Pauls Valley to welcome a new Women’s and Children clinic

Just one of the many colorful examination rooms at the Women's and Children's Clinic in Pauls Valley. The clinic, located at the Burr Center in Pauls Valley will officially open Thursday, Sept. 1. News Star photo by Lindsey Temple.

By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter

Thursday marks the grand opening of Pauls Valley’s first and only clinic for children and women’s wellness.

Recognizing a need for this type of family care, the clinic has been a long time dream of Dr. Susan Jones.

“It’s exciting for our rural area to have access to medical care for women and children. It’s a pleasant environment and we are really excited about it, “ Jones said.

Jones will specialize in women’s health while Dr. Lisa Hoffman, who was chief resident at OU medical center for one year and on staff for an additional year, will be Pauls Valley’s first pediatrician.

“Pauls Valley is home for me and I’m just really excited to be coming back to take care of our kids with a focus on preventative medicine and wellness and an emphasis on immunizations,” Hoffman said.

The Registered Nurse and office manager for the clinic will be Rita Phillips, who happens to be Hoffman’s mother.

“Garvin County and surrounding areas have a need for this type of women’s health service. It will also keep patients here, in the area, they won’t have to travel,” explained Phillips.

“And hopefully around March we will have Dr. (Tammy) Hicks join our team,” said Phillips.

Dr Hicks will offer obstetrics for the clinic patients, Phillips added.

Diabetic foot care for adults and seniors will also be offered at the clinic.

Construction for the Pauls Valley General Hospital outreach clinic started in early summer with a goal to finish the project by August 15.

Colorfully painted rooms line the long hallway of the newly built clinic, along with a large waiting room, a meeting room and a room that will later be used for support groups and education classes for the general public.

“This is just a great opportunity to have this type of clinic; it will be good for the women and children of the Pauls Valley area,” said Phillips.

The clinic will host an open house to the public on Thursday and later that afternoon they will begin seeing patients.

New restaurant to have an artistic flare

The former Valley Vineyards, located off of I-35, will be soon be converted into a fine dining restaurant by Pauls Valley businessman Kevin Stark.

By Jeff Shultz

What was once known as Valley Vineyards will soon be a new dining establishment in Pauls Valley as local entrepreneur Kevin Stark announced last week he has purchased the winery located off of I-35.

“My plans are to convert the winery to a restaurant featuring steaks and other fine dining menu items,” said Stark.

The new restaurant will bear Stark’s name and will have an art theme to it, said Stark.

“It will be called ‘Stark, The Art of Fine Dining’ and will showcase various fine art pieces as well as our menu will feature a variety of creative dining items,” Stark added.

Stark is searching for the right chef to spearhead his menu and work with him on creating a positive dining experience that will be unforgettable.

“We are also working with food critics from Oklahoma City and other restaurants in the metro area to create a unique dining experience,” he said.

Stark is jumping into the project with both feet in the water, as he will be attending the Oklahoma Restaurant Association’s Expo this week.

Stark added he plans on using locally grown produce to provide fresh ingredients for his menu and will be offering “Dancing Rabbit Creek” wines, made by Arlen Williams of Pauls Valley, on his wine menu.

“It’s always been my goal to showcase local talent and that is my goal for this restaurant. Arlen’s wines are great and I am proud to feature them once we open,” Stark said.

Stark said he plans to have the restaurant open by December.

County Fair set to begin Thursday

It’s time for the annual rite of fall, the Garvin County Fair.

Fair entries will be accepted on Thursday, September 1 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the East building with the exception of livestock, which will be entered Friday, September 2 from 8 – 10 a.m.(this does not include dogs; entries for the dog show will be accepted at 5 p.m.)

Baked goods, Wheatheart baking entries, fresh flowers, and fresh flower arrangements may also be entered from 8 – 10 a.m. on Friday, September 2 (these are the only building entry exceptions – no other entries will be accepted Friday).

Those wishing to enter the Dog Obedience Trials (entry and competition begins at 5 p.m. Friday, September 2) need to note that dogs must have prior obedience training in order to enter.

The Pauls Valley Roundup Club will host the Garvin County Fair Horse Show on September 10, 2011. Entries will start at 8 a.m. judging will begin at 9 a.m.

Current negative Coggins required on all horses (NO EXCEPTIONS). The horse show will offer classes for 13 years and under, 14-19, 20 and over.

Classes include halter, showmanship, western pleasure, horsemanship, trail, barrel racing, pole bending, and stake race. We will also have a stick horse race, lead-line, walk-trot class for 6 years and younger.

There are no entry fees for the horse show and the horse show is open to Garvin County residents only.

For more information on the horse show contact the Garvin County Extension office at 405-238-6681 or horse show superintendent Dessie Daugherty at 405-238-7425.

New this year, the cake decorating contest will be sponsored by Wilton Enterprises. There will be a Junior and Senior Division. Wilton “Best of Class” awards will be given for each division.

Please see the fair catalog section in Open Class Baking for entry details.

Please refer to the Garvin County Fair catalog for all entry information. They are available at the Garvin County Extension Office at 201 W. Grant, Room 7, Courthouse, Pauls Valley.

It is also posted on the Extension’s web site at

Stratford Firefighters save house from total loss

Stratford firefighters work to extinguish a house fire at a mobile home in the 500 block of North Olive in Strtatford on Tuesday. The fire started outside the home at the air conditioner disconnect outlet. News Star photo by Susan Stone.

By Susan Stone
News Star Reporter

Last Tuesday Stratford Fire department responded to a house fire in the 500 block of North Olive. Upon arriving they noticed smoke coming from a trailer house.

They made entry into the house quickly getting the fire put out.

“The fire was contained to one bedroom, but the rest of the house has pretty heavy smoke damage,” Fire Chief Shawn Mann said.

“The fire actually started outside the house at the air conditioner disconnect outlet,” Mann added.

Red Cross was contacted to help with any assistance the family might need.

Tadlock: ‘I just want what’s best for Elmore City’

By Jeff Shultz

Elmore City Councilman Jim Tadlock said he holds no ill feelings toward Elmore City Mayor Larry Cleveland.

“Larry has done some good things for Elmore City. A majority of what he has done for our town I’ve agreed with. He’s helped the town financially and he’s been a good mayor,” Tadlock told the News Star.

Tadlock has been the subject of controversy lately when earlier this month Cleveland brought into question whether Tadlock actually was living in Ward 2, a ward he has represented on the EC City Council for six years.

Cleveland raised the question during the council’s regular August 2 business meeting and after some heated discussion on the matter, Cleveland declared Tadlock’s council seat “vacant.”

“All of this is a personality problem,” Tadlock said. “Larry and I tend to clash with each other.”

“I’m not saying he doesn’t like me or I don’t like him in a petty, childish sort of way. We just have differing opinions on things and that’s how we clash with each other.”

Tadlock, who filed for the Ward 2 seat last February and ran unopposed, listed his residence on the filing papers as 503 S. Main.

“I’ve always resided at 503 S. Main. That address has always been and is still within the boundaries of my ward. The question that’s been raised is if I have been living there or not,” he said.

However, the address in question during the August 2 council meeting was 100 W. J Street.

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Walling named new 911 Coordinator

Doug Walling

By Jeff Shultz

The Garvin County Commissioners officially named Doug Walling as the new 911 Coordinator Monday morning, August 22, during the commissioners’ regular monthly meeting.

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes recommended Walling for the position during last week’s commissioners meeting, but the appointment was made official Monday morning.

“He’s the man to get the job done,” said Rhodes.

A Stratford native, Walling has spent the last three years as a coach and teacher in Lindsay.

Prior to going into teaching he has served in a variety of law enforcement positions, including as Konowa Police Chief.

“I started in dispatch and then moved to a part time police officer and I worked my way up to being a chief of police,” Walling said. “My first love is law enforcement.”

Walling also noted he’s got experience in the emergency field, working as a medic for 10 years and was present when Seminole County started its 911 Call Center.

“I think with that experience, I know some of the issues the employees will have and I feel I can shore up any problems the towns in the county has,” he said.

Walling replaces former 911 Coordinator Diann Williams after the Garvin County Commissioners terminated her due to complaints by several county police chiefs that they couldn’t work with the center under its current management.

Walling was on one of 18 applicants for the position.

Rhodes told the commissioners during Monday’s meeting it was his goal to have the 911 Call Center providing full direct dispatching services to all emergency services in the county by the end of the year.

Post’s legacy a great one

Wiley Post stands next to his favorite plane, The Winnie Mae. The Town of Maysville, former home of Post, will hold it’s 14th annual Wiley Post festival on Saturday, September 10, in honor of the legendary aviator.

By Irwin F. Brotman

Today, what young man of 17 hasn’t had a dream of finding himself in a career that would bring him fame and fortune? Both of these goals are attainable, but some choices, bad or good, must be made.

So it was the choices that young Wiley Post made on his dream of being an aviator.

In the early years of the 1900s there were not many good paying jobs for a mechanic in aviation.  He had a vision of “using” motors, not “fixing” them and in April 1917, when America entered World War I, he joined the Student Army Training Camp in the University of Oklahoma.

He studied radio communication, graduated, and was sent to France. Upon the Armistice in 1918, he returned home to Oklahoma.

Oil was now the way to go and his try at a wildcat venture failed. By 1921, broke and unable to find employment, his choice of earning money, was a bad one. He was arrested in a botched robbery, and served 14 months in the State Reformatory at Granite.

In the next four years, his try at living at home with his family in Maysville, was disappointing. His dream of flying never left him.

This dream was his good choice. For the next 10 years, he would become a pilot. But not just a flyer, one with an ambition.

His mechanical training gave him the foresight to do things in this fledgling profession that would help write his name into the annals of Aviation History.

Maysville was the scene for his first ventures. Parachuting and barnstorming didn’t pay well, and he had to continue to do oil field work.

On October 1, 1926, he was struck in the left eye by a chip from a bolt. An infection occurred, and his eye had do be removed. His urge to fly, and his “steel-willed” determination would enable him to accomplish his dream.

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Pernell Fire Department Fundraiser

By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter

The Pernell Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for their second fundraiser of the year.

On Saturday, October 1, at 5 p.m. at the Pernell Fire House the firefighters will cook a meal of brisket, baked beans, potato salad and cobbler.

“There is no charge for the meal, its donations only,” said volunteer firefighter Jennifer Riley.

“We like doing this because it gives the people of this community a chance to get out and meet the men and women of the fire department,” explained Riley.

The fundraiser includes a meal, door prizes, a pie and cake auction and the fire department will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a shotgun.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to give and for us to give back to the community. We also just like to see the faces of the people we help,” said Riley, who has been with fire department for five years.

This year’s lack of rain, high winds and extreme heat have been prime conditions for grass fires and have taken a financial toll on small fire departments all around the state, including Pernell.

“This year has been very taxing on not only us but all fire departments; we have fought some of the worst fires I have ever seen,” explained Jennifer.

The Pernell Fire Department is not city funded and a non-paid organization. The department relies on resident donations and two fundraisers a year to bring in revenue.

Maysville under mandatory water rationing

By Jeff Shultz

Citing concerns over the town’s shrinking water supply, the Maysville Municipal Authority voted 3-1 Monday night to make odd/even water rationing mandatory for Maysville residents.

Just last month the MMA Board of Trustees voted to call for voluntary odd/even water rationing, a move that hasn’t produced much results, according to Maysville Water Superintendent Steve Dobson.

“It’s not working,” Dobson told the board. “I can tell by the usage at the water plant that it’s not working.”

Dobson also reported the lake level, which is Maysville’s primary water source, had dropped another foot from last month when the board discussed water rationing measures.

Discussion on the matter began with Trustee Gay Freeman, who recently visited the National Weather Service in Norman.

“They said the current weather models show there’s no end in the near future to the current drought we’re in,” Freeman reported to the board.

Freeman said she is very concerned the city has no way of replenishing “what we’ve already lost.”

“I think we need to look at making the water rationing a mandatory measure,” she said.

Maysville Mayor Ed Pharaoh objected to the idea of instituting mandatory water rationing.

“I don’t think we need to be penalizing residents for water usage. We’re not low on water. The lake supply is good.

“I don’t think writing citations to violators of a mandatory water rationing would be good,” Pharaoh said.

After further discussion on the matter, Freeman made a motion to make odd/even water rationing mandatory.

The motion was seconded and passed 3-1 with Pharaoh casting an emphatic “no” vote.

Under the plan residents living on the south and east side of the street to water their lawns on odd numbered days and those living on the north and west sides of the street to water on even numbered days.

Watering times are from 7-9 a.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Violators of the rationing plan will either be issued a warning or a citation, depending on the severity of the violation.

Tadlock’s residency still under fire

By Lindsey Temple and Jeff Shultz

Questions still abound concerning the residency of Jim Tadlock, Elmore City’s Ward 2 Councilman.

Tadlock, who filed for the Ward 2 seat last February and ran unopposed, was escorted out of the Elmore City Council meeting earlier this month after EC Mayor Larry Cleveland declared his seat “vacant” during discussions about Tadlock’s residency in Elmore City.

Cleveland accused Tadlock of not residing in his home within Elmore City Ward 2.

Police chief Brynn Barnett along with other members of the police force had been recruited by Cleveland to drive by Tadlock’s home nightly to ensure residency.

Barnett explained that it did not appear to him that Tadlock had been at home during the evenings.

After several heated exchanges between Cleveland and Tadlock, Cleveland declared the Ward 2 seat “vacant” and Tadlock was asked to leave the meeting.

However, state statutes prohibit a mayor or any other councilperson from making such a declaration, according to a Garvin County Assistant District Attorney who asked not to be identified.

“The issue must be decided by the council, not the mayor,” the DA told the News Star.

According to EC City Clerk Lisa Rollings, the issue started when a resident of EC complained about Tadlock not residing in Ward 2.

“The issue was placed on the agenda as a discussion item only. No action was meant to take place on the night of the meeting,” Rollings told the News Star.

Rollings said the issue will be on the September 6 city council agenda and she expected a vote on the issue to be taken at that time.

Rollings added the center of the problem is if a councilman is actually living in the Ward he or she represents.

“There’s been some question as to if Mr. Tadlock lives inside Ward 2 and hopefully the council will decide that issue at their next meeting,” she said.

When Tadlock filed for the office in February of this year he listed his address as 503 S. Main in Elmore City.

According to documents from the Garvin County Election Board, Tadlock drew no opponent at that time and no one came forward to contest his eligibility for the office.

However, the address in question during the August 2 council meeting was 100 W J St.

The New Star attempted to contact Tadlock about the two different addresses but was not able to reach him for a comment.

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