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 By Marione Martin    Local    May 20, 2020

Large crowd supporting EMS at Alva City Council meeting

Monday night, the Alva City Council meeting attracted a large crowd. The meeting was held in the Alva Recreation Complex gym with chairs for the audience spaced six feet apart. In addition to a large...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 17, 2020

Alva Airport Commission discusses maintenance, budget

In addition to obvious structures like the terminal building, hangars, runways and taxiways, an airport includes a number of electronic features. Maintaining both physical and technical aspects of the airport are part of the extensive job description...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 17, 2020

Alva Regional Airport sets policies for overdue hangar rent

The Alva Airport Commission hopes to solve a problem of past due accounts on hangar rentals. The airport owns several hangars and leases space on a monthly or yearly payment basis. During the Monday, May 11, meeting, commission members discussed and...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 17, 2020

Still no decision on roof work at Alva Recreation Complex

Building water leaks and roofing dominated the discussion during the quarterly Alva Recreation Complex Board meeting held Wednesday afternoon, May 13. First the board looked over January financials which previously did not include payroll figures....

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 17, 2020

Winters raises concerns about city audit findings

In a social media post Saturday, Alva City Councilman Daniel Winters voiced concerns about actions revealed by the annual City of Alva audit report. The FY 2018-2019 audit is on the city council’s agenda for the regular meeting Monday, May 18, at...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 17, 2020

EMS changes, audit highlight Alva City Council agenda

The Alva City Council will tackle several important and possibly controversial issues during their regular meeting Monday night. The 6:30 p.m. meeting has been moved to the Alva Recreation Complex, 1887 Goldbug Blvd., to allow for social distancing....

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 15, 2020

Neal Williams is new WCEDC executive director

Neal Williams of Alva has been named as the new executive director of the Woods County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC). He succeeds his wife, Sonja Williams, who had about 20 years of...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 13, 2020

Woods County signs contract with Harper County for E911 services

The Woods County commissioners approved a contract for E911 services with Harper County during their meeting Monday morning. The new contract may require some budget adjustments, but Commissioner Randy McMurphy said that will be handled on the next...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 13, 2020

The politics and science of facemasks

I’ve been experiencing an information overload regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m more than ready for things to get back to normal. The problem is that we currently don’t have a vaccine to...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 10, 2020

Unique graduation ceremony planned for AHS seniors

The graduating class of 2020 has experienced unprecedented disruption and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. March brought an abrupt end to classes and extracurricular activities. Spring sports...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 10, 2020

Airport Commission to discuss past due hangar leases

Having canceled the April meeting, the Alva Airport Commission has a full agenda for the May 11 meeting. The commission members will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Alva Regional Airport. Following a city council report and the airport manager’s...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 10, 2020

Alva schools post survey for parents on distance learning

As the end of school approaches, Alva Public Schools wants to hear from parents about their experience with online or virtual classes. Surveys have been developed for each of the five schools with questions about the effectiveness of distance...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 8, 2020

Arena authority told now is the best time to take bids

If the Alva Arena Authority (AAA) could advertise for bids right now, they would likely save ten percent or more in the costs of construction. That was the focus of discussions during the virtual meeting held Tuesday at noon. Board members present...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 7, 2020

Getting back to normal at Share Medical Center

Urgent Care is moving back into their regular space at Share Medical Center in Alva, according to Share CEO Kandice Allen. She told the Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) Tuesday evening that Urgent Care w... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 7, 2020

Freedom senior graduation is May 16

Normally the Freedom Public Schools hold a combined graduation ceremony for the kindergarten, eighth grade and senior students. But nothing is normal this year. Graduations are being postponed, held virtually or held under different rules. Freedom... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 6, 2020

Alva board hires AHS, Lincoln Elementary principals

The Alva Board of Education meeting was accompanied by the hum of fans Monday afternoon. Board members gathered in the high school library for social distancing but the room was lacking air...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 6, 2020

Action on tabled on WCEDC director

The Woods County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC) still hasn’t made a public decision on hiring an executive director. During a special meeting Monday noon at the Northwest Technology Center in Alva, the WCEDC came out of executive session...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 6, 2020

Alva school pictures out for bids

On Sunday the Alva Public Schools ran a brief legal notice stating they’re taking bids on school pictures for next year. Specifications may be picked up at the administration office at 418 Flynn. The notice was in the Alva Review-Courier. I’m...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 3, 2020

'A little bit different' at Share Convalescent Home

Share Convalescent Home Director Kelly Parker received notice on April 15 that he passed his licensure exam with the state board. He has sent in paperwork and expects soon to be the licensed administrator for the nursing home. Alva Hospital Authority...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 3, 2020

Situation update: COVID-19

The state has begun releasing a weekly report that compares the number of COVID-19 cases to the preceding week. For the week of April 23-29 there were 579 confirmed cases, down 8.2 percent from the previous week. Recovered cases totaled 539, down...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 1, 2020

Share Medical Center receives government financial help

Government programs are really coming to the aid of Share Medical Center in Alva. Before the COVID-19 emergency orders and quarantines, Share Medical Center was already dealing with a low patient census. Administrators of the city-owned facility...

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 1, 2020

Strong winds push motorcyclist off road

Strong winds Wednesday morning were too much for a motorcyclist. Dale Dean Parker, 65, of Cherokee, was driving a 2018 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on OK-132 about 9:06 a.m. when he attempted to negotiate a left hand curve. The motorcycle left the...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 29, 2020

Woods County commissioners sign disaster assistance agreement

The Woods County commissioners met Monday morning and took care of several items. One of those was approving the disaster assistance agreement for major disasters between the State of Oklahoma and Woods County. Emergency Manager Ethan Feidler...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 29, 2020

A cautious reopening in Oklahoma

Last week Gov. Kevin Stitt announced plans for reopening of Oklahoma from COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals and businesses are advised to adhere to state and local guidelines as well as CDC guidance...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 26, 2020

Alva Hospital Authority approves PPP application

Although the regular meeting of the Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) was moved to Tuesday, April 28, a special meeting was held Thursday afternoon, April 23, to consider an application for the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Trustees...


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