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Students see puppet show

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Third graders from Altus Christian Academy enjoy posing with puppeteers after watching the Aldonian puppet show, held in the Museum of the Western Prairie. The show is offered in the fall to third graders from Altus and its surrounding communities. The puppets, along with vintage photographs, teach how basic needs were met for the Native Americans and settlers who lived in our southwest area. Following the show, the students take a guided tour of the museum.“There’s just so much to see,” says museum director, Jennie Buchanan. “We encourage the children to come again with their parents. Then they get to be the tour guides!”


Dr. Chesser to speak at Rotary Club

Ronald Keith Chesser, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker for this coming Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.“This will be an amazing program and very timely,” said Rotarian of the day John Horschler.Dr. Chesser will be traveling from Texas Tech for his presentation is “Dismantling Iraq’s Former Nuclear Infrastructure.”Dr. Chesser is the Director for the Center for Environmental Radiation Studies, and Professor for the Department of...

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As of press time, two people were still being sought by local authorities after multiple arrests on Friday. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, warrants were issued for eight individuals in connection with a human trafficking/sex crimes case.Murphy said that an investigation began in January 2013 by Altus Police that resulted in charges being filed in Jackson County District Court for sex crimes against a 13 year old female.

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Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate to read for Coffee Cup Bunch

The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will be treated to a poetry reading by Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate Nathan Brown at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Altus Public Library.

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OG&E Thunderbolt coming to Altus for Chili Cookoff

The Oklahoma City Thunder has created a new fan experience designed to reach communities throughout the state and region. The OG&E ThunderBolt will offer fans attending local festivals, neighborhood events, school celebrations and more to engage in an interactive, Thunder-themed display. Among other stops, the ThunderBolt will be at next weekend’s Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cook-Off in Altus. The Thunderbolt will be parked in the parking lot of courthouse in downtown Altus.&#...

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AHS over El Reno 43-8

AHS took care of business as expected Friday in El Reno 43-8. The Bulldogs now sit a 3-1 on the year and take a 1-0 advantage in district standings.Turnovers dampened El Reno’s homecoming. TJ McGill and Jayden Benway had 2 rushing scores and Hunter Cleveland added a 12 yard scamper to give the Bulldogs 5 rushing touchdowns on the night. The other time the Bulldogs reached the end zone was Benway’s toss to Aaron Rogers for a 26 yard score.Altus allowed only an...

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Friday night scores from across the state

PREP FOOTBALLAda 35, Glenpool 7Adair 63, Salina 21Afton 48, Wyandotte 40Alex 45, Macomb 0Allen 57, Bray-Doyle 12Altus 43, El Reno 8Anadarko 41, Elk City 0Apache 59, Mangum 12Ardmore 63, Del City 26Beaver 50, Burns Flat-Dill City 6Beggs 28, Hilldale 14Berryhill 42, Sequoyah-Claremore 14Bethany 42, Meeker 0Bixby 47, Claremore 6Black...

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City-wide “Clean Up Altus” event tomorrow

“Clean Up Altus,” the city-wide cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road between 8-9 a.m., on the East side, to register and pick up their trash bags. Volunteers may want to bring their own pair of gloves. Everyone will begin to return to the Community Center between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to show up and join in the fun.

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AHS girls win 3rd Straight, boys finish 2nd.

AHS girls ran cross Walter’s country on Tuesday to claim their 3rd consecutive team win. Alan Ortiz captured his 3rd straight individual win helping the boys team get 2nd place. The AJH girls and boys teams both finished 4th.RESULTS*denotes runners that medaled5K1. Alan Ortiz 17.50*15. Ryan Oden 21.08*16. Jessie Benitez 21.17*17. Josh Baker18. Steven Dwyer20. Caleb Vandezel27. J...

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Bulldogs at El Reno for district opener

The Altus Bulldogs travel to El Reno to battle the Indians today. This is the first district clash for AHS and very well should be their first district win. I usually wouldn’t provide bulletin board material for an opponent. However, when the game ends this evening, the Bulldogs will hopefully be injury free and sitting with a 3-1 overall record and 1-0 in league play.El Reno should pose little trouble for a Bulldog team fresh off a winning 20-19 nail-biter last Friday night ...

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Pioneers Hard at Work

I caught up with Kurt Russell, WOSC’s baseball coach, as he threw batting practice yesterday. This is the most appealing part of this job as a sportswriter. I am a baseball guy. I have my father to blame for that. I hope he accepts responsibility for it as easy as I accuse him of it.The Pioneer baseball story will be a prominent fixture in this part of the paper going forward. It’s local sports and very close to me personally. I was a Pioneer. I took the mound in my #34...

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Arrests made in sex crimes case

According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, an investigation that began in January of 2013 by Altus Police has resulted in charges being filed in Jackson County District Court, and arrest warrants being issued for multiple persons, both males and females, for sex crimes against a 13 year old female. Murphy said this morning that a year and a half investigation has culminated to the arrest of several individuals today.

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AHS girls win last two

There must be something in the limited Altus water supply because this town is producing some distance runners at a faster rate than most other towns. The AHS Cross Country runners have come home with two straight team wins for the girls and a runner-up along with a win for the boys. Results from the Elgin and Cameron meets are below. Today, the runners are traversing the Cache hosted meet.ELGIN 9/16/14Team Scores Boys 2nd place - 79 pts. Girls 1St place - 22 pts.Boys -5...

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Girls basketball signups set

Those girls wanting to play youth basketball must sign up by next Thursday, Oct. 2, by 5 p.m., at the Altus recreation gym.The coaches meeting for the girl’s youth season will be held the next day, Friday, Oct. 3. The time for the meeting is not set at this time.

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Former Altus Golden Glove gives back by teaching kids to box

Under the abuse of the hot afternoon sun, 62-year-old retired Pablo Lopez of Altus, steps into the ring to give his students what Altus gave to him years ago: Boxing. Even more, Lopez wants to open a boxing club to give kids a place to train all year round.“I want to help these guys get off the street and to give them a chance to do something,” Lopez said, in between rounds of training one of his students.

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State Board of Education member visits Altus Public Schools

State Board of Education member, Cathy Franks, visited Altus Public Schools on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Cathryn Franks is a former history teacher who taught at Killeen High School in Texas, where she was twice named “Teacher of the Year.” She is the director of international cultural education for Musco Lighting International, a company that provides lighting at major sporting events and stadiums worldwide.

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Altus flight nurse receives national award from Air Evac Lifeteam

Misty Weldon, flight nurse for the Altus Air Evac Lifeteam base, was recently honored as the company’s National Flight Nurse of the Year. She received the award on Sept. 6 at the Air Evac Lifeteam National Awards Banquet in St. Charles, Mo. Kelly Cox, M.D., senior medical director for Air Evac Lifeteam, said Weldon possesses outstanding critical care knowledge and is a calming presence for patients and their families. “Misty interacts with our hospitals and ...

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Businesses begin to ‘Paint the Town Pink’

Local businesses in Altus are starting to “Paint the Town Pink,” in support of the “Pink Out” event sponsored by the Altus High School for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Amanda Davis of the Altus Schools Public Relations Office, stated that businesses who paint their storefronts in pink can enter their display into a contest for judging which takes place on Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Prizes and awards will be given out.

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