Articles from the January 6, 2023 edition


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  • Religious services and events

    Jan 6, 2023

    Alva Church of God Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. 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 located at the corner of College Avenue and Center Street. Barnes Street Church of Christ...

  • Jarred journeys remind us of what's important

    Pastor John Clapp, Bible Baptist Church|Jan 6, 2023

    Our journey through life can often become so busy and distracting that we forget some of the most important things of our journey. Sometimes our journey is jarred by events that make us realize the more important things in life. Monday night was such a moment. We were all shocked to watch Damar Hamlin collapse on the football field and to see medical personnel performing CPR on him. Suddenly the football game did not matter anymore. Suddenly the fuss over prayer did not matter, and many on the...

  • In 500 feet, turn right!

    College Hill Church of Christ, Steve Hamm|Jan 6, 2023

    Technology can be such a great thing, especially when traveling. My wife and I took a trip several years ago to the west coast, and we took our cell phones along. We were so glad we did because, never having been to the west coast before, it was so helpful to be able to navigate to all the places we wanted to go and visit. I remember going through San Francisco looking for the famous Fisherman’s Wharf. We wanted to eat at the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Well, my wife held her phone in hand and would plug that site into her GPS maps a...

  • Human composting

    Arden Chaffee|Jan 6, 2023

    I penned an article on green burial on April 8, hoping to establish a conservation cemetery block in Alva Municipal. You may recall that the interment is free of embalming fluid, casket, vault, or synthetic fibers. The body is lowered into the ground in a biodegradable shroud and allowed to decay. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Reading the Enid paper, I found another non-standard method for undertaking: Human Composting. Washington State became the first to legalize it in 2019. Five other state...

  • Ramblings of a Redneck Farmer

    Doug Little|Jan 6, 2023

    Happy New Year to you all! The start of a new year brings thoughts and excitement of what is to come. I’m no different. Our household and farm are undergoing quite a change this year. We have always tried to grow a great majority of what we eat. Sometimes it has worked and sometimes it hasn’t. As the new year starts, we are on a mission to refocus on that. I’ve never been the hippie type that walks around barefooted, talks to the trees and plants and eats some sort of broccoli smoothie for two out of the three meals a day. What I can do is comp...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Jan 6, 2023

    One chilly, overcast November afternoon several years ago I found myself going to see the resident medico at the Memphis State University clinic, a man I knew only as “Dr. Black”. When I arrived, five minutes before closing time, Dr. Black was obviously not happy to see me. He was rather elderly and was feeling poorly that afternoon. He told me that he was ready to close the clinic for the day and go home. Nevertheless, when I said that I had some chest congestion, he had me breathe deeply whi...

  • Oklahomans share their struggle for mental healthcare as feds investigate statewide treatment

    Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch|Jan 6, 2023

    A Guthrie father spent two nights in an emergency room after his son attempted suicide only to be sent home because every state mental health treatment facility that cares for children was full. After recovering from methamphetamine addiction, an Antlers woman became a peer recovery specialist to help others. She makes too much money to receive free medication and not enough to afford the pills and counseling that are keeping her sober. A former pastor told employees at an Oklahoma City crisis c...

  • Notice to taxpayers for 2023 assessments

    Jan 6, 2023

    Please be advised that County Assessor Renetta Benson 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 agriculture sales tax exemption cards. WAYNOKA (county shed, 1045 Grant) – Jan. 17, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREEDOM (county shed, 1103 Dusty Trail) – Jan. 18, 2023, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CAPRON (Co-op station) – Jan. 19, 2023, 8:30 a.m....

  • Goldbugs beat Blackwell with dominating third quarter

    Marione Martin|Jan 6, 2023

    Alva Goldbug head basketball coach Shane Feely had his 300th career win on Dec. 15. Tuesday night before a home crowd, the Goldbugs commemorated this milestone with a presentation of a special basketball and a picture. The crowd joined in with applause as a video message about his accomplishment was displayed. The Goldbugs had a slow start in the first half of play Tuesday night with Blackwell tying the score in the first quarter and pulled ahead by five points in the second. The Goldbugs led by... Full story

  • Tuesday night bowling standings, week of Jan. 3

    Jan 6, 2023

    Team Standings Knights of Columbus – 46 wins, 30 losses Dilly Dilly – 45 ½ wins, 30 ½ losses O'Bar – 43 ½ wins, 32 ½ losses Rollin GoodTimes – 38 ½ wins, 37 ½ losses Marshall's Oldtimers – 36 ½ wins, 39 ½ losses The Bowl Movements – 36 ½ wins, 39 ½ losses Holy Bowlers – 26 wins, 38 losses Livin' on a Spare – 29 ½ wins, 46 ½ losses Last Week's Top Scores Scratch Game Dilly Dilly – 810 O'Bar – 790 Knights of Columbus – 780 Scratch Series Dilly Dilly – 2341 Knights of Columbus – 2256 O'Bar – 2237 Handicap Game O'Bar – 1121 Dilly Dilly – 1107 Ho...

  • Ladybugs have decisive 53-17 win over Blackwell

    Marione Martin|Jan 6, 2023

    The Alva Ladybugs had no trouble handling the Blackwell Lady Maroons Tuesday night. Playing before a home crowd, the Ladybugs ran up 12 points before Blackwell could get the ball through the hoop. At the end of the first quarter, Alva led 12-5. In the second period, the Lady Maroons managed to add only one point while the Ladybugs added 15 to lead 27-7 at halftime. The Alva girls continued to out-score Blackwell adding 13 points in each of the final two quarters while the Lady Maroons managed on... Full story

  • Tour de Quartz featured at Graceful Arts Gallery

    Marione Martin|Jan 6, 2023

    Talented students are featured in this month's exhibit at the Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. The Tour de Quartz features work by students who participated in the 2022 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Students learn different methods such as wood carving used to make relief prints, painting and photography. Each student's work is represented by one piece in the tour which travels across the state. The gallery also has paintings by Wes Newton and David Holland, wood carvings by Mike Wagar and...

  • Grill scores 20 as No. 25 Iowa State tops Oklahoma 63-60

    CLIFF BRUNT|Jan 6, 2023

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Caleb Grill scored 20 points and No. 25 Iowa State held on to beat Oklahoma 63-60 on Wednesday night. Osun Osunniyi added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cyclones (11-2, 2-0 Big 12). Grill shot 5 of 9 on 3-pointers, hitting a big one that put the Cyclones up 61-58 with 33 seconds remaining. "I thought we lost Grill," Oklahoma coach Porter Moser said. "It was part of the game plan and he hunts 3s and he did it. ... He got five 3s and he got fouled on a 3. He was a key to the game and we didn't get that done." Iowa S...

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

    SEAN MURPHY|Jan 6, 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...

  • Case dropped against Eudora woman accused in day care death

    Jan 6, 2023

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Douglas County District Attorney's office has decided to drop prosecution of a woman who was accused of killing a 9-month-old boy in 2016 at a Eudora day care where she worked. District Attorney Suzanne Valdez announced Wednesday a new report from a forensic pathologist found Oliver Ortiz had a congenital heart defect and other pre-existing conditions that led to his death on Sept. 29, 2016, at Kids Group Daycare in Eudora. Buchhorn, 48, has always maintained that she did not hurt the child, the Lawrence J...

  • 8 dead in Utah murder-suicide after wife sought divorce

    SAM METZ|Jan 6, 2023

    ENOCH, Utah (AP) — A Utah man fatally shot his five children, his mother-in-law and his wife and then killed himself two weeks after the woman had filed for divorce, according to authorities and public records. Police also revealed during a Thursday news conference that officers investigated the 42-year-old man and his family a "couple of years prior," suggesting possible earlier problems inside the household. Enoch Police Chief Jackson Ames did not elaborate. Investigators know about the divorce petition but not if it was the motivation b...

  • South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down state abortion ban

    JAMES POLLARD|Jan 6, 2023

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on abortion after cardiac activity is detected — typically around six weeks — ruling the restriction enacted by the Deep South state violates a state constitutional right to privacy. The 3-2 decision comes nearly two years after Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed the restriction into law. The ban, which included exceptions for pregnancies by rape or incest or pregnancies that endanger the patient's life, drew lawsuits almost immediately. Justice Kaye Hearn...

  • McCarthy fails for 3rd long day in GOP House speaker fight

    LISA MASCARO and FARNOUSH AMIRI|Jan 6, 2023

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a long and frustrating third day, divided Republicans left the speaker's chair of the U.S. House sitting empty Thursday, as party leader Kevin McCarthy failed and failed again in an excruciating string of ballots to win enough GOP votes to seize the chamber's gavel. Pressure was building as McCarthy lost a seventh, eighth and historic ninth round of voting, tying the number it took the last time this happened, 100 years ago, in a prolonged fight to choose a speaker in a disputed election. With his supporters and foes l...

  • Putin orders weekend truce in Ukraine; Kyiv won't take part

    ANDREW MELDRUM|Jan 6, 2023

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered his armed forces to observe a unilateral 36-hour cease-fire in Ukraine this weekend for the Orthodox Christmas holiday, the first such sweeping truce move in the nearly 11-month-old war. Kyiv indicated it wouldn't follow suit. Putin did not appear to condition his cease-fire order on Ukraine's acceptance, and it wasn't clear whether hostilities would actually pause on the 1,100-kilometer (684-mile) front line or elsewhere. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy d...

  • Study: Two-thirds of glaciers on track to disappear by 2100

    SETH BORENSTEIN|Jan 6, 2023

    The world's glaciers are shrinking and disappearing faster than scientists thought, with two-thirds of them projected to melt out of existence by the end of the century at current climate change trends, according to a new study. But if the world can limit future warming to just a few more tenths of a degree and fulfill international goals — technically possible but unlikely according to many scientists — then slightly less than half the globe's glaciers will disappear, said the same study. Mostly small but well-known glaciers are marching to...

  • Police: Idaho slaying suspect's DNA found at crime scene

    REBECCA BOONE and GENE JOHNSON|Jan 6, 2023

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho police pieced together DNA evidence, cellphone data and surveillance video to charge a criminology graduate student with the November slaying of four University of Idaho undergraduates, according to an affidavit unsealed Thursday. The affidavit says DNA matching that of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger was found on a knife sheath recovered at the crime scene, just a short drive across the state border where he is a doctoral student at Washington State University. The affidavit also says that a cellphone belonging to Kohberg...

  • Biden toughens border, offers legal path for 30,000 a month

    COLLEEN LONG and ZEKE MILLER|Jan 6, 2023

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday the U.S. would immediately begin turning away Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans who cross the border from Mexico illegally, his boldest move yet to confront the arrivals of migrants that have spiraled since he took office two years ago. The new rules expand on an existing effort to stop Venezuelans attempting to enter the U.S., which began in October and led to a dramatic drop in Venezuelans coming to the southern border. Together, they represent a major change to immigration rules that will s...

  • Ladybugs defeat Perry to move into semifinals of Wheat Capital

    Marione Martin|Jan 6, 2023

    The Alva Ladybugs had a slow start but defeated the Perry Lady Maroons in the first round of the Wheat Capital Tournament 50-21. The Thursday afternoon game at Chisholm had a low-scoring 10-4 first quarter with the Ladybugs leading. The Ladybugs scored 16 points while holding Perry to one point in the second quarter to lead 26-5 at halftime. The Alva girls outscored Perry 12-9 in the third quarter for a 42-14 lead. In the final, Perry edged Alva 13-8 in scoring, but the Ladybugs won 50-27. First Half The first quarter turned into a defensive... Full story

  • Goldbugs beat Jones, face John Marshall this afternoon

    Marione Martin|Jan 6, 2023

    The Alva Goldbugs took on the Jones Longhorns in the first round of the Wheat Capital Tournament in Chisholm Thursday. The Goldbugs dominated the first quarter with a 25-7 score, and the Longhorns couldn’t catch up. Although Jones slightly outscored Alva in the second quarter, the Goldbugs led 40-24 at halftime. In the third period, Alva added 15 points to 12 for Jones to lead 55-36. Jones pushed hard in the final period, scoring 22 points to 19 for Alva but they couldn’t overcome the lead. The Goldbugs won 74-58. First Half The Goldbugs too... Full story

  • Warning about aquifer's decline sets up big fight in Kansas

    JOHN HANNA|Jan 6, 2023

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas water experts are sounding an alarm decades in the making: Farmers and ranchers in the state's western half must stop pumping more water out of a vast aquifer than nature puts back each year or risk the economic collapse of a region important to the U.S. food supply. That warning is setting up a big and messy fight for the annual session of the Kansas Legislature set to open Monday. The Kansas Water Authority is telling lawmakers that Kansas needs to break sharply with its decadeslong policy of slowing depletion w...

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