January 2021 began with snow and closed with a Vance AFB plane landing


January 9, 2022

Looking Back at 2021 – Woods County elected officials beginning new terms for 2021 were sworn in Dec. 31, 2020 by District Judge Justin Eilers. From left are District 2 Commissioner Randy McMurphy, Sheriff Rudy Briggs Jr., Court Clerk Staci Davey, County Clerk Shelley Reed and Judge Eilers.

It can be daunting to look back at the news and sports for a whole year. We're breaking the review down into small bites of one month.

Like 2022, the New Year's Day forecast for 2021 was a chance of snow. Early forecasts of 6-8 inches dropped to 1-3 inches and ended up being 1-2 inches.

On Dec. 31, Woods County had 203 active Covid-19 cases with 144 of those in Alva. Early in January, the total number of Covid-19 cases to date reached the 1001 mark.

Woods County elected officials beginning the year were District 2 Commissioner Randy McMurphy, Sheriff Rudy Briggs Jr., Court Clerk Staci Davey and County Clerk Shelley Reed.

The health department hosted the first Covid-19 vaccination day for ages 65 and over at the Alva Recreation Complex on Jan. 5 with more to dates to follow.

Beadles Nursing Home in Alva was featured statewide in an Oklahoma Watch story about their struggle to keep residents safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Alva Ladybugs had an extra-long holiday break after being exposed to the coronavirus requiring a two-week quarantine. After the long rest, they came back to start January with a 37-17 defeat of Blackwell. The Goldbugs also easily defeated Blackwell 57-23. They didn't fare as well in the Wheat Capital Tournament, with both teams losing in the first round. The Goldbugs took seventh place in the tournament, but the girls' fifth place game was cancelled due to Covid.

After covering Dr. Philip Self's practice while he was overseas in the military, Steve Madrid, PA-C began seeing patients in the Share Downtown Clinic. He also began once a week clinics in Freedom.

Looking Back at 2021 – Alva Junior 4-H team won second at the Northwest District Livestock Contest in Enid. From left: Brooklyn Murrow, Jansen Shirley, Avery McMurphy and Brady Lott.

Alva High School football and track coach Mike Shklar announced his resignation from coaching duties although he continues to teach.

In an update to the Alva City Council, Pool Task Force Chair Paul Barton talked about the engineer's assessment of the pool. He said the plumbing was about the only thing in good condition.

A Vance AFB T-6 trainer plane landed in Alva, and the pilot Capt. Matt Simpson presented a program to interested pilots on flight safety in Vance flight paths.

Share Medical Center marked a slowdown of Covid-19 cases toward the end of January. On Jan. 30, Woods County had 42 active cases with 33 in Alva.

During the January, Alva lost several notable residents including Fred Neuman who was known for his establishment of the Alva Boys Choir. His life was celebrated in the fall during the NWOSU homecoming weekend.


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