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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Waurika Students of the Month

Above: The Citizens of the Month of October.
In no particular order: Emerson Capes, Rogers Forst, Kyana Torres, 
Angelina Castro, Brantlei Allen, 
Camdyn Morris, Amzlee Daily, 
Kooper Austin, Bobby Mitchell, 
Jantzey Simmons, Jasmine Alvarez, 
Cassidy Shea, Jaxon Torrez, Alli Eck, and Ava Beck
Above “Students of the Month” October
Mateo Matamoros, Coral Fox,
Brycen Ramsey, Kylee Tedford,
Braxton Busby, Lynden Pangus,
Kamdyn Thompson, Brisa Martinez
Cache Taylor, Lily Poage, Brooklynn Reed,
Jade Stallcup, Gavin Bohot,
Lundee Brackett, and Landon Brackett

Terral School Students Visit Jefferson County Courthouse


 Terral School’s 6th-8th grade Civics and History students took a field trip to the Jefferson County Courthouse to see how a real courtroom functioned.  Kiarra Christenson, Reagan White, Hannah Smith, Jasmarie Cruz, December Harper, Cayden Griffin-Stagner, Luimar Aponte, Wrangler Wickware, Adrian Morales and Luis Olan attended the learning opportunity.  

Judge Dennis Gay hosted the group by putting on a “mocked up” preliminary hearing of a criminal case.  Judge Gay assembled a team just like you would see in the Courtroom during a hearing. Local attorneys Andrew Benedict, Missy Benedict and Jamie Phipps assisted Sheriff Jeremy Wilson, Undersheriff Jimmy Williams deputies Phillip Wolfenbarger and Derrick Durbin playing the roles that would be seen in a real court setting.  During the “hearing” attorneys presented their case for Judge Gay just as they would in a real hearing.

After the completion of the hearing all of the participants fielded questions from the students about their experiences being a part of the judicial system.  Judge Gay noted that while many of the reasons someone should have to come to court are negative, there are some really good things that happen in court such as marriages and adoptions.  When the group was asked about their career path choices the whole panel agreed that their career choices in the legal and law enforcement fields comes from a desire to help others.

Visiting the courtroom was only half the trip.  The students were dismissed from court and went downstairs for a tour of the Jefferson County Jail.  Sheriff Wilson and Undersheriff Williams walked the students around the facility and explained the procedures and processes that the Sheriff and his deputies work through when bringing and managing inmates.  The trip to the jail was completed with a trip to the dispatch and communications center.

Civics and History teacher Bret Foster stated “I really appreciate everyone at the courthouse for taking time out of their day to talk with our students.  I can teach them from a book how our system works but it really sinks in when they get to observe first hand.”  Eight grade student Wrangler Wickware noted that “the trip was a lot of fun, it was neat to really see how a judge and attorneys did their jobs.” 

Waurika Elementary Southern 8 Consolation Champions


Congratulations to the Waurika Elementary Boys and Girls

are Southern 8 Consolation Champions.

Consolation Champions

Boys back row L-R Landon Brackett, Ace Dyer, Bransyn Dean, Jayden Owsley, Jayden Cain, Brody Berry. Front row Lane Cardona, Noah Morales, Ledger Watkins, Brodie Berry, Gunn Gunter. 
Girls back row Paityn Morgan, Cherylanne Freeman, Nevaeh Castro, Lundee Brackett, Addisyn Franco, Breanna Mitchel, Sienna Marquez, Layla Camarillo, Gabi Gunter, Paisley Young, Trinity Lopez, Gracie Ibarra. 

Veterans Day Parade


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Veterans Day Parade.

Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Chickasaw Nation offers virtual tour of the Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden


During the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival, the Chickasaw Nation has made a virtual tour of the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden available to the public. The virtual tour can be viewed at AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net

The honor garden is a beautiful and serene monument dedicated to Chickasaw leaders, elders and warriors inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame. Its peaceful setting invites visitors to reflect and view the etched granite plaques commemorating each inductee.

Chickasaw Nation Director of Event Operations Francine Parchcorn said, “The Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden is one of the cultural center’s most esteemed outdoor attractions.” 

Located on the Chickasaw Cultural Center campus in Sulphur, Oklahoma, the Aaholiitobli’  Honor Garden is crafted from rock, granite and copper. The architecture is an original design inspired by the four directions and incorporates spiral symbols indicative of traditional Chickasaw culture.

Induction into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on Chickasaw citizens.

Inductees must have distinguished themselves in their business, profession, craft or vocation, thereby bringing honor to the Chickasaw Nation, and/or have made outstanding contributions to the Chickasaw Nation or society in general. 

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby’s vision of honoring Chickasaws who have distinguished themselves and the Chickasaw Nation led to the dedication of the Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden in 2010.

New members are added to the honor garden to acknowledge the Chickasaw Nation’s past and the people who have made the Chickasaw Nation successful.

For more information on the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, visit Chickasaw.net/HOF. To enjoy all the festivities of the Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival, visit AnnualMeeting.Chickasaw.net.                 

Round Ryan


When the subject of the conversation turns to the good old days, the younger crowd tends to go into automatic eye rolling mode.  I am sure that I did my fair share of eye rolling when I was young but people my age had to be careful because the nearest adult was likely to give you a dope slap to the back of the head if they perceived rude behavior in your eye movements.  So back to the good old days.  My friend, Jon Harris and I have had an ongoing conversation about the businesses that once occupied the various buildings around Ryan.  In an effort to gain insight, I repaired to “The Parlor” to do some research.  The best that I could do was a book of maps prepared by the Sanborn Map Company of Chicago, Illinois dated May, 1914 with an update in April, 1923.  What this collection of maps tells us is that with the exception of a few businesses, one bakery and a few boarding houses, the business district of Ryan went from 1st Street to 7th Street between Taylor Street and Lincoln Street.  The thickest congregation of businesses was on Washington Street between 5th Street and 6th Street.  In that one block there were multiple drug stores, general stores and hardware stores.  There were also three banks, two were in their present locations and one was across the street in the middle of the block.  Ryan also had an opera house and something called an electric theater.  I am assuming that this was an early version of a moving picture show.  A great many of the buildings on this block were two stories tall.  Living quarters and offices occupied most but a few did house businesses.  In the middle of the intersection at 5th Street and Washington Street, there was a grandstand.  I am told that this would have been used for outdoor concerts and public meetings.  On the west corner at 5th and Washington (where the American Legion building now stands) was a two story hotel.  Going north from there were two garages.  That was a surprise to me.  I would not have thought that there would have been that much need for garages in 1914.  On the alley next to the garages was a meeting lodge.  The maps did not explain who owned the businesses in any of the buildings, nor did it show what lodge was meeting on 5th Street.  The only building occupants that are shown are the local churches.  The Baptists, Methodists and Nazarenes were in the places that we still associate with them.  The Church of God stood where the Church of Christ is now and I could not find the Assembly of God or Catholic Church.

Let the eye rolling begin and y’all be kind to one another.

Waurika School and Students Enjoy Improvements


The list of improvements to the Waurika Schools is lengthy and impressive. 

Visitors to the waurikaschools.org website will notice quite a change. There is a professionally produced video with drone shots and scenes of a refurbished school complete with new computers and technology.

Other improvements include: Completely renovated bathrooms at the High School and the Elementary Schools.

Renovated basketball concession stand. Power washed and repainted football stadium.

There is a new fence going in at the softball field. 

Waurika is enjoying an increase in enrollment. As of right now there are 466 students attending school this year. 

There is a STEM lag in the middle school. 

There are upgrades  in the Agriculture shop. There are new welders, welding booths, tools and a rod oven.

Fans will be glad to learn there are new cameras installed to view all football and basketball games online. 

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Beautiful Day Celebrations at Elementary Honors Student’s Birthdays


 On the second Tuesday of each month, volunteers meet at the Waurika Elementary to celebrate the birthdays of those students who were born during the month. 

During the month of August, because school was not in session during July, those having birthdays during July and August were celebrated. 

The day of celebration is known as Beautiful Day because everyone’s birthday should be celebrated as a beautiful day. 

More adult volunteers are needed.  For more information visit the website: beautifuldayfoundation.net.

Stuart Freeny with some of the children….(Submitted photo)
Submitted Photo
(Front Row) Lindsay Forst, Haley Wilson, Elizabeth Scott, Crystal Wilkerson, and Jane Carter.
(Back Row) Meagan Bryant, Adam Brinson,
Sharon Duncan, and Jacob Eck.
(Submitted Photo)
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Terral Telephone Company Recipient of USDA Investment


Terral Telephone Company Recipient 

of USDA Investment in Rural High-Speed Broadband 

Terral Telephone Company was recently the recipient of the USDA investment in High-Speed Broadband in Rural areas. 

The rural Development investment in the amount of $1,854,675 will be used to deploy fiber-to-the-premises broadband service in rural Oklahoma which covers 132 square miles and will service 105 households, two educational facilities, and one healthcare facility. 

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Todd Segress, Managing Partner, of Terral Telephone and 81Broadband says, “Affordable, Fiber Internet to the home or business  will allow our customers to take advantage of all the best applications such as… telemedicine, distance-learning, e-commerce, video conferencing, webCams, and streaming tv.” 

81Broadband provides the fiber Internet connection, sets up a secure WiFi network, and connects all your devices. We make it easy to enjoy the benefits of technology. 



How to Talk To Your Kids about Drugs & Alcohol

LAWTON, Oklahoma – Heading back to school can be a stressful time for students, especially with the added stress of the global pandemic. “Everyone is eager to return to a sense of normalcy and desparate to fit in,” says Jennifer Gormley, CBPS Coordinator with the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network. “Because of this, students may be even more susceptible to peer pressure when it comes to experimenting with substances. Parents can help by staying informed on current drug and alcohol trends, and regularly speaking with their child about these issues and concerns.” 

According to www.drugfree.org, teens say that their parents are the most important influence on their view of substances. Here are some tips on how to have a clear, productive, and meaningful discussion with your child about substances:

  1. Clearly communicate that you do not want your teen using substances. 
  2. Talk short and long-term effects of drug and alcohol and the toll it takes on mental/physical health and hinders the ability to make good decisions.
  3. Explain that experimenting with drugs and alcohol during adolescence is extremely risky and dangerous as their brain is still developing. 
  4. Look for blocks of one-on-one time where you can talk to them such as after dinner, to or from school, before bed, while watching TV together, etc. 
  5. Take a walk or drive together- teens may be more privy to listen when they don’t feel like they are under a microscope.
  6. Listen to what they have to say too. In order to make the conversation more meaningful, it is important that your child feel comfortable to expressing

These tips and practices can give both you and your child a peace of mind, allow your child to learn the facts, and help your child say no peer pressure when it comes to substance use while also learning how to cope with stress in a more productive and safe way. Wichita Mountains Prevention Network wishes everyone a safe, healthy, and happy school year. Wichita Mountains Prevention Network (WMPN) is a nonprofit dedicated to creating safe communities through promoting proven substance abuse prevention strategies among teens and adults. WMPN is grant funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. For more information on how you can protect your teens, please contact RPC Prevention Specialist Jennifer Gormley at jgormley@wmpn.org, and follow WMPN on Facebook.