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 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 21, 2020

NWOSU students organize anti-racism rally on courthouse lawn June 16

In the death of George Floyd – and the release of the video showing a police officer kneeling on his neck until he died – the impact seemed to reach every corner of the nation. It impacted...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 17, 2020

Freedom Town Board considers floodplain issues; votes to move forward with gas line replacement

The Town of Freedom held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 10. The group gathered via teleconference. Present were Mayor Shad Brackin and Trustees Rolando Galindo and Randy Rhodes. Also present were Town Clerk/Treasurer Cindy...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 10, 2020

Waynoka graduation set for June 26, to be held on football field

The Waynoka Board of Education had lots of routine work to get through when it held it's regular monthly meet Monday, June 8. But the big news was the graduation ceremony plan Waynoka High School Principal Dustin Smith presented to the board. All...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 10, 2020

Assessor Roach tells Cherokee school board of expected rise in tax protests

Alfalfa County Assessor Jennifer Roach spoke to the Cherokee Board of Education about why her visual inspection bill to the school district was up $9,700 this year. The reason is because of the...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 4, 2020

Town of Freedom hires Luke Bolar; stray dogs also topic at special meeting

The Town of Freedom Board of Trustees held a special meeting Thursday, May 28, to discuss possibly hiring summer help for the town, and to discuss stray dogs. Present were Mayor Shad Brackin, who called the meeting to order; board member Randy...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 3, 2020

Cherokee School Board awards $760,000 building bonds to First Banker's

The Cherokee Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday, May 28, to take the next step in the building bonds issuance process, and to discuss Middle School and High School Principal Jeremy Hickman's contract. Present were...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 3, 2020

Waynoka School Board sets Kristin Harris hearing for July 14

The Waynoka school board met Friday, May 29, for a special meeting to vote on two related agenda items. • Discussion and vote to set a date, time and place for a hearing, upon receipt of the recommendation for the non-renewal or dismissal of...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 13, 2020

$600,000 carryover predicted for Freedom Schools

At the Freedom Public Schools regular meeting of the board of education, Superintendent Bryant Weber told the board he expects a $600,000 carryover into the next school year. He also talked about graduation plans. Vice President Phillip Kirkpatrick...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 13, 2020

Waynoka School Board hears plans for wrapping up school year

As Waynoka Public Schools began wrapping up the school year, beloved coach Brett Pitts and wife Laura, who taught kindergarten, have resigned for family reasons. “We're losing a very good asset,” said Waynoka Junior High/High School Principal...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 1, 2020

Area churches consider re-opening, with variety of approaches for this Sunday

Across the state, church boards and pastors are discussing whether and/or how to reopen their church buildings now that – as of today, May 1 – state restrictions on indoor church gatherings have been eased. State-issued rules say that churches... Full story


Freedom school board, administration grapple with end-of-year plans

At the Freedom Board of Education's regular meeting April 13, the board and Superintendent Bryant Weber talked about end-of-year activities and graduation. Weber said the plans are to post the senior PowerPoint, pictures, and the recorded...


Freedom school board, administration grapple with end-of-year plans

At the Freedom Board of Education's regular meeting April 13, the board and Superintendent Bryant Weber talked about end-of-year activities and graduation. Weber said the plans are to post the senior PowerPoint, pictures, and the recorded... Full story


Distance learning underway with a heart in Waynoka

The Waynoka school board held its regular meeting Monday, April 13, in the usual Waynoka School Board room, but then board member Rick George moved that the meeting reconvene in the school's new library/media center in the main building. Present...


'Virtual' Cherokee school board discusses distance learning, expanded meals program

The Cherokee Public Schools Board of Education held its special meeting April 9 online, using Zoom web conferencing software. Virtually present were board members Kory Littlefield, Desiree Gibson, Amber Wilhite, Shane Parker and Kurtis Goodwin....


Town of Freedom declares state of emergency

The Town of Freedom held its regular meeting online on April 8, when the town board approved a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for the Town of Freedom. “In our last meeting,” Brackin said, “I'd been told by the emergency management... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story


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...


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