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Miss Altus Teen Pageant set for Aug. 2

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The Miss Altus Teen Pageant contestants spent last Saturday visiting many of their sponsors. The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. at the City Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 from any of the contestants. Tickets will also be available at The Altus City Auditorium July 28- Aug. 1 from 6:30 to 9 .pm. for $10. Pageant night tickets will be available at the door for $15.


A new look, thanks to you

The Altus Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Altus Times is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website.But whil...

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Council to discuss filling City Manager position

The Altus City Council will hold a special meeting to consider agenda items regarding the recent resignation announcement of the City Manager Elizabeth Gray, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, in Council Chambers of the Altus Municipal Complex.Council will consider to declare a vacancy in the position of City Manager effective August 15, due to the resignation by Gray, as announced on July 15.

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Monday evening gunfire reported

Altus Police are investigating shots fired in the 1200 block of West Davis that was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening. Investigators found the back window of a vehicle had been shot out by gunfire. One empty shell casing was also found at the scene. Police transported a man to the police department where he was questioned and later released.

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A good reason to slow down

This buck “popped up” over the guard rail, in the hairpin curve on Lodge Road just as the sun was rising. Just one of the reasons we ask folks to slow down as they drive through the park. There were no cars on the road, so one might have been tempted to zip around the curve-SURPRISE!However my car was parked in the pull out and I was on foot (taking sunrise photos). I do not know who was more surprised: the buck or me. About one minute later a second buck crossed at the...

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Bring wildlife a little closer with nighttime event at Hackberry Flat

The Hackberry Flat Center near Frederick will present “Prairie at Night” from- 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.Learn about how wildlife are best adapted to the night life. Visitors will travel by seated trailer into the prairie and try various techniques to bring wildlife a little closer. Evening will conclude with a campfire, if not in a burn ban and weather permits, and the event were you can come and discover the prairie after dark is free. Space is limited h...

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Commissioners approve services for commercial revaluation

The Jackson County Commissioners approved a contract for professional services regarding an upcoming county revaluation, and considered other items on the agenda, during their regular meeting on Monday, July 21, in the Commissioners’ Office of the County Courthouse.

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SWORW announce 5th Annual Beans & Baskets keynote speaker

The Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women are pleased to announce that Congressman James Lankford, candidate for U.S. Senate, will be the Keynote Speaker for their 5th Annual Beans and Baskets Fundraiser.The event will be held, Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m., at the Jackson County Expo Center.Tickets will be on sale soon at $15 per person, or a table of 10 may be reserved for $150. Please contact Deb Davis at 471-2573 for tickets or further information.

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Telling the stories of World War I at Altus Public Library

The Southern Prairie Library System and the Museum of the Western Prairie will present an evening program of stories, slides, maps, and artifact facsimiles telling the stories of World War One on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson. August 2014 marks the 100th year observance of the start of hostilities that lasted for four years and cost countless lives. ...

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Sexual Assault Response & Resource Teams to hold training in Altus

Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (2007). Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18. In Oklahoma, a rape occurs every five hours, fifty minutes and twenty-four seconds (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. Approximately 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. This can include a friend or acquaintance, someone in a close relationship with ...

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Deputy Police Chief to take on new role in Coweta

Altus Deputy Police Chief Michael Bell looks ahead to his new position as appointed Coweta Chief of Police, and reflects on his time in law enforcement while serving the great city of Altus.In comparison to Altus, with its Police Department of thirty-one officers and seven detectives for a city of 19,500 people, Bell will accepted a position in Coweta, southeast of Tulsa, to oversee a police force of just 14 officers in a city of about 10,000 people.Although criminal act...

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Weaver, Greenlee in Los Angeles working on new TV program

Production started this week in Los Angeles for The Dr. Bill Show. Produced by Illuminate Media and Emmy Award winning Executive Producer, Altus’ own Mike Weaver of Dream Weaver Entertainment. The show promises a fresh approach to the typical syndicated daytime talk show.Dr. Bill Dorfman (aka “America’s Dentist”) will host and exec produce, with Weaver at the helm. Also exec producing will be Steven Richards and Jim Hardy of Illuminate Media. Emmy Award winn...

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Western announces Strategic Planning Endeavor

Western Oklahoma State College is embarking on an exciting and challenging journey with the beginning of a new strategic planning process that will culminate with a comprehensive strategic plan by January 31, 2015.

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The Hampstead Stage Company – The Legend of King Arthur

The Southern Prairie Library System is proud to introduce The Hampstead Stage Company to the residents of Jackson and Harmon County. The performance will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Altus Public Library. This will be the final performance in the Library’s summer program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

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Neon sign said cause of fire

The Altus Fire Department responded to a call Friday afternoon of smoke and possible fire at Fred’s Restaurant on N. Main in Altus. Employees and patrons were removed from the building as crews quickly contained the fire. According to firefighters, a neon sign caught a section of the soffit ablaze. The fire was quickly contained with minimal damage, and the fire did not get inside the restaurant. The restaurant later re-opened for business.

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Regional Canola Conference set for July 30 at WOSC

Agriculture producers mark your calendars for this year’s Regional Canola Conference set for July 30 at Western Oklahoma State College, Multipurpose Room. The Conference will start at 8 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m.Various State Extension Specialists along with industry personnel will be in attendance to both give presentations and lead discussions. Topics will include cultivar performance, insect and disease management, production management, weather outlook, U.S. and World ca...

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Water shortage solutions to be studied in ‘hot spot’ water basin near Altus

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials and planning specialists from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) have announced an in-depth study focused on reviewing specific solutions to preventing future water supply crises and shortages in a water basin near Altus. ...

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Oklahoma wheat crop worst in nearly half century

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions that continued through spring, followed by a late freeze in April and untimely rains in June have produced the poorest Oklahoma wheat crop in nearly a half century, Oklahoma agriculture officials said.The official forecast is for 51 million bushels of Oklahoma’s top cash crop, the lowest amount since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957, according to Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commi...

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