Articles from the June 9, 2023 edition

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 By CLIFF BRUNT    Sports    June 9, 2023

Celebrations bring excitement, extra attention to Women's College World Series

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Whether it's Oklahoma's celebrations for anything from a spectacular defensive play to drawing a walk or Tennessee's players showering teammates with fake money in the dugout after a home run, the energy around the sport...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    June 9, 2023

Oklahoma City man finds swastika cut into grass in front of his home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man who found a swastika cut into the grass in front of his home said Thursday that he believes it was done by a neighbor with whom he has had a long-running dispute. Stan Sells said he was mowing when he disco...

 

Prosecutor seeks death penalty against Kansas man accused of killing two sons

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Leavenworth man accused of killing his two sons before fleeing to Oklahoma with his two young daughters could face the death penalty if he is convicted. Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said Wednesday he will...

 

Officers round up hundreds of pigs from overwhelmed Florida animal sanctuary

CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) — Animal control officers rounded up more than 600 pigs from an animal sanctuary in Florida after their overwhelmed owner called for help. It took nearly four days for officers in Escambia County to capture so many pigs on...

 

Florida woman who fatally shot neighbor appears in court, sheriff releases details of racist threats

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A white Florida woman charged with shooting and killing her Black neighbor told detectives that she called the victim's children by racist slurs in the months leading up to the slaying, according to an arrest report rele...

 

Under house arrest, fake heiress Anna 'Delvey' Sorokin launches podcast to rehab public image

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a weekday afternoon and Anna Sorokin is on house arrest in a New York apartment building that has been condemned as imminently perilous to life. So she's attempting to capture outside attention and relieving her boredom in the...

 

Elevated walkway collapses in Texas beach city, injuring dozens

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Nearly two dozen teenagers from a summer camp were injured when an elevated walkway collapsed Thursday in a beachside city in Texas, with five flown to the hospital by helicopter. None of the injuries were expected to...

 

DeSantis recruiters eyed Catholic church for migrant flights that bishop calls 'reprehensible'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' recruiters set their sights on Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Texas border city of El Paso in search of asylum-seekers they could take from its bustling migrant shelter to California's capital on...

 

The S&P 500 is in a bull market. Here's what that means and how long the bull might run

The S&P 500 is now in what Wall Street refers to as a bull market, meaning the index has risen 20% or more from its most recent low. Here are some answers to questions about bull and bear markets: WHY IT IS CALLED A BULL MARKET? Wall Street's...

 

Trump braces for possible federal charges after being warned he's a target of documents probe

MIAMI (AP) — Former President Donald Trump and his aides are bracing for a potential indictment in the classified documents investigation as prosecutors handling the probe were spotted Thursday at a Miami courthouse where a grand jury has been...

 

Pat Robertson, broadcaster who helped make religion central to GOP politics, dies at 93

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, tried a run for president and helped make religion central to Republican Party politics in America...

 

Supreme Court rules in favor of Black Alabama voters in unexpected defense of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a surprising 5-4 ruling in favor of Black voters in a congressional redistricting case from Alabama, with two conservative justices joining liberals in rejecting a Republican-led effort to...

 

AP Exclusive: Drone footage of collapsed dam shows devastation, no evidence to back Russian claims

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Exclusive drone footage of the collapsed Ukrainian dam and surrounding villages under Russian occupation showed the ruined structure falling into the flooded river, hundreds of submerged homes, greenhouses, even a church ...

 

Religious services and events

Alva Church of God Alva Church of God is located at 517 9th St., in Alva. Sheryl White is our pastor. Sunday: Normal hours are Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening youth meet at 5 p.m. This is for youth sixth g...

 

Crumbling memorials

John M. Davis was a wealthy man. His wife had just died and he did not like any of her family. He was an orphan and he had no children. To prevent his in-laws from getting his wealth when he died,...

 
 By Steve Hamm    Local    June 9, 2023

Freedom or slavery?

This great country was founded upon the wonderful concept of freedom. The early colonies were being taxed without representation which basically made us slaves of England, and so a war of freedom took place, and a republic was born! A republic is by...

 

PATRICIA ANN COLLINS

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and sister Patricia Ann Brown Collins entered the arms of Jesus on June 3, 2023, shortly before her 84th birthday. Pat was born to Dorothy and Frank Brown in Alva,...

 

STANLEY DAVID KRAFT

Stanley David Kraft passed away suddenly at his home on June 6, 2023 at the age of 74. No services are planned at this time. Online condolences may be made at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com....

 

TERRY LYN SWENN

Funeral services for Terry Swenn will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2023, at Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Clapp officiating. Cremation will follow under the direction of Marshall Funeral...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 9, 2023

Why knee?

Bipedalism: The ability to move around on two legs. It is a human trait extoled by our ancestors and passed down to the current species. Walking on all fours gave way to the knuckle-dragging gait of...

 
 By Doug Little    Local    June 9, 2023

God made it rain

We are green. I don’t mean we are tree huggers even though farmers and ranchers are likely to be more green than those environmentalists. I am talking about our grass is green. Our weeds are green. Our topsoil is wet. Our attitudes are wet. Our...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 9, 2023

Meeting Gordon Lightfoot, part 4

On an evening in June 2016 my wife and I drove to Oklahoma City to see Gordon Lightfoot in concert at Rose State College. She was almost – but not quite – as excited as I was because she, too,...

 

Alva Robotics Team meets Saturday

The Alva Robotics Team will be meeting Saturday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alva Public Library to discuss plans for the upcoming season. Alumni members are encouraged to attend! If you have any questions or are unable to attend, please call...

 

Perks, Decker earn top honors in Second Sugar Show at Nescatunga Arts Festival

Katie Perks and April Decker, both of Alva, won the top awards for a second time, just in reverse, in the second Nescatunga Arts Festival Sugar Show June 3 held in the commons area of the Health and... Full story

 

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