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Freedom Town Board pays bills, talks grants, hazard mitigation

Mayor Shad Brackin was absent (due to health reasons) from the Freedom Town Board's regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13. Board members Rolando Galindo and Randy Rhodes and Town Clerk Cindy Reed soldiered on without him. After approving the minutes of...


Cherokee Raises Christmas Tree

Cherokee put up the town Christmas tree Monday, Nov. 18. Schaun Aker of Cherokee Main Steet said it is the biggest Christmas tree Cherokee's ever had. The tree will be lit the evening of Dec. 4 after...


Cherokee school board hears of student successes, exceptional patrons

The Veterans Day program was held the morning of Cherokee School Board's evening meeting Nov. 11, and it was still fresh in Superintendent Donna Anderson's mind as she addressed the board. “The Veterans Day program this morning was a really,...


Freedom school board adopts two drug-related policies

At the Freedom School Board meeting Monday the board approved two policies related to drugs: one for medical marijuana and CBD on school premises, and the other for drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants. Board Passes Marijuana and CBD...


Retro-chic diner opens on Oklahoma Boulevard

As you drive down Oklahoma Boulevard, you might easily overlook the unassuming exterior of 818 Oklahoma Blvd. You'll probably notice the large sign out front, though, and when you do, remind yourself...


Just in time for cooler weather, all Waynoka School HVAC units to be working Thursday

At the Waynoka School Board's Monday morning meeting, Superintendent Scott Cline reported that “we're about 95 percent complete on the roof and all our (HVAC) units should be kicked on in the whole school by Thursday.” Murmurs of satisfaction...


Alva born and bred financial advisor opens shop on The Square

Alva native Van Johnson has opened Summit Wealth Strategies, LLC, a financial services firm. Johnson, an independent financial advisor, said the company's services include tax planning, preparation,...


Alva's Zion Lutheran is on a new Foote

Since Zion Lutheran's pastor Aaron Wagner has answered a call to a church in Salina, Kansas, Rev. Randy Foote has come to Alva to act as interim pastor at Zion Lutheran while the church works through...


First Christian to hold 125th Anniversary celebration this weekend

Way back in 1894, the year after the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893, a group of earnest Christians joined to form Alva's First Christian Church (FCC). FCC will celebrate its 125th anniversary...


Freedom school board discusses another bond election attempt

Another attempt at a bond election was the primary topic at the Freedom School Board regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Oct. 14. Weber included a report from the last attempt at a bond election, which failed, and several other documents related... Full story


Waynoka school board approves fundraisers

In a remarkably brief early morning meeting this Monday, the Waynoka School Board approved five fundraisers and designated a short list of sports equipment to be surplus. The fundraisers approved Monday for the 2019-20 school year were: • Second Gr...


Cherokee School Board approves marijuana policy

At the Cherokee School Board's regular meeting Monday evening, the board discussed and adopted a new policy: one for medical marijuana. Anderson did not just grab the first such policy she could find, she said. “I really did wait until I found...


School shootings escalated in 2018; affect local schools

Across the nation last year, school shootings skyrocketed. The worst year for school shootings had been 2006, when there were 59. But according to the K-12 School Shooting Database, last year almost doubled that figure: 110 incidents involving shots... Full story


Two juveniles arrested in connection with threats against Freedom Public Schools

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat apparently made on social media. Woods County deputies quickly arrested two juveniles, and at a court hearing later that same day, the two had their bonds set at... Full story


Gibson elected Cherokee School Board vice president

The first order of business at the Cherokee Board of Education meeting Sept. 10 was to elect Desiree Gibson as the board's new vice president. Gibson replaces T.J. Allison, who passed away earlier this year. Present were board members Desiree Gibson... Full story


Freedom Schools closed Tuesday due to threat

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat. “The sheriff's office did receive a report of a threat to Freedom Schools. We are conducting an investigation, and two people have been detained at this time,” sa... Full story


Freedom school board enjoys looking over students' fair projects

The Freedom school board had a varied agenda Monday evening, discussing parent-teacher conferences, county fair results, the ACT vs. the CCRA, and a budding robotics club. Parent-teacher conferences... Full story


Alva City Council committee recommends changes to medical marijuana ordinance

At an emergency meeting Thursday night, Alva City Council's Ordinance Review Committee, consisting of Brian Wallis, Chris Eckhardt and Randy Stelling, developed recommendations for amending the city ordinance regulating the sale and growth of medical... Full story


Protesters take up signs against Alva's medical cannabis regulations as being too restrictive

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, perhaps as many as 50 people gathered on the Woods County courthouse lawn in Alva's Downtown Square. The group was protesting the City of Alva's ordinance regulating the budding medical marijuana industry here, claiming the... Full story


Waynoka School Board, contractor, discuss last-minute construction 'loose ends'

The Waynoka school board held its September meeting at 7 a.m. Monday. Kris Richardson from Joe D. Hall General Contractors LLC was there to give an update on the bond-funded construction at the school. Among the issues Richardson and his team are...


Freedom Town Board finds possible cost savings on gas for winter

The Freedom Town Board, at a regular meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 14, discussed a possible money-saving opportunity brought to their attention by Town Clerk Cindy Reed: a winter-only contract for gas with price-per-gallon cap of $2.85. This would be...


Freedom School Board approves staff contracts, replaces fridge

The Freedom School Board met Monday, Aug. 12, for a regular meeting. The whole board was in attendance, along with Principal Michelle Shelite and newly appointed Interim Superintendent Bryant Weber. Among their actions Monday night, the board...


Weber named interim superintendent at Freedom Schools

The Freedom Public Schools Board of Education called a special meeting for Friday, July 26, and named Bryant Weber interim superintendent of the Freedom Public School system. Members present were... Full story


Cherokee School Board fills staffing vacancies

The Cherokee school board met Monday evening, and quickly approved the consent agenda, consisting of fund encumbrances, purchase orders, warrants, and balances; fundraiser requests (in this case, FCCLA sponsor cards and high school cheerleaders' car... Full story


Waynoka School Board hires staff, polishes school calendar

Waynoka Public Schools is ramping up to getting the 2019-20 school year off the ground. The new elementary school principal, Patricia Burrow, spoke first at the Monday evening meeting of the Waynoka Public School Board of Education. Burrow was hired...


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