The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 2, 2013

Local News Briefs for 3/3/13

Enid News & Eagle

Drummond to face Deer Creek in competition

Drummond High School’s academic team competes against Deer Creek High School tonight in the second round of KSBI TV’s “Mind Games” competition.

The show will air at 6:30 p.m. on KSBI TV.

Tyler Messall, Tim Vasquez, Joyce Singleton, Miles Shaddy, Aaron Cornell and Daniel Carel make up the team from Drummond. Their coach is Anita Hughes.

“Mind Games” is a quiz show that pits Oklahoma high school academic teams in a battle of the brains. This is the first season for “Mind Games” High School Edition.

The program was created by KSBI President and CEO Vince Orza in 2011 as a college competition awarding $200,000 in scholarships made possible by the Chickasaw Nation.

The program expanded in the fall of 2012 to include a high school competition with 32 Oklahoma high school teams. More than $50,000 will be given as team awards.

Shifflett to star in theater production

Former Fay/Thomas resident Kyle Shifflett will star in Watonga Community Theatre’s “Greater Tuna” March 9-10 at the Liberty.

It’s a reunion not just for Shifflett, but also Meagan Mathews-Oakley, of Sayre, who performed for area audiences several years ago in “Always,” “Patsy Cline” and “Patsy Cline ... Revisited.” She brings Patsy to life in the small town of Tuna, Texas, “where Patsy Cline never dies.”

Patt Ward Curtin, who moved to Stillwater 18 months ago to work as a house director for the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, will direct.

Shifflett, who also designed and made the costumes, joins Seth Phillips, of Morrison, to entertain audiences.

“The novelty of the show includes fast costume changes for all of these quirky characters. I had to build the costumes not just for design, but for speed,” Shifflett said.

As an adult performer, Shifflett has performed in many roles for Stillwater Town and Gown Theatre. In 1987, he graduated from Thomas High School, then went on to earn degrees at Oklahoma State University before going to law school at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1993, he has been working as a staff attorney for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Mathews-Oakley has a vocal performance degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, runs her own voice studio and manages Sayre Floral.

The two performances of “Greater Tuna” will be 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 2:30 p.m. March 10. Reservations can be made 3:30-7 p.m. March 7-9 at the box office, which can be contacted at (580) 623-9666.

Pioneer quilt guild will meet Monday

Pioneer Area Quilt Guild will meet Monday at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1904 N. Pecan in Ponca City. Registration and social hours will be between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Hostesses for the March meeting will be Martha Williams, Cindy Wilson, Kay Thompson, Karen Yost, Jane Thomason and Judy Bradley.

Norma Casad will demonstrate making a thread catcher.

Special guest speaker is Nancy Swanwick. Her trunk show begins with one of her earliest quilts and culminates with the newest one. Each quilt has a story and a purpose.

Pioneer Area Quilt Guild meets the first Monday of each month and guests are welcome. Call Sue Roy at (580) 362-3860 or Jackie Bufton at (580) 762-7142 for information.

Bus trip to Hutchinson, Kan., scheduled March 21

LifeLong Learning Institute of Enid is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kan., on March 21.

The bus will leave from the west parking lot of Central Christian Church, 1111 W. Broadway, at 8 a.m. Lunch will be at about 11 a.m. at Carriage Crossing Restaurant near Yoder, Kan. It is an Amish restaurant famous for its home-cooked meals.

After lunch, the group will go to the Cosmosphere, where members will be on their own to visit several galleries, including the Cold War Gallery, which features various weapons and satellites of that period; the Early Spaceflight Gallery; and the Apollo Gallery. These last two galleries contain spacecraft that were flown in space, such as the Gemini 10 spacecraft and the Apollo 13 command module.

The bus will leave at about 3 p.m. and will be back in Enid at about 6 p.m. Cost for the trip, which includes museum admission, lunch and bus expenses, is $65. For information or to sign up, call Max Johnson at 234-8322 as soon as possible.

Rogers’ grand-niece will speak at meeting

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 369 will host 93-year-old Doris “Coke” Meyer, grand-niece to the famous Will Rogers, at a lecture and luncheon 11:30 a.m. March 11 in the conference room by the pool at the Ramada Inn on West Garriott. A book signing will follow 2-4 p.m. at Hastings.

Meyer, of Bartlesville, will speak on what it was like growing up with her favorite uncle, Will Rogers. She is on the board of the Will Rogers Museum in Bartlesville.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will begin at 12:15 p.m. Reservations for lunch are required and can be made by contacting Donna at 234-4842 or Diane at 237-3944. Deadline is Thursday.