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  • Longtime Nescatunga Arts Festival vendor Yusuf Etudaiye takes Best of Show honors

    Jun 12, 2024

    The sculpture and pottery of longtime Nescatunga Arts Festival fine arts vendor Yusuf Etudaiye from Tulsa earned first-place prizes as well as the Best of Show award at the close of the 53rd Nescatunga Arts Festival held at the Alva Recreation Complex's Pete and Ruth Leslie Fieldhouse May 31-June 1 in Alva. More than 50 fine artists, crafters and sugar show artists participated in the event this year. Ribbon-Winning Fine Artists Designer Arts and Jewelry – first, April Kellman, McLoud; s...

  • Wheat harvest rolling in

    Jun 12, 2024

  • Waynoka hires new teachers, staff

    Kathleen Lourde|Jun 12, 2024

    The Waynoka Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday morning. All members were present – Caleb Zook, Travis George, John Hanson, Clint Olson and Garret Gum – and were joined by Superintendent Scott Cline, J.H./H.S. Principal Ronnie Nix, Elementary Principal Pat Burrow and Minutes Clerk Lori Adair. Principal Burrow briefed the board on end-of-year and summer events in the elementary school. “The 2023-24 school year ended well with fun follies, field day, awards assembly and an elementary kickball tournament,” Burrow said. “There...

  • Team of Cherokee students end stock market competition up $120,325

    Kathleen Lourde|Jun 12, 2024

    Mrs. Tucker’s sixth- and seventh-grade classes competed in a full year of Stock Market Games, placed second in the state in their division and increased their earnings by more than $20,000, Principal Lane Pruett told the Cherokee Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening. A team comprised of Creed Patterson, Alissa Pfleider, Kendal Collins, Aubree Hughes and Brooke Yandal placed second for the state in the fourth- through eighth-grade division. They ended the game with $120,325.42. Each team starts off with $100,000 to i...

  • Alfalfa County commissioners award six-month bids

    Stacy Sanborn|Jun 12, 2024

    At their meeting Monday, Garrett Johnson, Mike Roach and Nate Ross of the Alfalfa County Board of Commissioners reviewed six-month bids, awarding vendors based on the lowest costs, availability, location, or terms. They signed a resolution for an agreement between Alfalfa County and Garfield County for the latter's shale pit, followed by approving the interlocal cooperative agreement with contiguous counties between Grant and Alfalfa Counties. Next was an agreement with County Budgeting Services LLC for the 24-25 fiscal year. County Clerk...

  • Cummings appointed Woods County Sheriff

    Marione Martin|Jun 12, 2024

    Woods County Sheriff Rudy Briggs Jr. is retiring effective June 30. Two candidates have filed for the position, but the outcome of that race won’t be determined until the Nov. 5 election since Keith Dale filed as an Independent and Randy McCullough filed as a Republican. The Woods County Commissioners voted Monday to temporarily appoint Deputy David Cummings as sheriff to fill the vacancy until after the election. Cummings will be given an increase in pay of $300 per month while he takes on the new duties. Chairman Randy McMurphy opened the m...

  • Alva School Board hires new football coach, assistant principal

    Marione Martin|Jun 12, 2024

    In a special meeting Friday morning, the Alva Board of Education voted approval of Ryne Wilson as new head football coach and Dalton Beeler as assistant high school principal. Board President Jane McDermott opened the meeting with board members Karen Koehn, Shane Hansen and Paul Barton present. Kevin Pingelton was absent. Jeremy Brashears, new superintendent, also attended. The board met in closed executive session for a half hour before returning to open session. Brashears made the...

  • South Barber accepts numerous resignations, makes new hires, including daycare director

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 12, 2024

    The June meeting of the South Barber Board of Education USD 255 Monday night found an abundance of staff changes on the agenda. Another contractor bid on the concession stand/restroom building at the SBHS Football Field. Approved changes to the High School Handbook will challenge students. Board of Education President Mark Pollock called the June meeting to order flanked by Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller and Minutes Clerk Alyssa Gonzales. Board members present were Bryan Quick, Jarrod Inman, Mike Miller, Karen Watts and Emily Lohmann. Brett...

  • Kiowa Hospital Board of Directors hold annual meeting

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 12, 2024

    Only a small group of individuals from the community attended the Kiowa District Hospital (KDH) Annual Meeting, along with many members of the KDH staff. When President Pat Myers called the May 28 meeting to order, three of the four other members were present: Chantae Simpson, Jeff Miller and Jim Parker. Marcia Cantrell was absent. KDH officials sitting at the board table in the Kirkpatrick Conference room were CEO/CFO Janelle Goodno, COO Philip Anton, Dr. Bliss, Dr. Wilhelm, Business Office Manager Tara Girty, Quality Manager/Manor DON Brandi...

  • Wheat Harvest 2024 going quickly with better yields than expected

    Yvonne Miller|Jun 12, 2024

    Just a week ago the Newsgram ran a story with area elevator managers' comments about their projections for the 2024 wheat harvest in this area of northwest Oklahoma and south-central Kansas. Combines whacking wheat and making the dust blow throughout the countryside commenced in the first few days of June. Harvest is all but over in some areas and at least half-finished in most. Dacoma Co-op Manager Jake Kelln said Monday evening that their farmers are nearly 80 percent finished cutting. “Some guys started June 2. Then Wednesday, June 5, was o...

  • Cherokee Strip Museum weaving workshop to feature antique loom

    Jun 12, 2024

    In the early pioneer days, the children of Jenny Wohlford Jett would sit on the floor helping to rip old rags into strips to be woven into rugs. Jenny's husband Newt was one of the six Jett brothers who made the run and homesteaded near the present-day town of Jet. Newt's brother Warner Jett was the first postmaster in the little community which appears on old Oklahoma Territory maps as Jett. Jenny had known her future husband Newt when they both lived in Harper, Kansas. They married on Feb....

  • Get some culture in Alva

    Jim Scribner|Jun 7, 2024

    This evening is the First Friday Art Walk. Enjoy. South Barber, Kansas, is having a free lunch program from now until July 26. You don't have to be a South Barber student to attend. Any student from anywhere who is under 18 is welcome. Call 833-722-7237 for information on times and location. Parents, please don't let your children miss a meal. Thanks to South Barber USD 255 for sponsoring this event. On a related note, I saw where the city of Kiowa, Kansas, had found a company to pick up...

  • Tall orders, part 6

    Roger Hardaway|Jun 7, 2024

    When the Civil War ended, Confederate army veteran Martin Van Buren Bates moved from his native Kentucky across the Ohio River into the southern part of the state that shares a name with that waterway. Bates settled near Cincinnati where he lived when not touring with a local circus. Soon, however, he moved over 200 miles northeast and bought a 130-acre farm near the village of Seville, Ohio. Eventually, the circus took Bates to Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of the locals who came to see the so-call...

  • Trying to make sense of politics

    Doug Little|Jun 7, 2024

    People are trying to destroy this country – some from the inside out, some from the bench, some from a television station, and some from a plaintiff’s table in front of the aforementioned bench. I really don’t know what is going on with this country. We have a president who doesn’t know if he is coming or going. We have an ex-president who will be a felon at election time and one of those two yahoos will be our next president. Politics is just strange. Consider a former president who captivates his followers so much that they are sharing...

  • Life lessons from a wayward cow – Part 3

    Dal Houston|Jun 7, 2024

    For the last two weeks I wrote about Life Lessons from a Wayward Cow, about how my son and I spent several hours on horseback riding through canyons, grass and weeds taller than our heads, through brush, trees, thickets and deep-steep streams, trying to corral and reunite a cow that had inadvertently got lost from her calf. Today, for the last lesson, I want to illustrate how something that you may dread or that looks like a bad task, situation or job may ironically turn out to be something real...

  • Divorce in your rear-view mirror

    Andy and Renie Bowman|Jun 7, 2024

    You may have been racing to get out of your marriage. You could hardly wait until your signature was still wet on that divorce decree. Maybe or maybe not. Instead, maybe you were one of those spouses who fought desperately to hold on to your marriage but lost it anyway. But now, like it or not, a divorce is in your rear-view mirror. And as you drove away from that part of your life, celebrating or sobbing, you very likely discovered something. That no matter how long and how far you drive,...

  • Never apologize?

    Arden Chaffee|Jun 7, 2024

    “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Love Story, 1970. After 50 years of marriage, I have violated that definition many times. One of Jethro Gibbs’ seven rules from NCIS is “Never say you’re sorry.” “I’m sorry” is a phrase that loses meaning when over-used, like the word awesome and the word stuff. Is there an art to apologizing? Can you make it sincere, or do you “throw it out there” as a one-size-fits-all response to everyday interactions? According to Healthline.com, by taking res...

  • I love the Lord, He has been so good to me

    Steve Hamm, College Hill Church of Christ|Jun 7, 2024

    In my daily Bible reading, I have been going through the book of Psalm. If you ever want to be encouraged and strengthened about the trials you are going through and learn how to praise God while going through them, you need to read the book of Psalm. King David wrote a lot of the verses of which we have received over one hundred of our hymns today. Many of the chapters, not all written by David, have so much emotion about life’s struggles and victories that they are an inspiration to everyone who reads them. As many of you already know, P...

  • Religious services and events

    Jun 7, 2024

    Alva Church of God Alva Church of God, 517 9th St. in Alva with Pastor Sheryl White. Sunday, June2: Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Roy Dobbs will be the guest speaker for morning worship. Young adults will meet at 5 p.m. and youth at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday: Bible study at 7 p.m. focused on “Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table,” by Louie Giglio. For more information, call 620-672-1596. Alva Friends Church Please meet us for coffee and donut fellowship at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday morni...

  • Menus for week of June 10 – 14

    Jun 7, 2024

    Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday—Loaded tater tots, taco sauce, sour cream, cheese, shredded lettuce, corn chips, salsa, kiwi muffin Tuesday—Tuna salad sandwich, tomato soup, crackers, pineapple (sf pineapple), snickerdoodle cookie (sf shortbread cookie) Wednesday—Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, green beans, hot roll, applesauce Jello (sf applesauce Jello) Thursday—Chefs salad (chicken, ham, cheese, egg), crackers, salad dressing, three-bean salad, crackers, strawberry shortcake (sf strawberry shortca...

  • Creating Art with Frosting workshops offered June 14 at Runnymede

    Jun 7, 2024

    The Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council is offering a workshop to learn more about creating art with frosting at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Runnymede in downtown Alva. The two-section workshop will be led by April Ridgway, owner of Sunflower Road Sweets and chair of the Nescatunga Arts Festival Sugar Show contest. The first section will be over Fondant vs Buttercream showing how to make two versions of a marble effect on a cake using both fondant and buttercream frosting to finish a cake. The second section will show how to create...

  • 13 selected as Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors

    Jun 7, 2024

    Thirteen Northwestern Oklahoma State University students have been selected as members of the Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors (NSA) for the 2024-2025 academic year. NSA is a group of academically high achievers led by Ethan Sacket, student success coordinator and transfer student recruiter. Their stated goal is to look beyond themselves to discover opportunities to serve the campus and the Alva community. In addition to working one hour a week with the university and conducting one personal service project, scholar ambassadors lead campus...

  • Northwestern math, science departments to host academy for elementary students

    Jun 7, 2024

    The Northwestern Oklahoma State University mathematics and natural science departments are gearing up for a math and science academy held on Fridays this June. Elementary students in grades 2-5 will engage in math and science enrichment activities with Northwestern faculty and students. Each week students will do various hands-on math and science activities learning about different math and science concepts. The academy will take place on the following dates from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Northwestern Alva Science Amphitheater: June 7, June 14, June...

  • About 150 sign up for Goldbug Gulp and Gallop

    Marione Martin|Jun 7, 2024

    The Goldbug Gulp and Gallop meals have been highly successful in getting signups this summer. In fact, they’ve been so successful they are asking for donations. Approximately 150 kids have signed up, through parents and guardians, for the program. Anyone with children ages 1-18 is invited to contact Goldbug Gulp and Gallop to enroll in the program, although their primary focus is Alva. There’s a QR code on their Facebook page and also on posters around Alva directing you to the signup. Those enrolled in the program are asked to choose bet...

  • Alva City Council holds budget hearing Tuesday

    Marione Martin|Jun 7, 2024

    The Alva City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday for a public hearing on next year’s budget. Councilmembers will also hear a presentation on privatizing sanitation services. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. June 11 in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The budget hearing for fiscal year 2024-2025 will be held first with members of the public invited to speak. The budget is the only topic to be discussed. Following the public hearing, the council will discuss and vote on a resolution adopting the budget. The General Fund budget shows p...

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