Articles from the August 11, 2017 edition


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  • Do we pay for what we have done?

    Max Ridgway, Grace and Faith Fellowship|Aug 11, 2017

    A few years ago, I was walking out of a church when a man said to me, out of the blue, “Well, I know we all have to pay for what we've done ...” I don't know what he was talking about, or what specifically was on his mind, but it struck me that this is exactly the way many people think: that we all have to pay for what we’ve done. In the world of man, yes, you do have to pay for what you’ve done. If you break the laws of the state, the agents of the state will make you pay. If you punch someone in the nose, you’re liable to get sued and you’l...

  • Area religious services and events

    Aug 11, 2017

    Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Alva Friends Church Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.; coffee and donut fellowship at 10:10 a.m.; worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Friends Church is on the corner of College Avenue and Center Street. Avard Christian Church Sunday services are from 2-4 p.m. Avard Christian Church is 7 miles west of Alva on Highway 64 and 7 miles south on County Road 370, or 6...

  • Spiritually Speaking

    W. Jay Tyree, College Hill Church of Christ|Aug 11, 2017

    In high school, my world revolved around the game of tennis. Looking back, I was a reasonably good player, but I attended a very large high school (the size of 5A schools, these days) so the competition was very tough in our district. In fact, we played one of the strongest programs in the state of Texas as part of our regular schedule. I would love to report that we always came away victorious, but that would be a lie. My game would certainly rise to new levels when we played Highland Park, but we never quite came out on top. Sure, there were...

  • Alva Arena Authority meets, and then calls special meeting

    Lynn L. Martin|Aug 11, 2017

    The Alva Arena Authority met at noon Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the Alva State Bank Annex board room. The only business conducted in open session for the public was to approve the financial report by Todd Holder showing a bank account balance of $111,501.11. After that, Holder moved to enter into executive session with Mike Hood seconding the motion. A roll call vote of the remaining members had Janet Cunningham, Greg Glass, Stan Kline, Daren Slater and Charles Tucker voting yes. Glen Calvert, Neal Williams and Sonja Williams were asked to remain....

  • Avard Regional Rail Park Authority passes audit

    Lynn L. Martin|Aug 11, 2017

    Treasurer Todd Holder told members of the Avard Rail Park Authority that the organization was in ten times better shape than it was nine months ago. The group has bank funds of $378,742 with long term assets of $5,322,335.08. The current liabilities are $155,577.72. The income statement shows net income of $255,279.28. The board members agreed to pay $7,200 to Trackworks to repair six joints of pipe. Martin Marietta will pay the balance for track repairs. Sonja Williams and Randy McMurphy will investigate the possible costs of building a pond...

  • Freshman, transfer student orientation dates set to welcome students to campus; inform of changes

    Aug 11, 2017

    Freshman and transfer student orientation sessions for Northwestern Oklahoma State University are just around the corner. Northwestern–Alva also has several welcome-back activities planned for the following week after orientation. Freshman orientation activities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the Alva campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Herod Hall. The session is required for all freshmen. Transfer student orientation for the Alva campus will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Education C...

  • GPS

    Arden Chaffee|Aug 11, 2017

    TomTom: a trademark that history will recall as an early GPS that had many followers. That’s a play on words but, for those of us who are map impaired, a godsend. From their website: “Founded in 1991, the Dutch founders remain committed to the business with over 4,700 employees.” Finding a strong demand for GPS navigation devices, it replaced the radar detector as the most-seen accessory on automobile dashboards and as a hand-held device, and became a must-have for hikers and other adven...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Aug 11, 2017

    In early 1836 former Congressman David Crockett of Tennessee went to Texas to help the Americans there win their revolution against the Mexican government. The troops fighting that war were led by another former Tennessee politician, Sam Houston. And whereas Houston survived the war and went on to have a stellar political career in Texas, Crockett died just two months after arriving there. The scene was the Alamo, a Catholic mission in San Antonio. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (a former...

  • Lancaster adds more talent to deep roster

    Aug 11, 2017

    Head men's and women's cross country coach Jill Lancaster has announced the addition of five athletes to the women's cross country team. These athletes will join five returning runners to provide coach Lancaster with a diverse amount of talent to work with in her first season at the helm of the program. “I am delighted to have such a talented group in my inaugural season leading the cross country program,” coach Lancaster said. “Our staff worked hard to locate athletes with talent and passion to make a difference. The Ranger cross count...

  • Ladybugs open Woodward Softball Tournament strong

    Leslie Nation|Aug 11, 2017

    WOODWARD - The Alva High School Ladybugs softball team opened up the Woodward Fast Pitch Softball Tournament on a strong Wednesday, picking up two wins against Kingfisher and Woodward junior varsity. Alva vs. Kingfisher Alva picked up an early run in the top of the first off a two-out homer over the center-field fence from Hallie Durkee that gave the Ladybugs the 1-0 lead. From there, both defenses held strong until the top of the fourth when Alva plated two runners across home to take a...

  • Ladybugs win both Thursday games at Woodward Tournament

    Aug 11, 2017

  • Taylor Swift doesn't sugar-coat testimony in groping case

    James Anderson and Tatiana Flowers|Aug 11, 2017

    DENVER (AP) — A defiant and occasionally exasperated Taylor Swift insisted during a whirlwind hour of testimony Thursday that a Denver disc jockey grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during a meet-and-greet before a concert. The pop superstar used explicit language that seemed designed to avoid sugar-coating what she said was a sexual assault when she posed for a picture with David Mueller in 2013. "He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him," Swift testified in federal court during a trial over d...

  • Trump threatens NKorea with 'trouble,' escalating tensions

    Jonathan Lemire and Josh Lederman|Aug 11, 2017

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government on Thursday to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild. "Maybe that statement wasn't tough enough," Trump said, in the latest U.S. salvo in an escalating exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations. A day after North Korea laid out plans to strike near Guam with unsettlingly specificity, there was no observable march toward combat, despi...

  • Acquitted ex-Tulsa officer volunteers at sheriff's office

    Justin Juozapavicius and Sean Murphy|Aug 11, 2017

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Tulsa police officer who resigned after being acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man was sworn in Thursday as a reserve deputy sheriff in a neighboring county. Wearing a firearm on her hip and dressed in a Rogers County Sheriff's Office uniform, Betty Shelby took her oath of office at the agency in the nearby city of Claremore. While Shelby's duties haven't been determined, she will serve in a volunteer capacity and won't be paid, said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. W...

  • Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

    Keith Ridler|Aug 11, 2017

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association wants the government to convene a Cabinet-level committee with the power to allow exemptions to the Endangered Species Act. Known as the "God squad" because its decisions can lead to extinctions of threatened wildlife, it has only gathered three times — t...

  • The Latest: UN leader 'troubled' by rhetoric on North Korea

    Aug 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times EDT): 5 p.m. The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "troubled" by the escalating rhetoric from all sides in the North Korea nuclear dispute. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy." Asked Thursday whether the secretary-general could be a mediator, Dujarric says, "He is always willing to do so." The U.N. in the past has had an envoy for N...

  • Frustrated with Trump, McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

    Richard Lardner|Aug 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that "America is adrift in Afghanistan" as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide greater support to Afghan security forces. McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. needs to put strict conditions on continued assistance to Afghanistan, and require the Kabul government to demonstrate "measurable progress" in curbing corruption, strengthening the rule of law and i...

  • Canadian diplomat in Cuba also suffered hearing loss

    Matthew Lee and Rob Gillies|Aug 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Canadian government said Thursday that at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also has been treated for hearing loss following disclosures that a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss that U.S. officials believe was caused by an advanced sonic device. Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said Canadian officials "are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working — including with US and Cuban...

  • Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018

    Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar|Aug 11, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actions by the Trump administration are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many people, according to a nonpartisan study. The analysis released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from President Donald Trump have created uncertainty "far outside the norm" and led insurers to seek higher premium increases for 2018 than would otherwise have been the case. Republicans in Congress have not delivered on their promise to repeal and replace the...

  • Suspended Fox host suing reporter over alleged lewd texts

    Verena Dobnik|Aug 11, 2017

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday sued the reporter who broke the story that he had allegedly sent lewd text messages to colleagues. Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan against Yashar Ali, a Huffington Post contributing writer. The cable news host said Ali damaged his reputation through what the court papers call the "highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff's conduct and character." Bolling was suspended over the...

  • EU slaps sanctions on additional North Korean nationals

    Aug 11, 2017

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it has slapped sanctions on nine North Koreans and four entities including the state-owned Foreign Trade Bank, in addition to those already on its sanctions list. In a statement Thursday, it says the asset freezes and travel bans were added to the EU's North Korea sanction list to bring the bloc into line with a new U.N. Security Council Resolution. The resolution was adopted last week in response to North Korea's on-going development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile activities. The EU move m...

  • Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia

    Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer|Aug 11, 2017

    LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals. In May, the Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request. To qualify, people must be in a state of "unbearable suffering" and at least three doctors, including one psychiatrist, must be consu...

  • Prosecutor: Police justified in shooting of Arkansas teen

    Andrew DeMillo|Aug 11, 2017

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A black teenager pointed a BB gun that looked like a handgun at police before he was fatally shot by officers outside an emergency youth center in eastern Arkansas, a prosecutor said in announcing no charges would be filed against the officers. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington on Wednesday released body camera footage that shows 16-year-old Aries Clark was holding and raising what appeared to be a pistol on July 25 outside East Arkansas Youth Services in Marion. The officers "ordered, cajoled, encouraged and b...

  • Guam's residents concerned but have faith in US military

    Grace Garces Bordallo and Audrey McAvoy|Aug 11, 2017

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The tiny U.S. territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island. But residents are increasingly worried over Washington's escalating war of words with North Korea. The people of Guam woke up Thursday to another pointed threat from Pyongyang, which vowed to complete a plan to attack waters near the island by mid-August — adding a timeline to a threat from a day earlier that North Korea would create an "enveloping fire" aro...

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