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Texas governor: 15 killed in school shooting; gunman dead

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Fourteen children and one teacher were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday, and the 18-year-old gunman was dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Abbott said a local man opened fire at Robb Elementary School in...

 

Police in Oklahoma Panhandle fatally shoot gun-wielding man

GUYMON, Okla. (AP) — Police in Guymon fatally shot a gun-wielding man, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. Randal Haynes, 53, of Guymon was dead at the scene of the Monday afternoon shooting in the Panhandle city about 235...

 

Three young children die in central Oklahoma fire

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Two toddlers and a baby have died in a fire in central Oklahoma. The fire began shortly before noon Sunday in a shed outside a home in Crescent and eventually spread to the home about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of...

 

New names for Fort Bragg, 8 other Army bases recommended

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fort Bragg would become Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And, for the first time, Army bases would be named after Black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine...

 

Courts stymie abortion bans in Iowa, other GOP-led states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court decision is holding back the state's solidly Republican Legislature and governor from banning abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Iowa is among GOP-controlled states that would be...

 

Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse....

 

Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

NEW YORK (AP) — They are mothers, they are daughters, they are comrades. Generations of women came together for a Manhattan protest against the U.S. Supreme Court's anticipated ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. There were women who have been...

 

Alfalfa County court filings

According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be...

 

Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:11 p.m. – Medic needed for in the 300 block of Cherokee a female who is very weak and has heart condition. 6:11 p.m. – Caller advised of a pick-up truck flipped on its side on Greer and County Road 470. Medic took the...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    May 25, 2022

Alfalfa County officials sign FY 22-23 resolutions

On Monday, the Alfalfa County commissioners heard a presentation from Western Oklahoma Workforce Development Board (WOWDB) Executive Director Christi Porter and Business Services Rep Laura Hammontree. The pair were there to have commissioners Mike...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 25, 2022

Tiffany (Rieger) Kippenberger tells BHS graduates 'Never Lose Your Sense of Hope'

"It does not seem possible that I sat in those very chairs nine years ago. At that time I never thought I'd become a surgeon," BHS alumnae Tiffany Rieger Kippenberger told the graduating Class of...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 25, 2022

First Annual Stateline Ruck March to honor veterans Saturday

The Stateline Post 175 and Sons of the American Legion in Hardtner, Kansas, invite to join in the first Annual Stateline Ruck. It's this Saturday morning, May 28. Gather at Kiowa's Community Building at 7:30 a.m.,to begin the march to the Hardtner...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    May 25, 2022

Kyle Rhodes sworn in as new Freedom school board member

The Freedom School Board held its regular meeting last Wednesday evening. The meeting, in the first half hour, started and stopped like a tractor with a clutch problem. Board members Richard Babcock a...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 25, 2022

Record wheat price near $12/ bushel, but low yields expected for harvest

“We were one rain away from a really, really good crop,” Dacoma Co-op Manager Jake Kelln said of the needed raindrops in April that never fell in that area south of Alva. On Tuesday morning Kelln told the Newsgram, “Since last night it's...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 25, 2022

Woods County Commissioners sign payroll, approve loan renewal

The Woods County Commissioners signed payroll checks during their meeting Monday morning. They had to sign their names many times with warrants, claims and blanket purchase orders on the agenda....

 

Senate Review

With about a week to spare, we successfully passed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. As required by our state’s constitution, we approved a $9.7 billion balanced budget that utilized our state revenues in a variety of ways – bolstering our savings...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 25, 2022

Governments, businesses and individuals all affected by inflation

At the May 16 Alva City Council meeting, the councilmembers were considering a proposal to put a hold on the scheduled utility rate increase beginning July 1. The rate increase is part of an...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 25, 2022

Carl's Capitol Comments

We sent a $9.7 billion general appropriations bill to the governor last week. He has until Thursday at midnight to take action on the measure. This budget contains a lot of stuff for the people back home in rural Oklahoma. As chair of the House...

 

KEVIN CY IRWIN

Kevin Cy Irwin, 54, was born March 11, 1968, in Enid, Oklahoma, to parents Larry and Patricia Haley Irwin, and passed away unexpectedly on May 18, 2022. He resided in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma, until...

 

CAROL DELIGHT (MELTON) TALLEY

Carol Delight Melton was born on, December 16, 1931, to (William) Nay and Harriet Melton in Sturgis, Oklahoma. The family moved to Alva when Carol was four years old. After graduating from Alva High...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 25, 2022

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation's strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced...

 

'Precious individuals' taken in Texas school shooting

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept the races at field day. Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to...

 
 By MORGAN LEE    Regional    May 25, 2022

Firefighters rescue 'Cinder' the elk calf from fire's ashes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued an abandoned newborn elk calf found amid the ashes of the nation's largest wildfire as calving season approaches its peak in New Mexico and fires rage across the American West. Missoula,...

 

US moves to make antiviral drug more available against COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season. The nation's...

 

Onlookers urged police to charge into Texas school

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman's rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that...

 

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