Articles from the April 21, 2017 edition

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  • Area religious services and events

    Apr 21, 2017

    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 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...

  • Locks of love

    Pastor Clark Struebing, Capron UMC|Apr 21, 2017

    Easter has passed by and it is hard to grasp the love that God has for mankind by sending His only son, Jesus, to die on that old rugged cross for you and me. Now, that is love! Don’t you agree? Speaking of love, I read a story about love that happened in the city of Paris. The city of Paris removed 45 tons of padlocks from a bridge. Yes, I said 45 tons! Out of love, young couples as well as older ones would bring a padlock to that bridge, lock it to the bridge, and then take the key and throw it into the river below symbolizing their unending...

  • Spiritually Speaking

    W. Jay Tyree, College Hill Church of Christ|Apr 21, 2017

    Each Monday, the Bible Chair hosts a noon meal for Northwestern students and faculty. As the spring semester has progressed, I’ve enjoyed visiting with one of our young ladies as she comes through line to fill her plate. She is rapidly approaching graduation and, to say the least, she’s terrified! So, every week, I ask for an update. “How’s it going?” … “Are you all set?” … “Are you excited?” … I ask because I care; and because I have a slight mean streak. She can barely find words to make a reply. Of course she’s excited. She’s been worki...

  • Governor signs bill to streamline aircraft pilot and passenger protection act

    Apr 21, 2017

    STATE CAPITOL – The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) worked with state Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, and state Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, to streamline laws regarding any structure near a public use airport in the state. Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 2179 into law last week. During the 2010 legislative session, the “Aircraft Pilot and Passenger Protection Act” (APPPA) provided legislative intent to regulate the height of structures near public-use airports. It also required a person to obtain a permit from OAC prior to the const...

  • Share Medical has second straight month of profits

    Lynn L. Martin|Apr 21, 2017

    All three entities of the Alva Hospital Authority showed a profit for March. The gross patient revenue was $2,253,186, which was a $32,428 increase compared to the prior month. The changes in gross patient revenue was as follows: hospital decreased by $9,949; the nursing home increased by $52,640; and The Homestead decreased by $10,262. Total patient days for March were 159 compared to 237 in February. Total clinic office visits for March were 1,551 compared to 1,865 in February. Nursing home...

  • Alva 17th in safest Oklahoma cities

    Apr 21, 2017

    OKLAHOMA – A security organization has put together a list of Oklahoma’s safest cities. The National Council for Home Safety and Security compiled the list by reviewing the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with population data and internal research. The organization eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000. Note that the use of the word “cities” is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over, and thus includes places with the wor...

  • Creature Concerns hosts ninth successful spay and neuter clinic

    Apr 21, 2017

    Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. Each year, millions of unwanted and homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters all over the country. Creature Concerns Inc., a local 501(C)3 animal rescue organization, has been dedicated to ending the cycle of pet overpopulation in Alva and northwest Oklahoma. In 2014, Creature Concerns began a partnership with Spay Way, a low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinic, to offer affordable spay and neuter services to our community. To date, they have...

  • After year and a half, charges filed in deadly Cushing prison fight

    Jeff Raymond, Oklahoma Watch|Apr 21, 2017

    A year and a half after the deadliest prison fight in Oklahoma history, Payne County prosecutors brought charges Monday against seven people in connection with the incident. None of the seven, however, was charged with murder in the prison-gang fight that saw four inmates stabbed to death at Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing on Sept. 12, 2015. Rather each was charged with one count of participating in a riot, a felony whose punishment in this case is the same as second-degree murder – from 10 years to life in prison. The type of c...

  • Staff council awards two Northwestern staff members Campus Kudos for 2016-17

    Apr 21, 2017

    Becca Cook, international student adviser, and Shawn Smith, Maintenance HVAC Technician, were selected as the recipients for Northwestern Oklahoma State University Staff Council's 2016-17 Campus Kudos Award. "We received 11 nominations including several from the Enid campus," Judy Dollar, chair of Staff Council and payroll accountant for human resources, said. "The outcome was very close. I feel the two recipients are well-deserving of this honor." Three nominations for Cook emphasized her "huge...

  • Northwestern student chosen to present for Research Day at the State Capitol

    Apr 21, 2017

    Senior biology major Timothy Legg of Mutual was selected to represent Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Research Day at the Capitol held recently in Oklahoma City. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters at the Waterford Hotel and met with members of the State Legislature at the State Capitol during the annual event, which is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research that is taking place at...

  • Schmaltz presents research, completes speaking engagements, plans publishing projects

    Apr 21, 2017

    During academic year 2016-2017, Dr. Eric Schmaltz, professor of history and co-executive director of the endowed Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Institute for Citizenship Studies, has published a number of articles both here and abroad. Many of his publications in the field of ethnic and nationality studies relate to ethnic German communities in Russia and the former Soviet Union and their many descendants dispersed worldwide. Despite ongoing commitments to serving as editor of...

  • Northwestern's choirs to present 'Soundscapes II' concert April 27

    Apr 21, 2017

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University's choirs, which consist of the University Singers and the University Chorale, will perform "Soundscapes II" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Alva Independent School armory, 230 Choctaw. This is the second year the choirs have chosen this unique location for a concert. Karsten Longhurst, director of choral studies, is looking forward to this one-of-a-kind concert experience through using the venue's built-in stage and sharing the unique sounds of the...

  • Korea

    Arden Chaffee|Apr 21, 2017

    Stability on the Korean Peninsula has been an issue ever since the armistice on July 27,1953. With all the saber-rattling going on, with threats from North Korea that it will turn Seoul into “a sea of fire,” with the possibility of a nuclear-tipped rocket reaching the West Coast, we can no longer afford to do nothing. Over time we’ve explored diplomatic channels to broker a freeze in the North’s nuclear program only to be repeatedly rebuked. Inducements included normalization of relatio...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Apr 21, 2017

    All of us have done things that we later regretted and wondered why we did them. At such times we may justify our actions – at least to ourselves – by pleading temporary insanity. That is to say, “I’m sane, but for a minute or two there I lost my head and didn’t know what I was doing.” Thankfully, most of the times when we do stupid things, we don’t do much damage to anyone or anything. But that is not always the case. Occasionally, a defendant in a criminal matter will plead “temporary insanity...

  • Don't believe everything you hear about Senate Bill 478

    John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner|Apr 21, 2017

    The Oklahoma Legislature is currently debating a bill that could help Oklahomans find more affordable health insurance. Senate Bill 478 authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to negotiate compacts with other states to allow insurers from those states to sell individual health insurance policies in Oklahoma. Oklahomans face an individual health insurance market with fewer options and higher premiums than ever before, so I support this effort to give our citizens more plans to choose from. The bill has passed out of the House Insurance Committee...

  • Hadwiger garners post-season basketball honors

    Apr 21, 2017

    Alva High School senior Brooks Hadwiger has been named by the Oklahoma Coaches Association to the Class 3A boys basketball all star team. Hadwiger was named to the West team with seven other players from OKC Douglass, OKC Centennial, Star Spencer, Purcell, Comanche and Lindsay. Hadwiger has also been named to the Enid News and Eagle's All-Northwest Oklahoma boys prep basketball team as voted by area coaches. Hadwiger was an Honorable Mention selection. Hadwiger has further been named to the 101...

  • New council president elected

    Marione Martin|Apr 21, 2017

    When newly elected council members stood to receive the oath of office, only one council chair was left occupied. Randy Stelling remained in his seat. Bryce Benson was absent for the April 17 meeting. The remaining six council member positions were up for election April 4. The council first recognized the results of the election and unopposed filings. City Attorney Rick Cunningham administered the oath to Daniel Winters, Chris Eckhardt, Brandon Sherman, Bo Hannaford, Mary Hamilton and Brian Wall...


    Apr 21, 2017

    Funeral services will be Friday, April 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Vincent Woodward, St. Peter Catholic Church and Reverend Tom Felder, pastor Alva Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at Glenn Alfred, son of Letha (Wolf) and Charley Tilford Schlarb, was born on July 27, 1936, in Mooreland,...

  • Woods County Equalization & Excise Board 04-19-2017

    Alva Review-Courier Videos|Apr 21, 2017

  • Dept. of Transportation- Casey Shell at Kiwanis- Alva

    Alva Review-Courier Videos|Apr 21, 2017

  • Alva Tourism Tax Committee 04-19-2017

    Alva Review-Courier Videos|Apr 21, 2017

  • Alva Rec Park Board Meeting of April 19, 2017

    Alva Review-Courier Videos|Apr 21, 2017

  • AHS Art dominates competitions

    Maya Stewart, AHS Reporter|Apr 21, 2017

    During the 2016-2017 school year students in Greg McClure's work on their art projects ranging from sculpting to watercolor painting. Art competitions are a staple of any art class and Alva usually has many students competing and many that place well. At the Woodward Paul Laune Show, Alva had nine students place and nine whose art pieces were showed at the showcasing. Then at the Enid Red Dirt sophomore Leah Maier placed first in acrylic painting and second in sculpture, senior Wyatt Radford pla...

  • AHS soccer team blossoms with talent

    Maya Stewart, AHS Reporter|Apr 21, 2017

    AHS Soccer has been a struggling organization for a long time but in the past year has blossomed with an abundance of players and two amazing coaches who bring the team together. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, soccer was canceled due to no coach and not enough players. In the short time from August to December, Coach Dixie Meyer and Coach Jacob Gould along with some of the players recruited throughout the high school and by the time soccer season started they had 40 players, 19...

  • State Speech and Debate 2017

    Alaina Hurst, AHS Reporter|Apr 21, 2017

    On Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8, members of the Alva High School Speech and Debate team attended the State Speech and Debate Competition at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Fifteen students from AHS qualified for the state competition. To do so they must have been a finalist (scored 1st, 2nd, or 3rd,) in their event at the Regional Qualifier in Alva. The AHS students who attended State Speech were seniors Trenton Starkey, Aaron Erickson, Justin Meyer and Chase Jones;...

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