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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Waurika Student Receives Letter From President Trump


Several students in Jessica Coody’s class at Waurika Middle School sent cards to President Trump recently.

One received a reply.

His name was Jonathan Marlett.

Jessica hopes that more will receive a reply for their efforts from the president. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One of the goals of Women’s Haven is to bring awareness to the community on Sexual Assault. Women’s Haven will have a table at the Wauirka Rattle Snake Round-Up on Saturday April 14th . We will have information on services we provide and information  on sexual assault.

For the kids, we will be doing removable tattoos and have a surprise grab bag for lucky winners. The table will have a marble guessing jar contest and serval door prizes. So, please look for the table decorated in teal for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and get a tattoo, make a guess and get some information on services and sexual assault awareness . 

Women’s Haven will be hosting an Awareness Event and Walk on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fuqua Park. The event will include a walk for Sexual Assault Awareness, live entertainment, self-defense classes, free food, face painting and a bounce house for kids as well as other activities. 

 Women’s Haven hopes that these events and activities will start conversations on what WE can do as a community to prevent and stop Sexual Assaults from occurring. Also, to bring awareness on this matter not, just for one month, but for every month in the year. For more information regarding Sexual Assault Awareness Month or the services, support and education offered at Women’s Haven, call the 24-hour Crisis Line at 580-252-4357. 

Over 70% of all sexual assaults go unreported, which makes rape the most under-reported crime in the United States. Nationally, crimes of violence, such as murder, have declined in numbers, but sexual assault numbers continue to climb. Victims may not always report the assault because they fear that no one will believe them. Sadly, they may be blamed by their family, friends or community: “If she hadn’t been so drunk,” or “If she hadn’t worn that short skirt,” or “If she hadn’t been out so late,” she wouldn’t have been assaulted. Please remember that a victim is NEVER to blame.

Most rapists are not strangers. In 8 out of 10 cases, the victim knows their rapist. The perpetrator may be a classmate, family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor.  Most assaults do not happen in dark alleys of big cities. They happen in the victim’s own home or the home of the assailant. Rape is not just a big city problem; it is a social problem that affects all citizens and every community.

Sexual violence is about having power and control over another human being. 

Victims will experience many different reactions including shock, denial or disbelief that the event happened. Victims may feel ashamed or embarrassed. They may feel guilty and insecure, or have a fear of being alone. Help victims by believing them, by listening to them and by showing your support for their decisions regarding criminal charges, medical care or counseling.

If you are a victim, tell someone you trust and seek medical care, if needed. If you or someone you love is a victim, 24-hour help is a phone call away. Call Women’s Haven toll-free at 877-970-HELP (4357) or locally at 580-252-4357.

We’d Sooner Be in Aviation & Aerospace, Please!


(Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Industry Ascends to Capitol during Advocacy Day)

 OKLAHOMA CITY – Although the hundred-year-old building was undergoing a major renovation complete with construction workers and heavy equipment and state lawmakers were experiencing possibly the most contentious session since statehood, the building and legislators came to a positive pause for a few hours to celebrate the robust aviation and aerospace community in Oklahoma.  The morning began with rolling carts, the clicking of dress shoes on stony marble, and the chatter of excitement as over sixty statewide and national exhibitors made their own personal land run for a place on the fourth and second floor rotundas.

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has for many years, more on than off, hosted an aviation and aerospace advocacy day at the State Capitol during the regular session of the Oklahoma State Legislature. The day was newly branded as “AERO Oklahoma” Aviation & Aerospace Advocacy Day.  This year, the ten-person independent state agency, with no fear of construction or chaos, took on an innovative challenge expanding the program from one floor to four, tripling the number of exhibitors to 65, all while hosting a community-partner catered lunch that fed over 350 legislators, exhibitors and special guests. Simultaneously, two industry groups visited with over 30 legislators and the Speaker of the House, advocating not only for aerospace company interests, but also for the preservation and development of the state airport system.

The purpose of the event was, and in the future will be, to recognize Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industry as a vital economic engine for the state. As Oklahoma’s second largest industry, aviation has a significant impact on the lives of citizens. The event was a unique opportunity for Oklahoma military, aerospace companies, private and commercial pilots, airport managers, municipal officials, drone pilots, educators, flying clubs, and the many users of the Oklahoma Airport System to meet one-on-one with state legislators and other elected officials to remind them of Oklahoma’s strong aviation heritage and show them firsthand how the industry continues to solidify the state as a worldwide leader in aviation, aerospace, and aerospace and defense.

Prior to the start of the event, during morning legislative proceedings, exhibitors and attendees were recognized in the gallery by State Senator Paul Rosino, District 45, on behalf of his colleagues in the Oklahoma State Senate.  Then, with the sound of the “Governor’s Own” 145th Army Band brass section playing Oklahoma, exhibit booths opened mid-morning with attendees eager to hear the official address from Governor Mary Fallin as she welcomed the large crowd with remarks about the Aviation & Aerospace industry producing just under $44B in annual economic activity, supporting 206,000 jobs totaling an $11.7B payroll.  Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, then spoke regarding the impact of military aviation with a $19.3B annual economic activity at the bases and installations in the state.

Late morning, among the Greco-Roman architecture on the Great Rotunda, the conclusion of formality was traded for intermittent laughter as children played with digital flight simulators and business men and women visited with one another and lawmakers about their role in the aerospace industry. Common sights were wide-eyed persons of all ages checking out detailed model aircraft and placing trinket-sized planes in their pockets. From colleges to airport consultants, if one had a booth on the rotunda that day, it would soon become the envy of marketing directors and corporate leaders across the state, if not the nation.

Presented by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission in the spirit of aviation advancement with the Oklahoma Pilots Association, their community partners were American Airlines, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), AAR, CEC, Stillwater Regional Airport, and Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.

Many of the state’s top aerospace entities participated in AERO Oklahoma, including from Oklahoma City: AAR Aircraft Services; Field Aerospace; Northrop Grumman; Dow Aero; Oklahoma City Airport Authority, the Oklahoma Air National Guard and Tinker Air Force Base (OKC Air Force Sustainment Center). Participating from Tulsa was American Airlines; BizJet International, NORDAM, FlightSafety International and Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust.

Other exhibitors included: the 99s Museum of Women Pilots; Oklahoma City Chapter of 99s; Acorn Growth Companies; Ada City School District Aviation Project; Alliance for Aviation Across America; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); Air Force Association (AFA); Custom Equipment Company (CEC); Cirrus Aircraft; Consolidated Turbine Specialist, LLC; CP&Y; Delta Airport Consultants; Eagle Vision Drones; FAA Center of Excellence; Federal Aviation Administration FAASTeam; Federal Aviation Administration/DUI/Dwi Program; First Robotics-Oklahoma; General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI); Green Country Aircraft; Grove Regional Airport; KOCO Sky 5; National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association (OAAA); Oklahoma Airport Operator’s Association (OAOA); Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network; Oklahoma Career Tech Aerospace; Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Oklahoma Pilots Association (OPA); Oklahoma State University; Oklahoma Wing Civil Air Patrol; OSU Flying Aggies; OSU’s Student Organization for Space Exploration (S.O.S.E); OU Sooner Flight Academy; RS&H, Inc.; Southeastern Oklahoma State University Graduate Program in Aerospace Administration & Logistics; Stafford Air & Space Museum; STARBASE Oklahoma; Stillwater Regional Airport; Sundance Airport; Tulsa Air and Space Museum; University of Oklahoma CASS; University of Oklahoma Department of Aviation; and Vigilant Aerospace Systems, INC.

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 109 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.

Ana Gomez Receives Scholarship Award


 Red River Technology Center Practical Nursing student Ana Gomez (right), of Waurika, was recently awarded the Martha Ann Overstreet Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship, worth $500, was awarded by Jodie Roberts (left), the granddaughter of Overstreet.

Diet vs. Exercise: Which is Better for Weight Loss?


(StatePoint) What’s more important: diet or exercise? Anyone who’s tried to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle has likely asked this question.

Sixty-eight percent of people want to lose 10 pounds or more, according to a recent Harris Poll on behalf of Nutrisystem. It’s always a good time to get started on your goals. So, should you focus on diet, exercise or both?

When it comes to weight loss, the split should be roughly 80 percent focus on what you eat and 20 percent on exercise. The logic is simple, say experts.

“It’s all about calories in and calories out. If you’re eating less and exercising, you’re going to burn more calories,” says Courtney McCormick, corporate dietitian at Nutrisystem. “However, exercise often makes us hungrier, which is why many people who only change their exercise habits don’t see the scale move.”

To achieve a healthier lifestyle and shed weight, consider these quick tips that combine both diet and exercise.

• Eat more often: A 2015 study from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that on average, people who ate six times or more daily consumed fewer calories, had a lower body mass index, and ate more nutrient-rich foods than those who didn’t eat at least six times a day. Eating smaller meals every three hours keeps you feeling full, controls blood sugar and helps boost metabolism.

• Watch portions: American portions have become too big; and those used to dining out may consider restaurant portions to be correct, when they’re often four times as large as what’s recommended. Learning portion control is key to losing weight. When eating out, ask for a to-go box and save half for later. You can also turn to plans, like Nutrisystem, which deliver portion-controlled meals to your home.

• Veg out: Vegetables are low in calories, high in filling fiber and loaded with nutrients. For breakfast, add spinach to an omelet; at lunch, pile your sandwich high with fixings like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, or use lettuce as a wrap instead of bread. During snack time, munch on carrots dipped in hummus or blend kale into a fruit smoothie.

• Drink more water: A study found that when people drank six cups (48 ounces) of cold water, they increased their resting calorie burn by up to 50 calories each day. Another study found that dieters who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before meals lost 36 percent more weight over three months than those who didn’t sip before sitting down to eat. So, fill up that water bottle!

• Get moving: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly, but research suggests that it doesn’t matter if you exercise for two-and-a-half hours straight or break it up into 10-minute chunks. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day then build up to 60 minutes when you’re ready.

More diet and exercise tips can be found at leaf.nutrisystem.com.

Remember the key to meeting your weight loss and health goals is to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Focus on eating better and moving more and you’ll be on the right track.

Hastings Receives REAP Grant for 2018


Sue Bridges, Town of Hastings Clerk-Treasurer

Glenda Hood, Town of Hastings Mayor

Ronnie Ward, Executive Director of the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments


The Hastings REAP grant of $45,000 will be used to repair and resurface a total of 3.35 miles of town streets that are in dire need of repair.

Library News March 8 2018


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You,” – Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Children enjoy celebrating Dr. Seuss

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.  Born in 1904, he would have been 114 this year.  Last Thursday, March 1st, the Library welcomed Terral Public Schools grades K-4 to celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday.  I read ‘Ten Apples Up on Top’ before the kids participated in games and activities.  The following day, Friday, March 2nd, the Waurika and Temple Head Starts visited.  Thanks to the Waurika FCCLA for helping on Thursday and to Vickie Etheridge and Starr Heron for helping on Friday.  Thanks to all of the teachers, parents, and children that attended.

FCCLA Volunteers (l-r) Olivia Ralls, Hope Cummings, Landry Forsyth, Kameron Zaicek, Brooklyn Barnes, and Madison Christian

The Story Of The Boot was a display of family stories in Jefferson County created to compliment the Smithsonian Institute exhibition at the Rock Island Depot this summer.

These stories have been compiled into a hardback book.  Copies of ‘The Story of the Boot’ are $25 and take 2-3 weeks for delivery to the library.  If you would like the copy mailed to a location other than the library, please add an additional $5 for shipping and allow for an additional week for mailing.

‘Your Hometown’ is a DVD compilation of videos from the local community.  The DVD includes the opening of Veteran’s Park, Brickstreet Classic Car Show, Interviews with residents of Jefferson Co. and more!  Copies of the DVD are available at the library for $10 with proceeds going to the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time has a new day!  Story Time is now on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Each week, we read stories to pre-k children.  After Story Time, we have games, puzzles, and children’s computer games available.  If you would like to see Story Time on a different day and time, just let us know.

Many events and programs at the library are supported and funded by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  The Friends have started their sponsorship drive for 2018.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information, to become a sponsor, or volunteer, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

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

Voter Registration Deadline is June 1


 Friday, JUNE 1, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the JUNE 26th STATE & COUNTY PRIMARY & SPECIAL ELECTION FOR CITY OF WAURIKA, JEFFERSON County Election Board Secretary TAMMY RICHARDSON said today.

RICHARDSON said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Those who aren’t registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, JUNE 1.

RICHARDSON said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after JUNE 26.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration.  The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.  RICHARDSON said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 220 NORTH MAIN RM #203, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county. Applications also are available at www.elections.ok.gov.

Citizen science program needs your help observing the weather!


Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across Oklahoma. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of observers with the goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations such as those collected by the Oklahoma Mesonet.

Scientists in Colorado created CoCoRaHS in 1998 in response to a devastating flash flood that occurred in Ft. Collins, Colorado. In July of 1997, a thunderstorm produced about a foot of rain in only a few hours, while other portions of the city received only modest rainfall. The resulting flooding caught some by surprise, so CoCoRaHS was developed to better observe these localized extreme precipitation events. As more volunteers participated across the country, rain, snow, and hail maps were produced for every storm. These maps showed fascinating local patterns that were of great interest to scientists, decision makers, and the public.

In Oklahoma, we are no stranger to severe weather. In the past few years alone, the state has experienced record flooding, damaging hail, drought, and ice storms. More volunteer observers are needed to accurately map these extreme events as well as the day-to-day precipitation patterns across the state. In addition to reporting precipitation, observers now have the option to report drought impacts and these important observations are included into the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Participating in CoCoRaHS is fun and easy and thousands of volunteers—young and old—are documenting the size, intensity, and duration of storms across the country. The process only takes a few minutes and the data are immediately accessible online to everyone including the National Weather Service, water managers, agricultural groups, and the public. For more information about CoCoRaHS or if you are interested in participating, please visit www.cocorahs.org.

Terral News and Happenings February 22 2018

Quote of the Day: “I don’t know how much, but three things I do. There is God, His Word is true, stay close to Him, He’ll see ya through.”

VACCINATION CLINIC – On Saturday March the 10th, we will have a Vaccinaiton Clnic for dogs and cats at the Terral City Hall. Dr. Clark from the Jefferson County Animal Hospital will be here from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. Prices are as follows: Dogs – Rabies $8.00. Destemper/Parvo $15.00. Kennel cough $10.00 and Lymes $30.00. Cats – Destemper $12.00, Destermper/Lukemia $32.00. Make plans now to get your pet’s shots.

TERRAL ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 31, at the Terral Indians Baseball Field at 12:00 noon. 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!

FBC Girls in Action Group – The GA T-Shirts are in and if you ordered a T-Shirt from a GA they will be delivered this week. We are open for new orders if anyone would like to order a T-Shirt. Please call Shirley at 437-2337. We are still taking recipes for our Community Cookbook until Feb 14th. You may drop them by City Hall or to Shirley or Mary Alice Kunkel. Thanks!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Misty Williams celebrated on the 20th. Adan Morgan will party on the 22nd.

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – Family and Friends of Carrie Sheffield in her passing, The Duncan Families in the passing of Clovon Allen, Cindy Day, Tony Rodriquez, Benda Bryant, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue and Avery Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Faye Tanner, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Robert Harnois, Esther Grimes, Marle Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, Carrie Sheffield, 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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