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 By Marione Martin    Local    August 18, 2019 

Alva City Council to vote on Professional Building roofing

The Alva City Council will be voting on a roofing bid for the Professional Building during the regular meeting Monday. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. In a major change, the citizen remarks and inquiries...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 18, 2019 

How to eat an elephant

Last year, school administrators and teachers, students and members of the Alva community spent several day-long sessions in strategic planning. They examined the purpose of the local schools, discuss...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 18, 2019 

Alva sign receives a major facelift

The Alva sign on the west side of the downtown square is getting second looks these days. The sign has received a major facelift through the work of the Alva Mural Society. Shaped like the state of...


Airport seeking quotes to improve terminal security

The Alva Airport Commission discussed after-hours security at the terminal building during the regular meeting Monday, Aug. 12. All commission members were present. City Business Manager Joe Don Dunham started the discussion. He said some locks were...


History of the Freedom Old Cowhand Reunion

The following information is from The Freedom Call dated Aug. 17, 1978. In the summer of 1939, the Freedom Chamber decided to sponsor an Old Cowhand Reunion and Chuck Wagon Feed in honor of the... Full story


Cimarron Cowboy Memorial dedicated in 1950

The Cimarron Cowboy Memorial in Freedom was dedicated in April 1950. The murals engraved on the memorial represent the arrival of the vital droves of Texas longhorn cattle, the first sod house, and... Full story


Alva GO bond issue voted down, 689-303; Waynoka proposition passes

These are unofficial returns from the Woods County Election Board from the Aug. 13 election. The elections cannot be declared official until Friday at 5 p.m. City of Alva Proposition for City of Alva to issue $2.5 million in general obligation bonds...


Winters discusses Alva Swimming Pool issues

Ward 1 City Councilmember Daniel Winters spoke to the Woods County Democrats and guests Thursday evening in Alva. His topic was the upcoming bond election on the Alva Swimming Pool. He opened with...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 9, 2019

Alva Library has fall programs for all ages

With local public school classes beginning Aug. 14, the Alva Public Library is transitioning into a number of fall programs for youth and adults. If you want to get a full list of planned activities, stop by the front desk at the library where they... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

It's Sheldon Russell's fault

The brownies I was baking Saturday for a church dinner ended up in the trash. It’s all Sheldon Russell’s fault! I’ve been making brownies (from a mix) since I was in my teens. My husband used to...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

New teachers, staff hired for Alva Schools

Monday the Alva Board of Education approved hiring of several certified and non-certified employees for this school year. Alisha Beleele was rehired on a one year contract to teach high school and... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

Cherokee man charged with lewd or indecent proposals to a child

A Cherokee man has been charged with making lewd or indecent proposals to a child. Logan Wade Hicks, 20, of Cherokee, has been charged with two felony counts: lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16 and violation of Oklahoma statute via comput...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

Dacoma man dies in semi rollover

A Dacoma man lost his life in a tanker truck rollover Sunday. The wreck occurred at 12:11 a.m. on a county road northwest of Thomas in Custer County. Chad Hillman, 52, of Dacoma, was pronounced dead at the scene due to head and trunk internal...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Full time mom and part time painter

Though she loved art from an early age, Lauren Florence didn't really begin her career until after her son was born. She grew up in Bartlesville where she was born and was exposed to art early with...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Inspired by nature and a love of art

Growing up on her family's tiny farm just outside Broken Bow, Nebraska, Vikki McGuire spent much of her time alone drawing the animals, trees and flowers that surrounded her. Evolving from there, she...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Large Crowd at the Friday Night Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk attracts a large crowd to the Graceful Arts Gallery Aug. 2....

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Roxie Faulkner Kirk signs her book "Red Dirt Hymnal"

Roxie Faulkner Kirk signs her book "Red Dirt Hymnal" for Charla Parker Friday night at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva....

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

July sales tax collections down for Alva, Freedom

Sales tax collections in July for Alva were down by 11.8 percent compared to July 2018, but use tax from sales outside of Alva such as internet purchases was almost double. When adding sales and use tax together, Alva was down 7.88 percent from last...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Alva man charged with stalking, protective order violations

After repeated charges of violating a protective order, an Alva man is now facing a felony stalking charge. According to court documents, on Monday, July 29, Alva Police Officer Shahan responded to the 200 block of Santa Fe for a protective order... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Employment contracts and resignations on Alva School Board agenda

Superintendent Tim Argo will be reporting on two resignations during the Alva Board of Education meeting Monday. The board will meet at 5 p.m. in the superintendent’s office at 418 Flynn. Argo will also update the board on the district’s...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Numerous bogus check charges filed

Woods County District Court had a number of bogus check misdemeanor filings this week. Brittany Lee, 25, of Alva, is charged with writing a $20 bogus check to Lite N Nite of Alva on July 7, 2018. Blake Lee, 19, of Alva, is charged with writing a $30...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 2, 2019

Art, author and musicians featured tonight

For tonight’s First Friday Art Walk in Alva, the Graceful Arts Gallery will be displaying work by current artists Vikki McGuire and Lauren Florence. There will also be a retrospective of Jo Johnson’s lifetime of work. Roxie Faulkner Kirk will be...

 By Marione Martin    Local    August 2, 2019

American Legion Riders arriving Saturday in Alva

Saturday, Aug. 3, area residents are invited to show their support for military veterans. The American Legion Riders will be entering Alva on a ride that stretches from the Mexican border to Canada....

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 31, 2019

Former bank employee charged with embezzlement

A former employee of Jet State Bank has been charged with embezzlement. The charge was filed on July 26 in Alfalfa County District Court. Alfalfa County Deputy Sheriff Gary Mast was first contacted about the case on Nov. 20, 2018, by Jet State Bank P...

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 31, 2019

Several area elections are coming soon

Several elections are coming up in the Newsgram area. On July 19, Cherokee voters overwhelmingly passed a sales tax increase of 0.25 percent to support the fire and police departments. The vote was...


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