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  • Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited US military role

    Robert Burns|Feb 13, 2019

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Tuesday that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that in talks with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, he stressed U.S. respect for Iraqi sovereignty, an issue that has become a hot-button topic among Iraqis since President Donald Trump suggested using Iraq as a base for monitoring neighboring Iran and for potential a...

  • Blackface scandal prompts others to confront their memories


    Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine. Acosta, now 57, thought nothing of it at the time. But several years later he said he realized it was ignorant and wrong. And those feelings came flooding back again after a medical school yearbook photo recently surfaced of a man in blackface standing with a person dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes on the page...

  • Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy giving

    Sally Ho|Feb 13, 2019

    KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, say they are not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving. It's come in high-profile moments at the World Economic Forum, the shifting political conversation about taxes and socialism in the U.S., and best-selling book "Winners Take All," which calls the influence of high-dollar giving an "elite charade." "I'm not s...

  • Study: Ancient European stone monuments spread from Brittany

    Feb 13, 2019

    BERLIN (AP) — A new study suggests the practice of building huge stone monuments spread throughout ancient Europe from northwestern France. So-called megaliths have long fascinated archaeologists because of the immense skill and effort required to build monuments like Stonehenge in England. Using thousands of radiocarbon measurements, Bettina Schulz Paulsson of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden performed a statistical analysis of European monuments, concluding that the earliest sites were built in Brittany between 4,500 and 4,100 BC. In a...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump says no more planes or cows under Dems

    CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN|Feb 13, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Let Democrats have their way, President Donald Trump suggested, and the United States will become a country without border security, airplanes or cows. Trump warned of a variety of dire consequences from the Democratic playbook as he rallied Monday night in the border city of El Paso, Texas, in a hall where banners proclaimed "Finish the Wall" even though he barely has a start on the one he promised. Both at the White House and in El Paso, he presented the border wall as a work in progress, hailing the start of a "big, big p...

  • Butterfly Center asks judge to stop Texas border wall

    Nomaan Merchant|Feb 13, 2019

    HOUSTON (AP) — The nonprofit National Butterfly Center has asked a federal judge to stop border wall activity on its property as the Trump administration gears up to build new walls and fencing in South Texas and may soon win funding for more. In a motion filed late Monday, center director Marianna Trevino Wright says heavy machinery has been driving through their property for a week, including a road grader accompanied by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle. Wright alleged that someone had cut the lock on a center fence and r...

  • US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million

    Christopher Rugaber|Feb 13, 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing the economy. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings jumped 2.4 percent in December to 7.3 million. That is the most since records began in December 2000. It is also far greater than the number of unemployed, which stood at 6.3 million that month. Businesses have shrugged off a variety of potential troubles for the economy in the past t...

  • US strikes IS-held mosque as Syria battle intensifies

    BASSEM MROUE|Feb 13, 2019

    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last stronghold in eastern Syria amid reports of more civilian casualties. The U.S.-led coalition said warplanes struck the mosque in the small town of Baghouz on Monday in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. It said the airstrike occurred as IS was using the mosque to direct attacks and employ suicide car bombs against the SDF. "This m...

  • AP Explains: Catalans appear at 'trial of century' in Spain

    ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON|Feb 13, 2019

    MADRID (AP) — It's being billed as Spain's "trial of the century": A dozen politicians and activists are in in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stemming from their involvement in Catalonia's push for independence in 2017. The defendants face charges including rebellion and sedition in a proceeding that is being televised live and expected to last at least three months. It could set the course for the Catalan secession movement and the tone of national politics for years to come. HOW DID WE GET HERE? The charges stem from the Catalan independence r...

  • Short agenda makes for short meeting for Alfalfa County commissioners

    Stacy Sanborn|Feb 13, 2019

    The regularly scheduled meeting for Alfalfa County commissioners was a short one Monday morning. There were no road crossing permits for the week, but all other routine items were accepted and approved (minutes from the last meeting, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, and blanket purchase orders). There were no appointments to be made for the Fair Board, and a couple minor clerical errors on the assessor's inventory paperwork were approved to be corrected. To train the three new employees in that office, commissioners approved a...

  • Local students named to fall 2018 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University

    Feb 13, 2019

    Four local students named to the Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University for the fall 2018 semester. Sara Kaitlyn Fischer, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, is a junior majoring in elementary education. Avery Marie Larkin. Medicine Lodge, is a junior majoring in accounting. Brenna L. Lawless, Medicine Lodge, is a senior majoring in biology (wildlife). Whitney Jae Randall, Alva, is a sophomore majoring in health and human performance (K-12 teaching and coaching). The Deans Honor Roll includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students...

  • South Barber School Board extends contracts to superintendent and principals

    Yvonne Miller|Feb 13, 2019

    South Barber's Board of Education met for their February meeting Monday night with a rather short agenda. After spending approximately 30 minutes in executive session mid-meeting, the board voted to extend two-year contracts to Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller and to K-6 Building Coordinator Adam Maloney; and a 1 year contract to Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer. Clerk Julie Johnson explained that Shaffer is in the middle of a 2-year contract and this will put all three administrators on the same schedule. Board President Mark Pollock called...

  • Medicine Lodge basketball stats

    Feb 13, 2019

    February 5, 2019 Medicine Lodge (58) Dakota Bayliff—8 Theron Wedel—15 Garrett Burden—20 Tyce Lonker—4 Dasik Clouse—2 Kirk Fisher—4 Kyson Cunningham—5 Chaparral (68) Pfaff—24 Cormack—2 Wootonn—8 Francis—7 Burke—6 Atkins, M.—5 Hurt—12 Harding—4 February 8, 2019 Medicine Lodge (54) Dakota Bayliff—10 Theron Wedel—8 Garrett Burden—20 Cason Liebst—4 Dasik Clouse—7 Kirk Fisher—3 Devon Cox—2 Douglass (47) Jones—3 Kiekel—4 Kaleb Hurd—16 Niblack—17 Martin—7...


    Feb 13, 2019

    Betty Jean (Harrover) Beasley, 92, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, passed away on January 19, 2019, at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center. She was born on October 31, 1926, in Alva, Oklahoma, to Benjamin Franklin Harrover and Mary Lockhart Vest. She is survived by her children: son Mark Beasley of Pagosa Springs; daughters Jan Beasley of Pagosa Springs and Sue Jackson (John) of Mancos, Colorado; daughter-in-law Joan Landau (Michael) of Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren Naomi, Dawn, Noah (Brittany),...


    Feb 13, 2019

    Melinda Kaye Cash, age 52, of Alva passed from this life February 7, 2019, at Share Convalescent Center in Alva. She was born May 22, 1966, to Bud and Melva Dokes in Indianapolis, Indiana. Melinda graduated from Jet Nash High School in 1984 and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Rogers State College in Claremore. Melinda married Rocky Cash January 19, 1989. Melinda worked at several jobs over the years. The one she loved the most was as a classroom aide at Jet...

  • 'Where am I?'

    Marione Martin|Feb 13, 2019

    In writing about my husband Lynn’s cancer journey, I mentioned something called chemo brain. Chemotherapy can affect a person’s cognitive abilities, especially short term memory. Many factors influence how much a person is affected. One factor is age. Older individuals, especially those who were already showing some signs of mental decline, will see more changes. A person’s overall health is also a factor. At 77 years old, Lynn was already showing some memory issues before his diagnosis. He wa...

  • Races develop in Cherokee, Goltry and Waynoka city elections

    Marione Martin|Feb 13, 2019

    Filing for municipal offices ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. Three towns in Woods and Alfalfa counties will have races on the April 2 general election ballot. Waynoka will have two contested council seats and Cherokee will have one. Goltry has three town board trustee positions open with seven candidates filing. All the following are four year terms except those listed for unexpired terms which are two years. Here are the final results of filing: Woods County Alva Mayor: Kelly Parker City Clerk: Melody Theademan City Marshal: Jim Scribner...

  • South Barber girls win basketball homecoming game

    Feb 13, 2019

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  • Cole Coggins 2nd in the over 1000 point club at South Barber

    Yvonne Miller|Feb 13, 2019

    After playing in over 80 basketball games in his high school career, South Barber senior Cole Coggins got a surprise Friday night. In front of the large crowd at Parent's Night and the 2019 Homecoming, his head basketball coach Tim Carey announced that Coggins joined the over 1000 point scoring club at South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kansas. Carey described Coggins as "a very consistent player." The coach provided Coggins' statistics which show: 16.7 points/game (ppg), 11.8 rebounds/game...

  • Waynoka Local Livestock Show held

    Sagelyn Budy|Feb 13, 2019

    The Waynoka Local Livestock Show was Saturday, Feb. 9. The show started with the goats. The Grand Champion Doe Goat was shown by Makenzie Smith, Grand Champion Wether Goat went to Tayen Redgate and Reserve Grand Champion Wether to Brooke Ferguson. In the swine show, the Grand Champion Gilt was exhibited by Chris Green and the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt by Granger Anderson. In the barrows, Mattie Pitts showed the Grand Champion with her Hamp and the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow went to Tayen... Full story

  • Burlington seniors recognized

    Feb 13, 2019

  • Cherokee Chiefs, Lady Chiefs, win district championships

    Feb 13, 2019

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  • South Barber Homecoming Court

    Feb 13, 2019

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  • BJCC- Inmate Graduation 02-08-2019

    Feb 13, 2019

  • Freedom School Board 02-12-2019

    Feb 13, 2019

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