Dr. Brett Krablin, left, with Kingfisher Rotary Club President Derek Daugherty following his program. [TIMES-FREE PRESS Staff Photo]
By Barry Reid
 Dr. Brett Krablin, Kingfisher general internal physician for the past 10 years, told Kingfisher Rotarians that the recent management agreement between Mercy Health Systems and Kingfisher Regional Hospital was “perhaps the last great chance to set a new standard in health care in Kingfisher.”

He also said local use of the hospital needed to increase for Kingfisher to keep it in operation.

 Krablin said that the financial situation for KRH which led to the agreement was “do or die” following the move to the new facility completed south of the city approximately two years ago. 

“There were several factors involved in the situation, including the uncertainty of health care funding nationwide, the unfortunate timing of building the new hospital about the time we had such a severe economic downturn, and I think we can all agree that the hospital was overbuilt for current patient numbers,” he said. 

Krablin went on to say that there were also many positives to emerge from the construction of the new hospital, including “tremendous facilities and state-of-the-art equipment” which will be available for future growth in population, and the new agreement with Mercy, which brings “the resources and powerful and aggressive marketing of a great medical system.”   (full story)
SURVIVOR — Local long-time rodeo cowboy Floyd Cross celebrated his remission and raised $2,500 for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s cancer research with a professional steer wrestling competition.
Fifteen cowboys braved the heat and high winds to compete in the first “Tough Enough to Wear Purple” steer wrestling competition Sunday at the Kingfisher Roundup Club arena. 

The event raised more than $2,500 for cancer research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The contest was hosted by the family of Floyd Cross as a celebration of his victory over cancer. 

Cross, who fought cancer for 12 years, attended the event, and his wife Bernice and children served as organizers. 

“I love my daddy, and we wanted to do something to celebrate his life,” Sherrie Cross said. “Too many people are dying of this disease, and we hope we can do something to help find a cure.” (full story)
FINANCIAL WIZARDS headed to national competition in St. Louis next week include, from left, Mathew Walta, Mayuri Patel, Dakota Jones, Peyton Yeoman and teacher-sponsor Doug Jech. [Photo Provided]
The Kingfisher High School personal finance team finished first in the Oklahoma Personal Finance Challenge, qualifying to attend the national competition next Monday in St. Louis, Mo.

The team of Mathew Walta, Mayuri Patel, Dakota Jones and Peyton Yeoman, under the direction of Doug Jech, will join other state champions to compete for the national championship.

The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education hosts the Oklahoma Personal Finance Challenge to provide a fun competition to enhance student learning of the new Oklahoma Passport to Financial Literacy standards. 

The Oklahoma Passport to Financial Literacy requires graduating seniors to demonstrate proficiency in 14 areas of content of personal finance beginning in 2014.   (full story)
Michael Conway
A jury trial for a former Hennessey baseball coach Michael Howard Conway on 22 sexual offenses has been scheduled for June 27-29 in Kingfisher County District Court. 

Conway’s attorney Richard O’Carroll and Assistant District Attorney Bryan Slabotsky reached an agreement regarding two digital recordings of Conway’s alleged confession to sexual offenses against a former Hennessey High School student. 

O’Carroll had requested the digital recorders be examined by a defense expert, but he agreed Thursday to allowing his expert to observe an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation forensic expert as data is recovered from the recorders and a laptop computer. 

If the recorders can be wiped clean, the defense expert will be allowed to conduct a mechanical evaluation of the devices, according to the agreement. (full story)
 •Kingfisher FFA state champs again
 •Fifth grader wins national contest
 •Signs of early harvest noted
 •FCA director to speak here
 •Early childhood ed topic of luncheon
 •Sex offender faces sex abuse charges
 •Special meeting Thursday to discuss contract
 •Kingfisher submits flood grant applications
 •New Kingfisher commissioner takes office
 •OSBI, sheriff search for Okarche man
 •Murder charge filed in Watonga girl’s stabbing
 •Judge may order exam of alleged confession tapes
 •Health forum to kickoff wellness series
 •Transformer soon to be back in action
 •Japan disaster rocks exchange team
 •Lake Elmer overhaul to continue
 •County burn ban extended
 •Sidewalk project nearly completed
 •KRH signs management pact with Mercy
 •Two county seniors academic all-staters
 •Seiger to repay $1.2 million
 •New downtown group forming
 •Brad Manning faces additional charges
 •Hennessey policeman faces sex abuse charge
 •Tree planting doesn't end tree well debate

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