August 2014 news
Brother Dennis Woods of
the Beaver Assembly of God Church is
beginning a Community Prayer time in the grassy area south of the
Beaver County Library beginning Wednesday, August 20, 2014
at 7 p.m. This will be held each Wednesday to pray for our town,
its leaders and workers; Beaver County, State of Oklahoma
and Nation. You are invited to attend.
At our Prairie Winds, Inc. (the group trying to save the old gym) meeting today, we visited with the youth pastor of the First Christian Church of Beaver. He is promoting the "5th quarter", which is for teens following each home game. He said our building would be perfect for the gathering of the kids and would be able to keep an eye on each of the little boogers. We voted to approve this project. Now all we have to do is a little more cleaning and it will be ready for all ki...nds of community functions. It has taken almost 5 years of painstaking begging for donations, and then waiting an eternity for the renovation of the ladies rest room. The men's rest room we're still waiting (and waiting) on the contractor to get that project finished. Things are looking up for the old building, back to being useful after a lot of years. If any of you alumnus would be interested in helping to bring this old useful building back to life, you could send any donations to P. O. Box 116, Beaver OK 73932. Thank you to all who have sent in some donations. Each are greatly appreciated.
Drawing Held For 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Raffle
Beaver County 4-H Shooting Sports Club drew
the winning shotgun raffle ticket Saturday, August 9th at
Beaver Ace Home Center. Brada Hargues of Balko was the lucky winner. The Beaver County 4-H Shooting
Sports Club would like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, and Pugh’s Otasco for their assistance
in helping procure the shotgun for this raffle.
Special “Thank You’s” to Ace Home Center for
the opportunity to raise money for the 4-H Shooting
Sports Program by allowing them to sell hotdogs and drinks in front of their business during Ace Days;
to Downing’s Food Pride, Bank of Beaver, and First Security Bank for always supporting the youth
groups in the community; and to the Beaver Gun Club for all their support.
Starved and Abandoned Knoxville Dog Saved by Guardians of Rescue
SMITHTOWN, NY – (August 13, 2014) – Thousands of innocent animals suffer from neglect and cruelty across the United States,
from abandonment to illegal dog-fighting. Without a safe home or a loved one, these animals live in horrible environments,
suffering from diseases and poor health. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, wades into
the worst areas of crime, violence and poverty to save innocent animals, such as Chase, a pit-bull mix found starving
and abandoned in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“On a daily basis, dogs are suffering the worst cruelty. Without empathy or
sympathy, many do not survive the street life
and abandonment,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “You've heard it before,
but it's so important and so true. If you see something, do something. No animal deserves to suffer.”
Chase was one of the abandoned dogs, found fighting for his life on the
streets of Knoxville, Tennessee. Chase was
left tied up in a yard, unable to escape and suffering from a horrific wound from an embedded collar. Maggots covered
the open wound around his neck, where his collar rubbed an open wound. His jaw was previously broken, his legs
were scraped as if he was dragged and he was severely dehydrated and starved.
Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help this innocent dog, taking him to New
York to heal his broken body and spirit.
He will arrive in New York on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 and when he is able, he will go up for adoption to be taken in by a kind and loving family.
Guardians of Rescue is working with the local authorities who are
investigating the case, as well as Knoxville Animal Control
to stop the blatant cruelty in this area of Tennessee. Guardians of Rescue has posted a $1500 reward is offered for the arrest
and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abuse of Chase.
“For dogs like Chase, people like us are his only hope. Animals give us
unconditional love and unfortunately, it is not always
the case that it is equally returned. Neglect and abuse are unacceptable,” affirms Misseri. “If you see something, do something.
Chase and dogs like him can be removed from cruel situations and placed into a safe environment where they can be cared for, if people take action.”
Turpin school district will vote on a bond issue that calls
for additional space for physical educationprograms,
and the community itself is in need of a storm shelter.
After a bond to build a facility to meet the two needs failed last year, school board members went
back to the drawing board to see what could be done to design a facility taxpayers could agree to.
The original bond called for $2.75 million to be spent on a facility, and with the new proposed
bond, that cost has been shrunk to $1.95 million to be paid out over 10 years.
"It’s been paired down," said Turpin Superintendent Bret Rider in an interview with the
Leader and Times. "I felt the first time it went around, there was a lot of confusion
because it was a bigger facility and it had a bunch
of extra things. I think people thought we were substituting it for other facility."
The cost was not the only larger thing about the original floor plan, according to Rider.
"It was a lot bigger facility," he said. "This one, we felt we’ve paired it down to what
we need – no bells and whistles.
It’s a PE facility, a couple locker rooms, storage room and safe room."
Rider said a new building will help with growth in enrollment.
"It’s bigger than the other facility that we had that’s outdated and not in very good shape,"
he said. "We have a wonderful gym, so it’s not replacing that. It’s just going to be used
as a PE facility. Right now, the only programs that really use our
other PE facility is just the elementary school up to about fifth and sixth."
Rider said the floor in that facility is cracked and not useful for activities such as basketball.
"They don’t use it for any basketball practice, any organized sport practice," he said.
"This would allow us for every student pre-K through 12 to have access to the facility
for PE, athletics, after school programs."
At this time, Turpin is not looking at any other building projects, and Rider said this
likely will not happen unless the district experiences a significant growth spurt.
"Right now, our numbers are down from what they were about 15 years ago,"
he said. "We were over 500. Now, we’re over 400. As far as classroom space,
space in our school, we have adequate space.
We don’t have a lot of extra space, but we have adequate space right now."
Following the failure of the first bond, Rider said the Turpin School Board
reevaluated the project and got feedback from community members to see
what could be done to make the facility a reality."They felt they got the
feedback from the community that maybe the last one was just too much," he said.
"It had four locker rooms and all these public bathrooms in it.
That wasn’t the intent. It just kind of grew.
They decided to go back and rerun this just exactly, with no extra stuff, just what we need."
The only current underground facility at Turpin schools is one utilized by cheerleaders. Rider said the
new building, which is about 9,600 square feet, will give the district a facility big enough
for everyone in the school system."I think the original plan has three entryways," he said. "We
have eight different entries just in this building. Elementary has probably the same number.
That’s an issue for all schools."
The new building would be centrally located between the elementary, middle and
high school buildings in Turpin."It’s a monolithic dome," Rider said. "The whole facility
meets the FEMA standard for storm shelters. It would hold approximately 1,400 to 1,600 people.
We have about 410 kids, so it would easily do our community and school all together. The storm shelter
is an added bonus. It is for PE for our younger kids. We’re finally getting a lot of interest with our younger
parents with Kids Inc. A lot of our teams play with Kids Inc. in Liberal. Right now,
they don’t like to use this gym."
Turpin currently has a transportation bond on the board, and with the new project, a patron paying
$100 in property taxes can expect to pay $114 for the first two years, with the rate going down
beginning in the third year to about $108. The tax rate would continue to decline until the bond
is paid off in year 10.As for the current structure, Rider said it would be kept, but it would
be used for storage and indoor softball and baseball.The bond is set for an election on Aug. 26,
and the Turpin district and hosted a community meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the high
school auditorium to discuss the issue."We have a board meeting that night, and the very
first thing, they’re going to open it up to question
and answer," Rider said. "Our guy that’s doing the bond is going
to be here to answer any financial questions."The superintendent said everyone is
invited to call Turpin schools and the district’s school board with any questions they
may have about the bond."We just want to get it out and be very open," he said. "We don’t want people
thinking we’re trying to hide anything. We want it to be very public and people
have the opportunity to voice their opinions and vote their will, whatever it may be."