East Central University professor of English, Mark Walling, has written a film “When I Find Bin Laden,” which has recently appeared as part of Oklahoma City’s Dead Center Film Festival, and is being considered for Best Feature Narrative and Best Oklahoma Film. The film has also been accepted to the Myrtle Beach and Nigh Gallery Film Festivals and is being submitted to larger festivals, including Sundance in 2007.

Mary Scalf was recently honored by the Oklahoma Retired Educators’ Association. Scalf has served terms as president, vice-president, treasurer and is currently chairing the legislative committee. She also serves on the calling committee and assists with membership drives.

John Caleb Newport, Stonewall, was recently selected to receive a $2,750 Lew Wentz Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. Newport is a senior, majoring in finance and is the son of Mike and Melinda Newport, Stonewall.

The Pontotoc County Board of Commissioners was recently honored with the receipt of a 2006 Award of Excellence, Public Sector, from the Worker Safety Policy Council. The award is one of five presented at the 2006 Governors Conference on Safety and Health and was achieved for its “total program.”

Jessi Ann Thomas, 8, Roff, was recently chosen as the 2006 Junior Titleholder of the Pre-teen Oklahoma Scholarship and Recognition Program. Thomas was chosen based on categories of academics, volunteer services, personal development, school honors, general knowledge, interview and on-stage review.

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