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2022 Year in Review, Part 3

By Alisha Thompson

The last installment of 2022, a Year in Review. We’re a week late, please forgive us. The last third of 2022 didn’t disappoint. Davis celebrated students, the football team won and lost, the Davis Police Department made significant drug arrests and D.C. politicians visited Davis.
September
Sept. 7: The Davis chapter of the Beautiful Day Foundation began celebrating birthdays of Davis students in second through fourth grade. Community volunteers gathered to chat with students celebrating August birthdays. Sports reporter Jeff Mapes wrote: The Davis Wolves used their methodical, time-consuming offense Sept. 2 at Pauls Valley to churn out a 28-14 win over the Panthers in the season opener. The Chickasaw Motor Inn purchase marked the start of modern business era. A half-century ago, the Chickasaw Nation entered the hospitality business with a stroke of a pen, signifying the genesis of many successful economic ventures and self-sufficiency for its people. Sept. 14: Eight students from five different departments walked across the stage Sept. 10 at Falls Creek after completing a 3and half month long course to earn their CLEET Reserve graduate certification hosted by the Davis Police Department. Assistant Police Chief Dee Gregory hung up his fire hat at the Davis Fire Department. Gregory served a total of 26 years of service with Newcastle, Will Rogers Airport, Walker, Lindsay and Davis before announcing his fire department retirement.
T h e D a v i s Wolves allowed three first-half touchdowns to Sulphur Sept. 9 at Agee Field in Sulphur. The Bulldogs used the scores to post a 21-6 win over Davis in this year’s edition of Murray County Bedlam. Sept. 21: DHS homecoming candidates included Keyara Miller, Junior; Anna Merrell, Senior; and Cayden Buckaloo, Sophomore. Grand Champion Doe Goat honors went to Jameson Wright at this year’s 100th Murray County Fair held Sept. 7 -10 at the Murray County fair barn. Houston Dixon-Phillips walked away as the Grand Champion with the Gilt he showed at the Murray County Fair. The 100th Murray County Fair saw many participants and new events. Sept. 28: Jeremy Hoffman, Matthew Cowan and Chris Foster were announced as inductees into the Davis Alumni Hall of Fame. More than 80 volunteers including members of the Davis Police Department, Murray County Sheriff’s Department and more than 50 high school students gathered to celebrate September birthdays of second through fourth grade students in Davis Elementary at the Beautiful Day party. Houston Dixon-Phillips walked away as a Grand Champion exhibitor with his Prospect Steer during the Murray County Fair held Sept. 7 – 10. Elisabeth Adams received Grand Champion honors for the heifer she showed at the Murray County Fair. She made history with other exhibitors during the 100th Murray County Fair held Sept. 7 – 10.
October
Oct. 5: This year’s homecoming queen is Anna Merrell. Davis second graders in Mrs. Slater’s class had the privilege of Congressman Tom Cole visiting their class. He read the book House Mouse Senate Mouse about a second grade class that writes to a congressman to get a bill passed. The first place Homecoming float went to the sophomores with their McDonald’s themed Fast Food Float. The junior class won second place with their Wendy’s themed float, freshmen won third place with their Burger King float and fourth place went to the senior class with their Sonic homecoming parade float. Oct. 12: Leading by one score late in the game at Kingston, the Davis Wolves generated a time-consuming drive at the end to preserve a 34-28 district win over the Redskins Oct. 7. The Davis cross country team returned to its normal schedule competing at a meet Oct. 8 in Waurika. Morgan Bugbee finished ninth in the JV race in 17.58.64. Lola Thompson placed tenth in the same race in 18.20.09. Melissa Winkler joined business partners, members of the community, family members and members of the Davis Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting in September. Brandy Bladwin (maroon jacket) Executive Director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce is pictured with Winkler and business partners. Family Solutions Counseling is located at 400 E. Main Street. Stefanie Fisher hosted a ribbon cutting in September with members of the community, business partners, Chamber of Commerce members, friends and family to celebrate the opening of her new location at 38509 Hwy. 7 in Davis. Fisher will bring in multiple doctors including two orthopedic surgeons and an interventional cardiologist to meet the needs of local residents. Oct. 19: The largest fentanyl bust to-date for the Murray County Sheriff’s Department. A Sulphur man sits behind bars on a $2 million bond after a traffic stop landed him in jail with multiple charges. MCSO deputies seized approximately 2,400 Fentanyl pills on the stop. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics office said this the possibly the largest seizure of Fentanyl pills in Murray County. Oct. 26: Members of Cub Scout Pack 67 picked up trash in Fullerton Park after the Boo Crew Halloween Carnival. T h e D a v i s Wolves took advantage of three Atoka turnovers in the second half to secure a 28-19 win over the Wampus Cats on Oct. 21 at Wolf Field.
November
Nov. 2: The Pride of the Arbuckles Color Guard received a Superior at State Competition in Checotah. . Outgoing Kiwanis Club President Mark Moring handed the gavel to new Kiwanis Club President Jeff Jennings. New officers for the Davis Kiwanis Club were installed earlier this month include Heath Foster, secretary; Ryan Edmoundson, Treasurer; Tami Edmoundson, President-Elect; and Jeff Jennings, President. Coree Edwards Foster (not pictured) will serve as the K-Kids sponsor. The Davis Wolves dominated Coalgate 54-0 Oct. 28 and clinched the program’s 36th district championship in school history. The littlest of the Davis Wolves showed off the skills they learned at a cheer clinic hosted by Davis High School cheerleaders. The girls performed at the school pep assembly and at Friday night’s game against Tishomingo. Davis fourth grader Maddie Gilliland got the chance to meet the Governor of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt, at a campaign rally held in Davis on Nov. 6. Gilliland said she was excited to meet the Governor because her class had been talking about politics. Gov. Stitt told Gilliland if she ever got to go to the Governor’s Mansion that he would be happy to meet with her class in person. Nov. 16: Davis K-9 Officer Miclo assisted on a traffic stop that netted 115 pounds of marijuana, the largest marijuana arrest in Davis city limits. In two weeks, Miclo and Davis Police K-9 Officer Jake Smith, have worked two traffic stops taking over $400,000 in illegal drugs off the streets. Seandra Ramer with Arbuckle Home Health, along with other Davis businesses and organizations, decorated floats and vehicles to honor Murray county veterans in a Veteran’s Day Parade hosted by Beyond Brotherhood on Nov. 11. Bank president and former Oklahoma state representative Wes Hilliard was recently elected vice chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. Nov. 23: Several BNSF railroad cars derailed near the Main Street Crossing around 3 p.m. on Nov. 16. No injuries were reported. The cause of the derailment is under investigation. The accident caused significant traffic delays in Davis. Several hours later BNSF officials had the accident cleaned up and the Main Street Crossing open to motorists. Sen. Jerry Alvord is officially on the job for Senate District 14 after taking his oath of office at the state Capitol. The ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell with the oath administered by Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Darby. Alvord was joined by his wife, Shelly, and other family, friends and supporters. Fire broke out at the Arbuckle Event Center on Nov. 16. No injuries were reported and no animals from Arbuckle Wilderness were harmed. The Fire Marshal was slated to investigate the blaze. Several area departments assisted the Davis Fire Department in the fighting the fire. Nov. 30: The Davis Masonic Lodge donated $1,605 to the Beautiful Day program in Davis. The Beautiful Day Foundation’s original mission began with a simple statement to elementary school age kids: “The day you were born was a BEAUTIFUL DAY. Your life and existence is worthy of being celebrated.” The group wants kids to know that they are seen and loved by the community they call home. The Davis Beautiful Day Chapter celebrates birthdays of Davis Elementary students in grades second through fourth with monthly birthday parties. The Picture of the Week feature included Davis youngster Jace Webb the caption read: “NUMERO UNO. Jace Webb bagged his first buck on Nov.23. The 7 year old can claim a 3 point buck for his first kill hunting with a gun. Jace is the son of Cassandra and Colt Webb.” Leadership Murray County Class XVIII completed their session over Local History this past month with a scavenger hunt. They started the day with a tour of the Arbuckle Historical Society museum and then were sent out to learn about the history of the county through various hints and local hot spots. The class found clues at several locations including The Davis News, The Davis Museum, Flower Bluff Manor, Dougherty and the Rodeo Grounds in Sulphur, just to name a few.
December
Dec. 7: The first place float and $300 prize in the Davis Christmas Parade went to Dougherty Baptist Church. Midway Hill won second place and was awarded $200 and third prize and $100 went to the Davis High School Marching Band. The parade and a Very Davis Christmas was held Dec. 1. All seven seniors on the Wolves’ football team were recently recognized in District 2A-4 and garnered post-season accolades. Dec. 14: Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent Bill Wright will retire at the end of the year. A public retirement reception is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. In Sharon Chadwick’s article about Gwen Williams, museum curator’s retirement, the introduction read: “Some exceptional people become fixtures in a community. Their presence is both expected and anticipated; and they are missed when they are gone. Since August of 1997, Gwen Williams has been that fixture at the Davis Museum. Having served Davis for 25 years, she’s retiring on Dec. 31. The city of Davis will honor her at a come and-go reception on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum. Everyone is invited to attend.” In Easton Garrison’s Letter to Santa, he wrote “If your elves are not too busy, I’d like a trampoline for workouts.” Brendon, in Mrs. Weldon’s fourth grade class, told Santa that “Anyways I realize how much you been working. I just wanted to thank you. I appreciate you for doing all that hard work.” Dec. 21: Melton Law Firm took home bragging rights with the title of the first place winner in the Davis Chamber of Commerce Business Decorating Contest. Second place honors went to Pavers, Inc. and third place went to Cactus Queens. The Davis Spirit of Christmas Award was awarded to the City of Davis. This award goes to the business, organization or individual who exemplifies the spirit of Christmas. Every year First National Bank offers the chance to win a Christmas Stocking the whole family can enjoy. This year, Kayla Jolly (right) is the winner of this giant sack of Christmas cheer. A general election resolution was passed for the open seats in Ward 3, currently held by Josh Oakley and Ward 4, currently held by Clint Grinstead and the At Large Seat, currently held by Brian Davis on the City Council. The resolution has to be filed with the Murray County Election Board prior to elections being held. Dec. 28: Jennifer Davis will serve the remainder of her term on the Davis School Board and Chad Fielding will fill that seat as the newest school board member in April. Davis filled a vacancy on the school board when Blue Hefley resigned in November 2021. She withdrew from the school board race after this year’s filing. The Tyre Masonic Lodge 42 and an area Boy Scout Troop hosted aPancake Breakfast that raised $3,830 for the group. S. Murray County gymnasts with Champion Athletics, of Ada, competed in the Alpha Elfie Invitational at Alpha Gymnastics in Norman on Dec. 17. Emma Smith, 8, of Davis, in left photo placed first in the uneven bars and won seventh all-around in the junior silver xcel division. Sadie John, 5, of Sulphur, placed fourth on the balance beam, sixth on floor exercise and sixth all around in the junior bronze xcel division. Elegant Events and Weddings, LLC held a ribbon cutting with the Davis Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 19. Elegant Events and Weddings is owned an operated by Betsy Nowlan with help from the venue manger, Mandi Kyles. The venue provides a chapel, reception hall, and catering kitchen as well as groom and bridal suites. Elegant Events and Weddings also offers formal wear and prom rental services as well as personalized wedding and social stationary.
Wedding and Event Planning is available by appointment. Elegant Events and Weddings, LLC is located at 33429 N County Road 3270 in Davis.

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