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This stamp came from the US Post Office and it is the official stamp for 2019


First Throw 50 years ago to begin celebration (Cow Chip)

Mrs. Una Anderson, 92 and two months, checked out of the Beaver County Nursing Home to be able to officially begin the First Cimaron Territory Cow Chip Throw in 1970.

Chili cook off winners named;

 50th chip toss Saturday!

Winners from the 25th annual Cow Chip Chili Cook off have been announced. This year’s event was dedicated to longtime Beaver EMT Bill Greenfield, who passed away suddenly last April.

This year’s event as not a "CASI certified" event, but still drew many teams as well as lots of visitors to the fairgrounds for the start of the Cimarron Territory Celebration.

Here is a look at the winners:

Bubba Bill’s Bare Bones

1st, Eric Leisher; 2nd, Dustin Unruh, Forgan Fire; 3rd, Twisted Sisters; 4th, First Christian Church; 5th, Tammie Cline, Bank of Beaver City; 6th, Sandy Hawkins, First Security Bank; 7th, Curt Anderson, Howard Drilling; 8th, Alex Woods, Assembly of God.

Bubba Bill’s

Anything Goes

1st, Teryl Leisher, Bank of Beaver; 2nd, Twisted Sisters; 3rd, Charlie Starbuck, Slapout Fire; 4th, Forgan Fire Department; 5th, Shirley Rigdon, First Security Bank; 6th, Adam Mosburg; 7th, Adam Mosburg; 8th, Jeannie Greenfield; 9th, Chris Humby; 10th, Clay Leisher.

Firehouse Chili Award

1st, Slapout Fire Department; 2nd, Beaver Fire Department; 3rd, Forgan Fire Department.


1st, First Security Bank; 2nd, Caven Mica; 3rd, Bank of Beaver City.

Best Decorated Booth: Twisted Sisters.

People’s Choice: Bank of Beaver City.


CONSOLATION CHAMPS - The Beaver Lady Dusters took the consolation trophy during last Friday’s Fargo Tournament. The girls beat Buffalo in the consolation game. District play will start next week for the team. 9-12-19


UNDERWAY! - The downtown sidewalk project began last week as crews got underway. The project is slated to be done by July 31.


March 28, 2019

50th Cow Chip toss

set April 20; Lots of

events on tap this year

Events have been announced for the 2019 Cimarron Territory Celebration - sponsored by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s events will include the 50th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest.

Several new events have been added. Perhaps the most fun will be the fireworks show presented by ARC Pyrotechnics on Friday night (April 19) at dark.

Here is a list of the events:

Saturday, April 13

• Bill Greenfield Memorial Cow Chip Chili Cook-off, presented by Beaver County EMS, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., fairgrounds. There will be several new twists this year!

• 6th annual Red Dirt Classic antique tractor pull, 2 p.m., fairgrounds arena.

Sunday, April 14

Cow Chip Classic golf tournament, Pioneer Park Golf course, sponsored by Beaver Golf Club, 1 p.m.

Monday, April 15

• Cow Chip Golf Bash, fairgrounds, 6 p.m., sponsored by Beaver Golf Club.

Tuesday, April 16

• Cow Chip chuck wagon feed, fairgrounds, free will donations at door, 5 p.m., sponsored by the Beaver First Baptist Church.

Wednesday, April 17

• Old Fashion Church Services, First Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

• Second annual "Cowminister" Dog Show, 6 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Reception for Pioneer Queen and Grand Marshal, 2 to 4 p.m., Cimarron Room of First Security Bank.

• Hobby and Craft show setup, 3 to 7 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Carnival, 6 to 10 p.m., fairgrounds.

Friday, April 19

• Hobby and Craft show open, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Carnival open, 6 to 10 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Horse shoe throwing contest, 4 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Pulled pork on a bun with Beaver Fire Department, 6 p.m., fairgrounds. Freewill donation to Beaver Fire Association.

• Cow Chip games, 5:30 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Old fashioned beard contest, 7:30 p.m., fairgrounds under awning.

• 50th Cow Chip fireworks show, dark, parking lot between baseball and football field.

Saturday, April 20

• Cow Chip 5K, 8 a.m., downtown, Registration begins at 7

a.m. in front of Cline’s Body Shop.

• Cow Chip kiddie parade, 10:30 a.m., lineup in front of Midtown Motel.

• Longhorn cattle drive and old west shootout, 10:45 a.m., downtown on corner of 2nd and Douglas.

• Cow Chip parade, 11 a.m., downtown.

• Hobby and craft show open, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Morland Mills under the awning, noon, fairgrounds.

• Kids can throw, 1:30 p.m., fairgrounds.

• 50th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest Championship, 3 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Pulled pork with the Forgan Fire Department, 5 p.m., fairgrounds. Freewill donation to Forgan Fire Department.

• 50th annual Cow Chip Bull Bash & Freestyle Bull Fight, 7 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Tanner Fields live, 9 p.m., fairgrounds.

• Carnival open, noon to 10 p.m., fairgrounds.



Spring 2019 baseball

SPRING HAS SPRUNG - Duster senior Hunter Wilkerson tosses a pitch to a Turpin batter during the team’s opening contest of the 2019 season at the local park. BHS won both games over the Cardinals. County schools have started their spring sports schedules in full with track, baseball, golf, tennis and softball.


March 2019 Stock Show

Grand steer drive at County show


Elese Creason had the Reserve Grand Champion Steer At the county show


Gavin Sager had the Grand Champion Steer at County Show


Kodie Fleming had the Grand Champion Wether Goat at County Show


Avery Harrison had the Grand Champion ewe at the county show


Latch Conner had the Grand Champion Doe goat at the county show


Angela Pell had the Reserve Champion Market Lamb at the County show


Jasmyn Mesa had the Grand Champion barrow at the county show.


Swine Grand Drive at County show


Dalton Perry Reserve Grand at County Show


Balko Local Show winners:

Front row Jasmyn Pugh (Grand gilt and barrow), Becca Freeman, Kodie Fleming (Grand doe, Grand wether goat).

Back row Halle Littau (Reserve Grand heifer), Gavin Sager (Reserve Grand steer), Aspen Freeman (Reserve Grand barrow), Eli Naylor (Grand heifer).



GOOD DEEDS - Turpin High School students in Ashley Lehnert’s Family and Consumer Science Class, top of stairs, spent last week doing random acts of kindness, including reading to younger students.


Lehnert’s FCS class does good deeds for others

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Turpin High School participated in Random Acts of Kindness last week, according to class teacher Ashley Lehnert.

One of the activities the students decided to do was making blueberry muffins for the elementary students in pre-kindergarten though second grade.

The students left the blueberry muffins for the students anonymously on Friday morning and then read the story of Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed to 120 students Friday afternoon.

"The story highlights how Ordinary Mary’s extraordinary deed of picking blueberries for her neighbor and leaving them turned into her neighbor making blueberries muffins for five people and those five people went on to help five people and so on and so forth until Mary’s deed touched over 30 billion people," Lehnert said.

"High school and elementary students learned the value of being kind and the effect it can have on their community and eventually the world."

The five high school students who stepped way out of their comfort zone to read to elementary children are: Jennifer Martinez, Khandence Morton, Kylee Keith, Kyan Anguiano, and Aldo Espino.

"This was such a great project for the students," Lehnert said. "I am so proud of each of them."





GO DUSTERS GO! - Beaver High School cheerleaders have made quite the splash this season with a return to the basketball games. Since they have started cheering at games, the spirit - and attendance - has greatly improved. The young ladies will cheer on the girls team as they venture through the playoffs over the next couple of weeks! (Photo by Heath Noyes)


Grass fires began earlier in January at the Barby Ranch the first of February

FIRE SEASON BEGINS - The official start of the winter fire season began last Friday and Saturday with two fires near the Town of Beaver. This fire burned several acres on the Barby ranch east of Beaver Saturday afternoon. Multiple agencies responded to help extinguish the blaze. Beaver chief Jon Elfers encourages everyone to practice safety in the coming weeks. (Photo by Lori Elfers)

Forgan Basketball Homecoming

February 7, 2019

FORGAN ROYALTY - Forgan’s Lizbeth Lozano (center) was honored as Forgan’s homecoming queen last Friday night. She was escorted by senior Ramon Martinez, right and Colby Bryer, left. Others in the court were, from left, Brandon Gebhardt; Raegan Kirkhart; Bret Smalts; Autumn Seaton; Noah Albert; Chris Mills and Cammi Rodkey. The flower girl was Allison Moore and the crown bearer was Rickey Cotten.



Pig Grand drive Saturday, Feb. 5, 2019

Angela Pell shows her heifer at Beaver show Feb. 5, 2019

Carson Slatten shows her steer at Beaver Saturday, Feb 5, 2019

Balko girls won their district games Saturday, Feb. 9 2019.


Balko boys won their District Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

Balko's Grand Drive Saturday, Feb, 9, 2019.

Top winners at Balko local show Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

Front row Jasmyn Pugh, Becca Freeman, Kodie Fleming.

Back row Halle Littau, Gavin Sager, Aspen Freeman, Eli Naylor.

Season end for basketball

Here are some highlights

Lady won Buffalo basketball tourney in January 2019.

Beaver boys came in third at January Buffalo tourney Jan 2019


Blackwell to pay $31,000 ethics settlement

A former state legislator has reached a $31,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission alleging he misused campaign funds.

Ex-Rep. Gus Blackwell has 60 days to pay, the Oklahoman reported . Blackwell agreed to pay $25,000 to the state government and another $6,000 to the commission.

The Ethics Commission’s suit alleged Blackwell "triple-dipped" at times, purchasing gas using a campaign credit card, and then reimbursing himself from his campaign funds for travel and then accepting state money for the same travel. The agency also accused him in the suit of failing to account more than $8,000 in donations.

The payment to the Ethics Commission will cover the agency’s lawyer fees, expenses and other costs.

Blackwell has already paid $10,000 in restitution to the state House to settle a criminal case related to the same allegations. Oklahoma County prosecutors charged Blackwell with 44 criminal counts in 2016 after he was accused of embezzling $23,741 in campaign funds, committing perjury and making false claims. The Ethics Commission filed suit on the same day.

He pleaded guilty to one felony perjury count in 2017 and admitted his final 2012 campaign report was false. He agreed in the criminal case to spend five years on probation, along with the restitution.

The former Republican House majority whip became a lobbyist in 2014 after term limits ended his stint in the Legislature. The settlement does not prohibit Blackwell from lobbying. He reported in January that he has one client, the Oklahoma Child Care Association.


Beaver 4-H and FFA Local Livestock Show Results

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Here are the results of the Beaver 4-H and FFA livestock local show Saturday, February 2, 2019.


Breeding Ewe

1st Angela Pell and Grand Champion

2nd Avery Harrison and Reserve Grand Champion

Market Wether

1st Angela Pelland Grand Champion

2nd Ella Harrison and Reserve Grand Champion

Sheep Showmanship

Senior-Avery Harrison

Junior-1st Angela Pell, 2nd Ella Harrison


Breeding Doe

1st Latch Connor and Grand Champion

Goat Showmanship

Senior Latch Connor



1st Poland Jess Brown

1st spot and Grand Gilt Jess Brown

1st commercial and Reserve Grand Gilt Chris Mills


1st and champion Berk Devyn Porter

2nd and Res Champion Berk Ella Harrison

Champion Duroc-Dalton Perry

Reserve Duroc-Devyn Porter

3rd Duroc-Chris Mills

1st and Champ Hamp Dalton Perry

2nd and Res Champ Hamp Ethan Frantz

1st and Champion Poland Kylee King

1st and Champion Spot Dalton Perry

1st and Champion York Ethan Frantz

1st Class 1 Cross Jess Brown- Reserve Champion Cross

1st Class 2 Cross Avery Harrison-Champion Cross

2nd Class 2 Cross Jess Brown

3rd Class 2 Cross Ethan Frantz

Grand Market Hog Avery Harrison

Reserve Grand Market Hog Dalton Perry

Swine Showmanship


1st Avery Harrison

2nd Devyn Porter

3rd Chris Mills

4th Dalton Perry


1st Jess Brown

2nd Kylee King

3rd Ella Harrison


1st and champion Hereford Heifer, Grand Overall Angela Pell

1st and champion Hereford Steer, Grand Overall Carson Slatten

Champion Senior Showman Carson Slatten

Champion Jr Showman Angela Pell

Round Robin

1st Senior Avery Harrison

2nd Senior Latch Connor

3rd Senior Carson Slatten

1st Junior Jess Brown

2nd Junior Angela Pell

Veteran Showmanship - Larry Pell



Beaver County Junior Livestock Show February 18, 2019

Beaver and Laverne Local Show, Saturday, February 2, 2019

Balko Local Show, Saturday, February 9, 2019


Beaver school announces

 fall honor rolls


Officials at Beaver Schools announced the honor rolls for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent’s Honor Roll

4th grade: Tristan Blanco, Benjamin Burrell, Madison Cash, Kendall Cline, Shaylee Cline, Kane Kinney, Luz Minjares, Kaylee Padilla, Mallory Scott, Jillian Whipple.

5th grade: Adelyn Cline, Maecie Draper, Christian Slatten.

6th grade: Reese Porter, John Whipple.

7th grade: Jess Brown.

8th grade: Jarrett Short.

Freshmen: Adam Lotfy, Brant Osborn.

Sophomores: Elias Burrell, Joshua Levick, Angelina Marlow, Addyson Noyes, Scott Perry, Devyn Porter, Raegan Russell, Zoee Weaver.

Juniors: Jeanette Levick, Kadyn Noyes, Sauncy Reddick, Lauren Weber.

Seniors: Juliet Chaloupek.

Principal’s Honor Roll

4th grade: Jade Bozarth, Landyn Chavez, Trevor Chockley, Karina Dunlap, Carol Flores, Daniel Humby, Kaiden Kibel, Mackenzie McFarland, Ryleigh Mosburg, Angela Pell, Daniel Ponce, Evan Templin.

5th grade: Joshua Harris, Paige Howell, Valery Ponce, Cooper Yeomans.

6th grade: Hunter Hampton, Zavier Kinney, Adrian Montoya, Annabelle Short, Jose Trejo.

7th grade: Corban Burrell, Victoria Casas, Julianna Deherrera, Carolyne Harris, Samantha Levick, Lesly Morales, Jewell Moulton, Diego Reynoso.

8th grade: Pierce Bozarth, Travis Cash, Judith Harris, Carolina Lerma, Lauren Noyes, Jillian Standley, Dalton Walker.

Freshmen: Edna Garcia, Emily Glunt, Yani Nevarez, William Norton, Malloree Schlessman.

Sophomores: Misael Chavez, Sydnee Looper, Jose Lozano, Jaydon Mills, Yahir Rivera.

Juniors: Alan Garcia.

Seniors: Trevor Avey, Gabriel Harris, Cielo Medina, Rylie Schlessman.

Perfect Attendance

First Semester

Kindergarten: Owen Draper, Kree Weaver.

First grade: Brayden Davis, Aspen Reid.

Second grade: Montana Hembree, Connie Lunt, Danika Tull.

Third grade: Jaxton Brown, Humberto Ruiz.

Fourth grade: Jade Bozarth, Benjamin Burrell, Trevor Chockley, Cinch Reid, Evan Templin, Jillian Whipple.

Fifth grade: Christian Slatten.

Sixth grade: Adrian Montoya, Seth Norton, Bella Reddick, Ethan Rigdon.

Seventh grade: Jess Brown.

Eighth grade: Pierce Bozarth, Carolina Lerma, Lauren Noyes, Jarrett Short, Jillian Standley.

Freshmen: Calob Bressette, Edna Garcia, Adam Lotfy, Darian Montoya, William Norton, Brant Osborn, Alex Woods.

Sophomores: Elias Burrell, Misael Chavez, Jose Lozano, Angelina Marlow, Jaydon Mills.

Juniors: Ashlyn Hintergardt, Lauren Weber.

Seniors: Trevor Avey.


County man sentenced in massacre plot

Three militia members - including a Beaver County man - convicted of taking part in a foiled plot to massacre Muslims in southwest Kansas were sentenced Friday to decades in prison during an emotional court hearing in which one of the targeted victims pleaded: "Please don’t hate us."

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Patrick Stein, the alleged ringleader, to 30 years in prison and Curtis Allen, who drafted a manifesto for the group, to 25 years. Gavin Wright, a Beaver County man who authorities said helped make and test explosives at his mobile home business, received 26 years. The plot was foiled after another militia member alerted authorities.

Melgren dismissed defense attorneys’ request that he take into the account the divisive political atmosphere in which the men formed their plot to blow up a mosque and apartments housing Somali immigrants in the meatpacking town Garden City, about 220 miles west of Wichita, on the day after the 2016 election.

"We have extremely divisive elections because our system is to resolve those through elections and not violence," Melgren said.

Stein’s attorneys have argued that he believed then-President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won, forcing militias to step in. Stein’s attorneys noted that during the 2016 campaign, all three men read and shared Russian propaganda on their Facebook feed designed to sow discord in the U.S. political system.

Attorney Jim Pratt told the judge that for years Stein had immersed himself in right-wing media and commentators, who normalized hate. But Melgren was openly skeptical, telling Pratt: "Millions of people listen to this stuff -- whether it comes from the left or the right."

Prosecutors presented video testimony from some Somali immigrants who were the targets of the bombing. In one clip, Ifrah Farah pleaded: "Please don’t kill us. Please don’t hate us. We can’t hurt you."

Allen, 51, choked up as he addressed the judge, prompting his attorney to step in and finish reading a prepared statement in which Allen offered "my sincere apologies" to anyone who was frightened and asked for their forgiveness. But Stein, 49, apologized only to his family and friends, and the judge noted when sentencing him that, unlike Allen, he had shown no remorse.

Wright, 53, apologized to the court, saying the plot is "not who I am." He also apologized to the immigrants who lived at the apartment complex. The judge later said Wright’s courtroom statement showed he was still in denial about what he did, adding and he did not buy that there was any remorse on Wright’s part.

Melgren sentenced Stein to 30 years for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and 10 years for conspiracy against civil rights. He sentenced Allen and Wright to 25 years for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and 10 years for conspiracy against civil rights. Those sentences will run concurrently. Wright also got an additional year to be served consecutively for lying to law enforcement, bringing his total sentence to 26 years.

The judge told all three men that the planned attack was worse than the Oklahoma City bombing because the Garden City plot was motivated by hatreds of race, religion and national origin.

The Kansas plot was thwarted when militia member Dan Day tipped off authorities to escalating threats of violence. He testified at the men’s trial last year that Stein started recruiting others to kill Muslim immigrants after the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a gunman who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Recordings that prosecutors played for jurors last April portrayed a damning picture of a splinter group of the militia Kansas Security Force that came to be known as "the Crusaders."

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in a news release called the sentences "a significant victory against hate crimes and domestic terrorism."

"These defendants planned to ruthlessly bomb an apartment complex and kill innocent people, simply because of who they are and how they worship," FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

The sentencing hearings for the men came a day after two members of an Illinois militia known as the White Rabbits pleaded guilty in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque, admitting they hoped the attack would scare Muslims into leaving the U.S. No one was injured in that attack.

Beaver Ag Instructor Mr. Ashley Harrison (left) poses with Avery Harrison (right) while attending the Oklahoma Teach Ag Conference in Stillwater, OK on Jan, 15 2019.



Okahoma Departmant of Career and Technology Hosted

Oklahoma Teach Ag Day on January 15, 2019 in Stillwater


The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, located in Stillwater, hosted Oklahoma Teach Ag Day on January 15. Approximately 90 students attended the presentation shared by a panel featuring Ashley Harrison, Beaver High School agriculture instructor. Harrison spoke on behalf of OPSU’s Nels Peterson, Dean of Ag Ed, who recently had surgery and could not make the event.

"As a 2001 OPSU Ag Ed Alumni and Current Cooperating Teacher for agriculture education student teachers, I was honored to be able to speak to the conference about OPSU and any opportunities students may be interested in. It was very inspiring for me to see so many kids excited about being ag teachers. They planned for 40, and the conference more than doubled the expectations," Harrison said.

Also on the panel were Allen Miller, Northwest Area Program Specialist; Tiffany Kliewer, Stillwater High School agriculture instructor; Keith Dillingham, Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association president-elect; and Mark Sneary, Northwestern Oklahoma State University instructor of agriculture education; and Dr. Rob Terry, Oklahoma State University Department Head, AECL Faculty.

Junior Avery Harrison, Beaver High School, was among Panhandle students attending the conference. Avery Harrison said,"It was really eye opening to hear all these ag teachers’ stories and realize they aren’t much different than us. It really helped me decide what I want to do."

CareerTech oversees a statewide system of career and technology education comprised of 29 technology center districts and 390 comprehensive school districts.


New 4-H Program To Help Effort To Recognize Local Military Veterans

Oklahoma 4-H’ers will soon have an opportunity to learn more about the military veterans in their communities through the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Honors Campaign, a special community based effort to recognize local military veterans.

This is a new joint effort between the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. Since 1999, the OKMHF has recognized nearly 200 local heroes and groups from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, NASA and Frontiersmen.

Major General (retired) Douglas Dollar founded the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation in 1999 and has worked to recognize Oklahoma veterans, both living and deceased, who serve or have served in the military, with records of extraordinary service to the country.

The organization inducts 10 Oklahoma veterans into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Gen. Dollar sponsored two tables for 4-H’ers at this event late last year as a way to introduce them to this great service project.

This campaign is in the early planning stages, which will give counties and 4-H’ers plenty of time to develop a list of local veterans, especially former 4-H’ers who are veterans.

It is important to understand the stories of our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made. Veterans may find it painful to talk about some of their experiences because the memories can be difficult. We’ll help participants craft a list of questions that will help the 4-H’er get to know the veteran as a person and help them understand the veteran’s perspective of military service to our nation. We want to show them our appreciation for everything they’ve done for our country.

This is a wonderful project for club members and a great opportunity for media and social media coverage for our clubs. For more information about getting involved in the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Honors Campaign, or to submit names of local veterans, contact Cathleen Taylor at 405-744-8888 or email at





Kathal Bales, Beaver County Historical Society president, received a $150,000 check

from Retired Judge Ronald Kincannon for expansion of the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum

Museum receives $150,000 donation for expansion


The Beaver County Historical Society was delighted to accept a check for $150,000 from retired Oklahoma District Judge Kincannon. The monies came from a long evolving lawsuit that finally was resolved.

"We of BCHS, were blessed to benefit from this part of the distribution," president Kathal Bales said. Jamie Kee, attorney, was instrumental in helping with this settlement.

BCHS began raising money for future expansion of the facility in November. "We are thankful to God, Judge Kincannon, Jamie Kee and Dick Trippet for this," she said.



Flu shots are still available

at county health department


With the flu season kicking into full gear, its still not too late to get your flu shot.

Beaver County Health Department is continuing to offer flu vaccine by calling 625-3693 for an appointment. Flu shots will be provided at no out of pocket cost to recipients. Those with insurance are asked to provide their card showing coverage.

Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with flu viruses as they change. Also a yearly flu shot is needed because a person’s immune protection from being vaccinated decreases after a year, and yearly vaccination provides the best protection against the flu through the entire flu season.

"We are encouraging everyone to get their flu vaccination and we hope this effort to make it cost free to individuals will make it more accessible," said Beaver County Regional Director Terri Salisbury RN, BSN, MPH. "The last season was especially devastating and we want to ensure that as many people as possible can receive the added protection that the flu vaccine provides."

Last flu season there were 291 deaths and 4,819 hospitalizations between September 2017 and May 2018.

In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:

·Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting a full night’s rest.

·Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.

·Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.

·Stay home from work, school and other public places.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for the flu shot, call the Beaver County Health Department at 580-625-3693.


December brings gift

of moisture to Oklahoma


Three soaking storm systems brought much needed precipitation to the state, ending a run of up to 78 days without significant moisture for much of northern and western Oklahoma. Like last year at this time, the winter wheat crop was clamoring for a good drink of water, and fire danger was increasing with each dry, windy day. Between the three storms, virtually all areas of the state saw relief by the end of the month. The most significant storm struck just after Christmas Day and dumped 1-3 inches of rain across a good portion of the state.

The western half of the Oklahoma Panhandle saw an old fashioned High Plains blizzard on the back end of the storm. Reports of 4-6 inches of snow were common, with localized amounts of 10 inches near Guymon. Winds of 50 mph closed roads with drifting snow and brought down frozen power lines. A powerful cold front blasted through the state on 2018’s final day, leaving revelers to deal with temperatures in the teens and 20s, and wind chills in the single digits. There was very little severe weather during the month with the storm systems, although flooding was reported with some of the heavier downpours. Preliminary totals from the National Weather Service place the year’s tornado total at 41, about 15 below the 1951-2017 average.

According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average precipitation total was 3.54 inches, 1.48 inches above normal to rank as the 14th wettest December since records began in 1895. Southeastern Oklahoma had a surplus of 3.57 inches, the fifth wettest December for that region of the state. Broken Bow led the Mesonet’s 120 stations with 9.12 inches for the month. Thirty-one sites saw at least 5 inches of rain, and another 25 recorded at least 3 inches. Kenton brought up the rear with 0.38 inches. Eight sites reported less than an inch, all in far northwestern Oklahoma. The statewide annual average total of 40.52 inches marks 2018 as the 15th wettest year on record with a surplus of 4.02 inches. South central and southeastern Oklahoma were both 10 inches above normal. Northeastern Oklahoma finished with a deficit of 5.05 inches, the 60th driest year on record for that region. Broken Bow led the state during 2018 with a total of 73.06 inches, while Kenton had the lowest tally at 15.04 inches. Oklahoma City’s official observation site at Will Rogers Airport recorded 45.85 inches in 2018 to rank as the seventh wettest year since 1890. Tulsa finished on the dry side at 34.08 inches, their 46th driest year since 1893.



Back in Time Goes Cow Punching on the Open Prairie 

Oklahoma City, OK — The romantic image of the old west, of cattle drives and trail hands riding the range, has captured imaginations for more than a century. The main artery of that dream runs right through the middle of Oklahoma. The Chisolm Trail being the most famous of many trails that brought hundreds of thousands of cattle from Texas through Oklahoma to the railheads in Kansas.
The January episode of Back in Time, which premieres at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, shows that the cattle drives were just the start of the journey. The trails are gone, but beef is bigger than ever and continues to drive the economy of Oklahoma’s “Cow Town.”
During the Civil War, many herds were left while their owners went off to war. When the soldiers returned during Reconstruction, they found the herds populations had exploded, as had their young nation’s taste for beef.
“It’s fascinating how this major historic event gave birth the rise of the beef industry,” said Robert Burch, writer and producer of Back in Time. “Beef became a food staple for soldiers during the Civil War, and when they returned home, they still wanted it.”
As the railhead moved further west, so did the trails through Oklahoma. The three largest and best known were the Shawnee, the Chisolm and the Great Western Trail. Further expansion of the railroad into Texas eventually made the trails obsolete and changed the life of the cowboy permanently. Back in Time is OETA’s Emmy award-winning documentary series that showcases significant people, places and events that helped shape the history of the state of Oklahoma. OETA uses extensive research, archival photographs and film, along with interviews with historical experts and descendants of the people profiled in each program.
OETA provides essential educational content and services that inform, inspire and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich our quality of life. We do this by consistently engaging Oklahomans with educational and public television programming, providing educational training and curriculum, outreach initiatives and online features that collectively encourage lifelong learning. For more information about education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital television, community resources and show schedules explore or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.





Co-COACH Robert Bernard Fairview/Trevor Powers Hooker

MVP Kade Dillard Fairview 5’11 175 SR.

OFFENSIVE Tanner McBee Hooker 5’9 170 SR.

DEFENSIVE Armando Martinez Texhoma 6’0 180 SR.

QB Bode Grice Texhoma 6’1 185 SR.

RB Sam Osterhout Okeene 5’10 175 SR.

WR Chad McGolden Fairview 5’11 165 SR.

Co-TE Sam Authur Fairveiw 6’0 185 SR./Noah Cagle 6’2 205 SR.

O-LINE Kevin Alvarado Hooker 6’0 225 SR.

D-LINE Hunter Slater Fairview 6’1 210 SR.

OLB Traber Smithson OBA 6’0 175 SR.

ILB Lakon Lynch Hooker 5’9 170 SR.

D-END Ryan Schultz Okeene 6’0 165 SR.

DB Zach Selzer Thomas 6’3 165 SR.

SPECIAL TEAMS Zach Ramay Fairview 6’2 175 SR.




Gabe Flanagan Hooker 6’2 235 SR.

Bodie Cell Fairview 6’1 235 JR.

Austin Brandly Thomas 6’3 280 SR.

Brennon Wilson Thomas 6’2 170 SR.

Brycen Demos Okeene 5’11 275 SR.

Taylor Biggs Okeene 5’9 245 SR.

Jimmy Smith Texhoma 5’9 205 SR.

Dalton Farris Texhoma 5’10 195 JR.



William Price OBA 6’0 175 SR.

Karder Neville Hooker 5’11 160 SR.

Clay Pugh Beaver 6’5 220 SOPH.

Brandon Eckert Thomas 6’1 150 SR.

Eric Gideon Texhoma 6’0 155 JR.

Gio Sanchez Texhoma 5’8 155 JR.

Kyler Quintana Texhoma 5’7 150 SOPH.



Jett Cheatham OBA 5’8 150 SOPH.

Jadon Jones Fairview 5’8 150 SR.

Tryan Grice Texhoma 5’9 170 SOPH.



Baron Winter OBA 6’3 220 JR.

Donavan Yarbrough Hooker 6’3 200 SR.

Marshall Gose Thomas 5’9 160 SR.



Andrew Rodriguez OBA 5’10 165 SR.

Isaac Word Texhoma 5’9 155 JR.




Johnny Ugarte Hooker 5’9 180 JR.

Dillon Metcalf Hooker 6’3 200 SOPH.

Nick Almond Beaver 6’0 235 JR.

James Phelps Mooreland 6’0 200 SR.

Garrett Harris Mooreland 6’0 215 SR.

Brian Figueroa Texhoma 5’9 190 SR.

Cale Haliburton Texhoma 6’4 180 SR.





Andrew Houk Fairview 6’0 180 JR.

Gaven Walkonen Fairview 5’10 215 SR.

Spokes Johnson Beaver 5’11 175 SOPH.

Misael Chavez Beaver 5’11 175 SOPH.

Blake McIntrye Thomas 5’9 150 SR.

Kyle Benham Okeene 5’11 160 SR.

Jared Schnoebelen Moorleand 6’0 200 SR.

Angle Cerna Texhoma 5’9 180 SR.

Aldo Hernandez Texhoma 6’0 165 SR.


Apollo places new

helicopter at Guymon base


Saturday, Guymon welcomed a Bell 407 helicopter to town as part of Apollo MedFlight’s continued effort to expand its ambulance fleet.

Headquartered in Amarillo, Texas, Apollo has been serving the Guymon area since 2012 with a fixed wing air ambulance, which will now be stationed in Amarillo.

The change took effect Saturday, and it allows Apollo MedFlight to provide comprehensive air ambulance within a 150-mile radius of Guymon with a fleet of three aircraft, including the Bell 407 in Guymon, an EC-135 helicopter in Borger, Texas, and a King Air 90 in Amarillo.

The state-of-the-art Bell 407 will include advanced safety features such as autopilot, a Night Vision Imaging System, a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System and the ability to transmit streaming data with the Outerlink IRIS satellite communication system.

It will initially be stationed at the Guymon airport, but will later move to its permanent home at Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

"Apollo is excited to announce this addition to our fleet," Executive Vice President Brandon Leasure said. "To be able to improve the rapid care we provide to those with life threatening injuries and illnesses through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles means a lot to us."

In another move to expand services, every Apollo MedFlight aircraft will begin carrying blood products in 2019, further enhancing Apollo’s rapid response air medical transport capabilities across the region.

This is in part to Apollo’s new partnership with Coffee Memorial Blood Center, which will provide the lifesaving blood products and packed red blood cells or PRBCs.

Apollo MedFlight offers 24-hour emergency air medical transport. Every Apollo aircraft is equipped similarly to an ICU/CCU with state-of-the-art medical technology expected in a hospital.

Established in 2011 and one of only 175 organizations accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, Apollo MedFlight has bases in Amarillo, Guymon, Borger, Childress and Lufkin.

For more information on Apollo MedFlight services, visit, or contact local representative Brent Lansden at 580-461-2769.



Darci Lynne will have her first

Christmas Show Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018 8 p.m

(It was very good)

Darci Farmer will have her Christmas Show Tuesday, December 11, 2018 beginning at 8 p.m. You will like her show according to reports.

Sometimes those folks in New York City put their britches on different than we do. Sometimes they schedule "things" on eastern time. (We were not sure on the correct time. You probably should check your listings yourself to make sure.)

Fall Graduation Set at Northwestern at Alva Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Fall commencement at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Percefull Fieldhouse

BEAVER – Gunnar Lansden, Business

BEAVER – Dalton Cramer, criminal justice-law enforcement option

BEAVER – Adrianna Tibbetts, vocal

FORGAN – Jacqueline Rodriguez, accounting

BALKO – Kylie Edwards, agriculture

BALKO – Ryann Blackburn, elementary education.

November weather has

it all; Eventful at the end

Much of Oklahoma’s weather was downright boring during November – cold and dry with a few warm days in between. Despite that monotony, Mother Nature still managed to sneak in a couple of stretches of exciting weather.

The first bout struck on the 12th with Oklahoma’s first significant winter storm of the season. Snow fell across the northwestern half of the state and dropped as much as 5 inches of snow. While most of it melted as it fell, enough accumulated across the far northwest to prompt a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The arctic blast that accompanied the snow plunged temperatures into the teens and twenties the next morning, and wind chills fell into the single digits. The bigger show came on November’s final day, however. A powerful storm system funneled unusually warm, moist air into the state from the south. A round of storms erupted across western Oklahoma and quickly became severe. Hail was the main hazard west of Interstate 35, but the storms were more intense to the east. Numerous instances of wind damage were reported east of I-35, along with at least two confirmed tornadoes from a single long-lived supercell. The first tornado, rated EF-1, touched down near Webbers Falls to northeast of Gore, damaging trees, farm equipment and barns. The second twister, a more powerful EF-2 tornado, traveled along the eastern shore of Lake Tenkiller into the outskirts of Cookson, destroying numerous homes, boat docks, and airplane hangars.

The month finished as the 11th coldest November on record with a statewide average of 44.5 degrees, 4.8 degrees below normal. Those records began in 1895. The Mesonet site at Eva recorded the month’s lowest temperature of 7 degrees on the 13th. November’s highest reading was 82 degrees at Hollis on the 29th. Climatological fall (August-November) ranked as 26th coolest with a statewide average of 59.5 degrees, 1.3 degrees below normal. The first 11 months of the year were 0.3 degrees below normal, the 46th warmest January-November on record.

November weather has

it all; Eventful at the end

Much of Oklahoma’s weather was downright boring during November – cold and dry with a few warm days in between. Despite that monotony, Mother Nature still managed to sneak in a couple of stretches of exciting weather.

The first bout struck on the 12th with Oklahoma’s first significant winter storm of the season. Snow fell across the northwestern half of the state and dropped as much as 5 inches of snow. While most of it melted as it fell, enough accumulated across the far northwest to prompt a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service (NWS).

The arctic blast that accompanied the snow plunged temperatures into the teens and twenties the next morning, and wind chills fell into the single digits. The bigger show came on November’s final day, however. A powerful storm system funneled unusually warm, moist air into the state from the south. A round of storms erupted across western Oklahoma and quickly became severe. Hail was the main hazard west of Interstate 35, but the storms were more intense to the east. Numerous instances of wind damage were reported east of I-35, along with at least two confirmed tornadoes from a single long-lived supercell. The first tornado, rated EF-1, touched down near Webbers Falls to northeast of Gore, damaging trees, farm equipment and barns. The second twister, a more powerful EF-2 tornado, traveled along the eastern shore of Lake Tenkiller into the outskirts of Cookson, destroying numerous homes, boat docks, and airplane hangars.

The month finished as the 11th coldest November on record with a statewide average of 44.5 degrees, 4.8 degrees below normal. Those records began in 1895. The Mesonet site at Eva recorded the month’s lowest temperature of 7 degrees on the 13th. November’s highest reading was 82 degrees at Hollis on the 29th. Climatological fall (August-November) ranked as 26th coolest with a statewide average of 59.5 degrees, 1.3 degrees below normal. The first 11 months of the year were 0.3 degrees below normal, the 46th warmest January-November on record.

Following three consecutive months of wetter than normal conditions, Oklahoma finally saw its luck turn sour during November. The August-October statewide average precipitation total of 16.27 inches ranked as the fifth wettest such period on record, more than 9 inches above normal. Contrast that with November, which finished with a statewide average of 0.94 inches, 1.57 inches below normal. That ranked the month as the 32nd driest November on record. Thirteen of the Mesonet’s 120 stations recorded a quarter-inch or less, and another 25 failed to reach the half-inch mark. Boise City and Kenton shared the lowest total at 0.09 inches. Broken Bow led the state with 3.88 inches. Fall ended on the wet side with a statewide average of 12.93 inches, 3.35 inches above normal and ranked as the 10th wettest autumn on record. The year remains on track to finish well above normal with a January-November average of 36.98 inches, the 23rd wettest such period with a surplus of 2.54 inches.

While drought didn’t increase substantially during the month, its potential to do so in the future certainly did. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the percentage of the state considered in drought increased slightly from 1.6 percent to 3.27 percent through November.


Bethea hired as new police officer

Clayton Bethea has been hired as a new police officer for the Town of Beaver. He has been on the job since November 1 and is currently undergoing training with Chief Justin Earls.

Bethea comes to Beaver after spending the last four years as an officer in Anderson, South Carolina at a local and federal detention center. Prior to that, he spent eight years as a truck driver.

Clayton and his wife, Katie, are parents to two sons.

"My wife and I really like it here in Beaver," he said. "It is a great place to live and raise children."



Dusters to play independent football in ‘19

With a declining enrollment and back-to-back seasons of finishing football 0-10, Beaver was granted a request to play independent next year at the school’s request.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association voted to approve the request to drop from 11-man to independent for the 2019 season. Since football districts are revisited every two years, the Dusters will return to the OSSAA in the 8-man ranks for 2020.

"It is a next step because of our declining enrollment," Beaver Superintendent Scott Kinsey said. "It will allow our students to compete with schools that are more in line with what our enrollment is.

"When you have 14 kids on our side and the other side has 38 or 40, its tough. We just don’t have the kids. We also won’t have to travel so far, and it will give our kids a better chance.:"

Beaver once has 140-plus in high school but this year it stands around 80 students, grades 9-12. And that includes a sophomore class of nearly 30.

The request to go independent will also not effect the school’s other athletic programs, which will continue to participate in the OSSAA.

The Dusters have three state football titles that were from 1969 to 1962. BHS enjoyed tremendous success in Class A for many years, including a run to the semifinals in 2004. Now, the Dusters have lost 28 straight games and have not been in the playoffs since 2010. Beaver’s last District title came in 1983.

Kinsey said that coach Tiitus Burrell and Athletic Director Mike McVay are working hard to get the team a schedule for next season. Many teams in the area do have bye weeks that should allow the Dusters a few games.

"They have been talking to schools around here to see who has an open date,"
Kinsey said. "Nothing set yet, but I think we will come up with a good schedule.

"Our grade school and junior high kids are set up next year with a complete schedule in 8-man football. Those guys will get a couple of years of 8-man under their belts and be ready to go in high school."



Local churches

helping homeless

The Beaver Assembly of God, Beaver Presbyterian Church and the Church of the Rolling Thunder are uniting with other churches and groups in the county to help the homeless in our area and in Oklahoma City. The combined effort is being called "Operation Winteraid". Last year this effort delivered 200 "goody bags" to Oklahoma City and 100 to Amarillo to help those living on the streets to get through the winter.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Rev. Jim Reeves of the Presbyterian Church and Richard Hutchinson of the Assembly. The goal of this year’s effort is going to be to provide 1000 bags for the homeless in Oklahoma City, where the effort will be concentrated.

"Our goal is to fill 1000 of the blue Wal-Mart shopping bags with items that will help the homeless to better handle the winter," says Rev. Reeves. Each bag will have the following items in the bag: one pair white socks, one stocking cap, one pair of cloth gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush, small bottle of mouthwash, a blanket, packages of peanuts, crackers, small cans of vienna sausages and various other food items that can be eaten without needing to be cooked. Each bag will also contain a small Bible and other religious material.

Individuals, churches, and other groups are being asked to help with this effort, either by furnishing the items for the bags or by monetary support. Each bag plus contents runs between $10 and #12 dollars. Drop-off points for bags and/or contents include the KJIL studios in Meade, the Presbyterian Church and Assembly Church in Beaver, Bank of the Southwest in Booker and in Perryton. Delivery of the bags is set for the week of Nov. 1. Monetary donations may be given to either Rev. Reeves or Richard Hutchinson or they may be mailed to: Operation Winteraid, Box 1311, Beaver, Ok. 73932.

The Ministerial Fellowship needs your help!

We will have our organizational meeting to begin making plans for this year’s Community thanksgiving Dinner. Initial meeting will take place at the Assembly of God Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Please come and join us as we begin preparations for this very special event. We look forward to seeing you there. (Meeting should last no more than an hour, we hope.)



Local family thankful for

support for their little girl Grace

Childhood cancer awareness month


(EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Kristen Martinez of Beaver to write an article for the paper about her and Rick’s daughter Grace, who was diagnosed with cancer early this year. We appreciate Kristen for doing this for our paper and continue to pray for Grace and their family.)

By Kristen Martinez

Finding out my child has cancer has to be one of the hardest things I’ve faced or will ever face. As I look back at those days leading up to diagnosis and immediately following, I can see how traumatic they truly were.

Before January 10, 2018 life was simple. The worries of our world consisted of potty training and bedtime. We had no clue what new world was waiting for us. This new world we live in, the pediatric cancer world, is full of pain, anger, grief, and uncertainty. I struggle to think of any positives because it is absolutely ugly. However, one of the beautiful blessings that this world has revealed is the love and support in the Oklahoma Panhandle. My husband and I have been in tears so many times as we learned about different ways the community was blessing us.

For those who don’t know Grace’s story, let me catch you up. In the summer of 2017, we began worrying about Grace’s growth. Our pediatrician wasn’t concerned, but went ahead and set us up with a specialist. Her initial appointment went well and we were scheduled for a follow up in January 2018. Before the January appointment I began noticing Grace was more pale than usual and she was complaining about her legs hurting. When we arrived to her January appointment, her growth looked great so we shook hands with the doctor and were half way out of the door, when I felt led to bring up her coloring and occasional leg pains. The doctor said she would run some labs just to be safe. After labs we headed back to Beaver. We didn’t make it to Yukon before getting the phone call that we would need to come back soon. They used various terms, never cancer, but they were troubling. After hanging up the phone, I googled every word they used and all searches led to Leukemia. I began helplessly falling down a rabbit hole. Search after search, they all led to cancer and more questions.

We were back to OU in less than 48 hours. We had an appointment for more blood work. Finding a vein on my tiny girl was quite the chore. They poked. And they poked. And they poked. Grace, nor I, could take much more I remember thinking to myself. Oh, how I was wrong.

After labs were drawn we were escorted to a room. It had children’s books and toys. To distract the girls with. Two ladies entered the room. Dr. Lenz and Lindsey, a child life specialist. Lindsey asked if she could take the girls to play. We said yes. My mind was saying "this is bad. This is really bad. They are going to tell you something that will cause a reaction they don’t want your children to see." That is in fact what happened. We were told that Grace had some atypical cells in her blood work and everything seemed to indicate leukemia. At that point the room started spinning and I said to the doctor with tears in my eyes, "No." "Maybe your wrong!" She looked at me with pity in her eyes as she shook her head. She had delivered this news many times before, you could tell. I was another momma who was having to face the reality that no momma should ever face and she was letting it sink in. Once I realized she wasn’t going to say "I might be wrong," or "we aren’t sure," I began pleading over and over "You have to save her. She can’t die."

After that I tuned out most of what was being said. My coping mechanism was ignorance. So different from how I typically cope, which is googling every word said until I feel I’m an expert, or at least just as knowledgeable as the doctor. (although I am definitely not)

Something deep inside me knew it was not a time for google and a time for blind trust. A trust that I have never had with God. My God is bigger than google, my God is bigger than any statistic, my God is bigger than cancer! I had to trust that and be it right or wrong, I chose to only absorb what I had to, and tune everything out.

So much happened after that moment. They brought the girls back in and escorted us to the hospital side of the building and began a poking frenzy on my precious girl. They poked her until 2 am. Her body was so dehydrated and anxious they couldn’t find a vein. Remember when I thought I couldn’t take much more after ten minutes of pokes... well, apparently I was capable of 14 hours. And so much more.

There was a moment when Rick and I were both crying and Grace sat up in her bed and said "Mommy, I’m going to be okay. Jesus is in my heart." Rick looked at me, his eyes in awe, and said "That was the holy spirit." I know the holy spirit was present that day, and week, and the months that have followed. God was working in Grace long before her diagnosis, but man did he work through’ her in that moment, hours after hearing that awful news, when her momma and daddy most needed to hear God’s voice. I can still hear her saying that and I get goosebumps every time.

That following morning I had to carry my baby into the operating room. Praise God the staff allowed me to suit up and be the one to hold her until she fell sleep for her procedure. I rode in the bed holding her and praying over her. They let me hold her hand as they set her on the table. I remember falling on my knees as I stepped away from the operating table. She looked like an experiment. So lifeless. I cried to God to protect her. That my friends, is why parents aren’t typically allowed in operating rooms. I’m sure they were regretting letting me bring her in there. I looked the surgeon in the eyes on my way out and told him "that baby girl is my whole world, please take care of her." A nurse helped me walk out of the room and prayed with me and assured me she and the staff would take care of her just like she was their own.

A priest came and sat with Rick and I while we waited for Grace’s operation to be over. (The operation was placing a port in her chest, spinal tap, bone marrow test, and possibly something else but I can’t remember)

The priest they sent to visit us wasn’t an ordinary priest. He grew up in the halls of OU Children’s hospital, while his sister battled leukemia, AND WON. He gave me so much hope. He was "my Anna." He experienced what Anna would experience and he knew what we were facing. Meeting him gave me so much peace. The surgery was over and I got to hold my baby’s hand until she woke up. Everything went perfectly.

Now the waiting began. We needed to see what type of leukemia she had. There are two types. Because I wasn’t googling anything, all I knew is one had a GREAT prognosis, and the other not quite as great. Friday came and that afternoon Dr. Meyer (the most amazing doctor in the entire world.. it’s a fact) met with us to tell us the news. He said she had B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. THIS IS THE GOOD KIND.... if there is a good kind. I began crying... or weeping, thanking God.

We were looking at a long and ugly battle but it was a battle that we were going to win. We began our chemo that day and set out to kick leukemia’s booty.

We had no choice but to trust in God and rely on our friends and family to carry us.

We stayed at the hospital until Monday. Grace received chemo every day and they monitored her to make sure she didn’t have any reactions. We met with doctor after doctor, nurse after nurse, psychologist and therapists. My brain was complete and utter mush. I didn’t retain anything they told us other then what I had to. I would even tell them that. "I’m not really absorbing anything at this point, so just tell me what I have to know to make her better." I was living day by day, minute by minute. It was hell and yet I never felt closer to God. I know that sounds odd, but if you’ve gone through something similar, maybe it makes sense.

While all of this was going on, while we were living our worst nightmare, our family, friends, and community were rallying behind us. T-shirts were being made, a steer being sold, fundraisers being planned and prayers were being said. People we knew and even some we didn’t, came together and let us know we were not alone in this. I kept thinking that once the shock of her diagnosis wore off, so would the support, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There hasn’t been a single moment since January 10th that I didn’t feel the love of this community. We love living out here and 2018 has solidified that. I can’t imagine going through this anywhere else. It’s easy to complain about the headaches we face living in the panhandle, but I’ll take the wind, drought, and lack of state funding any day, if it means I am surrounded by carrying and loving people.

Thank you to Beaver and the entire Oklahoma panhandle for being so good to our Grace and to our family.