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Monday, November 19, 2018

Jefferson County Hospital is now a Level Three Emergency Stroke Center


 Did you know in 2014 Oklahoma was ranked ninth in the nation for deaths from a stroke?  Stroke was Oklahoma’s fifth leading cause of death equating to the passing of 1,800 Oklahomans.

Did you know Jefferson County Hospital is now a Level Three Emergency Stroke Center! What does this mean for you? There are four distinct Stroke Center levels. Level One being the most comprehensive where Level Four, the least complex, is essentially where the patient is diagnosed and transferred.  The clinical staff, including physicians and nursing, participated in stroke-specific training classes. The training focused on stroke signs and symptoms, how to perform a FAST exam when to administer the clot-busting drug TPA, the establishment of stroke protocols, and interaction with Integris Health Telestroke program personnel. The upgrade of the CT scanner, from a single slice to sixteen slices, was significant in our ability to move from a Level Four to a Level Three.

A FAST exam is: 

Face -look for an uneven smile

Arm – check if one arm is weak

Speech – listen for slurred speech

Time – call 911 right away

Managing a patient with stroke symptoms requires teamwork and communication with our local ambulance service and JCH clinical staff. During a suspected stroke scenario time is a very precious commodity. The more time passes the higher potential for a poor outcome.

Participation in the Integris Telestroke program was essential with our being designated a Level Three stroke center. Jefferson County Hospital was able to join the Telestroke program through our affiliation with Duncan Regional Hospital. This program incorporates a real-time, high definition video camera and monitor which connects immediately to an Integris neurologist. Collaboration between the Integris and JCH physicians means real-time neurological exams for faster life-saving treatment. 

The Jefferson County Hospital team has treated three stroke cases with each having a positive outcome. Achieving Level Three stroke status required many hours of training, protocols, and validation by the Integris Telestroke program.

The relationship of Duncan Regional Hospital and Jefferson County Hospital allows us to achieve our collective vision, “To earn the trust of our patients and their families…..every day”.

Jefferson County 4H News



Monday, October 29th – Fall Fest (Halloween) Party- 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (we will decorate 3 p.m. Sunday, October 28)

Friday, November 9 – Saturday, November 10:  Red River Sewing Lock-In at Cotton County Expo Center.  Registration ($25) is due to Jefferson County OSU Extension office by October 29.  Call our office for a list of supplies needed.

Saturday, December 8 – Waurika Christmas Parade (Jefferson County 4-H will decorate our float Monday, November 26; Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28).  We will begin at 4 p.m. each day.  

Saturday, December 15 – Share-the-Fun will begin at 2 p.m. at Ryan Public School


To participate in 4-H events and activities, including showing livestock, you must be enrolled in the 2018-2019 enrollment period which began September 1.  Enrollment is completed online by the family at ok.4honline.com  

There is a state 4-H program fee; there is no charge for Adult volunteers.

If you need assistance, contact Jefferson County OSU Extension office at 580-228-2332.

CLOVER BOWL TRIVIA QUESTION:  During which decade did 4-H begin expansion to urban communities?   

Answer:  1950’s

Chickasaw Astronaut inducted into National Native American Hall of Fame


PHOENIX – Chickasaw astronaut John Herrington is among 12 individuals inducted into the inaugural class of the National Native American Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies were Oct. 13 in Phoenix. Herrington, who was born in Wetumka, Oklahoma, is one of seven inductees from Oklahoma.

Herrington, the first enrolled citizen of a Native American Nation to fly into space, made a comparison between the induction ceremony and a 40th-anniversary celebration of the Apollo 10 mission.

Apollo Astronaut and Oklahoman General Thomas Stafford invited Dr. Herrington to the celebration as a fellow Oklahoman.

“When I arrived I realized that I wasn’t just an observer, but a participant,” said Herrington. “I was seated alongside the folks that made history in the Apollo program and I was being included in their press conference. As my dad said, ‘I was walking in some pretty tall cotton!’

“I feel the same way about being inducted into the National Native American Hall of Fame. I was in the company of my heroes and people I have admired growing up.  That’s a very humbling feeling and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Governor Bill Anoatubby said that Herrington is a great role model.

“While his accomplishments as an astronaut are impressive, what is perhaps even more impressive is what John Herrington has done to promote education,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “His commitment to promoting education has no doubt changed the lives of countless young Native Americans.”

During the STS-113 mission, he helped install an aluminum structure onto the International Space Station, giving him the opportunity to achieve his goal of “turning a wrench in space.”

That goal was inspired by his maternal grandfather, Cub Owens. Herrington singled out his mother Joyce, and her father when asked about his childhood Native American role models.

“He was an incredibly talented mechanic and I believe he could have taken apart a diesel engine and put it back together blindfolded,” Herrington said. “I used to watch him work on engines at the pump station he managed south of Wetumka, just off Hwy 75. Having only a grade school education he raised a remarkable family and took care of those he loved.”

Since retiring from NASA Oct. 1, 2005, Herrington has focused on encouraging Native American students to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2008, his passion for promoting STEM education led him to ride a bicycle more than 4,000 miles across the United States to personally encourage young Native American students.

After years of promoting education, Dr. Ed Galindo, a Native American instructor he met in Idaho during his bike ride inspired Herrington to continue his own. In 2014, Herrington earned a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.

Dr. Galindo worked with Herrington to focus his research. He noted that while there were numerous studies looking at the reasons Native American students were not successful in education, few looked at the reasons for success, even though there are quite a few successful Native American engineers and scientists.

Herrington interviewed numerous successful Native students in STEM programs in Idaho to find why they were able to succeed.

“What it came down to is that they were saying it worked because of the hands-on learning. They could do stuff with their hands. They could see the practical nature of what they were doing, and they could tie it to their learning. And it was fun. They worked with their friends. They collaborated. It was this cooperative type of learning environment. And I realized that growing up, that is what worked for me.”

Herrington, a board member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, said increased membership in that organization is a good sign.

“This past September our conference in OKC had the largest enrollment in AISES history.  That tells me the word is getting out and more Native students are seeking out careers in science and engineering.  AISES is a fantastic organization and it provides a unique opportunity for Native students to connect with Native professionals and their employers.”

In 2015, he joined the first lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other high-level officials scheduled to speak at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

Part of President Barak Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the event was designed to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

“The fact that this gathering is on a national stage and is supported at the highest level of our government, should give the students a strong indication that their thoughts and aspirations matter,” Herrington said at the time. “Regardless of the venue, my message to students is for them to believe they are capable of accomplishing great things in life. I believe the steeper the climb, the more satisfying the view from the top.

“If a little kid from rural Oklahoma can achieve his childhood dream of flying in space, these students should believe they are capable of achieving their dreams, whatever they may be,” he said. “It certainly doesn’t come easy, but every positive step forward along their life’s journey will improve their chances for success.”

Today, he continues that work of motivating Indian students and explaining how to help them become successful.

Other members of the inaugural class of the Native American Hall of Fame from Oklahoma are: Jim Thorpe, Sac and Fox; Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee; Maria Tallchief, Osage; Allan Houser, Apache; N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa and LaDonna Harris, Comanche.

Other members of the inaugural class are Elouise Cobell, Blackfeet from Montana; Lori Piestewa, Hopi from Arizona; Billy Mills, Oglala Dakota from South Dakota; Vine Deloria, Standing Rock Sioux from South Dakota and Lionel Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota from South Dakota.

More information is available at www.nativehalloffame.org/.

Terral News and Happenings October 26 2018


QUOTE OF THE DAYSomething will grow from all you are going through. And it will be YOU! By Curiano.

TERRAL CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE – Our annual City Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for November 2 & 3.  If you would like to be put on the list please call Shirley at 437-2337 and have your address put on the map.  Maps will be at the local businesses and the post office on Thursday Evening.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH KIDS FOR CHRIST – On October 31st, we will not have our RA’s, GA’s and Kids for Christ. Kids will be busy spending time with family and Trick or Treating.  We will resume our regular schedule on November 7th.

PUBLIC NOTICE – The Town of Terral City Council meeting will be moved forward to November 13th due to November 12th being celebrated for Veterans’ Day.  Terral City Council Meeting will be at the City Hall on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.

BINGO NIGHT – The First Baptist Church Girls in Action will be having their Annual Bingo Night on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the Terral Community Center.  Admission will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo will begin at 6:00 p.m. A Snack bar will be provided and a bake sale.  All proceeds go to the activities, crafts, and outings for the GA Group.  Come out have a good time and support our kids.  Each game is $1.00 or a cover of $25.00 for the night for 30 Games.  All prizes are valued at $30.00.  It is a great way to start your Christmas shopping.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each. If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437-2545 after 5:00 p.m.  All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group. Hope to see ya there!

IT’S-A GIRL – Tatum Nicole Walker made her appearance on October 15, 2018, at 9:05 p.m. She weighed in at 9 pounds and 9 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.  Proud parents are Courtney Cook and Jim Walker.  Proud Grandparents are Jason and Mary Esther Cook of Saint Jo, Texas. Proud Great Grandparents are Santos and Yolanda Castillo.  Congrats to the whole family.

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – Family and friends of Florita Villarrreal, Family and Friends of Elena Gomez of Ryan, A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriquez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda 

Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world.  May God Keep you in His loving care.

Ryan News October 26 2018

Ryan Main Street

We’ve still been blessed beyond measure since last week. And we have another week to look forward to more blessings.  

Prayers to the families of Faye Etheridge and Sammy Overstreet during their losses of these family members, and to their friends, also.

There will be a free dinner at the Ryan Senior Citizen, brought to us by the Ryan First Baptist Church this Sunday, October 28th 

This coming week, you better get ready for a lot of events around our community.  First, trick or treaters will be getting out in their frightful costumes on Wednesday evening, October 31st.  The Ryan City Council declared October 31st, the day to be observed for trick or treating around Ryan.  Then, the next event is Friday, November 2nd.  Our Ryan Methodist Church is having our annual Fall Bazaar, starting at 10:00 at the church, will be a bake sale, followed with chili, stew, or chicken tortilla soup. Please help our Methodist church by purchasing some fantastic baked goods and then filling your tummies with a wonderful lunch with dessert included. Then, the 3rd event will be Sunday, November 4th, at the Ryan Senior Citizen Center.  The annual Thanksgiving dinner to raise money for keeping our center going for another year.  These dinners are fantastic! If you don’t plan to have turkey and dressing of your own, you can’t beat this. There are a lot of people that work hard to make this event possible.  This year, Linda Ryan will be providing her homemade rolls for the dinner. You can’t beat them either! She is a fantastic cook. 

This Saturday will be the 4th Saturday of the month and the Ryan food bank will be making their distributions for this month starting at 10:00 am behind the Ryan First Baptist Church.

I am looking forward to getting Brionna for a stay for this coming week’s events. She is looking forward, too. 

One more thing to add, there is a free dinner at the Ryan Senior Citizen, brought to us by the Ryan First Baptist Church this Sunday, October 28th.  Plan to attend this event, too.

Kim’s news for this week:

The rain has ceased for a few days at least. But, I had no doubt that the sun would come out.

The pond is full of water and grass is growing like it oughter.

Everyone have a blessed week. Prayers to those that are ill or in need of God’s loving touch in their lives.

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.

Waurika Student Council


Back row:  Falyn Durbin, Turner Mora, Bobby Aldape, Seth Waid, Aiden White

Middle row:  Jordan Wadsworth, Riley Cronin, Madison Roberson, Gatlin Black, Landry Forsyth, Karlee Brinson, Kylie Waters

Front row: Olivia Ralls, Niecsa Camarillo, Alayna Stallcup, Aubree Showalter, Corley Coffin, Lexie Streeter

Not pictured:  Gavin Torrez, Trish Julian, Hunter Hester(submitted photo)

Waurika Library News


Story Time is held 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.

Recently added to the library’s collection is ‘The Good Fight’ by Danielle Steel.  Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils a gripping chronicle of a young woman who discovers a passion for justice. The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil. When her family returns to the United States, Meredith is determined to become a lawyer, despite her father’s objections. 

As her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, joining a new generation of women, breaking boundaries socially, politically and professionally. But when the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss and rethink their own values and traditions. ‘The Good Fight’ by Danielle Steel is an inspiring, uplifting story of a woman changing the world as she herself is changed by it.

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

Terral Celebrates All School Reunion


The Biennial Terral All School Reunion was held on October 6th.  There were over 140  in attendance.  Thank you to Karen Duke Linton for taking pictures.  Special thanks to the Ryan Ag Boosters for catering lunch again this year.  Thank you to Mr. Fouse and Mr White for allowing Alumni to tour Terral School.  Thank you the Terral Alumni Association committee members for all of their hard work.  Thanks & appreciation to everyone who worked on getting the community center ready for the reunion.  Thank you to the News Journal & The Ryan Leader for the great coverage.

Union Valley School students: Peggy Evan’s, Avery Linton,  Norma Hofman Land, Etta Mitchell Clark,  Billy Bryant,  Henry Evan’s

Class of 1945- Peggy Thomas

1947-Bobbie Nell Weatherly, Mary Lou Feneglio

1949-Virginia Peterson Tanner

1950- Phil Davis,  Oteka Gunter Russell

1952- Opal Reynolds, James McKinley, Charlene Echols, Freta Brown, Mary Crawford

1953- Wayne Jackson, Thomas Adams, Myrtle Alsup, James Duke

1954- Billy Bryant,  Pat Anderson Wright,  Shirley Mc Donald Shelton

1955- Clifford Duke 

1956- Ken Adams,  Peggy Duke Tomerlin, Charlie Wright 

1957- Frances Delaney Pohlpeter, Barbara Williams Ray, Shirley Stoneman Roberts 

1958- Leonard Langford,  Patricia Pollan Duke

1959- Jerry Smith,  Loma Duke Wells, Peggy Evans,  Junior Lorentz

1960- Donald Wayne Duncan,  Irene Lovelace Clingenpeel, Harold Bussey

1961- Sue Stout Kirkpatrick,  Judy Smith Cartwright

1962- Glenda Sue Bussey

1963- Sue Harrison McKinley, Fred Thomas, Angie Kirby Jackson,  Anna Lee Bryant 

1964- Bill Sloan, Gail Parker, Quandel Morgan

1965- Terry Wagner, Gerald Tallon, Etta Mitchell Clark,  Sue Langford Smith,  Junior Harrison,  Cecil Duke 

1966- Ronnie Ewing, Beverly Martin Blevins 

1967- Sandy Reynolds Scully, Mary Sloan Owen’s

1968- (back row) l-r, Johnny Sloan,  Greg Williams,  Geary Don Tallon, Johnny Bright, Glen Pruett (front row l-r) Karen Gunter, Linda Duncan Harrison 

1970- Glenna Martin Gore, Jeri Smart Langford,  Joy Duncan

1971- James Pollan, Linda Smith Turner,  Patsy Pruett Deweber, Joe Butler 

1973- Billy Smart,  Manya Harrison Reid, Johnny Reynolds,  Tommy Duke 

1974- Randy Anderson,  Donna Keeling Pickens, Kim Collins, Karen Bright 

1975- Cecilia Lovelace,  Jo Keeling Smart

1976- Clinton Ray Bussey, Charlie Reynolds,  Teresa Alsup Montgomery,  Rick Cabrera

1979- Jowana Bussey Duff, Randy Harris 

1980- Barbara Reynolds Foster, Debbie Tanner

1981- Becky Fulton, Rhonda Jackson Smoot

1982- Tony Fulton 

1986- Karen Duke Linton

OU Institute for Quality Communities Visits Waurika


 You may have seen several groups of unfamiliar faces wandering up and down Waurika’s Main Street over the course of 3 days last week and wondered what they were up to.

No, they weren’t from the tax office looking to raise your bill. They weren’t investors looking to buy Main Street. But they definitely DID come to invest in Waurika! 

Staff members of the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities and design students from the Gibbs College of Architecture brought their considerable observation, design and analysis talents to downtown to engage with our community as a unique part of our ongoing Waurika rejuvenation efforts. And engage they did!

The visits began last Tuesday as 7 team members arrived at the Main St. office of Brickstreet South, Jacob Eck’s website and graphic design studio. After brief introductions, the group of 3 IQC staff members, 4 design students and Chamber board members Jacob Eck and Lauren Nitschke launched out on a 75 minute walking tour of Main Street that included our new Farmers Market space, The Lawn, the County Courthouse and Sorosis Park. Our visitors were particularly intrigued by our local ranch-sponsored benches, the large metalwork cattle mural on the north face of Sorosis Park and by our art deco inspired, and largely original, 1931 Courthouse. Interestingly, architect Ron Frantz noted that one of the architects listed on the cornerstone was also involved in the design of the Oklahoma State Capitol building!

Following a lunch meeting at the Circle D Café where several community stake-holders gathered to share their thoughts about various downtown planning subjects, the OU group returned to Jacob’s office to begin compiling comments and observations into meaningful topics for the evening’s public workshop at City Hall.

The workshop did not disappoint! Over a dozen residents convened Tuesday evening for a lively session filled with opportunities to learn more about our downtown from “fresh eyes”, and to participate in several interactive work areas where topics included everything from fleshing out information about our calendar of community events, to voicing opinions about favorite places to enjoy downtown, to what we see as real needs on Main Street and beyond. The evening concluded with reports from several attendees who had been led on a quick tour of our outdoor downtown gathering places during the meeting time. There was so much to be shared, it was challenging to bring our conversations to a close for the night!

Wednesday morning, the IQC group huddled again in the Brickstreet South office, working feverishly on their lunchtime presentation at Doc’s Place to another group of stakeholders. They presented relevant statistics such as daily traffic counts on Highways 70 and 81 (over 3000 vehicles each!) and how many residents live and work in Waurika versus those who live here and work elsewhere and vice versa. Maps and overlays were shared, as well as numerous photos, sketches and interesting observations about our beautiful town. Attendees were informed of the next steps the IQC study group will be taking toward the goal of presenting their findings and recommendations at a public meeting in early 2019.

Round 2 of IQC’s Waurika study took place on Saturday morning as 28 Environmental Design and City Planning students plus 2 of the same IQC staffers arrived on Main Street to undertake a unique historic building architectural survey. It began with the large contingent touring 4 blocks of Main Street with Jacob Eck and Lauren Nitschke providing historical context and other information about many of the buildings. Several downtown building owners were so generous to allow the team access inside their properties and the group was delighted by what they found: high ceilings with other design features that allowed for natural air flow, original, stained wood trim, high light-emitting transom windows on storefronts that had long since been covered over with huge awning structures, gorgeous wood floors and cavernous spaces just waiting for new uses.

The group was also treated to the Brickstreet Classic Car Show taking place on the north end of Main, along with the accompanying burger lunch and Volunteer Fire Departments’ BBQ Cook-Off. 

The architectural survey work took place after lunch with the team breaking into small groups targeting the various structures. The results of their survey 

work and extensive historical research will also be presented early next year and will provide the type of documentation necessary if Waurika leaders and property owners decide to pursue state and national historic designation opportunities. 

Another benefit of IQC’s partnership with Waurika is their ability to help us locate and match grant possibilities to our unique architectural and city planning situations. We look forward with great anticipation and excitement to their upcoming presentation next year and are very grateful for the encouragement and help they are providing our community. 

Waurikans can be very proud of the efforts undertaken over previous months in our town to make such a positive impression on this large group of design- and historically-savvy individuals. It was heard quite a few times over the past week the enthusiastic exclamations of “I want to live here!” and “This is such a cool town!”. As the final day wrapped up, doctoral candidate Petya Stefanoff lavished praise on Waurika’s progress so far on creating a beautiful city and our ability to work together so well toward the greater goal of “community”. She further encouraged us by exclaiming, “Keep up the good work, Waurika!” 

And with our amazing community of creative, energetic and involved residents, we’ll do just that!



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