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Round Ryan May 31 2018

Ryan Main Street

It’s been a very hot and dry week around our little town. We are getting ready to have our temperatures climb up above 100 this week.  We are in great need of rain. Maryland is flooding and Florida is about to have a visit from Hurricane Albert.  We have a lot to be thankful for even in the midst of the hot and dry weather. 

I’ve had Brionna home with me since Thursday evening.  We went to Henrietta Saturday afternoon to see the wedding of Morgan and Jim Roberts. It was a very nice wedding. Brionna caught the bridal bouquet. Nolan Brown caught the groom’s garter. After all that excitement, we went to Nocona to see Mom for a little while. 

Sunday afternoon, my in-laws came over from Denison. We went out to the cemetery and buried Reid’s urn from his cremation. There were a few folks out at the cemetery that were taking care of their loved ones grave sites. I took some flowers out to our grave site on Memorial Day. The cemetery really looks good. It is freshly mowed. 

This Friday, we will be having our sidewalk sales, starting at 8:30. I am not sure what time Tina or Dennis will be starting their sales. 

This next Tuesday our city council will meet at 6:00pm. 

This past week, several folks from our local communities have passed away. Sandy Farris from Ryan, passed away this past week. Prayers to her family and friends during their loss. Cecilia Harnois’ husband, Robert, passed away the same day. Prayers to Cecilia and her family and friends during their loss, also. 

Ryan is losing one of our families that has been part of our community for over 30 years. Larry Ninman and his family are in the process of selling their home and moving closer to Larry’s mom.  They still plan on making trips back to Ryan on occasions. Good luck to them during this transition. 

Kim’s news for this week:

Thanks for all the knowledge from the Cowboy College. Lots of education like Dustan’s Indian fire starter demonstration. 

Brionna was back in town, we love having her around.

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

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 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 April 25 2019

Ryan Main Street

 The Ryan School Athletic Department is having a fundraising meal on May 5th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, you can eat in or take home.  The menu consists of pulled pork and smoked sausage with the normal side dishes.  Join us and get some good groceries.

 The Ryan School music department and the cheerleaders are hosting a school wide variety show on May 14th at 6:30 pm.  Concessions will be available and you can purchase raffle tickets for a Texas Ranger game from any of the cheerleaders.

 Summer baseball and softball are starting up with practice going on as I write.  I will try to keep you apprised of the game schedules as they become available.

 Gardening season seems to be going strong.  Friends and family are posting photos on social media daily.  I picked strawberries this week and man they were good.  I am really looking forward to the fresh plums, apricots and peaches to get ripe.

 I just finished another book.  This one was written by Elmer Kelton.  The title is “Texas Standoff”.  If you have never read any of Mr. Keltons books, I would recommend any of his books.  The first one for me was “The Good Old Boys”.  This is a western set in the time when horses and buggies were being replaced with cars and tractors.  The main characters are stuck in between the old and the new and trying to figure out if and where they belong.  This would not make my top ten list but it is well worth your time.

Two books that should make that list are, “The Age of Eisenhower” by William I. Hitchcock.  Mr. Eisenhower is not one of the presidents that I learned much about in high school history which is a shame really.  He was a bit lukewarm on the subject of school desegregation but given his track record on race I think it may have been more about not rocking the boat.  President Eisenhower was an effective leader in many other ways.  The other book is a novel called “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn.  It begins with a three line ad in the personals section, Teacher Seeking Pupil, must have an earnest desire to save the world.  Every time I have read this book, I see something new but for the life of me I’m not sure I could sit down and do it justice in a book report.  I think I need to read it again.

 Until nest week. 

Round Ryan March 22 2018

Ryan Main Street

Spring is officially here, and, plants and trees are really beginning to show their awesome beauty around here.  I went over to my peach tree (I think) and wanted to smell the blooms to see if there was an odor to their blooms.  There is.  There was also a honey bee headed into one of the blooms that I was about to stick close to my nose.  I let him have it. We also still have those bugs that look like lady bugs, around town in great numbers.  I’ve seen them in peoples homes as well as outside.  They are some sort of a Japanese beetle, from what I’ve heard.  I do believe they will bite a person, if you are so inclined to pick them up to hold them.

We were blessed with a little bit of rain after church service was over Sunday afternoon.  It began a very fine mist as I was going to church at about 9:15am and wound up raining before the sun came out and displayed its’ beauty Sunday afternoon.  We welcome any and all precipitation around here.  We are still in great need of precipitation.  We are in a burn ban, so, be very careful if you strike a match outside your home or in pastures or fields around Jefferson county.

I went to Duncan Saturday afternoon and while I was there, it began to get really cloudy late in the afternoon.  It began raining there as I was leaving out around 5:00 in the early evening. We weren’t as fortunate to have been blessed by that same rain system.

This Saturday is the food bank distribution at 10:00am.  Also at 1:00 in the park there will be the Easter egg hunt.

Joe Turner is in the Jefferson County Hospital for a little while. Prayers for him as he is in the healing process and for Fern as she travels daily to be with him.  Wayne Harrison, Linda’s husband, is in need of our prayers as he recuperates from having had surgery to repair an aneurism.  They were unable to make the repair as he sustained a heart attack during his surgical procedure.  Linda says that he is doing much better now, though.  That is good to hear.

I haven’t spoken about the casino in Terral, since they opened.  Brionna, Jim, and I went up there to check it out on the night they opened on March 1.  None of us got back what we put into the machines.  That seemed to be what was happening with everyone we spoke to that went that day.  There has been one lucky individual that got quite a jackpot of nearly $1 million.

The Ryan Family Clinic hosted a party for Brenda Johnson last Friday, as she is nearing her retirement this month.  I am not sure if Brenda is looking forward to this occasion or dreading it since all she has ever done in her life is work.  Bless her as she begins a new chapter in her life. Her kids and grandkids and siblings will keep her busy, I’ll bet.

Kim’s news for this week:

I enjoy talking to Ron and Traci, I do.  Especially about their pet rooster, LaRae.

What a blessed week, I can’t complain.  Praise God for the rain.

Everyone have a blessed week.  Keep praying for rain and for each other and have a Happy Palm Sunday this coming weekend.

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.

‘Round Ryan News August 23 2018

Ryan Main Street

What a beautiful morning it was to get up and feel the cool breeze instead of the heat for a change.  I know the forecasters say that we are going to be headed toward 100 on Wednesday, but, it certainly is nice for now, anyway. Sunday morning we had enough precipitation to get the pavement wet. That’s okay, it’s better than nothing.  Our lawns are finally green and it soon will be time to mow again.  I won’t make it 4 weeks between mowing this time.   

There is a baby shower for Rachel (Pollan) and Brandon Sain at the Terral Community Center on August 26th at 3:00pm.  They are expecting a baby boy.  The couple is registered at Walmart and Amazon if people wish to go to the stores or online to purchase gifts. The Ryan Drug Store has a hostess box for them if anyone would like to put their name in as well. 

I stand corrected on the Mayor of our town not rerunning for his seat in the next election.  Terry Grantham is seeking reelection and I do apologize for the miscommunication in last weeks paper. 

Taylor Street is in quite a mess as the city workers are working to repair water lines behind the First Baptist Church. 

Our local merchants are planning another sidewalk sale on Friday, September 7th.  I’m hopeful that our weather will be a bit cooler and more tolerable by that time. 

As I got online this morning to start up my email to begin my article, I am quickly made aware that Google mail has now upgraded their site.  I am a creature of habit and I had to hunt for the compose prompt that was always down in the bottom right corner of the screen.  That is what life is all about–change.  Nothing ever remains constant. 

Kim and her four legged children are well, but, she didn’t provide me with an article this week. 

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

Round Ryan July 19 2018

Ryan Main Street

We were blessed here in Ryan last week on Tuesday and Thursday with nearly 2 inches of rain each day.  I will be getting on the mower this week, finally.  Temperatures over the next week are expected to be over 100 degrees, and no rain mentioned in the forecast.  We will get through it.

Last Tuesday, the Ryan City Council met. The first thing on the agenda was for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.  There were a couple of deputies there to discuss the concern of the Jefferson County dispatch service.  After discussion between both groups, Ryan Council told them they would meet with them after their next council meeting at the Jefferson County Commissioners meeting in August.  The concern was that they felt all communities should be asked to be a part of this service, and pay a fair share across the board.  Ryan Council felt it wasn’t fair for Ryan, Waurika, and Ringling to foot the bill for all the towns or communities within our county.  There were other items on the agenda, but, this was the most notable. 

The wedding shower for Macie Jo  Wright and Austin Masoner is planned for July 29th from 2-4pm at the Ryan Church of Christ.  There is a hostess box at Ryan Drug Store if folks would like to put in any money for the couple. 

This past Friday night, I missed an invitation to the Rockin H Land & Cattle Co. in Temple, Oklahoma, for the birthday celebration for Dana Major.  She celebrated her 70th birthday with a lot of friends and family at the restaurant.  I saw a video on Facebook of Dana blowing out her candles on her cake.  I don’t think they had 70 on the cake, but it still took her some pretty good breaths to get them all blown out.  She had a good time, and it looked like everyone else did, too.

Prayers to the family of Glen Martin during their loss of Glen this past week.

Kim’s news for this week:

Foxy was quite a sight wearing her straw hat at the Ranch-Round-Up Rodeo Saturday night.

I have to give God a cheer for no car damage when I hit a deer.

Everyone have a blessed week and please pray for rain and for each other.

Round Ryan March 29 2018


Well, we’ve certainly been well blessed with moisture and it is still coming down.  These rains might take us up to a level that bring us out of the drought level.  We can certainly be thankful for these rains.  Brionna and I had to make a quick trip to Waurika this morning, but, when we got to the first bridge that was under construction on hwy 81, the road was blocked.  There had been too much water that had washed out the bypass road in a small section. We had to make a U turn on the highway and proceed back to Ryan to go across the upper road and down Noble Ray Road.  We made it there and back and met quite a bit of traffic to and fro. We narrowly missed a bad storm Sunday evening as we were traveling back from Denison.  There were Channel 6 storm watchers along 82 just west of Nocona.  The sky was black and we did drive through a bit of hail, but, we made it home.  Life is sometimes quite the journey, good and bad.

Prayers and sympathy to the families of Louie (Sonny) Dabbs and John D. Johnson during their losses.

There is an Easter egg hunt planned for Saturday, starting at 10:00am at the Ryan Sports Complex. Registration for prizes will begin at 9:30am. Prizes will be drawn at 10:45am.Child must be present to win prizes! They will have games, food, and fun! This event is being sponsored by Ryan First Baptist Church.

There is a wedding shower planned on Sunday, April 29, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Ryan Church of Christ for Morgan Good and her fiance.  The couple is registered at Dillards, Target, and Walmart.  There is also a hostess box for the couple at the Ryan Drug Store.

This Sunday is Easter and the doors of our churches are open to any and all folks.  Easter Sunday services just seem to be better attended than most other Sundays.

Please remember Joe Turner in prayer as he has been taken back to Duncan Regional Hospital for more surgery this past Sunday.  Fern and the rest of their family need our prayers during Joe’s illness, too.  Their daughter, Becky came down from Wyoming for a visit last week and stayed with Fern that whole week.  Their son David, has been with Fern part of this time.

Our kids are back in school week after having Spring break last week.  Not much of the school year is left for our kids.

Also, next Tuesday is the evening for Ryan City Council meeting at 6:00pm.

This Friday will be Brenda Johnson’s last day to work in the Ryan Family Clinic and I would like to honor her by giving her a luncheon at 12:00 noon.  We will be having chicken salad sandwiches, chips, water,  and cookies for dessert.  This will take place from 12:00 to 1:00pm at the Ryan Drug Store.  All are welcome to attend this celebration.

Kim’s news for this week:

Penny is an awesome dog, she can even kill a hog.

Dustan is great at catching snakes.

As Ruffy Tuffy grown older, he eats treats off my shoulder, and, he can shake hands.

Everyone have a blessed week and a Happy Easter.  Prayers for safe travels if you are venturing away from home for that weekend.

Impact of Ryan’s Coach West Goes Far Beyond Athletic Circles

 You might expect when a sports writer is asked to write a tribute to someone the focus would be on that person’s accomplishments as a coach or player.

 But, this article will be focused more on the person than his accomplishments.

Last week a large crowd gathered at Ryan’s First Baptist Church to say goodbye to legendary Ryan coach and principal, Raymon West.

Most anyone that has been under the instruction of Mr. West would probably choose to focus on the man because   

his contribution to the lives of people went far beyond the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond if they were tasked with writing a tribute.

As Bro. Mark Kunkel, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Terral, said numerous times while conducting the service, everyone was mostly there to honor the man Mr. West and not Coach West.

However, well over half the crowd identified themselves at one point in the service as having been coached by Coach West.

And certainly his coaching ability is not to be overlooked, but each person who has come under the influence of Mr. West would probably be quick to agree with Bro. Kunkel and this writer that his greatest achievements were what he poured into our lives.

You see the goal of Mr. West was not really to produce great athletes – although that did happen. His goal was to prepare high school students for life.

And, for the most part he was a master at teaching life lessons.

Mr. West was tough. He was a disciplinarian. However, he correctly knew that making life a bit difficult in the athletic arena would serve each person well when they began to tackle life as a young adult.

And, some of those lessons not only served us well as young adults, but throughout our life time.

As was noted in the funeral service, Mr. West cared deeply for people. He endeared himself to most every athlete he ever coached and those he taught.

The compassion Mr. West had for people carried over to his retirement years as he served people through his church and was frequently present when a need had to be met in the community.

Everything Mr. West did was with great passion – his family, ranching, teaching and coaching.

Mr. West’s accomplishments in the coaching profession should not go without mention. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. Most everyone knows he coached the 1965 Cowgirl squad that won the Class B state championship – the only state title in school history. He coached the Cowgirls for a total of 13 seasons.

He coached the Cowboy basketball team for 15 seasons and took the 1962 squad to the state tournament – one of only two boys’ teams to advance into the state tournament.

Mr. West’s contributions to the football program are more notable than most people might think. He coached football on three different occasions – in 1958, 1962-1963 and 1977-1980. The 1962 squad just missed out on a district title and finished 8-2 which tied the 1929 football team for the second most wins in a season up to that time.

 It is likely that one of the key decisions made by Mr. West while serving as principal and head football coach at Ryan was moving from 11-man football to eight-man football following the 1977 season. The decision probably saved the football program and he coached the Cowboys to the playoffs in the first year of eight-man football.

Mr. West also coached baseball in the early years at Ryan.

In the four sports coached by Mr. West, he led squads to 14 conference championships, three county championships, seven bi-county championships, 10 district titles, three regional crowns and one state championship.

No tribute, however, would be complete without personal stories because Mr. West had a profound impact on my life.

Late during my eighth-grade year and Mr. West’s first year back at Ryan after having coached at Burkburnett, Texas and Duncan, he noticed right away that my athletic genes were just about non-existent.

Mr. West came to me and asked me if I would be interested in being the student trainer, which I did after football season that year. He sent me that following summer by bus to Baylor University to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association annual convention.

I was definitely way out of my league (can you imagine a kid who just completed eighth grade going on a trip like that alone?), but I learned a few things and spent the rest of my high school days helping with all sports. Mr. West saw potential in me that I did not see in myself and giving me that responsibility helped me stay connected to sports.

As you can imagine we spent a lot of time together during basketball practices. During that time I learned a lot about basketball, but did not fail to pick up one or two life lessons along the way.

One of those came one afternoon after Ryan had suffered a loss in a game that was not well-officiated. And, as I have a tendency to do even today, I was griping about how poorly the officials called the game the night before.

I suppose Mr. West had heard enough and he looked at me and said, “You worry about the things you have control over. We have no control over the officiating.”

That little tidbit has remained with me through the years and has been invaluable in my life’s journey.

In the years following whenever I would make my way to Ryan I would try to make sure I came in contact with Mr. West.

A side note – most anyone coached by Mr. West were all afraid to ever call him anything but Mr. West or Coach West. It was always difficult to address him as “Raymon.” But, that is the kind of respect he commanded and deserved.

Many others and in particular his family could share similar stories about how Mr. West impacted their lives. I am just fortunate I had the opportunity to be the one to write this article.

I believe it is pretty easy to come to one conclusion – there will never be another Raymon West.


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