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 By Bob Moos    Local    January 4, 2018

Medicare's Hospital Compare website rates your local hospital care

Have you wondered how your area hospitals stack up in terms of the quality of care they provide? Emergencies obviously call for rushing to the nearest hospital. But when you have time to plan, it is worth doing some research and finding out which...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On New Year’s Eve Sunday, Dec. 31, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Announcements – A new Bible study will start Jan. 10. We will be studying the Gospel of John. Wednesday morning...

 

Freedom School Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 4: Start of second semester Thursday, Jan. 4: 4-H meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 4–6: High school basketball at Medford Tournament Girls 10:30 a.m. vs Drummond, Boys 11:45 a.m. vs Drummond Monday–Wednesday, Jan....

 

Freedom anniversaries and birthdays

Happy Birthday To Dec. 28: Mindy Snow, Bub McIver, Maria Fraire Dec. 29: Ethan West, Kevin Wares, Bill Burkhart, Paula Bradt, Donna Vogt, JoAnna Smith Dec. 30: Chris Jan. 4: Janice Wardrop, Jason Fitzgerald, Kalea Jo DeVine, Mae Sample Jan. 5: Larry...

 

Trophy auction, meal set for Jan. 10

The Freedom Sirloin Club will host the annual trophy auction and meal on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Freedom American Legion Building. The meal of pulled pork, beans, potato salad, chips and dessert begins at 5:30p.m. The auction will start at 6:30...

 

OSDE releases first public draft of academic standards for computer science

OKLAHOMA CITY – In releasing the first public draft of academic standards for computer science, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) moves the state closer to joining only nine other states in the nation with computer science...

 

Community play brings 'Joy to the World'

"Joy to the World" was this year's Community Christmas play, a fun evening for all attendees of all ages. The yearly event is presented by the Wednesday Night youth group participants (ages 5 – 17...

 

Florida sees first snow in decades as storm hits the South

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South...

 

Former heart surgeon set to become next Mormon president

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion's leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won't make any major...

 

Trump barrels into 2018 with fresh foreign fights on Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — You thought President Donald Trump might mellow out in 2018? Refrain from taunting world leaders tweet by tweet? Think again. Trump is storming into the new year in exceptionally aggressive fashion, picking fresh fights on Twitter...

 

Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department over Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated...

 

Milwaukee Red Cross reverses visit policy after criticism

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The American Red Cross of Wisconsin said Wednesday it was reversing a new policy in Milwaukee that would have forced predominantly black and Latino residents from low-income areas to travel to receive the organization's volunteer a...

 

Price tag on gene therapy for rare form of blindness: $850K

WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its kind genetic treatment for blindness will cost $850,000 per patient, making it one of the most expensive medicines in the world and raising questions about the affordability of a coming wave of similar...

 

Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade US sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) — A banker accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions was convicted Wednesday in a case that strained ties between the United States and Turkey with its testimony about corruption at the highest levels of the NATO ally's...

 

GOP's Senate majority shrinks with Jones sworn into office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama was sworn into office Wednesday, shrinking the Senate's Republican majority and leading lawmakers of both parties to plead for more bipartisanship as Congress tackles pressing issues in advance of...

 

Trump blasts Bannon over book, says ex-aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump returned fire with both barrels Wednesday against criticism leveled at him in a new book that says he never expected — or wanted — to win the White House, his victory left his wife in tears and a senior...

 

Trump threat to cut aid to Palestinians carries risks

JERUSALEM (AP) — With a Twitter post threatening to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinians, President Donald Trump has expressed his frustration over the lack of progress in his hoped-for Mideast peace push. But things could deteriorate even further...

 

Church president was familiar face to generations of Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For more than 50 years, Thomas S. Monson served in top leadership councils for the Mormon church — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. A church bishop at the age of 22, the Salt...

 

N. Korea reopens cross-border communications with S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after...

 

Thieves steal famed Indian jewels from Venice exhibit

ROME (AP) — Thieves on Wednesday stole precious Indian jewels from the famed Al Thani Collection that were on show in a Venetian palace, making off with a brooch and a pair of earrings by mixing in with the crowd on the final day of the...

 

Autopsy: 3-year-old Indian girl a homicide victim in Texas

DALLAS (AP) — A 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a culvert near her suburban Dallas home little more than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage died from "homicidal violence," according to autopsy findings released...

 

This year's state elections could shape future for Congress

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump's first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the...

 

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