bixby.
Bixby officials contend increased runoff from developed land in the Haikey Creek-Fry Creek watershed passes through Bixby en route to the Arkansas River. A hearing on the issue is scheduled Jan. 5 in Tulsa County District Court where Bixby officials are seeking to force Tulsa to build more water retention ponds for flood control. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 98340