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Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 12, the order of services at Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Freedom UMC’s annual Ground Hog Supper will Feb. 1 from 5 pm. to 7 p.m. Shirley Wagner has once again donated a beautiful afghan to be...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Jan. 20: Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Schultz, Mr. & Mrs. Mick Ferguson Jan. 24: Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams (Note: Send corrections, additions to: freedomcallnews@gmail.com or call 800-305-2111)...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Jan. 16: Laryn Luddington, Steve Brady Jan. 17: Stephanie Gillenwaters Jan. 18: Linn Melkus, Lance Bradt, Andrea Haney Jan. 19: Guy Rackley Jan. 20: Priscilla Ledford Johnson, Darren Hughes, Lou Wilshire, Patricia Jessup, Shelley...

 

Freedom School calendar

Jan. 17: 4 p.m. Junior high basketball at Hardesty Jan. 17: 6:30 p.m. High school basketball at Hardesty Jan. 20: No school Jan. 20: 6 p.m. Freedom Livestock Trophy Auction Jan. 21: 6:30 p.m. High school basketball at Waynoka Jan. 22: NOC...

 

New year, new you

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If your goal is to get in shape or quit smoking, you might be able to get some help from your health plan and the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID). OID is partnering with healthcare organizations...

 

County excise board approves appropriations, new REAP fund

The Woods County Excise Board held a regular meeting Monday, Jan. 15, at the courthouse. Chairman Bob Seivert, Vice-Chairman Chris Olson and member Joe Shirley were present along with County Clerk Shelley Reed. After approving minutes of the December...

 

Freedom Hoop Shoot held

Twelve from Freedom participated in the annual Freedom Hoop Shoot. The six winners advanced to the Lodge 1184 Hoop Shoot Contest last Saturday at the Alva Middle School Gym. Third graders Bode Smith... Full story

 

Freedom receives $50,000 grant for telemetric gas meters

Freedom has received a $50,000 REAP grant to purchase new gas meters with a telemetry function. The town board discussed the issue at its meeting Jan. 8. Present were Shad Brackin and Randy Rhodes;... Full story

 

Hepa, Ramey help Texas beat Oklahoma State 76-64

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Courtney Ramey was pulled from the starting lineup for several games, and while his minutes remained about the same, he still didn't like it. But instead of sulking, he worked harder, played better and has returned to his r...

 

Baylor routs Kansas moves into first in Big 12

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lauren Cox and Nalyssa Smith each scored 13 points and No. 2 Baylor used a 50-point first half to rout Kansas 90-47 on Wednesday night. The Lady Bears (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) moved into first place in the conference after a loss by...

 

Lawton man charged in deaths of mother, sister

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A southwest Oklahoma man has been charged with murder and arson for a fire that killed his mother and sister. The Lawton Constitution reports that Carl Albert Johnson Jr., 36, of Lawton was charged Monday with two counts of...

 

Trial begins against company in Oklahoma oil rig explosion

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The wrongful death trial against a oilfield equipment contractor in connection with a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men in southeastern Oklahoma is underway. The McAlester News-Capital reports that...

 

Ex-Oklahoma Arby's manager gets prison for killing customer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former manager at an Oklahoma Arby's restaurant who was charged with fatally shooting a customer she said spit on her has been sentenced to two decades in prison. Deionna Young, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter...

 

Payless ShoeSource emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has emerged from bankruptcy for the second time, with a focus on international markets. The Topeka, Kansas-based said Thursday it wants to reinvigorate Latin America, its largest business unit. It will also...

 

Hawaii on lookout for 'ghost net' threatening area sea life

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a "ghost net" floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life. The U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Land and Natural...

 

Not easy being green: North Carolina dog births unique puppy

CANTON, N.C. (AP) — The Avengers may have gained a canine sidekick after a North Carolina family's dog gave birth to a bright green puppy named "Hulk." Gypsy, a white shepherd owned by Haywood County resident Shana Stamey, delivered eight puppies...

 

Rare video shows 5 mountain lions together in California

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Five California mountain lions were seen together on home surveillance video in a rare gathering of the notoriously solitary big cats. The footage was recorded at a rural residence at the edge of the El Dorado National...

 

Prankster appears in Australia court for driving flooded car

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — A social media prankster appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday charged in relation to driving a car full of water to a liquor store during a heat wave and buying beer. Michael Alexander Philippou, 28, who operates...

 

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

TOMALI, Malawi (AP) — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African...

 

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before she was recalled from her post in May. The announcement...

 

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule, new PM approved

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a...

 

Giuliani associate: Trump had knowledge of Ukraine pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Lev Parnas says he delivered an...

 

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the...

 

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic...

 

Senate takes over Trump's impeachment after House handoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in...

 

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