January 20th, 2019
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District to review health insurance consultant

usd 480 logoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Much work is going on throughout the USD 480 school district and Monday evening, the USD 480 school board will be asked to approve some more projects during its next meeting starting at 6:30. 

Up first for the board will be discussion of the continuation of the contract with IMA for Health Insurance Consulting.

“The contract approved for our Health Insurance Consultant was approved Jan. 8, 2018,” the agenda information noted. “This contract shall remain in effect unless cancelled by either party with a 30 day written notice.  The attached contract is the contract approved last year.  The cost for one year of service is $50,000, which is the same as last year,”

The board will also be discussing which architect to use for the kitchen remodel project at Cottonwood Elementary School and Sunflower Elementary School. 

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Twice as nice: Weber drains clutch three for Cardinals win

turpinboysTurpin's Trent Weber (14) pulls up for a jumper over Forgan's Kaden Delatorre (31) and Noah Albert (33). Weber led the Cardinals with 14 points, including the game-winning three in the final second. Courtesy photoBy JASON EPP 

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TURPIN, Okla.—On two consecutive nights Turpin’s Trent Weber was called upon with the game on the line, and both times he answered. Thursday night, Weber’s buzzer-beating three sent the game to overtime, where the Cardinals won 52-46 over Shattuck. Friday night, with Turpin trailing by two, Weber again delivered a dagger of a three with .5 of a second left, to lift Turpin over Forgan 47-46 and set off the homecoming celebration. 

“Once again, Trent (Weber) hit a big shot at the end of the game,” Cardinals Head Coach Gary Wallace said. “We ran a set for him (Weber) and Chuey (Jesus Espino) on the top. It worked the way we wanted it too. Glad he knocked it down, he wanted it.” 

The fact that Turpin had to rally and hit a final shot to win would have been hard to comprehend midway through the third quarter. Weber, who did not score in the first half, scored the Cardinals first nine points of the second half, putting Turpin up 34-22 with 4:46 left in the third. 

That is when the scoring drought hit. 

Back-to-back threes off the Forgan bench by Noah Albert quickly cut the lead from twelve to four in just 1:26. Forgan packed the paint despite Turpin having already hit eight 3-pointers. Suddenly the shots would not fall. Forgan’s Kaden Delatorre and Brett Smalts alternated buckets as the Bulldogs stunned the homecoming crowd by ending the third with a 16-0 run to take a 38-34 lead. 

Turpin finally ended the drought when Cesar Anchondo hit his fourth three of the game with 3:26 left to play. 9:17 of game clock had elapsed since the Cardinals had last scored.  

“Forgan slowed it down on us,” Wallace said. “They covered Jesus (Espino) pretty tight, but we’ve got to do a better job of moving the basketball and getting guys open, and be confident shooting the ball. We need the other guys to step up. They made some shots early, but the offense got stagnant and stopped moving. We’ve struggled shooting the ball this week. Hopefully we come out of that funk.” 

 Isaiah Villalobos drained a three before fouling out of the game to cut the lead to just one (41-40) with 2:55 to play. Espino hit his second three of the game with 1:35 to tie it at 44. 

Forgan had their opportunities to put the game away at the free throw line, but finished the quarter just 4-11 at the charity stripe. 

“The guys played really well tonight, especially playing without one of our starters,” Bulldogs Head Coach Rob Lancaster said. “The kids played hard. We just have to finish.” 

In the first half, Turpin caught fire early, making five threes, while taking a 17-10 lead. Anchondo led the way, hitting three of them.  

Delatorre used his big frame and height to dominate in the paint, scoring 16 of Forgan’s first 24 points. Colby Bryer scored the other eight for the Bulldogs.  

“Kaden played great and he’s made great strides just being a freshman,” Lancaster said. “The last month he’s been more consistent.” 

The pace slowed to a crawl in the second quarter with Turpin maintaining their seven-point lead (25-18) into halftime. 

Turpin finished the game just 5-23 from 2-point range; 12-28 from three, and 1-2 at the line. Forgan was 18-38 from two, 2-14 from three, and 4-11 from the line. 

Delatorre led all scorers with 26 on 12-21 shooting. Bryer added 9 on 4-9 shooting. Weber led the Cardinals with 14. He was 4-10 inside the arc, and a very important 2-2 from beyond the arc. Anchondo added 12 on 4-7 3-point shooting, and Jesus Espino added 9. 

Turpin (11-6) will travel to Class B No. 14 Tyrone, Tuesday. Forgan (4-12) will host Southwestern Heights, Tuesday.

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White privilege is real but misleading

L&T Publisher Earl Watt


There is a sad truth in America that has bene hidden in a phrase that is somewhat misleading.

It’s called white privilege, which is defined as “inherent advantages possessed by a white person on the basis of their race in a society characterized by racial inequality and injustice.”

The misinformation here is that privilege is doled out solely by white people to other white people with the only credential being the color of their skin.

What undeniably exists is majority privilege, not white privilege.

Where a majority of people are white, it is clear that the majority culture will vote to perpetuate that culture, however, that is based on being the majority, not necessarily on race.

Likewise, where a majority of people are made up of another race, they, too, vote to perpetuate their cultural beliefs.

For example, Atlanta, Ga., has a black population of 54 percent, and they have elected a black mayor since 1977.

Clearly, there is privilege in being black in Atlanta.

In Baltimore, blacks make up 63 percent of the population, and they have elected black mayors since 1978 with the exception of Martin O’Malley from 1999 to 2007. By the way, they have elected Democratic mayors to since 1966.