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Freedom United Methodist Church news

The order of services Sunday, July 22, at the Freedom United Methodist Church were: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Call to Worship: Psalm 36:5-10 led by Lori Louthan Opening hymn: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,...

 

Northwestern to return to regular hours, new student orientation sessions scheduled

Northwestern Oklahoma State University will return to regular hours beginning Monday, July 30. The Alva and Woodward campuses will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Enid campus will be open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through...

 

Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

Happy Birthday To July 26: Darrin Rader, Allen Bradt, Kaden Hensley July 27: Bailey Rankin, Lee Christopher, Leah Adams July 28: Shad Brackin, Doneta Hohensee July 29: Courtney Wares, Kylee Harper, Kelsey Harper July 31: Monty Reed, Dallet Maddux,...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    July 26, 2018

Pioneer Days redefined

A special meeting was held on July 19 to talk about a proposal from Pioneer Telephone on placement of a cell phone booster in Freedom. Members Terry Smith, Shad Brackin and Clerk Cindy Reed were present and called a quorum. Rolando Galindo was...

 
 By Katie Strehl    Local    July 26, 2018

Student attends DC conference

Casey Luddington attended the FFA Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in June. This was made possible through the generosity of some folks and businesses in Freedom. Luddington went with a group...

 

Smith Joins OBU Men's Basketball Staff

SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist announced the hiring of Clarence Smith, who will serve as an assistant coach on the men's basketball team. Smith graduated from Central Missouri in 2018 with a degree in sports management and a minor in business...

 

Harding Football Wins leGACy Award for Team of the Year, Upset of the Year

SEARCY - The Harding football team received the leGACy Awards for Team of the Year and Upset of the Year Wednesday. The awards were voted on in a social media poll of the conference's fans. Harding went 11-4 last season and advanced to the national...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 26, 2018

Oklahoma pharmacy board fires director amid probe into texts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy fired its executive director Wednesday after state investigators confirmed she is the target of a bribery probe involving text messages exchanged with a top lawyer involved in writing the state's...

 

Oklahoma inmate walks away from minimum-security prison

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Oklahoma are searching for an inmate who walked away from a state prison's minimum-security unit. Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 34-year-old Johnny Simmons escaped Wednesday from the...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    July 26, 2018

11-year-old girl catches piranha relative in Oklahoma lake

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with her grandparents and brother in an Oklahoma lake. But Kennedy Smith...

 

Police arrest 22 in Oklahoma cockfighting operation

HOBART, Okla. (AP) — Deputies say they've arrested nearly two dozen people in connection with a cockfighting event in southwestern Oklahoma. KOTV-TV reports that the Kiowa County Sheriff's Office took 22 people into custody earlier this week at...

 

Oklahoma Ethics Commission called 'rogue' agency in lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislators have told the Oklahoma Supreme Court that the state Ethics Commission has become a "rogue" agency and wrongly considers itself a fourth branch of government. House and Senate leaders filed responses Monday asking ju...

 

Oklahoma jail inmate dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northern Oklahoma say a 26-year-old woman fatally shot herself with a handgun she apparently sneaked into her jail cell. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Brittany Weide DeVerges was...

 

Congressional candidate's dad commits $400,000 for ads

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The political action committee operated by the father of congressional candidate Steve Watkins will spend $400,000 on ads for his campaign as the August primary approaches. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Kansans Can Do...

 

Arkansas man convicted in Kansas man's death in Missouri

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been convicted of participating in the killing of a Kansas man in Missouri. Ronnie Carl Robinson Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, was found guilty this week of second-degree murder in the death of Larry...

 

Someone steals 5-foot Mighty Mouse sculpture in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Mighty Mouse is missing in Wichita. Christopher Gulick says someone managed to steal a 200-pound, brightly colored log sculpture of Mighty Mouse from his backyard Tuesday night. The sculpture, which was a gift from another...

 

Program gives healthy options to Kansas City's food insecure

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A food program is making a big difference to low-income families seeking healthy options in the Kansas City area. The Double Up Food Program matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars spent on local produce...

 

Kansas City doctors donate $11K to patient medical debt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of Kansas City-area doctors have donated about $11,000 to help pay off medical bills for hundreds of patients in Missouri and Kansas. The Midwest Direct Primary Care Alliance's donation announced Monday will buy $1.4...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 26, 2018

Kansas ordered to turn over materials about Adidas, recruit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A grand jury investigating alleged recruiting abuses in college basketball ordered the University of Kansas earlier this year to turn over communications involving its men's team coaches and at least one prospective recruit,...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    July 26, 2018

US women view Tournament of Nations as World Cup tuneup

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn arrived in Kansas City this week with their focus somewhat split. The veterans of the U.S. women's national team understand the importance of the four-team Tournament of Nations, which...

 

Court overturns 'Stand Your Ground' defense in Wichita case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man whose murder charge was dismissed under the state's Stand Your Ground law will now face prosecution in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old woman, the Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled. The court overturned a...

 

Wichita search group to launch Texas EquuSearch charter

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A group of volunteers who helped search for a 5-year-old Wichita boy who was later found dead plans to start a charter of a nationally known Texas-based search organization. Sheila Medlam and Julie La Force spent countless...

 

Newtown parents urge Facebook to act against hoax theorists

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The parents of one of the 20 children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are asking Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remove hateful and harassing comments posted by conspiracy theorists who say the...

 

Petition gatherer for Colorado oil, gas measure quits effort

DENVER (AP) — A group behind a proposed Colorado initiative to severely limit new oil and gas drilling on non-federal land has parted ways with a petition-gathering firm in a payment dispute. The group, Boulder-based Colorado Rising, insists its...

 

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