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Beaver to kick off 2018-19 school year August 16
Beaver Public School will begin the 2018-19 school year on Tuesday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 15 with teacher inservice. Classes for students will begin on Thursday, August 16.
"This will be a full day of classes with buses running and meals being served," said Beaver Superintendent Scott Kinsey.
School will begin with a warning bell at 7:55 a.m. and classes starting at 8 a.m. Lunch schedules will remain the same. Primary and elementary students will be dismissed the same as last year with the JH and HS dismiss bell to ring at 3 p.m.
A pre-enrollment date for all students (PK through 12) will be on Wednesday, August 1. Parents are required to come to enroll their children and sign all required forms. Teachers in the respective grades will be on hand to inform parents about the coming year and any other things their PK-6 student might need for class. PK-6th students will enroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria.
"Please attend on this date so the school will have all necessary forms ready on students starting the first day of classes," Kinsey said. Grades 7-12 will also pre-enroll on Wednesday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the board and art room.
Pre-enrollment forms will be available for pickup at the school prior to this date so parents can have everything completed to speed up the process.
Free and reduced lunch applications are available at enrollment and parents are encouraged to fill out these forms if they feel they would qualify. Junior high students are reminded that lunch period is closed campus for them and all junior high students will go to the lunchroom to eat in their designated area.
Also, all paid lunch accounts must be paid in advance. "This year we will strongly enforce this policy," Kinsey said. "Lunches may be paid by the month, semester or year. There will be a schedule in the school calendar for your reference. If the student’s lunch account is zero, then they must make other arrangements for lunch until the account is paid."
A supplemental accident insurance program is offered for parents’ convenience.
"Neither the school, nor any school official is compensated by the insurance company," Kinsey stated. "We have selected an insurance company that provides supplemental accident insurance through approximately 400 school districts in Oklahoma. The school system assumes no financial responsibility for medical cost of an accident according to a student while on school grounds, participating in a sport or other school activity.
"The school serves as the middle man in making the forms available to parents. The school has no role in claims and other correspondence with the company. The school highly recommends that parents check into the possibility of this supplemental insurance for their children."
The school has completed regular maintenance items throughout the summer including cleaning desks, chairs, finishing floors, cleaning bathrooms, hallways, maintenance on the field house sewer pump system and preparing for updating old sewer lines in the elementary basement.
"Thanks to the patron’s approval of the bonds, the district has started replacing all necessary roof coverings and the installation of the new track," Kinsey said. "These projects will most likely continue as school starts.
"We want all patrons and students to be reminded to avoid and obey all caution signs and areas where contractors are working."
Patrons and other non-staff persons should be aware that all regular entrances to main school buildings will be locked when school is in session. Visitors and patrons will need to call ahead before coming to the school for entry. All visitors will still have to sign in at the office in the junior high, elementary or high school before making contact with students or staff members.
"These procedures are intended for the safety and security of our students and staff," Mr. Kinsey said.
Another way the district will stress safety among students and staff in our policy is that no bookbags/carry bags are allowed in grades 7-12.
The 2018-19 school calendar will be available at enrollment. Parents and students should note any new changes in the handbook rules. School officials also urge parents to make sure that students are following dress code requirements and are appropriately dressed when coming to school so as to avoid being sent home to change for possible violations.
Parents are also reminded that the student use of cell phones or other unapproved electronic devices is prohibited during the school day. "Please go over the policy in the handbook on this topic with your student to avoid unnecessary actions by school officials," Kinsey said.
The district has also enacted a student drug testing program for extracurricular participants and student drivers parking on school property. A copy and details of this new policy will be included in the handbook. A consent form will be part of the enrollment process for both students and parents. Beaver School campuses are alcohol, tobacco, drugs and weapon free per federal safe and drug free campuses act.
Also, patrons are reminded that the district has policy on the use of school facilities. This includes all buildings/classrooms/equipment and all ball fields. Use of these facilities outside the regular school schedule should be approved by contacting an administrator.
"Non scheduled school events or other groups who wish to use the ball fields should contact the school and advise when and for how long the use is requested," Kinsey said. "This is important due to liability and responsibility for tuning off lights, picking up trash and make sure no water is left on. The district reserves the right to deny access in case of abuse or property damage."
Patrons and students are also reminded to please observe speed limits when school starts to avoid any accidents involving students or other vehicles.
District officials and administrators want to remind parents how important student attendance is to their success in the education process. Officials ask that parents make every effort to ensure your children attend school classes every day they possibly can.
Last year, staff and administrators observed more students coming to school late in the morning and also late after the noon break.
"If your child is one who makes it to school on time and is never tardy for class, congratulations on instilling in them the importance of their education and staying on schedule," Kinsey said. "Unfortunately, we have a growing number of students showing up late.
"We have a policy where students are docked points on their grade average after so many tardies. The district is considering other methods to encourage all students to come on time in the morning and after lunch. Closed campus for all students during lunch has been considered."
The updated handbook also includes after school detention as an option for the administration to encourage students to be on time for classes in the morning and after lunch.
Kinsey encourages all parents to stress the importance of attendance in school. District officials will contact parents of students are tardy or late. After that, school officials will contact the District Attorney’s office for assistance.
Beaver School has hired Michelle Shadden, Kyler and Michalia McDonald, Ashley Harrison, Lindsey Sargent, Samuel Engelman and Jeniffer Covel.
"We want to welcome them all to our family and wish them success in their first year as Dusters," Kinsey said.
Because of the continuing teacher shortage in Oklahoma, the State Department of Education is allowing school districts to employ individuals with a bachelor’s degree on a provisional/emergency certification. Although these individuals may not have yet gone through some education courses or taken some exams, they have completed all requirements set forth by the SDE.
"They have exhibited the desire and commitment to teach our students to the best of their ability," Kinsey said. "During the coming year, these emergency certified teachers will be completing exams and possibly taking coursework recommended by SDE to convert their certificates into full certified instructors.
"Beaver Schools will also work closely with these individuals through principal and experienced teacher mentoring committees. Our goal is to guide them and help to be the best educator they can become. As a community and parent, we ask that you work closely with these new teachers and the school so together we can provide our students with the foundations of an excellent education."
"The administration and staff would like to thank our community and patrons for their support through fund raisers and other assistance as we face another year of tight budgets and limited revenue," Kinsey added. "We are dedicated to our mission of providing our students with educational and social foundations that will promote personal success.
"Administrators, teachers and support staff look forward to another successful year of working with and educating your children. Thanks for everything this community does to support our school, teachers, staff and students! Go Dusters!"
Turpin School Enrollment Set
Turpin Public Schools will have their enrollment for ALL Pre K- 12 students August 6 and August 7 in the High School Library 8:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m with the doors closing at 11:30 and 2:00 to 6:00. All past lunches and past fees owed must be paid. Lunches and fees must be paid with separate checks. NEW students need to bring previous school information, shot records, birth certificate, security card and proof of residency. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE CURRENT WITH IMMUNIZATIONS BEFORE THEY CAN START SCHOOL AUGUST 16. 7th through 12th grade students must have a Td Booster. Check with the Beaver County Heath Department (580)625-3693 about required immunizations as state requirements vary.
The first day of school will be Thursday, August 16th. School will start at 8:10 a.m and end at 3:03 p.m. If you have any questions contact Turpin Public School at (580)778-3333.
School beginning work
soon thanks to bonds
When the 2018-19 school year kicks off in just a few short weeks, the area around the school will look like a construction zone.
According to Superintendent Scott Kinsey, school officials have been busy getting the bond issue projects up and going.
While work has started on the new track area, roofers will begin staging their equipment during the week of July 9 with tear off slated for July 16.
"The school will look like a construction zone for some time so we are asking parents and students to please be aware of any caution areas where work is taking place," Kinsey said.
The track top layer and base have been taken out with the help of workers from Beaver County. Vibra Whirl out of Panhandle, Texas was awarded the bid to install the new track surface.
Mr. Kinsey also reported that the school should receive new vehicles - including the new activity buses to be delivered before the first day of school, which is August 16.
Also, the school has been busy replacing classroom teachers and aides.
"The teacher shortage continues to look large in Oklahoma. We are making plans to cover each class with the best possible and available staff," Kinsey said. Spots in elementary, band, high school math and English have been interviewed and will be announced later this month."
With the 2018 football season nearing, new Beaver High School football coach Titus Burrell shared some exciting news Monday morning.
NEW GEAR - Duster football coach Titus Burrell shows off just some of the $2,500 worth of Under Armor gear that he has garnered for the upcoming football season.
Duster football gets
This year’s Duster team will be sponsored by Under Armor. Burrell has received over $2,500 worth of equipment from the apparel company.
"I walked in and they asked what our school colors are. When I said black and yellow, they opened a box of cleats and they were in our colors," Burrell said.
The coach did say he is seeking donations for the upcoming season for various equipment and uniform needs. He can be reached at 580-527-1157.
Football practice will start for the Dusters on August 6. The team’s first game of the season is slated for August 24 at Merritt. BHS will open at home the following Friday.
Darci brought her friends to see the children
at Oklahoma City Children's hospital this week
The children enjoyed Darci's show
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Tales from No Man’s Land Museum
The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is dedicated to preserving the history of Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties. Hundreds of the artifacts are recognizable by any age group, but some are more defined by only certain generations. One such artifact is the “Short Snorter” possibly only familiar to those who lived and/or served during World War II.
A Short Snorter was a banknote (dollar bill, etc.) signed by various people traveling together or meeting at different events or places. The origin of the “Short Snorter” isn’t definite, but it may have begun in the 1920’s with pilots in Alaska. If a pilot signed a Short Snorter and couldn’t produce it, he owed you a dollar or a drink – a “short snort”. As more and more people flew, they started signing bills with more autographs added to more bills as they were taped together.
The “Short Snorter” in the Museum is of the World War II era and has 26 bills and is 10’ 1 ½” long with 49 signatures. The first bill, a U. S. two dollar bill with 1928 red seal, was attached to a playing card. Along the top edge was hand written, “May 28, 1944, landed in Ireland, Nutts Corner,” a Royal Air Force Station. This was only days before the D Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, as American and British soldiers stormed into occupied France. The second bill is a 10 Francs note followed by one from the Netherlands and then a German ½ Mark (Allied Occupation) money. That bill is followed by one from Belgium and more German and French bills. There are also bills from Austria, Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, Dutch East Indies and Philippines (Japanese Occupation Currency), Italy, and Sweden. The final and 26th addition was a 20 schillings bill from England with the notation on the top edge, “Landed at Bradley Field, Conn. June 21, 1945.”
One name on the Short Snorter that is known in Texas County is E. Lee Nichols, Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Nichols. He entered the Army in 1942, and was sent to England where he served for 33 months at Bassingbourne Airdrome, 12 miles southwest of Cambridge. Nichols was an engineering clerk in the maintenance section of the famous Flying Fortress Bombardment group. (The B17 Flying Fortress was a four engine heavy bomber used against German targets by the Army Air Corps.) Part of his work consisted of inspecting airplanes on their return from combat missions to determine the extent of damage.
The Museum has a copy of a Nichols’ radio interview conducted while he was on duty. He stated that he arose at 5:00 AM to check everything on the plane before the sun came up. He and the other crew members worried about the planes until the control tower told them that the planes were near home. Then they looked for any types of battle damage on the planes. Nichols said that his ship was the “Jack-the-Ripper” which was given a complete inspection before being ready to fly out again. If there was damage, they stayed up all night to put her back in shape. Before the interview ended, Nichols mentioned that he hoped his wife was listening. He had married a British girl and was eventually discharged in September, 1945. They returned to the United States and in November of that year, he began work in the office of the registrar of Panhandle A and M College.
The original owner of the Short Snorter is unknown, but it was given to the Museum by Lee Nichols. It is believed that it was used as collateral for a bank loan after World War II.
There are Short Snorters with names of the famous during World War II in various American museums. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum even has a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt signing Short Snorters for troops in 1944, at the Panama Canal Zone. The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is honored to have a wonderful example from the “Greatest Generation”.
The Museum is open on Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Follow the Museum on Facebook@NoMansLandMuseum.
Beaver American Legion Post 149 will be meeting the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 P.M.. at the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum. You are welcome to attend.
winners are named
Thirty recipients of the Glen Carrier Scholarship Trust have been announced by the trustees for the 2018-2019 school year.
Carrier, a longtime farmer near Knowles until his death on February 8, 1997, left a legacy to students of Beaver County in the form of a scholarship trust. The scholarship is based upon academics, community involvement and financial need of those students whose grade point average is 3.0 or better. Also taken into account is how many students in one family are pursuing a college or voc-tech degree. Another factor considered is whether the student is receiving several other scholarships or not.
Students may attend a nearby school in an adjoining county if their primary residence is in Beaver County. For Post-Secondary applicants, criteria include whether the student is working to help finance his/her degree, whether the student has maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, whether he or she has participated in other activities in the college or voc-tech school or in the community, and whether the student is attending an expensive private institution rather than a comparable state school when the same degree is offered both places. The scholarship is not available for graduate work beyond the Bachelor’s degree.
The Trustees and Selection Committee emphasize that often the very top high school students in the application pool are not selected for the Carrier Scholarship as they are likely to receive several scholarships, while those whose grade point averages are high but not in the top 2 or 3 will not receive any. Mr. Carrier’s wishes were that those students who might not be able to go to college otherwise but who are good students have the opportunity. His other wishes were that the scholarships could be used at a vocational-technical school, as well as in a community college or university.
Other factors include carrying a full academic load, leadership, character, and community involvement, as well as part-time employment, beyond school events. Often seniors in high school opt out of hard courses or courses beyond the basic requirements for graduation. This is a negative factor for consideration for all scholarships, not just the Carrier. Those students who take college courses while still in high school are give special consideration, also. Former graduates are also eligible to apply. There were over fifty applications from current and previous students.
The six person Selection Committee is made up of citizens from different parts of the County and who are willing to read all of the multiple- page applications and rank them independently of scoring by the other team members. This means countless hours of volunteer work on their part.
Mr. Carrier was two years old when he came to the Panhandle area in 1906. He lived near the present town of Knowles all his life, attending school at Beaumont, a one-room school, as did his sisters Emily (Owens) and Ethel (Carrier), and his brother Victor. Glen Carrier and his brother became very successful farmers in the Knowles area.
The 2018 recipients have recognized at awards ceremonies in their respective schools. Those students receiving scholarships in the amount of $2000 are as follows:
From Balko High School: Chandler Dearmin
From Beaver High School: Rebekah Dame, Emilie Kemp, Devyn Lansden, Hannah Mosburg. Skyler Perry
From Forgan High School: Michelle Lemieux, Cassi Rodkey, Casey Taylor
From Laverne High School: Cassandra Arredondo, Tel Dewitt, Whitley Welch
From Turpin: Dawson Kinser, Lexi Martin, Calli McVay
Home Schooled: Anna Epp
Post-Secondary Awards go to the following: Raegan Alvarez, Chase Bryer, Maddie Cates, Courtney Duff, Courtney Eagan, Kendra Gift, Brooke Hessman, Averi Lansden, Allex Looper, Gunhar Martin, Skyler Mills, Keleb Parish, Isai Lara-Ramirez, Sheldynn Reynolds, Taryn Robinson, Payton Russell, Paola Villalobos, Hunter Starr, Garrett Webber, Hannah Weber, Landon Weber, Nicole Welch, Jess Wells and Peyton Zielke
Every year the Selection Committee has a very difficult task. One of the Selection Committee remarked that it is so hard to choose as all of the applicants are excellent candidates. This committee is made up of citizens from all over the County who donate at least many hours to read and score applications, then to meet as a group to compile scores and make decisions. The students of the County owe them a debt of gratitude!
Although the Trustees do not serve on the Selection Committee, they will be available to answer questions about how to apply for scholarships in the future or to answer other questions. These may be addressed to P. O. Box 1453, Beaver, or by calling 405-234-6743.
Beaver's Dr. Gary Matthews named
"Rural Physician of the Year"
Gary Mathews, MD, has received the "Rural Physician of the Year" award from the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma. Dr. Mathews received the award at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the Oklahoma Health Conference on May 22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Okla.
Dr. Mathews was nominated by Alissa Schlessman, Administrator/CEO and Susan Trippett, ARNP, at Beaver County Memorial Hospital.
Schlessman and Trippett wrote in the nomination, "…there are those times that we witness the era going by right in front of us and realize that we are seeing history in front of our own eyes. Such is the case with working with ..Dr. Gary Mathews…he does it all. To watch him gather the history and lay eyes on the patient, to the countless text books and medical journals he pours over, one realizes that the reliance on self-knowledge will always trump the electronic world of instant information…"
Dr. Mathews, accompanied by his wife, jokingly said "maybe next year," when asked if he wanted to give an acceptance speech.
The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma’s mission is "Promoting rural health in Oklahoma through advocacy, education, and leadership."
Other recipients chosen by the RHAO Board of Directors this year were: "Rural Health Advocate of the Year," Andy Fosmire, Vice-President for Rural Health at the Oklahoma Hospital Association; "Rural Health Leader of the Year," Garth Splinter, MD, MBA, Oklahoma Health Care Authority (retired), and "Rural Health Educator of the Year," Rural Health Projects, Inc. in Enid, Okla.
For information about the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, contact Allison Seigars, 580/213-3177, email@example.com or visit www.rhao.org.
Memorial day taps
REMEMBERING - Mary Sallee, right, and Brad Murray, left, played taps Monday morning at the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver to celebrate Memorial Day. Many people were in town for the holiday as well as the various alumni reunions.
Former Duster Choir members begin Alumni Banquet
Photos from time capsule
Nice crowd at Beaver Alumni
Class Photos ready for viewing
Large crowd attends
BHS alumni meeting
Beaver School Alumni Association met Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Beaver County fair pavilion. The banquet was catered by Virgil Gibson of Hardesty. Johnnie Hoover, Class of 1968 served as president this year. Don Jenkins, Class of 1964 was master of ceremonies and kept the audience entertained. Herb Bridgewater, Class of 1956, offered the invocation before the meal was served.
Following the bountiful meal, the BHS Alumni Choir sang the National Anthem. President Johnnie Hoover welcomed the large crowd in attendance,
Mary Ester Sallee, Class of 1979, announced the scholarship winners for 2018. They are Jenna Pugh, daughter of Mike and Starr Pugh and Colby McDonald, son of Mark and Cara Patee McDonald. "Thank you" cards were sent by the winners and read to the group.
Kathal Lansden Bales, Class of 1963 and president of Beaver Historical Society told the group about the "time capsule" found by accident in the cornerstone of the "old" high school. She showed the metal box in which the paraphernalia was placed from the year 1924. Her presentation will be in another section of this newspaper.
Historian Vera Floyd entertained the audience by reading a newspaper clipping about the "mail robbery" that occurred near Elmwood in which several of our "upstanding" citizens (now) participated in 1957.
Classes honored were those ending in "3" and "8". Keith Thomas was the only classmate present for the Class of ’43; Roberta Barker Methvin of Carrollton TX was spokesperson for the Class of ’48; other spokespersons were Moylene Bridgewater Davis, Class of 1953; Tim Leonard, Class of 1958; Kathal Lansden Bales, Class of 1963; Mickey Thomas, Class of 1968; Peggy Lee Campbell, Class of 1973; and J. R. Sprague, Class of 1978.
Gifts of appreciation furnished by First Security Bank; Bank of Beaver City and Rainbow Connection were given to Keith Thomas for being the oldest classmate in attendance. Also traveling the farthest was Oma Faye Buttram Fitzpatrick of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Class of 1963. Delta Dawes, Class of 1992, received a gift for being the youngest classmate present.
Officers elected for 2018 are president, Mary Ester Murray Sallee, president; Debbie Haskell, vice-president; treasurer, Marilyn McAlister Newman; secretary, the Reddick girls: Shirley Walter and Sharon Latta; historian, Vera Pittman Floyd; president emeritus, Johnnie Hoover.
Registrants coming from a distance include: Saundra Hooper Neihart, Yukon; Roberta Barker Methvin and Glenna Harbert of Carrollton TX; Chuck and Marilee Pascoe, Canon City CO; Ron Hendricks, Oklahoma City; Jay Johnson, Albuquerque, NM; Stefanie and Heston Green, San Antonio TX; Earlene Schaefer, Goodwell; Johnnie and Moylene Bridgewater Davis, Goodwell;
Also Stan and Lemoyne Shook, Amarillo TX; Randy Adams, Bedford TX; Roger Nash, Monument CO; Micky and Betty Thomas, Meade KS; Mary Packer and Gary Cravens, Lindale TX; Sharon Woodson, Laverne; Karen McCay Calhoon, Yukon; Tim and Linda Ray, Kingswood TX; Linda Pitts, Shattuck;
Also Terry Pugh, Ponca City; Terry Peckham Lavier, Hominy; Tim and Nancy Leonard, Oklahoma City; Danny and Kathryn Hardberger Porter, Victoria TX; Dave and Elaine Clapper, Brandenburg KY; Dean Overton, Portales NM; Martin and Mary Frances Moore, Elk City; Stuart Shadden, TX; Lester Jacobs, Cassville MO; Leland and Cheryl Haskell McNabb, Enid;
Also Sandy Stapp VanNest, Dallas TX; Delta Dawes, Dallas; Tom and Jane Miller Hutchene Winchester KY; Oma Buttram Fitzpatrick, San Juan Capistrano CA; Patsy Cook, Alva; Randy and Peggy Campbell, Yukon; Jolanda Cook, Ft. Worth; Charles and Mary Ann Hoover Earls, Guymon; Patty Riley Pope, Weatherford; Thelma Long, Oklahoma City;
Also Cindy Birkle Osen, Vernal UT; Gene and Karen Reed, Shawnee; Rita Royce Reed, Shawnee; Dean Reed, WY; Carl and Bonita Campbell, Perryton; Joe Hardberger, Humble TX; Donald Oquin, Ponca City. Brenda Sanger Pharis, Enid; Scott Calhoon, Oklahoma City; Vickie Burditt Preuss, Silsbee TX; Judy Potter Hancock, Abilene TX; Mechille Calhoun, Edmond; Stanley Shook, Katy TX; Brenda Gordon, Edmond; Jeff and Julie Reiswig, Granville OH; DeWayne and Karen Tibbetts, Tyrone; and Vinita Hayes Barfield, Big Sandy TX.
The meeting concluded with the Beaver Alumni Choir singing the school song and then Mary Ester Sallee playing the Duster fight song on the trumpet.
Honor Students Named At
Beaver High School
Officials at Beaver High School have named 12 honor students for the Class of 2018. They are: Amanda Bolinger, Rebekah Dame, Bailey Judd, Emilie Kemp, Devyn Lansden, Natalie Linville, Hannah Mosburg, Zurab Mikishvili, Jenna Pugh, Ulisses Ramirez, Gage Scott and Haleigh Starr.
Bolinger is the daughter of Matt and Debbie Bolinger. She has one brother, Carson, who is a sophomore at BHS.
Amanda has been active in fast pitch softball, tennis, vocal, band, NHS, FCA and 4-H. She has served as the FCA president. She was also recently named an Academic All-Stater by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.
She plans to attend the Oklahoma State University, where she has been accepted into the honors program. She plans to major in animal science and pre-veterinary and hopes to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Dame is the daughter of Billy Dame and Angie Dame. She has two sisters: Kaitlin, a 2017 graduate and Jenah, an eighth grader.
She has been active in basketball, fast pitch and slowpitch softball, track, FCS, band and vocal. She is the STUCO senior class representative, NHS vice-president and band secretary.
Dame plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University and major in accounting/business finance.
Judd is the daughter of Randy and Debra Judd.
She has been active in tennis, cross country, vocal, NHS, STUCO and is the senior class secretary.
Bailey plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and get a business entrepreneurship degree.
Kemp is the daughter of Steve and Angie Kemp. She has three siblings: brothers Kaleb and Dakota and sister Kaitlin, a BHS graduate of 2014.
She has been active in basketball, track and as a football watergirl. She has participated in FCA, NHS and STUCO. She is the treasurer for FCA and NHS.
Emilie plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University and earn a degree in digital media.
Lansden is the daughter of Brent and Christi Lansden. She has two siblings: Gunnar, a graduate of 2014 and Averi, who graduated in 2017.
During high school, she has been active in fast and slow pitch softball, basketball, cheer, band, vocal, STUCO and NHS. She has served as the STUCO vice-president this year.
Devyn plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University to begin pursuing a degree in dental hygiene.
Linville is the daughter of Mike and Brandii Linville. She has one sister, Maggie and two brothers - Andrew and twin Ryder.
She has been active in softball, basketball, football watergirl, band, vocal and academic team. She is a member of NHS and STUCO.
Natalie will attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University and play in the band. She will major in pre-med.
Mosburg is the daughter of Bobby and Beth Mosburg. She has two brothers - Calleb, a graduate of 2003 and Adam, a grauduate of 2005. She also has a sister Rachael Richardson, a graduate of 2011.
She has been involved in cheerleading, fast and slow pitch softball, basketball, track, STUCO, vocal, band and the mentoring program throughout high school. She is president of the senior class, NHS and FCS and also the editor of the yearbook.
Hannah plans to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she was accepted into the President’s Leadership Class and cheer squad. She plans to major in accounting with a minor in business.
Mikiashvili is the son of Mamuka and Maka Mikiashvili. He has one sister, Tekla, who is a seventh grader.
Zurab participated in academic team and basketball while at BHS. In Georgia, he was part of the basketball team, soccer team, volleyball team and chess team. In his free time, he likes to play basketball and chat with friends.
Zurab will be attending Georgian University in the capitol city of Georgia. He will study management and social studies.
Pugh is the daughter of Mike and Starr Pugh. She has five brothers: Daniel (Class of 2010), Zach and Austen (Class of 2012), Trae (Class of 2014) and Clay, who is a freshman.
Jenna has been active in cross country, basketball, track, vocal, STUCO and NHS.
She will attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University and will play for the women’s basketball team and singing in the choir. She plans to major in health and physical education with a minor in sports psychology.
Ramirez is the son of Juan and Rosalinda Ramirez. She has three siblings: Lizeth Ramirez, Johanna Ramirez and Mariano Ramirez. He has participated in basketball.
Ulisses plans to join the US Army, where he will continue his college plans. He will work as a chemical, biological and radiological nuclear specialist.
Scott is the son of Forrest and Krystal Scott. He has one brother, Drake, Class of 2015, and a sister Mallory, a third grader.
Gage has been active in basketball, football, aid for grade school athletics, vocal, STUCO, NHS, FFA, FCS, mentoring program, and is the senior class reporter. He is active in the First Baptist Church youth group. He runs his own lawn care business in the summer.
He plans to attend Central Wyoming University and then transfer to the University of Wyoming to major in wildlife and fisheries biology and management.
Starr is the daughter of Brian and Leah Starr. She has one brother, Hunter, Class of 2015.
Haleigh served as STUCO president and is a member of NHS, band and vocal. She played basketball, softball and was a cheerleader during all four years. Outside of school, she competes in multiply dance competitions and teaches dance.
She plans to attend the Oklahoma State University in the fall.
Dean Niles Honored in 2015 with Appreciation Award
Mr. Niles Thanks former students May 23, 2015. Federal Judge Tim Leonard and Don Jenkins pictured on the right holding the plaque. (Photo by Joe)
We are very fortunate to have quality museums in our county that have displays from years past.
Karen Bond is the president of the group and the Museum is open Thursday and Friday from 11 to 3.
The museum can be shown by appointment. Cell 580-651-7727 Home 580-934-2291
They took the Gate railroad station and converted it to a museum plus added several rooms that house a reception area and more space for many items donated such as machinery that was made of wood, old tools, stagecoach, silica display, many, many old Gate photos of school photos and class annuals. Just to mention a very few.
In the Mens Division, Garrett Nichols took 1st Place with a toss of 135 ft. followed by Terry Ecklund in 2nd with Robert O’Dell of Amarillo in 3rd.
GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION - Mr. Cecil Mitchell was presented with a commendation from Governor Mary Fallin in honor of his 101st birthday in February. The presentation was made at the Forgan Golden Agers with many relatives and friends in attendance. Presenting the commendation to Mr. Mitchell was Colonel Calvin Moreland, assisted by Cecil’s daughter, Sue. A former resident of Beaver, Colonel Moreland is retired from the Oklahoma Air National Guard and the United States Air Force.
Cecil Mitchell awarded Commendation
by Governor Mary Fallin
On February 18, 2018, Cecil Mitchell was presented
with the Governor’s Commendation awarded by Governor Mary Fallin on
February 7, 2018. This was Cecil’s 101 birthday.
Kristin Martinez of Beaver got to meet Darci Farmer and friend recently. Kristin has been receiving treatment and chemo therapy, She is four years old.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese is shown with Troy DeWitt, Tel DeWitt, Todd Brink and Rhodena DeWitt on Monday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. The DeWitt family is from Gate, OK and Brink is from Caledonia, Michigan. Brink was among those who brought hay and other supplies to Oklahoma following the Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires that began on March 6, 2017.
Partnership forms from 2017 Beaver County Wildfires
A friendship forged from wildfires
In five minutes – just a month after massive
wildfires – a friendship was forged that will likely last a lifetime.
The two partnered on a Maine-Anjou heifer that DeWitt’s 17-year-old son Tel was showing as a commercial heifer at OYE at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
The Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires began on March 6, 2017. The monstrous fires would burn for days across 318,025 acres in Oklahoma and 782,333 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas combined, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services.
Exactly a month later on April 6, a convoy of 21 semi-trailers and pick-up trailers left the Wayland Hopkins Livestock Auction in Wayland, Mich., headed west towards Knowles, Okla. to help ranchers whose farms and livestock were destroyed by the fires. Their intent, which they carried out, was to deliver hay, feed, milk replacer, fencing supplies, and clothing items to ranchers who were affected by the fires. Then they headed back home to complete the round-trip of about 2,300 miles.
Upon arriving in Knowles, DeWitt, who also serves as fire chief for the Gate Volunteer Fire Department, met and visited with Brink, who back home has a herd of cows with his father, grows row crops and works in a feedlot. The conversation spanned no more than five minutes.
"I never saw him again the rest of the time they were here," DeWitt said.
But that wildfire has ignited countless friendships
through phone calls, emails and especially on Facebook.
"Todd posted he had some show steers for sell and they looked good," DeWitt said. "I asked him if he had any heifers. He sent a picture and said, ‘She’s pretty good, but I think I know of another.’ He sent a picture of that heifer and then called me and said, ‘Do you want to partner on this heifer?’I said, ‘Sure.’"
DeWitt’s wife Rhodena posed a fair question, "Are you sure you know him? You’ve only met him once."
DeWitt said he couldn’t explain it. He just had a feeling, a feeling of trust.
"If someone drives nearly 2,300 miles to help out
complete strangers, they’ve got to be good people," DeWitt said on
Monday while standing in barn 4F at State Fair Park.
"Now, this heifer is part of a friendship that will
last a lifetime," DeWitt said.
"I want to see all of the big shows," Brink said.
Darci and Katie in Nashville at Grand Ole Opry
Steve Perry Opens Time Capsule
Many locals interested in capsule find
In the capsule was old newspapers, information about Beaver County
Nice crowd of folks that saw the 2015 Cow Chip Throw and got to participate when a chip would come apart and shower folks with the pieces Saturday, April 18, 2015 Drew Russell, son of Brock Russell of Beaver, set a new Men's Throw record.
Here is his toss Saturday, April 18, 2015
188 feet six inches
It was a record setting week at the 2015 Cimarron Territory Celebration, which ended Saturday evening with the 46th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest and demolition derby.
Huge crowds - including 300 or more people to watch the chip throw - were present at every event during the week.
"The celebration went very well," Chamber of Commerce president Brandon Porter said. "We were really pleased with everything from start to finish. We can’t express how much we appreciate our community for the support we get each and every year."
The 14-year-old men’s world chip toss record was broken Saturday by a BHS alum - Drew Russell, who tossed his chip 188 feet, 6 inches. The old record was 185-5. Last year’s champion - Jon Elfers of Beaver finished in second place, while James Pratt was third. Elfers threw his chip 150-11 and Pratt’s toss was 102-9.
And, for the seventh straight year, Teri Welty of Laverne won the women’s title. She threw the chip 100-1 and beat multi-time champ Dana Valentine Martin, who was second. Savannah Tillman, also a BHS alum, was third with a toss of 80-1.
In the VIP race, Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer was first once again with a toss of 81-4 with State Representative Casey Murdock finishing second with a toss of 60-10.
Beaver County Sheriff's office rescue vehicle, It can be used to rescue
someone injured at Beaver Dunes and then brought back and delivered to
an ambulance. A Medlite Transport device to be installed in the vehicle