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Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Chili cheese dog with grated cheese and onions, tater tots, mixed fruit, sugar cookie (diabetic: sugar free shortbread cookie) Tuesday – Beef fajita, refried beans, pica de gallo, spanish rice, sour...


Woods County real estate transactions

Real Estate Transfers Book 1351 page 492: Albert Christopher Bouziden conveys unto ODOT. Section 20, Township 27N, Range 14, SW4. Warranty deed. Book 1351 page 494: Albert Christopher Bouziden conveys unto ODOT. Section 20, Township 27N, Range 14,...


Woods County Communication logs

Thursday, June 15, 2023 During this day were 13 traffic stops, two controlled burns and eight utility complaints. 12:30 a.m. – Medic needed on Poplar Street for a general medical issue. 1:33 a.m. – Report of a suspicious person. 7:49 a.m. ...


Woods 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...


SB 706, now law, will still help Oklahoma kids establish permanency

I previously shared the provisions of Senate Bill 706, and I am happy to report that the governor has signed this legislation into law. After going through the legislative process, the final version of this bill looks a little different from the...

 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 25, 2023

Can you say Hitler and Nazi Germany?

At the local meeting with our representatives, the banning of books came up. One banned book cited by Rivera was "To Kill a Mockingbird." Newton said the state superintendent of schools banned it due...

 By Dal Houston    Local    June 25, 2023

Not taking things for granted

Why is it that we take for granted the most important things in our lives? For the past 10 years or so, I have taken a couple of long weekends a year to be by myself. I may drive to Dallas or Kansas...


Attack-mode angry male

My husband was walking recently on a sidewalk near our home, when he saw a male who was definitely not in good humor, coming toward him. The dude was quite a bit smaller in size, weighed a lot less,...


Northwestern News named Best College Newspaper in State by Oklahoma Press Association

The Northwestern News won the highest award for college newspapers in the state during the Oklahoma Press Association's 2022 Better Newspaper Contest on June 10 along with 25 other awards in various... Full story


Walters' faith committee wants Ten Commandments in every public classroom

A committee examining prayer in schools asked the state Board of Education to require every classroom to display a poster of the Ten Commandments and require students to take a course on Western civilization for graduation. State Superintendent of... Full story


Big bonuses, bigger risks: Oklahoma's new teacher bonus program raises concern

Signing bonuses of as much as $50,000 are what Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters said is needed to attract new and retired teachers to the classroom. That’s also what makes his new bonus plan a risky policy. Schools reported more...


Alva banker completes OBA Intermediate School

Steven Ward, with Community Bank, in Alva, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association 2023 Intermediate School at the Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City. Ward was among 49 students who attended the two-session school in February and June....


ACT I (Youth Production) presents 'The Enchanted Bookshop,' June 29, 30 and July 1

A colorful collection of book characters including Sherlock Holmes, Tom Sawyer, Dorothy, the Wicked Witch of the West, Robin Hood, Dr. Doolittle, Frankenstein, Hopalong Cassidy, Pollyanna, Fagin and t... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 25, 2023

Alva man charged with passing counterfeit bill

An Alva resident could get up to a year in the county jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both if convicted of knowingly passing a fake $20 bill. Casey Lynn Burson, 32, has been charged with forgery in the second degree, a misdemeanor. According to... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 25, 2023

Alva Tourism approves funds for golf tournament

The Alva Tourism Tax Committee met Wednesday afternoon to consider a request to fund a golf tournament and the renewal of a memorandum of understanding with the Alva Chamber of Commerce. Chairman... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 25, 2023

Dr. Tupper begins surgery in July at Share Medical

Share Medical Center CEO Kandice Allen says Joel Tupper, MD, has his first orthopedic surgery scheduled around the middle of July. “We’re so excited to get started on that,” she told the Alva Hospital Authority trustees on Tuesday. Trustees... Full story

 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    June 25, 2023

Kansas' attorney general is moving to block trans people from changing their birth certificates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' conservative Republican attorney general is moving to prevent transgender people born in the state from changing their birth certificates to reflect their gender identities. Attorney General Kris Kobach filed a request...


Russia says Wagner Group's leader will move to Belarus after his rebellious march challenged Putin

The rebellious Russian mercenary commander who ordered his troops to march on Moscow before abruptly reversing course will move to neighboring Belarus and not face prosecution, the Kremlin said Saturday, as part of a deal to defuse a crisis that...


Argentine dictatorship's 'death flight' plane returned home for a historical reckoning

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Flying from Florida to Buenos Aires usually takes about 10 hours, but the turboprop landing in Argentina on Saturday was no normal plane. It had been en route for 20 days, and many Argentines eagerly refreshed flight...


Freight train carrying hot asphalt, molten sulfur plunges into Yellowstone River as bridge fails

COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) — A bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River in Montana collapsed early Saturday, plunging portions of a freight train carrying hazardous materials into the rushing water below. The train cars were carrying hot asphalt and...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    June 25, 2023

What is a heat dome? Scorching temperatures in Texas are expected to spread to the north and east

Scorching temperatures brought on by a "heat dome" have taxed the Texas power grid and threaten to bring record highs to the state before they are expected to expand during the coming week, putting even more people at risk. "Going forward, that heat...


In some states with laws on transgender bathrooms, officials may not know how they will be enforced

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When North Dakota restricted which bathrooms transgender students can use in public schools and universities this year, the school district in the state's largest city promised to ignore the new rules. A Republican legislator...


Dolphin moms use baby talk to call to their young, recordings show

WASHINGTON (AP) — You know instantly when someone is speaking to an infant or small child. It turns out that dolphin mothers also use a kind of high-pitched baby talk. A study published Monday found that female bottlenose dolphins change their...


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