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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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.

Oklahoma College Savings Plan offers gift kids won’t outgrow


OKLAHOMA CITY – As holiday shopping gets underway, State Treasurer Ken Miller is encouraging Oklahoma parents and grandparents to consider a gift that kids won’t outgrow—contributions to an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account.

To make that gift even more attractive, the Oklahoma College Savings Plan (OCSP) is offering a special bonus promotion from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. New accounts opened Nov. 23-26 and set up for automatic contributions will receive a bonus $50 from OCSP. For details, visitwww.ok4saving.org/offer.

Miller, board chair for OCSP, said the benefits of college savings last for years to come.

“Kids will outgrow clothes and lose interest in even the trendiest toy, but the benefits of higher education will last for the rest of their lives,” Miller said. “Setting aside even small amounts regularly over time can make a big difference when it’s time to attend college.”

Miller said OCSP contributions are a gift that children will appreciate more as they get older.

“Taking even a portion of what you’re going to spend on gifts this year and putting it in an OCSP account is a worthwhile investment,” Miller said. “College graduates have more job opportunities and make more over their lifetimes, so OCSP contributions, and the educations they help pay for, really are the gifts that keep on giving.”

Parents, grandparents, relatives or friends who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old may open an OCSP account on behalf of a beneficiary, and the minimum initial contribution is only $100. Once an account is open, anyone can contribute, making an OCSP account a great gift idea for all family and friends.

The $50 bonus contribution for new accounts will be deposited after six months of automatic contributions.

The OCSP website, ok4saving.org, provides gift-givers with an eGifting option where contributions can be made to an OCSP account online, and “Gift of Education” certificates can be created to show the contribution to a loved one’s account.

For those hoping family and friends will contribute to an existing plan, OCSP has created an option to allow account owners to send a tactful, prewritten email inviting others to contribute to their existing OCSP account.

Through September 2018, more than $961,000 has been contributed through the OCSP eGifting program, representing more than 1,000 gifts. Last year, 39 percent of all eGifted dollars were received in November and December.

“The eGifting program gives an extended family the opportunity to contribute to college savings,” Miller said. “Grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else can help their loved ones reach their college savings goals.”

More information about opening an OCSP account can be found at www.ok4saving.org.


About the OCSP

Introduced in April 2000, the Oklahoma 529 College Saving Plan (OCSP) is Oklahoma’s direct-sold 529 college savings plan. It is designed for families who want to direct their own 529 college savings accounts. The plan is managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. Introduced in March 2009, OklahomaDream 529 Plan is offered through financial advisors and is managed by Allianz Global Investors.  As of September 30, 2018, combined assets in both plans exceeded $1 billion.

Oklahoma taxpayers may deduct, from their Oklahoma adjusted gross income, up to $10,000 in contributions to the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan for individual taxpayers and up to $20,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return with a five-year carryforward. Read the Disclosure Booklet carefully.

 Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing in the Oklahoma College Savings Plan. Please visit www.ok4saving.org or call toll-free 1-877-654-7284 for a Plan Disclosure Booklet containing this and more information. Read it carefully.

 Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarships and protection from creditors for investing in its own 529 plan.  Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.

 Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice, including the impact of the new federal tax changes. If the funds aren’t used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.     

 Funding for OCSP prizes comes from the marketing budget of the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan; no state funds are used.

 TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, distributor, and underwriter for the Oklahoma College Savings Plan.

Cameron University to present Disability Awareness Fair


Cameron University will present the 11th Annual Disability Awareness Fair on Thursday, October 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom, located in the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron campus. The event is open to the public at no charge. The Disability Awareness fair will inform participants about services and resources available on campus and in the community for persons with disabilities.


The Disability Awareness fair will feature interactive stations where participants can learn more about disabilities such as visual impairments or learning disabilities in reading comprehension. In addition, various community organizations that provide services and support to those with disabilities will be present to share information and answer questions.  Cameron’s annual disability awareness event is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to gain an understanding of what it means to live with a disability.


For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at 580-581-2209 or via email at student_development@cameron.edu.

Terral to Celebrate All School Reunion


The biennial Terral All School Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, on the grounds of the Terral Community Center.  Registration will begin at 10:00 AM with lunch being served at 12:00 noon.  Note:  Class pictures will be taken at 11:00 AM again this year.  Be sure to tell everyone you see who is associated in any way with Terral School or Union Valley to come early and join us that day. 

Lunch will be catered again this year and you will need a reservation.  Reservations MUST be received no later than September 21, along with a check for $12.00 per meal.

Due to very generous donations the Terral Alumni Association was proud to award four $1,500 scholarships and one $529 scholarship in 2017, and four $2,500 scholarships in 2018.  The scholarships go to deserving persons who reside in the Terral school district, to assist them in continuing their education.  Selling brass nametags for the memorial plaques also assists in funding the scholarships.  The brass nametags are available for $20 and the plaques are permanently displayed in the Terral Community Center.

Please remember there is no membership fee charged to anyone.  The All School Reunion is funded every two years solely on the donations of people who love Terral School and want to enjoy the fellowship of visiting and remembering old times.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund or assist with reunion expenses, you can include that on the registration form, even if you are unable to attend. 

We plan to tour Terral School again this year.  Raffle information is enclosed.      

We hope to see you on October 6th.

A Registration Form can be found in this week’s paper!

If you have questions or need additional information call or email:

Ronnie Ewing @ 940-928-2278 or ronnie.ewing@sbcglobal.net   

Karen Gunter @ 580-437-2347 or karengunter.1950@gmail.com 

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.

Ryan News October 26 2018

Ryan Main Street

We’ve still been blessed beyond measure since last week. And we have another week to look forward to more blessings.  

Prayers to the families of Faye Etheridge and Sammy Overstreet during their losses of these family members, and to their friends, also.

There will be a free dinner at the Ryan Senior Citizen, brought to us by the Ryan First Baptist Church this Sunday, October 28th 

This coming week, you better get ready for a lot of events around our community.  First, trick or treaters will be getting out in their frightful costumes on Wednesday evening, October 31st.  The Ryan City Council declared October 31st, the day to be observed for trick or treating around Ryan.  Then, the next event is Friday, November 2nd.  Our Ryan Methodist Church is having our annual Fall Bazaar, starting at 10:00 at the church, will be a bake sale, followed with chili, stew, or chicken tortilla soup. Please help our Methodist church by purchasing some fantastic baked goods and then filling your tummies with a wonderful lunch with dessert included. Then, the 3rd event will be Sunday, November 4th, at the Ryan Senior Citizen Center.  The annual Thanksgiving dinner to raise money for keeping our center going for another year.  These dinners are fantastic! If you don’t plan to have turkey and dressing of your own, you can’t beat this. There are a lot of people that work hard to make this event possible.  This year, Linda Ryan will be providing her homemade rolls for the dinner. You can’t beat them either! She is a fantastic cook. 

This Saturday will be the 4th Saturday of the month and the Ryan food bank will be making their distributions for this month starting at 10:00 am behind the Ryan First Baptist Church.

I am looking forward to getting Brionna for a stay for this coming week’s events. She is looking forward, too. 

One more thing to add, there is a free dinner at the Ryan Senior Citizen, brought to us by the Ryan First Baptist Church this Sunday, October 28th.  Plan to attend this event, too.

Kim’s news for this week:

The rain has ceased for a few days at least. But, I had no doubt that the sun would come out.

The pond is full of water and grass is growing like it oughter.

Everyone have a blessed week. Prayers to those that are ill or in need of God’s loving touch in their lives.

Waurika Represented at Jim Thorpe Awards

(l-r) Former recipients, Antonio Langham and Minkah Patrick; current award winner, Deandre Baker and Waurika resident Richard Thorpe, son of Jim Thorpe. Photo by Tyler Plant

 Tuesday evening, Waurika was represented at the Jim Thorpe Awards in Oklahoma City. Richard Thorpe, a resident of Waurika was in attendance as the 33rd Jim Thorpe Award was presented to Deandre Baker of the University of Georgia. 

Thorpe, his daughter Anita and his brother Bill was recognized from the podium and thanked for their attendance. Thorpe also had a cameo appearance in a video championing the legacy of the award and what it means to be a recipient of the trophy depicting the greatest athlete who ever lived. 

Deandre Baker with former Thorpe Award winners. Photo by Tyler Plant

This year’s award banquet was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Former recipients Roy Williams, Antonio Langham and last year’s recipient Minkah Patrick were on hand to welcome Baker into the Thorpe family. 

During the banquet, former Governor George Nigh stopped by the table to share memories of when they brought Jim’s medals back to Oklahoma. Nigh has been a friend of the Thorpe family for years. 

Former Gov. George Nigh (back row, second from left) with the Thorpe Family at the Jim Thorpe Award Banquet.
Seated is Anita Thorpe and her dad Richard Thorpe, Waurika resident and son of Jim Thorpe. 
Bill Thorpe is standing next to Gov. George Nigh.
Photo by Tyler Plant

The town of Ryan was given a nod as the Abe Lemons Award was being presented. Lemons, a legendary basketball coach was born in Ryan, Oklahoma. 

The evening was capped off with a conversation with Roy Williams, former Dallas Cowboy, Oklahoma Sooner and previous Jim Thorpe Award recipient. 

Award-winning actor Gary Busey to speak to students at Oklahoma State


(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Nov. 8, 2018) — A familiar face is coming to Oklahoma State University. Broadcast in “America’s Brightest Orange” on the 6,000-square-foot video board during Cowboy football, Gary Busey’s screaming likeness has served as a distraction for opposing teams all season.

Now, the man himself is coming to campus. Busey, a prolific character actor since the 1970s, will speak to students at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in the Student Union Theater. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Busey has a new book, Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. In it, he takes a word and gives it meaning, one letter a time. Love breaks down to “Living On Victorious Energy.” Change becomes “Creating Happiness And New Guiding Energy.” On his website, Busey said, “I have a hobby that’s really wonderful because it helps me understand the meaning of one word with a sentence.”

A book sale and signing will take place after his presentation.

Gary Busey, famous character actor, will speak to students at Oklahoma State University at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Busey will be promoting his new book, Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

Busey began his college career at OSU but left to pursue a career in entertainment. He has appeared in more than 150 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978. Busey also had prominent supporting roles in Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, The Firm, Rookie of the Year and more.

On Dec. 4, 1988, Busey was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident when he was not wearing a helmet. As a result of a severe head injury, he was comatose for three months and had to relearn how to eat, walk and talk. After his recovery, he helped create the language for the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 1996, signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Ryan Senior Night

Recently, Ryan honored their senior basketball players. They include:

(Player far left) Holland Carter,

Holland’s parents John and Cheryl Carter.

(Center) Travis Fristoe, parents Charles and Jaunita Fristoe (not pictured) His other parents, Clint and Christa Rollins, are in the picture.

(Far right) Laken DeBoard, Laken’s parents, Regina Reimer Darwin DeBoard.

Photo by Sheree hanson


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