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Area farmers come together

to help James family

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Phillipians 2:4

That verse certainly rang true in the light of a horrible tragedy that struck a Beaver County family in late June.

Zaydek James, 6, was killed in a farming accident while helping his grandpa, Greg James. Zaydek was described as sweet, smart, curious, playful and spunky by those who knew him.

Everyone gathered on June 29 at a Balko church for a breakfast, prayers and a game plan. In the vast Beaver County landscape, they all went to work at several locations, 20-plus combines, semis, grain carts and much more.

The grain was hauled nearly 100 miles to the elevators for the family. Not a soul who helped was looking for credit or a pat on the back.

This is what living in the Oklahoma Panhandle is all about.

HELPING OUT - Area farmers and ranchers helped the Greg James family finish their harvest on June 29 in the Balko area. The family suffered the loss of a grandchild in a tragic farming accident. Thanks to bountiful rains, this yearís harvest was great - made even better to wonderful friends. (Photos by Sherry Parker)



Brent took this photo at Beaver Dunes Lake

Lori Elfers Fourth of July Photo


Randels new CEO at

First Security Bank


Steve Randels has joined First Security Bank as President and CEO and will be in the Bank on Monday, July 15th. Randels has over 36 years of service as a community banker, and he will serve alongside the Bankís exceptional lending team. In his new position with FSB, Steve will help serve our Community with his vast experience in farm and ranch lending. He has extensive ties to ranching and farming in the area and brings a commitment to community banking and the rural lifestyle.

Randels holds a Bachelorís degree from Wichita State University and an MBA from Washburn University. Steve is a graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking and the Colorado School of Bank Marketing.

"I am pleased to add Steve Randels to our team. He will be a welcomed addition to our banking family in Beaver County. He brings with him extensive expertise in lending and a keen understanding of the credit needs of our farmers and ranchers. Steve will greatly enhance our efforts to maintain exceptional credit quality and continued growth of our local community bank. First Security Bank will continue to meet the needs of our community, with the best lending team in Banking. As we continue to grow with the community, we continue to bring new family and community-oriented bankers." said Zan Prince, Chairman of the Board.

Steve Randels is looking forward to making his home in Beaver. Please come by the Bank to meet him at your convenience and join us for lunch in the Cimarron Room at the Bank from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd.




The uniform belonged to Joe Dean Vaughn who was born in 1930 so he possibly wore the suit in the middle or late 1930ís. Those were the Depression/Dust Bowl years, so having such a fine suit must have been a luxury and became something to treasure.

The Vintage Baseball Uniform

Researcher Ė Sue Weissinger and Reporter J. L. Wells

"As American as Mom, baseball, and apple pie" evokes nostalgic feelings.

Sometimes other foods are included, but the one constant is "baseball", often called our national pastime. Sports fads may come and go, but baseball remains the summer favorite of millions of Americans.

The No Manís Land Museum in Goodwell has a baseball uniform that recalls the sport for young boys. The childís uniform is made of lightweight grey wool with maroon trim. The "V" neck in front is somewhat plain compared to the back with the words, "Dizzy Daffy". The uniform belonged to Joe Dean Vaughn who was born in 1930 so he possibly wore the suit in the middle or late 1930ís. Those were the Depression/Dust Bowl years, so having such a fine suit must have been a luxury and became something to treasure.

Joe Dean was the son of Clarence and Anna Vaughn. Clarenceís 1917 draft registration card for World War I indicated that he was a single man living on a route in Dombey, Oklahoma. Volume II A History of Beaver County lists Dombey as being a post office in western Beaver County from 1904 to 1950 Ė named for a Charles Dickens character. Dombey School also began in 1904 in a small half dugout east of the post office. It was a subscription school Ė where families donated money to pay a teacher for three months. Dombey School District continued until 1930.

Miss Anna Love is mentioned in the "Appleton Items" in the Tyrone Observer in May 1918. She "returned having finished her school". Oklahoma Place Names by George H. Shirk has Appleton as a post office in eastern Texas County in 1906/07.

Perhaps the young couple saw each other at a social at the school or maybe a baseball game, but they were married in Tennessee in 1919. Five years later in 1924, they purchased a quarter section of land in eastern Texas County. The 1930 census has the couple living in Goodwell, but they later moved to Liberal.

Baseball has been important in the Oklahoma Panhandle since statehood.

Pioneer Days Queen for 1966, Jewel Hunt Dean, remembered that in about 1907, a teenage girlsí baseball team was formed. The Methodist and Presbyterian girls were pitted against the Baptist and Christian Church girls.

Alice Houser, the Pioneer Queen for 1964, remembered an early game in Guymon and an incident at the game. Alice and her neighbor, Mrs. Zellner Glenn, were living on ranches near town. Mrs. Glennís husband had recently purchased a new Ford car, the first in the County. The women wanted to come to town to see the baseball game and coaxed Zellner to allow them to drive the car. While watching the game, a ball smashed the carís windshield. The women were stricken, but the workmen at the Big Joe Lumber Yard replaced the broken glass and the women returned home. (Windshields at that time were just plain glass.)

The parents of Lucille Safranko Rhoton owned the Model Store in Guymon and later Hooker. She stated that the first baseball team uniforms ever purchased in Guymon were sold in their store at 518 N. Main.

Joe Dean Vaughn died in 1980 in Liberal at the age of 50 after a long illness, but his Dizzy Daffy uniform is a reminder of the popularity of baseball in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Baseball fans will remember Dizzy and Daffy Dean. The two famous brothers were born in Arkansas but also lived in different homes in Oklahoma. Jay Hanna Dean (Dizzy) and Paul Dee Dean (Daffy) led the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1934 victory in the World Series. Dizzy was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1935 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953. He later became a baseball announcer and gained more fame for singing and using "colorful" language on the radio and television.

The Vaughn baseball uniform and hundreds of other Americana artifacts can be seen at the No Manís Land Museum on Tuesday Ė Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 & 1:00 PM Ė 4:00 PM Ė closed Sunday, Monday, and State Holidays. Follow the

Museum on Facebook @NoMansLandMuseum.





SAVING LIVES - Beaver hosted a vehicle extrication class over the weekend as volunteer firefighters and EMTS from the area learned new techniques to help save lives. The class was taught by the OSU Fire Training Service. Volunteers spent all day Saturday and Sunday both in the classroom and outdoors. Beaver chief Jon Elfers was pleased with the class and wished to thank the instructors who traveled from the OKC area.





Cecil Martinez of Beaver had some good luck catching this bass fish recently at Beaver Dunes lake.

Vehicle owners will keep tags effective July 1, OTC reports


Beginning July 1, 2019, when you sell your car, you will keep your license plate to put on the next car you purchase.

If you purchase your next vehicle from a dealership, that car will still come with a paper dealer tag and you will still have 30 days to register the car with our agency. Upon title and registration you may either put your old tag on the new car or you may purchase a new tag from the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) or your local tag agent.

If you purchase your next vehicle from anyone other than a licensed dealership, the car will not come with a tag. There are two options for tagging the car:

If you do not have a tag from a previous vehicle, the car may be driven for five days without a plate. During these five days, you must have a copy of the bill of sale or the assigned title in the vehicle.

If you have a tag from a previous vehicle you have 30 days to transfer the tag/registration to avoid penalties. Then that plate may be placed on the newly-purchased vehicle. Additional penalties and fees will begin accruing after 30 days if you have not registered the new car.

All Oklahoma drivers will be required to keep their Certificate of Registration paperwork in their car at all times, beginning July 1. A Certificate of Registration is issued at the time of titling the vehicle and when renewing the vehicle's yearly registration.

Registration Credit

If your license plate has not yet expired before you put it on a new car, you will be given credit on the cost of your new registration for any time remaining. You will not be able to change the expiration date of your registration if credit is applied. There may be instances where you are registering your vehicle for only a few months and then be required to renew that registration.

If you own multiple vehicles, you will not be allowed to move the plate back and forth between vehicles. Even though the plate is yours and will stay in your possession, it is assigned to a specific vehicle.

You may transfer a vehicle and the plate to an immediate family member with a signed and notarized affidavit. This is great news for parents of teen drivers.

Color Capture

One new feature on initial title registration applications will be a question about the primary color of the vehicle. The same question will appear on OkCARS for renewals. The vehicle color will be printed on your title but you will not be required to update your title if you paint your car.

Notice of Transfer

When selling a vehicle, owners may complete and submit a Notice of Transfer. Filing a


FOOTBALL CAMP - Duster coach Titus Burrell talks to his players during a recent football camp in Shattuck. This year the Dusters will begin their first year of 8-man football, which is just one of the many changes for the new year. The Dusters are at a 5-on-5 camp this week and will open the season August 30 at Garber.


Many changes coming

for Beaver students

Lots of changes will greet Beaver students in August when the 2019-20 school year begins. Two of the big ones are facility upgrades and new faculty and administrators.

Beaver Superintendent Scott Kinsey said last week that he appreciates the voters and patrons of the school for passing the bond issue that helped two upgrades to district facilities.

The repair and replacement of almost all school roofs and demolition of the old track surface and curbing that was replaced with a beautiful new track facility. Those projects began last July and were finished by the end of the school year.

"Roof projects are now complete and the track is nearly there except for some soon to be added features, including a timing package, shot put areas and updated long jump, high jump and pole vault surfaces and areas," Kinsey said. "Track coaches and students have already put it to good use during the end of school practices and elementary play day events.

"We are excited to continue with the possible hosting of a Regional track event in the future. We do ask that all students and patrons follow rules for the new track, which will be posted at all entry gates in order to ensure a long and successful use of these facilities."

The roof project is more difficult to view. New trim has been installed around the replaced areas and "hopefully students and staff will not have to navigate around numerous buckets in the hallways next year," he said.

New staff changes will also be prevalent for the 2019-20 school term.

Beaver saw the retirements of many long-time educators, including Mrs. Anne Chockley, Mrs. Jan Fisher, Mr. Jim Henry and Mr. Mike McVay. Kinsey said the district certainly wished the retirees well.

Kinsey also announced the following employee additions, changes and assignments for the new school year.

Gene Baird, high school math.

Vida Cano, HS English, foreign languages, AP English.

Rebecca Vengen, science.

Jaimie White, superintendent assistant.

Titus Burrell, high school principal.

Albert McReynolds, elementary principal.

Marisa Burrell, junior high English.

Emily Engelman, student teacher/third grade.

School administrators and counselor are working on putting a schedule together that will serve our studentís needs.

"School officials will have a school start informational article toward the end of July we approach the 2019-20 enrollment date of August 1," Kinsey said. "This article will contain information for parents concerning school start, enrollment, lunch forms, rules, policy updates, etc.

"Thanks again for all the support our school receives from local businesses and patrons. We look forward to another successful year of studentís education activities."


Turpin students enjoy water slide at "Play Day"


Mother/Son dodgeball Turpin tournament participants




Turpin High School Commencement



Turpin Elementary Students at "Play Day"






HONORING OUR VETS - Members of the Beaver High School STUCO braved the cool temperatures Thursday morning to place flags on the graves of veterans at the Pioneer Cemetery. The sponsor is Mrs. Nancy McVay.

BHS seniors win many scholarships


The Beaver High School Class of 2019 received thousands of dollars in local scholarships during Class Night activities on May 17.

Those scholarships, and amounts, are as follows:

Bank of Beaver ($500 each): Rylie Schlessman, Gabe Harris.

Glen Carrier Memorial Scholarship ($2,000): Trevor Avey, Juliet Chaloupek, Gabe Harris, Rylie Schlessman.

First Security Bank Scholarship ($500): Juliet Chaloupek.

Beaver Chapter GA of PEO ($500): Juliet Chaloupek.

Beaver Rotary Club ($500): Gabe Harris, Christian Story.

"We Believe" Jim and Kathy Stafford Scholarship ($200): Gabe Harris.

Beaver County Farm Bureau ($500): Juliet Chaloupek, Rylie Schlessman.

Class of Ď73 Memorial Scholarship ($500): Rylie Schlessman.

Richard and Florence Parker Memorial Scholarship ($300): Christian Story.

Coach Tom Lee Memorial Scholarship ($1,000): Gabe Harris.

Beaver Alumni Association Scholarship ($500): Trevor Avey, Christian Story.

Arlyn Harris Scholarship ($1,000): Rylie Schlessman.

Trippet Brothers Scholarship ($750): Gabe Harris.

BEST Scholarship ($500): Juliet Chaloupek.

Lewis-Marshall Scholarship ($500): Christian Story.

Linda Sanders Memorial Scholarship ($500): Trevor Avey.

Beaver Schools Faculty/Staff Scholarship ($150): Rylie Schlessman, Juliet Chaloupek.

Maure Robertson Solari Scholarship ($200): Rylie Schlessman.

Theda Burke Badmaieff Scholarship ($250): Juliet Chaloupek.

Agnes Cassity Memorial

Scholarship ($250): Trevor Avey.

Judge F. Hiner Dale Scholarship ($500): Christian Story.

Donnie McVay "We Believe" Memorial Scholarship ($500): Rylie Schlessman.

College/Career Day Scholarship ($250): Giovanna Baca.

Eddie & Helen Brown Scholarship ($1,000): Gabe Harris.

Andrew Becker Memorial Scholarship ($500): Trevor Avey.

Booster Club Scholarship ($250): Rylie Schlessman.

Fighting Heart Award ($100): Misael Chavez.


Many attend BHS

Ď19 alumni banquet

Beaver School Alumni Association met Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Beaver County fair pavilion. The banquet was catered by Virgil Gibson of Hardesty.

Mary Ester Murray Sallee, Class of 1979 served as president this year. Don Jenkins, Class of 1964 was master of ceremonies and kept the audience entertained. Bill Miller, Class of 1959, offered the invocation before the meal was served. The attendance wasnít quite as large as expected due to inclement weather being experienced throughout this area of the country, and also graduations on the same day.

Following the bountiful meal, Mary Ester welcomed those in attendance and led in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, after which Don Jenkins led them in the singing of the National Anthem.

Scholardship winners from the BHS senior class of 2019 are Trevor Avey and Christian Story.

Several prizes were given out to the oldest classmates: Clauda Hall Edwards, Class of 1946 and Keith Thomas, Class of 1943. Also recognized and given prizes furnished by the Bank of Beaver City and First Security Bank were Debbie Williams from Florida, Class of 1974, coming the farthest distance; LaNell Gourley Harris, Class of 1959, having the most kids graduate from BHS; Dwain and Peggy McFarland, married while in high school. Prizes were also given to the Class of 1969 for coming the farthest distance, Glen Needham from Ohio; the most kids in the class, Floyd VanDeburgh.

The veteraqns were recognized and given caps from the Bank of Beaver City and "travel buddies": Keith Thomas and Harold Kachel, World War II; and Danny Porter, Vietnam.

Kathal Lansden Bales, Class of 1963 and president of Beaver Historical Society told the group about the latest venture being undertaken at the Jones and Plummer Trail Musum, which will be a new addition to the building. Fund raising began in August and the amount needed was met and exceeded by January.

Classes honored were those ending in "4" and "9". Spokespersons for the classes were: lass of í49, Herb Sprague and Marvin Bridwell; Class of í54, Peggy McFarland; Class of í59 Randall Bensch; Class of í64 Dpn Jenkins; Class of í69 Jerry Grove; Class of í74 James Cudd; Class of í79 Mark and Denisa Janzen Engelman.

The Class of í49 represented by Herb Sprague and Marvin Bridwell set a record of sorts. Their football team scored a touchdown on Laverne from the first snap of the ball. And that was the only touchdown made for the rest of the season.

Those classmates who came from a distance to enjoy the wet weather were:

Steve Reynolds, Edmond; Edward Fish, Borger TX; Clauda Hall Edwsards, Roanoke TX; Steve Henry Sr., Bartlesville; Bonnie Renfrow, Carrolloton TX; Terry Peckham LaVier, Hominy; Sandy Stapp VanNest, Dallas TX; Louella Getz Stone, Oklahoma City; Melvin and Walter Batman, Pampa TX; Peggy Abbott Kuper, The Colony TX; Keitha Abbott Haynel, Cleveland TX;

Also Debbie Mathias Nelson, Houston TX; Norman Mahaffey, Laverne; Connie Vaughan, Blair; Kay Goldsmith, Oklahoma City; Roberta Sharp Hein, Alva; Debbie Williams, Florida; Mark and Denisa Engelman, everywhere (they have a RV and travel the globe); Danny and Kathryn Hardberger Porter, Victoria TX; Marvin Bridwell, Ardmore; Dana and Russ Cole, Topeka KS;

Also Malinda Webb, Stillwater; Leonard and Dana Harper Hoover, Booker TX; Sharon Cole Gauthier, Ardmore; Paula Gregg Hood, Cache; James Cudd, Hinton; Robert and Peggy Boyd, Dumas TX; Karen Peckham Felix, Enid; Monty Reeves, Booker TX; Lane Calhoon Dolly, Tulsa; Susan Savage Wheatley, Darrouzett TX; Glen and Karla Needham, Ohio; Jolene Kipper Ehret, Shattuck;

Also Bill Miller, Lexington KY; Jerry and Mary Grove, Bartlesville; Floyd VanDeburgh, Madison MS; Jim and Debbie Hilton, Enid; Cindy Young Adams, Hooker; Dave and Elaine Clapper, Brandenburg KY.

The evening was concluded by all singing the school song and playing of the Duster Fight Song by Mary Ester on her trumpet.



This big Tornado headed to Laverne May 23, 2019 and damaged homes and power lines but raised up before it made to the Laverne and spared the town.


This tornado was spotted north of Forgan May 20, 2019 out in open country and headed to Kansas

Duster graduating class of 2019

Senior Rylie Schlessman plays "Beaver Dusters" on the bells at the end of the BHS commencement

Water covered the road between Beaver and Forgan Monday, May 20, 2019 and caused one vehicle to hydrplane and go into the ditch and turn over



Beaver County News



Forty students awarded

 Glen Carrier scholarship

Forty recipients of the Glen Carrier Scholarship Trust have been announced by the trustees for the 2019-2020 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 Bachelorís 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. Carrierís 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 approximately 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 2019 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: Cheyenne McMinn and Britney Woodbury.

From Beaver High School: Trevor Avey, Juliet Chaloupek, Gabriel Harris, and Rylie Schlessman.

From Forgan High School: Lizbeth Lozano, Ramon Martinez, and Shandel Ramirez.

From Laverne High School: Patrick Laverty, Garrison Long, and Brook Pack.

From Turpin: Alondra Alba, Chloe Hendrich, Rayna Robinson, Trevin Watson, Trent Weber, and Micaela Young

Post-Secondary Awards go to the following: Cassandra Arredondo, Lesly Arriaga, Maddie Cates, Chandler Dearmin, Anna Epp, Brooke Jones, Dawson Kinser, Shay Kinsey, Averi Lansden, Devyn Lansden, Megan Lemieux, Natalie Linville, Allex Looper, Gunhar Martin, Skyler Mills, Hannah Mosburg, Jenna Pugh, Payton Russell, Hunter Starr, Nikki Taylor, Landon Weber, 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 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.



Graceís wishes come

true at Disney World


Grace Martinez & Elsa

By Kristen Martinez

Many may know, many may not, but when a child is facing a critical illness, Make a Wish grants them a wish. I remember when Grace was presented with this opportunity in her hospital room just a few days after diagnosis of leukemia, I began weeping because I always believed these wishes were for children who had terminal cases. That isnít always the case as wishes are granted to any child who has faced a life threatening condition.

There are few things to look forward to as a child facing a critical illness and thatís what makes wishes so powerful! We have known Grace was going to make her wish eventually, and we spent many nights in the hospital bed, mornings stuck in doctorís offices and countless drives to treatment discussing what her wish would be like.

Last summer "wish granters" from Make a Wish came and visited us while we were spending over a month in Oklahoma City while Grace received treatment. They came during the darkest time in her treatment. She was in the most intensive phase of her chemo.

Thatís when we saw the power of the wish. I associate Grace making her wish to meet Elsa and become a princess with that phase of treatment. We knew the wish was close to a year away from being granted, but it didnít stop the enthusiasm. The build up of the wish, the promise of having something magical happen, is just as special as the wish itself. While treating the body and physical condition/symptoms is crucial for healing, I believe so much of our healing is tied to our heart. Staying positive is crucial. On days when finding the positives prove to be challenging, we would talk about Graceís wish.

Fast forward to April 2019, it was time for Graceís wish to be granted. We were off to sunny Florida to meet Elsa at Disney World and turn Grace and her sister Anna into princesses.

We stayed at Give Kids the World, a resort created only for Make a wish recipients. While the amusement parks, the VIP treatment, the perks, were all so amazing, I will always remember Give Kids the World. Our girls didnít want to leave. In fact we spent our final day at the resort because Grace preferred it over the parks. Seriously... if that doesnít say how amazing this place was, a kid preferred it over "the happiest place on earth,"what does?
While at the resort, I saw so much joy and pain at once.

Iím choosing to focus on the joy. The joy was everywhere. A life size candy land game, ice cream available all day as much as you wanted, rides accessible to all-even those bound to a wheelchair, a spa just for kids, a cookie truck that cruises the streets looking for kids in need of a treat, a swimming pool and snack bar that offered unlimited slushies and hotdogs, Santa visiting with a toy for each child, a Halloween party with all the games and candy you could want, and maybe the greatest joy was the love and understanding you received when you looked in every parents eyes.

They didnít know the battles we have fought nor did we know theirs, but the fact that they were here meant they understood the world we live in, that so many donít. They canít.

There was also pain. Pain when you met the parents who knew this might be the last trip they take with their child, pain when you met the parent who knew that while this week was magical they would be going back to a world that didnít accommodate their child the way this remarkable resort did... but I donít want to dwell on that pain. In fact, Iím going to quit shining light on it. Because the joy was far brighter.

Give Kids the World was magic. If you havenít heard of it, I hadnít, you should look into it. It inspires so much hope and restores my faith in humanity. This amazing place came about because of one man, Henri Landwirth, an immigrant, a holocaust survivor, who didnít speak English and had $20 in his pocket when he arrived in the United States. An extraordinary story of an extraordinary man who would go on to do extraordinary things.

While I would give anything to erase pediatric cancer and not have my daughter experience the pain she has, I choose to be grateful for the blessings and silver linings we are given along the way. Make-a-Wish was without a doubt a silver lining!



May Meeting

Clearlake OHCE

Monday, May 6, 2019 the Clearlake OHCE members met at the Red Prairie Restaurant in Woodward for lunch. Afternoon they went to the lovely home of Marilyn Jones for a business meeting and lesson. President, Joyce DeWitt called the meeting to order and led the group in reciting the Opening prayer and Flag Salute.

Marilyn gave the devotion on a story on Mary & Martha, reading from Luke 10: 38-42.

Roll call, "Have you made a T-Shirt dress" was answered by Jan Bennett, Dorothy Cornelson, Joyce DeWitt, Mary Evans, Vera Floyd, Marilyn Jones, Barbara Marshall, LaDonna Meyers, and Karen Weber. The Secretary/Treasurer Carol Mulbery recently had foot surgery and was unable to attend, so Mary Evans read the April minutes and reviewed the March minutes for the group. Both were approved as read. She gave the treasurerís report which was filed for audit.

The West District Meeting (Northern Region) at Guymon was reported on and the Floating Teacups workshops were very successful.

Members were reminded of the State OHCE meeting, July 7-9, at the Embassy Suites Downtown OKC.

The business meeting was adjourned with the Closing Ode.

Marilyn then presented the lesson, T-Shirt dresses, beginning with the history of T-shirts, which was quite interesting. The T-shirt, (so named, presumably, because of the shirtís shape) developed in the early 1900ís was worn as underwear until heart throbs like Marlon Brando Streetcar Named Desire in 1951 and James Dean in1955ís Rebel Without a Cause rocked them on the silver screen that the T-shirt truly became the T-shirt, no matter how plain and simple it was.

Marilyn showed different outfits made with T-shirts, new and recycled, including a T-shirt dress, onesies with a skirt ruffle added, and boyís pajamas made from a manís long sleeve t-shirt, using the sleeves with cuffs to make the bottoms.

She served refreshing summer pies of different flavors, along with tea and lemonade!

Vera Floyd will be hostess for the June 10, 2019 meeting at 1:30. The lesson "Household pests and their removal" will be given at the Extension Office on May 30th.



Darcy Lynne will be at Crystal Beach Stadium in Woodward Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m.

Tickets went on sale Monday. Tickets can be bought on line

Or in Woodward at: NAPA Auto Parts, Cowboy Tack Shop, Butchís Guns, Samís CDís or at Gate Days.


Children $15

Adult $30

Reserved $55

Limited amount of VIP Reserves with meet and greet $95.



Balko names top students

for graduating class of Ď19

Officials at Balko High School have named three top students for the Class of 2019.

They are: Britney Woodbury, valedictorian and Dacey Busby and Britney Woodbury, co-salutatorians.

Woodbury is the daughter of Brad and Carissa Woodbury.

She plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University to major in music and minor in biology. Once finished with her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend OU medical and get a degree as a family practitioner.

Busby is the daughter of Monte and Yvonne Busby and Barb Klenz. She plans to attend Seward County Community College for her basics then go to a 4-year college to major in childhood education and social work.

McMinn is the daughter of Chris and Connie McMinn. She plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University this fall to major in elementary education with a minor in music.

Forgan names three senior

honor students for Class of 2019

Forgan High School officials have announced three honor students for the Class of 2019. They are: Kellen Cano, Lizbeth Lozano and Ramon Martinez.

Cano is the son of Oscar and Vida Cano. He has been active in academic team, honor society, yearbook and newspaper. Kellen has been vice-president of his class throughout high school and is also vice-president of NHS.

He also serves as captain and MVP of the academic team. He enjoys drawing, cartooning and gaming and plans to combine those interests into a degree in digital animation and design.

Lozano is the daughter of Guadalupe and Rosario Lozano and sister of Eddie Lozano.

Lizbeth plans to attend Seward County Community College, then transfer to Northwestern Oklahoma State to pursue nursing. She has been active in basketball, cross country and cheer. Also NHS as treasurer, STUCO as treasurer, academic team and senior class treasurer.

Ramon is the son of Raymundo and Guadalupe Martinez. He has served as senior class president, student council vice president, basketball team captain and the NHS president. Ramon likes to read and do any type of work he can in his free time.

He plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University after high school and study allied health service so he can become a physical therapist.

Turpin to honor seven

top students this year

Turpin High School officials have announced the top students for the Class of 2019. Seven students were named Co-Valedictorians (Litzy Aquino, Mario Fraire, Chloe Hendrich, Alondra Quinones, Rayna Robinson, Micaela Young) and Rene Mendoza has been named Salutatorian.

Aquino has been active in Oklahoma Honor Society, track, FCA, cheerleading and STUCO. She plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University to study biology and later become an orthopedic surgeon.

Fraire has been active in OHS, STUCO, quiz bowl, robotics, metal tech and choir. He plans to attend OU to study biomedical engineering.

Hendrich has been active in OHS, FCA, cheerleading, STUCO, band, softball, quiz bowl, vocal and track. She will attend MSSU to study biology and become a pediatric oncologist.

Quinones has been active in OHS, FCA, quiz bowl, track, cross country, cheer, band, vocal, yearbook, newscast and newspaper. She plans to attend UCO to study child psychology.

Robinson has been active in OHS, FCA, cheer, STUCO, band, softball, quiz bowl, vocal, track, cross country, yearbook, newscast and newspaper. She plans to attend SWOSU and study biology and later become a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Young has been active in OHS, softball, basketball, track, FCA, yearbook, newscast and cheer. She plans to attend SWOSU to study accounting and business finance.

Mendoza has been active in OHS, FCA, football, track, power lifting, metal tech, newscast and yearbook. He plans to attend SWOSU to study healthcare administration and later join the United States Navy.

Beaver names three honor

students for Class of 2019

Officials at Beaver High School have announced three honor students for the Class of 2019. They are: Juliet Chaloupek, Gabriel Harris and Rylie Schlessman.

Chaloupek is the daughter of Arlyn and Felisa Chaloupek. She has been active in FCS and NHS as president; STUCO, senior class secretary, cheer, vocal and the Baptist Youth Group.

Juliet plans to attend Colorado Mesa University and study dental hygiene.

Harris is the son of Dean and Ashley Harris. He has three sisters: Kaylee, who graduated in 2013; Libby, a seventh grader and Judy, an eighth grader and two brothers - Joshua, a fifth grader and Matthew, a third grader.

Gabe has been active in football, FCS, FFA, STUCO, NHS and Chi Alpha youth group. He plans to attend the Oklahoma State University and earn a degree in zoology.

Schlessman is the daughter of Craig and Alissa Schlessman. She has one sister, Malloree, who is a freshman at BHS. She has been active in baksetball, softball, cross country, STUCO, NHS, Beaver elementary mentor program and yearbook. She serves as the STUCO president, class vice-president and NHS secretary.

Rylie plans to attend West Texas A&M in Canyon and major in pre-physical therapy.


Those receiving recognition at the Beard Contest during Cow Chip were: John Savage, Brother Dennis Woods; Red Harper, Wildest Beard; David Shaw, Longest Beard;  Jake Templin, Grubbiest Beard; Brian Starr, Best Mustache, and Eric Cline and Trevor Avery, Neatest Beard.

Brian Starr Best Mustache

Jake Templin grubbiest

David Shaw Longest

Eric Cline and Trevor Avery Neatest Beard

Red Harper Wildest Beard



Groundyke Transport made our 50th Cow Chip Parade.

Groundyke started in Beaver, Ok. The company is now located in Enid and in many other places in the US.

Longhorn Cattle made our Parade this year at the end of the parade.


Darci Lynne's 2019 Tour

May 12 Sun
Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City, OK, United States
May 18 Sat
Old National Events Plaza
Evansville, IN, United States
May 19 Sun
Aronoff Center for the Arts
Cincinnati, OH, United States
Sep 7 Sat
York Fairgrounds
York, PA, United States


2019 Alumni meetings will be held at Forgan, Clearlake and Beaver.

At Beaver Classes 9 and 4 will be recognized.

Forganís Alumni will meet Saturday, May 25, 2019. Classes of 1959-60-61 and others will be at Golden Agers from 1 to 4 p.m.

4:30 Program honoring classes ending in 8 and 9.

6 p.m. $25 meal in cafeteria. After dinner return to Golden Agers.

The Seventh Clearlake School Reunion is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Former students and/or teachers of Clearlake Grade School or any schools in the community, please plan to attend. Neighbors, Family and Friends are welcome too. Bring a covered dish for the meal, pictures and memories to share. Drinks, ice, plates and table service will be provided.

Gate school Reunion

Sat May 25 at 6:30 at the Gate Community Center. Covered dish dinner & meeting to follow


Beaver County news

BOARD SWORN IN - Judge Ryan Reddick, left, recently performed a swearing in ceremony for newly elected officers for the Town of Beaver. Pictured, from left, are Bob Downing, Kirk Fisher, Kevin Cline, Mary Sallee - all board members and city clerk Shannon Mitchell.


Drug Bust in Beaver County

On Saturday April 20th District One Agents of Oklahoma received a call for assistance after an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper seized 35 pounds of methamphetamine in Beaver County. An operation was planned and executed to complete the delivery to a destination in Tulsa. 3 suspects have been taken into custody. The Beaver County Sheriffs Office, Enid Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the DEA of Tulsa assisted in the operation.


One Vehicle Accident Injures an Elmwood Man

A one vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon has injured an Elmwood Man. The accident occurred at approximately 12:15pm 6/10 of a mile south of US270. It was reported April 16, 2019.

A 2005 Ford Focus 4 door driven by Dustin Cyril Cross, 35, of Elmwood, Oklahoma was Northbound on County Road NS140 when the vehicle departed the roadway to the right, traveling 240 feet in the ditch. The Focus struck a section of the ditch that caused him to become airborne. The vehicle then overturned two times before coming to rest on its top. Cross had his arm pinned through the windshield under the front of the vehicle.The driverís arm was pinned from 12:15 until 4:02 for a total of three hours, forty seven minutes. He was freed by Beaver Fire Department.

Cross was air lifted by Apollo from the scene to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He was admitted for trunk internal, leg, and arm injuries. Listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but the driver appeared to be impaired by alcohol. Seatbelts were not in use at the time of the accident.



STATE CONVENTION - Turpin Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students (above) attended the 73rd state FCCLA convention in Oklahoma City. Patrick Grady was the keynote speaker. Through his humorous and interactive presentations, Patrick assisted FCCLA members to identify the positives associated with FCCLA, and he taught members how to get out of paradigms that hold back creative thinking and develop new patterns of thinking that support innovation and new ideas. Breakout sessions for members educated students on distracted driving, the language of body and dress, growing through giving, the importance of inclusion, 7 habits of highly effective teens, and leading America. "Generation Why" also performed their art, music, and delivered the message of leading with purpose in this generation.


50th chip toss a smashing

 success for Chamber

Huge crowds greeted chip throwers Saturday for the 50th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest Championship.

Every event during the celebration drew nice crowds from the Chili cook off on April 13 to the bull fights late Saturday night.

Contestant numbers were also high as 39 competed in individual throws, while 20 teams were entered in the event this year.

Winners of the throw all were new. In the menís division, Martin Garcia  won first place with a toss of 109-109, followed by world record holder Drew Russell, who had a toss of 105-7. Third was Beaver Fire Chief Jon Elfers with a toss of 101-1.

South winds at 25-30 hampered chip tossers as several throws went out of bounds.

In the womenís division, Liz Wood from Wisconsin took first with a throw of 71-4. Second was Nikki Taylor from Forgan with a toss of 61-10, and third was Adele Sakich with a throw of 52-1.

In the VIP division, Richard Bogner, a member of the Old West Gunfighters group, took the top honor with a throw of 76-10. Zachary Martinez of Dodge City was second, and Joe Denoyer of Liberal was third.

In the team competition, Blue Sage was first with a combined effort of 286-10. Team members were Dillon Hilton, Jacob Bridwell, Brad Lusk and Cole Williams. Second was team fresh and third was the Beaver Fire Department.


WINNERS - Winners in the 50th annual Cow Chip Throw were (menís top) Martin Garcia, (and Parker) first; Drew Russell, second and Jon Elfers, third.

In the womenís division, left, winners were, from left, Liz Wood, first (Wisconsin winner); Nikki Taylor, second and Adele Sakich, third. There were over 100 competitors in the 50th annual chip toss

Dodge City Kansas cowboys came down and put on a Shoot-out for the folks after the parade.

Mrs. Berenice Jackson, president of the Beaver County Historical Society, presents one of the Beaver County History books to Governor Dewey F. Bartlett Saturday while co-workers look on. Shown at left are Dick Trippet, president of the Beaver Chamber of commerce and behind him is Congressman Happy Camp, who also received one of the books.
(1970 photo)

Governor Dewey Bartlett presented the first World Champion Cow Chip Throwing plaques to Dean Starr and Patti Patane, KGNC-TV news of Amarillo, Texas while Congressman Happy Camp watches.

The Stands were very crowed with many folks coming to watch the Bull Fighting and Bull Riding at the last event of the 50th Cow Chip (Cimarron Territory Celebration)  

This was the final photo of the Friday night Fireworks Display by Levi Clark. The photo was taken by a Drone.

Here is another neat photo of Beaver taken from a drone Friday night during Levi's fireworks display.






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 yearís event was dedicated to longtime Beaver EMT Bill Greenfield, who passed away suddenly last April.

This yearís 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 Billís 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 Billís

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.

Peopleís Choice: Bank of Beaver City.


CONSOLATION CHAMPS - The Beaver Lady Dusters took the consolation trophy during last Fridayís 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 yearís 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

ē 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!

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

Sunday, April 14

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

Monday, April 15

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

Tuesday, April 16

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

Wednesday, April 17

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

Thursday, April 18

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 20

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

a.m. in front of Clineís Body Shop.

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

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

ē Cow Chip parade, 11 a.m., downtown.

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

ē Morland Mills under the awning, noon, fairgrounds.

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

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

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

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

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

ē 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 teamís 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 Lehnertís Family and Consumer Science Class, top of stairs, spent last week doing random acts of kindness, including reading to younger students.


Lehnertís 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 Maryís Extraordinary Deed to 120 students Friday afternoon.

"The story highlights how Ordinary Maryís 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 Maryís 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 - Forganís Lizbeth Lozano (center) was honored as Forganís 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 Commissionís 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 agencyís 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.

Superintendentís 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.

Principalís 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 donít 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 attorneysí 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.

Steinís 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. Steinís 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 donít kill us. Please donít hate us. We canít 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 Wrightís courtroom statement showed he was still in denial about what he did, adding and he did not buy that there was any remorse on Wrightís 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 menís 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.







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.







Back in Time Goes Cow Punching on the Open Prairie 

Oklahoma City, OK ó 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 Oklahomaís ďCow Town.Ē
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 nationís taste for beef.
ďItís fascinating how this major historic event gave birth the rise of the beef industry,Ē said Robert Burch, writer and producer of Back in Time. ďBeef became a food staple for soldiers during the Civil War, and when they returned home, they still wanted it.Ē
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 OETAís 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.
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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 Ė Gunnar Lansden, Business

BEAVER Ė Dalton Cramer, criminal justice-law enforcement option

BEAVER Ė Adrianna Tibbetts, vocal

FORGAN Ė Jacqueline Rodriguez, accounting

BALKO Ė Kylie Edwards, agriculture

BALKO Ė Ryann Blackburn, elementary education.





Local family thankful for

support for their little girl Grace

Childhood cancer awareness month


(EDITORíS NOTE: We asked Kristen Martinez of Beaver to write an article for the paper about her and Rickís 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 Iíve 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 donít know Graceís story, let me catch you up. In the summer of 2017, we began worrying about Graceís growth. Our pediatrician wasnít 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 didnít 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 childrenís 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 donít 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 wasnít going to say "I might be wrong," or "we arenít sure," I began pleading over and over "You have to save her. She canít 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 Iím 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 couldnít find a vein. Remember when I thought I couldnít 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, Iím 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 throughí her in that moment, hours after hearing that awful news, when her momma and daddy most needed to hear Godís 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 arenít typically allowed in operating rooms. Iím 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 Graceís operation to be over. (The operation was placing a port in her chest, spinal tap, bone marrow test, and possibly something else but I canít remember)

The priest they sent to visit us wasnít an ordinary priest. He grew up in the halls of OU Childrenís 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 babyís 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 wasnít 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.. itís 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 leukemiaís 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 didnít have any reactions. We met with doctor after doctor, nurse after nurse, psychologist and therapists. My brain was complete and utter mush. I didnít retain anything they told us other then what I had to. I would even tell them that. "Iím 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 youíve 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 didnít, 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 couldnít be further from the truth. There hasnít been a single moment since January 10th that I didnít feel the love of this community. We love living out here and 2018 has solidified that. I canít imagine going through this anywhere else. Itís easy to complain about the headaches we face living in the panhandle, but Iíll 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.