Articles from the March 23, 2018 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. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Alva Friends Church Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.;...

 
 By Paul Cole    Local    March 23, 2018

Powerful military leaders

We have seen many powerful military leaders. When they say, “Jump!” the person receiving the command says, “How high?” We like to see people with that kind of power. They speak a word and some...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    March 23, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Nine times out of ten, when referring to my granddaughter I use her special nickname, “Binky-Bo.” To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember the first time I used that designation or why; but it is firmly entrenched in our family’s vocabulary....

 

Ag meeting on impact of new tax laws and wheat drought issues

Agriculture producers who file an IRS Schedule F are going to see some significant changes in their 2018 tax preparation. A new “Business Income Deduction” is going to directly affect agriculture producers and the amount of tax they pay. The...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    March 23, 2018

Excise board approves monthly expenditures

The regular March meeting was very short for the Woods County Excise Board. Other than meeting quorum requirements and minutes approval, the only item was monthly appropriations, which were as follows: • District 1 Highway Cash – $191,758.65 ...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 23, 2018

Family fraud

The media carry many articles about fraud, misappropriation of funds and identity theft. It has grown to be such a problem that even tech-savvy young people are falling victim as well. Is it a...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House reached another deadline day on March 15, when all House bills had to be heard on the floor in order to move forward in the legislative process. The exception to this is revenue-related bills, which can be heard later on in session. We...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 23, 2018

Random Thoughts

In 1835 the voters of Michigan elected Stevens Mason to be their first state governor whenever the territory attained statehood. That process, however, took longer than expected as Congress refused to...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    March 23, 2018

BJCC Advisory Committee to help with chapel roof repairs

The BJCC Advisory Committee's longtime treasurer, Freelin Roberts, provided his monthly report at the quarterly meeting of the Community Advisory Committee on Tuesday, March 20. He told the group...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    March 23, 2018

Holder not happy with House bill that would strip DOC board of its power

Todd Holder, secretary of the Oklahoma Board of Corrections, attended the BJCC Advisory Board meeting Tuesday noon, although he needed to leave to attend the Senate hearings at the State Capitol on...

 

Time is running out for Oklahoma's dry counties

OKLAHOMA – "Time is running out for 14 Oklahoma dry counties to change their liquor-by-the-drink sales laws so local consumers can buy beer at restaurants and bars after beer modernization takes...

 
 By Eric Scott    Sports    March 23, 2018

Offense explodes as Bugs blast Boomers, 15-3

ALVA, Okla. – A big first inning lifted the Alva Goldbugs baseball team on Tuesday as they rolled passed the Woodward Boomers, 15-3, in five innings to snapped a four-game losing skid. Alva, now...

 
 By Rose Blunk    Local    March 23, 2018

Ingenuity, hard work build family legacy

The story of the Kinzie family in Alva, Oklahoma, spans over a century. With innovation, ingenuity and hard work, the Kinzies have established a long-lasting legacy with far-reaching effects. Guy...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 23, 2018

Martin appointed to city council

Connor Martin was sworn in as the new Alva City Council member in Ward 1 Monday night. Martin takes the seat left vacant by the resignation of Bryce Benson who served the city more than 25 years....

 

Muleriders softball rises to No. 7 in NCAA Division II

Following the seventh week of the regular season, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its weekly Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll and a subtle change took place for Great American Conference-leading Southern Arkansas. The Lady...

 

Arkansas Tech drops dual to No. 2 West Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 42 Arkansas Tech women's tennis dropped a non-conference dual to No. 2 West Florida on Thursday, falling 8-1 in Pensacola, Fla. NEXT UP Arkansas Tech returns to Great American Conference play on Wednesday, March 28, as the Gol...

 
 By Nathan Looney    Sports    March 23, 2018

Four Home Runs Lead No. 17 Harding Softball over Union Wednesday

Jackson, Tenn. – The 17th-ranked Harding softball team swept Union in nonconference action Wednesday. The Lady Bisons won 3-1 and 11-1 in five innings. Peyton Mills hit two home runs in game two. Harding improves to 20-6 overall and Union falls to...

 
 By Scott Goode    Sports    March 23, 2018

Harding Baseball Scores Seven in the Ninth to Defeat Christian Brothers 13-12

SEARCY – Harding baseball gave up six runs in the top of the ninth but scored seven in the bottom of the inning to defeat Christian Brothers 13-12 and win in the bottom of the ninth inning for the second time in two days. Junior Nolan Fertig had...

 

Prosecutor: Kansas militia members wanted to kill immigrants

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three militia members plotted for months to blow up an apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in western Kansas, saying that they wanted to "exterminate cockroaches," a federal prosecutor said Thursday at the start of...

 

Species battle pits protected sea lions against fragile fish

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal...

 

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left...

 

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of...

 

Hunt for Austin bomber frustrated police before breakthrough

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After the first package exploded on an Austin doorstep, police assured the public that there was no wider threat, no signs of terrorism. The idea of a serial bomber striking random strangers never came up. The March 2 blast...

 

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN chief Jeff Zucker sharply attacked the network's rivals at Fox News Channel on Thursday, saying that it has become a propaganda machine that is "doing an incredible disservice to the country." Zucker spoke at the Financial...

 

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