President Jake Bailey called the regular meeting of the Olney Independent School District’s Board of Trustees to order at 6:04 p.m.
David W. Parkey, First State Bank’s new Vice President, has lived in this area his whole life with his family ranch originating in Archer County in 1882. When First State Bank’s Olney branch opened in May of 2014 they were without a designated, full time branch manager or officer. Having attended college at Tarleton State University and Texas Christian University, he was a perfect fit for the job. The Parkey’s already felt a close connection to Olney, having transferred their oldest daughter from Archer City to Olney Elementary in 2007 to enroll in the Scottish Rite Take Flight dyslexia program. In Addition, the Parkeys two youngest children were both born at Olney’s Hamilton Hospital. In 2019, Parkey decided to take that step and fill the position of Vice President. “We are very much at home in these small communities and servicing our customers and that’s where we (First State Bank) fit. All of our people are small town local people and this is where we want to be,” Parkey stated.
When Anne and Paul McQueen moved to the area four years ago they had many things on their mind. What seemed to be most prominent though was helping bring people that didn’t know Christ to a relationship with Him. They had worked and helped at many different churches in the past, including The Mission in Abilene, Texas, where Paul says he really connected with the ministry. In November of 2019 they began leading an evening worship class for the residents at the House of Mercy. In the meantime, the Church of God on 910 West Main Street here in Olney had closed their doors. Paul and Anne then took initiative to contact them and try to acquire the building. While the process of actually purchasing the building is still a work in progress, that did not stop God from opening the doors to the community for any and all to come join in praising the LORD. When COVID-19 struck, HOPE Fellowship had to close for a short while, but it is now open again to the community.
Mon. Beef soft Taco, Rice, Corn, Mandarin Oranges
Many Olney residents have inquired about the outcome of the recent conviction of Julius Orion Xavier Mullins. He was sentenced to 55 years for the murder of Manuela Allen that occurred in July 2019.