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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Winter Weather Hits Jefferson County


Winter weather has hit Jefferson county!

Below are some of your pictures taken over the past couple of days!

Thanks for your submissions.

Tammy Richardson took this picture!
Nanette Foster took this picture at Grady, Oklahoma.
Marie Hardie took this picture at the Hardie Ranch.
Gayla Keeter took this picture of her fish pond.
Decole James Myers took this picture of the Red River.
Courtney Nobles took this picture 2 miles south east of Waurika.

Christina Fowler took this picture of downtown Hastings.
Alecia Prewitt took this picture of Monroe Street in Waurika.

Candidate Gipson Makes Stop in Waurika


 Fred Gipson, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives was in town Friday. 

He is seeking the seat currently held by Congressman Tom Cole. 

While in town he took time to visit with voters and stop by the Circle D. Cafe on main street.

Gipson is no stranger to Oklahoma or Washington D.C. 

Gipson served with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris in D.C. It was one of the more rewarding experiences of Gipson’s life. 

It was during this time that he learned about government and the inner workings of congress.

 During his time in Washington, Gipson was able to meet many influential and intelligent people. Many had a positive impact on his life. 

His focus for improving the economy in Oklahoma is to fix healthcare and education. 

He believes that if we don’t improve in those two areas that it will be very difficult to attract new business to Oklahoma. 

Gipson looks forward to facing Tom Cole in the fall. 

Gipson’s campaign manager for this visit to Waurika was Joseph H. Carter.

Carter is a published author who served with Gipson in Washington D.C. with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris.

While in D.C. Carter wrote speeches for President Lyndon Johnson. 

Carter has also served as the curator of the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore for 20 years. 

Carter and Gipson make a great team. 

Sitting and listening to their conversations about days gone by is interesting and educational. 

Ryan FFA News September 27 2018

Front Row (left to right): Ethan Burden, Riley Ross. Back Row (left to right): Rylee Townsend, Alicen Williams, Madisen Rhoades, Savannah Lashley, Pacen Wiest, Mike Regher, and Ms. Welchel

 OKC, OK- On September 16, 2018, Members of the Ryan FFA chapter volunteered their time at the Oklahoma State Fair in the Agtropolis building. Members had the opportunity to work “Farmer for a day” station, this activity allows our members to interact with children from around the state of Oklahoma while teaching them about agricultural practices. Each member that attended did a tremendous job representing our chapter while advocating for agriculture.

Alicen Williams and Riley Ross work the cashier station at the “Farmer for a day” activity.


Ethan Burden teaches a child how to gather
eggs from chickens.


Mike Regher shows a child how to properly plant a corn seed.


Front Row (left to right): Ethan Burden, Riley Ross.
Back Row (left to right): Rylee Townsend, Alicen Williams, Madisen Rhoades, Savannah Lashley, Pacen Wiest, Mike Regher, and Ms. Welchel

FCCLA Successful Food Drive


Members of Waurika FCCLA and FFA joined forces to host a Bedlam Food Challenge during OU/OSU Bedlam week at the High School;  The service project which benefitted the Jefferson County Helping Hands Food Pantry yielded 210 donated food items.

Terral News and Happenings March 22 2018


QUOTE OF THE DAY – No one has ever become poor by giving.  Anne Frank

TERRAL ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday,

March 31st at the Terral Indians Baseball Field at 12:00 p.m. noon.  Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m.  There will be three groups: Walking to three, four to six and seven to nine years old.  Make plans to come enjoy the fun.  Prizes will be given to the most eggs in each category and eggs will be marked for prizes.  The Terral Volunteer Fire Department will be hiding the eggs for us again this year.  Hope to see ya there!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU – Valton Gambill will celebrate on the 18th. Robert Reed will have cake on the 20th. Clinton Smith will blow out candles on the 22nd.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – Clayton and Addison will celebrate on the 25th.

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, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Robert Harnois, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner,

Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed and our military stationed around the world. May God Keep you in His loving care.

Ryan Graduation Video

Ryan Graduation 2019…..enjoy!

Ryan Graduation 2019

Jefferson County Fair History


 A look at Jefferson County’s Fair —according to the information that I’ve obtained.  The 1925 fair was held in Ryan, (So it has been going on in our county for 93 years!).

 The very first county fair that I remember attending was held in Waurika, under the “Football 

Stadium —- and the “Home Demonstration Agent was Miss Dora Bolinger (notice the Miss –you see the agents were then required to be single!!)  Ok, the only other, or first Home Demonstration agent was Miss Jeffie Thompson (she was Bennie Ruth Robertson’s aunt!).

 Now to fast forward to 2018 County Fair.  I want to personally Congratulate the three Extension County Educators for a tremendous job they did -working overtime to get all the “Fair Entries” labelled and in place – and they are: Tara Brown, Leland McDaniel, and Linda Goodwin. 

 This years Fair was the best (in my opinion) that we have had, in a long time!!!!


This marks the 60th year of continuous fairs in Jefferson County.  Early fairs were held in 1919 and

1920, with a gap of five years before establishing a once-a-year show of Jefferson County exhibits.

 The 1925 Fair was held in Ryan with a total budget of $1000 including premiums, judging and advertising.  We’ve come a long way to this point with our budget for judging alone almost as much as the total budget for the 1925 event.

 Two contests that were introduced at last year’s fair are the Pie Day and Cookie Jar Contests

The Pie Day Contest is to be held August 27 beginning at 11 a.m. Pies will be judged on flavor, texture

of crust, texture of filling and general appearance, individuals will enter pies in one of the following divisions: apple, cherry, peach, other fruit, pecan, chocolate, coconut, custard, lemon, pumpkin, cheesecake and other pies.

 The aim of the contest is to recognize that person that has the greatest number of blue ribbons following judging.  If a tie exists, ribbons will be counted for each place until the tie is broken.

The Jefferson County champion pie baker will be awarded trophy which has been donated by

Shelton’s Grocery.  The Cotton Cooperative will also present the champion with an ice cream freezer (electric) and an enlargement of a color photo of the winner with the awards.

 The Cookie Jar Contest will be held Tuesday. Just like the pie day, the judging will be based on 

a variety of cookies.  Entrants will prepare a wide-mouthed cookie jar filled with an assortment of at least six different types of cookies.  Cookies should be of different types (molded, bar, drop. rolled) and should be a variety of colors.  For judges convenience, one cookie of each type (in a plastic bag) should accompany entry, so judges won’t have to open jar.

A trophy will be presented to the winning entrant by Shelton’s Grocery.  The Cotton Cooperative will also be presenting a space saver can opener and a color photo of winner with a cookie jar.

As a special treat to get viewers involved in these new contests, we are sponsoring a drawing for the Champion Cookie Jar.  So be sure to drop by the exhibit and sign up.  The drawing will be held Tuesday night at the lamb show.

For details on these and other contests, drop by the extension office to pick up a fair catalog or call the office at 228-2332.

President Trump’s State of the Union


After his first year in the White House, President Trump and his Administration have much of which to be proud. Their accomplishments have delivered actual results, and the country is continuing to reap the benefits of those changes. During his first State of the Union speech, the President reinforced those achievements – many of which will certainly be remembered as signature accomplishments of his Presidency. Looking forward, he outlined an optimistic future for our nation, with a strong legislative agenda for the next year.

There is no question that the spike in economic growth that we have seen in the past year is due in part to the Administration working with a Republican Congress to push tax reform and deregulation. The President’s efforts to cut red tape coupled with the passage of several Congressional Review Acts have allowed the burden of federal regulations and rules to be lifted from businesses small and large. Stock markets have closed at record numbers numerous times in the past year and unemployment levels have dropped dramatically. And the recently passed tax reform legislation is already spurring job creation, rising wages and generous bonuses at thousands of American businesses.

In addition to a strong economy, the President has made our nation safer by aggressively confronting our enemies across the globe, particularly North Korea and ISIS. North Korea has been challenged by the no-nonsense approach the President and his National Security leaders have employed. Furthermore, the President has played a large role in urging our European allies to increase their efforts to support our common defense.

Looking to the future, the President outlined an aggressive agenda for the next year. He and Congress will need to work on a comprehensive transportation bill to improve our railways, roads, bridges and airways. Even more timely, we will need to work together on an immigration plan that will address his four pillars of reform. We need to increase border security including a stronger wall, end the visa lottery system, reduce chain migration to the nuclear family and create a pathway to legal status for millions of eligible DACA recipients. A good, working immigration reform will need the contribution and support from both sides of the aisle.

Overall, the President delivered an optimistic outlook for our nation. He invoked the spirit of American ingenuity and laid out a vision for future prosperity.

There were many powerful moments throughout his speech that reminded us of the blessings we enjoy living in this great nation, and how we can all support the goals to make America great again. I believe that the President is right – the state of our union is strong.

Library News October 11 2018


In addition to books, the Waurika Public Library also has movies on DVD and Blu-ray available for checkout.  Recently we’ve added ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness’ to our collection.  This third installment of the popular God’s Not Dead series follows Rev. Dave Hill as he faces an unexpected setback when his beloved church burns down — prompting the officials at the adjoining university to try and kick his congregation off campus. Battle lines are quickly drawn between the church and the community as the reverend now finds himself at odds with his longtime friend — the president of the school. Facing a legal battle, Hill soon seeks help from his estranged brother — a big-city lawyer and atheist — in a fight to help rebuild the church.

The FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library Fall Used Book Sale is almost here!  On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., we will have a wide selection of used books for sale at the annex across from the library.  Hard cover books are $1, paperbacks are $.50, and movies start at $2.  Proceeds from the Used Book Sale support programs like Summer Reading, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Santa’s Workshop and more.  If you would like to volunteer for events and programs or make a donation, visit the library or call us at 580-228-3274 for more information.

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/

Elementary school students invited to participate in Cameron University’s 2018 Young Learners Science Exposition


Elementary school students from kindergarten through fifth grade who have created winning projects at their elementary school science fair are invited to participate in Cameron University’s 2018 Young Learners Science Exposition. The science fair, hosted by the CU Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering, takes place on Tuesday, April 24 in the McCasland Ballroom. The entry registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18. There is no charge to enter. To register an entry, contact the Cameron University Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering. For more information, contact Dr. Clint Bryan at 580-591-8006 or via email at clintb@cameron.edu

Now in its sixth year, the Young Learners Science Exposition is open to the winning projects at each grade level of area elementary school science fairs. Local school science fair coordinators must certify the project on the registration entry form for consideration.

Project categories include:

  • Behavioral science:  psychology, sociology, and family science
  • Natural science:  biology, chemistry, physics, agriculture, space science, and earth science
  • Engineering science: computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, and agricultural engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Geography/geosciences: a study in locations and places, people and events, and landscapes
  • Scientific method: an experiment that follows the experimental design of collecting evidence to disprove a stated hypothesis
  • Science illustrations/Drawing:  Illustrations are to be placed on 19” x 20” foam core board.

Projects should be set up in the McCasland Ballroom between 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23.  Public viewing is available from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Trophy and ribbon presentations will occur Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. First, second, and third place ribbons will be presented for various categories at individual grade levels.

Funding for trophies and ribbons has been provided by the Wichita Falls-Duncan Section of the American Chemical Society.


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