Lawton, Ok. – The video documentary called "The Great American Foot Race" focuses on a cross-country trek of more than 3,400 miles from Los Angeles to New York in 1928. 199 runners started and only 55 finished the event, coming through Oklahoma on old Route 66. It was won by 19-year old Cherokee Indian Andy Payne, son of an Oklahoma farmer.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – A former Stephens County resident, State Treasurer Robert Butkin faced no challenger when he filed to run for his third term in office during the summer. Butkin was to head the transition team for the newly elected governor, fellow democrat Brad Henry, for the remaining weeks of G.O.P. Governor Frank Keating's second and final term just the week following the general election.
Lawton, Ok. – Lawton Public School's Will Rogers Elementary School has 134 students and is one of the smallest of the districts's 29 elementary facilities. And in his letter to parents of the students this week, Superintendent Barry Beauchamp said the decision to recommend its closing at the end of the 2002-2003 school year was not an easy one. He wrote that "the state's curent budget shortgall and its profound fiscal impact" on the district forces careful consideration of operations of each school.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – The selection of State Treasurer Robert Butkin, now in his third term in the office, to head the transition team was made public during a news conference called by Governor-elect Brad Henry today. Henry stated about one dozen more team members would be identified next week to help with recommendations about possible appointments to the state's boards and commissions and other matters.