2017: The Year in Pictures

January

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An Ada firefighter prepares to spray water on the burning roof of a house on fire in the 1900 block of Fulkerson in Byng Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 2017. Several agencies were called to assist Byng Fire Department in containing the blaze.
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Firefighters move a water hose into position to fight a house fire in the 1900 block of Fulkerson in Byng Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 2017.
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Grace Anderson ducks as she plays in a fund raising dodgeball tournament to benefit accident victim Avery Anderson Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at the Cougar Activity Center.
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An Ada firefighter scambles to extinguish an area of tall grass ablaze during a wildfire in northeast Ada Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The fire was in a heavily wooded area bounded by Lonnie Abbott Boulevard, Arlington Street, L Street and Monte Vista Road. Emergency crews from several agencies were called to help extinguish the blaze.
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February

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Kaitlyn Blankenship and Aly Forneris dress as a chicken and a cow respectively for the Ada Lady Cougars and Cougars basketball matchups with McAlester Tuesday night, Jan. 31, 2017 at the Cougar Activity Center.
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Second grader Channing Ballard performs with her Cougann Clinic classmates during Avery Anderson night Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Cougar Activity Center.
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Retiring East Central University President Dr. John Hargrave presents roses to his wife Kay at a dinner marking the retirement Friday night, Feb. 17, 2017 at ECU’s Chickasaw Business and Conference Center and Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business.
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March

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Sluggo the Bulldog keeps an eye on Byng Pirate baseball Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the school.
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Maddie Bacon and her Ada High School classmates cheer for the Lady Cougars as they take on Classen SAS in first-round Class 4A state tournement play Thursday night, March 9, 2017 at the State Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City. Ada defeated Classen 47-45 to advence to the semi-finals.
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Brandy Kaeshoefer, owner of The Grandview Event Center in downtown Ada, March 9, 2017.
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A damaged passenger car sits in the roadway at the scene of a two-vehicle injury accident on Francis Road approximately five miles west of Allen Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017.
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Abbie Yates has her face painted by Kami Choat at a pancake dinner and raffle Tuesday night, March 21, 2017 at Ada High School. The event was held to support Avery Anderson and her family. Anderson was seriously injured in a July 2016 crash and remains hospitalized.
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Ada firefighter trainee Tanner Quinlan rolls out a length of hose during a training exercise near Lazer Zone Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
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Macy Parks watches softball at the annual Beast of the East softball tournament Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Stonewall.
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Ada Lady Cougar senior Maddie Jessepe can’t hold back her tears as she hugs head coach Christie Jennings in the last few seconds of the team’s semifinal matchup against Harrah Friday, March 10, 2017 in Oklahoma City, The Lady Cougars lost 44-31, ending their bid for the championship.
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April

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Videographer Taylor Johnson smiles as she shoots video at Pontotoc Technology Center Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017. The school hosted it first annual signing day for high school students who are accepted to PTC for the 2017-18 school year.
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Ruth Landrum laughs as she and her daughter Finley Landrum enjoy the annual Rotary Pancake Fry Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the new Central Fire Station.
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Cory West checks out the fountain in front of the Haley Brown Ford Fine Arts Center during East End Eats Thursday, April 6, 2017 at East Central University’s Centennial Plaza.
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Avery Howard takes in the signs, sounds and smells of East End Eats Thursday, April 6, 2017 at East Central University’s Centennial Plaza.

May

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Environmental biotechnology graduate candidate Shannon Kerr glances at a friend as she participates in graduation ceremonies Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017 at Pontotoc Technology Center.
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Lee Ann Gray’s sixth grade class at Willard Grade Center uses a blacklight to examine Petri dishes with samples of microorganisms collected from various locations around the school Wednesday, May 10, 2017, as part of Gray’s Ada City Schools Foundation Grant “Where the Wild Things Grow.”
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Ely Jonka runs an obstacle course Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Hayes Grade Center. It was “Boot Camp Day” at the school.
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A group of East Central University students photograph themselves as they wait in line to enter the Kerr Activities Center Saturday, May 16, 2017 for afternoon graduation ceremonies.
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Graduate candidates make their way from Ada High School’s student center to the Cougar Activity Center for graduation ceremonies Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
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Pontotoc County worker Larry Peterson uses an arcwelder to reattach a guardrail on old State Highway 3 south of Stonewall Friday morning, May 19, 2017. The rail was damaged when a severe thunderstorm blew a large tree down on it Thursday night.
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Vanoss High School graduate candidates Honey Bushnell, Heather Burks, Kaylee Grim, and Briley Crowell smile for a photo Friday night, May 19, 2017 during commencement exercises at ECU’s Kerr Activities Center.
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Latta High School senior Coleman King leads his class is the Pledge of Allegiance during commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Latta Panther Field House.
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June

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Sonya Stokes and Lisa Blevins hug at the Relay for Life of Pontotoc County 2017 fundraising event of the American Cancer Society Friday night, June 16, at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.
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Scouts Braden Martin, Jackson Cook, and Michael Muse lead the flag salute at the Relay for Life of Pontotoc County 2017 fundraising event of the American Cancer Society Friday night, June 16, at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.
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Vietnam veteran James Pippen salutes as he holds a candle during an Ada Indivisible candlelight vigil protesting impending changes in health care legislation Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Ada’s Juliana Park.
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Briley Humphers and her uncle Scott Odom admire a fish they caught at Take a Kid Fishing Day Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Ada Elks Lodge.
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ECU assistant men’s basketball coach Aaron Hill organizes a very large group selfie during end-of-day exercises at Ada First Baptist sports camp Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at ECU’s Norris Field.
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In this view looking west from the U.S. 377/SH3W overpass, Ada Police lead a long procession of public safety and personal vehicles from Ada First Baptist Church to Swan Hill Cemetery Tuesday, June 27, 2017 for the funeral of former Ada Police D.A.R.E. Officer and EMT Phillip Wood.

July

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Ayzia Booth practices giving her father Jesse Booth a shave with whipped cream during kids games Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Wintersmith Park.
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Jack Tornio adjusts his glasses after being doused wit colored paint during the kids games Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Wintersmith Park.
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Children push giant inflatable turtles in a turtle race during the kids games Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Wintersmith Park.
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Motorcyclists and police officers line up to escort runners in the 50th Annual Fireball Classic half-marathon, 10k , and 5k race Tuesday morning, July 4, 2017 in Wintersmith Park.
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Dressed as a peach, Trisha Wood dances in the Stratford Round Up Club’s Peach Festival Parade Thursday, July 13, 2017 in downtown Stratford.
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Work continues on Mama T’s homeless shelter on 12th Street Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

August

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Morning sunlight streams through trees Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 in Byng.
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Michael Hicks takes his turn blowing the horn on an Oil Center fire truck at a free school supply givaway program Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex. Harmony Church organized the event, which was free and open to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as home-schooled children.
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The sky takes on brilliant color at the Coalgate vs Valliant football game Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at the Coalgate High School football field. The Wildcats defeated Valliant 42-40 to win the season-opener.
Richard R. Barron / The Ada News — Lauren Rose chats with her hen Goldie Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Free Fair.
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Melanie Thomsen, mother of Tovan Thomsen.
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September

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Amelia Holtzmann wears pink sparkle makeup for “Pink Out Night” duriing pregame activities at the Ada football matchup against Bethany Friday night, Sept. 22, 2017 at Norris Field. The Cougars defeated the Bronchos 35-28.
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Kaitlin Blankenship tries on a pair of pink glasses at the “Pink Out Night” Ada football matchup against Bethany Friday night, Sept. 22, 2017 at Norris Field. The Cougars defeated the Bronchos 35-28.
Richard R. Barron / The Ada News — Rayne Wofford claps his hands for the Allen Mustangs at their football game against Wetumka Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 in Allen.
Richard R. Barron / The Ada News — Ahna Redwine tries to spray colored powder at a friend at a color run Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Ada High School.
Richard R. Barron / The Ada News — Ada High School students spray colored powder in the air at a color run Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the school.
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Seacret Minor smiles as she flirts with Roary, the East Central University Tiger mascot, at the football matchup against Ouachita Baptist Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Norris Field.
Richard R. Barron / The Ada News — City of Ada worker Wendell Alfred paints a traffic signal Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at 14th Street and Mississippi.
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Musicians Kelsie Pickard and Owen Pickard perform at People’s Electric Cooperative (PEC) Day Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.
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October

Richard R. Barron – The Ada News — Photographer Richard R. Barron photographed his silhouette in an oily puddle Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 in a downtown Ada alley.
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The Allen High School band plays The Star Spangled Banner prior to the Allen football game vs Maysville Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in Allen.
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Thunderstorm clouds billow to the north and east of the Ada area Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in this image made from Byng. The storms were associated with a cold front that dropped daytime high temperatures 30 degrees in some locations.
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Ada High School cheerleaders lift their hands for a kickoff during second quarter football action agaist Tulsa Central Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at Norris Field.
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The Experimental Aircraft Association’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor historic airliner took to the skies of Ada Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, as part of the aircraft’s nationwide tour. The East Central University athletic complex is visible, including a soccer game in progress in the lower left portion of the frame.
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Sam Holcomb and his mother Mia Holcomb dress as the “son and moon” for the City of Ada’s Annual Mummy and Son Dance Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at Wintersmith Lodge.
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Dressed as a wolf, Madison Bruton watches the East Central University Homecoming Parade Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 on Main Street in Ada.
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East Central University School of Business Dean Wendell Godwin takes a pie in the face for charity at the Tiger homecoming football game vs Arkansas Tech Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Norris Field in Ada.
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Gavin Burl reacts to being named Homecoming King at the East Central University Tiger homecoming football game vs Arkansas Tech Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Norris Field in Ada.
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Elizabeth Cain is Zombie Little Bo Peep at the DARE Halloween Safe House Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.
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McKynzie Shelton and Nevaeh Graves wait in line to enter the DARE Halloween Safe House Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex.
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Nate Phillips portrays Chucky from the “Child’s Play” film franchise at the DARE Halloween Safe House Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex,
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Latta baseball Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in Mustang.
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Latta baseball Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in Mustang.
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ECU soccer vs Ouachita Baptist Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at ECU.

November

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The Ada High cheerleaders dance and laugh as they await the start of the Harrahvs Ada football senior night, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Norris Field. Ada won the contest 31-13.
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Ada High cheerleaders stand in front a giant spirit banner and the giant inflatable cougar at the start of the Harrah vs Ada football senior night matchup, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Norris Field. Ada won the game, the last of the regular season, 31-13.
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Ada High students dance together to the band’s song “LIght Up” at the start of the four quarter of their football game vs the Elgin Owls in first-round of Class 4A playoff action Friday night, Nov. 10, 2017 at Norris Field. Ada won the contest 42-19.
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Ada football vs the Elgin Owls in first-round of Class 4A playoff action Friday night, Nov. 10, 2017 at Norris Field.
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Ada football fans dance on the field after the Ada vs Oologah game Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Norris Field in Ada. The Cougars defeated the Mustangs 27-20 to advance to the Class 4A semi-finals.
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Ada vs Oologah Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Norris Field in Ada. The Cougars defeated the Mustangs 27-20 to advance to the Class 4A semi-finals.
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Ada vs Bethany in the Class 4A semi-final football playoff game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2017 at Noble High School.
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Ada vs Oologah Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Norris Field in Ada. The Cougars defeated the Mustangs 27-20 to advance to the Class 4A semi-finals.
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Ada vs Bethany in the Class 4A semi-final football playoff game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2017 at Noble High School.
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Ada Cougar football fans react to a go-ahead touchdown in the Ada vs Bethany Class 4A semi-final football playoff game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2017 at Noble High School.
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Ada football fans react to a late turnover at the Ada vs Bethany Class 4A semi-final football playoff game Saturday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2017 at Noble High School. Ada won 26-22 to advance to the state championship game.

December

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The Ada High Cougars took on Heritage Hall in the Class 4A state championship game Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017 at Choctaw High School. Heritage Hall defeated Ada 14-0 to claim the championship.
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The Ada High Cougars took on Heritage Hall in the Class 4A state championship game Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017 at Choctaw High School. Heritage Hall defeated Ada 14-0 to claim the championship.
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A U.S. flag made from children’s handprints hangs on a wall Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at Washington Grade Center.
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30th Annual Pat Taylor Memorial Parade Lights goers huddle against the cold Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in downtown Ada.
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The Ada High marching band plays in the 30th Annual Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in downtown Ada.
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A stripe of morning sunlight streams onto friends and families in the audience at East Central University commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Kerr Activities Center.
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Lights in Wintersmith Park Thursday night, Dec. 14, 2017.