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New virus has infected more than 67,000 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported b...

 

Police: Low meth prices prompt Wichita property crime drop

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A significant drop in methamphetamine prices led to a nearly a 20% decline in Wichita burglary last year, according to a police official. Thanks to the low price of meth, the theft of guns and other items from inside vehicles...

 

Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid predictions that a river running in the area around the state capital of Jackson could burst its banks and spark widespread flooding. Forecasters believe...

 

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday...

 

Trump's $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wall claim is beyond 'redemption'

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, President Donald Trump told a rally that people who are in the United States illegally are paying for his Mexico border wall. It was the latest iteration of his effort to convince the publi...

 

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings. Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia seashore. The...

 

Brothers became doctors, then their paths took them home

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Mercuri brothers get the twins question a lot. They're three years apart, but they understand why people ask. The two young doctors, John, 34, and Matt, 31, are about the same height. They share the same slight build and ma...

 

US to fly home Americans stuck on quarantined ship in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. says Americans aboard a quarantined cruise ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine. About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which...

 

Louisiana smash-and-grab jewelry heist; 4 Texas men accused

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Four Texas men are accused of smashing display cases with a sledgehammer and stealing $69,000 worth of jewelry from a Louisiana store, and Texas police are reportedly investigating similar heists. "We've had several agencies...

 

Skier suffocates to death after getting caught in chairlift

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A skier appears to have suffocated to death at a Colorado resort after he fell through an opening in a chairlift seat and became caught with his coat wrapped around his head and neck, officials said. Jason Varnish of Short...

 

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation...

 

Honeymoon ends in handcuffs: Wrong Louisiana woman arrested

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A case of mistaken identity caused a Louisiana woman to leave her honeymoon in handcuffs and spend 36 hours in the New Orleans jail before it was sorted out. Sara Saucier of Ponchatoula was on a cruise ship returning from a...

 

City Council to address swimming pool action, manager search committee

The Alva City Council will consider a couple of items relating to work on the Alva Swimming Pool during their February meeting. The council will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers. The meeting is on Tuesday due to Monday...

 

Tourism Committee to consider funding grant to Alva arena

Over the past five years the Alva Arena Authority has worked on plans for an arena and exhibition hall. Meanwhile the Alva Tourism Committee has carefully budgeted tourism tax collections with the expectation of helping the project. In this...

 

CONNIE ANN RUTHERFORD

DERBY, KANSAS – Connie Ann Rutherford, 64, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m....

 

JOAN CHRISTINE BLISS

Joan Christine Bliss, 82, of Enid, Oklahoma, died Friday, February 14, 2020. Private family services will be held. Cremation is under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher: Faint voices from beyond the Little Bighorn – Part 2

After decades had passed, Indian accounts of the Little Bighorn battle began to be accepted when they added to or confirmed specific events that had been previously described by reputable sources. However early eastern newspaper reports of the Little...

 

Happy belated Valentine's Day to all you sweethearts

Be sure and watch the Rescue Dog Show on Sunday and Monday evenings. It is pretty cool. The Westminster Dog Show winner this year was a Black Standard Poodle. What do you call too many dogs? Rover...

 

Woods County Communication logs

Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:27 a.m. – Controlled burn south of Oklahoma Highway 11 on OK-132. 12:05 p.m. – Report of a dead cow in the road. 5:35 p.m. – Caller advised they had been hit by a motorcycle. Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:40 p.m. ...

 

Marriage License Filings

Rusty Jay Stephens and Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, both of Alva: marriage license (no counselling). ($50)...

 

Woods County Court filings

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...

 

Woods County real estate transactions

Real Estate Transfers Book 1300 page 817: Edward J. Short and Sheila Short convey unto Daryl J. Gandy and Lindsay N. Headlee. Lot 5 and the west 4 feet of the south 93 ½ feet of lots 6, all in block 3, of Smith’s Subdivision of East Vale Addition...

 

Northwestern men fall to rival Southwestern in overtime

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers took a tough loss Thursday evening against in-state rival Southwestern Oklahoma State University. A continuously close game led to...

 

Lady Rangers swept by Southwestern

Alva, Okla. – The rivalry between Southwestern and Northwestern was ready to continue Thursday evening with the second meeting of the season. The Lady Rangers fell after a Southwestern 9-1 run...

 

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