Kiowa's Christmas in the Heartland Sunday, Dec. 2

There's been a dusting of snow. The air is frigid. Santa Claus is coming to town. You'll find him in Kiowa, Kansas, Sunday afternoon. Kiowa's Chamber of Commerce invites you to their Christmas in the Heartland. You'll find action starting at 10... Full story

South Barber Patriot's Pen essay winner: Lindsey McKean

Lindsey McKean is an eighth grader at South Barber and the winner of the annual Patriot's Pen contest. Her teacher Danielle Jewell requires the eighth graders to write an essay for the VFW Patriot's...

Kiowa City Administrator Sam Demel submits resignation

Kiowa (Kansas) City Administrator Sam Demel's resignation was on the agenda for the city council's special meeting last night. Demel said he took the city manager position at Purcell, which has a population of 6,600 and a city staff of 120. Kiowa's... Full story

Long Covid, the health problems that can linger

Nursing home residents and staff in Alva have experienced an outbreak of Covid-19. Others in the area have tested positive. With home tests available and lack of tracking, it’s difficult to...

Alva BOE invites public to participate in online survey

ALVA – The Alva Board of Education has launched an online survey on the district’s website (alvaschools.com) to gather public input as they begin the search for the district’s next superintendent. Alva board members, in partnership with the...

Northwestern Jazz Ensemble to perform concert Nov. 30

Northwestern Oklahoma State University jazz ensemble members will present their fall semester concert on Nov. 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event...

TaMara Burns named Aline-Cleo's November Student of the Month

TaMara Burns, eighth grader, was chosen as the November Student of the Month at Aline-Cleo High School. Her school philosophy is, "to work hard and help others accomplish and succeed in things." She...

Woods County Commissioners approve grant, OSU Extension agreement

The Woods County Commissioners approved a grant, the OSU Extension agreement and a bridge inspection report during their regular meeting Monday morning. All three commissioners were present for the meeting: Chairman John Smiley, District 3; David...

Alfalfa County officials handle short agenda

The commissioners of Alfalfa County got through their agenda quickly this week. Nate Ross, Mike Roach and Garret Johnson signed off on payroll warrants, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, blanket purchase orders, and last week's...

Severe Weather Disproportionately Impacts Oklahoma's Native Communities, Study Shows

NORMAN, Okla., Nov. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As the climate, demographics and land usage continue to change, tribal communities in Oklahoma are increasingly at risk of severe weather. A recent study published in the journal Weather, Climate, and...

Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials...

Ransomware attack prompts multistate hospital chain to divert some emergency room patients elsewhere

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A ransomware attack has prompted a healthcare chain that operates 30 hospitals in six states to divert patients from at least some of its emergency rooms to other hospitals, while putting certain elective procedures on... Full story

How to talk to older people in your life about scams

NEW YORK (AP) — This summer, Daniel Goldstein's 86-year-old mom got an email that looked like it was from her bank. She was alarmed because she hadn't spent the money it mentioned, so she called a help number on the email. The person on the other...

US closes border crossing to vehicles and limits traffic at another in response to illegal entries

PHOENIX (AP) — A Texas border crossing was closed to vehicles Monday, and traffic at an Arizona crossing was limited to shift more resources to illegal entries, U.S. authorities said in the latest sign of how fast-changing migration routes are...

Thunder guard Josh Giddey being investigated by police on alleged relationship with underage girl

The Newport Beach, California, Police Department said Wednesday that its detectives are conducting an investigation into an accusation that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey had an improper relationship with an underage girl. In a...

Oklahoma promotes Littrell to offensive coordinator, Finley to co-offensive coordinator

Oklahoma has promoted Seth Littrell from offensive analyst to offensive coordinator, filling the spot Jeff Lebby vacated when he left to become Mississippi State's head coach. Littrell, a fullback on Oklahoma's 2000 national championship team, will...

Oklahoma State's Gordon putting up Barry Sanders-like numbers heading into Big 12 title game

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Ollie Gordon II channeled Barry Sanders on his final run last Saturday against BYU –- the one that ultimately propelled Oklahoma State into the Big 12 Championship Game. In the second overtime, he took a handoff, darted...

Indian official plotted to assassinate Sikh separatist leader in New York, US prosecutors say

NEW YORK (AP) — An Indian government official directed a plot to assassinate a prominent Sikh separatist leader living in New York City, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday as they announced charges against a man they said was part of the thwarted...

Maine offers free university tuition to Lewiston shooting victims, families

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's public university system is offering free tuition to family members of those who died and to those who were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in state history, officials said Wednesday. The Lewiston Strong...

South Koreans want their own nukes. That could roil one of the world's most dangerous regions

CHEORWON, South Korea (AP) — To the steady rat-tat-tat of machine guns and exploding bursts of smoke, amphibious tanks slice across a lake not far from the big green mountains that stand along the world's most heavily armed border. Dozens of...

REVA JEAN (HOFFMAN) BLACK MADDOX

Reva Jean, eldest child of Virgil and Betty (Bliss) Hoffman, was born December 27, 1949, in Alva, Oklahoma. She accepted Christ into her life when she was eight years old, and she was baptized on...

PATRICIA 'PAT' ANN WHEELER

Patricia "Pat" Ann Wheeler, 76, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita, Kansas. Pat was born in Cherokee, Oklahoma, on January 21, 1947, the daughter of Leon LaVerne and June...

LAWRENCE WEBER

Lawrence Weber, an 87-year-old resident of Aline, Oklahoma, peacefully passed away on November 18, 2023, surrounded by his loving family at his home. Born on September 1, 1936, to Henry and Estella Maude (Meliza) Weber, Lawrence was the youngest of...

SAMUEL WESLEY PANGBURN

Samuel Wesley Pangburn was born on August 19, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Samuel Lines and Verona Ida (Browning) Pangburn, and passed away November 24, 2023, at Boise, Idaho. Sam moved with...

DONALD LEE 'DON' WESSELS

Donald Lee "Don" Wessels, age 79, passed from this life on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. Don was born on December 20, 1943, at the Cherokee Masonic Hospital to George and Bessie Mae Jantz Wessels. Don...

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