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Ministerial Alliance Encourages Church Members to Continue Faithful Giving

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These times are certainly unique and uncertain. When I was in seminary taking eighty hours of masters level education while studying theology and practical ministry, not a single course offered anything about pastoring a community through a pandemic. I can teach the Bible, preach the Good News, work the administrative side of things, pastoral care/counseling, and many other aspects of ministry. In this time of un-certainty ministry continues in various forms in all of our communities. I know all of us pastors are praying for everyone to be safe and normalcy to come soon. God is in control and God will remain faithful. I am writing this on behalf of the Waurika Ministerial Alliance to ask that as you worship with us virtually that you continue to tithe to you congregation. The pastors are still working in ways they never thought they would and bills will still need to be paid. We understand for many this time finances are tight and we just ask you prayerfully consider keeping up with your commitment of faith through your tithes and offerings.

Census bureau modifies 2020 operations due to COVID-19 and to better count college students

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The U.S. Census Bureau continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. The census bureau is adjusting some operations with two key principles in mind: protecting the health and safety of census staff and the public, and fulfilling statutory requirements to deliver 2020 census counts on schedule.

Per the census bureau’s residential criteria, students living away from home at school should be counted at school in most cases, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if at home when they complete the census, students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time.

College students living in on-campus housing are counted through their university. During the 2020 census, the bureau contacted administrators of colleges and university student housing to receive input on the enumeration methods that will allow students to participate in the 2020 census.

With multiple ways to respond to the census, the majority of higher learning institutions chose the eResponse methodology. Only about 7% chose paper listings. Both methods provide the census bureau information about each student.

However, about 35% chose the drop off/pick up option to respond, which allows students to self-respond. The census bureau is contacting those schools to ask whether they would like to change that preference in light of emerging situations.

The census bureau plans to offer assistance with responding to the 2020 census.

Currently, the census bureau plans to offer this assistance across the country beginning April 13, delaying from the previous start date of March 30.

The planned completion date for data collection for the 2020 census is July 31, 2020. That date can be adjusted by the census bureau as the situation dictates in order to achieve a complete and accurate count.

Pearl’s flying legacy lives on in her descendants

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It might be said famous Chickasaw aviator Pearl Carter Scott was born to fly, so young was she upon making her solo flight in 1929 at the tender age of 13.

Ninety years later, Pearl’s airborne legacy has birthed a generation of descendants in whom flying has become an inescapable part of their DNA. 

Bill, Scott and Craig Thompson, Pearl’s grandsons, are all licensed pilots. Their sister, Georgia Smith, never earned her pilot’s license but says she, too, can handle herself in a cockpit.

Their mother, Georgia Louise Scott Thompson, was Pearl’s daughter. She died in September.

“Flying has always been in our blood,” Ms. Smith said. “When mom, dad and grandma (Pearl) sat around the kitchen table they were all talking about flying. Bill actually got his pilot’s license before he got his driver’s license,” she said.

Though the Thompson children were born in Marlow, Oklahoma, their side of the family eventually moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, famous due to the musical talent of four local session musicians known as “The Swampers.”

Craig, 63, who has flown in over 100 countries as a commercial pilot, was recently hired by the city of Ada to manage its airport.

Bill, 67, is a professional financial planner who is moving his business to Ada from Birmingham, Alabama. “I do pre-and-post retirement planning,” he said. “I teach people about maxing out Social Security, how not to run out of money and how not to go broke in the nursing home.” He is also looking forward to getting back involved with flying, he said.

Scott Thompson, retired from the construction business, resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Georgia Smith expects to move to the area soon too from her home in Lexington, Alabama. While the brothers’ athletic prowess won them awards in high school, they credit Georgia with being the best athlete in the family due to being selected to play on state championship teams in volleyball, track and softball.

Craig said one reason he was interested in the Ada position is due to an airport manager in Gunnison, Colorado, who saved his life years ago. His original destination had been Aspen, Colorado, but his plane was diverted due to weather conditions.

Eventually landing in the pitch black night in Gunnison also proved dangerous because, at the time, it had no runway lights or rotating beacon. Craig said the airport manager, Terry Sargent, quickly came up with a solution. He called local police who parked on the runway with lights flashing.

“I landed over the cars and kissed the ground,” he said, laughing. “I took this job just wondering what was going through Terry Sargent’s mind that night in 1981.”

Another of his close calls came Sept. 11, 2001, the day America woke up to its war on terror.

The jet he was piloting that morning was only 40 minutes ahead of the ill-fated Flight 93 out of Newark, New Jersey, with terrorists on board that later crashed in Pennsylvania. “That pilot pushed off the Newark gate behind me,” Craig said.

“It could have been him,” Ms. Smith said about her brother’s close brush with fate.

Before managing Ada’s airport, Craig flew for Thai Lion Air out of Bangkok, Thailand, just one of the 106 countries he has visited in his travels. He flew as a civilian pilot to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia 30 times transporting military equipment and soldiers, some of which were under-the-radar black ops missions. He has also transported Delta Force members and CIA personnel into world hot spots.

“I flew many refugee and relief aid flights. In1998 I flew relief aid to Honduras after Hurricane Mitch left 19,325 fatalities there.”

He also has flown cash between Federal Reserve Banks in America. “Did you know $38.6 million weighs 4,200 pounds? That’s something you need to know before you take off,” he said.

Craig said looking back on his youth, he now considers himself to have been something akin to “the little boy at the fence” while working at the Muscle Shoals airport. “It just gives you an opportunity to live at the airport from sunup to sundown and to learn and love every kind of aircraft,” he said.

All three brothers cut their aviation teeth sweeping out hangars, refueling aircraft and performing other chores before eventually becoming pilots.

One of the side benefits of airport work was seeing famous people who stopped to refuel. “We refueled President Jimmy Carter’s Air Force One aircraft there,” Craig said. “Muscle Shoals is the hometown of recording studios that were very big at that time. The Osmonds, James Brown, Tom Jones, Percy Sledge, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other singers would come in with their personal jets and we would see them and sometimes shake their hands.”

Pearl was a frequent visitor to the Thompson’s Muscle Shoals home. “Even though we lived 700 miles from our grandmother, she was there every time we turned around,” Ms. Smith said. “She was there visiting us and getting to know us.”

Ms. Smith said one of her memories is of Grandma Pearl saying, “One of these days someone’s going to walk on that moon up there, though probably not in my lifetime.”

Only the first half of Pearl’s foresight proved accurate. Man did walk on the moon, but Pearl lived to see it. Not only that, she also lived long enough to witness Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington blast off in the space shuttle.

Craig said he has distributed copies of “Pearl,” the Chickasaw Nation-produced movie about their famous grandmother, globally. “I bought a bunch of them. I just pass them out to my friends. Everybody wants a copy,” he said.

Pearl’s most recent honor was bestowed on her by “The Ninety-Nines” an international organization of women pilots based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “They designated Dec. 9, Pearl’s birthday, Women’s Aviation Day in Oklahoma City,” Ms. Smith said.

The siblings donated Pearl’s original aviation log and engine books, as well as several photos, to “The Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots.”

“We were moved to share her history with the world,” Bill said. “We want to encourage others to ‘Shoot for the moon, for even if you fail, you will still land in the stars,’ one of her favorite sayings,” he added.

“We lost our money because of the Depression,” Ms. Smith recalls their grandmother telling them. Grandma Pearl then added, “I can’t give you any money, but I’ll leave you a legacy to live on.”

Pearl died in 2005 at the age of 90 knowing her aviation legacy would, in fact, live on. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say it’s in her descendants’ DNA.

Waurika Library News January 30, 2020

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How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?

In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.

A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?

‘Miracle Creek’ by Angie Kim uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. It carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family. Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient, this is a novel steeped in suspense and igniting discussion. Recommended by Erin Morgenstern, Jean Kwok, Jennifer Weiner, Scott Turow, Laura Lippman, and more– ‘Miracle Creek’ is a brave, moving debut from an unforgettable new voice.

Check out ‘Miracle Creek’ by Angie Kim at the Waurika Public Library.

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Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is 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/

Municipal Candidate Filings Set to Begin Monday, February 3

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Candidates for municipal office in 1 Jefferson County municipalities may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, February 3.

Tammy Richardson, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 5th.  There will be a filing fee of $300 for each candidate that files for office.  The filing fee has to be in the form of cashier’s check and made out to the Jefferson County Election Board.  Filing packets can be picked up at the Election Board Office located at 200 N. Main Street, Rm #203,Waurika, OK.

Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office for the indicated offices for each of the following municipalities:

City of Waurika—Seat #5

 The municipal offices at stake in the City of Waurika will be filled in the Nonpartisan election scheduled April 7,2020.

Terral News and Happenings January 30, 2020

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Quote of the Day– Security mostly is a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

Terral First Baptist GA’s- We will have our Valentine’s day party on Friday, Feb. 14 in the church basement at 7:00 p.m. dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 p.m. Fun and games will follow dinner. Once you arrive  you cannot leave the building unless accompanied by an adult or parent. All kids will ve taken home after the event is over. 

Happy Birthday to You- Charlie Barrett III will celebrate on the 31st.

Happy Anniversary to You- Martin Carrie Villarreal will celebrate on the 27th.

Community Prayer List- Tom Smith, Tooter Alsup, Joni Collins, Mark Hoffman, Lonnie Wells, Teresea Sexton, A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Pat Bussry, Tony Rodriguez, Scotty Day, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr.., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.k. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world- Kurtis Morgan, Scott Mclver & Chris Cox.

Our Prayer is for God to keep you in his loving care. 

Round Ryan January 30, 2020

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 I have written several times about going to the local hangout and drinking coffee.  Some of the more narrow minded people call this gossiping but I see it as being almost tribal, a throw back to the days of being around a camp fire or the hearth in a cave.  In the old days when communications were word of mouth, we sat around the fire and told stories.  Stories about the best place to find game for hunting.  Stories that told of lessons learned the hard way, how we know not  to do something because it will in fact leave a scar.  Stories that passed the wisdom from generation to generation.  Just this morning we had a discussion about Gregor Mendels law of dominance, of how parent organisms passed dominant traits on to their offspring.  All things considered Marsha is lucky that we don’t sing and dance around something that we have set on fire.  I’m sure her insurance premiums would go up.

 It would be hard to find anything wrong with the weather that we have been having lately.  We have had the rain that we need and also a lot of sunshine.  The other night it was cold enough to make you use your electric blankets and like an idiot I was standing out in the yard listening to owls hooting.  It seemed like they were all over town, talking about whatever it is that owls talk about.  In Greek mythology the owl sat on the shoulder of Athena giving her the ability to see on her blind side, enabling her to see the whole truth.  In the Bible the owl was seen as being a sign of wisdom.  It was viewed in many cultures as being good luck but in others it was bad, even to the point of being a harbinger of death.  All  I know was that standing there on that cold clear night hearing all those birds hooting back and forth, it was a beautiful sound.

 My eldest brother, Scott who could accurately be described as being old school, was telling me Sunday that in his toolbox at the shop, there is a laptop computer.  This machine is not even part of the diagnostic equipment that is part of being a modern auto mechanic.  This particular computer is for ordering parts that he needs.  The companies don’t send out the old fashioned books made of paper the way they used to do.

 In the last twenty years, every job that I have had, involved using a computer.  From the warehouse to selling hunting and fishing permits.  Even paying my sales tax on  the plant business includes those infernal machines, as my good friend Jon Harris calls them.

 I remember when I was in high school, my counselor suggested that I go to college and get into computers, that was the coming thing.  I told him that  was the silliest thing that I had ever heard.  According to the seventeen year old Dennis, no one is going to want to sit at a computer all day. 

Waurika Library News December 19 2019

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The Waurika Public Library will be closed December 24th and 25th to celebrate Christmas.  We will reopen on Thursday, December 26th at 9:00 a.m.  We wish everyone has a Merry Christmas!

If you’re using Amazon for some of your Christmas shopping, be sure to use AmazonSmile.  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  Just go to ‘smile.amazon.com’ and select Friends of the Waurika Public Library.

In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller, ‘The Guardians’ by John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.

In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. 

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence.  But no one was listening.  He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.

Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.  Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.

They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought

Check out ‘The Guardians’ by John Grisham at your Waurika Public Library.

Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is 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/

Terral News and Happenings December 29 2019

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Quote of the dayBehold, I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

Terral First Baptist GA’s– Special Thanks goes out to everyone who came by our Bake Sale and Craft Show Saturday Morning. Those who came out after 5:00 to play bingo we would like to let you know how much we ap- preciate you. Again “Thank You’’ for your support.

FBC Girls In Action Mission Work– The GA’s decorated 18” Christmas trees and delivered them to the residents at the Westbrook Care Center in Waurika on Thursday, De- cember 5th. Special Thanks to Mrs. Patti for escorting me and the GA’s to deliver the trees and cards. We had a great time and the residents were so sweet and apprecia- tive. We wish you all a very “Merry Christ- mas and a Happy New Year” and may God bless each of you.

Happy Birthday to You– Hunter Wes- berry will celebrate “18” on the 10th. Jan Campsey will party on the 16th. Racen Williams will eat cake on the 19th. Hardy Johnson will celebrate ‘’82’’ years on the 22nd. Mr. Joe Martin will party on the 23rd. Samuel Chavez will have ice cream on the 26th.

Community Prayer List– Tom Smith, Tooter Alsup, Joni Collins, Mark Hoffman, Lonnie Wells, Teresa Sexton, A.R. and Martha Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Vir- ginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world- Kurtis Morgan, Scott Mclver & Chris Cox. Our prayer is for God to keep you in his loving care.

Round Ryan December 19 2019

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Sitting here looking out the window on a cool, overcast and dreary Sunday after- noon. Johnny Cash singing about the ring fire and I’m thinking that I need to stop looking out the win- dow and get down to business. The poor woman is telling the world that she is falling to pieces and now she is crazy. Take a drink of scalding hot coffee and yelp like the proverbial scalded dog and now I start writing.

This morning at JW’s Travel Stop and Christian Science reading room here in Ryan, we were sitting around drinking coffee and talking about this and that when cheese became the center of conversation. Someone mentioned commod- ity cheese and then we talked about all the other stuff that they gave out each month. If you ever got commodities, then you know what I am talk- ing about, there was peanut butter, a canned meat product that to me was unidentifiable, powdered eggs and powdered milk, various beans and peas. the cheese, peanut butter, beans and peas were all good but I never developed a love for the milk and eggs of the powdered variety. The former County Com- missioner in the group told of having a refrig- erated trailer to send to pickup a load of gro- ceries and one time the cheese was so rank that they called in the health official and it was promptly condemned and was taken out to the old Ryan dump to be buried because it was so high smelling that no one could stand to be around the stuff.

Here is a good one, Jim Reeves singing “He’ll have to go”, had to stop and listen. That son of a gun could re- ally sing.

Congratulations go out to the Ryan High School Cowgirls bas- ketball team for their runner up finish in the Wilson Eagle Classic tournament and also to Samantha Good for being named to the all- tournament team. Well done ladies.

The Ryan Ag Boosters had their first annual jack pot show this last weekend. By all accounts it was a huge success. Young people from all over Oklahoma and north Texas came to Jefferson County with their pigs, lambs, goats and cattle. David Sorrell judged the goats and sheep Friday night and Blaine Red took over with the pigs and cattle on Saturday. The Ryan Ag Booster Jack Pot Show may well be- come a new tradition.

Ran into an old friend at lunch Sunday. He informed me that he reads the paper every week and he enjoys seeing me in the paper because #1, it’s not in the sheriffs report and #2, he said that he likes a little BS as much as the next man. Shout out to Kenneth Blevins. On the subject of people reading my column, last Saturday

I had to answer ques- tions about something that I had written with regards to her grand- daughter. I explained to her that what was said was a joke, turns out she doesn’t think that I am funny.