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 By Max Ridgway    Local    May 15, 2020

Half-truths of the Bible

We are born with an instinctive, but incomplete, knowledge of God. This is demonstrated by the religious impulse that has been a common characteristic of mankind throughout all ages and in all parts of the world. What all religions seem to have in...

 
 By Dr. W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 15, 2020

Spiritually Speaking: Melchizedek, both priest and king

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest...

 
 By BRIAN BRUS    Local    May 15, 2020

Cattle producers lunchtime series launches

STILLWATER, Okla. – Ranchers are invited to a series of free webinars to discuss cattle production, management and marketing tips with other professionals in the field. The lunchtime series launches at 12:30 p.m. May 14 with a teleconference throug...

 

Mother, son among first to earn doctor of nursing practice degrees at Northwestern

May 9, 2020, was supposed to be an exciting and history-making day for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Faculty within the Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program for Rural Nursing Practice...

 

Church Calendar

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 www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Sunday: Sunday school is at...

 

DPS resumes drive tests

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is resuming drive tests and relaxing some other restrictions on the process of acquiring a driver license as Gov. Kevin Stitt begins phase two of the state's reopening. Beginning today, May 15, DPS will allow...

 

SENIOR SALUTE

– Banners featuring Alva High School seniors line the downtown square this week. Lance Harzman and Big Slick Graphics designed and hung the banners with some financial help on the cost from Share...

 

Northwestern's Red and Black Scroll Honor Society inducts 31 new members

Northwestern Oklahoma State University inducted 31 new members into the Red and Black Scroll Honor Society. Because of the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on social gatherings there was no ceremony, but the students received their certificate in...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 15, 2020

Virtual spying

“Oklahoma City University virtual graduation hacked with racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic terms.” Known for diversity and inclusion, the university was quick to disconnect but the damage to a...

 

Murdock's Minutes: Legislators optimistic about FY2021 budget

Writing and approving a balanced budget is the most important responsibility the constitution places on the Legislature.  Back in February, we knew we’d be facing a budget gap of about $85 million because of low energy prices.  But revenue...

 

Oklahoma Natural Gas donates to Alva Food Bank during COVID-19 pandemic

Oklahoma Natural Gas, a division of ONE Gas, Inc., recently gave a $500 donation to the Alva Wesleyan Food Bank. The food bank provides emergency relief assistance to residents who can’t afford to buy enough food and now the situation is worse...

 
 By Ken Miller    Sports    May 15, 2020

Oklahoma reopening on track as virus cases near 5,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The reopening of Oklahoma businesses will continue Friday with stand-alone bars, funerals, weddings and organized sports activities resuming, according to Gov. Kevin Stitt. "We continue to have that downward trend in hospitaliz...

 
 By Doug Ferguson    Sports    May 15, 2020

Johnson, McIlroy prepare for golf return before TV audience

Dustin Johnson left The Players Championship two months ago and didn't play another round of golf until four days ago, the start of a crash course for his return to playing before a television audience. He also owes it to his partner, Rory McIlroy,...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 15, 2020

Kansas governor slows reopening; limits to go into late June

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday slowed down the reopening of Kansas' economy, ordering bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and keeping some coronavirus-inspired restrictions in place...

 

Spurred by pandemic, Kansas ACLU launches clemency project

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group on Thursday launched "The Clemency Project" to try to secure the release of Kansas prisoners whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus, following a stinging defeat in court. The...

 

Nebraska man driving ATV dead after colliding with semi

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A southeastern Nebraska man has died following a crash involving his all-terrain vehicle and a semitrailer at a rural intersection in Pawnee County east of Beatrice. The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Beatrice radio...

 

Social distancing is no reason to stop service learning – just do it online

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Marianne E. Krasny, Cornell University (THE CONVERSATION) At Troy University in Alabama, students went online to help a county with a...

 

Coronavirus cases surpass 4,900 in Oklahoma, six more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is nearing 5,000 with six more deaths reported, state officials said Thursday. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 4,962 cases and 284 deaths due to COVID-19,...

 

Man blocks black delivery driver in an Oklahoma neighborhood

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A black delivery driver says he was overcome with emotion while recording himself and a black co-worker being blocked into a gated Oklahoma City neighborhood for more than an hour by a white resident who demanded to know why...

 

Calgary Zoo returning pandas to China due to bamboo barriers

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Zoo will be returning two giant pandas on loan from China because a scarcity of flights due to COVID-19 has caused problems with getting enough fresh and tasty bamboo to feed them. Er Shun and Da Mao arrived in...

 

Kansas mayor suspends bid for Democratic nod for US Senate

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas mayor has suspended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi said Thursday that responding to the coronavirus pandemic had become "the most...

 

Officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

 

Trump says he'll restock stockpile for future pandemics

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to prepare the country for future pandemics by restocking the national stockpile and bringing critical manufacturing back to the U.S. His comments came the same day a...

 

Muppet Elmo readies for his own starry HBO Max talk show

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time not too long ago when Broadway star Ben Platt was interviewed by a monster. A perfectly nice monster, of course. It was Elmo. Elmo asked Platt what was his favorite music to sing. Cookie Monster interrupted to ask...

 

Stopped cold: 'Frozen' musical on Broadway not to reopen

NEW YORK (AP) — The big budget musical "Frozen" will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart, marking the first time an established show has been felled by the coronavirus pandemic. Until now, only shows that were waiting to officially open have...

 

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