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New website, new blog

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Storms brewing to the east, fires sparking to the west

Learning to hold my breath

Shidler Tiger pitcher

Jim ‘Walmart’ Campbell and some explaining

The new year started out pretty busy. We (the two person newsroom I work in) have been putting together the 2011 newspaper contest entries and organizing promotional work for a possible summer intern. I haven’t been shooting as much as I would like and am feeling a little burnt out, but I’ll live. I did shoot one quick assignment that I find decent enough to share.

There are little to no real retail stores in the small town where the paper is based. In fact, half of the town’s businesses were shut down by the tax commission last fall. There is one store, Jim & Joy’s Retail, that is pretty interesting. It’s a small second-hand store with all kinds of odds and ends, and it’s cheap. It’s run by Jim and Joy Campbell, a retired husband and wife duo. Some of the locals call the shop Barnsdall’s Walmart, some call it Jim’s Walmart.

There are have a few times the Campbells has unknowingly sold some expensive items, such as a $150 kerosene lamp, for less than $10, but Jim doesn’t even mind. After all, he just likes to buy things and his wife likes to sell, so it’s really a perfect business for the both of them, he said.

Jim Campbell wonders from the back of his store, where he is often repairing items, to the front to check on his wife Joy.

A local patron mills about the store, checking out the latest inventory Jim picked up during the weekend.

First loss in two years

The Woodland Cougars couldn’t hold back the Wayne Bulldogs at the Class A State Championship in Stillwater Saturday. Their starting senior quarterback Patrick Bartlett (14) injured his left ankle late in the third quarter, but continued to play off and on in the fourth. After a near comeback the Cougars fell 34-28.

Opening day of deer season

Deer hunting started this morning. From the people I talked with, it seems like most Oklahomans prefer to skin and butcher their own deer. I ran into 19-year-old Ben Roberts at the Barnsdall check-in station. From there he let me follow him out to a friend’s where he finished up with the deer.

“We do it all by hand here,” he said. “We’re a little poor and can’t afford a butcher.”

Army Sgt. Christopher Gailey laid to rest at 26 years old

There were more than 1,000 people, including about 700 bikers, surrounding the Bartlesville church where services were held Saturday during Veterans Day weekend. More supporters dotted the streets and Highway 75 all the way to Gailey’s hometown, Ochelata, Okla., near the Osage County border. Gailey is one of five Oklahoma soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of September.

County Fair

I know it’s been awhile. I’ll get better at more consistent posts someday.