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Alfalfa County court filings

According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be...


Alfalfa County Sheriff logs

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 During this day there were two traffic stops, two reports of cattle out and four controlled burns. 1:10 a.m. – Report of a male and female walking east on US-64 about 1-2 miles apart. The male did not try and wave him down...



Donald Raymond Smart, son of the late Earl Ray and Ada (Dawson) Smart, was born January 31, 1931, at Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and passed away March 9, 2020, at Enid, Oklahoma, at the age of 88 years,...



The funeral services celebrating and honoring the life of Shirley Cunningham, 85, of Enid will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday March 19, 2020, at the Alfafa County Fairgrounds with Arnulfo Mendoza...



Funeral services for Phillip Gregg will be 10 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Wentworth Mortuary Chapel in Carmen with Rev. Doug Brothers officiating. Interment will be in Carmen City Cemetery...


Carl's Capitol Comments

We had another really busy week in the House this past week as we faced the deadline to have all House bills passed off the House floor. We had until March 12 to pass all House bills to the Senate and vice versa. At last count, it looked like we...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 18, 2020

Be aware of the needs around you

Each day seems to bring more news about efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. At first, the cases and the closures seemed far away. First a Thunder game was canc...


Senate Review

We have officially passed the March 12 deadline to vote on bills that originated in this chamber. These measures now head to the House of Representatives to begin the committee and floor approving...


Facilities authorized to restrict visitation

Pursuant to Gov. Stitt’s Executive Order 2020-06 and President Trump’s declaration of a National Public Health Emergency, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is authorizing the following facilities to restrict visitors as they deem...

 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 18, 2020

Schools, casinos shut down in Oklahoma amid virus fears

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public schools in Oklahoma will be closed through at least April 6 as the state scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Monday. The State Board of Education met in a special...


Waynoka senior Austin Rankin Pages for Rep. Newton

Austin Rankin, a senior at Waynoka Schools, paged for State Rep. Carl Newton (R-Cherokee) the week of March 9-12, 2020, at the state Capitol. Rankin is the son of Debra and Dustin Rankin. His plans... Full story


'Genealogy of Marshal McCully: Builder of the Sod House' rescheduled

The Sod House Museum is taking safety precautions for everyone due to the COVID-19 and has rescheduled the “Genealogy of Marshal McCully” with guest speaker Northwestern Oklahoma State University Professor Jana Brown for Saturday, June 13, at 10...

 By Marione Martin    Local    March 18, 2020

Woods County commissioners discuss pandemic

Although it wasn’t on the agenda, the Woods County commissioners spent some time discussing response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under new business, the commissioners responded to questions from County Treasurer David Manning. Everyone seemed to... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 18, 2020

Hardtner Health Coalition to hold first-ever on-line auction fundraiser

You've been to those auctions in Kiowa where you bid on Yvonne Harbaugh's too-die-for Peach Cuts or Almond Roca. How about one of Karen Watts' pies that are second to none? Well, you have a chance to bid on those favorites and so much more in an... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 18, 2020

Alfalfa County courthouse to take precautionary measures amid virus scare

Despite widespread fears regarding COVID-19, the Alfalfa County courthouse in Cherokee was still up and running Monday morning. The county commissioners had a short agenda, spending much of the meeting signing paperwork. Jay Hague, Stan Tucker, and...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 18, 2020

Kiowa City Hall closed to public as precaution of COVID-19

Monday evening around 9:30, Kiowa (Kansas) City Administrator Rusty Varnado posted on the city's website the following announcement, “Until further notice, the city offices will be closed to the public. We will continue to take utility payments ove... Full story


Area hospitals react to COVID-19 with variety of measures

Across northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas, hospitals are doing their best to prepare for COVID-19. Fairview Regional Medical Center Roger Knak, CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, doesn't beat about the bush. He can't afford to; he and... Full story


Dr. Kirk Bliss, DO, signs with KDH, to start May 27

The Kiowa District Hospital in Kiowa, Kansas, added a doctor to it's roster Friday, March 13. He is Dr. Kirk Bliss, DO, from Wichita, but it's not his first time in Barber County. Growing up in Maize,... Full story

 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 18, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...


Oklahoma man accused of recently robbing bank in New Mexico

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of robbing a bank in New Mexico has had his initial court appearance. Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Randy Matthew Peraza of Oklahoma City is charged in a criminal complaint with bank robbery....


Missouri reports 15 coronavirus cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Tuesday reported 15 positive cases of coronavirus as state and local governments took additional steps to limit large gatherings in an attempt stem the virus' spread. Meanwhile, the state's...

 By John Hanna    Regional    March 18, 2020

Kansas governor closes K-12 schools; workers to stay home

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday closed Kansas' public and private K-12 schools for the rest of the spring semester, moving teaching online throughout the state to try to lessen the spread of the new coronavirus. Kelly also said...


Kansas Senator pushes House to pass foster report cards bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — House lawmakers must approve a bill that would require Kansas to develop annual academic report cards on all children in foster care because few graduate from high school on time, a state legislator said. Less than 40% of...


The Latest: UN: Pandemic could cause 25 million job losses

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 204,00 people and killed more than 8,200. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with...


5.7-magnitude quake shakes Utah, Salt Lake airport closed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city's airport. The epicenter was just...


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