PHOTO BY MIKE WEST
Wayne Edgar, of Sulphur, speaks at the rededication ceremony for the Travertine Nature Center in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Saturday, Sept. 21. He is retired as the director of the Goddard Youth Camp that has a partnership with the CNRA. Edgar was present at the dedication of the new building 50 years ago.
New Arbuckle Memorial Hospital physician, Dr. George Russell, right, holds up a lab coat he was just given during a reception introducing him in July. At left is hospital administrator Jeremy Jones.
PHOTO BY MIKE WEST
The Hereford Heaven Round Up Club held its annual reunion at the downtown Sulphur museum hosted by the Arbuckle Historical Society on Monday, July 15. Above, AHS Vice President Gertrude Burnside, right, presents some of her memories of club parades and rodeos since the 1930s. Sadly, the Sulphur civic leader passed away December 19.
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby delivers the State of the Nation address on the campus of Murray State College in October.
Sulphur pastor Bill Leveridge began his 28th season as voice of the Bulldogs when he strapped on the headphones on Sept. 4 as the Dogs hosted Madill in the season opener.
The 73rd annual Hereford Heaven Stampede and Rodeo completed a two-day run at Murray County Fairgrounds in August despite extremely hot temperatures both days. Nine-year-old Dannah Buhrmester, above, was crowned Rodeo queen for the event. Buhrmester also competed in the barrel racing event, winning the pee-wee event Saturday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Retired Sulphur superintendent, Calvin Agee, was among three who were inducted into the Oklahoma Educator’s Hall of Fame in ceremonies in August.
Lowana Muncrief, left, and Marjorie Hobbs served as the keynote speakers in late September for the Arbuckle Historical Society meeting, discussing their contribution to the War effort in the early 1940’s. Both ladies’ sons, Sulphur historian Dennis Muncrief and pharmacist Larry Hobbs, assisted in their presentations.
PHOTO BY MIKE WEST
One of the many historic accomplishments of the American Legion in the past 100 years is the establishment of veterans monuments. Locally, Legion Post 148 is creating an impressive Memorial Park honoring all Murray County veterans in a park-like setting on Broadway Ave. in Sulphur at W.11th St.
Already installed at the site is a 100-foot flagpole with an impressively large American Flag that can be seen for miles around.The granite monument shown here was installed and dedicated on the Fourth of July weekend in 2016.
The recent additions are the dozens of commemorative memorial “paving bricks” adorned with veterans’ names and service information that fill a walkway north and south of the monument.
Visitors cool off in Little Niagara swimming hole in Chickasaw National Recreation Area during the July 4th holiday.
PHOTO COURTESY SULPHUR FIRE DEPARTMENT
A Sulphur firemen is silhouetted against the backdrop of raging flames as a Broadway Street apartment building was partially destroyed in a blaze early Tuesday, Nov. 26.
This Sulphur Christmas Parade float, entered by HealthBack Home Health, of Davis, was the winning entry in the annual event last Saturday. It was judged first place in the business division and first place overall.
YEAR IN REVIEW
The last six months of 2019 saw some violence and many traffic accidents. It’s not all bad news, however. Many citizens were recognized for their contributions in the community.
Traditional events took place successfully including July 4 fireworks, the big Car Show, a Health Fair with a new look, County Fair (also with a new look), the 73rd annual Rodeo, Tractor Show, Art shows at two downtown galleries, a re-dedication of the Travertine Nature Center, Opening Night and Christmas Parade, and several events held at the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the park. Never a dull moment, as they say.
Construction activities included a new hospital clinic building and a new water plant.
This is a week-by-week summary of newspaper stories for the last six months of 2019.
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