Newkirk seniors receive scholarships

Press Release NEWKIRK — Newkirk High School seniors received their senior awards in The Commons Tuesday evening, May 7. Kyler Inman was recognized as Academic All State and Oklahoma Academic Scholar. Valedictorians: Cameron Barnes, LeeAnn Cooper, Rylee Luis, Sheridan Luis and Jolynn Snelding. Salutatorian: John Shwayat Craig Strickland Foundation: Sheridan Luis Northern Oklahoma College awards: Kyler Inman,…

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NMS holds academic awards ceremony

Press Release NEWKIRK — The community gathered in the Newkirk Middle School gym Monday evening, May 6 for the annual academic awards ceremony. Students with the Highest GPA were, Claire Schieber and Waely Kirchner, fifth grade; Breck Ailey and Allison Schneeberger, sixth grade; Annalee Sewell and Blayne Vap, seventh grade; and Bailey Backhaus and Brooke…

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NES holds awards ceremony

Press Release NEWKIRK — Students, faculty and parents gathered in the Newkirk Elementary School cafeteria Friday morning, May 10 for the academic awards ceremony. Perfect Attendance:Bailey Davis, Tucker Morton, Teagan Morton and Taylen Horinek Greatest Growth in Reading:Serenity Lindsey and Shafer Shanks, first grade; Gunner Hobbs, second grade; Heaven Katcher, third grade; and Samilynn DeCosta, fourth…

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NES students raise funds for amphitheater

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Newkirk Elementary School (NES) set out on a quest Monday morning, May 13, with one burning question in mind: how many quarters would fit around the Kay County Courthouse Square? They spent more than an hour finding the answer, and donated that change to the…

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Veva Joe Spore

Veva Joe Spore, longtime Newkirk resident, died Sunday evening, May 5, 2019 in Ponca City at her son and daughter-in-law’s home.  She was 97. The daughter of Ashby DeBard and Velma Mae (Ash) DeBard, Veva Joe was born April 8, 1922 at Glencoe, Okla. Her earliest years were spent in Glencoe. The family moved to Stillwater, Okla.…

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Darien Elijah Monhatwa

Heaven gained an angel on May 5, 2019. Darien Elijah Monhatwa, beloved son of Jeffery Monhatwa and Pearl Walton went to meet the creator following a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma City. Darien was born Oct. 11, 1999 at Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. From the time he was born he had a smile that was mischievous and could steal your…

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Cross wins third at state history contest

Press Release NEWKIRK — History came to life September 2018, when several historic Newkirk citizens received special re-enactments, including Maude Gribble, portrayed by Kim Shafer Shanks. At the time, it was thought that she was the only Newkirk woman who served in the military during World War II. However, it was discovered that Agnes Wanko…

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School Board welcomes new faculty

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — The Newkirk Public School Board of Education convened for a special meeting Tuesday evening, April 30 and voted to hire several new faculty members for the 2019-2020 school year. Faculty hired include Megan Karsten, Drew Faulkner, Brandie Choate and Lesley Engle. Karsten will serve as…

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Rita Sue Anders

Rita Sue Anders, Newkirk resident, died early Friday morning, April 26, 2019 in Alliance Health Ponca City. She was 47. The daughter of Ira Gene Laney and Judy An (Cheever) Laney, Rita was born Aug. 4, 1971 in Marion, Kan. She grew up and received her education in Chace County, Kansas. Rita’s work history includes employment with…

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