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Alfalfa county commissioners hear about SandRidge tax protest

Alfalfa County commissioners Nate Ross, Mike Roach and Garret Johnson gathered for their regular meeting Monday, Jan. 30. After initial routine business, the group listened to a lengthy presentation by Alfalfa County Assessor Jennifer Roach. Roach...


New commissioners learn the ropes at Jan. 3 meeting

Two new commissioners were sworn in at Tuesday's Alfalfa County commissioners meeting at the Cherokee courthouse. Garret Johnson replaced Jay Hague as District 1 commissioner and Nate Ross replaced Marvin Woodall as District 3 commissioner. Mike...


When pregnancy is a crisis, there's hope

Just imagine this. You're in college. You want to be an architect; you're very talented and can't wait to start an exciting career once you finish your five to seven years of education. You've dated... Full story


NBC Oklahoma office in Alva to focus on ag, commercial loans

NBC Oklahoma, a new player in Alva's financial services organization, is a little different from most banks – it doesn't have a vault, for example. NBC's headquarters calls the Alva location a... Full story


Freedom school accepts $85,000 bid on large school bus

Freedom held its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Dec. 19. The meeting, as more than one person said at the time, was short and sweet, lasting only about 5 minutes. The board approved the consent agenda (consisting of past meeting minutes; the...


Easy laughter and anecdotes at Alva Church of God

I found Pastor Sheryl White in the Church of God kitchen, up to her elbows in pancake batter. It was a Wednesday morning, and some of the flock had been in for a big family-style brunch. I'd promised... Full story


Freedom school board opens bids for surplus items

The main business at the most recent Freedom Board of Education meeting Monday evening was opening several sealed bids received for a number of items the board had earlier declared surplus. Freedom had many computers on their surplus list; all bids...


Starting fresh

Marty Drake Colvin is a big man. It's easy to see the former Marine in him; easy to see the eight-and-a-half years he spent as a state trooper, the years as police chief in Cherokee and Beaver. If...


Waynoka School Board reviews options for building indoor track, bus barn

At a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Waynoka Board of Education listened to presentations from construction manager Kris Richardson, architect John Merz, and financial consultant Jordan Smith. The agenda item: “... discussion and possible...


Cherokee school board hears about improved financial outlook

High School Principal Lane Pruett spoke to the Cherokee School Board Monday about the annual dropout report. “This is for the 2021 school year,” he emphasized. The high school had a dropout rate of 0.97 percent (representing one student), and...


Missionaries, Ukrainian woman, give glimpse inside a brutal war

Ron and Nancy Minton have been missionaries in Ukraine for about 17 years. They spoke this Sunday at Bible Baptist Church in Alva both about the Bible college they founded there, and about their... Full story


Freedom's Junior/Senior Trip dates set for May 10-17

The Freedom School Board met for a relatively brief and routine meeting Monday evening. All members, except Russell Reed, were present. Student Activities Dates have been set for the Junior/Senior trip days: May 10 to May 17, 2023. The board...


Cherokee School Board impressed by FCCLA

When the Cherokee School Board metTuesday evening, Sept. 13, they found themselves flanked by a line of red-coated young women. The FCCLA advisor rose to brag on these "star students," as she called...


Waynoka school board hears of students' kindness, achievements

All members were present at the Waynoka Board of Education regular meeting Monday morning. Also present were Superintendent Scott Cline, J.H./H.S. Principal Ronnie Nix, Elementary Principal Pat Burrow and Minutes Clerk Lori Adair. The board quickly...


The long and winding road ...

Robyn Landis has only been living in Alva for a week, and she's traveled a winding road to be here. Her new restaurant, Chubby Dave's, held its ribbon-cutting Aug. 18. "I was originally in a building... Full story


Freedom juniors to join seniors on senior trip this year

The Freedom school board meeting Monday evening had a staccato beginning. Once a quorum was established (of Kyle Rhode, Robert Babcock and Shane Wilson) and the meeting officially opened, the board immediately adjourned to an executive session to...


School will start and end a little earlier this year in Cherokee

At the regular meeting of the Cherokee school board Monday, Aug. 8, principals briefed the board on start-of-school plans and situations. The school's start and end times have been slightly changed, both at the elementary and high school. Students...


School starts today in Waynoka

Today, Aug. 10, is the first day of school in Waynoka; on Monday the school board heard about preparations for the new school year. Elementary School Schedule The daily plan is for doors to unlock at 7:15 to allow students to enter. Drop offs will...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 31, 2022

Solutions, not stunts: Attorney Jason Bollinger sets sights on Lankford's seat

A lot of people told Bollinger not to run for Senate. "'A Democrat running for an Oklahoma office, what are you doing? Lankford has all the money'," they'd tell him. But the rising tide of mistrust... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 17, 2022

Kendra Horn visits Alva, reaches out to Oklahoma's political center

On a balmy Wednesday morning, at the tail-end of a whirlwind stop in Alva, former Congress member Kendra Horn sat talking with the Review-Courier over a leisurely open-air breakfast behind The... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 13, 2022

Security, finances dominate Cherokee Public School Board at Monday meeting

The board handled a little business at its regular meeting July 11, but much of the meeting was spent listening to the superintendent's efforts to improve security at the schools, especially given recent events such as the shooting at Uvalde High...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 22, 2022

Freedom school board sorts through stacks of end-of-year work

The Freedom Board of Education met Monday, June 16, with Robert Babcock, Kyle Rhodes and Richard Kirkpatrick present. Also present were Superintendent Freida Burgess, Principal Michelle Shelite, and Minutes Clerk Patricia Dauphin. Shane Morris and...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 8, 2022

Cherokee school board approves temporary and supplemental appropriations

The Cherokee board of education met Monday evening to receive a financial update and conduct routine business. Finances were discussed at several points in the meeting. The consent agenda (which was approved) consisted mostly of financial reports....

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 25, 2022

Kyle Rhodes sworn in as new Freedom school board member

The Freedom School Board held its regular meeting last Wednesday evening. The meeting, in the first half hour, started and stopped like a tractor with a clutch problem. Board members Richard Babcock a...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 18, 2022

Cherokee baccalaureate tonight, meal at 6, service at 7

The final days of school are upon Cherokee students. Baccalaureate is tonight, Wed., May 18. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the service will be at 7 p.m. Eighth-grade graduation is tomorrow at 7...


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