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 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    July 6, 2018

Woods County commissioners approve new FY contracts

The first meeting of the fiscal year was held on July 2 with John Smiley absent, but David Hamil and Randy McMurphy present. In road-crossing permits, one from Recoil Oilfield Services was tabled, while two gas lines crossing a county road was approv...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    July 6, 2018

Baker, McDermott-Penco carry cross from Alva to Devine Water Well

This writer came across a man and woman dragging a crucifixion-type cross east on U. S. Highway 64 Tuesday morning. Thinking there might be an interesting story for our newspaper readers, I pulled to...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    July 6, 2018

Marching competition at BJCC this week

The eighth annual precision marching competition between four housing units at the Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) was conducted at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The event is dedicated to the memory of...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    July 4, 2018

Lynn Says

Sunday evening, Marione and I stumbled across a music special from Austin, Texas, that honored Johnny Cash. I think it was several years old, but that didn't matter. It featured a couple dozen...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 29, 2018

Final meeting with Steve Parkhurst as superintendent

The Alva Board of Education scheduled an end-of-fiscal-year meeting for Wednesday evening. Retiring Superintendent Steve Parkhurst handled about half the meeting, and then he invited incoming...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 27, 2018

Woods County commissioners help Senior Citizens Center

The Woods County commissioners agreed to pay Erikson Steel $7,400 to install an overhead garage door in the wall of an adjacent building where supplies are stored next to the Senior Citizens Center. Two road-crossing permits were issued to BCE-MACH,...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 27, 2018

Freedom hires new teachers

As the start of school is only about six weeks away, the Freedom School Board succeeded in replacing two teachers who resigned: Charlotte Selfridge, a longtime teacher, in a letter to the board said she is retiring. Another teacher, Penny Brewer, is...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 27, 2018

Overflowing water on Barnes Street damages Bell Hotel

The beautifully restored Bell Hotel received serious basement water damage after heavy rains early Sunday morning over-filled a large area dug for street improvements at Fifth and Barnes. Owner John and Amy Ryerson were distraught at the damage. He s...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 27, 2018

Lynn Says

Here's the perfect alternative PTA fundraiser form This fundraiser is in lieu of sending students home with the task of selling door-to-door, collecting money and delivering goods. Please help us...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 24, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Mick Cornett makes a last-minute visit to Alva before the election

There are ten Republican candidates on Tuesday's primary ballot who are competing for the governor's seat. Besides Mick Cornett, the list includes Christopher Barnett, Dan Fisher, Eric Foutch, Barry G...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 24, 2018

Women's Air Race Classic disrupted by weather

Sue Hughes of Waynoka was the official timer in Alva at the first stop last Tuesday of the 2018 Women's Air Race Classic. She said, "All 56 planes made it to Alva. However, on the next stop to...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 24, 2018

East-west turf runway dedicated Saturday

Alva Mayor Kelly Parker welcomed the crowd of about 50 to the turf runway dedication. He said it had been a great week in Alva, and he was really excited to dedicate this turf runway. He praised...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 22, 2018

Alva Recreation Complex approves budget for FY19

Members of the Alva Recreation Authority held a special meeting on May 21 to review and approve the budget for next year. The authority ended up May with a cash bank account balance of $127,498.95, and a certificate of deposit balance of...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 22, 2018

All county budgets turned in to excise board

The Woods County Excise Board approved temporary appropriations for the following budgets presented at their meeting on Wednesday, June 20. • Woods County – 80 percent, $10,481,416.23 • Woods County Health Department – $730,737.56 • Alva...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 21, 2018

Freedom town meeting short and sweet

The regularly scheduled Freedom town meeting lasted less than a half-hour, with the Municipal Trust Authority meeting that followed taking only six minutes. Members Terry Smith and Shad Brackin were present. Rolando Galindo was absent. Clerk Cindy...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 21, 2018

Share Convalescent Home is profitable

The May report for Share Convalescent Home showed gross days of 57.9 compared to 56 for April. Gross patient revenue for the month totaled $342,450, which was a $22,183 decrease from the previous month. The accounts payable balance for May stood at...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 21, 2018

Gaisford re-elected chairman of Alva Hospital Authority

Several changes were evident at Tuesday's Alva Hospital Authority meeting. Twelve-year board veteran Darlene Sanderson was absent as her term was up, and her replacement, new board member Jay Randels, was present. With the change in board make-up,...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 21, 2018

Hospital CFO outlines profit plan

Hospital Chief Financial Officer Kevin O'Brien told the Alva Hospital Authority members of his projections for the next fiscal year that will move the hospital from the anticipated FY 2017-2018 loss of $1.88 million to a profit of $164,000 next...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 21, 2018

Homestead adding new level of care July 1

The Homestead living facility is expanding their service offerings by adding a new level of care effective July 1. It is a service designed to fill the gap between independent living, which the Homestead now is, and assisted living. They have to be...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 20, 2018

Woods County commissioners tidy up year-end business

The Monday agenda appeared lengthy with 25 items, but it went quickly since many of the items had to do with facilities for juvenile detention. The commissioners will have to vote on all of these again at their July meeting, but they could not...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 20, 2018

Lynn Says

For the first 38 years of my working life, I was in the radio business. The first part was in Rolla, Missouri, as a DJ, sportscaster, news guy and eventually station manager at KTTR. Another 20 years...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 13, 2018

Woods County commissioners quickly handle agenda

The Woods County Commissioners handled simple items on their agenda Monday morning. After roll call, approval of minutes and approval of warrants and claims, they turned to approving a road crossing permit near County Road East 0120 for Williams Comp...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 13, 2018

One interesting new law Miller mentioned: "School districts must permit students to apply sunscreen lotion to themselves." ***END QUOTE*** Freedom School Board has short June meeting

The Freedom School Board met Monday evening for 30 minutes. They made a quorum with three of five members present. Later, Robert Babcock arrived. One method the Freedom board has used to speed up their meetings is to include on the consent agenda...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 13, 2018

Lynn Says

For a couple of years, a group known as the Alva Arena Authority has been trying to put together a plan to build a substantial arena facility to help with economic development in Woods County. Part...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 6, 2018

Alva School Board temporary budget set at $18,702,967

The Alva Board of Education approved a temporary appropriation of 90 percent of last year's budget at their meeting Monday night for the 2018-19 school year. The figure of $18,702,967 includes the...

 

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