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 By Trisha Gedon    Local    April 21, 2019 

Ranch tour slated in northwest Oklahoma

Oklahomans interested in learning more about the ranching industry and touring some of the most progressive ranches in the state should make plans to take part in the two-day Oklahoma State Ranch Tour. The tours will take place June 5 at McMurphy... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Helping people find jobs

With Oklahoma's low unemployment rate, local employers are having difficulty filling job openings. Christi Porter, executive director of the Western Oklahoma Workforce Development Board, has funds ava... Full story

 By Kat Lunn    Local    April 21, 2019 

President Cunningham gives update on NWOSU

Kiwanis Club of Alva hosted Dr. Janet Cunningham on Wednesday, April 17. Cunningham began by praising Northwestern's value in higher education. Namely, half of Northwestern Oklahoma State University's (NWOSU) students graduate with zero school debt,... Full story


March Rotary Students of the April honored

Jacob Stewart Jacob Stewart is the son of Chad Stewart and Melanie Phillips. High school activities include basketball, golf, Alva Band of Gold section leader, student council, senior class...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Alva man charged with providing marijuana to minors

An Alva man is charged with five felonies after he allegedly provided marijuana to four juvenile males under age 18. According to court documents, on April 18 at 5:13 p.m. Alva Police Officer Kaleb Keplinger received a report of juveniles fighting...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Two face drug charges after search warrant served

Two young people from Alva are facing felony drug charges after law enforcement served a search warrant at their residence. Zerekai Joseph Moreno, 19, and Jaqulyn Shae Pierson, 19, both of Alva, have each been charged with three felonies: (1)...

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Hospital nearing break-even point

Share Medical Center is getting closer to a break-even point thanks to being designated as a critical access hospital (CAH). CFO Kevin O’Brien told the Alva Hospital Authority trustees Tuesday that other factors are also favorable but the CAH... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Alva man arrested for failure to register as sex offender.

An Alva man was arrested April 17 for failing to register as a sex offender. Forest Edward Golbek Jr., 29, of Alva, was charged April 18 with failure to comply with sex offender registration. This felony is punishable by incarceration for not more th... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Alva man charged with stalking

An Alva man is facing a felony stalking charge after he allegedly violated a protective order. Joseph Stong Chance, 33, of Alva, is charged with stalking in violation of a court order. This felony is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Alva woman charged with child endangerment

An Alva woman is facing numerous charges after a citizen reported a woman suspected of being intoxicated while driving with a child in the vehicle. The call came in at 2:46 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale heard the radio... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Alva man charged with sexual battery

An Alva man has been charged with sexual battery involving an 18-year-old who was cleaning his house. Robert Scott Baker, 60, of Alva, is charged with felony sexual battery. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years. Court records... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

'It's got a heavy price tag'

Three people spoke to the Alva City Council during a hearing on the municipal swimming pool Monday. Mayor Kelly Parker gave some background on the closing of the pool and asked for public input. "The... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 21, 2019 

Legislators discuss issues at Alva Chamber coffee

The Alva Chamber Coffee was held Friday morning at Share Medical Center in Alva. Guests were treated to a delicious breakfast buffet while they settled in to listen to local legislators discuss the... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    April 19, 2019

Alva officials begin new office terms

The Alva City Council meeting Monday began with the swearing in of unopposed candidates who filed for the April municipal election. Beginning new terms of office are Mayor Kelly Parker, City Clerk... Full story


Woods County 4-H Fashion Revue and Impressive Dress Contest held

The Woods County 4-H Fashion Revue and Impressive Dress Contest was held Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Waynoka Multipurpose Building. Parents, grandparents and siblings of 4-H participants were... Full story

 By Katie Strehl    Local    April 18, 2019

Lee named All-Star

Blake Lee was named All-Star player for the Northern Conference at the Oklahoma North West Academic Conference (ONWAC) banquet on April 2. This is Lee's second time to earn this honor for Freedom... Full story

 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    April 17, 2019

New accounting system calls for account review and rearrangement

Alfalfa County officials met Monday morning for their weekly commissioner meeting. Routine business was addressed first with commissioners accepting and signing off on their monthly maintenance and operation warrants for payment and blanket purchase...


Kiowa Police Department report

Kiowa Police Chief Nate Houston released the following weekly report: April 5, 2019 Dog at large at grade school. Traveled back to address in the 200 block of north 10th St. Spoke with owner about violation April 8, 2019 Assisted sheriff’s office...


New Apron Exhibit and "Vintage Aprons: Tie One On" presentation scheduled at Sod House Museum

A new exhibit of aprons will open in May at the Sod House Museum near Aline, featuring a century’s-worth of vintage aprons. Margaret Goss of Carmen will present a lecture entitled “Vintage Aprons: Tie One On” at the Sod House Museum on...



An article in the March 6 Newsgram referred to the Kiowa's City Council's discussion of the city not getting a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). BG Consultants is the firm hired by the city council to do a major water replacement project....



In a story in last week's Newsgram, “AEC returns $1.89 million to members at annual meeting,” the name of World War II veteran Lloyd Clepper was misspelled. We regret the error....


Free grazing management workshop to be held

The workshop will explore how to manage your land for better soil health and healthy food. Speakers will discuss the soil and its biological components as they relate to grazing and cropping systems, rainwater infiltration, erosion resistance,...


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