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Ride for Hatfield Park, signage approved

The Alva Tourism Tax Committee heard two requests for funding at their meeting Wednesday, Aug. 21. One request was granted in full. The other was only partially funded, resulting in an angry response. Committee members present were Chairman Norville...

 

Ambitious plans for Alva's Hatfield Park

Since 2011, the Alva Friends of Play Foundation has been working to make Alva's Hatfield Park a safe and ADA compliant playground for area youth. Until this year, they have accomplished this with...

 

Man arrested in Waynoka for firearm possession

A man who had been convicted of a felony was arrested in Woods County for possessing a firearm. Court records show on Aug. 18 at 3:10 p.m. Woods County Deputy David Cummings received information from a concerned citizen that Monty Long was going to...

 

Downtown Clinic moving to hospital in October

The Alva Hospital Authority met Tuesday, Aug. 20. Trustees present were Jason Gaisford, Dr. Kenneth Brown, Dr. Halah Simon, Bo Hannaford and Kim Baugh. Share Medical CEO Kandice Allen reported the...

 

Marijuana, swimming pool comments at Alva City Council

An overflow crowd attended the Alva City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 19. A couple of firefighters brought in extra folding chairs to accommodate the visitors. This was the first meeting where the...

 

Swimming pool bond defeated; now what?

The $2.5 million GO bond proposal by the City of Alva to fund an aquatic center was defeated as reported in last week’s Newsgram. Those opposing the bond issue have been remarkably quiet except for...

 

Couple charged with embezzlement from Cherokee business

A couple was charged with misdemeanor embezzlement from a Cherokee business but a felony charge was added because they allegedly used a company computer to do it. Joe Allen Weve, 58, and Linda Kay Weve, 53, are listed as residing in Hazelton,...

 

Helena man charged with child abuse, domestic assault

A rural Helena man has been charged with a felony and three misdemeanors in a domestic incident. Matt Douglas Phillips, 43, has been charged with child abuse, a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than life, or by a fine of not less than...

 

Alva City Council to vote on Professional Building roofing

The Alva City Council will be voting on a roofing bid for the Professional Building during the regular meeting Monday. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. In a major change, the citizen remarks and inquiries...

 

How to eat an elephant

Last year, school administrators and teachers, students and members of the Alva community spent several day-long sessions in strategic planning. They examined the purpose of the local schools, discuss...

 

Alva sign receives a major facelift

The Alva sign on the west side of the downtown square is getting second looks these days. The sign has received a major facelift through the work of the Alva Mural Society. Shaped like the state of...

 

Airport seeking quotes to improve terminal security

The Alva Airport Commission discussed after-hours security at the terminal building during the regular meeting Monday, Aug. 12. All commission members were present. City Business Manager Joe Don Dunham started the discussion. He said some locks were...

 

History of the Freedom Old Cowhand Reunion

The following information is from The Freedom Call dated Aug. 17, 1978. In the summer of 1939, the Freedom Chamber decided to sponsor an Old Cowhand Reunion and Chuck Wagon Feed in honor of the...

 

Cimarron Cowboy Memorial dedicated in 1950

The Cimarron Cowboy Memorial in Freedom was dedicated in April 1950. The murals engraved on the memorial represent the arrival of the vital droves of Texas longhorn cattle, the first sod house, and...

 

Alva GO bond issue voted down, 689-303; Waynoka proposition passes

These are unofficial returns from the Woods County Election Board from the Aug. 13 election. The elections cannot be declared official until Friday at 5 p.m. City of Alva Proposition for City of Alva to issue $2.5 million in general obligation bonds...

 

Winters discusses Alva Swimming Pool issues

Ward 1 City Councilmember Daniel Winters spoke to the Woods County Democrats and guests Thursday evening in Alva. His topic was the upcoming bond election on the Alva Swimming Pool. He opened with...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 9, 2019

Alva Library has fall programs for all ages

With local public school classes beginning Aug. 14, the Alva Public Library is transitioning into a number of fall programs for youth and adults. If you want to get a full list of planned activities, stop by the front desk at the library where they...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

It's Sheldon Russell's fault

The brownies I was baking Saturday for a church dinner ended up in the trash. It’s all Sheldon Russell’s fault! I’ve been making brownies (from a mix) since I was in my teens. My husband used to...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

New teachers, staff hired for Alva Schools

Monday the Alva Board of Education approved hiring of several certified and non-certified employees for this school year. Alisha Beleele was rehired on a one year contract to teach high school and...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

Cherokee man charged with lewd or indecent proposals to a child

A Cherokee man has been charged with making lewd or indecent proposals to a child. Logan Wade Hicks, 20, of Cherokee, has been charged with two felony counts: lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16 and violation of Oklahoma statute via comput...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

Dacoma man dies in semi rollover

A Dacoma man lost his life in a tanker truck rollover Sunday. The wreck occurred at 12:11 a.m. on a county road northwest of Thomas in Custer County. Chad Hillman, 52, of Dacoma, was pronounced dead at the scene due to head and trunk internal...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Full time mom and part time painter

Though she loved art from an early age, Lauren Florence didn't really begin her career until after her son was born. She grew up in Bartlesville where she was born and was exposed to art early with...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Inspired by nature and a love of art

Growing up on her family's tiny farm just outside Broken Bow, Nebraska, Vikki McGuire spent much of her time alone drawing the animals, trees and flowers that surrounded her. Evolving from there, she...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Large Crowd at the Friday Night Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk attracts a large crowd to the Graceful Arts Gallery Aug. 2....

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 4, 2019

Roxie Faulkner Kirk signs her book "Red Dirt Hymnal"

Roxie Faulkner Kirk signs her book "Red Dirt Hymnal" for Charla Parker Friday night at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva....

 

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