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Caitlyn Ramsey Selected as Princess


Caitlyn Ramsey (left) was named the 2018 National Miniature Hereford Breeders

Association princess. Caitlyn Ramsey’s parents are Casey and Ruslyn Ramsey.

Caitlyn Ramsey, a 5th grader from Waurika was named the 2018 National Miniature Hereford Breeders Association princess. To compete, Caitlyn had to submit an application along with her resume, answer an essay question and send a head and shoulder picture of herself. She, along with 6 other girls were then judged on their submissions by 2 non Mini Hereford breeders and 1 Mini Hereford breeder. To be a princess you must be between the ages of 10 and 14 and have Miniature Hereford cattle in your name as well as attend/show at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. and Miniature Hereford Junior Nationals which will be held this year in Kearney, NE. The Miniature Hereford Breeders Association has always had a queen, but this year the queen coordinator added the princess title. “There are many young kids showing this breed and it’s time they were represented along with the older kids. By having a princess, it shows the younger girls that they too are leaders and someone to look up too.” Caitlyn along with queen Sarah Potter of Silverton, OR were crowned Jan. 20th in Denver at the annual MHBA banquet. Congratulations Caitlyn!

Hastings Receives REAP Grant for 2018


Sue Bridges, Town of Hastings Clerk-Treasurer

Glenda Hood, Town of Hastings Mayor

Ronnie Ward, Executive Director of the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments


The Hastings REAP grant of $45,000 will be used to repair and resurface a total of 3.35 miles of town streets that are in dire need of repair.

County Commissioner Minutes March 26 2018




Ty Phillips, Chairman

Bryce Bohot, Vice Chairman

Ricky Martin, Member

Chairman Phillips called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Traci Smith acknowledged that proper notice was given on March 23, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. and the agenda was posted on the bulletin board outside the courthouse and posted on the first-floor bulletin board.

Others present:

Marcey Howell, Commissioners Secretary

Gail Kelley, Deputy County Treasurer

Kim Berry, Court Clerk

Jeremie Wilson, Co Sheriff

Jimmie Williams, Undersheriff

Jeff Raley, Floyd Law Firm Attorney

Tara Brown, OSU Educator

Tammy Richardson, Election Sec

Ashley Bayless, Deputy Assessor

Martin made the motion to Approve Regular Meeting Minutes held on March 19, 2018. Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes: Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved.

Phillips made the motion to Approve Claims and 24 Blanket Purchase Orders.  Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips. Motion Approved.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #85-2017-2018 for Surplus of Equipment for County Clerk’s Office Inv # F-299-36 Savin Copier/2554-Leased. Second: Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #86-2017-2018 for Disposing of Equipment for County Clerk’s Office Inv # F-299-36 Savin Copier/2554-Leased- Returned to Standley. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes: Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved.

Tabled Discussion/Action regarding Generator.

Martin made motion to Approve Resolution #87-2017-2018 Opening New Account T-5-Highway Donation Fund.  Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Martin made motion to Approve the Receipt of check #3781 in the amount of $8974.54 a donation from Chickasaw Nation for Road 7/10 miles East of Hwy 81 for 2/10 miles on Co Rd 2160 Terral, OK for estimated improvement for District #3 Road.  Estimated Chip and Seal in amount of $7,200.00 and estimated Flex Base Rock was $1774.54. Reimbursement for road work done to be deposited into CIRB 105-3 in the amount of $1770.18 for actual cost and balance to be put into T-5-Highway Donation Fund.  Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Discussion on New 911 System and Equipment with Jimmy Williams regarding the dates of May 7th, 2018 for installation, May 21, 2018 for training, and May 23, to go live with new system.

Tabled the Renewal of Contract with AT&T on temporary bases, it was not available at the time of meeting.

Phillips made motion to Approve Resolution #88-2017-2018 to Remove Burn Ban effective at 9:30am.  Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Bohot/Phillips/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Phillips made motion to Approve the formation of the Jefferson County Educational Facilities Authority by Trust Indenture for and on behalf of Jefferson County, Oklahoma. Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Bohot/Phillips/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Bohot made motion to Approve Consideration and Resolution #89-2017-2018 accepting the beneficial interest in the Jefferson County Educational Facilities Authority created by a Trust Indenture for and on behalf of Jefferson County, Oklahoma, in all respects in accordance with the terms of said trust indenture; and declaring an emergency. Second:  Martin.  Aye Votes:  Phillips/Bohot/Martin.  Motion Approved. 

Phillips made motion to Adjourn at 10:23 a.m. Second:  Bohot.  Aye Votes: Martin/Bohot/Phillips.  Motion Approved. 

Minutes taken by Traci Smith

Approved by:  JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Ty Phillips, Chairman Bryce Bohot, Vice Chairman Ricky Martin, Member

ATTEST:  Traci Smith, County Clerk

Skyler and Bayler Smith Place at Ft. Worth Show


Representing the Dennis Cattle Company of Grady, Oklahoma, Skyler and Bayler Smith placed 5th and 6th out of 11 in the open class with their Hereford heifers “Sassy” and Fallon” at the Ft Worth Stock show last week.

This was their 1st big show! Great job girls!

Helping Hands Food Pantry News


The JeffCo Helping Hands Food Pantry Board of Directors has been assisting this summer with the summer reading program at the Waurika Library. The food the library uses each Thursday does not come from the pantry itself. Rather, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBO) provides balanced meals through a special grant and does not take away from the food given twice a month. The RFBO recognizes for thousands of children, the end of school means months of wondering whether or not they will have enough food to eat.  Thanks to support from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Education and the community, children 18 and under can receive nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program at more than 130 locations in 31 central and western Oklahoma counties, and Waurika is one of those locations. We only use the food from RFBO’s program because we live in a community where the other four days are covered by other various groups and individuals. The board would also like to note that the pantry is open on the Friday following the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Each household may pick up food once a month. For families or individuals who are picking up food for the first time each calendar year a valid ID and proof of residence in Jefferson country will be required when filling out paperwork. JeffCo Helping Hands Pantry is a Client Choice Pantries are completely centered around the client and their individual and/or family needs. Clients are not given a pre-made box of food items that frequently contains products they do not like, cannot eat due to health or religious reasons, or do not know how to prepare. Rather, in this method clients have the ability to choose which food items they want, much the same way as you decide what you would like to eat when you shop at the grocery store. It is more cost effective, prevents waste, treats clients with dignity and ensures they are receiving the items they need and will eat. JeffCo Helping Hands Pantry exists as a non-profit ran by volunteers and its purpose is to provide a supplement of food for residents of Jefferson Country who find themselves in need. This is a supplemental food program and is not designed to meet all the nutritional needs of a person or family.  When determining the amounts of food given, we take into account the size of the family and the ages of those in the household. While pantry’s goal is to have enough food to supplement the needs of all who come, in the event that we run out of food on a particular day the pantry will close until the following scheduled distribution time. We will allow others to pick up food for neighbors and those who are shut-in at the discretion of the reception volunteers as long as the person who is getting food picked up on their behalf is already registered with the pantry and a note is sent. JeffCo Helping Hands receives funding from businesses, corporate and private foundations, civic organizations, religious groups, participating agencies, and individuals. Therefore, they are limited in their resources based on giving of these entities. The board is always looking for volunteers to come and help on truck delivery days and food distribution days. For more information on volunteering or how you can help financially please email the pantry at jeffcohhfoodpantry@gmail.com. 

Doris Baker Inducted into Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame

Doris Ann Baker of Waurika joined her husband in the Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame.

Baker and her late husband, Henry Baker, shared  their love of music ever since marriage.

In 1981 the couple began working with the Texas Playboys and began to perform what has become known as Western Swing Music.

Baker began her foray into the genre by learning  every Bob Wills song suggested to her.

In 1982, Gene Crownover took Henry and Doris to Turkey, Texas for Bob Wills Day. He asked Henry to play bass for the outdoor show. Gene predicted they’d never miss this annual event in Turkey again if they only went once.

That prediction came true.

In 1999, Henry and Doris bought the future “Church of Western Swing” (COWS) in Turkey- a 100 year old Assembly of God church-and made it into a music theater known as the “place to be” in Turkey, Texas for Bob Wills music. 

In 2011, the COWS was  named Music Venue of the Year in Texas by Governor Rick Perry, through the Cowtown Society of Western Music.

With the venue grew the band, The COWS Swing Band. 

Over the years Doris and Henry hosted Valentine, Halloween and Christmas parties in addition to organizing seven days of music shows during Turkey’s Bob Wills Days, held the last week of April.

Doris was always the hit of the evening. 

Some of the musicians and singers she worked with included her husband Henry Baker, Curly Lewis, Tommy Perkins, Benny Garcia, Eldon Shamblin, Billy Dozier, Gene Thomas, Bob Kiser, Bob Womack, Gene Casaway, Bobby Boatright and Leon Rausch.

Ricky Martin Seeks Another Term as District 3 Commissioner


He’s completing his second term as the District 3 County Commissioner and looks forward to another one if elected. 

In a recent interview, he was asked about what he felt like was the greatest accomplishments over the past four years and he quickly responded “the equipment we have paid for and the roads we have built.” 

He said that recently they have received quite a bit of help from the Comanche Tribe with the roads. “They are talking about maybe finishing the roads going on into town (Ryan).”

He wanted to address the concern that he wasn’t getting enough REAP Grants. “I’m trying to get all the money for the county that I can. It’s not easy, plus you have to match the funds you get in a REAP Grant.”

Martin said that some have even complained about him working on the weekends and after hours. 

“I do it because it helps us to stay caught up. Plus I like doing it. I like working.”

Martin believes that the hours of a county commissioner are 24-7. 

“If you get a call about a flood or a road damage you have to go when called. It’s not just an eight hour a day job.”

 Martin has lived in Terral his whole life.

“Except for the two years  I was in the army.”

Before becoming the county commissioner of District 3 he had driven a truck for a living. 

What he has enjoyed the most is the getting to know and help the people of his district. 

He says that being commissioner is a good job. He acknowledged that the pay is not that much, but he enjoys the work. 

During the next term he wants to rock more roads and clean up more of the ditches along the side of the road. 

He has some ideas about saving money.

When they get all of the equipment paid for he would like to see the district get some newer trucks. 

He’s also proud of the new county barn. It was built with a $45,000 REAP Grant and local volunteers and of course the county hands. 

Rash Barrett loaned the county the track hoe to set the beams.

David England loaned them some equipment.

Tony Rodriquez helped by welding the beams.

Ty Phillips came down and helped. 

Martin says that they have good hands working in District 3. 

His goal is to finish all the current projects before the end of the year. 


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