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Thursday, November 29, 2018



Dusters to play independent football in ‘19

With a declining enrollment and back-to-back seasons of finishing football 0-10, Beaver was granted a request to play independent next year at the school’s request.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association voted to approve the request to drop from 11-man to independent for the 2019 season. Since football districts are revisited every two years, the Dusters will return to the OSSAA in the 8-man ranks for 2020.

"It is a next step because of our declining enrollment," Beaver Superintendent Scott Kinsey said. "It will allow our students to compete with schools that are more in line with what our enrollment is.

"When you have 14 kids on our side and the other side has 38 or 40, its tough. We just don’t have the kids. We also won’t have to travel so far, and it will give our kids a better chance.:"

Beaver once has 140-plus in high school but this year it stands around 80 students, grades 9-12. And that includes a sophomore class of nearly 30.

The request to go independent will also not effect the school’s other athletic programs, which will continue to participate in the OSSAA.

The Dusters have three state football titles that were from 1969 to 1962. BHS enjoyed tremendous success in Class A for many years, including a run to the semifinals in 2004. Now, the Dusters have lost 28 straight games and have not been in the playoffs since 2010. Beaver’s last District title came in 1983.

Kinsey said that coach Tiitus Burrell and Athletic Director Mike McVay are working hard to get the team a schedule for next season. Many teams in the area do have bye weeks that should allow the Dusters a few games.

"They have been talking to schools around here to see who has an open date,"
Kinsey said. "Nothing set yet, but I think we will come up with a good schedule.

"Our grade school and junior high kids are set up next year with a complete schedule in 8-man football. Those guys will get a couple of years of 8-man under their belts and be ready to go in high school."




Jones and Plummer Trail Museum Beginning a Fund Drive

The Beaver County Historical Society is beginning a building fund to expand our museum.  We have run out of room for the number of items the people of Beaver County wish to donate to our museum.  We need your monetary donations to make this happen.

Our museum is considered one of the best small museums in Oklahoma.  We have people, so far, from at least five different countries and thirty-five states who have seen our museum and have shared with others to visit our museum.  We have a very unique history to be told to the next generations.  We have a separate one room schoolhouse where children come from across the county to experience what school was like in the 1880’s to the 1910’s.  We have a tool shed, which currently cannot be visited by our patrons, which houses many items significant to our history.  This shed can be incorporated to the new addition and the items then can be seen with the rest of the museum. We also honor our Veterans with a special display of their memorabilia from Veterans Day until after Pearl Harbor Day.

Many of the Gas, Oil, and Electric companies have benefited economically from our county and we would welcome monetary donations from each to continue telling the story of Beaver County.  It is only fair that if a company has taken money out of our county, that a monetary donation be given back for the benefit of its citizens. We welcome you or your representatives to visit us and see our unique museum.

Many of our membership now live out of Beaver County, so we are asking you to consider donating to this cause.  When you come for Alumni meetings or Cimarron Territory Celebration (Cow Chip) and visit the Jones and Plummer Museum, you will see why we have worked so diligently on making this museum one of the best in our area. 

We need at least $150,000 to make this expansion possible.  Please help us in this wonderful and needed project.

Thank You,

Kathal Bales
 President of BCHS
Jones and Plummer Trail Museum
P O Box 457
Beaver, Ok 73932



Local churches

helping homeless

The Beaver Assembly of God, Beaver Presbyterian Church and the Church of the Rolling Thunder are uniting with other churches and groups in the county to help the homeless in our area and in Oklahoma City. The combined effort is being called "Operation Winteraid". Last year this effort delivered 200 "goody bags" to Oklahoma City and 100 to Amarillo to help those living on the streets to get through the winter.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Rev. Jim Reeves of the Presbyterian Church and Richard Hutchinson of the Assembly. The goal of this year’s effort is going to be to provide 1000 bags for the homeless in Oklahoma City, where the effort will be concentrated.

"Our goal is to fill 1000 of the blue Wal-Mart shopping bags with items that will help the homeless to better handle the winter," says Rev. Reeves. Each bag will have the following items in the bag: one pair white socks, one stocking cap, one pair of cloth gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush, small bottle of mouthwash, a blanket, packages of peanuts, crackers, small cans of vienna sausages and various other food items that can be eaten without needing to be cooked. Each bag will also contain a small Bible and other religious material.

Individuals, churches, and other groups are being asked to help with this effort, either by furnishing the items for the bags or by monetary support. Each bag plus contents runs between $10 and #12 dollars. Drop-off points for bags and/or contents include the KJIL studios in Meade, the Presbyterian Church and Assembly Church in Beaver, Bank of the Southwest in Booker and in Perryton. Delivery of the bags is set for the week of Nov. 1. Monetary donations may be given to either Rev. Reeves or Richard Hutchinson or they may be mailed to: Operation Winteraid, Box 1311, Beaver, Ok. 73932.

The Ministerial Fellowship needs your help!

We will have our organizational meeting to begin making plans for this year’s Community thanksgiving Dinner. Initial meeting will take place at the Assembly of God Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Please come and join us as we begin preparations for this very special event. We look forward to seeing you there. (Meeting should last no more than an hour, we hope.)

BALKO STATE CHAMPION REUNION - The 1998 Balko Bison State Champion Football Team were recognized for their accomplishments on Friday, September 29th at the home football game. Coaches Shane Cowan, Mitch Cowan, and Don Sherrer, along with many of the players and their families returned to Balko for the reunion. The ’98 team went 13-0 and were also State Academic Champions.

Local family thankful for

support for their little girl Grace

Childhood cancer awareness month


(EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Kristen Martinez of Beaver to write an article for the paper about her and Rick’s 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 their family.)

By Kristen Martinez

Finding out my child has cancer has to be one of the hardest things I’ve 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 don’t know Grace’s story, let me catch you up. In the summer of 2017, we began worrying about Grace’s growth. Our pediatrician wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 wrong.

After labs were drawn we were escorted to a room. It had children’s 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 don’t 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 wasn’t going to say "I might be wrong," or "we aren’t sure," I began pleading over and over "You have to save her. She can’t 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 I’m an expert, or at least just as knowledgeable as the doctor. (although I am definitely not)

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 couldn’t find a vein. Remember when I thought I couldn’t 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, I’m 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 through’ her in that moment, hours after hearing that awful news, when her momma and daddy most needed to hear God’s voice. I can still hear her saying that and I get goosebumps every time.

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 aren’t typically allowed in operating rooms. I’m 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 Grace’s operation to be over. (The operation was placing a port in her chest, spinal tap, bone marrow test, and possibly something else but I can’t remember)

The priest they sent to visit us wasn’t an ordinary priest. He grew up in the halls of OU Children’s 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 baby’s hand until she woke up. Everything went perfectly.

Now the waiting began. We needed to see what type of leukemia she had. There are two types. Because I wasn’t 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.. it’s 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, thanking God.

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 leukemia’s 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 didn’t have any reactions. We met with doctor after doctor, nurse after nurse, psychologist and therapists. My brain was complete and utter mush. I didn’t retain anything they told us other then what I had to. I would even tell them that. "I’m 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 you’ve 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 didn’t, 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 couldn’t be further from the truth. There hasn’t been a single moment since January 10th that I didn’t feel the love of this community. We love living out here and 2018 has solidified that. I can’t imagine going through this anywhere else. It’s easy to complain about the headaches we face living in the panhandle, but I’ll 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.



Norma Jean (Young) Huling displays Boyd Friendship Quilt

Jones and Plummer Trail Museum

To Host Quilt Show

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Boyd Friendship quilt was presented to the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum by Norma Jean Huling, daughter- in-law of Laura Huling as a memorial to her and other names on the quilt from the Boyd community.

The blocks came Laura Huling’s belongings in 1968 after her death. She was the mother of Carl Huling of Turpin. She lived in the Boyd community when the blocks were made several year later in 2017-2018. Her daughter-in-law set the blocks together. Susan Peters, granddaughter of Laura Huling, made the two embroidery blocks.

Some of the blocks must be close to 100 years old made in the 20s or 30s and in very good condition. Some are probably from the s Sandy Turner hand quilted the quilt.

Families still living inthe area are related to names on the quilt blocks such as Pyle, Bobbitt, Davus, Kirton, Moeller, Myers, Arlene, Watkins and Wheeler.

The quilt should be displayed during the show. The quilt was presented to the Museun by Norma Jean Huling. Amazing how much work went toward the quilt.

Turpin’s Lynn Scott

to be inducted

into NAIA hall

Nearly two decades after the Northwestern Oklahoma State University football team won the 1999 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship, members of the team continue to be recognized for their successes, including Lynn Scott.

On Monday, the NAIA announced Scott will be a part of the 2018 NAIA Hall of Fame class, with the induction ceremony set to take place at the 2019 American Football Coaches Association Convention in San Antonio in January.

"It's a great honor for me and the University and I have a lot of people to thank along the way," Scott said upon word of the accolade. "From all my teammates to coaches like Tim Albin, Garin Higgins, Troy Haub, Dr. Chandler Mead and Fred Slaughter.

"Someone doesn't receive an honor like this without the people around them."

Northwestern president Dr. Janet Cunningham said Scott "illustrates the definition of a student-athlete. He was legendary on the football field and his academic accomplishments were just as impressive. Northwestern is so proud that he is receiving this well-deserved recognition."

A native of Turpin, Oklahoma, Scott was a three-time NAIA All-American (1998-2000) during his time at Northwestern, helping the Rangers to the National Championship during an undefeated 1999 season and a return appearance to the championship game in 2000. He also was named the Central States Football League Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season.

A key member of the dominant "Black Cloud" defense during the championship era, Scott compiled an outstanding 298 tackles and pulled in eight career interceptions. He also was a key component in the Ranger return game as he recorded a school record 1,337 career punt return yards.

"Lynn Scott was a true Ranger and was a special student-athlete during his time at Northwestern," said Brad Franz, Director of Athletics at Northwestern. "He was a fiery competitor on the field who led the Rangers to a national title as a stellar defensive back and special teams player. He was well thought of by his peers as a student and athlete.

"Not only did he excel on the field but in the classroom as well, as he graduated with honors upon completing his degree at NWOSU. He is truly one of the greats to come through not only Northwestern, but all of the NAIA."

Additional high praise for Scott was presented to the NAIA via a nomination letter from now Southern Nazarene University Executive Vice President, Dr. Mike Redwine, who is the former head football coach at MidAmerica Nazarene. In the letter, Redwine was on the sideline for multiple contests as the opposing coach and an NAIA representative, and said he "witnessed the leadership that Lynn provided for those outstanding teams."

Upon completion of his career at Northwestern, Scott went on to play five seasons for the Dallas Cowboys where he saw time in 66 games as a safety and on special teams before his career was halted by injury. In 2004, Scott started nine games with 33 tackles and his first career interception against the Washington Redskins.

Former Ranger teammate during the 2000 season, Patrick Crayton, also hauled in his first career touchdown catch in the same game.

Former Northwestern teammate and current Ranger head coach Matt Walter said on Scott's selection: "Congratulations to my good friend and teammate Lynn Scott on his induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Lynn embodies everything it means to be a college football player: talented, humble and a great teammate who made it a point to make those around him better. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious honor than Lynn."

Scott also is a member of the Northwestern Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012, while the 1999 National Championship Team was inducted in 2009.


Tales from No Man’s Land Museum

As the media is already concentrating on the "mid term" elections, some would mistakenly think that election controversy is current news. The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell presents a story of a stormy election and the Goodwell man who faced dangers that he may have never imagined.

The election that caused debate for years was the "Contest for the County Seat of Cimarron County". The book, The Tracks We Followed edited by Norma Gene Butterbaugh Young, deals extensively with the famous/infamous election. As the book relates, statehood on November 16, 1907, brought a fight among towns in the county. Kenton was granted the temporary county seat, but "towns sprang up almost overnight in the county, with each one claiming to be the logical place for the permanent county seat."

Seven town sites claimed to be near the center of Cimarron County so Governor Haskell appointed an election commission with nine inspectors for each precinct in the county. The inspectors were to arrive from Goodwell with G. T. Brown, the election commissioner. One of the Goodwell inspectors was J. R. Cooksey who was for Gresham Precinct (near present day Felt). The Governor issued a proclamation calling for an election for June 11, 1908. Boise City and Doby received more votes than Cimarron, Centerview, Esbon, Hurley, or Willowbar thus creating an August 26 run-off election.

An article in the September 4, 1908 edition of the Goodwell News has a lengthy story of several inspectors including Cooksey in their "run-off election" adventure. The newspaper states that the inspectors headed toward their precincts from Kenton on August 24 – ranging 25 to 75 miles. Several returned to Kenton on the 27th and 28th.

Four of the men including Cooksey decided to take two buggies and cross the Cimarron River and then climb Black Mesa. They successfully reached the foot of the Mesa, tied their horses, and climbed about 1500 feet to view the area beauty. They descended the Mesa and drove the buggies back to the Cimarron River. On reaching the River, they found it was "out of its banks". A man on the opposite shore told them that a head rise was coming from Folsom, New Mexico that had washed away the town and drowned twenty-four people. Fortunately a nearby farmer had a party telephone that brought twenty-five men with ropes. Cooksey and the other men now saw a sea of water behind them and a raging torrent in front of them. Their rescuers tossed them the ends of two ropes which they secured to the buggies, one at a time, and pulled them across. After the horses were saved, the men were next to cross. Cooksey helped the first man as he crossed the River that had just cut a channel 15 to 20 feet deep. Cooksey was second and reached the opposite shore thirty minutes before the bottom of the river was half a mile across.

The inspectors were probably extremely thankful and perhaps still somewhat in shock as they later ate a bountiful meal in the Newkirk Hotel. They spent the night in Doby before proceeding to Boise City. The Goodwell News article stated that they reached home without mishap and were glad to be get back to Texas County. Cooksey’s experience as an election inspector involved a "near death" adventure that he never forgot.

The Butterbaugh Young book recorded that the vote was 613 to 335, giving Boise City a majority of 278 over Doby.

J. R. (James Rayburn) Cooksey was born in 1845 in Mississippi. He and his wife Ellen came to a claim south of Goodwell in 1904 and moved into town in 1910. J. R. was listed as a justice of the peace for Goodwell Township by The Guymon Herald in February 27, 1908, months before helping establish Boise City as the County Seat of Cimarron County. The next year in a September 23, 1909 Goodwell News article, J. R. Cooksey was reported as operating a day and livery business in Goodwell. He was 81 when he died in 1926 after participating in the early settlement of the Panhandle.

The Museum is open on Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Photo from the Museum below


Sept. Sales Tax

Deposit letters

Sales Tax

Beaver $34,731.54

Use tax $5,240.86

Sales tax

Forgan $3,214.03

Use tax $5,87.37

Sales Tax

Beaver County $64.467.90

Use Tax $13,417.15

Beaver schools $37,824.33

Balko schools $32,556.97

Forgan schools $19,739.77

Turpin schools $50,329.97

Quilt Show Saturday, Sept. 229

Beaver County Fairgrounds Commercial Building

Jones & Plummer Trail Museum will sponsor the second annual quilt show on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Beaver County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. Entries will be taken beginning at 9 a.m. The fee is $5.00 for five entries and an additional $5.00 for more than five entries.
The public will be voting for "Best of Show" prior to 1950 and "Best of Show" after 1950.
Last year's "Best of Show" winner was Pat Rist of Beaver, whose quilt was made using her late husband's ties. He was Beaver Elementary School principal. In the corners of her quilt were her late brother and brother-in-law's ties.



Watching parade was Mesa Baker, 1 with her mom Megan Saturday, Sept.  2018



Codie Dixon (9) 0f Gate during the Fair parade with American flag Saturday Sept 9, 2018.

2018 Beaver Duster band at parade


The 2018 Beaver County Fair Parade begins

Many gather for reunion

By Leora Bridgewater

The annual reunion of William James and Mary Ellen (Toles) Plain’s family was held Sunday, August 19, 2018. Participants met in the Cimarron Room of First Security Bank in Beaver, OK.

Forty-two attended the reunion this year: George and Joan (Blosser) Linson, Tucson, AZ; Glenda Blosser, Woodward; Garry and Estella Blosser, Oklahoma City; Wendell Ferguson, Perryton, TX; Sharon Hayes, Guymon; Steven and Janet Paris, Liberal, KS; Lane Paris, Liberal, KS; Jace Paris, Boise City; Bob and Sharon Woodson, Laverne; Bill Jamison, Bixby; Miguel and Ashley (Jamison) Ordonez, Beaver; Michelle, Bella and Joshua Rock, Alva; Huverton and Eldena Plain, Alva; Donald Morris, Coffeyville, KS; Mike Morris, Independence, KS; Tracy, Devyn and Reese Porter, Beaver; Carl Blosser and Juaneta Baker, Gladstone, NM; Kurt Long, Laverne; Sam, Tina and Avian Woodson, Woodward; Wayne and Barbara Moore, Forgan; Jeannene Davis, Waller, TX; Thelma Long, Oklahoma City; Arlene Blosser, Gladstone, NM; Alex Gonzalez, Woodward; Alex and Jacque Estrada; Herb and Leora Bridgewater, Beaver.

The food was plentiful and delicious, as always. After everyone had stuffed themselves the afternoon was spent in visiting, looking at photos and attempting to trace family trees.

Two family members, Bill Davis, Houston, TX; and Coeta (Plain) Sperry Halliburton have passed on since the 2017 reunion. That always reminds us how short this life is and that death is inevitable, therefore family connections are valuable while we are here on earth.




Patzkowsky gets GOP

nomination for rep. seat;

Fleming, Rodriguez win

Kenton Patzkowsky of Balko advanced into the November General Election with a victory over Brad Raven of rural Beaver County in the runoff election held last Tuesday.

Overall, Patzkowsky earned 60 percent of the votes in the region (2,338) to Raven’s 40 percent (1,573). Patzkowsky will face Democrat Ashley Lehnert in the General Election on November 6.

In Beaver County, Patzkowsky earned the most votes as well by a margin of 665-227.

In other races of note, incumbent treasurer Albert Rodriguez won the election over challenger David Brown. Rodriguez earned 560 votes to Brown’s 369. Also, Roy Fleming will be the next county commissioner in District 1 by defeating Gary Bedell by a 162-104 margin.

Voter turnover was light in the runoff election as 941 of the 3,046 registered voters cast ballots. A much higher turnout is expected in November.

Primary Election Runoff

August 28, 2018


House District 61

Kenton Patzkowsky 665

Brad Raven 267

County Treasurer

Albert Rodriguez 560

David Brown 369

Beaver Co. Commissioner, Dist. 1

Gary Bedell 104

Roy Fleming 162

Next election: General Election, November 6, 2018.


Local girl makes prilgrimage into the Holy Land


By Robert Pierce

Leader & Times

Morgan Bartel is a former resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle, who like many there, worked in Liberal on the Kansas side of the state line.

Baptized at the age of 7, Bartel would find church roots in Liberal at First Southern Baptist Church later in life. Those roots have continued to grow as Bartel has moved with her family to South Texas.

Recently, Bartel got a new look at the Christian faith during a visit to the Middle East.

"It was called Holy Land Immersion," she said. "It was beyond just Israel. It was dealing with Israel and Palestine."

For 32 days, Bartel, along with leaders and nine other teammates, was part of what she called a crazy experience that she also said turned her world upside down.

"I went over thinking I was going to have all these big mountain top moments," she said.

Bartel said she had been dreaming of going to the Holy Land since she was 8 years old, but her whole life had led her to believe the two cultures she experienced on the journey were working against each other. This, she said, unintentionally made her pro-Israel.

"Sadly just because of the media and news, I started to see Palestinians as almost terrorists or monsters or these people you don’t want to be involved with," she said.

Part of Bartel’s time in the Holy Land was spent in Bethlehem, which she said she believed was a divine appointment.

"It would be the way Jesus works to put me in Bethlehem which is in the West Bank," she said. "Of course, that’s what the Lord’s going to have me doing for 32 days is have me living with Palestinian families and rerouting my mind."

Bartel said she was also challenged to think of Israel as possibly being a place without borders.

"The Old Testament lists multiple different borders and different lines for the inheritance of Israel, but what if it was really a people group like the sons and daughters throughout all the nations coming back to the Lord, but in God’s way," she said.

Another thing that challenged Bartel’s thinking was the family-oriented culture of the Holy Land.

"One thing that just shook me to my core is I went over there thinking everything was going to be like Hamas, like ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to die,’" she said. "It was probably the safest place I’ve ever been. They literally have no homeless people."

Bartel asked one of the natives about homeless people in the land, only to find out they did not exist, and the native explained to her why.

"We honor mankind," she said. "We take them in. We don’t have stray animals."

Bartel said those on the trip would frequently go between Israel and Palestine, and much of what she saw revealed to her the dignity of Palestine, something she said she had not seen before.

"The first couple times we went into Israel, Jerusalem specifically, I ?hated it," she said. "I did not like Jerusalem the first time I went. I came back without my host family, and I was just crying because it was everything that I?had expected it was not. It just felt like this huge letdown. It felt very manufactured."

What shocked Bartel the most, though, is the fact that of the entire populations of Israel and Palestine, only 2 percent is of the Christian faith.

"The rest are Jewish or Muslim," she said.

So living in Palestine, Bartel found herself needing to learn more about the culture of that country.

"Thankfully, we were able to have a geopolitical informational meeting, geopolitical tours and to really hear the narrative from Palestinians, from Israelis, from Messianic Jewish rabbis to people that are doing different work as evangelical Christians in the Holy Land, all these different people from all these different backgrounds from all these different religions," she said.

Bartel said members all of the faiths represented did have one common goal though – peace.

"It was really very humbling honestly," she said. "A lot of the regulations and rules that are now in place against Palestinians, I?hate to say it, but it’s a slow genocide. It’s a form of ethnic cleansing, and it’s just really slow because it’s happening slowly and we’re not even seeing it because we’re standing in fear most of the time."

Bartel also got to see Jesus’ beginnings and the Valley of Armageddon, and she also stayed temporarily about two miles from Bethlehem, where Christ was born.

By seeing both Palestinian and Israeli culture, Bartel said she not only got to see history but the reality of a heavy conflict.

Being in the Holy Land also allowed Bartel to see what seemed to be a somewhat tangible presence of Jesus.

"You see Him in certain places, but you really start to capture the fact and truth that the most reliable presence of God is the very presence we carry because we are Christians," she said.

Bartel said she returned to America with a burden to lift the vale of lies about Palestine. She added seeing the Palestinians, as it does with any culture, caused a shift of her perspective of the identity of the culture.

She also said those in the U.S. could learn something from Palestinians.

"They actually maintain and carry more dignity and honor for each other and their fellow man than almost every place in America I’ve lived," she said.

Bartel said one of her teammates gave an interesting point of view about the Bible and its application to all faiths, particularly those outside of Christianity.

"If the Good News isn’t good news for all, then it isn’t good news at all," she said. "The kingdom of God encompasses all people and all territories."

As could probably be expected, Bartel found her whole experience in the Middle East an eye opening one.

"The media had lied to me my whole life, and the church was very vailed over here in America," she said. "The evangelical Christians I had known growing up were just very all inclusive of just one group of people because that’s what we were comfortable with. Really, it was just this righteous anger of the Lord stirring in me to see a different perspective."

Bartel summed up her time in the Holy Land, saying it was living with the people of the community day to day, sitting down with host families.

"There’s this beauty to Palestine stuck between the plots of land where you’ll see farmland still being tended to these plots of land that are covered with trash," she said.

Despite the hatred being shown towards them, Bartel said Palestinians aren’t giving in to the hatred, but rather holding on to hope and joy.

"The joy shouts super loudly," she said. "The way they celebrate life, it’s amazing. Their family approach to everything, it made me feel like I was a family member who had been gone forever, and they were so excited to have me home. These people had never met me in their life, and I felt like the prodigal coming home and being celebrated."

Bartel’s perspective of Palestine has likewise changed since her time there.

"Palestine’s not scary or threatening," she said. "It’s honestly really hopeful and inclusive. They’ve got conflicts internally like every country does. This villainization of Palestinians has to come to an end. It has to end because we have not seen the full scope of everything."

Bartel said what Christians see gives them new responsibility to steward what they are witnessing, and she believes conversations need to start happening.

"We have to start hearing stories from people with different narratives, people of different faiths," she said.,

Bartel herself is already taking home one of the basic premises of what she learned in Palestine.

"It’s loving the people regardless of who they are, what they are, what they believe, just seeing them as God’s creation no matter what and just really seeing the regime as the issue, the conflict as the issue," she said. "It’s not necessarily the people who are the problem. It’s just this long scope of time, of toxic policies put in place on top of each other that are slowly taking away the rights of one people for the sake of another."

Bartel said God showing goodness in the midst of chaos and in the midst of someone else’s faith is also important.

"When we live with this one truth, when we live with this one belief, we trample everybody else," she said.

Bartel said like everyone else, Christians can take a stance, but it needs to be a stance of love.

"It’s a stance against the assault the enemy is trying to put against mankind," she said. "God’s like this awesome kaleidescope. It contains everybody. There’s these sparks that we see within people that just really show us a bit more of God’s nature and God’s character. It’s always been about people. It’s always been about family."

Overall, Bartel said her trip was quite revealing and quite heavy.

"It was just crazy, but there were these awesome mountain top moments," she said. "I got to pray with a couple people in very random situations, got to lay hands and pray for healing on a paraplegic guy that was just on his own on a random side road coming back from a cafe, got to pray for him that his thumb would be loosened and that he would be able to speak again."

There is one experience, however, that Bartel found more memorable than others.

"Our group got together, and we decided to sing ‘Silent Night’ in the place where Jesus’ birth would’ve been announced," she said. "We started to sing it, and the next thing we know, other tourists from other countries with other languages all started singing in their native language. That was one of those beautiful moments that in the midst of all this conflict, there’s so much beauty. Jesus is in these people that are coming through. The only person that can change anything over there is the Lord."

Bartel said she has a new found love for one of the nations she saw.

"I fell in love with Palestine," she said. "I never thought I would say those words in my life, but I did."

The trip also brought something out in Bartel that she said she rarely experiences.

"I’m not a very emotional person, but for some reason, I’m extremely emotional in the Holy Land," she said. "I cried at everything."

Bartel’s journey also allowed her to see another perspective of the Christian faith, something she said God wants all in the faith to do. For those wanting to make a similar trip, she encourages them to take this view.

"If you go, make sure you get a full narrative," she said. "Don’t just stick to one area. Don’t just stick to one people group. Sit down and actually try and find people who are willing to share their stories with you."

Doing so, Bartel said, will give a person a greater perspective of Christianity.

"Every time we get to go over there, we’re carrying so much love of Jesus, and to go over there without expectancy and expectations, but to just go over there and be very spirit led with what you have to encounter," she said.

Being open to change is something else Bartel said people need to have before going to the Holy Land.

"Go over there willing to be broken because broken vessels are the ones that are the most beautiful sometimes when they get put back together," she said. "Going over there with the mindset of ‘I want to see all that You have to show me,’ that’s probably the most encouraging thing I could tell somebody. Go over there with an open mind and an open heart because if your mind is open, you never know what’s going to drop in."






FORGAN: Jeremy Williams from Forgan High School in Forgan is a student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.

BALKO: (Left to Right) Austin Morton and Casey Tibbetts from Balko High School in Balko are students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.

BEAVER: (Left to Right) Devyn Lansden, Bailey Judd, Kolby McDonald, Gabe Osborn, Natalie Linville and Hannah Mosburg from Beaver High School in Beaver are students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and attended Freshman Orientation.


2018-19 School year begins

 at Northwestern in Alva

The 2018-19 school year is underway, beginning with successful freshman and transfer student orientations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University locations with nearly 500 students attending the events.

A total of 360 freshmen attended Freshman Orientation in Alva and 110 students attended Transfer Orientation held later that day. Transfer orientation activities also took place at the Enid and Woodward campuses. 

Gathered in Herod Hall Auditorium to begin the day’s events, incoming freshmen experienced a tradition of Northwestern as the Ranger cheerleaders joined the university’s marching band for the playing of the fight song, “Ride, Rangers, Ride.”

Incoming freshmen heard messages from and were introduced to members of Northwestern’s staff, Ranger Connectors and Northwestern Student Ambassadors, as well as Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president; Andrea Lauderdale, student success coordinator and transfer student recruiter; Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management; and Kelly Parker, Alva mayor.

“It’s always exciting to meet the newest Rangers and welcome them to Northwestern,” Cunningham said. “This year’s freshmen were enthusiastic and excited about becoming the next generation of outstanding students who later become successful leaders.”

Each student had the opportunity to receive their new and official Northwestern student IDs. Students also were able to visit with staff members about the differences between high school and college along with what to expect from their college professors and classes. Freshmen talked with current Northwestern students to ask questions about college life. Financial aid, registry and the business office were open to assist students with final payments and questions. Freshmen also toured the campus to see buildings such as the Academic Success Center, J.R. Holder Wellness Center and the recently renovated Student Center.

Lauderdale took charge organizing the event to make sure new Rangers received a proper welcome.

“I feel that the event went great,” she said. “This was my first year planning this event. I may have organized it, but this event would not have been as successful as it was without the help of the administration offices, student services, faculty members, NSA and Peer Leaders, clubs/organizations, and the community. Everyone had a really great day and is excited to get the semester started!”

Campus clubs and organizations had booths set up in the Student Center Ballroom so all students were able to see many of the organizations they will have a chance to join.

Transfer students in Alva attended their orientation session in the afternoon and were given information about receiving their Northwestern e-mail accounts, the student portal RangerNet, transcripts, IDs and parking decals, and a short wellness center orientation, among other topics. Enid and Woodward transfer students were provided similar information on Aug. 16 at their respective locations.

For more information on Northwestern and how to get enrolled contact the Alva registrar’s office at (580) 327-8550; the Enid registration office at (580) 213-3102; or the main office in Woodward at (580) 256-0047 or (580) 254-2500.

The last day to enroll in classes for the fall semester is Aug. 28.

Students also may contact the Office of Recruitment for more information at or browse through Northwestern’s redesigned website at Information also is available on Northwestern’s social media platforms including Facebook at, Twitter at “@NWOSU” and Instagram at “nwosurangers”.





August Sales Tax

Deposit letters

Beaver $34,540.89

Forgan $2,746.02

Beaver Use Tax $4,073.29

Sales Tax

Beaver County $79,063.22

County Use Tax $9,649.42

School Deposit Letters

Beaver $40,350.64

Balko $32,784.97

Forgan $20,551.67

Turpin $53,538.18


From files of  The Herald-Democrat September 1939

Getting ready for Beaver County Free Fair 2018

Ninety Oldtimes

Register as Guests

Ninety oldtimers, who lived in this section during the days of Cimarron Territory, registered with W. T. Quinn during the Cimarron Territory Celebration here last Friday and Saturday. The pioneers were guests of the celebration and greatly enjoyed all the events on the two day program.

Otto. Barby Sr. of Knowles and Jay Peckham of Taloga were the oldest ones who had lived in this section as they came here in 1883 to make their home.

The list of pioneers who registered with Quinn were.

BEAVER. Frank Laughrin, John Web, Mrs. Charles Hinkle, Harry Peckham, Mrs. Ada Quinn, W. T Quinn, F. C. Tracy, Mrs. F. C. Tracy, Frank Drum, Mrs Bertha Loofbourrow, Maude O. Thomas, Mr. Lola Lile, C. F. Lile, Bertha M. McCool, Clarence Hibbs, Mrs. Dora Barragree, John Barragree, Ed Hibbs, Bill Palmer, Frank Maple. W. H. Thomas, Mrs. Roy Brown, Roy Brown, Jeannie Savage, Mrs. Frank Maple, Mrs. Lizzie Nicholson, C. A. Allen, Mrs. Lillie O. Moore, Mrs. Elsie Wright, A. N. Howe, Frank Weir, Sadie Floyd, Lydia Allen, anne Richie, Ella Raky, Mrs. A. P. Tate, W. P. Evans, Bell Miles, Pard Hibbs, Lloyd Hibbs, Ira S. Wilson, Alice E. Wilson, Ben Kender, Mrs. Lelia Huddleston and Jessie Drum.

CLEARLAKE. Mrs. Ida F. Dunlop, W. H. Dunlop, Helen Long.

LOGAN. Mrs. E. E. Harlan. W. E. Brown, Wilbur Petty, P. W. Huddleston, Susan E. Huddleston.

ELMWOOD. Mrs John Longcor, Mrs. Cora Kile Davis, G D. Campbell, W. A. Overton, LJ. H. Campbell, C. C. Campbell, Walter Plain.

GRAY. Mrs. R. H. Freeman. R. H. Freeman, George Barnett.

FORGAN. E. W. Groves, George Weeden.

BALKO. Tom Braidwood, J. E. Swiger.

KNOWLES. Otto Barby, Tillie Bateman, Mrs. Isa Hultkamp, mrs. Grant Perkins, Grand Perkins, Mrs. Pearl Maple, W M. Whitaker, Mary Coshow.

E. W Pieratt and Mrs. Stoner Cole of Gate; W. A. George and Lee Schollenbarger of Boyd; Perry Hibbs of Floris: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Parker of Follett, Texas; Alva Allen of Mocane; S. M. Martin of Elk City; Earl Hirn and Pearl Hirn of Liberal, Kansas; Jay Peckham of Taloga; Frank Peckham of Kingfisher; W. T. Dickerson of Nye, Kansas and W. F. Sutherland of Englewood, Kansas.



July provides a fall preview


Mother Nature threw Oklahoma a Hail Mary during the final week of July, offering drought-quenching rains and a glorious preview of fall. That brief seasonal transformation followed a dose of brutal summer weather that saw highs soar above 110 degrees and the heat index hit 120.

The middle two weeks were especially fierce, culminating with record-breaking heat from the 19th through the 22nd. Temperatures reached 113 degrees at the Grandfield and Tipton Mesonet sites on both the 19th and 20th. There were 35 instances of temperatures reaching at least 110 degrees at Mesonet sites during the month, and highs reached 105 degrees 93 times. Combined with the humidity, the heat became even more oppressive.

The heat index soared to 120 degrees at Pawnee on the 19th and again at Bristow the following day. The Mesonet’s 120 sites recorded heat index values of at least 115 degrees 36 times during July. The cold front that visited the state during the month’s final week was unusual in both its timing and strength, but provided a welcome respite from Oklahoma’s normal July drudgery. Rainy weather, clouds and the cooler air helped provide Oklahomans with a brief glimpse of fall. Highs struggled to reach 90 degrees, and Boise City and Eva fell to a relatively chilly 50 degrees on July’s final day. According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average temperature for July was 81.2 degrees, 0.3 degrees below normal and ranked as the 58th coolest since records began in 1895. The year-to-date temperature through July was still very warm at 0.8 degrees above normal, the 29th warmest January-July on record.

The real benefit of the late-month cold front was the moisture it brought to a parched state. Through July 26, the statewide average rainfall total according to the Oklahoma Mesonet was 1.28 inches, on pace for the 21st driest July on record. That statewide average had more than doubled over the next five days to 2.93 inches, upping its ranking to the 57th wettest on record. The heaviest rains fell across far northern Oklahoma and localized areas in the east. Twenty-Two Mesonet sites reported at least 4 inches of rain, with Pryor leading the state at 6.09 inches.

Not all sections of the state were so fortunate, however. Significant deficits remained along the Red River as well as portions of north central Oklahoma. Ringling recorded 0.84 inches of rain for the lowest July total, while another 27 Mesonet sites recorded 2 inches or less. The first seven months of the year finished 2.53 inches below normal to rank as the 51st driest January-July on record. As with the monthly totals, the year-to-date totals were also highly variable.

Southwestern Oklahoma was 6.23 inches below normal for their 18th direst such period, while east central Oklahoma enjoyed its 43rd wettest at 1.25 inches above normal. Deficits of nearly 10 inches existed over that period from southwestern through northeastern Oklahoma. Hollis received 7.5 inches of rain since Oct. 1, 2017, a deficit of 13.2 inches.

Despite the late relief during July, the U.S. Drought Monitor ended the month with 55 percent of the state in drought, and another 12 percent considered "abnormally dry," a drought precursor. Thirty-Two percent of the state was in at least "severe" drought, and 7 percent was labeled "extreme." Extreme drought dropped 5 percent since the end of June, but severe drought increased 9 percent. The Drought Monitor’s intensity scale slides from moderate-severe-extreme-exceptional, with exceptional being the worst classification.

The August temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicated increased odds of above normal temperature for all but the extreme northeast corner of the state. Those odds were greater along the Red River. The precipitation outlook saw slightly increased odds for below normal precipitation across the southern half of the state, but no clear signal in the northern half. Drought is expected to persist or intensify along the Red River and in the far western Panhandle during August, according to CPC’s Monthly Drought Outlook. Other areas that were in drought at the end of July can expect improvement by the end of August.



Darci will have a Christmas Special on TV this fall on NBC

All the practice and performing has really paid off for Oklahoma singer and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

As previously reported, the reigning winner of "America's Got Talent" returned to the top-rated TV talent contest Wednesday night to perform during the first live results show of Season 13. 

The 13-year-old performer from Oklahoma City once again brought along her diva bunny puppet pal Petunia, who was dramatically pleading exhaustion as they took the "AGT" stage. It was the perfect setup for the pair to belt the lively show tune "Show Off" from the Tony Award-winning musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." 

Darci dazzled “AGT” audiences with her charming performances and undeniable talent during the show's 12th season last year, earning the Golden Buzzer with her "AGT" audition and becoming a favorite from the moment she and Petunia first took the stage. She received the most votes ever for a winning act and sold out her four Las Vegas shows immediately following her win, according to a news release. 

Since last fall, she has been touring the country with her puppet partners Petunia, Oscar the mouse, Katie the Cowgirl and more, performing regularly at theaters and making the occasional TV appearance.

And the work has paid off, since her performance Wednesday night was even more astounding than any of the show-stopping appearances she made on "AGT" Season 12. The crowd and celebrity judging panel gave her an enthusiastic standing ovation by the time she and Petunia finished the song's humorous encore. 

Fans will have another chance to see Darci Lynne perform this year on NBC: As previously reported, she will star in a one-hour holiday special for the network, and “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” will feature the talented teen with special musical guests and heartfelt visits to her hometown of Oklahoma City.

In addition, Darci announced this week her new tour, the "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree with Darci Lynne and Friends" trek, with dates in California, Texas, the Carolinas and more scheduled from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22. Presales started Wednesday with the code PETUNIA. For tickets and more information, go to  

Along with Darci's performance, "AGT" narrowed its first batch of 12 quarterfinalists to seven semifinalists: We Three, Vicki Barbolak, Amanda Mena, Courtney Hadwin, Shin Lim, Angel City Chorale and Junior New System.

Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. will continue whittling down the top 36 quarterfinalists as "AGT" Season 13 continues at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC. 

As previously reported, this season's top 36 contenders list includes Norman illusionist Rob Lake, who has revealed that he is set to perform on the Aug. 28 live episode.



Glascock wins "EMT of the Year" in state

Beaver County EMS Director David Glascock was honored recently as the "EMT of the Year" by the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technicians Association during its annual banquet July 19 in Tulsa.

Glascock who serves as the preacher at the Beaver Church of Christ, has lived in the community since 1992. He was an EMT in Kansas from 1990-92 and became director of Beaver County EMS in 1994.

"We are definitely proud of David in getting this award," Administrator Alissa Schlessman said. "We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated EMS service - something a lot of communities our size don’t have.

"David has worked hard for many years, and has spent thousands and thousands of hours helping our patients. This is a well deserved honor."

Glascock and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children: Jennifer and Deric.

Following is what Susan Trippet, nurse practitioner, wrote on Glascock’s nomination form.

"The Webster dictionary defines the word preach as "to deliver a sermon; to urge acceptance in an officious or tiresome manner." At Beaver County EMS, the leadership of its service has been at the direction of a preacher.

"Since 1992, David Glascock, preacher at the Church of Christ in Beaver. When the church hired him 26 years ago they were looking for a preacher who would be fully involved in the community. David it the bill perfectly, a fire fighter, EMT, EMS/Fire instructor and preacher with the heart of a servant. Since 1994, he has served as the EMS Director for the Beaver County Hospital Authority.

"One coud say that he used the talents of being a preacher as the director. As he has delivered a sermon countless times, in the emergency room he has offered words of comfort to not only the patient and family but also to his own crew and hospital staff. He has had to change the hat of EMS Director to preacher to give the funeral sermon of many of our patients and what must be the hardest on him - to some of his own staff and colleagues.

"The second part of that definition: "to urge acceptance or abandonment or an idea or course of action" comes to David second nature. His relentless campaign to continually improve the EMS has been a blessing to all of Beaver County. For the last 26 years, David’s officious efforts have allowed a rural county EMS service to not only survive but to thrive, which unfortunately so many rural departments have not been as blessed.

"David is more than deserving of this award. We don’t know if Gid made him a preacher so he would be a good director. But we do know that David has taken up the cross that God has laid before him and has been a good and faithful servant."

Kansas woman killed

in wreck south of Turpin

A passenger in a pickup was killed Friday night when the vehicle she was riding in struck a bull on U.S. Highway 83, 16 miles south of Turpin in Beaver County.

The collision took place at 9:57 p.m. Saturday when a 2008 Ford F-250 driven by Timothy Nace, 55, of Greensburg, Kan., was northbound on Highway 83 at EW26. The vehicle struck a bull in the roadway, lost control and departed the east side of the highway. The vehicle overturned twice, ejecting one passenger. The vehicle came to rest in a grass field.

Sandra Nace, 62, of Greensburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical examiner Forest Osborn.

The driver was transported by Perryton, Texas EMS to Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kan. with arm and trunk external injuries and was listed in stable condition.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Gene Nace, 78, of West Point, Miss. refused treatment for a head injury.

Seat belts were equipped and in use in the front seat and not in use in the back seat.

The accident was investigated by Trooper David Welch of the Beaver county detachment of Troop I. Assisted by Trooper Mason Lang, Trooper Grant Arnold, Beaver County Sheriff’s Department, Turpin Fire Department, Beaver County EMS and Perryton EMS.




Library has rich history, many community programs

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked BHS sophomore-to-be Brooklyn Rigdon to write a couple of articles during the summer about some of the things that make our community so wonderful. One of the first places we thought about was our library. We hope enjoy the work of this young lady!)

By Brooklyn Rigdon

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Beaver Public Library’s head director Denise Janko. I learned many things like how the library used to be at the sheriff’s office and then the chamber office. She told me all about the summer reading program and all the other events that go on in the library.

The summer reading program has been going on even before Denise was there, which was around 2005. This year’s theme was "Libraries Rock!" Every library in Oklahoma has a theme and they choose the theme they want years before. This year’s was music, and each Thursday for the month of June, someone will come in and entertain or teach to kids that attend, for example: a magician, a zookeeper and mad scientist.

Every year there is a prize that goes with the program. The kids get a book log at the beginning, and every week they come in and one of the staff signs it, which puts their name in the drawing for a soccer ball or football or something small. If they get their log signed every week, they have a chance at the large prize, which was a bike. The library does this so that kids’ reading levels don’t go down during the summer.

Something that Denise told me was that if kids read what they like they’ll enjoy reading more. During the summer there is the reading program, tutoring, and gardening for students and yoga, tai-chi, and Pilates for adults. During the fall there is story time for infants through preschoolers, robotics, computer classes for seniors to help them learn how to maneuver around the desktop and S.T.E.M – science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

There is also the bake sale that goes on during Downtown Christmas including the big gingerbread house that is sold to whoever donates the largest amount of money which is usually the nursing home. The library does this to keep it going because the library almost exclusively runs on sales tax like many buildings in Beaver. The staff also applies for many grants but doesn’t usually get them all, but they always try to find other means to support the library.

The library offers a wide variety of genres from which one may select. These genres include classics, romance, fantasy, historical, biographies, autobiographies, and cookbooks. There are also e-books for those who prefer e-readers or don’t like carrying books around. If you don’t have a computer at home the library has computers to offer for all ages. The library also offers reading areas for children and adults. If your child or you are interested in Legos there is also a Lego table where you can build.

If there is any other information you would like to know you can check out their website and Facebook page at bcpl Beaver.

New books to inspire learning, creativity

(StatePoint) Keep the excitement of the new school year going by finding fun ways to encourage learning at home.

Consider introducing interactive and engaging books into your household that make STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) more accessible.

Whether your children are reluctant readers or learning enthusiasts, these books will entertain budding scientists and inspire kids to make things and be creative.

Backyard Laboratory

Go on a journey of discovery in your backyard with "Maker Lab: Outdoors," which offers 25 science projects and experiments that can be done outside, helping kids develop science skills through hands-on learning.

Projects focus on Earth and the environment, plants, animals, weather, water and physics. Young scientists can build a wormery and learn about compost, crack rocks with water and learn about freezing and thawing, build and launch a water rocket to see Newton’s laws in action, and more. Photography and succinct step-by-step instructions make this a must-have for every young maker curious about his or her surroundings.

Science Fiction Meets Fact

Ever wanted to move things without touching them, like a Jedi? Or grow a kyber crystal? Now that’s possible with "Star Wars Maker Lab," a book which teaches aspiring Padawans how to become science masters through 20 projects -- from making Jabba’s gooey slime to making a glowing Gungan Globe of Peace. Fact-filled panels explain real-world scientific principles as well as the "Star Wars" science fiction from the movies.


Tales from No Man’s Land Museum

The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is dedicated to preserving the history of Cimarron, Texas, and Beaver Counties.  Hundreds of the artifacts are recognizable by any age group, but some are more defined by only certain generations.  One such artifact is the “Short Snorter” possibly only familiar to those who lived and/or served during World War II.

A Short Snorter was a banknote (dollar bill, etc.) signed by various people traveling together or meeting at different events or places. The origin of the “Short Snorter” isn’t definite, but it may have begun in the 1920’s with pilots in Alaska.  If a pilot signed a Short Snorter and couldn’t produce it, he owed you a dollar or a drink – a “short snort”.  As more and more people flew, they started signing bills with more autographs added to more bills as they were taped together.

The “Short Snorter” in the Museum is of the World War II era and has 26 bills and is 10’ 1 ½” long with 49 signatures.  The first bill, a U. S. two dollar bill with 1928 red seal, was attached to a playing card.  Along the top edge was hand written, “May 28, 1944, landed in Ireland, Nutts Corner,” a Royal Air Force Station.  This was only days before the D Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, as American and British soldiers stormed into occupied France.  The second bill is a 10 Francs note followed by one from the Netherlands and then a German ½ Mark (Allied Occupation) money.  That bill is followed by one from Belgium and more German and French bills.  There are also bills from Austria, Luxembourg, Canada, Mexico, Dutch East Indies and Philippines (Japanese Occupation Currency), Italy, and Sweden.  The final and 26th addition was a 20 schillings bill from England with the notation on the top edge, “Landed at Bradley Field, Conn.  June 21, 1945.”  

on of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Nichols.  He entered the Army in 1942, and was sent to England where he served for 33 months at Bassingbourne Airdrome, 12 miles southwest of Cambridge.  Nichols was an engineering clerk in the maintenance section of the famous Flying Fortress Bombardment group.  (The B17 Flying Fortress was a four engine heavy bomber used against German targets by the Army Air Corps.)  Part of his work consisted of inspecting airplanes on their return from combat missions to determine the extent of damage.

The Museum has a copy of a Nichols’ radio interview conducted while he was on duty.  He stated that he arose at 5:00 AM to check everything on the plane before the sun came up.  He and the other crew members worried about the planes until the control tower told them that the planes were near home.  Then they looked for any types of battle damage on the planes.  Nichols said that his ship was the “Jack-the-Ripper” which was given a complete inspection before being ready to fly out again.  If there was damage, they stayed up all night to put her back in shape.  Before the interview ended, Nichols mentioned that he hoped his wife was listening.  He had married a British girl and was eventually discharged in September, 1945.  They returned to the United States and in November of that year, he began work in the office of the registrar of Panhandle A and M College.

The original owner of the Short Snorter is unknown, but it was given to the Museum by Lee Nichols.  It is believed that it was used as collateral for a bank loan after World War II. 

There are Short Snorters with names of the famous during World War II in various American museums. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum even has a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt signing Short Snorters for troops in 1944, at the Panama Canal Zone.  The No Man’s Land Museum in Goodwell is honored to have a wonderful example from the “Greatest Generation”.

The Museum is open on Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Follow the Museum on Facebook@NoMansLandMuseum. 




Beaver American Legion Post 149 will be meeting the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 P.M.. at the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum. You are welcome to attend.

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


Former Duster Choir members

begin Alumni Banquet


1958 class

Time capsule photos

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.


Gateway to the Panhandle Museum, Gate, Ok.

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


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.


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.



Darci and Katie in Nashville at Grand Ole Opry


Steve Perry Opens Time Capsule


Many locals interested in capsule find