June 30th, 2013
NORMAN â€” Four local runners not only repeated as state champions, but won state in a faster time than in 2012.
The 440-yard relay team of Kyra Hornbuckle, Braya Warren, Lauryn Trotter and Jada Price won the girls age 13-14 state title in the 2013 Hershey State Meet, which took place June 22. The foursome shaved six seconds off their state-title time of a year ago.
The relay team was still waiting word as of press time if it qualified for the Hershey National Meet, which will be later this summer in Hershey, Pa.
Several youth claimed first-place honors in the 2013 Mark Sullivan â€śMud Duckâ€ť Youth Golf Tournament, which took place Tuesday at Choctaw Country Club.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Jesse Ruark, Sallisaw; 2. David Church, Mountainburg, Ark.; 3. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 4. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg; 5. Billy Neering, Wilburton.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Lance Robins, Dyer, Ark.; 3. Eric Beshoner, Fort Smith; 4. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 5. Nathan Reed, Alma, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.
Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that his plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year. Sherrer did not give a reason for his resignation, and a telephone message left at his office Friday was not immediately returned.
Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."
Sherrer is a former Democratic state legislator who Fallin credited for working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is issuing cautionary advice to those planning trips to state lakes, rivers and streams during the coming Fourth of July holiday.
The department says bacteria and viruses can be present in untreated bodies of water and can cause problems ranging from swimmers itch and ear infections to some forms of meningitis.