Articles from the May 20, 2021 edition


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  • Freedom birthdays

    May 20, 2021

    Happy Birthday To May 20: Gary Gerloff May 21: BJ Baker May 22: Reagan Eden, Holli Wares May 23: Johnnie Sue Olson May 24: Cody Watson, Talhia Darr, Zearl Harris, Lance Gasset May 25: Kyle Wares, Linda Eden Benzel, Dever Elle Newby May 27: Bonita Stewart May 28: Jamin Shreeve, April Rankin May 29: Rowena Nickelson, Layne Nixon May 30: Kristin Harper May 31: Tamela Wise June 1: Vickie Johnson, Brittany Doyle June 2: Kendra Wardrop, Carlene Culver June 3: Nadia Boydstun, Billy Parker June 4: Betty Harris, Betty Whittet, Sarah Beeley June 5:...

  • Freedom anniversaries

    May 20, 2021

    Happy Anniversary To May 20: Mr. & Mrs. Mike Scates May 21: Mr. & Mrs. Travis Bradt, Mr. & Mrs. Don Murray May 23: Mr. & Mrs. Rod Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Hepner May 25: Mr. & Mrs. Hal Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Kameron Hensley May 27: Mr. & Mrs. Brian Murray June 1: Mr. & Mrs. Rob Daughhetee June 2: Mr. & Mrs. Boyd Hughes, Mr. & Mrs. Roland Kurz, Mr. & Mrs. Randy McMurphy June 3: Mr. & Mrs. Jay Rankin June 4: Mr. & Mrs. Merle Wares June 5: Mr. & Mrs. DeWayne Hodgson (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call...

  • Donations requested for upkeep of Freedom Cemetery

    May 20, 2021

    Work on the Freedom Cemetery has begun for Memorial Day weekend. A new donation to the cemetery recently is a donation box, placed on the front of the utility building. The black mailbox, with the word “Donation” on it, is a secure box where donations may be made. The box will be checked regularly to pick up donations. Any donations can also be made at the Bank of Freedom, cemetery account, or you can contact any cemetery board member. Those members are Michael Daughhetee, Rocky Hodgson, Sue Reed, Hal Ferguson and Ky Luddington. Board mem...

  • Freedom Town Board discusses grant opportunities, addresses complaints

    Kathleen Lourde|May 20, 2021

    Town of Freedom trustees must be dreaming of application forms at night; the group discussed numerous grants – those already underway and those that might be opportunities – at their regular town board meeting Wednesday, May 12. New Trustee Matt Bixler brought up a grant application that had been submitted to Share Trust in hopes of obtaining some funding for park updates and upgrades. He said he'd spoken with both Todd Holder and Johnny Jones and learned that, apparently due to miscommunication, the Town of Freedom was never officially not...

  • Freedom Class of 2021 graduates

    May 20, 2021

    One senior student, Madison Rhodes, graduated with honors on Saturday, May 15. Landen Cook and Andy Townsend also graduated from eighth grade; Jude Braswell, Rigger (Brantley) Chumley, Farryn Elrod and Kaydren Traugott graduated from kindergarten. Fabienne Franz and Duke Morris were the junior class ushers for Baccalaureate; Kaitlynn Rhodes and Jaci Weber were junior class ushers for graduation. Shay Wilson and Gavin Rhodes were seventh grade class ushers for both Baccalaureate and graduation.... Full story

  • Affidavit made public on Oklahoma judge's sexual allegations

    May 20, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A search warrant affidavit alleging repeated instances of unwanted sexual advances by a former Oklahoma County judge has been made public after two attorneys making accusations said it took them a long time to come forward because they feared for their careers. The search warrant, which does not identify the women, was made public Monday on the allegations of sexual misconduct against now-resigned Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate at the req...

  • Heavy rains in Texas, Louisiana add to misery in flood zones

    May 20, 2021

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The National Weather Service warned Wednesday that more rain is expected this week in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, including areas where flooding has already caused misery this week. Forecasters said 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain could fall in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana on Thursday and Friday, two areas already hard hit. Flash flood watches stretched from southwest Louisiana and east Texas northward into Arkansas and Oklahoma Wednesday evening. The weather service said they would b...

  • Navajo Nation tops Cherokee to become largest tribe in US

    FELICIA FONSECA|May 20, 2021

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has by far the largest land mass of any Native American tribe in the country. Now, it's boasting the largest enrolled population, too. Navajos clamored to enroll or fix their records as the tribe offered hardship assistance payments from last year's federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. That boosted the tribe's rolls from about 306,000 to nearly 400,000 citizens. The figure surpasses the Cherokee Nation's enrollment of 392,000. But it, too, has been growing, said tribal s...

  • Stacey Abrams to deliver keynote at Tulsa Massacre event

    May 20, 2021

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Stacey Abrams, who has become a leading national voice on ballot access, will deliver the keynote address at the "Remember & Rise" event commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, officials announced Wednesday. Abrams, whose work on voter access and political infrastructure is credited with helping flip the state of Georgia for Democrats in 2020, will speak at the nationally televised event on May 31, the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission said. "Her tireless efforts to create equity and a...

  • Kansas governor signs legislation keeping cocktails to go

    May 20, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People will be able to get beer and cocktails to go in Kansas after the coronavirus pandemic thanks to a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Laura Kelly. The new law will allow to-go beer and alcoholic drinks from clubs, bars and restaurants until 11 p.m., as long as the drinks are in sealed containers and clear bags that discourage tampering. Lawmakers approved the measure earlier this month, and it takes effect later this month. It continues a policy Kelly set by executive order in April 2020 when Kansas was under a...

  • Kansas governor pressured to end extra $300 in jobless aid

    JOHN HANNA|May 20, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is facing increasing pressure from companies, business groups and prominent Republicans to have Kansas stop paying an extra $300 a week in benefits to unemployed workers. The top three Republicans in the Kansas House on Wednesday called on Kelly to end the additional benefits. Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., of Olathe, Speaker Pro Tem Blaine Finch, of Ottawa, and Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, of Wichita, issued a joint statement calling the extra benefits "counterproductive." They did so in response to a...

  • Tuition at Kansas colleges likely to stay about the same

    May 20, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas college students may pay generally the same tuition in the fall semester than they did this year, if the Kansas Board of Regents approves tuition proposals submitted Wednesday by the state's public universities. If the proposals are approved next month, it would be the third straight year with little or no increase in tuition for Kansas public university students. Most colleges proposed keeping existing costs for 2021. Kansas State University sought a $57 increase for in-state students and Emporia State proposed a n...

  • Authorities: Bar patron bit chunk off Louisiana man's nose

    May 20, 2021

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man had a chunk of his nose bitten off by a man he bought a drink for, authorities said. Bryan Thayer, 34, told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that he finished a shift at the Metairie bar he owns and stopped by another bar just before 5 a.m. on May 8. He and a friend bought a drink for a man later identified as Andrew Nierman, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The drink spilled on Nierman, but Thayer told the news outlet that he and his friend bought him another. He said the 3...

  • Absent media, Texas executes inmate who killed great aunt

    JUAN A. LOZANO and MICHAEL GRACZYK|May 20, 2021

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man convicted of fatally beating his 83-year-old great aunt more than two decades ago was executed Wednesday evening without media witnesses present because prison agency officials neglected to notify reporters it was time to carry out the punishment. Quintin Jones received the lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the September 1999 killing of Berthena Bryant, agency spokesman Jeremy Desel said about 30 minutes after Jones was pronounced dead. Desel never received the usual phone call f...

  • 10 seconds of terror: Alaska man survives brown bear mauling

    MARK THIESSEN|May 20, 2021

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Allen Minish was alone and surveying land for a real estate agent in a wooded, remote part of Alaska, putting some numbers into his GPS unit when he looked up and saw a large brown bear walking about 30 feet away. "I saw him and he saw me at the same time, and it's scary," he said by phone Wednesday from his hospital bed in Anchorage, a day after being mauled by the bear in a chance encounter. The mauling left Minish with a crushed jaw, a puncture wound in his scalp so deep the doctor told him he could see bone, l...

  • Ford's big bet: Fans of F-150 pickup will embrace electric

    TOM KRISHER|May 20, 2021

    PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — On the outside, the electric version of Ford's F-150 pickup looks much like its wildly popular gas-powered version. Yet the resemblance is deceiving. With its new battery-powered truck, Ford is making a costly bet that buyers will embrace a vehicle that would help transform how the world drives. Branded the F-150 Lightning, the pickup will be able to travel up to 300 miles per battery charge, thanks to a frame designed to safely hold a huge lithium-ion battery that can power your house should the electricity g...