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Freedom has no active Covid cases

Although the number of active Covid-19 cases in Woods County continues to climb, Freedom has no active cases, according to the August 18 report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).... Full story

 

Dr. Katie Blunk: Maintaining the path to sound conservation practices

FREEDOM, Okla. – Parents clearing paths for their children isn't uncommon. However, what makes this story special is that Dr. Katie Blunk says the path her mother Rose Blunk cleared for her – and... Full story

 

Freedom trustees hear long list of objections to agenda; respond with amending many

In a packed and heated gathering, the Freedom Board of Trustees – consisting of Kama Luddington and Matt Nixon – met Wednesday, Aug. 11, to consider a lengthy agenda. About 20 Freedom residents attended the meeting to voice concerns over some of... Full story

 

Five people arrested in death of Emporia man in 2017

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Four people from Kansas and one from Oklahoma have been arrested in the 2017 death of an Emporia man. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said the suspects were arrested early Wednesday in locations in Emporia and Tulsa,...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 19, 2021

Few students in 2 Oklahoma districts opt out of mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Just 61 of about 30,000 Oklahoma City public school students have opted out of a newly adopted mask requirement, a district spokeswoman said Wednesday, while Santa Fe South charter school reported no opt-outs among its...

 

Lawrence police investigate death in store's parking lot

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating a death in the parking lot of a grocery store in Lawrence. Police spokesman Patrick Compton said officers were called to a Dillons store early Wednesday and found the victim. Robert Earl Davis, 54, of...

 

US women to play four post-Olympic matches

CHICAGO (AP) — Coming off the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. women's national team will play a series of four matches in September and October. The team will play Paraguay in Cleveland on Sept. 16 and again on Sept. 21 in Cincinnati. They'll also play...

 

Toddler in car stolen from Missouri gas station found safe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was in a car stolen from a Kansas City, Missouri, gas station has been found safe, police said. Police said the girl was in the back of the car when it was stolen around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday from a gas...

 

Jackson County considers using COVID-19 funds for courthouse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some Jackson County executives are considering using $136 million in COVID-19 relief funds to help fund renovations at the county courthouse. County Manager Troy Schulte told legislators Monday that money from the American...

 

Sheriff, school board undercut Kansas county's COVID rules

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The sheriff and a local school board in Kansas' most populous county have set COVID-19 policies conflicting with county rules on testing and masks. Johnson County in the Kansas City area is requiring unvaccinated employees to...

 

Abilene man's body pulled from river; death ruled accidental

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of an Abilene man who fell into the Smoky Hill River just east of Salina, and authorities have ruled his death as accidental. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday, when a witness reported...

 

Body found in Wichita alley; 1 person questioned by police

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered in a Wichita alley. Officers were called around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to the area in southeast Wichita after a person walking through the alley behind a business...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Aug. 19: Rod Bradt Aug. 20: Tabitha Bradt, Judy DeVine, Adam Powers, Justice Bradt Aug. 21: Jim Shreeve, Paige Hughes, Bralee Eagen Aug. 22: Kristy Armantrout, Gary Walker, Jake Hughes Aug. 23: Don Lenhart, Jessica Elmore, Trent...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Aug. 19: Mr. & Mrs. Leo Tolle Aug. 22: Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reed Aug. 23: Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rader Aug. 24: Mr. & Mrs. Sonny Wagner, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Benn Aug. 26: Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Page Aug. 28: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Province Aug. 30: Mr....

 

Freedom Chamber of Commerce to participate in community revitalization

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Freedom Chamber of Commerce is one of 43 community structures in Oklahoma that have been chosen to participate in Paint Oklahoma Beautiful. This Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program is designed to encourage volunteers... Full story

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Aug. 15, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Announcements: We are on Facebook, live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. There will be no Sunday school/Bible study class on Sunday,...

 

Freedom School Calendar

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19-20: School offices closed Monday, Aug. 23: First day of school for students Friday, Sept. 3: High school football at Pawnee, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6: Labor Day, no school Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 9-11: Woods County Fair,...

 

Body found in Wichita alley; 1 person questioned by police

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered in a Wichita alley. Officers were called around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to the area in southeast Wichita after a person walking through the alley behind a business...

 

Soccer-loving Pope Francis gets a new toy: a foosball table

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has received dozens of soccer jerseys and game balls during his eight-year pontificate but he got a new football-themed toy on Wednesday: his very own foosball table. Francis played a round on the table that was...

 

Big bird on water is mystery, but town calls it just ducky

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — The sudden appearance of a giant rubber duck in a Maine harbor is a whimsical whodunit that's defied sleuths so far. The yellow waterfowl emblazoned with the word "joy" appeared in Belfast Harbor over the weekend, and it's a...

 

Woman comes face-to-face with snake in Australia supermarket

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Helaina Alati was browsing the spice aisle of an Australian supermarket when she came face-to-face with a huge snake. The head of the 3-meter-long (10-foot-long) non-venomous diamond python emerged through a space in a sh...

 

Biden to require COVID vaccines for nursing home staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that his administration will require that nursing home staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding...

 

Desperation, pressure for aid increase in Haiti after quake

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Pressure for a coordinated response to Haiti's deadly weekend earthquake mounted Wednesday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble and the injured continued to arrive from remote areas in search of medical care. Aid was...

 

Devastating wildfires advancing through Northern California

GRIZZLY FLATS, Calif. (AP) — Wind-driven wildfires raged Wednesday through drought-stricken forests in the mountains of Northern California after incinerating hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of people to flee to safety. A reversal of wind...

 

Movement for Black Lives: Feds targeted BLM protesters

The federal government deliberately targeted Black Lives Matter protesters via heavy-handed criminal prosecutions in an attempt to disrupt and discourage the global movement that swept the nation last summer in the wake of the Minneapolis police...

 

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