Articles from the March 24, 2023 edition

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  • Religious services and events

    Mar 24, 2023

    Alva Church of God with Pastor Sheryl White Sunday: At 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will meet, with morning worship starting at 10:30. In the evening, the youth group will meet at 5 p.m. This is for students in grades 6-12. At 6:30 p.m. Children's Ministries fo K-5th grades will meet. Young adults also meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at Alva Friends Church Please meet us for coffee and donut fellowship at 10:15...

  • Dinosaurs and man co-existing?

    Steve Hamm, College Hill Church of Christ|Mar 24, 2023

    If you have studied science at all, you have been taught that dinosaurs roamed the earth millions and possibly billions of years ago and then went extinct at some point in history. For a long time, Christians haven’t had a good answer to refute that “theory.” But did you know that God’s Word, the Bible, talks not only of dinosaurs, but of dragons as well? Yes, it’s true, the Bible talks of such creatures in detail which is part of the proof I want to share with you today! Job chapter 40 describes an animal that fits the size, shape and chara...

  • Be faithful, not faithless

    Jordan Ealey, Bible Baptist Church|Mar 24, 2023

    Moses, a shepherd, stood before Pharaoh and ordered the powerful ruler to release the people of Israel from slavery. Moses brought the country to its knees with a shepherd’s staff and his faith in God. Choosing to walk by faith instead of living on the basis of feelings, opinion and logic often means being misunderstood. Our actions may appear unreasonable to the outside world, but what could be more reasonable than allowing our omnipotent God to guide us? When we find our talents and abilities are no match for the task at hand, God’s pow...

  • Clarification

    Mar 24, 2023

    In the March 12 Alva Review-Courier in a story from the Alva Hospital Authority meeting, it was stated Dr. Hummel will continue with cataract surgeries through referrals from Callie Mosburg. The newspaper was contacted by Alva Vision Clinic to let us know they are also continuing to do referrals to Dr. Hummel....

  • Wills

    Arden Chaffee|Mar 24, 2023

    “Where there’s a will, Northwestern wants to be in it.” —Dr. Paul Berens, former president. Inclusion of donations can be a part of a person’s final wishes and can also have tax advantages for the estate. Bequests are an important part of a will or trust and failing to include who-should-have-what can lead to a big mess in the end. Many people leave decisions to the last minute or depend upon someone else to make them. “Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.” —Bob...

  • Success has a different meaning

    Doug Little|Mar 24, 2023

    Do you ever wonder why your ancestors settled where they did? Somewhere around here is an old article out of the Clark County Clipper about my great-great-grandfather William Little. Now, I’ve heard some stories about him that probably shouldn’t be repeated, but the story about why he settled in this part of the country is pretty interesting to me. He was an orphan from Illinois who originally came down to the Ashland area to homestead. On a trip he rode a horse down to what has become Ditch Valley and was enamored with the fertile valley of...

  • Call it amazing, part 1

    Roger Hardaway|Mar 24, 2023

    This story is about a man named Henry Roth. He was born on Feb. 8, 1906, in a small town in the Austro-Hungarian Empire that is now known as Tysmenytsia, Ukraine. Henry’s given name at birth was Herschel, but the family Americanized it to Henry when they immigrated to the United States in 1907 or early 1908. Henry and his parents were Jewish, and they settled in a poor, predominantly Jewish neighborhood in New York City. In March 1908, Henry’s little sister Rose was born there. Her birth com...

  • Tuesday night bowling standings, week of March 21

    Mar 24, 2023

    Team Standings Knights of Columbus – 73 wins, 47 losses O'Bar – 68 ½ wins, 51 ½ losses Dilly Dilly – 64 wins, 56 losses Holy Bowlers – 52 ½ wins, 55 ½ losses Rollin GoodTimes – 57 wins, 63 losses Marshall's Oldtimers – 54 ½ wins, 65 ½ losses Livin' on a Spare – 54 wins, 66 losses The Bowl Movements – 53 ½ wins, 66 ½ losses Last Week's Top Scores Scratch Game Dilly Dilly – 849 Rollin GoodTimes – 821 Knights of Columbus – 815 Scratch Series Rolling GoodTimes – 2372 Dilly Dilly – 2317 Knights of Columbus – 2315 Handicap Game Holy Bowlers – 1143 D...

  • Rangers set 30 personal bests, winning the meet at Pratt

    NWOSU Sports|Mar 24, 2023

    PRATT, Kan. – Northwestern Oklahoma State track and field opened their 2023 outdoor schedule in Pratt, Kansas for a meet hosted by Pratt Community College. Northwestern found a lot of success in their opening meet. "As we looked to address our hard training cycle and the adverse weather many athletes stepped up to compete in new event areas for them which turned out to be very productive," stated head coach Jill Lancaster. Their efforts produced 30 personal bests and the team title, which was scored 1st-8th as the Rangers won the meet in f...

  • Northwestern drops mid-week game at Emporia State

    NWOSU Sports|Mar 24, 2023

    EMPORIA, Kan. – The Rangers traveled to Emporia for a midweek non-conference game against Emporia State. The Hornets jumped out to an early lead after a three-run second inning before a seven-run seventh inning to take control and close out a 13-4 victory over the Rangers. Northwestern was led by Brandon Holdren in hits along with Trevor Saire in RBIs with two on the afternoon. Garrett DeHaas started for the Rangers before being relieved by Matthew Potts, Drew Price, and Jacob McMahan. Emporia State jumped out in front early in the first i...

  • Pencil drawings earn Best of Show honors at 20th Art Society Art Show

    Mar 24, 2023

    Two pencil drawings have captured the Best of Show honors in the 20th annual Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society Art Show that will end at 5 p.m. March 31 in the J.W. Martin Library. "How About That? Felines Have Canines!" a pencil drawing by Jillian Bouse, Woodward senior majoring in biology, earned top honors this year in the student division along with a purple ribbon and $50 while "Len and Buddy," a pencil drawing by Angelia Case, academic projects assistant/media specialist...

  • Aviation credentials qualify for degree credit at Northwestern

    Mar 24, 2023

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University has now added the aviation field to its Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in technical management. While Northwestern will not offer courses in aviation, credentials and experience obtained in the aviation field may be used toward a degree in this area. “We are seeing a trend in higher education for universities to offer innovative pathways toward degree completion,” Dr. James Bell, vice president for academic affairs, said. “One of these is the awarding of academic credit for earned indus...

  • Sheldon Russell to receive Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award

    Mar 24, 2023

    Authors, poets, book illustrators, designers, and photographers from across the state and the nation have been selected as finalists for the 2023 Oklahoma Book Awards. Woods County author Sheldon Russell will be honored with the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. Russell is the author of 15 books, including his award-winning historical fiction novels and his popular Hook Runyon mystery series. Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush won the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction in...

  • Auditor changes coming for Avard Regional Rail Park Authority

    Stacy Sanborn|Mar 24, 2023

    It had been a couple of months since the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority met until this past Tuesday. Stan Bixler, Allen Poe, Ed Sutter and Todd Holder approved the financial report as presented. Sonja Williams, a consultant for the Authority, said there was nothing extraordinary to report except an adjustment of about $800 under land lease figures. She explained it was an increase initiated by Martin Marietta. Sutter then asked about TIF money, wondering if more would be coming this year, as last year's totals were greater. Auditor Update "... Full story

  • Alva mayor candidates expand on comments at recent forum

    Marione Martin|Mar 24, 2023

    During a forum with candidates for Alva mayor on March 2, hosted by the Woods County Democratic Party, candidate Taylor Dowling displayed a single page from several years of City of Alva audits. During the question and answer session, Dowling referenced that information stating, “Our municipality has had a problem with asking questions over the past. Since 2015, our community has lost $3.5 million. That’s a devastating number. You can see part of that is with the audit not being reported correctly. The issue we have in Alva is making sure tha... Full story

  • Book ban attempts hit record high in 2022, library org says

    HILLEL ITALIE|Mar 24, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Attempted book bans and restrictions at school and public libraries continue to surge, setting a record in 2022, according to a new report from the American Library Association released Thursday. More than 1,200 challenges were compiled by the association in 2022, nearly double the then-record total from 2021 and by far the most since the ALA began keeping data 20 years ago. "I've never seen anything like this," says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, who directs the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. "The last two years have been exha...

  • Nebraska trans health bill advances, despite filibuster vow

    MARGERY A. BECK|Mar 24, 2023

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Legislature voted Thursday to advance a contentious bill that would ban gender-affirming care for minors, despite threats from some lawmakers that they would filibuster the rest of the session. The vote came on the third day of debate, in which lawmakers angrily accused one another of hypocrisy and a lack of collegiality early on. By Thursday, the chamber had turned somber as some lawmakers opposed to the bill broke down in tears and pleaded with their Republican colleagues to reconsider their support for t...

  • Texas has Terry coaching among March Madness heavyweights

    DAVE SKRETTA|Mar 24, 2023

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Of the four coaches who led their teams to the semifinals of the Midwest Region at the NCAA Tournament, the most unlikely of them might feel the most at home when he walks into T-Mobile Center on Friday night. Sure, Kelvin Sampson has taken Oklahoma and Houston to the Final Four and is two wins away from guiding the Cougars back for the second time in three years. Miami coach Jim Larrañaga led George Mason to its own improbable Final Four in 2006 and had the Hurricanes a game away from the national semifinals last se...

  • 'Scream as loud as you can': 5 boys rescued from NYC tunnel

    Mar 24, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Five mischievous boys had to be rescued after they crawled through a storm drain tunnel in New York City and got lost, authorities said. In audio released by the fire department, 911 dispatchers work to pinpoint the boys' exact location and then tell them to scream once rescuers are close enough to hear. "Now you can scream as loud as you can," a dispatcher says. "They want you to scream and yell." The five boys, aged 11 and 12, crawled into a storm drain on Staten Island at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, fire department officials s...

  • What made Beethoven sick? DNA from his hair offers clues

    MADDIE BURAKOFF|Mar 24, 2023

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 200 years after Ludwig van Beethoven's death, researchers pulled DNA from strands of his hair, searching for clues about the health problems and hearing loss that plagued him. They weren't able to crack the case of the German composer's deafness or severe stomach ailments. But they did find a genetic risk for liver disease, plus a liver-damaging hepatitis B infection in the last months of his life. These factors, along with his chronic drinking, were probably enough to cause the liver failure that is widely believed to h...

  • Utah 1st state to try limiting teens access to social media

    SAM METZ|Mar 24, 2023

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the first state Thursday to sign into law legislation that attempts to limit teenagers' access to social media sites. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed a pair of measures that aim to limit when and where children can use social media and stop companies from luring kids to the sites. Other states, such as Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana have similar bills in the works. The laws requires companies to give parents access to their children's accounts, puts a curfew on social media use from 10:30 p.m. to 6...

  • Appeals court blocks vaccine mandate for US gov't workers

    KEVIN MCGILL|Mar 24, 2023

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden's order that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 was blocked Thursday by a federal appeals court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected arguments that Biden, as the nation's chief executive, has the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation to require that employees be vaccinated. The ruling from the full appeals court, 16 full-time judges at the time the case was argued, reversed an earlier ruling by a three-judge 5th Circuit panel that had upheld the vaccina...

  • Trump arrested? Putin jailed? Fake AI images spread online


    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump getting gang-tackled by riot-gear-clad New York City police officers. Russian President Vladimir Putin in prison grays behind the bars of a dimly lit concrete cell. The highly detailed, sensational images have inundated Twitter and other platforms in recent days, amid news that Trump faces possible criminal charges and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Putin. But neither visual is remotely real. The images — and scores of variations littering social media — were...

  • Asteroid that could wipe out a city is near, but don't fear

    MARCIA DUNN|Mar 24, 2023

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid big enough to wipe out a city will zip harmlessly between Earth and the moon's orbit this weekend, missing both celestial bodies. Saturday's close encounter will offer astronomers the chance to study a space rock from just over 100,000 miles (168,000 kilometers) away. That's less than half the distance from here to the moon, making it visible through binoculars and small telescopes. While asteroid flybys are common, NASA said it's rare for one so big to come so close — about once a decade. Scientists est...

  • Track bans transgender athletes, tightens rules for Semenya

    EDDIE PELLS|Mar 24, 2023

    Track and field banned transgender athletes from international competition Thursday, while adopting new regulations that could keep Caster Semenya and other athletes with differences in sex development from competing. In a pair of decisions expected to stoke outrage, the World Athletics Council adopted the same rules as swimming did last year in deciding to bar athletes who have transitioned from male to female and have gone through male puberty. No such athletes currently compete at the highest elite levels of track. Another set of updates,...

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