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Gray family making Western a tradition

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Three generations of the Gray family have now become Lifetime Members of the Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association. Karyl Gray (’03), Jo Ann Gray (’03), Kathi Martin (’83), Maegan Martin (’07) and April Sirmons (’09) have placed their Lifetime Leaves on the growing alumni tree that is located in the HLC Hallway at the Western Campus. Karyl Gray, who made these gifts of lifetime membership, said, “These gifts are a wonderful way to pay back the college for everything it has given us. Attending Western has become a family tradition and it is something I am proud to share with them.” The tradition continues with Matthew Martin who is a current student at WOSC and a member of Western’s Baseball Team.

 

Grand Re-opening and Open House Aug. 2 for Life Services at Pathways

Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center in Altus is proud to announce they have completed standards necessary to open their pregnancy clinic, Life Services at Pathways. This pregnancy clinic will offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds as Life Services coordinates with Pathways for parenting resources and educational classes.

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On a recent trip to California, the Privett family had an unlikely encounter at the LAX International Airport in Los Angeles. After spotting a tall man in the airport struggling with the luggage cart machine, and seeing people sneaking pictures of the man, they did what any Southwest Oklahoma family would do - they checked it out. They inquired his name, asked him to pause his activity for a couple of pictures, and then opened their wallet to offer a $5 bill to help the young man get a luggag...

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Highland Heights United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years

The year was 1964. The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and southwestern Oklahoma’s own Roger Miller were tearing up the country charts. The Ford Mustang was introduced for the first time. Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in the Presidential Election. Yes, a lot happened in 1964. August 2nd, 1964 was also a very important day, as a new church met for the first time on the north side of Altus. That church is now known as Highland Heights Uni...

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Thomison Mistress of Ceremonies for Miss Altus Teen Pageant

Julianne Thomison will be the Mistress of Ceremonies at tomorrow night’s Miss Altus Teen Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Altus City Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available today from any contestant, or at the auditorium from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for $10. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event for $15.

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Dr. Coburn to hold town hall meetings in Altus Tuesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) announced =he will hold a final series of town hall meetings in the state before resigning from the U.S. Senate at the end of the current Congress. He will be in Altus on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m., in the Herschal H. Crow Fine Arts Auditorium at Western Oklahoma State College, 2801 N. Main Street.

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Art courses return to WOSC

Doug Dalton, long time area art educator, will teach a Beginning Drawing 1 class at Western Oklahoma State College this fall beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The class will meet for 16 weeks from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The class will concentrate drawing fundamentals, understanding materials, composition and exploring one’s own drawing skills. The main concentration will be in the areas of still-life and landscape drawings using mainly pencil and ink.

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Area congressmen visit Air Evac Lifeteam base

Air Evac Lifeteam representatives presented honorary photo boxes to local congressmen before providing a tour of the Air Evac Lifeteam Base and hangar on Tuesday, July 29.State Representative Charles Ortega and Senator Mike Schulz received their own photo boxes that include a group picture of Air Evac Lifeteam, Jackson County EMS, and Altus Fire Department emergency services, originally taken at the Altus-Quartz Mountain Regional Airport.“We got together just to sa...

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Y’s time Move over baby boomers for a new generation with new ideas

Here’s a statistic from the U.S. Department of Labor that might shock you.By 2015 — that’s next year — the largest age group in the United States work force will be those in their 20s.In other words, get in the back seat of the car, baby boomers. You’re no longer driving the American work force. For business owners, understanding who is now behind the wheel will go a long way toward determining their future success.

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Girl donates 20” of hair to ‘Locks of Love’

Isabelle Gloria donated 10 inches of her hair last summer, and another 10 inches this summer to Locks of Love. She has such a big heart for the Lord and it overflows through her actions for others. Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highe...

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First night time Christmas parade planned for Altus

It’s Christmas in July! Or at least you should start planning for the 34th Annual Altus Christmas Parade, NOW! According to Christmas Parade Chairman Debbie Davis, Altus will be holding their first night time parade.“Our community has been asking us to do this for several years and the Parade Action Committee has agreed it is time to provide something new for our spectators, families and organizers,” said Davis.This year’s parade will be held Satu...

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Altus woman in critical condition after Monday accident

An Altus woman was admitted to the hospital in critical condition Monday after an accident east of Altus.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Consoelo Simmons, 38, of Altus, was driving west on US Hwy. 62 about 11 miles east of Altus when the accident occurred around 4:46 p.m.The reports states that Simmons was traveling west in the inside eastbound land. The driver took evasive action to oncoming eastbound traffic, departed the road right, and struck a...

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Voter Registration Deadline is Friday

This Friday, Aug. 1, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Democratic Runoff Primary Election, Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson said today.Wilson said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of th...

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Emergency services appreciate Commissioners

The Jackson County Commissioners authorized the cremation of a deceased Altus resident, and considered other items on the agenda, during their regular meeting held on Monday, July 28, in the Commissioners’ Office of the Jackson County Courthouse. Following the meeting, area emergency response agencies gave a brief presentation showing appreciation to the County Commissioners for their support for emergency services.

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Summer blood drive to be held Aug. 5 at Community Center

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Altus community’s blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 5, provides the opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old* to make a life-saving difference. The blood drive will occur at the Community Center, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a “Feel Cool” T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Dono...

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Painted Buntings spotted at Quartz Mountain

Had the privilege of having a family of Painted Buntings stop by the Nature Center for their Sunday bath this week. Both the male and female were escorting three juveniles. The sprinkler was on rather low, with the water barely rising 15 inches in the air while tucked in amongst the blooming Zinnias.The Painted Buntings are beautiful, small finches. The male has a blue head, red body and yellowish & green wings. The female and juveniles are darker green above and lighter green belo...

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Woman crawls from burning vehicle after accident

A personal injury accident south of Lone Wolf Sunday sent a woman to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Judyann Parks, 63, of Lone Wolf, was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber on CR 2090 one mile south of Lone Wolf Sunday at 12.40 p.m. when she became distracted inside the vehicle, and left the roadway. Reports state that Parks then struck a culvert and came to rest in the east ditch. She then crawled out of the vehicle before it...

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Altus Summer Tennis tournament-Jackson County player results

Altusians Jarmal Dorsey and Alex Drake teamed up this past weekend for first place in the 2014 version of the Altus Summer Tennis Tournament. The pair went undefeated in a four team round robin pool ahead of the second place team of Kade Redden of Altus and Justin Bailey of Lawton.Ladies singles was dominated by Jackson County ladies. First place honors went to Brittany Mungaven, second to Deanna Keegan and third place was secured by Georgetta Fowler of Headrick. AHS freshmen-to-be...

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