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 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 14, 2019

Floodwater receding from wildlife refuge; cattle egrets out in huge numbers

The floodwaters from the rains of May and June are still receding at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, according to Colby Wyatt, the refuge's administrative officer. He and the other staff the... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 14, 2019

Additional Pictures from Floral and Fauna Story

Here are two other photos too hard to resist showing!... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 12, 2019

Harvest Celebration and Concert at Cedar Grove Wesleyan this Sunday

Out among the rolling hills and red bluffs west of Alva, Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church is settled comfortably atop a hill surrounded by miles and miles of gorgeous countryside. This Sunday, Cedar... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 11, 2019

Supt. Miller to leave Freedom Schools on July 19

At Monday's noon board of education meeting, the Freedom school board and Superintendent James Miller agreed to revise his contract to expire on July 19. Miller's contract would have run until 2021, but the agreement included a lump sum payment of a... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 10, 2019

Freedom school board authorizes calling pared down bond election

Freedom board of education held a special meeting Monday, July 8, at noon to discuss some weighty matters. After approving the consent agenda, consisting of encumbrances and warrants for general, building and child nutrition funds, the board...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 10, 2019

Cherokee school board appoints Goodwin to vacant seat for rest of term

At the Cherokee Board of Education's regular Monday, July 8, meeting, the board voted to appoint Kurtis Goodwin to the vacant Seat 5 position for the remainder of the term, following a discussion of the issue in executive session. Goodwin will fill...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 4, 2019

Medical marijuana, park upgrades discussed at Freedom Town Board meeting

At the Town of Freedom's regularly scheduled board meeting last Friday, medical marijuana and ambitious plans for the park were discussed at length. White Requests Commercial Zoning for Medical... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 3, 2019

Waynoka hires new elementary principal

At the school board meeting last Thursday, June 27, the Waynoka school board hired Patricia Burrow to be the school district's new elementary principal. Burrow is originally from Mooreland and has... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 26, 2019

Freedom School Board debates how to fund necessary repairs

At the Freedom School Board meeting Monday evening, the most hotly debated issue of the night centered around how to put together a significantly different bond package for funding essential school repairs that would be able to get voters' approval....

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 12, 2019

Freedom School Board hears plans for stringent cost cutting

At its June 10 regular meeting, Superintendent James Miller spoke to the Freedom School Board at length – using numerous spreadsheets and charts – about how he is attempting to find ways to reduce expenses for next school year. Revenue...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 5, 2019

Waynoka Schools receives Tech Ed grant for next year's ag program

Waynoka Public Schools has received a $15,000 Tech Ed grant for next year's agricultural education program, Superintendent Scott Cline told the Waynoka School Board at its regular meeting Monday, May 3. The school had applied for this grant last...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 23, 2019

Freedom Town Board welcomes new member Randy Rhodes

The Town of Freedom has a new town board member: Randy Rhodes. At the town board's regular meeting on May 15, Rhodes was sworn in, reciting first the oath of office and then the loyalty oath, in which... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 10, 2019

First Christian to hold space-themed VBS May 21-24

First Christian Church in Alva will hold a space-themed vacation Bible school From Tuesday, May 21, through Friday, May 24. All children, from pre-K through fifth grade, are welcome to attend. Themed “Miraculous Mission,” the four-day Bible...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 3, 2019

Staying simple to stay true

Nathan Braudrick became senior pastor at Alva Church of God at the beginning of April, and it was a wild ride of a launch, he said. "I tell you what," he said, laughing, "starting in April – that's... Full story


Finding the flow that is not me

Daniel Herr, 36, Northwestern Oklahoma State University's current artist in residence, grew up in a creative household north of San Francisco, he said. "My brother is a musician and my dad's a... Full story


In Freedom, Easter's celebrated at every level – even in the mud!

In times gone by, I've heard it said that Easter celebrations – religious component aside – were all about wearing the fanciest bonnet to church. What would those well-coiffed matrons have to say... Full story


Freedom School bond hearing details projects that would be funded, if bond passes

A public hearing was held in Freedom's high school auditorium last Thursday, April 4, on the May 14 bond election that, if passed, would fund a variety of improvements to Freedom Public School buildings. Projects would improve energy efficiency,... Full story


Abundant activities this month at Freedom Schools

The recent accreditation audit by the State Department of Accreditation went “great,” Superintendent James Miller told the Freedom Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening. The accreditation will be finalized this month...


AEC returns $1.89 million to members at annual meeting

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative (AEC) held its 83rd annual meeting Friday night in Cherokee. Nearly 700 customers – members of the cooperative – attended the meeting, held at Cherokee High School.... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 4, 2019

Freedom Town Board keeps it all legal

In a very brief special meeting April 2, the Freedom Town Board – Mayor Shad Brackin, board members Terry Smith and Rolando Galindo, and town clerk Cindy Reed – reviewed bids for installing the new water meters funded by the REAP grant. After...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 3, 2019

Waynoka School Board purchases new Suburban, junior high lockers

The Waynoka School Board approved the consent agenda, which consisted of change orders, along with reports on and encumbrances for the general, activity, building, child nutrition, and bonds No. 31 and 32 funds. Present were board members Garrett...


How you'll know you're dead

One of Ben Zawalich's earliest memories is standing in the Egyptian Room at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and looking at a mummy, a small mummy, in a display case (see photo, this page). That... Full story


Frontline music and worship group to be at Town & Country Christian Church April 5–7

Frontline – a music group and worship team from Ozark Christian College (OCC) – will be at Town and Country Christian Church April 5–7. Frontline is an auditioned team of OCC students who lead...


Freedom Town Board hears presentation about new drive-by water meters

The Freedom Town Board met Monday, March 13, for – along with its regular business – a lengthy discussion of the new water metering system that the town is in the process of getting put in place,...


Alfalfa County commissioners dispose of long list of equipment

The Alfalfa County commissioners, at their regular Monday morning meeting March 17, signed a huge stack of M&O warrants for payment and blanket purchase orders and approved a District 3 road crossing permit that carried a fee of $4,000. Changes to...


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