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Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – French toast sticks, cereal, fruit, juice, milk Tuesday – Toast, breakfast scramble, oatmeal, fruit, juice, milk Wednesday – Biscuit and sausage gravy, cereal, fruit, juice, milk Thursday ...

 

Alva City Council to hear NWOSU scholarship presentation Tuesday

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the Alva City Council will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alva Recreation Complex in the fieldhouse. Members of the public will be given a chance to make remarks to the council... Full story

 

Temporary absentee ballot verification option expires

A temporary absentee ballot verification option that was put in place by state legislators last year has expired. The temporary verification option was part of Senate Bill 210, which was passed in the spring of 2020 in response to the pandemic. The...

 

Oklahoma Virtual Library surpasses 1 million ebook and audiobook checkouts in 2020

Oklahoma Virtual Library announced today that it reached a record-breaking 1,144,191 million digital book checkouts in 2020. For the Oklahoma Virtual Library, this accomplishment illustrates the...

 

State offering free tags for animal disease traceability

STILLWATER, Okla. — With the current pandemic, terms such as “herd immunity,” “infection rates” and “contact tracing” are now part of daily conversations. You’d hear the same if it were a foreign animal disease, such as foot and... Full story

 

Oklahoma's teacher of the year shares message with Northwestern student teachers

"Public education saved my life." Jena Nelson, Oklahoma's 2020 Teacher of the Year, shared that message and others Wednesday while speaking to a classroom of student teachers at Northwestern Oklahoma... Full story

 

Treasurer added to Alva municipal election list

The Alva City Council held a special session Monday, Jan. 11, with all members present. When the council approved an election proclamation in the Dec. 21 meeting, the city treasurer was inadvertently... Full story

 

Texas man charged for firearm in Alva bar

A Texas man ran into trouble when he brought a gun into an Alva business where alcohol is served. According to court documents on Dec. 4 at approximately 10:21 p.m., Alva Police Officer Kaleb Keplinger was notified by Woods County E-911 Dispatch... Full story

 

Texas man charged for firearm in Alva bar

A Texas man ran into trouble when he brought a gun into an Alva business where alcohol is served. According to court documents on Dec. 4 at approximately 10:21 p.m., Alva Police Officer Kaleb Keplinger was notified by Woods County E-911 Dispatch... Full story

 

Oklahoma on track for worst month of pandemic

By Friday, Jan. 15, the state had recorded more than 57,000 new cases of coronavirus in the first two weeks of 2021. There were 436 reported Covid-19 deaths so far in January, already higher than the... Full story

 

TAMMY JO 'TJ' CLARK

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Chapel with Reverend John Clapp, pastor, Bible Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Alva Municipal...

 

Alva Goldbugs defeat Chisholm 43-31 in road game

After taking seventh place in the Wheat Capital Tournament last Saturday, the Alva Goldbugs traveled back to Chisholm Friday night. In their last matchup, the Goldbugs lost to the Longhorns 51-43 in t...

 

Alva Ladybugs lose at Chisholm 61-22

The Alva Ladybugs went into Friday's game at Chisholm with a 6-1 record for the season and ranked sixth in the latest OSSAA poll. Their only loss was to highly ranked Class A Garber in the opening... Full story

 

Coffeetime

Several years ago, Andy contracted an illness that landed him in the isolation unit of our local hospital for two weeks. Visitors had to wear a mask, gown and gloves. He commented later that those...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 17, 2021

De java moo

I've heard this bull before. Impeachment? Let's make it across the board in Washington, D.C. I went to Ponca City to promote my economy last Wednesday. The only station my radio picked up well enough...

 

Iran asks watchdog not to publish 'unnecessary' nuke details

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran urged the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing "unnecessary" details on Tehran's nuclear program, state TV reported Sunday, a day after Germany, France and Britain said Tehran has "no credible civilian use"...

 

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State basketball game postponed by virus

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Big 12 basketball game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test within the OSU program, according to Oklahoma State officials. The Cowboys have paused...

 

Oklahoma City schools to resume some in-person classes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district is set to resume some in-person classes for the district's youngest students and those in alternative education, Superintendent Sean McDaniel said Saturday. Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade...

 

Kansas officer accused of injuring skateboarder resigns

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An Lawrence police officer who has been accused of fracturing a skateboarder's elbow during an arrest has resigned. The Lawrence Journal World reports that Brad Williams' resignation took effect Jan. 6. Police spokesperson...

 

Parolee fatally shot Wichita restaurant owner

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A parolee rummaging through trash fatally shot the owner of a south Wichita restaurant, authorities say. Police Capt. Jason Stephens identified 42-year-old Oscar Acosta of Wichita as the person shot Thursday outside of...

 

Navalny plans to return to Russia after recovery in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny plans to fly home to Russia on Sunday after recovering in Germany from his poisoning in August with a nerve agent. Navalny announced Wednesday that he would return, despite Russian authorities'...

 

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

The threat of extremist groups descending on state capitals in a series of demonstrations Sunday prompted governors to roll out a massive show of force and implement tight security measures at statehouses across the country. Fencing, boarded-up...

 

Harris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor at inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday, a history-making event in which the first Black, South Asian and female vice president will take her oath of office from...

 

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants

HONG KONG (AP) — E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China's internet...

 

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