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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Waurika City Commission Holds Monthly Meeting


 The Waurika City Council held it’s September meeting on Monday the 10th at 6:00 pm at Waurika City Hall. 

The minutes from the August 13, 2018 Meeting were approved. 

Members of the City Commission  approved the Capital Improvement Plant (CIP) for the Fiscal Year 2018-19. The plan simply states what some of the cities future needs may be. 

Waurika will be applying for a REAP Grant for up to $45,000.00 to enable them to work on the former DOC project building and to advertise for bids to install wiring and HVAC (Phase II), with the right to accept bids for all or partial work. 

Susan Howard has been appointed by the Governor to head up a study about children. 

The “Estimate of Needs” for the Fiscal Year 2018-19 was approved. 

Ordinance No. 09102018-02 was approved. It amends Chapter 2, Alcoholic Beverages, in its entirety to conform with updated state laws; providing for effective date of October 1, 2018; declaring repealer; providing for sever ability thereof; and declaring an emergency. 

Waurika’s City Commissioners also approved the adoption of Ordinance No. 09102018-03, amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Waurika by adding a new Chapter 21, pertaining to Medical Marijuana; providing for legislative intent and purpose; adopting definitions; adopting regulations of the Oklahoma State Department of Health Title 310, Chapter 681 pertaining to medical Marijuana; requiring commercial marijuana permits; establishing regulations pertaining to operations, locations, facilities and permittee restrictions; establishing  regulations for marijuana cultivation; regulating advertisements; providing procedures for revocation of permits; providing for prohibited acts; providing for penalties; declaring repealer; providing for savings; providing for sever ability thereof; and declaring an emergency. 

Departmental Reports:

Brad Scott, acting city manager, reported that Waurika Police Chief Gary Whittington had submitted his resignation. He also announced that Justin Winslett is the new Police Chief. 

Michael Bryant reported that he had posted on four different properties and then four more two weeks later for Code Enforcement reasons. One of the properties has been improved (corner of 8th and D Street). He also reported that citizens are beginning to clean up their own properties. Slowly but surely properties are coming into compliance with the city codes. 

It was suggested that a community meeting be held to remind citizens of the city ordinances when it comes to maintaining property within the city limits. 

Financial claims in the amount of $21,045.88 were approved. 

The financial report from RS Meacham was approved. 

According to the report there was an increase in cash of about $9,400.00 over last month. Unrestricted Cash, however, was a little down. Sales and Use tax was up by about 5 percent. For instance, the August report for this fiscal year was $38,606.00. The sales and use tax receipts for August from the previous year was only $34,515.00. 

Cowboys Pull Out 30-14 Homecoming Victory over Maysville

 It was quite a show of offense last Friday night at Bob Givens Sports Complex by Ryan and Maysville.

It just did not result in a lot of points.

The Cowboys, however, had just enough firepower to record a 30-14 victory over the Warriors in Ryan’s homecoming game.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Now the Cowboys hit the road for the third time in four games as they travel to Caddo tomorrow night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Caddo is 1-2 on the year.

The Cowboys rolled up 453 total yards in the game but turnovers and the inability to convert two-point conversions kept the Cowboys from lighting up the scoreboard.

The Cowboy defense came up with a few big plays to thwart a number of Maysville scoring threats to help Ryan earn its third victory of the season.

Photo by Sheree Hanson


The Cowboys scored on their opening drive of the game marching 70 yards on seven plays. Skyler Parkhill covered the final four yards for the score. The two-point conversion failed, but Ryan held a 6-0 lead with 9:34 left in the first quarter.

Maysville threatened to answer the Cowboys’ score, but the Warriors’ drive bogged down after a delay of game penalty and a nine-yard loss on a quarterback sack by Parkhill on a fourth down play from the Ryan 28.

The Cowboys took over at their own 37 and it took Ryan only two plays to score. Parkhill picked up seven yards and then sophomore quarterback Grayson Tomberlin had a nifty 56-yard run for the score. The two-point conversion failed, but Ryan held a 12-0 advantage with 3:51 to play in the first period.

On the ensuing kickoff the Cowboys perfectly executed an onside kick as Andrew Villerreal combined to kick the ball and recover the onside kick giving Ryan possession at midfield.

It took Ryan seven plays to drive to the Maysville 33 and that is when the game’s momentum slipped from the grasp of the Cowboys. Talented Maysville quarterback and defensive back Gunner Aprill picked off an errant Tomberlin pass and returned the interception 41 yards to give Maysville possession at the Ryan 48.

Ryan HS Cheerleaders
Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Warriors drove the ball deep into Ryan territory, but Tomberlin picked off a pass in the end zone to keep the Warriors off the scoreboard.

The Cowboys turned the ball back over the Warriors just two plays later on a mishandled exchange and this time Maysville took advantage. On the first play of the drive, Aprill scampered 24 yards for the touchdown and also ran for the two points to cut Ryan’s lead to 12-8 with 7:30 left in the first half.

Ryan answered the score with a seven-play, 63-yard scoring drive. The big play of the drive was a 42-yard completion to Parkhill that gave the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the Warrior seven.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

After a loss and a 10-yard penalty, Kalen Weldon picked up 16 yards on a counter and then Tomberlin found Parkhill across the middle of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass. Again the Cowboys failed to convert the two-point try, but led 18-8 with 3:33 left before intermission.

Maysville answered the Cowboy score quickly. A 25-yard kickoff return put the Warriors in business at the Ryan 45 and in just three plays went the distance for the score. Aprill found Damon McCallister behind the Cowboy defense for a 47-yard touchdown pass. The try for two failed, but with 2:02 left before the half the Warriors had trimmed the lead to 18-14.

The Cowboys threatened to score again by driving to the Maysville 25, but the Warriors intercepted another pass in the end zone to turn back the Cowboys and the half ended with Maysville running out the remaining seconds.

Photo by Sheree Hanson

On Maysville’s opening drive of the second half Aprill took the Warriors from their own 36 to the Ryan 32 as he carried the ball on every play with the exception of one pass incompletion. Ryan stopped the Warriors on fourth down and took the ball over on downs.

The Cowboys took 11 plays to move 72 yards with Weldon’s key 21-yard spectacular catch keeping the drive alive on a fourth down. Parkhill went around left end for the final 12 yards and Ryan held a 24-14 lead with 4:03 left in the third quarter.

Maysville went on another long drive and moved the ball to the Ryan 23, but on fourth down Villerreal chased down Aprill for a six-yard loss that gave the Cowboys the ball on downs.

On the third play of the drive Tomberlin found Parkhill open on the left side and after the Cowboy senior dodged a couple of tacklers, he sprinted 71 yards for the score with 9:00 left in the game. The run for two points failed again, but Ryan was in front, 30-14.

Two of Maysville’s final three drives resulted in the Cowboy defense getting key stops on fourth downs to help preserve the victory.

Tomberlin and Parkhill accounted for most of the 453 total yards on offense for the Cowboys.

Parkhill set the school record for most yards receiving in a game with 189 yards on just seven receptions. He also rushed six times for 30 yards.

Tomberlin finished with 151 yards rushing on 19 carries. He was 12 of 20 passing for 249 yards, but he did have three interceptions.

On defense, Tomberlin and Parkhill played big roles. Tomberlin was in on 17 tackles on the night, while Parkhill added nine stops. Villerreal, who had 11 tackles, and Parkhill put pressure on the Maysville quarterback much of the night.

COWBOY CORRAL: The win broke a two-game losing streak in homecoming games for Ryan not including last year’s homecoming game with Grandfield which Ryan won by forfeit…..Ryan now leads the short series with Maysville, 4-2….This was the first meeting between the two schools in an eight-man game….The last time Ryan played Maysville was in 1975 with the Cowboys coming away with a 9-6 victory….Tomberlin’s passing performance was the sixth most yards passing by a quarterback in school history….It was also the sixth most passing yards by a Cowboy team in school history….The 12 receptions in the game ties for the ninth most in a single game in school history along with the 12 receptions in a 1940 contest with Grandfield…The 30 points scored by Ryan is the second most in the series with Maysville just behind the 34 points scored in a 34-0 victory by the 1974 squad….The 1988 Ryan Cowboys, the first Ryan football team to play for a state title, were introduced at halftime along with coaches Phil Elerick and Gordon Garner.

Game in Figures

                                MHS         RHS

First Downs             14            14

Yards Rushing         49-218     29-204

Yards Passing         77            249

Passes                     2-6           12-21

Passes Int. By          3              1

Fumbles, Lost          2-0           1-1

Punts                       0              0

Penalties                  6-35         6-45

                SCORE BY QUARTERS

Maysville  0              14            0              0–14

Ryan        12            6              6              6–30

                FIRST QUARTER

RYAN – Skyler Parkhill 4 run (run failed), 9:34

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 56 run (run failed), 3:51

                SECOND QUARTER

MAYSVILLE – Gunner Aprill 24 run (Aprill run), 7:30

RYAN – Parkhill 4 pass from Tomberlin (run failed), 3:33

MAYSVILLE – Damon McCallister 47 pass from Aprill (run failed), 2:02

                THIRD QUARTER

RYAN – Tomberlin 12 run (run failed), 4:03

                FOURTH QUARTER

RYAN – Parkhill 71 pass from Tomberlin (run failed), 9:00


MAYSVILLE – Rushing: Aprill 35-166, Bentley Stevens 3-22, Junior Simmons 6-12, Luke Dobson 2-9, Jacob Owen 1-7, McCallister 2-2; Passing: Simmons 0-2-0-0; Aprill 2-4-77-1; Receiving: McCallister 2-11.

RYAN – Rushing: Tomberlin 19-151, Parkhill 6-30, Kalen Weldon 1-16, Travis Fristoe 1-8, Gunner Phillips 2- -1; Passing: Parkhill 0-1-0-0; Tomberlin 12-20-249-3; Receiving: Parkhill 7-189, Weldon 2-48, Fristoe 1-10, Andrew Villerreal 1-5, Phillips 1- -3; Tackles: Tomberlin 17, Villerreal 11, Parkhill 9, Weldon 7,  Justin Williams 5, Walter Snider 4, Gunner Phillips 3, Trey Bryant 3, Pacen Wiest 3, Sam Brown 2.

Round Ryan September 20 2018

Ryan Main Street

This past week has been a very eventful week around here. It was homecoming week for our Ryan School.  

On Wednesday, if you were on Washington Street, at about 9:15am, here came a little crew from the school. It was Heidi Townsend and TJ Dewbre, and 8 little preschoolers, walking to the drug store to get a tasty treat of an ice cream cone. They each one held onto a rope and walked in an orderly fashion, nearly a mile, to get to town. There were some dressed in a costume to go along with the week’s event.

It seemed like they all had a really good time. We had a table and chairs fixed up for them when they came. 

On Friday, there was a good crowd to attend the homecoming football game. There was a special half time honoring Phil Elerick and the 1988 Ryan football team. Most of the men on the team  from that time period were there for this. We had a parade downtown before the game and saw some very good looking floats. Our Cowboys won that game 30 to 14. Holland Carter was crowned Homecoming Queen at the game. 

Saturday, Macie and Austin exchanged their wedding vows. It was a very pretty setting for their wedding. They were married just up north and east of Duncan at Kendall’s View venue.

Sunday, there was the Indian Taco dinner to raise money for the Ryan Beautification Group.  It was a very good meal. I hope they raised a good bit of money so that it can be used in different ways to benefit the community.

I have not yet been able to find a buyer for the pharmacy. I keep extending my date of closure, thinking that something good will happen and the store will be able to stay open. 

Tuesday afternoon, Robin told us that Ricky’s mom had passed away. Prayers to Ricky and his family during their time of loss. 

This coming Saturday is the 4th Saturday of the month and the food commodities will be distributed at the Ryan Food Bank. 

Kim’s news for this week: 

On Sunday, once again, Dustan gave Ruffy Tuffy a trim and Penny was with him. On Monday, I was glad, I had lunch at Circle Dee’s with my dad. Foxy couldn’t go, she was sad. 

Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for rain and each other, please.

Terral News and Happenings August 23 2018


Quote Of The Day- “Your passion becomes our legacy when you serve other, being who you are, doing what you love.” Anonymous

Terral School- School physicals will be on Aug. 29th. 

First Baptist Church Kids For Christ- Our RA’s, GA’s and Kids for Christ will begin again on September 5th, at 5:30 P.M. The GA’s will have a Pre-Enrollment on August 29th at 6:00 P.M. in the church basement. Mrs. Shirley and Mrs. Kunkel will be enrolling girls in First through sixth grades. We are gearing up for another great year!

Happy Birthday To You- Happy Birthday to Barbara Foster on the 20th. Clinton Fergonson will party on the 21st. Crystal on the 28th.

Happy Anniversary- Darrell & Barbara Foster will be celebrate on the 21st. Randal and Tammy Garcia will celebrate on the 28th.

Community Prayer List- A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villareal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Baysinger, 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.

Bartlesville’s Kevin Potter Reappointed to Aeronautics Commission


OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin has reappointed Kevin Potter of Bartlesville to represent District 1 on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission.

District 1 encompasses all of Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties, as well as small portions of Creek and Rogers counties in northeastern Oklahoma. Potter’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2024.

“I have learned a great deal during my tenure serving on the Aeronautics Commission,” said Potter. “Due to a statewide study in 2017, we now know that aviation and aerospace is the second largest industry in our state with a $44 billion annual economic impact.  Because of these new findings, Oklahoma aviation has been energized. The Aeronautics Commission is positioned to facilitate continued aerospace commerce growth.  I am proud to be part of the team to help the State of Oklahoma advance the aviation and aerospace sector.”

Potter is president and general manager of Bartlesville Radio.  A licensed private pilot who has flown for nearly 30 years, Potter and his wife, Dorea, have owned and operated Radio Broadcasting since 1980, which consists of four radio stations located in and around the Bartlesville area, and four radio stations in Coffeyville, Kansas. Prior to their move to Bartlesville, the couple owned and operated two radio stations for 15 years while living in Monmouth, Ill.

Potter currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association, Salvation Army and the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Foundation. He is also an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Rotary Club.

Potter played college football at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he also earned his bachelor’s degree.


The mission of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is to promote aviation, which includes ensuring that the needs of commerce and communities across the state are met by the state’s 108 publicly owned airports that comprise the Oklahoma Airport System, and helping ensure the viability of the state’s aerospace industry.


Aviation Industry Facts:


The Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Industry produces just under $44B in annual economic activity, making it the second largest economic engine in our state. Three segments account for the $44B total: Military aviation, $19.3B; off-airport aviation and aerospace businesses, $13.9B; and the 108 commercial and general aviation airports, $10.6B.  Aviation & Aerospace supports 206,000 jobs totaling an $11.7B payroll. The average salary in the industry is $73,300 making it one of the highest average salaries in the state.

Waurika Library News September 20 2018


 New to the library’s collection is James Patterson’s “Home Sweet Murder”.  This Large Print edition includes two true-crime thrillers as seen on Investigation Discovery’s Murder is Forever TV series.

HOME SWEET MURDER. Lawyer Leo Fisher and his wife Sue are a sixty-one-year-old couple enjoying a quiet Sunday dinner at home. Until a man in a suit rings their front door claiming to be an SEC agent. By the end of the evening, two people will be shot, stabbed, and tortured. And two others will fare worse…

MURDER ON THE RUN. The middle-aged housekeeper found dead with a knife in her throat was bad. But the little boy was worse. After a bloody double homicide that puts Omaha, Nebraska, on the map, Detective Derek Mois promises the boy’s parents he will catch the killer, no matter how long or far he runs.

Last week’s article incorrectly stated the date for The FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library Fall Used Book Sale.  The correct date for the sale is Saturday, Oct 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..  The Used Book Sale will be held at the annex across from the library.  We’ll have lots of books to choose from at great prices.  Don’t miss it!

“Our Day at the Zoo” is a story about children that visit and imitate a variety of animals on a trip to the OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden.  The book is available for check out at the Waurika Public Library and patrons that check out “Our Day at the Zoo” will receive one free voucher good for general admission for four people to the Oklahoma City Zoo good through March 31, 2019. 

Story Time is held every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories, and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

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

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.

New Oklahoma Documentary Chronicling Opioid Addiction Epidemic


OKLAHOMA CITY – Killing Pain, a seven part documentary series chronicling the state’s opioid addiction epidemic launched this week and is available to view, free of charge, on https://www.killingpain.com/.

The in-depth documentary explores the public health crisis in Oklahoma from its origin to steps the state is currently taking to stem the epidemic. The series is presented by Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE) and produced by Lampstand Media.

The series also features personal stories of addiction, the economic cost of the crisis and the biology of addiction.

Attorney General Mike Hunter appears in multiple episodes to discuss the state’s response and the lawsuit filed by his office last July.

“Killing Pain is a pioneering series that shines light on the tragic story of how our state got in this position and why we are close to ground zero in terms of the addiction epidemic,” Attorney General Hunter said. “I encourage all Oklahomans watch this gripping documentary that covers the many tragic aspects of the crisis and how it impacts all of us. Although the reality of the story is painful, the good news is, Oklahoma is rising to meet this challenge. State officials, business leaders and community organizers are tired of watching our families suffer and are stepping up and doing something about it.

“I appreciate Reggie Whitten and his organization, FATE, for presenting this project and Lampstand for the wonderful care and craftsmanship in which they took in producing it.”

Whitten, who is also a law partner at Whitten – Burrage, founded FATE after the tragic overdose death of his son, Brandon.

“This documentary is part of my ongoing personal mission to show Oklahomans this epidemic is real and it is on our doorstep,” Whitten said. “I also want people to know there is hope and there is help for those who are struggling. No parent should ever have to go through the pain and suffering of losing a child. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Brandon. I want people to know his story and the thousands of other stories that are similar. The more people we can get to understand the realities of the crisis, the more lives of Oklahomans we will save.”

Other prominent Oklahomans interviewed for the series are U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, Commissioner for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Terri White and Assistant Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University-Center for Health Sciences Dr. Jason Beamon and more.

Founded in 2010, Lampstand tells powerful stories through film to move people to action and change the world around them. Lampstand works with a variety of clients from corporations to nonprofits, long form docs to social campaigns. The company’s work has been featured on Netflix, PBS, National Geographic and with client around the world in over 30 countries and on six continents.

FATE is a nonprofit educational outreach program that seeks to shed a light on the dangers of addiction and substance abuse in Oklahoma. FATE also focuses on motivational efforts to encourage individuals who are suffering from addiction to get help.

Waurika Snake Hunt April 12 – April 15


The Annual Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt will kick off on April 12th through April 15th. 

Thurs., April 12th- Armbands $20 each from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Bring one can good per Armband and receive $5 off. (Thurs. only)

Fri., April 13th- Armbands $20 each 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, There will also be a live band from 6:45-10:00.

Sat., April 14th- tickets will be sold

Sun., April 15th- Armbands $20 each 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

You may also purchase tickets for the carnival rides on Friday before Armbands go on sale at 6:00 pm. The rides will be open.

Sat., April 14th- sacking contest starts at 4:00 and there will be a live band from 6:45-10:00

Sun., April 15th- The king and queen contest will start at 3:00 and the sacking contest will start shortly after that. 

The Snake Handlers will have shows Friday- Sunday.

There will be a caravan Friday at 1:00, Saturday at 11:00, 2:00 and Sunday at 12:00. 

Contestants for this years Mr. and Mrs. Rattlesnake Hunt:

Blaikley Taylor – age 3

Landon Perry – age 5

Jason Chumley – age 5

Aspen Fox – age 5

J.T. chumley – age  7

Kaitlyn Cast – age 7

Sage Mayfield – age 9

Roxy Cathey – age 10

Annalynn Lewis – age 11

Please support our kiddos by purchasing a $1 chance to win $500 cash. 

Crowning will take place Sunday afternoon. 

If you have not signed up to run, and your child is not listed, please make sure you have returned the application back to Ashley Taylor or drop it off at the Waurika Fire Depot. 

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain.


“Senator John McCain epitomized courage, conviction and commitment in his service to the people of the United States and citizens of Tribal nations across the country. His passion and unflinching honesty were hallmarks of his decades of service. His long tenure on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and his support for tribal sovereignty, self-governance and self-determination will have a positive impact on federal Indian policy for generations to come. This is a time of great sadness for our entire nation, but we would be remiss not to express our condolences to the family and close friends of Senator John McCain who will miss him most.”

Bill Anoatubby, Governor,

The Chickasaw Nation


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