Articles from the February 7, 2019 edition


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  • Freedom anniversaries

    Feb 7, 2019

    Happy Anniversary To Feb. 9: Mr. & Mrs. Shane Justice Feb. 16: Mr. & Mrs. Travis Woodson, Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Winn Feb. 17: Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie Holbrook (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-305-2111)...

  • Freedom birthdays

    Feb 7, 2019

    Happy Birthday To Feb. 7: Norma Jean Smith Feb. 8: Jason Noble, Arin Powers, Tanner Kay Feb. 9: Rodney Bishop, Alicia Welty Feb. 10: Kaylyn Province Feb. 11: Ronni Poe, Mark Wardrop, Becky Beer, Chasity Stewart, Betty Selman Feb. 12: Dawn Wares, Tom Russell Feb. 13: Chad Stewart, Shelia Bilyeu, Travis Woodson Feb. 14: Ashley Wilson, Darrell Bradt Feb. 15: Ernie Gay, DeLois Shepherd, Ty Ferguson, Dana Luddington Feb. 16: Rebecca Eden, Lois Ferguson, Hank Luddington Feb. 17: Crystal Nickel, Dustin Earnest Feb. 19: Chris Bilyeu, Leonna Smith Feb....

  • Freedom United Methodist Church news

    Feb 7, 2019

    Sunday, Feb. 3, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Announcements: Thank you to all attended our UMC Pancake Supper and to those who helped in preparing the supper. Good food and good fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended. Bible study will start on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. We will be studying about the apostle Simon Peter. Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Call to Worship: Psalm 34 led by Julie Russell Opening hymn: “This Is My Father’s World” led by Debra Brown Affir...

  • Medicaid work proposal could prove a high hurdle for ex-felons

    Trevor Brown, Oklahoma Watch|Feb 7, 2019

    Like many other Oklahomans who have a criminal conviction, Lena Chatmon has struggled to rebuild her life since pleading guilty to motor vehicle-related and larceny charges in 2017. Chatmon, 21, who lives in Tulsa, is unemployed and said many employers are reluctant to hire her because of her criminal record. But as she continues to look for a job while on probation, she faces a new worry: the risk of losing her health insurance if a state proposal is approved that requires many Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week. “I go to the...

  • Alva man injured in rollover

    Marione Martin|Feb 7, 2019

    Joshua Orin Hansel, 39, of Alva, was injured Wednesday when he was ejected from his vehicle in a rollover. He was transported by Alfalfa County EMS to Share Hospital in Alva before being transported by Alva EMS to Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He was admitted there in stable condition with head, trunk internal, trunk external, arms and leg injuries. The wreck occurred at 5:30 a.m. on U.S. 64 three-tenths of a mile west of Ingersol in Alfalfa County. The highway patrol report shows Hansel...

  • Freezing drizzle and fog in Woods County Wednesday, early Thursday

    Kathleen Lourde|Feb 7, 2019

    The National Weather Service forecast freezing drizzle, freezing rain and freezing fog through Wednesday, Feb. 6, and into Thursday, Feb. 7, for northwest and north central Oklahoma, including Woods and Alfalfa counties. "Additional ice accumulation of a light glaze to less than a tenth of an inch possible," the NWS alert said, warning of slick roads, especially bridges and overpasses. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511.... Full story

  • Eagles keep up with the Railroaders

    Michael Schatz|Feb 7, 2019

    A big fourth quarter by the Lady Eagles could not bring them back in the 64-48 Senior Night loss to the Waynoka Lady Railroaders. After falling behind big, the Lady Eagles fought their way back until time ran out. The team never gave up, scoring 27 points in a furious fourth quarter while only giving up 8 points. Led by Summer Ralston, who had 14 of her 24 points in that quarter, the Lady Eagles hit six three pointers in the fourth. Other scorers were Ariana White with 14, Emily Reed with nine,... Full story

  • Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

    Sean Murphy|Feb 7, 2019

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House ramped up security by erecting guard stations in hallways, banning public access to stairwells and hiring an ex-police officer licensed to carry a gun less than one year after thousands of teachers' staged peaceful protests in the Oklahoma Capitol to demand more education funding. The increase in security was imposed by majority Republicans as a new session of the Legislature opened Monday. House Speaker Charles McCall denied the measures were prompted by the two-week teacher walkout, which w...

  • Financial challenges continue at University of Oklahoma

    Feb 7, 2019

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The condition of the University of Oklahoma's finances remains troubling, despite recovery efforts taken in the last seven months, OU's chief financial officer said in a report to the Board of Regents. OU President Jim Gallogly asked CFO Ken Rowe to provide a status report at the regents' meeting last week, The Oklahoman reported. "There's been a mixed message out there in the public about where we stand financially, whether in fact we do have need to change the way we do the business part of the university," Gallogly s...

  • 2 Oklahoma companies in trafficking lawsuit settle pay claim

    Ken Miller|Feb 7, 2019

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma companies accused in a federal human trafficking lawsuit of underpaying immigrant workers have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. A Jan. 25 order from a department Wage and Hour Division administrative law judge shows Hotelmacher and Steakmacher, both of Clinton, will pay more than $31,500, including nearly $16,200 to immigrants who were in the U.S. in 2012 on work visas. The companies do not acknowledge any violations, but agreed to make the payment "as a good faith effort with the A...

  • Clash in Kansas over tax relief quickly coming to a head

    John Hana|Feb 7, 2019

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's election victory suggested that Kansas repudiated past GOP fiscal policies, yet voters also encouraged top Republicans to pursue income tax relief by giving conservatives more power in the Legislature. The contradiction is driving a political clash coming to a head quickly. The Republican-dominated state Senate gave first-round approval Wednesday to a tax bill and planned to take another, final vote Thursday to determine whether it moves to the GOP-controlled House. The proposal is designed t...

  • Embattled Kansas military school plans to close

    Roxana Hegeman|Feb 7, 2019

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An embattled Kansas military school announced Wednesday it plans to close after this school year, saying it has unfairly become a target for litigation and negative media portrayals. St. John's Military School in Salina said in a news release that its leaders have sought to sustain the school through various strategies, but "the landscape of education has changed dramatically" resulting in lower enrollment and unsustainable higher costs of education. "This, combined with St. John's having unfairly become a target for legal...

  • KBI: Father and son's death were murder-suicide

    Feb 7, 2019

    REXFORD, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says the deaths of a Kansas father and son were a murder-suicide. Rawlins County emergency responders found the bodies of 74-year-old Gary Withers and 41-year-old Daniel Withers Feb. 1 on a farm in northwest Kansas. The KBI said in a news release Wednesday that preliminary autopsies revealed the elder Withers was killed by a gunshot wound and his death was a homicide. The autopsy findings indicated Daniel Withers died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The KBI says evidence suggests t...

  • Man arrested after wife dies, her grandmother injured

    Feb 7, 2019

    ARMA, Kan. (AP) — A 32-year-old Kansas man is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife and an attack on her grandmother. Crawford County authorities allege Jeremy Delmarco fatally stabbed his wife, 34-year-old Brandy Delmarco, and stabbed her grandmother, 84-year-old Dorma Lemaster Monday at a home near Arma. The Joplin Globe reports Capt. Danny Smith said Jeremy Delmarco, struggled with a deputy despite being shot several times with a stun gun. A second deputy helped arrest J...

  • Crime reported on Kansas campus hit 10-year low in 2018

    Feb 7, 2019

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas officials say crimes reported on the Lawrence campus in 2018 dropped to the lowest level in 10 years. The Office of Public Safety said in a news release Wednesday that 619 crimes were reported last year, down 8 percent from 670 in 2017. The report found theft continues to be the most common crime, with 150 reported in 2018. That was followed by drug crimes, with 113 reports, and property damage, with 91 reports. Assault reports rose significantly from 2017, with a total of 34, up from 14 in 2017. N...

  • Woman, dog die in Kansas City, Kansas, house fire

    Feb 7, 2019

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, fire officials say woman and a dog died in a house fire. Assistant Fire Chief Morris Lechter says a man was able to escape the fire early Wednesday. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The woman and dog were discovered after firefighters knocked down the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation....

  • Arrest made in death of infant Great Bend girl

    Feb 7, 2019

    GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — The father of a 5-month-old girl who died in January has been arrested in her death. Great Bend police say Wednesday that 20-year-old Cody Lane Reed, of Great Bend, is being held the Barton County jail without bond pending formal charges. The girl, Lettizia Reed, was hospitalized on Jan. 28 after emergency crews found her injured at an apartment. She died three days later. Preliminary autopsy results found the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is helping with the i... Full story

  • Officers recognize, arrest woman who barked at police dog

    Feb 7, 2019

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who barked at a police dog attracted the attention of officers, who arrested her on outstanding warrants. Lafayette police say officers were conducting a traffic stop Monday when 20-year-old Kiana Champagne Fletcher, who was standing in front of her home, began barking at a police dog sniffing the stopped car. The Journal and Courier reports that officers recognized Fletcher and knew she had two outstanding warrants. Police say Fletcher ran inside her house, but officers arrested her after obtaining a s...

  • Arizona city officials want border wall's razor wire removed

    Feb 7, 2019

    NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in a small Arizona border city passed a resolution Wednesday night condemning the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown. The City Council in Nogales, which sits on the border with Nogales, Mexico, wants the federal government to remove all concertina wire installed within the city limits. Otherwise, Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino said the city will sue. City officials say Army troops installed more horizontal layers of the wire along the border wall l...

  • Woman accuses elected Virginia official of sexual assault

    MICHAEL BIESECKER and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN|Feb 7, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A California woman went public with her sexual assault accusation against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Wednesday, saying in a statement that she suppressed the memory for years but came forward in part because of the possibility that the Democrat could succeed a scandal-mired governor . Vanessa Tyson, a 42-year-old political science professor who studies the intersection of politics and the #MeToo movement, said Fairfax held her head down and forced her to perform oral sex on him in his hotel room at the Democratic N...

  • San Francisco police release sketch of "Doodler' killer

    JOCELYN GECKER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ|Feb 7, 2019

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed at least five men to death from early 1974 to late 1975. He became known as the "Doodler" after a victim who survived an attack told police the man was doodling while they talked at a late-night diner and said he was a cartoonist. At a news c...

  • With anti-abortion push, Trump woos evangelicals again

    JONATHAN LEMIRE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI|Feb 7, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a fierce denunciation of late-term abortions, President Donald Trump is making a move to re-energize evangelical voters whose support will be vital in heading off any possible 2020 primary challenge. Trump, at arguably the weakest point of his presidency, seized on abortion during his State of the Union address Tuesday to re-engage on a divisive cultural issue, using both religious rhetoric aimed at conservative Christians and scathing attacks on Democratic lawmakers who support abortion rights — in particular, Vir...

  • Spotify takes a big jump into the podcasting game

    MAE ANDERSON|Feb 7, 2019

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is making a bigger bet on podcasts as it looks to bring a Netflix-like model of original programs to the audio world. The music-streaming pioneer gobbled up two podcasting companies, Gimlet and Anchor, on Wednesday. Although streaming is becoming an increasingly popular way to listen to music, Spotify and other services such as Pandora have struggled to make money because of the royalties and other fees that they have to pay recording labels, songwriters and performers. The acquisitions are about "expanding our m...

  • Analysis: Is Kim Jong Un really ready to make a deal?

    ERIC TALMADGE|Feb 7, 2019

    TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump used his biggest stage of the year to announce a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in his State of the Union address that he intends to meet Kim on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, saying that although much work remains to be done toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, his relationship with Kim is a good one. But is Kim really ready to make a deal? Here's why the stakes will be higher this time around. ___ LOWERING EXPECTATIONS Trump's announcement of the summit's timing and location was e...

  • Trump speech viewed by 46.8 million viewers

    Feb 7, 2019

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's State of the Union address was seen by 46.8 million television viewers, an increase over his 2018 speech. The Nielsen company said the speech, which was delayed by the government shutdown, topped last year's audience of 45.6 million. His first such address before Congress in 2017 was seen by 47.7 million. The Trump-friendly Fox News Channel dominated the coverage, with 11.1 million people watching the speech on that network. NBC was second with 7.1 million, CBS had 6.7 million, ABC had 5.9 m...

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