Articles from the October 27, 2023 edition

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Religious services and events

Alva Church of God Alva Church of God is located at 517 9th St. in Alva. Sheryl White is the pastor. Sunday: Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday evening, young adults meet at 5 p.m. with a meal and Bible...

 

The October octagon

The mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters fight in an octagon ring enclosed by fencing. It is a violent sport, if you want to call it that. It is more like what the Romans did while killing the Christians. The point that I am trying to make is that we ar...

 
 By Steve Hamm    Local    October 27, 2023

Imitating Christ

A phrase we used to say a lot when I was a kid was, “when I grow up, I want to be like ____,” and we filled in the blank with someone’s name. It could have been a superhero, it could have been our favorite athlete, or it could have been anyone...

 

Applications are open for Alva School Board position

As the Alva School Board begins a superintendent search, they are also looking for people interested in filling a board seat. At the special board meeting on Monday, Board President Jane McDermott reported that Larry Parker is resigning due to... Full story

 

Tuesday night bowling standings, week of Oct. 24

Team Standings The Bowl Movements – 24 ½ wins, 11 ½ losses Marshall's Oldtimers – 23 wins, 13 losses Rollin GoodTimes – 20 wins, 12 losses Dilly Dilly – 19 wins, 17 losses Knights of Columbus – 18 wins, 18 losses O'Bar – 16 wins, 20...

 

Rangers women's golf closes fall season at Tulsa Cup

BROKEN ARROW – Northwestern Oklahoma State Women's Golf concluded their 2023 portion of the fall season following their tournament at Forest Ridge in the Broken Arrow tournament hosted by Rogers State. Northwestern Oklahoma State finished 10th...

 

Men's golf concludes fall season at Tulsa Cup

BROKEN ARROW – Northwestern Oklahoma State men's golf team concluded the 2023 fall season at the Tulsa Cup Tuesday afternoon. The event was hosted by Rogers State at The Club at Indian Springs. The Rangers finished sixth overall tied with...

 

Ranger soccer ties with Tigers

ALVA – The Ranger Soccer team played at home Wednesday against the Tigers of East Central. Northwestern scored in the opening half on a goal from Victoria Ruvalcaba, but the Tigers answered early...

 

Haren wins OSU bulldogging title

ALVA – In a busy week for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo teams, there is one constant understanding: There will be a chance to improve. The Rangers will host their once-a-year...

 

Centenarians

Is the secret of living to 100 just a matter of healthy habits? Experts say “no.” An article by Alex Janin in the Wall Street Journal claims that getting enough sleep, exercising and eating a...

 
 By Doug Little    Local    October 27, 2023

A meme has been on my mind

Something has been on my mind this week. Well, really more than one thing, but one that I feel needs talked about. I haven’t ranted in a while and I don’t want this to turn into one and I have already asked the good Lord to help me steer clear...

 

Two disputed elections, part 4

The United States has seen numerous disputed elections in its history, from the presidency on down to the state and local level. One contested election occurred in 1918 in a campaign for a seat in...

 

Searching for a superintendent

In a special meeting Monday, the Alva Board of Education planned their search for a new school superintendent. Dr. Tim Argo gave the board plenty of notice that he is resigning effective June 30, 2024. Board members Jane McDermott, Karen Koehn,... Full story

 

Spray crowned Miss Northwestern 2024; Jenlink takes home teen title

Megan Spray of Sharon, Okla., was named Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University 2024 during the annual Miss Northwestern competition on Sunday, Oct. 22. Christina Jenlink, of Alva, was crowned... Full story

 

Heavily armed police surround home in search for suspect in the fatal shooting of 18 in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Heavily armed police surrounded a home as they searched for a U.S. Army reservist who authorities say killed 18 people and wounded 13 in a mass shooting at a bowling alley and a bar in Lewiston, Maine. Using a megaphone, they...

 

What we know so far about the mass shooting in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Army reservist fatally shot 18 people at a bowling alley and restaurant in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night. A massive search for 40-year-old Robert Card of Bowdoin was underway. The shooting in the...

 

Forecasters were caught off guard by Otis' growth. But warming means more hurricanes like it

Hurricane Otis unexpectedly turned from mild to monster in record time, and scientists are struggling to figure out what happened. Usually reliable computer models and the forecasters who use them didn't see Otis' explosive intensification coming as...

 

So Biden's a no-show on the New Hampshire primary ballot. What happens next?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wasn't successful in unseating New Hampshire from the first-in-the-nation primary slot it has held for more than a century, but his campaign's announcement this week that he won't appear on the state's 2024 pri...

 

Israeli troops briefly raid northern Gaza to 'prepare' for an expected full-scale incursion

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops and tanks briefly raided northern Gaza overnight, the military said Thursday, engaging with Hamas fighters and targeting anti-tank weapons in order to "prepare the battlefield" before an expected ground...

 

EXPLAINER: What is Gaza's Ministry of Health and how does it calculate the war's death toll?

JERUSALEM (AP) — How many Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the war between Israel and Hamas started? With Israel besieging and bombing territory at a scale never seen before, arriving at a precise answer isn't easy. Cell...

 

Police in Texas could arrest migrants under a bill that is moving closer to approval by the governor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is closer to giving police broad new authority to arrest migrants and order them to leave the U.S. under a bill the state House advanced Thursday, putting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on the path toward a potential new...

 

China shows off a Tibetan boarding school that's part of a system some see as forced assimilation

SHANGRI-LA TOWN, China (AP) — First-grade students, hands folded on their desks, watch a teacher write a brush-like stroke on a blackboard in their Tibetan alphabet. Outside, craggy mountains climb toward the brightest of blue skies. The air is...

 

Biden meets with new Speaker Mike Johnson at the White House to discuss aid for Israel and Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met with new House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries at the White House on Thursday to discuss his request for nearly $106 billion for Israel, Ukraine and other national security...

 

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