Articles from the August 6, 2020 edition

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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Aug. 7: Jeanne Winn, Janet Linn, Stonie Stewart, Peggy Bilyeu, Lisa Bradt, Janelle Collins Aug. 8: Randy Reed, Kim Rader Aug. 9: Belinda Caringer, Elva Sampson Aug. 10: Jeff Stewart, Kelly Ledford, Ranson Pierce Aug. 11: Shirley...


Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Aug. 7: Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Stansberry, Mr. & Mrs. Trent Bliss Aug. 10: Mr. & Mrs. Donnie Elmore Aug. 11: Mr. & Mrs. Rick Brown Aug. 12: Mr. & Mrs. Ray Morris, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Bowers Aug. 19: Mr. & Mrs. Leo Tolle Aug. 22: Mr. &...


Freedom United Methodist Church news

Services are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. The Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. On Sunday, Aug. 2, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Call t...

 By Valerie Brown    Local    August 6, 2020

Freedom thrives on people helping each other

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our ability to research and collaborate was placed on hold for the week so there is no update on the legion history. However, I took some time to read a book about Freedom written by our own departed John Cable.... Full story



Melissa Dawn Burtlow, 41, of Duncan, Oklahoma, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, July 25, 2020. The cause of death has not yet been established. She was born on October 1, 1978, on Beale Air... Full story

 By Katie Strehl    Local    August 6, 2020

5K and Fun Run slated

The Freedom School Athletic Department will sponsor the annual Freedom Red Bluff Classic, a 5K/fun run, on Saturday, Aug. 15. Check-in begins at 7:15 and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. Entry forms were... Full story

 By Katie Strehl    Local    August 6, 2020

Dixie Stansberry is 2020 Old Cowhand

Dixie (McCammon) Stansberry is Freedom's 2020 Cimarron Cowboy's auxiliary Old Cowhand. "I am pleasantly surprised," Stansberry said. "It is an honor." Dixie Stanberry will be honored all three nights... Full story

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 6, 2020

Oklahoma revenue collections up due to delayed tax deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Wednesday that revenue collections by the state rose by more than 27% in July due to a delay in the state income tax filing deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic, but not e...


The Latest: Arkansas says public schools must be open 5 days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas state government is requiring public schools to stay open five days a week when classes resume this month, complicating efforts by some districts to limit on-site instruction because of the coronavirus. Education Secr...


Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker. Melinda Coleman, t...

 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    August 6, 2020

Rep. Marshall's primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a...


Kansas counties with mask mandate show steep COVID-19 drop

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas counties that have mask mandates in place have seen a rapid drop in cases, while counties that only recommend their use have seen no decrease in cases, the state's top health official said Wednesday. Dr. Lee Norman, t... Full story


2,000 jobs expected with Urban Outfitters facility in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The parent company of clothing and home products retailer Urban Outfitters plans to build a new, 880,000-square-foot distribution center in Kansas City, Kansas, state and local officials announced Wednesday. The new URBN c... Full story


Kansas man, wife charged 2 days after he resigned as mayor

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) — The man who resigned as mayor of Goddard on Monday has been charged along with his wife with misdemeanor counterfeiting, Sedgwick County authorities said Wednesday. Jamey Blubaugh and his wife, Elizabeth, allegedly used c... Full story


Police investigate fatal shooting in north-central Kansas

OSBORNE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in north-central Kansas. The shooting happened late Friday night in Osborne, Wichita television station KAKE reported. I... Full story


Chasm grows between Trump and government coronavirus experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe.... Full story


Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family — standing apart, wearing masks — sang her favorite hymns at her graveside, next to a tiny headstone for her stillborn daughter, buried 26 years ago. Fresh flowers marke... Full story


'We are no less American': Deaths pile up on Texas border

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots. She went first to a... Full story


'We don't seem to learn': Beirut explosion echoes US tragedy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The staggering videos from the Lebanese capital are grimly familiar to Tommy Muska thousands of miles away in Texas: a towering blast, a thundering explosion and shock waves demolishing buildings with horrifying speed. It is what... Full story


WNBA players urge people to vote against team owner, senator

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — WNBA players urged people to vote against Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, a Republican U.S. senator running to keep her seat in Georgia. Loeffler, who spoke out publicly against the league's social justice plans and s... Full story


NFL bringing more staff back to HQ with saliva virus tests

The NFL is preparing to return most of its employees to team headquarters in Midtown Manhattan later this month and staffers going back to the office will have to take saliva COVID-19 tests every two weeks. No more than half of the 780-member staff...


Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. The free C... Full story


Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test...


Samsung's new phones test consumer demand for pricey gadgets

Samsung aims to lift its sinking smartphone sales with three new models that will test consumer willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The latest Galaxy phones, unveiled Wednesday during...


High-speed internet offers key connection to health, but millions lack it

If you live in the right neighborhood and can afford it, you might think of high-speed internet as a convenient way to connect to bingeworthy TV shows or the conference calls that let you work from home. You might take for granted that everyone has... Full story


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