Articles from the March 12, 2021 edition

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Area religious services and events

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...

 By Darin Kearns    Local    March 12, 2021


James 1:5 NIV: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. In the summer of 1940, my grandfather, Murray Kearns, and his father, Edwin J. Kearns, were on their way... Full story

 By Kim Barker    Local    March 12, 2021

Let's read the Bible

The book of Acts is our next week’s reading. Luke wrote the gospel of Luke and Acts. Luke ended with Jesus appearing to people after His resurrection. Acts begins with Jesus appearing to His apostles and instructing them to wait in Jerusalem for b...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 12, 2021

Browsing for books to be allowed soon

The Alva Public Library plans to open up the first floor stacks for browsing starting March 29. Currently patrons can’t go beyond the front counter and must tell staff members what books they wish to check out. Curbside service is also provided f... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 12, 2021

Alva Public Library elevator awaiting repairs

Alva Public Library Board members learned Monday afternoon that the library elevator has not been operational for about six weeks. Library Director Sandra Hamilton said the elevator was fine at the end of the week, but when staff came in on Monday...


Woods County 4-H virtual photography workshop open to public

The Woods County OSU Extension Office will hold a virtual photography workshop at 5:30 p.m. on March 16 over Zoom. This workshop is open to anyone ages 8-18, no matter what skill level they may possess. Those interested in attending need to contact...


Northwestern seeking high school seniors for President's Leadership Class scholarship

Highly motivated graduating high school seniors looking for leadership opportunities at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall should consider applying for the President’s Leadership Class (PLC) scholarship before the March 19 deadline. S...

 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 12, 2021


It would seem obvious that due to Covid there would be more bankruptcies in 2020 than the year before. The American Bankruptcy Institute claims there were 35% fewer. Was it stimulus money or the...


Emmett Edler signs to steer wrestle at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Emmett Edler, from West Marshall High School in State Center, Iowa, has signed to compete with the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team in Alva, Oklahoma, as a steer wrestler, following...


Wren, Beiswanger named December Rotary Students of the Month

Baylor Wren Baylor Wren's high school activities include football, golf, fishing and hanging with friends. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University, majoring in applied exercise science. His...

 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 12, 2021

Random Thoughts

In a previous article, we looked at one of the most famous kidnapping cases of the 20th century: that of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s son, Charles Jr. Sadly, that terrible event ended with the c...


Tuesday night bowling standings, March 9

Team Standings The Bowl Movements: 67 ½ wins, 33 ½ losses Dilly Dilly: 61 wins, 35 losses Knights of Columbus: 61 wins, 35 losses Rollin Good Times: 52 wins, 44 losses Marshall's Oldtimers: 49 wins, 47 losses Next Frame: 45 ½ wins, 50 ½ losses O'B...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 12, 2021

Avard Regional Rail Park Authority holds lengthy executive session

Members of the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority – Stan Bixler, Ed Sutter, Bob Firth (via Zoom), Todd Holder (Zoom), Allan Poe – met for their meeting Tuesday evening. Woods County Executive Director Neal Williams and Woods County Clerk Shelley Ree...

 By NWOSU Sports    Sports    March 12, 2021

Rangers finish ninth at Battle for the Belt

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Northwestern men's golf team finished up the Battle for the Belt on Tuesday, March 9, at the Hot Springs Country Club hosted by Henderson State. The Rangers recorded a ninth-place finish in Hot Springs. The Red and Black p...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 12, 2021

Woods County Industrial Authority convenes for quarterly meeting

The Woods County Industrial Development Authority met Tuesday morning with chairman Rick Cunningham, Stan Kline and Connor Martin enough to make a quorum. Randy McMurphy and Richard Ryerson were absent. Neal Williams, the Woods County Economic Develo...

 By NWOSU Sports    Sports    March 12, 2021

Northwestern track and field schedule released

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State Women's Track and Field team will open their spring outdoor season in Emporia, Kan. when they compete in the Emporia Invitational. A year ago, the Lady Rangers only competed in the indoor track and f...

 By NWOSU Sports    Sports    March 12, 2021

Ranger volleyball falls short in five set thriller against OBU

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State volleyball team fell to the No. 11 Bison of Oklahoma Baptist 2-3 after five sets (18-25, 25-18, 25-23, 14-25, 12-15). "We went into the match knowing that it was going to be tough," said senior s...

 By NWOSU Sports    Sports    March 12, 2021

Lady Rangers conclude Diffee Ford Lincoln Invite in Edmond

EDMOND, Okla. – The Northwestern women's golf team wrapped up the Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational on Tuesday, March 9, at the Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond. The Lady Rangers recorded a 12th place finish. "I'm proud of our girls for fighting t...

 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    March 12, 2021

Huskers looked at backing out of game at Oklahoma

The Nebraska athletic department acknowledged Friday that it explored the possibility of backing out of this fall's game at Oklahoma before ultimately deciding to go ahead with it. The game is Sept. 18 in Norman, Oklahoma, and will mark the 50th...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 12, 2021

Oklahoma prep broadcaster denounced for racist comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An announcer for a live stream of an Oklahoma girls high school basketball game cursed and called one team by a racial epithet as the players kneeled during the national anthem. The incident occurred Thursday before the Norman H... Full story


Coronavirus vaccines going to at risk Oklahoma inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is now providing coronavirus vaccinations to its most at-risk inmates. The first shipment of the vaccine arrived Tuesday and vaccinations began for inmates in infirmaries, others susceptible...


Oklahoma prosecutor sues governor, pardon and parole board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's top prosecutor is suing Gov. Kevin Stitt and the state's Pardon and Parole Board, alleging the board is not following state law on notifying prosecutors about commutations it is considering. The lawsuit filed T...


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