Brickfest set to kickoff Friday night

The Valley Rally Bike Tour is just one of many events planned for this year’s Brickfest celebration. This year’s bike tour will start at the Reynolds Recreation Center in PV’s Wacker Park instead of downtown PV as has been in the past.

By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter

It’s the first weekend in May and that means it’s time for Brickfest 2012, Pauls Valley’s signature festival.
This year’s two day event includes entertainment from United Freestyle Stunt Team, The Texas Gypsies, local band Colby Ham and Mojo Band and many more.
There will also be a cake-decorating contest sponsored by How Sweet It Is and additional local talent and numerous vendors offering everything from food to clothing to home products.
Fields Pies will sponsor the annual pie eating contest and the PV Rotary Club’s Thunder in the Valley and the Valley Rally Bike ride will take place during the festival, as well.
Due to the change of the starting location for the Valley Rally, this year’s festival is being expanded into Rennie Park, according to Robb. The move will provide additional space and much needed electricity for vendors.

Okie Noodling up for Redbud Award

By Jeff Shultz

Pauls Valley Chamber officials are hoping to grab its third Redbud Award this Tuesday during the annual Redbud Awards this Tuesday, May 8, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
“We were notified last week that our nomination of the Okie Noodling Festival has made the cut in the Outstanding Event category nomination,” said PV Chamber Director Della Wilson.
Wilson noted if the Okie Noodling Festival does win the coveted Redbud Award, it will be the third win for Pauls Valley.
In 2005, the Toy and Action Figure Museum won the prestigious honor as the state’s Outstanding Tourism Attraction.
Then PV followed that with a win for the 2007 Sesquicentennial Celebration as the most Outstanding Tourism Event, the same category the Okie Noodling Festival is in.
The Redbud Award is given each year, recognizing “the latest, greatest, and most unique marketing strategies from across the state of Oklahoma.”
The Okie Noodling Festival and Fish Fry was created specifically for the 2001 documentary “Okie Noodling,” which first appeared on PBS.
Since then the festival has grown larger and larger.
At first handfishing enthusiasts gathered at Bob’s Pig Shop, Pauls Valley, for the annual catfish weigh in and celebration.
As the festival grew in popularity, the crowds got just as huge as the giant catfish brought in during the event.
The event was moved from Bob’s Pig Shop to Wacker Park last year and was the largest Okie Noodling Festival ever.
The festival has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine and on such cable channels as ESPN, The Food Network, CNN and The National Explorer Channel.

Maysville still under water rationing order

Maysville Town Hall would like to remind residents that Maysville is still under water rationing.
Houses on the south and east sides of the street may water on odd days and those on the west and north may water on even days.
Watering times are from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. These are the only times that residents are allowed to water.
Water rationing will continue until further notice.

Vendors sought for Flower and Vegetable Show


By Jeff Shultz



Vendors are lining up to become a part of what organizers are hoping will be a new tradition at future Garvin County Flower and Vegetable Shows.

Organizers announced last week this year’s show would feature an Expo titled the Gardenfest and Craft Show.

Since making the announcement, numerous vendors have already contacted the OSU Extension Service office to inquire about the exposition.

Already scheduled to occupy booth space are several agricultural and horticulture-related vendors, honey from local beekeepers, candles, purses, tote bags, and jewelry. Door prizes will also be given during the show.

Set to be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Garvin County Fairgrounds in Pauls Valley, the new event will feature educational information by the Cooperative Extension Service and guest Master Gardeners from Cleveland County.

The Flower and Vegetable judging event, reserved for Garvin County residents only, has over 54 categories of flower and 30 categories in the vegetable division to choose from. Entries will be taken from 9 to 11 a.m. with judging to begin shortly thereafter.

Those placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd will receive cash awards and ribbons.  Awards will also be given for the Division Champions, Reserve Grand Champion and Overall Grand Champion in each division.

Visitors to the Gardenfest and Craft Show will be asked for a donation of $1 per adult upon entrance to the grounds, with proceeds going to the county 4-H program.

Indoor vendor space is limited and filling up quickly, so organizers urge those wanting indoor space to contact the OSU Extension service as soon as possible. The cost for a 10 x 12 booth space is $25. The space is not secure until the registration form and fee are received.

Complete entry rules and show information for vendors and visitors may be found on the OSU Garvin County Extension web site: or you may contact their office at 405-238-6681.

Norabella’s first in Stratford to serve alcohol

By Susan Stone

News Star Reporter


For some people pizza and beer go hand in hand and they can’t or don’t want to have one without the other.

Until recently there was no place in Stratford that people could go into for a sit down meal and enjoy a beer with their food.

Now, Norabella’s Italian Restaurant has changed all that.

Norabella’s recently received their state license from the ABLE commission on April 3 and started serving beer on April 4.

“As far as we can tell by the books, we are the first restaurant in Stratford to ever serve alcohol,” Norabellas owner Nick Venezio said.

“The main reason we decided to start serving alcohol is due to the fact we had a lot of customers from out of town coming in wanting a beer with their pizza,” Venezio added.

Even if it’s hard for some to admit, Stratford is a town that doesn’t accept some changes with open arms or open minds.

That was not the case with this change. Surprisingly everyone seemed to support Norabella’s decision to taking serve alcohol.

Norabellas owners Nick and Sandee Venezio put a lot of careful thought and consideration into this decision. They also sought input from other people.

“We talked to a bunch of people around town to get their opinions about the issue and out of all the people we talked to nobody was opposed to the idea of us serving alcohol,” Nick stated.

“Norabella’s is still first and foremost a family establishment. It is in by no means going to turn into a bar or have the atmosphere of a bar,” Nick said.

“In order for people to drink they must order food and I will cut people off or refuse to serve anyone that I think has had enough. We will have a zero tolerance policy for people who want to get drunk and want to start trouble,” he went on to say.

They have also started having karaoke on Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. or later depending on the number of customers.

One more change coming soon is the new smoothie bar that is being put in.

“We should have it up and running in about 4 weeks,” Venezio said.

“We will be offering just regular fresh fruit smoothies and if people want we can add nutritional supplements to their smoothie. It’s the same supplements that Gold’s Gym and Planet Fitness carry,” Nick said.

New Maysville Librarian has high goals

Maysville Librarian Janet Dinwiddie stocks the shelves of the Maysville Library with books. Dinwiddie has already begun plans for the annual Wiley Post Festival in September and is gearing up for a successful Summer Reading Program. (News Star photo by Lindsey Temple)

By Lindsey Temple

News Star Reporter


The Maysville Library has a new face behind the front desk with new aspirations for the town’s library.

According Janet Dinwiddie, before becoming a librarian on March, 30, she had many jobs before that, including hair stylist and nurse.

“But being a librarian has been my favorite,” said Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie, a Maysville local, remembers going to the library as a child.

“I always went to the library growing up. I have always really liked it,” said Dinwiddie.

The mother of two boys, Dinwiddie took the job in hopes that being closer to home would give her more time with her children.

Among many other changes she would like to bring to the library, the possibility of E-Books intrigues Dinwiddie and she is hoping to give the town’s library more of an on-line presence for a more convenient way to check out books for the community.

Dinwiddie is also currently preparing for Maysville’s Wiley Post Festival.

Footloose Festival larger than ever

A group of students from Hennessey, Okla., performs the main dance number from the musical “Footloose” Saturday during Elmore City’s Annual Footloose Festival. The group performed the musical as a school project in Hennessey and traveled to Elmore City to share their talents with the estimated 2,500 people who attended the celebration. (News Star photo by Lindsey Temple)

By Lindsey Temple

News Star Reporter


With an estimated 2,500 patrons in attendance, last Saturday’s Footloose Festival went off in a big way and was the largest yet.

The day was full of events from early in the morning to late into the night.

Nearly $800 was raised by The Elmore City First United Methodist Church with their pancake breakfast; the money will help the church provide new playground equipment for their youth.

Some of the day’s events included a Battle of the Towns dance competition, won by Elmore City residents, Tom and Skeet Luster, for the second year in a row.

The Disco Cake Decorating contest winners were Randal McFadden in 1st place, 2nd place went to Jessica Greenland and 3rd place went to Paula Williams.

April Fields won 1st place in the Art Show, children’s division, while Kristan Mara won 1st place in the youth division and Randy Fields won 1st place in the 18 and over division.

The anticipated Lawn Mower races brought several winners; Jim Tadlock was the winner in the drag race stock division; Charlie Kennedy in the modified division; and Jody Weaver in the super modified division.

In the Round Track Races, Dennis Russell won the modified division, Ashley Weaver won in the super modified, and Paul Martin was the overall round track winner.

Guests like The Billy K Band, Killa Stepz and Mike Bone wowed crowds until late into the evening.

High School students from the Hennessy High School Chorus made an appearance performing their dance to Footloose, a piece from their recent musical.

After the events of the day were over, area residents of all ages enjoyed a street dance held in the parking lot of the newly built Elmore City bank, dancing until late into the night.

11th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament set for May 19

The 11th Annual Stratford Fire Department’s 2-Man Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, May 19th, 2012, beginning at 6:00 a.m.  The entry deadline is Friday, May 18th by 5:00 p.m.

The cost is $50 per team, plus $10 more for Big Bass.  There will be a 5 fish limit, which includes Legal Bass Large/Smallmouth or Kentucky.  You can fish any pond, lake or stream; dead fish may not be eligible.

Check-in time is at 3:00 p.m. at the fire station.  Winnings will include:  1st Place – 2 Man Bass Boat; 2nd-5th receive prizes.  1st Place Big Bass gets 75% of Big Bass Pot, and 2nd gets 25%!!

Mail or bring entries to:  Stratford Fire Department, P.O. Box 454, Stratford, OK  74872 (230 S. Hyden); Bailey’s Outdoor, 811 N. Broadway, Ada, OK  74820; or Stratford City Hall, P.O. Box 569, Stratford, OK  74872 (220 S. Hyden).

For more information, call Jason Fulks at 580-310-2510 or Jason Korzan at 580-421-6818.

Controlled Burns can get costly for property owners

By Jeff Shultz



Garvin County Officials are encouraging county residents who want to have a controlled burn on their property to call in the incident to the County 911 office so area fire departments won’t be going on false alarm calls.

“We had three false alarms last week and they were all due to someone not notifying us of a controlled burn,” said Garvin County Emergency Management Director Bud Ramming.

Ramming said the false alarms are expensive runs for already struggling fire departments.

“Not only do these volunteers have to leave their jobs to go on a false alarm call, but the fire department has wasted fuel to go on the run as well as the wear and tear on the department’s equipment,” he said.

Ramming said if the false alarms continue, the county fire chiefs will most likely petition the county commissioners to adopt a resolution to make property owners pay for the fire runs when they don’t advise the 911 center of a controlled burn on their property.

“All they have to do is call 405-238-9900, which is the non-emergency number for the 911 Center, and let the dispatchers know you will be conducting a controlled burn and the date and place of that burn,” Ramming added.

The Garvin County 911 Center already is dispatching for all of the county’s fire departments.

“A simple call on a controlled burn will give our dispatchers the information they need so they won’t be dispatching a fire department to a controlled burn,” he said.

County GOP meeting this Friday

By Sharon Burgin

Garvin County Republican Party will host the Fourth Congressional District Republican Convention in Pauls Valley this weekend.

On Friday, April 20, a Reception will be held at Stark Fine Dining from 5:00 to 6:30.

A Gala “Get Acquainted” Bar-B-Que at the County Fair Ground will begin at 7:00 PM, with United States Representative Tom Cole as the Keynote Speaker.

Saturday, April 21 will begin with a Prayer Breakfast at 7:00 AM at the Fair Grounds, featuring Oklahoma Representatives Lisa Billy and Don Johnson, and State Senator Frank Simpson.

The convention itself will begin at 10:00 AM at the Reynolds Recreation Center.

The main business of the convention is to elect three Delegates and three Alternate Delegates to represent the Fourth District at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 27-31.  An Elector for President will also be elected.

There could be up to 520 delegates attending, as well as many state elected officials.  Anyone is welcome to attend the Reception, Dinner, and Prayer Breakfast, but only elected delegates from the 15 counties that make up the Fourth District may attend the convention itself.

For more information on the open events, or to make reservations, please call 877 664-1148 or email

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