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Racing for school pride

Exhaust fumes filled the air as small motors sputtered to a start. An uneasy excitement showed in each driver's face. Lightning threatened a rain delay, adding to the suspense. This wasn't the...

 

Unsettled country: rural Oklahoma's struggle with addiction, mental illness

From its vast, open ranges in the northwest to its lush, rolling hills in the southeast corner, rural Oklahoma still evokes an idyllic image. The archetype of quiet, small towns with a strong sense of community – where friendliness is abundant and...

 

Alva rec park goes for concession operator bids

Because of a city power failure that caused the regular meeting to be postponed, the Alva Recreational Authority had their August meeting on the last day of the month, the 31st. It was previously scheduled for Aug. 17. The board is thinking of...

 

Dr. Richter opens first book for the fall book discussion held at the Alva Public Library

Dr. Sara Richter opens the Alva Public Library LTAIO fall book discussion series, "Oklahoma Private Investigators," on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Richter is well-known throughout Kansas and Oklahoma...

 

Try your hand at making bread for the Woods County Fair

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is sponsoring its annual “Best of Wheat Bread” Baking Contest at county fairs throughout Oklahoma. The Woods County Free Fair will be held Sept. 8-10. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Oklahoma Wheat Grower’s...

 

Get creative, enter the Woods County Fair Duct Tape Contest

Do you have a creative flair? Do you like to construct items that are useful and unique? Then you may want to enter the Woods County Free Fair Duct Tape Contest! Requirements For Construction • Items may be made with any color duct tape • Items...

 

Homemade cinnamon rolls and more at the Woods County Fair Kitchen

Homemade cinnamon rolls, grilled hamburgers, chicken and noodles, spaghetti and pies “just like Grandma used to make” await everyone who will be visiting the 2016 Woods County Free Fair. Again this year, thick, juicy hamburgers will be the spotli...

 

Young exhibitors encouraged to enter the Woods County Free Fair

If you’re old enough to hold a crayon, a paintbrush, or bake a batch of cookies or candies, you’re old enough to participate in the Woods County Fair Sept. 8-10 at the Woods County Fairgrounds. Fair exhibit classes are open in Cultural Arts for...

 

Two-car collision next to American Best Value hotel

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, a 911 call came in for a two-car collision on Lane Road (U.S. Highway 281) next to the American Best Value hotel. Reports were one individual was still in one of...

 

Northwestern offices closed for Labor Day

Employees and students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be able to enjoy an extended weekend as the university will close for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5. Northwestern’s offices will be closed and no classes will be held that day....

 

Northwestern assistant professor of education completes Capstone; earns doctorate

Dr. Jen Oswald, assistant professor of education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, completed and presented her dissertation over the summer to earn her doctorate in education. She currently holds a bachelor of arts in social studies from...

 

JAMES THOMAS ERIKSON

Funeral services for Tom Erikson will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the Cedar Grove Wesleyan Church with Rev. Harold Henson officiating. Interment will follow in the Alva Municipal...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Beware, lest your human heroes should fall. As a child, I was nurtured by a number of great men of the faith. In my eyes, they were operating on a completely different level than the rest of us. It was as if the rank and file of the church were playi...

 
 By Paul Cole    Local    September 2, 2016

Preparing for the hard times

Have you ever met a person who loves preparing for the hard times? I doubt it. How does the old expression go – “When it starts to thicken up, I am thinning out?” It seems everyone is looking fo...

 

Religion calendar

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.;...

 

Muslims

With all the controversy over refugees, and the U.S. willingness to accept several thousand from Syria, it makes sense that we screen as well as possible to alleviate fears of terrorism that...

 

Random Thoughts

Most of the women who have served as the first lady of the United States have been intelligent and accomplished. In the early years of our country’s existence, however, few of them had the opportuni...

 

Social Security joins the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

Social Security joins you and your family in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. We know the contributions of Hispanics can be traced to before the origins of the United States with the discovery, exploration...

 

Volleyball gets underway at Panhandle

Unlike the new gym floor and bleacher set-up in Percefull Fieldhouse, the Rangers volleyball team will look towards some old faces to continue to build on last year's conference tournament birth. Although that birth into the Great American...

 

Women's golf pre-season poll released

The Northwestern women's golf team has been selected to finish eighth after a vote by the conference head coaches. Northwestern received seven votes, six behind Harding, who finished just ahead of the Rangers in last year's conference tournament....

 

Fallin says no special session for teacher pay alternative

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP, Sept. 1, 2016) – About $140 million in surplus revenue will be reallocated proportionally to state agencies after Gov. Mary Fallin acknowledged Thursday she couldn't reach an agreement with Republican lawmakers on a strategy for...

 

Man charged in Oklahoma slaying indicted in 2 Texas slayings

GALVESTON, Texas (AP, Sept. 1, 2016) – A man already charged with abducting and killing a 19-year-old woman in Oklahoma was indicted Thursday in the 1997 slayings of two girls in Texas. A Galveston County grand jury indicted William Lewis Reece on...

 

Enid man killed when struck by sport utility vehicle

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP, Sept. 1, 2016) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Enid man was killed when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 35 in Carter County. The OHP says 42-year-old David Harber died when he was struck shortly...

 

3 small earthquakes recorded Thursday in northern Oklahoma

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP, Sept. 1, 2016) – Three small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma, including two near Fairview. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.0 earthquake at 1:25 a.m. Thursday and a magnitude 2.5 quake at...

 

AAA expects 411,000 Oklahomans to travel this Labor Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP, Sept. 1, 2016) – The AAA says about 411,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend. That's the highest number of Labor Day travelers in the state in eight years. AAA Oklahoma...

 

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