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Back to school: lunch box food safety

STILLWATER, Okla. – Back to school is an exciting time filled with new school supplies, including a new lunch box. But a good lunch can easily go bad if not properly packed. Without proper storage, perishable food is at risk for harmful bacteria...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 1, 2021 

No action on 4th St. rezoning

As the meeting time approached, it appeared the Alva Planning Commission would not have enough members present for a quorum. Mary Hamilton and Tyler Crawford were present. Chairman Christie Kornele...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 1, 2021 

Alva School Board to meet Monday

The Alva Board of Education has a full agenda for Monday’s meeting as they prepare for the first day of classes. The board will meet at 5 p.m. in the Alva High School Library. One-year contracts for...

 

OKDHS invites public participation in Low Income Home Water Assistance Program hearing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) is seeking public comment about the federally-funded Low Income Home Water Assistance Program, known as LIHWAP. A public hearing will be held virtually on Zoom at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. To...

 

Coffeetime

A daily two-mile walk is an excellent thing for many of us. There’s nothing like fresh air, exercise, and an invigorating conversation with your walking buddy. Those four thousand plus steps can...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 30, 2021

Woods County Covid cases increase to 20

Only two counties in Oklahoma, Alfalfa and Beaver, are in the low risk green level for Covid-19, according to information released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) on July 28. Woodward County is one of 12 counties designated yellow...

 

Fair booth rental

The 2021 Woods County Free Fair will be held Sept. 9–11 (Thursday–Saturday). If you had a booth in 2019, please contact Sandy at the Woods County Fairboard at 580-327-2786, if you wish to purchase a booth again this year and for pricing. All...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 29, 2021

Woods County Covid cases increase to 20

Only two counties in Oklahoma, Alfalfa and Beaver, are in the low risk green level for Covid-19, according to information released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health on July 28. Woodward...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 29, 2021

Healing with touch

Valerie Brown, 44, first moved to Freedom in 1991 when she was 13, and the kindness and welcoming embrace the town offered her family has never left her. "My grandpa worked for Cargill, but we lived i...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 28, 2021

Woods County commissioners close out grant project

Monday the Woods County commissioners took final action to close out the water tower painting project for Rural Water District 3 (RWD#3). David Hamil, Randy McMurphy and John Smiley were all present...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    July 28, 2021

Alfalfa County commissioners mull over proposed handbook changes

Much discussion ensued about handbook verbiage at the Alfalfa County commissioners meeting Monday. Marvin Woodall, Jay Hague, and Mike Roach listened to County Clerk Laneta Unruh share recommendations on the county employee handbook wording. Unruh...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 28, 2021

Dueling Pianos, fire-grilled steak dinner, auction and lots of fun on Aug. 14

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Kiowa's Community Building Saturday, Aug. 14, for an evening of entertainment and a fire-grilled steak dinner. It will be like a party when the Dueling Pianos start playing. People wanting to support Kiowa's hospital, m...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 28, 2021

Man cites squatter's rights for living in abandoned house

A man claimed squatter’s rights gave him permission to live in an abandoned house in Cherokee. On July 14 at 10:13 p.m. Cherokee Police Officer Tristan Hall was dispatched to 401 S. Pennsylvania...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 28, 2021

Freedom Gates Boys Ranch raises near $30,000

The fundraising meal and auction held in Medicine Lodge for the Freedom Gates Boys Ranch was more than successful. FGBR President Michael Simpson said the evening brought in near $30,000. He...

 

Bartons retiring from delivering meals to seniors

Today, July 25, marks a special day for one of the volunteers at the Woods County Senior and Nutrition Center in Alva. John Barton is celebrating his 80th birthday. John and Margaret Barton started volunteering for meals on wheels at the Senior and N...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Auditing firm not approved by Alva City Council

It’s rare that the person making a motion later votes against that motion. But that’s what happened when members of the Alva City Council voted on hiring an auditing firm. The agenda item for...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Mayor Parker makes new committee appointments

City Business Manager Angelica Brady could not attend Monday’s Alva City Council meeting so Mayor Kelly Parker gave a brief update of city projects on her behalf. Work on the street at the intersection of E. Flynn Street and Meno Street started...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Share CEO advises people to get vaccinated for Covid

Share Medical Center had seven inpatients on Tuesday morning although none had Covid-19 according to CEO Kandice Allen, RN. She was giving a report to the Alva Hospital Authority Tuesday evening. “As you have probably heard on the news, we are...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Planning Commission to consider zoning change

The Alva Planning Commission will consider one request on a zoning change during their regular meeting on Monday. The commission will meet at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall. Interim...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Woods County Excise and Equalization Boards elect officers

The Woods County Excise Board meeting was fairly routine Wednesday morning other than some jockeying over who would be elected as the new board chairman. Vice-Chairman Chris Olson opened the meeting...

 

Woodward attorney named to OJA board

OKLAHOMA – Bartlett Bouse, a Woodward attorney, has been named to the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs. Bouse started his duties immediately. Speaker of the House of Representatives Charles McCall appointed Bouse to the nine-member board. The boa...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 25, 2021

Tourism, music, art and sugar

Tourism, music, art and sugar were all part of the Alva Tourism Tax Committee agenda Wednesday. All committee members were present. There were no questions about the financial report which shows...

 
 By Trisha Gedon    Local    July 23, 2021

4-H'ers participate in National Shooting Sports Championships

Thomas Mathes from Waynoka was one of 28 Oklahoma 4-H'ers who recently participated in the 2021 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska. He competed in Air Rifle. Ruth All...

 

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