Happy birthday to my great-niece, Sophia Budd.

Sophia celebrates her fifth birthday Friday, May 31.

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A special happy birthday to long-time employee Henry Ketchum.

Henry celebrated his birthday June 4.

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Happy birthday to Bernie Cash, Michael Dillinger, Steve Sherman, Lori Cox, Ethan Mengers, Spencer Stone, Carinne Smith, Cassie Johnson, Brad Smith, Betty Brady, Diane Fleming, Sandra Del Toro, Kodee Roberts, Zach Dyson, Tommy Forster, Grover Murphy, Brady Rangel, Robert Dempsey and Joe Wallace.

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Doesn’t seem possible that school is already out for the summer!

Watch out for all the kids as they enjoy their summer break!

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The May Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held Friday, May 31, at 12 p.m. at the Purcell School Administration Building, 919 N. 9th.

The host for the luncheon is the McClain County TSET Healthy Living Program. 

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The Purcell Public Library is taking readers into outer space this summer with its Summer Learning Program.

Activities begin with the Summer Challenge Kickoff, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the library, 919 N. Ninth St.

This event will feature a variety of activities for all ages, as well as a chance for children to choose a free book they can take home and keep.

It’s also a chance to get signed up for the Summer Learning Challenge, which can be completed at the library or anytime through the PLS website, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org, or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for iPhone and Apple users at the App Store or for Android users via Google Play. The Summer Learning Challenge is available not only for children but for readers of any age.

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The Purcell Public Library will offer its resources and the knowledge of an experienced genealogy researcher Wednesday, June 5, from 2-4 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Participants can bring their specific questions or just learn more about starting their family research and about all the resources the library has to offer.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and no advance registration is required.

For more information call the library at 405-527-5546.

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The May Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held Friday, May 31, at 12 p.m. at the Purcell School Administration Building, 919 N. 9th.

The host for the luncheon is the McClain County TSET Healthy Living Program.

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Harvest from the Heart Farmers Market will be held from 4-8 p.m. each Friday at the Purcell Multi-Purpose Center.

For more information call Dale Bunn, City Manager, at 405-527-6561.

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You’re going to love this quick and easy skillet dish.

Texas Hash

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced green bell pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1 pound ground beef

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice

1 cup water

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet that has a tight fitting cover, heat olive oil over medium high.

Add onion, peppers, garlic, ground beef, dry mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Sauté until ground beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef as you cook.

Add rice and cook for two minutes letting rice absorb liquid. Add tomato paste and cook for one minute.

Add canned tomatoes with juice, water and Worcestershire sauce. Stir, cover and simmer for 20 minutes covered.

After 20 minutes, remove lid and fluff the mixture then serve. If the mixture is too wet, cook for another few minutes with lid off.

Sprinkle the cheese on top for last few minutes of cooking time with lid on.

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