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Nurses at Hillcrest Henryetta are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses . The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day. Ardent Health Services co-sponsors the award at Hillcrest Henryetta.
Tiffany Ishmael, RN, BSN, nurse in the medical-surgical unit, received the inaugural award.daisy
She was nominated by three of her patients for this award.
"Tiffany is very sweet and accommodating," one patient said. "She is a very hard worker and if she doesn't know the answer to something, she finds out and immediately lets me know. Tiffany is one of the most compassionate nurses I have had."
"Tiffany showed a level of commitment, enthusiasm, diligence and devotion that is off the charts," another patient said. "She made me feel like family and went above and beyond the call of duty."
"Tiffany is a great nurse," a third patient said. "She cares so much and knows her job very well. She pays attention to detail and makes sure everything is done correctly."
Patients, families and colleagues may nominate nurses through a nomination form, which is available at the hospital. The DAISY committee at the hospital chooses the award recipient, and awards will be presented throughout the year at celebrations attended by the honoree’s colleagues, patients and visitors.

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Montana McCarty, owner of The Desert Sunset boutique, joined with chamber members Shawn Okerson, Keith Estes and Tammie Hiatt cutting the ribbon to officially make the store part of the Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. The Desert Sunset is located at 109 North First.

The March timeline for construction of the Quik Trip store in Henryetta is still good according to Henryetta Economic Development Authority member and city mayor Jennifer Munholland.
She was speaking at the HEDA meeting Monday morning.
Munholland said Quik Trip is expected to start working on the road behind the location on the east side to town to make it capable to hold semi-trailer traffic.
Owners of the existing motel on the east side of town are under contract until March. At that time the site will be cleared.
Final invoices for the sewer project on the west side of Henryetta totaling $138,190 were approved by HEDA members. Munholland said that project, “went off without a hitch,” and is ready for businesses and property owners to hook up to it.
She said a couple of motels are entertaining ideas of locating there but there, “is nothing specific.”

Eleven televisions and a van are going to be sold by Henryetta schools.
School board members declared them surplus Monday night to make them available to the public. The televisions are nearly 20 years old and, according to superintendent Dwayne Noble, have been stored in a closet at the school.
A 1999 Chevrolet van will also be available even though, according to Noble, it does not run.
The board approved a request from Middle School principal Brad Wion to have five bicycles declared surplus to be used for special awards to students. The bicycles were purchased through a grant some four years ago and were assembled by the HMS STEM students.
Anyone interested in purchasing the televisions and van or needing more information should contact the superintendent’s office.
In other board business, resignation letters were accepted from Tina Walters, Ronald Black and Logan Ashley.
Noble read a letter from the Creek Nation recognizing the HHS Knight Brigade for participation in the Harvest Festival Parade. Band director Alan Montgomery was singled out for his preparing students to be parade ready.
The letter from MCN Community Administrator Russell Wind said Montgomery deserved praise for his “time and determination he has put in with your students.”
He went on to say the parade that was held on a damp and cold day had more than 30 participants and the Knight Brigade, “lit up the parade with their lively music.”
Along with the letter, Wind included a $300 check for the band.
Noble pointed out a trophy in the shape of an electric line tower for being the tops in the PSO Peak Performance effort this past year. “We have been in the program for the past six years and have won two times.”
He said the walls on the Knight Center gymnasium have been repaired and painted. “We only have the floor remaining,” he said.
The school’s LED lighting program has started with workers setting up monitors on various lights in all of the school buildings. Noble said the replacement of the florescent lights with LED energy saving bulbs should start in a couple of weeks. The elementary school should be the first to receive the new lights.
Board members held a nearly two-hour executive session to evaluate Noble’s job performance and discuss hiring a person to work six hours in the cafeteria. At the end of the executive session, board members tabled the hiring of the cafeteria worker.
Brandon Brown told the board members the annual audit for the school year had no deficiencies. He said issues last year on purchase orders have been improved.

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PSO Customer Services Account representative Lile Stogner and Henryetta school superintendent Dwayne Noble show off the check and award earned by the school as a PSO Peak Performer this past year. The presentation was made at a special awards program in McAlester. This is the sixth year the school has participated in the energy savings program and the second time to be named as a Peak Performer.

Dewar school district voters will be looking at a couple of bond questions on the Feb. 11 ballot this year.
This past week, the school board authorized two bond issues, one for $85,000, and the other for $240,000 to be placed before the voters.
The $85,000 bond issue is divided into three parts: $30,000 for the addition of security improvements throughout all the buildings; $30,000 for installation of a watering system at the baseball and softball fields and $25,000 to buy a school-owned vehicle.
Superintendent Todd Been said the security system is needed and would add video cameras to three building and a keypad security entry system.
The school is wanting to buy a new drivers education car to replace the one that currently has over 100,000 miles on it.
Installation of a new watering system at the softball and baseball fields would eliminate the need for coaches and players to use heavy hoses on each, Been explained.
Proposition two is asking for $240,000 to purchase three air conditioned busses for the students.
The superintendent said, if approved, the school would purchases three buses, one a 70-passenger, another holding 50 passengers and a smaller one with a 25-passenger capacity.
If approved, the bonds would have a ten-year coverage at an interest rate not to exceed ten percent annually. The bond cost would be added to the property taxes in the district.