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Students Awarded Cameron Scholarships

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Four Red River Technology Center students were awarded the Cameron University Tuition Fee Waiver, worth $1,000.00, during the annual RRTC Awards Ceremony held May 2. Receiving the scholarship were: Rickey Wylie, Practical Nursing, Comanche; Alexandria Jennings, Health Careers, Waurika; Kaliegh Bowers, Health Careers, Duncan; Carly Mann, Practical Nursing, Duncan.

Waurika attorney, Phillip R. Scott, recognized for 50 years of service by Bar Association

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Phillip R. Scott recognized for 50 years of legal service. (l-r) Associate District Judge Dennis Gay, Pat Scott, Phillip R. Scott, Houston Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Brad Scott and Lodge Scott

 Local attorney Phillip R. Scott has been practicing law for fifty years. Most of his practice was right here in Jefferson County. 

Members of the Stephens County Bar Association as well as friends and family were present at the annual Stephens County Bar Association luncheon as Associate District Judge Dennis Gay presented Scott with a certificate from the Oklahoma Bar Association and a pin commemorating his 50 years of service. 

Scott is a graduate of Waurika High School. Soon after graduation he hitchhiked his way to Oklahoma State University. 

Eventually he transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Juris Doctorate in Law. 

Scott began practicing law in 1969. 

Phillip R. Scott recognized for 50 years of legal service. (l-r) Associate District Judge Dennis Gay, Pat Scott, Phillip R. Scott, Houston Scott, Elizabeth Scott, Brad Scott and Lodge Scott

It’s impossible to talk about Scott’s law career without talking about his wife Pat, whom he married in law school. 

They have worked side by side for 51 years. Scott says that she probably knows just about as much of the law as he does. 

While attending law school Scott joined the ROTC. As Brigade Commander he was awarded the General Hal Muldrow Pistol as the outstanding senior cadet. 

While in the military, he served as a lawyer and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Ft. Knox and served in Viet Nam. 

He tried 256 cases while serving at Ft. Knox.

While he was in Viet Nam he tried over 200 cases. 

Scott was awarded two Army Commendation Medals and three Bronze Stars while serving in the military. 

When he arrived back in Waurika in 1971 he served as the Assistant District Attorney before opening his own law practice in 1973. 

During his time in private practice he has handled over 13,000 cases. 

Besides his law practice he has found time to give back to the community he loves.

Some of the attorneys who were present at the ceremony honoring Phillip R. Scott. 
Seated is Justice Richard Darby of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He spoke at the annual luncheon. Photo by Curtis Plant.

Scott has served on the Waurika School Board, The Master Conservancy Board,  and The Jefferson County Hospital Board.

He has been the city attorney for Waurika, Ryan, Temple, Terral, and Big Pasture. 

He is a member of the First Christian Church of Waurika, the Rotary Club and has served on the Waurika Chamber of Commerce. 

Over the years, Scott has developed a reputation as the “preeminent” lawyer in Waurika. Many have dropped by his office on main street seeking legal advice.

Those in attendance at the luncheon from Waurika included members of the Scott family: Phil and Pat Scott, Brad and Elizabeth Scott along with their children, Lodge and Houston Scott. Attorneys present included Bill Eakin and Jamie Phipps along with Judge Dennis Gay and Assistant District Attorney Allie Buckholts. 

During the annual luncheon Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Richard Darby gave a humorous and inspiring speech. 


Library News May 2 2019

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The Waurika Public Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair starts this weekend!  The Book Fair will be located at the front of the Waurika News Journal and will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2: p.m. Saturday, May 4th to coincide with Downtown Again.  At the Book Fair, you will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters, school supplies, and fun for everyone!  The Scholastic Book Fair brings to Waurika a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more!

Summer is right around the corner!  The Waurika Public Library invites elementary-aged children, those who will be entering 1st grade through 5th grade in September, to attend this year’s Summer Reading Program. A variety of weekday programming will be offered and lunch will be provided daily for any school-aged child.

The theme this year is A Universe of Stories!  Programming will run each weekday, June 3-July 26 with the exception of the July 4 holiday.  Reading and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.  Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent/guardian at noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. For more information or registration forms, visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend.  The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we raised funds to offer daily educational programs and week-day lunches to 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.

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

Round Ryan May 2 2019

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Ryan Main Street

When taking my seat for supper monday night I was once again reminded about how age can give very different points of reference.  I heard a gentleman say that he was a big fan of Pistol Pete.  To which a  rather young Ryan alum started explaining how Pistol Pete was once the mascot for her high school.  The first speaker thought this odd that a small school in Oklahoma would choose a former collage and professional basketball player that had no discernable connection to Ryan or Oklahoma as it’s mascot.  Now Abe Lemons would be a different story, he at least was born in Ryan.  The confusion was sorted out and all parties concerned can be forgiven in as much as the two gentlemen are not from around here and the young lady was not born by the time Pete Maravich passed away

 On the drive home I was able to enjoy all the wildflowers that are currently blooming.  There are spots where the Indian Paintbrush make an almost solid blanket of color broken only by the odd buttercup and the yellow of the bush sunflower.

 I received a letter today from Jon Harris.  It was nice to hear from Jon and feedback is always welcome.  I’m sometimes concerned that I am using up too much space on personal stories and book reports.  Those concerns take second place to my worry that I misspelled a kids name,  angry grandparents can be mean.

 I’m not going to write about the book I am currently reading, between this book and reruns of “Criminal Minds” on television, I’m lucky not to have nightmares.  I am going to give another installment of my list of favorite books.  Number one is a non-fiction book called “The River of Doubt” by Candice Miller.  The book is about Theodore Roosevelt and his post presidential trip down the Amazon River tributary.  Given Teddy’s propensity for adventure that may have had more to do with the trip than the science, although there was some of that as well.  During the exploration of the largely uncharted river that was later renamed the Roosevelt River, the United States almost lost one of its most beloved Presidents.  Between the river, wildlife and disease, the lives of a large portion of the party was almost lost.  Number two is “The Walking Drum” by Louis L’Amour.  If you have only ever read Mr. L’Amours westerns then you are really missing out.  This story is about a trading caravan in 12th century Europe and the mid-east.  Louis L’Amour was a student of history and an outstanding story teller and this is one of his better books.

 My proof reader told me that there was not much of “Around Ryan” in this column. Au contraire, the discussion about the mascot was about Ryan.  The wildflowers are around Ryan.  Mr. Harris is from Ryan.  And I read the books while living in Ryan, so there (I would blow her a raspberry but I don’t know how the spell it).

     Until next week folks.

P.S.  Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!

Terral News and Happenings May 2 2019

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Quote of the day- “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

Terral School – May 1st will be the end of the year field trip for grades 5th- 8th they will be traveling to OKC for the Dodgers Game. May 2nd will be the end of year field trip for 3 years old through 4th grade going to the Nocona Park in Nocona Texas. May 3rd they will not have school. May 6th will be our board meeting at 4:00 p.m. May 7th is our graduation. May 8th is our field day for 5th through 8th grades. May 9th we will not have school- Professional Day. May 10th is our awards ceremony at 9:00 a.m. 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. We will be finishing up our study of Super-Heroes soon. 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 – Wylie Vanover celebrated his “50” on April 24th.

Community Prayer List – Jan Campsey, 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.

USDA Announces Buy-Up Coverage Availability

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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage. 

“When other insurance coverage is not an option, NAP is a valuable risk mitigation tool for farmers and ranchers,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “In agriculture, losses from natural disasters are a matter of when, not if, and having a NAP policy provides a little peace of mind.”

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of commercial crops for which insurance coverage is not available in order to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevent crop planting.   

NAP Buy-Up Coverage Option

The 2018 Farm Bill reinstates higher levels of coverage, from 50 to 65 percent of expected production in 5 percent increments, at 100 percent of the average market price. Producers of organics and crops marketed directly to consumers also may exercise the “buy-up” option to obtain NAP coverage of 100 percent of the average market price at the coverage levels of between 50 and 65 percent of expected production. NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production.   

Producers have a one-time opportunity until May 24, 2019, to obtain buy-up coverage for 2019 or 2020 eligible crops for which the NAP application closing date has passed.   

Buy-up coverage is not available for crops intended for grazing.

NAP Service Fees

For all coverage levels, the new NAP service fee is the lesser of $325 per crop or $825 per producer per county, not to exceed a total of $1,950 for a producer with farming interests in multiple counties.  These amounts reflect a $75 service fee increase for crop, county or multi-county coverage.  The fee increases apply to obtaining NAP coverage on crops on or after April 8, 2019.

NAP Enhancements for Qualified Military Veterans

The 2018 Farm Bill NAP amendments specify that qualified veteran farmers or ranchers are now eligible for a service fee waiver and premium reduction, if the NAP applicant meets certain eligibility criteria. 

Beginning, limited resource and targeted underserved farmers or ranchers remain eligible for a waiver of NAP service fees and premium reduction when they file form CCC-860, “Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource and Beginning Farmer or Rancher Certification.”

For NAP application, eligibility and related program information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/nap or contact your local USDA Service Center.  To locate your local FSA office, visit www.farmers.gov. 

Waurika Band Students Compete at OSSAA

Four Waurika Band students competed in the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble contest last week. The contest was held on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  The flute trio, consisting of junior Nicole Burton and freshmen Kaytlyn Williams and Mallory Adkins, received the top rating of Superior from the judge.  Chloe Adkins, also a freshman, received a 2 rating, also an outstanding accomplishment.  Starr Herron was accompanist for Chloe. 

Band Director Everett Hodges said, “I am so proud of these girls. They work extra and spend the time necessary to be good. They are a big core of our group and I look forward to many future successes.”

Senate approves nonviolent offender sentencing reform measure

OKLAHOMA CITY – As part of ongoing criminal justice reform, the Senate approved legislation Thursday to reduce incarceration rates of repeat nonviolent offenders.  House Bill 2009, authored by Sen. Bill Coleman (R-Ponca City) and Rep. Garry Mize (R-Guthrie), will reduce the sentences of repeat nonviolent offenders with no history of violent or sexual offenses. 

            “Right now in Oklahoma, offenders serve 70 percent longer for property crimes and 79 percent longer for drug crimes than the national average. Excessive sentencing for repeat nonviolent offenders has caused Oklahoma to have the highest incarceration rates in the nation, which is extremely expensive for taxpayers and does nothing to help these individuals re-enter society as self-sufficient, productive citizens,” Coleman said.   “Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana…they’ve all reduced crime and incarceration rates at the same time.  I think it’s time for Oklahoma to do the same.  Let’s get our growing prison population under control and make Oklahoma more in line with the rest of the country on sentencing for nonviolent offenders.”

Currently, a second or subsequent offense of nonviolent crime carries as much as twice the original crime sentence.  Under HB 2009, subsequent offenses will get no more than the maximum sentence plus an additional quarter of the maximum. For example, a 10-year sentence can currently become a 20-year sentence on repeat offenses. Under HB 2009, a ten-year sentence could only increase to a 12.5-year sentence for nonviolent second and subsequent offenses.  

“I am happy to author House Bill 2009.  Oklahomans are asking for strides to be made in regards to Criminal Justice Reform,” Mize said.  “This priority bill takes a step in the right direction to help get our prison population under control and move us out of the #1 spot in a category we don’t want to lead.”

It is estimated that HB 2009 could reduce Oklahoma’s prison population by as much as 17 percent over ten years providing cost savings to the Department of Corrections (DOC) depending on how many individuals receive the reduced sentence. According to DOC, it costs an average of $58.70/day or $21,425.50/year to incarcerate an inmate.
            HB 2009 now returns to the House for final consideration.

Pilot Flies to All 108 Airports in Oklahoma’s System

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ENID, OK –  Lt. Col. Deirdre Gurry this week completed her personal mission to fly into all 108 public-use airports within the Oklahoma Airport System (OAS). Gurry is a military and general aviation pilot and hangars her plane at Enid Woodring Regional Airport (KWDG). 

In pursuit of general aviation, Gurry purchased an RV6 aircraft a little more than a year ago. Itching for an aviation adventure, it was mid-winter when she began looking for a goal to keep her busy. She said the idea came to her when she received the 2018 Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) official aeronautical chart during the Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day event held in Tulsa.

Gurry’s journey launched this past December and was fulfilled April 24th at Duncan’s Halliburton Field (KDUC).  Over a four month period, she took nine day-trips with the Oklahoma Panhandle being her longest. 

“I enjoyed finding buildings with paintings on the roofs. It’s fun to think about the people who leave the art just for us pilots to find! I’ve seen an eight-ball, a smiley face, and even a rooster!” said Gurry. “One thing that was a small, but fun, challenge was transiting between the airports that were very close. I would only do one “touch and go” or “low approach” to wet grass fields, and then move on to the next. With some airports very close, switching frequencies, finding the airport, and scanning for traffic kept me on my toes.”

Oklahoma has 4 commercial airports and 104 public general aviation airports and Gurry landed at every one of them.  The OAC is a non-appropriated agency funded directly by users of the state airport system through aircraft excise and fuel taxes, and aircraft registration fees. These taxes and fees generate $5 million on average annually funding the OAS.

“Lt. Col. Gurry probably has some great insight as to how the Aeronautics Commission is doing in our mission to maintain and improve the state’s airports,” said Grayson Ardies, deputy director of the Commission. 

“Pilots using the state’s runways can tell you that our pavement has dramatically improved over the past two decades, and we are proud of our 108 airports. A commitment by state, local, and federal officials has resulted in what is now a well-maintained comprehensive airport system,” Ardies continued. “OAC’s recently proposed Airport Construction Program (ACP) which invests $130M of federal/state/local funding in 66 projects will go a long way in helping ensure the state’s runways, taxiways, and other infrastructure items are the best they can be for the users of the system.”

Nearly twenty years ago, federal funding for Oklahoma general aviation airports was significantly lower. The Legislature providing dedicated funding sources enabled agency staff to develop an ACP proving to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) that the state was serious about improving their air transportation system, and now, the FAA uses Oklahoma as a model when talking to other states. 

“My home airport is Woodring Regional in Enid. The runway is in great condition and very long. And the shorter runway is great for those strong-crosswind days.” said Gurry. 

The 2,000 foot extension to the runway at Enid Woodring Regional Airport completed a few years ago would not have been possible without the largest State/OAC airport grant ever of $2.5 million. The extension was done so that T-38 trainer jets from nearby Vance Air Force Base could land and takeoff from the Enid regional airport rather than having to go to Wichita or Tulsa to train when the main runway at Vance is closed for maintenance. The record investment from OAC was necessary because the FAA could not invest what it usually would because the extension was driven mostly by military rather than civil aviation demand. This is just one example of several critical state investments in airports that the OAC has been able to do.

The core responsibility of OAC has been to ensure that the needs of communities and commerce across the state are met by a system of public airports, the Oklahoma Airport System (OAS). Since 2001, OAC has received $82 million from aviation-generated revenues and invested $68 million in airport infrastructure across the State—83% of the revenue that OAC received has been invested in airport infrastructure. That is a rate of return the users of the OAS, who pay the aircraft taxes and fees, can be very proud.

Five Inducted into Chickasaw Hall of Fame

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NORMAN, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led the April 23 induction ceremonies for the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, an annual celebration honoring Chickasaws who have made significant contributions to Chickasaw people or the Native American community.

“Tonight, we recognize five individuals who are not only uniquely talented and extremely successful, but who used their success to serve and inspire others,” Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said, addressing the crowd.

“Perseverance, integrity, servant leadership and selflessness are but a few examples of what make these individuals special,” he said.

More than 600 people attended the event for this year’s inductees, who included a longtime tribal attorney and Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner; an architect, provider of scholarships and the nephew of famed Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher; the founder and chief executive officer of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores; an internationally renowned artist and 2017 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year; and a famed oncologist forging new scientific discoveries and techniques to treat and cure cancer patients.

“This year, our inductees demonstrate the power of selflessness and service,” said T.W. Shannon, master of ceremonies for the event, and former speaker of the Oklahoma House “They possess the qualities of strength, character and servant leadership.”

Brenda Kingery, Reford Bond (1877-1954), Jonathan C. Trent, MD, PhD, Hiawatha Thompson Estes (1918-2003) and Tom Love were inducted in ceremonies at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Brenda Kingery

Brenda Kingery is a celebrated artist and champion of women’s empowerment around the world. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she studied and taught in Okinawa, Japan. Mrs. Kingery uses her education and experiences to teach and inspire others. She is founder of Threads of Blessing, which empowers women around the world to develop artistic talents that reflect their own cultures. In 2007, Mrs. Kingery was appointed by President Bush to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Brenda Kingery has continued the Chickasaw tradition of expressing our history and culture through art,” Governor Anoatubby said. “Her dedication to helping others is inspiring. As a founding member of Threads of Blessing, she has touched lives in Honduras, Uganda and Haiti. We honor Brenda for her commitment to representing cultures, her passion for art and her service to others.”

Mrs. Kingery said she learned from the Chickasaw Nation, her studies in Japan and her work with Threads of Blessing how art is an essential tool to keep culture alive.

“I am thankful to the Chickasaw Nation and those before us that have taught us the importance of learning our language, our history and our culture,” Mrs. Kingery said. “Thank you, and God bless you.”

Reford Bond (1877 – 1954)

Mr. Bond was the principal member of one of the first law firms in Oklahoma, Bond & Melton. He served as the National Attorney of the Chickasaw Nation during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Mr. Bond served as president of the Oklahoma State Election Board and Special Justice of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. In 1934, he was appointed chairman of the Corporation Commission of the State of Oklahoma, where his leadership helped guide and protect Oklahoma’s oil industry for 20 years.

“Reford Bond served both the Chickasaw Nation and the state of Oklahoma during crucial points in history,” Governor Anoatubby said. “He successfully represented the Chickasaw Nation in numerous cases in Washington, D.C., protecting the sovereignty of the Chickasaw Nation and securing the rights of the Chickasaw people. As Chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, he helped guide Oklahoma’s energy industry and usher in practices still in use today.”

Accepting the award for Mr. Bond were his grandchildren, Myron and Jay Bond, and Catherine Ware Bond Wootten.

“His life truly was one of dedicated service, both to his fellow Chickasaws and all Oklahomans,” said Mr. Myron Bond. “Our family is pleased that he and his distinguished accomplishments are now enshrined in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame.”

Jonathan C. Trent, MD, PhD 

Dr. Trent is a leader in cutting-edge research and treatment of cancer. Dr. Trent attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas. In 2011, he was appointed professor of medicine and co-director of the musculoskeletal center in the department of medicine at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Trent combined his skills as a researcher with patient care and developing precision medicine for cancer patients. His leadership contributed to breakthroughs in gene discovery that enabled treatment specific to individual cancer patients.

“Inductee Dr. Jonathan C. Trent has done great things for humanity from behind a microscope,” Governor Anoatubby said. “After experiencing the impact cancer had on his own family, he dedicated his life and career to saving lives and finding a cure. We are grateful for Dr. Trent’s career and the lives he has impacted through medical research and education.”

Dr. Trent said, as a Chickasaw, he’s been drawn to the natural world and the elements – particularly the wind. He said the wind can represent opposition, which has served to make him work harder, and can also be a helpful force at your back.

“I never could have accomplished what I have in my life without my family and my community at my back,” Dr. Trent said. “I would like to end by thanking the Chickasaw Nation for being the wind at my back, the wind at my family’s back and the wind that is carrying our entire community to new heights.”

Hiawatha Thompson Estes (1918 – 2003)

Mr. Estes was an architect and founder of the Nationwide House Plan Book Company, later known as Hiawatha Estes and Associates. He attended the University of Oklahoma and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He moved to California to design modern homes. Mr. Estes’ inexpensive, practical home designs were featured in newspapers across the country, reaching millions of Americans and, as a result, his homes are present in neighborhoods nationwide. He is a founding member of OU’s President’s Associates and financially supported more than 75 university scholarships.

“We honor Hiawatha Thompson Estes as an innovator and entrepreneur whose work had a positive impact on families across America. As a highly accomplished architect, his practical home designs allowed countless families to achieve their dreams of homeownership,” Governor Anoatubby said. “His contributions to home architecture can still be seen across the United States, and his generosity is still visible on the University of Oklahoma campus.” 

Accepting the award for Mr. Estes were his sons, Brian and Ken Estes.

“His drive showed the Chickasaw spirit,” said Mr. Ken Estes. “He never lost sight of the fact that his success resulted from the values he learned growing up in Chickasaw Country.”

“He would be so honored with this award and our family is so very grateful,” said Mr. Brian Estes. “His legacy will be honored in perpetuity in the Honor Garden in that very special place so close to where he grew up in Sulphur, Oklahoma.”

Tom Love

Tom Love is founder and executive chairman of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. He and his wife, Judy, opened their first service station in 1964. Mr. Love pioneered combining gas stations with 24-hour convenience stores as well as self-service pumps. As of 2019, Love’s operates more than 480 locations nationwide. The Loves’ philanthropic giving has supported local and national charities as well as institutions of higher learning and they continue to give through partnerships with national charities, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Tom love is a prosperous businessman and devoted philanthropist. He has taken his business from a small filling station in Watonga, Oklahoma, and grown it to become one of the most successful enterprises of its kind,” Governor Anoatubby said. “While achieving that success, Tom and his wife have dedicated themselves to philanthropic causes, supporting numerous local and national charities. They have also raised more than $30 million for children’s medical research.”

“The same qualities that define Love’s Travel Stops define the Chickasaw Nation,” Mr. Love said. “Since Removal to the west, we have stood together during the hard times, helped one another in times of need and shared victories, both large and small. I’m proud to be a Chickasaw and I’m profoundly thankful for this honor you’ve offered me tonight.”

Chickasaw citizen and 2018 Silver Feather recipient Pauline Brown led the invocation, Chickasaw citizen Noah Hinson sang the national anthem, and the Chickasaw Honor Guard posted the colors. Oklahoma Strings provided entertainment at the event.

For more information about the Chickasaw Hall of Fame, visit HOF.Chickasaw.net.

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