Articles from the December 16, 2016 edition

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'Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do'

Christmas songs played by the Ranger Jazz Band joyfully masked the sounds of shuffling feet and excited conversation of family and friends filling Percefull Field House Sunday afternoon. As the...

 

Oklahoma DOC hosts employee awards ceremony

EDMOND – On Wednesday, employees and volunteers with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections were recognized at the agency's annual awards ceremony at the Edmond Fire Training Center. Corrections sta...

 

Religious services calendar

Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Alva Friends Church Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.;...

 
 By Paul Cole    Local    December 16, 2016

Christmas: A tough assignment

Have you been given a tough assignment this Christmas? Have you been given an impossible situation, an assignment that you did not bargain for? Sometimes maybe our worst Christmas could be our best. W...

 

Spiritually Speaking

Isn’t it amazing how differently we see things, sometimes? As a final group project in our Philosophy and Life class, we watched one of those compilation videos that airs 100 songs in about 15 minutes. This particular version showed the “most...

 

Cuban relations

Having sailed past Cuba on several cruises, it represented the unreachable destination in the Caribbean. It was only 90 miles from Key West but a million miles distant in ideology and human rights....

 

Random Thoughts

In the early 1990s the United States Supreme Court decided two cases that hinged upon a conflict between religious freedom and criminal activity. The first case was Employment Division, Department of...

 

Goldbugs notch another win against Ponca City

The Alva High School Goldbugs tallied their fifth straight win as they hosted Class 6A Ponca City on their home court in a match-up that turned into a nail-biter. The Goldbugs tipped the game off to a 6-0 run, showing their range early from...

 

Ladybugs fall just short against Ponca City

Despite Whitney Randall’s 27 points – tie for her career-high – the Ladybugs fell just short as Class 6A Ponca City gave Alva their first loss of the season. Randall opened the game immediately with an easy two-point basket at the lower block...

 

Goldbugs pick up back-to-back victories over the Plainsmen

The Alva Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade Goldbugs finished the night with two wins over the Enid Plainsmen on Monday night. 7th-Grade Boys Braden Hofen scored 14 points to bring AMS to a 40-28 victory over Enid on Monday. Claiming a 21-8 lead...

 

AMS Ladybugs sweep the Enid Pacers at home

The Alva Middles School seventh and eighth graders swept the Pacers on their homecourt as AMS hosed both the Pacers and the Plainsmen on Monday night and the seventh-grade girls tipped off at 4 p.m. 7th-Grade Girls The Ladybugs won 13-9 against the...

 
 By Ted Harbin    Sports    December 16, 2016

Struxness exits NFR with big money

LAS VEGAS – J.D. Struxness arrived in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago with a world championship on his mind. He’ll have to settle for making big money in Sin City and a No. 4 finish in the world standings. That’s not too shabby for a first-time...

 

Northwestern announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductee class is comprised of a baseball legend, a star men's basketball player, an outstanding football coach and a standout softball player. Steve Nunez, Gaylon Nickerson, Lee Brower and Falynn Burns will be inducted in...

 

Adopting a Beadles resident

Students of Alva High School (AHS) involved in Key Club have recently begun one of their newest community service projects: adopting a Beadles resident. Beadles, a rest home in Alva, openly welcomes these kind students. Any student in Key Club has...

 

All-Stars at All-Area

Members from the Alva Band of Gold and the Alva Middle School Band went to Lahoma, Oklahoma, to try out for the All-Area Honor Band on Saturday Dec. 10. “I think it is a little bit more friendly,” said Cara Bradt, director of the Band of Gold....

 

Alva Key Club calls for Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, founded in 1947, is a non-profit organization run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. According to the organization, over 97 percent...

 

Alaina Hurst

Alaina Hurst is a junior at Alva High School and an AHS reporter. She is involved in Electric Gold, Rainbow, Key Club, and is on the golf team. She is the parliamentarian of Student Council, and the...

 

Emily Swenn

Emily Swenn, a senior at Alva High School (AHS), is involved in many activities pertaining to school. Swenn is involved in Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and journalism, and she is also...

 

Gracie Scarbrough

Gracie Scarbrough is a sophomore at Alva High School. Scarbrough is involved in cheerleading, student council, Key Club, FCA, speech and journalism. She decided to take journalism because she wanted...

 

Hayden Colwell

Hayden Colwell is a senior at Alva High School. He is involved in football, basketball, track, baseball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council and Key Club. Colwell decided to take...

 

Karsyn Madrid

Karsyn Madrid is a junior at Alva High School. Madrid is involved in Health To Others, Family Career Community Leaders of America, Key Club, Electric Gold and journalism. Madrid decided to be...

 

Kirsten Harrison

Kirsten Harrison is a senior reporter from Alva High School (AHS). She moved to Alva from Monticello, Arkansas, in August of 2016. Harrison is involved in Key Club and journalism at AHS. She decided...

 

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