The Norman Transcript

Features

July 28, 2013

OKC West Stockyards reopen

NORMAN — Mud covered the boots of visitors as they entered the sale barn. Outside, a heavy shower muddied the grounds of OKC West Stockyards. While rain in late July is out of the ordinary, it’s a welcome sight to cattlemen, as is seeing things are back to business at OKC West.

Just 53 days ago, OKC West was destroyed by the EF-5 tornado that tore through El Reno. Now, the facility has reopened and is back to selling cattle.  

The new permanent sale barn is the same blueprint as before but had to be completely rebuilt. Aside from one shed, all of the buildings were destroyed in the storm. A majority of the pens were in good shape, while the rest needed repair. Only about 160 cattle were on the property when the tornado moved through. 

While the storm left the stockyards unable to conduct business, OKC West Manager Bill Barnhart knew his customers still needed to sell their cattle. One of his first calls after the storm was to his good friend, Jerry Nine, who is manager of the Woodward Livestock Auction in Woodward.

Barnhart and Nine worked out a deal for cattle bound for OKC West to be redirected to the Woodward Livestock Auction until repairs were made. 

“I told Jerry I’d send him my crew and to be sure to take care of my customers,” Barnhart said. 

Nine not only took care of Barnhart’s customers but also returned the commission from the sale of OKC West cattle. 

“I did it for one reason only; when your heart tells you to do something, you do it,” Nine said. 

While the sales were held in conjunction with one another, OKC West sellers were allowed to represent their cattle. Nine is quick to identify the positive in an otherwise challenging situation.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Ceremony marks opening of community center

    A July 23 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the addition of another feature to the Chickasaw Nation Carter service campus in Ardmore....

    July 27, 2014

  • Chickasaw Cultural Center a terrific place to visit

    SULPHUR — The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a magnificent tribute to a proud people and their storied heritage. Located an easy hour’s drive south from Norman, it’s among the finest travel destinations in Oklahoma. Set on 109 scenic acres, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisoner re-entry planning for offenders with mental illness

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental health issues, re-entry into society can be troublesome. That is the topic in the first of the 2014 Fall ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Exhibit takes families on food expedition

    If your palate enjoys culinary diversity or if you’re interested in introducing new flavors to your family, join the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in tasting international delights and create your own treat during Family ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Resident makes art in new home

    There’s an old saying about a picture being “worth a thousand words,” which took on a literal meaning recently....

    July 27, 2014

  • Parents should work on themselves first

    I absolutely love it when people begin to realize that the problems they’re having with a child are of their own making; when they begin to realize, in other words, that the child is not the problem — they are. All this time (however long ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Helping cat with first veterinarian visit

    Dear Dr. Fox: A stray kitty adopted me a couple months ago and has since been tamed enough that I have found a vet to neuter him and do some much-needed dental work. My fear is that the poor boy will be so traumatized by this ordeal that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Veterans Corner needs volunteer to drive residents to OKC VA

    Veterans Corner volunteer of the week David Sudduth has been with us for the last eight years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served during the Vietnam War. David and his wife, Carolyn, have had their home in the Newalla area ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Low-cost and free cell phone options for thrifty seniors

    Dear Savvy Senior, What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls. — Seldom Calling Senior Dear Seldom, For financially challenged seniors who only ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Harrah residents at home in restored vintage camper

    Sulphur — David Wiegert was quick to help a couple of newbie campers at the Buckhorn Campground on Arbuckle Lake in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. What Dave offered was badly needed advice on setting up travel trailers, where to ...

    July 20, 2014