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Walking from Altus to Lawton for MDA

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It started out as a cool, cloudy morning at Hightower Park in Altus, where a long rainbow shined as a sign of good things to come for 62 year-old retired Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Alan Barth. A group of friends, other Air Force retirees once stationed in Altus, saw him off as he embarked on a 51 mile journey on foot along highway 62 from Altus to Lawton. Like the two years prior, Barth walked to raise awareness and donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).


Chamber President: $400 million ‘retail leakage’

Approximately $400 million dollars per year is “leaking” from local retailers and is being spent in other towns, Altus Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bush said as the guest speaker at the Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. That is potentially $14 million annual that could go to City services and infrastructure based on the city tax of 3.5 percent, he explained. Bush discussed several points Altus’ economic potential and bringing more prosp...

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Bulldogs new leash

Head Coach Jeremy Reed takes hold of the leash on the Altus High School Bulldogs. In this his first year as Head Coach and Athletic Director, Reed has been in the midst of long overdue and dramatic changes within the program. After three seasons as Dickson’s Head Coach, Reed believed it was time to move up the coaching ranks. Having an opportunity to serve as A.D. and Head Coach, affords him the control of his team from within and that is always appealing to any coach. Hopefully, the ma...

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Fall football preview 2014

It’s nearly September and we’re all ready for some football weather. These hot days in southwest Oklahoma put a lil’ more sugar on the sweet reward of winning playoff games in December. A couple teams down here in the corner know all about winning in December. Hollis optioned it’s way to the front of class A to win the state championship no matter who their quarterback was and the Tipton seniors have played in three straight title games winning on...

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Writer’s football experience

MY FOOTBALL CREDENTIALS I may have the highest winning percentage as a coach of anyone in nation. I was blessed to have coached receivers and defensive backs at Frederick two years ago. I know that Frederick isn’t reviewed in this edition but it’s my most recent hands-on football experience. Therefore, readers of this paper may become accustomed to my Bomber references. The Bombers were 14-1 that season and I’m telling you if QB Trevor Flores’ year didn̵...

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Mangum Tigers on the rise

Forest Mazey sparks new life into Greer County. The youth of Mangum have bought into this fun style of football too. Sawyer Webb, Aidan Warner and a dozen other future footballers are as much in the drills at practice without the contact as you can be. That’s how athletes learn the ways. Let the kids hang around the team and they will learn. Give them one of the 100 little jobs to do during the season. In trade, every young athlete in Mangum should be outside throwing seam reads, outs a...

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Duke Tigers run rough into 2014

Duke football is on the rise. Anytime you have a coach that loves the game and loves coaching kids as much as Mike Harris, the program is elevated. There is talent down in grades 6 and 7 with size and speed. Matt Milner and Mason Rice and that group should run rampant in the 8-man game. However, the 2014 version of Duke football will chew up small chunks of yards at a time. In southwest Oklahoma, we know there will be a cloud of dust. Will there be 3 yards to go with it?

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REAP Grant public meeting to be held

There will be a public meeting held in the Jackson County Commissioners office, 101 N Main, at 9 a.m. , on Sept. 3. The meeting will be to discuss applying for a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant for the Jackson County Rural Fire Chiefs Association.This grant will go to support the Wildland Fire Task Force and firefighter safety concerns for our Jackson County fireman. Questions concerning this grant should be addressed to Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Manager/Safety D...

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Dr. Andrews appointed Hospice Medical Director

During this week’s meeting of the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Dr. Angelia Andrews was appointed as the Hospice Medical Director and Dr. Abuelshar and Dr. Mihanni as alternate Medical Directors through April 30, 2015.Also during the meeting, Jim King reported the highlights from the Performance Improvement Council meeting held on Aug. 6.Michelle Ford reported that the outreach clinics had a total of 225 admissions and 125 outpatient surgeries...

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Drivers loses vehicle on Hwy 62

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Jackson County EMS, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call on Wednesday, Aug. 27 east of Altus. The call, which came in around 4 p.m., said that there was a man lying in the roadway, eastbound on Highway 62 near mile marker 48.Officers on scene stated that the driver had reportedly stopped and exited his pickup truck for an unknown reason. After getting out of the pickup, the man realized the vehicle was not in park, and it began ...

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Air Refueling Wing gets new squadron, mission

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — The 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base is assuming command over the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron from Altus Air Force Base.The 730th is a reserve unit of the Air Force charged with training aircrew. The reservists in the unit work next to active duty airmen.Commander Col. Brian Davis of the 507th Air Refueling Wing says the unit is excited to be working with the airmen and happy to be gaining a new mission....

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VFW, Ladies Auxiliary reaching out to welcome eligible people to join local organization

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4876 and Ladies Auxiliary are reaching out to welcome eligible people to join the local organization. Their main goal is to help Veterans and their families in need of assistance whether it be medical, physical issues or economic aide. Community involvement is an ongoing effort conducted by the local group.Programs such Essay and Art contests that involve the youth at Middle and High School levels. Scouting, sports teams and youth church grou...

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Stockman’s Bank honors Altus Public Schools Employee of the Month

LaNell Mobbs has been named Altus Public Schools’ Employee of the Month for the month of August. Mrs. Mobbs is the secretary to Altus High School principal and has worked for Altus Schools for the past 26 years. She was nominated for this award by her colleagues, who say, “LaNell Mobbs is second to none!” Mrs. Mobbs is known around the high school campus as “a team player” and “a problem solver.” Mrs. Mobbs has been married to her husband, Eddy, for 4...

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Congressman Lankford in Altus to hear issues

Republican US Congressman James Lankford is visiting Altus and Altus Air Force Base today to meet with citizens, civic leaders, and AAFB leadership on current concerns, needs, and issues. After visiting places like Tusla and Lawton this week, Lankford will ask questions and listen to what is going on in Southwest Oklahoma.“It’s very, very important to me that if you’re going to represent somebody that you have to know who they are and what the issues are, you can&...

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Navajo loses late to Leedey

Navajo dropped a 4-3 decision to Leedey on Tuesday. After trailing early 2-0, Navajo managed a run in the 4th inning on some aggressive David Gilbstad base running and a Leedey throwing error.Gilstad continued contributing in the 5th inning with a single to right field scoring Collin Becerra. The score remained locked until the top of the 7th inning.With one out, Prince Silva doubled down the left field line and later advanced to third on another throwing error. When the...

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$100 million raised for ALS under a month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, has seen a huge jump in donations for a cure in just over a month. The nearly $100 million in donations towards a cure is largely due to the Ice Bucket Challenge. What is the Ice Bucket Challenge? When someone nominates another to take the challenge, they have 24 hours to complete it by pouring a bucket of ice and water over themselves, nominating three other people to do the same, upload their video to a social media website, and make a donation....

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Goodwill Open House Saturday at new location

The new Goodwill store, located at 1218 N. Grady in Altus, will be celebrating their Grand Opening with a very special event this Saturday. On Saturday, Aug. 30, Goodwill along with Walker Carpet, H&H Furniture and Altus Finance, all located in the same shopping center, will be holding their Grand Opening together throughout the day.Goodwill is very excited to be one of the four new businesses in this amazing shopping center, which is located one block east of N. Main on Falcon Roa...

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The garden’s woes, the garden woos

“I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where fifty pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

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