Maysville hero to be honored Friday

Trooper Sam Henderson

By Jeff Shultz


To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), troopers, state dignitaries and the general public will gather at the Maysville Cemetery this Friday at 10 a.m. to dedicate a monument in honor of the first OHP Trooper killed in the line of duty.

Maysville native Sam Henderson had been an OHP Trooper for four years when he was killed on May 7, 1941, during a routine traffic stop.

Henderson had stopped a vehicle near Lawton for defective headlights and was speaking to the driver of the vehicle when another car, driven by a drunk driver, struck Henderson and fled the scene.

Henderson was killed instantly due to injuries he sustained in the accident.

Henderson’s funeral service was “the most impressive funeral service (in Maysville) witnessed since the burial of Wiley Post,” according to published reports on Henderson’s death and research by the Maysville History Class.

According to organizers of Friday’s dedication ceremony, a large contingency of OHP Troopers and top brass are expected to be at the ceremony, including the Chief of the OHP, Colonel Kerry Pettingill.

Gov. Mary Fallin has also been invited to the ceremony.

Along with the monument dedication, the Washita Bridge north of Maysville will be renamed in honor of Henderson.

The public is also invited to attend this both special ceremonies.

PV wins third Redbud

By Jeff Shultz



When members of the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce meet on Thursday, June 14, for the annual PV Chamber Banquet, they will have plenty to celebrate.

According to PV Chamber Director Della Wilson, Pauls Valley has won its third Redbud Award, the state’s highest tourism honor.

Pauls Valley won the award for the Okie Noodling Festival as the state’s Most Outstanding Tourism Event.

“The competition was stiff, but good content always wins out,” Wilson said Tuesday night in reference to the Chamber’s Redbud application. “We’re in heaven!”

The announcement came Tuesday night during the annual Redbud Awards ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City

Pauls Valley has previously won two Redbud Awards.

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 was in.

“We’ll be celebrating big time during our Chamber Banquet,” Wilson added.

The annual banquet, which celebrates the successes of the Chamber over the past year, will be held on June 14 at the Bosa Community Center.

Chamber officials are seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Corporate Citizen of the Year.

The deadline to nominate worthy individuals and companies for the annual honor is May 22 at noon.

Nomination forms can be obtained at the PV Chamber office at 112 E. Paul. For more information contact the PV Chamber at 405-238-6491.

Elmore City gets green light from DEQ for Water Treatment Plant

By Lindsey Temple

News Star Reporter

After a very long process, Elmore City secured their last permit from the Department of Environmental Equality to proceed with the water treatment plant project.

“This has been a long and drawn out process and we are very happy to see some progress being made,” said Lisa Rollings, City Clerk.

A water treatment plant for the city is part of a long term goal of producing their own water, which will lead to the possibility of grants, new water and sewer lines in the next couple of years and repair to city streets.

Water treatment was part of the cities Capital Improvement Plan.

EC updates their CIP every five years and are already in year number two of our current five year plan.

Residents are urged to make suggestions for the next five year plan by contacting any member of the Elmore City Planning Committee: Kim Chandler, Quentin Casey, Tom Luster, John Ferris or Chip Howard.

“Elmore City officials greatly appreciate the input from these local business owners and individuals who take the time to look ahead and see where our city is headed and what we might need down the road, literally, we need roads,” explained Rollings.

County Emergency Management to offer text alert service

In cooperation with E911, Emergency Management and the LEPC a system has been set up to alert citizens of Garvin County about weather related emergencies in your area.

For those of you that text, go to the message screen on your phone in the address or to area type in 888777, in the message area type in the name of your closest school mascot.

For example, Elmore area residents type in Badgers, Wynnewood area residents type in Savages, Lindsay area type in Leopards, Maysville area type in Warriors, Stratford area type in Bulldogs, Paoli area type in Pugs, and Pauls Valley area type in Panthers.

Hit send.  If you have done this correctly you will receive a text back from E911 stating you have been set up for weather alerts.  You may choose up to 5 areas for alerts on your phone.

Also, for those of you that use Facebook, type in Garvin County Emergency Management.  When the page comes up hit the “Like” you will be a “friend” and get emergency related messages this way also.

Peach Royalty candidates wanted

By Susan Stone

News Star Reporter


If you are a single female between the ages of 2 and 20 and want to fulfill every girl’s dream of being a princess then enter Stratford’s Peach Festival Royalty Pageant.

There are three different age groups: Peach Blossom is for young girl’s ages 2-5; Peach Princess is for ages 6-12; and Peach Queen is for ages 13-20. There is also a Peach Bud Category for boys ages 2-5.

There is no cost to enter the pageant however all contestants have to raise money before the pageant since 50 percent of the pageant points come from the amount of money raised by each contestant.

The winner of Blossom, Princess and Queen will receive 10 percent of the money they raised back in prize money. All Princess and Queen candidates will receive a rhinestone necklace and earring set and each blossom candidate will receive a tiara.

This is a chance for someone to be and feel like a princess or queen for one year. For more information on how you could be a part of the 2013 Peach Royalty please contact Fred Stephens at 580-759-2116.


Winkle to take PV Band post

Jim Winkle, the iconic band director who has taken the Elmore City-Pernell Badger Band to numerous superior ratings, has resigned from his post at EC-P schools to accept the position of Assistant Band Director for the Pauls Valley Schools.

Look for more details on this story in next week’s Garvin County News Star.


FRIDAY, May 4th
10 AM – 5 PM – “May the FOURTH Be With You” Star Wars Day at the Toy & Action Figure Museum
Noon – Vendors Set Up
CAKE OFF check in begins
12:30-3:30 – KRXO Remote
6:00 PM – CAKE OFF check in ends
Sami Jo Scifres
7:00 PM – Parker Milsap
8:00 PM – Colby Ham & the Mojo Band
9:00 PM – Rude Mood

9:00 a.m. – Rex Carleton & The Rough Riders
Cake Off Judging & Silent Auction begins
Valley Rally Bike Ride Begins at DW Reynolds Rec Center in Wacker Park
Free Shuttle Service to Airport begin to the PV Airport for Antique Plane Fly -In & Antique Car Display
10:00 AM – United Freestyle Stunt Team
Cake off Judging Ends
Hot Wheels Doube Dog Dare Derby Registration Begins at Toy & Action Figure Museum
10:40 AM – Erica Peacock
11:00 AM – The Texas Gypsies
HOT Wheels Doube Dog Dare Derby RACES Begin at Toy & Action Figure Museum
11:30 AM – Cake Off Silent Auction Ends
12:00 PM – Cake OFF winners & Silent Auction Winners Announced
United Freestyle Stunt Team
12:30 PM – Fields Pie Eating Contest
1:00 PM – The Texas Gypsies
1:30 PM – Frosty T-Shirt Tangle AT JINGLE & JANGLE
2:00 PM – Syd Petty Tumbling
2:30 PM – Dance Station
3:00 PM – White Tiger Dojo & Mixed Martial Arts
3:30 PM – Brick Toss
4:00 PM – United Freestyle Stunt Team
4:30 PM – Announce winner of stained glass raffle

Disposal Well will be the safest in the state, says Robinson

The graphic above provided by CAVU Resourses shows the design of the Saltwater Disposal Well that CAVU is proposing to be located east of Pauls Valley. According to CAVU President and CEO, the well will be the safest commercial disposal site in the state.

By Jeff Shultz

William Robinson, CAVU Resources CEO and President, said Friday night during a public meeting that the proposed Commercial Saltwater Disposal (SWD) Well east of Pauls Valley will be the “safest SWD well in the state, maybe in the nation.”
The meeting was held by Robinson and CAVU in an effort to “better communicate with the public” about the proposed well site.
The disposal site will collect saltwater from customers from at least a 50-mile radius and it will be the largest collection center in the county, according to Robinson.
According to Robinson the SWD well will have several safety measures no other well like it has ever had.
“We will be installing leak sensors in the well that will sound the alarm if a leak is detected,” he told the 60 to 70 people attending the meeting.
“We’ll also be the first injection well ever to have seismic monitors so we can watch the amount of seismic activity in the area,” he added.
Robinson said the seismic monitors were added to the plans in light of recent earthquakes in Oklahoma and Ohio that were blamed on fracking and saltwater injection methods.
Another safety feature of the proposed well will be sensors to detect any contaminants that might make it into the saltwater being pumped into the well.
“All we’re taking is saltwater,” Robinson told the News Star. “The water sensors will immediately be able to tell us if there is something in the water that shouldn’t be there.”
Robinson said if a foreign material were detected in the water, the system would automatically shut down so the impurity in the water can be found.
Robinson added all of the equipment at the site will be quiet and will not disrupt area residents.
“The old pumps were really noisy, but these new pumps will be relatively quiet ones. Plus, we’re putting up a sound wall around the facility to contain any noise the pumps may make,” he added.
And to make sure the noise level is maintained at a quiet level, sound monitors will be installed in the system to screen the decibel level at the well site.
One of the biggest concerns brought up at Friday night’s meeting was the wear and tear on the roads going to the site.
“I know there are a lot of worries out there about this and the amount of truck traffic coming into the site,” Robinson said. “However, we don’t anticipate the amount of traffic to be as high as some of the numbers quoted.”
Robinson said he is willing to take a portion of the profits from the commercial disposal well and set up a fund for the county to access in order to keep the roads maintained and repaired.
“Any amount of truck traffic, no matter how high or low, is going to create some problems for the roads,” he said.
“But it would be in our best interest, and the county’s best interest, to make sure the roads in that area are maintained and are good roads.”
“That’s why we are willing to set up this fund for the county to draw from to help keep those roads in good shape.”
According to Robinson, there are currently 1,100 disposal wells operating in the county, but this new facility will be the safest of all of them.
“We’re doing everything we can to be good stewards of the neighborhood and good stewards of the earth. That’s why we’ve implemented so many safety features into this disposal well,” Robinson said.

Disposal Well draws record protests

The proposed site of a Saltwater Disposal Well can be seen from the banks of Wolf Creek. (News Star photo by Jeff Shultz)

By Jeff Shultz

Benny Montgomery, Pauls Valley, can step out on his back porch and toss a stone right onto the site where a proposed saltwater disposal well could be located.
If CAVU Resources is granted a permit to construct the disposal well, it will literally be just feet away from Montgomery’s back yard.
Montgomery, like so many of his neighbors in the rural area east of Pauls Vally, is worried about the many problems the proposed injection site will cause if it goes in.
And despite the many assurances CAVU’s President and CEO William Robinson has given them on the safety of the disposal well, Montgomery and others don’t believe it.
“I think he’s painting a pretty picture that’s just not there,” Montgomery told the News Star.
The number of objections to the proposed disposal well reads like a dirty laundry list and is just about as long.
“There’s nothing good that’s going come out of this,” said Joe Menefee, a Garvin County farmer. “It won’t be good for the county, for the landowners or anyone living around this area.”
Menefee has been circulating a petition over the past few days protesting the proposed disposal well.
As of Tuesday he said he has gathered over 1,000 signatures and will be delivering the petitions to the Corporation Commission later this week.
That number, according to Menefee is a Corporation Commission record.
“I was told the most protests the Corporation Commission has ever received on a project was 47 complaints,” he said.
According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, once the protest period is over, the matter will be heard by an OCC judge who will then advise the OCC who will make the final decision of CAVU’s permit.
The decision, no matter what side it is on, can be appealed twice – with the final appeal going before the State Supreme Court.

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink
At the top of the list of concerns the landowners have is the possibility saltwater from the injection site will leak from its container and damage many fresh water resources within the area.
The six-acre site where the proposed disposal well will be located sits right next to Wolf Creek, which empties into the Washita River.
“The Washita then flows to Lake Texhoma. If saltwater from that injection well spills out into Wolf Creek, then it could pollute the entire water system for miles to come,” Menefee said.
Not only are protestors concerned over Wolf Creek possibly being polluted by the saltwater, but also many of the fresh water wells the landowners depend on.
“If there is a leak from the disposal site, it could reach those wells and ruin many of our wells and our livelihoods,” Menefee added.
Farmers in the area depend on the water wells for a variety of reasons, including irrigating their crops and providing water for their livestock.
Some of the landowners in the area are well aware of what can happen when saltwater mixes with water wells.
They were victims of a water flood by Marathon Oil in the 60s and 70s when Marathon flooded the reservoir formation in the area with saltwater in an effort to displace residual oil.
The water flood went horribly wrong and ruined several fresh water wells in the area.
Marathon Oil was eventually sued over the incident and was forced to pay millions in damages as well as truck in fresh water to some of the damaged properties until they could be connected to a rural water district line.
One of those landowners is Stubby Giles, Pauls Valley. Giles was a victim of the Marathon Oil water flood and eventually had to have fresh water piped to his property as a result of the water flood damage to his well.
Giles was one of many landowners who attended a meeting last Friday night sponsored by CAVU to address concerns about the proposed saltwater disposal site.
Robinson stated during the meeting the Marathon Oil disaster was not a problem he and his company created.
“You may not be the cause of the problem, but you’re going to intensify the problem,” stated Giles during the meeting.
Giles’ property is approximately 500 yards from the proposed CAVU disposal well.
CAVU and Robinson brought in two geologists to plead the case for the disposal well and to remark on its safety and soundness.
Giles, and others, weren’t impressed.
“All they tried to do was shove something down our throats,” Giles told the News Star.

Something stinks in a loud way
Another concern petitioners have with the proposed site is the odor that will come from the disposal well and the amount of noise pollution the site will produce.
Giles, who has seven years experience in the oil field business, said oil field saltwater has a distinct odor to it.
“Once you smell it you won’t forget it,” he said.
Also, a disposal well will produce a lot of noise, protesters say, which is the reason they live in the country – to get away from the noise.
“It will be noisy, especially for all of those who live near the site such as Benny (Montgomery),” Menefee said. “And they are planning on this being a 24/7 operation, which means it’s going to be noisy at all times during the day and night. No one is going to get any sleep.”

A heavy load
Perhaps one of the largest concerns is the amount of truck traffic that will travel up and down Longmire Lake Road and other county roads leading to the site.
According to CAVU’s website, the disposal well will bring in approximately 160 trucks a day carrying saltwater and other oil related wastes to the site.
However, CAVU and Robinson claimed during the meeting the total number of trucks going to the site would be much less than that.
“These are semi trucks. They’re heavy and they will tear up our roads,” Menefee said.
The idea of that many trucks tearing up county roads isn’t appealing to the Garvin County Commissioners, who are already strapped for road funds.
Currently the commissioners are considering a possible contract with any company hauling equipment or materials in excess of the 20-ton limit to pay a fee to transport such loads.
The money from the fees will go to defray the cost to repair the roads that are damaged.
“The stability of those roads affects everyone in the county,” Menefee added.
Property owners and those who oppose the disposal well also cite the method CAVU has taken in notifying the public of the proposed site.
CAVU ran required legal notices in the Oklahoman and in the Pauls Valley Democrat notifying the public of their intention to construct a disposal well on the six-acre site.
“They did what they had to do legally,” stated Menefee. “They should have done more.”
Which brings the matter full circle, right back to Benny Montgomery’s back porch.
Montgomery said CAVU never talked to him about the site, even though he and several other property owners live just feet away from the proposed injection well.
“One day I looked out my back window and they were cutting down several pecan trees where the well was going to be located,” Montgomery recalls.
“Some of those trees were over 100 years old. So I asked what was going on and that’s when they told me what was going to happen.”
To this day, Montgomery added, no one from CAVU has discussed the situation with him.

Water woes worry county officials; historic lawsuit pondered

A crowd of about 60-70 people attended a public meeting Friday night concerning a proposed Commercial Saltwater Disposal Well to be located on six acres east of Pauls Valley. The meeting was sponsored by CAVU Resources, the owner of the proposed site. (News Star photo by Jeff Shultz )

By Jeff Shultz

The Garvin County Commissioners unanimously approved a measure Monday to explore litigation against oil companies that operate saltwater injection wells in the county to post a bond to pay for any potential damages the wells might cause to area fresh water wells.
The move could be the first of it’s kind in Oklahoma and could pave the way for other counties in the state to make a similar move to protect water wells.
“My main concern is to protect the water wells many of our land owners currently have,” stated District 3 County Commissioner Johnny Mann.
Mann brought up the potential lawsuit in light of an effort by Tulsa based CAVU Resources to construct a Saltwater Disposal Site in Garvin County, east of Pauls Valley.
CAVU’s efforts to build the injection well has been temporarily frozen due to a deluge of protests to the Corporation Commission by several landowners living near the proposed disposal site as well a large number of county residents.
Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Dillingham suggested the lawsuit route during Monday’s regular commissioner meeting.
Dillingham said there currently are not any state statutes giving counties the authority to require a bond from injection well companies.
“You do not have the power to adopt a resolution to require such a bond,” she advised the board of commissioners. “Your best route is to take all of these type of companies to court to get a judgment against them, requiring them to post such a bond in the event their operations do cause damage to the wells.”
Mann cited a decades old case where Marathon Oil out of Houston conducted a water flood in the 1960s and 70s.
Water flooding is a method of secondary recovery in which salt water is injected into the reservoir formation to displace residual oil. The water from injection wells physically sweeps the displaced oil to adjacent production wells.
In the Marathon Oil case, salt water from the water flood destroyed several fresh water wells owned by landowners near the disposal site.
“I don’t want what happened then (the wells destroyed) to happen again,” Mann said.
Marathon Oil was eventually sued over the incident and was forced to pay millions in damages as well as truck in fresh water to some of the damaged properties until they could be connected to a rural water district line.
“The county has to protect our fresh water and our citizens from such potential disasters,” Mann added.
Mann said the bond would not be a problem to many of the companies that would be affected by the possibly suit.
“Many of these oil companies have the money to put up a million dollar bond or more. If they are bondable, then there won’t be a problem for them,” he said.
When asked how much of a bond the oil companies would have to post, Dillingham said the monetary amount could be based on a variety of factors.
“We would need to show the District Court how much such damages could be between X and Y, with X being the lowest amount and Y the highest. Based on those numbers, an average bond amount could be derived from that range and ordered by the court,” she said.
Dillingham said as far as she knows, no other county has attempted such a move in an effort to protect local water sources.
“This could be a historic suit by Garvin County and set the precedent for other counties to follow,” she added.

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