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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

FCCLA Attend District Leadership Meeting


On October 26, nineteen Members of Waurika FCCLA traveled to Duncan to attend the South 4 District Leadership Meeting.  This years meeting, held at the Simmons Center, was centered around a carnival theme.  Around 500 members from 20 schools enjoyed the keynote delivered by hypnotist Johnie Fredman.  For their service project, the group donated over 500  needed items to Oklahoma Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer begun by Toby Keith’s Foundation.  Family, Career and Community Leaders is a student organization that focuses on leadership, service and personal development, and is a part of Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Round Ryan July 18, 2019


 The American Legion Post here in Ryan will be having their monthly dance Saturday, July 20th.  The dance will start at 7:00 pm.  They will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs.  You can’t beat the price for dinner and entertainment.

 Sunday, July 21st is the date chosen by the Ryan Beautification Group for another Indian Taco dinner.  It will be held at the Ryan Senior Citizens Center.  It will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  They price is donations only.

 Sports Physicals are scheduled for Monday, July 22nd for the female athletes and Monday, July 29th for the male athletes.  They will be performed at Dr. Chad Williams office in Waurika at the cost of $10.00 and is for all athletes grades 5 through 12.

 Enrollment for the coming school year will be August 7th and 8th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Check with the school for the schedule for enrollment for your youngster.

 Ryan Volunteer Fire Department is having their 1st Annual 5K fun run and walk, someone has a strange idea of fun.  It will be held Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 am, lunch will be served after at the Fire Department.

 I feel behooved to announce the 1st Annual “Christmas On the Trail Chili Cook Off”.  It will be held Saturday, September 21st in beautiful downtown Ryan, Oklahoma.  This is a fundraiser for the Christmas On the Trail Festival that we will have in early December.  Entry fee is $40.00 per team, with a limit of four members to a team.  You must enter by Monday, September 16th.  Identity of the judges is a closely guarded secret but I can tell you that we are fortunate to have an expert on food of the tex-mex variety, another gentleman of discerning taste and a well known chef.  I hope you will all come out for some chili and listen to the music of Upper Road.

 I was just sitting and visiting with some friends the other day about the good old days and the name Lester “Pinkie” Abell was mentioned.  Most of you will probably remember Pinkie Abell.  The thing that came to mind for me was Pinkie riding his motorcycle.  Now Mr. Abell did farm and ranch work and he dressed the part, he wore tall cowboy boots and tucked his pants into the tops.  I can still see him in his cowboy clothes  on what was the first full dressed Harley-Davidson motorcycle that I ever saw, it even had a stereo.

 You may have noticed the activity going on Highway 81 across from the Bob Givens Sports Complex.  I am starting a contest, it’s a guessing game.  What is going to be built on that site?  So far I have heard several different things.  #1 is a new bank, #2 is a dollar store, #3 is a new bank and a dollar store and #4 is a house.  If you guess correctly you get bragging rights.  I don’t know about all of you but I’m giddy with anticipation to find out what’s going to be built. 

Waurika Cemetery Board Meeting


The Waurika Cemetery Board had their meeting recently at Waurika City Hall. 

Jim Gibson presided over the meeting. 

America Dudley read the minutes from the previous meeting. 

Jim began the meeting by announcing that there were two new members added to the board. 

The new members are Mary Abernathy and Loretta Richardson. 

Next, Jim said that they had recieved two bids for mowing the Waurika Cemetery but that it still needs to run one more week in the newspaper. 

America said the Treasurer report was the same as it was at the previous meeting. 

Mary Abernathy said she wants the cemetery to continuously look good. She said that was very important to her. 

The possibility of donations was discussed. 

Another question asked was how much it cost to operate the cemetery on a yearly basis.

Someone asked if an itemized statement of income and expenses could be presented at least once year to those who attend the yearly meeting. 

The board voted to do this in the future. 

The estimated yearly expense discussed was somewhere around $26,000.00. 

The question arose again about transparency and that led to what was spent in 2017. The board responded that the only real major expense that year was the building of the fence. Someone else asked it if would ever be finished and painted. 

The board said they would like to have gates at the cemetery where it can be locked. 

Another question asked was how to assist those who come in from out of town looking for the graves of their loved ones, especially on holidays. 

The Board said that at the moment, the Insurance Commissioner had all those records. 

It was also noted that maps of the cemetery were located at the Dudley Funeral Home in Waurika. However, it was also stated that it was not very readable. 

Someone suggested that volunteers could get together to map the cemetery and produce a new map that could be available to visitors to the cemetery. 

There being  no further business, the meeting was adjourned. 

Jeffco Nursing Students Graduate From Red River Technology


 Nineteen Practical Nursing students from Red River Technology Center recently received their pins and diplomas during a graduation ceremony held June 20, 2019, at the Delbert E. Morrison Health Careers Building Auditorium.

Superintendent Dennis Loafman and Assistant Superintendent Brook Holding delivered the welcome to the crowd of graduates, family and friends. Members of the 44th Practical Nursing class were then honored for their year of hard work with numerous scholarships and other achievement awards.

Red River Technology Center’s counselor, Misty Wade, recognized the graduates who had previously received scholarships and awards from organizations.

The following organizations have previously awarded scholarships: the Duncan Regional Hospital Auxiliary; Hugh H. Cherry VFW 1192 and Auxiliary to Post 1192; John E. Lillard Scholarship; Owl Club of Duncan; Oklahoma Career Tech Foundation; Otha Grimes Scholarship; Jerry Morris Scholarship Committee; The Duncan Breakfast Optimist Organization; Physicians Manpower Training Commission; Martha Overstreet and the Philanthropic Education Organization (BK, EE, FJ, and GS Chapters); Horatio Alger, Rodney Love/Next Step; and Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarships.

Those receiving awards on the night of graduation were: 

Saela Sullins and Suzanne Greeson, were voted Outstanding Fellow Classmates by their peers.

Carly Mann received the Award for Outstanding Theory Knowledge and Kristi LaFerr received the Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice.  Duncan Regional Hospital received an award for Best Clinical Facility, and Julia Kosechata received the Mountain Mover award.

 Jessica Church, Tiffany Cummings, Tina Riggs and Rickey Wylie represented the top 10 percent of the 2018-2019 Practical Nursing class and were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.  

Outstanding Students for the Practical Nursing Program this year were Ana Gomez, Suzanne Greeson, Charlie Romero and Saela Sullins.

Practical Nursing Director Amanda Churchman, RN, introduced the graduates while Program Director Sylvia Loveday presented diplomas. Practical Nursing instructors Krissy Bohn, RN, and Liz Baxter, RN, presented nursing pins to the graduates, while each graduate was pinned by a member of their family.

The 2018-2019 graduates are: Marissa Beeson, Stephanie Carrasco, Jessica Church, Tiffany Cummings, Ana Gomez, Suzanne Greeson, Kassie Hekia, Ashley Idell, Jonathan Johnson, Melanie Kohler, Kristi LaFerr, Kaylee Land, Carly Mann, Tina Riggs, Charlie Romero, Dane Smith, Amber Spaulding, Saela Sullins, and Rickey Wylie.

Waurika City Commissioner’s July Meeting

 The July 8th regular meeting of the Waurika City Commissioners was lightly attended. 

One of the first things decided on was the use of the future REAP Grant funds to be used to chip and seal the road that circles the Elementary School. 

According to those present, it has been awhile since the road was resurfaced. 

Next, the commissioners adopted their Five Year Plan. The plan is required in order to apply for a REAP Grant. 

The interlocal agreement with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for Dispatch Services in the amount of $3,027.20 per month was approved. This agreement must be approved annually. 

The contract with A&A Wind Pro to lease property with Waurika was approved. 

Bids were opened for the 1983 Chevy Truck belonging to the Waurika Fire Department, which had been declared as surplus. The highest bid of $1,100.00 was accepted. 

Bids were opened for a surplus declared 2008 John Deer Mower. The bid for $300.00 was accepted. 

Bids for the unused rolls of insulation that had previously been declared as surplus by the City of Waurika were opened. The highest bid was in the amount of $750.00. It was accepted. 

The commissioners approved a new digital camera system for the new police patrol vehicle in the amount of $3,280.00. 

Claims in the amount of $32,701.79 for the City of Waurika were approved. 

It was reported that 25 loads of leftover millings from the road work on Hwy 70 east of Waurika was donated to the City of Waurika. 

Acting City Manager reported that work continues on the Presbyterian Church. 

Code enforcement continues, according to  City Clerk, Michael Bryant. Currently there are 19 properties in the process of being cleaned up. There are 25 more that will be brought into the process in the near future. 

It is a slow tedious process but it will pay off in the future says Bryant.

The City of Waurika now hired a new police officer. His name is Matt Peck. There will be an article in an upcoming issue about him and his experience. 

One of the main concerns the police department faces is the break ins and thefts that have been occurring on the north side of town.

 In other business, Commissioner Henry Lara suggested that the police officers write down the street lights they  notice out at night so PSO can be contacted about repairing them the next day. 

The Go Bonds, funds which have already been approved, the revenue of which comes in from the bond, in the amount of $40,255.31 were approved. 

The financial report by RS Meacham was accepted and approved. 

Overall it has been a good year for the city financially. One of the reasons is the revenue generated by the pipeline company temporarily operating in Waurika. 

Commissioner Bill Everett complimented acting manager Brad Scott for his management. He said he could remember the shape the city was in before Brad took back over. 

There being no new business, the Waurika City Commissioner  meeting was adjourned. 

After a short break, the commissioners reconvened to conduct the business of the Waurika Public Works Authority (WPWA).

The minutes from the previous meetings were approved. 

Bids on the John Deer D140 Mower were opened. The Mower only has 60 hours on it.  No bids were accepted.  

The city purchased a new $800.00 air compressor for the water department. 

Claims in the amount of $55,353.85 for the WPWA were approved. 

Next, the finincial report from RS Meacham was approved. 

There being no new business, the meeting was adjourned. 

Waurika Go Bond Money Well Spent on Life Saving Device

Photo by Michael Bryant

Members of the Waurika, Ryan, Hastings, and Addington Fire Departments recently met in Waurika to see the new Genesis-Rescue System in action. It is Genesis’ version of what was previously known as the “Jaws of Life”. The demonstrstion was conducted by Randy Williams. 

This new system is battery operated and very fast. It is more efficient. Members of the various fire departments watched demonstrations and some even participated in hands-on experience with the Genesis-Rescue System. 

Photo by Michael Bryant
Photo by Michael Bryant

Thompson Ranch wins Waurika Ranch Rodeo


This year’s winner of the Waurika Ranch Rodeo is the Thompson Ranch of Munday, Texas. They have competed in all 14 Waurika Ranch Rodeos. 

Coming in Second was the 3B/Infinity Cattle Company.

Third Place went to the Slash W. Cattle Ranch. 

Fourth Place was Burns Ranch. 

The Top Hand was Quincy Carlton

of the Slash W. Cattle Ranch. 

The Thompson Ranch will now get a chance to compete in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo in November. 

The Top Horse, Seven S Crazy Horse, owned and ridden by Robert Forst 
of the Stuart Ranch.
The Stuart Ranch is located both here in
Waurika and in Caddo County. 
Award presented by the American Quarter Horse Association. 

Photo by Curtis Plant
Grady Martin won the Calf Scramble.
Grady lives in  Comanche, Oklahoma. 

Photo by Curtis Plant
Photo by Curtis Plant
Photo by Curtis Plant

Terral News and Happenings


QUOTE OF THE DAY – “The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso.

I would like to take the time to say “Thanks” for all the prayers, cards, and phone calls while I was home after back surgery.  “Thank You” to Sue McKinley for doing my office duties while I was out of the office.  A special “Thanks” to Mary Alice Kunkel for teaching my GA Class on Wednesday nights at the church.  GA’s your notes and drawings were so very uplifting and I really enjoyed them.  While I am not 100% as of yet, I am on the road to recovery.  I could not have done this without my best friend and partner in life, my husband, Valton Gambill.  I want you to know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me.  Thank you all – Shirley Gambill.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GA’s -Thanks to all who came out on Saturday and supported our Bingo and fundraising efforts.

If you missed it, you will have a second chance on Dec. 1 to play Bingo again at 3:00 p.m. Come and join us!

TERRAL SCHOOL EVENTS – Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 19-23.  School resumes on Nov. 26th. Nov. 26 we will have a game at Wichita Falls Christian at 4:00 p.m. there.

TERRAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – The Terral Volunteer Fire Department is having a Toy and Food Drive for Christmas.  Donation boxes are located at the Terral City Hall.  The Drive will begin on November 1st through Dec. 15th. 

All donations will be given to those in need in Terral at Christmastime.  For more information, you may call  580-437-2337.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift Wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each.  If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437i-2545 after 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group.  Hope to see ya there!

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriguez, Carried Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Daly, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world.  May God Keep you in His loving care.

Nurse Practitioner Katy Barnett Becoming Part of Community

 Katy Barnett, APRN-CNP plans to be a familiar face in the Waurika community. Barnett has been with Waurika Family Care since July as a primary care provider seeing patients of all ages.

Katy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls) and received her master’s (APRN-CNP) from Walden University.

Originally from Archer City, Texas, Katy moved to Addington when she married her husband, Blake, who is a ranch hand at the Stewart Ranch. “For many years, I drove to Wichita Falls to work at United Regional Hospital in the Medical ICU department, “said Katy.

As a third generation nurse, Katy has always wanted to help others. “My grandmother was a nurse, and my mom is a Nurse Practitioner” shared Katy. “Being a nurse has afforded me a way to help others and to give back to the community.”

Katy works full-time in the Waurika Family Care clinic seeing patients for a broad range needs. “Coming to work in Waurika has been everything I expected and more,” smiled Katy. “It has allowed me to get back to the basics and help those that have limited access to healthcare. And it doesn’t hurt that I work much closer to home!”

She is looking forward to making new friendships, new connections and becoming part of the community. “I recently joined the Sorosis Club and my son, Slade, attends school in Waurika and I plan to become more involved in the school system as he grows,” said Katy.

When she’s not helping patients achieve good health, she loves spending time with her family especially going fishing, watching a Texas Rangers baseball game, splurging on Reese’s Peanut butter cups and Christmas!

You can schedule your appointment with Katy Monday through Friday by calling 580-228-3669.

Jefferson County 4H News


Saturday, December 8 – Waurika Christmas Parade (Jefferson County 4-H will decorate our float Monday, November 26; Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28).  We will begin at 4 p.m. each day.  

Saturday, December 15 – Share-the-Fun will begin at 2 p.m. at Ryan Public School.  Please register by November 30 to Jefferson County OSU Extension Office – 580-228-2332.

Monday, December 17 – “4-H Kids Cooking in the Kitchen” (Holiday Sweets) – 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, March 9 – Jefferson County Jr. Livestock Show

Saturday, April 6 – Jefferson County Communication Contest (speeches, Illustrated Talks, Demonstrations) 1 p.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension Office.

Saturday, May 11 – Jefferson County Cupcake Wars – 11:00 a.m. at Jefferson County OSU Extension office.


To participate in 4-H events and activities, including showing livestock, you must be enrolled in the 2018-2019 enrollment period which began September 1.  Enrollment is completed online by the family at ok.4honline.com    There is a state 4-H program fee; there is no charge for Adult volunteers.

If you need assistance, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332.

We are looking for adult volunteers for 4-H Clubs!  We have youth interested in joining 4-H and need adults to be leaders.  Call 580-228-2332 for more information.

CLOVER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTION:  In what city did 4-H first begin in Oklahoma?

Answer:  Tishomingo


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