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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To 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 Wyckoff, Dasan Gillenwaters Jan. 21:...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Jan. 20: Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Schultz, Mr. & Mrs. Mick Ferguson Jan. 24; Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams Feb. 2: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wardrop (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-30...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 13, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Announcements: Freedom UMC is having their annual Pancake Supper on Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the UMC Fellowship Hall. Shirley...

 

Freedom Trophy Auction to be Monday, Jan. 28

The 2019 Freedom Sirloin Club Trophy Auction will be held Monday, Jan. 28, at the Freedom American Legion Building. The meal will start at 6 p.m. and will include ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert. The trophy auction will begin...

 

USDA to Reopen FSA offices for limited services during government shutdown

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department...

 

Hospitals post prices for first time, but patients are unlikely to gain insight

As of Jan. 1, hospitals have been required to post their prices. But the information is often difficult to understand, and hospitals say it doesn't reflect what patients pay. For the first time ever,...

 

Freedom Town Board astonished at bigger-than-expected REAP grant award

At the regular meeting Jan. 9 of the Freedom Town Board, Mayor Shad Brackin, Trustee Rolando Galindo, and Clerk Cindy Reed discussed exciting news about their REAP grant application, as well as the... Full story

 

Eagles, Lady Eagles place at Medford

The Lady Eagles and Eagles finished a long week with consolation championship wins on Saturday at the Medford High School Invitational Tournament. With five games in six days, fatigue was a factor... Full story

 

Softball Picked Third in GAC Coaches Poll

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following a season that resulted in the program's second trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships in the past three seasons, Southern Arkansas will enter the 2019 softball season as the favorite in the Great...

 

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total...

 

Medical marijuana sales reached nearly $1M in December

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show medical marijuana sales reached nearly $1 million in December, generating about $70,000 for state coffers from a special new tax on pot sales. The agency released figures on...

 

Oklahoma voter registration at record after 2018 election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voter registration in Oklahoma has reached an all-time high following the November mid-term election. The Oklahoma State Election Board's annual Jan. 15 voter registration count eclipsed 2.1 million, the Tulsa World reported ....

 

Mother not celebrating death of daughter's convicted killer

By KEN MILLER, Associate Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose 8-year-old daughter disappeared more than 20 years ago and is presumed dead said Wednesday that she is not celebrating the death in prison of the man convicted of killing...

 

Bodies found in Oklahoma believed to be missing Texas pair

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — The bodies of a pair of friends who had been the subject of search parties near their central Texas homes were found in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma, according to law enforcement authorities. A statement released by the...

 

In tough speech, new governor sees need to rebuild Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told Kansas legislators Wednesday that the state faces an emergency in its child welfare system and is "completely unprepared" for the next national economic downturn. Kelly outlined an agenda...

 

Kelly names Kansas Lottery attorney as interim director

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has named the Kansas Lottery's top attorney to serve as its interim executive director. The new Democratic governor announced Wednesday that Stephen Durrell will lead the agency. He has worked at the lottery...

 

Ex-Kansas Rep. Yoder joins Quayle's son in DC lobbying firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has joined a Washington lobbying firm in which one of former Vice President Dan Quayle's sons is a partner. HHQ Ventures announced Wednesday that the former Republican congressman from Kansas is now...

 

Kansas library asked to move transgender children books

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — Members of a Kansas public library board are considering a request to move books that include transgender characters out of the children's section. Andover resident Marci Laffen said in a written request that the books "George,...

 

2 men arrested after incident at home of Koch family member

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men were arrested after their car intentionally rammed a police car at the home of a member of the Charles Koch family. The Wichita Eagle reports the incident happened Tuesday night at the home of Chase Koch, son of...

 

Woman dies after vehicle crashes into Kansas pond

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Kansas City woman has died from injuries sustained when she crashed into a pond. The Kansas City Star reports that police in Olathe, Kansas, say 61-year-old Helen Riddle apparently suffered a medical...

 

Mexico to ship gas on trains, thieves siphon whole pipelines

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fuel thieves in Mexico have grown so bold they are drilling illegal taps under warehouses in big cities and siphoning off the entire contents of pipelines, Mexico's president said Wednesday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador...

 

US lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during shutdown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter...

 

Judge hears dispute over make-up of Trump energy panel

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government attorneys have asked a federal judge in Montana to dismiss allegations that a Trump administration panel reviewing royalties paid by fossil fuel companies is stacked with industry supporters. U.S. District...

 

Parson proposes $351M bond for bridges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is proposing a $351 million bond to repair or replace 250 bridges across the state, a pitch he made to lawmakers Wednesday during his first State of the State speech since taking over when his pr...

 

Hyundai, Kia recall vehicles due to increased fire risk

DETROIT (AP) — Despite a government shutdown, Hyundai and Kia are moving ahead with a recall of about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stems from improper repairs during previous recalls for...

 

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