Wewoka: A Place of Possibility
By Jake Davis, Editor-in-Chief
April 30th, 2014
Wewoka—20 years ago Wewoka still had a few businesses downtown, but they had been slowly leaving over the years. The gangsters of the 1930’s & 40’s left a mark on the reputation of the town that made it rotten inside out.
Like most towns, rivals parlayed propaganda and ignorance into or community. Unfortunately, Wewoka couldn’t shake the blues and our population and visitors dwindled to oblivion.
Corruption, stupidity, ignorance, and laziness stagnated infrastructural integrity. Grades dropped and crime rose. Recently the crime rate has home down significantly, and for a long time that is what the problem was. But now, other problem is much deeper.
Socially, educationally, and technologically Wewoka stands behind a long line of those rival towns. There are no place for people to congregate, which severely reduced the amount of out of town commerce. Our schools have the lowest grades in the county. Facebook only has 1000 profiles out of the possible 8027 people that live in the land track. Twitter only has about a hundred.
The closing of Wewoka not only closed stores, but closed minds. One of the reasons why I wanted to open a newspaper here was to have the daily news again. The Seminole Producer doesn’t give fair representation to Wewoka, and, rightfully they are from Seminole and that is where their honor lies.
To dedicate this paper to the betterment of Wewoka is not only a sentence that draws attention, it’s commitment to making this town what it was supposed to be when I graduated from high school in 1994. We where a small class packed between two larger more outspoken classes. More boys than girls, there was little chance for romance between us to have reason to build future within Wewoka.
If I could go back and do it over again, I would make a lot of changes. I would have volunteered more, shared more, and, more importantly did more to make Wewoka a home for me.
Rumors and gossip ruined any chance of having the hometown that I knew as a child be a comfortable place that my children (I have four, and none of them live here) could live in.
Token gestures of faith are not what I am offering you, I am painting a picture. This picture depicts Wewoka as most graduates who move away see when they come back. You could call it the propaganda from their new towns, but literally the lifestyle in Wewoka is a gamble.
I am not trying to close the Casino, but there has got to be more adult congregation than the Vice industry (Gambling, Guns, Prostitution, and Drugs) for adults to meet, relate, and evolve.
Growth is subjective to opinion. My opinion about prostitution is that it should not exist. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to go away. Prostitutes have the opinion that their customers (Tricks or Johns) need to be wholly dependant upon their sex. Again, my opinion stands.
Selfishness and laziness are just a couple of problems that Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd and John Dillinger’s flamboyant lifestyles that infiltrated city government and eventually drained Wewoka of it’s reputation. The resources are still intact.
Theories about how to rebuild Wewoka are probably as numerous and diverse as our population, which has started to regrow. 50 jobs (what the TMCO grant reportedly brought) are not gonna cut it for 7% of 8027 (562) people who need jobs. Worrying about what these people could eventually do, doesn’t show them a different path like more jobs would.
My Grandparents always told me that when you put something out there, you will bring it back. My grandfather, Cpl. Floyd Alan Davis T.E.C. V, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, My grandmother cared for people that lived in a nursing home up until she was 80. Selflessness and honor were two important morals that they gave me. What would it hurt to shape your world in a way that will help you and others.
My hope is that Wewokan’s see that the war is over and the world is still here regardless of what the rest of the world says. Join me in my cause to Renovate Wewoka in a positive way so that the convoluted opinions of the rival towns can’t KILL Wewoka with ignorance.