Articles from the January 5, 2024 edition

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  • Woods County real estate transactions

    Jan 5, 2024

    Real Estate Transfers Book 1357 page 645: Ronald L. Bouziden convey unto Ronald Bouziden Sr. Revocable Trust. Section 28, Township 24N, Range 15W, N2, SW4, W2SE4. Quit claim deed. Book 1357 page 647: Ronald Bouziden Sr. Revocable Trust No. 1 conveys unto Ron Bouziden Family Properties LLC. Section 9, Township 24N, Range 15W, N2NW4, SE4NW4, etc. Warranty deed. Book 1357 page 649: Betty Rae Bratcher and Lonnie L. Bratcher convey unto Betty Bratcher Trust. Section 24, Township 28N, Range 18W, NE4NW4, NE4NE4. Quit claim deed. Book 1357 page 698:...

  • Woods County court filings

    Jan 5, 2024

    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 Woods County Courthouse. The Alva Review-Courier 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 Brandon Edward Joseph Lewis, Wichita, Kansas,...

  • Religious services and events

    Jan 5, 2024

    Alva Church of God Alva Church of God is located at 517 9th St. in Alva, with Pastor Sheryl white. Christmas Eve schedule: No Sunday school; morning worship at 10:30 a.m. That evening will be a short special service at 5 p.m. The showing of “Chosen,” young adults and youth will not meet until after the first of the year. Alva Friends Church Please meet us for coffee and donut fellowship at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday morning. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. If you cannot make it in person, we are on Facebook at Alva Friends Church Group. The church is...

  • Who do you think you are?

    Drew Kirtley, First Christian Church|Jan 5, 2024

    That seems like an offensive question, doesn’t it? It’s not meant to be, at least not in this instance. Who do you think you are? In other words, how do you visualize yourself? Or maybe while we’re still close to New Year’s Day, who do you want to be? The way we think about ourselves is complicated. Some people might be exactly who they think they are. If you asked your closest friends and family to describe you, would it match the person you project in your thoughts? Would it be someone you’re trying not to be? Maybe it is a combination of the...

  • The Big Bang, then the Big Blurp!

    Steve Hamm, College Hill Church of Christ|Jan 5, 2024

    Oh, it’s that time of the year again, yes, the very first of what we hope will be a fantastic one. Most of us have made plans or some kind of resolutions for the year 2024 that we are so excited to fulfill. Well, if you’re like me, sometimes those plans and resolutions start out gangbusters, but then something seems to derail those plans. I call this situation the “Blurp!” It’s like when you’re playing a paintball game. You’ve planned your strategy to outflank your opponent, you’ve snuck up on your enemy and you’re ready to give the kill shot,...

  • Menus for week of Jan. 8–12

    Jan 5, 2024

    Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Pancakes with syrup, fruit, juice, milk Tuesday – Breakfast burrito, fruit, juice, milk Wednesday – Biscuit and sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk Thursday – Muffin, fruit, juice, milk Friday – Waffles with syrup, fruit, juice, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Bacon ranch mac and cheese, green beans, cucumber slices, fruit, milk Tuesday – Pizza pasta, Italian salad, baby carrots, breadsticks, fruit, milk Wednesday – BBQ pulled pork, tater tots, dinner roll, fruit, milk Thursday ...

  • NWOGS to host obituary writing workshop at Alva Public Library

    Jan 5, 2024

    The local Northwest Oklahoma Genealogy Society will be hosting an interactive workshop presented by Dr. Molly Barari at their January 13, 2024 meeting. Dr. Molly Barari holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and an EdD in Adult Education from the University of South Dakota. The workshop, “Heirlooms: Obituary Writing,” will be held at the Alva Public Library starting at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Benjamin Franklin said, "Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes." In this int...

  • Punctuality

    Arden Chaffee|Jan 5, 2024

    According to the Wall Street Journal, New Year’s resolutions are broken by March 1. I have been lucky to make it to Jan. 10 most years. One resolution we should all make is to be on time. According to an article by Bob Greene, being on time “Will lead you to success in life.” I was strict on punctuality until I had children: you understand if you have children. A story Bob tells is about Vince Lombardi and a clock on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is continually 15 minutes fast....

  • Asking, assuming or demanding

    Andy and Renie Bowman|Jan 5, 2024

    This is a gripe taken from the lips of one frustrated lady who was recently overheard in a public place. “I had the family holiday dinner at my house last week, just like I have for years. My daughter was to bring most of the food – including the cranberry dish that she knows to always bring. But this year, for some unknown strange reason, she brought everything else, except the cranberries! Good grief, she KNOWS that is my favorite dish!” When the person who was listening sympathetically to th...

  • Seeing a need and offering help

    Doug Little|Jan 5, 2024

    This probably ages me but that is okay. I went through a model car phase when I was a kid. That is probably pretty typical of a boy of 10-13 years of age. I loved Mustangs and Chevelles most. Also when I was a kid we journeyed to Dodge City almost every week to get feed and groceries. To help me pay for my model car habit, I used to pick up aluminum cans and got paid a penny a can at the grocery store, Dillon’s. They even took your word for how many cans you brought. So, between the cans that were ours and then ones I picked up, I had enough m...

  • Drag queens on wheels, part 10

    Roger Hardaway|Jan 5, 2024

    With this article we will conclude our look at the women drivers who have helped make the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) the most diverse motorsports organization in the world. We will accomplish this by profiling the most successful of these female racers and one who, interestingly enough, has operated for several years out of a racing enterprise located in Oklahoma. As we saw previously, Shirley Muldowney was for years the most successful female driver in the NHRA, collecting wins in 18 r...

  • Tuesday night bowling standings, week of Jan. 2

    Jan 5, 2024

    Team Standings Dilly Dilly– 41 wins, 31 losses O'Bar – 41 wins, 31 losses The Bowl Movements – 38 ½ wins, 33 ½ losses Marshall's Oldtimers – 37 wins, 35 losses Rollin GoodTimes – 35 wins, 37 losses Knights of Columbus – 35 wins, 37 losses X-Team – 33 wins, 39 losses Holy Bowlers – 27 ½ wins, 44 ½ losses Last Week's Top Scores Scratch Game Holy Bowlers – 862 Dilly Dilly – 859 The Bowl Movements – 778 Scratch Series Holy Bowlers – 2545 Dilly Dilly – 2469 The Bowl Movements – 2320 Handicap Game Dilly Dilly – 1152 Holy Bowlers – 1140 O'Bar – 1127...

  • Lady Rangers close 2023 out with dominating win

    NWOSU Sports|Jan 5, 2024

    ALVA - Northwestern Oklahoma State Lady Rangers closed out the 2023 year with a dominating win, 115-47, over Bethel College Dec. 31. The Lady Rangers opened a double-digit lead early in the first quarter and never looked back leading the whole way. The Lady Rangers improve to 11-1 on the season following the nonconference victory. Northwestern was led by Faith Simpson with 28 points, one of five double-figure scorers joined by Camille Thomas, Carly Craig, Payton Jones and Syncere Harrod. The...

  • Alva Ladybugs easily win at Blackwell 65-24

    Marione Martin|Jan 5, 2024

    The Alva Ladybugs traveled to Blackwell Tuesday night to take on the Lady Maroons. Other than a brief time in the first quarter, the Ladybugs led throughout the game and won 65-24. Morgan Heath didn’t start and played limited minutes with a taped up left shoulder due to an injury. Senior Carly Argo led the Ladybugs in scoring with a career high of 27 points. She was hot from three-point range, sinking eight treys. Her remaining three points came from the free throw line. First Half Lakin Gaddy p...

  • Ladybugs take on Lady Longs

    Jan 5, 2024

  • Goldbugs take Maroons to the court

    Jan 5, 2024

  • Goldbugs edged by Blackwell 55-53

    Marione Martin|Jan 5, 2024

    The Alva Goldbugs were on the road Tuesday night to play the Blackwell Maroons. Coming off the holiday break, the Goldbugs are still without senior guard Daylon Malone who has an ankle injury. Blackwell led at the end of the first quarter 16-12 and took a 29-27 lead into halftime. The Goldbugs took their first lead after the break with a two-point margin at the end of the third quarter 39-37. After several tied scores in the fourth, the Maroons managed a last basket to take the win 55-53. First...

  • USDA report shows foreign-owned land holdings rising in Oklahoma

    Anna Pope, KOSU|Jan 5, 2024

    The U.S. department of Agriculture released its latest report on foreign-owned land files across the nation. Foreign-owned land holdings increased in Oklahoma and across the nation in 2022, according to the latest report on land ownership from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act, people in other countries who own or lease agricultural land must file a yearly summary to USDA. The report is made up of those filings. For the past few years, Oklahoma has seen growth in foreign holdings of...

  • Oklahoma parole rate declines

    Keaton Ross, Oklahoma Watch|Jan 5, 2024

    Trisha Fox was optimistic when her husband, Richard Fox, appeared on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board docket in early September. The 63-year-old prisoner, incarcerated since 1980 on a first-degree murder conviction in Caddo County, had not received a misconduct violation since 1995. Letters of support poured in from family, friends and prison ministry volunteers assuring board members he would have stable housing and employment if granted parole. “He never meant to kill anybody, but he also never denied doing it,” Trisha Fox said, add...

  • Notice to taxpayers for 2024 assessments

    Jan 5, 2024

    Please be advised that Renetta Benson, county assessor, and/or deputies will be at the following places on the dates named to take assessments for the purpose of listing for taxation all assessable personal property, applications for new or changed homestead and additional homestead exemptions, and applications for agricultural sales tax exemption cards. Capron (Co-op Station) – Jan. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Freedom (County Shed – 1103 Dusty Trail) – Jan. 10, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Waynoka (County Shed – 1045 Grant) – Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....

  • Oklahoma corrections agency eyes massive security upgrades to boost safety

    Janelle Stecklein, Oklahoma Voice|Jan 5, 2024

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Department of Corrections is working on plans to completely revamp the antiquated security technology in all of its correctional facilities in an effort to improve safety behind bars for inmates and correctional employees. Kay Thompson, a spokesperson for the agency, said the planned changes will include new perimeter fencing, security cameras and other components that will improve the entire system. As it builds a new security plan, the agency is looking at best practices adopted in other states while focusing on i...

  • Caring for Caregivers Act takes effect

    Jan 5, 2024

    OKLAHOMA CITY – First-of-its-kind legislation that gives an expansive tax credit to Oklahoma family caregivers took effect Jan. 1. For the 2024 tax year, unpaid family caregivers will be able to claim up to $2,000 or $3,000 in tax credits for out-of-pocket costs incurred for eligible expenses, depending upon the person for whom they are providing care. House Majority Leader Tammy West, R-Oklahoma City, shepherded House Bill 1029XX – the Caring for Caregivers Act – through the Legislature last session. "While caregiving is a labor of love,...

  • See the Tour de Quartz at Graceful Arts Gallery tonight

    Marione Martin|Jan 5, 2024

    This month's exhibit at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva showcases the Tour de Quartz, a traveling exhibit of work by Oklahoma high school students who attended the 2023 Summer Arts Institute. During the First Friday Art Walk tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., you can see the work of these talented students while enjoying the provided refreshments. The paintings and drawings in the exhibit were selected from three of the many assignments completed during the course of the Institute. The assignments include...

  • Alva State Bank selects 2023 Christmas card winner

    Jan 5, 2024

    Each year, Alva State Bank looks to local artists in the communities they serve to select the official Alva State Bank Christmas card design. In previous years, the bank has worked with students of Graceful Arts Studio that hosts a painting class for kids titled "Youth Acrylic Painting." This year, the bank employees chose to expand their reach and solicit designs from all across northwest Oklahoma. The bank asked for submissions via their Facebook page and received 23 beautifully crafted...

  • Suspicious activity leads to drug, firearm charges

    Marione Martin|Jan 5, 2024

    An alert Alva police officer spotted suspicious activity while patrolling in a city park. When she checked it out, she found evidence related to an earlier report of stolen guns. According to court records, on Dec. 21 Alva Assistant Police Chief Patrick Hawley took a burglary report from Bill Hadwiger. Numerous firearms consisting primarily of handguns were stolen from inside the Hadwiger Building at 417 and 419 Barnes St. in Alva. Hadwiger told Hawley he had stored numerous firearms inside the building including a long gun that looked like an... Full story

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