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Area religious services and events

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 Sunday: Sunday school is at...


False assumptions

Have you ever thought you had something with you, only to find out that you didn't? Perhaps you thought your child was beside you at the store, but they weren't. Perhaps you thought you had your...

 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    July 12, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Please accept my sincere apologies for skipping last week’s edition. I think I must have experienced one of those famous senior moments. I woke up Friday morning with the nagging feeling that I’d forgotten something and, soon after, realized what...



Kurtis Melton was born December 1, 1990, to Danny and Breanda (Parks) Melton in Enid, Oklahoma, and left his earthly home July 10, 2019. He attended school in Waynoka where he made his home after...

 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 12, 2019

Smokey Bear

Who among you remembers Vince and Larry the crash dummies? Credited with saving 85,000 lives, they helped increase seat belt use to 67% during their commercials from 1985 to 1999. How about Woodsy...

 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 12, 2019

Random Thoughts

At various times in our lives, an opportunity to do something new and/or different comes along. The question we invariably have to ask ourselves is: Do I take a chance and pursue this opportunity, or...

 By NWOSU Sports    Sports    July 12, 2019

Binkley named NWOSU's assistant cross country and track and field coach

Northwestern Oklahoma State University has named Craig Binkley as its new assistant coach in cross country and track and field. Binkley spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at Wittenberg University in Ohio. Wittenberg is an NCAA...


Women's soccer campaign set; Rangers open at home on Sept. 9

A new era for Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s soccer will kick off in September as first-year head coach Erik Solberg has announced the 2019 Ranger soccer schedule. “I’m really excited to get the ball rolling in my first season a...

 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 12, 2019

Harvest Celebration and Concert at Cedar Grove Wesleyan this Sunday

Out among the rolling hills and red bluffs west of Alva, Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church is settled comfortably atop a hill surrounded by miles and miles of gorgeous countryside. This Sunday, Cedar... Full story


NWOSU's Jana Walker to attend AICPA's 2019 Leadership Academy

Jana Walker, CPA, was one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy's 11th graduating class. Walker was selected based on her exceptional...


Dr. Leslie Collins Presents at 5th International ExamSoft Conference in Canada

Dr. Leslie Collins, assistant chair of the Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently presented at the 5th International ExamSoft Assessment...


NWTC's Morales, Crissup place first in emergency response event

Northwest Technology Center students Gabriela Morales and Janell Crissup placed first in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) event at the International Health Occupations Students of America...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    July 12, 2019

Avard Rail Authority serious about infrastructure expansion

Members of the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority began their monthly meeting this past Monday night by honoring former member Joe Royster for his years of service on the board. They presented him a... Full story


Northwestern's Math, Science Academy successful

Elementary students who have completed second through fifth grades had the opportunity to engage in hands-on math and science activities with faculty at Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Math... Full story


Disaster Recover Center open in Alva through Friday

Woods County property owners with damage from recent storms are encouraged to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) open now at the Woods County Fairgrounds. The DRC is open to assist those with damage from severe storms from May 5, 2019, through...

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 12, 2019

Arena cost figures to be presented at August meeting

It may seem that the Alva Arena project is moving at snail speed, but there is forward progress. The Alva Arena Authority met Tuesday noon in a special meeting in the Alva State Bank annex. Present for the meeting were Chair Gregg Glass and members... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 12, 2019

Public hearing Monday at city council meeting

Even though a bond election has been scheduled for Aug. 13 for the swimming pool project, the City of Alva continues to pursue other funding avenues. A public hearing is scheduled Monday, July 15, during the regular (third Monday) city council meetin... Full story


Oklahoma teen gets life without parole for killing, rape

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for fatally shooting a teacher, plus 290 years for raping an 81-year-old woman and other crimes. Tulsa County District Judge Kelly Greenough...


Rattlesnake, uranium, whiskey found during traffic stop

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma say they found a rattlesnake, a canister of radioactive powdered uranium and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe whiskey during a traffic stop of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The traffic stop...


Witness says Oklahoma shooting victim begged for her life

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cousin of an Oklahoma City man charged with killing four people in 2017 has testified that one victim begged for her life before being shot. The Oklahoman reports that Brandon Butler gave the testimony Wednesday during a...


Witness says attack on black man by 2 white men unprovoked

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — A woman who says she saw two white men now charged with a hate crime beat a black man outside an Oklahoma music venue says the victim did nothing to provoke the attack. Amelia Riggs Kelley of Ada said Thursday she witnessed...


Closing arguments set in Oklahoma's case against drugmakers

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday in Oklahoma's case blaming consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries for the state's opioid drug crisis. A court spokesman said Thursday that each side will...


Proposal would repeal US laws that hurt Native Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders of Oklahoma-based Native American tribes are praising a proposal to repeal unenforced federal laws that discriminate against Native Americans. Legislation sponsored by members of Congress from Oklahoma, Arizona and...


Ex-police captain who pushed ref loses policing license

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita police captain who was caught on video shoving a teenage referee during a youth basketball game in a nearby town has lost has law enforcement officer license. Newly released documents show that Kevin Mears'...


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