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 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

City may soon accept credit, debit cards

Customers may soon be able to pay their Alva utility bills, traffic tickets, permit fees and other city charges by credit or debit card. City Business Manager Joe Don Dunham told the city council Tuesday a solution by PayStar is being evaluated. It... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

After-school activity popular at library

The new after-school activity program at the Alva Public Library has become so popular the library sometimes finds itself short on staff. Library Director Sandra Ott-Hamilton said 44 students are attending the Tuesday afternoon sessions. The programs... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

Pickup purchase, change order highlight utility authority meeting

The Alva Utility Authority declared a vehicle surplus, voted to purchase another vehicle and approved change orders on the Young Street Tank Farm Project. The AUA met following the city council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20. Trustees voted to declare as...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

Woods County man charged with burn ban violation

Apparently a Woods County man decided to do some welding even though the county is under a burn ban. On Friday, Feb. 26, about 12:15 p.m. Woods County dispatch paged the Alva Fire Department to a grass fire near Grady Road and County Road 420. Woods...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

Alva man accused of child rape

An Alva man has been charged with rape of an underage girl in Woods County. The alleged rape took place in June 2017 when the man was 19 and the girl was 12. Jacoby William Merrill, 20, of Alva has...

 

Woods County Retired Educators Association meets Feb. 15

On Feb. 15, the Woods County Retired Educators Association (WCREA) met at Gambinos. The speaker was Marian Payne, northwest coordinator of LifeWize Program. Having been a teacher's assistant for five... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

Old and new events gain tourism tax funding

The Alva Tourism Committee was treated to a contrast of old and new events during their Wednesday, Feb. 21, meeting. Committee members heard funding requests from the Nescatunga Arts Festival and a...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    February 25, 2018 

Waynoka man charged in two church burglaries

A Waynoka man is facing charges in the theft of electronics from two Waynoka churches. Devin Ray Rittenhouse, 23, is charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree, both felonies. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for two to seven...

 

Burlington School Board designates Dr. Stacey Croft to fulfill Superintendent Elliott's duties

As reported in the Newsgram Wednesday, longtime Burlington School Superintendent Glen Elliott remains hospitalized following a medical emergency late last week. This prompted the Burlington Board of Education to hold a special meeting Thursday that...

 

Homestead occupancy highest ever

In a report present to the Alva Hospital Authority, the Homestead occupancy is increased 8.4 percent over January 2017. One resident moved to the nursing home in January. Average January occupancy for all nights was 86.8 percent, which includes...

 

A couple of job openings at the rec park

City Manager Joe Don Dunham said he was in the process of writing job descriptions for two full-time employees at the Alva Recreation Center (ARC). Last month, Assistant Director Bridgett Gragg left to take a job as assistant director of EMS for the...

 

Even after busy month, Share Medical in red

Share Medical Center was not significantly impacted by the flu and cold season the first half of January 2018, However, the second half of the month was very busy. Total clinic office visits in January were 1,738 compared to 1,418 in December. For...

 

Share Convalescent Home report

The Share Convalescent Home sustained a net operating loss for January of $9,167. Rita Goodrich said a large part of the loss could be attributed to the need to fill staff positions with agency nurses. She said such nurses cost about twice as much as...

 

Share Hospital insurance statistics

As part of their monthly report to the Alva Hospital Authority, the summary presented by the CFO shows that for the fiscal year so far the bill payers are as follows: Blue Cross – 29 Commercial – 10 Health Choice – 60 Medicaid – 13 Medicare...

 

Woods County Excise Board approves financials

The three-member Woods County Excise Board approved the following proposed expenditures by county offices at their Feb. 21 meeting: • District 1 Highway Cash $172,647.23 • District 2 Highway Cash $200,370.23 • District 3 Highway Cash...

 

City fees waived for foster home construction

A local church group has asked the City of Alva to waive some fees on a construction project. Local attorney Ed Sutter spoke to the city council Tuesday, Feb. 20, about the Vera Mae Home to be built...

 

Argo hired as new Alva superintendent

The Alva School Board met in a special meeting, Thursday noon, Feb. 22, at the downtown administrative office. They had four agenda items: administering the oath of office and the signing of...

 

Freedom School Calendar

Friday, Feb. 23 – Thursday, March 1: Woodward District Livestock Show Friday, March 9 – Thursday, March 15: Oklahoma Youth Expo Monday, March12: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23: Spring...

 

Freedom Town Board talks dog issues

The Freedom Town Board moved their Feb. 14 meeting to a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 16, to be sure a quorum would be present. All three members – Shad Bracken, Terry Smith and Rolondo Galindo...

 

Town of Freedom expenditures

General Fund POs Pioneer Telephone (cell, fax, alarm, internet, phone) – $448.11 Alfalfa Electric Cooperative (street lights, af/am, town) – $1158.50 Dacoma Co-op (fuel and supplies) – $103.67 Starr Lumber (supplies) – $8.71 Northern Tools...

 

Red Horse Fire burns 2,549 acres northeast of Freedom Sunday

Arcing electric lines in southerly winds gusting from 30 to 49 mph are believed to have started a wildfire three miles east of Freedom that burned 2,549 acres in northwest Oklahoma Sunday afternoon....

 

Officers seize gun, drugs in Cherokee

A lengthy list of items was seized from a residence in Cherokee after a search warrant was executed on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Law enforcement officers listed 63 separate items as evidence. According to court documents, officers from the Alfalfa County...

 

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