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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..


Beaver's Dr. Gary Matthews named

"Rural Physician of the Year"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Memorial day taps

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


Veteran Don Jenkins begins Memorial services at Pioneer Cemetery

Salute to the flag and remember veterans.

Former Duster Choir members begin Alumni Banquet


BeaverAlumni Choir

Don and Sherry Jenkins

MC and Alumni Secretary

1958 class

Photos from old high school 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)


Gate Museum

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.



WINNER - Kristen Radcliff, formerly from Forgan, is pictured on a TV screen winning the women’s division of the OKC Memorial Marathon Sunday morning. The former multi-state champion was the runner-up in the event last year.


Forgan’s Kristen Radcliff wins OKC marathon


After finishing as the OKC Memorial Marathon runner-up last year, former Forgan All-State runner Kristen Radcliff captured the title Sunday in the 2018 running.

"It's the best place to run," said Radcliff, the top female finisher in Sunday's marathon when asked about growing up in the panhandle. "It's not hilly, but it's hot and windy. In western Oklahoma, the wind never stops blowing. If you can run there, you can run about anywhere."

On Sunday, Radcliff topped the field with a winning time of 2 hours, 54 minutes and 52 seconds. It was her first Memorial Marathon victory after finishing second last year in her first attempt.

"It feels great to come away with a win," said the 29-year-old Oklahoma City resident told the Daily Oklahoman. "It is always hot and windy down Classen. I was hurting that last little bit down Classen. It was really tough, but the crowd was great. When you come down Broadway at the end, it's an incredible feeling."

Radcliff didn't have a jump shot like her brothers and sister, but she could outrun them, and everyone else, too.

At Forgan High School, Radcliff won 11 track and cross country state championships in her career. She is still the record-holder in the 3200-meter run in the state's smallest class. In 2006, when Radcliff broke the Class A 1600-meter record, she replaced her sister, Kalie, atop the record list.

Radcliff earned a scholarship to Oral Roberts University where she became the women's track MVP of The Summit League, the conference in which ORU was a member at the time.

After college, Radcliff moved to Dallas and took a break from running. She moved to Oklahoma City in 2015 and walked into OK Runner one day to buy shoes where she met Ashley Miller, who ran for the University of Nebraska. The two started running together. Now Radcliff is back running competitively and winning.

"It's because of my training partners that I am even here today. They are incredible," Radcliff said. "They motivate me. I work full-time, so it's hard to get the runs in, but when you have accountability, people in your life who support you and support your goals, that's a good thing."

Radcliff's older sister and younger twin brothers were all basketball stars at Forgan and MVPs of state championship teams.



 Gate Museum



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.
The presentation was made at the Forgan Golden Agers building in Forgan with many relatives and friends in attendance.  Presenting the Commendation and representing the Oklahoma Military Department was Colonel Calvin Moreland, assisted by Sue Mitchell, Cecil’s daughter.  A former resident of Beaver, Col Moreland is retired from the Oklahoma Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. 
The Citation reads as follows:


                                          MARY  FALLIN

Be it resolved this Governor’s Commendation is hereby presented to:

                                     CECIL R. MITCHELL

Of Beaver, Oklahoma – in recognition of your being on this earth for

     Over a century and in appreciation of your service to our great

                  Nation in the Army Air Corps in World War II.

     It is my distinct honor to join your loved ones in offering best

 Wishes on this very special occasion, the 7th day of February, 2018.

                May your day be filled with joy and many blessings.

                                          Happy 101st Birthday!

(signed by Mary Fallin).                                                                                           




Darci's schedule

Jun 16


Cape Cod Melody Tent

Hyannis, MA, United States

Jun 17


South Shore Music Circus

Cohasset, MA, United States

Jun 23


Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Hampton Beach, NH, United States

Jun 24


Merrill Auditorium

Portland, ME, United States


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.
On Monday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE), Troy DeWitt, an Oklahoma Panhandle ranch hand, and Todd Brink, a farmer and rancher from Michigan, acted as if they’d been friends since childhood.

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.
DeWitt of Gate, Okla., and Brink of Caledonia, Mich., became friends on Facebook and one day the cowboy from Oklahoma noticed a post that caught his attention.

"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.
Then he turned and pointed at the heifer.

"Now, this heifer is part of a friendship that will last a lifetime," DeWitt said.
At the end of December, Brink brought the heifer to Gate. Then he called DeWitt a couple of weeks ago and said he along with fellow Michigan residents Charles Miller and his father Fred Miller, who drove with Brink last April, would be coming to OYE.

"I want to see all of the big shows," Brink said.
This one in particular, as Tel DeWitt shows the heifer.
Tel, a 17-year-old senior at Laverne High School, didn’t come to OYE a year ago because, as his father Troy says with emotion choking his words, "He chose to stay and help me after the fires."
Tel said the friendships formed with those from Michigan and other states following the fires is an example of good people who want to help others.
"If something happened to them tomorrow," Tel said as he nodded toward Brink, "I’d load up and head that way."




Darci and Katie in Nashville at Grand Ole Opry




Steve Perry Opens Time Capsule

Many locals interested in capsule find

In the capsule was old newspapers, information about Beaver County

Historical treasure


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

Here is his toss Saturday, April 18, 2015

188 feet six inches

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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