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2022 Year in Review, Part One

By Alisha Thompson

2022 is quickly coming to a close. Here’s a look back at the headlines that dominated The Davis News in the first quarter of 2022.
Jan. 5: Davis Police responded to a break-in at Sooner Foods in the early morning hours of Jan. 4. Suspects broke into Sooner Pharmacy. The Davis Police Department asked for assistance in identifying the suspects. Davis native, Renee Sansom Briscoe, earned the annual performance award presented by the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitative Services. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Davis and Sulphur Police Departments arrested three subjects for distribution of marijuana and one subject for maintaining a a dwelling where drugs were kept, used or sold on Dec. 30, 2021. Jan. 12: Davis Public Schools were looking at going virtual after a surge of Covid-19 cases. Brendan Johnson and Ethan Crowe won tournament titles as the Wolf wrestlers battled to a fourth place finish at the Pauls Valley tournament. Jorga Idleman, Logan Pruitt and Chole Summers were named basketball homecoming queen candidates. Jan. 19: A Town Hall regarding a vote to raise sewer and water rates was announced. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously made the decision in Parish v. Oklahoma, the original McGirt Supreme Court decision was not retroactive. On Jan. 10, the United States Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of that decision by Parish. Logan Pruitt was crowned basketball homecoming queen. Jan. 26: The Murray County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Percero, a new K-9 officer. Murray County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Eddy was named Percero’s new handler. Congressman Tom Cole was recognized with the Friend of the Family award from the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
Feb. 2: City Manager Andy Holland addressed 28 Davis residents at the Town Hall meeting regarding water and sewer rate increases. Early voting for the school board election was announced. Dr. Ryan Oden, Neeley Bell Barnett and Chad Fielding were on the ballot for this election. Leslie and Rev. Kelley Farris were announced as the new pastors for the Davis Pentecostal Holiness Church. Kyler Baldwin was named Tetra County top scorer for the season. He is the senior DHS Academic Team captain. Feb. 9: Physical Therapy Central had to make plans to see patients in alternative locations after a fire damaged their facility. The Davis City Council was set to vote on water and sewer rate increases at the Feb. 14 City Council meeting. Feb. 16: The Southern Oklahoma Library System announced their celebration of Read Across America Week, in honor of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss and all things Seussian. Councilmen voted to approve a water and sewer rate increase at the Feb. 14 council meeting. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Honor Guard led the funeral procession for retired OHP Trooper Roy Rogers through Davis Main Street on Feb. 10. Feb. 23: Three men were arrested after a shots were fired at the apartments on North Third Street before officers had the chance to serve a high risk search warrant at those apartments. The Lady Wolves won their first district title since 2016. The Murray County Junior Livestock Show was dedicated to Wes Harden.
March 2: Davis High School student Kyler Baldwin was named a 2022 Academic All-State Scholar. He was one of 100 students in the state of Oklahoma given this prestigious honor. The basketball season ended for the Wolves and the Lady Wolves continued to Regional tournaments. Adley Bently, Gabby Webber, Paizely Sandusky and Bintlee Burch helped the Oklahoma Outlaws Cheer Team bring home first place the National Cheer Association Competition held in Dallas. March 9: Davis Public Schools was one of three schools awarded grants to bring Project AWARE to Davis. Project AWARE is a five year effort to bring mental health awareness to school students and their families. State School Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister visited Davis Public Schools. Connor Mohr was awarded the Grand Champion Heifer honors at the Murray County Free Fair. March 16: After two years, the Davis Senior and Community Center opened its doors to dine-in visitors. Davis High School student Jacob McClellan took home State Powerlifting Heavy Weight title. Jaxon Wright took home Grand Champion honors with his doe goat at he Murray County Free Fair. March 23: ADA said claims made against City Manager in Sept. 21 are civil, not criminal. A controlled burn on private land ignited a fire at Chickasaw National Recreation Area that closed Veterans Lake, Veterans Lake Trail, Cats Eye Road and the Multi-Use Trail System until the fire could be deemed under control. Davis Elementary fourth grade students announced their musical, “A Musical King Arthur.” March 30: The City of Davis received at A+ on their annual audit. Winning in Chickasaw Country’s Best of Awards were Turnrer Falls, Crazy Chick Boutique and Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch. Second graders announced the presentation of their musical “Yee-Haw!”
April 6: Chris Foster was named Davis’s Helen Webber Citizen of the Year at the Davis and Sulphur Joint Chambers of Commerce Banquet. Davis Public Schools Superintendent Mark Moring received the Leadership Murray County Award at the Chamber Banquet. The Davis Fire Department won the Civic Group of the Year at the Chamber Banquet. The Lady Wolves Slow Pitch team defeated the Bulldogs in the Turnpike Games. Davis Fifth Graders announced their musical “Annie Jr.” The Wolves baseball team went 1-1 in tournament play and the Lady Wolves Softball team went 1-3. April 20: Dana Digby, Dalene Jones and Hunter Fullerton were announced Teachers of the Year for their respective schools. Debbie Ratchford was announced as 2022 Support Staff of the Year. Chickasaw National Recreation Area announced a public comment period for proposed fee increases. Clint Grinstead, owner of C&C Contracting Services was pictured with members of Murray County 4-H receiving a token of appreciation for his support of 4-H activities in the county. April 27: Davis High School seniors pulled off an epic prank when they had a banner and multiple signs printed selling Davis High School for 2.2 million dollars. 2.2 million? A nod to the Class of 2022. Davis first grade students announced their musical “Lemonade.” Jerry Alvord won State Senate District 14 seat by acclamation.

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