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Town of Freedom applies for $65,000 to help finish gas line replacement

The Town of Freedom held its regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees Wednesday, Oct. 13. New board member Michelle Shelite was there, as was Mayor Kama Luddington. Trustee Matt Bixler was absent. County Clerk Cindy Reed and attorney Drew... Full story


Dress code issues draw public comment at Cherokee school board meeting

The Cherokee Public School's board of education met Tuesday evening, Oct. 12. Eden Penoyer was waiting to address the board as the first order of business, after calling the meeting to order and taking roll. During the Public Comment period, Penyor...


Carnival, spook parade coming soon

Fall really begins to get underway this month at Freedom Public School, with Fall Carnival, Red Ribbon Week, a Spook Parade and more on the schedule for October. Fall Carnival will be Saturday, Oct. 23, with plenty of games and food planned, and Red...


Waynoka schools' fall schedule in full swing

At the Waynoka school board's regular monthly meeting early Monday, principals rattled through a lengthy list of upcoming activities before Smith's dropout and remediation report presentation. Superintendent Scott Cline offered a guardedly optimistic...


Zion Lutheran members pack meals for Haitians in need

Forty-one members of Zion Lutheran Church, ranging from very young children to adults in their 80s, joined together to fight hunger in Haiti on Sunday, Sept. 19. The group spent that afternoon... Full story


Freedom town board swears in new member Shelite

The Town of Freedom Board of Trustees swore in its newest member, Michelle Shelite, at a special meeting held Monday, Sept. 20. A special election for a run-off between previous trustee Shad Brackin and Shelite resulted in Shelite's election. At the...


From flood to fire: Freedom town board tries to salve wounds, move forward

The board of trustees for the Town of Freedom met Wednesday, Sept. 8, in another contentious gathering. The town's new lawyer, Drew Cunningham, was present at the meeting, along with trustees Kama Luddington and Matt Bixler. Town Clerk Cindy Reed... Full story


Waynoka football teams undefeated so far; finances will tighten, says superintendent

Elementary principal Patricia Burrow told the board that the first month of school has gone smoothly. She praised the teachers' “excellent job of setting procedures and routines” and said the students have acclimated well. High school had a...


Vote next Tuesday on essential repairs to the Freedom School gym and windows

Next Tuesday, Sept. 14, Freedom school district voters will go to the polls to determine whether to approve a $350,000 school bond to make crucial repairs and upgrades to the school. After the last... Full story


Evenings of inspiration

Music – the arts in general – can be life-changing, Kim Weast said passionately as we sat over mugs of coffee at Holder's Drug. Weast is the director of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series,...


Freedom trustees hear long list of objections to agenda; respond with amending many

In a packed and heated gathering, the Freedom Board of Trustees – consisting of Kama Luddington and Matt Nixon – met Wednesday, Aug. 11, to consider a lengthy agenda. About 20 Freedom residents attended the meeting to voice concerns over some of... Full story


Waynoka Schools students will find many things back to normal this year

Last Wednesday was the first day of school in Waynoka. Elementary Principal Pat Burrow told the Waynoka school board at its Monday, Aug. 9, meeting that as school begins, many things will be back to normal. Doors will unlock at 7:15 a.m. for...


An Earnest old cowhand

On Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m., come out to the Cimarron Cowboy Monument in Freedom for the Old Cowhand's Reunion and Chuck Wagon Feed. A traditional part of the long-running Freedom Rodeo, the... Full story


Cherokee school board updates policies to align with new laws

The Cherokee High School Board of Education held it's regular monthly meeting Monday evening. Enrollment is down three at the high school and up eight at the junior high. Enrollment is up 14 at the elementary. Back to school night will be Aug. 18...


Freedom Schools student physicals Aug. 17; basketball schedule set

New Freedom Superintendent of Schools Freida Burgess led the school board meeting Monday morning. Previous superintendent Bryant Weber is now the ag teacher. Burgess was appointed by the board in...


Two special elections to be held Sept. 14

On Sept. 14, voters in Freedom will be faced with two important decisions: which way to vote on both the school bond and the seat on the town board that resulted in a tie between Shad Brackin and Michele Shelite. The Freedom Special Municipal... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 29, 2021

Healing with touch

Valerie Brown, 44, first moved to Freedom in 1991 when she was 13, and the kindness and welcoming embrace the town offered her family has never left her. "My grandpa worked for Cargill, but we lived i... Full story

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 22, 2021

Brackin resigns as Freedom mayor

The regular monthly Freedom Town Board meeting began in a new way: those in attendance rose, faced the flag, put their hands over their hearts, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. After that, Trustee Kama Luddington led the group in the Lord's...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 14, 2021

Financial difficulties begin to smooth out at Cherokee Schools

Dark financial days may be moving into the past at Cherokee, judging by Superintendent Bryce Schanbacher's comments to the school board at its regular meeting Monday evening. The school has signed an agreement, approved in this meeting, with ACB...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 7, 2021

'Summer's going fast'

The principals of Waynoka Public Schools were full of enthusiasm for the success of the summer camps this year, as was evident in their reports to the school board at its regular meeting last Wednesday morning. Students engaged in some fascinating pr...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 30, 2021

Freedom School Board calls special election for Sept. 14

The Freedom school board held a special meeting Monday morning, June 21. Members present were Phillip Kirkpatrick, Russell Reed, and Robert Babcock. Others present were Freida Burgess and Superintendent Bryant Weber. The board approved calling and...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 16, 2021

Waynoka Schools' summer camps, summer food program get going

Waynoka's school year ended with awards assemblies and a mix of excitement for summer and sadness at leaving friends and trusted teachers, Elementary Principal Patricia Burrow told the Waynoka Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday. “The...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 16, 2021

Freedom Town Board hears complaint about loose dogs, defers reinstating compensation

A Freedom citizen voiced a complaint at the beginning of the meeting about loose pit bulls coming onto his property. He said he was attacked recently and had to beat the dog off with a hose. He asked the town to find a solution, but rules governing b...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 9, 2021

Cherokee board of education

The Cherokee school board approved hiring Keela Patterson as elementary principal and Lane Pruett as junior high/high school principal at the board regular monthly meeting Monday. Amy Eckhardt was also hired as an elementary teacher. Jeremy Hickman...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 20, 2021

Freedom Town Board discusses grant opportunities, addresses complaints

Town of Freedom trustees must be dreaming of application forms at night; the group discussed numerous grants – those already underway and those that might be opportunities – at their regular town board meeting Wednesday, May 12. New Trustee Matt...


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