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Woods County Commissioners approve Capron Fire Department request
The Woods County Commissioners approved a Capron Fire Department request, made a fair board appointment and paid for an excavator during their regular meeting Monday morning. All three commissioners w...
Woods County Excise Board holds brief meeting
The Woods County Excise Board meeting Wednesday morning, Feb. 21, was routine with Chairman Joe Shirley and member Bob Seivert present. Chris Olson was absent. County Clerk Shelley Reed was also in...
Legislature tackles bills on cellphones in school
Years ago, when I was in school, I spent a lot of time looking out windows and daydreaming. When assigned tasks were finished while waiting for slower classmates to catch up, I had free time to fill....
Ladybugs advance to regionals with 55-24 win over Chisholm
The Alva Ladybugs routed the Chisholm Lady Longhorns Saturday, Feb. 17, to move into the winners bracket of regionals. The Ladybugs dominated with a lopsided final score of 55-24. Alva quickly took...
Goldbugs win over Chisholm by two points, 57-55
Following an easy win by the Ladybugs Saturday, the Goldbugs found the Chisholm Longhorns to be a tougher opponent. The final score was down to the wire, but the Goldbugs pulled off a two point...
Six events receive funding from Alva tourism tax
The Alva Tourism Committee faced a daunting agenda Wednesday with seven events requesting tourism tax funds. Present for the meeting were Chairman Melinda Barton and members Sadie Bier, Angelica Brady and Scott Kline. Terri Parsons was absent. The... Full story
Sale of Share Convalescent property will likely go to a citizen vote
“Have any idea what the holdup is with the sale as far as what the legal reason is?” asked Alva City Councilmember Troy Brooks at Tuesday’s city council meeting. He was referring to the sale of Share Convalescent Home to the Beadles Nursing... Full story
Legislators talk about current legislative session
Local legislators talked about what's happening in Oklahoma City during the current legislative session at the Alva Chamber Community Coffee Friday, Feb. 16. The breakfast meeting was held in the... Full story
Wakita woman seriously injured in rollover
A woman from Wakita was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Grant County on Sunday. Oletta A. Helms, 62, of Wakita, was transported by Medford EMS to Integris Bass Baptist Medical Center in Enid where she was admitted in serious condition... Full story
Pilots ask Alva Airport Commission for better communication
Some local pilots are upset at the lack of progress in getting a reliable avgas fuel truck at the Alva Regional Airport. John Wiebener asked to be listed on the agenda of the Alva Airport Commission... Full story
Remaining alternate bids approved for swimming pool
When bids for the new swimming pool were opened, the Alva Parks and Recreation Board did not have enough money to cover all the alternates. The base bid was approved, but no action was taken on the alternates. Last month, Parks and Recreation... Full story
Woods County commissioners approve increase in Starlink grant
Six-month bids were due to be opened Monday for the Woods County Commissioners. Jennifer Schafer attended the meeting with a stack of bid envelopes. As usual, the commissioners passed a motion...
Alva Public Library to celebrate 60 years in building
Did you know that governmental funds have never been used to build a library or purchase a building for a library in Alva? Sandra Ott, director of the Alva Public Library, says this has allowed the purchase of more books and materials from the city l...
Board approves corrections to Woods County tax roll
The Woods County Tax Roll Corrections Board met Monday morning to consider corrections totaling a $469 reduction in county taxes. Board members present for the meeting were County Commissioner Randy McMurphy, County Assessor Renetta Benson and member...
Woods County Commissioners declare Farm Bureau Week
Farm Bureau Week begins next Monday, Feb. 19. Since that is Presidents Day, the Woods County Commissioners won't be meeting so Farm Bureau members presented their proclamation to the commissioners this week. Commissioners Randy McMurphy and John Smil...
Alva woman facing felony charge for keying pickup
An Alva woman accused of keying her ex-husband’s vehicle is now facing a felony charge in Woods County. Damage to the 2022 Ford F250 pickup on the driver’s side door panel is estimated at $1,200. Holley Ann Ortiz, alias Holley Ann Perez, 37, is... Full story
Goldbugs overcome Frontier in fourth quarter to win
Things weren't looking good for the Alva Goldbugs as they took on Frontier last Friday, Feb. 2, for homecoming. The Mustangs outscored Alva 16-7 in the first quarter and increased their lead to 36-21... Full story
Architect firm to assess Alva School sites for future projects
In a regular meeting Monday, the Alva Board of Education approved a contract to assess several projects on school campuses. Corbin Merz Haney Architecture and Interior Design of Enid will look at... Full story
No action taken on bids by Woods County Commissioners
The Woods County Commissioners were scheduled to look at bids on three different projects on Monday. After learning there were no bids on two projects and only one on the third, they chose to take no action. When no bid was received on courthouse plu...
Questions about the ONG franchise election
I’ve written about it in Alva City Council news stories, but I’m still getting questions about the Oklahoma Natural Gas franchise election next Tuesday, Feb. 13. There are two ads in this edition...