Velmer J. Dimery has no plans to see the popular new movie, "Snakes on a Plane." He's seen enough of them in mid-air. Been there. Done that. Thank you.

The longtime Norman attorney had his own run-in with a snake inside an airplane he was piloting. The prairie king snake had somehow crawled inside Dimery's Cessna 172 on a hot summer day 15 years ago and didn't show himself until the plane was over Lake Thunderbird.

Dimery had just taken off from the airport in Goldsby headed for his ranch in Pottawatomie County when the black and yellow creature slithered out of the defrost vent onto the dash. Dimery decided that no matter where the snake went, he would leave him alone.

"I decided that even if he should wrap his body around my neck and hiss in my ear, (something that happens in the new film) I would keep both hands on the wheel and fly the airplane until it hit the ground, my way," Dimery wrote in an article for a national aviation magazine.

Dimery regained his composure and landed safely and exited the plane rather quickly. The vibration scared the snake back into the defrost vent, never to be seen again.

"As far as I am concerned, I was riding with a gentleman snake and we had an understanding. If I would stay out of his affairs, he would stay out of mine," Dimery wrote.

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If all goes well, the Cleveland County Treasurer's office will move back into the county's expanded office building later this month. They'll leave the crying children behind.

On more than one occasion, children screamed and balked at entering the treasurer's temporary office inside the former health department building on east Robinson Street.

"When we first came out here people would have their kids with them and they wouldn't want to come into the office," said county treasurer Saundra DeSelms. "They would remember that the last time they came in here they got shots."

The health department had barely moved out to its new building on 12th Avenue when the treasurer, assessor and clerk moved into the aging building.

DeSelms said they still get county residents dropping in for shots. Sorry, they can't deliver that kind of pain. They can only receive tax payments.

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Concerned that our nation's youth are not knowledgeable in their Constitutional rights, a handful of Norman residents have found a can't-miss way to spread the news.

They raised more than $10,000 to pay for for large, heavy plaques listing the Bill of Rights to be placed at both Norman High and Norman North high schools. The 250-pound plaques were cast at The Crucible Foundry and will be appropriately unveiled at both schools Sept. 18, Constitution Day.

"There was a sense that all of us needed to be reminded about these freedoms that we tend to take for granted," said Dr. Charles Wesner, one of the organizers of the drive. He was aided by steering committee members Chad Coc, David Morgan, Larry Steele, Susan Steele, Carter Merkle, Bruce Prescott, Bette Maffucci, Jim Long, Ted Metcher, Larry Edmison, Nancy Smart, O. Gail Poole and Lyntha Wesner.

Wesner said our Constitutional freedoms should be celebrated by all.

"There are so many things that tend to divide us these days. We need to look for those things that unite us."

Andy Rieger 366-3543 editor@normantranscript.com

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