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Gracie Montgomery
Posted 12/7/23

Happy birthday to Debbie Gantz, Dylan Smith, Wayne Keeler, Tami Jones, Grant Gardner, Carol Abernathy, Megan Brinker, Kevin Clagg, John Isaac Dumas, Susannah Marie Rowell, Victoria Hooper, Sylvia …

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Happy birthday to Debbie Gantz, Dylan Smith, Wayne Keeler, Tami Jones, Grant Gardner, Carol Abernathy, Megan Brinker, Kevin Clagg, John Isaac Dumas, Susannah Marie Rowell, Victoria Hooper, Sylvia Morales, Kim Murray, Sandy McCaskill, Matias Luna, Tammy Sheehy-Smith, Guadalupe Fuentes, Maria Escobedo, Nereyda Salas and Chris Vieux.


The Purcell Public School Foundation will be selling fundraiser tickets to benefit the foundation.

Tickets are $50 and  one lucky winner will share in half of the money raised.

Tickets can be purchased from any foundation member or by contacting Kerry Wilhoit at McClain Bank or John D. Montgomery at The Purcell Register.

The drawing will be held Tuesday, December 12, at the Purcell High School basketball game versus Pauls Valley at The Reimer Center.


The Wayne Fire Department is holding its 33rd annual Toy Drive.

Firefighters are currently accepting toy donations, $10 value, or cash donations to help them meet their goal.

Toys will be given to children at the department’s drive-through program December 9.

For more information contact Sarah Kennedy at 405-570-2478 or Meghan Claunch at 405-412-7848.


The Mother’s Entwined Home Tour is set for Sunday, December 10, from 1-4 p.m.

The homes of Tom and Kelsey Orendain, 1513 Walnut Way, Jason and Judith Ross, 1566 Walnut  Way, Darrin and Whitney Beller, 3012 SE 12th Ave., all in Goldsby, and Althea’s Vault, 218 N. Main Ave., will be featured.

Tickets may be purchased at any of the venues, by contacting any Mother’s Entwined member or online at mothersentwined1@ticketleap.com.


Purcell’s Lights From the Heart at Chandler Park will be open nightly through Sunday, December 31, from 5:30-10 p.m.

Over two miles of lights are available to drive through.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated.


Mark your calendars now!

The Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting  will be held Thursday, December 14, on Main Street in Purcell.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the parade to start at 6 p.m.

The theme this year is “Anything Christmas in the Heartland.”

To register your parade entry, contact the Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce with any questions at 405-527-3093.


McClain County Treasurer Teresa Jones reminds property owners in the county that 2023 tax statements have been mailed.

Full or half payments are due before January 1.

The treasurer’s office can email tax statements if it is requested.

Property owners can also print out their tax statements by going online to oktaxrolls.com.

For more information call 405-527-3261.


This quick and easy recipe is a crowd pleaser.

Dump and Run Taco Soup

2 pounds ground beef

1 small onion

2 garlic cloves (optional)

1 package taco seasoning

1-1/2 cups water

2 cans undrained beans, 15 ounce, your choice (I typically use black beans and Pintos, but Great Northern, Ranch Style, Mild Chili Beans are all great options)

1 small bag of frozen corn or 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained

14 oz. can stewed tomatoes

1 can Rotel

14 oz. can chopped green chiles

1 package of dry ranch salad dressing mix

Cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream (optional garnishes)

Fry ground beef, chopped onion and minced garlic, drain grease.

Add taco seasoning into beef mixture, and mix well. Dump and stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. The more time it has to simmer, the deeper the flavors.

If your preference is a “soupier” consistency, add a bit more water.

The recipe may also be made in a crock pot. Just dump all the ingredients in the morning (only with cooked taco meat option), run your errands and let it cook all day. If you have it on low, you can easily cook it for 6-8 hours. If you put it on high, cook for 3 hours and then turn to low. Since all meat is cooked, it’s just about heating thoroughly and letting flavors meld.


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