Olney City Council convened on June 15 to approve the hiring of Dan Birbeck as Olney’s new Chief of Police. Graduating from the police academy in 1992, Birbeck originally attended the academy to utilize the training and experience for the security company he owned. In 1997, he decided to leave security and went into law enforcement full time. In 2009, he began working for the Young County Sheriff ’s office as a reserve deputy while also working full time as a police officer in the Dallas area. In 2018, when he retired from the agency in Dallas, he took a job in Young County as a full-time deputy and patrol sergeant for the Sheriff. Since 2018, Birbeck has done a lot of various things for the Olney Police Department - from working cases to providing training to Olney police officers. When the position for Chief of Police came open, he felt he was a good fit and applied.
Young County Commissioner’s Court held its first meeting of the month on July 13. The court began the meeting by discussing the June activity for the jail and the Sherriff ’s office. Followed by considering the treasures financial report and securities pledged. Next up was to discuss the auditors budget amendments and the payable vouchers. The court discussed an employee bond for Sharri Lynn Ashley, the assistant county auditor for 5,000 dollars.
The Olney Senior Cub Center has always been a huge support structure for the area seniors with a safe place to have an affordable lunch during the week, and also as a place to gather and socialize with others over lunch, a puzzle, bingo, cards and other such activities. The Cub Center also delivers meals to those who are not able to leave their home for lunch for various reasons.
Mother-Daughter Painting Class at the Refuge: Back (Left to Right): April Smith, Tannah Smith, Terri Hayter, Adelade Edgington, Melissa Edgington, Bethany Reeves, Madi Clayton (hidden), Raylee Clayton, Christi McDaniel, Ashleigh Clayton, Front (Left to Right): Annette Rodgers, Celeste Rodgers, Lyexi Smith, Jessica Hayter, Kelli Belyeu, Kylie Belyeu, Jennifer Reeves Photo Submitted By Kristy Nantz
On a Saturday afternoon on May 27, mothers and their daughters came to the Refuge and participated in a painting class led by Jill Paschal from 3 Dots & 1 Dash. With 19 people in attendance, it was a fun event with some sweet desserts, painting, raffle prizes and mother daughter bonding. The theme for the painting class was Proverbs 31. Among having a day for mothers and daughters to enjoy a couple of hours painting together, it was also a day filled with encouragement for women in whatever stage of life they are currently in.
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