Articles from the March 30, 2018 edition


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  • Area religious services and events

    Mar 30, 2018

    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.; coffee and donut fellowship at 10:10 a.m.; worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Friends Church is on the corner of College Avenue and Center Street. Avard Christian Church Sunday services are from 2-4 p.m. Avard Christian Church is 7 miles west of Alva on Highway 64 and 7 miles south on County Road 370, or 6...

  • Why do the scars remain?

    Pastor John Clapp, Bible Baptist Church|Mar 30, 2018

    Imagine Thomas’ condition. A week earlier he had watched Christ die. He had placed all of his hope and all of his life on Jesus. Jesus was everything to him and now he was dead. Three days after the cross found him still unable to join the other disciples. He had lost too much. The painful memories of the battered body of His Savior haunted him. The disciples came to find him to let him know the joyful news, Christ has Risen. Peter, James, John and all the others affirmed to Thomas that C...

  • Spiritually Speaking

    W. Jay Tyree, College Hill Church of Christ|Mar 30, 2018

    Let’s start this week’s ramblings with a friendly plug. Have you noticed what a fine job Doug Graham is doing with the Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington? If you haven’t friended him on Facebook, you ought to do that right about now. ... I’ll wait. ... I think you’ll enjoy his posts – both video and blog style. Doug is sort of a local who made his way back home. End of plug. This Sunday, in case you haven’t heard, is the 1,985th annual celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (give or take a year or two). I’m sure you have alr...

  • Occupancy up 10% at Homestead from a year ago

    Lynn L. Martin|Mar 30, 2018

    The Homestead currently has 53 residents in 48 apartments, including four Share Medical Center providers and one rural residency. On Feb. 1, the total apartments increased to 54 by converting a super two-bedroom apartment into two one-bedroom apartments. Another conversion like that will take place in April. Kelly Parker said that February was a rough month because at one point 25 percent of the residents were affected by the flu. At the present time, eight residents are off campus at other healthcare facilities. This caused many February...

  • Share Convalescent Home shows profit

    Lynn L. Martin|Mar 30, 2018

    The cConvalescent home revenue for the month of February was $373,594, which was an increase of $48,147 compared to the prior month. Total patient days for February were 1,598 compared to 1,774 in January. Convalescent home operating expenses excluding salaries, benefits and depreciation for February was $138,030, a decrease of $27,204. The convalescent home net income for February was $73,415. Rita Goodrich reported one case of the flu in February, but expressed relief it did not through the building. She expressed appreciation to fourth and...

  • Share Foundation to have April 19 banquet

    Lynn L. Martin|Mar 30, 2018

    Kelly Parker told the Alva Hospital Authority that the annual dinner for the members of the Share Foundation will be held April 19 at the Runnymede Hotel. He said the board has already approved funding of patient lifts for the nursing home. Also, about ten applications have been received for scholarships. The board will vote on the winner....

  • Woods County Economic Development Committee adds member

    Lynn L. Martin|Mar 30, 2018

    The Woods County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC) had their quarterly meeting Thursday morning at Northwest Technology Center. The board accepted the resignation of Kyle Murrow, who is moving to Colorado. They voted in a new member, Kay Decker, who had previously served on the board. Under an agenda item entitled website and social media, the consensus was the Chamber had engaged a firm to handle that, and that was probably sufficient. Another agenda item turned into a discussion was about the shortage of housing for low-income families....

  • Data breaches

    Arden Chaffee|Mar 30, 2018

    My computer has no direct connection to the printer, which means it won’t print if the internet is down, and that happens at inopportune times. The printer knows when it’s low on ink and will order a new cartridge from HP on its own. C-PAP machines are monitored by the internet as well, reporting to the insurance company if they go unused. Surveillance is everywhere, so it’s not unexpected that a Select Comfort bed reports your sleep history to someone. How much more invasion can we allow...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Mar 30, 2018

    When I was growing up, I became enamored with the American West. I watched westerns on television and at the movies, and I read many western novels. So, when I was 28 years old, I left my native Tennessee and headed west. I’ve been out here ever since, only venturing back east of the Mississippi River to visit. After reading, researching and writing about the West’s history for several years, I moved to Oklahoma to teach “The American West” (and other history courses). In going from a fan of...

  • AHS top marks highlight 2018 opening track meet

    Eric Scott|Mar 30, 2018

    FAIRVIEW – Alva High School track and field had its first meet of the season on Tuesday as the boys and girls teams traveled to Fairview. Both teams made a good showing in the first meet of the season, with the girls bringing home six first-place finishes and a team placing of fourth place, while the boys recorded the top spot in the 1600-meter relay. Ray Ray Bell and Rianna Clark both had solid meets as they finished with three and two first-place finishes, respectively. Bell earned the top spot in the 800-meter and 1600-meter, and Clark f...

  • Rangers snap skid with win over Southeastern

    Eric Scott|Mar 30, 2018

    ENID, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team got a taste of revenge on Tuesday as they rolled past Southeastern Oklahoma State, 9-1, in a non-league mid-week showdown at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid. NWOSU’s victory snapped a four-game losing skid and was the Rangers second win in the last eight games. Earlier in the season, the Rangers dropped three games on the road against the Savage Storm in a Great American Conference weekend series. Entering Tuesday’s game against Southeastern, the Rangers had lost...

  • Women's golf finishes 8th in UNK invitational

    NWOSU Sports|Mar 30, 2018

    AXTELL, Neb. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State women's golf team finished up play on Sunday afternoon in the final round of the 2018 UNK Women's Spring Invitational with a score of 334. The Rangers improved two strokes over their first round score of 336, but were unable to gain any ground on the field in front of them and finished in eighth place at 670. Augustana University took home the first place trophy with a total of 592 (298-294). The winning squad featured four of the top five finishers for the event including individual medalist Kali...

  • Mapes named an OSU Outstanding Senior

    Mar 30, 2018

    Courtney Mapes, an animal science major from Alva, has been selected as an Oklahoma State University 2017-2018 Outstanding Senior by the OSU Alumni Association. The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extracurricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU. While at OSU, Mapes worked with the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Encounter (OALE). She was top 10...

  • State regents honor partnership between Northwestern, Alliance Health

    Mar 30, 2018

    The business partnership between Northwestern Oklahoma State University and two of northern Oklahoma's premier health care facilities, AllianceHealth Woodward and AllianceHealth Ponca City, were celebrated recently at a statewide event. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education presented Northwestern and AllianceHealth its Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award, which is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further...

  • Northwestern played host to Northwest Oklahoma Regional Science Fair

    Mar 30, 2018

    Students from eight different schools earned top awards during the Northwest Oklahoma Regional Science Fair held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently. Since 1957, Northwestern has played host to this science fair. This program has evolved over the years to become one of outreach, service learning, and has served as a springboard for aspiring students. The fair services the northwest counties of Oklahoma and is a feeder fair for the Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair (OSSEF)...

  • Goldbugs fall to Chisholm in road contest

    Eric Scott|Mar 30, 2018

    ENID, Okla. – Despite an early lead against No. 12 Chisholm on a chilly Tuesday evening on the road, the No. 14 Alva Goldbugs fell to the Longhorns 10-2 in six innings of action. The Goldbugs record moves to 8-6 overall in 2018. They were scheduled to take on No. 5 Jones on Thursday, but the game was cancelled due to field conditions. Alva now travels to Chandler on Friday for a three-way against the host team and Guthrie. The Bugs will take on Guthrie at 2 p.m., followed by a matchup against Chandler at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Alva fell to No. 5...

  • Sonic donates $500 to each Alva elementary school

    Mar 30, 2018

  • Pitching clutch as Lady Eagles sweep at Rogers State

    Mar 30, 2018

    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (March 28, 2018) – Rogers State hadn't lost two straight games since Feb. 8-9, but that run ended for the Hillcats on Wednesday against a suddenly hot Oklahoma Christian squad. Left-hander Madison Hagood picked up two pitching wins and her counterparts in the circle, Kaylie Upton and Madison Nordyke, were similarly clutch while leading the Lady Eagles to a doubleheader sweep, beating Rogers State 4-3 and 3-2 at Broken Arrow High School's Tiger Softball Field. Nearing the end of a 16-game stretch on the road, OC (21-16, 1...

  • Errors Costly for Hillcats in 2 Losses against OC

    Mar 30, 2018

    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Four Rogers State softball errors proved to be costly in two losses against Oklahoma Christian in Heartland Conference play on Wednesday (March 28) at the Tiger Softball Field at Broken Arrow High School. Two seven inning errors in game one gave the Eagles a 4-3 win, and two errors in the first inning of game team allowed OC to build a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 victory to sweep the twinbill. The Hillcats fell to 26-10 and 11-6 in the Heartland Conference, while the Eagles moved to 21-16 and 11-7 in league play. OC 4, R...

  • Wonder Boys ranked first in region, 21st in division II by Golfstat

    Mar 30, 2018

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Arkansas Tech men's golf is ranked first in the region and 21st in Division II in the latest Golftstat Rankings released on Thursday. The Wonder Boys have competed in eight tournaments during the 2017-18 season. Tech has placed in the top five in all eight tournaments, including two first-place finishes. As a team, the Wonder Boys lead the Central Region with an average adjusted score of 73.39. Luke Cornett ranks 13th in the region with an average round of 2.09-over par, and he leads the team with four top-10 finishes. In...

  • Golden Suns shutout Tigers for second conference victory

    Mar 30, 2018

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Arkansas Tech women's tennis moved to 2-0 in the Great American Conference with a 9-0 victory over Ouachita in Arkadelphia on Tuesday, the Golden Suns 10th consecutive shutout win over the Tigers and second this season. NEXT UP Arkansas Tech (8-3, 2-0 GAC) returns to action on Friday, March 30, as the Suns travel to Pine Bluff to take on UAPB. The non-conference dual is scheduled for 12 p.m. HOW IT HAPPENED Tech started the dual ahead 1-0 after Katie Harris and Julia Schoch won by No. 3 doubles match by default. Teresa S...

  • Many 'unknowns' in SUV cliff plunge that killed family of 8

    PAUL ELIAS and PHUONG LE|Mar 30, 2018

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nobody answered the door when a child-welfare worker went to the Washington state home of the big, free-spirited Hart family to investigate a neighbor's complaint that the youngsters were going hungry. Three days later, the Harts' crumpled SUV was found at the bottom of a 100-foot seaside cliff in Northern California, all eight family members presumed dead in a mysterious wreck now under investigation. "There are a lot of unknowns on this," Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said. "Several of the questions that have been a...

  • Trump warns he may freeze SKorea trade deal for NKorea talks

    DARLENE SUPERVILLE|Mar 30, 2018

    RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to hold up the trade agreement his administration finalized this week with South Korea in an effort to gain more leverage in potential talks with North Korea. Speaking on infrastructure in Ohio, Trump highlighted the recently completed renegotiation of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement. But he warned: "I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea." The announcement comes as the two Koreas have announced plans to hold bilateral meetings next month in a...

  • Relatives demand answers after Venezuela jail fire kills 68

    SCOTT SMITH|Mar 30, 2018

    VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — It wasn't long after Daniel Marquez's family showed up at the Venezuelan police station jail where he'd been locked up for nearly a year awaiting trial when black smoke began billowing from the building. Guards ordered them to flee, forcing them and other inmate relatives to watch in horror from afar as the flames quickly grew. One day later, Marquez's family took his blackened remains home in a simple wooden coffin, their despair as wide as the questions surrounding the blaze Wednesday that killed 68 people in one o...

  • APNewsBreak: California Judge: Coffee needs cancer warnings

    BRIAN MELLEY|Mar 30, 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle wrote in a proposed ruling Wednesday that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant. A nonprofit group had sued coffee roasters, distributors and retailers under a state law that requires warnings on a wide range of c...

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