Articles from the November 18, 2022 edition

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  • Religious services and events

    Nov 18, 2022

    Alva Church of God Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at Alva Friends Church Please meet us for coffee and donut fellowship at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday morning. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. If you cannot make it in person, we are on Facebook at Alva Friends Church Group. The church is located at the corner of College Avenue and Center Street. Barnes Street Church of Christ Sund...

  • Tuesday night bowling standings, week of Nov. 15

    Nov 18, 2022

    Team Standings Dilly Dilly—33 ½ wins, 18 ½ losses Knights of Columbus—33 wins, 19 losses O'Bar—28 wins, 24 losses Rollin GoodTimes—26 ½ wins, 25 ½ losses Marshall's Oldtimers—26 ½ wins, 25 ½ losses The Bowl Movements—25 ½ wins, 26 ½ losses Livin' on a Spare—19 wins, 33 losses Holy Bowlers—14 wins, 26 losses Last Week's Top Scores Scratch Game Rollin GoodTimes – 798 Dilly Dilly – 784 Knights of Columbus – 778 Scratch Series Dilly Dilly 2237 Knights of Columbus – 2235 The Bowl Movements – 2195 Handicap Game Holy Bowlers – 1153 Livin' on a Spare ...

  • Sitting at God's table

    Pastor Drake Colvin, Hopeton Wesleyan Church|Nov 18, 2022

    I remember going to my grandparents for the holidays when I was a kid. It was always something I looked forward to. My grandparents on Mom and Dad's side lived in Kansas, just in different areas, but we would always alternate which one we would see for which holiday. At both places, I would always look forward to food and the love and fellowship of the family that was always felt around that dinner table while we were there. Everything was done at that table, from eating to business and playing...

  • Magnificent Mrs. Morgan

    Cooper Rockenbach|Nov 18, 2022

    Burlington fifth grade teacher Lindsey Morgan grew up in the small town of Hitchcock, Oklahoma, where she later graduated from Lomega High School and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Mrs. Morgan taught at Timberlake for two years before moving to Burlington where she has been for 14 years. Mrs. Morgan has taught her fifth graders all their subjects with math being her favorite subject. Her favorite part about teaching is connecting with students and discussing what makes them...

  • Burlington academic team

    Kaci Hughes|Nov 18, 2022

    Many mornings before school you will find the Burlington academic team with their buzzers answering questions in preparation for their academic meets. They have attended different meets in the area where they answer academic and trivia questions. According to their sponsor, Misty McCullough, they answer two rounds of 20 questions, a speed round of 10 questions and then another round of 20 questions. Their goal is to better their score each time they attend a new meet. Mrs. McCullough is in her...

  • Burlington FFA members attend National FFA Convention

    Brooke Whittet|Nov 18, 2022

    This year eight Burlington students had the opportunity to attend the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. They left at 5 a.m. to take on the 13-hour trip. At convention, students attended sessions where they watched keynote speakers, award presentations and chorus performances. Outside the general sessions, students attended leadership workshops at the expo center, where vendors and colleges shared future job and educational opportunities. These students met FFA...

  • First National Honor Society members inducted

    Raye Lyn Bird|Nov 18, 2022

    Burlington schools held its inaugural induction of National Honor Society (NHS) members on Nov. 9. Five students were selected by a panel of faculty members based on their completed applications and adherence to the NHS qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Family, faculty and community members were present at the ceremony honoring the students for their accomplishments. Members receiving their NHS pin and reciting the NHS pledge were seniors JC Crusinbery, Kevin Kaumans,...

  • Helpful Hallie

    Ky Smith|Nov 18, 2022

    Hallie Hamilton was born in Oklahoma City on Nov. 18, 2004. Her parents are Margo and Paul Hamilton and she has one younger brother named Trace. Hamilton is involved in basketball, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a National Honor Society member. She enjoys hanging out with friends and playing basketball. When asked what her greatest accomplishment is, she said it was becoming Burlington's student council president. She plans on attending college, majoring in psychology...

  • Robotics headed to regionals

    Kaycee Matzke|Nov 18, 2022

    This year's robotics team of 17 students competed in Alva at the Heartland Best competition in October. The Burlington team has worked many hours since the beginning of the school year preparing for the competition, which helped them win the top three awards at the competition. They received first in the Robot gaming award, first in the BEST competition, and they received the Founders Award. The Founders Award is the highest honor of the special robotics awards, named after the original...

  • Sterling Stewart accepted into National FFA Chorus

    Chloe Jantz|Nov 18, 2022

    Sterling Stewart, a junior at Burlington High School, was accepted to attend the National FFA Convention as a chorus member this October. Stewart was very excited when he was told he got accepted. He said when he arrived the directors told them that they were in the top 0.1 percent of the nation. Stewart said that one pro of being on the National and State FFA chorus is that he gets to sing in front of thousands of people, and one con is not being able to experience convention the way people...

  • Ten quarter game raises funds and fun

    Ashlynn Paschall|Nov 18, 2022

    On Nov. 5, Burlington basketball hosted a fundraiser to raise money for their teams. All of the basketball members, as well as faculty, played a basketball game with interesting twists and turns. Some people in the crowd even came down and played in the game as well. Throughout the game, parents and members of the community paid for the boys to do things like putting on dresses, using their off hand, and putting one of their shoes on their right hand. Others paid to give the girls more points...

  • Veterans Day program honors veterans

    Angel Dowell|Nov 18, 2022

    Friday, Nov. 11, Burlington Schools held a Veterans Day program for the community. The band and choir had been practicing for a few weeks. The band accompanied the students singing the "Star Spangled Banner" and played "God Bless America." The elementary students also provided musical entertainment. A favorite tradition is the "Armed Forces Medley" during which veterans of the various branches stand during the singing of their official fight song. The seniors all had speaking parts throughout...

  • Starting fresh

    Kathleen Lourde|Nov 18, 2022

    Marty Drake Colvin is a big man. It's easy to see the former Marine in him; easy to see the eight-and-a-half years he spent as a state trooper, the years as police chief in Cherokee and Beaver. If Hopeton Wesleyan Church is ever in need of a bouncer, the congregation won't have to look far. Colvin is also a big laugher. His laughter boomed out repeatedly during a conversation that ranged from his obvious pride in his young daughter, already a professional actor, to what it feels like to speak...

  • Peace and tranquility

    Steve Hamm, College Hill Church of Christ|Nov 18, 2022

    It snowed here in Alva earlier this week and it was beautiful; I mean it was so beautiful I almost cried! The big flakes came floating down so lightly and slowly that it immediately took me back to my childhood living on the farm. One of my most favorite memories is when we would load up the pickup with square bales to go and feed cattle, and the snow was falling very heavily. It was so quiet and peaceful as we would continue to slice off bits of hay out of the back of the truck to the cattle that were lining up like kids ready to sit on...


    Nov 18, 2022

    Memorial services for Trent Heaton will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Alva, Oklahoma. Wharton Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

  • Fix it

    Arden Chaffee|Nov 18, 2022

    Overheard: “Electric cars are a boon to the towing services.” The discussion then changed to range anxiety and the lack of any user-serviceable components. Welcome to 21st Century society! Which conventional car company recommends user repairs? Ford’s Bronco has doors and even fenders that can be owner removed/replaced but new vehicle’s owner’s manuals are in the touch screen, lacking instruction on what should be normal maintenance. That might have included oil changes, engine and cabin air...

  • Ramblings of a Redneck Farmer

    Doug Little|Nov 18, 2022

    Sometimes we forget just what a little help can mean to somebody. The first part of October I had a Facebook friend organize a GoFundMe for her farm. She was behind the eight ball on some payment and was struggling with high feed and hay prices like we all are, and she needed help. If my memory serves me right, she needed around $6,800 and as of today she is almost to her goal. I don’t think I had ever donated to a GoFundMe until that one. I’ve got a soft spot for anybody trying to survive in agriculture today, especially our farm. It is tou...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Nov 18, 2022

    I watch more television than anyone should! But, while engaged in this often-mindless activity, however, I try to save my sanity by ignoring the commercials which are usually silly or stupid, or both! The insurance ads (except for GEICO) are the worst – and getting worse. The food commercials are almost as bad. Ads for other products are sometimes informative but frequently are not. And then there are the celebrity endorsers – and I wonder: why? Am I supposed to buy the insurance that Sha...

  • Walter to step down as head football coach at Northwestern

    NWOSU Sports|Nov 18, 2022

    ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University Director of Athletics Brad Franz announced Wednesday that Matt Walter has resigned as the head football coach. "We appreciate all of the hard work that Matt and his staff has put into the program," said Franz. "He's worked every day to be a champion on and off the field and his work is much appreciated. We will continue to work to elevate the program to contend in the Great American Conference." "Coach Walter will always be a valued member of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University f...

  • Volleyball falls in championship thriller

    NWOSU Sports|Nov 18, 2022

    SHAWNEE, Okla. – For the first time in school history, the Rangers matched up in a championship game against Harding University. Despite an outstanding performance, Northwestern lost the match 1-3. Addison Wimmer broke the tournament kills record and led the team with 17. Cameron Lobb accumulated 35 assists and Andrea Coady collected 17 digs. Wimmer picked up her third consecutive double-double. Wimmer and Lobb received all tournament team honors. Set One The two teams started the match exchanging point for point. Carmae Jones and Addison Wimme...

  • Struxness to be in NFR title fight

    NWOSU Sports|Nov 18, 2022

    MILAN, Minn. – When the chance came for steer wrestler J.D. Struxness to ride one of the best steer wrestling horses in rodeo, the Minnesota cowboy didn’t hesitate. “One of the biggest keys for my year is that I got to ride Curtis Cassidy’s horse, Tyson,” said Struxness, 27, originally from Minnesota but now living in Perrin, Texas, with his fiancé, Jayden, and their two daughters, Everlee, 3, and Lilly, 1. “He was voted as the Horse of the Year again this year, and he darn sure made it easy. “Curtis and his family have had a couple of grea...

  • Northwestern to close for Thanksgiving break

    Nov 18, 2022

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s locations in Alva, Enid and Woodward will close for Thanksgiving break Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 23-25. No classes will be held during this time, and campus offices will be closed. Offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 28. Fall commencement ceremonies will be Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse, and final exams will take place Dec. 6-9. Enrollment for spring 2022 is open. Students can meet with their advisers before they leave for winter break to enroll in classes. The c...

  • Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association launches GivingTuesday campaign

    Nov 18, 2022

    The Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association officially launches its annual GivingTuesday campaign Nov. 17 through Dec. 6. “Take the Step, Make a Difference” – GivingTuesday 2022 – provides the online opportunity to invest in our Northwestern students’ academic careers through scholarships. Northwestern has participated in GivingTuesday since 2015, and more than $412,000 in donations have been raised to support students in their academic journeys at Northwestern. This year’s goal is to see 60 donors invest in Northwestern’s students. Mak...

  • Northwestern's annual children's theater production

    Nov 18, 2022

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University students will be on the stage in Herod Hall Auditorium for the annual children’s theater production of “Cinderella and the Candy Kingdom” for a public performance on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at the door. Everyone in the Candy Kingdom has a sweet tooth, except for one poor country girl: Cinderella. She is neglected by her father, a dentist who is too busy with house calls; overworked by her bitter stepmother; and teased and tormented by her two sticky stepsisters. Meanwhile, Queen Caramel, the qu...

  • Haunted History, Year 2, raises funds for Cherokee Strip Museum, Masonic Lodge

    Nov 18, 2022

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