Articles from the December 14, 2017 edition


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  • Christmas tree origin

    Pedro Ibarra|Dec 14, 2017

    Oh, how the Christmas tree has changed over the years to become such a great tradition for Americans. What is a Christmas tree, you ask? Well, it's pretty much an evergreen tree that was used to celebrate the winter season that occurred before the birth of Christ. The history for the evergreen tree is long, so let me shorten it for you. The first ever Christmas decorated tree was in Latvia in 1510, while Germany is credited with the origin of the Christmas tree tradition used today. The tallest...

  • Goal-Oriented Galindo

    Pedro Ibarra|Dec 14, 2017

    Recently this reporter had the opportunity to speak with Yamila Galindo, who is a senior at Freedom Public School. "Yam," as her friends know her, plans to attend college at NWOSU or OU and earn a degree in accounting. Yamila's dream job is to become an accountant. Her goal this year is to pass all of her classes. When people smack their food while they eat is Yamila's biggest pet peeve. Her favorite meal is lasagna. Her favorite school activity is participating in FFA. Yamila considers herself...

  • Nicole Hughes

    Dec 14, 2017

    Nicole Hughes is a senior at Freedom Public School, where she serves as the senior class vice president. Earlier this year Hughes won the 2017-18 Miss Freedom title. In addition, she is the FFA vice president and is the captain of the girls' basketball team. Good luck to Nicole in her future pursuits....

  • The nightmare

    Nate Wood|Dec 14, 2017

    It is a dark cold night and I can see my breath in front of me. "Who is there?" I ask. Boom! Something covers my head. I wake up standing in a hallway. It is still cold. I can't move and it is hard to breath. My head feels like it's going to explode and I taste blood. There's a weird noise down the hall, around the corner. It looks like an endless hallway. The light goes out, and a figure appears. "Help me, help me, he is coming, he is not scared and will get you," cries a girl with a bloody...

  • Thanksgiving cookbook project

    Pedro Ibarra|Dec 14, 2017

    The students in Mrs. Selfridge's desktop publishing class and fifth-hour computer class recently worked on a collaborative project with the pre-K through second-grade students. The high school students had so much fun making Thanksgiving cookbooks for the pre-K through second-grade classes. The cookbooks were based on how the little kids think they celebrate Thanksgiving. The high school students spent time talking to the children about the holiday and recipes for Thanksgiving. Then the high...

  • Freedom Bank is decked out for the holidays

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  • Freedom's Main Street Christmas tree

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  • Avard Rail Park Authority gets $45,204.55 insurance check

    Lynn L. Martin|Dec 14, 2017

    The members of the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority had their regular meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 12. One of the items handled during the meeting was what to do with a large check, $45,204.55, that was issued a couple of months ago for damage to what they call the Clearspan Building. It was a large fabric-like building of over 100 feet in length that was put up early in the rail park project on rented land so some immediate storage space might be available. After several years of use it was...

  • Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

    Dec 14, 2017

    Happy Birthday To Dec. 14: Laremy Kamas Dec. 16: Tawny Province, Chris Hull Dec. 17: Susan Burkhart, Brad Beer, Trevor Kurz, Alec Ferguson Dec. 18: Joshua Wise, Brian Murray, Corey Kay Dec. 19: Darin Harris, Amber Graff, Randy Nation Dec. 20: Julie Russell, John Fitzgerald Dec. 21: Keevin Louthan, Madison Meese, Sidney Parks, June Frei, Mark Flock, Alyssa Hillman, Troy Ferguson, Collin Pierce Jr. Dec. 22: Justin Thompson, Zachary Thompson, Andy Newby Dec. 23: Dustin Elmore, Jacy Gillenwaters, Scott James, Faye Hope Dec. 24; Jim London, Terry...

  • Murdock wins majority in Tuesday primary

    Marione Martin|Dec 14, 2017

    According to unofficial totals for the Republican primary election for District 27 state senator, Casey Murdock of Felt received the most votes at 2,181 or 33.17 percent. Travis Templin followed with 1,856 (28.23 percent), and Carolyn McLarty received 1,520 votes (23.12 percent). Jeff Hall received 842 votes, Tommy W. Nicholson 117 and Michael Medill 59. In Woods County, Templin garnered 35.64 percent of the votes followed by Murdock with 26.18 percent. Templin had 196 votes compared to...

  • Freedom United Methodist Church news

    Dec 14, 2017

    The second Sunday of Advent was Dec. 10. The order of services at Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger The Light of Christ and candles lit by Shay Wilson Welcome and announcements Joys and Concerns: Remember all those on our prayer list. Please pray for the Jay Rankin family. Please continue to pray for our country and our world. Reading about Advent and lighting of the two advent candles by Bruce and Dixie Stansberry Call to Worship from Psalm 24 led by Shirley Wagner Hymn “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Aff...

  • Freedom School Board votes $1,000 stipend to employees

    Lynn L. Martin|Dec 14, 2017

    The superintendent of the Freedom schools told the board of education he felt full-time staff members of the Freedom schools deserved a one-time $1,000 stipend because he had added a couple of professional development days to their obligation. The board quickly approved the idea with a unanimous vote. James Miller, the superintendent, welcomed Russell Reed back to the board. His term had expired and he filed again for his seat. No one else filed so no election will have to be held. The...

  • Freedom Town Board thinks sirens

    Lynn L. Martin|Dec 14, 2017

    The Freedom Town Board held a special meeting on Dec. 8. One of the items on the agenda was to discuss quotes for projects for the 2018 REAP Grants. The board members liked the proposal from Storm Sirens, Inc out of Norman, whose proposal also included battery backup. This package will be included in the grant application. They also liked the proposal from BancCentral on security cameras and agreed they offered a good starter system. However, they would like to know how much recording time...

  • Town of Freedom expenditures

    Dec 14, 2017

    General Fund POs Pioneer Telephone (cell, fax, alarm, internet, phone) – $449.96 Alfalfa Electric Cooperative (street lights, af/am, town) – $952.38 SPC (office supplies) – $162.98 Dacoma Co-op (fuel and supplies) – $111.13 Circuit Engineering Dist. #8 (signs) – $389.40 Starr Lumber (supplies) – $348.92 OAOA (annual membership) – $50 Municipal Code Management (half annual ord update) – $500 Martin Broadcasting (ord publication) Northern Tool (multipurpose vise) – $148.48 Board meeting payouts (July–Dec) (Brackin, Galindo, Smith, Harper, Reed...

  • Economic development committee busy with infrastructure

    Marione Martin|Dec 14, 2017

    The Woods County Economic Development Committee (WCEDC) held a very short meeting Wednesday. The quarterly meeting was held at Northwest Technology in Alva. All members were present with the exception of Kyle Murrow. After approval of minutes and financials, WCEDC Director Sonja Williams reported progress on goals and objectives. She said the focus of her office has been infrastructure mainly involving the Avard Rail Park, the Alva Arena, the business incubator and the Waynoka Industrial...

  • Oklahoma firefighters brace for busy wildfire season

    Amy Kauffman|Dec 14, 2017

    TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma firefighters are preparing for what could be a very dangerous wildfire season. Some parts of Oklahoma haven’t seen measurable rainfall in weeks. “All of this as you can see is dry as a bone,” said Mark Goeller, fire management chief at Oklahoma Forestry Services, referencing an area where the Freedom Fire burned in Creek County. The fire burned 385 homes in 2012 and the devastated areas are still seeing the impact. “This leaf litter is not very deep but the areas where it is will burn all the way to mineral soil,” Go...

  • JAY RANKIN

    Dec 14, 2017

    Jay Rankin, 78-year-old Freedom, Oklahoma, resident, died Saturday, December 9, 2017, in Woodward, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, in the Freedom School Auditorium. Burial will follow in Haskew Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Arthur Jay Rankin was born March 17, 1939, in Littlefield, Texas, to Arthur Glen and Eunice Elizabeth (Webb) Rankin. He was raised near Littlefield and attended school until the age...

  • Freedom Eagles face Fargo-Gage

    Michael Schnatz|Dec 14, 2017

    The Eagles, with only six players, showed great effort in what resulted in a loss to Fargo-Gage. Nathan Wood stepped up and had 8 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. Other scorers were Angel Cardenas with 7, Lance Bolar with 8, Luke Bolar with 3 and Will Jessup with 3. The game was highlighted with a 50-foot buzzer shot at the end of the third quarter by Cardenas. Cardenas also lead the team in steals with 4 and Lance Bolar added 10 rebounds. The Lady Eagles' struggles from the free throw...

  • Freedom split at Darrouzett

    Dec 14, 2017

    Lindsy Weber led the Lady Eagles against Darrouzett with 23 rebounds that helped the Lady Eagles win their second game with a 45-26 victory. The teams went back and forth in the first quarter with the Eagles only leading 8-7 going into second quarter. The Lady Eagles exploded for 23 points in the second and lead 31-13 at the half. The lead scorers were Allison Galindo with 11 and Katlynn Galemore with 10; Emily Reed had 7, Nicole Hughes had 6, Lindsy Weber had 5, Summer Ralston had 4 and...

  • Freedom handles Taloga

    Dec 14, 2017

    In basketball against Taloga, the Freedom Eagles exploded in the second half for 41 points and the victory. Nathan Wood had 27 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. The Eagles upped their performance and played defense in the second half, as they had 16 steals in the second half and forced 27 turnovers. The other scorers were Angel Cardenas with 14, Lance Bolar with 6, Myles Nixon with 10, Luke Bolar with 3 and Will Jessup had 3. The Lady Eagles won their second in a row with a 55-26 victory...

  • ECU Women's Basketball Outperforms Rogers State

    Dec 14, 2017

    ADA – The East Central University women's basketball team turned in a key third quarter performance to earn a 59-52 win over Rogers State in non-conference action at the Kerr Activities Center. The Tigers (4-3, 3-1 GAC) were paced by senior Devon Branch and junior Lakin Preisner, who each tallied 21 points. Branch added six rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Preisner netted four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. The Hillcats (3-6) started out strong, going on a 7-0 run in the first three minutes. ECU then had another long g...

  • ECU Uses Big 3rd Period to Defeat RSU, 59-52

    Dec 14, 2017

    ADA, Okla. – East Central used a big third period to upend the Rogers State women's basketball team, 59-52, on Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the Kerr Activities Center. Junior forward totaled her first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough in the road nonconference loss. RSU held a slight 30-27 advantage after the first half, but the host Tigers outscored the Cats, 22-11, and built a 49-41 lead after three periods. With the score tied at 36-36 midway through the third, ECU went on a 13-0 run to push the m...

  • Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

    MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer|Dec 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. The Fed said Wednesday that it's lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It is also continuing to slowly shrink its bond portfolio. Together, the two steps could lead over time to higher loan rates for consumers and bu...

  • Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

    KARIN LAUB and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY|Dec 14, 2017

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. At a summit in Turkey, Arab and Muslim leaders "rejected and condemned" President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — the trigger for Abbas' sharp policy pivot — but stopped short of backing his more...

  • Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

    BRADY McCOMBS|Dec 14, 2017

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said during a hearing in Salt Lake City that Lyle Jeffs deserved the 57-month prison sentence because his behavior showed he doesn't respect U.S. laws and puts his allegiance to his brother and the sect's imprisoned prophet, Warren Jeffs, above everything else. Stewart said Lyle J...

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