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Citizens Choice Awards, housing addition protests mark first quarter of 2019


December 29, 2019

Marione Martin

A crane lifts heavy HVAC components to the roof of the Alva City Hall Tuesday, Jan. 29. The 400 block of 4th Street was blocked to traffic. The heating and air conditioning installation is expected to be finished by mid-February.


NWOSU Lady Ranger Jade Jones breaks school and GAC assist record with 15 in a basketball game against SWOSU.

Woods County Sheriff's Office identifies Bubbles Laundry burglary suspect from social media posts.

Vickie I. Limestall, 55, Marvin L. Nixon, 65, and a 12-year-old juvenile, all of Freedom, died in a collision with a tree in Woodward County.

Engineering for the next Alva Regional Airport project was approved by the airport commission.

NWOSU unveils new look for outdoor tennis and basketball courts.

NWOSU Campus Cabinet food pantry opens for students and employees. Angelia Case came up with the idea.

Share Medical Center considers updating software and servers for electronic health records.

Elks hold annual Hoop Shoot. First place winners were Brynden Hunt, Alva, boys 8-9; Kyler Martin, Alva, boys 10-11; Aiden Ruiz, Alva, boys 12-13; Anna Roglin, Cherokee, girls 8-9; Brooke Browers, Timberlake, girls 10-11; Kinsey Harzman, Alva; girls 12-13.

The City of Alva introduces SeeClickFix app to report problems needing city attention. A Facebook survey is announced to poll citizens on the swimming pool. Asbestos found in City Hall during HVAC installation requires extra time on the project.

Alva Mayor Kelly Parker says Alva ranked No. 7 best city to live for the state of Oklahoma.

The Rose Brothers are featured for their contributions in building Alva through their construction business.

Members of the Alva Public Schools Continuous Strategic Improvement Team met Jan. 28 and 29 to prioritize goals, develop initiatives and create action steps.

Alva High School Homecoming King Dylan Whitely and Queen Stephanie Spellman are crowned.

Aiden Ruiz of Alva won the district level Hoop Shoot for 12-13 boys in Kingfisher Jan. 26.


About two dozen protesters speak at Alva Planning Commission hearing on proposed Young Street housing addition to include six single family homes on two lots bordering the street and some additional land behind.

The NWOSU Sports Hall of Fame honorees include Kevin Robinson (basketball), Glen Piper (basketball), Ryan Hintergardt (baseball) and Howard Gautier (football, basketball). Gautier was inducted posthumously.

The Woods County 4-H Team won the junior division at the Northwest District Contest.

Alva Monument Works donates tombstone for outlaw Isaac Black who is buried in the Alva Municipal Cemetery.

Two suspects, Timothy Dees and Zachery Wilson, are arrested in the 2013 murder of Charles Nieman of Alva. Shortly after, a third man, Jeremy Hugh Scott, was arrested in the murder.

Greg Lyon retires from Bill Johnson Correctional Center after overseeing 20 GED graduations in his six years with the prison.

The Alva Chamber Citizen's Choice Awards Gala honors Joelle Schupbach, Citizen of the Year; Rose Blunk, Lifetime Achievement; Allyson Bush of Daisy Village, Business of the Year; Caleb Chapman, Youth Entrepreneur; Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council, Arts, Music & Theatre Award; Jordan Leon, Firefighter of the Year; Kris Franta, Law Enforcement Professional; Shane Feely, Educator of the Year.

ACT I Theatre presents Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the animated film, with a youthful cast from pre-K through sixth grade.

The Alva Airport Commission hires new airport manager Greg Robison who had been working part-time at the airport.

Avard Rail Park Authority appoints Allan Poe to fill vacancy on board.

NWOSU Lady Ranger Baily Brown breaks school record with 26 rebounds in a game against Southeastern Oklahoma, one shy of tying the GAC single game total.

The City of Alva announces the HVAC project at City Hall will be completing work on the office area. After installing new carpet and painting, the office staff expected to move back in March 1. The temporary office was located in the Professional Building.

AHS Ladybugs won the first round of regional basketball tournament against Blackwell, but the Goldbugs fell to Blackwell. The Ladybugs lost to Perry in the second round and won the consolation trophy against Prague.

The Alva City Council held a public hearing on the Young Street Six Housing Project. After hearing from several citizens, the council rejected the housing addition application.

The Alva Tourism Committee awarded tourism tax funds to the Crazy Cool Boulevard Cruise, the Heartland BEST Robotics Competition, and funds for tourism marketing.

The AHS Ladybugs ended their season against Millwood at regionals.


AHS student Gracie Scarbrough is named a 2019 Academic All-State Scholar receiving a $1,000 merit-based scholarship.

Dr. W.H. Simon, former Alva residents, signs his book "The Civil War in a Barrel" at the First Friday Art Walk in Alva.

Alva Schools receive grades of B and C on state report cards.

The Alva Airport Commission approved CEC as the new engineers for airport projects. The FAA requires that airports receiving federal funds must ask for submissions from engineers every five years and choose the best one..

Alva Public Library announces a free six week financial fitness program open to the public.

Woods County Industrial Development Authority discusses upcoming Lt. Governor's Turkey Hunt to be held April 10-12.

The Alva City Council submitted plans to the state health department to address problems at the swimming pool in the hope of opening for the summer.

The Alva City Council tables a hearing on two dilapidated property declarations due to a mix-up on notifications to owners.

Desiree Morehead

Homecoming King Dylan Whitely places the crown on Homecoming Queen Stephanie Spellman's head. In front are Eli Taylor, Lexi Percival and Lane Brown.

The Alva Public Schools strategic planning process continued with the third of four phases in a meeting March 14. The process involved volunteers from all facets of the community as well as educators and students.

A poor wheat crop impacted local farmers and co-op. The Alva and Buffalo Farmers Cooperatives held their annual meeting in Alva and described how the marketing alliance mitigated losses.

Dee Wiebener, owner of LaDeeda clothing store, is awarded a Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award for donations of clothing to the NWOSU Teacher's Closet.

NWOSU names the new doctoral program in nursing as the Charles Morton Share Trust Division of Nursing and the Wisdom Family Foundation Doctoral Program in Rural Nursing Practice.

The Alva Hospital Authority learns that Dr. Michael Lawrence would be winding down his family practice at Share Medical Center to start working in the emergency room.


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