Articles from the March 9, 2017 edition

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Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

Happy Birthday To March 9: Louise Darr, Roy Whitaker March 10: Cooper Eden, Bill Wardrop, Leo Dotter, Cheyenne Stansberry March 11; Melissa Toile, Gerald Schultz, Larry Sample, Janell Darr March 12: Harold Hepner, Hazel Bliss, Gage Nailon, Autumn...

 

Oklahoma DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh cancels 10 county jail contracts

OKLAHOMA CITY – Wednesday, Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Joe M. Allbaugh sent letters to 10 county jail administrators announcing the cancellation of their contracts with the agency. The move is expected to save the DOC an estim...

 

Oklahoma Department of Corrections launches new online inmate lookup

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has launched a new and improved online inmate lookup for public use. The site contains new features allowing the release of more accurate information regarding inmates sentenced to state...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 9, 2017

Wildfires continue to burn in northwest Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Forestry Service is coordinating firefighting efforts in northwest Oklahoma with Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout and Mooreland. The fires include areas Beaver, Harper and Woodward...

 

Fire relief efforts for cattlemen in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties

OKLAHOMA CITY – A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) to help cattlemen in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties who have been affected by recent wildfires in the area. “When unfortunate situations...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

Sunday, March 5, was the first Sunday of Lent. The order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Opening Prayer given by Pastor Woody Hamon Call to Worship Psalm 48:1-14 led by Dixie Stansberry Opening...

 

Freedom school calendar

Thursday, March 9: 3:30-9:30 p.m. Parent-teacher conferences Friday, March 10: No school March 13-17: Spring break, no school Saturday. April 1: Junior-Senior Prom Friday, April 7: Snow day, no school Wednesday, April 12: 3:30 p.m. 4-H meeting...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    March 9, 2017

Woods County escapes fire damage so far

The flurry of wildfires surrounding Freedom and Woods County has not yet crossed the Cimarron River, which lies on the southern border of Woods County and the northern border of Woodward County. Woods County Commissioner Randy McMurphy said county...

 

Northwestern to observe Spring Break; summer enrollment open

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will observe the traditional collegiate spring break from March 12-17. Classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, March 20. Administrative offices at all three campuses will be closed Monday through Th...

 

Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds are forecast to ease from the gusts that whipped the flames....

 

Wind conditions should ease, helping crews battle wildfires

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Winds are expected to slow down Wednesday, but weather conditions are still not ideal for emergency crews battling deadly wildfires in largely rural areas of four states, which have choked the air with smoke and burned...

 

Woods County Burn Ban Resolution

Wednesday, March 8, in a special meeting at 11 a.m. the Woods County commissioners signed a two-week burn ban for the county. This is the text of the resolution, which explains the prohibitions and restrictions. Resolution The Woods County Board of...

 

SE Drops Single Game versus TAMIU

DURANT, Okla. – A late scoring outburst by Texas A&M-International turned a pitcher's duel into a 7-2 loss by Southeastern on Wednesday afternoon at The Ballpark in Durant. The Savage Storm slip to 3-14-1 on the season and will play its first Great...

 

Hillcats Blast Seven Home Runs in 22-17 Win at Pittsburg State

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Rogers State baseball team exploded for a season-high 22 runs, only two away from the school record, in a 22-17 victory at Pittsburg State on Wednesday (March 8) at Al Ortolani Field. With the win, RSU swept the two-game...

 

Hillcats' Winning Streak Snapped By Undefeated OCU

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In a clash between two hot teams, the Rogers State softball team dropped two games of a doubleheader at Oklahoma City, the No. 1-ranked and undefeated team in NAIA, on Tuesday (March 7) at Ann Lacy Stadium. The Stars took...

 

Wonder Boys split doubleheader with No. 18 Delta State

CLEVELAND, Miss. – The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys split a nonconference doubleheader with No. 18 Delta State on Wednesday, highlighted by a 10-3 victory for the Wonder Boys in game one. NEXT UP Arkansas Tech returns to Great American Conference...

 

SAU Baseball closes out homestand against LSU-Shreveport

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The Southern Arkansas University baseball team concludes a seven-game homestand this evening with a non-conference game against LSU-Shreveport. It will be the 28thmeeting between the two since the start of the 2001 season and in...

 

Ranchers assess damage after wildfires in 4 states

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas rancher Greg Gardiner got into some of his scorched pastures for the first time Wednesday and surveyed what he likened to a battle zone: carcasses of dead cattle everywhere. "It's pretty much a catastrophe," Gardiner...

 
 By Jim Suhr    Regional    March 9, 2017

Q&A: A look at questions about current US wildfires

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Wildfires scorching hundreds of square miles of Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma have been blamed in at least six deaths as of Wednesday. Thousands of people have been displaced by the wind-whipped flames. Here's a look...

 

The Latest: 2-county Kansas wildfire sets new state record

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A massive grass fire raging in two Kansas counties has set a state record for the biggest involving a single blaze. Kansas...

 

DPS commissioner warns of potential 'crippling' budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The commissioner of Oklahoma's Department of Public Safety is warning of "crippling" effects if lawmakers move ahead with plans to slash funding, including the closure of two dozen driver's license stations and four weeks of...

 

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