A special happy birthday to The Register’s own Rebecca Cypert.

Rebecca celebrates her birthday Monday, August 26.

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Happy 90th birthday to Bernadette Hardesty!

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Happy birthdays also go out to Dusty Ricks, Christy Powell, Kay Bunn, Haydin Buterbaugh, Brittany Mayes, Shandy Nemecek, Patrick Kozik, Garrett Galyean, Cynthia Calixto, Sofia Ortiz, Amanda Powell, Fran Ray, Nicole Ray, Bobbie Calvert, L.B. Flanigan, Bobby Pendley, Cesar Suarez, Jerry Mauldin, Ralph Crampton, Lea Ann Isley, Phyllis Bennett, Autumn LaChance, Bob Powell and Don Ratliff.

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School has started in the Heart of Oklahoma.

Crosswalks and neighborhood streets will be filled with children walking and bicycling to school.

The message is simple: Mortorists - Put down the phone, stay alert and watch out for these precious, vulnerable children.

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 The McClain County Heart of Oklahoma Rodeo is set for Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24, at the McClain County Expo Center in Purcell.

The rodeo is at 8 p.m. nightly with mutton busting starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are being sold for a saddle raffle and are $1 each. They can be purchased at McClain Bank or from any Indian Territory Roundup Club member of one of the princess or queen candidates.

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The Purcell Public Library invites its youngest guests to STEAM learning at the library’s weekly Preschool and Toddler Story Times.

Story Times are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Each of the story times feature stories, science, tech, engineering and math, art, crafts adn hobbies to help young children in developing their pre-reading skills.

Advance registration is requested, but is not required.

For more information, visit the library, call 527-5546 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/purcell.

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The Purcell Public Library will offer its resources and the knowledge of an experienced genealogy researcher Wednesday, August 28, 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 527-5546.

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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 527-6561.

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The Purcell Registerwill be closed on Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.

The office will be open at 8 a.m. Tuesday and regular deadlines of 11 a.m. will apply.

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With school having started, everyone is looking for a dinner to have on the table quick!

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, 80/20

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

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

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