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 By Marione Martin    Local    April 19, 2019 

Alva officials begin new office terms

The Alva City Council meeting Monday began with the swearing in of unopposed candidates who filed for the April municipal election. Beginning new terms of office are Mayor Kelly Parker, City Clerk... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 17, 2019

Cleo Springs woman charged with child endangerment

A concerned citizen alerted law enforcement to a woman smelling of alcohol who was driving with small children in the car. Alfalfa County Deputy Loren Nusser responded to the call about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8. According to court documents, the...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 17, 2019

Fighting new healthcare fee

I was considering a different topic for this column when J. Herning brought in a letter to the editor and a related article. He addresses a new healthcare issue, one that can affect anyone who seeks m...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 14, 2019

Public hearing on swimming pool Monday during Alva City Council meeting

A public hearing on the rehabilitation and construction of the Alva swimming pool will be held Monday during the Alva City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. The hearing will also focus on possible...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 14, 2019

Airport discusses keeping expenses under control

After attending the City of Alva budget retreat, Airport Manager Greg Robison is looking at ways to trim expenses. Mayor Kelly Parker reported that next year’s budget will be “flat” because the city slightly overestimated revenue the last coupl... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 14, 2019

Lt. Gov. Turkey Hunt hosts many guests

The annual Lieutenant Governor's Turkey Hunt in Alva combines fun with business. Representatives of business, industry and government are invited not only to hunt but also to tour the opportunities... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 12, 2019

Davis St. fire started on front porch

The Alva Fire Department responded to a fire at 8:58 a.m. Tuesday at 1501 Davis St. Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Miller said the fire started on the front porch and spread to the front living room of...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 12, 2019

Crude oil spill disrupts traffic

An inadvertent oil spill caused a lot of stress for local and state officials as well as drivers. Wednesday afternoon at 3:36 p.m. the Alva Fire Department was notified of a large oil spill on US64... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 10, 2019

Nothing to do in Alva?

When I hear people say there’s nothing to do in Alva, I think they must not be paying attention. Last week I attended the Chocolate Fantasy put on by Friends of the Alva Public Library. The...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 7, 2019

Airport Commission to consider terminal roofing

The Alva Airport Commission has a very short agenda for Monday night. They will meet at 7 p.m. at the airport terminal. The main item of business is discussion and action to repair the terminal roof...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 7, 2019

New Alva mural to go up Saturday

Next Saturday a lifetime of service to the community will be recognized in a new Alva mural. Provided the weather cooperates, the mural will go up on the stucco wall in the Holder Drug drive through a...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 3, 2019

Cherokee man charged with gun possession after felony conviction

During an investigation of an Alfalfa County man for deer poaching, a game warden discovered the man had a previous felony conviction making gun ownership illegal. According to court records, on March 27 Game Warden Ben Bickerstaff contacted...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 3, 2019

Your Social Security number has been suspended

Last week I had a visit from an Alva resident concerned about the latest scam phone call. He received two calls from someone claiming to be from Social Security telling him his Social Security number...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 3, 2019

Helping special needs kids maximize their potential

The Alva school district is making a concerted effort to help special needs students live up to their full potential. Sherrye Lovelace, special education director for the schools, told the board of...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 31, 2019

Resignations, retirement on school board agenda

Several personnel items are on the agenda for the Alva Board of Education meeting Monday. The board will meet at 5 p.m. in the board room at the superintendent’s office, 418 Flynn St. Three teachers have submitted resignations and one is retiring....

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 31, 2019

Dr. Lawrence moving to ER, hospital launches recruitment effort

A physician recruiting effort is underway at Share Medical Center (SMC) in Alva. CEO Kandice Allen told the Alva Hospital Authority Tuesday evening that she and CFO Kevin O’Brien have been talking to some soon-to-graduate possibilities. Allen has... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 29, 2019

Free workshop Saturday on endangered historic places

Historic places in Oklahoma show us the courage, struggles and accomplishments of early settlers. Preservation Oklahoma is the state's only private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 29, 2019

Poor wheat crop impacts Farmers Cooperative financially

Diseases, spring freezes and hail storms left Oklahoma with a very poor wheat crop in 2018. "The way I've been describing the 2018 wheat crop so far is it's been a struggle from start to finish,"... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 27, 2019

Newspapers will continue

People have been asking if we’ll continue to publish the Newsgram, the Alva Review-Courier and the Freedom Call without publisher Lynn Martin. The short answer is yes. For about six months, Lynn...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 24, 2019

School continues strategic planning process

Alva Public Schools are looking to the future through a strategic planning process begun last fall. The third phase of the four steps of the Continuous Strategic Improvement Plan was held on March... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 24, 2019

Public hearing delayed by date problem

A public hearing was tabled by the Alva City Council Monday due to conflicting dates and times given property owners. City Attorney Rick Cunningham said the letters to property owners gave the... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 22, 2019

Alva swimming pool plan waiting for health department response

Will the Alva swimming pool be opening Memorial Day weekend? This question remains unanswered as the city waits for a response from the Oklahoma Department of Health. The city submitted a plan to address the pool problems but has not received a...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 20, 2019

A life filled with learning and teaching others

My husband Lynn left this earth Tuesday night, March 12. It was the end of a difficult journey that began a little over eight months ago with a diagnosis of Stage IV esophageal cancer. Surgery and rad...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 17, 2019

Williams to continue as Woods County Economic director

Following a short executive session to evaluate her, Sonja Williams was hired for another year as the director of the Woods County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC). The committee met Tuesday at noon at Northwest Technology. Members present...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 17, 2019

Council to vote on more dilapidated properties

Two more properties considered for a dilapidation declaration come up for public hearing Monday. The hearing will be held during the Alva City Council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers. The council will be back in their...


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