Terrel set to compete in auctioneers championship

Richard Terrel, AARE, of Wiggins Auctioneers, will compete July 22 in National Auctioneers Association's 17th annual International Auctioneer Championship at Pittsburgh.

This will be the first IAC event for Terrel, of Carmen.

The competition includes men's and women's divisions. Winners will receive $10,000, a trophy and a championship ring. Champions in each division will spend their year-long reign making public appearances across the country.

In all, there will be 92 competitors.

Former Enid resident named Wal-Mart manager

Jay Cordray has been named store manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Portales, N.M.

Cordray has 10 years of retail experience and began his duties as manager June 11.

"This is just a great company to work for," Cordray said. "More than two-thirds of Wal-Mart store managers started as hourly associates, and I am proud to be among those who've earned a management position."

Cordray began his Wal-Mart career as a high school student in 1995, working as a part-time cashier in Enid. While attending college, he continued working for Wal-Mart in Norman. After studying business at the University of Oklahoma, he was selected for the company's management training program. After completing his training, he was promoted to assistant manager in Enid and El Reno. He was promoted to co-manager in Warminster and Philadelphia, Pa., his last assignments prior to coming to Portales.

Cordray, a graduate of Enid High School, is the son of Gaynell Cordray, of Enid. Cordray's wife, Mary, also is a native of Enid.

Muncy to display images at Davinci's

Dawn Muncy of Muncy Photography will display her images at Davinci's Coffee House through July.

The images displayed show a broad range of portrait photography featuring area residents. The public is invited to view the display during Davinci's business hours.

Davinci's Coffee House is at 2315 W. Willow Plaza. Store hours and menu can be found on the Web site at www.davinciscoffeehouse.com.

Muncy Photography is a full-service photography studio. She is a member of Metro Professional Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of Oklahoma, Southwest Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of America.

The studio is at 220 W. Randolph. The Web site is www.muncyphotography.com.

Ash earns vacation in sales incentive contest

Luana Ash of Enid recently earned a week-long vacation to Victoria, British Columbia, as a winner of The Vernon Company's annual Circle of Excellence sales incentive contest. She was awarded the trip for exceeding sales objectives for the 2004 sales year.

Ash was one of 69 Vernon sales representatives to earn the sales incentive trip. This is the third sales incentive contest she has won for outstanding sales achievement. She has been a sales representative with The Vernon Company since November 2000.

Minister named to national register

James Taylor, doctor of ministry and pastor of Lawrence Heights Christian Church in Lawrence, Kan., has been named to National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals for the 2006-07 edition.

The intent of the register is to show Taylor has reached a level of recognizable success in his field.

Taylor is the son of Ronald and Shirley Taylor, of Enid.

HealthBack makes progress in national initiative

HealthBack of Northwest Oklahoma, which provides services in Enid, Kingfisher, Watonga and Weatherford, has made progress in improving anxiety levels of clients as part of the Centers for Medicare -- Medicaid Services' national Home Health Quality Initiative.

"We are pleased with the progress we have made for our clients," said Pam Singer, administrator of HealthBack of Enid. "Over the past 19 months we have demonstrated 22 percent improvement in anxiety level."

More than 150 agencies representing more than 85 percent of the Medicare-certified agencies in the state are working with Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, the state's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, to improve select quality measures, such as anxiety levels.

Garden Gate Gifts opens in Helena

Garden Gate Gifts has opened in Helena at 724 E. 7th Street. The gift shop is one block east of Oklahoma 58 in a renovated five room house.

The kitchen area is decorated with antique fixtures and is filled with kitchen products.

The bedroom features a unique brass bed, handmade quilts, greeting cards, Victorian items and framed pictures.

The living room contains handmade purses, candles, a line of jewelry and University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University items.

The dining area has gourmet-flavored coffee, tea and cocoa and food items.

Bird baths, feeders and yard ornaments are inside and outside.

Garden Gate Gifts is owned by Janice Crissup. She is a 1961 graduate of Ringwood High School. She and husband, Gary, have lived in Helena for 42 years. They have four grown children.

Garden Gate Gifts is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. Call (580) 852-3298 for information.

Cleo State Bank gets Top 20 nod

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) highlighted Cleo State Bank as a Top 20 industry earnings performer in its national publication, Independent Banker.

Cleo State Bank was recognized for posting one of the top 20 best year-end earnings performances in 2004 for ICBA member banks with $50 million in assets or less.

"Community banks are integral parts of the economic and civic fabric of thousands of towns and cities across America," said ICBA Chairman David E. Hayes, president of Security Bank in Dyersburg, Tenn. "In addition to offering the quality financial products and services their customers need, community banks like Cleo State Bank spend countless hours and resources helping their communities to thrive. ICBA congratulates Cleo State Bank for serving its community so efficiently and effectively."

Cleo State Bank was identified in Independent Banker's annual year-end ranking of ICBA members based on the standard industry performance measures of return on average assets and return on average equity. The magazine compiles its annual member rankings from year-end FDIC call report data published in its June issue.

Rest -- Recline Furniture Store earns Lane Home award

Rest -- Recline Furniture Store, 521 S. Grand, recently received an award from Lane Home Furnishings. The store was awarded the Bronze Award for 25 percent growth in sales from 2003-04. Owners Dale Murphy and Leslie Rives were presented with a crystal statue and a framed certificate.

"We are very proud to have received this award, especially since our volume increase was achieved in our first year open," Murphy said.

"Lane Furniture is pleased to have such a successful partner in the Enid area. Rest -- Recline has an extensive selection of our product, along with well-trained staff to advise customers of all the benefits Lane has to offer," said Russ Moody, Lane area representative.

Only Lane Comfort Showcase stores were eligible for this award. To be designated a Comfort Showcase, a store must have at least 6,500 square feet dedicated to Lane products.

Saadat a new manager of Enid Buckle store

The Buckle Inc. recently announced Raz Saadat has been named manager of its store at the Oakwood Mall in Enid. Saadat began her career with the Buckle in 2000. She was the manager at the Bartlesville location before being named Oakwood Mall store manager. Saadat graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in psychology.

The Oakwood Mall store is the 90th store in the Buckle's chain of 332 stores. The company, in operation for 37 years, has its corporate offices and distribution center located in Kearney, Neb.

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