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Terral News and Happenings November 29 2018

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QUOTE OF THE DAY – “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving,”-Robert Lewis Stevenson.

TERRAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – The Terral Volunteer Department – is having a Toy and Food Drive for Christmas. Donation boxes are located at the Terral City Hall. The Drive will begin on November 1st through December 15th.  All donations will be given to those in need in Terral at Christmastime.  For more information, you may call 437-2337.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift Wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each.  If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437-2545 after 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group.  Hope to see ya there!

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN- Santa will arrive in Terral, OK on Saturday, December 22 at the Terral Volunteer Fire Department around 3:00 pm. Immediately following will be singing around the Christmas Tree. Coffee, Hot Cocoa, and Cookies will be available at City Hall for those who participate. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend this annual event. Donation of cookies will be appreciated. For more info, you may contact City Hall at 580-437-2337

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriquez, Carrie Villarreal,  Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, 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.

Terral News and Happenings

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QUOTE OF THE DAY – “The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso.

I would like to take the time to say “Thanks” for all the prayers, cards, and phone calls while I was home after back surgery.  “Thank You” to Sue McKinley for doing my office duties while I was out of the office.  A special “Thanks” to Mary Alice Kunkel for teaching my GA Class on Wednesday nights at the church.  GA’s your notes and drawings were so very uplifting and I really enjoyed them.  While I am not 100% as of yet, I am on the road to recovery.  I could not have done this without my best friend and partner in life, my husband, Valton Gambill.  I want you to know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me.  Thank you all – Shirley Gambill.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH GA’s -Thanks to all who came out on Saturday and supported our Bingo and fundraising efforts.

If you missed it, you will have a second chance on Dec. 1 to play Bingo again at 3:00 p.m. Come and join us!

TERRAL SCHOOL EVENTS – Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 19-23.  School resumes on Nov. 26th. Nov. 26 we will have a game at Wichita Falls Christian at 4:00 p.m. there.

TERRAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT – The Terral Volunteer Fire Department is having a Toy and Food Drive for Christmas.  Donation boxes are located at the Terral City Hall.  The Drive will begin on November 1st through Dec. 15th. 

All donations will be given to those in need in Terral at Christmastime.  For more information, you may call  580-437-2337.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift Wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each.  If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437i-2545 after 5:00 p.m. All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group.  Hope to see ya there!

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriguez, Carried Villarreal, Brenda Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Daly, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, 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.

Terral Students Visit Happy Days Ranch

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Terral students visited the Happy Days Ranch Pumpkin Patch. As always, they had a great time!

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Terral News and Happenings October 26 2018

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QUOTE OF THE DAYSomething will grow from all you are going through. And it will be YOU! By Curiano.

TERRAL CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE – Our annual City Wide Garage Sale is scheduled for November 2 & 3.  If you would like to be put on the list please call Shirley at 437-2337 and have your address put on the map.  Maps will be at the local businesses and the post office on Thursday Evening.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH KIDS FOR CHRIST – On October 31st, we will not have our RA’s, GA’s and Kids for Christ. Kids will be busy spending time with family and Trick or Treating.  We will resume our regular schedule on November 7th.

PUBLIC NOTICE – The Town of Terral City Council meeting will be moved forward to November 13th due to November 12th being celebrated for Veterans’ Day.  Terral City Council Meeting will be at the City Hall on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.

BINGO NIGHT – The First Baptist Church Girls in Action will be having their Annual Bingo Night on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the Terral Community Center.  Admission will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo will begin at 6:00 p.m. A Snack bar will be provided and a bake sale.  All proceeds go to the activities, crafts, and outings for the GA Group.  Come out have a good time and support our kids.  Each game is $1.00 or a cover of $25.00 for the night for 30 Games.  All prizes are valued at $30.00.  It is a great way to start your Christmas shopping.

CRAFT SHOW & BINGO – The FBC Girls in Action will be holding a Craft Show and Bingo on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Terral Community Center.  The Craft Show will be from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Come on out and select some unique gifts for Christmas.  Gift wrapping will be available.  Bingo will start at 3:00 p.m. Tables will reserve for $10.00 each. If you would like to reserve a table call Shirley at 437-2337 or 437-2545 after 5:00 p.m.  All proceeds go to the FBC Girls in Action for activities, crafts, and outings for the group. Hope to see ya there!

IT’S-A GIRL – Tatum Nicole Walker made her appearance on October 15, 2018, at 9:05 p.m. She weighed in at 9 pounds and 9 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.  Proud parents are Courtney Cook and Jim Walker.  Proud Grandparents are Jason and Mary Esther Cook of Saint Jo, Texas. Proud Great Grandparents are Santos and Yolanda Castillo.  Congrats to the whole family.

COMMUNITY PRAYER LIST – Family and friends of Florita Villarrreal, Family and Friends of Elena Gomez of Ryan, A.R. and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Wyler, Amy Alsup, Pat Bussey, Tony Rodriquez, Carrie Villarreal, Brenda 

Bryant, Archie Fulton, Scotty Day, Tom Baysinger, Sue Linton, Martin Villarreal, Sr., Joe Martin, Adam White, Mary Loo Duke, 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.

Terral Celebrates All School Reunion

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The Biennial Terral All School Reunion was held on October 6th.  There were over 140  in attendance.  Thank you to Karen Duke Linton for taking pictures.  Special thanks to the Ryan Ag Boosters for catering lunch again this year.  Thank you to Mr. Fouse and Mr White for allowing Alumni to tour Terral School.  Thank you the Terral Alumni Association committee members for all of their hard work.  Thanks & appreciation to everyone who worked on getting the community center ready for the reunion.  Thank you to the News Journal & The Ryan Leader for the great coverage.

Union Valley School students: Peggy Evan’s, Avery Linton,  Norma Hofman Land, Etta Mitchell Clark,  Billy Bryant,  Henry Evan’s

Class of 1945- Peggy Thomas

1947-Bobbie Nell Weatherly, Mary Lou Feneglio

1949-Virginia Peterson Tanner

1950- Phil Davis,  Oteka Gunter Russell

1952- Opal Reynolds, James McKinley, Charlene Echols, Freta Brown, Mary Crawford

1953- Wayne Jackson, Thomas Adams, Myrtle Alsup, James Duke

1954- Billy Bryant,  Pat Anderson Wright,  Shirley Mc Donald Shelton

1955- Clifford Duke 

1956- Ken Adams,  Peggy Duke Tomerlin, Charlie Wright 

1957- Frances Delaney Pohlpeter, Barbara Williams Ray, Shirley Stoneman Roberts 

1958- Leonard Langford,  Patricia Pollan Duke

1959- Jerry Smith,  Loma Duke Wells, Peggy Evans,  Junior Lorentz

1960- Donald Wayne Duncan,  Irene Lovelace Clingenpeel, Harold Bussey

1961- Sue Stout Kirkpatrick,  Judy Smith Cartwright

1962- Glenda Sue Bussey

1963- Sue Harrison McKinley, Fred Thomas, Angie Kirby Jackson,  Anna Lee Bryant 

1964- Bill Sloan, Gail Parker, Quandel Morgan

1965- Terry Wagner, Gerald Tallon, Etta Mitchell Clark,  Sue Langford Smith,  Junior Harrison,  Cecil Duke 

1966- Ronnie Ewing, Beverly Martin Blevins 

1967- Sandy Reynolds Scully, Mary Sloan Owen’s

1968- (back row) l-r, Johnny Sloan,  Greg Williams,  Geary Don Tallon, Johnny Bright, Glen Pruett (front row l-r) Karen Gunter, Linda Duncan Harrison 

1970- Glenna Martin Gore, Jeri Smart Langford,  Joy Duncan

1971- James Pollan, Linda Smith Turner,  Patsy Pruett Deweber, Joe Butler 

1973- Billy Smart,  Manya Harrison Reid, Johnny Reynolds,  Tommy Duke 

1974- Randy Anderson,  Donna Keeling Pickens, Kim Collins, Karen Bright 

1975- Cecilia Lovelace,  Jo Keeling Smart

1976- Clinton Ray Bussey, Charlie Reynolds,  Teresa Alsup Montgomery,  Rick Cabrera

1979- Jowana Bussey Duff, Randy Harris 

1980- Barbara Reynolds Foster, Debbie Tanner

1981- Becky Fulton, Rhonda Jackson Smoot

1982- Tony Fulton 

1986- Karen Duke Linton

Make Plans to Attend the Terral Reunion This Weekend

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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.

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 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.

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