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  • Phillips named Citizen of the Year

    Feb 27, 2022

    Joe Phillips is the co-owner of Frosty Joe's snow cone stand and a retired NWOSU baseball coach. He is the co-event coordinator for the BancCentral Big Cruise & Car Show, a RACE Club member, and serves on multiple local committees. Phillips loves cars and is an all-sports enthusiast. He is married to Tanya Phillips, and they have two sons, Jake and Pete, one daughter Taryn, and two grandkids, Quade and Etta....

  • Community Positive Impact Award goes to Koehn

    Feb 27, 2022

    Karen Koehn is the current guidance counselor at Northwest Technology Center's Alva campus. She has been an educator in Alva for 32 years, and she has served this community as the NWOSU Homecoming button chairman, as the co-chair of the Alva Library's chocolate fundraising auction, as the co-director of the OASC BASIC Leadership Workshop held at NWOSU, as a current Alva School Board Member, and by being actively involved with the Alva First United Methodist Church. Koehn's parents are Charles...

  • Weast named arts, music, theater winner

    Feb 27, 2022

    Kimberly Weast is the chair of Fine Arts and Reichenberger Endowed Professor of Theatre at NWOSU. She is the Executive Director of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series and Director of Theatre at Northwestern. Weast has managed, produced, or directed nearly 1,000 events including contests, beauty pageants, recitals, guest speakers, graduations, concerts, and musical and theatre productions. Her favorite event is NWOSU's Annual Children's Theatre Production where approximately 900 children per...

  • Briggs selected for Public Safety Professional award

    Feb 27, 2022

    Rudy Briggs Jr. serves as the Sheriff of Woods County. He helps to provide law enforcement services for Woods County, perform courthouse security, serve civil papers, transport prisoners, and maintain the Woods County Jail. Briggs is married to Melissa and has three sons, Cody, Zach, and Tanner, and a granddaughter Olivia....

  • Lohmann chosen for Healthcare Professional Award

    Feb 27, 2022

    Dr. Terry Lohmann is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, which was established in the early 1970s in Alva. The facility has served the local and agricultural community for almost 50 years. Dr. Lohmann has worked at Ridgeview for 45 years this May. They serve the local FFA and 4H chapters here in Alva and the surrounding communities. Lohmann has served as a past member and president of the Alva Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has also served on the...

  • The Vanilla Bean honored as Exceptional Small Business

    Feb 27, 2022

    The Vanilla Bean, owned by Teresa and Dustin Earnest, is involved with the Feeding Alva Program. They sponsor a coffee fundraiser for the youth at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In addition, they sponsor the coffee drinks at the Alva High School After Prom, and they sponsor members of the NWOSU rodeo team. The Vanilla Bean sponsors many more clubs and organizations both for the university and the public schools....

  • Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Tucker

    Feb 27, 2022

    The late Dr. Charles Tucker provided dentistry and nutritional counseling to the Alva community for 50 years. He was a member of the Alva Tourism Committee, Arena Authority, the Alva Chamber of Commerce, the First Baptist Church (of which he was a deacon and choir member), ADA, ODA, Oklahoma Dental Board, Academy of General Dentistry, and Institute of Functional Medicine. Tucker contributed to many NWOSU organizations, and all area school functions and communities. He loved to golf, hunt, snow...

  • Windy Ford named Outstanding Large Business

    Feb 27, 2022

    Windy Ford provides excellent customer service and builds long-lasting relationships with all its customers. They serve this community by supporting other local businesses. Windy Ford is family-owned and operated, and they were named number 1 in growth in the region for Ford sales. They strive daily to provide the Alva community with their automotive needs. Their "family members" include Windy Nissan and Windy Chevrolet....

  • Citizens Choice Awards Gala attracts a large crowd

    Marione Martin|Feb 27, 2022

    It was a night to remember as a crowd of about 400 people gathered at 4 Generations Organic to enjoy food and entertainment while honoring some of the best and brightest in Alva. A casino theme provided inspiration for the decorations. The Citizens Choice Awards Gala, hosted by the Alva Area Chamber of Commerce, opened with a sumptuous buffet and a cash bar. Guests were invited to check out the silent auction items arrayed around the room while being entertained by Naicee Sutter and Isi Ofiu.... Full story

  • Keeping an eye to the heavens

    Kathleen Lourde|Feb 27, 2022

    David Holland was in art school in the '80s when an industrial accident cost him the sight in one eye. But you won't catch the Oklahoma City artist's good eye downcast. "I'm an avid sky watcher," he said. Oklahoma skies are among the most varied and entertaining in the world, he said. "I relish every moment of time I spend observing and photographing storms. I think of the storms I witness as a blessing that distributes the essential building block of all life on Earth – water." In the best t... Full story

  • Tanner Groves scores 14 as Oklahoma tops Oklahoma St. in OT

    CLIFF BRUNT|Feb 27, 2022

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Tanner Groves had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Oklahoma recovered from squandering a 14-point lead in the second half to beat Oklahoma State 66-62 in overtime on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Goldwire and Umoja Gibson each added 13 points for the Sooners (15-14, 5-11 Big 12), who snapped a four-game losing streak and got their first win since losing starting guard Elijah Harkless to a season-ending injury. "They fought," Oklahoma coach Porter Moser said. "They stayed with it, and that's what we needed. We needed some c...

  • Robertson beats buzzer, No. 20 Oklahoma beats Kansas State

    Feb 27, 2022

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Taylor Robertson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give No. 20 Oklahoma a dramatic 72-69 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. Robertson took a pass from Nydia Lampkin along the left sideline and drilled the 3-pointer as time was running out. The shot capped a wild final four minutes in which six of the last seven made baskets were 3-pointers. Twice Kansas State tied the score with a 3-pointer, including Laura Macke's shot that tied it with 22 seconds left. The Sooners were 5 for 20 from 3-point distance before making t...

  • Russia hits Ukraine fuel supplies, airfields in new attacks

    YURAS KARMANAU and JIM HEINTZ|Feb 27, 2022

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia unleashed a wave of attacks on Ukraine targeting airfields and fuel facilities in what appeared to be the next phase of an invasion that has been slowed by fierce resistance. The U.S. and EU responded with weapons and ammunition for the outnumbered Ukrainians and powerful sanctions intended to further isolate Moscow. Huge explosions lit up the sky early Sunday south of the capital, Kyiv, where people hunkered down in homes, underground garages and subway stations in anticipation of a full-scale assault by Russian f...

  • West unleashes SWIFT bans, more crushing penalties on Russia

    ZEKE MILLER and RAF CASERT|Feb 27, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European nations agreed Saturday to impose the most potentially crippling financial penalties yet on Russia over its unrelenting invasion of Ukraine, going after the central bank reserves that underpin the Russian economy and severing some Russian banks from a vital global financial network. The decision, announced as Ukrainian forces battled Saturday to hold Russian forces back from Ukraine's capital and residents sheltered in subway tunnels, basements and underground garages, has potential to spread t...

  • 14 shot at Vegas hookah parlor; 1 dead and 2 critically hurt

    Feb 27, 2022

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fourteen people were shot during a party at a Las Vegas hookah lounge early Saturday, including one man who was killed and two others who were critically wounded. The shooting happened about 3:15 a.m. and preliminary information indicated there was a party during which two people got into an altercation and exchanged gunfire, said police Capt. Dori Koren. Koren told reporters no arrests have been made and no suspect descriptions were immediately available but that authorities did not believe there was any danger to the g...

  • Zelenskyy's unlikely journey, from comedy to wartime leader

    JOHN DANISZEWSKI|Feb 27, 2022

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was growing up in southeastern Ukraine, his Jewish family spoke Russian and his father once forbade the younger Zelenskyy from going abroad to study in Israel. Instead, Zelenskyy studied law at home. Upon graduation, he found a new home in movie acting and comedy — rocketing in the 2010s to become one of Ukraine's top entertainers with the TV series "Servant of the People." In it, he portrayed a lovable high school teacher fed up with corrupt politicians who accidentally becomes president. Fas...

  • Alva Ladybugs edged by Lindsay 41-40

    Marione Martin|Feb 27, 2022

    The Alva Ladybugs lost by one point to the Lindsay Leopardettes Saturday night in Hennessey 41-40. The loss moves Alva into the consolation bracket of regionals. They will face Chisholm Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in Perry. The Ladybugs will have to win that game to continue in the playoffs. After one quarter, it looked like the Ladybugs would have an easy time as they led 15-5. Morgan Heath scored six points in the quarter while Brooke Perez had five. Mary Kate Foster and Jaycee Kelln each... Full story

  • Alva Goldbugs lose by one to Hennessey 48-47

    Marione Martin|Feb 27, 2022

    The Alva Goldbugs traveled to Hennessey to face the Eagles on their home court Saturday. The start of regional playoffs was delayed twice by weather so teams had a lot of down time. The Eagles overpowered the Goldbugs in the first quarter, but Alva came back to lead by one at the half. The Goldbugs continued a narrow lead in the third but lost by one point in the fourth. With the 48-47 win, the Eagles continue to the finals on Tuesday night in Perry. The Goldbugs now have to make their way... Full story

  • Cherokee on a smartphone: Part of a drive to save a language

    MATT O'BRIEN|Feb 27, 2022

    By itself, being able to read smartphone home screens in Cherokee won't be enough to safeguard the Indigenous language, endangered after a long history of erasure. But it might be a step toward immersing younger tribal citizens in the language spoken by a dwindling number of their elders. That's the hope of Principal Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who's counting on more inclusive consumer technology — and the involvement of a major tech company — to help out. Sneed and other Cherokee leaders have spent several mon...

  • US Rep. Markwayne Mullin to run for open US Senate seat

    Feb 27, 2022

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma GOP U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin said he will run for the U.S. Senate seat that is coming open after Sen. Jim Inhofe's surprise announcement that he's retiring before his term is up. Mullin said in a video message Saturday that he planned to enter the race, as expected political shake-ups begin. "I'm just going to tell you the way it is. I'm in," he said in the video, which appeared to be recorded as he was driving. "I'm not one to back away from a fight. In fact, I believe 100% if you're going to get in a fight, y...

  • 2 Tabor College football players killed in Kansas crash

    Feb 27, 2022

    HILLSBORO, Kan. (AP) — Two Tabor College football players from California have died in a crash near Hillsboro in central Kansas, authorities said. The single-vehicle crash happened just before 4 a.m. Sunday on a rural road south of Hillsboro, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. First responders found Johnethon Aviles, of Paso Robles, California; and Christopher Castillo, of Tustin, California, dead at the scene. A third Tabor football player, Jonathan Medina, was taken to a Wichita hospital with serious injuries. Castillo, a senior, was a l...

  • BP seeks to appeal Kansas town's lawsuit over gas price hike

    Feb 27, 2022

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Energy giant BP is seeking to appeal a decision that allowed a small Kansas town's lawsuit over soaring natural gas prices in February 2021 to proceed. BP, formerly known as British Petroleum, filed two documents last week that indicate it wants to shut down a lawsuit filed by the small Crawford County town of Mulberry, The Wichita Eagle reported. One document seeks permission to appeal a Feb. 8 ruling by Chief District Judge Lori A. Bolton Fleming before the case goes to trial. In that ruling, Fleming removed the M...

  • Man saved after clinging to ice chunk in Alaska's Cook Inlet

    MARK THIESSEN|Feb 27, 2022

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man walking on a shoreline wound up clinging to a chunk of ice for more than 30 minutes in frigid water when the shoreline ice broke loose and carried him out into Cook Inlet. Jamie Snedden, 45, of Homer, was rescued Saturday near the community of Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia. He was expected to fully recover, Alaska Wildlife Troopers said. Snedden "was reported to have been walking along the shoreline on the ice when it broke free and d...

  • State of the Union: Amid disputes, common cause for Ukraine

    LISA MASCARO|Feb 27, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They have argued viciously in Congress over just about everything: Whether the Capitol insurrection should be investigated or brushed aside. If the president's choice for the Supreme Court should be limited to the first Black woman. Even over whether or not to wear masks in the Capitol building. But as lawmakers gather for President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address amid the gravity of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, they have mustered a rare and remarkable bipartisan resolve, determined to hold the U.S. and its a...

  • Many Capitol riot cases could hinge on 1st trial's outcome

    MICHAEL KUNZELMAN|Feb 27, 2022

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched one of the largest and most complex criminal investigations in its history after a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol over a year ago. Now it's time for a jury to hear some of the government's evidence about the unparalleled attack on American democracy. The first trial for one of the hundreds of Capitol riot prosecutions began this week, with jury selection starting Monday for the case against Guy Wesley Reffitt. The Texas man is charged with bringing a gun onto Capitol g...

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