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Freedom Rodeo snapshots: clown and clowning around

(More photos of the Freedom Rodeo are in our photo gallery. Click on "Photos" at the top of the homepage.)... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    August 21, 2019

Quiet week for Alfalfa County commissioners

As usual, commissioners in Alfalfa County spent their Monday morning poring over large stacks of purchase orders and warrants for payment; nothing else on the agenda demanded more time. After signing off on each, the three men (Jay Hague, Stan...

 By Trey Lunn    Local    August 21, 2019

Woods County commissioners approve Extension budget

At the Woods County commissioners' regular Monday morning meeting on Aug. 19 commissioners John Smiley, David Hamil and Chairman Randy McMurphy approved budget needs to continue the Oklahoma State University Extension office. The budget can now be...


Swimming pool bond defeated; now what?

The $2.5 million GO bond proposal by the City of Alva to fund an aquatic center was defeated as reported in last week’s Newsgram. Those opposing the bond issue have been remarkably quiet except for... Full story


Couple charged with embezzlement from Cherokee business

A couple was charged with misdemeanor embezzlement from a Cherokee business but a felony charge was added because they allegedly used a company computer to do it. Joe Allen Weve, 58, and Linda Kay Weve, 53, are listed as residing in Hazelton,... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

10th Annual Monty Thompson Foundation Golf Outing `best ever'

Aug. 3 was a typical hot summer day, but equally as hot was the enthusiasm to raise money for the Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation. The Anthony Golf Course was the setting for the 10th A... Full story


Helena man charged with child abuse, domestic assault

A rural Helena man has been charged with a felony and three misdemeanors in a domestic incident. Matt Douglas Phillips, 43, has been charged with child abuse, a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than life, or by a fine of not less than... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

Kiowa to host 80th Labor Day celebration – Cake Walk turns 50 years old, 35 years for 5K Run

Labor Day is a federal government holiday for people to rest from their labors, but the majority of people in Kiowa, Kansas, usually don't get much rest that weekend. As they have since 1939, Kiowa's... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

Kiowa Council approves resolution to start bond process for city hall renovation

Last week the Newsgram reported on part of the five-hour Aug. 12 meeting of the Kiowa City Council. Trying to reach an agreement for a proposed 2020 tax budget dominated most of the meeting and was covered in that first story. A divided council... Full story


Menus for week of Aug. 19–23

Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – Cereal, peaches, juice, milk Tuesday – Pancake on a stick, maple syrup, mandarin oranges, juice, milk Wednesday – Strawberry mini bagel, applesauce, juice, milk Thursday – Cereal, banana,...


August meeting of the Grow and Share OHCE group

Grow and Share OHCE group met on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Fireside Room at the Cherokee Strip Museum with Colleen Myers serving as hostess. The meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. and all members recited the flag salute. Sixteen members and one...


Patchwork Friends OHCE learn about Oklahoma culture

The Patchwork Friends OHCE group met for their regular August meeting at the home of Joanne Prewett on Aug. 8. President Joanne Prewett called the meeting to order. Janice Litton led the group in the flag salute. Devotions were given by the hostess...


57th annual Pshigoda cousins reunion

The 2019 Pshidoga cousins 57th consecutive reunion of the William and Florentina Pshigoda families was held at the Waka Texas Christian Center on Aug. 2, 3 and 4. On Friday the 2nd, 35 were in attendance for a good visit with good food. On Saturday...

 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 18, 2019

Watch your driving

School has started this last week. Excited children don't always pay as good attention as they should, so it is up to us drivers to keep them safe. The people have spoken in resounding fashion to the...


Alva City Council to vote on Professional Building roofing

The Alva City Council will be voting on a roofing bid for the Professional Building during the regular meeting Monday. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. In a major change, the citizen remarks and inquiries...


How to eat an elephant

Last year, school administrators and teachers, students and members of the Alva community spent several day-long sessions in strategic planning. They examined the purpose of the local schools, discuss...


Alva sign receives a major facelift

The Alva sign on the west side of the downtown square is getting second looks these days. The sign has received a major facelift through the work of the Alva Mural Society. Shaped like the state of...


August declared Aviation and Aerospace Awareness Month

OKLAHOMA CITY – At the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s Aug. 7 meeting, a proclamation was presented to the commission from the office of Gov. J. Kevin Stitt declaring the entire month of August “Oklahoma Aviation and Aerospace Awareness...


2019 Woods County Fair Books are available

Fair books and entry tags may be picked up at the Woods County OSU Extension Center located on the first floor of the Woods County Courthouse. Poultry and rabbit exhibits will be required to complete pre-entry forms and exhibit tags, which are due...


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...

 By Darin Kearns    Local    August 16, 2019

Gift giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about judgment lately. There are several phrases that use the idea of judgment in them: an error of judgment, in my judgment, against one's better judgment, pass judgment, reserve judgment, sit in judgment. I’m sure there...

 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 16, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Today, I made a “routine” call to my credit card company. I was interested in moving some money for the betterment of my monthly cash flow. That part of the call was short, sweet and successful. Then the (extremely well-trained) person on the oth...


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