Articles from the June 5, 2024 edition


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  • Alfalfa County real estate transactions

    Jun 5, 2024

    Real Estate Transfers Book 899, page 598: Shane Miller and Stephanie Miller convey unto Dustin E. Reese. The west half of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 12, Township 27N, Range 11, WIM, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. Warranty deed. Book 899, page 620: The Fountain of God, Inc., conveys unto Lacey Copenhaver and Terry Copenhaver. A tract of land described as follows: Beginning of the southwest corner of the east half of the west half of the east...

  • Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office log

    Jun 5, 2024

    Tuesday, May 28, 2024 During this day were two traffic stops. 12:36 a.m. – Report of a male walking along the railway, along OK-8 south of Carmen. 3:11 a.m. – Medic needed on County Road 660 for a 63-year-old female experiencing heart issues. Medic took the patient to Bass Hospital in Enid. 10:53 a.m. – Company alarm advised of a motion alarm going off in the 100 block of 5th Street. Owner advised it was probably the dog. All was okay. 11:23 a.m. – Company alarm advised of a burglary alarm coming from the living room on County Road 740. Al...

  • Barber County real estate transactions

    Jun 5, 2024

    Real Estate Transfers Book 150, page 80: Brian K. Hostetler and Cammi S. Hostetler convey unto Brian K. Hostetler Revocable Trust and Cammi S. Hostetler Revocable Trust. A tract of land located in the south half of the northeast quarter of northwest quarter of Section 12, Township 35 south, Range 11 west of the 6th PM. Warranty deed. Book 150, page 82: Brian K. Hostetler and Cammi S. Hostetler convey unto Hostetler Farms LLC. The east half of Section 31, Township 33 south, Range 10 west of the 6th PM. Warranty deed. Book 150, page 83: Don R....

  • ALISSA GRACE HARDING

    Jun 5, 2024

    Funeral services for Alissa Grace Harding, age 19, of Jet, were held at 10 am, Friday, May 31, 2024, at the Faith Center in Meno, Oklahoma, with Pastor Cody Anderson officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home and Crematory. Alissa was born August 25, 2004, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Chris and Codi (Hornberger) Harding, and passed away Sunday, May 26, 2024, in Salt Plains Park, Jet, Oklahoma. She attended Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Schools until her senior...

  • GARY DAVID SLATER

    Jun 5, 2024

    A family visitation with family present 5-7 p.m. will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Marshall Funeral Home in Waynoka. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the First Baptist Church, Waynoka, with Pastor Thure Tolson officiating. Interment will be in the Waynoka Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home. Gary, son of the late James and Daisy Slater, was born September 5, 1938, in Cheyenne Valley and passed peacefully on May 28, 2024, at...

  • JASON DEAN DOOLEY

    Jun 5, 2024

    Jason Dean Dooley, 42, of Cherokee, Oklahoma, passed away on May 27, 2024, in Alva, Oklahoma. He was born November 6, 1981, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Rex Dooley and Enid (Dooley) McGuire. Jason married Jennifer Wilson on January 21, 2003, in Woodward, Oklahoma. Jason was a man of many trades. He roofed; worked in the oilfield; worked at the co-op in Cherokee, Oklahoma; was management at Walmart; and when he passed he was in the process of getting his own store to manage at Jiffy Trip. Jason...

  • JASON DEAN DOOLEY

    Jun 5, 2024

    The services celebrating and honoring the life of Jason Dooley, 42, of Cherokee, Oklahoma, will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the Bethel Baptist Church, Cherokee, with Ethan Stocking officiating. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings, a life celebration home. Jason was born November 6, 1981, to Rex Dean and Enid (Dooley) McGuire in Elk City, Oklahoma, and passed from this life unexpectedly from a heart attack on May 27, 2024, in Alva, Oklahoma. He was raised and...

  • TONY GLENN BEADLES

    Jun 5, 2024

    Tony Glenn Beadles, age 90, passed away on May 16, 2024. He was born July 31, 1933, in Freedom, Oklahoma, to Joseph and Ellen (Applebee) Beadles. He was predeceased by his wife, Christie (Thilsted), after 63 years of marriage. His son Tony Allen died shortly after Tony passed. He is survived by Tony Allen's sons, David and Michael. He is also survived by his daughter Debbie, her husband Felix, their children Eric (and spouse Sam) and Kristin (and spouse John). He is also survived by his...

  • After livestreamed budget process, signed bills address illegal immigration, grocery tax, tornado recovery

    Sen. Roland Pederson|Jun 5, 2024

    Last week was an exciting week here at the Capitol. The Senate passed Senate Bill 1125, which lays out the framework for the $12.47 billion Fiscal Year 2025 budget agreement. The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2024. This year’s budget process was the first time in recent history that the budget negotiation process was open to the public and live-streamed. Because the budget was completed, we were able to meet our constitutional obligation of passing a budget, and Sine Die was a day early. On W...

  • Enjoy your vacation, and remember the sunscreen

    Marione Martin|Jun 5, 2024

    It’s vacation time. After the end of school, families are outdoors more. Many are planning vacation trips to other areas. Owning a newspaper and job printing business, my family didn’t take many vacations when I was growing up. Most of our trips involved going to see relatives a few hours away. Every few years, we’d travel to Iowa where two of my aunts lived. The nearest public swimming pool was a half-hour drive. Sometimes we could persuade our parents to take us to a swimming spot along the r...

  • Budget bills debated, Newton health bills signed

    Rep. Carl Newton|Jun 5, 2024

    The 59th Legislature adjourned sine die May 30, a day before the Oklahoma Constitution required. I have to admit, I was a little concerned this year that we'd have to go into special session to accomplish a balanced budget, but we were able to approve it in time. With a budget agreement reached between the House, Senate and the governor the week prior, the last week of session was devoted to passing individual budget bills in the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget and on the floors of...

  • Early voting begins Thursday, June 13

    Jun 5, 2024

    Early voting begins Thursday, June 13, for voters in Alfalfa County. Voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, have the option of voting early at their County Election Board. Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary Stephanie Jantz said early voting is open to all voters. “You do not need to provide an excuse to vote early. Oklahoma allows early voting for all elections conducted by the county election board or state election board – from school board and municipal elections to state and federal elections. This is a g...

  • Sample ballots available for June 18 election

    Jun 5, 2024

    Sample ballots are now available for the June 18 Primary Election and the Special Alfalfa County Election. Voters can download a sample ballot using the State Election Board OK Voter Portal at oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp or pick up a copy at the Alfalfa County Election Board during normal business hours. Alfalfa County Election Board Secretary Stephanie Jantz reminds voters that sample ballots are specific to each person. “If the OK Voter Portal indicates that you have no sample ballots available, it means you are not eligible to vote in an u...

  • ARTHUR 'ARTIE' BEVERLY FARRAND

    Jun 5, 2024

    Graveside services for Arthur Farrand will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2024, at Waynoka Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home. Arthur "Artie" Beverly Farrand, son of the late Archie Franklin and Shirley Ann (Case) Farrand, was born September 22, 1962, at Seminole, Oklahoma, and passed away May 30, 2024, at Oklahoma City at the age of 61 years, 8 months and 8 days. Arthur was raised in Liberal, Kansas, graduating from Liberal High School with...

  • Alfalfa County employees ask commissioners about raises, commissioners explain budget shortfalls

    Stacy Sanborn|Jun 5, 2024

    Two Alfalfa County employees attended the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday morning with questions about raises. Donna Irvin and Diane Williamson asked Garret Johnson, Mike Roach and Nate Ross why county highway employees received a raise when the 10 deputies in the courthouse had not gotten one since 2016. All three commissioners explained that highway employees are paid from a different budget than the deputies, who are paid out of the County General account, and that there just wasn't any money to give raises from that budget. Irvin aske...

  • Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza will again illuminate the sky at Hardtner

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 5, 2024

    If you missed Fourth of July fun in Hardtner, Kansas, the last few years, you are in for a rocket-poppin' good time this year. The newly merged South Barber Area Chamber of Commerce is making it happen. Once more you can start your holiday with a parade as patriotic as the flag-carrying motorcycle riders. The parade marshals will be Lee Allen Sternberger, and George and Joan Sutton straight from the Kiowa Manor. Dr. Jeff and Meagan Myer provide patient services in Hardtner's Community Building. The couple resides in Hardtner and is in charge...

  • Yukon woman charged in delivery of marijuana to inmate

    Marione Martin|Jun 5, 2024

    A woman from Yukon is facing a felony charge in Alfalfa County after allegedly delivering marijuana to an inmate at James Crabtree Correctional Center (JCCC) in Helena. According to court records, on June 2 Donna Brunson was arrested by the Helena Police Department for bringing contraband inside a penal institution. Agent Jared White with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections was notified about 11 a.m. that a visitor was being arrested at JCCC. He learned Brunson was visiting inmate Keary Littlejohn when Littlejohn was observed placing an...

  • Kiowa Police Chief Peterson resigns

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 5, 2024

    Checking with the City of Kiowa office Tuesday morning, the Newsgram learned that Kiowa Police Chief Travis Peterson submitted his letter of resignation, effective May 31. City Administrator Ty Piper pointed out that the city council has not yet acted on Peterson's letter. It's on the regular meeting agenda for June 10. Piper told the Newsgram that Peterson's resignation “is not Mr. Lacy related, but for his own health reasons.” Another subject this article covers is some agenda items from the Kiowa City Council regular May meeting. Kio...

  • Elevator operators wish the rains had come sooner, still anticipate average wheat harvest

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 5, 2024

    The price of wheat closed at $6.47 Tuesday, June 4. The wheat itself is ready to cut for the most part in the Newsgram reading area of northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas. The custom cutter crews are ready. It's time for harvest to start and, of course, most are still waiting on rain delays. Kelln Comments on Dacoma Area Dacoma Co-op Manager Jake Kelln said that before the rain began falling they had five farmers started with the wheat-cutting harvest. He said the quality and test...

  • Jayda Coleman's homer sends defending champ Oklahoma to WCWS finals with 6-5 win over Florida

    CLIFF BRUNT|Jun 5, 2024

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jayda Coleman hit a game-ending homer in the eighth inning to give Oklahoma a 6-5 victory over Florida in the Women's College World Series semifinals on Tuesday, moving the Sooners into the championship series with a chance at an unprecedented fourth straight title. Coleman sent Keagan Rothrock's 154th pitch of the game just past the outstretched glove of left fielder Korbe Otis and over the fence. "I was going to take my time, really get a pitch that I wanted to see," Coleman said. "I saw middle. I knew I needed to stay t...

  • Florida stuns Oklahoma 9-3 in Women's CWS semis; Sooners still alive in quest for 4th straight title

    CLIFF BRUNT|Jun 5, 2024

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Florida has backed three-time defending national champion Oklahoma into a rare must-win situation. Skylar Wallace hit two home runs to lead the Gators past the Sooners 9-3 in the Women's College World Series semifinals on Monday, but Oklahoma still can win a record fourth straight national title. Because the Sooners entered the game undefeated in bracket play and the Gators had a loss in the double-elimination format, Oklahoma remains alive. Monday's game started three hours late because of rain and lightning, and the delay...

  • Kansas leaders and new group ramp up efforts to lure the Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri

    JOHN HANNA|Jun 5, 2024

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Kansas legislators have intensified efforts to woo the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs by offering to let the professional football franchise shape a plan for using state bonds to finance a new stadium in Kansas. Kansas House Speaker Dan Hawkins and Senate President Ty Masterson said in a statement Tuesday that the Legislature would consider the proposal during a special session set to convene June 18. They invited the Chiefs "to weigh in on" the plan in a letter May 23 to Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, w...

  • The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that voting is not a fundamental right. What's next for voters?

    MARGERY A. BECK|Jun 5, 2024

    A split Kansas Supreme Court ruling last week issued in a lawsuit over a 2021 election law found that voting is not a fundamental right listed in the state Constitution's Bill of Rights. The finding drew sharp criticism from three dissenting justices on the high court. The Associated Press looks at what the ruling might mean for Kansas residents and future elections. WHAT IS THE ISSUE? The ruling itself is wide-reaching, combining different lawsuits at various stages of litigation that challenge three different segments of a 2021 election law...

  • Animal control officers in Michigan struggle to capture elusive peacock

    Jun 5, 2024

    SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Animal control officers in Michigan are struggling to capture an elusive peacock that has been on the loose for at least two days. A student discovered the peacock on Monday as he was driving to Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw County, MLive.com reported. Rachel Horton, director of the Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Center, said the student decided to bring the peacock with him to school and try to find the owner but the peacock got away, MLive.com reported. Animal control officers almost captured i...

  • Powder kegs: 50 years ago, 10-cent beers helped turn a Cleveland baseball game into a bloody riot

    TOM WITHERS|Jun 5, 2024

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Beer flowed and a little blood and bruises followed. There was some baseball played in between. On a warm spring night along Lake Erie five decades ago, a well-intended promotion meant to attract fans for the perpetually lousy Cleveland Indians turned ugly and triggered a booze-fueled riot now known as one of the most notorious events in American sports history. On Tuesday, 10-cent beer night turns 50. Cheers. Burp. A game that began with a handful of fans tipsy on cheap beer running across the outfield grass — some of the...

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