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 Local    July 1, 2022 

Northwestern names new executive vice president

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce Dr. David Pecha as the new executive vice president beginning July 1. Dr. Bo Hannaford, who is assuming the role of university president o... Full story

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    July 1, 2022 

Woods County Industrial Development Authority bids farewell to longtime member

The Woods County Industrial Development Authority said goodbye to one of its own Tuesday morning. Longtime member and chairperson Rick Cunningham, who is retiring, conducted his last meeting alongside Randy McMurphy, Stan Kline, and Connor Martin....

 
 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 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...

 
 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...

 

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

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2022

Eriksons open Sanctuary Massage Therapy School in Alva, ribbon cutting June 30

Sanctuary Massage Therapy School – appropriately named because the new Alva business is located in the historical building that was the Otterbein Methodist Church at 4th and Center streets. The chur... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 26, 2022

Still no city manager for Alva

With a lot on the agenda, including an executive session, the Alva City Council meeting took about two hours Monday night, June 20. Daniel Winters was the only councilmember who was absent. Mayor... Full story

 

USDA reminds producers to file crop acreage reports

Agricultural producers who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after spring planting should make an appointment with the Woods County Farm Service Agency (FSA) before the applicable deadline. “In order to comply with USDA program elig...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 24, 2022

Alva has 15 active cases of Covid-19

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Alva currently has 15 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are still considered active cases. The report, released Thursday,...

 

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