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Waurika Student Receives Scholarship


Four Red River Technology Center Practical Nursing students were recently awarded the John Lillard Scholarship. The scholarships, worth $300.00, were presented to (l-r) Dana Luker, Chickasha; Madison McGlothin, Marlow; Chelsi Lawson, Duncan; and Brianna Porterfield, Waurika.

Jefferson County Conservation District Announces Cost-Share Assistance Available to Benefit Soil and Water


The Jefferson County Conservation District has announced that funds are available for

cost-share assistance on selected conservation practices benefiting soil and water conservation.  The State of Oklahoma has provided limited funds to our conservation district to help landowners implement measures that protect soil and water resources.

“The great advantage of the Conservation Cost-Share Program for Oklahoma is that it is

a locally-led program,” said Gary Carter, chairman of the Jefferson County Conservation District. “Our conservation district, with input from local residents and agricultural producers, selects which of the available conservation practices to provide assistance on.”

Conservation practices available for cost-share assistance through the Jefferson County Conservation District include the following: Pond Construction, Grass Planting and Brush Control in addition to various other conservation practices.  The percentage of cost-share varies according to the conservation practice to be constructed.

The district will be accepting applications from February 28, 2018 through April 13, 2018. For more information contact the Jefferson County Conservation District, (580) 228-2760 or come by the district office located at 1431 E G Avenue in Waurika.   Office hours are weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Five Students from Waurika Band Qualify for Contest


Five students from the Waurika Band recently qualified for the OSSAA State Solo and Ensemble contest.  These High School students, along with 3 other middle school students, all made Superior ratings on their solos or ensembles at the District contest held February 17th at Lawton MacArthur High School.

Riley Hobbs and Michael Bryant, WHS Seniors, both played solos from memory and got Superior ratings.  Hope Cummings, Regena Bradley, and Brooklyn Barnes, all freshmen, played a Clarinet ensemble and also made a I rating.  These will play at Stillwater in April at the State contest.

In addition, seventh grader Karlee Brinson made a Superior on a bells solo.  Mallory Adkins, on flute, and Chloe Adkins, on trumpet, also made Superior ratings.  Kaytlyn Williams, an 8th grade flutist, Mackenzie Horton, and Hannah Lamons, 7th grade trumpet players, made Excellent ratings.

Band Director Everett Hodges, in his 11th year at Waurika Schools, said, “Five making it to State is our biggest number in several years.  These students all put in extra work and it shows what that can bring as a result.”

Waurika Band Qualifies for State Again


The Waurika High School Band, under the direction of Everett Hodges, made a First Division Superior rating at the OSSAA District 8 Band Contest held last Wednesday, February 28th.  The contest was held at Duncan High School.  All three judges gave the band the highest rating possible.  The band qualifies for State Band contest to be held at East Central University in Ada on March 27th.

The 62-member group played 2 selections, Majestica and Pinnacle.  This marks the 2nd consecutive year and the 6th out of 7 years the band has qualified for state.  Hodges said, “I am really proud of this group. To start with, we lost 14 seniors last year.  Then we missed 4 days in the last month to flu and weather. They handled the adversity well and responded like we needed them to.”

The band also sight-read at that portion of the contest and made a 2 rating. Hodges continued, “There are 224 schools in Class 2A in Oklahoma.  Of those, some don’t have bands, but even at that, to be one of 10 or 12 schools that go to State on a regular basis makes me feel good about what we are doing.  It is fun to have success.”

Library News March 8 2018


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

Children enjoy celebrating Dr. Seuss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terral News and Happenings


QUOTE OF THE DAY – Never let your best friends get lonely…..Keep disturbing them.

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

TERRAL ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 31st at the Terral Indians Baseball Field at 12:00 p.m. noon. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. There will be three groups: Walking to three, four to six and seven to nine years

old.  Make plans to come enjoy the fun.  Prizes will be given to the most eggs in each category and eggs will be marked for prizes.  The Terral Volunteer Fire Department will be hiding the eggs

for us again this year.  Hope to see ya there!

FBC GIRLS IN ACTION GROUP – The GA’s will be having their cooking class on Saturday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the church.  GA’s will be decorating an 8” round cake and the

Sunday morning congregation will be our judges on Sunday morning.  Best of luck to all of our GA’s.

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – Family and Friends of Fay Tanner in her passing.  Tony Rodriguez,

Brenda Bryant, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue and Avery Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Robert Harnois, Esther

Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed

and our military stationed around the world.  May God keep you in His loving care.

Round Ryan March 8 2018


We’ve got another week behind us and were again blessed with a bit of rain.  May not have been too much, but every little bit helps around here.  We’ve still seen some days of lows down into the 30s and will continue to do so for just a few more weeks.  The buds on our fruit trees are getting close to exploding out into blooms.

It is always risky at this point, because, we can still see temperatures get at or below the freezing point.  There was a lot of fruit on our trees last year, but, time will tell how we will come out this year over the next 2 or 3 weeks.  Our weather has been so up and down all throughout this winter season.  We do have a few flowers blooming up around our grass, that hasn’t quite started to come out of its dormancy.  Our time of having to get out and mow is fast approaching, though.

I’ve had Brionna with me all week and took her back down to Bowie Sunday, after a visit with all of her grandparents that day.

Don’t forget to set your clocks up 1 hour this Sunday morning.  Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning at 2:00am. I will not shout for joy for this one.

Our town council meeting is tonight and they are going to address the commercial polycart rate possibly being lowered from $30 to $19.50.  They are also going to address having an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24th, and there are a few other items on the agenda.

Kim’s news for this week:

At the cowboy college, thanks to Rex, I passed my SOS test. Lost my keys, oh shoot, found them in my boot.  Mollye, thanks for helping me unload oats and shavings.  Dustan, thanks again for giving Ruffy Tuffy a trim..  Caleb rode with me, I rode Navaho and he rode Ruffy Tuffy.

Everyone have a blessed week.  Pray for rain and for each other.

Ryan Council Meeting – Easter Egg Hunt March 24 2018


All members of the Council were present along with Ryan’s attorney as the council undertook the business in the interest of the town of Ryan.

Deborah Reynolds read the treasurer’s report for the month ending on February 28, 2018. The report was approved unanimously. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

The purchase orders and claims were approved for the month of November.

Next, the council discussed a request of the Ryan Public Schools to possibly place a wireless antenna on the town water tower. The city attorney, Kenzie Wheeler, suggested that the school sign a liability waiver. The antenna will be used to broadcast an internet signal from the school to the football field.

Ryan voted to sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt in the park on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The council voted to pass Resolution 2018-01 reducing the commercial polecat rate from $30.00 to $19.50 per month.

Ryan will publish a request for bids for the cemetery mowing contract for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019.

Under new business, the council said the Ryan water will be turned off this coming Saturday in order to facilitate repairs. It is believed that the water could be turned back on by noon or soon thereafter.

The Utility Authority Meeting began immediately after the conclusion of the regular town meeting.

The minutes for the previous meeting were approved.

Next, the council approved paying the bills and claims for the month of February.

The council voted to purchase 2 (15 KVA Reclosures from T&R Electric for a total cost of $13,700. The current ones haven’t been replaced in at least 60 years. The new ones will be more efficient and dependable. The reclosures act like a circuit breaker. One services the north side of town and the other the south side of town.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Waurika School Board Launches Superintendent Search


Waurika Public Schools has selected the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to assist in its search for the next superintendent, and school board members is including the community in the search process.

“Waurika has a lot to offer and we are obligated to our kids and our community to maximize our recruitment efforts in order to find the best candidate,” school board President Kimberly Gholson said. “OSSBA provides an organized plan to accomplish a critical task of obtaining a top leader who will inspire and make a difference in our district.”

The board hosted a community forum on Tuesday. An online survey will be available through March 16 so parents, school employees and other community members can share what qualities they believe are important in the next superintendent. The survey is posted on the school district’s website.

Gholson said board members will use information gathered via the survey and employee forum to help guide its decision making. The board hopes to select a new superintendent in April or May 2018.

Waurika Chamber Banquet Part 2

Jefferson County Hospital was chosen as the "Business of the Year" (l-r) Jay Johnson-CEO Duncan Regional Hospital, Richard Gillespie - JCH Administrator, Jon Waid - Waurika Chamber of Commerce president

Editor’s Note: This is a story continued from last week.

“Southern Rain” performed throughout the evening, especially why those who attended enjoyed the Italian meal provided by the Duncan Regional Hospital.

After Monica Bartling and she presented those who had helped during the historic exhibit titled “The Way We Worked,” Chamber President Jon Waid recognized some of the new businesses that were created in Waurika during 2018.

The Attic opened on D Street across the street from Shelton’s Grocery. It is owned and operated by  Stephanie Snider.

There is a new restaurant just east of the 70/81 intersection in Waurika called Doc’s Place owned by Dr. Susan Howard.

Dee McMahan and her husband Jerry are owners of the exquisite Red River Valley Fine Art Gallery on Main Street right next door to City Hall.

Red River Fine Art Gallery is one of the new businesses in Waurika.
(l-r) Jerry McMahan, Cody Simmons-Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Dee McMahan (Owner of Red River Fine Art Gallery)

A new portable building outlet is open on the south end of main street called The Shed Man owned by Jon Hunt. He is also the pastor of Trinity Holiness Church on D Street in Waurika.

Jon Hunt, owner of the Shed Man, with Jon Waid

Cody and Traci Simmons opened the Eagletown Academy a— preschool day care— located on south main street. Cody is also the Elementary Principal.

Traci Simmons (along with her husband Cody) is the owner of Eagletown Academy.

A Special Service Appreciation Award was given to Craig Williams for all of his hard work in beautifying Waurika with his gifted talent of landscaping and horticulture. His talents can be seen on both main street and at Veterans park as well as various other locations. In the upcoming year he would like to add wildflowers to the entrance areas of the city.

Craig Williams, a master landscaper, has beautified Waurika in many ways.

The Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Waurika High School Alumni Association.

Last, but definitely not least was the Business of the Year Award presented to Jefferson County Hospital.

Duncan Regional Hospital CEO Jay Johnson and Jefferson County Administrator Richard Gillespie was presented the Award.

Jefferson County Hospital was chosen as the “Business of the Year”
(l-r) Jay Johnson-CEO Duncan Regional Hospital, Richard Gillespie – JCH Administrator, Jon Waid – Waurika Chamber of Commerce president

Others were recognized for all the hard work during what is considered a very successful year for Waurika.

Before the evening came to an end, Jon Waid was given a gift of appreciation for all his work as Chamber President during 2018.


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