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Polls open today for runoff voters

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Polls are now open for Jackson County and other Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in runoff races across the state.Party nominations will be decided for seats in the U.S. Senate and House and in several legislative contests.On the ballot Tuesday will be State Officers for Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Cox and Freda Deskin. Congressional Officers for U.S. Senator unexpired term, Connie Johnson and Jim Rogers.Democrats will choose a nominee for the U.S. Senate to face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford and for state Superintendent of Education to face GOP nominee Joy Hofmeister.


Lady bulldogs split at El Reno Tourney

The Lady Bulldogs softball team went to El Reno over the weekend and faced four opponents and came away with two wins and two losses.In the opening game, the girls managed just one hit by Taylor Warrington against Noble. The Lady Bulldogs beat Noble the week but lost in the tournament to them 12-1. Instead of letting a game like that one get their heads down, the girls needed a short memory. They jumped out front of Bishop McGuiness with three runs in the first inning after Tessa D...

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Southwest Opry to showcase variety of talent

Mikayla Jo’s Southwest Opry presents a show packed with a variety of talented artists performing Hot New Country Hits, Country Classics, Gospel, Patriotic, and Western Swing, as well as some comedy. The SW Opry’s show slated for this Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Altus Municipal Auditorium, will be hosted by the talented and witty, Ken Waugh.

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Jackson County Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, where they approved a Canon Copier as surplus from the Assessor’s office, among other items on the consent agenda. The copier, a Canon IR2230, was replaced by a more efficient model, County Assessor Lisa Roberson informed.Also during the meeting, Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick thanked all of the county workers and firefighters, and City of Altus and Altus Air Force Base firefighters, for for thei...

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Camping at Quartz Mountain

Are you planning one last campout for the Labor Day Holiday? A lot of folks do choose to have their final camping trip of the season at Quartz Mountain Nature Park. Remember, camping is on a first come first serve basis (no reservations) so bring your trailer out early. The Wednesday before the holiday (Aug. 27) if you are not too fussy on which site you get. If you have a specific site you want to try for, you should probably have come out on Monday (25th). If you are tent camping you do not...

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Suspect points shotgun at cabdriver and occupants

Altus Police arrested a man early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, at around 2:30 a.m. after he pointed a shotgun at a cab driver and two occupants in the cab.All three told police that the suspect, Jeffery Taft, 52, of Peacock Circle in Altus, argued with another subject in the cab after arriving on the street.

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Eight Pioneer Basketball Grads Continue at 4 – year Institutions

Western Oklahoma State College’s Pioneer men’s basketball team started the 2013-14 season with an NJCAA national poll ranking of #22 and finished the 2013-14 season with a 20-9 record. Even more impressive is the number of former Pioneers who signed with 4 -year schools to complete their educational and athletic careers.Coach Rolando De La Barrera reported that 2013-14 sophomore, Najee Senior signed a scholarship letter to play for Mercy College of Dobbs Ferry, New York...

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Voters go to the polls this Tuesday

An election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 for runoffs that feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House.Democrats will choose nominees in a U.S Senate contest and for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Several state House and Senate contests are also be on the ballot.On the ballot Tuesday will be State Officers for Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Cox and Freda Deskin. Congressional Officers fo...

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Mission On Wheels wins Times’ prize

Edna Douglas and Mission On Wheels was recently named the winner in the Altus Times’ MyOwn Community Service Partner Campaign. Douglas won $2,500 in free donated advertising to support her charitable efforts for 12 months.The contest was open to all local charity or community groups, with an IRS designation, whose works and community contributions are open to all without regards to race, color, or creed.

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Councilman questioned about eligibility

The Altus Times received several inquiries about City of Altus Councilman, Mike Patterson of Ward 4, relating to his permanent place of residence. According to Oklahoma State Statute, any elected official who ceases to be a resident of the municipality ceases to be an elected official.Councilman Patterson and his wife have resided in the 400 Block of Willard Drive for 35 years, but last year they began building their new log cabin style home outside Altus city limit...

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Hospital adds family practice specialist

Jackson County Memorial Hospital welcomes Kimberly Wirths, M.D., to the Medical Clinic at 201 South Park Lane in Altus. She is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians. As a Family Medicine practitioner, Wirths specializes in caring for people from newborn to geriatrics in all aspects of family medicine.She is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missour...

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Where is the love?

Imagine that your 42 year old son has died after a four year battle with a rare disease that has destroyed his internal organs. You are grieving at his casket the night of the wake when an official of the church—-the church which earlier in this horrid week approved the ceremony—-calls you, informing you that they can no longer honor your request to have the funeral in the church as planned tomorrow.“Why?” you ask.“Because we found out your ...

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Wildland Task Force called to extinguish Warren blaze

The Jackson County Wildland Task Force responded to a wild-land fire at North County Road 212 and ECR 151 in Warren, where emergency teams established a command post and set up a multi-agency operation to extinguish a blaze in hot, dry, 101 degree Southwest Oklahoma weather.The Task Force, comprised of all fire units within Jackson County and Jackson County EMS, was deployed to the scene around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, to contain the fire from jumping the North Fork of the Red...

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Korean War veteran to go on Honor Flight

Korean War veteran Danny King of Altus will go on a charter Honor Flight from Tulsa to Washington, D.C., in September to visit the memorials of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.Following this, he will take a tour of Arlington National Cemetery to observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a bus tour of several other national monuments.King served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years from 1947 until his retirement as a Senior Ma...

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‘Living Longer, Living Stronger’ series completed

Nobody wants to have a chronic long-term illness. Unfortunately, most adults will experience two or more chronic conditions during our lives. These illnesses include heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and a host of others can cause most people to experience fatigue as well as to lose physical strength and endurance.That’s why the “Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living with Chronic Conditions” series of workshops were held at the ...

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Citizenship requires study

Do you remember how many amendments the Constitution has? What kind of government does the United States have? How many justices are there on the Supreme Court?

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Farm Hand Olympics, Children’s Day events planned for upcoming Fair

“Keep Calm and Fair On” is the theme for the 2014 Jackson County Free Fair. The fair is scheduled for Sept. 3-6, so it is just around the corner.With the Jackson County Fair comes the ever popular farm hand Olympics for junior and senior youth set for Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m. This event may involve sack races, wheel barrow races, hay hauling, salt block races, tire rolling, lawn mower races, dressing up like a farmer, etc… One year participants even had to move M...

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Navajo wins over Ninnekah

The Navajo High School baseballers booted the ball around on defense behind another complete game on the hill by Curtis Goodson. Goodson earned the 6-3 win over Ninnekah throwing all 6 innings striking out 4 and allowing 6 hits.“I was really disappointed in our defense today,” Said Head Coach Weston Winters. “It is disheartening because we are a good defensive team.”Navajo dropped the first game of the Tournament of Champions at Tuttle to Ft. Cobb...

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