Articles from the January 27, 2021 edition


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  • COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations on the decline in Missouri

    JIM SALTER|Jan 27, 2021

    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Experts in all corners of Missouri are seeing room for optimism in the fight against the coronavirus thanks to a decline in new cases, decreasing hospitalizations and other factors. The state health department on Tuesday reported 1,079 new confirmed cases and 133 new deaths, though 103 of those deaths occurred previously but were unreported until the state's weekly examination of death certificates. Missouri has now cited 451,493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,686 deaths since the pandemic began last winter. But e...

  • Alfalfa County court filings

    Jan 27, 2021

    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 Alfalfa 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. Misdemeanor Filings Eric Paul Heatherman, Burlington, 43, has...

  • Barber County court filings

    Jan 27, 2021

    Limited Civil Filings Midland Credit Management Inc. vs. Tony Ferrell: debt collection. Credit Management Services Inc. vs. Susan Johnson: debt collection. Domestic Filings Nicole Elizabeth Strait vs. Ryan Spencer Strait: Marriage dissolution/divorce. Christopher S. Swayden vs. Margaret Medsker: protection from stalking. Jonathan Eugene Walz vs. Victoria Michelle Walz: Marriage dissolution/divorce. Traffic Filings Kevin Lee Abercrombie has been cited for maximum speed limits ($222). Aaron Wayne Beachy has been cited for defective tail lamp on...

  • Barber County real estate

    Jan 27, 2021

    Book 145 page 527: Pat Bedwell and Anita D. Bedwell, husband and wife, trustees of the Pat and Anita Bedwell Trust, convey unto Stejskal Family LLC. A tract of land lying in the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of section 19, township 31 south, range 13 west of the 6th PM. Quit claim deed. Book 145 page 529: Stejskal Family LLC convey unto Pat Bed well and Anita D. Bedwell, trustees. A portion of both the southwest quarter of section 18 and the northwest quarter of section 19, township 31 south, range 13 West of the 6th PM, Barber...

  • Woods County Fair Board positions filled

    Marione Martin|Jan 27, 2021

    The Woods County commissioners were busy signing payroll and other documents during their meeting Monday morning. Commissioners David Hamil, Randy McMurphy and John Smiley were all present. Two of the three Woods County Free Fair Board openings were filled when Craig Schafer, District 1, and Kevin Pingelton, District 3, filed to retain their positions. No one filed for the District 2 spot, so the commissioners appointed Jason Hembree. The commissioners approved two road crossing permits....

  • Filing opens Monday for Oklahoma municipal election

    Marione Martin|Jan 27, 2021

    The municipal election filing period begins Monday, Feb. 1, in Oklahoma. Candidates may file at the county election board from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 1-3. Alfalfa County In Alfalfa County, the City of Cherokee is a charter city with commissioners. Other county towns are governed by trustees. Offices open for filing in Cherokee are Commissioner at Large (the mayor), Treasurer and Commissioner for Ward 3. All are four year terms. The following openings on the board of...

  • Alfalfa County to go for sealed bid to surplussed arena drag and groomer

    Stacy Sanborn|Jan 27, 2021

    The Alfalfa County commissioners made several declarations of surplus Monday morning, along with resolutions for the items' disposals after signing off on their routine business items of payroll warrants, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, blanket purchase orders and monthly officer reports. Marvin Woodall, Jay Hague and Mike Roach signed that paperwork for the following items: • For District 2, a 2004 Philco air conditioner (Inv. no. D2 209-201, Serial no. DSA040300356); 300-gallon storage tank (Inv. no. D2 413-201); a 2007 Dayton...

  • Alexus Naugle named Aline-Cleo December Student of the Month

    Jan 27, 2021

    Junior Alexus Naugle has been chosen as Aline-Cleo's December Student of the Month. Naugle's school philosophy is "Work hard, play hard." She feels being close with everyone is unique in her school. She is inspired by her parents, Kara and Morgan. Naugle's favorite activities are basketball, softball and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite quote is, "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible!'" – Audrey Hepburn Naugle is the daughter of Kyle and Brande Naugle o...

  • GAIL LYNN FREY

    Jan 27, 2021

    Graveside services for Gail Frey were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Eagle Chief Cemetery west of Aline with Lyle Bellmon officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Wentworth Mortuary LLC. The service was livestreamed and can be viewed at Marshall Funeral Home Facebook Page or www.marshallfuneralhomes.com. Gail Lynn Frey, only child of the late Oliver Francis and Leota Lula (Lieurance) Frey, was born June 20, 1943, at Alva, and passed away January 18, 2021, at Enid...

  • CHRISTOPHER HOYLE NELSON

    Jan 27, 2021

    Christopher (Chris) Hoyle Nelson, age 48, of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed from this earth on January 6, 2021, due to complications from Covid-19. Chris fought this extremely long and difficult battle with the heart of a warrior, and gave everything he had, including his last breath. He was passionate about protecting himself and the lives of others. He would want everyone who hears his story to carry out that same responsibility and respect, in an effort to prevent others from experiencing...

  • HERBERT LOUIS NILES

    Jan 27, 2021

    Herbert Louis Niles was born April 20, 1932, in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He grew up on the family homestead south of Cherokee with his parents, Verg and Ona, and his sister Vergie. He graduated from Lambert High School, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and had a masters degree in mathematics from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. He taught school in Wichita, Kansas, for many years before returning to Cherokee to teach and help with the farm. He was Parthena McCrady's right...

  • JOREENE 'JODY' SHARP

    Jan 27, 2021

    Funeral services for Joreene "Jody" Sharp, age 69, of Enid, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Edmison officiating. Burial will follow in Eagle Chief Cemetery, Aline, Oklahoma, under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Jody was born September 1, 1951 in Enid, Oklahoma, to Robert and Mary (Rauh) Morris, and passed away Monday, January 25, 2021, at her home in the presence of her loving family. Jody grew up in the Enid area and...

  • KELLY WALDON SPRINGER

    Jan 27, 2021

    Kelly Waldon Springer was born on March 28, 1956, and died on January 22, 2021, after a short illness. Born to Jack Dean and Mary Jean (Slack) Springer, Kelly spent his childhood on the family farm east of Carmen, Oklahoma. Kelly started his life of hard work at a young age, dedicating his earliest years to making mischief for his older siblings, Vicky, Kirk and Janet. Kelly was born into a family that valued loyalty, unconditional love and a good off-color joke. He graduated from Carmen-Dacoma...

  • Dozens line up at Oklahoma City church for COVID vaccine

    KEN MILLER|Jan 27, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — People lined up outside a predominantly Black northeast Oklahoma City church prior to 8 a.m. Tuesday in order to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of an outreach to minorities, who may be distrustful of the vaccination. "You still have African Americans that are very hesitant about taking this vaccine," said Rev. Derrick Scobey, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church where the vaccinations were administered. "We all know that there is certainly a fact in the late 1930s and 40s that there was a Tuskegee, A...

  • MARY JO MARTIN

    Jan 27, 2021

    Mary Jo Martin passed away on January 25, 2021, at the age of 89. Services are pending with Marshall Funeral Home Facebook page. Online condolences may be made at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com...

  • LORI SUSAN BROWN

    Jan 27, 2021

    Memorial services for Lori Susan Brown will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021, at the Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Scott Brown officiating. There will be a visitation with the family at Marshall Funeral Home Thursday January 28, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks are requested at the service and the visitation. Lori Susan Brown, daughter of Joyce Faye (Rauch) King and the late Charles Freeman King, was born October 22, 1964, in Waynoka, Oklahoma, and passed away January 20, 2021, in Hays, K...

  • Active Covid-19 cases decline in Oklahoma

    Marione Martin|Jan 27, 2021

    The number of active Covid-19 cases continues to decline in northwest Oklahoma and across the state. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, Oklahoma had 30,404 active cases, a decrease of nearly 6,000 from a week ago. The vaccination report shows the 242,329 prime (first) doses have been administered in the state and 35,822 people have completed the series receiving second doses for a total of 278,151 doses of vaccine administered. According to the OSDH,...

  • One death in collision of three semis

    Marione Martin|Jan 27, 2021

    A Missouri man died in a crash involving three semis in Blaine County. The fatal collision occurred at 2:29 p.m. Monday on US-270 approximately 12 miles west of Watonga. A 2017 Peterbilt semi driven by Gerald Ostrowiecki, 58, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was southbound on US-270. The vehicle was transporting hazardous materials and had stopped at the railroad crossing as required. As the vehicle proceeded west, it was struck from behind by a 2013 Peterbilt semi driven by Sean Bush, 29, of Neosho,...

  • Mom of man who killed his father and shot 2 lawmen charged

    Jan 27, 2021

    LYONS, Kan. (AP) — The mother of the man who killed his father and shot two Rice County law officers in 2019 has been charged with providing a weapon to her son, Rice County Attorney Remington Dalke said. Shirley Loder, 67, of Arlington, was charged this month with suspicion of criminal distribution of a firearm. She bonded out of the Rice County jail on Friday, The Wichita Eagle reported. Loder's son, David Madden, fatally shot his father, Tom Madden, on April 29, 2019, at their rural Rice County home. He also shot Rice County undersheriff C...

  • Burlington School Board members honored for service, Covid rules the basketball court

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 27, 2021

    Talking to Burlington School Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft found that the Burlington Elks basketball season and schedule has been a victim of Covid-19 like teams across the nation. She said Burlington's basketball team has been quarantined after being exposed. They didn't get to play in the Cherokee Strip Tournament, which Burlington was supposed to host. There've been no games. “They've been changed or moved ... changed or moved,” she said. The boys' quarantine is about to expire and they are expected to return to school Friday. Pri...

  • JAMES 'JIM' THOMAS WELLS

    Jan 27, 2021

    James "Jim" Thomas Wells was born October 6, 1944, in Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma, to Tom and Alice Fox Wells. He passed away January 13, 2021, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, diagnosed with Covid-19. The family moved from rural Pryor, Oklahoma, in 1951 to Kiowa, Kansas, where he attended school and graduated from Kiowa High School in 1962. He was known in Kiowa as a hard worker helping his dad with his trash hauling business and as being a tough tackle in football at KHS. He was disappointed that he couldn't serve in the...

  • MELISSA RATHGEBER

    Jan 27, 2021

    Memorial services will be Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church with Reverend John Clapp officiating. Wharton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com. Melissa Gail, daughter of Kathy (Kimball) and Randy Rathgeber, was born May 19, 1995, in Kiowa, Kansas, and passed away from this world on January 21, 2021, at the age of 35 years, 8 months and 2 days. She graduated from high school in 2004 and worked in a...

  • Keeping your digital life secure

    Marione Martin|Jan 27, 2021

    I’ve been reading a book written in 2001 about hackers and cybercrime. The Blue Nowhere by Jeffery Deaver describes a talented computer hacker who sees little difference between online figures and real life people. He has moved from online games to killing people in the real world. Because he’s a master at hiding online and in different identities in the real world, law enforcement is relying on another hacker to track the criminal. Since the book is nearly 20 years old, it is also a trove of co...

  • Tulsa commission: Sen. Lankford to stay on Centennial board

    Jan 27, 2021

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission will allow U.S. Sen. James Lankford to remain on the board, even after several members called for his resignation because of objections he lodged concerning the 2020 presidential election. In a statement Monday, the commission said it "believes deeply in racial reconciliation and inter-generational healing" and their decision to allow Lankford to stay is their inherent duty to show partners the way, Tulsa World reported. "For those reasons, we choose not to request Senator L...

  • Kansas lawmakers' ire rises over handling of COVID-19 shots

    JOHN HANNA|Jan 27, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators suggested Tuesday that mistakes by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration are making it more difficult for older Kansas residents to get COVID-19 vaccine shots. But Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the state health department and Kelly's top public health administrator, said the biggest problem Kansas faces in administering the vaccines is "there's just not enough." He acknowledged during a joint meeting of the House and Senate health committees that he can't predict how long it will take for the s...

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