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Enduring Moments

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After a very careful set of rehearsals due to COVID precautions, following stringent guidelines to keep cast and crew safe, Ponca Playhouse presents the first production of 2021, and it’s a strong one. John Steinbeck published the novella Of Mice and Men in 1937, basing it on his own experiences as a teenager working with migrant farm workers.
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American Farm Bureau Convention Book of the Year!

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During the American Farm Bureau “Virtual” Convention this week, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 14th “Book of the Year” award to Viola Butler for “Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish.” This is Butler’s first published book. Art by Ward Jenkins, a well-known illustrator and storyboard artist. Chuck’s favorite food is ice cream, with the help of his Dairy Godmother, Chuck is taken on a memorable and delicious adventure to a dairy farm. He finds out exactly where ice cream comes from and gains an even deeper love and appreciation for his favorite food.
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Golden Globes predictions ... and, yes, ‘Hamilton’ is eligible

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You might have thought the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would have learned something after being roasted last year for classifying Lulu Wang’s tender “The Farewell,” an American-made movie about a Chinese American woman saying goodbye to her grandmother, as a “foreign language film.” But this is the HFPA, a group that, laugh
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Kay County Election Board announces upcoming deadlines

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Voter Registration Friday, January 15, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the February 9, 2021, Ponca City Municipal and Blackwell Municipal Elections in Kay County, Election Board Secretary Cheryl Howard said today. Howard said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.
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East Middle School FCCLA students participate in Virtual District N4 STAR Event competition

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East Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) recently participated in the Virtual District N4 STAR Event Competition. STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events are competitive events in which members compete at the region/district, state, and national levels and are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. All three entries won 1st Place and will advance to the state competition being held in March, 2021.
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Best music of 2020: Album of the year, artist of the year and more

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As far as live music goes, it had to be the worst year since the invention of the electric guitar, right? Stuck at home, artists were left with more time to write and record, so, combined with recordings that were in the can before the pandemic, it was a surprisingly plentiful year for new music. Let’s get to it: Album of the Year: “I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy.” That was Killer Mike, in Atlanta, at a mayoral news conference in May addressing protesters in one of the year’s most impassioned speeches.