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Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Braudrick. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at Sunday, May 5: Sunday school...

 By Pastor Paul Cole    Local    May 3, 2019

A mother's most glorious work

The scholars can debate a mother's most glorious work and a mother does many, many important works. Sometimes a person has a hard time determining a mother's most important works because she does so...

 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 3, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

James 4:7-10: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and...


Alva High School earns prestigious national charter status

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association has recognized Alva High School for earning charter membership in the organization. Over the past three years, Alva High School has earned more than 50 degrees for outstanding p...


Alva Robotics Team monthly meeting

The Alva Robotics Team will be holding their monthly meeting Saturday, May 4, at the Alva Public Library. The team will be making a final decision on booth and T-shirt designs and voting for officers for the coming season. Team members who cannot be...


USDA extends deadline

USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs,...



Daro Dean Butler was born September 24, 1929, and died February 1, 2019. A memorial service will be held May 4, 2019, at Alva First Christian Church at 1:30 p.m.. After the service there will be a time to visit with the family in the Fellowship...

 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 3, 2019

Dinner time

C.S. Lewis said, “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” I agree, and some of my fondest memories involve the family dinner table. I was an only chi...

 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 3, 2019

Random Thoughts

A few years ago, a popular movie named “Glory” chronicled the experiences of some African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, President Abraham Lincoln ref...

 By Eric Scott    Sports    May 3, 2019

Late push not enough; Rangers fall to SWOSU after early deficit

ALVA, Okla. – An early six-run deficit was too much for Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball to overcome on the diamond Friday evening as a late rally falls short in an 11-8 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State at Glass Family Field at M...

 By Madison Parrott    Sports    May 3, 2019

Tough match-up with SNU leads to doubleheader split

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers faced their final regular season opponent in Southern Nazarene University for the first half of their series Friday afternoon. The Rangers played in honor of sexual assault a...


Tuesday night bowling standings, week of April 30

Rollin Good Times: 81 ½ Wins, 46 ½ Losses Marshall's Old Timers: 79 ½ Wins, 48 ½ Losses Schuesslers: 79 Wins, 49 Losses Pony Boys: 70 Wins, 58 Losses Ten Pin Oil Men: 67 ½ Wins, 60 ½ Losses Knights of Columbus: 60 ½ Wins, 67 ½ Losses O-Bar: 60 Wins...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    May 3, 2019

Brown ends college career strong

ALVA, Okla. – In just a few days, Colton Brown will walk across the stage and receive his degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He’s a cowboy, first and forever, but he has big dreams beyond his graduation day in Alva. He plans to att...

 By Trey Lunn    Sports    May 3, 2019

Rangers 2019 baseball season

In Ryan Bowen's first year in 2018, the club finished with a record of 24-25 with a 16-17 conference record. Prior to the 2018 season, the Ranger baseball team finished with 14 wins in both the 2016... Full story


2019 Lady Ranger's softball season

The Lady Rangers just ended their season; they barely missed qualifying for the conference tournament. Last year's overall record of 17-33, 16-28 in conference wasn't as great a season as Coach... Full story


Groovin' for Autism and Arnall grant benefit students

Over the course of the last couple of years, you may have heard or read about the work being done at Washington Early Childhood Center to support students with autism. Washington has been working...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 3, 2019

Staying simple to stay true

Nathan Braudrick became senior pastor at Alva Church of God at the beginning of April, and it was a wild ride of a launch, he said. "I tell you what," he said, laughing, "starting in April – that's a... Full story


"Talking Tombstones" explores the history behind the stones in Alva Cemetery

Alva Masonic Lodge 105 partnered with the Cherokee Strip Museum in "Talking Tombstones," a historical tour of the Alva Cemetery, including characters from Alva's past. Dozens at a time took a "wagon"... Full story


Northwestern 2019 Outstanding Seniors, other awards announced

Fourteen Northwestern students were recognized as Outstanding Seniors at the 2019 Spring Alumni Reunion Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 27, in the Northwestern Student Center Ranger Room. A... Full story


ECU's Hankins Leads 2019 All-GAC Softball Honors

BENTONVILLE, ARK. – East Central University softball senior Sable Hankins was the highlight of the Tigers 2019 All-Great American Conference honors, earning GAC Newcomer of the Year and All-GAC First Team honors. Hankins was joined by sophomore T...


SE Softball: Three Earn All-GAC Honors

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Southeastern softball placed three players on the league's all-conference teams and had five earn academic honors as announced on Thursday night on the eve of the Great American Conference Softball Tournament in Bentonville, Ark....

 By James Hill    Sports    May 3, 2019

SNU: Four Named to All-GAC Softball Team

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - A total of four softball players were named to the 2019 All-GAC Team while two student-athletes earned GAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors on Thursday evening at the GAC Banquet. Mahina Sauer was named a first team All-GAC fi...


Softball: SWOSU's Kim Maher Named GAC Coach of the Year; Bulldogs Have Four Earn All-GAC Recognition

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – SWOSU Softball tied a program record with four players named to the 2019 All-Great American Conference teams while head coach Kim Maher was named the GAC Coach of the Year. The conference announced postseason honors on Thursday ev... Full story


ATU's Riley named GAC Freshman of the Year, Suns rack up ten All-GAC nods

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Tymber Riley was honored as the Great American Conference's Freshman of the Year, leading a list of ten all-Great American Conference selections for the No. 14 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns softball team, announced at Thursday's...


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