Terral News and Happenings July 5 2018

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU- Annester Rushing will party on the 30th. 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- Cecil and Mary Loo Duke will celebrate on the 30th. 

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST- Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Bayslinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Round Ryan July 5 2018

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Ryan Main Street

Praise the Lord! We received some measurable rain Sunday afternoon.  The pavement is still wet and conditions are cloudy.  I haven’t mowed in 3 weeks now.  There is nothing to mow.  Our grass is laying dormant on the ground.  Plants have had to be watered from the water hoses. God’s blessings of rain far surpass any garden hoses.  He just hasn’t seen fit to send much our way yet.  Our temperature was 94 degrees around 3:00 pm yesterday and when the front blew in, it was 74 degrees. The temperature stayed there all night.  I got out and watered the plants this morning, anyway.  We desperately need rain around Ryan.  The grasshoppers have really begun to move into town again. 

 I went over to see Mom Saturday afternoon after going to Wichita Falls.  I spent some time with her and was on my way back to Ryan on Highway 81 just north of Ringgold and I could see an animal beginning to cross the highway.  It’s body was slim and low to the ground, and I assumed it was a coyote.  I was getting closer to the animal and it was slowing down and so was I when we met, face to face, on the highway.  It was a tiny baby deer, and I saw no sign of its’ mother.  It just stood there looking at me.  My car was dead still, and I honked at the baby deer, it didn’t even move at first, then I honked again, and it began running back from the direction it had originally started crossing.  Its’ little feet were slipping on the pavement of the highway as it was trying to move quickly to get away from this foreign object that it was facing.  I know there are an abundance of deer around our area, but, my heart went out for this little guy or gal.  I hope it found a safe place and still has its’ mother to care for it somewhere out there.

Kim’s news for this week:

Yes, it is true Ruffy Tuffy got a straw hat, too.

Every morning I go ride with Foxy by my side.

Then Foxy and I go to the ball park, where she can play ball and bark.

Everyone have a blessed week, a safe 4th of July and please remember to keep praying for rain and for each other.

Joe Allen Named New Eagle Football, Baseball Mentor

 Joe Allen was selected recently as the 38th head football coach in school history at Waurika High School.

Allen will not only be the grid mentor, but will also serve as the head baseball coach for the Eagles next spring.

 “I am really excited about coming to Waurika not just because of the job opportunities, but because my wife teaches at Waurika, we live here and my kids go to school here,” said Allen in a recent interview.

Allen, a 2009 graduate of Cameron University and a 2004 Ryan High School graduate, is looking forward to the challenge of continuing to build on the success Waurika has had in football the past couple of years.

For the past four seasons Allen has been the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Walters High School. He guided the Blue Devils to one district title in baseball in the four seasons.

“The big selling point for the job was of course my family, but also the kind of athletes they had coming up at Waurika,” said Allen. “I was happy at Walters, so it had to be the right job for me to leave there.”

Allen began his coaching career as a lay coach for the Duncan High School baseball team for two years.

He became the head baseball coach at Rush Springs for two seasons before moving to Temple in 2013 to become the head football coach and head baseball coach for the Tigers.

It was his only season as a head football coach and he guided the Tigers to a 4-5 mark before the opportunity came to move over to Walters.

“Football and baseball were always neck and neck for me even when I was a little kid,” noted Allen when asked which sport was his favorite.

 Allen has not yet had an opportunity to meet with the football team, but is looking forward to getting together with them in the near future.

“Being in the area and living here in Waurika I have known the kind of athletes they have,” said Allen in reflecting on his new challenge.

“They have been really competitive in junior high and what I have been impressed with is they have a number of athletes that I have heard are willing to work hard to improve,” said Allen.

While the timing of his hiring did not allow him to get involved with Waurika’s summer league baseball team, he did see the squad in action in their final summer league game at Comanche.

Allen will take over for former Waurika football and baseball coach Glenn Howard, who moves over to Wilson to become an assistant for the Eagles.

“I was glad they had a team because it is hard to get a team together in many of the smaller communities around,” Allen said

Allen was an outstanding athlete during his high school career at Ryan. He excelled in football, baseball and track.

In the 2003 season football season Allen was the starting quarterback on the Cowboys’ semifinal squad that finished 9-4. He threw for 1,113 yards and connected for 11 touchdowns. He also contributed 553 yards rushing.

During his junior season for the Cowboy football squad Allen snared seven interceptions, which was the third most in the state among eight-man schools. He was also named to The Duncan Banner’s all-area football team.

Allen was a ringleader on the 2003 baseball squad that earned a district title – one of only three district titles for the Cowboys since 2000.

In track, Allen was a state track meet qualifier in the high jump in both 2003 and 2004 and was the Southern Eight Conference high jump champion in 2004.

Allen is married to the former Magen Wright of Ryan and she is currently a teacher in the Waurika Public Schools. They have three children with the oldest entering first grade at Waurika this fall.

Waurika Library News June 28 2018

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Week 3 of the Summer Reading Program started on June 11th. Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend continued setting up activities for the week.  

On Monday, Paul Shults visited to play the guitar and sing with the children. Thanks Paul!  After singing and working on crafts, the kids went outside to start preparing the tires for plants.  Thanks to Manya Reid and the Hastings Baptist Church for providing lunch today. They brought hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade and dessert.

Paul Shults entertaining at the Library

On Tuesday, after DEAR time,  the kids made tambourines. Monday, they had started by drawing on paper plates. Tuesday, they sewed the paper plates together with yarn, placing jingle bells along the edges. Thanks to Bill’s Catfish for providing chicken strips, fries, hush puppies, and grapes for lunch. Thanks to Richard and Patricia McGriff for serving.

Richard and Pat McGriff

On Wednesday,  after DEAR time, the kids started making wind chimes. They painted clay pots that had washers attached to strings for the chimes.  Thanks to Kristie Gaines and her team at the Waurika Quick Mart for providing pizza for lunch and thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, after Drop Everything And Read, the kids continued to work on their wind chimes. They added beads to the strings the washer were attached to.  Thanks to Jeffco Helping Hands Food Pantry for providing lunch on Thursdays. The kids had ham sandwiches, fruit and milk. Thanks to Rachel Lewis and Amy Watkins with the Waurika Alumni Assoc for serving.

Friday wrapped up Week 3 of the Summer Reading Program. After reading time, Heidi Johnson Townsend took the kids outside to continue working on the tire planters.  After working on the plants, the kids headed over to the park for some play.

Thanks to the Waurika Volunteer Fire Department and Waurika Police Department for grilling hamburgers for lunch. Thanks to Carol Prewitt for helping prep.  Thanks to Lauren Nitschke and Kim Morris for serving.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend for coordinating this week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for all of her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Presley Parker for volunteering this summer.

Ramona Johnson
Heidi Townsend

Thanks to all of the people in our community that support this wonderful program.

It’s not too late to sign your child up! Programming runs each weekday, June 4 – July 27 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent/guardian by noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. In addition to registration, age requirements include children entering first grade in the fall through those entering fifth grade in the fall. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers. For information or registration forms, visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend. The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we raised funds to offer daily educational programs and week-day lunches to keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Terral News and Happenings

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QUOTE OF THE DAY- “People will forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Mary Angelou 

Terral Annual Board of Trustees has voted to have  the annual Fireorks Display on Saturday, June 30th., 2018 in downtown Terral. Kids will be allowed to pop fireworks from 6-9 p.m. and after the City Display, in the middle of the Apache. The City Fireworks will begin at dark approximately 9:00 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU- Annester Rushing will party on the 30th. 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- Cecil and Mary Loo Duke will celebrate on the 30th. 

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST- Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Bayslinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Round Ryan June 28 2018

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Ryan Main Street

We finally had a storm to blow in this morning around 3:30am.  Boy, did it blow.  I stayed awake after hearing the wind woke me up.  There’s not anything you can do but just ride it out.  We all made it through the night, anyway.  We thought we were going to get in on some rain Thursday, but that didn’t happen, then again on Saturday evening, but, that didn’t happen either.  I was outside yesterday afternoon behind the store, cutting some branches off of the trees in the alley way.  At about 3:30pm, the wind really began blowing from the north, and boy, it got cooler in a hurry.  I thought that these conditions might bring about some hail, but thank goodness, that didn’t happen.  I was hauling a bunch of branches in the back of my truck, and noticed about half way up the hill, heading north on 81, that I couldn’t see my branches on either side of my truck.  I looked back in the distance, and my pile of limbs were in the northbound lane of the highway.  I hurried up and unloaded what was left in the bed of my truck and got back to where they had blown out and Emilio Cabrera had beat me to them.  He said cars were going around the pile, but, he was getting them off the highway.  He helped me load them back in the bed of my truck and he got in there with them and smashed them down by walking on them.  The second trip, they got where I wanted them to go.  We still need a lot more rain, so, prayerfully our time will come some day.  I’ve seen quite a few grasshoppers now this summer. 

This coming Tuesday will be the evening for the Ryan City Council meeting at 6:00.  More citizens need to attend these meetings.  This past meeting was the most folks I’ve seen attend for a long time. 

This next week, on the 4th of July, a number of our businesses will be closed for the holiday.  Both clinics, the post office, the drug store, the banks, and City Hall, will all be closed that day. 

Next Friday, July 6th, there will be a fireworks display just off the highway behind Jamie and Richard Kimbro’s house.  They had quite an exhibit last year, it was fantastic.  Get your lawn chairs and water bottles and join in their festivities Friday evening as soon as the sun goes down.  I bet they would welcome more fireworks, if folks would like to bring them so that a lot of folks can enjoy them.  It will be a fun time. 

Ryan will be having another sidewalk sale on Friday, July the 6th.  We will have our merchandise out around 7:00am if folks want to get out and shop early before it gets too hot.  Our 3 local businesses will all have merchandise set outside on our sidewalks.  We also welcome folks from the community to set up someplace on our sidewalks, if others would like to get in on it, too. 

Some of our local kids and parents are gone to church camps this week.  Prayers to all of them that they have a safe trip and a good time together.

Kim’s news for this week:

I want to thank Shelton’s & Dustan with all my heart, for the delivery of the shopping cart. 

Saturday, Foxy didn’t even know she was the star of the Cowboy Church house show, riding with Jessie on Shaddow in her straw hat, being a show-off dog is where it’s at.

Everyone have a blessed week and a safe 4th of July.  Please pray for rain and for each other.

Voters in Jeffco Reject SQ 788 Elect Martin, Eck, and Lara as Commissioners

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Dist 3 Commissioner

Ricky Martin 169

Macy Lovett   103

Kenneth 

Wilkerson        21

Waurika City Com.

Jacob Eck       271

Rickey 

Porterfield       82

Henry Lara    195

James Terry    149

The citizens of Jefferson County went to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes on the State Question 788 and local as well as statewide candidates.

Voters rejected SQ 788 by a narrow margin of 664 – 588.

Voters in precincts 3,4,7,8,10 and early voting favored the SQ 788.

In the 9th precinct 788 received as many no votes as it did yes votes 155.

District 3 voted to keep Ricky Martin as their commissioner. He received 169 votes while Macy Lovett received 103 and Kenneth Wilkerson 21.

The citizens of Waurika re-elected Jacob Eck and Henry Lara.

Eck received 271 votes while his opponent, Rickey Porterfield received 81.

Henry Lara was re-elected by a narrow margin.

Lara received 195 votes. His opponent James Terry received 149. 

Eck said after the election that he was grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Waurika City Commission.

In the close race between Lara and Terry, James Terry actually carried the 5th precinct by two votes 17-15.

 Jefferson county Republican voters cast the majority of their votes for Todd Lamb. He received 192 votes. 

Republican Candidate Kevin Stitt received 59 votes. 

Mick Cornett placed third in the county voting with 52 votes. 

Statewide, Cornett received the most of any Republican candidate—132,122. Kevin Stitt received 110,087 and Todd Lamb received 107,619.

For Lt. Governor, Republican voters in Jefferson county cast 195 votes for Matt Pinnell. Dana Murphy received 135 votes.

Statewide, Dana Murphy received the most votes of any Republican candidates for Lt. Governor—196,017. Matt Pinnell received 152,716.

Jefferson County Republicans cast 196 votes for Cindy Byrd for State Auditor. Byrd received the most votes statewide—203,373.

Mike Hunter did well in both the state and Jefferson County on the Republican ticket. He received 212 votes in Jefferson County and 190,710 statewide. 

Joy Hofmiester received the most Republican votes statewide (200,159) but actually came in second in Jefferson County. Will Farrell received one more vote than her in Jefferson County (159). 

Cathy Costello, candidate for Comm. of Labor,  received the most Republican Votes both in Jefferson County (149) and in the state (180,936).

For Insurance Commissioner Republican voters in Jefferson County cast the majority of their votes (205). However, statewide, Glen Mulready received the most votes (218,128). 

Republican Bob Anthony raked in the most votes at both the county and the state level. He received 189 from the county voters and 196,612.

Congressman Tom Cole picked up 293 votes in Jefferson County while his opponent, James Taylor drew 150 votes. Statewide, Cole received over 50,000 votes and Taylor brought in over 30,000.

On the Libertarian Ticket, Chris Powell received 3 votes from Jefferson county and 1,724 statewide.

On the Democratic ballot, Drew Edmondson drew the most votes in Jefferson County and statewide. In Jefferson County he received 443 votes and statewide received 242,071.

The Democratic race for Lt. Governor is tight. In Jefferson County voters favored Anna Dearmore with 384 votes. Anastasia Pittman received 250.

Statewide Pittman received 188,000 votes while Dearmore brought in 185,000. (average on both counts).

Democratic voters for Comm. of Labor at both the county and state level overwhelmingly favored Fred Dorrell. He received 537 votes in the county and around 268,000 statewide. Sam Mis-soum picked up 83 votes in Jefferson County and around 97,000 statewide. 

Ashley Nicole McCray, Democrat for Corporation Commissioner picked up 222 votes, Blake Cummings 192, Beau Williams 143 in Jefferson County. Statewide the gap was much wider. 

McCray earned over 180,000 votes and her nearest competitor Blake Cummings only garnered a little over 81,000. 

On the Democratic side, candidates for the seat currently held by Tom Cole are running neck and neck. 

Fred Gipson (See story above), picked up the most votes in Jefferson County (260) and statewide picked up a little over 22,000 votes. 

The other candidates, Mary Brannon, and Mallory Varner were close behind. Brannon received 167 and Varner received 101. 

Statewide Gipson and Brannon are the top two candidates that will possibly have a runoff in the fall before the upcoming general election. 

Candidate Gipson Makes Stop in Waurika

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 Fred Gipson, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives was in town Friday. 

He is seeking the seat currently held by Congressman Tom Cole. 

While in town he took time to visit with voters and stop by the Circle D. Cafe on main street.

Gipson is no stranger to Oklahoma or Washington D.C. 

Gipson served with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris in D.C. It was one of the more rewarding experiences of Gipson’s life. 

It was during this time that he learned about government and the inner workings of congress.

 During his time in Washington, Gipson was able to meet many influential and intelligent people. Many had a positive impact on his life. 

His focus for improving the economy in Oklahoma is to fix healthcare and education. 

He believes that if we don’t improve in those two areas that it will be very difficult to attract new business to Oklahoma. 

Gipson looks forward to facing Tom Cole in the fall. 

Gipson’s campaign manager for this visit to Waurika was Joseph H. Carter.

Carter is a published author who served with Gipson in Washington D.C. with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris.

While in D.C. Carter wrote speeches for President Lyndon Johnson. 

Carter has also served as the curator of the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore for 20 years. 

Carter and Gipson make a great team. 

Sitting and listening to their conversations about days gone by is interesting and educational. 

DEQ Offering Free Radon Test Kits To Oklahoma Residents to Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month

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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage citizens to take action to protect their homes and families. HUD has designated June asNational Healthy Homes Month, and this year’s theme “Check Your Home; Protect Your     Family” was chosen to create awareness of what it means to have a healthy home.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth.  Radon is dispersed in outdoor air but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

DEQ encourages Oklahomans to take action during National Healthy Homes Month by testing their homes for radon.  For a free test kit, contact DRHOMEAIR at 1-800-324-5928 or www.drhomeair.com/ok.

Library News June 22 2018

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Week 2 of the Summer Reading Program started on June 11th. Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend took over setting up activities for the week.  

On Monday, after Drop Everything And Read, Ramona talked about the importance of books and then had the kids make their own books using rubber bands and craft sticks to bind them.  After reading and crafts the kids went outside to draw on the bricks with chalk while lunch was made. Thanks to Vicki Etheridge and Starr Heron for making and serving PB&J with a side of fruit.

On Tuesday, after DEAR time, the kids talked about seeds and growing plants.  After the discussion, the kids got to plant some flower seeds in cups. Next, they drew flowers in the books they had made yesterday.  For lunch, we thank Dee Goss and her team at Circle D’s for providing corn dogs, french fries and drinks. Thanks to Richard and Patricia McGriff for serving lunch.

On Wednesday, Ken Smith and members of the Comanche Masonic Lodge came to help out and donate to the Summer Reading Program. The Comanche Masonic Lodge makes a sizable donation each year that really helps support the Summer Reading Program.

After DEAR time, the kids learned about recipes. Then, they added the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats to the books they made.  Next, the kids proceeded to make Rice Krispies Treats for themselves. The kids had fun mashing and shaping the treats and of course eating them.  Wednesdays are pizza day! We thank Kristie Gaines and her team at Waurika Quick Mart for providing the pizzas and thanks to the Waurika Lions Club and Comanche Masonic Lodge 41 for serving.

On Thursday, after DEAR time, Ramona Johnson read ‘Our Day at the Zoo’ to the kids. ‘Our Day at the Zoo’ is a children’s book produced by the OKC Zoo. The book is part of a promotion by the OKC Zoo giving free passes to those that read the book. Kids attending received free passes to the zoo! If would like free passes to the OKC Zoo, you can come by the library and have your child read the book or read it to them.

Ramona Johnson reads to students at the summer reading program.

After reading, Madison with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden came to talk about animals with the kids. She also brought along a tenrec, a Savannah monitor lizard, and some Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The kids had a great time. 

Thank you, Madison!

After the visit from the zoo, it was time for lunch. Thanks to Adam Brinson and Jeffco Helping Hands for providing pancakes, sausage, fruit, potatoes and milk for lunch. Thanks to the Waurika Alumni Association for serving.

Friday wrapped up Week 2 of the Summer Reading Program. Fridays are park days and after Drop Everything And Read, the kids headed outside for some fla-vor-ice and play.  Once the kids came back inside, it was time for lunch.  Thanks to the Waurika Fire and Police Departments for grilling hamburgers. Thanks to Carol Prewitt and Melicia McFadden for prepping and serving lunch.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend for coordinating this week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for all of her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Destiny Foster and Presley Parker for volunteering this summer.

Thanks to all of the people in our community that support this wonderful program.

It’s not too late to sign your child up! Programming runs each weekday, June 4 – July 27 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent/guardian by noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. In addition to registration, age requirements include children entering first grade in the fall through those entering fifth grade in the fall. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers. For information or registration forms, visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend. The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we raised funds to offer daily educational programs and week-day lunches to keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

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