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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
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
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
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!
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
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
Or in Woodward at: NAPA Auto Parts, Cowboy Tack Shop,
Butchís Guns, Samís CDís or at Gate Days.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fraire has been active in OHS, STUCO, quiz bowl,
robotics, metal tech and choir. He plans to attend OU to study
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
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, PA, United States
2019 Alumni meetings will be held at Forgan, Clearlake and
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
4:30 Program honoring classes ending in 8 and 9.
6 p.m. $25 meal in cafeteria. After dinner return to
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
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
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
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
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
WINNERS - Winners in the 50th annual Cow Chip Throw were (menís
top) Martin Garcia, (and Parker) first; Drew Russell, second and Jon
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.,
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.,
ē Carnival, 6 to 10 p.m., fairgrounds.
Friday, April 19
ē Hobby and Craft show open, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
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
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.,
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
Kodie Fleming had the Grand Champion Wether Goat at
Avery Harrison had the Grand Champion ewe at the
Latch Conner had the Grand Champion Doe goat at the
Angela Pell had the Reserve Champion Market Lamb at
the County show
Jasmyn Mesa had the Grand Champion barrow at the
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
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
Grass fires began earlier in January at the Barby Ranch the first of
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
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.
1st Angela Pell and Grand Champion
2nd Avery Harrison and Reserve Grand Champion
1st Angela Pelland Grand Champion
2nd Ella Harrison and Reserve Grand Champion
Junior-1st Angela Pell, 2nd Ella Harrison
1st Latch Connor and Grand Champion
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
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
1st and champion Hereford Steer, Grand Overall Carson
Champion Senior Showman Carson Slatten
Champion Jr Showman Angela Pell
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,
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
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
Juniors: Jeanette Levick, Kadyn Noyes, Sauncy Reddick,
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
5th grade: Joshua Harris, Paige Howell, Valery Ponce,
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,
Kindergarten: Owen Draper, Kree Weaver.
First grade: Brayden Davis, Aspen Reid.
Second grade: Montana Hembree, Connie Lunt, Danika
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
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
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
"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
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
OETA provides essential educational content and services that inform,
inspire and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich our
quality of life. We do this by consistently engaging Oklahomans with
educational and public television programming, providing educational
training and curriculum, outreach initiatives and online features that
collectively encourage lifelong learning. For more information about
education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital
television, community resources and show schedules explore OETA.tv or
visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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
BEAVER Ė Gunnar Lansden, Business
BEAVER Ė Dalton Cramer, criminal justice-law
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.