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Alva School Board hears about literacy, teacher retention

At their regular meeting on Monday, the Alva Board of Education heard reports from all five school principals on action steps in the updated strategic plan. Board members present were Jane McDermott,...


A whole lot of rules

At some time in high school, I remember learning about Robert’s Rules of Order. I don’t remember if it was in a social studies class or an English class, but I do remember wondering if I would...

 By Marione Martin    Local    February 5, 2023 

Easement approved at Alva Industrial Park

Following the special city council meeting Monday, Jan. 30, the same members met as the Alva Utility Authority. Under discussion was a request for an easement to Michael S. Terrel, his successors and assigns. Mayor Kelly Parker explained the land...

 By Marione Martin    Local    February 5, 2023 

Alva City Council approves purchase of new fire truck

The Alva City Council held a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, to consider a proposal to sell an older fire truck and purchase a newer one. Troy Brooks was the only council member absent. Alva Fire Chief Bryan Miller presented several pages of... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    February 5, 2023 

Quilt exchange connects Oklahoma, Washington

Joanne Prewett of Alva is one of the talented quilters featured in this month's exhibit at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. The "Fabrics of the Heartland" display features the fabric art of four...

 By Marione Martin    Sports    February 5, 2023 

Ladybugs beat Frontier with second-half scoring

The Alva Ladybugs traveled to Red Rock to take on the Class A Frontier Lady Mustangs Friday night. The Lady Mustangs had only seven players suited up for the game, and their leading scorer Jamie...

 By Marione Martin    Sports    February 5, 2023 

Goldbugs beat the Mustangs with big 20-point finish

The Alva Goldbugs took on the Frontier Mustangs in a road game at Red Rock Friday night. Although the Mustangs are from a smaller school district, they have an intimidating number of state playoffs wi...

 By Marione Martin    Local    February 5, 2023 

Citizen petition audit finds no fraud, no official action required

Late Thursday, the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector published the findings of a citizens’ petition audit of the City of Alva. Since no fraud was found, no further action will be taken. Mayor’s Statement Alva Mayor Kelly Parker issued the... Full story


Ladybugs notch a win against Tonkawa

The Alva Ladybugs added another one to the win column Tuesday night as they hosted the Tonkawa Lady Buccaneers. Tonkawa put the first points on the board and led 4-2 early on, but the Ladybugs... Full story


Alva Goldbugs tromp the Buccaneers

In their first home game since Jan. 12, Goldbugs Kyler Penco and Daylon Malone made short work of the Tonkawa Buccaneers Tuesday night. Tonkawa was held to four points in the first quarter while the... Full story


Share Medical Center has all-new hospital beds

When Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) trustees arrived for the Jan. 31 meeting, there were hospital beds in the hallway outside the meeting room. These were some of the old beds displaced by new modern ones. They’re in storage while the hospital... Full story


Students evacuated for fire alarm at Cunningham Hall

During the dedication of the newly renovated Cunningham Hall Friday, Jan. 20, Northwestern Oklahoma State University student Shayna Miller said, “New buildings come with fun surprises. When we...


Filing opens Monday for the municipal election

Filing opens Monday for municipal candidates in Oklahoma. The filing period is from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at county election boards. Woods County In Woods County, the...


Woods County loses over half million in taxes due to ruling

A new ruling declaring waste water lines for oil and gas as exempt from ad valorem taxes has resulted in the loss of tax money to counties and especially to schools. On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Woods...


Remembering fun times from childhood

What activities do you remember enjoying when you were young? I don't mean the big things like a trip to Disney World. I'm thinking about the everyday fun stuff. Before I started school (which was age...


Alva City Council sets special meeting

The Alva City Council will hold a special meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. to consider granting an easement, selling a fire truck and purchasing a new fire truck. The meeting will be in the council...


New hospital beds in place at Share Medical Center

Share Medical Center has new hospital beds. A general surgeon has signed on and hopefully will begin doing surgeries in March. The Rural Health Clinic survey was passed with no deficiencies. These are among the reports at the Alva Hospital Authority... Full story


Goldbugs edge the Wildcats in OT

It was a long night for the Alva Goldbugs, traveling to the Enid Skordle Festival to take on Cashion. Games were running over an hour behind. Then the Goldbugs and Wildcats fought to a 60-60 tie and... Full story


Alva Ladybugs finish off Cashion with free throws

The Alva Ladybugs traveled to the Skordle Festival in Enid Friday to take on the Lady Wildcats from Cashion. Due to earlier games, the start time was delayed over an hour. When the Ladybugs were... Full story


'Great leader, great mentor, great friend'

"She served as the 19th president of Northwestern for 16 years. In all, she served the university in various positions for 40 years until her retirement in June of '22. Dr. Cunningham is also the... Full story


Woods County Excise Board discusses new laws affecting county taxes

Two of the three members of the Woods County Excise Board recently attended a meeting in Cherokee about changes in laws affecting county taxes. Joe Shirley and Chris Olson talked at length about what they learned, filling in the third board member... Full story


City council approves terms for sale of land to Wheeler Brothers

Due to an omission, the Alva City Council discussed a do-over of a contract with Wheeler Brothers Grain Company. During a lengthy discussion Tuesday night, a motion deemed to be poorly worded was... Full story


Size matters when it comes to water meter fittings

At a special meeting in December, the Alva City Council approved a bid from Core and Main for the purchase and installation of water meters. However, in a pre-construction conference it was learned...


Ordinance amendment leads to heated city council discussion

As members of the Alva City Council worked their way through a somewhat long agenda, tempers began to fray as disagreements arose. A discussion on amending a city ordinance, just before an executive session on a business manager contract, seemed to... Full story


Alva man arrested on felony drug charges

On Jan. 19 in Woods County, Daniel Dwayne Northcross, 52, of Alva, was charged with (1) possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), (2) possess firearm during commission of a felony, and (3) maintaining...


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