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 By Marione Martin    Local    October 28, 2021 

Covid-19 cases decline in Woods County

Since last week the number of active cases of Covid-19 decreased by nine in Woods County, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). The report released Oct. 27 shows Woods County... Full story

 

Too good to be true?

I had conversations last week with two different people about some fishy offers. One occurred to someone else, but the other affected me and the newspaper. In the small towns of this area, people are...

 

An arrest warrant led to drug charges for Cherokee woman

A Cherokee woman arrested on a warrant and larceny of merchandise later had drug charges added. According to court records, on Oct. 18 at approximately 8:31 p.m. Cherokee Police Chief Ryan McNeil was...

 

Woods County Excise Board approves annual budgets

This is a busy time of year for the Woods County Excise Board as they approve budgets from various county entities in addition to their regular work. The excise board met Monday afternoon in a...

 

Woods County EMS Board holds first meeting

The first meeting of the new Woods County EMS Board was held Monday afternoon in the county courthouse conference room. The board members were appointed on Oct. 18 by the Woods County Commissioners....

 

Woods County EMS Board holds first meeting

The first meeting of the new Woods County EMS Board was held Monday afternoon in the county courthouse conference room. The board members were appointed on Oct. 18 by the Woods County Commissioners....

 

Woods County budget $872,000 lower for this year

The Woods County estimate of needs budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, is about $872,000 less than the previous year. This year the county budgeted $12.6 million. The Health Fund is...

 

Another person charged in Vance farm burglary

Charges have been filed against another person in the March 2020 burglary at the Vance farm south of Helena on Beckham Road. Ronna and Roderick Vance learned about a possible break-in from a...

 

No agreement on suspension of zoning changes for Alva

The main discussion during the Alva City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 18, concerned rezoning requests. First, the council considered a change in zoning to 411 Olive Street. The Planning Commission approved changing that property from RG8 to RG6.... Full story

 

Sleepy truck driver injured in rollover

A sleepy truck driver had a rude awakening Friday morning when his vehicle went off the road and rolled. Robert Ray Burdette, 59, of Woodward, was transported by Major County EMS to St. Mary’s...

 

Drug free looks like me

If you see an Alva student hurrying to school in pajamas Monday, it’s not because they overslept. This is Red Ribbon Week, and Alva students are participating by wearing various themed apparel. Red...

 

Sheldon Russell's new book available this week

What does it take to push someone over the edge into mental illness? This is one of the thoughts explored in Sheldon Russell's new book "A Particular Madness." Scheduled to be released this week, the... Full story

 

Spooky parade, treats on Friday

The 2021 Alva Spook Parade is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, in downtown Alva. Participants are asked to meet in front of the fire department on 4th Street at 3 p.m. In the past, the event was...

 

Goldbugs fall to Hennessey 33-18

The Alva Goldbugs are battling for a fourth place slot in the Class 2A-1 football district, but their disappointing trip to Hennessey Friday didn't help their chances. Currently the top three... Full story

 

Covid-19 numbers coming down in state but up in Woods County

While the number of active Covid-19 cases continues to decrease in the state, some Woods County communities have had increases. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) says as of Wednesday,... Full story

 

Swallow appointed to Alva City Council

The first order of business for the Alva City Council meeting Monday was the appointment of Wanda Gail Swallow to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat. Brandon Sherman moved outside the city limits and was no... Full story

 

Five appointed to Woods County 522 District EMS Board

The Woods County commissioners have named five people to the 522 EMS Board. Ambulance directors from Alva, Freedom and Waynoka participated in selecting the five from those who submitted applications....

 

Canadians are so polite

Canadians are reputed to be very polite. In the past, we had a Canadian employee, and she certainly lived up to that reputation. I never heard her raise her voice or get angry. We all enjoyed working...

 

Cherokee man charged with threatening, obscene communications

A Cherokee man is accused of sending threatening and obscene communications by cellphone to two individuals. Court records show on Oct. 7 Ivan “Rick” Cunningham of Cherokee told Alfalfa County...

 

Two injured in Ringwood collision

Two people were injured and one man was pinned in a two vehicle collision in Ringwood Saturday. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Allen Goodwin, 69, was extricated by the Ringwood Fire...

 

Injury accident caused by inattention

Inattention was blamed for a collision with injuries in Harper County on Monday. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at 2:18 p.m. at County Road 1730 and County Road 21,...

 

Alva City Council to vote on new member appointment

Since Brandon Sherman has moved outside the city limits, he can no longer serve on the Alva City Council. Councilmembers will vote on a replacement for his Ward 2 seat during Monday’s regular meeting. Mayor Kelly Parker’s appointment of Wanda Gai...

 

September a good month at airport

Alva Regional Airport Manager Derrick Courson said September was a very good month for fuel sales. “Our CAA business really bumped up our fuel sales and traffic,” he said. The Corporate Aircraft Association (CAA) added Alva to their approved list... Full story

 

Waynoka woman charged with using mother's name for credit card

A Waynoka woman has been charged with allegedly running up a credit card bill of over $5,000 in her mother’s name. According to court documents in the case, on Oct. 5 John and Grace Mathes spoke with Woods County Sheriff’s Deputy David Cummings... Full story

 

Hard work and dedication keep Hatfield Park looking its best

Tucked away on a hill beyond the sunny south playground at Hatfield Park is a picturesque area surrounded by trees. Reached by steep stone steps, the clearing is paved with stones. Seating made of... Full story

 

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