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Tryouts held for school musical, ‘The Music man’

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Over 110 students auditioned for this year’s Altus musical, “The Music Man,” written by Meredith Willson, as tryouts were held on Monday and Tuesday this week, in the High School Music Building. The production is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 24 & 25, and will feature a large cast including 19 men’s speaking parts and seven singing parts, and 10 women’s speaking parts and only three singing parts. Callbacks will be held on Thursday.


The garden’s woes, the garden woos

“I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where fifty pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

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Chapman to lead revival services at Southside Baptist Church

Pastor Jason Duree and the members of Southside Baptist Church, 1100 Asa Lee, extend a special invitation to come and hear gospel messages and fellowship with others at their revival which begins Sept. 7 at 10:45 a.m. with Sunday night service at 6 p.m. Monday throughWednesday 7 p.m. services will be held.Hot dogs will be served to children at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. After services on Wednesday an ice cream fellowship will be enjoyed by all. Everyone is invited to attend....

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DA announces public auction of forfeited vehicles

District Attorney John Wampler has announced the sale of several forfeited vehicles at a public auction to be conducted online beginning Sunday, Aug. 31, and concluding on Sunday, Sept. 14.Wampler said, “All of the items to be auctioned were seized by the Tillman County Sheriff’s Office and the District Three District Attorney Drug Task Force from individuals that used the vehicles for illegal activities that included the use of stolen credit card account information to...

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Get what you pay for

MLB owners and general managers are paying the wrong men to hit for them. These wrong men should surrender some of their pay as an apology to their teammates and fans.Any hitter that faces a defensive shift, specifically a shift that overloads the hitter’s pull side, th...

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Low county turn out for runoff races

Voters in Oklahoma went to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in runoff races across the state.On the ballot were State Officers for Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Cox and Freda Deskin. In Jackson County, Cox received 121 votes, or 54% of the votes; and Deskin received 103 votes, or 46% of the votes. Statewide, Cox received 63 percent, or 60,337 votes, while Deskin received 37 percent, or 35,607 votes. Cox will face Joy Hofmeister in the November election.

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Bedlam blood drive comes to Altus Sept. 2

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is bringing Bedlam to Altus with a game plan to save lives. Anyone, 16 years or older*, is urged to donate Tuesday, Sept. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Community Center.Each blood donor will receive the choice of a free University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University blood donor T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.**“Someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D.,...

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Johnson to be inducted into Oklahoma African American Educator’s Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma African American Educator’s Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Career educator Jessie (J.D.) Johnson of Altus has been selected as an inductee.Johnson was born on Sept. 23, 1930, in Wyatt, Mo. where his parents labored as field hands. At age two, his family moved to Brooksville.

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Chamber President to speak at SWORW meeting

Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., at the SWOKRW/Jackson County GOP Headquarters, located at 115 W. Commerce. Guest speaker will be Brian Bush, Altus Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. Mary Bowerman, 3rd District Director of OFRW, will also be in attendance. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend as they have their Chili Cookoff to select a cook for the Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff. Cost for the meal is $5 per ...

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Pratt to attend Model and Talent Expo

Mary Ann Pratt, of Altus, has been selected to be a part of the Model and Talent Expo to be held in Dallas, Texas in November.The Expo is designed to allow aspiring models, actors, singers and dancers to showcase their abilities in front of some of the world’s most prominent agents, managers, casting directors, recording labels and clients.

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Altus joins preparedness game

Local emergency managers are encouraging area residents to prepare for disasters during the National Preparedness Month along with other agencies supporting the #30days30ways National Preparedness Month initiative.September is the 10th annual National Preparedness Month which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year’s national theme...

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Hospital foundation awards scholarship

Suzanne Mollison, a member of the Mac Mollison Scholarship Committee at Jackson County Memorial Hospital, presents a scholarship to Blake Stepanovich from Altus. He is a third-year medical student at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa.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 “MacR...

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Polls open today for runoff voters

Polls are now open for Jackson County and other Oklahoma voters to cast ballots in runoff races across the state.Party nominations will be decided for seats in the U.S. Senate and House and in several legislative contests.On the ballot Tuesday will be State Officers for Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Cox and Freda Deskin. Congressional Officers for U.S. Senator unexpired term, Connie Johnson and Jim Rogers.Democrats will choose a nominee for the U....

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Lady bulldogs split at El Reno Tourney

The Lady Bulldogs softball team went to El Reno over the weekend and faced four opponents and came away with two wins and two losses.In the opening game, the girls managed just one hit by Taylor Warrington against Noble. The Lady Bulldogs beat Noble the week but lost in the tournament to them 12-1. Instead of letting a game like that one get their heads down, the girls needed a short memory. They jumped out front of Bishop McGuiness with three runs in the first inning after Tessa D...

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Southwest Opry to showcase variety of talent

Mikayla Jo’s Southwest Opry presents a show packed with a variety of talented artists performing Hot New Country Hits, Country Classics, Gospel, Patriotic, and Western Swing, as well as some comedy. The SW Opry’s show slated for this Saturday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Altus Municipal Auditorium, will be hosted by the talented and witty, Ken Waugh.

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Jackson County Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, where they approved a Canon Copier as surplus from the Assessor’s office, among other items on the consent agenda. The copier, a Canon IR2230, was replaced by a more efficient model, County Assessor Lisa Roberson informed.Also during the meeting, Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick thanked all of the county workers and firefighters, and City of Altus and Altus Air Force Base firefighters, for for thei...

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Camping at Quartz Mountain

Are you planning one last campout for the Labor Day Holiday? A lot of folks do choose to have their final camping trip of the season at Quartz Mountain Nature Park. Remember, camping is on a first come first serve basis (no reservations) so bring your trailer out early. The Wednesday before the holiday (Aug. 27) if you are not too fussy on which site you get. If you have a specific site you want to try for, you should probably have come out on Monday (25th). If you are tent camping you do not...

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Suspect points shotgun at cabdriver and occupants

Altus Police arrested a man early Sunday morning, Aug. 24, at around 2:30 a.m. after he pointed a shotgun at a cab driver and two occupants in the cab.All three told police that the suspect, Jeffery Taft, 52, of Peacock Circle in Altus, argued with another subject in the cab after arriving on the street.

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