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 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    May 4, 2017

Alva Arena Authority elects officers

The members of the Alva Area Authority met on Tuesday and elected officers. With the death of chairman Jim Holder, who was a representative of Share Trust, Darrel Kline was appointed the Share Trust representative. This board member change required...

 

Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

Happy Birthday To May 4: McKinzie Kirkpatrick, Bill Savely, Lonn Luddington May 5: Dennis Carlson, Bekcy Morris May 6: Traci Schwerdtfeger, Elmer Maddux, Vilene Hansen May 7: Wayne Wares, Stephanie Bradt, Dennis Smith May 8: Clint Schultz May 9:...

 

Freedom school calendar

Thursday, May 4: 7 p.m. Sports Banquet Friday, May 5: 3:30 p.m. Miss Freedom dress rehearsal Saturday, May 6: 7 p.m. Miss Freedom Pageant in high school auditorium Thursday, May 11: 1:00 p.m. Awards Assembly Friday, May 12: 6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    May 4, 2017

State budget deal remains elusive after new proposals unveiled

Republican lawmakers have introduced their first big-ticket revenue bills, with a month remaining in the legislative session. But committee votes and lawmakers’ comments show it will be a tough task to find consensus – even within the Republican...

 

Meeting rescheduled to address well-site restoration

The May 16 Woods County Mineral Owners Meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for May 30. The meeting will still be at 6 p.m. at Northwest Technology Center, 1801 South 11th St., Alva. Anyone interested in learning more about how OERB can help...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    May 4, 2017

Woods County Excise Board met Wednesday

Chris Olson, Bob Seivert and Joe Shirley make up the membership of the Woods County Equalization Board and the Woods County Excise Board. Both entities had a meeting Wednesday morning, one after the other. As the excise board, they approved the...

 
 By Stephanie Lambert    Local    May 4, 2017

Freedom Schools welcome new superintendent

A new district superintendent, James Miller, has been approved for the 2017-2018 school year for Freedom Public Schools. Miller was approved during a short, special meeting of the Freedom Board of Edu...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, April 30, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Opening Prayer given by Pastor Woody Hamon Call to Worship Psalm 23:1-6 led by Linda Carrico Opening Hymn “Amazing Grace...

 

Budget talks continue

Last week marked the deadline for all Senate bills to be heard on the House floor. Any remaining Senate bills not heard are not eligible again until next session. I’m proud to say we passed Senate Bill 765 last week, which makes it illegal for...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    May 4, 2017

Medicare can help you manage your chronic illnesses

Caring for yourself when you have a chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease is hard work. When you have more than one such illness, it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Sixty-seven percent of Oklahomans with Medicare have at least two chronic...

 

Rodeo Wraps Regular Season at OPSU

GUYMON, Okla. – Southeastern closed out the regular season with a solid outing at the Panhandle State Rodeo in Guymon, Okla., with the women finishing second while the men turned in a fifth place finish. The women returned contestants in all three...

 

Gum honored as National Pitcher of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After closing out the final regular-season week of her senior season with five straight wins, senior pitcher Jalissa Gum has been honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as its National Pitcher of the Week. It...

 
 By Nathan Looney    Sports    May 4, 2017

Softball Stays at No. 1 in Regional Rankings

SEARCY – The Harding softball team stayed at No. 1 in the final NCAA Division II Central Region Rankings before the selection show on Monday, May 8th at 9 a.m., CT. The selection show can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule Through last...

 
 By Jacob Pumphrey    Sports    May 4, 2017

Dow tabbed as Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II Co-National Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – SAU Softball senior first baseman Maddie Dow has been named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Co-National Player of the Week after helping the Lady Muleriders to a 4-2 week that included a four-game sweep of Southeaste...

 

Oklahoma governor approves increased lottery payouts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation aimed at increasing some lottery payouts in Oklahoma, a move that supporters hope will increase funding for schools. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2qEVAAv ) reports the legislation signed...

 

Oklahoma governor vows to veto budget without new revenue

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is urging state lawmakers to act on revenue-raising legislation and says she will veto next year's state budget if it does not include additional revenue to fund state services. With less than one month left...

 

Oklahoma governor calls special elections for House, Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled special elections to fill vacant seats in the state House and Senate. Fallin on Wednesday set elections for Senate District 45 and House District 76. Former Sen. Kyle Loveless of...

 

Oklahoma 2nd grade teacher arrested with drugs at school

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma 2nd grade teacher has been arrested at school on drug and embezzlement complaints and police say drugs and syringes were found in her purse. Police in Sapulpa told reporters that officers were called after the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 4, 2017

Oklahoma's once busy death chamber to stay quiet much longer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has had one of the busiest death chambers in the country for decades, executing more people per capita than any other state since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that death sentences could resume. But after a...

 

2 charged with murder in elderly Wichita man's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County authorities say two people are charged in the stabbing death of an 86-year-old man. Court records indicate 28-year-old Boe Wayne Adams and 18-year-old Yvonne Mosqueda were charged Wednesday with first-degree...

 

2 more plead guilty in plot to lure victims with online ads

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man and woman have admitted using online ads for sexual services to find victims for armed robberies. Thirty-four-year-old Nicole Covey, of Sugar Creek, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Kansas to...

 

The Latest: Kansas lawmakers hope for progress on schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debate on raising taxes to fix the state budget (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Kansas legislators hope to make progress later this week on a measure that would boost spending on public...

 
 By Amy Bickel    Regional    May 4, 2017

Greensburg celebrates recovery 10 years after tornado

GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A decade ago, the claim to fame in Greensburg, Kansas, was a really big hole in the ground. But these days, the little town that refused to vanish after an EF5 tornado is more than just a stop to see the world's largest hand...

 

Kansas police officer lauded for saving 4-year-old from pond

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old autistic boy says she believes a police officer who rescued her son from a Topeka, Kansas, pond was sent by God. Officer Aaron Bulmer rescued Elijah Hamby from a Central Park pond Sunday. Bulmer was...

 

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