Articles from the February 9, 2022 edition

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  • Woman, 3 children killed in wrong-way Texas Panhandle crash

    Feb 9, 2022

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — An Oklahoma woman and three children have been killed when the sport utility vehicle she was driving the wrong way on a remote stretch of Texas Panhandle interstate slammed into a semitrailer head-on, officials said. The crash happened about 1:40 p.m. Monday on Interstate 40 about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Adrian near the New Mexico border. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sabrina Watson, 25, of Edmond, Oklahoma, and three children, ages 7, 3 and 8 months, died when their S...

  • Oklahoma board denies parole to convicted former officer

    Feb 9, 2022

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has denied the parole request of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of 18 counts of rape and sexual assault. The board on Monday rejected the appeal of Daniel Holtzclaw, 35, who is serving a 263-year prison sentence and maintains his innocence. "He's doing good, he obviously prepares himself for the worst, but he hasn't lost hope," Jenny Holtzclaw, Daniel Holtzclaw's sister, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. His attorneys are working on a post-conviction appeal before th...

  • Oklahoma City woman arrested in fatal stabbing of boy, 7

    Feb 9, 2022

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City woman has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a 7-year-old boy believed to be her son, police said. Carina Romero, 27, was arrested on a murder warrant in the death of Jamie Garcia III, said Sgt. Gary Knight. Knight said the woman is believed to be the boy's mother, but that has not been confirmed. The boy's body was found Saturday inside Romero's southeast Oklahoma City home by officers responding to reports of a disturbance, Knight said. The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office to f...

  • McConnell rebukes RNC, calls Jan. 6 'violent insurrection'


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is criticizing the Republican National Committee for censuring two House GOP lawmakers investigating the "violent insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021, saying it's not the party's job to police the views of lawmakers. As former President Donald Trump has downplayed the attack by his supporters last year — the worst attack against the Capitol in two centuries — the RNC last week took a voice vote to approve censuring Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois at the party...

  • Macron: Putin told him Russia won't escalate Ukraine crisis


    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that Moscow would not further escalate the Ukraine crisis. Macron also said it would take time to find a diplomatic solution to the rising tensions, which represent the biggest security crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War. His remarks on a visit to Kyiv came as the Kremlin denied reports that he and Putin struck a deal on de-escalating the crisis. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "in the current s...

  • Justice Dept. announces $3.6B crypto seizure, 2 arrests

    ERIC TUCKER|Feb 9, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Tuesday its largest-ever financial seizure — more than $3.5 billion — and the arrests of a New York couple accused of conspiring to launder billions of dollars in cryptocurrency stolen from the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange. Federal law enforcement officials said they recovered roughly $3.6 billon in cryptocurrency linked to the hack of Bitfinex, a virtual currency exchange whose systems were breached nearly six years ago. Ilya "Dutch" Lichtenstein, a citizen of Russia and the Unite...

  • Red flags trailed ex-UCLA lecturer across elite universities

    STEFANIE DAZIO|Feb 9, 2022

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trail of red flags about his behavior toward women followed Matthew Harris on an academic journey that took him to three of the nation's most prestigious universities — Duke, Cornell and then the University of California, Los Angeles. Former graduate classmates at Duke and Cornell, where he studied before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA in recent years, described him as inappropriate and creepy, with obsessive behaviors like sending excessive emails and text messages to some women that became harassment and, in at...

  • Money on the table: child credit $ available via tax returns

    JOSH BOAK|Feb 9, 2022

    The Biden administration wants families with children to know that there is roughly $193 billion waiting for them — all they need to do is file their taxes to claim it. That estimated total is what remains of the expanded child tax credit, and the administration is concerned that some of those most in need of the assistance may be the least likely to get what is due to them. President Joe Biden increased the payments and expanded who was eligible as part of his coronavirus relief package. While most families already received half of the c...

  • EXPLAINER: What's Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe?

    DAVID McHUGH|Feb 9, 2022

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden has threatened to block the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine. The undersea pipeline directly links Russian gas to Europe via Germany and is complete but not yet operating. It has become a major target as Western governments try to deter a Russian attack on its neighbor. In the past, it has been a source of tension between the U.S., which opposed the project, and Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz said all options were on the table but avoided mentioning Nord Stream 2 s... Full story

  • Alfalfa County court filings

    Feb 9, 2022

    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 Montgomery Orion Sharp, Cherokee, 19, has...

  • Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

    Feb 9, 2022

    Monday, January 31, 2022 During this day there were five traffic stops. 11:37 a.m. – Medic was needed for a dehydrated female in the 400 block of main. Medic took the patient to Bass Hospital in Enid. 4:15 p.m. – Caller advised someone was burning in Nescatunga. Nescatunga Fire Department advised about the burn ban and the fire was put out. 4:40 p.m. – Caller advised her niece's house had been broken into on Cimarron Road. She advised her niece lives in Virginia and a neighbor had been checking on the property, and the day before they found the...

  • Alfalfa County officials lift burn ban but urge caution

    Stacy Sanborn|Feb 9, 2022

    Alfalfa County commissioners Mike Roach, Jay Hague, and Marvin Woodall took no action regarding the burn ban imposed on the county over the last several weeks. It had expired as of Monday's meeting. The three men asked those who burn to please use extreme caution. Alfalfa County courthouse employee Tony Hellar was present at the meeting and explained the Oklahoma Mesonet's request to relocate and improve a magnetic whip antenna. The commissioners had no problem with it, and the motion to approve was carried. The rest of the agenda items were...

  • Alva city manager resigning

    Marione Martin|Feb 9, 2022

    A special meeting of the Alva City Council will be held today, Feb. 9, to discuss and act on the resignation of Angelica Brady as city business manager. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. There will be a closed executive session to discuss the employment, hiring and appointment of the city business manager. Following a return to open session, the city council will discuss and possibly take action regarding the employment, hiring and appointment of a city...

  • Alva School Board discusses ways to improve post-Covid student performance

    Marione Martin|Feb 9, 2022

    A large part of the Alva Board of Education meeting Monday, Feb. 7, was spent in discussing how to overcome the setback in academic test scores seen since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alva School Superintendent Tim Argo began with information on the school’s strategic plan. “Each section of our strategic plan had a goal area and provided a time line,” he said. “As we all know, our timeline has been difficult to hold true as a result of Covid, but it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working.” He...

  • Burlington School Board moves forward with $10.5M bond issue

    Yvonne Miller|Feb 9, 2022

    Burlington's Board of Education shared plans for a $10.5M bond issue with their taxpaying patrons at a public meeting Jan. 28 in the existing gymnasium that was reportedly built in 1947. The bond issue proposes building a new gym; relocating the cafeteria into the “Little Gym,” building a greenhouse for the FFA's horticulture program, and relocating the third- and fourth-grade classrooms out of the portable buildings and into the existing locker rooms. The following Tuesday evening, Feb. 1, the board held a special meeting to vote on measures t...

  • South Barber FFA calf fry and work auction

    Feb 9, 2022

    It’s time for the annual South Barber FFA Calf Fry & Work Auction! Spring is around the corner and South Barber FFA members are offering just what you need to help tackle that growing list of “to dos,” once the weather warms up. Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kiowa Community Building, a free meal will be served consisting of brisket, calf fries, Blue & Gold Chicken strips, green beans, potato salad, hot roll and a dessert. Directly following the meal, 30 FFA members will each auction off an 8-hour work day for the donation of your...

  • South Barber FFA calf fry and work auction

    Feb 9, 2022

    It’s time for the annual South Barber FFA Calf Fry & Work Auction! Spring is around the corner and South Barber FFA members are offering just what you need to help tackle that growing list of “to dos,” once the weather warms up. Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kiowa Community Building, a free meal will be served consisting of brisket, calf fries, Blue & Gold Chicken strips, green beans, potato salad, hot roll and a dessert. Directly following the meal, 30 FFA members will each auction off an 8-hour work day for the donation of your...

  • South Barber Homecoming rescheduled for Feb. 18

    Yvonne Miller|Feb 9, 2022

    South Barber Jr/Sr High School Principal Brent Shaffer confirmed the new date of the school's basketball homecoming. The homecoming is Friday, Feb. 18. Now the Senior's Parent Night is prior to the boys' game, which starts at approximately 7:45 p.m., usually, Shaffer said. The homecoming queen coronation remains at halftime of the Chieftains game. SB hosts Stafford. The Trojans didn't have school the original day the game so couldn't participate. Homecoming Queen candidates are: Breckynn Behee, Grace Cantrell and Clare Pollo...

  • Senate Review

    Senator Roland Pederson|Feb 9, 2022

    The 2022 legislative session has officially kicked off with the governor’s State of the State address, and we’ll be tackling a variety of issues important to Oklahomans across the state over the next few months. The governor highlighted the need for medical marijuana reform, and I wholeheartedly agree with this issue. We’ve seen a concerning trend over the last few of years of our agricultural lands being bought at astronomical prices – typically from foreigners – to use for marijuana grows. Pa...

  • 900,000 have died from Covid-19 in the US

    Marione Martin|Feb 9, 2022

    Friday evening, I attended the First Friday Art Walk exhibition at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. It was a cold, snowy night and very few people attended. The exhibit features quilts, both full size and smaller wall hangings, made by members of the Peace by Piece quilting group. Now that the snow is melting, you can still see the colorful exhibit free at the gallery during this month. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One of the visitors...


    Feb 9, 2022

    Funeral services for Carole Claudette Grover will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 10, 2022, at the Cherokee Friends Church with Pastor Chuck Coulter officiating. Interment will be in the Byron-Amorita Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Carole Claudette Grover was born on August 28, 1937, to Claudia and Vernon Tucker of Byron, Oklahoma. During her early years, her dad and mom owned and operated a hardware store and gas station in Byron. Being an only child, and wit...


    Feb 9, 2022

    Donald Prophet of Alva, Oklahoma, passed away on February 1, 2022, at the age of 83. No services are planned at this time. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


    Feb 9, 2022

    John Allen Harding Sr., 81, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, died on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at his residence. He was born on December 20, 1940, in Goodland, Kansas, the son of Clifford and Ellen (Hendershot) Harding. John was a humble, hard-working man. As part owner/operator of two IGA grocery stores, he was also supervisor, warehouse manager, store constructor and leasing manager for Fleming Foods. He was also a carpenter and spent a good part of his later years doing remodeling and...


    Feb 9, 2022

    Joshua Luke Graves was born, October 9, 1975, in Alva, Oklahoma, to Russel and Rita (Carthrae) Graves. He attended South Barber schools where he met the love of his life, Jill (Jahay) and graduated in 1994. The foundation for his love of Jesus started at a young age when he was saved at vacation bible school and continued on at Bible Baptist Church in Alva, Oklahoma. He enjoyed the country life north of Hardtner, Kansas, with his three siblings, Mariah (Doherty), Zach, and Zeb. They spent many...


    Feb 9, 2022

    Lawrence James Baldwin of Alva, Oklahoma, passed away on February 5, 2022 at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 24 days. Lawrence was born on November 9, 1939, in Arkansas City, Kansas, to Everett and Lola Baldwin. He attended Arkansas City schools all the way through junior college. In 1959 he married Patricia Gail Belew of Burden, Kansas, and relocated to Alva, Oklahoma. Lawrence had a 55-year career as an Alva businessman serving the community he loved. In 1959 Lawrence opened Baldwin Oil Comp...

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