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Alva Church of God Alva Church of God, 517 9th St. in Alva with Pastor Sheryl White. Sunday: Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Chiles of the Shartel Church of God will be the guest speaker. Pastor...

 

Holy humor

(Scripture references: Genesis 1:27, Proverbs 15:15, and 1 Thessalonians 5: 11-22) This last Sunday myself and Rev. Drew Kirtley at Alva First Christian decided to play a joke on our congregations. Drew approached me with this idea back in the fall...

 
 By Steve Hamm    Local    April 12, 2024 

Listen to the music

Shhh! Did you hear that? Shhhhh! Did you hear that? It sounds like music coming from somewhere. I was driving my bus the other day when I heard music coming from somewhere in the back of the bus. I thought I might be hearing someone’s electronic d...

 

Menus for week of April 15–19

Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday—Yogurt, toast, fruit, juice, milk Tuesday—Breakfast burrito, fruit, juice, milk Wednesday—Biscuit and sausage gravy, fruit, juice, milk Thursday—Breakfast calzone, fruit, juice, milk Friday...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 12, 2024 

Americans love the automobile

America’s love of the automobile dates back to the early 20th century. The horseless carriage was born, and Henry Ford revolutionized mass production making them affordable to the masses. The n...

 

You failed, but you aren't dead

Yes, you failed. It ended badly for you – bankruptcy, nervous breakdown, divorce, the loss of any relationship with your kids, or maybe a physical adventure that went sideways and ended in your g...

 
 By Dal Houston    Local    April 12, 2024 

Life lessons learned from a houseplant

I awoke one morning early this week with the knowledge that I had to write a new article. I was having a hard time figuring out what I was going to write about – until I walked through the kitchen and...

 
 By Doug Little    Local    April 12, 2024 

Everyone needs some encouragement

We are hoarders. Maybe we’re not in the dirty, unlivable sense, but definitely in the keep-everything-because-we-might-use-it-one-day sense. This goes along with old paperwork, especially something with our family’s names on it. We cleaned out a roo...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 12, 2024 

A different kind of strike – Part 2

Ray Caldwell, who pitched in baseball’s major leagues from 1910 through 1921, lived from 1888 until 1967. He played primarily for the New York Yankees before finishing his career with the Boston R...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    April 12, 2024 

It's garage sales weekend

From the list, there will be plenty to go around. I don't know where to pick them up, but the list is on Facebook and in the Newsgram. One neat thing is people can post pictures of what they have on F...

 

Freshman Connection April 17 at Northwestern offers early enrollment for high school seniors

Freshman Connection at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is designated as the official start to freshman enrollment for first-time freshmen. This event is set for Wednesday, April 17, at the...

 

Lead actors in 'Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella' Musical look forward to production April 18-20

As the anticipation builds for the upcoming production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" musical presented by the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Reichenberger Department of Fine Arts...

 

Northwestern Career and Internship Fair set for April 15

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Spring 2024 Career and Internship Fair is set for Monday, April 15, in the Student Center Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Alva. Northwestern students and job seekers in the community are welcome to attend...

 
 

Nescatunga's Sugar Show adds bake categories, theme for decorating

Plans are set for the 3rd annual Sugar Show in conjunction with the 53rd Nescatunga Arts Festival May 31-June 1 at the Alva Recreation Complex in Alva, Oklahoma. This year's show has a few changes. A...

 

Alvan wins Oklahoma poem contest

LOCUST GROVE – The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP), Locust Grove, conducts an annual contest on the theme of honoring Oklahoma in poetry. There are four categories, and the winners are awarded cash prizes and medals each year at Wonder City W...

 

Respite vouchers available for seniors raising children

If you live in Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woods or Woodward counties and you are age 55 or older and care for a relative child under the age of 18, you may qualify for respite vouchers. The respite vouchers are a total of $400...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 12, 2024 

Adventure begins at your library

This is National Library Week. The Alva Public Library is busy planning summer activities, so they’re keeping the celebration low key. Patrons are invited to register for a free book drawing. The Summer Reading Program theme this year is Adventure B...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 12, 2024 

Guffy reports on low rate of recidivism among those leaving BJCC

Charles “Bill” Johnson Correctional Center (BJCC) located in Alva currently houses 448 trainees with 335 of them on the program side. The facility has 47 officers and 83 support staff members, said Warden Becky Guffy Tuesday. She was speaking to mem...

 

AMS students compete in Tournament of Champions

On Friday, April 5, 20 members of the AMS Academic Team traveled to Rose State College to compete in the Tournament of Champions scholastic meet. They competed against students from schools all across Oklahoma. AMS students earned this opportunity...

 

Sheriff, OSBI investigate possible homicide in Freedom

The Woods County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a reported double homicide in Freedom. The incident occurred Wednesday night at a home in Freedom where deputies found two men deceased with gunshot w...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 10, 2024

High winds Saturday spread wildfires

I generally don’t pay much attention when forecasts call for high wind gusts. My life doesn’t include many outdoor activities. Despite being indoors at the newspaper office Saturday, I did notice tho...

 

Delivering the invocation for the legislative session

One of the things I'm blessed to do each week is offer the invocation before the Wednesday Legislative Session of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Last week, I chose to read the scripture Philip...

 

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