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Beaver County Free Fair 2018



Watching parade was Mesa Baker, 1 with her mom Megan Saturday, Sept.  2018

Codie Dixon (9) 0f Gate during the Fair parade with American flag Saturday Sept 9, 2018.

2018 Beaver Duster band at parade

The 2018 Beaver County Fair Parade begins

Many gather for reunion

By Leora Bridgewater

The annual reunion of William James and Mary Ellen (Toles) Plain’s family was held Sunday, August 19, 2018. Participants met in the Cimarron Room of First Security Bank in Beaver, OK.

Forty-two attended the reunion this year: George and Joan (Blosser) Linson, Tucson, AZ; Glenda Blosser, Woodward; Garry and Estella Blosser, Oklahoma City; Wendell Ferguson, Perryton, TX; Sharon Hayes, Guymon; Steven and Janet Paris, Liberal, KS; Lane Paris, Liberal, KS; Jace Paris, Boise City; Bob and Sharon Woodson, Laverne; Bill Jamison, Bixby; Miguel and Ashley (Jamison) Ordonez, Beaver; Michelle, Bella and Joshua Rock, Alva; Huverton and Eldena Plain, Alva; Donald Morris, Coffeyville, KS; Mike Morris, Independence, KS; Tracy, Devyn and Reese Porter, Beaver; Carl Blosser and Juaneta Baker, Gladstone, NM; Kurt Long, Laverne; Sam, Tina and Avian Woodson, Woodward; Wayne and Barbara Moore, Forgan; Jeannene Davis, Waller, TX; Thelma Long, Oklahoma City; Arlene Blosser, Gladstone, NM; Alex Gonzalez, Woodward; Alex and Jacque Estrada; Herb and Leora Bridgewater, Beaver.

The food was plentiful and delicious, as always. After everyone had stuffed themselves the afternoon was spent in visiting, looking at photos and attempting to trace family trees.

Two family members, Bill Davis, Houston, TX; and Coeta (Plain) Sperry Halliburton have passed on since the 2017 reunion. That always reminds us how short this life is and that death is inevitable, therefore family connections are valuable while we are here on earth.




Patzkowsky gets GOP

nomination for rep. seat;

Fleming, Rodriguez win

Kenton Patzkowsky of Balko advanced into the November General Election with a victory over Brad Raven of rural Beaver County in the runoff election held last Tuesday.

Overall, Patzkowsky earned 60 percent of the votes in the region (2,338) to Raven’s 40 percent (1,573). Patzkowsky will face Democrat Ashley Lehnert in the General Election on November 6.

In Beaver County, Patzkowsky earned the most votes as well by a margin of 665-227.

In other races of note, incumbent treasurer Albert Rodriguez won the election over challenger David Brown. Rodriguez earned 560 votes to Brown’s 369. Also, Roy Fleming will be the next county commissioner in District 1 by defeating Gary Bedell by a 162-104 margin.

Voter turnover was light in the runoff election as 941 of the 3,046 registered voters cast ballots. A much higher turnout is expected in November.

Primary Election Runoff

August 28, 2018


House District 61

Kenton Patzkowsky 665

Brad Raven 267

County Treasurer

Albert Rodriguez 560

David Brown 369

Beaver Co. Commissioner, Dist. 1

Gary Bedell 104

Roy Fleming 162

Next election: General Election, November 6, 2018.


Local girl makes prilgrimage into the Holy Land


By Robert Pierce

Leader & Times

Morgan Bartel is a former resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle, who like many there, worked in Liberal on the Kansas side of the state line.

Baptized at the age of 7, Bartel would find church roots in Liberal at First Southern Baptist Church later in life. Those roots have continued to grow as Bartel has moved with her family to South Texas.

Recently, Bartel got a new look at the Christian faith during a visit to the Middle East.

"It was called Holy Land Immersion," she said. "It was beyond just Israel. It was dealing with Israel and Palestine."

For 32 days, Bartel, along with leaders and nine other teammates, was part of what she called a crazy experience that she also said turned her world upside down.

"I went over thinking I was going to have all these big mountain top moments," she said.

Bartel said she had been dreaming of going to the Holy Land since she was 8 years old, but her whole life had led her to believe the two cultures she experienced on the journey were working against each other. This, she said, unintentionally made her pro-Israel.

"Sadly just because of the media and news, I started to see Palestinians as almost terrorists or monsters or these people you don’t want to be involved with," she said.

Part of Bartel’s time in the Holy Land was spent in Bethlehem, which she said she believed was a divine appointment.

"It would be the way Jesus works to put me in Bethlehem which is in the West Bank," she said. "Of course, that’s what the Lord’s going to have me doing for 32 days is have me living with Palestinian families and rerouting my mind."

Bartel said she was also challenged to think of Israel as possibly being a place without borders.

"The Old Testament lists multiple different borders and different lines for the inheritance of Israel, but what if it was really a people group like the sons and daughters throughout all the nations coming back to the Lord, but in God’s way," she said.

Another thing that challenged Bartel’s thinking was the family-oriented culture of the Holy Land.

"One thing that just shook me to my core is I went over there thinking everything was going to be like Hamas, like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to die,’" she said. "It was probably the safest place I’ve ever been. They literally have no homeless people."

Bartel asked one of the natives about homeless people in the land, only to find out they did not exist, and the native explained to her why.

"We honor mankind," she said. "We take them in. We don’t have stray animals."

Bartel said those on the trip would frequently go between Israel and Palestine, and much of what she saw revealed to her the dignity of Palestine, something she said she had not seen before.

"The first couple times we went into Israel, Jerusalem specifically, I ?hated it," she said. "I did not like Jerusalem the first time I went. I came back without my host family, and I was just crying because it was everything that I?had expected it was not. It just felt like this huge letdown. It felt very manufactured."

What shocked Bartel the most, though, is the fact that of the entire populations of Israel and Palestine, only 2 percent is of the Christian faith.

"The rest are Jewish or Muslim," she said.

So living in Palestine, Bartel found herself needing to learn more about the culture of that country.

"Thankfully, we were able to have a geopolitical informational meeting, geopolitical tours and to really hear the narrative from Palestinians, from Israelis, from Messianic Jewish rabbis to people that are doing different work as evangelical Christians in the Holy Land, all these different people from all these different backgrounds from all these different religions," she said.

Bartel said members all of the faiths represented did have one common goal though – peace.

"It was really very humbling honestly," she said. "A lot of the regulations and rules that are now in place against Palestinians, I?hate to say it, but it’s a slow genocide. It’s a form of ethnic cleansing, and it’s just really slow because it’s happening slowly and we’re not even seeing it because we’re standing in fear most of the time."

Bartel also got to see Jesus’ beginnings and the Valley of Armageddon, and she also stayed temporarily about two miles from Bethlehem, where Christ was born.

By seeing both Palestinian and Israeli culture, Bartel said she not only got to see history but the reality of a heavy conflict.

Being in the Holy Land also allowed Bartel to see what seemed to be a somewhat tangible presence of Jesus.

"You see Him in certain places, but you really start to capture the fact and truth that the most reliable presence of God is the very presence we carry because we are Christians," she said.

Bartel said she returned to America with a burden to lift the vale of lies about Palestine. She added seeing the Palestinians, as it does with any culture, caused a shift of her perspective of the identity of the culture.

She also said those in the U.S. could learn something from Palestinians.

"They actually maintain and carry more dignity and honor for each other and their fellow man than almost every place in America I’ve lived," she said.

Bartel said one of her teammates gave an interesting point of view about the Bible and its application to all faiths, particularly those outside of Christianity.

"If the Good News isn’t good news for all, then it isn’t good news at all," she said. "The kingdom of God encompasses all people and all territories."

As could probably be expected, Bartel found her whole experience in the Middle East an eye opening one.

"The media had lied to me my whole life, and the church was very vailed over here in America," she said. "The evangelical Christians I had known growing up were just very all inclusive of just one group of people because that’s what we were comfortable with. Really, it was just this righteous anger of the Lord stirring in me to see a different perspective."

Bartel summed up her time in the Holy Land, saying it was living with the people of the community day to day, sitting down with host families.

"There’s this beauty to Palestine stuck between the plots of land where you’ll see farmland still being tended to these plots of land that are covered with trash," she said.

Despite the hatred being shown towards them, Bartel said Palestinians aren’t giving in to the hatred, but rather holding on to hope and joy.

"The joy shouts super loudly," she said. "The way they celebrate life, it’s amazing. Their family approach to everything, it made me feel like I was a family member who had been gone forever, and they were so excited to have me home. These people had never met me in their life, and I felt like the prodigal coming home and being celebrated."

Bartel’s perspective of Palestine has likewise changed since her time there.

"Palestine’s not scary or threatening," she said. "It’s honestly really hopeful and inclusive. They’ve got conflicts internally like every country does. This villainization of Palestinians has to come to an end. It has to end because we have not seen the full scope of everything."

Bartel said what Christians see gives them new responsibility to steward what they are witnessing, and she believes conversations need to start happening.

"We have to start hearing stories from people with different narratives, people of different faiths," she said.,

Bartel herself is already taking home one of the basic premises of what she learned in Palestine.

"It’s loving the people regardless of who they are, what they are, what they believe, just seeing them as God’s creation no matter what and just really seeing the regime as the issue, the conflict as the issue," she said. "It’s not necessarily the people who are the problem. It’s just this long scope of time, of toxic policies put in place on top of each other that are slowly taking away the rights of one people for the sake of another."

Bartel said God showing goodness in the midst of chaos and in the midst of someone else’s faith is also important.

"When we live with this one truth, when we live with this one belief, we trample everybody else," she said.

Bartel said like everyone else, Christians can take a stance, but it needs to be a stance of love.

"It’s a stance against the assault the enemy is trying to put against mankind," she said. "God’s like this awesome kaleidescope. It contains everybody. There’s these sparks that we see within people that just really show us a bit more of God’s nature and God’s character. It’s always been about people. It’s always been about family."

Overall, Bartel said her trip was quite revealing and quite heavy.

"It was just crazy, but there were these awesome mountain top moments," she said. "I got to pray with a couple people in very random situations, got to lay hands and pray for healing on a paraplegic guy that was just on his own on a random side road coming back from a cafe, got to pray for him that his thumb would be loosened and that he would be able to speak again."

There is one experience, however, that Bartel found more memorable than others.

"Our group got together, and we decided to sing ‘Silent Night’ in the place where Jesus’ birth would’ve been announced," she said. "We started to sing it, and the next thing we know, other tourists from other countries with other languages all started singing in their native language. That was one of those beautiful moments that in the midst of all this conflict, there’s so much beauty. Jesus is in these people that are coming through. The only person that can change anything over there is the Lord."

Bartel said she has a new found love for one of the nations she saw.

"I fell in love with Palestine," she said. "I never thought I would say those words in my life, but I did."

The trip also brought something out in Bartel that she said she rarely experiences.

"I’m not a very emotional person, but for some reason, I’m extremely emotional in the Holy Land," she said. "I cried at everything."

Bartel’s journey also allowed her to see another perspective of the Christian faith, something she said God wants all in the faith to do. For those wanting to make a similar trip, she encourages them to take this view.

"If you go, make sure you get a full narrative," she said. "Don’t just stick to one area. Don’t just stick to one people group. Sit down and actually try and find people who are willing to share their stories with you."

Doing so, Bartel said, will give a person a greater perspective of Christianity.

"Every time we get to go over there, we’re carrying so much love of Jesus, and to go over there without expectancy and expectations, but to just go over there and be very spirit led with what you have to encounter," she said.

Being open to change is something else Bartel said people need to have before going to the Holy Land.

"Go over there willing to be broken because broken vessels are the ones that are the most beautiful sometimes when they get put back together," she said. "Going over there with the mindset of ‘I want to see all that You have to show me,’ that’s probably the most encouraging thing I could tell somebody. Go over there with an open mind and an open heart because if your mind is open, you never know what’s going to drop in."



FORGAN: Jeremy Williams from Forgan High School in Forgan is a student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.

BALKO: (Left to Right) Austin Morton and Casey Tibbetts from Balko High School in Balko are students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.

BEAVER: (Left to Right) Devyn Lansden, Bailey Judd, Kolby McDonald, Gabe Osborn, Natalie Linville and Hannah Mosburg from Beaver High School in Beaver are students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.


2018-19 School year begins

 at Northwestern in Alva

The 2018-19 school year is underway, beginning with successful freshman and transfer student orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University locations with nearly 500 students attending the events.

A total of 360 freshmen attended Freshman Orientation in Alva and 110 students attended Transfer Orientation held later that day. Transfer orientation activities also took place at the Enid and Woodward campuses. 

Gathered in Herod Hall Auditorium to begin the day’s events, incoming freshmen experienced a tradition of Northwestern as the Ranger cheerleaders joined the university’s marching band for the playing of the fight song, “Ride, Rangers, Ride.”

Incoming freshmen heard messages from and were introduced to members of Northwestern’s staff, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors, as well as Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; Andrea Lauderdale, student success coordinator and transfer student recruiter; Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management; and Kelly Parker, Alva mayor.

“It’s always exciting to meet the newest Rangers and welcome them to Northwestern,” Cunningham said. “This year’s freshmen were enthusiastic and excited about becoming the next generation of outstanding students who later become successful leaders.”

Each student had the opportunity to receive their new and official Northwestern student IDs. Students also were able to visit with staff members about the differences between high school and college along with what to expect from their college professors and classes. Freshmen talked with current Northwestern students to ask questions about college life. Financial aid, registry and the business office were open to assist students with final payments and questions. Freshmen also toured the campus to see buildings such as the Academic Success Center, J.R. Holder Wellness Center and the recently renovated Student Center.

Lauderdale took charge organizing the event to make sure new Rangers received a proper welcome.

“I feel that the event went great,” she said. “This was my first year planning this event. I may have organized it, but this event would not have been as successful as it was without the help of the administration offices, student services, faculty members, NSA and Peer Leaders, clubs/organizations, and the community. Everyone had a really great day and is excited to get the semester started!”

Campus clubs and organizations had booths set up in the Student Center Ballroom so all students were able to see many of the organizations they will have a chance to join.

Transfer students in Alva attended their orientation session in the afternoon and were given information about receiving their Northwestern e-mail accounts, the student portal RangerNet, transcripts, IDs and parking decals, and a short wellness center orientation, among other topics. Enid and Woodward transfer students were provided similar information on Aug. 16 at their respective locations.

For more information on Northwestern and how to get enrolled contact the Alva registrar’s office at (580) 327-8550; the Enid registration office at (580) 213-3102; or the main office in Woodward at (580) 256-0047 or (580) 254-2500.

The last day to enroll in classes for the fall semester is Aug. 28.

Students also may contact the Office of Recruitment for more information at or browse through Northwestern’s redesigned website at Information also is available on Northwestern’s social media platforms including Facebook at, Twitter at “@NWOSU” and Instagram at “nwosurangers”.





August Sales Tax

Deposit letters

Beaver $34,540.89

Forgan $2,746.02

Beaver Use Tax $4,073.29

Sales Tax

Beaver County $79,063.22

County Use Tax $9,649.42

School Deposit Letters

Beaver $40,350.64

Balko $32,784.97

Forgan $20,551.67

Turpin $53,538.18


From files of  The Herald-Democrat September 1939

Getting ready for Beaver County Free Fair 2018

Ninety Oldtimes

Register as Guests

Ninety oldtimers, who lived in this section during the days of Cimarron Territory, registered with W. T. Quinn during the Cimarron Territory Celebration here last Friday and Saturday. The pioneers were guests of the celebration and greatly enjoyed all the events on the two day program.

Otto. Barby Sr. of Knowles and Jay Peckham of Taloga were the oldest ones who had lived in this section as they came here in 1883 to make their home.

The list of pioneers who registered with Quinn were.

BEAVER. Frank Laughrin, John Web, Mrs. Charles Hinkle, Harry Peckham, Mrs. Ada Quinn, W. T Quinn, F. C. Tracy, Mrs. F. C. Tracy, Frank Drum, Mrs Bertha Loofbourrow, Maude O. Thomas, Mr. Lola Lile, C. F. Lile, Bertha M. McCool, Clarence Hibbs, Mrs. Dora Barragree, John Barragree, Ed Hibbs, Bill Palmer, Frank Maple. W. H. Thomas, Mrs. Roy Brown, Roy Brown, Jeannie Savage, Mrs. Frank Maple, Mrs. Lizzie Nicholson, C. A. Allen, Mrs. Lillie O. Moore, Mrs. Elsie Wright, A. N. Howe, Frank Weir, Sadie Floyd, Lydia Allen, anne Richie, Ella Raky, Mrs. A. P. Tate, W. P. Evans, Bell Miles, Pard Hibbs, Lloyd Hibbs, Ira S. Wilson, Alice E. Wilson, Ben Kender, Mrs. Lelia Huddleston and Jessie Drum.

CLEARLAKE. Mrs. Ida F. Dunlop, W. H. Dunlop, Helen Long.

LOGAN. Mrs. E. E. Harlan. W. E. Brown, Wilbur Petty, P. W. Huddleston, Susan E. Huddleston.

ELMWOOD. Mrs John Longcor, Mrs. Cora Kile Davis, G D. Campbell, W. A. Overton, LJ. H. Campbell, C. C. Campbell, Walter Plain.

GRAY. Mrs. R. H. Freeman. R. H. Freeman, George Barnett.

FORGAN. E. W. Groves, George Weeden.

BALKO. Tom Braidwood, J. E. Swiger.

KNOWLES. Otto Barby, Tillie Bateman, Mrs. Isa Hultkamp, mrs. Grant Perkins, Grand Perkins, Mrs. Pearl Maple, W M. Whitaker, Mary Coshow.

E. W Pieratt and Mrs. Stoner Cole of Gate; W. A. George and Lee Schollenbarger of Boyd; Perry Hibbs of Floris: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parker of Follett, Texas; Alva Allen of Mocane; S. M. Martin of Elk City; Earl Hirn and Pearl Hirn of Liberal, Kansas; Jay Peckham of Taloga; Frank Peckham of Kingfisher; W. T. Dickerson of Nye, Kansas and W. F. Sutherland of Englewood, Kansas.


Runoff election is next Tuesday


Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the August 28 Runoff Primary Election. Sample ballots are available at the County Election Board or online at .

Please keep the following information and tips in mind as the election approaches.

- Early voting will be available at the County Election Board office from 8a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, August 23 & 24. Early voting is also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 25.

- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.

- Anyone who needs to look up their polling place, verify their registration information, or view a sample ballot can do so online. The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website: Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot using the Online Voter Tool. Sample ballots are also available at the County Election Board office.

- Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election Board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required): Show a valid photo ID issued by federal, state, or tribal government; or show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by the County Election Board; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)


July provides a fall preview


Mother Nature threw Oklahoma a Hail Mary during the final week of July, offering drought-quenching rains and a glorious preview of fall. That brief seasonal transformation followed a dose of brutal summer weather that saw highs soar above 110 degrees and the heat index hit 120.

The middle two weeks were especially fierce, culminating with record-breaking heat from the 19th through the 22nd. Temperatures reached 113 degrees at the Grandfield and Tipton Mesonet sites on both the 19th and 20th. There were 35 instances of temperatures reaching at least 110 degrees at Mesonet sites during the month, and highs reached 105 degrees 93 times. Combined with the humidity, the heat became even more oppressive.

The heat index soared to 120 degrees at Pawnee on the 19th and again at Bristow the following day. The Mesonet’s 120 sites recorded heat index values of at least 115 degrees 36 times during July. The cold front that visited the state during the month’s final week was unusual in both its timing and strength, but provided a welcome respite from Oklahoma’s normal July drudgery. Rainy weather, clouds and the cooler air helped provide Oklahomans with a brief glimpse of fall. Highs struggled to reach 90 degrees, and Boise City and Eva fell to a relatively chilly 50 degrees on July’s final day. According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average temperature for July was 81.2 degrees, 0.3 degrees below normal and ranked as the 58th coolest since records began in 1895. The year-to-date temperature through July was still very warm at 0.8 degrees above normal, the 29th warmest January-July on record.

The real benefit of the late-month cold front was the moisture it brought to a parched state. Through July 26, the statewide average rainfall total according to the Oklahoma Mesonet was 1.28 inches, on pace for the 21st driest July on record. That statewide average had more than doubled over the next five days to 2.93 inches, upping its ranking to the 57th wettest on record. The heaviest rains fell across far northern Oklahoma and localized areas in the east. Twenty-Two Mesonet sites reported at least 4 inches of rain, with Pryor leading the state at 6.09 inches.

Not all sections of the state were so fortunate, however. Significant deficits remained along the Red River as well as portions of north central Oklahoma. Ringling recorded 0.84 inches of rain for the lowest July total, while another 27 Mesonet sites recorded 2 inches or less. The first seven months of the year finished 2.53 inches below normal to rank as the 51st driest January-July on record. As with the monthly totals, the year-to-date totals were also highly variable.

Southwestern Oklahoma was 6.23 inches below normal for their 18th direst such period, while east central Oklahoma enjoyed its 43rd wettest at 1.25 inches above normal. Deficits of nearly 10 inches existed over that period from southwestern through northeastern Oklahoma. Hollis received 7.5 inches of rain since Oct. 1, 2017, a deficit of 13.2 inches.

Despite the late relief during July, the U.S. Drought Monitor ended the month with 55 percent of the state in drought, and another 12 percent considered "abnormally dry," a drought precursor. Thirty-Two percent of the state was in at least "severe" drought, and 7 percent was labeled "extreme." Extreme drought dropped 5 percent since the end of June, but severe drought increased 9 percent. The Drought Monitor’s intensity scale slides from moderate-severe-extreme-exceptional, with exceptional being the worst classification.

The August temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicated increased odds of above normal temperature for all but the extreme northeast corner of the state. Those odds were greater along the Red River. The precipitation outlook saw slightly increased odds for below normal precipitation across the southern half of the state, but no clear signal in the northern half. Drought is expected to persist or intensify along the Red River and in the far western Panhandle during August, according to CPC’s Monthly Drought Outlook. Other areas that were in drought at the end of July can expect improvement by the end of August.



Darci will have a Christmas Special on TV this fall on NBC

All the practice and performing has really paid off for Oklahoma singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

As previously reported, the reigning winner of "America's Got Talent" returned to the top-rated TV talent contest Wednesday night to perform during the first live results show of Season 13. 

The 13-year-old performer from Oklahoma City once again brought along her diva bunny puppet pal Petunia, who was dramatically pleading exhaustion as they took the "AGT" stage. It was the perfect setup for the pair to belt the lively show tune "Show Off" from the Tony Award-winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." 

Darci dazzled “AGT” audiences with her charming performances and undeniable talent during the show's 12th season last year, earning the Golden Buzzer with her "AGT" audition and becoming a favorite from the moment she and Petunia first took the stage. She received the most votes ever for a winning act and sold out her four Las Vegas shows immediately following her win, according to a news release. 

Since last fall, she has been touring the country with her puppet partners Petunia, Oscar the mouse, Katie the Cowgirl and more, performing regularly at theaters and making the occasional TV appearance.

And the work has paid off, since her performance Wednesday night was even more astounding than any of the show-stopping appearances she made on "AGT" Season 12. The crowd and celebrity judging panel gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation by the time she and Petunia finished the song's humorous encore. 

Fans will have another chance to see Darci Lynne perform this year on NBC: As previously reported, she will star in a one-hour holiday special for the network, and “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” will feature the talented teen with special musical guests and heartfelt visits to her hometown of Oklahoma City.

In addition, Darci announced this week her new tour, the "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree with Darci Lynne and Friends" trek, with dates in California, Texas, the Carolinas and more scheduled from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Presales started Wednesday with the code PETUNIA. For tickets and more information, go to  

Along with Darci's performance, "AGT" narrowed its first batch of 12 quarterfinalists to seven semifinalists: We Three, Vicki Barbolak, Amanda Mena, Courtney Hadwin, Shin Lim, Angel City Chorale and Junior New System.

Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. will continue whittling down the top 36 quarterfinalists as "AGT" Season 13 continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC. 

As previously reported, this season's top 36 contenders list includes Norman illusionist Rob Lake, who has revealed that he is set to perform on the Aug. 28 live episode.



Glascock wins "EMT of the Year" in state

Beaver County EMS Director David Glascock was honored recently as the "EMT of the Year" by the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technicians Association during its annual banquet July 19 in Tulsa.

Glascock who serves as the preacher at the Beaver Church of Christ, has lived in the community since 1992. He was an EMT in Kansas from 1990-92 and became director of Beaver County EMS in 1994.

"We are definitely proud of David in getting this award," Administrator Alissa Schlessman said. "We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated EMS service - something a lot of communities our size don’t have.

"David has worked hard for many years, and has spent thousands and thousands of hours helping our patients. This is a well deserved honor."

Glascock and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children: Jennifer and Deric.

Following is what Susan Trippet, nurse practitioner, wrote on Glascock’s nomination form.

"The Webster dictionary defines the word preach as "to deliver a sermon; to urge acceptance in an officious or tiresome manner." At Beaver County EMS, the leadership of its service has been at the direction of a preacher.

"Since 1992, David Glascock, preacher at the Church of Christ in Beaver. When the church hired him 26 years ago they were looking for a preacher who would be fully involved in the community. David it the bill perfectly, a fire fighter, EMT, EMS/Fire instructor and preacher with the heart of a servant. Since 1994, he has served as the EMS Director for the Beaver County Hospital Authority.

"One coud say that he used the talents of being a preacher as the director. As he has delivered a sermon countless times, in the emergency room he has offered words of comfort to not only the patient and family but also to his own crew and hospital staff. He has had to change the hat of EMS Director to preacher to give the funeral sermon of many of our patients and what must be the hardest on him - to some of his own staff and colleagues.

"The second part of that definition: "to urge acceptance or abandonment or an idea or course of action" comes to David second nature. His relentless campaign to continually improve the EMS has been a blessing to all of Beaver County. For the last 26 years, David’s officious efforts have allowed a rural county EMS service to not only survive but to thrive, which unfortunately so many rural departments have not been as blessed.

"David is more than deserving of this award. We don’t know if Gid made him a preacher so he would be a good director. But we do know that David has taken up the cross that God has laid before him and has been a good and faithful servant."

Kansas woman killed

in wreck south of Turpin

A passenger in a pickup was killed Friday night when the vehicle she was riding in struck a bull on U.S. Highway 83, 16 miles south of Turpin in Beaver County.

The collision took place at 9:57 p.m. Saturday when a 2008 Ford F-250 driven by Timothy Nace, 55, of Greensburg, Kan., was northbound on Highway 83 at EW26. The vehicle struck a bull in the roadway, lost control and departed the east side of the highway. The vehicle overturned twice, ejecting one passenger. The vehicle came to rest in a grass field.

Sandra Nace, 62, of Greensburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical examiner Forest Osborn.

The driver was transported by Perryton, Texas EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kan. with arm and trunk external injuries and was listed in stable condition.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Gene Nace, 78, of West Point, Miss. refused treatment for a head injury.

Seat belts were equipped and in use in the front seat and not in use in the back seat.

The accident was investigated by Trooper David Welch of the Beaver county detachment of Troop I. Assisted by Trooper Mason Lang, Trooper Grant Arnold, Beaver County Sheriff’s Department, Turpin Fire Department, Beaver County EMS and Perryton EMS.




--Schedule of Events—

Pre-entries can be made online at: or to the OSU Extension Office, Courthouse Basement by Tuesday, September 4th . Exhibit tags will be pre-printed so all one needs to do is attach to exhibit and bring to the "fair" on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 5

Exhibits will be taken in All Departments Except

Livestock ..................................................................... 3:00pm-7:00pm

Quality of Standards Judging Contest (4-H Dept) ................... 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, September 6

Superintendents Set-Up Departments for Judging ......... 8:00am-12:00noon

All entries judged except Livestock ................................................. 1:00pm

Commercial Booths Set Up ................................................ 9:00am-7:00pm

Exhibit Building Open ............................................................. 5:00-7:00pm

Horse Show ......... Registration at 3 p.m. Show begins at 4 p.m.

Friday, September 7

Livestock Entries ............................................................................. 8:00am

Jr & Open Swine (Brady Show Arena) ............................................ 9:00am

Followed by Sheep & Goats, Beef, Bucket Calf

Exhibit Building Open ........................................................ 9:00am-8:00pm

Commercial Booths Open ................................................. 11:00am-8:00pm

Saturday, September 8

The American Breakaway Qualifier ................................................ 8:00am

Kiddie & Fair Parade ..................................................................... 10:30am

Music, Blacksmith Demo, Bowl Turning, & Face Painting .......... 11:30am

Commercial Booths Open ................................................. 11:30am-8:00pm

Exhibit Building Open ...................................................... 11:30am-4:00pm

Dog Show ................................................................................... 12:00noon

Dunk A Cop Dunk Tank .................................................................. 1:00pm

Fireman Rodeo................................................................................. 1:00pm

Country Store Bingo ........................................................................ 3:00pm

Release Exhibits & Premium Vouchers Presented .......................... 4:00pm

The American Qualifier Short-Go Breakaway Roping .................... 6:00pm

Beaver River Rank Rides (Open Rough Stock Event) ..................... 7:00pm

Street Dance—Panhandle Dirt Band (Fairgrounds) ......................... 9:00pm


Layne Konkel, Forgan ............................. President

Jeff Christensen, Laverne................ Vice President

Kacee Zimmerman Beaver ..... Secretary/Treasurer

Jimmy Dixon, Gate ........................ Board Member

Johnnie Boyd, Turpin .................... Board Member

Kyle Barby, Beaver ........................ Board Member

Steven Perry, Beaver ....................... Board member

CJ Rose ...................................... Co Commissioner

Kerry Regier .............................. Co Commissioner

Brad Raven ................................ Co Commissioner

Loren Sizelove ........................... Ext Educ, Ag/4-H

Liz Gardner-McBee ... Ext Educ, FCS/4-H & CED

Sandra Cooper ................Ext Admin Support Spec

Superintendent of Departments

Livestock...................... Clifford Fleming, Laverne

Ag/Hort/Flowers/Plants ....... Joyce Bensch, Logan

Photography & Fine Arts ... Charlene Marshall, Bv

4-H Clubs ............................... Mindy Sager, Balko

Handicrafts/Antiques ........... Pat Sandusky, Beaver

OHCE Clubs/Textiles ........... Emma Zielke, Balko

Foods & Canning ........... Susan Humphrey, Beaver

Beaver FFA ..................... Ashley Harrison, Beaver

Balko FFA ............................. Jacob Palmer, Balko


Library has rich history, many community programs

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked BHS sophomore-to-be Brooklyn Rigdon to write a couple of articles during the summer about some of the things that make our community so wonderful. One of the first places we thought about was our library. We hope enjoy the work of this young lady!)

By Brooklyn Rigdon

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Beaver Public Library’s head director Denise Janko. I learned many things like how the library used to be at the sheriff’s office and then the chamber office. She told me all about the summer reading program and all the other events that go on in the library.

The summer reading program has been going on even before Denise was there, which was around 2005. This year’s theme was "Libraries Rock!" Every library in Oklahoma has a theme and they choose the theme they want years before. This year’s was music, and each Thursday for the month of June, someone will come in and entertain or teach to kids that attend, for example: a magician, a zookeeper and mad scientist.

Every year there is a prize that goes with the program. The kids get a book log at the beginning, and every week they come in and one of the staff signs it, which puts their name in the drawing for a soccer ball or football or something small. If they get their log signed every week, they have a chance at the large prize, which was a bike. The library does this so that kids’ reading levels don’t go down during the summer.

Something that Denise told me was that if kids read what they like they’ll enjoy reading more. During the summer there is the reading program, tutoring, and gardening for students and yoga, tai-chi, and Pilates for adults. During the fall there is story time for infants through preschoolers, robotics, computer classes for seniors to help them learn how to maneuver around the desktop and S.T.E.M – science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

There is also the bake sale that goes on during Downtown Christmas including the big gingerbread house that is sold to whoever donates the largest amount of money which is usually the nursing home. The library does this to keep it going because the library almost exclusively runs on sales tax like many buildings in Beaver. The staff also applies for many grants but doesn’t usually get them all, but they always try to find other means to support the library.

The library offers a wide variety of genres from which one may select. These genres include classics, romance, fantasy, historical, biographies, autobiographies, and cookbooks. There are also e-books for those who prefer e-readers or don’t like carrying books around. If you don’t have a computer at home the library has computers to offer for all ages. The library also offers reading areas for children and adults. If your child or you are interested in Legos there is also a Lego table where you can build.

If there is any other information you would like to know you can check out their website and Facebook page at bcpl Beaver.

New books to inspire learning, creativity

(StatePoint) Keep the excitement of the new school year going by finding fun ways to encourage learning at home.

Consider introducing interactive and engaging books into your household that make STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) more accessible.

Whether your children are reluctant readers or learning enthusiasts, these books will entertain budding scientists and inspire kids to make things and be creative.

Backyard Laboratory

Go on a journey of discovery in your backyard with "Maker Lab: Outdoors," which offers 25 science projects and experiments that can be done outside, helping kids develop science skills through hands-on learning.

Projects focus on Earth and the environment, plants, animals, weather, water and physics. Young scientists can build a wormery and learn about compost, crack rocks with water and learn about freezing and thawing, build and launch a water rocket to see Newton’s laws in action, and more. Photography and succinct step-by-step instructions make this a must-have for every young maker curious about his or her surroundings.

Science Fiction Meets Fact

Ever wanted to move things without touching them, like a Jedi? Or grow a kyber crystal? Now that’s possible with "Star Wars Maker Lab," a book which teaches aspiring Padawans how to become science masters through 20 projects -- from making Jabba’s gooey slime to making a glowing Gungan Globe of Peace. Fact-filled panels explain real-world scientific principles as well as the "Star Wars" science fiction from the movies.

Robot History


From automata created by Leonardo Da Vinci to modern-day androids and animal robots, "Robot" covers artificial intelligence (AI) throughout history. Discover cutting edge robotics, where science, technology and mechanical engineering meet. Through bright graphics and stunning photography, learn how robots work, how they’re made, and how they help and sometimes hinder society. A thematic approach covers a range of subjects, including the most iconic robots in popular culture and robots in the workforce, as well as the future of robotics.

For Younger Makers

Young readers will love getting in on the fun with "Junior Maker," a cool supplement to classroom learning that encourages hands-on interactivity and play. With clear step-by-step instructions and photos, young children learn about nature, history, wildlife and space through activities, crafts and experiments. Projects include watching a homemade volcano erupt, building a storm in a jar and taking a trip back in time to see how the Roman legionaries conquered their enemies.

Real-World Inspiration

"How to Be an Engineer," offers clearly explained engineering concepts, and fun, simple projects, to give kids ages 7-9 the chance to put their STEAM knowledge to the test. Build a robot arm out of rulers; learn about jet propulsion with balloons; crush toilet-paper rolls to explore materials; and more. Read about how engineers use STEAM subjects and their imaginations to think critically and solve problems. Get inspired by engineering heroes such as Nikola Tesla, Mae Jemison, and Elon Musk.



Beaver to kick off 2018-19 school year August 16

Beaver Public School will begin the 2018-19 school year on Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15 with teacher inservice. Classes for students will begin on Thursday, August 16.

"This will be a full day of classes with buses running and meals being served," said Beaver Superintendent Scott Kinsey.

School will begin with a warning bell at 7:55 a.m. and classes starting at 8 a.m. Lunch schedules will remain the same. Primary and elementary students will be dismissed the same as last year with the JH and HS dismiss bell to ring at 3 p.m.

A pre-enrollment date for all students (PK through 12) will be on Wednesday, August 1. Parents are required to come to enroll their children and sign all required forms. Teachers in the respective grades will be on hand to inform parents about the coming year and any other things their PK-6 student might need for class. PK-6th students will enroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria.

"Please attend on this date so the school will have all necessary forms ready on students starting the first day of classes," Kinsey said. Grades 7-12 will also pre-enroll on Wednesday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the board and art room.

Pre-enrollment forms will be available for pickup at the school prior to this date so parents can have everything completed to speed up the process.

Free and reduced lunch applications are available at enrollment and parents are encouraged to fill out these forms if they feel they would qualify. Junior high students are reminded that lunch period is closed campus for them and all junior high students will go to the lunchroom to eat in their designated area.

Also, all paid lunch accounts must be paid in advance. "This year we will strongly enforce this policy," Kinsey said. "Lunches may be paid by the month, semester or year. There will be a schedule in the school calendar for your reference. If the student’s lunch account is zero, then they must make other arrangements for lunch until the account is paid."

A supplemental accident insurance program is offered for parents’ convenience.

"Neither the school, nor any school official is compensated by the insurance company," Kinsey stated. "We have selected an insurance company that provides supplemental accident insurance through approximately 400 school districts in Oklahoma. The school system assumes no financial responsibility for medical cost of an accident according to a student while on school grounds, participating in a sport or other school activity.

"The school serves as the middle man in making the forms available to parents. The school has no role in claims and other correspondence with the company. The school highly recommends that parents check into the possibility of this supplemental insurance for their children."

The school has completed regular maintenance items throughout the summer including cleaning desks, chairs, finishing floors, cleaning bathrooms, hallways, maintenance on the field house sewer pump system and preparing for updating old sewer lines in the elementary basement.

"Thanks to the patron’s approval of the bonds, the district has started replacing all necessary roof coverings and the installation of the new track," Kinsey said. "These projects will most likely continue as school starts.

"We want all patrons and students to be reminded to avoid and obey all caution signs and areas where contractors are working."

Patrons and other non-staff persons should be aware that all regular entrances to main school buildings will be locked when school is in session. Visitors and patrons will need to call ahead before coming to the school for entry. All visitors will still have to sign in at the office in the junior high, elementary or high school before making contact with students or staff members.

"These procedures are intended for the safety and security of our students and staff," Mr. Kinsey said.

Another way the district will stress safety among students and staff in our policy is that no bookbags/carry bags are allowed in grades 7-12.

The 2018-19 school calendar will be available at enrollment. Parents and students should note any new changes in the handbook rules. School officials also urge parents to make sure that students are following dress code requirements and are appropriately dressed when coming to school so as to avoid being sent home to change for possible violations.

Parents are also reminded that the student use of cell phones or other unapproved electronic devices is prohibited during the school day. "Please go over the policy in the handbook on this topic with your student to avoid unnecessary actions by school officials," Kinsey said.

The district has also enacted a student drug testing program for extracurricular participants and student drivers parking on school property. A copy and details of this new policy will be included in the handbook. A consent form will be part of the enrollment process for both students and parents. Beaver School campuses are alcohol, tobacco, drugs and weapon free per federal safe and drug free campuses act.

Also, patrons are reminded that the district has policy on the use of school facilities. This includes all buildings/classrooms/equipment and all ball fields. Use of these facilities outside the regular school schedule should be approved by contacting an administrator.

"Non scheduled school events or other groups who wish to use the ball fields should contact the school and advise when and for how long the use is requested," Kinsey said. "This is important due to liability and responsibility for tuning off lights, picking up trash and make sure no water is left on. The district reserves the right to deny access in case of abuse or property damage."

Patrons and students are also reminded to please observe speed limits when school starts to avoid any accidents involving students or other vehicles.

District officials and administrators want to remind parents how important student attendance is to their success in the education process. Officials ask that parents make every effort to ensure your children attend school classes every day they possibly can.

Important note

Last year, staff and administrators observed more students coming to school late in the morning and also late after the noon break.

"If your child is one who makes it to school on time and is never tardy for class, congratulations on instilling in them the importance of their education and staying on schedule," Kinsey said. "Unfortunately, we have a growing number of students showing up late.

"We have a policy where students are docked points on their grade average after so many tardies. The district is considering other methods to encourage all students to come on time in the morning and after lunch. Closed campus for all students during lunch has been considered."

The updated handbook also includes after school detention as an option for the administration to encourage students to be on time for classes in the morning and after lunch.

Kinsey encourages all parents to stress the importance of attendance in school. District officials will contact parents of students are tardy or late. After that, school officials will contact the District Attorney’s office for assistance.

Beaver School has hired Michelle Shadden, Kyler and Michalia McDonald, Ashley Harrison, Lindsey Sargent, Samuel Engelman and Jeniffer Covel.

"We want to welcome them all to our family and wish them success in their first year as Dusters," Kinsey said.

Because of the continuing teacher shortage in Oklahoma, the State Department of Education is allowing school districts to employ individuals with a bachelor’s degree on a provisional/emergency certification. Although these individuals may not have yet gone through some education courses or taken some exams, they have completed all requirements set forth by the SDE.

"They have exhibited the desire and commitment to teach our students to the best of their ability," Kinsey said. "During the coming year, these emergency certified teachers will be completing exams and possibly taking coursework recommended by SDE to convert their certificates into full certified instructors.

"Beaver Schools will also work closely with these individuals through principal and experienced teacher mentoring committees. Our goal is to guide them and help to be the best educator they can become. As a community and parent, we ask that you work closely with these new teachers and the school so together we can provide our students with the foundations of an excellent education."

"The administration and staff would like to thank our community and patrons for their support through fund raisers and other assistance as we face another year of tight budgets and limited revenue," Kinsey added. "We are dedicated to our mission of providing our students with educational and social foundations that will promote personal success.

"Administrators, teachers and support staff look forward to another successful year of working with and educating your children. Thanks for everything this community does to support our school, teachers, staff and students! Go Dusters!"



Turpin School Enrollment Set

Turpin Public Schools will have their enrollment for ALL Pre K- 12 students August 6 and August 7 in the High School Library 8:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m with the doors closing at 11:30 and 2:00 to 6:00. All past lunches and past fees owed must be paid. Lunches and fees must be paid with separate checks. NEW students need to bring previous school information, shot records, birth certificate, security card and proof of residency. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE CURRENT WITH IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE THEY CAN START SCHOOL AUGUST 16. 7th through 12th grade students must have a Td Booster. Check with the Beaver County Heath Department (580)625-3693 about required immunizations as state requirements vary.

The first day of school will be Thursday, August 16th. School will start at 8:10 a.m and end at 3:03 p.m. If you have any questions contact Turpin Public School at (580)778-3333.


School beginning work

soon thanks to bonds

When the 2018-19 school year kicks off in just a few short weeks, the area around the school will look like a construction zone.

According to Superintendent Scott Kinsey, school officials have been busy getting the bond issue projects up and going.

While work has started on the new track area, roofers will begin staging their equipment during the week of July 9 with tear off slated for July 16.

"The school will look like a construction zone for some time so we are asking parents and students to please be aware of any caution areas where work is taking place," Kinsey said.

The track top layer and base have been taken out with the help of workers from Beaver County. Vibra Whirl out of Panhandle, Texas was awarded the bid to install the new track surface.

Mr. Kinsey also reported that the school should receive new vehicles - including the new activity buses to be delivered before the first day of school, which is August 16.

Also, the school has been busy replacing classroom teachers and aides.

"The teacher shortage continues to look large in Oklahoma. We are making plans to cover each class with the best possible and available staff," Kinsey said. Spots in elementary, band, high school math and English have been interviewed and will be announced later this month."

With the 2018 football season nearing, new Beaver High School football coach Titus Burrell shared some exciting news Monday morning.


NEW GEAR - Duster football coach Titus Burrell shows off just some of the $2,500 worth of Under Armor gear that he has garnered for the upcoming football season.


Duster football gets

 UA sponsorship


This year’s Duster team will be sponsored by Under Armor. Burrell has received over $2,500 worth of equipment from the apparel company.

"I walked in and they asked what our school colors are. When I said black and yellow, they opened a box of cleats and they were in our colors," Burrell said.

The coach did say he is seeking donations for the upcoming season for various equipment and uniform needs. He can be reached at 580-527-1157.

Football practice will start for the Dusters on August 6. The team’s first game of the season is slated for August 24 at Merritt. BHS will open at home the following Friday.



Darci brought her friends to see the children

 at Oklahoma City Children's hospital this week

The children enjoyed Darci's show

Darci's schedule

Aug 11


Brady Theater

Tulsa, OK, United States

Aug 18


Allen County Fair

Lima, OH, United States

Sep 21


The Great Frederick Fair/Frederick Fairgrounds

Frederick, MD, United States


Tales from No Man’s Land Museum

The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is dedicated to preserving the history of Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties.  Hundreds of the artifacts are recognizable by any age group, but some are more defined by only certain generations.  One such artifact is the “Short Snorter” possibly only familiar to those who lived and/or served during World War II.

A Short Snorter was a banknote (dollar bill, etc.) signed by various people traveling together or meeting at different events or places. The origin of the “Short Snorter” isn’t definite, but it may have begun in the 1920’s with pilots in Alaska.  If a pilot signed a Short Snorter and couldn’t produce it, he owed you a dollar or a drink – a “short snort”.  As more and more people flew, they started signing bills with more autographs added to more bills as they were taped together.

The “Short Snorter” in the Museum is of the World War II era and has 26 bills and is 10’ 1 ½” long with 49 signatures.  The first bill, a U. S. two dollar bill with 1928 red seal, was attached to a playing card.  Along the top edge was hand written, “May 28, 1944, landed in Ireland, Nutts Corner,” a Royal Air Force Station.  This was only days before the D Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, as American and British soldiers stormed into occupied France.  The second bill is a 10 Francs note followed by one from the Netherlands and then a German ½ Mark (Allied Occupation) money.  That bill is followed by one from Belgium and more German and French bills.  There are also bills from Austria, Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, Dutch East Indies and Philippines (Japanese Occupation Currency), Italy, and Sweden.  The final and 26th addition was a 20 schillings bill from England with the notation on the top edge, “Landed at Bradley Field, Conn.  June 21, 1945.”  

One name on the Short Snorter that is known in Texas County is E. Lee Nichols, Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Nichols.  He entered the Army in 1942, and was sent to England where he served for 33 months at Bassingbourne Airdrome, 12 miles southwest of Cambridge.  Nichols was an engineering clerk in the maintenance section of the famous Flying Fortress Bombardment group.  (The B17 Flying Fortress was a four engine heavy bomber used against German targets by the Army Air Corps.)  Part of his work consisted of inspecting airplanes on their return from combat missions to determine the extent of damage.

The Museum has a copy of a Nichols’ radio interview conducted while he was on duty.  He stated that he arose at 5:00 AM to check everything on the plane before the sun came up.  He and the other crew members worried about the planes until the control tower told them that the planes were near home.  Then they looked for any types of battle damage on the planes.  Nichols said that his ship was the “Jack-the-Ripper” which was given a complete inspection before being ready to fly out again.  If there was damage, they stayed up all night to put her back in shape.  Before the interview ended, Nichols mentioned that he hoped his wife was listening.  He had married a British girl and was eventually discharged in September, 1945.  They returned to the United States and in November of that year, he began work in the office of the registrar of Panhandle A and M College.

The original owner of the Short Snorter is unknown, but it was given to the Museum by Lee Nichols.  It is believed that it was used as collateral for a bank loan after World War II. 

There are Short Snorters with names of the famous during World War II in various American museums. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum even has a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt signing Short Snorters for troops in 1944, at the Panama Canal Zone.  The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is honored to have a wonderful example from the “Greatest Generation”.

The Museum is open on Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Follow the Museum on Facebook@NoMansLandMuseum. 



Beaver American Legion Post 149 will be meeting the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 P.M.. at the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum. You are welcome to attend.



Carrier scholarship

winners are named


Thirty recipients of the Glen Carrier Scholarship Trust have been announced by the trustees for the 2018-2019 school year.

Carrier, a longtime farmer near Knowles until his death on February 8, 1997, left a legacy to students of Beaver County in the form of a scholarship trust. The scholarship is based upon academics, community involvement and financial need of those students whose grade point average is 3.0 or better. Also taken into account is how many students in one family are pursuing a college or voc-tech degree. Another factor considered is whether the student is receiving several other scholarships or not.

Students may attend a nearby school in an adjoining county if their primary residence is in Beaver County. For Post-Secondary applicants, criteria include whether the student is working to help finance his/her degree, whether the student has maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, whether he or she has participated in other activities in the college or voc-tech school or in the community, and whether the student is attending an expensive private institution rather than a comparable state school when the same degree is offered both places. The scholarship is not available for graduate work beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

The Trustees and Selection Committee emphasize that often the very top high school students in the application pool are not selected for the Carrier Scholarship as they are likely to receive several scholarships, while those whose grade point averages are high but not in the top 2 or 3 will not receive any. Mr. Carrier’s wishes were that those students who might not be able to go to college otherwise but who are good students have the opportunity. His other wishes were that the scholarships could be used at a vocational-technical school, as well as in a community college or university.

Other factors include carrying a full academic load, leadership, character, and community involvement, as well as part-time employment, beyond school events. Often seniors in high school opt out of hard courses or courses beyond the basic requirements for graduation. This is a negative factor for consideration for all scholarships, not just the Carrier. Those students who take college courses while still in high school are give special consideration, also. Former graduates are also eligible to apply. There were over fifty applications from current and previous students.

The six person Selection Committee is made up of citizens from different parts of the County and who are willing to read all of the multiple- page applications and rank them independently of scoring by the other team members. This means countless hours of volunteer work on their part.

Mr. Carrier was two years old when he came to the Panhandle area in 1906. He lived near the present town of Knowles all his life, attending school at Beaumont, a one-room school, as did his sisters Emily (Owens) and Ethel (Carrier), and his brother Victor. Glen Carrier and his brother became very successful farmers in the Knowles area.

The 2018 recipients have recognized at awards ceremonies in their respective schools. Those students receiving scholarships in the amount of $2000 are as follows:

From Balko High School: Chandler Dearmin

From Beaver High School: Rebekah Dame, Emilie Kemp, Devyn Lansden, Hannah Mosburg. Skyler Perry

From Forgan High School: Michelle Lemieux, Cassi Rodkey, Casey Taylor

From Laverne High School: Cassandra Arredondo, Tel Dewitt, Whitley Welch

From Turpin: Dawson Kinser, Lexi Martin, Calli McVay

Home Schooled: Anna Epp

Post-Secondary Awards go to the following: Raegan Alvarez, Chase Bryer, Maddie Cates, Courtney Duff, Courtney Eagan, Kendra Gift, Brooke Hessman, Averi Lansden, Allex Looper, Gunhar Martin, Skyler Mills, Keleb Parish, Isai Lara-Ramirez, Sheldynn Reynolds, Taryn Robinson, Payton Russell, Paola Villalobos, Hunter Starr, Garrett Webber, Hannah Weber, Landon Weber, Nicole Welch, Jess Wells and Peyton Zielke

Every year the Selection Committee has a very difficult task. One of the Selection Committee remarked that it is so hard to choose as all of the applicants are excellent candidates. This committee is made up of citizens from all over the County who donate at least many hours to read and score applications, then to meet as a group to compile scores and make decisions. The students of the County owe them a debt of gratitude!

Although the Trustees do not serve on the Selection Committee, they will be available to answer questions about how to apply for scholarships in the future or to answer other questions. These may be addressed to P. O. Box 1453, Beaver, or by calling 405-234-6743.



Beaver's Dr. Gary Matthews named

"Rural Physician of the Year"

Gary Mathews, MD, has received the "Rural Physician of the Year" award from the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma. Dr. Mathews received the award at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the Oklahoma Health Conference on May 22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Okla.

Dr. Mathews was nominated by Alissa Schlessman, Administrator/CEO and Susan Trippett, ARNP, at Beaver County Memorial Hospital.

Schlessman and Trippett wrote in the nomination, "…there are those times that we witness the era going by right in front of us and realize that we are seeing history in front of our own eyes. Such is the case with working with ..Dr. Gary Mathews…he does it all. To watch him gather the history and lay eyes on the patient, to the countless text books and medical journals he pours over, one realizes that the reliance on self-knowledge will always trump the electronic world of instant information…"

Dr. Mathews, accompanied by his wife, jokingly said "maybe next year," when asked if he wanted to give an acceptance speech.

The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma’s mission is "Promoting rural health in Oklahoma through advocacy, education, and leadership."

Other recipients chosen by the RHAO Board of Directors this year were: "Rural Health Advocate of the Year," Andy Fosmire, Vice-President for Rural Health at the Oklahoma Hospital Association; "Rural Health Leader of the Year," Garth Splinter, MD, MBA, Oklahoma Health Care Authority (retired), and "Rural Health Educator of the Year," Rural Health Projects, Inc. in Enid, Okla.

For information about the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, contact Allison Seigars, 580/213-3177, or visit



Memorial day taps

REMEMBERING - Mary Sallee, right, and Brad Murray, left, played taps Monday morning at the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver to celebrate Memorial Day. Many people were in town for the holiday as well as the various alumni reunions.


Former Duster Choir members begin Alumni Banquet


1958 class

Photos from time capsule

Nice crowd at Beaver Alumni

Class Photos ready for viewing


Large crowd attends

BHS alumni meeting

Beaver School Alumni Association met Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Beaver County fair pavilion. The banquet was catered by Virgil Gibson of Hardesty. Johnnie Hoover, Class of 1968 served as president this year. Don Jenkins, Class of 1964 was master of ceremonies and kept the audience entertained. Herb Bridgewater, Class of 1956, offered the invocation before the meal was served.

Following the bountiful meal, the BHS Alumni Choir sang the National Anthem. President Johnnie Hoover welcomed the large crowd in attendance,

Mary Ester Sallee, Class of 1979, announced the scholarship winners for 2018. They are Jenna Pugh, daughter of Mike and Starr Pugh and Colby McDonald, son of Mark and Cara Patee McDonald. "Thank you" cards were sent by the winners and read to the group.

Kathal Lansden Bales, Class of 1963 and president of Beaver Historical Society told the group about the "time capsule" found by accident in the cornerstone of the "old" high school. She showed the metal box in which the paraphernalia was placed from the year 1924. Her presentation will be in another section of this newspaper.

Historian Vera Floyd entertained the audience by reading a newspaper clipping about the "mail robbery" that occurred near Elmwood in which several of our "upstanding" citizens (now) participated in 1957.

Classes honored were those ending in "3" and "8". Keith Thomas was the only classmate present for the Class of ’43; Roberta Barker Methvin of Carrollton TX was spokesperson for the Class of ’48; other spokespersons were Moylene Bridgewater Davis, Class of 1953; Tim Leonard, Class of 1958; Kathal Lansden Bales, Class of 1963; Mickey Thomas, Class of 1968; Peggy Lee Campbell, Class of 1973; and J. R. Sprague, Class of 1978.

Gifts of appreciation furnished by First Security Bank; Bank of Beaver City and Rainbow Connection were given to Keith Thomas for being the oldest classmate in attendance. Also traveling the farthest was Oma Faye Buttram Fitzpatrick of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Class of 1963. Delta Dawes, Class of 1992, received a gift for being the youngest classmate present.

Officers elected for 2018 are president, Mary Ester Murray Sallee, president; Debbie Haskell, vice-president; treasurer, Marilyn McAlister Newman; secretary, the Reddick girls: Shirley Walter and Sharon Latta; historian, Vera Pittman Floyd; president emeritus, Johnnie Hoover.

Registrants coming from a distance include: Saundra Hooper Neihart, Yukon; Roberta Barker Methvin and Glenna Harbert of Carrollton TX; Chuck and Marilee Pascoe, Canon City CO; Ron Hendricks, Oklahoma City; Jay Johnson, Albuquerque, NM; Stefanie and Heston Green, San Antonio TX; Earlene Schaefer, Goodwell; Johnnie and Moylene Bridgewater Davis, Goodwell;

Also Stan and Lemoyne Shook, Amarillo TX; Randy Adams, Bedford TX; Roger Nash, Monument CO; Micky and Betty Thomas, Meade KS; Mary Packer and Gary Cravens, Lindale TX; Sharon Woodson, Laverne; Karen McCay Calhoon, Yukon; Tim and Linda Ray, Kingswood TX; Linda Pitts, Shattuck;

Also Terry Pugh, Ponca City; Terry Peckham Lavier, Hominy; Tim and Nancy Leonard, Oklahoma City; Danny and Kathryn Hardberger Porter, Victoria TX; Dave and Elaine Clapper, Brandenburg KY; Dean Overton, Portales NM; Martin and Mary Frances Moore, Elk City; Stuart Shadden, TX; Lester Jacobs, Cassville MO; Leland and Cheryl Haskell McNabb, Enid;

Also Sandy Stapp VanNest, Dallas TX; Delta Dawes, Dallas; Tom and Jane Miller Hutchene Winchester KY; Oma Buttram Fitzpatrick, San Juan Capistrano CA; Patsy Cook, Alva; Randy and Peggy Campbell, Yukon; Jolanda Cook, Ft. Worth; Charles and Mary Ann Hoover Earls, Guymon; Patty Riley Pope, Weatherford; Thelma Long, Oklahoma City;

Also Cindy Birkle Osen, Vernal UT; Gene and Karen Reed, Shawnee; Rita Royce Reed, Shawnee; Dean Reed, WY; Carl and Bonita Campbell, Perryton; Joe Hardberger, Humble TX; Donald Oquin, Ponca City. Brenda Sanger Pharis, Enid; Scott Calhoon, Oklahoma City; Vickie Burditt Preuss, Silsbee TX; Judy Potter Hancock, Abilene TX; Mechille Calhoun, Edmond; Stanley Shook, Katy TX; Brenda Gordon, Edmond; Jeff and Julie Reiswig, Granville OH; DeWayne and Karen Tibbetts, Tyrone; and Vinita Hayes Barfield, Big Sandy TX.

The meeting concluded with the Beaver Alumni Choir singing the school song and then Mary Ester Sallee playing the Duster fight song on the trumpet.


Gateway to the Panhandle Museum, Gate, Ok.

We are very fortunate to have quality museums in our county that have displays from years past.

Karen Bond is the president of the group and the Museum is open Thursday and Friday from 11 to 3.

The museum can be shown by appointment. Cell 580-651-7727 Home 580-934-2291


In the Mens Division, Garrett Nichols took 1st Place with a toss of 135 ft. followed by Terry Ecklund in 2nd with Robert O’Dell of Amarillo in 3rd.


Kristin Martinez of Beaver got to meet Darci Farmer and friend recently. Kristin has been receiving treatment and chemo therapy, She is four years old.



Darci and Katie in Nashville at Grand Ole Opry


Steve Perry Opens Time Capsule


Many locals interested in capsule find


In the capsule was old newspapers, information about Beaver County

Historical treasure


Nice crowd of folks that saw the 2015 Cow Chip Throw and got to participate when a chip would come apart and shower folks with the pieces Saturday, April 18, 2015 Drew Russell, son of Brock Russell of Beaver, set a new Men's Throw record.

Here is his toss Saturday, April 18, 2015

188 feet six inches

It was a record setting week at the 2015 Cimarron Territory Celebration, which ended Saturday evening with the 46th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest and demolition derby.


Huge crowds - including 300 or more people to watch the chip throw - were present at every event during the week.

"The celebration went very well," Chamber of Commerce president Brandon Porter said. "We were really pleased with everything from start to finish. We can’t express how much we appreciate our community for the support we get each and every year."

The 14-year-old men’s world chip toss record was broken Saturday by a BHS alum - Drew Russell, who tossed his chip 188 feet, 6 inches. The old record was 185-5. Last year’s champion - Jon Elfers of Beaver finished in second place, while James Pratt was third. Elfers threw his chip 150-11 and Pratt’s toss was 102-9.

And, for the seventh straight year, Teri Welty of Laverne won the women’s title. She threw the chip 100-1 and beat multi-time champ Dana Valentine Martin, who was second. Savannah Tillman, also a BHS alum, was third with a toss of 80-1.

In the VIP race, Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer was first once again with a toss of 81-4 with State Representative Casey Murdock finishing second with a toss of 60-10.




Beaver County Sheriff's office rescue vehicle, It can be used to rescue someone injured at Beaver Dunes and then brought back and delivered to an ambulance. A Medlite Transport device to be installed in the vehicle was donated.
The vehicle was taken to the park and was able to travel all over the Dunes and is available to be used during a rescue. Friday, May 2, 2015.