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Washita Valley Weekly
“My Community Magazine”
November 14, 2018
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 Oklahoma became the 47th state in 1907, following
acts that incorporated more and
more Indian tribal land into
U.S. territory.
 After its inclusion in the
union, Oklahoma became
a center for oil production,
with much of the state’s
early growth coming from
that industry. During the
1930s, due to the amount of
cattle production and pasture land with few trees left,
Oklahoma suffered from droughts and high winds,
destroying many farms and creating the infamous
Dust Bowl of the Great Depression era. 
  In the 1930s, more than a million Oklahoma
residents moved to California as a result of the Dust
Bowl and the Great Depression. They were known
as “Okies,” a term that was initially pejorative but
became a badge of pride for later generations.
 The state covers 69,899 square miles and has a
population of almost 4 million people.
 Oklahoma is a Choctaw Indian word that means
“red people.” It is derived from the words for people
(okla) and red (humma).
 Thirty-nine American Indian tribes are headquar-
tered within the state of Oklahoma.
 Each year Shannon Springs Park is transformed
into a 43-acre winter wonderland. While the Festival
of Light symbolizes the beginning of holiday season,
much work has to be done in preparation for the
event. Thousands of lights must be checked, repaired,
or replaced, displays must be placed, attractions have
to be scheduled, volunteers must be scheduled to
work the gates, handing out maps and assisting with
donations, etc. FOL Board of Directors meet year
round to get all the minor details worked out.
 If you would like to volunteer for the Festival of
Light this holiday season, log on to
“Festival of Light”
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Pictured left to right are front row: Delbert Blalock, Exhaulted Ruler Donnie Miller, Anita Batchelder,
Cari Taylor, Elton Taylor. Second row: Don Stephens, Karen Buckley, Alan Mandrell, Beverly Lowry.
Third row: Mike Heilman, Sherri Lewis, John Rogstad, Delbert Conner, Robert Cacy, and Tim Pugh.
Chickasha Elks present check to Delbert Blalock
 Elks Exhaulted Ruler Donnie Miller, along with several members of the
Chickasha Elks Lodge presented a check to Delbert Blalock Thursday evening.
Elks members organized a fundraising event last month that included a Fun Run
Ride to Medicine Park, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and chili supper to help defray
Delbert’s living and treatment expenses.
 “Elks care and Elks share’ is our motto”, said Chairman Sherri Lewis, “We do
our best to help those who need it most.”
 Lifelong Chickasha resident Delbert Blalock was diagnosed with COPD and
liver cirrhosis auto-immune disease which has upgraded to Stage 4. Today he is
classified with end-stage liver failure with cancer now spreading into the lymph
nodes and bone marrow.
 Delbert is involved a
non-profit biker group
called B.U.R.N., where
he rode hundreds of
miles to return children
home. He became the
group’s first Road War-
rior, their highest honor,
and is now the Interna-
tional Vice President.
The group is in all 50
states and eleven coun-
tries. Although Delbert
no longer rides, he still
works on cases from
home. In 2017 he also
started a nonprofit
organization for home-
less children called “A
Birthday to Remember”,
which provides birthday
parties to orphans, home-
less, and children living
in shelters.
Homeland and Grady County Sheriff’s
Office help children during holiday season
 Homeland of Chickasha, 759 W. Grand Ave., and
the Grady County Sheriff’s Office are beginning
the holiday season by helping the children through-
out Grady County. For the fifth year, they are asking
Homeland customers to donate to the annual chil-
dren’s food drive.
 Karol Vananda, Homeland Customer Service Su-
pervisor, said “We are excited that our new CEO Mark
Jones has made ‘Oklahomans feeding Oklahomans’
the company motto.”
 Over the years, Chickasha Homeland customers
have donated several hundred bags that were assem-
bled and distributed by members of the Sheriff’s Of-
fice. The current record of 880 bags was set in 2016.
 This year, Homeland has increased the goal to feed
1000 Grady County children who benefit from the
Back Pack program during the school year.  
 “Many children in Grady County depend on school
lunches and the Back Pack program to provide nour-
ishment,” says Vananda, “We just want to help them
any way we can.”
 Each $5.00 bag contains several juice boxes, pack-
ages of peanut butter crackers, breakfast toasters, and
apple sauce.
 Homeland will be collecting monetary donations in
store until Thursday, December 13. Members of the
Grady County Sheriff’s Office will assemble and dis-
tribute the bags on Friday, December 14, 2018.
 For more information about the food drive, call
Homeland of Chickasha at (405) 224-2538.
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