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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Ryan Town Council Discusses Police Officer Post

Ryan Main Street

Of the many items discussed Tuesday evening at the Ryan Town Council meeting, none were more interesting than the discussion about the possibility of a full-time police officer in Ryan. 

The question was asked by David Winfield because of his concern for the safety of citizens and local businesses. 

He was also concerned about people speeding around the school.

Mayor Terry Grantham said that for the past three years nobody has applied for the position. Prior to that the candidates that they did interview all wanted to live in towns other than Ryan. 

Grantham said that the last officer to work for the Ryan quit because he could never get any time off. People would call his house all hours of the night and day. 

It did come up in the meeting that the town does set aside $25,000 in the budget for a police officer. 

City Attorney, Kenzie Wheeler, said that $25,000 would not pay for one full-time officer. Besides the salary, there would also have to be money allocated for taxes and benefits that she said would possibly raise the cost for one officer to around $60,000 or more per year. 

Wingfield asked if there was a grant that would pay for an officer. City Attorney said that she believed that the grants available were for equipment. Wingfield said that he had read somewhere that in 2017 there was a “Safe Oklahoma” grant that distributed large sums of money to law enforcement in Oklahoma communities.

Other members of the council said that the Chickasaw Lighthorse Brigade and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department patrolled through the community regularly. 

One of the concerns of the council is the lack of sources of revenue. A rate increase on utilities, it was said, would possibly not be popular. (It was said in the meeting that electricity rates have not increased since 1987).

Grantham said there was a rumor that the Town of Ryan passed a tax in 1977 to pay for a city officer. According to Grantham, no record had been found to verify that. He said they had even checked with the election board and could not find a record of an election held in Ryan for that purpose.

Council members asked Wingfield if he and his neighbors would be willing to work together to form a neighborhood watch. 

Mayor Grantham said that the council would revisit the idea at the next council meeting. 

Grantham said he appreciated Wingfield bringing his concerns to the council.

Next, the trustees discussed the issue of the cooperative agreement between the Town of Ryan and the Jefferson County Sheriff (payment for dispatch services). It was brought up again that the trustees have a problem with only three towns paying for the dispatch for the whole county. That was one of the reasons for Ryan pulling out of the agreement.

Grantham and the trustees assured everyone in attendance that although Ryan is no longer paying the dispatch fee, the services (such as fire and city services) are still being promptly addressed when needed.

Cody Rodriguez was added to the Ryan Volunteer Fire Department.

 Wingfield reported later in the meeting that the Ryan Community Beautification Group was selling T-Shirts at Chunky Charms to help raise funds to help further the effort in improving the appearance of Ryan. 

Under New Business, Michel Delaney asked if the city could turn on the water running to his property south of Ryan. Delaney thought the city may have cut the line to his property. He was assured that was not the case. The city agreed to turn on the water for Delaney and he will see if the line is working properly. 

The Ryan Public Utilities Authority meeting followed the regular meeting. 

The bills, claims and invoices were paid. 

The trustees approved the purchase of a switch for the reclosure area for a price not to exceed $5000.00.

Grantham said that they have recently had a problem of citizens turning utility meters on that the town has turned off. Some will turn water on at night in order to take showers, cook, etc after the town has turned it off for non-payment. Other instances of utilities being stolen have occurred within the town limits. Three of these thefts occurred this past week. 

In order to remedy this the trustees passed a motion to have the city attorney to write ordinance(s) that will enable the town to fine those who tamper or steal city services (water/electricity) or tamper with the meters in any way.

There being no further business the  meeting was adjourned. 

Round Ryan June 7 2018

Ryan Main Street

What a great week we’ve had. It was a hot week. No rain for the week, but, Sunday started out very cool, then Monday followed suit. We had a little shower today, and hoping and praying to be blessed with more. 

Tuesday morning last week, we learned that someone had tried to break into the ATM machine inside the First State Bank. They have some video footage of the person trying to gain access into the machine and they are also aware of the vehicle he was driving, but, hopefully they will find the person involved in this crime.  

Wednesday and Thursday were pretty quiet days around town, but, then Friday came along and we started our sidewalk sales around town.  It was great to see folks out in town shopping the local merchants. It was pretty exciting to see downtown Ryan was still alive and capable of bringing folks in to shop, even from areas outside of our local area. We had a few folks that traveled from Duncan. There were several garage sales around town, too. It was a great day. Maybe we should do this more often! 

The time is approaching that we will be having the dinner to raise money for our Ryan Cemetery.  A lot of money is required to keep our cemetery maintained during the months that the lawn is mowed.  This fundraiser takes some of the financial burden off of our town’s expenses. The dinner is set for Father’s Day, June 17,  at the Ryan School Cafeteria.

Kim’s news for this week:

Dustin, I want to thank him for giving Ruffy Tuffy a trim. I was by Ruffy Tuffy’s side when Dustan saw Foxy ride. Dustan has his own chicken market. I’m saving him egg cartons.

Ronnie had fun hanging with his grandson. 

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

Round Ryan May 17 2018

Ryan Main Street

It’s been a great week, but, this is the first week that we’ve not been blessed with a bit of rain.  Maybe this week, we will have a better opportunity for some, if the Lord is willing.  The days are now nearly constant for highs in the 90s.  I try to get any outdoor work that needs to be taken care of done early in the mornings.  It doesn’t take long for our seasons to pass, anymore.

This past week has been a busy week for most folks around Ryan.  Brionna and I went up to Waurika to Doc’s Place to eat dinner Thursday evening.  Brionna had fried shrimp and I had a grilled pork chop with peach chutney.  It was a very good meal. 

Saturday evening, we attended the Ryan graduation ceremony/  I was surprised that they didn’t have a guest speaker, but, they don’t always have 2 Valedictorians and 2 Salutatorians either.  Take Kimbro and McKenzie Lewis shared the spots for the Valedictorian of the class, and Dawson Tomberlin and Cara Williams, shared the spots for the Salutatorian. Each one of them gave a speech.  Cara Williams, along with her speech, played her guitar and sang a song.  She is very talented young lady.  Congratulations to all of the Ryan graduates.  Good luck to all of you and God be with you all.

Sunday was Mother’s Day and Brionna and I made it to church.  Edna had commented in Sunday School, that she hoped someone from her family would be there at church with her.  She did indeed have both Natalie and Leslie with her husband, David. After church, I decided not to go home to cook for use, but, instead, headed to eat out at Bill’s.  It seemed like we had to park about a half mile away from the restaurant, but, they were packed.  We stood outside for a while, then went inside the entryway and stood for another while.  I saw Ramona Bryant and got to talk to her for a little while.  She is living in Duncan at an independent living facility that is only about a year old.  She really does like it where she is.   We also ran into Joyce and Lynn Plant while we were standing outside.  They had their kids and some of their families there, too.  We finally got to sit on the benches and visit for a little bit.  I told Joyce that you have to be really hungry for Bill’s fish to have to wait for as long as we did.  Our final wait was about an hour and a half.  It was all worth it, though.  The fish and hush puppies and the cole slaw, were all delicious.  Then, to top off our meal, they brought all the mothers out a chocolate covered strawberry for dessert. I imagine most restaurants were pretty crowded with families, trying to get Moms out of the kitchens.

We didn’t get over to see Mom as I had originally planned.  I had a cold and didn’t want to get around Mom or the other residents in the home.  I called her and wished her a Happy Mother’s Day, though.  My brother, Mel, took her out to eat there in Nocona at Del Rios.  He said she really enjoyed her outing.

Our kids will be having their last day of school this Friday.  Ya’ll have a great summer!

Kim’s news for this week:

This week I was not alone, my friend, Brionna, was home.  She went with Foxy and me to see Ruffy Tuffy. That wasn’t all–me, Foxy, and her played ball.

Ruffy Tuffy got hurt in his stall, but, he’ll be okay after all.

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


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.

Round Ryan May 23 2019


“Roy” said Rex Armstrong.

“Huh”, was my rather intelligent response.

 “The name of the barber you worked for, his name was Roy.”

 If I had ever heard his first name, I certainly don’t remember.  Thanks Rex.

 The American Legion had their family night with food, music and dancing.  There was a pretty good crowd and the music was enjoyable.  Thanks to Bill Roberson, Cary Gore, Gene Chesley and David Sorrell.  The music for the most part was what I would call classic country.  I heard songs Saturday night that I had not heard in a long time.  All four band members taking turns singing lead and especially memorable was Mr. Chesley’s comedic turn a’ la Ben Colder.  Ricky Martin cooked the burgers and hot dogs, he did a good job.  I don’t care what Santos says’ I like my burgers thick.  There was also a fifty/fifty drawing and of all people, Dustan Bryant won.

     On my list of favorite books has to include, “One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw” by Witold Rybczynski.  This is a very interesting book that is exactly what the title says.  The author, an architect, professor and writer was asked by  a magazine editor in 1999 to write a short essay on the most useful tool of the last 1000 years. Mr. Rybczynski took the job and produced a really interesting and fact filled book about the screwdriver and the screw.  I know the book sounds odd but this is definitely a case of not judging the book by its cover.  Another book on the list is “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.  This was the last major work of Mr. Hemingway to be published before his death.  Almost any of his writing could easily make the list, be they novels or short stories, but this is one of my favorite books.  As I age, this story seems to grow on me even more.  There were also a couple of good movie versions of this story.  The first starring Spencer Tracy and the other a made for television movie, starring Anthony Quinn.  Both fine actors, in truth I would probably pay to watch either of them read the phone book.

     One of the questions that I get as a reader.  What do you read?  The answer is almost anything.  I had a wonderful teacher, Ms. Cleta Rickard.  I did for the most part enjoy the part of her class that covered English Lit.  No matter what else, you were going to cover Chaucer.  Don’t ask me why but he bored me to tears.  Maybe I’ll give it another try.  The late Mrs. Rickard grew up in Ryan as Cleta Huskey.  That doesn’t have anything to do with boring old Mr. Chaucer, it’s just a little FYI.  I guess I approach my reading much as I do my writing.  I start out one place and often end up someplace completely different.  That may speak to a certain lack of direction, just don’t tell Curtis.

     I am writing this on Monday evening as the storms that have been brewing all day seem to be (knock on wood) passing us by.  For those not so fortunate, I hope you escaped unscathed.

     Until next week.

Ryan Homecoming Parade & Homecoming Week Pictures

The Junior Float won 1st Place Photo by Sheree Hanson

Here are pictures from the Ryan Homecoming Parade:

The Sophomore Float
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Freshman Float won 2nd place.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Eighth Grade won 3rd Place
Photo by Sheree Hanson

PreK & Kindergarten won 3rd Place
Photo by Sheree Hanson

First and Second Grade Float
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Third and Fourth Grade won 1st Place
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Fifth & Sixth Grade won 2nd Place
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Senior Float
Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Junior Float won 1st Place
Photo by Sheree Hanson

The Seventh Grade Float
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Ryan High School Cheerleaders
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Ryan High School Cheerleaders
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Tonya Bryant on Sports Day
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Danielle and Mrs. Rhoades on Sports Day
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Photo by Sheree Hanson

Waurika and Ryan Students Enjoy the Prom

This past weekend Waurika and Ryan enjoyed their annual proms. Below are the pictures.

Waurika Senior Class.
Photo by Curtis Plant

Ryan Senior Class.
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Waurika Junior Class
Photo by Curtis Plant

Ryan Junior Class
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Ryan’s King and Queen
Joseph Martin & Abbie Bolin
Photo by Sheree Hanson

Round Ryan April 26 2018

Ryan Main Street

 We have gotten some much needed rain this past weekend. Our rain started out as a fine mist at about 5:00am Saturday morning.  It went into thundering and heavier rain that morning.  The sun stayed behind the clouds most of the day and we wound up with nearly 2 inches of rain by the end of the day.  Sunday was a beautiful day. We will be looking forward to receiving more rain this week, it looks like starting Wednesday. 

   I drove to Waurika today, and glory be, we no longer have to go across the by-passes that we have been going across for several months now on Hwy 81 between Ryan and Sugden.  We still have a 35mph speed limit at the first section of road construction. 

   This Sunday, there will be the wedding shower for Morgan Good and her fiancé, at the Ryan Church of Christ.  The couple is registered at Dillards, Target, and Walmart.  There is also a hostess box at Ryan Drug Store.

   Dana Major has the solution to stepping on the scales and being greatly disappointed–she told us to just roll the dial back on the scales before you step on them.  We got a good laugh out of her suggestion.  I asked what you do if you have digital scales, but I don›t think she heard me. 

   I attended a meeting concerning the Ryan Cemetery this evening. Plans are underway for the yearly Ryan Cemetery Dinner, scheduled again this coming Father›s Day.  More news later on this event as it gets closer to the date. 

   This Saturday is the day for the Ryan Food Bank food distribution, beginning at 10:00am. This next Tuesday will be the Ryan City Council Meeting at 6:00. It›s hard to believe that it will be May 1st already, this coming Tuesday.

   Brionna will be coming home for a few days this week.  She looks forward to coming home so she can attend some of our local events and she can visit with folks around town.  I am looking forward to her coming, too.

  Kim’s news for this week:

Do you know what›s weird?–Dustan tagging his beard.

Foxy loves going to the store, because my co-workers spoil her more and more.

I visited Joe Turner, it was nice, he gave me good horse-training advice.

  We have quite a few folks from Ryan that are in need of prayer.  Without mentioning names, please lift up folks from our community and ask God to watch over them.

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

Round Ryan June 21 2018

Ryan Main Street

Summer is officially here by the time this paper gets circulated on Thursday morning.  I thought it arrived about a month or more ago, based on our temperatures we’ve seen.  Electric bills are getting higher and we are still in great need of rain.  The weather forecasters are predicting that this week we might have a pretty good chance to get some of that moisture.  Outdoor plants are beginning to shrivel up unless they get a regular watering.  Crops are suffering in the fields and ponds can sure use a replenishing, too.

The group of folks that worked so hard on helping to make our town look better, was treated to a lunch by Laura Jackson at The Parlor on Saturday a week ago.  There was even one individual that was not a member of the group, that drove down from Oklahoma City, just to help with the clean up around Ryan.  He got up early Saturday morning to arrive in Ryan by 7:15am to get with the group.  He worked all morning and into the afternoon in the scorching heat.  This individual is Rick Blanchard, son of Theresa Blanchard.  Rick grew up in Ryan and graduated from high school here, too. If this doesn’t make us feel guilty, that there are folks that live in this town, that wouldn’t bother to begin to help make this town look like a town with a lot of pride and people that care about how their town looks. Thanks to Rick, and again to all the rest of the folks that worked so hard together.

Next thing on my list is the Ryan cemetery dinner that took place on Father’s Day.  There was about $12,000 taken in from the meals, auction, and the raffle tickets that were sold. There was a good crowd that came in for the dinner.  Macy Lovett won the rifle and Norman West won the Yeti cooler.  Congratulations to those two.  Thanks to everyone that helped make this event as successful as what it was.  There were a lot of hard workers before, during, and after this event.  Dustan Bryant put out some really good tasting smoked meats for the dinner.  There were a great number of desserts for the meal and for the auction.  The auction brought in $1150.00 and the raffle tickets brought in $2000.00.  The rest was generated from donations and money from the dinners that were served.  There are a lot of people that deserve a pat on the back for making this happen, and thanks to all of them.  It was a great meal and our cemetery can be taken care of a little while longer without having to dip into our city’s moneys. 

There is a shower box for Macie Jo Wright’s wedding at the Ryan Drug Store.  Macie is marrying Austin Masoner from Waurika.  Their shower is July 29th from 2-4pm at the Ryan Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. 

Kim’s news for this week:

I’m so glad for all our Dad’s. By the way, Happy Father’s Day!

This week, I can’t complain, but, we could sure use a rain.  For that, the Lord we should seek. Everyone have a blessed week.

Please remember to continue to ask for blessings of rain, and as Kim said, everyone have a blessed week.  Please pray for each other, too.

Round Ryan January 25 2018

We’ve made it through yet another week of drastically low temperatures, but on the brighter side, was the weekend. It got up into the 70s on Saturday and Sunday. Now, we are not as cold, but a bit cooler than what we saw this weekend.
This Saturday is our Ryan food distribution from the food bank starting at 10:00am.
Brionna and her group from TKRanch made their trip to Dallas and had a really good time.  They made it over to Plano and saw Karen, and to their surprise, Karen’s sister was able to take Karen so she could go to the movies with her dorm mates.  She and the other women from Dorm #3 had even a better time since Karen was able to be a part with them again.   They went to 2 or 3 different places each day, but, one day they went up into Reunion Tower.  I don’t know that I would have cared for that too much myself.   They got back to the ranch on Thursday afternoon.  Then, on Saturday morning, their dorm mother wound up with the flu.  I called to talk to Brionna Sunday evening and Dianna answered the phone.  I knew from her voice she was sick.  She was trying to keep a distance from the women in the dorm.  I hope she if feeling better now.
When I woke up Saturday morning and turned the television on, the first thing I heard was that we were in a government shutdown.  They announced this morning that our government leaders have come to an agreement and we are okay now until February 8th.
When I woke up this morning, I learned that there was an earthquake just out from Alaska that registered 7.9. This was over 100 miles out from land that the earthquake occurred. In the northeastern part of our country, they are expecting massive floods.  But, thankfully, all is quite in Ryan.
This Saturday is Brionna’s birthday.  She is going to be 28 years old.  Happy Birthday, Brionna!  We are planning to go to Wichita Falls with her grandparents and dorm mates and eat at the Red Robin restaurant.
The flu is beginning to work its’ way back around here.  I have seen many in town that are ill.
Kim’s news for this week:
Praise God for the weather and Joe Toddy is better.
I’ve been riding in the pasture again, in the sunshine and the wind.  Ruffy Tuffy can shake which is nice, I think Foxy has been giving him advice.
Everyone have a blessed week.  Prayers to good health and for rain.


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