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Serving Northern Caddo Country and the surrounding area for over 32 years- Hydro, Eakly, Ft. Cobb, Gracemont, Lookeba, Binger, Hinton, Colony, Corn, Sickles, Oney-Albert and in between

Voluume 34 Number 27

March 17, 2015

Eakly issues citations
for loose dogs in town
Mayor Cody Thiessen called the Town of Eakly Board meeting to
order on January 7. Other trustees present were Harold Root and
Jolene Snow.
Muehberger Brawley Engineer Daniel Turley opened sealed bids
for the Water Well Project.
Maintenance Supervisor Loyd Lasley reported he had written
citations for loose dogs. He told the board he had winterized town
properties and would be sending out public notices for arsenic levels
. Fire Chief Mike King reported that during December, the Department ran on two medical calls, one vehicle accidents with injuries
and one structure fire.
The Consent Agenda was discussed and approved. No action
was taken on surplus items and property, or on the Water Well Project.
The board voted to change the ordinance for regular scheduled
meetings for the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m.
Others present were Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Root; and guests Mike
Howard of Ferral Howard Construction and Kevin of J.S. Huren.

FCB Board discusses collection of
Past Due School Lunch Accounts

Former Hydro resident Clay Whaley says It was a great honor for him to meet former President George Bush. “He was
very funny and so nice and down to earth,” Clay reports. Clay works at SAMs and the President did a book signing event
in Midland Texas. Clay, (in gray jacket) standing to the President’s right and his team did the crowd control for the
event. Clay and his wife, the former Sandra McLaughlin live in New Mexico, by El Paso, near the border of Mexico.
Sandra is the daughter of Barbara Entz McLaughlin and Richard McLaughlin and a Hydro High School graduate. Her
grandmother, Edith Entz, lives in Hydro. Clay is from Ninnekah originally,and lived in Hydro and Weatherford. Kim and
Brandy Lustfield Graham are his stepbrother and sister-in-law.

Making Connections
HYDRO--Spring Clean Up Days are March 29 and April 17. Put your items on the curbside by your
garbage dumpster. No white items, such as washers, dryer, refrigerators, etc.
HYDRO--There will be a Bake Sale to benefit the Hydro Veterans Memorial Fund on Saturday, April 4,
beginning at 9 a.m. in front of Deer Creek Market. Special orders for pies, cakes, breads, rolls, cookies, etc
are being taken. If you would like help with Easter baking contact Susan Kimble at Main Street Clothing
Companh, 405-663-2681 or Pam Klaassen at 663-2301, or just show up at the Bake Sale. Get help with your
baking while you help to raise money for the Memorial.
EAKLY--The Pacesetters Quartet will be at the First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m., Sunday, March
29. There will be snacks and fellowship after the Concert. (Please call to confirm before driving long
EAKLY--Donations are being taken to help with the New Decade Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Please
contact City Hall (405797-3252). The Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m.
CADDO COUNTY--The Cattlemen’s meeting ill be at 6:30 p.m. at CKTC in Fort Cobb. Kent Sexton, a
Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor, will discuss the pros and cons of obtaining a concealed weapon
permit. The meeting is sponsored by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. If you plan to attend please
RSVP by calling 405-247-3376 or email david.nowlin@okstate.edu.
BINGER--Election of three Trustees will be April 7
FORT COBB--Election of two Trustees will be April 7.
SWAN LAKE--Fire Department Fish Fry Fundraiser, Saturday, March 28. 11:30-All Gone. By Donation.
Drawing for 12 gauge shotgun. Get Tickets at Eakly One Stop, Fort Cobb Lake convenience stores or call
580-0234, 580-302-3301 or 405-542-7304.
HINTON--The All Sports Booster Club’s Annual Alumni & Locals Basketball game has been cancelled.
ALFALFA--Alumni inviations for the Alfalfa School Reunion have been mailed. If you have not received your invitation, please call Larry Chapman at 405-643-9270. You may leave a message with your
address.. The 2015 Alfalfa Alumni Banquet will be April 3 at the SWOSU Student Union in Weatherford.
HINTON--Hinton’s All School Reunion is July 4, 2015. Anyone who graduated, attended or taught is
invited. If you know someone who has not been informed please call 405-542-6458. Names and addresses are needed. (See inside this issue for those “missing.”
HYDRO/HYDRO-EAKLY--The All School Reunion will be at noon, Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the
School. Doors open at 10:30 and you are invited to stay and visit after the noon meal. If you have moved
or changed your name, please email caddocat1@yahoo.com or call Joyce or Rusty Carney at 405-7973648 or 405-663-2568. Please friend Hydro/Hydro-Eakly All School Reunion on Facebook.
EAKLY--The Eakly Alumni Banquet is March 26, 2016. Mark your calendar! (Yes, we mean 2016!)
HYDRO--Funds are being raised to fund a Veterans Memorial at the Hydro Masonic Cemetery.
To donate, no matter how large or small, take or send a check to the Bank of Hydro, PO Box 7, Hydro OK
73048. Make the check payable to Hydro Veterans Memorial Fund. You may also donate at the Bank of
Hydro Eakly Branch or Bank of Hydro in Weatherford. Let’s show our Veterans how special they are by
honoring them with this very fitting Memorial.
CLINTON--The Women’s & Children’s Shelter and Mission are in dire need of an oven. (Doesn’t have
to be new.) They also suffered a big loss when their refrigerated truck quit. This truck is how they pick
up their produce for the food distribution each week. If you can help in any way, please contact Joyce
Carney at 405-797-3648 or 405-663-2568l. These volunteers serve a great number of people with meals
and many other way. Please consider them when you wish to donate to a worthwhile cause.

Hinton man shot and
killed by roommate
Caddo County Deputies responded to a shooting, early Sunday morning, and found Alfred
Loyall Jr. 45, dead of a gunshot
The shooting occurred at 5108
County Road 2630 east of Hinton,
just west of the road separating
Caddo and Canadian counties.
Three people lived in the house,
and one of them said that Loyall and
74 year old Claude Wilkenson had
an argument after which Wilkinsom
shot Loyall .
Wilkinson was arrested on a murder complaint and the OSBI is now
In August, 2013, Wilkenson, who
came in last in a race for El Reno
Mayor, shot a .45 caliber pistol at
another man, and was charged with
Shooting With Intent to Kill in Canadian County. That case is still pending.

The Fort Cobb-Broxton accepted three resignations at
their March 9 Board of Education meeting.
Rita Sabastian tendered her
Teacher Retirement letter; as
did Doretha Marrow. Board
member Paul “Skipper” Bates
also resigned.
The Board approved Policy
BBB-E3, an application for the
vacant board position.
Superintendent Lierle gave
his report and the Consent
Agenda was discussed and
Coach/teacher James Biddy
was present to talk about several items. He gave a presentation of the District College
Remediation Report; the
Middle School & High School
Drop Out Report; and later in
the meeting, told the board
about an available used school
bus. He was directed to have
the bus inspected locally and
purchase at the agreed to price
if it passed inspection.
He also discussed the Keystone Food Services request to
be considered as an outside
contractor of the FCB Cafeteria Management Services, and
was directed to further research the idea.
He reported on the Past Due
Student Lunch Account Balances and offered some ideas
for getting them paid. The
board suggested certified letters with outstanding balances,
school reach texts or emails as
additional ways to get the past
due bills to parents.

Caddo County Sheriff’s Report
Caddo County Sheriff Gene Cain has released the February, 2015
report for the Department.
There were already 81 inmates in detention at the end of January
with 181 added during February.
They were served 7,523 meals at a cost of $17,938.11 in groceries.
Other supplies cost $4,512.26.
Emergency Room charges were $9,244.99, and doctor’s visits cost
$2,905. Dentists’ charges were $1,193. Medication for inmates cost
Four Sheriff’s Sales were conducted and 175 Civil Papers were served.
Employees worked 6,199 hours and drove 27,013 miles, using 2,121
gallons of gas.
Twenty-one Self Defense Applications were processed. Incidents
numbered 68.
The Special Operations United conducted seven drug related operations, and four interviews. They made one arrest and eight felony drug
charges are pending. They conducted one other investigation and assisted other agencies twice. The Special Response Team served one
Search Warrant and trained for 40 hours.

The board approved a renewal
agreement with OKTLE for next
year, along with the 2015-2016
School Calendar, after correcting
the Fall Break date from October
10 to October 9.
Items tabled were: Use of
School Property; Request for Use
of School Property; and Use of
Athletic Facilities.
Board members present were
President Derek Weaver, Tom
Steinmetz, Jamie Courtney, and
Mandy Farmer.

L-S Board swaps
days for hours
After reconvening from executive session, at their February 16
meeting, the Lookeba-Sickles
Board of Education re-employed
Shirley Gathers as High School
Principal for 2015-2016 School
The board voted to keep the
same organization as last year,
with President Tommy House, Vice
President Jami Radacy, Clerk
Frank Klassen, Deputy Clerk Chad
Cooper, and Legislative Network
Member Casey Horn.
They discussed and approved
the Consent Agenda before Mike
Davis and Shirley Gathers presented the Principals’ Reports,
informing the board that there
were no student dropouts for
Davis reported on upcoming
events and individual member accumulated training points.
The board voted to change the
2015-2016 School Calendar to
1,080 hours rather than 175 days.
They approved Angel, Johnston
& Blasingame as school auditors
for 2014-2015.
They approved a letter making
changes to the bank signature
card at Legacy Bank, to be signed
by the Board President and
School Superintendent. They
withdrew the Activity Fund Account from Anadarko Bank &
Trust and deposited them in a new
account at Legacy Bank with Mike
Davis, Linda Mashaney, Shirley
Gathers as approved signatures
and Shana Lierle on the account
for information purposes.
The board approved a $730
warrant to Oklahoma School Risk
Management Trust for an additional insurance premium before
they adjourned.

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In the Garden
By Catherine Dougherty

The Versatile Verbena

A Moment with Maxine
by Maxine Bamburg
Countless scars are etched
into America’s prairies; battlefields
from earlier days of our country’s
Old West history, when mortal
combat ensued between red man
and white man.
One of these battlegrounds
stands as a testimony declaring
the sad end to 80 men serving
under the command of an Army
Captain who disregarded orders
from his superior officer.
Following the end of the Civil
War, William J. Fedderman’s impressive Civil War record earned
him the rank of Captain, along with
reassignment to duty at Fort Phil
Kearny in Northern Wyoming.
There, his responsibilities included protecting the gold-seeking immigrants traveling the
Bozeman Trail to Montana Territory.
The struggle in any battle, win,
lose or back down, is in direct relationship to the extent of obedience to orders from the commanding officer.
Our own spiritual battles for
instance, do not hinge on personal strategies, but on the instructions of the One in authority
over us. Those battle plans are
clearly written in the sixth chapter of Ephesians where the
apostle Paul instructed us on
dressing in the armor of God,
spelling out each piece and its
purpose in bringing us into victory.


We are also drilled on the significance in “praying always,”
and watchfulness with perseverance and supplication.
Captain Fedderman’s orders
led his company of 80 soldiers
away from the fort that day,
across the rolling prairie to where
another company of soldiers had
been dispatched to cut firewood.
His orders from Colonel
Carrington were to protect the
woodcutters from the attacks by
the Lakota, Cheyenne and
Arapaho, who were clearly displeased with the white man’s presence.
The Colonel added, “Stay
within sight of the fort.”
But young Fedderman harbored a hunger for victory of his
own making and when the handful of warriors turned as if to escape the white soldiers, he ordered
his men to follow.
Cresting a grassy knoll, the
troop raced their mounts down
into a shallow valley and over
another ridge out of sight from the
Within 20 minutes, all 80 soldiers and their Captain were
dead..ambushed by 2,000 angry
red men lying in wait.
Today’s visitor can follow the
path along the narrow ridge of
Massacre Hill and sense the sorrow of a broken command.
Here, where the grass rustles
in obedience to the soft wind.
Fedderman fell victim to fighting
the battle “his way” resulting in
tragic consequences that should
serve as a warning for us all.

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Oklahoma Techonology Center staff and industry partners
recently congregated at the Oklahoma State Capitol to recognize outstanding businesses who work alongside tech
centers to build better Oklahoma communities. This year,
Caddo Kiowa Tech Center nominated the Association of
South Central Govenment for contributing to the development, promtion and progress of the Oklahoma CareerTech
system. Picrtured are are Dale Lewis, CKTC Industrial/Truck
Driver Training Coordinator; Kem Crowell, CKTC Business
& Industry Services Director; Ronnie Ward, ASCOG Executive Director; and Dennis Ruttman, CKTC Superintendent.

Eakly OHCE plans Brunch
by Kay Williams
The Eakly OHCE planned a
brunch for the New Decade OHCE
of Eakly at their March 11 meeting.
The meeting was called to order by President Karen Eskew.
Marie Loula was hostess. Lora
Hudson led the Flag Salute and
the singing of “America the
Beautiful” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
Kay Williams gave the devotion, “God Said, Go On.” Karen
Eskew read “Grief Eventually
Comes To Everyone.” Roll Call
was answered by 11 members and
two guests, Barbara Wilson and
Ryiah Moore.
Sharon Scales gave the lesson,
“Depression and Its Symptoms.”
She gave suggestions of things
to do and ways to help others
suffering from depression.
Prayer requests were for Linda
Thiessen, Esther Simmons, Slade
Klein, Terry Pearcy, Lavonne Thompson, Forrest Griffin, Jan
Skaggs, Paula Thiessen, the family of Linda Locke Smallen,
Everett Taylor and Kathy Severn.
Marie Loula asked the prayer.
Donna Pearcy reported on the
contractor’s opinion of repairing
and replacing the front door to the
Community Center and the ladies
voted to have it done.

Lease to Own
805 E. Main
Weatherford, Ok

Cynthia Rodriguez,
Walk-Ins Welcome
Phone: 405-542-3192
115 N. Noble, Hinton

The New Decade Brunch will
be Saturday, April 4, following the
Eakly Easter Egg Hunt.
The Eakly OHCE ladies will
meet at the Center at 10 a.m. that
day for their regular meeting before serving the brunch. Menus
were planned and assigned.
The “Tip of the Day” was to
crush up aluminum foil into a tennis ball sized ball and put it in the
dryer with wet clothes to prevent
static cling,
Marie Loula showed several
pot holders she had made and
Karen Eskew showed a bandana
lap throw she had completed.
Donna Pearcy made to lap throw
tops to be quilted.
Karen reported on the 4th
Wednesday when projects were
worked on by 13 people.
The store room was cleaned,
fabric was sorted and several
throws were tied.
It was a productive day with
seven backpacks and quilts completed. Kathy Severn delivered
The meeting adjourned and
the ladies enjoyed a delicious
lunchon of smothered steak.
Thought for the Day:
“Be the reason someone
smiles today.”-Zig Zigler

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Sunday was a perfect Day... spring arrived! For anyone who has
access to a baby born last spring or summer the joy of introducing a
little one to the great out doors is immeasurable. Sockless tiny toes
placed on the first soft green grass... crinkling, curling, footie-feeling
As we begin deciding what we will add to the garden this year,
consider an old fashioned Verbena. Blooming in sweet flowering clusters of pink, blue, lavender, Verbena has all of the charm of its cousin
Lantana, but none of the poisonous properties. Growing fuss-free in
dry sunny spots, it requires only a weekly watering and will send
tendrils over the edge of a planter or spread nicely while tucked in a
crevice of the rock garden. Although not highly scented, Verbena
attracts a host of bees and butterflies as it blooms from Summer through
Verbena has stood the test of time and is mentioned in ancient texts
which speak of her medicinal, mythological, and symbolic properties.
Verbena is mentioned in Eyptian text which write the flower sprang
from a tear of Isis, the goddess of Fertility ,and with that connection
it was been used since that time to treat women's issues.
The Greek Hippocrates wrote a decoction of Verbena acts as an
antiseptic and cures gum disease. *A decoction is made when a plant
or herb are boiled in water to release its chemical properties. A decoction may also be prepared by placing the herb in oil, allowing it to
steep (set) for several days... Verbena becomes vervain when decocted in oil. Vervain is used today in perfume, hand creams, lip balm
and flavors the famous green liqueur from the region of Le Puy-enVelay, France. Scientists are currently researching it as an ingredient
in new medicinal compounds as well.
Perhaps because of its hallucinogenic properties, Verbena has long
been associated with magic. Native American tribes have used it to
induce visions to 'the other side'... which I do not recommend. It has
been popular for centuries as a charm against evil and was used an
offering on Roman altars. It is one of the herbs engraved on Italian
folk charms which were traditionally hung above a baby's cradle.
According to writer John Aubrey in 1721, 'Vervain and Dill / Hinder
witches from their will' and by 1870 Jean-Baptiste Pitois was using it
to make a charm against evil spells.
Most recently, it has emerged in popular culture through the series
of novels 'The Vampire Diaries' where vervain is used to protect humans from vampires. In Volume II, The Struggle', Stefan tells Elena to
rub the oil from the seeds on her skin, bathe in them, and sleep with a
sprig of Verbena under her pillow to keep her mind clear from vampire
induced visions or enchantment.
Symbolically Verbena given as a gift ai an expression of love and
often they were planted asking for prayer. It is a magical, marvelous
plant; perhaps one needs to plant it by the garden gate... just in case.




The Country Conection News, Inc., March 17, 2015, Page 3

Around & About Hydro
HYDRO—Spring has sprung, the grass is riz..we wonder where the flowers is? Flowers are indeed
popping up and trees are budded. We have had some beautiful days and rain is promised.
One thing that will be missing this year at the Hydro Fair is the Historic Old Deport which was meant
to be a museum and Visitor’s Center for the Hydro Fair. It had great possibilities and the Historical Society
has tried hard over the years to raise funds to finish it. Alas, vandalism and withdrawn promises of help and
lack of volunteer labor has thwarted every effort and the Town of Hydro has condemned the building and
planned to tear it down.
There is hope, however. The wonderful Heartland Museum in Weatherford has just the place for a
historic depot such as ours, and we hope it is restored to its original state by loving people to whom
history means so much. They will need additional funds for the moving and restoration so if anyone wants
to donate, you may contact The Country Connection News and find out how to help. All the pictures
collected over the years will go with them, so if you want to see Hydro History, you will now have to go to
Weatherford. Heartland is a great museum and we are thankful not to have the building destroyed. It was
a dream of the late L.D. Sweeney, the late Bill Robertson, and others. I have been told it just doesn’t mean
anything to the younger folks though. A big thanks to Historical Society President Dale Clear who has
tried so hard to get things going, and he is not even a Hydro native!
Also, please find a donation, no matter how small, for the Hydro Veterans Memorial. It is so important
to honor those who have served our country.
Hydro’s oldest Veteran, Earl Foreman is in the hospital in OKC, and doctors can’t seem to find out the
problem. Daughter Iann is here from Texas to be with him. He is very much missed by the Coffee Crowd and
all of Hydro to be exact. Prayers for Earl.
Kaden Harris has some surgery Tuesday and is having rods put into his arm which he broke previously. . He is a great kid and we hope by the time you read this, he is up and at ‘em.
Charl and Jamie Johnson Marais had a visit from her brother and family, and there was a great baby
shower for them over the weekend.
Wiley Hall tore a ligament in his leg which has slowed him down for a while. If you have never seen his
carpentry skills, you know what great work he does.
We are so sorry for the loss of Hydro alumnus Joe Earl Johns, Class of 1956. Our sympathy to Glenna
and the rest of the family. He accomplished much in his life.
Also, sympathy to Craig, Dale and Joe Haskell at the loss of their dad, Bill. The three of them attended
school at Hydro, and none moved very far away.
Liane Stubbs is mourning the passing of her brother, Jim Christensen of Thomas. Jim was the father-inlaw of Governor Mary Fallin, by the way.
Ricky Helmuth has been very ill at his home. This flu and bronchitis that is going around is just terrible.
Kerri Horn is home after surgery.
Kamber Graham Livesy had surgery last week and has been in lots of pain.
Prayers continue for Cathy Crain and her health problems.
Charlotte Pitt Perry’s little granddaughter came to visit Charlotte and Terral over Spring Break and
came down with the flu and a double ear infection. Let’s hope the springtime brings healing.
Several have been discussing where the rural school on “the Gregg place” was and what was its name.
We got in touch with Richard Gregg, who said, “The school you are looking for was Fairview school. It
was located in the southwest corner of Alfred Gregg's farm. It was half a mile from old US 66. I believe my
older brother actually started school there but was sent home because he was too young. that would
have been about 1938. I can’t remember when the building was taken down.”
We can’t seem to find this school in the Hydro History Book, though there was another Fairview School
north of Hydro. Does anyone know where the Alfred Gregg farm was located?
Celebrating Anniversaries were Barney and Dana Reynolds Hickman, Dean and Grace Schantz and
Brandon and Brittani Palesano Lierle. Birthdays were RaeNae Buckmaster Johnson, David Herried, Robin
Pieper Antwine, Lisa Smith Callen, Sarah Kimble Slagell,Tracy Smith Pappas. A special Happy Birthday to
Sophia Abbott who turned four years old this past week.
Our friend Truman says, “Borrow money from pessimists. They don’t expect it back.” Be kind.

Eakly News

by Dorothy Adams

EAKLY--The United Methodist Church will host a concert, “The Pacesetters Quartet,” at 2 p.m. March
29. Everyone is invited. There will be refreshments and fellowship following.
Zelma Lasley visited her daughter Gaye Zech and family Sunday afternoon. Gaye is having a lot of
back problems.
Danny and Donna Lewallen celebrated their anniversary with a trip to Nashville, Tennessee. They had
a wonderful time.
Margie Scott visited her sister, Mary Allen at Anadarko on Friday. Margie spent Friday night and with
Robby and Riann Adams and on Saturday, they all went to Wichita, Kansas. Beverly Scott went with them.
They visited Kent and Shila Boomsma, and attended “Disney on Ice.” They then came back to the city and
Margie attended church with them Sunday moring.
Bill Coe is feeling better but still has the shingles.
Denise Swagerty came to help work on the house next door to me, and Raymond and Brian Adams
came Saturday to finish it. Denise came back on Monday.
The Benefit for the Baptist minister turned out great.
Carson Snyder, son of John and Donna Snyder of Minco and grandson of Bill and Mary Luper, left
Friday morning for Germany. He will then go with a group to Poland, Hungary and other countries. He is a
Senior at Minco High School. Before he left, Bill and Mary took him out to eat for his birthday.
Candace Lanier and Cady Crawley spent several nights with Larry and Paula Thiessen.
Prayers are still asked for Slade Klein, son of Robert and Gina. He is improving but still has a long way
to go following his terrible car accident.
Frosty Griffin is in the Specialty Hospital in OKC. He is having physical therapy. Please remember him
in your prayers.
Happy 2nd birthday to Lokey, the grandson of Cathy Askew of Eakly and Leigh Askew of Alfalfa.
Happy Anniversary to Mike and Mindy King.

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Once Over Lightly
by Tony Lightcap

People Crack Me Up
Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “There is nothing new under the sun”. I am not here to hurl fire and brimstone
at unbelievers… even though that is not a bad idea. That is not my chosen line of work; I will leave that
particular endeavor to experts like my brother. He is a darn fine priest and I have heard his work but
never had the pleasure of seeing him work up a sermon, I think it would be fun.
I can see him now drawing lines of comparison from Bart Simpson to Simon Peter. I know that
sounds made up but it’s not, I have heard the sermon. The upside to being Episcopal is you always
have all the ingredients you could ever need to make a Bloody Mary on top of your ice box.
Would this joke be OK with him?? I am not sure, it might go over like the time I accused his seminary of
serving “Mad Dog” at his graduation mass. How else could they afford to serve that many people on a
church budget? Wow, I have veered way off track…sorry! My original thought was… there is nothing
new under the sun.
It never ceases to amaze me that activists, lobbyists, and everyday Joes think they have the power
to control the actions of other citizens. Since when does putting a law on the books dictate whether or
not actions in this country will continue or grind to a halt? Let us take for instance the laws surrounding smoking marijuana… will making laws to stop it stop the action? Please tell me you are kidding!!!
Americans are so high on their own power right now I would think THC would take a back seat. We
have come a long way from poor old Bill claiming he had never inhaled and not necessarily for the
better. People are making their pilgrimages’ to Boulder Colorado like it is Mecca. I hear Keith Richards is
going to run for Mayor in Denver and make the purchase of Doritos and powdered doughnuts compulsory on Saturday nights.
I have also heard that they are having a shortage of Visine in Colorado. That gives a whole meaning
to the Mile High City. Just in case you are wondering I am under no grand illusion that I am the first
one to make that painfully obvious joke.
Now that the Flower Children and Blooming Idiots alike are legally allowed to partake in the herb of
their choice the Washington DC money hungry are on their war path. Anything that can be regulated
can and will be taxed… I’d bet my chicken house on it.
I can see the President rubbing his hands together like a cynical old spinster just waiting to get his
hands on the green that is being taxed on the green. Once it has been made legal US wide, maybe he
and Bill can get together in the Oval Office and have a photo-op on proper inhaling techniques (it is
possible that Barack may have to take the lead since Bill forgot how).
The next thing the fat cats want to tax is the e-cigarettes… and why not, it’s there. Liquid nicotine +
water vapor – the death of real cigarettes= taxation at its best. The federal governments mission
statement should be “If it moves we will tax it, if it doesn’t we will bury it”. “Vaping” as it is called,
has already started approaching the 55% popularity range with people under the age of 25, which
means that it is just a matter of time until the Phillip Morris Company finds itself going to take out a
payday loan.
Just because it always has been doesn’t mean it always will be, I also used to have a thirty inch
I realize in Oklahoma, it is part of our genetic makeup to want to make God’s will part of our laws,
but I think we have reached the point where maybe it doesn’t matter anymore what the law states.
I am not saying that we should join the rest of the followers and just drink the Kool-Aide (and
remember the cup cannot be bigger than 12 ounces .), what I am saying is: in life we must pick our
battles and this particular battle may no longer be worth the effort if it is falling on deaf ears.
Abortion is a huge issue in this country; the left refers to it as “pro-choice”. I understand their
choice of wording on that because referring to it as what it actually is concentrates the fact that it is a
barbaric ritual and we all know it certainly is that.
Anything that is given to you from the Lord above should be cherished. I fully understand why it is
such a hot button topic; a human life is a serious issue.
However do we genuinely believe that just because we keep the law in place to keep it illegal that it
will not continue to happen?
If this were actually the case the time Mom made the rule “No wild parties allowed in our living
room” while she was out of town would have stuck.
With the younger generation, laws are nothing more than a suggestion.
Keep that in mind the next time you toss them the car keys and remind them that their curfew is 11:00
p.m. .

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The Hydro Veterans Memorial Project
by Pam Klaassen
We are so indebted to all our servicemen and women, whether they served in wartime or peace time.
No matter what the political scene is at a particular time, our brave veterans had a job to do and did it
with honor and dignity. They deserve to be recognized although most of them shrug away recognition
with a simple “It was my job.”
Please consider becoming a voice here in Hydro that says “Thanks” to them by donating to the
Hydro Veterans Memorial. We need $30,000 and as of today we have $1,200.

Hydro Veteran returns to serve hometown
From a small boy growing up in Hydro, to serving as today’s Hydro Chief of Police, Dusty Carney has
always called Hydro “home.” Hydro holds a special place in Dusty’s heart and the same can be said about
Hydro towards him.
Dusty attended Hydro School, finishing his Senior year at Putnam City North. In 2001, at the age of 19,
he joined the National Guard.
Little did he know that being in
the Guard would take him to the
places that it did. After 9-11, a
newly married Dusty was
deployed to Fort Carson,
Colorado for a year, leaving
his bride, Kesha, back in Hydro.
Later, after Hurricane Katrina
hit New Orleans, Dusty was
sent there to help the victims of
that disaster.
In Dusty’s words, “New
Orleans was crazy; just chaos.”
The Guard was trying to get
ammunition wherever they
could, as they had none of their
own. The looting and atrocities
were something most of the
guardsmen had never seen before.
Dusty was also part of
Operation Jump Start when he
was sent to the United States
-Mexico Border along southern
New Mexico to secure the
border there.
Then came his deployment to
Iraq. Leaving his wife Kesha
and children, Alexia and Micah.
he boarded a plane headed for
Kuwait, and ultimately to Iraq.
On the plane with him were
others from Hydro, willing to
serve their country.
Among them were Dusty’s
Dusty and Kesha Carney, Alexia and Micah, just before
brother, Lance, his uncle, Kory
Dusty left for Iraq.
Kimble and his cousin, Chad
Dusty’s grandparents on both sides, Rusty and Joyce Carney and Jerry and Shirley Williams had to see
these four beloved family members sent away at the same time. What a sacrifice.
Each of the men left wives and small children. The women formed a close knit bond and decided that
365 days was way too long to contemplate, so they decided to count down “52 Sundays.”
Each Sunday after church, Kesha, Alexia and Micah; Kory’s wife, Teri and sons Adam and Kade;
Chad’s wife, Gloria, Cadence and baby Mason; and Carly Carney and little Emma, who was two days old
when Lance deployed, gathered at Rusty and Joyce’s home to have lunch and count away the Sundays.
Counting Sundays somehow seemed easier than counting days.
Dusty was stationed in Ramadi, Iraq and was part of a Personal Security Detail (PSD). His squad
escorted high ranking officials, (Generals, Lietenants, Colonels, Politicians, etc.) wherever they needed to
go. They always traveled in convoys for protection
On May 5, 2009, Dusty, his uncle Kory and his brother Lance were traveling in a convoy. In downtown
Ramadi, a Russian-style explosive was thrown at them and hit the MRAPS (a special vehicle to withstand
explosives) that Dusty and Kory were in.
As Dusty relates, “I’ll never forget the sounds, the smell, the blackness, the glass shattering.”
All this was happening while his brother Lance looked on from another vehicle in the convoy, not
knowing what the outcome would be.
As it turned out, the vehicle was demolished but those inside came out with only bruises and bumps.
Dusty was honorably discharged from the Oklahoma National Guard in 2013, after serving his country
for 12 years.
Thank you, Dusty, and all the other brave men and women who have served our country throughout
the years.
(Editor’s note: Pam and Terral Klaassen’s son Cory was among this group of young men who left home
for a year and risked their lives in the service of the United States. They will all be “forever brothers.”
You can see these young men speaking to school children, leading parades and as Honor Guards. )

Plans are underway to erect
a Veterans Memorial at the
Hydro Masonic Cemetery, to
honor all Veterans from the
Hydro Community. All of us
are indebted to the men and
women and their families
for the sacrifices that they
made to ensure our freedoms as Americans. It is
impossible to repay this
debt, but we can honor
them in this way as a gesture of appreciation and
gratitude. The cost of the
Memorial, including maintaining it, is approximately
$30,000. . To donate, no
matter how large or small,
take or send a check to the
Bank of Hydro, PO Box 7,
Hydro OK 73048. Make the
check payable to Hydro Veterans Memorial Fund. You
may also donate at the Bank
of Hydro Eakly Branch or
Bank of Hydro in Weatherford. Let’s show our Veterans how special they are by
honoring them with this
very fitting Memorial.

Brothers are
State Champs
in Wrestling
Two young men at Plainview,
near Ardmore are making a pair
of Hydro grandparents very
Dylan and Ty Lucas won their
weight classes and State titles at
the Class 3A State Championship
Wrestling Tournament in Oklahoma City recently.
The brothers are the grandsons of Jackie and Joyce Haynes
of Hydro. Their Weatherford
grandmother, Sherrie Lucas, is
very proud as well.
The boys are the sons and
Mitch and Dee Ann Haynes
Lucas, former Weatherford residents.
The boys are among the four
State finalists who gave the
Plainview Indians their first State
Wrestling Championship against
a formidable Perry.
The Indians rose to the top
of Class 3A ranking at the end of
the regular season.
Dylan, who weighs 132
pounds, is a Senior and Ty, who
weighs 138 pounds, is a Junior.
Dylan finishes his high school
career undefeated with a record
of 229-1.
Ty finished his season at 42-1.
Perry is a tradition-rich program that has the biggest and
loudest crowd at State, but this
year, their opponents surprised
them with a score of 109.5 over
Perry’s 87.
Plainview lost five starting
caliber wrestlers during the season and another at State and still
Coach Rocky Atencio said, “I
am so proud of our guys with all
the issues we went through: eligibility and injuries.”
Grandparents Jackie, Joyce
and Sherri are very proud as well.

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Hope & Tranquility

by Tricia Pierce

by Dr. Dixie Yoder
While March 17th has become known for wearing green and drinking green beer, it began as a
celebration of the life of St. Patrick: a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ and patron saint of Ireland.
Historians believe the real St. Patrick was born around 370 A.D., in Wales or Scotland, to Calpurnius,
a wealthy Roman Briton. His birth name was Maewyn Succat. As a teenager, he was captured during a
raid and sold to an Irish landowner. In slavery for six years, working as a sheepherder, Maewyn began
to have religious visions. The first showed him how to escape captivity. Following his successful
escape, Maewyn become a priest under the Bishop of Auxerre; eventually returning to Ireland, the land
of his captivity, as a missionary.
Maewyn called himself Patrick, meaning nobleman or father of people, and began sharing the
Christian gospel in a country immersed in Druid religions. Patrick’s use of the three-leaf clover to
explain the Trinity and introduce Jesus to the Irish inspired the green shamrock tradition still celebrated
today. Continuously opposed by pagan religious leaders, St. Patrick evangelized for thirty years,
baptizing new Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools.
Tradition holds that St. Patrick drove all snakes out of Ireland into the ocean. There is no historical
evidence that he banished physical snakes. But the serpent was a symbol for pagan Druidism and St.
Patrick effectively squeezed pagan religions out by generously sowing the seeds of Christianity into
the spiritual soil of the Emerald Isle.
Druidism is an ancestry-and-nature-based religion possessing elements in common with
New Age and Wicca. It has no official dogma or scripture and, therefore, can take many
forms. Even today, many who accept Druidism refuse to celebrate March 17th because it is
rooted in the elimination of Druidism in favor of Christianity. It’s not uncommon to see
practicing pagans wearing some sort of snake symbol on St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick was canonized by the local church after his death on March 17th, in either
461 or 463 AD, but was never officially canonized by a Pope. St. Patrick's Day was first
publicly celebrated by Boston’s Irish immigrants in 1737. Ireland celebrated their first St.
Patrick’s Day in 1931. In 1970, St. Patrick’s Day became a national Irish holiday rather
than a religious observation and in the mid-1990's, the Irish government began promoting
March 17th as part of Irish tourism.
While many Catholics still reverently observe St. Patrick’s Day by attending Mass,
March 17th has become predominately a celebration of Irish heritage emphasizing shamrocks, leprechauns and ethnic cuisine—symbols reflective of Ireland's culture.
Human beings love celebrations! We celebrate personal anniversaries and birthdays; days that
honor parents, children, presidents and heroes. It’s certainly not wrong to celebrate playfully by
hunting Easter eggs, singing Jingle Bells, shooting Fourth of July fireworks or carving a fat turkey at
Thanksgiving, but believers in Jesus Christ need to be intentional about teaching our children the
Christian foundation of each celebration
Over the years, as often happens with holiday celebrations, much of the original purpose
of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has become obscure. This year, let’s take time to think
about our fellow saint and brother in Christ, St. Patrick. Let’s consider his example and
rise to the challenge he set when he not only chose to forgive those who kidnapped and
enslaved him, but made his loving forgiveness visible by spending his life to set his captors
free spiritually for all eternity.
Call 580-774-2884 for answers to your questions about forgiveness, relationships with
people and a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father; the Living God and Creator
of all things.
Send comments and questions to:
Dr. Dixie Yoder
PO Box 466
Weatherford, OK 73096

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Cameron Hines of FCB up
to bat against H-E in the
Season Opener.

FCB Senior Ethan Harrison catches at the Season Opener
against Hydro-Eakly.

Hydro-Eakly pitches
against Fort Cobb-Broxton

FCB Senior Mikayla Sebastian slides safely into 2nd against
Mooreland in the FCB Tournament

FCB Senior Michael Mopope gets congratulated by Coach Bellamy after he
hit a three run home run CheyenneReydon.

FCB Senior Jennifer Turner slides safe
to score against Ringwood in the FCB

In Memoriam

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Joe Earl Johns

Traci Hardy

Joe Earl accomplished much in life

Traci accepted Christ three years ago

Services for Joseph Earl Johns, 76, of Weatherford, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the
First Baptist Church of Weatherford with Pastor Don Morris officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood
Cemetery, directed by Lockstone Funeral Home.
Joe, son of Alta Alfreda Johns, was born September 27, 1938, at
Hydro, and was reunited with his mother in Heaven on Friday,
March 13, 2015. Joe, or Joe Earl, as he was known in his younger
years, grew up on a farm north of Hydro where he lived with his
mother and grandmother, Catherine “Kate” Johns, in a large twostory house, which was share by his uncle and aunt, Paul and Emma
Johns and cousin Fern. In 1953, Joe gained a stepfather and soon
two brothers and two sisters were added to the family. Joe attended
Hopewell School north of Hydro, Jabbock Bible School near Thomas,
and Hydro High School, where he graduated in 1956. He then
attended Southwestern Oklahoma State College, working his way
through, and as he liked to say, “cramming four years into six,”
graduating in 1962. Following graduation, Joe went to work in the
Accounting Department at the U.S. Gypsum Plant in Southard, arriving one month after his future wife,
Glenna Otwell of Canton, began working in the office there. They were married April 20, 1963, and moved
to Oklahoma City. Soon after moving to Oklahoma City, Joe began a 35-year career in Property & Casualty
Claims Administration. During their five year stay in the city, Joe and Glenna were blessed with two
children, Traci Erin in 1966 and Darren Anthony in 1967. Joe loved his work and enjoyed the challenges
associated with each assignment and also the transfers to various cities across the United States.
In December, 1982, Joe and family moved back to Oklahoma, settling in Weatherford. Joe continued
working in the insurance business and also began investing in rental properties, which became a full-time
job after he retired from the insurance industry. Joe was a member of the Pine Acres Church. Over the
years, he enjoyed numerous volunteer positions in the church and community. Some of the organizations
in which he served include U.S. Conference for Mennonite Brethren Churches, Habitat for Humanity,
Leadership Weatherford, Weatherford Area Economic Development Foundation, and Weatherford Industrial Trust. Serving on the City Council was a position he took very seriously and found to be very
rewarding. One of his most recent activities from which he derived much pleasure was working with 2nd
and 3rd graders at East Elementary where his daughter, Traci teaches. The children looked forward to “Mr.
Joe” coming as much as he enjoyed being with them. Joe loved and was devoted to his Lord, his family and
his many friends. He was especially proud of, and enjoyed, his grandchildren and their activities. He
seldom missed OU football games and Thunder games and was always ready either for a road trip with his
grandsons and son-in-law, to attend an OU game, or to join Weldon and Dale at SWOSU or high school
basketball games.
Joe was preceded by his mother, Alta, and stepfather, W.C. “Bill” Schantz.
He is survived by his wife, Glenna, of the home; one daughter, Traci and husband Richard Brownen;
one son, Darren Johns; and three grandchildren, Trevor Brownen and wife Haley, Trent Brownen and
Terin Brownen all of Weatherford. Siblings surviving are Eddie Schantz of Bethany, Stanley Schantz and
wife Orvilla, Mary Ralston and husband Steve and Carol Wichert and husband Steve, all of Weatherford;
his mother-in-law, Luevada Otwell of Weatherford; brother-in-law, Kenneth Otwell and wife Lois of Kansas City, Missouri; a special cousin, Fern Bachmann and husband Art of Kalona, Iowa; many other
relatives and friends.

Jim Christensen
Jim was an entrepreneur
Services for James “Jim” Dalbert Christensen, 85, of Thomas, were Tuesday, March 10, at the First
Christian Church of Thomas with Rev. Jason Williams officiating. Burial was at Mound Valley Cemetery
near Thomas, directed by Lockstone Funeral Home-Thomas.
Jim was born April 30, 1929, to Dalbert William and Nola Ann
Russell Christensen, in Thomas, where he grew up, graduating from
Thomas High School in 1947. He was the first FFA member from
Thomas to receive the State Farmer Award. He graduated from
Southwestern State College in Weatherford with Bachelor’s
degrees in Secondary Education; Business; and Accounting. He
held a Double Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University in
Accounting and School Administration. He then earned a
Professional Certificate in Education from the University of
Oklahoma. He entered the Korean War in 1952, as a liaison
between the United States Army and the Department of Agriculture.
He was stationed at Fort Reno near El Reno, where he met his wife,
Jo Imboden, while she was pianist and organist at the El Reno
First Christian Church. They were married November 25, 1953, and
made their home in Stillwater, while both of them earned their Master’s degrees. Jim and Jo subsequently
made their home in El Reno, while both of them taught school. Jim became Principal of Rose Wicher
Elementary School from 1957-1961, when they moved back to the farm at Thomas. In addition to teaching
school, Jim taught at night at the Federal Reformatory in El Reno and continued farming in Thomas. In
addition to farming his entire life, he established several family businesses, including The Lyn Theater in
Thomas (which he originated at the age of 21); Christensen Fertilizer; Stockman’s Supply; Christensen
Implement; AMAC Petroleum, Cusco Energies, and several others. He continued to operate his businesses until his death. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and his grandchildren; and engaging in
He passed away Friday, March 6, 2015, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was preceded
by Jo, his wife of 35 years; Vinita, his subsequent wife of 18 years; his granddaughter, Kelsey Christensen;
his sister, Colleen Frans; and his parents.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Wade and Mary Fallin Christensen of Oklahoma City,
Drew and Rameen Christensen of Thomas, Clay and Gail Christensen of Edmond, and Jane and Vince
VanFossen of Tulsa. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kayli, Blake, Trent, Trey, Adam, Erica, Christina, Brittiany, Kimmy, Price, Alex, Bryant, Rachel, Abbey, and Haley; four great-grandchildren, and two
one the way; his siblings and their spouses, Bill and Yvonne Christensen of Geary and Liane and Thurman
Stubbs of Hydro; a special friend, Joan Reinhard; other friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to
the First Christian Church of Thomas.

Bill Haskell
Bill served in Prison Ministry
Memorial services for Billie Joe “Wild Bill” Haskell were Saturday afternoon, March 14, at the Binger
Church of God with Rev. Billy Joe Harmon and Rev. Ron Nelson officiating. Services were entrusted to
Turner Funeral Home-Hinton.
Bill was born March 21, 1941, to Joe Elmer and Anna Mae Howe
Haskell. He attended school at Binger, and lived in Gracemont before
moving to Chickasha 30 years ago. He was a Supervisor for
Maremont Shocks, which later became Gabriel Shocks of Chickasha.
Bill accepted Christ as his Savior at the Middle Burg, Oklahoma
Baptist Church. He served in the Christian Center, serving in the
Prison Ministry and at nursing homes. He loved hunting and
horseback riding.
He passed away March 9, 2015, in Chickasha, at the age of 73,
having been preceded by his parents.
He is survived by his children, Joe Haskell of Weatherford, Craig Haskell and wife LaDonna of Yukon,
Dale Haskell and wife Jayne of Colony, and Krystal Louthan and husband Cory of Parker, Colorado. Also
surviving are six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sibings, Rex Haskell of Binger, and Gary
Haskell and Dallas K. Haskell of Chickasha; many other relatives and friends.

Leon Evans
Leon once lived in the area
A Private Family Service for David Leon Evans of Michigan, will be at a later date. Leon was born
February 27, 1963. He married Suzanna Willford and they lived in Dill City until recently, when they moved
to Michigan for Leon’s job as an oilfield worker.
Leon passed away November 13, 2014, in Gladwin, Michigan.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanna, of the home; and his children, Heather Chester of Vici, Jessica
Chester of Woodward, and David Evans of Duncan. Also surviving are his siblings, Leroy Evans of
Denver, Colorado, Gail Evans of Ninnekah and Carla Ramirez of Dill City.

Services for Traci Lynn Hardy of Hinton were Tuesday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church in Hinton,
which she joined three years ago. Rev. Keith Gillham officiated with burial in Memory Lane Cemetery in
Anadarko, entrusted to Turner Funeral Home-Hinton.
Traci was born September 23, 1967 in Oklahoma City, to Edwin E.
and Loretta Marie Exendine Wilson. She attended Hinton Schools
and graduated from U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City. In
school, she was a stand-out basketball player and as a mother and
fan, she was escorted out of several of her daughter Bethanie’s
high school games. Tracie lived in Midwest City and Macomb
before moving back to Hinton in 2011. She was a bartender, and an
avid fan of Harley Davidson, Tony Stewart NASCAR and Thunder.
She loved family gatherings. Three years ago, Traci accepted
Christ as her personal Savior at OU Medical Center.
She passed away March 13, 2015, in Hinton, at the age of 47. She
was preceded by her mother, Loretta Wade; her sister-in-law, LaDonna Wilson; and her grandparents.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Harley and Scout Wilson, Ryan and Hallie Keller, and
Jadyn Alexander, all of Hinton,and Bethanie and Bill Bill Hardy of Geary; and her grandchildren, Braylee
Wilson and Claire Wilson. Also surviving are her parents, Ed and Betsy Wilson of Hinton and Bud Wade
of Chandler; her siblings and their spouses, Eddie and Becky Wilson of Katy, Oklahoma, Beth and Stan
Thomason and Beverly and Bobby Garrison of Hinton and Wayland Wade of Kansas City, Missouri; a
host of other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to Traci’s daughter, Jadyn Alexander, to First
National Bank, 1107 N. Broadway, Hinton, OK 73047

Mary Dougherty
Mary was an example to all
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Odell Dougherty, former Hinton resident, were Monday, March 9, at
St. Joachim Chapel at St. Ann’s Retirement Center in Oklahoma City. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery
in Hinton.
Mary was born October 21, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Charles and Ione Grundy Odell. She graduated
from Southwesten Oklahoma State University in Weatherford with a Teaching Degree in Math and English,
in 1945. In 1946, she was united in marriage to Francis Kelly Dougherty. They lived in Clinton, Elk city,
Lubbock, Texas and Oklahoma City before retiring to the family farm in Hinton. Mary never missed an
opportunity to pay reverence to God; to love and admire her family; read to a child; offer friendship and
assistance to anyone in need; and set an example just by being who she was. She will be missed and
remembered by everyone she touched. Twelve years ago, Kelly and Mary moved to St. Ann’s Retirement
Center in Oklahoma City. Follwing a stroke in August, 2014, Mary moved to St. Katherine’s at El Reno,
where she could receive additional care.
She was surrounded by her family when she passed away March 5, 2015, under Hospice Care in Mercy
Hospital. She was preceded by Kelly, her beloved husband of 68 years, who died in April, 2014; and her
parents. She is survived by her sons and their families, F. Kelly Jr. and Bonnie of Plano, Texas, Kevin and
Darla of Carrolton, Texas, Brian and Marileigh of Oklahoma City, Shawn and Beth of Steubenville, Ohio,
Tim and Carol of Carrolton, Texas, and Brett and Mary of Yukon; 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Wildena Moffer
Wildena was a proud Caddo woman
Services for Wildena Francis Guy Moffer, 74, of Anadarko, was Monday, March 16, at the First Caddo
Baptist Church in Fort Cobb. Rev. Amon Harjo and Rev. Tom Worcester officiated, with arrangements by
Smith Funeral Home.
Wildena was born July 20, 1940, in Lawton, to Willard Guy and Rena Edge. She was a very proud member
of the Caddo Tribe and loved her Native American heritage. She was a wonderful daughter, mother, friend
and a child of God.
She was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Lawton. She was preceded by her
son, Damon Dean Moffer; her siblings, Sammy “Firecracker” Guy, Sharron Guy Tate and Justina Guy Kelly;
and her parents.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Brent Tvlwv Moffer and wife Dana of Norman; other relatives
and many friends.

Linda Smallen
Linda lived life to the fullest
Services for Hinton native, Linda M. Smallen, were at the Sickles Community Church on Friday, March
13. Bro. Tom Clifton and Bro. Matt Stewart officiated with burial in the Lookeba Cemetery, entrusted to
Turner Funeral Home-Binger.
Linda was the youngest of five children born to Doyle Ray and
Dora Phillips Locke, on January 4, 1965 in Hinton. She loved camping
and fishing, climbing trees, living life to the fullest, and generally
doing anything to give her parents gray hair. She was a friend to
everyone she encountered and never met a person in need whom
she didn’t find some way to help. Those who met her once were her
friends for life. Linda and her first husband, Harry, had two
beautiful children, Andrea and Clayton. They soon divorced and
Linda married Thomas Smallen in 1985. They had one daughter,
Amanda. The couple loved each other unconditionally, and it may
give comfort to her family and friends to realize that Linda is now
reunited with her beloved husband, her father, Doyle, and her
brother, Roy, and that someday the family will be all together again
when God calls them Home. Linda will always be remembered as
a loving, caring, passionate wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
She passed away March 9, 2015, in Oklahoma City at the age of 50. She was preceded by her husband;
her brother, Roy Locke; and her father.
She is survived by her children, Andrea Lotter of Oklahoma City, Clayton Cooper of Fort Cobb, and
Amanda Wilson and husband Chad of Caldwell, Idaho; her grandchildren, Jaedin Lotter, Thomas Wilson,
John Cooper and Jace Stephen; and her mother, Dora Locke. Also surviving are her siblings, Mary Scott
and husband Bobby, Ada Locke, David Locke and wife Connie; many other relatives and friends.

Naemi Gossen
Naemi was active in her church
Services for Naemi Gossen, 89, lifelong Corn resident, were Saturday morning, March 14, at the Corn
Mennonite Brethren Church where she was an active member, serving in many capacities. Rev. Tim Sandy
and Rev. Ken Gardner officiated. Burial was in the Corn Mennonite Cemetery, directed by Kiesau-Lee
Funeral Home.
Naemi was born July 14, 1925, in Colony, to Cornelius and Anna
Thiessen Bergman. She grew up in Corn, attending Pleasant View
School before transferring to Corn Bible Academy where she
graduated. She was united in marriage to Samuel Gossen on
February 27, 1947, in Corn, and they made their home on a farm
southwest of town. They farmed, did custom harvesting and ran a
dairy. Naemi enjoyed cooking for the harvest crews, as well as
working beside her husband and children.
She passed away early Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Corn Heritage
Village-Corn. She was preceded by her husband, who died in 2007;
her brothers, Paul Bergman and two who died in infancy; and her
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Rosanne and
Kevin Schmidt, Stanley and Geri Gossen, and Garry and Norma Gossen, all of Cordell, Alden and Karen
Gossen and Melvin and Laura Gossen of Corn; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving were her sister, Ruth Dick of Corn; a sister-in-law, Willie Gossen; a brother-in-law, Jacob Gossen; other
relatives and friends.

The Country Connection News does not charge for
obituaries. They are an expression of sympathy from
the Newspaper Staff.

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is accepting applications for Construction Technology Instructor.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or
working toward degree; meet requirements to qualify for a Provisional I
teaching certificate (minimum); working toward Standard Certification in
Trade and Industrial Education;
WorkKeys credential preferred.
Additional Qualifications: Master
carpenter and construction skills; basic plumbing and electrical knowledge
Submit letter of application, resume,
educational background, and other
appropriate information to
Human Resources
PO Box 190
Fort Cobb, OK 73038
Applications accepted until a suitable applicant is found. CKTC is an
EOE employer.
Full Job Description is available at
The Town of Hydro is currently
accepting applications for a Full
Time Deputy Clerk. Applicant must
have at least a high school diploma
and office/clerical experience, with
emphasis on cash collection procedures, customer relations, knowledge
of computer hardware and software
applications, trained and skilled in
modern office practices, procedures,
and equipment. Salary based on experience. Benefits include health insurance, retirement, vacation and paid
holidays. Applications are available
at City Hall, 129 W Main St, Hydro,
OK or resumes may be emailed to
The CADDO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS are accepting applications
for an ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER. Candidates must be CLEET
certified. Please apply in person at
the Commissioners' Office or
the Safety Office at the courthouse in
Anadarko. Closing date is
3/27/15. Caddo County is an EQUAL

Shana Brooks, 3/4 mils south of Sickles. Friday 9-6, Saturday ? Coffe
table, dresser, night stand, clothes &

Term and *APY*
6 Month

One Year
Two Year
Three Year
Four Year
Five Year



516 N Broadway Binger


Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
is accepting applications for Instructional Leader. Qualifications:
Master’s degree, Principal’s Standard
Certification and three to five years
successful experience in education
with a preference in career and technology education, administration experience preferred, ability to obtain
technology center administrator credential within first year of employment; WorkKeys credential preferred;
knowledge of curriculum and instructional programs, campus operations
and campus safety; prefer experience
with supervision and evaluation of
instructors and staff; prefer knowledge of federal, state and district policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
Additional Qualifications: High level
written and verbal communication
skills; high level planning and organizational capability; operate within
and build a cohesive team environment; develop, plan, schedule and
implement Continuous School Improvement (CSI) action initiatives,
activities, events and professional
development; serve on emergency
management team; read and interpret
documents such as any policy and
expectation documents, strategic
plan, unified improvement plans, key
performance measures indicators,
staff contracts, evaluation rubrics,
district, state and national policy
documents, budget documents and
curriculum proposals; effectively
communicate with staff at all levels;
effectively document all required paperwork and submit reports based
on job responsibilities; expert level
written and oral communication skills
and ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders at all levels;
communicate effectively with board
of education, administrators, staff
and parents; calculate figures and
amounts as required for budgets and
projects and interpreting statistical
data; apply a common sense understanding to carry out instructions
furnished in written, oral, or diagram
form; deal with and resolve problems
involving several concrete variables
in standardized situations.Submit letter of application, resume, educational background, and other appropriate information tov CKTC Human Resources PO Box 190 Fort
Cobb, OK 73038Applications accepted until a suitable applicant is
CKTC is an EOE
employer.Full Job Description is
available at caddokiowa.com/ckjobs.
Drivers: $50,000+ Year!! Sign-on
Bonus! New trucks arriving. Regional
Runs! OFF Weekends! CDL-A, 1yr
exp. Flatbed preferred. Jon:877-3173223

We also buy scrap iron $50 per ton

Cars &Truck $80 per ton

Nursing and


Allen Disse




Anadarko Office
Shelly Allen Disse, Broker

Now taking applications
& Laundry
LPN’s & CNA’s
Benefits, Great Shift Diff,
Paid Vacation,
Referral Bonus,
Incentive Programs
Apply in Person

Flu & Pneumonia Shots

FT; M-F w/rotating call schedule; provide care to patients for all
surgical procedures; patient assessment & education; experience
preferred but willing to train; OK RN license required
FT; 7pm-7am; rotating weeknight shift plus alternating weekends;
benefits available; valid Okla. RN license required
PT; responsible for morning analyzer start up; QC review & maintenance; routine lab bench work; phlebotomy & computer entry; MLT
or MT certified
FT; 40 hrs/week; clean patient rooms & all other areas of the hospital
& satellite facilities; rotating weekends/holidays; benefits available
FT; 40 hours per week; 10:30am-7:00pm; cook for hospital patients,
employees, and visitors; assist with special diet order; assist with daily
upkeep of dietary dept.; experience a plus but willing to train; benefits
Apply online at:
Send application and resume

Seed Potatoes & Onion Bunches
41% Cottonseed Cubes bagged or Bulk
Call for Bulk
Dog, Cat, Cattle & Chicken Feed.
Small Square Bales of Grass Hay.
Round Bales of Alfalfa & Grass Hay

The Country Connection News, Inc. , March 17, 2015, Page 8

Top Caddo County Juniors & Seniors honored at Banquet
The Top Juniors and Seniors
from Caddo County were honored February 23 at
the Caddo-Kiowa Tech Center, for their academic achievement.
Area businesses and alumni support the students by paying for their meals and
providing scholarships.
Juniors from The Country Connection News coverage area included Fort CobbBroxton students, Cami Derieg, Levi Pierce, Briley Baca and Brooke Williams,
Gracemont student Audie Connally, and Lookeba-Sickles Juniors Marlee Harvey
and Mercedes Soriano.
OSU Alumni & Friends, area businesses and OSU Alumni Association presented
$9,000 in scholarships to deserving Seniors, during the Junior Honors Banquet as
Among those were Sydney DeVaughan of Fort Cobb-Broxton who won the $1,000
Krehbiel Foundation Scholarship, and Makenzi Mills of Hydro-Eakly who won the
$500 Chisholm Trail Farm Credit Scholarship

Scholarship winners Brianna Sawyer, Madison Chalfant, Sydney DeVaughan, Cameron
Newport, Emily Wilkinson, Andrew Stephens, Shayna Gibson and Kale Harrison.
Makenzie Mills is not pictured.

to Go!

Lookeba-Sickles Juniors Marlee Harvey & Mercedes Soriano

Gracemont Junior Audie

Fort Cobb-Broxton Juniors Cami Derieg, Levi Pierce, Biley Baca and Brooke Williams.

Trunk Show
Wednesday, March 11-Saturday, March 14


Immediate Openings:
Director of Nursing
(must be RN)

Ladies Boutique
120 N Broadway,
Hinton Ok - Phone 405-542-5539

New location front of the store
20 percent off
Spring Arrivals !

Oklahoma is in a serious drought with area lakes in a crisis. This is the marina at Foss
Lake with boats and buoys on dry land. This lake supplies water for Clinton and Hobart.
Fort Cobb Lake is also very low but still great for fishing. Lugert is also very low and
Canton Lake water was sent to Oklahoma City, leaving the former busy little town losing

Please apply in person
@ 2200 N. Lyle Rd.
Weatherford OK 73096
or call Ashley Cooper

The Country
is sold at:
Cobb Creek Station
DeLeons Grocery
Hydro Quick Stop
Deer Creek Market
Hinton Pharmacy
United Grocery Store
Weatherford Post Office
Shopping Center
Super C Grocery
Fort Cobb
Triple C
Fort Cobb Lake
Nowhere Store
Speedy 1 Stop
Browers Grocery
Wichita Travel Plaza
For a subscription
by mail
or on line
Call 405-797-3648

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