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Retired Educators Host Rep. Patzkowsky Sept. 4

Rep. Kenton Patzkowsky, Oklahoma District 61, will be the guest speaker at the No Man’s Land Retired Educators Association (NMLREA) on September 4. The 11:30 am lunch meeting will be held at the Beaver First Security Bank meeting room, 15 Douglas Avenue. A catered lunch will be available for purchase.

All Panhandle retired teachers, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend and meet with Rep. Patzkowsky. Questions about legislation effecting retired educators are welcome.

NMLREA is open to retired educators in Beaver, Texas, and Cimarron counties. NMLREA was organized in 1974 as the Texas-Cimarron Retired Teachers. In 2018 the association changed its name to include Beaver County.

NMLREA works with the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association (OREA) as part of the NW District. The OREA is a department of the Oklahoma Education Association, organized in 1889 at Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory.

New members are invited to attend and learn more about your local representation for retired educators.

As football kicks off Friday,

it’s a whole new look

Dusters begin first 8-man season; Forgan, Balko start coop.

When the 2019 high school football season kicks off this Friday night across the state, things will look mighty different for Beaver, Balko and Forgan.

The Dusters, who travel to Garber for the opener, will begin their first season of 8-man football against the Wolverines. BHS petitioned the OSSAA last spring to become "independent" to begin its 8-man program. Low numbers in the program led to the decision.

And at Forgan and Balko, it was decided last spring to combine the two schools into one. Wholesale changes were made to the colors of the programs as well as the mascot. The Balko/Forgan Bulls will take on Turpin at Kramer Field in Balko Friday night in the opening game.

Games and weekly practices will be rotated between the two communities for the season. Also, Nick Nichols of Forgan and Jake Regier of Balko will serve as co-head coaches.

Here we go!

Duster second-year coach Titus Burrell is optimistic about the changes ahead for his program. Beaver has 16 players on the roster as of Monday, which means the team can actually scrimmage for the first time in many years.

"Anytime we can put our kids into a position to be successful is good all around," Burrell said. "Our senior class is sitting at 16, and there are seven boys total. We are going to be young, but we will gain a lot of experience."

Perhaps the biggest change for the Dusters will be adjusting to the speed of the 8-man game. The field is 13 yards narrower, however, but with three less men on the field things are definitely quicker.

"The speed of the game is so much different," Burrell said. "There are three less men on the field so our kids have to work harder to cover the field. Everything happens quicker and there are a lot of isolations especially on pass plays.

"It will be a big adjustment for our players to not have help in various parts of the game."

Burrell said the team traveled to a scrimmage Friday night at Canton with a good following of fans, parents and younger students.

"We had a really good crowd for a scrimmage at Canton," Burrell said. "We had a lot of younger kids there watching, which was encouraging to see. We have to build some interest with the young generation. I hope our upper classmen will mentor those young ones and help build something for our program."

Beaver will open its home schedule on Sept. 6 against Boise City. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Bulls

When the coop was created, officials from both schools got together to come up with a plan to help kids buy in from both schools.

"When this whole thing came together last year, we sat down and tried to figure out a way to work the head coaching position," Forgan’s Nick Nichols said. "I felt like the kids would respond to that a lot better. I’ve know Jake my whole life, and we thought this would be the best way to handle it.

"You see other coops where one school’s coaches don’t really have anything to do within the program. It is best for us to share the head coaching job to make the kids buy in faster. We are working together and building a great team."

The Bulls have 21 players (five seniors) on the squad. The Bulls will travel to Holly, Colorado on Sept. 6, then host Okeene Sept. 13 at Forgan.

"We are going to lean on our seniors this year, and we have a lot of experience in the defensive backfield," Nichols said. "Our kids from Forgan haven’t played in quite a while. We have six boys from Forgan with one who has experience.

"We have a lot to learn, but I think our potential is tremendous. We have a lot to learn especially how to do their jobs and what we expect them to do. We have a lot of small things to work on, but we are still excited to possibly do something special this season."


Balko school receives

 "growth in reading" award

Schools across Oklahoma are being recognized as recipients of the inaugural Outstanding NWEA Growth in Reading and Math awards for the gains they have made in one or both subjects during the last academic year. Balko was one school whose students showed exceptional growth in reading.

These awards recognize Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) members whose students show remarkable academic growth using Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments.

To honor this achievement, an OPSRC representative will present the district with a special award at the August 8 board of education meeting.

What schools are the 2018-19 awardees?

Growth in Reading

•(The) Academy of Seminole

•Balko Public Schools

•Betty L. Smith Early Learning Center, Seminole Public Schools

•Checotah Intermediate

•Tulsa Honor Academy

•Yale Junior High School

Growth in Math

•(The) Academy of Seminole

•Checotah Intermediate

•Dove Science Academy—Tulsa


•Oologah Lower Elementary School

•Santa Fe South Middle College Pathways

•Tulsa Honor Academy

What is the NWEA

MAP test?

The NWEA MAP test, a nationally respected assessment, measures what students currently know and adjusts to each student’s performance rather than asking all students the same questions. MAP is special because it measures a student’s true growth from fall to spring and shows how each teacher has differentiated effectively so students can meet specific growth targets. Based on this data, teachers can see exactly what students are ready to learn next.

Students are assessed three times per year, and MAP assessments give quick feedback to teachers, administrators, students and parents. Teachers receive immediate results with MAP that show what students know and what they don’t, which helps teachers personalize lessons at the appropriate level for each student.

How were the

schools selected?

Schools were chosen that showed annual reading and math growth scores higher than 70% of the national average. This means that more Oklahoma students met their individual growth projections due to teachers and schools meeting students where they are as compared to other schools across the country.

Why is this award


Because the MAP assessment is used nationally, it highlights Oklahoma schools that are excelling on the national stage. These high scores show in part how schools use MAP data to inform their instructional efforts on an individual student basis. Each student is monitored, and teachers change their instruction based on what each student is ready to learn next. If a student is ready for higher-level content, MAP will inform the teacher of that; if a student has learning gaps, MAP will inform the teacher what specific skills the student needs to master.



Cash named

outstanding prosecutor


AWARDED - District One Assistant District Attorney Abby Cash was awarded Region 5 "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Association of Narcotics Enforcers during a recent banquet. Presenting the award is A-One President Brian Surber.


On August 2, 2019, District One Assistant District Attorney, Abby M. Cash, was recognized as Region 5 Prosecutor of the Year by the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers (A-One) who recognized outstanding prosecutors from all 5 regions of the State for their work throughout the year.

Abby Cash is a native of the Oklahoma Panhandle, having been born and raised in Beaver. After graduating from Beaver High School in 1997, Abby attended the Oklahoma State University on scholarship where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications. Following her graduation from Oklahoma State, Abby worked in the field of marketing, public relations, and legislative affairs for the Oklahoma Pork Council, National Pork Board, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry.

While serving as the State Agritourism Director, Abby obtained her juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Abby became licensed to practice law in 2008 and joined a law firm in Enid, Oklahoma, where she practiced law until 2010 WHEN she returned to Beaver County to serve as the Assistant District Attorney for Beaver and Harper Counties. Abby is responsible for prosecuting all felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, mental health and traffic cases, as well as providing legal advice for County government operations in both counties.

As a prosecutor, local investigators and officers have come to know Abby as an unwavering ally and solid source for counsel. Abby pursues and prosecutes each case as aggressively as the law allows. Her approach to charging decisions is based on finding every charge that is supported by the facts of the investigation and routinely files additional charges as new facts are discovered.

One highlight case involved an OBN led investigation involving a methamphetamine distributor from Southwest Kansas. Through the course of the investigation an OBN Agent made four (4) large purchases of methamphetamine from an individual. Based on the facts of the investigation Abby filed a ten (10) count felony information against the individual and an arrest warrant was issued. The investigation ended when the individual made a single delivery of six (6) pounds of methamphetamine and was arrested on the arrest warrant. Based on the last delivery Abby filed additional three (3) count felony information and prepared the case for further proceedings. The two cases ended in January of 2019 when the defendant entered a plea of guilty in both cases and was sentenced to twenty (20) and twenty five (25) years.

Abby is married with two daughters and lives as a sixth generation agriculturalist on her family’s historic ranching operation in Beaver County. Abby is actively engaged in her local community as a member of civic groups, serving on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce, teaching in children’s ministry at her church, and coaching various youth sports. Abby is more than worthy of this award.




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.