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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ryan Kindergarten Graduation


 Editor’s Note: We apologize that this was not in last week’s paper. 

Ryan’s Kindergarten class:

Zayden Alexander

Addison Applin

Alexis Baker

Phoebe Chapman

Hatley Cooper

Aubrey Corona

DeShawn Crawford

Maggie Dalton

Emerson Dewbre

Braylen Harrison

Kale Hill

Bella Keith

Lyric Ledesma

Hunter Loftis

Liam Madden

Lynnleigh Morgan

Emma Rawlings

Teagan Skinner

Melanie Villareal


Mr WHS & Ms WHS Selected

This Year’s Mr. WHS is Aaron Nitka Ms WHS is Madison Roberson (Photo submitted)

Waurika High School has selected Aaron Nitka and Madison Roberson as this year’s Mr. WHS and Ms. WHS.

This Year’s Mr. WHS is Aaron Nitka Ms WHS is Madison Roberson (Photo submitted)

The first runner up in each category were Gatlin Black and Emily Waid.

First runner up Gatlin Black and Emily Waid. (Photo Submitted)

The second runner up in each category were Seth Waid and Kylie Waters.

Second runner up Seth Waid and Kylie Waters (Photo Submitted)

The third runner up in each category were Turner Mora and Lily Jones

Third runner up Turner Mora and Lily Jones. (Photo Submitted)

Jennie Mosely appointed Director of Chickasaw Nation Real Estate Services


ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Jennie Mosely director of Chickasaw Nation Real Estate Services.

Mrs. Mosely, a Chickasaw citizen, manages all operations over the Chickasaw Nation’s land base, including oil and gas leases, farming and grazing, land purchases, and transfer to trust status of property. Also, the department works extensively with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with land ownership and legislative updates.

“Jennie Mosely understands the vital role land ownership plays in the lives of the Chickasaw people and the progress of the Chickasaw Nation,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Her education and experience have prepared her to help ensure land ownership continues to benefit the Chickasaw people for generations to come.”

Real Estate Services also manages commercial leasing for all Chickasaw Nation departments in addition to property purchases. Mrs. Mosely directs a staff of seven in an office she describes as “incredibly busy.”

While attending East Central University, she landed a part-time job with the Chickasaw Nation as a personnel clerk in the human relations department. She continued her studies and graduated with a business management degree.

“If it wasn’t for the Chickasaw Nation, I am not sure I could have earned my degree,” Mrs. Mosely said. “What the Chickasaw Nation provides to students are opportunities for the future.”

After graduating in 2000, Mrs. Mosely spent 15 years working for the BIA in the real estate services division.

It was at the BIA, thanks to sage advice from her Kiowa-Comanche father, Guy Ware, and Chickasaw mother, Kathy, that Mrs. Mosely understood landownership is key to “sovereignty.” The family cattle business was near Anadarko, where Mr. Ware still holds title to his family’s trust allotments.

“I was raised and immersed in the importance of protecting your land,” Mrs. Mosely recalls. “Landownership is how Native Americans really protect and preserve sovereignty, as well as their cultural identity. If you own the land, people can’t tell you what to do with it. My parents always told me to do right by our Native people.”

The opportunity to join the Chickasaw Nation allowed Ms. Mosely to help her tribe.

“It was important for me to give back, and it was personal, too,” she said. “My heart has always been in real estate services. Protecting your land base makes it possible to continue as a strong tribe and to create economic development to ensure a viable future for our children and citizens.”

The personal aspect is from a fascinating 1911 lawsuit between her great-great Chickasaw grandmother, Ida Anoatubby, who prevailed in a case where a farmer planted cotton on her allotment land but paid no fee. At the time, her grandmother was a minor. Her guardian was with her every step of the way. She won the case before the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1915.

Mrs. Mosely and her husband, Palmer, are the parents of four children. They are Palmer Mosely IV, 19; Ethan Lovell, 16; Grayson Mosely, 6, and Maverick Mosely, 5. Mr. Mosely also is employed by the Chickasaw Nation as Undersecretary of Self-Governance under the Department of Interior Services.

“I feel very honored Governor Anoatubby and Secretary Wayne Scribner have trusted me.”

Waurika Library News May 9 2019


The 2019 Summer Reading Program will kick off on Monday, June 3. This year’s theme is ‘A Universe of Stories’ and a focus on space – with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we’ve raised funds to offer daily educational programs and lunches to help keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

All children attending the program must be registered. The program will run each weekday through Friday, July 27 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent, guardian or designee by noon each day. 

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend for children entering first grade through fifth grade in the fall. Age limits have been established and must be enforced to ensure one teacher can plan and successfully deliver a program for all. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers – as space allows, and all school-aged children are welcome to join us for lunch.

For more information or registration forms, please visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

Trevan Jimboy appointed Director of Youth Activities at Chickasaw Nation


ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby has named Trevan Jimboy tribal Director of Youth Activities.

Mr. Jimboy is a nine-year employee of the Chickasaw Nation. Prior to promotion, he served as manager of Facility Services.

“Trevan Jimboy understands that engaging young people in positive activities and offering positive role models is vital to their growth and development,” Governor Anoatubby said. “His experience and commitment to Chickasaw youth make him a great fit for this position.” 

Mr. Jimboy will manage many of the youth camps sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation. Youth camps are hosted by several departments throughout the Nation, and the bulk of the specialty camps – such as “Camp Survivor” – will be under his management.

“I am looking forward to working with children,” Mr. Jimboy said. “Being able to come in and make a difference in the lives of Chickasaw children is what attracted me to the position. The Nation is in a unique setting to help youth, to build and encourage athletics and build involved citizens within our respective communities.”

During discussions with Gov. Anoatubby about the position, Mr. Jimboy said he related how coaches encouraged him and helped develop his abilities through mentoring and coaching.

“It meant a lot to me as a student when coaches would say ‘that was a great hit’ or ‘good hustle on the basketball court,’” he said. “I want to bring that same type of mentoring to my new position.”

Mr. Jimboy has been putting coaching and mentoring to work in his own family.

He and wife, Rachel, have five children, and most are involved in extracurricular activities.

Byng High School senior Mikaela is a 17-year-old speech and drama aficionado who will attend East Central University in Ada to study mass communications.

MacKenzie, a 14-year-old Byng freshman, is active on the basketball team. Titus, a 6-year-old Homer Elementary student is active in basketball and in soccer where he participates in a Norman Youth Soccer Organization. Twin daughters Parker and Abigail round out the Chickasaw family. They are 15 months old and are not active in sports … “yet,” Mr. Jimboy proclaimed with a laugh.

The family is large, and Rachel is “Wonder Woman” in the eyes of her husband. Mrs. Jimboy works full time for the Nation as manager of Sick Child Care. She is a registered nurse and has been an employee of the Nation for a decade.

Terral News and Happenings May 9 2019


CONGRATULATIONS- I would like to send our congratulations to the Terral graduatimg Kindergarten Class, Eight Graders and to all the Ryan Graduating Class. Best of Luck in whatever you pursue.

Quote of the day- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1-3

Terral School – May 7th is our Graduations. May 8th is Field Day for 5th through 8th grades. May 9th we will not have school- Professional Day. May 10th is our Awards Assembly at 9:00am. and the last day of school.

FBC Girls in Action Group – School is almost out and we will be out for the Summer also. Last day for our kids or Christ is May 8th. We are gearing up for our Mother’s Appreciation Breakfast on May 11th. End-of-the-Year Pool Party will be announced as soon as scheduled. Special Thanks to everyone who supported us this year.

Terral Alumni Association – Attention All Students: It is time to apply for Terral Alumni Scholarships. The deadline is May 3, 2019, and the application must be postmarked on or before that date to be considered. 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 school district. Terral Alumni does not discriminate in its scholarship program on the basis of race. The committee will be making the final decision for the scholarship in May. 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, Thanks- Johnny Reynolds, President. 

Happy Birthday To You – Tooter Alsup celebrated her “84” on Sunday May 5th.

Community Prayer List – Katie Bussey, Gary Bussey, A.R and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world. Our Prayer is for God to keep you in his loving care.

Round Ryan May 9 2019


  I have been remiss in my reporting or lack there of on the activities of the Ryan Beautification group.  If you have been down to the Ryan Business District on Washington then you will have noticed the new Ryan Cowpersons banners that have been installed on the newly repainted light poles.  They are really nice looking, so if you see any of the folks responsible, be sure and commend them for their hard work.

 The school year is drawing to a close and various groups and organizations are having their year end festivities.  The sports banquet is Monday night and the FFA banquet is having theirs Tuesday night.  As I mentioned in an earlier column, the Ryan School Variety show will be Tuesday, May 14th.  Be sure to come out and watch the many talented kids.  

  On Saturday, May 18th there will be a dance sponsored by the American Legion.  There will be concessions available.  There will also be a live band consisting of Bill Roberson, Cary Gore and Gene Chesley.  I’ve heard Mr. Roberson and Mr. Gore play and sing but I believe this will be a first for me to hear Mr. Chesley, I understand he plays a fine dobro guitar.  Be sure and come out and support the American Legion, hear some good music and have a good time.

  For the book portion of this column I will be discussing one author and several of her books.  Angie Debo, in the early and middle part of the twentieth century wrote a great deal about Oklahoma history and also the history of the Native American People and how the government dealt with the people that were moved to make way for westward expansion.

  Ms. Debo was born in Kansas and moved with her parents to Indian Territory as a small child.  Her dissertation, “ The Rise and Fall of the Choctaw Republic” was published by the University Press and received much praise, but her next book, “And Still the Rivers Run” was more controversial.  This book described how the Five Civilized Tribes were first moved to Indian Territory and then deprived of the very land and resources granted to them by federal treaty.  With the passing of the Dawes Act in 1887, non-tribal members were able, with the help of the very people that were tasked with protecting the tribes, to swindle their way to ownership of what was formally tribal property.  Ms. Debo had a hard time finding a publisher for “And Still the Waters Run”, but it eventually found a publisher with the Princeton University Press.  Angie Debo went on to write among others, “The Road to Disappearance”, The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma”, “A History of Indians of the United States” and “Geronimo, The Man, His Time, His Place”.  If you have any interest in history, any or all of these books are well worth the time spent finding and reading.

 Until next week.

Red River Technology Names Outstanding Students

Red River Technology evening students

Fifty-two Red River Technology Center students were recently recognized as Outstanding Students of the Year by their instructors. The students were recognized during the annual RRTC Awards Ceremony held May 2 at the Tech Center.

Automotive Collision: Triston Moore, Central; Gus Wrape, Adult; Alex Vanderburg, Empire; and James Waggoner, Duncan

Automotive Service: Garrett Dodson, Waurika; Jesus Hernandez, Adult; Patrick Woody, Empire; and Ryan Wooley, Homeschool

Biomedical Science Academy: Alli Spurlock, Marlow; Kali Treat, Homeschool; Nathan Wright, Central; Rebecca Bailey, Duncan; and Trey Hunt, Empire

Business: Kaitlin Hillin, Adult; and Heather Pitcock, Adult

Red River Technology Morning Students

Computer-Aided Drafting: David Barton, Bray-Doyle; Jessica Jones, Central; Alec Norton, Marlow; and Jonathan Lindstrom, Homeschool

Carpentry: Dylan Lee, Homeschool; Ryan Becker, Adult; and Bryce Johnson, Adult

CNC Machining: Dustin Lindsey, Adult; and Caitlyn Ashford, Empire

Cosmetology: Cathleen Haas, Marlow; and Michaela Taylor, Empire

Electronics Technology: Liam Johnson, Marlow; Mitchell Moore, Comanche; Makenzie Terrell, Marlow; Kody Arrington, Empire; and Nicholas Bollig, Duncan

Health Careers: Cheyenne Rodriguez, Comanche; Cheyenne Pope, Marlow; Amber Tugmon, Central; Hailee Wheatley, Central; Charlcie Parker, Central; Jerron Beck, Empire; Kiersten Collins, Empire; Kathline Seward, Empire; Reagan Julian, Marlow; and Cheslyn Hesbrook, Duncan

Residential Heating and Air Conditioning: Stephanie Mason, Walters; and Trevor Henderson, Comanche

Red River Technology Evening Students

Practical Nursing: Ana Gomez, Adult; Suzanne Greeson, Adult; Charlie Romero, Adult; and Saela Sullins, Adult

Pre-Engineering Academy: Gavin Banks, Marlow; and Hunter DeVoe, Duncan

Welding: Braden Edens, Central; Rein Mayo, Comanche; and Kyler Meadows, Duncan

Ryan Annual Sports Banquet

Ryan High School athletes were honored Monday night in the school’s cafeteria at the annual all-sports banquet.

 A total of 47 athletes were recognized for their accomplishments in the 2018-2019 school year.

 Two Ryan athletes were honored with a new award – Cowboy and Cowgirl Award. Holland Carter, a standout track, cross country and cheerleader, and Travis Fristoe, the school’s only four-sport letterman, were selected for the award.

 Carter was also honored with a special letter jacket given to the girls cross country seniors that finish in the top ten in the state cross country meet. She was also presented with a special award for her contributions to cross country and track the past four years.

 Their names will be on a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the remodeled Ryan gym before the start of next year’s basketball season.

Ryan Fresmen at Ryan Sports Banquet

 Athletic Director Tony Tomberlin also recognized two people for contributions to the Ryan athletic program. Ricky Phillips, the long-time public address announcer for the Cowboy football team, was presented a football signed by Ryan athletes in recognition of 20 years of service.

Ricky Phillips recognized for being the voice of the Ryan Cowboys for 20 years.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

 This reporter was also recognized for contributions to the Ryan athletic program and was presented with a signed basketball.

Trey Smart was honored for being not only a journalist with distinction but for recording the story of the Cowboys in print.

 Plaques were presented to the graduating seniors that participated in the various sports for the Cowboys and Cowgirls.

 But, the evening belonged to the athletes that participated in the sports of cross country, cheerleading, fast-pitch softball, football, boys basketball, girls basketball, slow-pitch softball, track and field and baseball.

 Letter awards were given to each of the athletes in every sport and special recognition was given to selected athletes in each sport. All-conference, all-district and conference all-stars were also presented certificates during the evening’s activities.

 Coaches Cheryl Carter, Steve Spangler, Tony Tomberlin, Stan Mueggenborg, Austin Masoner and Tony Roberts presented the awards during the evening.

Special recognition was also given to grade school coach Shelly Cain. Tomberlin presented her with five tickets to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City for her contribution to the grade school, junior high and high school athletes.

Shelly Cain is presented with five tickets to the Women’s College World Series for her contribution to Ryan Athletics. Photo by Sheree Hanson

 Here’s a list of the student-athletes honored during the evening:

Cross Country

Co-Most Valuable Participants: Lilybet Harmon, Juliet Spangler.

(l-r) Lilybet Harmon and Juliet Spangler
Photo by Sheree Hanson


Lineman of the Year: Sam Brown; Newcomer of the Year: Mike Regehr; Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Fristoe; Offensive Player of the Year: Skyler Parkhill; Most Valuable Player: Grayson Tomberlin.

Ryan Football Awards presented.
(l-r) front row: Andrew Villarreal, Sam Brown, Skyler Parkhill, Travis Fristoe,
and Michael Regehr.
back row: Grayson Tomberlin, Trey Bryant, Kalen Weldon,
 and Pacen Wiest. Photo by Sheree Hanson

Fast-Pitch Softball

Teammate of the Year: Lily York; Most Valuable Player: Juliet Spangler.

Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Good; Defensive Player of the Year: Laken DeBoard; Most Valuable Player: Emilee Martin.

(l-r) Laken DeBoard, Samantha Good, Kodi Duke, Emilee Martin

Girls Basketball

Newcomer of the Year: Alicen Williams; Most Improved Player: Bailee Martin; Defensive Player of the Year: Lily York; Offensive Player of the Year: Juliet Spangler; Most Valuable Player: Samantha Good.

(l-r) Samantha Good, Juliet Spangler, Lily York, and Alicen Williams.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Boys Basketball

Sixth Man Award: Andrew Villerreal; Mr. Hustle Award: Travis Fristoe; Offensive Player of the Year: Kaine Howard; Defensive Player of the Year: Landen Alexander; Most Valuable Player: Grayson Tomberlin.

(l-r) Back Row: Andrew Villarreal, Kaine Howard.
Front Row: Grayson Tomberlin, Travis Fristoe, and Landen Alexander.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Slow-Pitch Softball

Defensive Player of the Year: Justyce Keith; Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Good; Most Valuable Player: Emilee Martin.

(l-r) Samantha Good, Emilee Martin, and Justice Keith.
Photo by Sheree Hanson


Most Improve: Daniel Alsup; Co-Most Valuable Players: Travis Fristoe and Pacen Wiest.

(l-r) Pacen Wiest, Travis Fristoe, and Daniel Alsup.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Boys Track

Most Valuable Player: Travis Fristoe.

Girls Track

9th Grade Letters: Landen Alexander (track, boys basketball), Raesh Casebolt (boys basketball, football), Carter Combs (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, girls basketball), Carson Cooper (football, baseball), Katelynn Dabbs (track, cross country), Danielle Garza (slow-pitch softball), Kaine Howard (boys basketball), Caleb Perrin (football, baseball, boys basketball), Lindsey Reake (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, girls basketball), Michael Regehr (football, boys basketball), Skylar Wickware (football, boys basketball, baseball), Alicen Williams (cross country, girls basketball, track).

(l-r) Travis Fristoe, Lily York, Holland Carter, and Juliet Spangler

10th Grade Letters: Daniel Alsup (baseball, boys basketball), Trey Bryant (football, basketball, baseball), Crystal Chazaretta (cheerleading), Diamond Chazaretta (slow-pitch softball), Kyla Essary-Phillips (slow-pitch softball), Lilybet Harmon (cheerleading, track, cross country), Eimilee Lowry (cheerleading), Trista Perry (slow-pitch softball), Grayson Tomberlin (football, boys basketball, baseball), Tawny Vanover (cheerleading).

(l-r) Back Row: Grayson Tomberlin, Kodi Duke, and Trey Bryant.
Front Row: Lilybet Harmon, Kyla Essary-Phillips, and Daniel Alsup.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

11th Grade Letters: Brooklyn Charmasson (cheerleading, slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball), Samantha Good (fast-pitch softball, girls basketball, slow-pitch softball), Avery Howard (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Savannah Lashley (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Bailee Martin (girls basketball), Gunner Phillips (football, boys basketball, baseball), Walker Rawlings (track), Madisen Rhoades (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Walter Snider (football), Juliet Spangler (cross country, girls basketball, track), Grace Stamper (cheerleading, slow-pitch softball), Andrew Villarreal (football, boys basketball, baseball), Lily York (cross country, girls basketball, track).

(l-r) Back Row: Andrew Villarreal, Juliet Spangler, Savannah Lashley, Avery Howard, Samantha Good, and Gunner Phillips.
Front Row: Lily York, Grace Stamper, Madisen Rhoades, Brooklyn Charmasson.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

12th Grade Letters: Samuel Brown (football, baseball), Holland Carter (cheerleading, cross country, track), Laken Deboard (cheerleading, fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Travis Fristoe (football, boys basketball, track, baseball), Justyce Keith (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Emilee Martin (fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball), Skyler Parkhill (football), Kalen Weldon (football), Pacen Wiest (football, baseball), Justin Williams (football).

(l-r) Back Row: Skyler Parkhill, Kalen Weldon, Pacen Wiest, and Sam Brown.
Front Row: Travis Fristoe, Justyce Keith, Holland Carter, Laken DeBoard, and Emilee Martin.
Photo by Sheree Hanson.

Waurika Public Schools Receive Funding for New Playground


 Waurika Public Schools received a $15,000 grant from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Incentive Program for Schools.

The school system will use the grant funds to purchase new playground equipment at the elementary school along with site improvements.

“We will be replacing many of the wood chips with tire pieces plus replacing all of the swing seats and repairing the chains,” said Pat Cook, Principal, Waurika Elementary School. “We are so excited to receive this grant and look forward to opening the new playground in August 2019.”

“These grants recognize the efforts of the school district to promote healthy lifestyles actively,” said TSET Interim Director, Julie Bisbee. “Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”


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