Articles from the February 25, 2022 edition

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  • Religious services and events

    Feb 25, 2022

    Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Braudrick. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at Sunday: Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship begins at 5:30 p.m. Young adults gather at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Wednesday services include 7 p.m. Bible Study, and youth group also meets at 7 p.m. Alva Friends Church Please meet us for coffee and donut fellowship at 10:15 a.m. every...

  • Let's study the Bible

    Kim Barker, College Hill Church of Christ|Feb 25, 2022

    Noah lived at a time when there were no righteous men left of his generation. The world was full of evil. The Lord saw “that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Noah was the exception. Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man and he walked faithfully with God. God was sorry that he had made man and decided to destroy the earth and man. Noah found favor with the Lord. He was instructed to build the ark, the kind of wood, the dimensions, and exactly how to build it. He was in...

  • Walmart awards Alva Police Department $4,500; money will help upgrade equipment

    Stacy Sanborn|Feb 25, 2022

    The Alva Police Department is the happy recipient of a grant recently awarded by Walmart. The department qualified and received a $4,500 grant from the store as part of the company's community grant program, which focuses on meeting community needs by providing grants to local organizations, according to the website The police department plans to use the grant money to help with upgrading aging equipment. Assistant Chief Patrick Hawley gave high remarks to Walmart, especially Alva's Walmart store manager, James...

  • Tuesday night bowling standings, week of Feb. 22

    Feb 25, 2022

    Team Standings Knights of Columbus 69 ½ Wins 34 ½ Losses The Bowl Movements 66 Wins 38 Losses Dilly Dilly 62 Wins 42 Losses Rollin GoodTimes 49 Wins 55 Losses O'Bar 48 ½ Wins 55 ½ Losses Marshall's Oldtimers 7 ½ Wins 56 ½ Losses Next Frame 44 Wins 60 Losses Livin' on a Spare 29 ½ Wins 74 ½ Losses Last Week's Top Scores Scratch Game Dilly Dilly – 945 Knights of Columbus – 842 Marshall's Oldtimers – 813 Scratch Series Dilly Dilly – 2701 Knights of Columbus – 2369 Marshall's Oldtimers – 2285 Handicap Game Dilly Dilly – 1224 Marshall's Oldtimers...

  • Lady Rangers win thriller over Harding to clinch GAC Playoff spot

    NWOSU Sports|Feb 25, 2022

    ALVA, Okla. – The Lady Rangers defeated the Lady Bisons for the first time in school history Saturday on Senior Night, 65-63. Northwestern trailed by 10 at halftime and outscored Harding 24-12 in the third quarter storming back to beat the Bisons. Northwestern's strong second half created a battle down the stretch before pulling out the victory. The Lady Rangers advance to 11-9 conference record with a 15-11 overall record. The Lady Bisons drop to a 17-8 overall record and a 13-7 conference record. This marked the most wins in the school p...

  • Scheevel earns first win at K-State

    NWOSU Sports|Feb 25, 2022

    ALVA, Okla. – It’s taken two and a half years, but Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Tyler Scheevel finally picked up his first Central Plains Region victory. Scheevel, an all-around cowboy from Lester Prairie, Minnesota, scored the steer wrestling title this past weekend at the Kansas State University rodeo in Manhattan, Kansas. He started off strong with a 4.4-second run to finish second in the opening round, then was 4.9 for a fourth-place finish in the championship round. The two-run cumulative time of 9.3 seconds was enough to cl...

  • Rangers win battle over Harding to close out Senior Day

    NWOSU Sports|Feb 25, 2022

    ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern defeats Harding University on senior night 100-94 in a high scoring thriller. Both teams battled back and forth the entire game. With the win, Northwestern closes out the Rangers sweep over Harding on the 2022 season. The Rangers add to their win streak advancing to a 19-7 overall record with a 14-6 conference record. The Bison fall to a 4-16 conference record and a 6-20 overall record. Malik Parsons led Northwestern in points with 25 followed by Brian Free with 15. Parsons shot 9-10 at the free-throw line with 90 p...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Feb 25, 2022

    Now that we have concluded another football season, we can also wrap up this series of articles by looking at a member of the newly crowned National Football League (NFL) champions, the Los Angeles Rams. His name is Johnny Hekker, and he has earned a reputation as an excellent punter. In ten years in the NFL, he has punted over 700 times with an average kick travelling more than 46.5 yards. In the 2021 season, he was the highest paid punter in the NFL. Hekker holds the record – at 65 yards ...

  • Chips ahoy!

    Arden Chaffee|Feb 25, 2022

    Computer riddle: “What do you do for a bad chip?” Answer: “Good bean dip.” The problem is not one of bad chips, but no chips at all. The shortage has crippled industries making everything from vehicles to toasters; chips have sometimes been called “The New Oil.” This supply chain imbalance is the result of pandemic disturbance combined with the world’s dependence on China and Japan to manufacture and distribute the little beasties. These infamous chips are made from silicon, the second most a...

  • Spring Break at Northwestern to be observed

    Feb 25, 2022

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University will observe the traditional collegiate spring break from March 14-18. Classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, March 21. Administrative offices at all three campuses and the J.W. Martin Library will be closed Monday through Friday, March 14-18. As a reminder to individuals who are interested in attending Northwestern in the summer or fall, enrollment currently is open for the summer session, and enrollment opens March 22 for the fall. Students taking interim classes scheduled for May 9-27 need...

  • Education fair opportunities set for education majors

    Feb 25, 2022

    Education employers seeking employees have an opportunity to go right to the source by attending the spring 2022 Education Fair at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Alva. The in-person event will take place Monday, March 7, in the Student Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to noon. Northwestern education majors are welcome to attend and should be prepared to provide copies of resumes and cover letters. Oklahoma education organizations currently attending are Aline-Cleo Public Schools, Alva Public Schools, Blackwell Public Schools, Boise City...

  • Search committee established to assist in selection of next Northwestern president

    Feb 25, 2022

    The Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) officials have announced the presidential search screening committee members tasked with advising the Regents in the process for finding a replacement for Dr. Janet Cunningham, who will retire as the university’s president at the end of June. These members held their first committee meetings on Feb. 18 to discuss the process with the Higher Education Leadership Search firm. Committee members appointed by RUSO include the following: Regents · Eric Fisher (committee chair) · Jane McDermott · Chri...

  • Alva City Council names six to executive search committee

    Marione Martin|Feb 25, 2022

    During a regular meeting Tuesday night, the Alva City Council selected members of the Executive Search Committee. The committee’s main task will be to look at qualifications, interview and narrow down the number of candidates for the city business manager position. The city council will make the final decision. Earlier the mayor announced the committee would consist of two Alva citizens, three city council members and one city employee. By limiting council members to three, there can be no q...

  • Alva Water Department honored at council meeting

    Marione Martin|Feb 25, 2022

    Drake Lewis, assistant water superintendent, was the only member of the City of Alva Water Department who came to the city council meeting Tuesday night. His reward was the presentation of a certificate of appreciation by Mayor Kelly Parker. City Business Manager Angelica Brady told Lewis he will be receiving an extra day of pay, tickets for two to the Rialto Theatre for a movie, and dinner for two at the restaurant of his choice as long as it is in the city limits. Other members of the water... Full story

  • New packer truck purchased for Alva Sanitation Department

    Marione Martin|Feb 25, 2022

    As the marathon two and one-half hour meeting neared an end Tuesday night, Alva Mayor Kelly Parker addressed the need to purchase a new truck for the sanitation department. The city council meeting had adjourned, and the purchase was part of the Alva Utility Authority meeting that followed. “I don’t want to prolong the meeting, but sanitation has been in dire need of a new vehicle or newer at minimum for quite some time,” said Parker. “This would get them back to a better operating positio...

  • Waynoka FFA has a blast celebrating FFA Week

    Makinzie Smith, FFA Reporter|Feb 25, 2022

    The week started off with FFA members attending the Church of Christ and Methodist Church. On Monday coloring pages were collected from the coloring contest and winners were picked. Tuesday morning donuts were taken to the co-op for the farmers and coloring contest winner pages were hung up for everyone to view. The officer team also visited the Canton FFA to attend the Good Will Tour. We are thankful the Canton FFA allowed us to crash their event and enjoyed talking with the state FFA officers...

  • The history of Hatfield Park and the W.P.A. pool in Alva, Oklahoma

    Dr. Kay Decker, Exec. Dir. Freedom West CDC and Prof. Emeritus of Sociology, NWOSU|Feb 25, 2022

    Alva was established in 1893 with the opening, by the federal government, of the Cherokee Outlet for settlement by homesteaders. This "strip" of land comprised of approximately 6.5 million acres was formerly owned by the Cherokee Tribe. It was used by tribal members for hunting purposes, and the tribe leased it to various cattle companies, such as the Comanche Pool Cattle Syndicate. Cattlemen had formed the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association in 1883, with its headquarters in Caldwell, Kansas.... Full story

  • Inhofe's resignation shakes up GOP politics in Oklahoma

    SEAN MURPHY|Feb 25, 2022

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The decision by Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator, Jim Inhofe, to step down from the seat he's held for decades is expected to trigger a flurry of political hopefuls jumping into the race to succeed him. Inhofe, 87, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced his decision on Friday and endorsed his chief of staff, Luke Holland, 35, as his replacement. But numerous high-profile Republicans in the state also are considering a possible run, including U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Kevin Hern, w...

  • Beer thief fatally shot by Tulsa convenience store guard

    Feb 25, 2022

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man who tried to steal beer from a convenience store in north Tulsa was fatally shot by a security guard after pointing a gun at the guard, police said. Dewayne James, 21, died after being shot outside the store, Officer Andre Baul said Friday. The name of the guard has not been released. The guard has not been arrested and has not been interviewed because he has requested an attorney, Baul said. The guard told officers that he confronted James outside the store after James left without paying for the beer he had taken, a...

  • Two men charged in fatal beating of homeless man in Wichita

    Feb 25, 2022

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two homeless men have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal beating of another man near downtown Wichita. David Chandler, 63, and Abel Molina, 31, made their first court appearances on Friday. Their bonds were set at $500,000, KFDI reported. The two men were arrested after police found Blake Barnes, 30, severely injured Feb. 22 at a bridge near the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. Barnes, who was also homeless, died later from his injuries. Witnesses told police Barnes had been beaten several times with a m...

  • Top Kansas school official suspended over offensive remark

    JOHN HANNA|Feb 25, 2022

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' school board suspended the state's top public school administrator Friday over an offensive public comment about Native Americans, rejecting the resignation he submitted after the governor and indigenous leaders demanded it. Education Commissioner Randy Watson will be suspended for 30 days without pay, starting Monday. The 10-member elected State Board of Education appoints the commissioner to run the State Department of Education. A special meeting Friday of the Republican-majority board began with Chair Jim P...

  • Wichita police say two deaths appear to be murder-suicide

    Feb 25, 2022

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man and woman died of gunshot wounds in a Wichita recreational vehicle park in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Friday. Officers went to the All Seasons RV Park late Thursday after someone called to report they had been unable to get ahold of the man and woman. Police found Jay Shrum, 56, and Marni Shrum, 59, dead of apparent gunshot wounds, police spokesman Trevor Macy said in a news release. Macy said the case is believed to be a domestic violence murder-suicide but the investigation is ongoin...

  • US sanctions on Russian oligarchs miss richest of rich


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The term Russian oligarch conjures images of posh London mansions, gold-plated Bentleys and sleek superyachts in the Mediterranean, their decks draped with partiers dripping in jewels. But the raft of sanctions on oligarchs announced by President Joe Biden this week in response to the invasion of Ukraine may do little to dim the jet-setting lifestyles of Russia's ultra-rich and infamous – much less force a withdrawal of tanks and troops. U.S. sanctions target Russian President Vladmir Putin and a handful of individuals bel...

  • 'Stand your ground' laws proliferate after Trayvon spotlight


    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The "stand your ground" self-defense law had been in effect in Florida for more than six years when it became part of the national vocabulary with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. When the 17-year-old was fatally shot, Florida was still one of the few states with the law that removes the duty to retreat before using deadly force in the face of danger. Now, upwards of 30 states have some form of the law and recent research indicates they are associated with more deaths — as many as 700 additional firearm kil...

  • CDC: Many healthy Americans can take a break from masks

    CARLA K. JOHNSON and MIKE STOBBE|Feb 25, 2022

    Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for communities where COVID-19 is easing its grip, with less of a focus on positive test results and more on what's happening at hospitals. The new system greatly changes the look of the CDC's risk map and puts more than 70% of the U.S. population in counties where the coronavirus is posing a low or...

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