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Military honored at Rodeo opening night

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Altus Air Force Base airmen and families were honored at the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo Military Appreciation Night, held Thursday, Aug. 21. Military guests were served up a free hot dinner by members of the Altus Chamber of Commerce and Altus Military Affairs Committee to show their gratitude for serving the USA, and being part of the Altus community.Col. Bill Spangenthal, 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander, Chief Master Sgt. Bryan Creager, 97th AMW Command Chief, and Col. Sushil S. Ramrakha, 97th AMW Vice Commander, rode out on tall horses during the rodeo’s opening ceremony to be recognized along with military personnel and families who attended the opening night at the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo.

 

Lady Bulldogs hammer Del City

The Lady Bulldogs stumbled a few times to start the season by splitting with Noble, then losing to Lawton Mac and Duncan to put them at 1-3 on the year.The girls played better ball in both games against Del City on Tuesday and won in convincing fashion. Outscoring Del City 14-4 and 11-1, the softballers put big offense alongside a dominant pitching performance by Tessa Duncan who picked up the win in both games.Vanessa Molina made the biggest noise at the plate in the fi...

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SWTC developing new strategic plan

Southwest Technology Center has started the process for school improvement with plans for continued success of the center and the future of the educational facility. The first step of this process is the development of a new strategic plan.During the Aug. 11 board meeting the SWTC Board of Education approved Strategic Planning Consultation utilizing the Malcolm Baldridge Continuous model with Bill Bendure for the 2014-2015 school year. The administration at SWTC quickly began the p...

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Farm Service Agency offers Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

Altus – Carl Josefy, executive director for Jackson County Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that farmers and ranchers still have time to sign up for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) for grazing losses that occurred from Oct. 1, 2011, through April 15, 2014.The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the program in FY 2011.

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Hospital foundation awards scholarship

Greg Pickett, D.O., a member of the Mac Mollison Scholarship Committee at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, presents a scholarship to Chris Cheaney from Altus. He is a first-year medical student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.The Mac Mollison Scholarship Fund assists medical students and graduate nursing students from Southwest Oklahoma. The scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of long-time Altus physician Dr. Malcolm “Mac”...

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Physician recruitment update to be given at hospital meeting

An update on physician recruitment will be presented by Jackson County Memorial Hospital Authority CEO Willey at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.Other items to be reviewed and/or considered inlcude the Performance Improvement Council Report, Risk Management Plan, an update on the Outreach Programs, the Hospice Medical Director, Fixed Assets from Funded Depreciation, Designated Funds to Funded Depreciation, and a Conflict of Interest...

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PVNC Beautician retires

Plantation Village Nursing Center residents have lined up outside the facility’s beauty salon every Wednesday and Thursday for the last 15 years to see one woman, beautician Connie Conner. Having provided residents with a sense of independence and status for so many years, Conner now passes the brush to beautician Krista Hilley, as she officially retires this week.“We will miss her,” said long time customer and PVNC resident, Suzie Wittner. “I’ve had m...

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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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16th Annual Cattle Drive kicks off rodeo weekend

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 ̶...

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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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Fund raising concert planned for Baby Cooper

Redneck Brown and the Freshwater Donkeys are scheduled to perform at a benefit concert for Cooper Rebel Lee Reed, a Frederick, OK infant that was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. He is currently in the OU Children’s Medical Center; this concert will be to raise funds to help the family with costs since he has been in hospital. A silent auction will also take place with items donated from other artists in the industry.The band will be returning to familiar territory when t...

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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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