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All three SMC entities show a profit

The Share Medical Center, Share Convalescent Home and The Homestead all had small profits resulting from February business. Kevin O'Brien, chief financial officer, said this is the first time all...

Alva students saw success at 'World's Largest Junior Livestock Show'

Alva 4-H and FFA members competed at the Oklahoma Youth Expo held March 8-17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and four students earned spots in the expo's annual Sale of Champions. Alva FFA members had three exhibitors in the Sale of Champions and...

Alva recognized at Arbor Week celebration

Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council recently recognized the City of Alva in Oklahoma City for its achievement in earning Tree City USA, designation...

New drug dog on duty

In the past, the Alva Police Department has obtained trained drug dogs through public donations and other funding sources. The newest K9 to join the department won’t cost anything. Alva Police Officer Kris Franta, who recently returned to the...

Bird deterrent spraying and scam warning

If you’re connected to the City of Alva’s Blackboard Connect notice system, you’ve already received recent information about closing of a cemetery entrance, bird deterrent spraying and a scam warning. Bird Deterrent The city has received...

Keeping up appearances

The Alva Municipal Cemetery is receiving a facelift beginning this week. Cemetery Board Member Arden Chaffee presented a report to the Alva City Council Monday. He said during the board's March 8...

Hollands offer help with researching your family history

James and Jonnie Holland, missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are in Alva for the next several months offering free assistance with genealogical research to people in...

Bird flu confirmed at another Alabama farm

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Agriculture officials say bird flu has been confirmed at another commercial chicken farm in Alabama. The low-pathogenic illness found in birds at a Cullman County farm is similar to the one found in two other commercial...

Arkansas lawmakers put limits on smoking medical marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval and sent to the governor a bill limiting where medical marijuana patients can smoke the drug. The state Senate voted 31-1 Thursday for the bill to prohibit smoking...

Bat that bit girl in Arkansas tests positive for rabies

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say that a bat that bit an 11-year-old girl in Arkansas has tested positive for rabies. A news release from the city of Hot Springs on Thursday says the city's animal services department has been notified by...

Fungus potentially lethal to bats found in northwest Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease to hibernating bats, has been found for the first time in Texas, state researchers revealed Thursday. The fungus was detected in samples taken from three...

Major school voucher bill approved to full Texas Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A voucher plan offering families public money to send their children to private and religious schools is headed to the full Texas Senate. Sen. Larry Taylor's bill would create state-subsidized education saving accounts for...

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure...

Newton prom proposal rapidly gains internet popularity

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A video of a Kansas high school student asking his friend's younger sister to prom has gone viral online. The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/2o8x7Cl ) reports that Shaedon Wedel and Carson Wittman initially planned to both...

Kansas' Roberts apologizes for mammogram comment

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is apologizing for his comment about the possibility the GOP health care bill would ease federal requirements on coverage of basic services like mammograms. In an interview with a reporter for Talking Points...

Kansas lawmakers closer to approving expansion of Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators moved closer Thursday to approving an expansion of the state's Medicaid program to provide health coverage for thousands of non-disabled adults, even though the action could prove largely symbolic. The state...

New dollars big issue as Kansas educators knock funding plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas educators saw plenty of problems Thursday with a new school funding plan being considered by legislators, and a big one is what critics perceive as not enough new dollars. A special state House committee opened hearings...

1-seeds Kansas, Gonzaga top Thursday's NCAA Sweet 16 slate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top seeds Gonzaga and Kansas are among the teams preparing to play in Thursday's Sweet 16 games of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, which holds its semifinals in Kansas City,...

Suns sweep Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team (10-4) bounced back from a tough loss at No. 25 Florida Southern with a 9-0 sweep in straight sets over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Thursday morning....

Storm Split With Jets

WICHITA, Kan. — Southern Nazarene traveled up to Wichita Kan. to finish up its last series of non-conference games before getting back into Great American Conference play this weekend. The Crimson Storm took the first game 8-2 but fell to Newman...

Australian police arrest man in toddler's 1970 disappearance

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police have made an arrest in the mysterious disappearance of a toddler from a beach nearly 50 years ago, charging a man with the 3-year-old girl's slaying in a case that has baffled officials for decades. A 63-year-old...

Ex-postal worker admits scamming $1.2M in federal benefits

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in western New York has pleaded guilty to scamming the federal government out of more than $1.2 million in benefits. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 59-year-old Richard Klaffka, of Holland,...

Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store. Authorities say Melissa Holden was found asleep in the hallway of a nearby building a short time later...

Random Thoughts

Every spring, as April approaches, my thoughts (and those of other U.S. historians) are inevitably drawn to an examination of the Civil War. That bloody confrontation began and ended in April. The...

Letter to the Editor

(Editor’s Note: The following is a tribute to longtime educator Lee Haley of Alva whose funeral was held recently.) He was a teacher who cared for his students and their success. A case in point: when I was in sixth grade at the Washington...

Transhumanism

The Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin, was superhuman, due to bionic implants. Bionic means having artificial body parts – specifically electro-mechanical ones. My father took advantage of a...

Fasts

For the last couple of months, I have been pretty faithfully sticking to my low-carb diet. So far, the occasional chip or French fry (just one to quell the craving) has been the only obvious excursion from the plan. Since I’m not a man given to...

Suffering

The oldest book of the Bible addresses the singular aspect that all humanity faces: that of suffering. The ancient poem of Job addresses human suffering on a level that few would ever experience. The Book of Job opens with, “There was a man in...

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