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Monday, May 20, 2019

Ryan Council Meeting – Shortest of the Year!

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It was the shortest meeting of the year thus far. 

There were three members of the council present – Tammy Cotton, Lynda Kafer-Cain, and David Jackson. Also present was Kenzie Wheeler the Ryan Town Attorney.

The meeting began with a presentation from Ryan Piersol from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Association.

He was there to simply give an annual report to the town council. Of the many things he reported was that the chairman of OMPA, Charles Lamb, recently passed away. Lamb was also the mayor of Edmond, Oklahoma. Piersol said Lamb was highly respected and will be deeply missed. 

Council members approved the Treasurer’s Report (see below). 

Next, the bills, claims, and invoices for the town of Ryan were approved for payment. 

There being no new business the council meeting was adjourned. 

The Ryan Public Utilities Authority was dispensed with.

The final meeting was adjourned at 6:12 pm. 

Editor’s Note: Thank you for the brevity of the meeting. I was able to get back to Waurika and finish the paper in a timely manner. 


Round Ryan January 3 2019

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Ryan Main Street

Happy New Year to everyone! 2019 started out the year on a pretty cold note with some winds to make it feel even colder. We are in the season of winter, so, this is to be expected. The forecasters are predicting we might get some form of precipitation beginning on Wednesday evening, going over into Thursday, with highs of 34 degrees. 

I have had Brionna with me for a good little while and took her back to the Ranch on Sunday after we got out of church. I had a lot of things to tend to at the store and I spent hours there after I got back from taking her. I went back early Monday and picked her up to come back to the store for our last day of business as a drug store. We gave and received a lot of hugs and shed a few tears in the process as we finalized our last day. We have to look forward in our lives when we make decisions that affect our own lives and, also, the lives of so many others, too.  I have noticed as time travels along, our bodies and minds can’t take as much as we have grown to be accustomed to. Having an aging parent, a daughter, and a mother-in-law that has just lost her husband of 62 years, and a business that demanded a great deal of my time and efforts, this was what I felt I had to do. I have been blessed with nearly 30 years of business in this town, and Brionna has been a part of it her whole life. She has been part of this business and she has enjoyed being part of it. She hasn’t known any other way of life outside of this drug store. Time will go on and tomorrow’s will come and go, but, we need to be thankful for each day that we’ve been given and look forward to whatever is in store for the future. God has control of the fate of each and every one of us, and, that is comforting to keep in mind. 

Kim’s news for this week:

What a wonderful Christmas me, Ruffy Tuffy, and Foxy had. On Christmas Day, Foxy and I went to my Dad’s, and on Christmas Eve I had lunch with Gail and Steve.

A Note from Mollye

For several years, I have made a commitment to Curtis to write an article for ‘Round Ryan News column. I took over writing when my mom’s mind began to fail her. Joyce would call me that she hadn’t gotten Mom’s article, so, there were several occasions that I would write her news for her and nobody ever knew the difference (I don’t think). Mom was at a point that she felt they needed to find another writer for the column, and then, they asked me to write the column. Now, I would like to pass on the invitation to see if there might be another individual from around town that might be willing to take on this task.  I have thought of several folks that are connected to the community, but, I will see if maybe someone will come forward to volunteer to keep this column going. If someone out there is interested, please let me or Curtis know. I still plan to be an active part of Ryan, but, I just want to see if someone else might be interested.

Everyone have a Blessed 2019 and ask God to guide us throughout each day of all of our lives. I love you all!

Ryan Says Goodbye to the Ryan Drug Store

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(l-r) Mollye Compton, Brionna Compton, and Lynette Weatherly They closed the doors on Monday of this week, December 31, 2018.

 It’s as much a part of Ryan as City Hall, or the bricks on Washington street. 

Ryan Drug has been an essential part of the community since Dewey and Gladys opened the doors on January 1, 1924. 

While operating the drug store, Dewey also found time to raise a farm.

The store evokes fond memories for many.

Jon Harris, former Ryan resident and Jefferson county historian, remembers Dewey and Gladys Nash. 

“His wife, Gladys, was one of the sweetest, most benevolent humans to visit this earth,” says Harris. 

She had been his sixth grade teacher at Ryan.

Dewey Nash and his wife Gladys.
(submitted photo)

“I remember him smoking his pipe,” Harris remembered. He also remembered that you could get pipe tobacco in the store.

What Harris really enjoyed was the strawberry ice cream soda you could get at the old soda fountain.

Visiting the Ryan  Drug for Harris back in the day was like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. 

Another one of the former customers remembers seeing Dewey in the store on Saturdays dressed in his dress shirt and slacks kicked back in his recliner watching a ball game. 

Harris said both Dewey and Gladys would enjoy their recliners during their later years at the Ryan Drug. 

Their son, James Lyle, helped out around the store after he left social work around 1985. 

They had two daughters as well. Their names were Kathleen and Juanita. 

Juanita is the mother of Mollye Compton, the current owner. 

Originally, the store was confined to the building on the east side of the current location. It was actually in just half of the building. The other half belonged to Peggy Baker and her dress and flower shop.

This bench was a gift from Lanette Weatherly, Glenda White and Shirley White. Leman Webber did the engraving.

Mollye’s interest in the Drug store began when she was 9 years old. 

That summer Mollye and her twin brother Mel would visit while their mom was working on her master’s degree in special education. 

Mollye learned to work at the soda fountain making cherry limeades and salty dogs. A salty dog is shaved ice with a lime squeezed in and topped off with salt. She said there were lots of people who liked the salty dogs including Diane Breeze.

She would follow her grandad around the store. It was during one of those times that it began to dawn on her that she might want to become a pharmacist when she grew up. 

This epiphany came to her during a time when she was exploring other interests. 

Mollye had been in the band since she was in the seventh grade. This fostered her love for music during the time she was growing up in Denison, Texas. 

She graduated from Denison High School in 1978. After graduation she attended Grayson County Junior College for two years and took the pre-requisites for pharmacy school. 

She was accepted at Southwestern in Weatherford, Oklahoma. 

Mollye earned her pharmacy degree in December of 1987. 

This was an opportunity not afforded to Kathleen, Dewey and Gladys’ oldest daughter. 

Kathleen was born in 1925. Once she graduated from high school she wanted to become a pharmacist, but her father wouldn’t allow it. He  told her, “It’s not a career for a woman.”

Instead Kathleen became a teacher.

Mollye officially began working as a pharmacists for her grandfather on April 1, 1989.  At that time Dewey was 90 years old. 

She bought the store from her grandad in 1990, just after her daughter, Brionna, was born. Dewey passed away in 1991. It was before he passed that she bought the building the drug store is now in. 

“I didn’t think I was going to get to buy it,” she says. She couldn’t get a loan at the time. 

One day Jack Savage came in. She said, “I thought, ‘What have I got to lose?’, so I just asked him if he thought his bank would loan me the money.” 

Jack asked her how much she thought she would need. She told him and he told her, “Just come and fill out the paperwork.” 

Archie Fulton owned the building just to the west. He had bought it from Robert Huff. Birdie and Claude Thorpe originally owned it when it was a movie theater. 

The main part of the current store collapsed in 2000 and had to be refurbished. It had to be completely gutted. Ronnie Campeche and Raymond Pollan did the work. It didn’t take them very long she says.

After the remodel, she moved the old soda fountain into the new part. It was nostalgic for customers, especially those who hadn’t been in town for years. Hershel Shoffner was the one who kept the soda fountain in proper working order.

She recently sold the old soda fountain to her nephew Brian Hander who lives in Denison, Texas.  He has acquired a building in Denison to show off the fountain along with the memorabilia from Dewey Nash. 

Molley has enjoyed the years she has operated the drug store. However, she is ready for the change.

“I just want to slow down,” Mollye says. She is ready for less stress in here life. However, she goes to explain, “You hate to leave something like this behind,” she says with tears coming into her eyes. It’s obvious she has a deep love for the people of Ryan and those she has served over the years. 

She knows that there is a level of customer service that the community receives from businesses in a small town that they don’t receive in the larger cities. 

Lanette Weatherly has worked with Mollye off and on for over 20 years. It was sad to watch her say goodbye to Mollye and Brionna Monday evening as the last shift of the store’s official business day came to a close. It was the end of an era. 

Brionna has her own fond memories of growing up at the Ryan Drug store. 

Brionna remembers the fun she had with Dru Harper. Dru would always stop by at 3:00 pm for their daily snack. You could say that Dru was like a second mom to Brionna. 

Mollye and Brionna will pack up some of the remainder of the items slowly as they begin a new chapter in their lives. 

Mollye will be working some for Biff Eck at Eck Drug in Waurika. She looks forward to less hours and less stress. However, she is grateful to everyone who was such a blessing to her. With tears in her eyes, she expresses her love for the people she has had the privilege to know. “This place wouldn’t have been around all these years if it hadn’t been for the people,” she says. She has had customers drive from as far away as Nocona, Texas. 

She wants to say Thank You to everyone who has made working at the Ryan Drug a pleasure. 


Round Ryan November 29 2018

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Ryan Main Street

Well, we have certainly had some days of wind and cold temperatures, but, if the predictions are correct, Saturday looks like it will be a pretty nice day.  That makes for good conditions for all the days plans in downtown Ryan. Be sure to come and be a part of all the action starting at 3:00 pm. I am anxious to see the tree up on the street. 

 Ryan City Council will be having their regular meeting on December 4th at 6:00 pm. I missed last month’s meeting because I was voting at that time. 

There is a blood drive set for December 7th at the Ryan Senior Citizen Center from 3:00 to 6:00. 

Our town will be losing a little piece of our history to downtown Denison, Texas.  My nephew is buying all of my fountain and the old fixtures and tables that my granddad started within his business. I am glad it is able to stay within the family, even if it doesn’t stay within Ryan. Brian and his wife are both pharmacists and practice in Durant, OK. They have their home in Denison and Brian has just over the last month, purchased a building in downtown Denison, where the fountain and fixtures will make their new home. I am excited for them and the residents in Denison have already been made aware of this fountain coming to their downtown. Brian is wanting to refurbish the old fountain and get it back into working order. Brian ran for a seat on the Denison City Council and there was a tie, and so, when they have a tie, they had a coin flip, and his opponent won the toss. Brian will continue to try to be a part of making plans for Denison. He has gone through some hoops to create some historical markers in Denison, that other people had no interest in making these happen. 

Brionna called her grandparents Thursday to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and found out that her granddad was in ICU in the Denison hospital. We have been asking for prayer for his return to good health. 

We took Mom to Denison Saturday to get together with her friend from Ola, Idaho. We had a nice visit with Reeta. The day was wonderful for us to travel over there.

Kim’s news for this week:

On Thanksgiving, I ate plenty. I went with Dad, LeVita and Chin Chin to Cousin Jenny’s. All day we had good weather and were able to be together.

Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for each other.

Celebrate Christmas on the Trail in Ryan

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Make plans now to be a part of Christmas on the Trail in Ryan on December 1st.

There will be multiple FREE drawings throughout the day. However,  you must be present to win.

School kids will bring their decorated ornaments to place on the Downtown Christmas Tree between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

There will be pony rides, wagon rides, hot chocolate, face painting, vendors, a cake walk.

As a special bonus, the 2 Cajons food truck will be there as well.

We will see you there!

Round Ryan November 15 2018

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Ryan Main Street

It’s beginning to feel like winter around here. We were fortunate to have had rain instead of snow yesterday morning. This weekend looks like it might be a pleasant and dry weekend. Then, the week of Thanksgiving, it looks like we are going to get wet again. 

This coming Saturday, there will be the food distribution from the Ryan Food Bank.  This will be the 3rd Saturday, instead of the 4th Saturday, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The same will apply for December.

There will be businesses closing for the Thanksgiving Holiday, which will be Thursday, November 22nd. The banks, post office, Beaver Creek Mercantile, Tina’s Flower Shop, and Morgan’s Beauty Shop, and Ryan Drug Store will be closed on that Thursday. The Ryan Health Clinic on the highway will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Ryan Medical Clinic will be closed on Thursday and a half a day on Friday. 

Kim’s news for this week:

Because we are going into winter and out of fall, I had to put more bedding in Ruffy Tuffy’s stall. Because of the colder weather, Foxy has been wearing her sweater. Foxy and I sure had fun visiting Barbara Sunday afternoon.

Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for each other, too.  Prayers for safe travels for folks that will be leaving town next week, too.

Ryan News October 26 2018

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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.

Round Ryan October 18 2018

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Ryan Main Street

What a week we now have behind us. We skipped fall and now we are having more winter-like weather. We had more rain this past weekend and are expecting more for this week. I got out Saturday morning in my car to make a couple of deliveries and decided I would drive over to the south bridge of Beaver Creek. Boy, that was a mistake! Water was barreling over the bridge, not from the water below the bridge, but, from the water coming down the hill across the road. I made my way over to the turn in for the city dump and sat there for a couple of minutes. I rationalized in my mind that if it began raining any harder, I was not going to be able to get back down that road in my car. I was able to turn around and made it back up the hill to make my deliveries, safely. I won’t ever do that again! Our earth is so saturated in this area now, that all of our moisture we are getting now is staying on top of the soil and running off to the nearest creek or river. Several bridges around our county have washed away. Edna Grantham lives out east of town and said the bridge between her house and the house of Iva and John Roark was not there anymore. I had water coming under my arch from my neighboring building here in town Saturday morning, too. 

The dinner for Sammy Overstreet surely brought in a crowd of people. Most of the Givens family came back home for this event. Lolly and I got there just as they ran out of spaghetti. We just patiently waited for them to bring out some more. There were a lot of workers there for the dinner. We had to sit in the front dining area because the back area was completely full. That says something right there. 

We have a celebrity in our midst around here. I missed the news broadcast on channel 7 out of Lawton last Wednesday at 6:00, but there was a news team from Lawton that interviewed Sarah Tyus last week. Sarah has been home schooled by her mother, most of her life since she was school age. She did attend Ryan School for a little while, before her mother decided she would teach her the necessary curriculum in a home school program, herself. Donna has done a good job with her. She has had some extracurricular activities that she has participated in as well. Sarah has been active in showing sheep with the Ryan FFA kids. She has also excelled in her archery skills. She has done very well for herself and I know her parents, Donna and Kevin, are very proud of her. Sarah is 16 years old now and I was asking her about whether she had a drivers license yet. She said she does not, and really doesn’t have a great desire to drive anyway. She will someday soon enough, I am sure. I am sure, too, that we will be hearing more about the accomplishments of this young lady as time progresses. Way to go, Sarah!

Kim’s news for this week: 

Last week I got to see Bryson Hernandez in a cross country track meet. It is so great. Next week he goes to State. Foxy went and didn’t complain about the rain. I’m still receiving knowledge from the Cowboy College. 

Everyone have a blessed week. Prayers to those that are suffering from illnesses or just in need of our Lord’s presence in our lives.

Round Ryan October 11 2018

Ryan Main Street

If you haven’t noticed by now, my last two articles failed to include the usual conclusion of praying for rain. He has blessed us nearly beyond measure with the answered prayer for our much needed rain. I am not going to pray that He turns it off by any means, either. I can’t even keep track now of how much or when we have received our rains over the last 2 weeks. We are getting more rain as I am writing this article. We are heading for lows in the 40s over the coming week. Highs are predicted in the 70s and a couple of days in the 60s. Enough about the weather. Thank the Lord for providing for us,weather and otherwise.

I went and picked up Brionna this past Friday evening in Bowie. We missed the ballgame, but, saw the final score of 84 to 38 in Ryan’s favor. I bet that was quite a game! Brionna, Kim and I went to the horse show Saturday morning at the Crossbrand Cowboy Church in Waurika. Brionna participated in one of the events. She showed Ruffy Tuffy in the halter show. She got a ribbon for showing. Kim participated in 3 events and got ribbons for all of the events she participated in, too. It was a fun time and we got to meet some new people and we also got to see Mary Elizabeth Pierce from the Whispers of Hope Horse Farm.  She had 6 horses and a group of riders that all had a good time, too. They travelled from Wichita Falls, Tx. 

This coming Saturday, starting at 3:00pm, there will be the Fall Festival in the Ryan park across from City     Hall. There are several activities planned for that day, so, be sure to work it into your calendar. Have your money with you, too, so that you can make purchases and donations to the Ryan Community Regeneration.

Then, Sunday, there is a benefit dinner at the Ryan Senior Citizen Center for Sammy Overstreet.  Sammy has been diagnosed with cancer. Please get out and support him by attending this benefit dinner. The food will be great, too.

There is a wedding shower for Shaylee Kimbro and Ryan Chester this Sunday at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Ryan.

This last Saturday, we lost another resident just outside of Ryan. Nam an Mendoza, from Sugden, passed away and they are having his service this week.  Prayers to Barbara and their family during their loss.

Kim’s news for this week:

At the Cowboy Church Horse Show, Ruffy Tuffy won 4 ribbons and Foxy won 1. Brionna got to show Ruffy Tuffy for me.  It was a no wreck day and everything went okay.

Everyone have a blessed week. Please pray for each other.

Fiber Optic Internet Coming to Ryan?

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There was not an empty seat at the monthly Ryan Town Council meeting held this past Tuesday evening at Ryan City Hall. 

Of all the items discussed, perhaps the one that caused the most excitement was the possibility of Fiber Optic Internet coming to homes and businesses in Ryan. 

Dick Segress, the owner of Terral Telephone addressed the council seeking cooperation in beginning the process of laying fiber optic cable within the city limits.

Terral Telephone has already surveyed Ryan and is willing to share their engineering details with the city to ensure that the cable laid will not interfere with existing infrastructure. 

Dick Segress can be seen in the lower right corner of the picture.
Photo by Curtis Plant

The council will consider the matter more fully at the next meeting but the prospect looks positive.

After his address, we asked if he was interested in bringing high speed internet to Waurika and he said, “most definitely!”

The usual business of approving the minutes of previous meetings and the paying of bills were approved. 

The treasurers report was approved. 

Members of the Ryan School Board and Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chapman, were present. 

They asked the council if the town would consider serving as the authority having jurisdiction for the purpose of outsourcing fire and building permit inspections. 

A representative of the construction company working on the school was present to explain the process of applying for jurisdiction and the benefits of doing so. 

The state does allow third party inspections. 

The state Fire Marshall will come in and complete his own inspection once fifty-percent of the construction is completed. 

Allowing the town of Ryan to conduct the inspections will save time and money. It sometimes takes up to four months for a state Fire Marshall to come and inspect a building. If a third party completes the inspection, it can be done in a couple of weeks. 

It was explained that the town can apply for the authority to conduct these inspections through a qualified third party. 

This is a process that many communities across Oklahoma are adopting to speed up the construction process. 

The construction company representative assured the council that they would cover all the town’s expenses in applying and acquiring the proper paperwork to assume jurisdiction. 

A question the council members had, of course, was liability. Their concern was if an issue were to arise after the construction was complete, who assumes liability?

There was not an empty seat at the council meeting for the month of October.
Photo by Curtis Plant

The construction representative assured the council that the third party inspector is not relaxing the state codes in any way. They would just be speeding up the inspection process. 

It was decided that the council would investigate the issue and get back to the school as soon as possible. It was stated they could even have a special meeting if necessary. 

The company is wanting to begin work on the school foundation in ten days.

Next, Dylan Sheffield representing the Ryan Community Regeneration asked for permission to use the Ryan Public Park on October 13th. 

On that date they will hold the first annual Fall Festival. 

The Ryan FFA will be serving hot dogs at the festival as a fundraiser. There will be live music and games. It will be a time of getting together and celebrating the fall season creating a sense of community. 

Dylan is also the newest member of the New Jefferson County Development Authority.   

Ater that, Resolution 2018-07 was passed that forbids any changes to city owned property without first obtaining permission. 

During the Ryan Public Utility Authority meeting the council members passed resolution 2018-08 to establish guidelines and fines for manipulation, tampering, disconnection, etc., of town property and facilities, including utility meters by an unauthorized individual. 

According to the resolution anyone tampering with an electric or water meter if they are not authorized to do so will be fined up to $50 per day of occurrence. 

This brought many questions from the audience. 

One such question concerned what to do if a residence had a water leak? The council members suggested installing a water shut off valve on the residence side of the pipe leading from the meter to the building. 

If one is not installed, city hall will need to be notified during a water leak and they will come and shut off the water. 

The same would be true if an electrical meter needed to be shut off. Only city employees can fix or adjust meters. 

Mayor Grantham advised that this measure was being taken because in the past meters have been broken by home owners who then expected the city to pay for damage. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. 

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