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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Terral to Celebrate All School Reunion

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The biennial Terral All School Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, on the grounds of the Terral Community Center.  Registration will begin at 10:00 AM with lunch being served at 12:00 noon.  Note:  Class pictures will be taken at 11:00 AM again this year.  Be sure to tell everyone you see who is associated in any way with Terral School or Union Valley to come early and join us that day. 

Lunch will be catered again this year and you will need a reservation.  Reservations MUST be received no later than September 21, along with a check for $12.00 per meal.

Due to very generous donations the Terral Alumni Association was proud to award four $1,500 scholarships and one $529 scholarship in 2017, and four $2,500 scholarships in 2018.  The scholarships go to deserving persons who reside in the Terral school district, to assist them in continuing their education.  Selling brass nametags for the memorial plaques also assists in funding the scholarships.  The brass nametags are available for $20 and the plaques are permanently displayed in the Terral Community Center.

Please remember there is no membership fee charged to anyone.  The All School Reunion is funded every two years solely on the donations of people who love Terral School and want to enjoy the fellowship of visiting and remembering old times.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund or assist with reunion expenses, you can include that on the registration form, even if you are unable to attend. 

We plan to tour Terral School again this year.  Raffle information is enclosed.      

We hope to see you on October 6th.

A Registration Form can be found in this week’s paper!

If you have questions or need additional information call or email:

Ronnie Ewing @ 940-928-2278 or ronnie.ewing@sbcglobal.net   

Karen Gunter @ 580-437-2347 or karengunter.1950@gmail.com 

Terral News and Happenings August 23 2018

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Quote Of The Day- “Your passion becomes our legacy when you serve other, being who you are, doing what you love.” Anonymous

Terral School- School physicals will be on Aug. 29th. 

First Baptist Church Kids For Christ- Our RA’s, GA’s and Kids for Christ will begin again on September 5th, at 5:30 P.M. The GA’s will have a Pre-Enrollment on August 29th at 6:00 P.M. in the church basement. Mrs. Shirley and Mrs. Kunkel will be enrolling girls in First through sixth grades. We are gearing up for another great year!

Happy Birthday To You- Happy Birthday to Barbara Foster on the 20th. Clinton Fergonson will party on the 21st. Crystal on the 28th.

Happy Anniversary- Darrell & Barbara Foster will be celebrate on the 21st. Randal and Tammy Garcia will celebrate on the 28th.

Community Prayer List- A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villareal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Baysinger, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Blevins Brothers Continue Terral Tradition

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It’s hard to think about Terral, Oklahoma without thinking of mouth-watering watermelons.

People from all over love the watermelons grown in Jefferson County and every summer they will drive any distance to Terral just satisfy that craving.

The Blevins Brothers, Jerry and Charles, have been providing watermelon fans with what they crave for over 20 years.

Jerry and Charles grow the watermelon and canteloupe right in Terral.

 However, they sell more than just watermelon and canteloupe. 

Customers who stop by their shed just south of Terral on Highway 81 can find canteloupes, pickled okra, pickles, plum jelly, and salsa. Sometimes they even have tomatoes. 

They sell around 1200 quarts of pickles a year. The pickles are the result of the labor of Charles and Loretta Blevins. 

Some customers pick up 5 or 6 cases at a time. 

A woman from Decatur picks up 10 cases per month to resell at her stand. 

At one time there were watermelon patches all over southern Jefferson County. 

Doug Gunter, who has been working with them since he was in high school, remembers he and his friends picking watermelons out in the heat all hours of the day and evening. 

One time a crew from south Texas came up and while picking watermelons they engaged in a little contest with the south Texas boys. 

The Texas crew had already been picking for a while during the season and it was still early for Doug and his friends. 

The Terral boys outdid the Texas boys by loading their truck faster.

It shocked the Texas professionals that they had been outdone by some high school boys from Oklahoma.

Doug remembers the football team working during the summer and being ready for the season. Coaches would only have to practice once a day so the players could pick melons the rest of the day. 

The cost of production has affected the growing of watermelons in Terral. 

At one time about 75% of the people in Terral were involved in the watermelon venture. 

Charles has been growing watermelons since 1969. Together he and Jerry have been growing and selling watermelons for over 20 years. 

Charles got into the business because of his father-in-law. 

Jerry and Charles remembers the days of the Terral Watermelon Festival. It was a popular event for 50 years.

Besides watermelons, there was usually a parade, a classic car show, live music, mule jumping contests, and a dunk tank.

Doug Gunter remembers that most the trees down by the Baptist Church in Terral had trucks under them with farmers selling watermelons. 

Years ago, Doug remembered supplying Rush Springs with watermelons for their festival. 

Charles said the old timers remembers  putting stickers  on Terral watermelons saying “Rush Springs Watermelons” then loading them on the train. 

Over the years they have got to know quite a few people, many of them have become loyal customers and friends. 

During our interview, people were waiting in line to pick up their load of watermelon and canteloupes. 

Tonya Wickware and her son Wrangler pull up with another load fresh from the field and everyone jumps into action. 

Over the years there is no telling how many melons the Blevins have sold. 

It’s nice to see them carrying on the Terral Tradition—supplying the country with the best watermelons money can buy. 

Terral News and Happenings July 5 2018

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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU- Annester Rushing will party on the 30th. 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- Cecil and Mary Loo Duke will celebrate on the 30th. 

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST- Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Bayslinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Terral News and Happenings

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QUOTE OF THE DAY- “People will forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Mary Angelou 

Terral Annual Board of Trustees has voted to have  the annual Fireorks Display on Saturday, June 30th., 2018 in downtown Terral. Kids will be allowed to pop fireworks from 6-9 p.m. and after the City Display, in the middle of the Apache. The City Fireworks will begin at dark approximately 9:00 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU- Annester Rushing will party on the 30th. 

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY- Cecil and Mary Loo Duke will celebrate on the 30th. 

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST- Tony Rodriguez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Bayslinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Terral News and Happenings June 21 2018

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QUOTE OF THE DAY- “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above Yourselves.”  Romans 12:10.

TERRAL ANNUAL FIREWORKS – The Terral Board of Trustees has voted to have the annual

Fireworks Display on Saturday, June 3oth, 2018 in downtown Terral.  Kids will be allowed to pop fireworks from 6-9 p.m. and after the City Display, in the middle of the Apache.  The City

Fireworks will begin at dark approximately 9:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH – VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for July 16-20.  Our theme this year is “Game ON”.  Buses will run nightly.  Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  2 Peter 1:3.

FBC GIRLS IN ACTIONS – Special Thanks go out to Jan Camsey for being our bus driver,  Valton Gambill for being our helper and handy man in all things we need and also our alternate bus driver, just know you are appreciated.  Mary Alice Kunkel thanks so much for your help in the classroom and your support and wisdom as we plan our missions, lessons and crafts.

Hope to see you all next year for an even greater year.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU – Valton A. Gambill will celebrate “19” years on the 22nd.  Fulton

Villarreal will party on the 23rd.  Keylan Rodriguez will eat cake on the 24th.  Angela Rodriguez will celebrate on the 27th.  May God Bless you with many more!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – Joseph and Whitney Pollan will celebrate on the 23rd.

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – The family of Robert Harnois, Tony Rodriquez, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam

White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia

Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world.  May God Keep you in His loving care.

Terral News and Happenings June 14 2018

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Quote of the Day- “I think it is important to begin with a statement in your speech that grabs the attention of the audience. I try to make my opening line 15 words or less.” -Charles R. Swindoll. 

First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “Game On”. Buses will run nightly. Theme Verse: His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Terral Volunteer Fire Department– Will be selling t-shirts until June 15th. Cost os $15.00 for regular sizes and $17.00 for 2XL to 4XL. All proceeds go to the Volunteer Fire Department. You may pick up an order for at City Hall and Drop it back by City Hall. If you have ordered a T-shirt and not paid for it please stop by City Hall and pay for your shirts.

 FBC Girls in Action- GA’s end-of-the-year Pool Party is set for Wednesday, June 13th. We will leave from the church at 6:00pm to go to the Bowie Pool. Pool party is from 7:00 to 9:00 afterwards we will have pizza at the pavilion. Girls will be delivered home after we return to Terral. Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday To You– Donna Wesberry partied on the 3rd. Brilee Caldwell celebrated on the 4th. Barry P. Alsup will have cake on the 12th. Adan Uribe will have cake and ice cream on the 12th also. Lindsey Caldwell will celebrate on the 19th. Happy Birthday to all our birthday persons and may God bless you with many more.

Happy Anniversary– Jan & Cedar Campsey will celebrate on the 12th. 

Community Prayer List– The family of Robert Harnois, Tony Rodriguez, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White,  Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God keep you in his loving care.

Terral News and Happenings June 7 2018

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Quote of the Day- “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan 

First Baptist Church- Vacation Bible School is set for July 16-20. Our theme this year is “GAME ON”. Buses will run nightly. We will have more information coming next week.  

Terral Volunteer Fire Department- Will be selling T-Shirts until June 15th. Cost is $15.00 for regular sizes and $17.00 for 2xl to 4xl. All proceeds got to the Volunteer Fire Department. You may pick up an order form at City Hall and drop it back by City Hall and Pay for your shirts. 

FBC Girls In Actions- Stay tuned for our announcement of the “POOL PARTY” plans. Coming soon! Happy Birthday To You- Bailey Wesberry celebrated “22” on the 25th, of May Noah Morales had caked on the 27th of May. Vincente Villarreal partied on the 29th of May. Happy Anniversary- Casey and Crystal Rhodes celebrated on the 24th of May. Boomer and Stephanie Celebrated “24” years on the 28th of May. 

Community Prayer List- The family of Robert Harnois, Tony Rodriguez, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, Florita Villarreal, Glen Martin, Esther Grimes, Marie Pollan, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shana Reed, Hardy Johnson and our military stationed around the world. May God Keep you in his loving care.

Terral Graduating Class of 2018

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Terral Kindergarten Class (l-r)Khonner Quinton, Hannah Conner, Holden Martin, Rowdee McCauley, Jalynn Duke, and Teacher Mrs. Michel Roberts (Submitted Photo)

Terral recently held their Kindergarten Graduation.

Below is their picture with their names.

Terral Kindergarten Class
(l-r)Khonner Quinton, Hannah Conner, Holden Martin, Rowdee McCauley, Jalynn Duke, and Teacher Mrs. Michel Roberts
(Submitted Photo)

Terral Alumni Association Honors Students

Due to generous donations, the Terral Alumni Association awarded three $2,500 scholarship this year.  The scholarship recipients for 2018 are:

Jessica Williams

Emily Morales

Randi Linton.

In addition, Mason Martin received the first Don Johnson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.  Mason will be a Senior at Oklahoma State University in the fall, majoring in Agribusiness and Agricultural Communication – dual degree.  

Mason Martin

Donald Wayne Johnson (January 1, 1929 – December 1, 2016) was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born in Duncan, attended school at Terral, and was a 1947 graduate of Bowie High School in Bowie, TX.  This scholarship was established by his daughter, Anda Johnson, of Baton Rouge.

Donald Wayne Johnson

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