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WCIDA discusses audit and turkey hunt preparations

The upcoming Turkey Hunt – to be April 10-12 – was the biggest topic of conversation at the Woods County Industrial Authority meeting on Tuesday, March 12. WCIDA member Connor Martin ran the meeting, with members Stan Kline and Randy McMurphy in...

 

Alfalfa County commissioners declare several trucks, tractors surplus

The Alfalfa County commissioners held their regular Monday morning meeting on March 11. After signing M&O warrants for payment and blanket purchase orders, the commissioners approved a road crossing permit (with a fee of $4,125) for District 2....

 

Freedom School Board: Positive school report card

The State of Oklahoma has released its report cards on individual schools, and Freedom has received its report card. Shelite said she was “very happy” with the school's report card, especially compared with the last one, which used a very...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    March 6, 2019

State report card gives Waynoka High School a D grade

Waynoka school board held a regular meeting Monday, March 4. Present were board members Clint Olson, Gum Garrett, John Hanson Travis George and Rick George, as well as Superintendent Scott Cline, Junior and Senior High Principal Dustin Smith, and min...

 

Freedom Town Board approves new drug testing policy

Freedom held its town board meeting on Feb. 18, with all members present: Mayor Shad Brackin, board members Rolando Galindo and Terry Smith, and clerk Cindy Reed. After approving the meetings of the Jan. 9 meeting, the board approved the purchase... Full story

 

Rep. Newton talks about gun bills, abandoned burial plots, school carryovers at Friday's Eggs & Issues

Rep. Carl Newton was in Alva Friday to talk about current legislation, including gun bills. He spoke during the Chamber of Commerce's regular “Legislative Eggs and Issues” Community Coffee, held this time at Northwestern Oklahoma State... Full story

 

Murdock states Senate's goals: budget transparency, agency accountability, education

Sen. Casey Murdock expressed tremendous optimism for the future at Friday's “Legislative Eggs and Issues” Community Coffee, put on by the Chamber of Commerce and held this time at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. “The Capitol building do... Full story

 

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 quiet... Full story

 

Freedom School Board discusses finances, senior trip, livestock shows and personnel issues in Feb. 11 meeting

The Freedom Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 11. Present were board president Shane Morris, board clerk Shan Wilson, board members Philip Kirkpatrick and Robert... Full story

 

Freezing drizzle and fog in Woods County Wednesday, early Thursday

The National Weather Service forecast freezing drizzle, freezing rain and freezing fog through Wednesday, Feb. 6, and into Thursday, Feb. 7, for northwest and north central Oklahoma, including Woods... Full story

 

Cherokee School Board discusses national testing issues, sports, parking

The Cherokee School Board held its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 4. Present were Board President Kory Littlefield, Board Member Shane Parker, Board Clerk Amber Wilhite, Board Treasurer Amantha Sanborn,... Full story

 

Waynoka School Board approves Blumer, Meriwether resignations

The Waynoka School Board held its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 4, with all members present – Board President Travis George, Board Clerk Rick George, Board Vice President Gum Garret, and board... Full story

 

Wesleyans hold 15th Annual Banquet and Quail Hunt

Last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, the three area Wesleyan churches (Alva, Hopeton and Cedar Grove) held their annual banquet and quail hunt. On Friday night, about 75 people crowded around the... Full story

 

Town and Country launches biblical parenting class Sunday evening

Town and Country Christian Church will begin a Bible-based parenting class this Sunday evening at 5 p.m. The first class will include watching the movie “Like Arrows,” which lays out the basis for the class. The eight-week class, called “The...

 

Huge flocks of wintering blackbirds vaguely reminiscent of Hitchcock's "The Birds"

A huge flock of blackbirds suddenly descended on a country house southwest of Dacoma yesterday morning, filling the air with wildly darting birds, covering the upper branches of every tree in sight,... Full story

 

Freedom Town Board astonished at bigger-than-expected REAP grant award

At the regular meeting Jan. 9 of the Freedom Town Board, Mayor Shad Brackin, Trustee Rolando Galindo, and Clerk Cindy Reed discussed exciting news about their REAP grant application, as well as the... Full story

 

Cherokee School Board expresses sorrow, prayers for the late Don Bowman's family

The Cherokee School Board's special board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, replaced the regular meeting that would have been held Jan. 7 but was canceled. Present at the meeting were Board President Kory Litt... Full story

 

Freedom school board discussion gets heated over this year's basketball schedule

The Freedom Board of Education met Monday, Jan. 14, for its regular meeting. Present were President Shane Morris, Board Member Russell Reed, and Deputy Clerk Robert Babcock. The only board member...

 

Waynoka school board accepts ag teacher's resignation, approves fundraisers

he Waynoka Board of Education, at its regular meeting Monday evening, Jan. 7, accepted the resignation of ag teacher Will Anderson, extended the contract of Superintendent Scott Cline, reviewed the... Full story

 

Brady Marston takes helm of Alva's Church of the Nazarene

Brady and Jennifer Marston, both in their mid-30s, ought to be stressed to the max. • They just got married on Nov. 10. • Two weeks ago, they left their families and friends in the major metro... Full story

 

Walk all the way in; wait and listen; you may just find the sublime

Madeleine Bialke, 27, Northwestern's current artist-in-residence, paced around the room where she was to give a talk on landscape art last Wednesday. It was hard to tell whether she was nervous about... Full story

 

Where to find Halloween fun

Halloween fun is just around the corner, and local folks have lots to choose from. Whether you're looking for tricks, treats, and scary fun nearby in hay mazes and pumpkin patches, or if you're more... Full story

 

Salt Fork Designs: Custom-made jewelry by a one-of-a-kind family

Walk into Salt Fork Designs at 140 E. Oklahoma Boulevard and although you'll see handmade jewelry and artwork of all kinds, what you see is only the beginning of what you can find there. And it all... Full story

 

Missionaries from around the world to speak at Town & Country next week

Missionaries from Kosovo, Thailand, Uganda, Ghana and the Dominican Republic will speak about their experiences at Town & Country Christian Church in Alva next week beginning Sunday, Sept. 30, and continuing through Thursday, Oct 4. A meal will be...

 

New pastor Nathan Hosier finds Cedar Grove a perfect fit

Nathan Hosier, the new pastor at Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church northwest of Alva, says he couldn't ask for more. Down miles of country roads – not all of them paved – past rolling green hills dotted...

 

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