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Freedom's American Legion elects new commander, adjutant

Due to the pandemic, the American Legion Hatch-Vincent Post #63 in Freedom held its officer elections via mail-in votes. Valerie Brown is the new post commander and Bruce Stansberry is the new adjutant. Taren Earnest has served the Legion as...

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, May 24, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Invocation by Pastor Todd Pastor Todd welcomed the congregation back to in-person service. It is good to be back meeting on Sunday for...

Former Kiowa City Administrator Leone removed with two others from Wisconsin job

Lou Leone became administrator for the City of Kiowa (Kansas) in November 2015 and left in July 2019. He reportedly took the job as city administrator in New London, Wisconsin, at the time. It came to the Newsgram's attention a few days ago that...

Boosting your immunity to viruses

Memorial Day in this area was cloudy and overcast with intermittent light rain. Television newscasters said many of the usual Memorial Day ceremonies were canceled this year due to concerns about crowds gathering. The Memorial Day observance at the...

Kiowa City Manager Varnado submits resignation

Kiowa City Administrator Rusty Varnado confirmed to the Newsgram that he did submit his letter of resignation to the council. He said he'll leave Kiowa after the June 8 meeting. Varnado said he is taking the city administrator position in...

Senate Review: Working to resolve unemployment claim problems

While the Senate adjourned on May 15 by passing Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, we allowed ourselves the ability to come back to the Capitol and override any additional vetoes the governor may have...

Carl's Capitol Comments: FY21 budget only 3% less than FY20; misconceptions addressed

The House and Senate both approved by overwhelming majorities a state appropriations’ bill for Fiscal Year 2021 in early May that was reduced only 3% from FY20. This was after the Equalization Board estimated a $1.4 billion, or 17%, decrease in...

No action yet on Woods County Courthouse reopening

Tuesday morning the Woods County commissioners tabled action on the protocol for reopening the courthouse to the public. Randy McMurphy said Judge Mickey Hadwiger is writing up what he wants to happen for the commissioners to consider. They hope to...

Waynoka man leaves surprising gift to research

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gerald Jaquith lived a frugal, unassuming life. A math teacher who'd retired from Ringwood High School, he was still driving the Ford truck he'd bought in 1986 when he died last...

A non-traditional graduation South Barber's Class of 2020 will never forget

"To quote the Grateful Dead from the song "Truckin'," 'what a long strange trip it's been' these last two months," Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer told the South Barber Class of 2020 graduates and...

Oklahoma high court: State must accept ballot petitions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma secretary of state's office must accept a group's petitions to get a question on the November ballot that seeks to reduce the state's incarceration rate, the state's highest court ruled, dismissing concerns that...

Oklahoma seeks federal help to beat unemployment fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An investigation into fraudulent unemployment claims made during the coronavirus pandemic has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Secret Service, the Oklahoma State...

Body found in river may be that of missing Oklahoma child

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa said Wednesday that a body found in a river in eastern Oklahoma was believed to be that of a 3-year-old girl who disappeared Friday with her younger brother, while the search expanded for the boy's body....

University police chief tapped for missing persons post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Cherokee Nation citizen who is a veteran law enforcement officer was selected to serve as Oklahoma's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator, Oklahoma's three U.S. attorneys announced in a joint statement on...

Kansas counties mull their approach to virus restrictions

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas counties had various reactions on Wednesday to Gov. Laura Kelly's decision to give them the authority to determine their own coronavirus restrictions, with some deciding to keep the current rules in place and others...

Biolab construction in Kansas stops after COVID-19 confirmed

Construction on a national biosecurity lab in Manhattan has been halted after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Wednesday. Work was stopped Tuesday on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility when the positive test was...

Police: Soldier saved lives by stopping shooter on bridge

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A soldier stationed in Kansas saved "countless lives" Wednesday when he hit a man with his car as the man was shooting randomly at people on a bridge near an Army base, a police chief said. One person was injured by the...

Lake of the Ozarks business owner defends actions

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The owner of a business that hosted crowded pool parties over the Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks says no laws were broken and safety measures were in place to protect against the spread of the...

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration's efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued...

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and...

KU Athletics imposing new pay cuts, furloughs to cut costs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas athletic department has imposed pay cuts and furloughs for all employees in response to financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic Director Jeff Long announced the moves in an...

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming...

White House letter doesn't explain why Trump fired watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump followed the law when he fired multiple inspectors general in the last two months, the White House has told Congress, but the administration offered no new details about why the internal watchdogs were let...

Boeing cuts 12,000 jobs, resumes production of grounded jet

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 U.S. jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming. Shortly after disclosing the job cuts, Boeing announced Wednesday...

Trump opposition throws surveillance legislation in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — House legislation extending surveillance authorities that the FBI sees as vital in fighting terrorism was thrown into doubt Wednesday as President Donald Trump threatened a veto and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats...

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To June 1: Mr. & Mrs. Bob Daughhetee June 2: Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Hughes, Mr. & Mrs. Roland Kurz, M4. & Mrs. Randy McMurphy June 3: Mr. & Mrs. Jay Rankin June 4: Mr. & Mrs. Merle Wares, Mr. & Mrs. Devory Hughes June 5: Mr. & Mrs....

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To May 28: Jamin Shreeve, April Rankin May 29: Rowena Nickelson, Lane Nixon May 30: Kristin Harper May 31: Tamela Wise June 1: Vickie Johnson, Brittany Doyle June 2: Kendra Wardrop, Carlene Culver June 3: Nadie Boydstun, Billy Parker...

TRESSA FAY DIRHAM

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com. Tressa Fay, daughter of Betty Fay (Reid) and...

OPAL IRENE FELLERS

Funeral services will be Friday, May 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Cherokee First Baptist Church with Pastor Neil Gordon, Town and Country Christian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Keith...

DELMAR LAVARRE ALLEN

Delmar Lavarre Allen was born on June 22, 1928, on the family farm south of Byron, Oklahoma, to Orville and Ruth (Spry) Allen. He was the fifth of six children. He passed away at his son's home in...

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