Area News

Keen wins first jackpot in ‘Chase the Ace’ game

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Kay County Assessor Susan Keen was the first lucky winner of Newkirk Main Street’s ‘Chase the Ace’ game, and the community is invited to continue playing for the weekly and progressive jackpots, which ultimately aids the Newkirk Main Street organization. Keen’s name was randomly drawn…

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Winter Storm Damage

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Tree limbs were down all over the region, Oct. 27, including on South Maple, due to an early season ice storm that left thousands without power across the Southern Plains.

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Kay County residents see early winter push from October ice storm

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK —  Residents across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas received an early blast of winter weather Oct. 26 – 28 as several storms moved through the area, leaving thousands without power due to fallen tree limbs and downed power lines. Many were still without electricity across the area…

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NPS enters Red Phase due to COVID-19

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Newkirk Public Schools (NPS) facilities have been closed for the week, as the school has undertaken virtual learning in the Red Phase of the Return to Learn COVID-19 plan. Students should return to the classroom Monday, Nov. 9. The decision to close the school came…

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NHS Food Drive

Courtesy Photo for The Newkirk Herald Journal Several Newkirk High School classrooms were filled with boxes and shopping carts of food items recently, as the National Honor Society and Culture Club finished their annual food drive Friday afternoon, Oct. 23, brining in more than 2,000 items in one of the most successful drives the groups…

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84 years separates two winners of new small town award

Press Release What can a 97-year old woman from a small township in Michigan and a 13-year-old girl from rural Oklahoma possibly have in common? Both have remarkable records of volunteerism in their communities, and both have won prestigious national recognition as a result. Violet Lenz, 97, from Wheatfield Township, Mich. and Hannah Cross, 13,…

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National Award Winner

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Hannah Cross recently received the national Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award for her efforts to improve the Newkirk Downtown district, including the painting on the windows of a building on North Main Street. She is the youngest recipient of the award for 2020.

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Miss Peckham

  Courtesy Photo for The Newkirk Herald Journal Miss Peckham Dalley Huster is a senior at Newkirk High School. She is actively involved in FFA, Stepp-Up, Bleacher Creatures, Special Olympics and is a member of the culinary arts program at Pioneer Technology Center. She will attend Cowley College in the hospitality and dietary management program…

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Chamber Welcome

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Representatives of the Newkirk and Ponca City Chambers of Commerce held a special ribbon cutting to welcome Spike and Jenny Henderson at the Wildwood Weddings pavilion Tuesday, Oct. 20. The facility is located on West Dry Road southeast of Peckham.

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Grit and Grace outdoors bringing back Newkirk wildlife traditions

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — The deer check-in process was long a tradition in the Newkirk community, as outdoor enthusiasts would gather together to see who brought in the largest animals. The tradition has recently fallen by the wayside as the process has shifted to online activities, but Grit and…

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