5 years ago
• Nobody expected the earthquake that hit the area this past weekend, but thankfully there wasn’t any significant damage done in this area. The 5.6 magnitude earthquake was centered near the city of Prague., Okla., on Saturday, Nov. 5, and was felt as far away as St. L10ouis. The earthquake is reportedly the largest in Oklahoma’s history.
• The Festival of Lights at Twin Bridges State Park is looking forward to lighting up your holidays. The annual light display in Wyandotte, Okla., is scheduled to begin Thursday, Nov. 24, and continue nightly through Sunday, Dec. 30.
• Newton County voters went to the polls and approved a quarter-cent sales tax proposal for roads and bridges in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, special election.
10 years ago
• Unofficial election results indicate that a new high school on the north edge of Seneca will have to wait. Voters were asked to approve a $9 million bond proposal for the purpose of building a new high school at the corner of Highways U and 43 on property owned by the school district.
• On Thursday, Nov. 2, Seneca police and fire, as well as the rural fire department, responded to Cherokee Avenue at the train crossing after a car rolled into the side of an eastbound Burlington Northern train.
• A new project is underway that will rehabilitate a section of Lost Creek just outside of Seneca by returning part of Lost Creek to its natural geomorphic equilibrium under the direction of Roxane Weldon, with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe.
15 years ago
• The public is invited and encouraged to attend a special Veterans Day ceremony to be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. Residents can gather at Seneca City Hall for the Freedom Memorial Dedication and pay tribute to veterans and active duty military personnel alike.
• Area residents took to the polls in a special election Tuesday, Nov. 6. Only one ballot measure appeared on the ballot this election day, but it still brought out the voters. Newton County residents would decide on the proposed hotel/motel bed tax that would possibly generate $500,000 annually for Newton County tourism.
20 years ago
• Dr. Sarah Anderson, formerly of the Seneca area, was honored in an awards ceremony at the Fall Factory Conference of Texas Agricultural Extension on Thursday, Oct. 31. Anderson is currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist with Texas Agricultural Extension Services at Texas A&M University.
• The Swars Prairie Baptist Church, located south of Seneca on DD Highway, will celebrate on Sunday, Nov. 10, with a note burning ceremony at 2 p.m.
• The Crowder College theatre department is preparing for their fall production of “The Nerd” by Larry Shue, scheduled for presentation Nov. 14-16, at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Elsie Plaster Community Center.
30 years ago
• A series of programs concerning environmental and conservation issues will be presented in the Crowder College Lon well Museum several Sunday afternoons beginning at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.
• Fire destroyed the home of Darrell Jones in Racine on Saturday night, according to a spokesman for the Seneca Fire Department.
40 years ago
• Seneca firefighters were called to the Ellis Bryant farm Monday afternoon about 1:30 to extinguish a grass fire. No damage was done, and the firefighters kept the blaze from catching the outbuildings afire.
• The Wyandotte PTA will sponsor a bean supper Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the Wyandotte school cafeteria. Serving will be from 6-8 p.m.
• James C. Everitt, QMI, is now serving in Vietnam. He is assigned to Com. Boat Ron One and will be aboard the Swift boats A50ft, patrol boats.
50 years ago
• The Navy recruiting office in Joplin is planning to compile a roster of Naval personnel from this area and where they are stationed before Christmas.
• The Seneca Glee Club and the Concert Choir, under three direction of David Archer, will perform at 2 p.m. Friday for the student body.
• The Seneca High School National Honor Society will hold an induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, at the Council House.
(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)