Area News

Newkirk Main Street Board Member Honor

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Dawn Brakey, left, program leader for Leadership Newkirk Class of 2020, was honored by Newkirk Main Street for being the program Board Member of the Year Friday, Aug. 21.

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Leadership Newkirk

Courtesy Photo for The Newkirk Herald Journal Leadership Newkirk Class of 2020 formally recognized the opening of the handi-capped swing at Lions Park Friday, Aug. 21. A sign with all members will be displayed at the site. The Class was the first community service project to be performed by Leadership Newkirk. Show from left are…

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Tiger Paw Painting

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Kyleigh Warren, left, and Taylor Bedore paint their own paw at the Tiger Paw Painting night.  

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Yard of the Week

Courtesy Photo for The Newkirk Herald Journal Rick and Debbie Leaming were selected as the Aug. 21 Yard of the Week. Pictured is Debbie Leaming. The event is sponsored by Newkirk Women’s League.

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NPS sees positive start to school year

By Everett Brazil, III THE Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Newkirk Public Schools (NPS) re-entered the classroom for the 2020 – 2021 school year Thursday, Aug. 13, following weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in mid-March. Officials are taking the reopening cautiously, and school administrators report a positive opening for the…

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NPS remains open following positive COVID-19 test

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — A Newkirk Public School (NPS) staff member is on quarantine for 14 days following a positive test of COVID-19 last weekend. Superintendent Scott Kempenich was notified about the case last Saturday morning, Aug. 23. “Someone they were with tested positive, so they got tested as…

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Engle appointed NPS athletic director

By Everett Brazil, III The Newkirk Herald Journal NEWKIRK — Kevin Engle is no stranger the Newkirk Public Schools (NPS) athletics. A graduate of the Class of 2004, he participated in several sports in his high school career, and has been a teacher and coach for many more years across central and eastern Oklahoma. He…

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Yard of the Week

Courtesy Photo for The Newkirk Herald Journal Danny Flewelling was selected as the Aug. 14 Yard of the Week. The event is sponsored by Newkirk Women’s League.

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City to celebrate Thomas’ Service

Press Release NEWKIRK — Jane Thomas has served the city of Newkirk for 33 years, including as a city clerk and city manager. That time has come to an end following her resignation, and the city of Newkirk is recognizing her service with a special reception in her honor. The reception will be held Thursday,…

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Back to School

Everett Brazil, III/The Newkirk Herald Journal Newkirk Public Schools returned to school Thursday, Aug. 13 for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Fall sports have also commenced for Tiger football and Lady Tiger softball. The school board recently finalized a plan in case students or staff test positive for the virus.

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