Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:39

NPD arrest half-naked woman, officer assaulted

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By Darla Welchel
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Violeta Ortiz from Lookeba, realized that you can’t come to Newcastle and cause trouble, especially when you're not wearing any pants.
Ortiz, 33, was arrested last Saturday morning for: actual physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, transporting an open container, six counts of possession of a controlled and dangerous substance without a prescription and assaulting a police officer.
The first incidents happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in Tri City, whereas, the assault charges, against Officer Debbie Graff, took place at the police station, according to police reports.
Officer Graff responded to the call of an intoxicated female suspect at a gas station at 602 NW 32nd street; Graff relieved Lt. Toby Garver as it was reported that Ortiz was not wearing any pants.
Graff noted that Ortiz, who was driving a 2013 Maroon Ford Edge, had her legs inside a sweat coat and that not only was she devoid of pants, but she was also not wearing any underpants.
Graff also stated that when she arrived, Ortiz's car was damaged; Graff photographed the suspect's car in the event there was a later report of an accident or a hit and run report.
"I asked Ortiz how much she had to drink, and she stated, 'I had too much to drink.' I [then] noticed an oblong pill in the navigation window of her vehicle and asked Ortiz what the pill was for. Ortiz looked at the pill, but did not answer my questions," Graff said. "I asked Ortiz where her pants were at, and she stated 'inside the vehicle.' Both Lt. Garver and myself checked the vehicle for Ortiz's pants, but none were located."
Graff wrapped Ortiz in a blanket before transferring her to the back of her patrol car to protect her modesty and was handcuffed in front, so she could hold the blanket.
"I wrapped the blanket around Ortiz waist and advised her to hold the blanket in place since she wasn’t clothed. At this time Ortiz was upset and crying but not hostile," Graff said. "I advised Ortiz she was under arrest . . . and place her in the back seat without incident."
It was at this point that Ortiz became difficult the report indicated. The suspect began kicking the partition in the police cruiser and screaming obscenities at Officer Graff. But it was when Graff tried to take Ortiz into the police department that things got dicey.
"Ortiz exited the vehicle and flipped around to face me," Officer Graff reported. "I told Ortiz to turn around and not to face my direction. Ortiz flipped around towards me again, and I blocked her from turning by grabbing her sweat coat she was wearing on top."
"I instructed her to just continue walking towards the door. Ortiz then flipped around towards me and grabbed a hold of my right arm and wrist, and I felt her nails sink into my skin and my arm being twisted. I reached for my tazer and deployed it. Ortiz let go of my arm, and I felt my right ring finger get caught in her restraints."
Although Officer Graff noted that the tazer probes hadn’t made contact with the suspect, Ortiz fell to the ground. Ortiz refused to get up and continued screaming obscenities at Graff, at one point begging to be tazed again and even threatening to kill her, the report said.
Graff finally was able to get Ortiz into a cell, got her into a police jumpsuit and called Newcastle EMS to check her vitals since she had deployed her tazer and Ortiz had fallen to the ground.
Ortiz was still combative when firefighters Donnie Sullins and Justin Harris and EMS personnel Wayne Testerman and Donnie Neer arrived. After being retrained further, EMS were able to check her vitals and ascertained that she was okay.
Officer Graffs injuries were not life threatening.
"I noticed scratch marks on my right arm where Ortiz grabbed me and felt my wrist becoming tender," she said. "I also noticed that my right ring finger was numb and had a scratch on the inside right side."
Ortiz was later released from the Newcastle Police Department and transported to the McClain County Jail. Arraignment took place on Oct. 24, whereas Ortiz plead not guilty. Bond was set and posted and a preliminary hearing date of Dec. 3, 2014 was set.

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:42

Midterm election next Tuesday

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The McClain County elections are soon upon us and with them come brave responsibility for all those partaking in the democracy that is the United States. For the last several years, three different people have been making decisions for each position upon which they were appointed but now is the time for change, if that is what the public wants.
Newcastle is placed uniquely within McClain County. Newcastle has three different districts running through it; district I, district II and district III (see map for reference.) This means that three different elected positions have say as to what happens within this community.
For district I, Benny McGowen has been serving the last elected term. For district II, Wilson Lyles has been serving the last elected term. For district III, Charles "Shorty" Foster has been serving the last elected term.
This year every previous district commissioner is re-running for office but also has an incumbent running against them.
In district I, Benny McGowen, current county commissioner,  is running against Ronny Ray. In district II, Wilson Lyles is running county commissioner. In district III, Charles "Shorty" Foster, current county commissioner is running against Allan Thompson.
This year there are also two judges running for district 21 appointment. Jeff virgin is running against Steve Stice. District 21 serves Cleveland, McClain and Garvin counties and both candidates have experience with district 21.
"Special District Judge Virgin served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st District, which includes Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. As Assistant District Attorney, Virgin prosecuted numerous jury and non-jury trials, including criminal and civil cases. District Attorney Greg Mashburn selected Jeff Virgin to become managing Assistant District Attorney in McClain County where he tried criminal, juvenile and mental health cases. Virgin also oversaw McClain County Drug Court and Community Sentencing matters," according to jeffvirginforjudge.com
"In 2010 the District Judges for the 21st Judicial District appointed Stice Special District Judge for Cleveland County. Stice is assigned one of the largest criminal, felony and misdemeanor, civil, and juvenile dockets in the district. Stice uses his business experience in the administration of the courthouse. He has implemented policies to make court dockets run more efficiently. He works closely with Sheriff Joe Lester to help manage and control Cleveland County’s jail population," according to sticeforjudge.com
I would like to remind everybody how important it is that everyone becomes informed and educated on each candidate’s stance before voting.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:00

Missing Person

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One elderly church member of FBC Newcastle, Mary Livingston, is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and has wandered away from home. Her picture is attached, although she is a little more red-headed now. She has been missing for about 3 hours. If you have seen her or have any information please contact the Newcastle Police at 387-5525 or the FBC church immediately.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:58

Bridge maintenance update

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Some general maintenance consisting of clearing trees and filling in a significantly large hole is underway near the I-44 Bridge.
Dirt-work vehicles can be seen on the south side of the I-44 Bridge as land is being leveled. When the bridge was destroyed by last year's tornado, talk of a viewing platform and historic area began to spread to preserve what is left of the first federally funded highway project in the nation.
"It is all still part of the ODOT right of way. We pushed really hard for them to save one of them (the spans), but ultimately we don’t have any real plans," said city planner Ian Crittenden. "The people who are adjacent to that (the plan for a public viewing platform and historic area) are concerned about the river."
Currently all of the land along the river is private property and there are no public areas by the bridge.
"All the people who live along the river and have property that extends to the middle of it are not really excited about having people running four-wheelers up and down the river banks," Crittenden said. "They don't really like the idea of people hanging out down there."
The area down by the river has been known in the past as a place where people tend to go to consume alcohol or drugs, because they typically cannot be seen, Crittenden said. More traffic, he believes, would actually decrease those activities.
"If a community group came together and was 'gung-ho' about doing it, we would definitely talk to them and see how on board City Council is about it," Crittenden said. "Right now the city does not have any plans."

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:51

Exposing the truth: Big Food

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More than two in three adults in America are considered overweight or obese, and sadly one in six children and adolescents ages 9-19 are considered to be obese, according to Weight-control Information Network, a federal government statistics site.
These numbers are not only alarming they are scary.
For the first time, we have a generation of children who are predicted to not outlive their parents. Doctors are seeing adult diseases like strokes, heart attacks and renal failure in children.
Another life altering disease that is now plaguing children due to obesity is Type II Diabetes, long touted as an adult disease caused by diet.
In fact, in 1980 there were zero cases of Type II Diabetes found in children worldwide. However, by 2010, those numbers had risen drastically to 57,638.
What is the cause? Sugar, plain and simple. We can no longer blame genetics; it is what we eat that is killing our future.
Sugar is in almost everything we (especially our children) eat. In America alone, we have over 600,000 items available on our grocery shelves and 80 percent of those items have added sugar.
And although companies are supposed to accurately label the food they distribute, Big Food has suppressed the truth about how much sugar is actually in our foods. Also there are hundreds of names (Fructose, Dextrose, Sucrose etc.) that companies can "hide" the ingredient sugar under.
Between 1977 and 2000, Americans have doubled the amount of sugar they consume, according to Dr Robert Lustic, Professor of Pediatrics University of California San Francisco.
"Sugar is poison that is dose dependent, because there is a safe threshold that we can consume," he said.
The daily recommended amount of sugar a person can consume is figured between four and six teaspoons. That is not that much, most people have more than that in a cup of coffee, and a child’s breakfast of cereal, juice and milk can go over that amount easily.
The increase in sugar in our foods began shortly after the McGovern Report (see last week’s article). With Big Food suppressing the words "reduce intake" in the report, they started the "health food" craze by introducing more and more low fat and fat free foods in hopes to mollify those generally concerned about the state of America's waistline.
But the problem is, that when you take out all the fats in foods – which by the way, our bodies can break down – you are left with a nasty, unpalatable product. So, Big Foods' solution was to add extra sugar to make it taste better.
We already established that all calories are not created equal. Sugar is not digested but instead is shunted directly to the liver where it is immediately converted to fat.
Addiction Stronger than Drugs
Sugar is eight times more addictive than heroin or cocaine. And although we shun the thought of our children (or ourselves) being addicted to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, we seem to turn a blind eye to one of the most powerful substances on the planet.
One study took cocaine addicted laboratory rats and introduced them to sugar water. After a short while, both cocaine and the sugar water were taken away.  After both substances were reintroduced simultaneously, 40 out of 43 rats chose the sugar water over the cocaine.
Big Food and our government knows this about sugar, but because of lobbying power, they ignore the dangers of sugar abuse. Food industries also know the sooner people start eating sugar, the quicker they become addicted. In fact, even certain formulas and infant designed products contain sugar.
Getting children addicted to sugar is why commercials for sugary foods are geared toward the younger generation, filled with colorful and beloved characters and promises of happy times.
Another study took two groups of children and gave them a bowl of gold fish crackers to munch on while they watched TV. Group A's programming contained commercials promoting food, Group B's had no commercials. It was proven that the children in Group A consumed 45 percent more crackers than Group B. The conclusion, imagery stimulates the part of the brain that makes us eat.
In 2002, in another bill (TRS 916) by concerned congressmen and women the World Health Organization stated that sugar was the major cause of metabolic diseases (obesity) and suggested the daily allowance of sugar be listed as no more than 10 percent a day. The sugar producers hit the roof and stopped the report later changing the wording to read 25 percent of calories should come from sugar – 2.5 times more than WHO recommended.
The Food industry is killing our society. It is predicted by experts that at our current rate, 95 percent of all Americans will be overweight or obese in two decades. By the year 2050, one out of three will have diabetes.
Where will our first responders or soldiers come from in the future? If a foreign country came in and attacked our children, our families like this, we as a country would not stand for it – why then are we are allowing Big Food to kill our children?
This is just the tip of the iceberg or sugar cube of what's wrong with America's food, food industry and dietary standards. To learn more visit Fed Up the movie, http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics, or just google obesity. 

Monday, 27 October 2014 20:31

George Edward "Bub" Kerr obituary

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George Edward "Bub" Kerr, 73, of Newcastle, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Oklahoma City.  The son of Chester Carrol Kerr and Ellen Ruth (Hinsley) Kerr, he was born August 10, 1941 in Tucson, Arizona.  

Bub worked as a mechanic and auto body man until his retirement.  He had a great sense of humor and always loved a good joke.  Bub had many toys and hobbies but his most prized possession was his '51 Mercury that he built from the frame up.  He enjoyed working in his shop and always had a project going.  He had a passion for all music but particularly loved bluegrass.  Bub enjoyed going to bluegrass festivals and looked forward to socializing each year with all of the friends he had met.  He could play the mandolin and fiddle but rarely played in public.  Bub had many talents and could fix almost anything.  He always said that the only two things he couldn't fix were a broken heart and the crack of dawn.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Carrol Kerr.

He is survived by his wife, Loycie Kerr, of Newcastle; one daughter, Edde Grigsby and her husband, Donnie, of Newcastle; three grandchildren, Tara Grigsby, Taylor Otley, and Logan Grigsby, all of Newcastle; two great grandchildren, Kamden Grigsby and Savannah Otley, both of Newcastle; one sister, Kim Stremlow, her husband, Robert, and their children, Christopher Stremlow and Lyndsie Stremlow, all of Purcell; two aunts; two uncles; numerous cousins; and many other loved ones and friends.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Eisenhour Funeral Home Chapel in Blanchard.  Burial will follow in the Blanchard Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Eisenhour Funeral Home of Blanchard.  Online obituary and guestbook are available at www.eisenhourfh.com.

 

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:46

City in final stages of annexing more land

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The City of Newcastle is in its final stages of annexing more land into city limits. 

The land in question is located south of Highway 9 and west of Western. It adjoins existing city limits on the west, (see map for reference.)

The land is currently being developed into a subdivision with vacant lots selling from $80,000 up to $250,000 while homes built on the lots are expected to range upwards from $300,000. 

The future residents and current developers approached the City of Newcastle over a year ago wishing to annex into Newcastle city limits. Right now the land is county land. 

At any point in the discussion, the City Council could have voted no and walked away from the discussions but the Council really feels like this is a smart decision financially for both parties involved, said City Manager Nick Nazar.

"This is not something we were going after, we were approached by the landowners about their desire to be in Newcastle city limits," said Mayor Karl Nail.

This potential annexation brought up many discussions that needed to take place both with the future residents of this area and with the town of Goldsby before a decision could be made by the City Council. 

"I want to be very clear on this. The current residents of Newcastle will not see any increase in their bills because of this addition. The cost is being taken on only by the residents of this new area through their impact fees," Nazar said. "That was one of our conditions from the start when these residents approached us."

Talks with Goldsby led to an agreement between both towns signed last February that Newcastle will not annex land east of Western nor south of 290th St., and Goldsby will not annex any land west of Western nor north of 290th St. Any land already annexed will remain in their current city limits.

"This is a real serious dividing line between us and Goldsby," he said. 

Goldsby does not have a desire to provide services to this area in question. Newcastle currently sells water to areas along Highway 9 that are in Goldsby city limits, because Goldsby cannot service those areas right now however that is expected to change in the near future. 

“Right now Goldsby is developing their own well field and adding some new development to their plant,” Nazar said. “They do not plan on buying [water] from Newcastle long term.” 

Goldsby does not have a police force; they hire the sheriff’s deputies on their off-duty time to patrol their city, and they have a volunteer fire department. 

"Newcastle basically has the capacity to sell twenty times the water that we currently do now," Nazar said. "The water is basically something we have access to huge amount of. We are able to provide substantial amounts of water to a lot of customers, because we made the investment we did connecting to Oklahoma City. We have a well system of our own to supplement that and keep our water cost low." 

“We already have a lot of property south of Highway 9 and this new land butts right up to it, he said. 

According to Nail, the land already in city limits that is adjoining to this new annexation does not have fire hydrants for the City to use in an emergency, The new annexation will have hydrants that can be used during emergencies in the surrounding areas.

The Newcastle Fire Station off of Highway 9 is already established and is not receiving its full potential of work, so the City of Newcastle has room to take on more subdivisions in the area, he said. 

The developers will pay the majority of the cost to install the waterline, however the City is going to upsize the waterline from 8" to 12" and take on a temporary cost so there is more room for growth around this area. The cost will be offset when the future developers pay the "Impact Fee" to build in the area and the City will be fully reimbursed.

Both Nazar and Nail have expressed the potential for Highway 9 to develop more businesses around the already existing ones. 

Some residents of Newcastle have expressed concern over the allocation of sales tax coming from this area due to the zip code not being a Newcastle zip code. 

Sales tax in Oklahoma is distributed to the site of delivery, not of purchase. Therefore when these homes are built, if they are in Newcastle City limits the sales tax will go to Newcastle as long as the developers tell the suppliers it is within Newcastle city limits.

The City recently started conducting audits on businesses within Newcastle city limits that have a Norman zip code to determine how much potential sales tax has been misallocated to Norman in the past. Nazar and Nail both say the loss has been minimal in the past, and now that it has been brought to the attention of the City, it should not be a problem in the future as long as they stay on top of the issue. 

Nail said that by annexing this land there is an estimated potential of $600,000 in sales tax dollars that the City will benefit from. 

 A local developer, Daniel Remington, has started the process of changing the zip code to fully cure the issue, however it is a lengthy process and might take a couple years. 

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:13

Creating a vision for the Racers

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His alert eyes flashed around the office, scanning, searching, taking in data.
An above average intellect was heard in his voice as he spoke and made neat introductions. Nathan Owen, a Newcastle graduate, will be whisking off to Seattle on a two-year nonstop mission with his only contact to his family being email come next fall but, for now he tinkers.
Not the usual garage tinkering. Not on cars or on home improvement projects, but with a completely different language, Java language.
At 19 years old, Nathan has built his own website and designed his own App for mobile phones that run Android operating systems.
Both projects include videos, not of laughter, horror or religion, but videos of Newcastle Football.
In fact, many residents of Newcastle have seen them without even knowing who made them. Nathan has been making videos for the Jumb-tron at home Racer games for over four years. From introducing the offensive and defensive players to making highlight reels of each game, Nathan has filmed it all.
Since he was ten years old, he and his father would make highlight videos of his four older brothers playing football.
"Back then, we were not using a computer or anything. It was old school type of stuff, and it was really fun," Nathan said. "Finally we got into the new age of good computers. I started using that, and I got really excited about it."
His first video for school was a drug video for his health class. His second was a video for history class.
"People liked them. That kind of encouraged me to keep going. Then in my freshman year, my friends and I made a Romeo and Juliet video for our English class. That was really popular," he said. "So people knew who I was, and I was always known around the school as the IT helper."
This year due to the Racers success, Nathan has stepped up his video making producing more videos than years past. An introduction video and a starting lineup video are in the making right now. They will premier at the Anadarko home game on Halloween night.
Most of his videos are filmed with an Iphone 4s, and he says people who watch his videos typically do not believe him.
Motivation and ideas for his videos often come from seeing college videos at football games.
"If I see that people watch a video with an open field with the sky and that’s something they like then I might use that idea. I do not copy it exactly, but I will modify the idea based on other people’s reaction," Nathan said after mentioning his family often goes to University of Oklahoma football games. "When I first started out, the video would start, and it was pure football. Lately my videos have transformed, so the first minute and a half might be a stadium and stuff like that. It’s kind of evolving."
When Nathan did one of his starting lineup videos, he had his phone taped to a tri-pod.
"I had the players stand in front of it and they kind of gave me some weird looks," he laughed. "I had to tell them, believe it or not this is going to turn out really well, and it did."
Nathan said he decided to build a website for his videos just because he knew how and he was not looking to make any money off of them. All of his videos can be viewed at www.racervision.tk
While building an App two main factors came into effect, price and his audience. While walking through the field house, Nathan noticed most people had android phones. Android also does not cost to build or offer for download to consumer. Iphone on the other hand cost $100 per year, even if the app is free for consumers to download.
After spending two years in Seattle, Nathan is planning on studying Electrical Engineering at Oklahoma University while working as a student worker at Soonervision, which make the videos for OU sporting events.
As for now, Nathan will continue to produce videos for the Newcastle Racers.  

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:07

Exposing the truth: Big Food

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What began as an attempt to help children suffering from severe malnutrition in America in 1967, ended with Big Food controlling the way the Federal Government looks at nutrition.
This may not be the first time food producers, by the use of lobbying power, had controlled the government, but it began a 40 year trend of more and more "diet" products to hit the grocery shelves and higher numbers of overweight and obese Americans.
After Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Joseph S. Clark went on a fact-finding trip to visit emaciated children in Cleveland and Mississippi, the House and Senate committees were uninterested in pursuing the nutrition issue saying, "The basic problem [of hunger and malnutrition] is one of ignorance as to what constitutes a balanced diet, coupled with indifference by a great many persons who should and probably do not know."
This didn't sit well with Senator George McGovern, who soon put together a committee to begin studying the problem in 1968. McGovern, who had been involved in food-related issues throughout his congressional career and who had been Director of Food for Peace in the Kennedy administration during the early 1960s, thought that confining the committee to just the more liberal Senate would produce better chances for action.
Hearings were held -  gathering data from academics, non-governmental organizations, educators, health and nutrition experts, school officials, the medical community and the general public. By 1974, McGovern expanded the committee's scope to include national nutrition policy, expanding the committee's focus to include eating too much in addition to not eating enough.
By 1977, the McGovern Committee issued a new set of nutritional guidelines for Americans that sought to combat the leading causes of death: heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and arteriosclerosis. Titled Dietary Goals for the United States was best known as "The McGovern Report."
In this report, which encompassed volumes, the committee suggested that Americans consume less fat, cholesterol and refined and processed sugar. McGovern warned that obesity would soon be the largest form of malnutrition.
This bold report triggered strong negative reactions from the cattle, dairy, egg and sugar industries. These producers rejected the report and demanded a re-write and the words "reduce intake" of these foods were removed forever. Instead, the report encouraged Americans to buy leaner and lower fat products, thus starting the diet trend of low-fat, low calorie foods.

Not all calories are alike
In the wake of the failed McGovern Report in 1977, America saw an influx of products and programs during the diet revolution. The biggest misrepresented catch phrase was "Calories In, Calories Out," instilled the idea if you just ate a bit less and exercised more, you could lose weight.
This phrase was fashioned by the food industry in order to lull America into the belief that they could keep consuming these foods without consequences, according to the documentary Fed Up. First, there are not enough hours in the day to exercise away an average's person's daily intake of calories. For example, to get rid of just one 20-ounce coke or one medium French fry, a person or child would have to ride a bike for one hour and 15 minutes.
The second truth that was covered up is that not all calories are created equal. This means that you cannot just say, I'm going to only eat "X" amount of calories and then eat whatever you want as long as it fits within your perimeters.
For example, if you eat 160 calories in almonds (about 1 oz), it is not the same as 160 calories from a sugary pop. Sure, they have the same amount of calories, so why can’t you exercise enough to burn the pop off.
The answer lies in your own digestive tract. Almonds are fiber and protein, nutritional supplements that take a long time to digest. When they are digested, they are converted to energy to fuel your body. Whereas, the sugar in the soda goes directly to your liver and is immediately converted to fat, according to experts.
The food industry, FDA and our own government have been continually selling the American people the bill of goods that all calories are alike. Instead of removing high sugar foods, the industry began offering all sorts of "low calorie" and "low fat or fat free" foods. Unfortunately, when you take away the fat, to make it pitiable, the manufacturers add more sugar - defeating the purpose of a diet food.
At the bottom of this untruth is Big Food. To avert the general public from getting wise to medical studies linking the addition of sugar to almost every food item, many soda companies and other Big Food companies are funding research into the obesity and diet-related health issues.
In the documentary, one report showed that Coke Cola actually funded research that said soft drinks do not cause obesity. The doctors related to that research were receiving financial support from food industries.
But throughout the years, people have become wise to industry related studies. Unfortunately, the countries biggest victims to the battle of the foods, are our nation's children many who get the biggest part of their daily calories from their school meal programs - programs that are dictated largely by Big Food.

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:55

Welcome to the 2014 Great Pumpkin Fest

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Its here! The 2014 Great Pumpkin Fest!
The much anticipated fall event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Saturday at TG Farms, so pick out your costumes, pack up your family, come hungry and expect to have a fantastic day.
Tickets for the event are:
Advance Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Main Street Florist, Community Bank, First National Bank & Trust and New Life Bible Church.
Tickets on the day of the event will be $10 each.
A family pack of four tickets is available for $30.
Each ticket holder will receive a pumpkin of choice.
This year, all entrants to the pumpkin patch must purchase a ticket, said Pumpkin Fest organizer Misty Haynes; this excludes vendors.
Something for everyone
Although the Great Pumpkin Fest is "mostly" about the children, mom and dad will find plenty to see and do by visiting any of the nearly 30 vendor booths.
Dads will especially enjoy a new attraction this year; New Life Bible Church will be hosting the Arm Chair Quarterback inflatable to give the men a chance to show their stuff, or maybe they will want to check out First National Bank & Trust's Chili Cook-Off. Dad's can also pick up some MIO salsa from "the Salsa Guy from Edmond," Haynes said.
While dads are busy tossing around the pigskin, moms will love perusing through many of the boutique booths such as: The Cargo Room, a mobile clothing boutique, Way Out Yonder, specializing in jewelry and leather items, Tickled Pink Designs, with handcrafted home decor, Younique makeup, Clark Leather Creations, with handcrafted leather goods, Pug Hallow, selling dog related fundraising items and the Old General Store, selling many of their Amish candies and ciders.
The kids need not worry whether they will have fun looking at the booths as many local business will be hosting games and activities that will be sure to delight, as well as fill their candy buckets. Activities like The Newcastle Library's Storytime, Therapy In Motion’s children's games, The Newcastle Pacer's Pumpkin Painting, Maness Veterinarian Clinic's Pet Costume Contest and Team Eating Contest, plus many more.
Of course the main attractions for the entire family are the Pumpkin Patch’s Hay and Corn Mazes, Petting Zoo ($1 for food), Giant Hay Slide and Jump, Pig Races, Tri-Cycle Races, Face Painting, Pony Rides (with additional $4 fee) and of course the Pumpkin Patch itself where every ticket holder can pick out that perfect pumpkin.
And what would be a fall festival without entertainment? Beginning at noon, live music will grace the festival stage until closing at 6 p.m. With talents such as: Ken P, Gabby Ramanello, Annie Oakley, Muscadine Jelly and Andy Adams & the Fictioneers, the music is sure to please. The featured artist is Award Winning Oklahoma recording artist, Carter Sampson.
Last but not least, the food. Big Truck Tacos out of Oklahoma City will bring their unique blend of spicy concoctions to the festival this year in addition to the TG Farms' Concession Stand.

 

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