July 2019

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T.A. Rhamy

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T. A. Rhamy passed away peacefully on July 20th, 2019 at Via Christi in Ponca City Ok at the age of 75. He lived there for over 5 years due to his battle with Dementia and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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OBI sets blood drive in Tonkawa

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TONKAWA — Tonkawa’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Oklahoma Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Monday, July 29 will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue.

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Bowker visits every airport in state

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Three days. Three very long days.

That’s how long it took 23-year-old C.J. Bowker to fly from Ponca City to every airport in the State of Oklahoma.

Bowker, a 2014 Po-Hi graduate, decided last December to give it a try after his father, James Bowker, suggested he land in one airport in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.

That morphed into landing at every paved, public, non-military airport in the state. All 123 of of them. Oklahoma has a total of 149 airports, but besides the military-only airports, there are also a number of unpaved, grass-strip airports.

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Water issues in county

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BLACKWELL — The Blackwell Police Department has released the following statement regarding recent water and sewer issues in the City of Blackwell:

“During summer months the demand for water rises due to increased consumption. To ensure that city water has the time to properly go through the water plant and have time for additives to clean it up, city management authorized running the plant for twenty-four hours a day rather than sixteen.”

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PC Sailfish compete in Jenks meet

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Members of the Ponca City Sailfish swim team participated in the 2019 Long Course Division II swim meet.

Many of the swimmers achieved best times for the event.

Results include (some of the placings were unavailable):

Jesslayn Carpenter (11-12 age division)

1st in the 100 butterfly (she achieved her state time)

7th in the 200 backstroke

Addylinn Gowdy (11-12)

40th in the 50 freestyle a time improvement

50th in the 100 backstroke

Lila Moore (9-10)

13th in the 200 freestyle

27th in the 50 freestyle

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Many golf balls found in lake

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ARCADIA, Mich. (AP) — An exclusive golf course in northern Michigan has changed its website to no longer encourage players to hit balls into Lake Michigan after a diver hired by a newspaper found hundreds in the water.

State environmental regulators said they’re investigating what has occurred at Arcadia Bluffs, where a round of golf on the course overlooking the northeastern shore of the lake costs $215 during the peak summer season. A beverage cart employee said she was fired for discouraging players from hitting balls into the lake.

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Trout returns

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout is back in the Los Angeles Angels lineup after missing the previous three games due to a mildly strained right calf.

The two-time AL MVP will be the designated hitter Thursday when the Angels complete a four-game series against the Houston Astros. He leads the league in home runs (30) and RBIs (75) along with a .305 batting average, which is ninth.

Trout suffered the injury during Sunday’s game against Seattle. Prior to the injury, he had eight home runs in seven games.

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Michigan going to Mexico

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CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan hasn’t played a game outside the United States in more than a century but coach Jim Harbaugh said that will change soon.

Asked about the possibility of playing a game in Mexico, Harbaugh tipped an upcoming international date.

“We’re close to announcing playing a team on foreign soil,” he said Friday at Big Ten media days. “I think there’s something imminent; an announcement soon on that.”

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Anniversary celebration

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Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jones then
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Jones then

Cheryl Jean (Morgan) and Gary Lee Jones are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Family and friends are invited to join as we celebrate a lifetime of love, warmth and sharing on Saturday, July 27 at 212 Oakdale Road, Ponca City, from 2 – 5 p.m.