Articles from the May 21, 2021 edition


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  • Are you a delineator?

    Darin Kearns, Alva Friends Church|May 21, 2021

    When I was in high school I took a weekend long driver’s ed class in hopes that it would help with the high cost of car insurance for a 16-year-old driver. I don’t think it did anything for the insurance, but I did take something away that I still remember to this day. Delineators! Do you know what those are? I see them all the time and I am brought back to that weekend as I drove along with Mr. Mackres through the mountains outside of Colorado Springs. I am sure you see them all the time but just don’t know what they are. Unfortunately, there...

  • Graduation advice from an 'old Goldbug'

    Marione Martin|May 21, 2021

    Despite an earlier light shower, the Alva High School graduation proceeded as planned on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) football field Sunday afternoon. AHS seniors wearing caps and gowns proceeded to their chairs and remained standing for the national anthem. Following a prayer, AHS Principal Cory Smith introduced members of the board of education seated on the stage before welcoming seniors and guests. The AHS mixed choir, directed by Alisha Beleele, gathered to sing "We... Full story

  • Religious services and events

    May 21, 2021

    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 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening worship begins at 5:30 p.m. Young adults gather at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Wednesday services include 7 p.m. Bible Study, and youth group also meets at 7 p.m. Alva Friends Church Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.; coffee and donut fellowship at...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|May 21, 2021

    Sometimes I drive myself crazy! Sometimes other people do it for me. Recently, I got to thinking once again about a minor episode in my past that I have often thought about over the years. Whenever I think of it, I smile but I also have to shake my head! It happened several years ago (longer than I care to admit) in the beautiful and glorious state of New Mexico. I had just moved there determined to turn myself into a historian who specializes in the American West. I had applied to go to...

  • Northwestern announces honor roll for Spring 2021

    May 21, 2021

    Spring semester honor rolls at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been announced by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Those on the President’s Honor Roll earned all As, or a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), in a minimum of 12 undergraduate or nine graduate hours. Those on the Vice President’s Honor Roll had grade point averages of 3.5 or better in a minimum of 12 undergraduate or nine graduate hours. Undergraduate students on the honorable mention lists had 4.0 or 3.5 GPAs, respectively, in a minimum of three to a m...

  • Let's read the Bible

    Kim Barker, College Hill Church of Christ|May 21, 2021

    We will finish the New Testament this week by reading I, II, and III John, Jude, and Revelation. Revelation is probably the most misunderstood book of the Bible. It is written in an apocalyptic style that we are not used to reading anywhere else, which makes it difficult to grasp. The word prophecy is also often misunderstood. Prophets tell the thoughts of God. They speak the truth. Prophecy sometimes foretells future events, and sometimes it is just speaking truth. Revelation foretells the fall of the Roman empire, which occurred centuries...

  • Woods County Excise Board approves monthly appropriations

    Marione Martin|May 21, 2021

    The Woods County Excise Board met Wednesday, May 19. All board members were present including Bob Seivert, Joe Shirley and Chris Olson. After approving minutes of past meetings, the board approved the following monthly appropriations: • District #1 Highway Cash $127,703.83 • District #2 Highway Cash $128,299.66 • District #3 Highway Cash $129,542.47 • CBRI Fund-105 – D#1 $11,230.73 • CBRI Fund-105 – D#2 $11,230.71 • CBRI Fund-105 – D#3 $11,230.71 • Enhanced 911 $18,031.83 • Assessor’s Fee $170.00 • County Clerk’s Lien Fee $1,636.36 • County Cle...

  • Northwestern seniors awarded Guthrie Scottish Rite Scholarship

    May 21, 2021

    Three Northwestern Oklahoma State University seniors were awarded the Guthrie Scottish Rite Scholarship given by the Guthrie Scottish Rite Charitable and Educational Foundation. Those receiving the award this semester are Steven Pfluger of Tonkawa, health and sports science education; Matthew Reed of Enid, history education; and Nikki Wadkins of Woodward, early childhood education. Each semester the scholarships are awarded to teacher candidates who are completing their professional semester....

  • Eight Alva baseball players named Great Plains All-Conference

    Marione Martin|May 21, 2021

    The Alva High School baseball team has a pitcher of the year, six all-conference team players and an honorable mention on the 2021 Great Plains All-Conference Team. Head coach of the Alva team is Scott Baugh with Marcus Mead and Chance Davis as assistant coaches. Dominic Minjares has been named co-pitcher of the year along with Holden Koontz of Pioneer. Alva players on the all-conference team are Austin Reed, pitcher; Kory Faulkner, catcher; Kaden Slater, first base; Morgan Cook and Kelton O’Neil, infielders; and Sam Houston, outfielder. D...

  • NWOBCA All Star games in Alva Wednesday

    Marione Martin|May 21, 2021

    On Wednesday, May 26, Alva will host the 2021 NWOBCA (Northwest Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association) All Star Baseball Games. Two games will be played at Myers Stadium on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Alva. At 4 p.m. the two small school teams will play followed by an awards ceremony at 6:15 p.m. The large school game will start at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Four players and two coaches from Alva will be part of the large school game. Alva baseball players on the red team are Dominic...

  • Alva City Council discusses Suddenlink franchise

    Marione Martin|May 21, 2021

    There was a lot of discussion about the Suddenlink franchise agreement during Monday’s Alva City Council meeting. During the public comment part of the meeting, Tom Crenshaw started the discussion prematurely, asking when he could talk about the franchise. Council President Randy Stelling explained there was no vote, only discussion, and it was later on the agenda. Stelling presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kelly Parker who was attending his son’s eighth grade graduation. As other council members started talking, City Attorney R...

  • Laser weapons

    Arden Chaffee|May 21, 2021

    Light amplification by stimulation of electromagnetic radiation. My first exposure to lasers, no play on words, was the laser pointer for the classroom. Consumer laser tools have replaced contractor’s levels and chalk lines and lasers soon found use in the military, pinpointing the delivery of missiles, bombs, and personnel weapon rounds. Advances in miniaturization will allow lasers with destructive power to be used as weapons. Mounted to a tank, they will eliminate ammunition and onboard gener...

  • Tulsa computer system hacks stopped by security shutdown

    May 21, 2021

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Most residents of Tulsa are being prevented from paying their water bills after the city shut down its computer network as a security measure following an attempted ransomware attack, a city official said Friday. The attempted breach was stopped before any personal data was accessed, city spokesman Carson Colvin said. Tulsa detected malware in its network May 6 and immediately started shutting it down to prevent hackers from accessing anything sensitive. "It didn't get far enough into the system to get personal data," C...

  • Oklahoma governor signs bills to slash income tax rates

    May 21, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a package of bills on Friday to cut the corporate and top individual income tax rates and to restore the refundability of the earned income tax credit. The bills were part of a budget agreement announced with Republican legislative leaders last week. Restoring the refundability of the earned income tax credit aims to help low-income Oklahomans. According to a House analysis of the bills, the tax cuts are expected to cost the state about $330 million in revenue each year once fully i...

  • Kansas governor OKs extra funds for courts, higher education

    May 21, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Budget legislation signed Friday by Gov. Laura Kelly increases funding for Kansas courts, provides extra dollars for higher education and funds a new state health laboratory. The measure contains a piece of a nearly $21 billion spending blueprint for state government for the budget year beginning July 1. Kelly used her power to veto individual budget items to remove only one provision. It would provide $500,000 for clinical trials of a COVID-19 treatment using stem cells. Kelly called it "unneeded" because of existing t...

  • FBI employee accused of storing classified documents at home

    ERIC TUCKER|May 21, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI employee has been indicted on charges that she stored classified documents and other national security information at home over the course of more than a decade, the Justice Department said Friday. Kendra Kingsbury, 48, is accused of having unauthorized possession of a broad swath of sensitive government documents, including materials that describe sources, methods and operations and that contain information about operatives such as a suspected associate of Osama bin Laden. Kingsbury worked as an intelligence analyst i...

  • KBI: Nebraska man dies after he is purposely hit by a car

    May 21, 2021

    HOLLENBERG, Kan. (AP) — A Nebraska man died when he was intentionally hit by the driver of a car in Kansas during an argument, authorities said Friday. Washington County Sheriff's deputies were called Thursday to a home in Hollenberg, in northeast Kansas. They found James Hicok, 32, of Steele City, Nebraska, dead in the street, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. A preliminary investigation determined that Hicok and another man were arguing with the driver of a vehicle who drove by the home several times. During the a...

  • Report: 2 school workers harassed girl over 'lesbian' remark

    May 21, 2021

    AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — Two school district employees in eastern Kansas should be disciplined for suspending an eighth-grade student from riding the school bus after she said "I'm a lesbian," the Kansas Association of School Boards has determined. An investigation by the association found bus driver Kristi Gadino, and Corey Wiltz, principal at North Lyon County Elementary, committed sexual harassment against the student in violation of federal Title IX regulations and district policy, The Emporia Gazette reported. The investigation began when t...

  • Kansas man arrested in 38-year-old southeast Texas slaying

    May 21, 2021

    CONROE, Texas (AP) — A 75-year-old Kansas City, Kansas, man has been arrested on a murder warrant in a nearly four decade old homicide in southeast Texas. Thomas Elvin Darnell was taken to the Montgomery County jail Thursday after being arrested Monday in Kansas on a murder warrant for the 1983 death of Laura Purchase, according to Montgomery County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Spencer. Darnell is being held without bond and jail records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Spencer said DNA evidence connected Darnell to the sexual a...

  • Kansas man faces 155 child pornography charges

    May 21, 2021

    EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A Chase County man is jailed on 155 counts of sexual exploitation of a child after child pornography was found at his home, authorities said. Leland Zachariah Taylor, 71, of Cedar Point, was arrested May 8 after Chase County Sheriff's deputies were called to his home. A court affidavit written by Deputy Tylor Preeo said Taylor's son and the son's girlfriend were cleaning out Taylor's home when they found the child pornography on his laptop and a flash drive. The couple called the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the c...

  • Kansas woman admits to fraudulently taking $87K in benefits

    May 21, 2021

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A southeastern Kansas woman has been sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to repay nearly $87,000 she fraudulently collected in Social Security benefits for children who did not live with her. Teresa Grant, of Arkansas City, was sentenced earlier this month after she pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized acquisition of Social Security Administration benefits, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Kansas said in a news release. In exchange for her plea, federal prosecutors dropped two other counts of making a f...

  • Infrastructure deal slips, GOP pans $1.7T White House offer

    LISA MASCARO and JONATHAN LEMIRE|May 21, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospects for an ambitious infrastructure deal were thrown into serious doubt late Friday after the White House reduced President Joe Biden's sweeping proposal to $1.7 trillion but Republican senators rejected the compromise as disappointing, saying "vast differences" remain. While talks have not collapsed, the downbeat assessment is certain to mean new worries from Democrats that time is slipping to strike a deal. The president's team is holding to a soft Memorial Day deadline to determine whether a compromise is within r...

  • Biden, South Korea's Moon 'deeply concerned' about NKorea

    AAMER MADHANI and DARLENE SUPERVILLE|May 21, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday said he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in remain "deeply concerned" about the situation with North Korea, and announced he will deploy a new special envoy to the region to help refocus efforts on pressing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Moon, meanwhile, welcomed "America's return" to the world stage and said both leaders pledged in their meeting to work closely toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Biden told a joint news conference with Moon that he was d...

  • Apple CEO faces tough questions about app store competition

    MICHAEL LIEDTKE|May 21, 2021

    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook described the company's ironclad control over its mobile app store as the best way to serve and protect iPhone users, but he faced tough questions about competition issues from a judge Friday about allegations he oversees an illegal monopoly. The rare courtroom appearance by one of the world's best-known executives came during the closing phase of a three-week trial revolving around an antitrust case brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite. Epic is trying to topple the s...

  • Duke's King embraces being role model as Black woman AD

    AARON BEARD|May 21, 2021

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Nina King knows she faces a big responsibility in taking over as Duke's athletics director later this year. It's not just about managing a 27-sport program in a marquee league. King will become only the third Black woman AD in a power conference. Two have come in a year, a sign of progress when it comes to diversity hiring in leadership roles in major college athletics. King hopes it's a start. "I do feel a great responsibility, and I embrace that," King said Friday during her introductory campus news conference. "I am e...

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