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 By Marione Martin    Local    July 1, 2022

Alva Hospital Authority approves budgets, elects officers

Operating budgets for the FY22-23 year beginning July 1 were approved during the Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) meeting Tuesday evening. All trustees were present. In a special meeting on June 9, the AHA approved a contract with Meditech as a service... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 1, 2022

Hamil, Smiley win Woods County primary election

Woods County incumbents David Hamil and John Smiley won the Republican primary election on Tuesday, June 28, with more than 50 percent of the vote. Election returns are preliminary until ratified at 5 p.m. today, July 1. Hamil received 62.78 percent... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    July 1, 2022

Art is seen Through the Lens at Graceful Arts Gallery

Camera artists are featured during July at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva. "Through the Lens Photography" provides three different perspectives in photographs by Sherry Stinson, Bruce Montgomery and... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 29, 2022

Too good to be true

Every morning when I open my work email, I sigh in dismay at the number of new items in my inbox. Some days, there is a storm of obvious scams. The ones in Chinese are the easiest to spot. Other days...

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 29, 2022

Alfalfa County commissioners meeting short and sweet

Monday's meeting was brief for the Alfalfa County commissioners. First, Mike Roach, Jay Hague, and Marvin Woodall signed their usual documents — the minutes of their previous meeting, maintenance and operation warrants for payment, and blanket...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 29, 2022

Longtime educator Brent Rousey hired as new Burlington School Superintendent

With a history as superintendent, principal, coach and teacher, longtime educator Brent Rousey is the newly hired superintendent at Burlington School. The Burlington Board of Education voted to offer him the position of superintendent at the terms...

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 29, 2022

Helena police chief pursues suspects in high-speed chase

The Helena police chief pursued a vehicle at high speed after being notified the occupants were seen throwing packages over the fence at James Crabtree Correctional Center (JCCC). Court records show...

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 29, 2022

Woman sent for mental health treatment after ramming pickup

A woman from Cherokee is facing several charges after she was reported to have driven her car into a parked pickup. Jenetta Renee Jett aka Jenetta Renee Orr, 52, of Cherokee, has been charged with...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 29, 2022

Kiowa City Council hears plan to build Priority Power Solar Farm

When it was time to call the Kiowa City Council regular meeting to order June 13, they did not have a quorum to hold an actual meeting. Councilwoman Janet Robison had planned to be out-of-town and Councilman Brian Hill was in the harvest field. All o...

 By Justin Goodno    Local    June 29, 2022

Barber County 4-H wins Southeast Region Crops Judging Contest

On June 21, several Barber County 4-H members made their way to Emporia, Kansas, to compete in a crops judging contest as part of the Southeast Region 4-H Youth Challenge Day. In the Senior Division,...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 29, 2022

Kiowa City Council changes worker's comp insurance

Since Kiowa's City Council had no quorum for their original June meeting they held their meeting last Wednesday evening. The meeting lasted near three hours. All councilpersons attended including: Janet Robison, B.J. Duvall, Brian Hill, Jason...

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 29, 2022

Texas man stopped for speeding 91 mph

A man stopped for speeding in Alfalfa County turned out to be wanted in Texas. Court papers show on June 17 at 5:40 p.m. Highway Patrol Trooper Randal McCullough was patrolling eastbound on OK-11...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 29, 2022

Sadly, Hardtner has no plans for Fourth of July, Kiowa is picking up the slack

Most of the Fourth of July celebrations I've attended since being a young child were in Hardtner, Kansas. It was the same, relaxing, traditional routine – Swim and play games in the near Olympic size pool at Achenbach Park; eat pit beef...

 By Breya Beck    Local    June 29, 2022

Redgate serving as 2022-2023 Waynoka FFA chapter president

Tayen Redgate is currently serving as 2022-2023 Waynoka FFA chapter president. She is the daughter of Ryan and Dacia Redgate and has an older brother, Traben Redgate. Tayen has been in FFA since the...

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 29, 2022

Woods County commissioner discuss Senior Center roof problem

The Woods County commissioners are still working on the roofing problem at the Woods County Senior Citizens Center in Alva. The building is owned by the county. There is a roof leak, and there may be...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 29, 2022

Kiowa's own Steele Smith wins World Champion Junior High Team Roping Header title

Imagine a 12 year old cowboy from Kiowa, Kansas, fresh out of sixth grade, walking into the arena of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter with his 13-year-old partner, also just out of...


Menus for week of June 27 to July 1

Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Chicken Alfredo, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic bread, ice cream (diabetic: sugar free ice cream) Tuesday – Chili cheese dog with diced onion, tater tots, coleslaw, peaches or watermelon Wednesday...


Grow and Share OHCE to present canning workshop July 8

Grow and Share OHCE met for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on June 8, 2022 , at The Homestead with Carol Erikson serving as hostess. President Janet Cunningham called the meeting to order and led the group in the flag salute. Eight members...

 By Tonya Cater    Local    June 26, 2022

Faster processing of disability claims for people with Alzheimer's disease

Currently, more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Since the onset of Alzheimer’s can occur in people before they retire, it may strike during an individual’s working years, preventing gainful employment as the...

 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 26, 2022

Please vote on Tuesday

Vote, vote, vote, please. Let the politicians know we are keeping an eye on them by having a large voter turnout. Tuesday, June 28, is the day. There are lots of candidates to choose from. It is a...



The young man’s bride of a whole six months waltzed dramatically into the den to show off her new outfit. But engrossed in the college football game of his alma mater, he never took his eyes off...


Oklahoma land auction draws bidders from 11 states and Australia

WOODS COUNTY, Okla. – The hammer dropped Tuesday evening shortly after 6 p.m. on five farms totaling 640 acres that were offered for sale in an online auction event. Results of the auction prove strong values continue for agricultural land in...

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 26, 2022

Alva June sales tax collections show increase

The City of Alva received $352,608.53 in June sales tax collections, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. That’s an increase of 6.8 percent over the $330,049.79 collected in June of last year....

 By Marione Martin    Local    June 26, 2022

Alva Hospital Authority to vote on budgets

Budgets are on the agenda for the Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) Tuesday. The AHA will hold their regular meeting Tuesday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the media room. After approving minutes from previous meetings and the check report, the trustees will... Full story


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