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Happy birthday to Kristin Kotecki, Ryan Abney, Velda Peck, Melena Jones, Sue Mize, Sofia Estrada, Adrian Jones, Justin Nimmo, Daisy Resendiz, Carol Bennett, Duvi Diaz, Jade Chaples, Rocky Bates, Agnes Belfiore, Mary Ille, Rachel Loux, Tomas Trejo, Elizabeth Cantrell, Cheryl Feigal-James, Dru Ann Niehaus, Brent Holden, Lucas Northcutt and Kylie Buterbaugh.


Purcell High School Football Homecoming is Friday, September 23.

This year the theme is “Dragons Come on Down” Game Shows.

The Homecoming Parade is on Main St. and will begin at 1:30 followed by the pep assembly in front of McClain Bank.

The Homecoming Grand Marshals are Greg and Tammy Dillard.

The Homecoming coronation starts at 6:30 p.m. and the football game against Crooked Oak begins at 7 p.m.


The Purcell Public Library will host “Behind the Story: Author Talk with Simon Winchester - The Professor and the Madman” from 1-2 p.m. onTuesday, September 20.

Join library staff for a conversation with Simon Winchester to discuss his book The Professor and the Madman.

Winchester’s talk will cover many aspects of his work across myriad fields of history, technology, and geology as well as the author’s personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best selling author he is today.

A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to precisely and expertly weave everyday life into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.

Winchester is a New York Times Bestselling author with an omnibus of more than 30 titles, including The Professor and the Madman, Pacific, The Perfectionists, and most recently, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.

This is a virtual program and registration with an email address is required by calling 405-527-5546 or online at pioneerlibrarysystem.org.


The Purcell Carp Classic 2022 will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, September 25, at the Purcell City Lake.

The event is hosted by the Oklahoma Fly Fishing and the Purcell Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information visit www.purcellparks.com or call 405-527-7227.


The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, hosted by the City of Purcell.

The coffee will be held at the Purcell City Hall Community Room.

This is a great opportunity to connect with local business and community leaders.


The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday, September 30, at the Brent Bruehl Memorial Golf Course in Purcell.

The four man scramble will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start followed by lunch and an awards ceremony.

For more information or to sign up contact Elisabeth Baker at elisabeth@theheartofok.com or call 405-527-3093.


The Purcell Public Library will host “Behind the Story: Author Talk with Hernan Diaz” from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Join library staff for an evening with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz, author of In the Distance and Trust.

Diaz holds a Ph.D. from NYU and edits, the Spanish-language journal Revista Hispánica Moderna, at Columbia University.

Diaz’s new book, Trust, is set during the roar of the 1920s around the Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen. Together, they have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth–all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end.

But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.

Hernan Diaz’s Trust elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction.

The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.

This is a virtual program and registration with an email address is required by calling 405-527-5546 or online at pioneerlibrarysystem.org.


This easy one-dish dinner not only tastes great—it can also be on the table in 30 minutes!

Cheesy Nacho Beef Skillet

1 lb lean ground beef

1 package (7.6 oz) Old El Paso™ Cheesy Mexican Rice

2 10 oz. cans diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 15.25 oz. can whole kernel sweet corn

1 package taco seasoning mix

1 roasted red bell pepper (from a jar), chopped

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (6 oz)

In 10-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently; drain.

Meanwhile, microwave Mexican rice as directed on pouch.

To skillet with cooked beef, add the diced tomatoes with green chiles, whole kernel sweet corn, taco seasoning mix, roasted red bell pepper, chopped, and 1/2 cup water; mix well.

Stir in cooked Mexican rice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend until melted. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top. Serve immediately.


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