Articles from the December 22, 2017 edition


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  • Area religious services and events

    Dec 22, 2017

    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.; coffee and donut fellowship at 10:10 a.m.; worship at 10:30 a.m. Alva Friends Church is on the corner of College Avenue and Center Street. Avard Christian Church Sunday services are from 2-4 p.m. Avard Christian Church is 7 miles west of Alva on Highway 64 and 7 miles south on County Road 370, or 6...

  • Sparkling second graders

    Jazmine Vest|Dec 22, 2017

    This year at Burlington we have 17 sparkling second graders. There are 6 boys and 11 girls. They like playing soccer, basketball and ball tag at recess with their friends. All the second graders are looking forward to Mrs. Campbell, having her baby! This year they enjoy going on all of the field trips like the pumpkin patch, the Menagerie, the firehouse and basketball games. Their teacher, Kelly Campbell, said that she loves connecting with the kids and seeing their excitement about learning...

  • Burlington basketball homecoming royalty

    Dec 22, 2017

  • Burlington's Christmas music program full of holiday spirit

    Devon Perez and Raye Lyn Bird|Dec 22, 2017

    The Burlington school Christmas music program held on Dec. 14th was a holiday treat. The program started with the fourth through 12th grades singing "Peace, Peace" together with the audience joining at the end with "Silent Night." The pre-K class entertained the crowd with "Rudolph" and their version of "Jingle Bells," followed by telling what they would like for Christmas. The third through seventh grades sang a very lively and active rendition of "Crazy Carols" with many solos and lots of...

  • Burlington Elementary presents living nativity during Christmas program

    Dec 22, 2017

  • FFA hosts Burlington tree lighting

    Raye Lyn Bird, Advisor|Dec 22, 2017

    The Burlington FFA hosted its second annual Burlington Tree Lighting on Monday evening, Dec. 18. The event was held in the Purple Park at 5:30 p.m. with cider, hot chocolate and cookies provided by the Burlington branch of Alva State Bank. Santa was able to make an appearance to talk to the children and take pictures with them. The FFA officers told the Christmas story from the Bible and led the crowd in singing Christmas carols as the tree lights were lit....

  • Library specialist implementing new programs

    Hally Highfill|Dec 22, 2017

    Mica Andrews is the new library specialist at Burlington School this year. She enjoys what she does. She is using the new Promethean Active Connect to teach lessons to the elementary students. Andrews is working with the kindergarten on learning alphabetical order. She is also having the fourth through sixth grades research different states in the US. The students will present their research on Google slides to their class. All of the students together have read 36,096,719 words and tested on...

  • Burlington teams place in NWOSU Tournament

    Stephanie Croft|Dec 22, 2017

    The Burlington High School basketball teams recently participated in the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tournament. The girls' team played Timberlake and the boys' played Waynoka on Thursday, Dec. 7. The Elks put up a valiant effort but suffered a loss against the Railroaders. The Lady Elks came out with the big W! The Elks went on to play Drummond on Friday, while the Lady Elks played South Barber. Both offered another round of exciting games with the Lady Elks advancing to the...

  • Terrific Ty

    Kaleigh Maness|Dec 22, 2017

    Ty Logan Stricker is the 18-year-old son of Brenda Stricker and Gerald Stricker. He was born April 21, 1999, in Enid. Ty is the youngest with three older sisters and an older brother. Ty is active in FFA, vocal, basketball, FCA and mentoring. In his free time he likes to go coyote hunting, ride his four-wheeler, play basketball, and hang out with his friends and girlfriend Kaleigh. Some of Ty's favorites are: color – green, movie – Coach Carter, food – steak, subject – ag and animal – dog. Ty's...

  • 'Tis the Season for Giving

    Micheala McHenry|Dec 22, 2017

    The Burlington 7th-12th grade classes adopted an angel from the local Angel Tree. The Burlington School counselor, Misty McCullough, contacted the Angel Tree coordinator and let her know that the student body was interested in sponsoring children. She received wish lists that were given to Student Council sponsor, Jennifer Newlin. Newlin gave a wish list to each class in grades 7 through 12. The classes were determined to fulfill all of the angels' wishes. The students bought gifts, wrapped...

  • God's goodness at Christmas

    Pastor Paul Cole, Town & Country Christian Church|Dec 22, 2017

    Christmas has arrived and are you ready for it to come? Yes, you may have you last-minute presents to buy, getting all the food for the family and sending cards. Yet in the midst of all the wonderful blessings, do you feel that you may be missing out on something? We see many expressions of love at Christmas and yes, we see lack of expressions of love. We stop and ask ourselves the hard question, “Why is everyone doing all these wonderful deeds of kindness?” In fact, they are going ove...

  • Spiritually Speaking

    W. Jay Tyree, College Hill Church of Christ|Dec 22, 2017

    The floor in the Bible Chair is decades old, thousands of 6-inch by 6-inch tiles, covered with layers of wax and (on occasion) buffed to a fine shine. I rarely notice the floor at all, but my schedule has slowed down considerably since the end of the semester. So, today I shall wax metaphorical (see what I did there?) and describe the universe of the tiles. First of all, it’s sad how often we take the floor for granted. Through the years, this shiny expanse has carried the weight of many a man, woman and child; yet still it remains. The area a...

  • Introducing Alva to futsal

    Marione Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    A local resident has made a donation to encourage development of an indoor soccer program in Alva. Monday night the Alva City Council accepted the donation as part of the city budget. Steven Barrows, a former soccer coach, has donated $755.56 of equipment to the Kids and Cops program. Donated items delivered to the Alva Recreation Complex are two pop-up goals, one junior-size ball, one adult ball and twelve scrimmage vests. The equipment will outfit two teams. Futsal, or indoor soccer, is a variant of association football played on a hard...

  • Library plans for new children's activities

    Marione Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    The Alva Public Library is looking to the future with new activities for children. Library Director Sandra Ott-Hamilton told the library board Wednesday that two Code-a-pillars have been purchased. These learning toys are designed to teach preschoolers early skills aimed at coding (writing programs for computers). The caterpillar-shaped toys feature segments that are connected in different combinations so the toy will perform different actions. In addition, the library has purchased seven or eight new learning and logic activities that...

  • BJCC has inmate count of 544

    Lynn L. Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    Warden Becky Guffy told the Community Advisory Board Tuesday noon that when she came on board three years ago the prisoner count at Bill Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) was 767. That large number led to the demise of many of the training programs. The DOC has now lowered the count down to 544 with the goal of restoring those programs. She said the number was recently lower than that but has been creeping upwards, particularly with the contract cancellation in Oklahoma City of Catalyst Behavioral Services. The administration has been...

  • Larry Smith announces planned dental practice successor: Madison Campbell

    Lynn L. Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    Longtime Alva dentist Dr. Larry Smith announced Monday plans to transition his practice to a future dentist, Madison Campbell. Campbell recently received notice that she had been accepted to the OU College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. Over 1,100 potential students applied for the 56 open spots. However, 14 of those must be from out of the state. Both she and Dr. Larry Smith were thrilled that she was accepted. Campbell is a graduate of Alva High School and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She has worked for Dr. Smith for the last five...

  • Dr. Kathryn Lane publishes collection on societal depictions of 'nerds' and 'geeks' in pop culture

    Dec 22, 2017

    Dr. Kathryn Lane, associate professor of English and chair to the English, Foreign Language and Humanities Department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently created and published a collection of various contributors' essays titled "Age of the Geek: Depictions of Nerds and Geeks in Popular Media." Lane has been presenting on the topic for a few years at a conference for the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA), an academic organization that looks at popular...

  • NWOSU social workers association holds charity fundraising drive

    Dec 22, 2017

    Students in the Social Workers Association of Tomorrow (SWAT) chapter at Northwestern Oklahoma State University recently called upon the community to for its Compassion in Action Dignity Drive this fall. SWAT is a student-run organization that seeks to enhance the social work learning experience. One of SWAT's purposes is to employ community service projects while supporting our community partners and their consumers. The Compassion in Action Dignity Drive is one of the community service...

  • Jesus

    Arden Chaffee|Dec 22, 2017

    A National Geographic feature this month is titled “The Search for the Real Jesus.” The pictures alone make it an emotional rollercoaster as readers follow the paths that Jesus took. When we think in terms of our own antiques, their significance pales and their ages seem trivial when compared to treasures from Jesus’ time. The holy land continues its mystique and may contain evidence to support even more conclusively the existence of Jesus and his rise to prominence. Confined to an area no mo...

  • Random Thoughts

    Roger Hardaway|Dec 22, 2017

    Rance Howard’s desire to become an actor in Hollywood caused him and his wife, Jean, to pack up their son Ron and move to California in the mid-1950s. Along with second son, Clint, who was born in the Golden State, the Howard family proceeded to have an impact on the motion picture industry that continues to today. As we saw last week, Rance soon began getting parts in several movies and television shows. Eventually, all four members of the Howard family became regularly employed actors. Both R...

  • Ladybugs win 45-41 over Tonkawa

    Marione Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    The Alva Ladybugs traveled to Tonkawa Tuesday and brought home a victory, 45-41. By halftime, the Alva team had doubled their opponent’s point total at 24-12. But the Lady Buccaneers outscored the Ladybugs in the second half to tie the game with a couple of minutes to go. The outcome was undecided until the final seconds game when Alva pulled ahead to win. Last year the Ladybugs beat Tonkawa in a decisive 71-30 game. Going into the Tuesday night contest, Alva had a record of four wins and one loss while Tonkawa was 2-5 on the season. First H...

  • Basketball scholarship established in memory of Ava Keeney

    Dec 22, 2017

    Dr. Jim Keeney established the Ava Keeney Basketball Scholarship in honor of his late wife to ease the financial burden of college for another Lady Ranger basketball player. Ava married Jim in 1979 and they have two children, Austin and Erin. Growing up as the youngest child with three older brothers helped make Ava Jo (Thompson) Keeney an athlete. In 1988, Ava enrolled at Northwestern and was soon asked to join the Lady Rangers Basketball team at the age of 29. After graduating from...

  • Local coaches discuss their programs at Quarterback Club meeting

    Eric Scott|Dec 22, 2017

    Local coaches had an opportunity to promote their programs on Tuesday as the Quarterback Club hosted its weekly meeting at The Other Place restaurant. In attendance were Alva High School basketball coaches Shane Feely and Dusty Horn, as well as Northwestern men’s basketball coach Shawn Dirden. Ladybugs Coach Horn, head man for the Ladybugs, got the meeting started with recaps of their contests against Chisholm last Thursday night and Fairview the following evening. The Ladybugs started the back-to-back games strong against the Longhorns with a...

  • Goldbugs top Tonkawa 59-43

    Marione Martin|Dec 22, 2017

    The Alva Goldbugs defeated Tonkawa 59-43 Tuesday night on the road. The Goldbugs are now 5-1 on the season while Tonkawa drops to 2-6. Alva moved out in front 18-7 in the first quarter but allowed Tonkawa to catch up to within six points by the half 26-20. The Goldbugs picked up the pace in the third to lead by ten at 42-32 and increased the gap by the end of the game. It was a fast-paced contest with a lot of turnovers for both teams. First Half Lane Scarbrough made a layup for the first Alva score, and T.W. Beiswanger added a three before...

  • Wisconsin girl convicted in Slender Man stabbing sentenced

    SCOTT BAUER|Dec 22, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender Man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in a mental hospital, the maximum punishment possible. Anissa Weier, 16, pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but she claimed she wasn't responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. In September, a jury agreed. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren on Thursday sentenced Weier to 25 years in a p...

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