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 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...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 11, 2022

Hold onto your hat: school's almost out for summer!

The Waynoka board of education met Monday morning to handle routine business, get a fairly positive update on the school's finances, and hear about the barrage of activities students have been...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 8, 2022

Scribner's Mercantile offers men's clothing, hygiene products, gifts

It started off as a joke, Justin Scribner said. "I was having a hard time finding clothes, and joking around that I should start my own clothes store," he said. "It was nothing more serious than a... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 1, 2022

Taking on a 'dream job' in a time of tension

Holly Blevins, recently appointed Woods County Election Board secretary, said she is "thrilled" to find herself in a job so tailored to her interests and education – a job that is deeply meaningful... Full story


Dancing with darkness and light

Northwestern Oklahoma State University artist-in-residence Saba Farhoudnia softly reads aloud a poem she has written. The poem is about her painting – and her father's passing; it is dark, and yet... Full story


Freedom School Board suspends competitive athletics

Despite clearly being unhappy about the need to do so, the Freedom School Board of Education voted to suspend competitive athletics in the school for the 2022-23 school year – although they will revisit the topic at the beginning of the school...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 6, 2022

Cherokee School Board hears financial audit

The financial situation really does seem to be turning around at Cherokee School District. At the board meeting Monday, April 4, during discussion of the activity fund and treasurer's reports, Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher reminded the board that...


Waynoka to vote April 5 on $1.7 million school bond for ag barn, bus barn

On April 5, Waynoka citizens will head to the polls to weigh in on a new school bond. The $1.7 million bond, if passed, would allow the school to build a bus barn and ag barn, along with a lean-to on the south edge of the school farm. It will allow...


Should the Freedom town clerk be elected or appointed?

On the April 5 ballot this year is a question of whether the Freedom town clerk should be appointed or elected. The reason for the question appearing on the ballot, said trustee Michelle Shelite, was to find a town clerk who meets the state's...


Waynoka School Board considering band and vocal classes

The Waynoka Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 7. All members were present – Board President Travis George, Garret Gum, John Hanson, Caleb Zook, and Clint Olson – along with Superintendent Scott Cline, Junior and...


New Ridgeview vet Cori Hoffman finds joy in medical detective work

New veterinarian Cori Hoffman's eyes brighten in his pale, angular face when he talks about the joy he finds in analysis – in solving the mystery of an animal's suffering, and figuring out how to ea... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    March 9, 2022

After-school program doubles in size; Cherokee teachers find new source of project funds

The Cherokee Board of Education heard about several positive developments – and a long list of high-achieving students and athletes – at its regular meeting Monday evening. DonorsChoose: New Funding Source for Cherokee Teachers' Projects Elementa...


Keeping an eye to the heavens

David Holland was in art school in the '80s when an industrial accident cost him the sight in one eye. But you won't catch the Oklahoma City artist's good eye downcast. "I'm an avid sky watcher," he... Full story


Shelite re-hired as Freedom Public School principal

The Freedom school board called a meeting at 7 a.m. Monday but voted to reconvene at noon for the business meeting. Some business was conducted – the board approved the consent agenda – but then it broke for a 30-minute executive session. Upon...


Waynoka School Board re-hires Burrows, Smith as principals

The Waynoka Board of Education renewed the employment of Patricia Burrow as the elementary principal and Dustin Smith as the junior high and high school principal. The routine matter was handled mid-way through the early morning meeting, after an...


Women's Intra-City Salad Supper canceled due to rising Covid numbers

An annual event for area women, the Intra-City Salad Supper, has been canceled. The annual gathering hosted by Presbyterian Women had been scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7. Patty Harkin, one of the event's organizers, said the event was canceled because... Full story


Codays deliver about $15,000 in tornado relief to Kentucky

The Dec. 10 tornado outbreak affected thousands in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. When Tricia and R.L. Coday, and their kids Erica and Taylor, saw the news, they had to do... Full story


Freedom school board approves school calendar

At its early Monday morning regular school board meeting, the board gathered primarily to discuss Superintendent Freida Burgess' evaluation. The only other item on the agenda, other than the consent agenda, was whether to approve the 2022/23 school...


Freedom Schools Christmas program this Friday at 7 p.m.

Freedom Schools Principal Michelle Shelite told the school board at it's monthly meeting Monday morning that the school's Christmas program will be this Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Shelite said the students have been working hard on it, and she...


Music and 'The Greatest Snowman:' Waynoka Schools celebrate Christmas this Friday

School will let out early this Friday, said elementary principal Patricia Burrow. “Class parties will be at 12:45 p.m. and school will dismiss at 1:30p.m,” she said. That evening will be the school's Christmas celebration. The high school will ha...


Pruett commends community support at Cherokee school board meeting

The Cherokee Board of Education met Monday evening, Dec. 6, for a regular meeting. Among the first items on the agenda was the principals' reports. High School Principal Lane Pruett said, “I want to start by thanking our community for their...


Alfalfa County commissioners accept local bid for new line striping machine

Alfalfa County commissioners held their regular meeting Nov. 15, and kicked it off by approving past minutes, then signing M&O warrants for payment and blanket purchase orders. Also at the table was county clerk Laneta Schwerdtfeger. After signing of...


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