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Marriage License Filings

Jabari Thomas DeVorce, Cherokee, and Elizabeth Anne Keith, Cherokee: marriage license ($50)....

 

Alfalfa County commissioners to approve purchase of plexiglass shields for treasurer's office

The three commissioners of Alfalfa County met on Monday and began their conference with the basic items of approving maintenance and operation warrants for payment and blanket purchase orders. There were no road-crossing permits. Jay Hague, Stan...

 

Burlington School students back in class Monday

A phone call to the Burlington Public School Monday afternoon found that the school was humming along as usual with students and teachers in classrooms. The school had been closed to in-class learning nearly two weeks due to some staff members...

 

Record numbers hospitalized in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the highest number yet of people hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports 109,548 cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma including 1,475 new cases. There are 18 additional deaths...

 

South Barber's Halloween Parade takes a ghoulish twist for safety

You'll soon see little princesses, cowboys, witches, monsters and action figures converging on streets across the nation for Halloween parades. South Barber School in Kiowa plans to hold their Halloween Downtown Parade on Friday, Oct. 30, at 2:30 p.m...

 

Kiowa City Council interviews administrator candidate

Monday night the Kiowa City Council held a special meeting to interview a city administrator candidate in executive session. No action was taken afterward regarding the interview, according to Mayor Bill Watson. All councilmembers were present...

 

Costumes and pumpkin contests, fun, games, smoked meats contest and sampling for the public

Put on your Halloween costume, bring your decorated pumpkin and your appetite for mouth-waterin smoked meats. It's time for Kiowa's annual Fall Fest this Sunday, Oct. 25. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.,...

 

South Barber School Board approves winter stipends

Again meeting at the high school library for social distancing, the South Barber USD255 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13. Board members present sitting individually at tall round tables included Jenna Mostert, Bryan...

 

Woods County to hire outside firm to do visual inspections

Woods County is hiring an outside firm to do visual property inspections this year. The assessor’s office usually hires someone locally and pays for transportation. Assessor Renetta Benson told the Woods County Commissioners Monday her office does...

 

CAROL JENNETTE WOLGAMOTT

Carol Jennette Wolgamott found peace on October 16, 2020. She was met at Heaven's Gates by her parents, Glenn and Mildred Babcock, and brothers William Paxton (Pat) and Lyle Baker Babcock. Other famil...

 

JUDY ANN MILLER

Judy Ann Miller, 76, passed away October 16, 2020. She was born January 6, 1944, in Alva, Oklahoma, to Neil and Evia Houston. She married Julian Ronald Miller (Ronnie), June 15, 1961. He preceded her...

 

NEVA JEAN CALHOUN

Neva Jean Calhoun, 77, of Kiowa, Kansas, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Kiowa District Manor, Kiowa, Kansas. She was born on July 2, 1943, in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of Robert...

 

PEGGY MACKEY

Funeral services for Peggy Mackey are pending at Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Online condolences may be made at www.marshalfuneralhomes.com...

 

ROBERT "BOB" HERSCHEL FREI

Graveside memorial services for Robert Herschel "Bob" Frei will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Hardtner Cemetery with Rev. Drew Kirtley officiating under the direction of Marshall...

 

WILMA KRANZ

Wilma Kranz, daughter of Harvey Elmer Fields and Hattie Alabama Kirkendoll Fields, was born on September 17, 1937, in Hominy, Oklahoma, and passed from this life in Oklahoma City on October 12, 2020....

 

Increase of COVID-19 in area signals need to be careful

Last Friday, the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Alva was 13. On Monday, that number increased to 21 and on Tuesday it was 23, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH)...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Oct. 22: LeRoy Burks, Nancy Harper, Charles McIver, Reia Lenhart, Peyton Hughes Oct. 23: Raye Lynn Hughes, Johnette Beagley Oct. 24: Dolores Holbrook Oct. 25: Phillip Schultz, Sabrina Bowers Oct. 26: Tommy Bradt, Maxine Tinker Oct....

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Oct. 28: Mr. & Mrs. Don Lenhart Oct. 29: Mr. & Mrs. Roger Mitchell Nov. 6: Mr. & Mrs. Monte Hepner Nov. 15: Mr. & Mrs. Donald Reutlinger Nov. 23: Mr. & Mrs. Terry Welty (Note: Send corrections, additions to: f...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Oct. 18, 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 Finl...

 

Freedom School lunch menu

October 25-30 Monday: Mini corndogs, tator tots, vegetable, fruit, milk Tuesday: Beef enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice, fruit, milk Wednesday: Ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, fruit, milk Thursday: Goulash, garlic toast, vegetable,...

 

Woods County Excise Board approves monthly appropriations

The Woods County Excise Board met Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Alva with Chairman Bob Seivert, Joe Shirley and Chris Olson present along with County Clerk Shelley Reed. The minutes from the special meeting on Sept. 23 were approved. Board...

 

Freedom Fall Carnival is Saturday

Freedom Public Schools has scheduled the Fall Carnival for Saturday, Oct. 24, with dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The senior class will serve the dinner at the American Legion. Dinner will be a choice of...

 

As last resort, Oklahoma quarantine orders rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Everything old is new again when it comes to battling a novel coronavirus with no cure or vaccination. Public health officials point to face masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene as pillars of the response to the coronavirus, along with... Full story

 

Lawmakers, officials criticize Oklahoma unemployment vendor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers and other officials criticized the vendor that the state hired to deliver unemployment benefits to claimants, taking issue with how the company has distributed payments during the pandemic. Conduent — the...

 

Remains found in search for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least 10 bodies were found Wednesday in an unmarked mass grave at a Tulsa cemetery where investigators are searching for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Oklahoma's state archaeologist said. "What we...

 

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