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Caring for Kinders …

Caring for Kinders …

Caroline Britten, Features Editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

She puts on bandaids, gives out hugs and ties a thousand shoes a day. Every day, Groom resident Carolyn Moraniec volunteers her time on the elementary side of the building. Moraniec pulls up at the bus barn at 12:30 and waits by the locked doors for access into the school. Moraniec only leaves once...

Beating Into New Beginnings

Beating Into New Beginnings

Jamey Germany

December 7, 2016


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Smiling sixth-grader Liam Lambert has dreams to claim big accomplishments. He said he hopes to "be in college and be a mechanic" within the next 10 years. Plus, now he says he's certain he has the "heart" to do it. Always moving and constantly making people laugh, Liam said he would not be where ...

Beauty and the Beasts

Beauty and the Beasts

Leslie Germany, Editor

December 6, 2016


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Most kids were bundled up at home, but not Halle Barkley. She was hoisting hay over a snow covered fence in the midst of a blizzard last December. Ivory Elliot depended on her, and she made sure he had what he needed. He was a beast not everyone loved, but this animal and Barkley were partners. Between...

Wantin’ Welders?

Wantin’ Welders?

Charity Perry, Staff Writer

December 1, 2016


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The sounds of hand grinders, buzzing welding machines, and hammers hitting away the slack of welding beads are the usual noises coming from the ag garage. But on Monday, Nov. 28, the shop went silent in order for students to hear one man's voice. James Butts, a representative from the Tulsa Welding...

Literature Comes Alive

Literature Comes Alive

Charity Perry, Staff Writer

November 28, 2016


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Once student voters realized their teachers weren't all experiencing some sort of identity crisis, Jennifer Carter, a.k.a. Slim from Hank the Cowdog fame, claimed top honors along with Shuck, a.k.a Pinkalicious, for the top literary costumes worn by teachers.  Carter won the secondary vote, and Shuck...

A Community-First Messenger

A Community-First Messenger

Leslie Germany, Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

With Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer that has progressed through much of her body, Donna Burton, owner and publisher, of The Groom News, wakes each day and chooses her community first. "It is so unfortunate that the battle mom is fighting has thwarted her ability to continue being a vibrant leader tha...

Taking a Knee …

Taking a Knee …

Charity Perry, Staff Writer

November 8, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase, Sports

It was first and 15. The Tigers were working on stopping the Valley Patriots from scoring. The play starts and ends in a blink of an eye. As soon as the whistle blows, everyone takes a knee. Mothers and fathers frantically look around, hoping it's not their child. Sheridan and Robby Brooks see it's their...

Another Year in the Books

Another Year in the Books

Chelsey Lamb, News Editor

November 4, 2016


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School halls appeared to be unusually bare one morning in October. Students gathered in a small shop that was neatly organized by the woman behind the cash register, volunteer Brenda Hendricks. The children gazed at what the store had to offer until the school bell rang and signaled them back to their...

Sweet Survival

Sweet Survival

Charity Perry, Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

"Oh! I have a three-legged dog named Gus!" This is just one of the random sentences you'll probably hear Jennifer Carter say more than once. Carter is exactly 4-foot-11. She often blends in with the students. Some say she's the woman who brings light to the halls of Groom, not only because her favorite...

Room to Grow

Room to Grow

Caroline Britten, Feature Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Features, Showcase

The bumps behind their three-year-old son's ears were getting bigger. It was time to get a professional's knowledge on the unusual spots. The diagnosis? Craniosynostosis. Last winter, Kent and Stephanie Bell took their son Mason to the doctor to get some answers. Now, eight months later, Maso...

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