Citizen's Choice Awards gala a night to remember

The Citizen's Choice Awards Gala was held Monday night to honor nine individuals specially chosen by the community for demonstrating excellence in their respective fields. The event, held at the...

If not us, who?

Randon and Kristi Miller met and fell in love while attending Alva High School in the mid-1990s. Kristi was "the outgoing drama person," she said. "I liked anything with a stage." "And I was the... Full story

Random Thoughts

It makes all the sense in the world for employers to do some research on job applicants before hiring them. One way to do this, of course, is to talk to people who know the applicants. Some employers...

In My Corner

When the National Geographic subscription expires, I try to make justification for not renewing the $39 magazine when most other periodicals are $6-$10. The next issue contains an article that blows...

Genealogy group to meet at Sod House Feb. 16

The Northwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society (NWOGS) will hold their February meeting Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Sod House near Aline. The group will leave from the Alva Public Library at 9 a.m. to travel to the Sod House for the 10 a.m. program... Full story

Spiritually Speaking

I’m sure you’re familiar with that passage of scripture that calls us all to be “subject to the governing authorities.” As a middle-aged citizen in good standing with the City of Alva, County of Woods, and the State of Oklahoma, I rarely...

The Christ-centered life

Christianity is not about you and your work. It is about Christ and his work. The Apostle Paul seems to have felt it necessary to constantly re-orient his readers towards this fundamental truth. For example, this is what he wrote to the Colossians:...

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.;...

Denver teachers back at work after winning deal with raises

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout and returned to their classrooms Thursday, greeted by hugs and high-fives, after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay, the latest win in a national movement by educators to...

Police: Teen charged after gunshot at New Mexico high school

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A 16-year-old student suspected of opening fire inside a high school in suburban Albuquerque was charged Thursday with attempting to commit murder and carrying a deadly weapon on school grounds, police said. The shooting,...

Deadly blue 'Mexican oxy' pills take toll on US Southwest

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever. He became yet another victim killed by a flood of illicit fentanyl smuggled from Mexico by the Sinaloa...

Kansas students send sweet notes to Florida students

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Students in suburban Kansas City have sent thousands of sweet notes of encouragement to students in Parkland, Florida, on the first anniversary of a shooting rampage that left 17 people dead. The Kansas City Star...

Kansas library will keep 3 challenged books in kids section

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas public library has rejected a request to move three children's books with LGBT characters out of the children's section. The Andover Public Library board of directors voted Wednesday to keep children's books...

Kansas man who threatened to 'blow up' White House sentenced

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of threatening to "blow up" the White House has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. A court filing shows Brandon Koss of Wichita was sentenced Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of willful...

Small hospital, clinics in southeast Kansas will close

OSWEGO, Kan. (AP) — A hospital in a small southeast Kansas town is closing immediately, in part because it doesn't have enough money to pay employees. The board of directors of Oswego Community Hospital announced the decision Thursday. The board...

Kansas' abortion uncertainty fuels response to New York law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas abortion opponents are as eager as ever to impose new restrictions but aren't sure of their options because the state's legal climate is uncertain. So in the meantime, they're putting their energy into condemning New...

Sedgwick County recovers stolen property worth $170,000

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is looking for the owners of a huge cache of stolen items. The sheriff's office received information Tuesday from the Sumner County Sheriff's office that stolen property was being kept in...

Under new governor, Kansas redoing child welfare grants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has terminated grants to two nonprofit agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the grant terms to four agencies for services for foster children, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced...

Harding Blows Past Arkansas Tech, Remains Second in GAC Standings

RUSSELLVILLE – Harding sophomore Kellie Lampo scored 24 points, and the Lady Bisons showed off the Great American Conference's top-ranked defense in a 72-48 victory over Arkansas Tech Thursday at Tucker Coliseum. With the victory, Harding...

Tech Defeats Harding in Shootout in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Harding and Arkansas Tech combined to make 27 3-pointers, but a Tech run early in the second half proved to be the difference in an 88-82 Arkansas Tech win in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum. The 11-0 Tech...

Golden Suns fall to Harding

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Hannah Villines scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (10-13, 7-10 Great American Conference) could not overcome poor shooting as Harding (17-6, 12-5 GAC) defeated Tech...

AP FACT CHECK: Emergency declarations are not everyday steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to free up money for his border wall would be an extraordinary step, despite his statement that predecessors liberally used such power. The White House said Thursday...

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted...

Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 pct in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback. The Commerce Department...

HELEN FAE BECKER

Helen Fae Becker of Roscommon, Michigan, passed away February 7, 2019, at the age of 92. Helen was born in Teagarden, Oklahoma, January 27, 1927, the daughter of Perry and Maudie Jespersen. On...

DONALD RAY NOBLITT

Funeral services for Donald Ray Noblitt will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Clapp officiating. Interment will be in the Freedom Cemetery...

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