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  1. 1. Democrat Honor flight a big deal for PV veteran By Ezra Mann emann@pvdemocrat.com No major conflict seems to match World War II in finding a way to remember those who took up arms. Pauls Valley resident Col. John R. Burks, now retired, recently joined some of his brethren in a rare experi-ence as a part of an Oklahoma Honor Flights trip to Washington, D.C. Once he saw the monument, there weren’t a lot of words to describe how thankful he was. “I was overwhelmed. It was a mag-nificent structure,” said Burks. “It was worth the trip just to see it. I was eter-nally grateful.” A whirlwind trip that took place in the span of one day, Burks was part of a larger group from the region that went on the flight. This included a few others from Garvin County like Floyd Campbell, Elmer Hector and Boyd Perry. Though just about every WW II veteran has a chance to get on one of these flights first, Burks situation is unique as he is also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. This gave him an edge on getting immediate consideration. His first conflict experience was two years in the South Pacific as a ball NOTABLES PV Daily Thursday October 30, 2014 $.50 Volume 110, Issue 129 Pauls Valley Serving Garvin County for 107 years Look for daily updates at www.pvdemocrat.com Boo on Bricks On Thursday, Oct. 30 its the official Trick or Treat night in PV with the annual Boo on the Bricks from 4 to 6 p.m. in the downtown area. Critter contest Howlin’ Halloween Critter Costume con-test will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at First State Bank in Elmore City, 206 South Main. Trunk or Treat Valley Christian Church in PV will hold a holiday Trunk or Treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Craft show The 4th annual Heart of the Valley Craft Show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the county fairgrounds in Pauls Valley. It’s free admission with 30 plus vendors, a petting zoo and other activities. Democrat Party The Garvin County Democratic Party will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Santa Fe Depot Museum in PV. Absentee ballots In person absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30-31 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Garvin County Election Board. See HONOR page 2A Obituaries Keesee. . .69 Davis. . .54 Wilkerson . .58 Checking out some crayon artwork, given to him by kids from across the country, at his home in Pauls Valley, the retired John R. Burks recently was a part of an Oklahoma Honor Flights trip to Washington, D.C. (PV Democrat photo by Ezra Mann) Showing off her mad pumpkin painting skills, Pauls Valley Pre-K student Erica Black joined classmates from Ms. Watts class recently during a fall festival day at the local Blooming Crazy. (PV Democrat photo by Ezra Mann) Green light given for ECP school project By Barry Porterfield bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com The official green light has been given for the start of a big Elmore City-Pernell school building project. After ECP voters said yes in an August election the next step was taken recently for a project meant to bring a brand new middle school to the area district. ECP’s top school adminis-trator announced all the bonds have been sold, $2.275 million worth, at an interest of just over 1.3 percent. That now sets all the plans in motion as architects and schools officials can get serious about looking at what’s next for the project. “We’re supposed to get the money on the 25th of November,” said ECP Superintendent Donnie Darrow. “We’ll go over the proto-col; go over the time frame,” Darrow said about the project. Sign up for good health By Barry Porterfield bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com It may be a holiday week but a group work-ing to bring healthier lifestyles to all who live in Garvin County is also focused on an important deadline date. When it comes to the bigger picture it appears more and more people are learning about and get-ting interested in what’s known as the Certified Healthy campaign. Led by the Garvin County Health Coalition, the main idea behind the effort is to get more people and places in the county focused on and literally signed up for better health. Coalition members are hoping the more people who learn about the cam-paign the more momen-tum it can gain. For this year the deadline to sign up is Saturday, Nov. 1. “The Certified Healthy campaign is doing really well,” said coalition Vice Chair Erin Creach. “So far we’ve got a lot of people interested in finding out more about it,” she said. “We’re hop-ing to build on that.” Among those lead-ing the charge is Julie Selman, a health educa-tor for the Garvin County Health Department. See HEALTH page 2A “What I’ve been telling everybody is we will not be able to get in that building and utilize it until the fall of 2016. The architect says that’s doable.” The superintendent added if the building is completed early See SCHOOL page 2A Arts council up for big honor A Pauls Valley group is a finalist for a big awards event set for next month in Oklahoma City. The Pauls Valley Arts Council is a final-ist in the Nonprofit Organization, less than 15,000 population area category, as Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) will hold its 24th annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. During the fund-raiser, KOB will honor the local arts aouncil as one of the finalists. More than 500 guests are expected to attend the event. Awards will be pre-sented in several cate-gories, some chosen by a panel of judges and some chosen through social media. Four distinguished Board of Director awards are given annu-ally recognizing major environmental efforts over the last year by individuals, communi-ties and corporations. Funds raised during the event will go to bet-tering the wide range of programs KOB pro-vides to help enhance the natural beauty of See ARTS page 2A