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2005, January 14
On Friday, January 14th, 2005, Coach Royce Teakell, who passed away at the age of 61 on September 28, 2003, was honored during the basketball homecoming game by having the high school gym renamed the Royce Teakell Gym. Eulene Teakell a retired teacher from Elmore City and the widow of Coach Teakell accepted a basketball signed by former students who attended the dedication.

Saturday, March 14, 1987

The headline of the "Sunday Oklahoman" of 15 March, 1987, read: "ELMORE CITY NABS FIRST STATE CROWN -- 22 YEAR WAIT OVER FOR TEAKELL"
The following are excerpts from a story written by Eddie Godfrey, Staff Writer for The Daily/Sunday Oklahoman:
After coaching for 22 years at Elmore City's Royce Teakell finally has a state championship. Teakells Badgers outmuscled Konawa, 64-58, to win the Class 2A boys basketball title at the State Fair Arena.
Elmore City was just too strong for Konawa in winning its first boys' state championship in school history. Konwa's tallest player is 6'2" and the Badgers took advantage of their edge inside with 6'5" junior center Tim Duley and 6'4" senior forward Jeff Wallace. Duley scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Wallace added 13 and six. The duo controlled the boards and thwarted several second-half charges by Konawa with big baskets.
The Badgers never trailed in the game after Doug Patterson's bucket gave them an 11-9 lead five minutes into the first period. Elmore City built its advantage to 28-21 at halftime. Badger guard Marty Teakell, the coach's son, outscored Konawa's backcourt tamdem 18-10 in the game.
"Last year we were real excited in just getting to come here (state tournament)," Teakell said. "This year we were waiting until this last game. It's the first round ball we've ever gotten that's gold."

1984, May 20, Sunday

Educator, Curtis Kennedy Retires after 42 years in local schools
On Sunday, May 20, 1984 the faculty of the Elmore City Elementary School hosted a retirement reception for grade school principal, Curtis Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy began his career in education teaching fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Foster, OK. World War II interrupted his first year, and he was inducted into the Air Force in December of that year. Stationed in Italy he served 2 1/2 years as nose gunner and radio operator flying fifty missions over enemy territory. As the war ended, he was honorably discharged and utilized the opportunity to return to Foster to continue teaching. Upon leaving Foster he went to Pernell, serving as high school principal. In 1947, at Pernell, he was the girls basketball coach.

His first teaching assignment at Elmore City was in 1948 where he filled the position of high school girls basketball coach, also junior high girls and boys basketball coach as well as high school science instructor. He was selected as Elementary principal in 1951 and continued teaching in the sixth grade for a number of years while maintaining his administrative position. Mr. Kennedy served solely as administrator though for several years.

He is among the few educators still in service who holds a lifetime teaching certificate. He received his bachelor of science degree and masters degree from East Central State University and also was given his administrators certificate under a grandfather clause in education which is no longer available. Mr. Kennedy served 36 of his 42 years in education at Elmore City, OK.

The move, "Footloose," was based on a true story that happened right here in Elmore City in 1980. It seems that there was an old law in Elmore City which prohibited dancing within the city limits. The law was enacted back in the late 1800's. Private dances had been held for years, but public dances, sponsored by the school, were not ever held. When the local high school seniors wanted to have a prom, the controversy started. The students said they wanted good memories to look back on from their high school days and A local minister led many defending the law saying that dancing was a tool of the devil. He said one thing always led to another when boys and girls hold each other. Others pointed out that parents were ultimately in charge and many didn't mind their children at a supervised prom than out "who knows where." After much discussion, arguments and disagreement, the school board approved the students request for a prom, at least for the current year. Lester Elmore, the elderly grandson of the town's founder was invited back to town for the grand event. He came all the way from Alamogordo, New Mexico and said he had a great time participating in the parade and unfortunately was too tired to attend the prom. He said, "Dancing can be made wicked like anything else." He was honored by being invited to the prom and said, "I've been dancing ever since I can remember and there's nothing wrong with a good sociable dance. Of course, I don't jitterbug much anymore, I'm down to waltz time now."

Much planning went into the dance preparations and by prom night, everyone anticipated the great event. All went as planned, with everyone enjoying the entire evening. The future looks good as far as more proms are concerned. The superintendent, "We'll see," when asked about next year's prom. But things look pretty promising if this year's prom is any indication.

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