Articles from the January 13, 2021 edition


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  • South Barber 2nd quarter honor roll, grades 7-12

    Jan 13, 2021

    Superintendent's Honor Roll 7th Grade–Tanith Erikson, Danielle MacKinney 8th Grade–Reagan Grieve 9th Grade–Jewell Briggs 11th Grade–Claire Pollock 12th Grade–Chloe Blunk, Nora Gugelmeyer, Tyler Schubach Principal's Honor Roll 7th Grade–Lily Shurter 8th Grade–Jasmine Israel 9th Grade–Arrington Allen, Autumn Drake, Jessica Jahay 11th Grade–Grace Cantrell, Ruston Erikson 12th Grade–Porsha Binning, Dane Coggins, Allie Hoch, Haylee Miller, Emilio Perez, Kate Perschbacher Honorable Mention 7th Grade–Lily Dunham, Brayden Duvall 8th Grade–Cheyenne Br...

  • Appropriations approved in Alfalfa County

    Stacy Sanborn|Jan 13, 2021

    The Alfalfa County commissioners (Marvin Woodall, Jay Hague, and Mike Roach) met up Monday morning at their regular meeting time. They started with the usual items of business, approving last week's meeting minutes, the maintenance and operation payment warrants, and blanket purchase orders. There were no road-crossing permits, leading the men into the next item of approving a request to remove former District 2 commissioner Stan Tucker as requisitioning officer and replacing him with Mike Roach. An updated resolution designating...

  • Alva football, track coach resigns; custodian retiring

    Marione Martin|Jan 13, 2021

    Alva Public Schools Superintendent Tim Argo announced Monday that Alva High School football and track coach Mike Shklar has submitted his resignation. “We appreciate Mike’s contribution these last few years and wish him the best,” said Argo. Reporting to the Alva Board of Education, Argo also said longtime Lincoln Elementary School custodian Richard Anderson will retire effective June 1. He expressed appreciation for Anderson’s work over the years. The board later approved a revised list of...

  • Barber County Cattlemen's Association to award scholarships

    Justin Goodno|Jan 13, 2021

    The Barber County Cattlemen’s Association will once again be offering scholarships to local high school seniors and college age youth. Scholarships will be a minimum of $500 each and are available to any Barber County resident, individual attending high school in Barber County or individual with parent(s) operating an agricultural endeavor within Barber County. Previous applicants and recipients may re-apply. Recipients may receive a scholarship up to two years. Scholarship applications are available in the Barber County Extension Office and o...

  • Maintenance job awarded at Burlington School

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 13, 2021

    Joe Granados was hired as a maintenance person at Burlington School. This was at a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 7. All board members were present: Terry Graham, T.J. Rockenbach, April Kisling, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stacy Croft and Minutes Clerk Tracy Granados also attended. The board entered an approximate two-hour executive session. In that executive session they were also to discuss hiring a new superintendent as Dr. Croft is retiring. The only action taken upon return to open session was the hiring of...

  • Covid positive cases decreasing in Alfalfa, Woods counties

    Marione Martin|Jan 13, 2021

    Although state numbers remain high, active Covid-19 cases in several northwest Oklahoma counties are dropping. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the state had 40,024 active cases, down slightly from the previous day’s report. The state had 29 additional deaths listed on Tuesday. On Monday, Alfalfa County had a new death added, bringing their total to five. It appears the new death is from the Aline zip code where deaths increased to two. On T...

  • Freedom school board approves staff attending Nashville education conference

    Kathleen Lourde|Jan 13, 2021

    The Freedom Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting – a brief one, only 7 minutes long – Monday evening. Present were Board President Shane Morris and members Phillip Kirkpatrick, Robert Babcock and Russell Reed. Also attending were Superintendent Bryant Weber and Minutes Clerk Patricia Dauphin. Board member Shan Wilson was absent. The board approved a request to send staff to the Model Schools Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to be held June 26 through July 1. Federal grant funds will pay the cost. The model schools con...

  • Loud music leads to drug charge

    Marione Martin|Jan 13, 2021

    Loud music led to a traffic stop in Cherokee that resulted in a drug charge. According to court documents, the complaint came from a neighbor who complained someone was playing music in his vehicle too loudly, and it woke up her household. The call came in at 11:42 p.m. on January 2. When Cherokee Police Officer Tristan Hall arrived on South Texas Street, the woman filing the complaint said the man drove away in a silver vehicle with a California tag. As Hall was driving south on Grand Avenue,...

  • New Barber County Sheriff LeClair to focus on narcotics problem and officer training

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 13, 2021

    Following the constitution, protecting the people, tackling the serious narcotics problem in this area, and giving deputies the training they need, are top priorities listed by the new Barber County, Kansas, Sheriff Jason LeClair. LeClair was sworn in at a ceremony Monday morning at the Barber County Courthouse in Medicine Lodge. In an interview with the Newsgram Sunday he said, "Absolutely, I am very ready to serve." He was born in Medicine Lodge and lived in Sharon, Kansas, until age 12 when...

  • Woods County to sell two surplus fire trucks

    Marione Martin|Jan 13, 2021

    During their regular meeting Monday, the Woods County commissioners voted to surplus two fire trucks and sell them through sealed bids. One is a 2009 Ford brush rig with foam system, tank and pump from the Greenleaf Fire Department. The other is a 2013 Ford brush rig and skid unit with water pump from Freedom Fire Department. The trucks have been replaced with newer models. The county will place newspaper ads with instructions on how to present sealed bids. If bids offered are not high enough,...

  • My experience with the Covid vaccine

    Marione Martin|Jan 13, 2021

    A week ago, Jan. 5, I received the first of two vaccinations for coronavirus immunization. Since I’m a decade past the over-65 criteria, I called and booked my appointment the first day it was available in the Woods County schedule. I didn’t see the announcement on Facebook the preceding Thursday, Dec. 31, but an employee did and notified me. First I wrote an article about it for Friday’s Alva Review-Courier. Then I realized I should call and book a spot. Appointment times were already filli...

  • Senate Review

    Senator Roland Pederson|Jan 13, 2021

    I think we can all agree that 2021 did not begin in the peaceful and happy way that many of us had hoped. The antics of 2020 have seemingly bled into the New Year, especially on a national scale. I was appalled by the actions of the people who stormed the nation’s Capitol last week. When I signed onto a letter urging Congress to challenge the certification of the presidential election results in December, I was simply seeking election integrity. The process that was being followed seemed to b...

  • DONALD CLAYTON HUGHES

    Jan 13, 2021

    Born May 1, 1938, in Aline to Orval and Mildred Hughes, Don grew up in Aline, Oklahoma, and in the Aline Methodist Church. He graduated from Aline Public Schools in 1957. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University for two years before attending Oklahoma State University where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in animal husbandry. While attending Oklahoma State University, Don was a member of the FarmHouse fraternity and livestock judging team. When Don was not at school, he lived and...

  • FAYETTA ACORD

    Jan 13, 2021

    Fayetta Delores (Harth) Acord passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Share Medical Center in Alva, Oklahoma. Fayetta was born on January 25, 1926, to Hubert William Harth and Fern Alice (Morland) Harth in Woods County. She spent most of her childhood on a farm close to Farry, Oklahoma. She graduated from Farry High School in 1945. She excelled in basketball and other sports in Farry. She married Floyd Emmett Acord on February 17, 1946, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and they made their home in...

  • IVA ANNETTE GATES

    Jan 13, 2021

    Iva Annette was born on February 8, 1938, in Alva, Oklahoma, to Theodore Rucker and Iva Grace (Maltbie) Rucker. Iva passed away at Share Medical Center on January 10, 2021, due to complications from double pneumonia. After losing their parents at a young age, she and her brother were lovingly raised by their Aunt Alvina (Maltbie) Talley and Uncle Paul Talley on a farm north of Amorita. Iva loved playing basketball and loved to talk about when her Amorita Cardinals won the Oklahoma State...

  • Oklahoma governor pushes for return to in-person schools

    KEN MILLER|Jan 13, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced a new policy that he said will allow more in-person classroom teaching at state schools that implement mask wearing requirements, despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. "Schools that enforce the use of masks will not have to quarantine potential exposures (of students and teachers) unless they're showing symptoms" of the virus, Stitt said. Any person who tests positive still must quarantine at home, said state health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye. Stitt cite...

  • South Barber renews Superintendent Miller's contract

    Yvonne Miller|Jan 13, 2021

    Dr. Mylo Miller will continue to be superintendent of South Barber School through the 2022-23 school year. The SB Board of Education approved his contract at their January 2021 meeting Monday night. All members were present as board president Mark Pollock, who has served eight years, called the meeting to order. Superintendent Miller thanked the seven men and women who serve voluntarily for their service. He listed each member's years of service to the board, which follows: Vice-President Bryan...

  • Oklahoma governor's staffer faces heat for 'body bags' tweet

    Jan 13, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new member of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's communications staff faced fierce criticism Tuesday for a tweet last week in which she praised a national Republican group for putting "House Democrats in body bags." Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews called for Stitt to demand the resignation of Carly Atchison, his new director of strategic communications whose Jan. 5 tweet came one day before last week's violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol police officer. Atchi... Full story

  • US high court to hear case on virus relief for tribes

    FELICIA FONSECA|Jan 13, 2021

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that centers on who gets a share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief allocated for Native American tribes. Lower courts split on whether Alaska Native corporations, which own most Native land in the state under a 1971 settlement, should be in the mix. The U.S. Treasury Department sought review from the high court after a federal appeals court ruled in September that the corporations aren't eligible. The Treasury Department said if the decision stands, the corporations w...

  • Analysis: Amid pandemic, NBA blowout epidemic also happening

    TIM REYNOLDS|Jan 13, 2021

    Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is also seeing a blowout epidemic. One can only wonder if the two are related. Games are turning into runaways far more than usual throughout the first three weeks of this NBA season. Maybe it's because there are no fans in most arenas, maybe it's because teams are tired from playing with a bit less rest than they've gotten in recent years or maybe it's because the strains of a COVID-19 world are weighing heavily on players. It's probably a combination of all that and more. But the numbers are also quite...

  • Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations keep soaring in Oklahoma

    Jan 13, 2021

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people infected and hospitalized with the coronavirus in recent days continued to climb Monday to near-record levels in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 3,885 new coronavirus infections and 14 deaths on Monday, along with 1,926 people hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is short of the record 1,994 people who were hospitalized on Jan. 5. The rise in hospitalizations prompted Julie Watson, the chief medical o...

  • The power of words in crisis: Who hits mark, and who misses?

    MICHAEL TACKETT|Jan 13, 2021

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In moments of crisis, of war and terror, of loss and mourning, American leaders have sought to utter words to match the moment in hope that the power of oratory can bring order to chaos and despair. Lincoln at Gettysburg. Franklin Roosevelt during the Depression and World War II. Reagan after the Challenger disaster. Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing. George W. Bush with a bullhorn at Ground Zero in 2001 and Barack Obama after the slaughter of congregants at a South Carolina church. Each time, the speakers, R...

  • As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

    JULIE WATSON and TERRY TANG|Jan 13, 2021

    PHOENIX (AP) — As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any new restrictions on businesses to stop the spread. And unlike in 2020, when the debate over lockdowns often split along party lines, both Democratic and Republican leaders are signaling their opposition to forced closings and other measures. Some have expressed fear of compounding the heavy economic damage inflicted by the outbreak. Some see l...

  • Slow return to normal for some Kansas schools, bars

    Jan 13, 2021

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Students in Wichita are resuming in-person learning and some bars and restaurants in the Kansas City area are extending their hours as the bumpy COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues. The Wichita district, which is the state's largest with about 47,000 students, is bringing elementary students back on Wednesday. These young students had been sent home late last year because of a lack of substitutes and rising COVID-19 cases. The district also plans for middle and high school students, who have been remote learning since the s...

  • Kansas House Dems move to oust member over issues with women

    JOHN HANNA and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH|Jan 13, 2021

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Tuesday began the process to oust a newly elected lawmaker over multiple issues that include the 20-year-old's rhetoric on Twitter and allegations that he harassed and threatened girls and women. A formal compliant filed in the House by Democratic members about State Rep. Aaron Coleman will kick off a bipartisan investigation, culminating in a recommendation and vote on his future in the Legislature. A two-thirds majority most vote in favor of ousting Coleman, of Kansas City, Kansas, who was sworn in o...

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