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Monday, May 20, 2019

Jefferson County Hospital is now a Level Three Emergency Stroke Center


 Did you know in 2014 Oklahoma was ranked ninth in the nation for deaths from a stroke?  Stroke was Oklahoma’s fifth leading cause of death equating to the passing of 1,800 Oklahomans.

Did you know Jefferson County Hospital is now a Level Three Emergency Stroke Center! What does this mean for you? There are four distinct Stroke Center levels. Level One being the most comprehensive where Level Four, the least complex, is essentially where the patient is diagnosed and transferred.  The clinical staff, including physicians and nursing, participated in stroke-specific training classes. The training focused on stroke signs and symptoms, how to perform a FAST exam when to administer the clot-busting drug TPA, the establishment of stroke protocols, and interaction with Integris Health Telestroke program personnel. The upgrade of the CT scanner, from a single slice to sixteen slices, was significant in our ability to move from a Level Four to a Level Three.

A FAST exam is: 

Face -look for an uneven smile

Arm – check if one arm is weak

Speech – listen for slurred speech

Time – call 911 right away

Managing a patient with stroke symptoms requires teamwork and communication with our local ambulance service and JCH clinical staff. During a suspected stroke scenario time is a very precious commodity. The more time passes the higher potential for a poor outcome.

Participation in the Integris Telestroke program was essential with our being designated a Level Three stroke center. Jefferson County Hospital was able to join the Telestroke program through our affiliation with Duncan Regional Hospital. This program incorporates a real-time, high definition video camera and monitor which connects immediately to an Integris neurologist. Collaboration between the Integris and JCH physicians means real-time neurological exams for faster life-saving treatment. 

The Jefferson County Hospital team has treated three stroke cases with each having a positive outcome. Achieving Level Three stroke status required many hours of training, protocols, and validation by the Integris Telestroke program.

The relationship of Duncan Regional Hospital and Jefferson County Hospital allows us to achieve our collective vision, “To earn the trust of our patients and their families…..every day”.

Sam Noble Scholarship Applications Now Available


ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Foundation’s Sam Noble Scholarships are available to eligible southern Oklahoma students in all stages of higher education, from incoming freshmen to those seeking graduate degrees.

 The Sam Noble Scholarship Program supports students from southern Oklahoma as they strive toward achieving associate degrees from technical institutes, or agriculture-related bachelors or graduate degrees. Agriculture study areas range from communications and economics to agribusiness and biosystems agricultural engineering. Technology certifications or degrees available extend in fields across the spectrum of vocations, including computer information systems, photography, high-voltage electricity and more.

 “The Sam Noble Scholarships play a pivotal role in providing opportunities for students in southern Oklahoma,” said Alexis Carter-Black, director of philanthropy for the Noble Foundation. “We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity and apply as soon as possible.”

 To be eligible to receive a scholarship, a student must plan to attend or be attending a qualifying university or technology training institution during the 2019-2020 academic year. The student must also be a resident of one of the following southern Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Garvin, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Pushmataha or Stephens.

 Scholarships for students seeking undergraduate degrees in agriculture-related fields provide $2,500 of support per semester for up to nine semesters, while scholarships for graduate students offer $3,125 per semester for up to five semesters. Applicants must pursue their education at a university awarding baccalaureate or higher degrees through a division or college of agriculture, such as Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Texas Tech University (Lubbock campus) or Texas A&M University (College Station campus).

 Scholarships for those seeking degrees or certifications from technical institutes are for $3,750 per year for up to two years. The applicant must pursue this degree or certification at Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City or Okmulgee campuses.

 Further information and access to the online scholarship application may be found online at www.noblefoundation.org/scholarships. Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed by email to scholarships@noblefoundation.org. Completed scholarship applications must be received on or before Feb. 15, 2019.

 The scholarship program is named in honor of the late Sam Noble, who created the program through a gift to the Noble Foundation. Sam Noble was a longtime member of the Noble Foundation Board of Trustees and a son of Lloyd Noble, who founded the Noble Research Institute in 1945.

 Since 1999, more than 200 Oklahoma students studying agriculture and technology have been awarded scholarships in excess of $2.8 million.

 “Sam Noble believed a quality education was one of the keys to leading a successful life,” said Bill Buckner, president, and CEO of the Noble Foundation. “He once said, ‘An excellent education is something that no one can ever take away from you; you can use it for the rest of your life.’”

Terral News and Happenings June 7 2018


Quote of the Day- “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan 

First Baptist Church- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. We will have more information coming next week.  

Terral Volunteer Fire Department- Will be selling T-Shirts until June 15th. Cost is $15.00 for regular sizes and $17.00 for 2xl to 4xl. All proceeds got to the Volunteer Fire Department. You may pick up an order form at City Hall and drop it back by City Hall and Pay for your shirts. 

FBC Girls In Actions- Stay tuned for our announcement of the “POOL PARTY” plans. Coming soon! Happy Birthday To You- Bailey Wesberry celebrated “22” on the 25th, of May Noah Morales had caked on the 27th of May. Vincente Villarreal partied on the 29th of May. Happy Anniversary- Casey and Crystal Rhodes celebrated on the 24th of May. Boomer and Stephanie Celebrated “24” years on the 28th of May. 

Community Prayer List- The family of Robert Harnois, Tony Rodriguez, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God Keep you in his loving care.

Joyce Plant Retires from the Paper


 She is a familiar face in both Ryan and Waurika. 

Before going to work for the Waurika News Journal & The Ryan Leader, Joyce had worked at the Ryan Health Clinic.

In December, Joyce, decided to take a break and enjoy her time with her husband, Lynn.

They pastor Faith Fellowship located downtown Waurika. 

Lynn also retired from delivering the paper on a weekly basis. 

Together they donated many hours picking up the paper from Lindsay, proofreading, and making sure legals were printed correctly. They will be  missed. 

Jeffco COOP News and Information


Jefferson County Jr. Livestock Show will be Wednesday, February 28 – Saturday, March 3, 2018.  On Thursday, March 1, Sheep and Goats will weigh in at 10 a.m.; the Sheep Show will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the Goat Show.  Hogs will weigh in 8 a.m. Friday, March 2 with the Hog Show beginning at 3 p.m.  The Cattle will weigh in Saturday March 3 at 9 a.m. and begin showing at 10 a.m.  The Premium banquet will be 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

Come support 4-H and FFA Exhibitors.  Concession will be open Thursday and Friday.

Jefferson County OSU Extension office for additional information

Bright Nights at the Science Museum, February 16-17, 2018

Registration Due: February 1, 2018

Price: $45 per participant

$25 per Chaperone

Theme: Star Wars

State 4-H Ambassador Applications

2018 State 4-H Ambassador applications are available and can be found on the 4-H Ambassador website. Applications must be postmarked by March 15th.

2018 Special Clovers Camp

Blast Off to Better Health, Special Clovers Camp will be held March 24 and 25th. The camp is open to 4-H members (8-17 years of age) with special needs. Campers will enjoy a full 4-H camp experience, complete with team-building exercises, outdoor activities, crafts and more!

4-H members (14-18 years of age) can also serve as a Clover Buddy to mentor campers. Clover Buddies will also receive via conference call training prior to the camp.

Registration materials will be available February 1. Cost of the camp will be $15. The camp is supported through the Walmart Healthy Living grant.

Jefferson County OHCE met Tuesday, January 16 in the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  The business meeting including planning of the Pie Sale which will be Thursday, March 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Jr. Livestock Show.  After the business meeting, Tara Brown, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development presented a short lesson on Finance 101- Budgeting.  Tara is available to teach the Check and Balance curriculum which includes other financial topics.  Call 580-228-2332.

Our February meeting will be Tuesday, February 20 at 12 noon at the Waurika Sr. Citizens Center.  Brenda Gandy-Jones, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, CED for Stephens County will present the lesson on “Caregiving 101”.  Our March meeting will be Tuesday and Wednesday (March 20 and 21) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day; Pamela Varner, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, CED for Cotton County will lead us making “Crazy Quilt Jacket”.  Contact Tara Brown for additional information.

Co-Parenting for Resilience:  Divorce or separation is not an easy or favorable decision, especially when minor children are in the home.  A class for divorcing or separating parents with minor children living in the home, is available monthly or as scheduled.  Our next class is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Pre-registration is required. Call Jefferson County OSU Extension Office at 580-228-2332 for registration information.  This class is mandatory by law in Oklahoma and is also valuable for Grandparents and other relatives of minor children going through a divorce or separation.

How can you protect yourself from getting the flu?

1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. …

2. Stay home when you are sick. …

3. Cover your mouth and nose. …

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5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. …

6. Practice other good health habits.

Fiber Optic Internet Coming to Ryan?


There was not an empty seat at the monthly Ryan Town Council meeting held this past Tuesday evening at Ryan City Hall. 

Of all the items discussed, perhaps the one that caused the most excitement was the possibility of Fiber Optic Internet coming to homes and businesses in Ryan. 

Dick Segress, the owner of Terral Telephone addressed the council seeking cooperation in beginning the process of laying fiber optic cable within the city limits.

Terral Telephone has already surveyed Ryan and is willing to share their engineering details with the city to ensure that the cable laid will not interfere with existing infrastructure. 

Dick Segress can be seen in the lower right corner of the picture.
Photo by Curtis Plant

The council will consider the matter more fully at the next meeting but the prospect looks positive.

After his address, we asked if he was interested in bringing high speed internet to Waurika and he said, “most definitely!”

The usual business of approving the minutes of previous meetings and the paying of bills were approved. 

The treasurers report was approved. 

Members of the Ryan School Board and Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chapman, were present. 

They asked the council if the town would consider serving as the authority having jurisdiction for the purpose of outsourcing fire and building permit inspections. 

A representative of the construction company working on the school was present to explain the process of applying for jurisdiction and the benefits of doing so. 

The state does allow third party inspections. 

The state Fire Marshall will come in and complete his own inspection once fifty-percent of the construction is completed. 

Allowing the town of Ryan to conduct the inspections will save time and money. It sometimes takes up to four months for a state Fire Marshall to come and inspect a building. If a third party completes the inspection, it can be done in a couple of weeks. 

It was explained that the town can apply for the authority to conduct these inspections through a qualified third party. 

This is a process that many communities across Oklahoma are adopting to speed up the construction process. 

The construction company representative assured the council that they would cover all the town’s expenses in applying and acquiring the proper paperwork to assume jurisdiction. 

A question the council members had, of course, was liability. Their concern was if an issue were to arise after the construction was complete, who assumes liability?

There was not an empty seat at the council meeting for the month of October.
Photo by Curtis Plant

The construction representative assured the council that the third party inspector is not relaxing the state codes in any way. They would just be speeding up the inspection process. 

It was decided that the council would investigate the issue and get back to the school as soon as possible. It was stated they could even have a special meeting if necessary. 

The company is wanting to begin work on the school foundation in ten days.

Next, Dylan Sheffield representing the Ryan Community Regeneration asked for permission to use the Ryan Public Park on October 13th. 

On that date they will hold the first annual Fall Festival. 

The Ryan FFA will be serving hot dogs at the festival as a fundraiser. There will be live music and games. It will be a time of getting together and celebrating the fall season creating a sense of community. 

Dylan is also the newest member of the New Jefferson County Development Authority.   

Ater that, Resolution 2018-07 was passed that forbids any changes to city owned property without first obtaining permission. 

During the Ryan Public Utility Authority meeting the council members passed resolution 2018-08 to establish guidelines and fines for manipulation, tampering, disconnection, etc., of town property and facilities, including utility meters by an unauthorized individual. 

According to the resolution anyone tampering with an electric or water meter if they are not authorized to do so will be fined up to $50 per day of occurrence. 

This brought many questions from the audience. 

One such question concerned what to do if a residence had a water leak? The council members suggested installing a water shut off valve on the residence side of the pipe leading from the meter to the building. 

If one is not installed, city hall will need to be notified during a water leak and they will come and shut off the water. 

The same would be true if an electrical meter needed to be shut off. Only city employees can fix or adjust meters. 

Mayor Grantham advised that this measure was being taken because in the past meters have been broken by home owners who then expected the city to pay for damage. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. 

2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Presenters Announced: Individual Tickets On-Sale Now


September 14, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY – The accomplished Oklahomans being inducted into the 2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class each have selected a friend or colleague to formally present them at the November banquet and induction ceremony.

The 2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame presenters are: Dave McLaughlin, Oklahoma City, presenting Paul Allen; John Davis, Austin, TX, presenting Mo Anderson; Ladd Drummond, Pawhuska, presenting Ree Drummond; Clayton I. Bennett, Oklahoma City, presenting David Rainbolt; David L. Boren, Norman, presenting Jon R. Stuart; Bryan White, Nashville, TN, presenting Carrie Underwood; Freddy Jenkins and Anita Arnold will accept the medallion on behalf of Charlie Christian, who is being honored posthumously.   The 2018 Class will be formally inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 15, in Tulsa.

A limited number of individual tickets to the 2018 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony are on sale now and exclusively available by contacting Brenda Schwartz, Director of Honoree Relations, at 405.523.3209, or at bbs@oklahomahof.com. The 91st class will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on the evening of November 15 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center.  These accomplished Oklahomans will join the cast of 691 individuals who have been inducted into the Hall since 1928.  In celebration of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s 91st Induction Ceremony, past Inductees Becky Dixon and Jane Jayroe Gamble will serve as Mistresses of Ceremonies.

For more information about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony, including pricing information and a description of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Patron levels, please visit OklahomaHoF.com.

Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is Oklahoma’s highest honor.  The portraits of the 2018 Inductees will be added to the permanent collection held by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City. Their biographies, photos and videos can be viewed through interactive exhibits in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery, along with stories of all Honorees.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame preserves Oklahoma’s history by telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created to honor Oklahomans who have given outstanding service to the state during their lifetime and to provide educational programming for students of all ages. Through exhibits and experiences at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame stands to preserve Oklahoma’s unique history while promoting pride in our great state.  For more information about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame or Gaylord-Pickens Museum, visit oklahomahof.com or call 405.235.4458.

Celebrate “Downtown Again!” this weekend. Lots of activities for the whole family!


Waurika’s brick Main Street will be bustling this weekend, thanks to the Waurika Chamber of Commerce’s annual Downtown Again celebration. It’s no secret that our Main Street has seen some amazing renovations over the last year or so.  This weekend is all about highlighting the positive changes that have happened and are continuing to happen along our brick streets.

Downtown Again is a celebration created by Waurikans, for Waurikans.  It focuses on our beautiful Main Street and all that downtown Waurika could be.  While the purpose of the weekend is to get residents downtown to play and shop by offering free and inexpensive family fun, it is also a great chance for those who may be considering opening a new business in the area to see what kind of spaces are available downtown. You can expect to find some great local food and drink, lots of fun activities for every age, and plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy our downtown!

Lindsey Forst says she was surprised last year by all the fun going on. “We had so much fun at last year’s Downtown Again event. We planned to only run down there for a short time and ended up running into so many friends. We called more family members to come join us and ended up spending most of the day visiting, eating and letting the kids do activities. So nice to see the community come together for a great event!”

This year’s event kicks off Friday evening with a free outdoor movie.  Star Wars: The Last Jedi will begin at 9pm, on site of The Empress Theater. Doc’s Place will open their first ever pop up shop that evening for snacks and adult libations on Main Street!

Registration for the Downtown Dash 5K and 1 Mile Walk will begin at 8am on Saturday.  This year, an optional obstacle course has been added to the route, making it more fun and more challenging for participants. Some obstacle examples include a mud pit, slip & slide, and climbing wall just to name a few. The race will start at 9am and this year takes participants through beautiful Harmon Park. The cost for individuals to participate is $30, groups of 5 or more will be $20 per person, and student registration will be $10. This is truly a family event.

Another great addition to this annual event is the debut of the Waurika Farmers Market, which will be kicking off at 10am on Saturday.  There will be a crowd judged salsa-making contest, complete with free samples, as well as backyard gardeners selling produce and other homemade or home-produced edibles like local honey.  There will also be plenty of plants for sale to get your own garden going! The winners of the salsa-making contest will be announced at 2pm.

A Youth 3v3 basketball tournament will begin at noon and is free to participants.  You must register in order to play and can do so on-site.  There will be a 3v3 basketball tournament for ages 13 and up and will start at 3pm.  Cost is $10 per player.

Kids will have the chance to participate in a paint party from 1pm to 2:30pm with artist Jana Oakman.  Adults can also stop in and paint at any time between the hours of 1pm and 5pm.  Kids will be painting “Crazy Birds” and adults will have several options to choose from.   Costs for the paint classes vary depending on age.

Doc’s Place will again open noon til ..?, serving sidewalk eats and drinks.  The Food Pantry will be hosting a benefit BBQ meal from 11am to 1pm at the Senior Citizen’s Center.  (Donations accepted, no price per plate). The Scholastic Book Fair will debut in the lobby of the newspaper office.  A bounce house will be at Small Town Creations, as well as numerous lawn games on The Lawn on Main.  Circle D’s will be open Saturday evening, serving Mexican food in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday night will wrap up with a free showing of Pixar’s Coco at 9pm at The Empress.  A dance will be held in the Farmer’s Market, which will also begin at 9pm.

Full Lineup of Events:  

Friday 9pm:  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!  Free outdoor movie at the Empress Theater site on Main. Snacks and drinks available for purchase from Doc’s Place Pop Up across the street.


8am – Downtown Dash 5K/1 Mile Walk registration, Main & Broadway

9am – Downtown Dash 5K/1 Mile Walk begins

10am – Farmers Market and other activities open, all along Main

11am – 1pm – BBQ Benefit Lunch for Food Pantry, Sr. Citizen’s Center on Main

Noon – Youth 3v3 Basketball Tournament, Main & Broadway

1pm -2:30pm – Kids paint class, Small Town Creations

1pm – 5pm – Adult painting sessions, Small Town Creations.  Stop in at any time to paint a masterpiece!

2pm – Salsa Contest winners announced

3pm – Adult 3v3 Basketball Tournament, Main & Broadway

9pm – Free outdoor movie at the Empress.

9pm – Dance, Farmers Market

All Day:  bounce house, Doc’s Place Pop Up, Scholastic Book Fair, yard games

Evening:  Circle D’s serving Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo

Come enjoy Waurika’s beautiful Main Street like it was meant to be. Meet up with friends, sit a spell along the sidewalks, shop, and enjoy the atmosphere of a vibrant Downtown Again!

Waurika Chamber of Commerce Banquet Saturday February 24

The Waurika Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual banquet on Saturday, February 24th at the Waurika High School Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale now for only $15.00 each and can be purchased at First Farmers Bank in Waurika.

Catering the food this year will be the Duncan Regional Hospital.

Bill Robertson and his band Southern Rain will be the featured guest providing entertainment for the evening. Joining them will be Missy Fry.

Terral News and Happenings


Quote Of The Day- “Those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.” -Booker T. Washington

  TERRAL CEMETERY DINNER- The Terral Cemetery Association will have a fund raising dinner on Sunday April 15th at the Terral Community Center. Turkey, dressing with all the trimmings and dessert will be served. Cost for the dinner are as follows: Adults $8.00 and kids 10 and under 7 $6.00. Carry outs will be available by calling 580-467-7230. All proceeds go to support the Terral Cemetery Association for the upkeep.

  CITY WIDE CLEAN UP- The Town of Terral will have a City Wide Clean Up on April 20-21st., Friday and Saturday. Roll offs will be placed on the corner of E. Apache & N. Fourth on Friday Morning April 20th. Anyone who pays a trash bill monthly is welcome to use the roll offs. Let’s take pride in our town and use this time to clean up. 

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU- Clifford Duke partied on April 9th. “81” years. Rick Gambill will celebrate on the 11th.

 TERRAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Attention to all students: It is time to apply for Terral Alumni Scholarships. 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 district. Terral Alumni Association does not discriminate in its scholarship program on the basis of race. The committee will be making the final decision for the scholarships in April. 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.

   COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST- Tony Rodriguez, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Flor

ita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Robert Harnois, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Taner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.


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