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 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    September 18, 2019 

Commissioners take an even closer look at switching health insurance providers

Blane Wood with insurance provider OPEH&W, along with Ross Naylor, was back to Alfalfa County to answer additional questions about the differences in what they offer as compared to that of the county’s current provider, HealthChoice. Wood met with...


Alva updating medical marijuana ordinance

The crowd for this month’s Alva City Council meeting was about half the size of the August group. The room was set up with plenty of extra chairs just in case. Although the speakers last month...


Gibson elected Cherokee School Board vice president

The first order of business at the Cherokee Board of Education meeting Sept. 10 was to elect Desiree Gibson as the board's new vice president. Gibson replaces T.J. Allison, who passed away earlier this year. Present were board members Desiree Gibson... Full story


Halle Littrell named Aline-Cleo Student of the Month

Seventh grader Halle Littrell has been chosen the September Student of the Month at Aline-Cleo High School. "Never give anything less than your best" is Hallie's school philosophy. Her mom is her... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    September 18, 2019 

KDH finances in the black at end of July

The Kiowa District Hospital personnel are putting the final touches on their 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraising dinner and auction this Saturday night, Sept. 21. The event is at Kiowa's Community Building starting at 5:30 p.m. With the theme... Full story


Retro Bill inspires and empowers South Barber students for 2nd year

He still has the Elvis pompadour, the energy of the Energizer Bunny and the words to motivate kids and adults to be their best. Retro Bill has been a spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    September 18, 2019 

Kiowa City Hall renovation bond bid approved

The Kiowa City Council held their monthly meeting Sept. 9. All members were present as Mayor Bill Watson opened the meeting with the Flag Salute and had Councilmember R.L. Simpson give a prayer. Present were councilmembers Russ Molz, Brent Shaffer,... Full story


Freedom Schools closed Tuesday due to threat

Freedom Public Schools were closed Tuesday, Sept. 17, due to an unspecified threat. “The sheriff's office did receive a report of a threat to Freedom Schools. We are conducting an investigation, and two people have been detained at this time,” sa... Full story


Menus for the week of Sept. 16–20

Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Sausage and egg biscuit, pineapple, juice, milk Tuesday – Cereal (variety), applesauce, juice, milk Wednesday – Pancake on a stick, maple syrup, fruit cocktail, juice, milk Thursday ...


Patchwork Friend OHCE group discuss Personality Differences at September Meeting

The Patchwork Friends OHCE group met for their regular meeting on Sept. 12 at the home of Janice Litton. President Joanne Prewett called the meeting to order with nine members present. Litton led the group in the flag salute. Devotions from the...


Engineering firm gives airport cold shoulder

The Alva Regional Airport has benefited recently from federal grants by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the FAA requires that bids be taken every five years from engineering firms. This assures the FAA that the airport is...


Annual book sale starts Saturday at Alva Public Library

The annual book sale begins Saturday, Sept. 21, at the library. People are encouraged to browse through books on the sale racks and pick out whatever they'd like for a donation. This year the sale... Full story


Alva man charged with stalking, property damage

An Alva man is facing charges in Woods County District Court after two incidents on August 28. Court records show at 7:36 a.m. on Aug. 28, Alva Police Officer Brian File went to Buena Vista Apartments to take a vandalism report from Teira Funchess....

 By Ray Carter    Local    September 15, 2019

Medicaid expansion could shift some federal costs to Oklahoma

Under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, states that expand Medicaid to cover able-bodied adults are given $9 in federal funding for every $1 in state funding spent on the expansion population. Supporters argue that...


Wheatland Republican Women hold first meeting of the 2019-2020 year

Members of the Wheatland Republican Women began the 2019-20 year with a luncheon meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Runnymede in Alva. Landry Gaddy, recipient of the Wheatland Republican...


Grow and Share OHCE September meeting

Grow and Share OHCE group met on Monday, Sept. 9, at the home of Mary Hamilton. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. and all members recited the flag salute. Thirteen members answered roll call to “What is your personality type?” Mary...


Lone Star OHCE wins top honors at State OHCE Meeting

The Woods County Lone Star OHCE group recently received top honors for their local efforts in promoting Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Week May 5–11 at the state OHCE meeting held... Full story


RITC kicks off First Community Service Day

RITC (Rangers In The Community) is set to launch Saturday, Sept. 21. An initiative of the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association and the Northwestern Alumni Board, RITC will provide an annual opportunity for Northwestern Oklahoma State...


Bill of Rights Plaza project at State Capitol

Are portions of our nation’s history flawed? Absolutely! Are there challenges for each new generation? Certainly! However, our Constitution provides a governing structure that makes it possible to address those challenges in an orderly, systematic,...


Who brought new taxes and what did we do with them?

In a recent article I claimed that some people really, really do not like tax increases. Strangely enough, these very same people have voted a lot of taxes upon themselves. Here is a little history of an early need for sales tax money for the city....


Free food! Bring on the Cruise!

Ya'll come next weekend for cool cars, great conversation and food trucks. The weather forecast shows a small chance of rain, but I am optimistic God will be good to us. If you have access to... Full story


Alva Band Picks King and Queen.

Alva Band crowns Trevor Pharis King and Carmen Montoya Queen Friday night during the Goldbugs football game....


Area religious services and events

Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Braudrick. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva, and can be found on the web at Sunday: Sunday school is at...


Still relevant

Please read Deuteronomy 6. Thank you. There is much in this chapter to consider. This chapter follows one of the sections of Scripture that list the Ten Commandments. These laws have been debated over, taken down and essentially forgotten. Some have...


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