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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...


Niemann to headline Southwest Country Fest this Saturday

The ninth annual Southwest Country Fest takes place in Alva this year, out at the Woods County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 25. Jerrod Niemann will headline the event; other country music performers...


Lightning and love

New Alva Wesleyan Pastor Paul Kirk and his wife, Phebe, have only been in Alva about a month, so they're still finding their roles in Alva and the county. But just five minutes of conversation with th...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 13, 2018

Alva Wesleyan pastor and wife head off to plant a church in Corpus Christie

Alva Wesleyan Pastor John Smith preached his last sermon in Alva Sunday. He and his wife, Beth, are headed off to Corpus Christie, Texas, where they will plant a new church. After the service this...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 29, 2018

Town & Country Christian Church holds Vacation Bible School July 15-19

Alva's Town & Country Christian Church (829 Church St.) Vacation Bible School will begin Wednesday, July 15, and continue through Sunday, July 19. The VBS will feature Matt Miles from Creation...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 24, 2018

Brett Thompson recognized as BJCC salutatorian

Brett Thompson, as salutatorian of Bill Johnson Correctional Center's high school equivalency program, spoke to friends, families, classmates, staff and others who gathered June 22 for the BJCC...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 24, 2018

Matthew Kennedy, BJCC graduating class valedictorian, speaks to gathered crowd

Matthew Kennedy, valedictorian of Bill Johnson Correctional Center's summer 2018 high school equivalency graduating class, warned the audience at the start of his speech that he was "pretty nervous,"...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 24, 2018

NWTC counselor Koehn talks to BJCC grads about perceptions and choices

Karen Koehn, Northwest Technology Center's guidance counselor, spoke to the graduates, friends, families, and others in attendance at Bill Johnson Correctional Center's high school equivalency...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 24, 2018

Warden Guffy tells BJCC grads about recovering from an embarrassing public stumble

Fifty-four young men participated in Bill Johnson Correctional Center's graduation ceremony on Friday, June 22, receiving their certificates of having completed their high school equivalent...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 17, 2018

Sen. Inhofe discusses Pruitt allegations during Alva fly-in

During a Saturday morning fly-in at the Alva Regional Airport, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke briefly about allegations surrounding Scott Pruitt, who has headed the Environmental Protection...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 18, 2018

A solo country Mother's Day

My son is grown and lives way off in Philadelphia, and I now live alone in my little house in the country with my dogs. Sometimes days like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day can feel a little lonely, but this past Sunday was the best Mother's Day I've... Full story


Brand-new Lankford representative, Tanner Roberts, introduces himself to Alva folks

U.S. Sen. James Lankford's new northwest Oklahoma field representative, Tanner Roberts, spoke at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast, "Eggs & Issues," Friday, Feb. 16. Roberts, an Enid nat...


Newton discusses education funding at Chamber breakfast Friday

Fresh from a week in the hospital, Oklahoma Representative Carl Newton (R-House District 58), spoke to a crowd in Alva Friday morning at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly "Eggs & Issues"...


On the cusp: State Rep. Murdock to be State Sen. Murdock this week

Sen. Elect Casey Murdock (R-Sen. District 27) spoke Friday morning at his first Eggs & Issues breakfast meeting, organized by the Alva Chamber of Commerce and held at Northwestern Technology Cente...


Ruwaldt appointed first-ever chaplain at Woods County Sheriff's Office

For the first time in its history, the Woods County Sheriff's Office has a chaplain: Chris Ruwaldt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alva since January 2017. The position is on a volunteer basis....


Wesleyan churches hold annual quail hunt

The 14th Annual Pastors Quail Hunt was held last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26–27. The event is sponsored by the three area Wesleyan churches: Alva Wesleyan, Hopeton Wesleyan, and Cedar Grove...


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