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 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 1, 2020

Waynoka School Board grants Superintendent Cline emergency powers

The Waynoka school board met March 26 to discuss policy changes and other matters, most of them related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Present were board members Rick George, Travis George, Garret Gum, John Hanson and Clint Olson. Superintendent Scott...

 

Alva Community Foundation sets up disaster relief fund

ALVA – The Alva Community Foundation (ACF) has teamed up with Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFOK) to create an Alva Disaster Relief Fund to help Alvans facing difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two organizations announced...

 

Alva church finds new way to bring the Good News

On a rainy Sunday morning, March 22, Rev. John Clapp wandered around the west parking lot of Alva's Market, greeting people in the cars gradually filing in, parking in columns, and adjusting their...

 

Kearns: Step up by stepping back

Rev. Darin Kearns, pastor of Alva Friends Church and head of the Ministerial Alliance, has been thinking a lot about Holy Week. “What is that going to look like this year, if anything?” he asked. Many Alva churches have closed to prevent...

 

State parks remain open – sorta

Although the state has closed state parks' visitor centers, nature centers and other buildings in which people congregate, the parks themselves are still open for lots of good healthy fun, fresh air and exercise, while surrounded by nature. What's...

 

Q&A with Kandice Allen, Share Medical Center CEO

Despite managing Share Medical Center's ramp up to handle whatever the COVID-19 pandemic may bring to northwest Oklahoma, Share CEO Kandice Allen paused during what must feel like an avalanche of urge...

 

Freedom Town Board to apply for CDBG grant for gas line north of town

The Freedom Town Board held a public hearing before its regular meeting March 11 to give the public a chance to weigh in on the Town's plan to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund the majority of installing new gas line for 6...

 

Area hospitals react to COVID-19 with variety of measures

Across northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas, hospitals are doing their best to prepare for COVID-19. Fairview Regional Medical Center Roger Knak, CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, doesn't beat about the bush. He can't afford to; he and...

 

Woods County prepares for COVID-19

All around Woods County, organizations and individuals are turning their minds to preparing for the arrival of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The Woods County Health Department is working under the...

 

Waynoka School Board hears reports on construction, student activities

The Waynoka School Board held its regular meeting Monday morning, where they heard an update on the construction efforts as well as learning what the students have achieved in the past month. Construction Update Kris Richardson from Joe D. Hall...

 

Cherokee School Board being proactive about student wellness

The board voted to change the school calendar to make March 27 and April 3, both Fridays, as days out of school. “Last year I was very conservative with how many days out of school I included,” said Superintendent Donna Anderson. “We aren't...

 

Freedom school board prepares for April 7 bond election

In a very short meeting Monday, the Freedom Public Schools Board of Education heard from Principal Michelle Shelite before going on to review an informational flyer about the upcoming bond election....

 

Cherokee city manager proposes putting officer in school

At the Cherokee School Board's Feb. 11 meeting, the first action was to swear in board member Kurtis Goodwin. The board then voted to keep the board's organization the same. City Manager Jones Proposes Placing Officer in School Cherokee City Manager...

 

Freedom school board hears about student heart health program

Freedom's school board met Monday evening and, as one of its first actions of the evening, swore in Shane Morris as a board member to fill Seat 5. Present were members Shan Wilson, President Shane Morris, Phillip Kirkpatrick, Robert Babcock and...

 

Waynoka school board learns about joint STEM project with NWOSU

The Waynoka School Board met Monday morning, and among the first items on the agenda was a presentation by Thure Tolson, Waynoka's technology teacher, on a new joint STEM project with Northwestern...

 

Love, joy, friendship and quilts

Most people who doodle while talking on the phone draw things like stick figures or mindless scribbles on a notepad. Carolyn Demaree's doodle is just a bit different. It's a quilt. "Everybody has a do...

 

It's all about the edge

Yelena Martynovskaya, Northwestern's first artist in residence of the year, creates paintings that take opposites – a vast and unmarked space, say, and a tiny, complicated one – and lays their...

 

Sundance Wind Energy Center to be operational by end of year

Demi Gastouniotis, 25, has various titles but they all boil down to the same thing: she's the boots on the ground for getting the Sundance Wind Energy Center up and running. The center, and the...

 

Freedom receives $50,000 grant for telemetric gas meters

Freedom has received a $50,000 REAP grant to purchase new gas meters with a telemetry function. The town board discussed the issue at its meeting Jan. 8. Present were Shad Brackin and Randy Rhodes;...

 

Freedom school board tables most of the agenda at Monday night meeting

The Freedom board of education had a slightly chaotic board meeting Monday night. A bond consultant was supposed to give a presentation at the meeting – and other presentations on related topics were also on the agenda – but when a board member...

 

Waynoka school board purchases Church of God buildings for future day care center

At its regular monthly meeting Jan. 13, the Waynoka Board of Education approved the purchase of the Church of God building and parsonage on Maple Street. “The plan is to use it as a community day care,” said Superintendent Scott Cline the day...

 

'We need English for everything'

Leticia Miguel has a sick child she takes to Oklahoma City for cardiac care; it's vital she be able to communicate clearly with her child's doctors. Erica Rios, who works at Beadles, wants to be able...

 

Cherokee school board approves purchase of scoreboard

At a special meeting of the Cherokee school board Jan. 6, after some discussion the board approved purchasing a new scoreboard for $48,000. All members were present: Kory Littlefield, Kurtis Goodwin, Amber Wilhite, Desiree Gibson and Shane Parker....

 

'Prayer warrior' Paul Cole steps down as head of Town & Country Christian Church

Paul Cole stands beside the pulpit on his last Sunday as pastor of Town & Country Christian Church, and as he watches the congregation come down the aisle and find their seats he can't seem to...

 

Cole to retire from Town & Country Christian Church

For almost two decades, Pastor Paul Cole has held the reins of Town and Country Christian Church. At the end of this month, Cole will retire. His final sermon will be delivered this Sunday. The...

 

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