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Thunderbirds swear in Altus enlistee

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilots swore in more than 20 high school graduates during the 2014 Wings of Freedom Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13.As for 18-year-old Altus native Thomas Farley, this could not have been any more perfect. Thomas wanted to be a Thunderbird pilot as a child, so to have the Thunderbirds swear him into the Air Force was a dream come true.

 

Homecoming week activities planned

It’s Homecoming Week for Altus High School. It is the time of year when students go all out and show their school spirit and celebrate being an Altus Bulldog, all leading up to crowning the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Activities, like themed dress-up days, are planned to allow students to win participation points toward being the 2014 Homecoming Class. Points are awarded during most school activities and events.On Monday, students were encouraged accumulate points by donn...

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Arts ‘N Action this weekend in Frederick

The Frederick Arts & Humanities Council is proud to present the 42nd Annual Arts ‘N Action celebration, located at the Tillman County Courthouse square in Frederick on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s festivities will include food vendors, live entertainment and of course, lots of art.The live entertainment begins at 10am with Julie Garza followed by Paige Orr and Tenley Mefford. The entertainment will continue throughout the day, finishing up with Les...

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OWRB and Bureau of Reclamation to host inaugural Oklahoma Drought Challenge

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will host Oklahoma’s inaugural Drought Challenge on Sept. 17 in the Atrium of the National Weather Center in Norman.The Drought Challenge, also known as the Water Supply Reliability and Management Challenge, is an exciting new approach to promoting comprehensive drought mitigation, preparedness, and planning across Oklahoma.Using an engaging competition for...

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Wildlife to be found at Quartz Mountain

Have you seen a Texas Horned Lizard a.k.a. a “Horny Toad” recently? If so, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation would like to know. Input “Oklahoma Wildlife Dept” and “citizen science” into your favorite search engine. You should be directed to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/wildlifemgmt/citizen_science.htm which has the Texas Horned Lizard survey and the overview on several other survey programs that you might be interested in.

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‘Doing Business with the Government’ workshop set

“The Federal Government is the largest consumer of goods and services in the United States,” Tim Jeffcoat, SBA Deputy District Director, said. “For small businesses, federal contracts can help smooth the peaks and valleys of business ownership.”The Wednesday, Sept.24 workshop will explain how to grow your business by making Uncle Sam your customer. The free workshop will focus on how small businesses can win government business, which in 2013 added up to $35...

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Aldonians Kick Off Year

The women of Aldonian have chosen “Oklahoma Strong” for their 2014-15 theme. They were kicking up their heels to celebrate our great state. Aldonians soon will be performing a puppet show at the Museum of the Western Prairie for the Altus third graders, as well as third graders from Olustee, Duke, Blair, and Navajoe.

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Commissioners approve REAP Grant Resolution

The Jackson County Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, to consider items on the consent agenda.After approval of reports, officer reports, and purchase orders, Commissioners approved a REAP (Rural Economic Action Plan) Grant Resolution and inter-local Agreement with the Rural Fire Chiefs Association of Jackson County. The Grant Resolution is to apply for safety equipment for the Jackson County rural firefighters, including a “cool-down” trailer...

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Retired Educators announce meetings

The Jackson County Retired Educators Association recently planned its 2014-15 meeting schedule. Jan Shera, JCREA president, and the other officers invite all retired public education teachers, administrators, and support personnel to attend meetings and to participate in all of the organization’s activities which will be at various sites this year.

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Garrison receives Overcoming Obstacles Scholarship

Altus High School 2014 graduate, Chase Garrison, received a $10,000 scholarship for higher education from the Community for Education Foundation.Each year, Community for Education Foundation recognizes Overcoming Obstacles students who have used the communication, decision making, and goal setting skills they learned through the program to successfully overcome challenges in their lives. These young people are presented with a Student Achievement Award and receive a $10,000 scholar...

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Fundamentals of Photography Workshop offered at library

Fundamentals of Photography will be offered at the Altus Public Library Sept. 22, 23 and 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $30. Camera and manual are required for the workshop. In addition, photographs taken recently should also be brought to the workshop. The class is limited to 20 students so pre-registration is required for the class. When registering, please tell the staff at the circulation desk the make and model of your camera so the instructor, Ray Miller, can brush up on th...

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‘Home Town Hero’ takes flight with Thunderbirds

While everyone from the ground watches the US Air Force Thunderbird Team perform dangerous maneuvers this weekend at the Altus AFB Open House, Altus Police Officer, Sergeant Brad Edmonds, got to cruise the Oklahoma sky aboard an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Altus “Hometown Hero.”Edmonds rode with the highly skilled Thunderbird No. 7 Pilot, Maj. Tyler Ellison, where they flew approximately 80 miles northwest, rolling, looping, turning, and “pull...

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Friday Night Scores

PREP FOOTBALLAda 37, Madill 2Adair 45, Wyandotte 14Afton 20, Commerce 14Alex 66, Cyril 8Allen 50, Macomb 0Anadarko 40, Altus 7Apache 58, Wilson 14Ardmore 27, Durant 13Balko 52, Rolla, Kan. 8Barnsdall 22, Oklahoma Union 14Beaver 50, Syracuse, Kan. 0Beggs 14, Glenpool 13Berryhill 28, Cushing 27Bethany 41, OKC Legion 31Blackwell 38, ...

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Quartz Mountain chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosts fundraising banquet

The Quartz Mountain chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is holding its annual fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Quartz Mountain Resort. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.Each year, local Ducks Unlimited chapters hold grassroots fundraising events to support the organization’s habitat conservation mission. Recent successful Oklahoma projects through DU’s Southern Prairies and Playas Initiative include work on Drummond Flats and Waurika wildlife management areas (WMAs). DU and...

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Bulldogs Fall at Anadarko

Anadarko, with a stiff wind at their back, found the end zone quickly on their first two possessions and never looked back thereafter. There is a reason Anadarko is #1 in class 4A. They are big, fast and talented. The Warriors found the end zone twice per quarter until they built a 40-0 lead.The Bulldogs managed a late score to avoid the shutout. The Bulldog defense had a tough time containing Anadarko’s spread formation and the Warriors took advantage by getting their skill ...

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Wings of Freedom Open House Saturday

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — Despite some wet weather, the 97th Air Mobility Wing is scheduled will still be hosting the 2014 Wings of Freedom Open House this Saturday, Sept. 13. Base represenative said the weather is looking pretty good for Saturday, so expect to see various static displays and aerial demonstrations when you visit the base.The open house is open to the public and admission is free. Visitors without a Department of Defense-issued identification card are directed to...

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Arts Renaissance for Local Youth

A beginning arts appreciation program called Arts Renaissance will start for the after-school Title 1 third graders at Sunset, Will Rogers, Washington, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. With sponsorship coming from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council, the Arts Renaissance will be a popular experience for the children.

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Bulldogs at Anadarko

With last weeks big home opening win against Vernon behind them, the Bulldogs have to look ahead to Anadarko. I was able to sit down with head coach Jeremy Reed this week and this is some of the Q&A that transpired:BG: How was the team’s spirits this week at practice? Was it tough to get their attention off of the win and onto the next opponent?JR: We had a great week of practice. We were focused and I felt the energy was at the le...

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