The Woodward News

Local News

October 20, 2013

Benefit increases reward in Bowers case

Woodward, Okla. — A recent benefit to boost the war chest toward more reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those possibly responsible for the death of a local teen raised $8,000.

According to Tracy Stine, mother of Kolby Bowers, the 18-year-old who died July 27 while at a party north of Fargo, more than 150 people showed up at a benefit held at The Stables in Freedom to find answers to his mysterious death.

The addition of that money with $30,000 raised earlier by many concerned individuals, brings the reward total to $38,000.

Bowers was found unresponsive by friends at the party July 27 and was driven to Woodward Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

According to Woodward County 911 call logs that night, Bowers’ case was entered as an assault.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner has not issued a final report of the cause of death, said Oklahoma Medical Examiners Public Information Officer  Amy Elliot.

Questions swirling around Bowers death, including a possible assault, are still under an active investigation, according to Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation Public Information Officer Jessica Brown.

The benefit event for Bowers, a Cornhole Tournament, boasted 30 teams and included an auction for the Cornhole boards, built and painted by Ryan Layman of Woodward, said tournament organizer Nancy Curry of Mooreland.

Cornhole is a game like bean bag toss, Curry said.

“I brought the game with me from Kentucky and they really kinda wanted me to change the name but it’s still Cornhole,”she said

Curry agreed to help organize the tournament because she believes answers should be found regarding the cause of Bowers’ death.

“Well Tracy is a really good friend and her and John are friends with my husband,” Curry said. “It is a really good cause and it just makes sense. We need to find answers to give her closure.”

As Stine continues to work toward finding answers in her son’s death, she said she is bolstered by the number of people who have offered their support.

There were also many who came to watch the tournament as well as participate in the fish fry, Stine said.

The fish fry was organized by The Stables owner Rose Truesdale, Stine said.  

“I cried like a baby because they made some commemorative Cornhole boards to auction off.  Well they sold like three times and the guy that bought them the last time said give them to Tracy,” Stine said. “It’s just was unbelievable. They ended up bringing $4,450 altogether. People are all wanting to help get justice for Kolby.  It is just very tributary to Northwest Oklahoma folks.”

Stine has also decided to offer a $1,000 scholarship in her son’s name.

 “We are going to be offering a $1,000 scholarship in Kolby’s name through the Mooreland Schools to a graduating senior on an anti-bullying platform who plans to further their education either through a university or a technical school,” Stine said. “Most scholarships are only awarded to people going to college, but Kolby was big into diesel mechanics and so I wanted to include a technical school as well.  Those kids need financial assistance too.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Commissioners to act on agreements

    Lawn care will be the focus of action at the Woodward City Commission meeting Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

    April 20, 2014

  • Disaster assistance charity organizing

    The 2012 Woodward tornado did more than just destroy a significant part of Woodward, in an ironic way it helped create a springboard for some who recognized a need for a different kind of disaster assistance.

    April 20, 2014

  • Area school calendars

    School activities for April 21-26

    April 20, 2014

  • Several blood drives coming up

    Local blood donors will have a number of opportunities in the coming weeks to make a life saving donation of blood.

    April 20, 2014

  • Free Financial Fitness Kits available from OSCPA

    April is National Financial Capability Month and the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is observing it's 10th annual Jump$tart Your Money Week, April 20-26.

    April 20, 2014

  • Filing period set for conservation boards

    Woodward County agricultural producer Jerry Hunter is mainly a cattleman.

    April 18, 2014

  • Policy amendment on county agenda

    County Commissioners will approve a new amendment to the Woodward County Employees Personnel Policy Book Monday at the regularly scheduled meeting.

    April 18, 2014

  • Easter services

    A roundup of Easter programs being held by local churches.

    April 17, 2014

  • Western Plains recognized as Certified Healthy Business

    Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward is one of the organizations selected by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program as a Certified Healthy Business.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sod House Museum hosting program

    Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate history professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, will be at the Sod House Museum Saturday, April 26 to present an overview and presentation on “Germans from Russia in South America: New Research Frontiers."

    April 17, 2014