need your support
Editor, Ada News:
This is to say thank you to all the fire departments in our county. We, as citizens, greatly appreciate all you do for the citizens of Johnston County. I would also like to say thank you to all the citizens who donated food, water and Gatorade to the people fighting the fire on state Highway 7. There were more than 30 fire departments present with more than 100 fire trucks.
I would encourage all citizens to donate water, ice and Gatorade. All the firemen that I have talked with say Gatorade quenches their thirst more than water and also helps replenish minerals they lose through sweat.
If you are unsure which fire department to donate to, feel free to contact me. Remember all of the firemen are volunteers. They do not get paid for the wrecks and fires or medical calls they go to. The only funding they receive is from fund-raising and what little they receive from the state for operations.
Remember, even the poorest of the poor can donate a bag of ice or a bottle of Gatorade. This doesn’t pertain to just our fire department. It goes for all the fire departments in the county and other counties also. It could be your home, land or your life next time, so donate to your local fire departments.
If you are in Connerville and cannot get in touch with firemen, you are more than welcome to drop the donation by my store and I will give you a receipt and make sure it gets to the department.
Future higway needs
should be planned now
Editor, Ada News:
The state of Oklahoma is a rural state with lots of rural towns that are connected to other rural towns by rural highways.
The rural highways are narrow, two-lane with lots of sharp curves, blind spots, low areas and gravel road intersections. Even though the speed limit is 65 mph, it is not safe to drive at that speed. However, most people do and will pass other cars in no passing zones.
Oklahoma City is taking a large chunk of state and federal highway and bridge funds, leaving rural towns with highways originally designed for old Model A and Model T vehicles.
Some progress has been made on some of the two-lane highways by making them four-lane. However, the progress moves at a snail’s pace. In the late 1970s, plans were made to four-lane state Highway 99 from Ada to Stroud. The only progress was replacement of an old metal bridge crossing the Canadian River 10 miles north of Ada.
I was recently thinking it would be great if state Highway 39 was four-laned from Konawa just over to where it connects into 99. It would certainly be a big economic boost for rural Konawa. Or, better yet, four-lane state Highway 39 from Lexington all the way to McAlester.
Yeah, that would be great. Fifty to 60 years from now when most of us are dead, there might not be cars as we know them today. Frankly, it’s doubtful rural Oklahoma will be prepared for these changes.
George W. Clark