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 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...


WCIDA discusses audit and turkey hunt preparations

The upcoming Turkey Hunt – to be April 10-12 – was the biggest topic of conversation at the Woods County Industrial Authority meeting on Tuesday, March 12. WCIDA member Connor Martin ran the meeting, with members Stan Kline and Randy McMurphy in...


Alfalfa County commissioners declare several trucks, tractors surplus

The Alfalfa County commissioners held their regular Monday morning meeting on March 11. After signing M&O warrants for payment and blanket purchase orders, the commissioners approved a road crossing permit (with a fee of $4,125) for District 2....


Freedom School Board: Positive school report card

The State of Oklahoma has released its report cards on individual schools, and Freedom has received its report card. Shelite said she was “very happy” with the school's report card, especially compared with the last one, which used a very...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    March 6, 2019

State report card gives Waynoka High School a D grade

Waynoka school board held a regular meeting Monday, March 4. Present were board members Clint Olson, Gum Garrett, John Hanson Travis George and Rick George, as well as Superintendent Scott Cline, Junior and Senior High Principal Dustin Smith, and min...


Freedom Town Board approves new drug testing policy

Freedom held its town board meeting on Feb. 18, with all members present: Mayor Shad Brackin, board members Rolando Galindo and Terry Smith, and clerk Cindy Reed. After approving the meetings of the Jan. 9 meeting, the board approved the purchase... Full story


Rep. Newton talks about gun bills, abandoned burial plots, school carryovers at Friday's Eggs & Issues

Rep. Carl Newton was in Alva Friday to talk about current legislation, including gun bills. He spoke during the Chamber of Commerce's regular “Legislative Eggs and Issues” Community Coffee, held this time at Northwestern Oklahoma State... Full story


Murdock states Senate's goals: budget transparency, agency accountability, education

Sen. Casey Murdock expressed tremendous optimism for the future at Friday's “Legislative Eggs and Issues” Community Coffee, put on by the Chamber of Commerce and held this time at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. “The Capitol building do... Full story


If not us, who?

Randon and Kristi Miller met and fell in love while attending Alva High School in the mid-1990s. Kristi was "the outgoing drama person," she said. "I liked anything with a stage." "And I was the quiet... Full story


Freedom School Board discusses finances, senior trip, livestock shows and personnel issues in Feb. 11 meeting

The Freedom Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 11. Present were board president Shane Morris, board clerk Shan Wilson, board members Philip Kirkpatrick and Robert... Full story


Freezing drizzle and fog in Woods County Wednesday, early Thursday

The National Weather Service forecast freezing drizzle, freezing rain and freezing fog through Wednesday, Feb. 6, and into Thursday, Feb. 7, for northwest and north central Oklahoma, including Woods... Full story


Cherokee School Board discusses national testing issues, sports, parking

The Cherokee School Board held its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 4. Present were Board President Kory Littlefield, Board Member Shane Parker, Board Clerk Amber Wilhite, Board Treasurer Amantha Sanborn,... Full story


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