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Granite escapee captured

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An Oklahoma State Reformatory escapee was captured on Tuesday, Sept. 22, when local law enforcement saw the inmate riding a stolen bicycle through Altus.Robert W. Janni, 39, was recognized by a Jackson County Sheriff Department Deputy who observed the man riding a bicycle on Hudson, shirtless, wearing gray uniform pants, correctional issued boots, and having several tattoos.“It all added up,” stated Deputy John Downs, who detained Jannie.That’s when Deputy Downs turned on his lights. Jannie then tried to speed off on the bicycle. Jannie crashed the bike and then fled on foot down an adjacent alley. “When a second Deputy unit arrived, Jannie gave himself up,” Downs said.

 

Police investigate overnight burglaries

Altus Police are investigating two separate first degree burglaries and an attempted first degree burglary which happened overnight.Unknown subjects gained entry into a residence on Villa Del Sol, while the homeowners slept, by prying open a side garage door. Suspect(s) stole a ladies purse and a handgun from vehicles parked in the garage. Suspects also entered into the residence and stole a ladies billfold. Police are collecting evidence and continuing their investigation.

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Navajo Wins Hammon tourney

The surging Navajo baseball Indians are warming up at the right time going into regionals. Over the weekend the Navajo got the best of host Hammon, class B’s 7th ranked team, twice in the double elimination tournament to claim the trophy for the second year in a row.In the first match-up, Navajo got the 4-3 win over Hammon behind Dakota McGrory’s complete game 10 strikeout effort. “Dakota was dominant and I don’t think he had his best stuff either,” sa...

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Commissioners receive 2-year bridge inspection review

Jackson County Commissioners met with bridge inspectors to discuss their two-year routine inspections, and consider items on their consent agenda, during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept 22. The Circuit Engineering District-7 bridge inspectors found a total of 21 bridges in the County that require general maintenance.“Most of the bridges are good,” CED-7 Bridge Inspector, Brad Coalson, said following the meeting. “They [Commissioners] do a really good job of ...

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Rotary Club donates to Will To Run

The Altus Rotary Club made a generous donation of $3020 to the Will To Run fundraising effort to help William McCaskill, II, of Altus attend the World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Ariz.McCaskill was invited to train with elite coaches at the WAC to compete in upcoming USA track meets and pursue his dream to race against world-class athletes in the 2016 Olympics.The “Road To Rio” Cross-Fit Competition will be held this Saturday, Sept. 27, at Evolved Fitness, 2...

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Tops in Blue to perform in Altus

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force’s premier entertainment showcase, Tops in Blue, is offering a free night of family entertainment on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at the Western Oklahoma State College auditorium in Altus.This year, Tops in Blue continues its long-standing tradition of family entertainment by showcasing what has made Tops in Blue a “must-see” event for over 60 years. The group will perform chart-topping hits as well as great music from ...

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Utility customer charge not recommended

The City of Altus Utility Committee voted to not recommend to Council any changes to the current electric rates or billing after a discussion during a Committee meeting that was held Monday. The Committee met to discuss revisions to an Emergency Ordinance which would increase customer charges per month, based off of a rate study done by Prime Group, LLC. Residents would incur a $16.86 per month increase in a customer charge from $14.57 to $31.43. Commercial and industrial rates would also inc...

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Caution: Deer on the move

They grow up so fast. This year’s crop of fawns are nearly as tall as their does and the white spots that helped camouflage them are nearly gone.Now that the Fall Equinox has passed, we have more hours of night than day. This fact coupled with deer on the move to areas with more acorns, mesquite beans and tender young wheat, can spell disaster if drivers don’t slow down and actively look for deer.

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Cotton Festival to be held in Frederick Nov. 1

The Frederick Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its seventh annual Cotton Festival to be held on Saturday, Nov. 1. There will be activities throughout the entire day which include the Chili Cook-Off, entertainment, Little Miss Cotton Bowl Pageant, Cotton Gin Tours and much, much more.At this time the Chamber is looking for non-food vendors to participate in this event. If you are interested in being a non-food vendor please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 335-2126 or downloa...

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Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women to host 5th annual Beans & Baskets fundraiser

The Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women will host their 5th Annual Beans & Baskets Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Jackson County Expo Center. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Congressman James Lankford, candidate for U.S. Senate.

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‘Clean Up Altus’ event set for Sept. 27

“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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Fundraiser set for Stephen Booker

“Team Booker” has organized a “Bookin’it for Booker Run/Walk” fund-raising event for the weekend of Oct. 10-11, to show support for Stephen Booker of Altus, who is currently being treated for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Booker was also diagnosed with high risk MDS (Myelodysplasia).The event starts with a T-shirt pick up, spaghetti dinner, raffle and silent auction on Oct. 10, from 5:30-8 p.m., at Altus Community Center (west side).The “Boo...

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Social Security program to be held at library

One of the easiest ways to apply for Social Securtiy Benefits is on the government web site: www.socialsecurity.gov. The Altus Public Library is hosting a program Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. with two representatives from the Social Security Administration to help explore what all the website has to offer and how just easy it is to navigate. The purpose of the program is to help people receive some background information regarding Social Security programs. Attendees will also receive information regard...

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4-H Honors and Awards Reception set

Jackson County 4-H members, parents, leaders and supporters are looking forward to the annual First National Bank 4-H Honors and Awards Reception, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the WOSC Multi-Purpose Room. Doors to the reception will be open at 1:30 p.m. for guests to review the various 4H project displays and the 4H Year in Review slide show.The First National Bank (FNB) of Altus will again sponsor the banquet for Jackson County 4-H. Walter Treadwell and Kerr...

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Altus hangs on to beat Elk City 20-19

The Bulldogs hold on to beat Elk City 20-19 in maybe the strangest game I’ve ever seen.

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Cooper, Rogers crowned homecoming royalty

Crystal Cooper was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at Friday’s game. She is shown here being escorted by Homecoming King, Aaron Rogers. Crystal is the daugther of Opie Cooper and Tammy & Robert Clements. Aaron is the son of Jimmy and Mary Rogers. Altus won the game against Elk City. See the complete story and photos from the game on page 4 of today’s edition.

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Skippy the Scooter and Walker-Bait

If you are not a fan of the AMC TV series The Walking Dead you may have never heard of “walkers.” These are the living dead—zombies who are taking over the world as they eat their way through the last surviving normal (whatever that means) humans.

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Public Forum planned at Western

Western Oklahoma State College invites the community to a Public Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center at the college. The forum is one of several meetings scheduled with the Western campus and community during the next four months, aimed at creating a new strategic plan for the college. Western will have a new strategic plan by January 2015.

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