Articles from the December 1, 2019 edition


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  • Menus for week of Dec. 2–6

    Dec 1, 2019

    Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Mini French toast or cereal, fruit cocktail, juice, milk Tuesday – Chicken biscuit or cereal, pears, juice, milk Wednesday – Yogurt parfait or cereal, banana, juice, milk Thursday – Strawberry mini bagel or cereal, fruit cocktail, juice, milk Friday – Pancakes or cereal, egg patty, maple syrup, peaches, juice, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Pancakes, sausage patty, maple syrup, potato rounds, carrot sticks, pineapple, milk Tuesday – Uno cheese pizza, Italian vegetables, p...

  • Several resignations on Alva School Board agenda

    Marione Martin|Dec 1, 2019

    It appears the Alva Public Schools will be looking for two new administrators for the next school year. Alva High School Principal Les Potter and Lincoln Elementary Principal Madison Williams have submitted their resignations effective at the end of the current school year. Child Nutrition Director Verleta Eckels has given notice that she will be retiring at the end of the school year. IT Director Kaitlin Bouziden, who is a new mother, is resigning from her full time position but will continue to work a few hours a week until her contract ends...

  • A sense of Self: Appalachian Care 2019

    Stacy Sanborn|Dec 1, 2019

    Raccoons, bears and critical mission training weren't factors for many of us this past summer, but for one Alva citizen they were a reality. U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Philip Self, or Dr. Self as we know him, deployed to Wise County, Virginia, last August for a unique training mission organized by the Department of Defense's Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program. The mission, called Appalachian Care 2019, brought together more than 130 military medical specialists from the U.S. National... Full story

  • Report: 476 older Oklahomans died prematurely because of Medicaid non-expansion

    Carmen Forman|Dec 1, 2019

    Oklahoma City (AP) – Nearly 500 low-income, older Oklahomans died prematurely because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., found that 15,600 deaths among low-income people ages 55 to 64 in a four-year period could have been avoided if all states had expanded Medicaid. Conversely, states that did expand Medicaid averted roughly 19,200 deaths of people in that age range from 2014 through 2...

  • Does investigative tool cloaked in secrecy give prosecutors too much power?

    Paul Monies|Dec 1, 2019

    In the multicounty grand jury system, Oklahoma prosecutors have a powerful tool to investigate allegations of crimes and public corruption across counties. But their power is not unlimited. A presiding judge is needed to approve subpoenas, and case law from several court rulings over the years places a check on prosecutorial conduct. Now the multicounty grand jury is back in the spotlight, with attorneys from separate court cases alleging that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater...

  • Enid author Peggy Chambers in Alva Friday

    Marione Martin|Dec 1, 2019

    Oklahoma author Peggy Chambers will be at the Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva on Friday, Dec. 6, during the First Friday Art Walk. Chambers will be signing and selling her books during the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Chambers lives in her hometown of Enid with her husband. She is an award winning multi-genre author who loves fantasy, suspense and children's books. She often features Oklahoma locales in her books. "Blooming Justice (Keystone Lake Series)" was released earlier this year. The book...

  • State testing outcomes prompt question: When will results improve?

    Ray Carter|Dec 1, 2019

    Despite a dramatic increase in school funding and the adoption of what state officials say are higher academic standards, Oklahoma students’ academic performance on state tests mostly remained stagnant in 2019 or lower than in 2017. That has some officials asking how long Oklahomans will have to wait to see promised results. “When do you expect the curve to shift back upward and how long do you anticipate that taking?” asked State Board of Education member Jennifer Monies during that group’s monthly meeting. “Eventually,” replied State Super...

  • Woods County Retired Educators hear about Faith Hospice

    Dec 1, 2019

    Kelcie Judd, consultant with Faith Hospice, presented the program at the Woods County Retired Educators Association (WCREA) meeting held Nov. 21 in the Alva Public Library Auditorium. Faith Hospice has seven locations in central and western Oklahoma. The office in Alva, located in the Pinegar Building at 919 Oklahoma Blvd., opened in May of this year and has eight employees. Judd explained that certain criteria have to be met to qualify for hospice care. Terminally ill patients receive services...

  • 14th annual Ranger Research Day winners announced, Oklahoma Research Day set for March 6

    Dec 1, 2019

    Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Alva campus hosted the 14th annual Ranger Research Day in the Student Center Ballroom where 28 projects were entered with 47 participants having the opportunity to display, share and discuss their research with peers, professors and the Alva community. Graduate and undergraduate students created poster presentations of academic research papers conducted in one of their classes. All presenters are encouraged to attend Oklahoma Research Day on March 6,...

  • Always get a second opinion

    Jim Scribner|Dec 1, 2019

    Cleo recently spent over 20 days in two different hospitals. She had fallen and could not walk for several days. We started at Share and then Cleo was sent to St Anthony's in Oklahoma City for more tests. The end results were scary for a bit. The stay at Share Medical Center was as pleasant as it could be. I had noticed before how dedicated the nurses are to the care of their patients but this time even more. Cleo needed to go up the food chain of doctors, and if it hadn't been for the...

  • Woods County Communications dispatch logs

    Dec 1, 2019

    Thursday, November 21, 2019 07:32 a.m. Report of cattle out. 08:46 a.m. Report of an angry bull on the hill on County Road 460. 11:21 a.m. Caller reported dog bite; caller sent to urgent care. Friday, November 22, 2019 10:44 a.m. Black lab/pit bit someone. 05:40 p.m. Caller reported having diabetes and needing EMS. Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:14 p.m. Caller reported a two-vehicle accident. 04:27 p.m. Dogs running around Loves. 04:57 p.m. Caller reported on U.S. Highway 81 to Pond Creek a truck was going 85 to 90. Sunday, November 24, 2019...

  • Divorce Filings

    Dec 1, 2019

    Mary Rodgers vs John Rodgers, dissolution of marriage. ($262.14)...

  • Marriage License Filings

    Dec 1, 2019

    Danny Wayne Vitek and Kristie Lee Roberts, both of Alva: marriage license (no counseling). ($50)...

  • Woods County court filings

    Dec 1, 2019

    According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtained by anyone during regular hours at the Woods County Courthouse. The Alva Review-Courier will not intentionally alter or delete any of this information. If it appears in the courthouse public records, it will appear in this newspaper. Civil Filings Woodward Health system LLC vs. Brandon,...

  • Woods County real estate transactions

    Dec 1, 2019

    Real Estate Transfers Book 1298 Page 100: Janice Sonnenberg and Gary N. Sonnenberg, trustees of the Sonnenberg Family Revocable Trust, convey unto MWK Farms Inc. 100%. The southeast quarter, the east one-half of the southwest quarter and the south one-half of the northeast quarter of section 7, township 27 north, range 15, W.I.M., Woods County, Oklahoma. Quit claim deed. Book 1298 Page 147: Donal Dean Woolley and Harold William Davis, and Cara Jean Davis, Bobby Lee Huff. Lots 12 and 13, block ten, Davidson’s second addition to the city of W...

  • O'Reilly's goal lifts Blues to 3-1 win over Stars

    Dec 1, 2019

    DALLAS (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly stopped his scoring drought with one timely play for the St. Louis Blues. O'Reilly broke a tie 18 seconds after Dallas pulled even, and the Blues beat the Stars 3-1 on Friday night to extend their lead in the Central Division to five points over Winnipeg. O'Reilly took a pass from Ivan Barbashev and beat Ben Bishop from the slot for a 2-1 lead with 2:53 left in the third period. Barbashev added an empty-netter with 3 seconds remaining. It was O'Reilly's first goal since Nov. 9 at Calgary. "You know, it's just a m...

  • North Alabama faces formidable challenges in job market

    Dec 1, 2019

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A new study finds that north Alabama could face serious challenges to find qualified workers to fill the many jobs that have flooded the region. A labor market analysis was recently commissioned by north Alabama elected leaders. Deloitte analyzed the situation and its findings signal a potential crisis in the future that will require an extraordinary effort to overcome, Al.com reported. A national recruiting effort is needed to attract people to fill the jobs, said Darin Buelow, global location strategy leader for D...

  • Kansas brothers both accused of vehicle thefts on same day

    Dec 1, 2019

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas brothers face charges after being arrested on the same day for apparently unrelated vehicle thefts. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that both 36-year-old Eric Dean McCracken and 32-year-old Keith Ray McCracken were arrested early Friday. Both are from Topeka. Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says a deputy arrested Eric McCracken after stopping a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer for a traffic violation about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Authorities later learned the Trailblazer was reported stolen. About 5 a.m., a Chevrolet S...

  • 4th person arrested in Wichita motel killing

    Dec 1, 2019

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A fourth person has now been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 55-year-old man at a Wichita motel. The Wichita Eagle reports that the 57-year-old suspect was arrested at his Wichita home Wednesday and booked on suspicion of first-degree felony murder and a drug charge. It wasn't immediately clear if he has been charged. The shooting happened Sunday at the Countryside Inn, killing 55-year-old Timothy Austin. Police say the shooting was drug-related. Three others were charged with first-degree murder — 49-year-old Bry...

  • Strumming with Savannah

    Mike James|Dec 1, 2019

    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Having only one arm hasn't stopped Savannah Griffith from swimming, playing soccer, volleyball and basketball, cheering and shooting at the range with her dad. She wasn't about to let it stop her from playing the ukulele. Savannah is in fifth grade at Poage Elementary School, and at Poage, fifth grade is when kids learn to play ukulele in music class. She could manage the fretboard with her left hand, but that left her unable to strum the strings. She was frustrated. Savannah may have been born without an arm, but she s...

  • Alternative to burial or cremation may be in Kansas' future

    Dec 1, 2019

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Death typically brings two options — burial or cremation — but a third option could be on the horizon in Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that something called promession would allow the body to be cryogenically frozen and vibrated into tiny pieces. Proponents say the practice, the creation of a Swedish biologist, holds the potential to make burial more environmentally-friendly. Promession has been used on pigs but so far has not been tried on humans. Still, the company pursuing the idea sees Kansas as fertile groun...

  • Company may soon bring scooters to Mississippi city

    Dec 1, 2019

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A new mode of transportation could soon be available in downtown Vicksburg The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday approved discussions with San Antonio, Texas-based Blue Duck Express that could lead to a pilot program using scooters as alternative transportation downtown, The Vicksburg Post reported.___ Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said company representatives are expected in Vicksburg within the next few weeks to survey the city for scooter use. He said h...

  • Downtown Omaha park closing for project construction

    Dec 1, 2019

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say Heartland of America Park in downtown Omaha will be closing Monday for construction. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the nearly $300 million transformation of three downtown parks is moving east from Gene Leahy Mall. The park will reopen once construction is complete in 2023. A portion that leads to the Conagra campus will remain open. Officials don't expect to close streets for this step in the big project, because Heartland of America Park is relatively isolated. Private donors are underwriting much of t...

  • Kansas county to pay $37.5K to officer bitten by police dog

    Dec 1, 2019

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county has agreed to pay $37,500 to a Wichita police officer who was bitten by a sheriff deputy's K-9, years after the deputy received her own settlement for being bitten by a police department dog. The Wichita Eagle reported that documents it obtained through an open records request show the K-9 bit police officer Nathan Toman in the groin, thigh and wrist during a November 2017 burglary call. His attorney says the officer also suffered a fractured wrist. The dog's handler, Sedgwick County Deputy Sarah Sinnett, s...

  • Fiber optic firm sets $50M expansion, with plans to hire 137

    Dec 1, 2019

    CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — A Japanese company plans a $50.2 million expansion of its Georgia fiber optic cable plant, adding 137 jobs. OFS Fitel, the fiber-optic unit of Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., seeks tax breaks and financing from the Carrollton Payroll Development Authority. The Times-Georgian reports the authority and Carrollton City Council are scheduled to vote Monday on the plan. County commissioners would vote later. The authority would issue $60 million in debt that OFS Fitel would repay. The company would own facilities when debt is p...

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