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Sundance Wind Energy Center to be operational by end of year

Demi Gastouniotis, 25, has various titles but they all boil down to the same thing: she's the boots on the ground for getting the Sundance Wind Energy Center up and running. The center, and the...

 

Freedom receives $50,000 grant for telemetric gas meters

Freedom has received a $50,000 REAP grant to purchase new gas meters with a telemetry function. The town board discussed the issue at its meeting Jan. 8. Present were Shad Brackin and Randy Rhodes;... Full story

 

Freedom school board tables most of the agenda at Monday night meeting

The Freedom board of education had a slightly chaotic board meeting Monday night. A bond consultant was supposed to give a presentation at the meeting – and other presentations on related topics were also on the agenda – but when a board member...

 

Waynoka school board purchases Church of God buildings for future day care center

At its regular monthly meeting Jan. 13, the Waynoka Board of Education approved the purchase of the Church of God building and parsonage on Maple Street. “The plan is to use it as a community day care,” said Superintendent Scott Cline the day...

 

'We need English for everything'

Leticia Miguel has a sick child she takes to Oklahoma City for cardiac care; it's vital she be able to communicate clearly with her child's doctors. Erica Rios, who works at Beadles, wants to be able... Full story

 

Cherokee school board approves purchase of scoreboard

At a special meeting of the Cherokee school board Jan. 6, after some discussion the board approved purchasing a new scoreboard for $48,000. All members were present: Kory Littlefield, Kurtis Goodwin, Amber Wilhite, Desiree Gibson and Shane Parker....

 

'Prayer warrior' Paul Cole steps down as head of Town & Country Christian Church

Paul Cole stands beside the pulpit on his last Sunday as pastor of Town & Country Christian Church, and as he watches the congregation come down the aisle and find their seats he can't seem to...

 

Cole to retire from Town & Country Christian Church

For almost two decades, Pastor Paul Cole has held the reins of Town and Country Christian Church. At the end of this month, Cole will retire. His final sermon will be delivered this Sunday. The...

 

Freedom Town Board discusses sidewalks along Highway 50

At the Wednesday, Dec. 11, meeting of the Freedom Town Board, the project that would install sidewalks along Highway 50 was discussed at length by board member Randy Rhodes, Mayor Shad Brackin, and Town Clerk Cindy Reed. Board member Rolando Galindo... Full story

 

Cherokee Schools begins live-streaming games, other school events

Soon after the start of the Cherokee School Board meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 11, Superintendent Donna Anderson brought the board’s attention to an item in the treasurer’s report of fund balances, which is part of the consent agenda. The...

 

Rev your engines: Zion Lutheran launches 'Fast and Furious' food drive

The Friends of Zion Lutheran are holding a “Fast and Furious” food drive now through next Tuesday, Dec. 17, in hopes of winning $500 to go to the Alva Wesleyan Food Pantry. The Thrivent Foundation (Thrivent is a Christian insurance and financial...

 

Freedom Elementary receives an A on state report card

Freedom Public School has received its report card from the state, and the elementary school received an A overall. The elementary school’s report was excellent in most categories. In academic achievement, out of a possible 35 points, Freedom...

 

Waynoka School Board approves paying teachers, staff $1,000 to attend Jan. training

The board approved employing Sarah Castillo and Tanner Allen as certified teachers under temporary contract. Their term of employment begins Jan. 3, 2020, and runs through the rest of the school...

 

Food bank in high gear for holiday season

The Alva Wesleyan Food Bank has shifted into high to help ease hunger during a season made jolly for most by family gatherings – and family feasts. As Thanksgiving approached, Jennifer Marston ... Full story

 

Freedom Town Board pays bills, talks grants, hazard mitigation

Mayor Shad Brackin was absent (due to health reasons) from the Freedom Town Board's regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13. Board members Rolando Galindo and Randy Rhodes and Town Clerk Cindy Reed soldiered on without him. After approving the minutes of...

 

Cherokee Raises Christmas Tree

Cherokee put up the town Christmas tree Monday, Nov. 18. Schaun Aker of Cherokee Main Steet said it is the biggest Christmas tree Cherokee's ever had. The tree will be lit the evening of Dec. 4 after...

 

Cherokee school board hears of student successes, exceptional patrons

The Veterans Day program was held the morning of Cherokee School Board's evening meeting Nov. 11, and it was still fresh in Superintendent Donna Anderson's mind as she addressed the board. “The Veterans Day program this morning was a really,...

 

Freedom school board adopts two drug-related policies

At the Freedom School Board meeting Monday the board approved two policies related to drugs: one for medical marijuana and CBD on school premises, and the other for drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants. Board Passes Marijuana and CBD...

 

Retro-chic diner opens on Oklahoma Boulevard

As you drive down Oklahoma Boulevard, you might easily overlook the unassuming exterior of 818 Oklahoma Blvd. You'll probably notice the large sign out front, though, and when you do, remind yourself...

 

Just in time for cooler weather, all Waynoka School HVAC units to be working Thursday

At the Waynoka School Board's Monday morning meeting, Superintendent Scott Cline reported that “we're about 95 percent complete on the roof and all our (HVAC) units should be kicked on in the whole school by Thursday.” Murmurs of satisfaction...

 

Alva born and bred financial advisor opens shop on The Square

Alva native Van Johnson has opened Summit Wealth Strategies, LLC, a financial services firm. Johnson, an independent financial advisor, said the company's services include tax planning, preparation,...

 

Alva's Zion Lutheran is on a new Foote

Since Zion Lutheran's pastor Aaron Wagner has answered a call to a church in Salina, Kansas, Rev. Randy Foote has come to Alva to act as interim pastor at Zion Lutheran while the church works through...

 

First Christian to hold 125th Anniversary celebration this weekend

Way back in 1894, the year after the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893, a group of earnest Christians joined to form Alva's First Christian Church (FCC). FCC will celebrate its 125th anniversary...

 

Freedom school board discusses another bond election attempt

Another attempt at a bond election was the primary topic at the Freedom School Board regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Oct. 14. Weber included a report from the last attempt at a bond election, which failed, and several other documents related... Full story

 

Waynoka school board approves fundraisers

In a remarkably brief early morning meeting this Monday, the Waynoka School Board approved five fundraisers and designated a short list of sports equipment to be surplus. The fundraisers approved Monday for the 2019-20 school year were: • Second Gr...

 

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