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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Feb. 4: Noah Ring Feb. 5: Chad Novak, Bryce Adair, Kay Decker Wardrop Feb. 6: Tamara Green Feb. 8: Jason Noble, Arin Powers, Tanner Kay Feb. 9: Rodney Bishop, Alicia Welty Feb. 10: Kaylyn Province Feb. 11: Ronni Poe, Mark Wardrop,...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Feb. 12: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Brady Feb. 16: Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Winn, Mr. & Mrs. Travis Woodson Feb. 17: Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie Holbrook (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-305-2...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 31, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger Announcement: We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Invocation by Pastor Todd Finle...

 

Freedom school calendar

Feb. 5: 4 p.m. Junior high basketball at Billings Feb. 5: 6:30 p.m. High school basketball at Billings Feb. 6: 3-5:30 p.m. Local livestock show Feb. 9: 6:30 p.m. High school girls basketball vs Aline-Cleo Feb. 9: 7:30 p.m. High school boys vs...

 

Freedom, Waynoka and Alva will have races on the municipal election ballot

The Woods County Election Board has been inundated with candidates filing for the municipal election to be held April 6. Late Wednesday afternoon, Election Board Secretary Sandra Koehn said races...

 

Freedom School library features virtual book talks by authors

Here's an update on library activities at the Freedom Public Schools from the library newsletter: As we hear in the news every single day, Covid is changing our whole world. For schools and libraries... Full story

 

The Latest: Oklahoma pharmacies to get 11,500 vaccine doses

OKLAHOMA CITY -- About 11,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine will be shipped to pharmacies across Oklahoma next week, state health officials said Tuesday. Deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed said the shipment is part of a plan by President...

 

GOP states weigh limits on how race and slavery are taught

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Complaining about what he called indoctrination in schools, former President Donald Trump created a commission that promoted "patriotic" education and played down America's role in slavery. But though he's out of the White...

 

Oklahoma high school marks anniversary of students' deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A suburban Oklahoma City high school on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the deaths of three members of its cross country team with gatherings of students, while making counselors and therapy dogs available. "This is a somber...

 

Oklahoma Legislature fast tracks virtual meeting exemption

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public bodies in Oklahoma will be able to continue to meet virtually as a coronavirus safety precaution under a bill that was fast tracked Wednesday through the Oklahoma Senate. The Senate suspended its rules and unanimously...

 

Oklahoma man charged in shooting deaths of 5 kids, brother

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Oklahoma man was charged with murder Wednesday in the killings of his brother and five young children, police said. Jarron Deajon Pridgeon of Muskogee was charged with six counts of first-degree murder, shooting...

 

Oklahoma Senate panel approves 4 abortion bills, rejects 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate panel approved four anti-abortion bills on Wednesday but defeated one far-reaching abortion measure that would give a fetus equal protection under the law. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee appro...

 

GOP lawmakers not mollified on COVID-19 scams against Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Assurances from labor officials that new security protocols are blocking thousands of fraudulent attempts every hour to access Kansas' unemployment benefits system did little Wednesday to dispel the concerns of Republican...

 

Kansas lawmakers push civics test for high school graduation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker and the state's Republican attorney general are pushing a bill to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate in an effort to increase civic engagement. The proposal is facing pushback from...

 

GOP lawmakers narrow bill for cutting Kansas income taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers narrowed their proposal to cut Kansas' income taxes before it cleared its first legislative hurdle, and a GOP leader said Wednesday that they'll put off further action at least a short while to consider how...

 

Kansas mayor accused of perjury gets diversion agreement

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The mayor of Shawnee, Kansas, has reached a diversion agreement with prosecutors that would resolve a perjury charge stemming from an open meetings complaint she filed using the name of another person without his permission....

 

Kansas tightens oversight of troubled foster care provider

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top child welfare official in Kansas said Wednesday her agency has tightened financial oversight of one of the state's largest foster care management providers, saying she wants to fully understand the depth of its financial...

 

Officials ID skeletal remains found near Kansas lake

GARDNER, Kan. (AP) — The Johnson County Sheriff's Office has identified skeletal remains found last month in northeastern Kansas near Gardner Lake. Officials announced Tuesday that the remains are those of 48-year-old Matthew Lee Manion, Kansas...

 

Whoa! Boa constrictor stuck in car dashboard freed unharmed

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — A pet boa constrictor that became stuck behind the dashboard of a car in North Carolina needed the help of some animal control officers to wriggle free. But the snake believed to measure about 5 feet in length was ultimately...

 

Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to 'go big'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden encouraged Democratic lawmakers Wednesday to "act fast" on his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan but also signaled he's open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with...

 

House GOP grapples with Greene, Cheney as it defines itself

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats planned a showdown vote for Thursday over stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments for her endorsement of racist and conspiratorial views, as the chamber's top Republican signaled he...

 

Wisconsin prosecutors seek Rittenhouse arrest, higher bond

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a new arrest warrant for an Illinois teen charged with shooting three people, killing two of them, during a protest over police brutality in Wisconsin after he apparently violated his...

 

Study finds COVID-19 vaccine may reduce virus transmission

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine shows a hint that it may reduce transmission of the virus and offers strong protection for three months on just a single dose, researchers said Wednesday in an encouraging turn in the campaign to suppress the outbreak....

 

Takeaways from legal filings for Trump's impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legal sparring around Donald Trump's impeachment trial is underway, with briefs filed this week laying out radically different positions ahead of next week's Senate trial. House prosecutors and the former president's defense...

 

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