Area News

‘Petrified Man’ still baffles today

By Karen Dye NEWKIRK — The story of Newkirk’s “petrified” man is indeed a mystery. He was “discovered” in the back yard of E.E. Bode on North Magnolia in April 1942, when Mr. Bode was preparing to plant a “victory garden.” Once Mr. Bode discovered the body, the Kay County Sheriff, Polk Harsh, was called.…

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Tigers, Lady Tigers celebrate new gym with Senior Night

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Seniors in the Newkirk High School (NHS) basketball team, cheer squad and band had a special evening Tuesday, Feb. 11 as they celebrated Senior Night in front of a packed house to recognize all their hard work and dedication during their high school years. What…

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Newkirk Main Street to host legislative forum Feb. 28

Press Release NEWKIRK — Newkirk Main Street is proud to host a Legislative Review scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28. The start time is 9:30 a.m., with doors opening at 9:15. Senator Bill Coleman and Representative John Pfeiffer, along with field representatives from Senator James Lankford’s and Congressman Frank Lucas’ offices will be in attendance to…

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ODOT to resurface Highway 77

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — U.S. Highway 77, north of Newkirk, is a dangerous route for commuters driving to and from the community. Marked with potholes, many drivers are forced to swerve to avoid wheel damage, and a lack of shoulders makes it hard to avoid them at times, along…

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City accepts bids for water, sewage projects

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — The city of Newkirk is now able to move forward on much-needed upgrades to the city’s water and sewage infrastructure, following bid openings for several projects that address decades-old problems. The city council accepted a bid for a water system overhaul at the Jan. 20…

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Pickup a total loss in vehicle fire

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — A Newkirk High School (NHS) student’s transportation is considered a total loss after a mid-day fire Feb. 3 in the NHS parking lot, which also damaged surrounding vehicles in the blaze. The Newkirk Fire Department received the call about 12:45 p.m., and arrived on the…

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NPS seeks bond for transportation upgrades

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Newkirk Public Schools (NPS) relies on a variety of vehicles for student transportation, ranging from the large activity bus to smaller vans. Some of those vehicles are aging, prompting the school system to ask voters within the school district to vote in favor of a…

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Kildare Parents Night

Monday evening, Jan. 27 was a special night for the seventh grade class at Kildare School as they were honored for their final year at the school. Parents of all the seventh graders met on the court and were honored by their fellow classmates and families.

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Leadership Newkirk

Leadership Newkirk met Thursday, Jan. 23 for the monthly leadership meeting, focusing on education. The participants met in the office of Newkirk Public School Superintendent Brady Barnes, where they received a quick lesson on NPS, followed by tours of the high school, middle school and elementary. They then headed for Ponca City, where they toured…

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Leadership Newkirk holding first community service project

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Lions Park, located in north Newkirk, is filled with a variety of playground equipment that is easily a destination for many of the kids in the community under the summer sun. Not all children have access to the park, however, as not all of the…

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