Articles from the January 4, 2023 edition

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  • Kansas college football player shot and killed in Oklahoma

    Jan 4, 2023

    OKLAHOMA CITY. (AP) — A football player at Fort Hays State University in Kansas was shot and killed outside a bar in Oklahoma City on New Year's Day, police said. Daniel Howard, 22, died and four other people were injured in the shooting at Sunset Patio Lounge early Sunday, Oklahoma City police said. Several people were kicked out of the bar after a fight broke out. The shooting occurred when the argument continued in a nearby parking lot, police said. Some of the injured were bystanders, according to the police news release. Their c...

  • Florida sheriff: Burglars call 911 to get help moving stuff

    Jan 4, 2023

    POINCIANA, Fla. (AP) — Two people in Florida were arrested after one of them made a 911 call to get help with moving their belongings from a home they were burglarizing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a home Saturday after a 911 call was made but nobody spoke, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. At the home, the deputies concluded that nobody lived there, but they found a male suspect and his girlfriend inside the home after entering it through an unlocked door. Deputies had been searching for the male suspect after identifying him...

  • Idaho slayings suspect agrees to extradition to face charges

    MICHAEL RUBINKAM|Jan 4, 2023

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A criminology graduate student accused of the November slayings of four University of Idaho students agreed Tuesday to be extradited from Pennsylvania, where he was arrested last week, to face charges in Idaho. Bryan Kohberger, a 28-year-old doctoral student and teaching assistant at Washington State University, was arrested by state police at his parents' home in eastern Pennsylvania last Friday, and will be transported to Idaho within 10 days. Students at the University of Idaho and nearby residents lived in fear f...

  • Inmates allege Texas to use unsafe drugs for executions

    JUAN A. LOZANO|Jan 4, 2023

    HOUSTON (AP) — Texas plans to use expired and unsafe drugs to carry out executions early this year in violation of state law, three death row inmates allege in a lawsuit. Prison officials deny the claim and say the state's supply of execution drugs is safe. The first execution, of Robert Fratta, is set for Jan. 10. The state's highest criminal court of appeals put the lawsuit from Fratta, Wesley Ruiz and John Balentine on hold Friday while it considers an appeal by the Texas Attorney General's Office. The state wants the case to be decided b... Full story

  • McCarthy fails in marathon votes for speaker, House adjourns


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to elect Republican leader Kevin McCarthy as the new House speaker Tuesday, the Republicans adjourned for the day in disarray as the party tries to regroup from his a historic defeat after a long, messy start for the new Congress. The surprise move end to Day One shows there is no easy way out for McCarthy whose effort to claim the gavel collapsed to opposition from conservatives. Needing 218 votes in the full House, McCarthy got just 203 in two rounds — less even than Democrat Hakeem Jeffries in the GOP-controlled cha...

  • NFL balances emotions, tight schedule after Hamlin shock

    ROB MAADDI|Jan 4, 2023

    The NFL pushed ahead Tuesday with a difficult balancing act, navigating players' emotions after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin's shocking cardiac arrest with a tight playoff schedule and emphasizing Hamlin's health was its main focus. The league informed the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals that their game, suspended Monday night, would not be resumed this week while the Week 18 schedule remained unchanged, for now. No decision regarding the possible resumption of the pivotal Bills-Bengals game has been made. The game was suspended in the...

  • Drone advances in Ukraine could bring dawn of killer robots


    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Drone advances in Ukraine have accelerated a long-anticipated technology trend that could soon bring the world's first fully autonomous fighting robots to the battlefield, inaugurating a new age of warfare. The longer the war lasts, the more likely it becomes that drones will be used to identify, select and attack targets without help from humans, according to military analysts, combatants and artificial intelligence researchers. That would mark a revolution in military technology as profound as the introduction of the m...

  • Wall Street slips in 2023 open after ending dismal year

    DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA|Jan 4, 2023

    Stocks gave up an early gain and ended lower Tuesday, a lackluster first trading day of 2023 for Wall Street just days after it closed the books on its worst year since 2008. The S&P 500 shed a 1% gain and finished 0.4% lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped less than 0.1% and the Nasdaq composite dropped 0.8%. Small-company stocks also lost ground, pulling the Russell 2000 index 0.6% lower. Technology stocks were among the biggest weights on the market. Apple fell 3.7%, leaving its market value below $2 trillion for the first time...

  • Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

    Jan 4, 2023

    Monday, December 26, 2022 During this day was one traffic stop. 5:40 a.m. – Caller advised their neighbor was playing loud music. 10:42 a.m. – Caller advised their neighbor was playing loud music. 12:32 p.m. – Caller advised of a chicken coop on fire in the 600 block of 7th Street. 2:35 p.m. – Caller advised their neighbor was playing loud music. 2:59 p.m. – Medic needed on OK-45 for a female with swollen foot. 11:03 p.m. – Lift assist needed in Goltry. Tuesday, December 27, 2022 During this day were two traffic stops. 11:41 a.m. – Report of...

  • Alfalfa County real estate transactions

    Jan 4, 2023

    Real Estate Transfers Book 887 page 669: Jeanne Ann Ginder, Bo James Ginger and Terry Graham, as trustees of Trust A of the Jame Mark Ginder Trust No. 1, convey unto Chad L. Budy and Danielle F. Budy and G. Dwight Wessels and Kathie R. Wessels, as trustees of the Revocable Trust. An undivided ½ interest in and to the southwest quarter of section 22, township 29 north, range 10 WIM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. Warranty deed. Book 887 page 914: Dennis Gates and Shelley Gates, convey unto Jesse Truax and Connie Truax. All of the south 123 feet of...

  • Alfalfa County court filings

    Jan 4, 2023

    According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtained by anyone during regular hours at the Alfalfa County Courthouse. The Newsgram will not intentionally alter or delete any of this information. If it appears in the courthouse public records, it will appear in this newspaper. Felony Filings Kymberli Michelle Hamil, Cherokee, 30, has been charged...

  • Austin Swonger wins local, district and State of Kansas VFW Patriot's Pen contest

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 4, 2023

    It all started in the 8th grade classroom of South Barber teacher Danielle Jewell. Austin Swonger was one of her students who wrote an essay for the local VFW Patriot's Pen contest. Austin probably never dreamed that his patriotic thoughts he put down on paper would earn him first place in the local, district and State of Kansas VFW Patriot's Pen contest. His essay has now advanced to the national level. The theme of the 2022 national contest is "My Pledge to Our Veterans." Austin read his...

  • Barber County real estate transactions

    Jan 4, 2023

    Real Estate Transfers Book 148 page 70: Michael Scott Mathews and Becky Kay Mathews convey unto Johnson Kansas Farms LLC. The west half of the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of section 27, township 33 south, range 10 West of the 6th PM, Barber County, Kansas. Warranty deed. Book 148 page 72: Ronald G. Smith conveys unto Rick Pelzl and Natalie Pelzl. Lots 9, 10 , 11 and 12 in block 21 in the City of Sharon. Joint tenancy warranty deed. Book 148 page 73: Gary L. Jacobs and Janet Jacobs convey unto David Ring and...

  • New commissioners learn the ropes at Jan. 3 meeting

    Kathleen Lourde|Jan 4, 2023

    Two new commissioners were sworn in at Tuesday's Alfalfa County commissioners meeting at the Cherokee courthouse. Garret Johnson replaced Jay Hague as District 1 commissioner and Nate Ross replaced Marvin Woodall as District 3 commissioner. Mike Roach continues as District 2 commissioner. All members were present, as were County Clerk Laneta Schwertfeger and Nancy Lambert, the commissioners' admin. New boards must elect new officials. Johnson nominated Ross to be the new board chair. Roach counseled that it was a lot of work for a new guy to...

  • Sagelyn Budy receives American FFA Degree

    Breya Beck|Jan 4, 2023

    Sagelyn Budy, a Waynoka FFA alumni member, received her American FFA Degree, the gold standard. The gold standard is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization; the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member's dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. American...

  • KDH and Manor still battling Covid, new employees, insurance increase, staff openings

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 4, 2023

    On Dec. 28, the Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors met for their final meeting of the year with Vice-President Jeff Miller calling the meeting to order due to the absence of president Pat Myers. Board member Chantae Simpson was also absent. Board members Marcia Cantrell and Jim Parker were present so they had a quorum. KDH CEO/CFO Janell Goodno and COO Philip Anton also attended along with other personnel including: Business Office Manager Tara Girty, Hospital DON Robyn Whitaker, Interim CFO Gene Kaberline, Accountant/Biller Courtney...

  • Woman stopped for expired tag facing drug charges

    Marione Martin|Jan 4, 2023

    A Cherokee woman is facing several charges in Alfalfa County after being stopped for an expired tag. Court records show on Dec. 27 about 12:56 p.m. Cherokee Police Sgt. Tristan Hall observed a white RAM pickup traveling east across Grand Avenue on 6th Street. He had previous knowledge the vehicle had expired tags. Getting behind the vehicle, he verified the tags were displayed expired. He ran the tag through dispatch as he activated his police emergency lights to initiate a stop. Hall contacted...

  • What I've been reading recently

    Marione Martin|Jan 4, 2023

    It’s been awhile since I wrote about reading books. I’ve had some comments from people who say they like hearing about new books or authors so I decided to focus on that this week. Currently I’m reading an advance copy of local author Sheldon Russell’s new book “Listen” that’s due to be available to the public soon. It’s set in Atlas, Oklahoma, a fictional town that bears a strong resemblance to Alva including a Castle on the Hill which houses the new state college. I’m about halfway through a...

  • Timothy Bodenschatz

    Jan 4, 2023

    Funeral services for Timothy Bodenschatz will be 10 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Timothy Roggow officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. There will be a visitation with family present from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Marshall Funeral Home. Timothy Daniel Bodenschatz, son of the late Newton Amos and Lorina Magdalena Margaretha (Lohmann) Bodenschatz, was born November 26, 1947, at Alva, Oklahoma, and passed away January 1, 2023, at Alva, at...


    Jan 4, 2023

    Graveside Services for Michael Lynn Pfleider will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Waynoka Municipal Cemetery with Pastor Thure Tolson officiating under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka. Michael Pfleider was born to Bud Pfleider and Janene (Dunnigan) West on August 15, 1959, in Alva, Oklahoma, and passed away peacefully December 29, 2022, at the Fairview Fellowship Home. Mike and Dannel (Zook) Pfleider were married August 26, 1980. They had two wonderful sons Clint and...


    Jan 4, 2023

    Funeral services for Janette Seevers will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at the Bible Baptist Church with Pastor John Clapp officiating. Burial will follow in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Online condolences may be made at

  • Oklahoma AG announces 4 new opioid settlements worth $226M

    SEAN MURPHY|Jan 4, 2023

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma entered settlement agreements with three major pharmacy chains and an opioid manufacturer totaling more than $226 million, Attorney General John O'Connor announced Wednesday. Including the new settlements with drugmaker Allergan and pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, Oklahoma has received more than $900 million from opioid makers and distributors to help address the state's opioid crisis, O'Connor said. "The opioid crisis has inflicted unspeakable pain on Oklahoma families and caused the deaths of t...

  • Thunder blow out Celtics 150-117 without Gilgeous-Alexander

    CLIFF BRUNT|Jan 4, 2023

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's top scorer was out, so everybody pitched in to make things work. Josh Giddey scored a season-high 25 points and the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the NBA-leading Boston Celtics 150-117 on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who ranks among the league's leaders with 30.8 points per game, sat out with an illness. Without him, the Thunder set a record for points since the team moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle before the 2008-2009 season. The previous mark was 149 points in 2...

  • Tribe asks to take over former boarding school in Kansas

    Jan 4, 2023

    FAIRWAY, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee Tribe is asking to take over ownership of a historical site in Kansas that might contain unmarked graves of Native American students. The tribe released an architectural survey Tuesday that found the three buildings remaining at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas, need millions of dollars in repairs, The Kansas City Star reported. The site, formerly known as the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School, was one of hundreds of schools run by the government and religious groups in the 1800s and 1900s that r...

  • Rats! NYC mayor ticketed for rodents at his property again

    Jan 4, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams vowed Wednesday to fight his own City Hall — again — after he was ticketed for rats at his Brooklyn townhouse. A city health department inspector had issued two new summonses last month, just one day after the Democratic mayor appeared remotely before a hearing officer on Dec. 6 to get a $300 summons for rats at his property dismissed. "A rat burrow was observed along the ledge of the fenceline at front right," the inspector wrote. "Fresh rat droppings were observed in front of the garbage bins in...

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