Fifty-two Red River Technology Center students were recently recognized as Outstanding Students of the Year by their instructors. The students were recognized during the annual RRTC Awards Ceremony held May 2 at the Tech Center.
Automotive Collision: Triston Moore, Central; Gus Wrape, Adult; Alex Vanderburg, Empire; and James Waggoner, Duncan
Automotive Service: Garrett Dodson, Waurika; Jesus Hernandez, Adult; Patrick Woody, Empire; and Ryan Wooley, Homeschool
Biomedical Science Academy: Alli Spurlock, Marlow; Kali Treat, Homeschool; Nathan Wright, Central; Rebecca Bailey, Duncan; and Trey Hunt, Empire
Business: Kaitlin Hillin, Adult; and Heather Pitcock, Adult
Computer-Aided Drafting: David Barton, Bray-Doyle; Jessica Jones, Central; Alec Norton, Marlow; and Jonathan Lindstrom, Homeschool
Carpentry: Dylan Lee, Homeschool; Ryan Becker, Adult; and Bryce Johnson, Adult
CNC Machining: Dustin Lindsey, Adult; and Caitlyn Ashford, Empire
Cosmetology: Cathleen Haas, Marlow; and Michaela Taylor, Empire
Electronics Technology: Liam Johnson, Marlow; Mitchell Moore, Comanche; Makenzie Terrell, Marlow; Kody Arrington, Empire; and Nicholas Bollig, Duncan
Ryan High School athletes were honored Monday night in the school’s cafeteria at the annual all-sports banquet.
A total of 47 athletes were recognized for their accomplishments in the 2018-2019 school year.
Two Ryan athletes were honored with a new award – Cowboy and Cowgirl Award. Holland Carter, a standout track, cross country and cheerleader, and Travis Fristoe, the school’s only four-sport letterman, were selected for the award.
Carter was also honored with a special letter jacket given to the girls cross country seniors that finish in the top ten in the state cross country meet. She was also presented with a special award for her contributions to cross country and track the past four years.
Their names will be on a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the remodeled Ryan gym before the start of next year’s basketball season.
Athletic Director Tony Tomberlin also recognized two people for contributions to the Ryan athletic program. Ricky Phillips, the long-time public address announcer for the Cowboy football team, was presented a football signed by Ryan athletes in recognition of 20 years of service.
This reporter was also recognized for contributions to the Ryan athletic program and was presented with a signed basketball.
Plaques were presented to the graduating seniors that participated in the various sports for the Cowboys and Cowgirls.
But, the evening belonged to the athletes that participated in the sports of cross country, cheerleading, fast-pitch softball, football, boys basketball, girls basketball, slow-pitch softball, track and field and baseball.
Letter awards were given to each of the athletes in every sport and special recognition was given to selected athletes in each sport. All-conference, all-district and conference all-stars were also presented certificates during the evening’s activities.
Coaches Cheryl Carter, Steve Spangler, Tony Tomberlin, Stan Mueggenborg, Austin Masoner and Tony Roberts presented the awards during the evening.
Special recognition was also given to grade school coach Shelly Cain. Tomberlin presented her with five tickets to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City for her contribution to the grade school, junior high and high school athletes.
Here’s a list of the student-athletes honored during the evening:
Lineman of the Year: Sam Brown; Newcomer of the Year: Mike Regehr; Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Fristoe; Offensive Player of the Year: Skyler Parkhill; Most Valuable Player: Grayson Tomberlin.
Teammate of the Year: Lily York; Most Valuable Player: Juliet Spangler.
Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Good; Defensive Player of the Year: Laken DeBoard; Most Valuable Player: Emilee Martin.
Newcomer of the Year: Alicen Williams; Most Improved Player: Bailee Martin; Defensive Player of the Year: Lily York; Offensive Player of the Year: Juliet Spangler; Most Valuable Player: Samantha Good.
Sixth Man Award: Andrew Villerreal; Mr. Hustle Award: Travis Fristoe; Offensive Player of the Year: Kaine Howard; Defensive Player of the Year: Landen Alexander; Most Valuable Player: Grayson Tomberlin.
Defensive Player of the Year: Justyce Keith; Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Good; Most Valuable Player: Emilee Martin.
Most Improve: Daniel Alsup; Co-Most Valuable Players: Travis Fristoe and Pacen Wiest.
Most Valuable Player: Travis Fristoe.
9th Grade Letters: Landen Alexander (track, boys basketball), Raesh Casebolt (boys basketball, football), Carter Combs (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, girls basketball), Carson Cooper (football, baseball), Katelynn Dabbs (track, cross country), Danielle Garza (slow-pitch softball), Kaine Howard (boys basketball), Caleb Perrin (football, baseball, boys basketball), Lindsey Reake (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, girls basketball), Michael Regehr (football, boys basketball), Skylar Wickware (football, boys basketball, baseball), Alicen Williams (cross country, girls basketball, track).
10th Grade Letters: Daniel Alsup (baseball, boys basketball), Trey Bryant (football, basketball, baseball), Crystal Chazaretta (cheerleading), Diamond Chazaretta (slow-pitch softball), Kyla Essary-Phillips (slow-pitch softball), Lilybet Harmon (cheerleading, track, cross country), Eimilee Lowry (cheerleading), Trista Perry (slow-pitch softball), Grayson Tomberlin (football, boys basketball, baseball), Tawny Vanover (cheerleading).
11th Grade Letters: Brooklyn Charmasson (cheerleading, slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball), Samantha Good (fast-pitch softball, girls basketball, slow-pitch softball), Avery Howard (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Savannah Lashley (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Bailee Martin (girls basketball), Gunner Phillips (football, boys basketball, baseball), Walker Rawlings (track), Madisen Rhoades (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Walter Snider (football), Juliet Spangler (cross country, girls basketball, track), Grace Stamper (cheerleading, slow-pitch softball), Andrew Villarreal (football, boys basketball, baseball), Lily York (cross country, girls basketball, track).
12th Grade Letters: Samuel Brown (football, baseball), Holland Carter (cheerleading, cross country, track), Laken Deboard (cheerleading, fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Travis Fristoe (football, boys basketball, track, baseball), Justyce Keith (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Emilee Martin (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Skyler Parkhill (football), Kalen Weldon (football), Pacen Wiest (football, baseball), Justin Williams (football).
Waurika Public Schools received a $15,000 grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Incentive Program for Schools.
The school system will use the grant funds to purchase new playground equipment at the elementary school along with site improvements.
“We will be replacing many of the wood chips with tire pieces plus replacing all of the swing seats and repairing the chains,” said Pat Cook, Principal, Waurika Elementary School. “We are so excited to receive this grant and look forward to opening the new playground in August 2019.”
“These grants recognize the efforts of the school district to promote healthy lifestyles actively,” said TSET Interim Director, Julie Bisbee. “Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”
Four Red River Technology Center students were awarded the Cameron University Tuition Fee Waiver, worth $1,000.00, during the annual RRTC Awards Ceremony held May 2. Receiving the scholarship were: Rickey Wylie, Practical Nursing, Comanche; Alexandria Jennings, Health Careers, Waurika; Kaliegh Bowers, Health Careers, Duncan; Carly Mann, Practical Nursing, Duncan.
Local attorney Phillip R. Scott has been practicing law for fifty years. Most of his practice was right here in Jefferson County.
Members of the Stephens County Bar Association as well as friends and family were present at the annual Stephens County Bar Association luncheon as Associate District Judge Dennis Gay presented Scott with a certificate from the Oklahoma Bar Association and a pin commemorating his 50 years of service.
Scott is a graduate of Waurika High School. Soon after graduation he hitchhiked his way to Oklahoma State University.
Eventually he transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Juris Doctorate in Law.
Scott began practicing law in 1969.
It’s impossible to talk about Scott’s law career without talking about his wife Pat, whom he married in law school.
They have worked side by side for 51 years. Scott says that she probably knows just about as much of the law as he does.
While attending law school Scott joined the ROTC. As Brigade Commander he was awarded the General Hal Muldrow Pistol as the outstanding senior cadet.
While in the military, he served as a lawyer and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ft. Knox and served in Viet Nam.
He tried 256 cases while serving at Ft. Knox.
While he was in Viet Nam he tried over 200 cases.
Scott was awarded two Army Commendation Medals and three Bronze Stars while serving in the military.
When he arrived back in Waurika in 1971 he served as the Assistant District Attorney before opening his own law practice in 1973.
During his time in private practice he has handled over 13,000 cases.
Besides his law practice he has found time to give back to the community he loves.
Scott has served on the Waurika School Board, The Master Conservancy Board, and The Jefferson County Hospital Board.
He has been the city attorney for Waurika, Ryan, Temple, Terral, and Big Pasture.
He is a member of the First Christian Church of Waurika, the Rotary Club and has served on the Waurika Chamber of Commerce.
Over the years, Scott has developed a reputation as the “preeminent” lawyer in Waurika. Many have dropped by his office on main street seeking legal advice.
Those in attendance at the luncheon from Waurika included members of the Scott family: Phil and Pat Scott, Brad and Elizabeth Scott along with their children, Lodge and Houston Scott. Attorneys present included Bill Eakin and Jamie Phipps along with Judge Dennis Gay and Assistant District Attorney Allie Buckholts.
During the annual luncheon Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Richard Darby gave a humorous and inspiring speech.
The Waurika Public Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair starts this weekend! The Book Fair will be located at the front of the Waurika News Journal and will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2: p.m. Saturday, May 4th to coincide with Downtown Again. At the Book Fair, you will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters, school supplies, and fun for everyone! The Scholastic Book Fair brings to Waurika a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more!
Summer is right around the corner! The Waurika Public Library invites elementary-aged children, those who will be entering 1st grade through 5th grade in September, to attend this year’s Summer Reading Program. A variety of weekday programming will be offered and lunch will be provided daily for any school-aged child.
The theme this year is A Universe of Stories! Programming will run each weekday, June 3-July 26 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 at noon each day.
Children must be registered to attend. For more 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/
When taking my seat for supper monday night I was once again reminded about how age can give very different points of reference. I heard a gentleman say that he was a big fan of Pistol Pete. To which a rather young Ryan alum started explaining how Pistol Pete was once the mascot for her high school. The first speaker thought this odd that a small school in Oklahoma would choose a former collage and professional basketball player that had no discernable connection to Ryan or Oklahoma as it’s mascot. Now Abe Lemons would be a different story, he at least was born in Ryan. The confusion was sorted out and all parties concerned can be forgiven in as much as the two gentlemen are not from around here and the young lady was not born by the time Pete Maravich passed away
On the drive home I was able to enjoy all the wildflowers that are currently blooming. There are spots where the Indian Paintbrush make an almost solid blanket of color broken only by the odd buttercup and the yellow of the bush sunflower.
I received a letter today from Jon Harris. It was nice to hear from Jon and feedback is always welcome. I’m sometimes concerned that I am using up too much space on personal stories and book reports. Those concerns take second place to my worry that I misspelled a kids name, angry grandparents can be mean.
I’m not going to write about the book I am currently reading, between this book and reruns of “Criminal Minds” on television, I’m lucky not to have nightmares. I am going to give another installment of my list of favorite books. Number one is a non-fiction book called “The River of Doubt” by Candice Miller. The book is about Theodore Roosevelt and his post presidential trip down the Amazon River tributary. Given Teddy’s propensity for adventure that may have had more to do with the trip than the science, although there was some of that as well. During the exploration of the largely uncharted river that was later renamed the Roosevelt River, the United States almost lost one of its most beloved Presidents. Between the river, wildlife and disease, the lives of a large portion of the party was almost lost. Number two is “The Walking Drum” by Louis L’Amour. If you have only ever read Mr. L’Amours westerns then you are really missing out. This story is about a trading caravan in 12th century Europe and the mid-east. Louis L’Amour was a student of history and an outstanding story teller and this is one of his better books.
My proof reader told me that there was not much of “Around Ryan” in this column. Au contraire, the discussion about the mascot was about Ryan. The wildflowers are around Ryan. Mr. Harris is from Ryan. And I read the books while living in Ryan, so there (I would blow her a raspberry but I don’t know how the spell it).
Quote of the day- “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha
Terral School – May 1st will be the end of the year field trip for grades 5th- 8th they will be traveling to OKC for the Dodgers Game. May 2nd will be the end of year field trip for 3 years old through 4th grade going to the Nocona Park in Nocona Texas. May 3rd they will not have school. May 6th will be our board meeting at 4:00 p.m. May 7th is our graduation. May 8th is our field day for 5th through 8th grades. May 9th we will not have school- Professional Day. May 10th is our awards ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and the last day of school.
FBC Girls in Action Group – School is almost out and we will be out for the Summer also. Last day for our kids or Christ is May 8th. We are gearing up for our Mother’s Appreciation Breakfast on May 11th. We will be finishing up our study of Super-Heroes soon. End of the Year Pool Party will be announced as soon as scheduled. Special Thanks to everyone who supported us this year.
Terral Alumni Association – Attention All Students: It is time to apply for Terral Alumni Scholarships. The deadline is May 3, 2019, and the application must be postmarked on or before that date to be considered. The following are eligible to apply: 1)Have graduated or will be graduating from Ryan High School. 2) Are attending or will be attending an accredited institution of higher learning full-time, 12 hours per semester. 3) Reside in the Terral, Oklahoma school district. Terral Alumni does not discriminate in its scholarship program on the basis of race. The committee will be making the final decision for the scholarship in May. The applicant receiving this scholarship must be enrolled and confirmed by the institution’s registrar before the check is mailed directly to the institution in the Fall and in the Spring. If you have not received a scholarship application in the mail and are interested in applying, please contact Karen Gunter, 580-437-2347, Thanks- Johnny Reynolds, President.
Happy Birthday To You – Wylie Vanover celebrated his “50” on April 24th.
Community Prayer List – Jan Campsey, Gary Bussey, A.R and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world. Our Prayer is for God to keep you in his loving care.
WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage.
“When other insurance coverage is not an option, NAP is a valuable risk mitigation tool for farmers and ranchers,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “In agriculture, losses from natural disasters are a matter of when, not if, and having a NAP policy provides a little peace of mind.”
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of commercial crops for which insurance coverage is not available in order to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevent crop planting.
NAP Buy-Up Coverage Option
The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.
Producers have a one-time opportunity until May 24, 2019, to obtain buy-up coverage for 2019 or 2020 eligible crops for which the NAP application closing date has passed.
Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.
NAP Service Fees
For all coverage levels, the new NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties. These amounts reflect a $75 service fee increase for crop, county or multi-county coverage. The fee increases apply to obtaining NAP coverage on crops on or after April 8, 2019.
NAP Enhancements for Qualified Military Veterans
The 2018 Farm Bill NAP amendments specify that qualified veteran farmers or ranchers are now eligible for a service fee waiver and premium reduction, if the NAP applicant meets certain eligibility criteria.
Beginning, limited resource and targeted underserved farmers or ranchers remain eligible for a waiver of NAP service fees and premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, “Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification.”
For NAP application, eligibility and related program information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center. To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov.
Four Waurika Band students competed in the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble contest last week. The contest was held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The flute trio, consisting of junior Nicole Burton and freshmen Kaytlyn Williams and Mallory Adkins, received the top rating of Superior from the judge. Chloe Adkins, also a freshman, received a 2 rating, also an outstanding accomplishment. Starr Herron was accompanist for Chloe.
Band Director Everett Hodges said, “I am so proud of these girls. They work extra and spend the time necessary to be good. They are a big core of our group and I look forward to many future successes.”