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School shootings escalated in 2018; affect local schools

Across the nation last year, school shootings skyrocketed. The worst year for school shootings had been 2006, when there were 59. But according to the K-12 School Shooting Database, last year almost doubled that figure: 110 incidents involving shots... Full story

 

Two juveniles arrested in connection with threats against Freedom Public Schools

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat apparently made on social media. Woods County deputies quickly arrested two juveniles, and at a court hearing later that same day, the two had their bonds set at... Full story

 

Gibson elected Cherokee School Board vice president

The first order of business at the Cherokee Board of Education meeting Sept. 10 was to elect Desiree Gibson as the board's new vice president. Gibson replaces T.J. Allison, who passed away earlier this year. Present were board members Desiree Gibson... Full story

 

Freedom Schools closed Tuesday due to threat

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat. “The sheriff's office did receive a report of a threat to Freedom Schools. We are conducting an investigation, and two people have been detained at this time,” sa... Full story

 

Freedom school board enjoys looking over students' fair projects

The Freedom school board had a varied agenda Monday evening, discussing parent-teacher conferences, county fair results, the ACT vs. the CCRA, and a budding robotics club. Parent-teacher conferences... Full story

 

Alva City Council committee recommends changes to medical marijuana ordinance

At an emergency meeting Thursday night, Alva City Council's Ordinance Review Committee, consisting of Brian Wallis, Chris Eckhardt and Randy Stelling, developed recommendations for amending the city ordinance regulating the sale and growth of medical... Full story

 

Protesters take up signs against Alva's medical cannabis regulations as being too restrictive

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, perhaps as many as 50 people gathered on the Woods County courthouse lawn in Alva's Downtown Square. The group was protesting the City of Alva's ordinance regulating the budding medical marijuana industry here, claiming the... Full story

 

Waynoka School Board, contractor, discuss last-minute construction 'loose ends'

The Waynoka school board held its September meeting at 7 a.m. Monday. Kris Richardson from Joe D. Hall General Contractors LLC was there to give an update on the bond-funded construction at the school. Among the issues Richardson and his team are...

 

Freedom Town Board finds possible cost savings on gas for winter

The Freedom Town Board, at a regular meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 14, discussed a possible money-saving opportunity brought to their attention by Town Clerk Cindy Reed: a winter-only contract for gas with price-per-gallon cap of $2.85. This would be...

 

Freedom School Board approves staff contracts, replaces fridge

The Freedom School Board met Monday, Aug. 12, for a regular meeting. The whole board was in attendance, along with Principal Michelle Shelite and newly appointed Interim Superintendent Bryant Weber. Among their actions Monday night, the board...

 

Weber named interim superintendent at Freedom Schools

The Freedom Public Schools Board of Education called a special meeting for Friday, July 26, and named Bryant Weber interim superintendent of the Freedom Public School system. Members present were... Full story

 

Cherokee School Board fills staffing vacancies

The Cherokee school board met Monday evening, and quickly approved the consent agenda, consisting of fund encumbrances, purchase orders, warrants, and balances; fundraiser requests (in this case, FCCLA sponsor cards and high school cheerleaders' car... Full story

 

Waynoka School Board hires staff, polishes school calendar

Waynoka Public Schools is ramping up to getting the 2019-20 school year off the ground. The new elementary school principal, Patricia Burrow, spoke first at the Monday evening meeting of the Waynoka Public School Board of Education. Burrow was hired...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 26, 2019

If you like popcorn, First Christian Church's new pastor, Drew Kirtley, is right down your aisle

When Rev. Ron Pingelton, Alva's long-time First Christian Church (FCC) pastor, decided to retire, someone from the church contacted Rev. Drew Kirtley at FCC in Hennessey about the soon-to-be-vacant... Full story

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 25, 2019

Immell receives $15,000 grant for teaching infant care to FACS students

The Freedom School Board called a special meeting Tuesday evening with a number of personnel issues on the agenda. It was the first school board meeting since the departure of former Superintendent... Full story

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 24, 2019

Cannabis: from criminal to medicinal?

On a dusty side street in Cherokee under a wide blue Oklahoma sky punctuated by a rusting grain elevator, an old-fashioned brick building stands solid, a survivor of some wrecking ball in days past.... Full story

 
 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....

 

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