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Town of Freedom starts preparing for Christmas

Christmas lights should go up in Freedom next week, the maintenance department told the town board at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Town of Freedom office on Main Street. Present were Mayor Shad Brackin and Trustee Rolando Galindo....

 

Freedom School notes

LUNCHES: Freedom Public Schools hot lunch deliveries will resume on Nov. 30. If you would like a hot lunch delivered call the school (621-3272) and request one. The cost of lunches is $5. Monday: Spaghetti, garlic toast, vegetable, fruit and milk;...

 
 By Valerie Brown    Local    November 26, 2020 

Hometown Hero Louis Wayne Smith

Louis Wayne Smith (Wayne) was born on his family's homestead north of Freedom, Oklahoma, on March 31, 1924, and died in the farmhouse just up the hill from the family's original homestead on March...

 

Alfalfa County apportions CARES Act reimbursement proceeds

Commissioners in Alfalfa County were grateful for an easy agenda Monday morning as the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches. Jay Hague, Stan Tucker and Marvin Woodall started with business as usual, approving previous meeting minutes, payroll...

 

Alva man sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for interstate murder-for-hire plot

OKLAHOMA CITY – Vernon Wayne Brock, 71, of Alva, has been sentenced this week to serve 87 months in federal prison and pay a $30,000 fine for hiring an individual to commit murder on the defendant’s behalf, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J....

 

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations continue to rise

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 2,736 more positive cases of the coronavirus were added on Tuesday, Nov. 24, for a total of 180,610. There were 15 new deaths for a total of 1,664. The state currently shows 33,260 active...

 

Demel to begin as Kiowa's City Administrator Dec. 14

Kiowa's City Council held a special meeting Monday night and immediately entered executive session. After moving back in to open session, they took action. The meeting took under 30 minutes. Mayor Bill Watson said he appointed Sam Demel as the new...

 

Medicine Lodge woman and two others die in head-on collision

Three people died in a head-on collision last Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on Highway 160 at mile marker 242.8, which is about two and a half miles west of Attica, Kansas, in Harper County. One of those people who died was Medicine Lodge woman Connie S....

 

Waynoka man charged with murder

A Waynoka resident has been charged with first degree murder in a homicide that occurred over the weekend. Online court records show Keith Calistus Melton, 31, of Waynoka, was charged Monday with the felony murder charge. District Attorney’s...

 

Woods County employees given extra holiday

Woods County Commissioner John Smiley suggested Monday that county employees be given the remainder of the week off with pay. Since it’s already a short week with the Thanksgiving holiday, Smiley thought it would be beneficial in slowing the...

 

Assessing the Thanksgiving risk

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? When my daughter asked a month ago if I wanted to go to her house for Thanksgiving, I said, “I’d like to.” We both realized a lot depended on the health of...

 

Burlington School still monitoring for Covid, has homecoming queen and king

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the monthly meeting to order the morning of Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. All board members were present except Robert Hill. Attending were April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach and Aaron Smith. Superintendent Dr....

 

KSHSAA meets to determine if school's winter extra-curriculars will move forward

The status of winter sports and other extra-curricular activities in Kansas public schools hung in the balance Tuesday afternoon. South Barber grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer planned to be on a phone call with the Kansas High School Activities...

 

Menus for week of Nov. 23–27

Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Vegetable beef stew, tossed salad with dressing, cornbread, mixed fruit with topping (diabetic: no-sugar-added mixed fruit) Tuesday – Sweet and sour chicken meatballs, Chinese fried rice with...

 

ACT I Theatre gets an upgrade

Although Alva Community Theatre has been dark for six months, its stage will shine brighter than ever when safe to reopen for future performances. Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles Morton...

 

Cases of coronavirus remain high as Thanksgiving break begins

Classes dismissed Friday for a week-long Thanksgiving break at Alva Public Schools and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The number of active Covid-19 cases in Alva, as reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), remains high...

 

Alva Moose Riders give donations

On Nov. 11, the Alva Moose Riders in association with the Alva Moose Lodge were able to give donations to many Woods County organizations. This money was raised during the second annual Moose Riders'...

 

Alva Bull Battle V planned for April 2021

Everything was in place for the Alva Bull Battle last spring when the pandemic shutdown occurred. All the plans were put on hold. But now Justin Dowdy is ready to try again. Speaking at the Alva...

 

Alva Middle School Students of the Month

The teachers at Alva Middle have selected Teagan Cook and Pryce Williams, eighth grade; Katelee Martin and Nathen Rogers, seventh grade; and Bailey Clepper and Tripp Cole, sixth grade, as AMS Students of the Month for October. Teagan Cook is in...

 

Budy family honored as Farm Bureau's District Seven Farm and Ranch Family

The Chad and Danielle Budy family of Alva recently was honored with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee's District Seven Farm and Ranch Family Recognition. The Budy family has a...

 

Serving up food safety tips for Thanksgiving

STILLWATER, Okla. – The holiday season is officially here, and Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. While many Oklahomans will be preparing holiday meals for their families and friends, the risk of food poisoning is lurking. “Every year in...

 

Scholarship awarded to Harzman for essay

The Woods County Republican Women recently chose an essay by Ali Harzman as the winner for their annual scholarship award. Harzman is a student at Alva High School. She submitted the following essay on the question in bold type at the beginning of...

 
 By Keaton Ross    Local    November 22, 2020

Oklahoma prison coronavirus outbreak

Two weeks into his stay in Lexington A&R, a guard approached Robert Lavern's cell door and told him to gather his belongings. Lavern was accustomed to moving. Over the course of four weeks, he...

 

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