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Articles from the October 15, 2020 edition

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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Oct. 15: DeWana Leonard, Kirk Darr, Regina Wilson, Colton Smith Oct. 16: Kriste Wood, Jan Eden Oct. 17: Jackie Smith, Dale Bliss Oct. 18: Carolyn Sample, Hal Frei Oct. 20: JoAnn Isenbart, Anna Lee Murray Oct. 21: Steve Pierce Oct....

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Oct. 17: Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Smith, Mr. & Mrs. David West Oct. 20: Mr. & Mrs. Ty Ferguson Oct. 28: Mr. & Mrs. Don Lenhart Oct. 29: Mr. & Mrs. Roger Mitchell Nov. 6: Mr. & Mrs. Monte Hepner (Note: Send corrections, additions to:...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Oct. 11, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger Announcements: We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Invocation by Pastor Todd...

 

State Department of Health issues Halloween guidance, releases recommendations on safe festivities

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health released today its guidance for people planning for Halloween and other fall festivities this holiday season as some traditional celebrations do not allow for proper social distancing amid...

 

Free Medicare counseling and information available for Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY – With the Medicare Open Enrollment Period fast approaching, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) offers free counseling to assist Oklahomans eligible for Medicare. In past years, OID’s Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) hosted...

 

Letter from the commander

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to Saturday's clean up and beautification project at the Hatch-Vincent Post #63. There was a good turn out and plenty of food to go around. We got a lot... Full story

 

Students deliver lunches

Freedom High School students will start hand delivering meals to the elderly and others who may struggle getting out and around beginning on Monday, Oct. 19. It will cost the individual $5 per meal. The area coverage will include Camp Houston to the... Full story

 

Learning about bats at the Freedom School Library

On Sept. 25 Mike Caywood from Alabaster Caverns State Park visited the Freedom School Library and gave an informative presentation about bats. Students learned such things as how many mosquitoes one... Full story

 

Hometown Hero Arthur Jay Rankin

Arthur Jay Rankin was born March 17, 1939, in Littlefield, Texas. He was raised near Littlefield and attended school until the age of 16 working on the family farm until he was drafted into the...

 

Oklahoma judge rules triple killing occurred on tribal land

PURCELL, Okla. (AP) — A death row inmate in Oklahoma is likely to get a new trial in federal court after a judge determined that the victims in the case were tribal citizens and the killings happened on Indian land, as determined by a recent U.S....

 

Attorney for Oklahoma death row inmate claims new evidence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who might be able to help his client's case but who would be prevented from testifying by a state law because his...

 

Oklahoma still in COVID-19 red zone according to task force

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma remains in the red zone for newly reported coronavirus cases, according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, which recommends residents wear masks among the ways to slow the virus' spread. "Community spread... Full story

 

OG&E completes two solar energy farms in southeast Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- OG&E, the electric utility subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), today announced that it has completed construction of two 5 MW solar energy farms in southeast Oklahoma. Both centers are operating...

 

Kansas sets records for increases in COVID-19 cases, deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Wednesday reported its largest seven-day increases in both COVID-19-related deaths and new coronavirus cases. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 67 deaths since only Monday, an... Full story

 

The Latest: 1,744 Mexican health-care worker die from virus

MEXICO CITY — Mexico reported Wednesday that a total of 1,744 health-care workers have died so far of COVID-19, and another 164 are suspected to have died of it but their test results are still pending. The number of doctors, nurses, technicians...

 

Regents tap interim president for Wichita State University

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents appointed a new interim president Wednesday to lead Wichita State University while it searches for a replacement for Jay Golden, who abruptly resigned last month without explanation. Wichita State...

 

In-person voting begins in Kansas with short wait times

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Early in-person voting began Wednesday in several Kansas counties, with election officials reporting heavier than usual turnout but relatively short wait times to cast a ballot. Election offices across the state also...

 

At least 147 University of Kansas employees take buyout

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — At least 147 University of Kansas employees are taking an early retirement buyout this year as the school looks to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer said in a message to faculty and staff...

 

Kansas City police identify body found in wooded area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City have identified a man whose badly decomposed body was found in a wooded area of Swope Park. The body is that of 62-year-old Ronnie Lawrence, police said Wednesday in a news release. Officers were...

 

Police: Man killed brother at south Wichita apartment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 61-year-old man has been arrested, accused of fatally shooting his older brother at a Wichita apartment complex earlier this week, police said. Thomas Harris was booked early Tuesday morning on suspicion of second-degree...

 

Sheriff: Body of 70-year-old man found in Pomona Lake

POMONA, Kan. (AP) — The body of a man was pulled from Pomona Lake in east-central Kansas earlier this week, officials there said. The body of Floyd Moehlman, 70, of Pomona, was found Monday evening after officials received reports of a capsized...

 

Email error: Law school dean sends private bar exam results

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The dean of South Carolina's largest law school is apologizing for forwarding an email that contained the names of students who failed the exam to become a lawyer and the confidential bar exam grades of every student. Universi...

 

A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed and to offer a taste of the airline experience to those missing flying in the COVID-19 times. The...

 

AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to undermine rival Joe Biden 20 days before the election, President Donald Trump's campaign has seized on a tabloid story offering bizarre twists to a familiar line of attack: Biden's relationship with Ukraine. But the...

 

Vision 2020: Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3....

 

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