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Freedom local livestock show results

The Freedom FFA Local Stock Show began at 8:30 last Friday morning. About 50 patrons sat in the stands and supported the 4-H and FFA members. A total of 15 members showed gilts, barrows, does, goats,... Full story

 

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 March 2: Mr. & Mrs. Russell Nickel March 5: Mr. & Mrs. Ty Harper (Note: Send corrections, additions...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To 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...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Feb. 9, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger We will have a potluck dinner after church services next Sunday, Feb. 16. Invocation by Pastor Todd Call to Worship: Psalm 150 led by...

 

Freedom School calendar

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Feb. 14: High School district basketball tournament: 6:30 p.m. Freedom girls vs DCLA/Billings at Burlington. 8 p.m. Freedom boys vs DCLA/Billings at Burlington. Feb. 15: High School district basketball tournament Feb. 17:...

 

Oklahoma House panel approves conversion therapy ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children would be prohibited in Oklahoma under a bill approved on Wednesday by a Republican-controlled legislative committee. In a bipartisan vote, the House Committee on...

 

Oklahoma fines charter school $530,527 for exceeding costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education hit an online charter school with a half-million-dollar fine for exceeding the legal limit on administrative costs. Epic One-on-One spent 5.58% of its total budget on administrative...

 

Oklahoma Senate approves bill to allow more armed teachers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School teachers in Oklahoma with a gun license would be able to carry firearms into their classrooms with district approval under a bill approved in the state Senate. The bill, approved on a 37-7 vote mostly along party lines,...

 

Judge rules Oklahoma transgender inmate lawsuit can proceed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A transgender inmate can sue the state of Oklahoma and prison officials who she says stopped her hormone therapy because they thought she was faking her gender identity, a federal judge has ruled. A physician's assistant...

 
 By AVERY OSEN    Sports    February 13, 2020

Anei helps lead Oklahoma State over Kansas State 64-59

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Last season, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton had one of his worst basketball experiences of his life during a 39-point loss at Kansas State. Fast forward one year, Boynton and the Cowboys got their redemption in a 64-59...

 

Woman admits to getting paid to care for jailed man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicaid by claiming she was caring for a man when he was in jail. The Kansas attorney general's office said in a news release that 52-year-old Gretta Elaine Smith entered the...

 

Kansas' new elections chief sparks own voting-rights dispute

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top election official says the state needs another year to prepare before it can give voters a choice of polling places on Election Day, even though it has been nearly 10 months since the Legislature enacted a law aimed...

 

Patrol: Several injured in school bus accident near Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says several children from Wichita suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a school bus they were on rolled onto its side near Emporia. Patrol Lt. Dave Hundley said 36 students, two teachers, a...

 

Sheriff: 8 Kansas deputies suspended for illegal steroids

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Eight Sedgwick County jail deputies have been suspended during an investigation into the sale and possession of illegal steroids, Sheriff Jeff Easter said Wednesday. All the activity, which had been going on for a year,...

 

Man arrested after standoff at Kansas indoor water park

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been taken into custody at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kansas, after a standoff that led to a temporary lockdown at the indoor water park and hotel. Police said in a news release that...

 

Lawrence officials consider illegal camping ordinance change

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials are looking into changing or possibly repealing ordinances that make it illegal to camp or sleep on public land, in city parks and in downtown Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that city...

 

Study: Kansas educators make less than peers in other states

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A study reveals that Kansas universities pay their instructors less compared to schools of the same size with similar programs in other states. The latest figures from the Kansas Board of Regents show state university...

 

Kansas trooper finds nearly $350K of suspected drug money

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found nearly $350,000 of suspected drug money hidden in the gas tank of a pickup truck after pulling over the driver on Interstate 70. The Wichita Eagle reports that federal...

 

Former Wichita teacher charged with sex crimes with teen

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A fired Wichita teacher and recent city council candidate has been charged with sex crimes with a teenage student. The Wichita Eagle reports that 39-year-old Rodney Wren made a first appearance Monday on three counts of having...

 

Man, woman charged in fatal Pizza Hut shooting in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man and woman have been charged in the fatal shooting of a Pizza Hut employee during a robbery attempt in which the victim's coworkers hid in the freezer of the Kansas City, Kansas, restaurant. Wyandotte County...

 

Police: Reported Civil War cannonball was actually a buoy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The digging of a swimming pool revealed what could have been a dangerous discovery in South Carolina. But, as news outlets report, the round object found by workers in Charleston on Wednesday afternoon was much less...

 

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