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 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    November 25, 2020 

Alfalfa County apportions CARES Act reimbursement proceeds

Commissioners in Alfalfa County were grateful for an easy agenda Monday morning as the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches. Jay Hague, Stan Tucker and Marvin Woodall started with business as usual, approving previous meeting minutes, payroll...

 

Alva man sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for interstate murder-for-hire plot

OKLAHOMA CITY – Vernon Wayne Brock, 71, of Alva, has been sentenced this week to serve 87 months in federal prison and pay a $30,000 fine for hiring an individual to commit murder on the defendant’s behalf, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J....

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    November 25, 2020 

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations continue to rise

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 2,736 more positive cases of the coronavirus were added on Tuesday, Nov. 24, for a total of 180,610. There were 15 new deaths for a total of 1,664. The state currently shows 33,260 active...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    November 25, 2020 

Demel to begin as Kiowa's City Administrator Dec. 14

Kiowa's City Council held a special meeting Monday night and immediately entered executive session. After moving back in to open session, they took action. The meeting took under 30 minutes. Mayor Bill Watson said he appointed Sam Demel as the new...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    November 25, 2020 

Medicine Lodge woman and two others die in head-on collision

Three people died in a head-on collision last Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on Highway 160 at mile marker 242.8, which is about two and a half miles west of Attica, Kansas, in Harper County. One of those people who died was Medicine Lodge woman Connie S....

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    November 25, 2020 

Waynoka man charged with murder

A Waynoka resident has been charged with first degree murder in a homicide that occurred over the weekend. Online court records show Keith Calistus Melton, 31, of Waynoka, was charged Monday with the felony murder charge. District Attorney’s...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    November 25, 2020 

Woods County employees given extra holiday

Woods County Commissioner John Smiley suggested Monday that county employees be given the remainder of the week off with pay. Since it’s already a short week with the Thanksgiving holiday, Smiley thought it would be beneficial in slowing the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    November 25, 2020 

Burlington School still monitoring for Covid, has homecoming queen and king

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the monthly meeting to order the morning of Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. All board members were present except Robert Hill. Attending were April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach and Aaron Smith. Superintendent Dr....

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    November 25, 2020 

KSHSAA meets to determine if school's winter extra-curriculars will move forward

The status of winter sports and other extra-curricular activities in Kansas public schools hung in the balance Tuesday afternoon. South Barber grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer planned to be on a phone call with the Kansas High School Activities...

 

ACT I Theatre gets an upgrade

Although Alva Community Theatre has been dark for six months, its stage will shine brighter than ever when safe to reopen for future performances. Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles Morton...

 

Cases of coronavirus remain high as Thanksgiving break begins

Classes dismissed Friday for a week-long Thanksgiving break at Alva Public Schools and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The number of active Covid-19 cases in Alva, as reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), remains high...

 

Alva Moose Riders give donations

On Nov. 11, the Alva Moose Riders in association with the Alva Moose Lodge were able to give donations to many Woods County organizations. This money was raised during the second annual Moose Riders'...

 

Alva Bull Battle V planned for April 2021

Everything was in place for the Alva Bull Battle last spring when the pandemic shutdown occurred. All the plans were put on hold. But now Justin Dowdy is ready to try again. Speaking at the Alva...

 

Alva Middle School Students of the Month

The teachers at Alva Middle have selected Teagan Cook and Pryce Williams, eighth grade; Katelee Martin and Nathen Rogers, seventh grade; and Bailey Clepper and Tripp Cole, sixth grade, as AMS Students of the Month for October. Teagan Cook is in...

 

Budy family honored as Farm Bureau's District Seven Farm and Ranch Family

The Chad and Danielle Budy family of Alva recently was honored with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee's District Seven Farm and Ranch Family Recognition. The Budy family has a...

 

Serving up food safety tips for Thanksgiving

STILLWATER, Okla. – The holiday season is officially here, and Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. While many Oklahomans will be preparing holiday meals for their families and friends, the risk of food poisoning is lurking. “Every year in...

 

Scholarship awarded to Harzman for essay

The Woods County Republican Women recently chose an essay by Ali Harzman as the winner for their annual scholarship award. Harzman is a student at Alva High School. She submitted the following essay on the question in bold type at the beginning of...

 
 By Keaton Ross    Local    November 22, 2020

Oklahoma prison coronavirus outbreak

Two weeks into his stay in Lexington A&R, a guard approached Robert Lavern's cell door and told him to gather his belongings. Lavern was accustomed to moving. Over the course of four weeks, he...

 

Northwestern Alumnus scheduled as fall 2020 commencement speaker

Dr. Joe Highfill of Norman, a 1966 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater during the university's commencement ceremonies on...

 

Chinese artist plans talk, workshop at Northwestern

Northwestern Oklahoma State University visual arts program artist-in-residence for November is Chinese artist Chang Wu. He will give a talk about his work and influences on Thursday, Dec. 3, from...

 

Northwestern's Division of Education ranked among top 85 most affordable

The Division of Education’s Early Childhood Education program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University has been named the 28th most affordable program in the country out of 85 other programs evaluated by DiscoverEarlyChildhoodEDU.org. Data for...

 

Northwestern history professor featured in Journal of the West

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, is the author of an article in the winter 2020 edition of the Journal of the West titled "African American...

 

Northwestern employees honored for years of service

Northwestern Oklahoma State University's employees were honored for their years of service with gifts and photographs. The annual Employee Service Recognition Ceremonies were canceled due to...

 

Minjares headed to Pima

Dominic Minjares committed as a preferred walk-on to Pima Community College in Tuscan, Arizona, Friday...

 

Burlington School News: Three cheers for cheerleading

Every cheerleader gets triggered when told cheer is not a sport. As stated by the Oxford Dictionary, a sport is "an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team...

 

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