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 By Marione Martin    Local    February 28, 2024 

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...

 By Marione Martin    Local    February 28, 2024 

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


Alva Ladybugs defeat Newkirk, Hooker

The Alva Ladybugs dominated the Newkirk Lady Tigers in a makeup game played Thursday, Feb. 8, in Alva. The Ladybugs came out strong and never let up, holding Newkirk to one point in the first quarter... Full story


Goldbugs end season with Newkirk win, Hooker loss

In a high-scoring game, the Alva Goldbugs defeated the Newkirk Tigers at home Thursday night, Feb. 8. The Goldbugs were first on the scoreboard in the makeup game and led throughout the contest. Only... 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


ONG franchise approved by 90% vote

A proposition to approve a franchise for Oklahoma Natural Gas in the City of Alva passed by a vote of 136 for and 15 against on Tuesday. Fewer than 10 percent of voters were against the franchise. The franchise is an agreement between Alva and ONG... 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


Ladybugs roll over Frontier for homecoming

The Alva Ladybugs celebrated homecoming last Friday, Feb. 9, with a 70-41 victory over Frontier. Starting off with a 7-0 lead, the Ladybugs were ahead 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and led the... 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...


Ladybugs lose to Cashion in Enid Festival

The Alva Ladybugs traveled to the Skordle Enid Festival Friday afternoon, Jan. 26, where they were matched up with Class 2A Cashion. The Lady Wildcats edged out to lead 13-8 in the first quarter and... Full story


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