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 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Online learning begins Monday for Alva students

Students in Oklahoma public schools begin online learning on Monday, April 6. Alva Public Schools (APS) handed out hotspots and tablets Thursday and Friday for students needing them. Parents were... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Filing for county offices opens Wednesday

Candidate filing for county offices will begin Wednesday. The Woods County Election Board will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the three-day filing period April 8-10. The election board office is located in the Professional Building on Fourth...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Ponca City man dies in Grant County collision

A Ponca City man died Thursday in a Grant County collision. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports Randy Lee Byrum, 53, of Ponca City, was pronounced dead at the scene from whole body injuries by Pond Creek Ambulance personnel. The collision occurred...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Northwest Tech plans for distance learning

Although most of the focus has been on public school closings, the Northwest Technology Center (NWTC) campuses in Alva and Fairview have also been affected. Board members learned how NWTC is coping...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Survey on Alva Swimming Pool posted

The Alva Swimming Pool Task Force is asking local people to fill out an online swimming pool survey. The survey will be available from April 6 to April 20. Only one response per email address is allowed. Each response is anonymous and confidential....

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 5, 2020 

Waynoka teen injured in rollover

A Waynoka teen was injured when his pickup rolled and struck a tree. John Charles Stine III, 19, of Waynoka, was transported by Waynoka EMS to Alliance Health Woodward in Woodward. From there he was transferred by medi-flight to Mercy Hospital in...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 1, 2020

Woods County commissioners approve bid for Woodlakes drainage

The Woods County commissioners moved their meeting from their office to the larger table in the courthouse conference room Monday. This allowed chairs to be positioned further apart. Present were Commissioners Randy McMurphy, David Hamil and John Smi...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 1, 2020

Making use of time at home

Saturday I spoke on the phone with an Alva woman who described herself as elderly. She was spending a lot of time at home. She became emotional as she described how much it meant to her to see the...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 29, 2020

Alva Public Schools prepare for at-home learning

As the Alva Public Schools prepare to teach students at home starting April 6, it is critically important to assess each student’s access to the internet and what computer-type devices they may have available. The school district has posted a...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 27, 2020

Alva Public Schools plan for online classes

Wednesday morning the Oklahoma State School Board unanimously approved an order that implements a Distance Learning Plan to complete the 2019-20 school year without reopening school buildings. In... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 27, 2020

NWOSU classes online for remainder of spring semester

Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva announced Wednesday that classes will go online for the remainder of the semester. The move is in response to Gov. Stitt’s address on Tuesday, according to a letter posted by Dr. Janet Cunningham,...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 25, 2020

Woman charged with attempted escape from jail

After being booked into jail, a pregnant woman from Cherokee allegedly assaulted an officer and tried to escape last Wednesday. According to court records, Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil was dispatched to the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at 4:...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 25, 2020

Woods County commissioners approved pump purchase

The Woods County commissioners approved the purchase of a pump for county water district No. 3 during Monday’s meeting. The $3,253.83 for the Berkeley 10 horsepower pump from Rotek Services will come from a REAP grant. The district has about...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 25, 2020

We're in uncharted territory

We are certainly experiencing an interesting time. It’s uncharted territory for most of us. Some people react with panic. Others refuse to pay attention to guidelines. Most of us are just staying... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 22, 2020

Mayor talks about importance of census

Mayor Kelly Parker reminded everyone it is census time. It is estimated Oklahoma loses about $1,800 in funding for every person who doesn’t complete the census form. The census count is used in numerous federal programs to determine how much a... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 22, 2020

Mayor issues COVID-19 proclamation

On Friday afternoon, Alva Mayor Kelly Parker signed a proclamation acknowledging a state of serious public concern within the city regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. He acknowledged the declarations of emergency by the presi... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 20, 2020

Woods County courthouse is closed

The Woods County commissioners held two emergency meetings on Wednesday and Thursday to determine how they will handle the COVID-19 pandemic. They expressed concern for county employees and discussed ways to keep them healthy while continuing the cou...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 20, 2020

County Excise Board approves appropriations

The Woods County Excise Board met Wednesday morning. Members Chris Olson and Joe Shirley were present, and Bob Seivert was absent. After approving the minutes of the Feb. 19 meeting, the board members approved the following monthly appropriations:...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 19, 2020

29 confirmed cases of coronavirus in state

As of Wednesday, March 18, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports 29 people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Two others from out of state also tested...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 19, 2020

Woods County Courthouse closed

In an emergency meeting held in the district courtroom Wednesday morning, the Woods County commissioners approved an Emergency Declaration for the county. Under that declaration, the commissioners...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 18, 2020

Be aware of the needs around you

Each day seems to bring more news about efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. At first, the cases and the closures seemed far away. First a Thunder game was canc...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 18, 2020

Woods County commissioners discuss pandemic

Although it wasn’t on the agenda, the Woods County commissioners spent some time discussing response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under new business, the commissioners responded to questions from County Treasurer David Manning. Everyone seemed to... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 15, 2020

Tourism tax grants on Alva City Council agenda

Two payments from the tourism tax fund are on the Alva City Council agenda on Monday. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. At their February meeting, the Alva Tourism Tax Committee approved a payment of $26,300... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 15, 2020

Surveying completed for ODALS lights at airport

Airport Manager Greg Robison told the Alva Airport Commission on Monday, March 9, that surveyors from CEC Engineering were at the airport Feb. 27 to do all the surveying needed for the installation of the ODALS lights. The omnidirectional approach...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 15, 2020

DCP tax protest settled for Woods County

Four years of Woods County tax appeals by DCP Operating Company LP were settled Wednesday in rulings handed down by District Court Judge Justin Eilers. DCP, a natural gas company based in Denver, Colorado, was protesting the tax assessments placed...


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