With the inordinate amount of rainfall this year there are more and more reports of people dealing with unwanted serpents.

That was the case last Friday for Purcell’s Jan Dye.

She was coming into her house and turned to shut the screen door to her back porch when she felt something hit her in the head and land on her arm.

As she was closing the screen door, a snake was trying to get out of her house.

When she closed the screen she caught the snake’s head and tail in the door.

A quick phone call to husband, Bryan, summoned him from work to the house.

He pushed the snake outside with a shovel.

Jan said the snake did not survive the closing of the screen door.

She reported it was a grey water snake but, “they are all vipers to me.”

Me too.

BTW, being a water snake by trade, you wouldn’t think all the rain would run one indoors.

When the water snakes are taking the high ground you know it’s wet out there.


Having the Fourth of July fall in the middle of the week makes for an awkward holiday.

But the grilling public will just have to make do.

Whether you are throwing hot dogs on the grill, hamburgers or something more exotic, like a rack of ribs or a tube of bologna, charcoaling and the Fourth just seem to go hand in hand.

Add a little John Philip Sousa music to the setting and you’ve got an All-American Fourth of July celebration underway.

The Purcell fireworks display has been scheduled for Saturday night due to the holiday falling in the middle of the week.

In addition to the fireworks show at 9:45 p.m., there will be food, fun and games at the lake from 5 to 11 p.m.

Okie Bill’s food truck will be there with barbeque. Also signed on as a food vendor is  Chris’ Grill and Frozen Treats.

Other foods will be Italian ice from Ice Kween Creations, kettle corn from Okie Family Kettle Corn, and Bmax Concession’s funnel cakes and corn dogs

There will be games for families and inflatables for the kids to enjoy.

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