State regents approve budget request, legislative agenda

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted Thursday to request $901.9 million for FY 2019, which reflects an increase of $128 million or 16.6 percent over the FY 2018 appropriation of $773.6 million. Strengthening Oklahoma’s workforce...

Woman climbing on vehicle leads to search warrant

A woman who reportedly climbed on the hood of a police officer’s vehicle gave officers information leading to a search warrant. The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 1, about 1:15 p.m. at the... Full story

Act I Theatre production of 'Christmas Belles'

Ten local stage veterans take theatre patrons on a hilarious holiday journey as their church Christmas program spins out of control in ACT I Theatre's production of "Christmas Belles," Dec. 14, 15...

Two charged in Goodrich death

Two Alva residents have been charged in connection with the death of an Alva man. Following a 911 call on Oct. 4, Dustin Goodrich was taken to OU Medical Center where he died of his injuries. Brian... Full story

Woodward High School students visit Northwestern for 'Teach Oklahoma' course

Northwestern Oklahoma State University hosted eight Woodward High School students recently for the high school's "Teach Oklahoma" course. Teach Oklahoma was designed to mentor high school students...

Oklahoma Municipal League Leadership Class visits Alva

Often when people work at a full-time job at one particular place of employment, they do not have the opportunity to see how a similar job is handled by a different employer. For several years, the...

December Rotary Students of the Month honored

Caleb Chapman Caleb Chapman is the son of Jesse and Michelle Chapman. High school activities include FFA officer, treasurer and currently Sentinel, Key Club, varsity football, National Honor Society...

December 1st was the City of Alva's Christmas party

It was great fun and good food. The only bummer for me was I knew Kelly and Joe Don's wives would probably be there, so I got my mistletoe ready to take with me. As we were leaving, I could not find...

#GivingTuesday competition between Northwestern and SWOSU raises over $196,000 for student scholarships

The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association and the SWOSU Foundation joined forces in the #GivingTuesday Scholarship Showdown challenge to raise funds for each university’s student scholarships. The challenge resulted in more than $196,000...

World War II aircraft restored and returned to Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — After playing a crucial role in World War II and years lying derelict in a school parking lot, an Oklahoma-built C-47 Skytrain is finally coming home. Tail no. 42-92838 came off the assembly line at the Douglas Aircraft...

Oklahoma manufacturer leads food processing innovation

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — One could easily drive past Unitherm Food Systems and have no idea that inside the nondescript buildings on the south side of Bristow is a high-tech, international corporation. More than 60 percent of the processing units...

Fire at vacant Oklahoma City high-rise causes no injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second time in as many months, Oklahoma City firefighters have responded to a fire inside a vacant downtown high-rise building. More than 60 workers were evacuated Saturday when a small fire broke out at the 33-story...

Oklahoma City officer shoots and kills man after scuffle

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a man was shot and killed in Oklahoma City by an officer after he took pepper spray and a Taser away from the officer during a scuffle. Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Robbie Robertson says an officer responded to a...

3 men vie to replace Oklahoma City's longest serving mayor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three men are vying to replace Oklahoma City's longest-serving mayor and take the helm of the state's capital city. Republican state Sen. David Holt, Democrat Randall Smith and independent Taylor Neighbors all filed candidacy...

Oklahoma killing highlights issues in domestic abuse cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A case involving an Oklahoma City man killed two days after he was sentenced to probation for his second domestic abuse conviction in six months highlights a common struggle for authorities: how to stop abusers when victims...

Kansas elections chief hopeful: Rival should quit GOP post

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Kansas secretary of state says one of his rivals should step down as state GOP chairman. The Kansas City Star reports that state Rep. Scott Schwab of Olathe is calling out fellow candidate Kelly...

2 Democratic lawmakers affirm support for new Kansas prison

LANSING, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas House Democrats are reaffirming their support for a plan from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to build a new prison in Lansing. Reps. Debbie Deere of Lansing and Jeff Pittman of nearby Leavenworth...

Push to amend Kansas Constitution on schools appears futile

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawmakers who are angry with the state Supreme Court's ruling that they have to provide considerably more money for schools are talking again about amending the Kansas constitution to curb the courts' power. Moves to amend the...

ACLU calls for Kansas school board to end complaint ban

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has called for a school district in the Kansas City area to eliminate a policy prohibiting public complaints about individuals at board meetings. The ACLU sent a letter to the...

Hillcats Start Indoor Track Season at Crimson & Gold Invitational

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Rogers State track & field started the outdoor season at the Crimson & Gold Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 9) at the Robert W. Plaster Center with both the men's and women's teams finding early success to open the 2018 campaign....

Brown Leads Lady Rangers Over Jets

WICHITA, Kan. – The combination of outstanding defense and a spectacular afternoon of basketball from freshman Bailey Brown paved the way for a 65-41 victory over Newman University for the Northwestern Oklahoma State woman's basketball team. The...

Rangers Taken Down by Newman

WICHITA, Kansas – The Northwestern Oklahoma State men's basketball team was unable to complete the comeback after tying up the contest late in the second half, eventually losing by a final score of 80-70 to Newman University. The Rangers (6-2,...

The Latest: Bitcoin futures soar in first hours of trading

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Bitcoin futures are spiking in their first hours of trading. Trading in the first-ever bitcoin futures began at 5 p.m. central time. At 9:15 CST, the...

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by...

Sandy Hook's legacy: More security in elementary schools

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — The setting could not be more different, but David Wannagot says he applies some of the same skills from his 30-year police career to his new role as a school sentry. As he greeted children getting off the bus at West...

WILLIAM E. "BILL" BALCOM

Memorial graveside services for William E. "Bill" Balcom will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Alva Municipal Cemetery with Derrick Thomas officiating. Arrangements are under the...

Marriage License Filings

Brandon Scott Johnson and Samantha Jane Cunefare of Enid filed for a marriage license (no counselling) ($50). Shane Lucas Shepherd and Vanessa Jean Kinkler of Pierre, South Dakota, filed for a marriage license (no counselling) ($50). Francisco...

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