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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jefferson County Conservation District Announces Cost-Share Assistance Available to Benefit Soil and Water


The Jefferson County Conservation District has announced that funds are available for

cost-share assistance on selected conservation practices benefiting soil and water conservation.  The State of Oklahoma has provided limited funds to our conservation district to help landowners implement measures that protect soil and water resources.

“The great advantage of the Conservation Cost-Share Program for Oklahoma is that it is

a locally-led program,” said Gary Carter, chairman of the Jefferson County Conservation District. “Our conservation district, with input from local residents and agricultural producers, selects which of the available conservation practices to provide assistance on.”

Conservation practices available for cost-share assistance through the Jefferson County Conservation District include the following: Pond Construction, Grass Planting and Brush Control in addition to various other conservation practices.  The percentage of cost-share varies according to the conservation practice to be constructed.

The district will be accepting applications from February 28, 2018 through April 13, 2018. For more information contact the Jefferson County Conservation District, (580) 228-2760 or come by the district office located at 1431 E G Avenue in Waurika.   Office hours are weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Waurika Student Honored at Cameron University Reception

Dalee Barrick

The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages honored its outstanding writers with receptions at CU’s main campus in Lawton as well as at Cameron University–Duncan. The annual event was held to honor outstanding freshman composition students. Cameron’s English composition professors selected students for the honor based on their overall performance.


Honored as outstanding freshman composition students, by hometown, are:

Waurika: Dalee  Barrick

Comanche: LeeAnn Arrington, Montana McGill

Jefferson County Says Goodbye to a Coaching Legend


A man who has not only secured his place in local sports history, but has also secured a place in the hearts and lives of those who knew him and played for him passed away Sunday.

Raymon West will be remembered for his impact on the world of sports in Jefferson County.

He will be remembered for his contribution as the principal at Ryan High School.

He will remembered for championships.

He will be remembered as a great husband and father.

He will be remembered for being a great man.

Next week, Trey Smart will be writing a proper memorial to this coaching legend. 

Until then, we just want to say that you will be missed Coach West.

Thank you for the memories and your contributions to our lives. 

Harold Winton Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame


He started on the  oval dirt track circuit in 1971. Now he is in the racing hall of fame.

Harold Winton’s life has been influenced by cars.

In a pair of photo albums you can trace his racing history. These two albums are overflowing with pictures, racing stats and news clippings.

Thumbing through the first pages of one of the albums a picture of a  young Harold Winton can be found.

In the photo he is in front of a car in mid-reconstruction. The car could metaphorically be seen as his inspiration for the passions of his life—racing and cars.

A young Harold standing in front of the car he raced around in the back yard.

He has placed in the top ten at every track he has raced on. That includes Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

The first time he was ever on a race track he crashed, flipping end over end. That, he says, is his most memorable race. 

His first car was blue with the number four painted on the side. After Harold was born he changed his number to 71 because Lisa was seven and Harold was almost one.

Harold’s Frist Race Car
First Car with #71 painted on the side.

In the early days he took his family – wife Beverly, daughter Lisa, and son Harold Jr. The family grew up watching dad race. As busy as he was racing, he never missed any of their ball games or activities.  These days his son Harold races with him. They build their own bodies on their modified race cars. There were many Monday’s they didn’t make it home from the races until about 6 am in the morning. Harold Jr. was only two weeks old when he attended his first race. Together they have set records, one of them was when they tied. It was the first time in the history of dirt track racing a father/son team tied.

That will probably not be the last record they will set.



OKLAHOMA CITY (April 16, 2018) – The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) is seeking nominations for 2018 inductees to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. The deadline to nominate an individual is June 1, 2018. The event will be held later this fall.

“There are many outstanding Oklahoma women who are improving the lives of other women, families and children and deserve to be recognized for their efforts,” said Linda Haneborg, chair of the 2018 Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame who serves as a commissioner for OCSW and was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013. “It is important to honor these women in a permanent manner to inspire and encourage today’s young women and girls to pursue their dreams through today’s role models.”

To be eligible for the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, nominees must live in Oklahoma or be a former resident of Oklahoma. As a guide for choosing a woman to nominate, consider the following questions:

  • What enduring contributions has she made?
  • How has she positively elevated the status and positively impacted women and girls?
  • Has she helped open new frontiers for women and society in general?
  • Is the community/state/nation or world better for the contributions of the nominee?
  • Are people in general better because of the accomplishments of the nominee?
  • Are women in the state, region, United States and/or world better? Has their status improved or opportunities increased because of the contributions of the nominee?
  • Is her particular profession or field better because of the contributions of the nominee?  
  • Various categories of disciplines, professions or fields may include but are not limited to: Arts, Business, Community Service, Public Service and Sciences.

Current commissioners of the OCSW are not eligible.

Haneborg added, “The significant impact Oklahoma women have made due to their remarkable actions has transformed many lives. These actions have earned the right to be recognized in the Hall of Fame and be included in Oklahoma history record books.” The 2018 inductees will add to the current 115 women who have been inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame since 1983, after being established in 1982 by then Gov. George Nigh.

Nomination forms may be obtained by contacting OCSW at ocswadmin@omes.ok.gov or 405-401-6970. The nomination form and list of former honorees are available at www.ok.gov/ocsw. 

The nomination form and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2018, and mailed to:

Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women

Will Rogers Building

2401 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite E-1

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame is one of several events sponsored by OCSW to support its mission to improve the quality of life for women, children and families in Oklahoma.

About the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women:

The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is a non-partisan state commission that serves as the voice for women in Oklahoma. It strengthens and empowers women in Oklahoma by informing and educating the Legislature and Executive branches about issues to improve opportunities and quality of life for women. In addition to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, OCSW conducts Community Conversations on issues impacting Oklahoma women and families, hosts the Guardian Award presented to an elected official who has contributed to guarding and preserving the rights of women and families, and the Kate Barnard Award to honor outstanding women in public service. OCSW is a proud member of Girl Scouts of America as Honorary Troop 1912 to help girls thrive in Oklahoma. Visit OCSW at www.ok.gov/ocsw/.

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.

Annual Rattlesnake Hunt Photos and Competition Results


Here are the results from this year’s rattlesnake hunt competitions:

Waurika Rattle Snake Hunt King and Queen Candidates. (l-r) Baikley Taylor (Miss Hatching Queen), Aspen Fox, (not pictured – Lillian White), Landon Perry (Hatchling King), Sage Mayfield (Rattlesnake King), Anna Lewis, and Roxy Cathey (Ragglesnake Queen). Photo by Curtis Plant
The winner of the $500 cash was Otto Brink.
(Submitted Photo)
Sunday’s Team Rattlesnake Sacking Contest:
3rd place- Robert Lemus and Roger Wilkerson (Submitted photo)
Saturday’s Team Rattlesnake Sacking Contest:
1st Place
Sunday’s Team Rattlesnake Sacking Contest:
2nd place- Dave Thomas from Irwin, PA Landon Schulze from Early, TX (Submitted photo)


Saturday’s Team Rattlesnake Contest:
2nd Place
Sunday’s Team Rattlesnake Sacking Contest:
1st Place
Randy Wilson and his daughter Brandi Meek from Bridgeport, TX
(Submitted Photo)
Saturday’s Team Rattlesnake Sacking Contest
3rd Place
Tanner Gardner from Viola, KS
Shayer Johnson from Clearwater, KS
(Submitted photo)

Claypool Fish Fry Well Attended


 Editor’s Note: Thank you to the Ringling Eagle for writing and sharing this story this week with us!

The Claypool Fish Fry fund-raiser was held Saturday, July 14, at the Claypool community building with 118 guests attending.  The fund-raiser brought in over $5,000.

The fish dinner was catered by Bill’s Catfish.  Desserts and ice cream were furnished by community members.

Attending were Mike and Dona Brooks; Jay and Melissa Grace; Ray and Cindy Robnett; Jessica Thompson, Evan and Addison Griffin; Jim and Carla Griffin; June Griffin; Billy Smith; Mark Vaughn; Glenn Mitchell; Denver, Heather, Anna and Travin Weatherly; Charley, Nikki and Cole Lockwood; Rayleen Camplain and Gage McCleary; Pat and Kristie Gaines; Roy and Sandy Rochell; Jim and Deanna Williams; Phil McBain; Gil and Halie Griffin;

Cameron Williams; Billy and Sue Ann Kidd; Zane and Loretta Corley; Al Schneider and Malane Grace; Chris Kidd; Sheila Heawood; Jim and Betty Howard; Bobby and Margaret Perkins; Robert Gamblin; Steve and Julie Ravenscroft; Johnny and Rinda Griffin; and Darren Beaver.

Also attending were Junior and Bernice Ogle; Angie Sauls; Patricia Vansickle Hovastak; Lee and Jennifer Aston; Kenny and Sherry Mashore; Jerry and Mondy Smith; TJ, Danielle and Ethan Neble; Joseph Black; Biff and Frances Jackson; Bob Earl and Renell Stewart; WJ and Della Porterfield; Eddie and Karen Parker; Eddie and Sherry Pewitt; Starriett and Carolyn Watkins; Gary and Sharon Duncan; Tammie and Tina Rollins; Bennie Ruth, Brian, Shalinda, McKinsley, Dana and Mila Robertson; Jason and Sarah Vos; Steve and Jenny Jones; Paul Tuley; Ian Wilson; Case and Easton Tolliver; Spanky and Donnie S. Glenn; Jerry Dillard; Donna Butler; Tom and Seane Jones; Jimmy Snodgrass, Addison Klutts and Creede Snodgrass; Britann McGahey; Bailey Tolliver; Hunter Tolliver; Dakota and Mahlia Zachary; Rusty Mashore; Doris Pilgreen; and Cathy Wheeler Cox.

“We really appreciate the community and the donations,” said Claypool fire chief Jerry Smith.  “We are thankful for all those who came out and supported us.  There were so many this year and we really appreciate it.”

An ice cream social with sandwiches has been set for September 22 at 6:00 p.m.  The community is asked to bring either homemade ice cream or sandwiches for the event.

The building rental fees are $50 per day for residents of the community and $100 per day for residents outside of the community.

To reserve the Claypool community building, call June Griffin at 580-313-0933 or Billy Smith at 580-313-2165.

The WAEB Cohost Premium Fund Raiser with Waurika FFA and 4H

Kolt Morrison served at the auctioneer this year for the Waurika FFA fundraiser. Photo by Dalee Barrick

The Waurika Ag Education Boosters (WAEB) collaborated with the Waurika FFA and 4H and hosted a premium fundraiser on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. This event was assembled in order to raise money for the Waurika 4H and FFA livestock exhibitors at the Jefferson County Premium Sale.

Lexie Streeter

The premium fundraiser was a great success. There was an overwhelming turnout from the community in support of our Waurika Ag youth. A great amount of money was raised, and not one homemade dessert, silent auction item, or handmade fire pit was left after the night was over.

On behalf of the Waurika FFA, Waurika 4H, and WAEB, we would like to thank all the people that participated in making this event as great as it was. We would like to especially thank all the great men that voluntarily prepared the delicious hamburgers. It was a wonderful evening.


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