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 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 14, 2019

Census 2020: Priority for Department of Commerce and Woods County

The Woods County Industrial Development Authority (WCIDA) met Tuesday morning, chaired by Rick Cunningham with members Stan Kline, Connor Martin, Richard Ryerson and Randy McMurphy present. They looked over and approved the financial report and when... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 14, 2019

Avard Rail Park Authority discusses obtaining an expansion rendering

A proposal from an engineering firm to provide a true rendering of an expansion project of the Avard Regional Rail Park was given to the park's authority Tuesday evening. Graham Engineering submitted a proposal at the behest of Woods County Economic... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 12, 2019

Cherokee School music teacher resigns

By Stacy Sanborn School board members in Cherokee met Monday night for their regular monthly meeting to take care of a few housekeeping items. They started with the approval of the consent agenda (comprised of routine items), which included the...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 5, 2019

Routine meeting for Alfalfa County officials

Some basic housekeeping items were all that filled the commissioner's agenda at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday morning in Alfalfa County. The three officials began with the usual tasks of signing off on warrants for payment, purchase...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 29, 2019

Bad weather prommpts Alfalfa County commissioners to look at emergency evacuation protocol

No action was taken by Alfalfa County commissioners Tuesday morning on bids for the Next Generation 911 mapping system upgrade. Jay Hague, commissioner of District 1, said there may be grant money available in July and before any bids were accepted,...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 19, 2019

Avard Rail discusses state's industrial hemp pilot program

The Avard Rail Park Authority received a lesson on hemp last Tuesday night at their meeting, one month after the subject was introduced under new business by board member Ed Sutter. A conversation between Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Legal    May 15, 2019

Alfalfa County commissioners go out on six month bids

The sun was shining Monday morning as commissioners in Alfalfa County met for their weekly meeting a drastic change from last week’s conditions. Jay Hague, Stan Tucker and Marvin Woo dall went about their routine business approving previous...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 15, 2019

Freedom School board members approve driver's ed schedule

All five members of the Freedom School board met alongside Superintendent James Miller and Principal Michelle Shelite Monday night and kicked off the meeting by looking over the consent agenda. After members reviewed the fund reports and...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 8, 2019

Cherokee senior recognized for becoming Oklahoma Academic All-State Scholar

The spotlight was on Cherokee High School senior Toby Highfill at the school board meeting Monday night as the young man received special recognition for his achievement in becoming an Oklahoma Academ...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 1, 2019

Commissioners meet briefly with short agenda

A regular meeting was held Monday morning by Alfalfa County commissioners who took less than 30 minutes to complete the agenda. The routine items (last meeting's minutes, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, blanket purchases orders and pa...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 24, 2019

Alfalfa County to solicit bids on water truck

Alfalfa County commissioners met briefly Monday morning, spending the majority of the meeting signing off on approved blanket purchase orders and maintenance and operation payment warrants. With no road crossing permits for the week, the trio of men...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 17, 2019

New accounting system calls for account review and rearrangement

Alfalfa County officials met Monday morning for their weekly commissioner meeting. Routine business was addressed first with commissioners accepting and signing off on their monthly maintenance and operation warrants for payment and blanket purchase...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 12, 2019

Industrial hemp-growing prompts local interest

Avard Regional Rail Park Authority board members Stan Bixler, Ed Sutter and Bob Firth met Tuesday night without the company of fellow members Todd Holder and Allan Poe. It was enough to meet a quorum and the board got started on the agenda. They appr...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 10, 2019

Company seeks to construct wind farm near Goltry

A wind farm projected to generate up to $60 million in property taxes and give about the same in landowner payments during its first 30 years, is getting closer to becoming a reality for Alfalfa County residents, specifically near Goltry. The...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 10, 2019

Future student center at Cherokee Elementary School may double as a community shelter

Amber Wilhite, Desiree Gibson and Shane Parker were present for Cherokee's school board meeting Monday night. The three board members started by approving the consent agenda, including purchase orders, balances and warrants, and fund encumbrances...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 3, 2019

Commissioners still looking for tower climbers

By Stacy Sanborn Commissioners in Alfalfa County opened bids Monday morning for a 24-foot by 80-foot lean-to building addition., but only did so after taking care of their routine business. They approved last week's meeting minutes, maintenance and...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 31, 2019

A bigger, better battle of bulls; Alva's Bull Battle event expands

Next weekend, the Woods County Fairgrounds in Alva will host the fourth annual Bull Battle, opening its doors at 4 p.m. on Friday. Bull Riders, Inc. (BRI), an Oklahoma-based sanctioning organization, will showcase bull riders competing for $7,500 in...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 31, 2019

Unintended layover wins Alva a new fan

A pilot flying north from an Olney, Texas, aircraft factory was about 276 miles in on a 950-mile trip to Appleton, Minnesota, when he decided to make a brief rest stop. He called Alva's Regional... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 27, 2019

Commissioners sign contracts for Mack trucks

Commissioners in Alfalfa County met this past Monday with more of the same; after signing off on the usual previous meeting minutes, payroll warrants, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, and monthly officer reports, the trio took care of...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 20, 2019

U.S. Sen. James Lankford gives legislative update

United States Senator for Oklahoma James Lankford stopped by the Alfalfa County Fairgrounds in Cherokee yesterday to give a legislative update. He began with talks on policy, specifically in passing...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 15, 2019

Avard Rail Park Authority looks to future as loan amount decreases

Members of the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority met for their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening at Northwest Technology Center. Members Ed Sutter, Todd Holder, Allan Poe and Stan Bixler found no reason to convene into executive session,...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 10, 2019

Miracles abound

Just as the hardest steel is forged in the hottest fire, so, too, we humans are forged and strengthened through our own struggles and triumph; from great adversity comes great strength. Several... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 6, 2019

A surplus of surplus in Alfalfa County

Commissioners in Alfalfa County were busy at their Monday morning meeting with a lengthy three-page agenda this week. Two of those pages were filled with items to be declared surplus and then the resolutions for their disposal. The county officials k...


Short agenda makes for short meeting for Alfalfa County officials

The regularly scheduled meeting for Alfalfa County commissioners was a short one last Monday morning. There were no road crossing permits for the week, but all other routine items were accepted and approved (minutes from the last meeting,...


Avard Rail Park Authority appoints Allan Poe as board secretary

The Avard Rail Park Authority met Tuesday evening for their monthly meeting with a short agenda. Members present were Stan Bixler, Ed Sutter, Allan Poe, Todd Holder and Bob Firth. Woods County Economic Development Director Sonja Williams was also in...


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