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Tulsa aviation, aerospace sector highlighted in two-year economic impact study

OKLAHOMA CITY – TULSA – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) recently completed the Statewide Aviation & Aerospace Economic Impact Study and the news could not be better as the industry...

Special Poster Contest for youth

The Woods County Free Fair will be held on Sept. 7–9 at the Woods County Fairgrounds. This year the Special Poster Contest is open to any Woods County boy or girl who will be in kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2017-2018 school year....

Woods County fair books are available

Fair books and entry tags may be picked up at the Woods County Extension Office located on the ground floor of the Woods County Courthouse. Poultry and rabbit exhibits and the Oklahoma Home and Community Education group exhibits will be required to...

Recreational park board hears report on construction project

Fifteen minutes is all that it took to complete the agenda of the Alva Recreation Authority Wednesday evening. In a brief report, Director Courtney Nesseralla said soccer enrollment is in progress and will wind up Friday. She said enrollment...

Rape charge dismissed

Woods County has dismissed a second degree felony rape charge against a Muskogee woman. Leslie Dawn Lester, 34, was charged July 31 and a felony arrest warrant was issued. Lester was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy in an...

Police say camouflage suit linked Oklahoma teen to slaying

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma woman was linked to the killing by a camouflage "ghillie suit" typically worn by hunters. The boy was arrested this week on complaints of...

Oklahoma unemployment rate edges up to 4.4 percent in July

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in July, slightly higher than the 4.3 percent of each of the previous four months. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the sharpest decline was...

Authorities investigating Oklahoma officer's use of force

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says its agents are investigating a western Oklahoma officer who fired a nonlethal bean-bag round at a man who then fatally shot himself. The OSBI says police in Weatherford...

Oklahoma man charged with murder in 1988 cold case

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been indicted in the death of a woman whose remains were discovered in a river in the northeast part of the state almost 30 years ago. On Thursday, the state's multicounty grand jury charged James Ray...

Fallin asks SBA for disaster declaration for Tulsa County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the federal government to declare Tulsa a disaster area because of tornadoes and other severe weather seen there since Aug. 5. Fallin directed her request Friday to the U.S. Small Business...

Invasive zebra mussels found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says invasive zebra mussels have been found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir. The 12,500-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake is a popular recreation area six miles north of...

Kansas couple gets probation after money laundering scheme

MEADE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple was sentenced to three years of probation for laundering millions of dollars in suspected drug money through their small-town bank. The Hutchinson News reports 71-year-old George Enns and his 69-year-old wife,...

Missouri State Parks: don't use eclipse glasses agency sold

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them. The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart...

Arkansas gets first medical pot dispensary application

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says it's received its first application for a medical marijuana dispensary license. Department spokesman Scott Hardin told The Associated Press Friday that the...

The Latest: Expert says Arkansas may have good drug supply

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute inmate Jack Greene and possibly others (all times local): 3:15 p.m. After putting four men to death in April before one of its lethal injection drugs expired, Arkansas says it is...

K-State hopes returning secondary can hold up in Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The school that once produced Chris Canty and Thorpe Award winner Terence Newman has struggled to defend in recent years in the pass-happy Big 12. It still draws Kansas State coach Bill Snyder's ire. The hard-to-please Hall...

Sadiaa Jones made associate director of athletics

Northwestern Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Brad Franz has announced that Sadiaa Jones will be made an associate director of athletics after a year of being an assistant AD. "I am extremely...

Big catch! Drunken woman allegedly bites fisherman's line

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't exactly the catch a Florida man was hoping for while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and...

Driver forced to gun engine and jump rising drawbridge

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family. Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with...

Golden retriever digs up heroin in Oregon backyard

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family's golden retriever has been honored by a sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in a family's backyard. KATU-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2xb1MmW ) Friday that the owners of the...

Random Thoughts

Fans of the sport of horse racing know that Belmont Park – located just outside of New York City – is one of the premier racing venues in the United States. Every year the track hosts the...

Eclipse

Just a few hours remain before a narrow band across the entire North American Continent experiences a total solar eclipse on Monday. Different from a lunar eclipse, which is the Earth’s shadow...

Spiritually Speaking

Caution! What follows is an opinion piece. You may or may not agree. And, even if you do think I’m right, there may be precious little we can do about the situation as we see it. So, here’s your exit visa – if you have a daughter,...

Area religious services and events

Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Alva Friends Church Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.;...

The rope of good parenting

I trust that you and your family are adjusting well as we all get back to the routines of another school year. New shoes, clothes and school supplies are in for a long year. There is nothing better than opening a new box of crayons or the smell of...

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