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Three bids on water meter project

Alva Business Manager Joe Don Dunham told the city council Monday that three bids have been received for the automatic meter reading project. The bids range from $640,817 to $801,610. The bids are being evaluated to determine that they meet specifications and which bid is the lowest and best. He said he was tentatively scheduling a water committee meeting for April 23 to evaluate the bids. Then they will be presented to the city council. Comments (0)

Oklahoma authorities recover body of second missing boater

EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a second boater who went missing on Lake Eufaula a week ago has been recovered.Authorities found the body of 41-year-old Sean McDonald late Friday about 250 yards from shore in McIntosh County. A search crew had recovered 23-year-old James Giles' body on Tuesday in water about 14 feet deep.The men were last seen this past Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe.Authorities say the men were caught in a storm that caused their canoe to tip over and neither had a floatation device. Comments (0)

Recent Obituaries

Saturday 04/25/2015
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 11:18 pm

Funeral services for Gayles LaVaun Hill will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Greenvalley Free Methodist Church with pastor Dave Keller officiating. Interment will be in the Waynoka Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.

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Tuesday 04/21/2015
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 11:27 pm

William “Michael” Hellman was born on December 18, 1948 in Hardtner, Kansas to Earl and Ida (Johnson) Hellman and passed away January 9, 2015 in Herriman, Utah.

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Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket!"After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?'" he told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "And I said, well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list ...""Take executive action on immigration? Bucket! New regulations? Bucket!"The correspondents' association dinner is the night the president does stand-up comedy to raise money for scholarships for young journalists — and provides tongue-in-cheek payback for those already on the job as well as political opponents. A few of the presidential zingers tossed out Saturday night:— "Just this week Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. Now, that's a legacy."— "A have one friend ... just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year, and she's now living out of a van in Iowa."— Noting that "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cicily Straw impersonates CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, Obama said that's surprising. "Usually the only people impersonating journalists on CNN are journalists on CNN."— On the TV series "Black-ish," Obama said he had to give ABC fair warning. "Being black-ish only makes you popular for so long. Trust me, there's a shelf life to that thing."— "The polar vortex caused so many record lows they renamed it MSNBC."— "Donald Trump is here — still."The mix of Washington journalists and Hollywood stars — showcased live on C-SPAN, the political nerd's favorite cable channel — delivered hours of interesting images for hardy viewers. (Yes, that was Oscar-winner Jane Fonda on the arm of CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.)Few of the politicians who may want to succeed Obama showed up for the dinner. One on hand was former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat pondering a 2016 bid, and reality TV star Trump, who again has been teasing Republicans about running for national office.Most of the prospective and declared Republican candidates stayed away. Many chose to meet potential supporters and donors at conservative gatherings in Las Vegas and Des Moines, Iowa.The dinner helps fund scholarships and awards that recognize journalists. This year's award winners include:—Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and Jim Avila of ABC News, the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure.—Peter Baker of The New York Times, the Aldo Beckman Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage.—The Edgar A. Poe Award, recognizing coverage of news of national or regional significance, to The Washington Post's Carol A. Leonnig and The Wall Street Journal team of Gary Fields, John R. Emshwiller, Rob Barry and Coulter Jones.Scott Horsley of National Public Radio received a special mention in the Beckman Award category for his coverage of White House policies and politics.

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