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Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To June 14: Mr. & Mrs. Verlin Sample June 18: Mr. & Mrs. Darin Harris June 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burkhart June 28: Mr. & Mrs. Andy Newby June 29: Mr. & Mrs. Eldon Murray, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Wares (Note: Send corrections, additions to:...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To June 13: Jan Bliss, Devory Hughes, Misty Cell, Wesley Kornele, Amy Vogt, R. J. Kornele June 14: Kent Bilyeu, Mick Ferguson June 15: Terry Darr, Lois Tolle, Betty Bliss, Blythe Bowers June 17: Phillip Welty, Brandy Darr, Bryan...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, June 9, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Bible study discontinued until this fall Happy anniversary to Boyd and Newlyn Hughes – 57 years Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Call...

 
 By Ashley Strehl    Local    June 13, 2019

Nixon hosts first Tator Tot Memorial Roping Series rodeo

Man's best friend goes beyond a lifelong companionship. Tator Tot Nixon was a Freedom community well-known corgi owned by a Freedom High school '87 graduate and longtime community member, Kari Nixon,... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 13, 2019

New businesses speak to WCEDC

Hospice is not just for people who dying. That's the message Sasha Brooks, patient care coordinator for Faith Hospice for western Oklahoma, wants people to understand. Brooks and Tabitha Talley, RN,... Full story

 

Oklahoma base set for migrant site was WWII internment camp

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government says will temporarily house children crossing the border without their parents was used during World War II as a Japanese internment camp. Historical data from the...

 
 By Josh Rouse    Regional    June 13, 2019

High school students get leadership training at Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The future of Oklahoma leadership recently stepped into combat boots for a morning of training exercises at Fort Sill. The 51 members of the 2019 Youth Leadership Oklahoma class arrived in the early morning hours at Fort Sill...

 
 By Josh Dulaney    Regional    June 13, 2019

Oklahoma City artist finds success starting clothing line

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Haley Griffin is much like the clothes she makes — cool and comfortable. In late 2017, the Arkansas transplant started DuBeck & Co., a clothing brand with threads created in south Oklahoma City and sold online, and at local...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    June 13, 2019

Enid veteran's birthday also brings memories of D-Day

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Ernest Leierer's 22nd birthday started out like any other day at his Army Air Corps Base in England. By the end of that day, Leierer was in France, in Eisenhower's "Great Crusade" to liberate Europe. Leierer, now 97, of Enid,...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 13, 2019

University of Oklahoma: Resignation ends ex-president probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents said Wednesday it has ended its investigation into former President David Boren after he chose to terminate his contract and sever ties to the school he led for 24 years. The...

 

Tulsa police work to develop wellness program

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For as long as Capt. Shellie Seibert can remember, the Tulsa Police Department has had a support team that responds to critical incidents, but officers burdened by chronic exposure to trauma or everyday stresses kept quiet....

 

Allbaugh stepping down as head of Oklahoma prison system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Allbaugh is stepping down as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Agency spokesman Matt Elliott says the 66-year-old Allbaugh announced during Wednesday's board meeting that he's resigning, effective...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 13, 2019

Agency: Safeguards failed in fire that killed 5 at gas well

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday...

 

Oklahoma authorities seek family of man shot by police

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is searching for the family of a man who was fatally shot by police in southeastern Oklahoma. The OSBI says 27-year-old Jaquan Thompson died Tuesday after being shot by officers...

 

Large solar power system goes online at Kansas high school

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita-area high school is operating one of the largest privately-owned solar power systems in Kansas and hopes to generate enough energy in one day to power the school for a month. Maize High School on Tuesday switched on...

 

Coroner IDs pilot killed in grain bin crash as 80-year-old

BUTLER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot killed when his small plane crashed into a western Missouri grain bin was an 80-year-old man who split his time between Florida and Kansas City. Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax identified him as John...

 

Family describes chaos of '93 flood

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — In July 1993, Janet Ebert remembers sandbagging around her mother's home at 1905 Casement Drive late one night, a useless effort in hindsight, she said. Tuttle Creek Dam had reached its flood capacity after more than 42...

 

Big Brutus attraction adds another coal mining shovel

WEST MINERAL, Kan. (AP) — A historic coal mining shovel that was hidden under bramble for more than 70 years has gone on display in southeast Kansas alongside its more well-known successor, an 11-million pound (5 million kilogram) orange giant...

 

Body recovered of fleeing man who shot himself in river

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a Kansas parole absconder who fled from law enforcement and then waded into a river and shot himself to avoid being apprehended. The Great Bend Tribune reports that 36-year-old Nicholas...

 

Kansas officials vote to launch anti-vaping campaign

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials want to put the brakes on vaping in public schools as usage soars. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an anti-vaping campaign....

 

Badly-made fake license plate leads to arrest in California

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — A big-rig truck driver has been arrested after authorities spotted a phony license plate on his rig. How could they tell? Well, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department says the 1960s-style yellow-on-black plate had wobbly...

 

Feds: 81-year-old robbery suspect wanted to return to prison

PHOENIX (AP) — An 81-year-old man who has spent most of his adult life behind bars for stealing from banks said he robbed a credit union in Tucson months after his release from prison because his monthly $800 Social Security payment wasn't enough...

 

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was...

 

Man arrested in deaths of Dallas transgender woman, 2 others

DALLAS (AP) — A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the slayings of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman whose death brought nationwide attention, police said Wednesday. Kendrell Lavar Lyles has been charged with three counts of mu...

 

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