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16th Annual Cattle Drive kicks off rodeo weekend

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The annual Great Plains Stampede Rodeo starts tonight. Activities this week include a nightly rodeo Aug. 21-23, as well as a cattle drive and parade.The 36th annual rodeo begins each night at 8 p.m., with the Thursday Military Night. A free barbecue dinner held at 6 p.m. at the arena for all military and dependent rodeo ticket holders. Military personnel will also compete in a ten-person-team tug-o-war tournament. Friday, Aug. 22 is designated as Family Night, and Saturday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” and the finale.Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for kids, or $10 at the gate for children or adults. Advance tickets can be purchased from any Queen or Princess contestant. Box seats are $12 advance or $15 at the gate.


Abernathy elected alternate Angus delegate to 13th annual meeting

Don E. Abernathy ofAltus has been elected as an alternate delegate to the 131th Annual American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, November 6 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.Abernathy, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is one of 304 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to serve as an alternate state representative to th...

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Early voting started today in primary runoff

Early voting in Oklahoma’s runoff election started today, and continues on Friday and Saturday.Early voting in runoffs that feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House contest started today.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.A new law which took effect on Nove...

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Hiring event planned for Oklahoma military members

The Oklahoma CareerTech System and its partners are planning another hiring event for military members and veterans in the state.The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is a state initiative sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education CareerTech for Vets program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination. The agencies will host the hiring event for U.S. m...

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Enrollment numbers for WOSC announced

Lisa Greenlee reported on Western’s current enrollment at the regular meeting of the Board of Regents earlier this week. Greenlee said that the Summer 2014 enrollment was up 85% compared to last summer. Fall 2014 enrollment is currently down 12%. Some possible causes for the decline include a lower unemployment rate with more people returning to the work force and taking fewer college hours; population decline in Western’s five-county service area and changes to the Department of ...

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Navajo no no

Weston Winters’ Navajo Indians claimed two shutout wins at Granite Monday bringing their record to 6-1.Curtis Goodson, a sophomore at Navajo High School, threw a no-hit 12-0 gem to take the 2nd game of the two game sweep.As with most no-hitters at any level of baseball, a pitcher usually benefits from great defense by his teammates. Goodson relied heavily on his teammates while recording only 2 strikeouts out of 15 possible outs as he improves to 2-0 on the hill. I...

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‘Meet the Bulldogs’ event Saturday

Altus Athletics is hosting its first ever “Meet the Bulldogs” event on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Hightower Memorial Stadium. The even kicks off at 8 p.m. with the music of That Altus Band.The Altus High School Cheerleaders and Dance team members will be on-hand to showcase their talents, as well as encourage the crowd to show their Bulldog spirit. In addition, Altus Cross Country, Altus Junior High Band, AJH Cheerleaders and Football team and any partic...

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Local artist to host gospel celebration concert

Evangelist and Prophetess Bonita Massenberg will host a Gospel Celebration Concert on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at Spirit Of The Lord Equipping Center, 1120 W. Wingfield St. in Altus.Every singer dreams about recording a demo CD and Evangelist and Prophetess Bonita Massenberg is no different.The daughter of Minister James Sneed and the late Apostle Bernice Sneed, Bonita has been singing since she was five years old.“I remember telling my Mom that I want...

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APD Officers promoted

The Altus City Council was introduced to newly promoted Altus Police Officers during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, and considered items on the consent agenda. Council also received and update on the Drought Proof Water Project, learning that all stakeholders must meet and plan for the multi-state water conveyance system before a feasibility study can be performed.

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Altus, area blood drives planned

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). In Altus, blood drives are planned at Altus Intermediate School on Monday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m., and at Southwest Technology Center on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A blood drive will be held in Olustee on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Olustee High School, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Eldorado, a blood drive is set for Monday...

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Regional Water Resource Conference to be held in Sulpher

The Red River Valley Association will conduct a one day Regional Water Resource Conference on Thursday, Aug. 28. It will be held at the Artesian Hotel in Sulpher from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., lunch included.Water is a precious resource and it is important to address the issues of navigation, flood control/protection, bank stabilization, water supply, water quality and the eco-system.The general public is encouraged to attend, registration at the door is $80. Early registrati...

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Animal awareness and critter courtesy

Wildlife lives year round at Quartz Mountain. There may be hundreds of thousands of human visitors each year, but only two people live at Quartz Mountain. The rest of us are visitors. Some are frequent visitors (350 days a year) and others just come once or twice year.As we are guests we need to be on our best behavior. Do not leave trash and litter in your wake. That spit cup you used and tossed on the ground may become lodged on a skunks head. Diapers belong in dumpsters and tras...

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Smith to sing National Anthem at Giddy Up Gala

Emily Miranda Smith is the 2014 Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Princess. She will be singing the National Anthem at the Giddy-Up Gala, this Friday night.Emily is 12-years-old and is in the 7th grade at Altus Junior High. She loves school and is a 4.0 student and is the 2014 recipient of the Superintendent’s Academic Award. Emily is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and she is proud of her Native American heritage.Emily has been participating in junior rodeo ...

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Altus gas prices 2nd highest in state

With approximately one month remaining before the start of the shift from more expensive summer blend gasoline (September 15) to the relatively less expensive winter blend, the national average price for regular gasoline continues to drift lower and currently sits at $3.446 per gallon. Even though the national price of gas is getting lower, Altus is 2nd only to Guymon for having the highest price at the pump this week. Guymon’s is $3.495, ...

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Local Toastmasters Club to host humorous speech contest

The Red River Toastmasters Club of Altus will host their local Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest on Sept. 9 at the Southwest Technology Center. The contest will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Contestants for the local Toastmaster Club will compete for a spot in the upcoming Area Speech Contest.The Red River Toastmaster Club welcomes all members of the community to come to this entertaining contest to cheer on the competitors and discover what Toastmasters is all about....

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Law enforcement to set up checkpoints

As part of a statewide ramped-up enforcement effort over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, will be operating a special enforcement patrol along with impaired driving and safety checkpoints from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Local law enforcement agencies involved will include the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Altus Police Department.In addition to the safety checkpoints, the Oklahoma Hi...

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Early voting begins on Thursday

New Oklahoma law changes ‘early’ voting to the prior Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; affects August Democratic Runoff Primary Election.A new law which took effect on Nov. 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins on Thursday and continues on Friday and Saturday. Jackson Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson explained today. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday....

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3rd Annual Blair Park Swing planned

The 3rd Annual Blair Park Swing is planned for Sept. 12-13, at the Blair City Park. The event will kick-off on Friday evening Sept. 12, with a cornhole tournament and continue all day Saturday, Sept. 13th with a coed softball tournament.All proceeds will go toward continued improvements to the local Blair City Park.“With the help of our community, grants and donations, we are very excited about the park’s transformation thus far and look forward to the many m...

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