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2022 Year in Review, Part 2

By Alisha Thompson
The summer months of 2022 held honors for Davis High School students, campaigns, a lot of City Council meetings and changes for the City of Davis. Businesses held ribbon cuttings and families took The Davis News on vacation for the chance to be featured in The Black and White and Read All Over photo section. Any which way you slice in, the summer of 2022 was eventful and an excellent read if we do say so ourselves.
May 4: Kavan Bolding, Jaysen Welty, Connor Mohr, Kaden McCurtain and Logan Boley earned their prestigious State FFA degrees. All of these young men were set to receive their State FFA Degree at the State Convention. In Jeff Mapes article titled “Wolves claim Tournment champ title,” he wrote It took the Davis baseball team three games at Alva, an overnight stay in northwestern Oklahoma and a four-hour bus ride just to get there, but the Wolves returned home as Class 3A Bi-Regional 10 Tournament champions. A total of 25 garage sales were advertised by The Davis News for the City Wide Garage Sale. May 11: Six Davis High School Seniors earned the title of valedictorian of their class. They were: Kayanna Adams, Kyler Baldwin, Eastyn Becker, Troy Bullman, Tuff Hammons and Lexi Ryan. Charity Loper announced her candidacy in the County Commissioner District 3 race. The seat was held by Darrell Hudson. Eighth honor graduates included: Allie Hobbs, Gage Coppenbarger, Reese Goodin, Emerson Henley, Jakobi LaNoy, Mattie Morton and Lilly Keenan. May 18: Budget talks dominated the May 9 City Council meeting. Chief of Interpretation at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Ron Parker, received an award for 40 years of service by CNRA Superintendent Bill Wright. Shane Pletcher signed paperwork to join the United States Army. Hadyn Edwards signed paperwork to join the United States Airforce. May 25: The return of the Artesian Arts Festival to the Artesian Plaza was set for June 25. Caleb and Whitney Lochridge took The Davis News to Hawaii on their anniversary trip. The Lochridges were the Black and White and Read All Over photo feature for the week. Senior Jaysen Welty represented Davis May 9-10 at the Class 2A Boys’ Golf State Tournament. Welty’s score at Regionals earned him an individual spot at State played at the Buffalo Rock Golf Course in Cushing.
June 1: It’s a tradition that the community pulls together to honor the four staff members chosen by their co-workers who earned Teaher/Staff of the Year Honors. Several Davis businesses joined community leaders to show gratitude for the exemplary work of the employees earning these honors. Teachers and staff honored were: Hunter Fullerton, High School Teacher of the Year; Dana Digby, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Dalene Jones, Middle School and District Teacher of the Year and Debbie Ratchford, Support Staff Employee of the Year. The Davis City Council scheduled an Emergency Meeting on May 27 when it was discovered that Cross Bar Offroad Park was operating without insurance. On May 2. Students in Mrs. Swenson’s first grade class who earned over 100 AR Points included: Bryce Pruett, Makenzie Cervantes, Jace Webb, Karis Whatley, Emma Smith, Reid Whatley, Addison Eddy and Tyson McGee. June 8: The Davis City Council met May 31 in an emergency meeting to discuss Cross Bar Offroad Park not having general liability insurance. Councilman Stan Jones was absent from the meeting. A notice of Termination – Termination of Possession was sent to Mid Ground Creators (management team of Cross Bar Offroad Park, led by Justin Ramsey) on June 1 after the Emergency Meeting detailing three items that Cross Bar Offroad Park is in default. Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll from Davis at ECU included: Kyla Davidson, Brianna-Jo Davis, Kourtney Fullerton, Tyson Hammons, Mason Lee, Dylan Melton, Madilyn Merrell, Kylie Moss, Grace Murphy and Dane Parker. Cheyenne Johnson, from Davis, is on the President’s Honor Roll at ECU with a 4.0 grade point average. Sandra Webb was all smiles as she cut the ribbon to celebrate her new business, Scissortail Shops. Members of the Davis Chamber of Commerce and Webb’s family and friends joined her to celebrate on May 27. Scissortail Shops is located at 1735 Highway 77 South in Davis. June 15: City Manager Andy Holland was fired by the Davis City Council in a 3 to 2 vote. Ricky Harness was named interim city manager. The Davis Chamber of Commerce made a $1,200 donation to the Roll to Wreaths group headed by Randy Butler of Macombe. This club provides wreaths for veterans graves. Davis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Monica Popkess presented the donation to the group on June 11. Arbuckle Xtreme Cheer hosted a ribbon cutting on June 6 with members of the Davis Chamber of Commerce and AXC staff. The gym, owned and operated by Skylar Smith, will offer competition and recreational cheerleading, tumbling and fitness classes, including Zumba. Visit the Arbuckle Xtreme Cheer Facebook Page or call (580) 967-0740 for more information. Black and White and Read on a battleship? Caleb and Whitney Lochridge took the family on a vacation to Alabama and their photo on the USS Alabama Battleship was this week’s Black and White and Read all Over photo feature. June 22: All councilmen were present for the June 13 council meeting. The council chambers were full with over 50 in attendance. The Facebook live stream garnered over 1,500 views of this meeting, making it the most viewed meeting since the city started live streaming. Not to mention, there was no electricity throughout the majority of Davis, including the council chambers for the first hour of the meeting H2-O-BOY! Oklahoma Farmers Union/American Farmers & Ranchers in Davis donated a pallet of water to the Davis Fire Department to help beat the heat. Payton Webber and Brian Davis with Davis Tag and Insurance joined Davis Volunteer Firemen for a photo. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby was joined by secretary of education Nathan Elliott, legislator Derrick Priddy, program director Robert Pickens and Lt. Gov. Chris Anoatubby for the Sulphur Head Start graduation. Graduates included: Bracken Sawatzky, Saylor Flowers, William Roberts, Susan Calvo, Nashoba Eaglewolf, William Turner Kiddie, Zerri Eddy and Ace Loper. June 29: The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), in conjunction with the City of Davis and the Davis Chamber of Commerce, was proud to announce the city has achieved ‘film friendly’ certification after completing the requirements for OF+MO’s Oklahoma Film Friendly Community Program. The Davis City Council held an emergency meeting on June 22. Councilmen gave Interim City Manager Ricky Harness the go-ahead to manage the city with the full authority designated to the city manager. Arbuckle Family Health announced the addition of nurse practitioner Mariah Thomas to their staff. The Davis News went to Universal Studios in Orlandao, Fla. Davis Wolves (past and present) including: Kacie Buntin, Kavan Bolding, Marshall Bolding, Tuff Hammons, Titan Hammons, Levi Baxter and Tyson Hammons were pictured with The Davis News in this week’s Black and White and Read all Over photo feature.
July 6: Captain Kevin English and Detective Seth Kemper were sworn in by the US Marshalls to the FBI Safe Trails Task Force on June 22. The FBI investigates the most serious crimes in Indian Country—such as murder, child sexual and physical abuse, violent assaults, drug trafficking, public corruption, financial crimes and Indian gaming violations. More than 150 agents work Indian Country matters full time. The FBI promotes relationship building and information sharing through its task forces and working groups. It also provides critical training to Indian Country law enforcement, in partnership with the Department of Justice and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Davis Fire Department responded to a structure fire on June 30 around midnight. The first fireman on scene reported that the house located at 1601 E. Main Street was fully engulfed with flames rolling out of the eaves. The Sulphur Fire Department sent six firemen to help put out the fire, making a total of 14 firemen on scene. The State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the fire due to the ignition point Total loss of the structure is estimated to be around $270,000. July 13: Cassidy Allen, of Davis, won the 2022 Wynnewood Round-Up Rodeo Queen. Allen earned the honor the July 8 and 9 rodeo in Wynnewood. She raised the most funds for the rodeo and was awarded the crown and buckle for her efforts. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby today announced the appointment of longtime Secretary of Commerce Bill Lance as Secretary of State, and the appointment of former Congressman Dan Boren as Secretary of Commerce. The appointments will become effective in June. Jones Spray Foam celebrated their new business with a ribbon cutting at the Davis Chamber of Commerce on July 1. Doug and Kasi Jones, owners of Jones Spray Foam, offers high-quality spray foam insulation, polyurea coatings and concrete lifting services. Spray foam is an energy-efficient and proven way to insulate for all your residential, agricultural and commercial needs. For more information call (580) 369-0677. July 20: The July 11 council meeting was a little different. The crowd was small and the meeting was short. But, there was no shortage of laughs. Mayor Brian Davis and Vice-Mayor Stan Jones were absent. Councilman Clint Grinstead led the meeting in the absence of Davis and Jones. In an ad, Murray County District #3 Commissioner, Darrell Hudson, thanked everyone for their support in the recent election. Jakobi Lanoy, Davis High School Class of 2026, a member of the Ardmore Lady Thunder JAM Association played a tournament in Texas. Josh McGee is the head coach and founder of the group that is a non-profit organization. McGee said, “The Ardmore Lady Thunder High School girls went 4-0 at the Lone Star State Classic presented by Court 23 Tournaments in Murphy, Texas, this past weekend.” McGee said. “The Ardmore Lady Thunder won the High School Girls Championship defeating Lady Baller Nation (who was also undefeated by the score of 44-42.) July 27: Meet the Wolves was announced for Aug. 12 at Wolf Field. Ardmore Lady Thunder team member Jakobi LaNoy helped her team bring home the championship title for two weeks in a row. The Ardmore Lady Thunder went 3-1 at the Primetime Dallas Road to National Heat Wave Tournament in Frisco, Texas, on July 16-17. Davis sixth grader Samuel Suther did things the cowboy way on vacation with his family. Samuel, with a little help from mom (Susie Suther,) made sure we had a picture ready to go for our Black and White and Read All Over photo feature this week. First up? Cheyenne,Wyo. Next for the Suthers? Mount Rushmore. Thanks for taking us with you, Samuel!
Aug. 3: The new Nutrition Education Assistant for Murray and Garvin counties is Blair Gee-Jones. Gee-Jones is a longtime resident of Murray County and presently lives in Davis with her husband Colton. She is familiar with OSU Extension, where as a youth she was named a part of the State 4-H Ambassador Team and in 2010 was inducted into the Murray County 4-H Hall of Fame. Road blocks were set up between Main and Second Streets on both sides of the street in preparation for the Second Street waterline project. Bruce and Janie Brummer spent what only looks like a magical 2 week vacation in Africa. The Brummers were pictured at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Africa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for this week’s Black and White and Read all Over photo feature. The falls are 5604 foot wide and 355 feet tall. The next photo was their home for 2 weeks in Zimbabwe, Africa, the Save` Valley Conservancy, Mokore Camp, Majehwe Lodge on the Turgwe River. Steve Bagwell, Chief Executive Officer of Vision Bank, announced the promotion of Heath Foster to Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Regional Manager. Aug. 10: This issue of The Davis News was dedicated to Jack Kapella. Coach Kapella to some or Mr. Kapella to others passed away after a lengthy battle with ALS on Aug. 6. His unique brand of love and discipline combined with a watchful eye (and giant heart) as teacher, coach and principal at Davis Public Schools paved the way to successful lives and careers for many Davis Alumni. One word from him could stop you in your tracks or push you forward when you needed it. He won the respect of all his students and teachers. Now, his family has our love and prayers. With sincere and grateful hearts, thank you Mr. Kapella. We will miss you. New Davis Public School staff for the 2022-23 school year included: Jimmy Teal, Janitor; Tracy Doolan, Middle School Math; Cassandra Webb, Elementary Library; Lori Gray, Art Teacher; Patti Hunt, Elementary Reading Specialist; Stefan Hunt, Head Softball Coach and Elementary P.E.; RyanBates, Wresting Head Coach and High School History; and Blade Bigler, Band Director. Aug. 17: Ricky Harness was offered the City Manager position by City Council. Davis Police Officers take 36 pounds of marijuana off the streets in a traffic stop. Kinsley Harrington joined her family to celebrate her grandpa, Dr. James Rhodes, wedding in Cancun. Kinsley is pictured in front of the resort holding the best little newspaper in Southern Oklahoma for The Davis News Black and White and Read All Over photo feature. Congratulations Dr. Rhodes and Rachel! T h e Davis fast-pitch softball team began play this past week and opened the season with a great start. The Lady Wolves went 3-1 for the week, including a doubleheader district sweep at Marietta. It marked the first four games for new head coach Stefan Hunt. He replaces Bill Martin who coached the Lady Wolves’ softball program for one season. Aug. 24: Bus stop safety is on the mind of Davis Public School officials and local law enforcement. Since school is in session, law enforcement agree motorists should be educated about school bus stop safety. Consider this Bus Stop Safety 101 and the Davis Police Department, Murray County Sheriff’s Department, Garvin County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) are your instructors. Community leaders, former coworkers, students, parents and family members are invited to donate toward The Jack Kapella Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kapella passed away on Aug. 6, 2022, after a two year battle with ALS. The 2022 DHS cheerleaders are ready to cheer on the Wolves. Thursday will be the second scrimmage of the season. Kick-off is at 6 p.m. at Wolf Field. The 2022-23 DHS cheerleaders are: Adley Bentley, Ryleigh Eaves, Kadee McCaskill, Kaylee Ratchford, Madi Adams, Hadley Dudley, Alexis Barnes, Anna Merrell, Hunter Smith, Keyara Miller, Shelby Moring, Cayden Buckaloo, Cassidy Parsons, Presley Smith, Gabby Webber, Allison Ward and Adison Ryan. Aug. 31: Davis Sophomore Jacob McClellan was presented his state championship ring Tuesday at Davis High School. McClellan earned the state championship title during his freshman year with a 440 pound squat and 530 pound deadlift. His coach is Hunter Fullerton. Davis High School Alumni Association is Back with an all New Format for Oct. 1 alumni gathering.
T h e D a v i s softball team returned to the win-column this past week going 3-3. The Lady Wolves led off with a doubleheader sweep at CCS and posted a win over Ada in the Roff Tournament. Davis also lost a district game at home to Kingston at the start of the week and were defeated by Roff and Bethel over the weekend.

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