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Formal arraignment for Allen set for Sept.2

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The preliminary hearing for Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Altus, was held Tuesday in Jackson County District Court. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder. Allen was ordered to stand trial for the 2001 murder of his ex-wife Tracy Lynn Allen who went missing in May 2001. His formal arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in District Judge Richard Darby’s courtroom.Garland Paul Allen was bound over for trial after hearing sworn testimony from two witnesses called by the state.


Entries ready for new ‘chair’-ity event

Progress on the Altus Lions Club’s “Chair-ity Auction Fun-Raiser” by participating merchants is going strong. The event, which offers decorated chairs with gift baskets, will be held this Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Best Western on N. Main. There will be a dinner for $5 at 6 p.m., following by a performance by Mikayla Jo Balderas at 6:45 p.m. People’s Choice voting for the most popular chairs will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the auction. The Altus Lions ...

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Inmate escapes from Granite prison

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.The Greer County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.No details about Kelsey’s escape were immediately available Thursday morning. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He w...

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Woman falls out of pickup onto highway

A Hobart woman, Ruth Studdard, 36, was hospitalized after falling out of moving pickup truck on Wednesday.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident happened at the CR 1330 and Hwy 44 intersection northwest of Hobart at approximately 11:46 p.m. on Wednesday.Joshua Herd, 36, of Hobart, the driver of the 1994 Ford pickup, was not injured.The report states that Herd was turning onto Hwy 44 from CR 1330 when the passenger door opened, caus...

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Jackson County Fair dates, events announced

Organizers for this year’s Jackson County Fair has announced the dates to be Sept. 3-6, with the theme “Keep Calm and Fair On at the Jackson County Fair”.Events will include livestock and non-livestock exhibits, commerical exhibits, Junior & Senior Youth Farm Hand Olympics, children’s tours and games, Border Collie demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, turtle races, a turkey calling contest, Weiner Dog Races, tractor driving contest and a tractor peda...

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Woman hospitalized after dog attack

An Altus woman was transported by EMS personnel to Jackson County Memorial Hospital, and later flown to an OKC hospital, with severe injuries after she was attacked by several dogs.According to reports from Altus Police, the victim and her friend said they went to a residence at 919 North Howse Street, at around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, to ask the homeowner about purchasing a trailer that was parked at that residence. The two women entered the property, which is surrounded b...

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Parachuter apparently suffered heart attack during jump

The Altus Times reported a story in the Wednesday, July 23 edition about a WWII Airborne Demonstration Team member that died in a tragic training exercise on Tuesday evening. Sharon Bennett, public affairs officer with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team, released the following information today about the accident:

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Dehtan receives ORRC scholarship

Dylan Clay Dehtan lives in Eldorado, OK and is a 2014 graduate of Eldorado High School. He is the son of Buddy Dehtan and the grandson of Norman “Buddy” and JoAnn Dehtan. He will attend Western Oklahoma State College in the fall, and plans to study Geology.Oklahoma Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ORRC), located in Stillwater, has completed processing scholarships to Oklahoma farm and rural students who graduated from high school this spring. Of the 256 applications re...

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WWII Airborne Demonstration Team fatal parachuting accident

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team has lost one of their own. Sharon Bennett, WWII Airborne Demonstration Team member and volunteer was contacted by the Frederick Press-Leader and reported, “A press release is being prepared by the team and will probably be released later today.” Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington was contacted and he confirmed there was a parachute accident at the Frederick Airfield on Tuesday, July 22 that resulted in the fatality of a jumper.

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Urbanski celebrated for selfless service with Altus Chamber

Altus Chamber of Commerce retiring President Holley Urbanski was honored for her 43 years of service to the Altus Community with a retirement reception held at the Museum of the Western Prairie, Tuesday, July 22.State and local officials, Altus Air Force Base leadership, and her many friends and associates, recognized Urbanski for her far-reaching accomplishments by presenting honorary citations, a Governor’s Commendation, awards, and a special dedication of the Chamber build...

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Ribbon cutting held for Little Caesars

Little Caesars and the Altus Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the restaurant’s Grand Opening on Tuesday, July 22, with a ribbon cutting just minutes before the store opened for business to Altus customers at 1401 N. Main.“Everybody we’ve come in contact with, they have all been excited while waiting for us to open,” Little Caesars General Manager Paul McClure said at the ribbon cutting. “They are a friendly bunch of people here in Altus. I lo...

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A new look, thanks to you

The Altus Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Altus Times is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website.But whil...

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Miss Altus Teen Pageant set for Aug. 2

The Miss Altus Teen Pageant contestants spent last Saturday visiting many of their sponsors. The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. at the City Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 from any of the contestants. Tickets will also be available at The Altus City Auditorium July 28- Aug. 1 from 6:30 to 9 .pm. for $10. Pageant night tickets will be available at the door for $15.

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Council to discuss filling City Manager position

The Altus City Council will hold a special meeting to consider agenda items regarding the recent resignation announcement of the City Manager Elizabeth Gray, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, in Council Chambers of the Altus Municipal Complex.Council will consider to declare a vacancy in the position of City Manager effective August 15, due to the resignation by Gray, as announced on July 15.

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Monday evening gunfire reported

Altus Police are investigating shots fired in the 1200 block of West Davis that was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening. Investigators found the back window of a vehicle had been shot out by gunfire. One empty shell casing was also found at the scene. Police transported a man to the police department where he was questioned and later released.

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A good reason to slow down

This buck “popped up” over the guard rail, in the hairpin curve on Lodge Road just as the sun was rising. Just one of the reasons we ask folks to slow down as they drive through the park. There were no cars on the road, so one might have been tempted to zip around the curve-SURPRISE!However my car was parked in the pull out and I was on foot (taking sunrise photos). I do not know who was more surprised: the buck or me. About one minute later a second buck crossed at the...

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Bring wildlife a little closer with nighttime event at Hackberry Flat

The Hackberry Flat Center near Frederick will present “Prairie at Night” from- 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.Learn about how wildlife are best adapted to the night life. Visitors will travel by seated trailer into the prairie and try various techniques to bring wildlife a little closer. Evening will conclude with a campfire, if not in a burn ban and weather permits, and the event were you can come and discover the prairie after dark is free. Space is limited h...

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Commissioners approve services for commercial revaluation

The Jackson County Commissioners approved a contract for professional services regarding an upcoming county revaluation, and considered other items on the agenda, during their regular meeting on Monday, July 21, in the Commissioners’ Office of the County Courthouse.

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