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 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 29, 2021

Healing with touch

Valerie Brown, 44, first moved to Freedom in 1991 when she was 13, and the kindness and welcoming embrace the town offered her family has never left her. "My grandpa worked for Cargill, but we lived i... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 22, 2021

Brackin resigns as Freedom mayor

The regular monthly Freedom Town Board meeting began in a new way: those in attendance rose, faced the flag, put their hands over their hearts, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After that, Trustee Kama Luddington led the group in the Lord's...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 14, 2021

Financial difficulties begin to smooth out at Cherokee Schools

Dark financial days may be moving into the past at Cherokee, judging by Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher's comments to the school board at its regular meeting Monday evening. The school has signed an agreement, approved in this meeting, with ACB...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 7, 2021

'Summer's going fast'

The principals of Waynoka Public Schools were full of enthusiasm for the success of the summer camps this year, as was evident in their reports to the school board at its regular meeting last Wednesday morning. Students engaged in some fascinating pr...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 30, 2021

Freedom School Board calls special election for Sept. 14

The Freedom school board held a special meeting Monday morning, June 21. Members present were Phillip Kirkpatrick, Russell Reed, and Robert Babcock. Others present were Freida Burgess and Superintendent Bryant Weber. The board approved calling and...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 16, 2021

Waynoka Schools' summer camps, summer food program get going

Waynoka's school year ended with awards assemblies and a mix of excitement for summer and sadness at leaving friends and trusted teachers, Elementary Principal Patricia Burrow told the Waynoka Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday. “The...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 16, 2021

Freedom Town Board hears complaint about loose dogs, defers reinstating compensation

A Freedom citizen voiced a complaint at the beginning of the meeting about loose pit bulls coming onto his property. He said he was attacked recently and had to beat the dog off with a hose. He asked the town to find a solution, but rules governing b...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 9, 2021

Cherokee board of education

The Cherokee school board approved hiring Keela Patterson as elementary principal and Lane Pruett as junior high/high school principal at the board regular monthly meeting Monday. Amy Eckhardt was also hired as an elementary teacher. Jeremy Hickman...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 20, 2021

Freedom Town Board discusses grant opportunities, addresses complaints

Town of Freedom trustees must be dreaming of application forms at night; the group discussed numerous grants – those already underway and those that might be opportunities – at their regular town board meeting Wednesday, May 12. New Trustee Matt...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 12, 2021

Freedom School curricula update almost complete

The Freedom School Board of Education, at its meeting Monday evening, learned that the school's project of completely updating the English, math, science and history curricula, including textbooks, is nearly complete. The board, with all members...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 12, 2021

Cherokee sports are benefiting whole area, school superintendent notes

School's winding up – Wednesday at 7 p.m. is Cherokee's baccalaureate ceremony; Thursday at 7 p.m. is the junior high graduation; Friday at 7 p.m. is the high school graduation. “It's been a very busy last couple weeks,” Superintendent Bryce...


Luddington, Bixler sworn in as Town of Freedom trustees

The Town of Freedom Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at its regular meeting April 14: Kama Luddington and Matt Bixler. Also present were Shad Brackin, whose seat on the board is still being contested; Trustee Concha Herrera, who finished...


Cherokee School Board approves reduction in force

In a quiet special meeting Monday night – a public hearing on the school's reduction in force – the Cherokee school board voted to approve the measure, which reduced the school's staff by four: a librarian, a band instructor, an elementary...


Freedom school board hears financial audit; accepts resignations

Few problems were noted in a financial audit of Freedom Schools presented by Pat Carroll of Chas W. Carroll, P.A., to the school's board of education Monday evening. The auditor noted some errors in the activity fund, said Superintendent Bryant Weber...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Cherokee School Board accepts several resignations

The Cherokee Board of Education sadly accepted several resignations at its board meeting Monday, many of them from long-time teachers or staff. Resignation letters were received from Kassie Hair, Shelly Burleson, Malari Cline, Cathy Parks, Patty...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Freedom school board hears financial audit; accepts resignations

Few problems were noted in a financial audit of Freedom Schools presented by Pat Carroll of Chas W. Carroll, P.A., to the school's board of education Monday evening. The auditor noted some errors in the activity fund, said Superintendent Bryant Weber...


Cherokee School Board hears sobering financial news; sets date for staff reductions hearing

The Cherokee School Board held a special meeting Thursday, March 25, to set the date and time for a public hearing about the six positions Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher and his team have identified as those that will have to be eliminated. Before...


Freedom candidate profile: Concha Herrera

Concha Herrera's expansive understanding of the culture and economic situation throughout northwest Oklahoma, she believes, makes her an asset to the town on the board of trustees. Herrera grew up in Freedom and attended school there (she spoke of... Full story


Freedom candidate profile: Michelle Shelite

A native to northwest Oklahoma, Michelle Shelite – Freedom's school principal and town resident for the past three-and-a-half years – grew up in Alva, graduating from Alva schools in 1979. She... Full story


Spring sports get underway at Waynoka schools

Spring Sports Gear Up; FFA Hot and Heavy Teachers' and students' hard-won skills at virtual learning paid off when the severe winter weather hit the area last month. “Despite the crazy weather, school continued without interruption due to virtual...


Freedom candidate profile: Cindy Reed

As Freedom gears up for its municipal elections April 6, the Freedom Call begins a series of candidate profiles, one each week, to help ensure Freedom residents have the information they need to make... Full story


Freedom school board approves itinerary for senior trip to D.C.

The Freedom Board of Education approved the senior trip itinerary and handled some routine business at its special meeting Monday evening. The senior class trip – taking place from Sunday, May 16, to Saturday, May 22 – will take students to...


Cherokee School Board lifts mask mandate

Smiles and relieved sighs spread through the room as the Cherokee School Board voted to lift the mask mandate for both staff and students. Masks are now a personal choice, as recommended by Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher. “In Cherokee since our...


Freedom Town Board reassures gas customers that rates haven't, won't change unexpectedly

At its regular monthly meeting Feb. 10, the Freedom Town Board, with members Mayor Shad Brackin and trustees Rolando Galindo and Concha Herrera present – made a point to express their grief and empathy in response to the tragic house fire in Waynok... Full story


Freedom School Board re-hires Michelle Shelite as principal, counselor

The Freedom school board met Monday night. All members were present – Shan Wilson, Robert Babcock, Russell Reed, Shane Morris and Phillip Kirkpatrick – along with Superintendent Bryant Weber, Principal Michelle Shelite, and Minutes Clerk...


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