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ALL SMILES - Duster senior drum majorette Sauncy Reddick leads the Duster band down Douglas at the start of the Beaver County Fair parade Saturday morning. The fair parade was entertaining as usual.


Heavy rains help ease

drought in parts of Oklahoma

Drought had gained a toehold across western and central Oklahoma during a hot, dry first half of August; further spread and intensification seemed inevitable.

All the while eastern Oklahoma was being inundated by heavy rains and flooding. Then the rains spread west, bringing a hefty dose of severe weather and drought relief with them. Mother Nature put an exclamation point on the tumultuous weather on August 26.

A stifling day with temperatures in the 100s saw the heat index soar as high as 118 degrees before severe storms Ė including an EF-1 tornado Ė blasted the state later that evening. Nearly 100,000 residents were left without power as straight-line winds of up to 90 mph struck central and northeastern Oklahoma. The tornado traveled from Logan County to just north-northwest of Edmond, damaging trees and a few structures along its path.

Another weak tornado dropped in Beaver County on the 23rd, again damaging trees and a few structures. The two confirmed twisters brought Oklahomaís 2019 total to at least 138, the second highest count since accurate records began in 1950. The highest total of 145 tornadoes occurred in 1999.

The statewide average rainfall total was 5.44 inches according to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, 2.49 inches above normal and ranked as the eighth wettest August since records began in 1895. Nearly the entire state had a surplus of moisture, save for southwestern and west central Oklahoma where deficits of up to 2 inches occurred.

Surpluses ran from 2-4 inches across northwestern Oklahoma to more than 10 inches across the northeastern quarter of the state. Northeastern Oklahoma experienced its wettest August on record with an average of 8.78 inches, 5.54 inches above normal. Twelve of the Mesonetís 120 sites recorded at least 10 inches of rain, and another 51 had 5 inches or more. The Mesonet site at Oilton led the state with 13.64 inches. Valliant brought up the rear with 0.81 inches, the only site that failed to receive at least an inch of rain for the month.

The climatological summer (June-August) ended as the 30th wettest on record at 12.14 inches, 1.79 inches above normal. The northeast also experienced its wettest January-August on record at 47.46 inches, 18.57 inches above normal. The statewide average was 33.87 inches, 9.01 inches above normal to rank as the fifth wettest January-August on record.

The statewide average temperature was 81.8 degrees, a degree above normal to rank as the 46th warmest August on record. Drought-stricken western Oklahoma was 3-4 degrees above normal, while the rainy northeast was 2-4 degrees below normal. Several Mesonet sites reached 108 degrees for the highest temperature of the month. Kenton recorded the lowest reading of 55 degrees on three separate days.

The actual air temperature failed to adequately describe the oppressive nature of Augustís heat, however. Combined with an abundance of humidity, the heat index soared. The Mesonetís 120 sites reached a heat index of at least 115 degrees 45 times during August, and at least 110 degrees 566 times. At least one site reached a heat index of 105 degrees on 23 separate days. The summer was a bit mild at 0.3 degrees below normal. The first eight months were on the cool side Ė about 0.7 degrees below normal, the 48th coolest January-August on record.



GO DUSTERS GO! - Beaver High School cheerleaders were busy Friday night in the opening game of the 2019 season in Garber bringing school spirit to the sidelines. Beaver lost the game 48-0 and will host Boise City this Friday at Tom McVay Stadium for the home season opener. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Lady Cards win 82-run game

In a wild, four hour battle on the softball field, the Turpin Lady Cardinals beat the Buffalo Bison 45-37. Yes, you read that score correctly...the combined score was 82 points

The softball game ended around 9:45 p.m. after 7 innings of play. Head Coach, Bradel Kinser, stated, "Iím really proud of the girlís perseverance. Even when we were down, there was a sense that we were going to come back. The girls kept their heads up and fought until the end. There are definitely a few things we have to work on, but the heart we played with really showed up in this game. When it came down to it, we did what we had to do to win. I also want to give credit to the dugout. Those girls kept the energy going for four hours. Those girls are a huge part of our success. And of course, I want to thank Coach Beckley. She keeps me in line, and we wouldnít be where we are if it wasnít for her."

Assistant Coach, Brittany Beckley, said, "It was a hard-fought game where the girls showed a lot of grit and endurance. Buffalo wanted to win, but we needed that win, and our girls fought until the very end and hit the ball well. I would put our base running up against a lot of seasoned teams. They took advantage of every possible opportunity to score and did so without fear. We are a young team with a lot to learn, but this game was a true example of how hard these girls are willing to work."

The Lady Cardinals are second in the state in scoring (all classes). They are about halfway through their regular softball season. Their record is currently 7-5.

Carmen Cooper slides into home safely

CHUGGING AHEAD - Duster senior Nick Almond plows over a Garber defender during Friday nightís season opener. It was the schoolís first 8-man game in history.


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 canít express how much we appreciate our community for the support we get each and every year."

The 14-year-old menís 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 yearís champion - Jon Elfers of Beaver finished in second place, while James Pratt was third. Elfers threw his chip 150-11 and Prattís toss was 102-9.

And, for the seventh straight year, Teri Welty of Laverne won the womenís 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.



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Pictured above is the tornado that hit the Woodbury home. Vance and Barbara Woodbury both died from injuries when the struck their home about 1/2 mile from this location near the Northern Natural Gas plant east of Elmwood. The tornado hit their home Wednesday evening, March 29, 2007 . Photo courtesy Beaver County Sheriff's office.




 Above is a photo of the USS Mullinnix DD-944 which was used as a sink test back in the 1990's. The United States was testing new weapons. The ship was used during the Vietnam war but later decommissioned in the 1980's. The editor and publisher was stationed on the ship from 1963 until 1965.

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