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Council appoints Buckley as Acting City Manager

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The Altus City Council appointed the new Assistant City Manager as Acting City Manager during their special meeting on Thursday, July 24, during the interim until the City Council hires a new City Manager.During the meeting, Council voted and declared a vacancy in the position of City Manager, effective August 15, due to the resignation of City Manager Elizabeth Gray. Gray accepted a position as City Manager of Sand Springs.


Regional Canola Conference to be held in Altus

Agriculture producers mark your calendars for this year’s Regional Canola Conference set for Wednesday, July 30. Discussion topics will include cultivar performance, insect and disease management, production management, weather outlook, U.S. and World canola outlook, market outlook, crop insurance, and industry displays during the conference.The conference will be held at Western Oklahoma State College, in the Multipurpose Room, beginning at 8 a.m., and will conclude by 2:30 ...

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Road Trip Wrestling for Altus Bulldogs

The Altus Bulldog Wrestling team is putting in the miles this summer. The coaches and 10 team members traveled to the University of Wyoming in Laramie on June 11-16 coming away with 11 matches and 2nd place team finish. On June 23 & 24 we hosted the 10th Annual Bulldog Wrestling camp and we had 40 kids attend this camp of all ages.

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Thunder Care project could boost morale amidst community violence

An Altus man hopes to bring the local community together during a time when the community has weathered drought conditions, and as of late, numerous shooting incidents. Dan Goodson, III., is working to bring a new basketball court to Altus for everyone to play on.“Its something that’s going to bring the community together, and help get everyone’s minds off the shootings and violence, and the drought,” Goodson said in an interview. “I feel like a commun...

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Pathways intern takes public health initiative to local community

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a public health concern that is close at home in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s Infant Mortality Rate has exceeded the national rate consistently over the past decade. SIDS is the leading cause of infant mortality in babies over 1 month and up to one year of age.

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Investigation continues into parachute jump accident

Frederick Army Air Field - Following up on the loss of team member Captain (Retired) James Yost, the WW II Airborne Demonstration Team (ADT) has continued its investigation into the July 22 events that resulted in the death of valued team member James Yost.“Jim was jumping a Model SF10A parachute that he owned and packed,” said Colonel (Retired) Raymond Steeley, commander of the ADT. “The ADT Rigger Team inspected Jim’s parachute, and determined that one of ...

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Altus Times print edition has new look

The print edition of the Altus Times now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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Formal arraignment for Allen set for Sept.2

The preliminary hearing for Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Altus, was held Tuesday in Jackson County District Court. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder. Allen was ordered to stand trial for the 2001 murder of his ex-wife Tracy Lynn Allen who went missing in May 2001. His formal arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in District Judge Richard Darby’s courtroom.Garland Paul Allen was bound over for trial after hearing sworn testimony from two witnesse...

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Entries ready for new ‘chair’-ity event

Progress on the Altus Lions Club’s “Chair-ity Auction Fun-Raiser” by participating merchants is going strong. The event, which offers decorated chairs with gift baskets, will be held this Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Best Western on N. Main. There will be a dinner for $5 at 6 p.m., following by a performance by Mikayla Jo Balderas at 6:45 p.m. People’s Choice voting for the most popular chairs will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the auction. The Altus Lions ...

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Inmate escapes from Granite prison

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.The Greer County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.No details about Kelsey’s escape were immediately available Thursday morning. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He w...

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Woman falls out of pickup onto highway

A Hobart woman, Ruth Studdard, 36, was hospitalized after falling out of moving pickup truck on Wednesday.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the accident happened at the CR 1330 and Hwy 44 intersection northwest of Hobart at approximately 11:46 p.m. on Wednesday.Joshua Herd, 36, of Hobart, the driver of the 1994 Ford pickup, was not injured.The report states that Herd was turning onto Hwy 44 from CR 1330 when the passenger door opened, caus...

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Jackson County Fair dates, events announced

Organizers for this year’s Jackson County Fair has announced the dates to be Sept. 3-6, with the theme “Keep Calm and Fair On at the Jackson County Fair”.Events will include livestock and non-livestock exhibits, commerical exhibits, Junior & Senior Youth Farm Hand Olympics, children’s tours and games, Border Collie demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, turtle races, a turkey calling contest, Weiner Dog Races, tractor driving contest and a tractor peda...

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Woman hospitalized after dog attack

An Altus woman was transported by EMS personnel to Jackson County Memorial Hospital, and later flown to an OKC hospital, with severe injuries after she was attacked by several dogs.According to reports from Altus Police, the victim and her friend said they went to a residence at 919 North Howse Street, at around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, to ask the homeowner about purchasing a trailer that was parked at that residence. The two women entered the property, which is surrounded b...

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Parachuter apparently suffered heart attack during jump

The Altus Times reported a story in the Wednesday, July 23 edition about a WWII Airborne Demonstration Team member that died in a tragic training exercise on Tuesday evening. Sharon Bennett, public affairs officer with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team, released the following information today about the accident:

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Dehtan receives ORRC scholarship

Dylan Clay Dehtan lives in Eldorado, OK and is a 2014 graduate of Eldorado High School. He is the son of Buddy Dehtan and the grandson of Norman “Buddy” and JoAnn Dehtan. He will attend Western Oklahoma State College in the fall, and plans to study Geology.Oklahoma Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (ORRC), located in Stillwater, has completed processing scholarships to Oklahoma farm and rural students who graduated from high school this spring. Of the 256 applications re...

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WWII Airborne Demonstration Team fatal parachuting accident

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team has lost one of their own. Sharon Bennett, WWII Airborne Demonstration Team member and volunteer was contacted by the Frederick Press-Leader and reported, “A press release is being prepared by the team and will probably be released later today.” Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington was contacted and he confirmed there was a parachute accident at the Frederick Airfield on Tuesday, July 22 that resulted in the fatality of a jumper.

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Urbanski celebrated for selfless service with Altus Chamber

Altus Chamber of Commerce retiring President Holley Urbanski was honored for her 43 years of service to the Altus Community with a retirement reception held at the Museum of the Western Prairie, Tuesday, July 22.State and local officials, Altus Air Force Base leadership, and her many friends and associates, recognized Urbanski for her far-reaching accomplishments by presenting honorary citations, a Governor’s Commendation, awards, and a special dedication of the Chamber build...

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Ribbon cutting held for Little Caesars

Little Caesars and the Altus Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the restaurant’s Grand Opening on Tuesday, July 22, with a ribbon cutting just minutes before the store opened for business to Altus customers at 1401 N. Main.“Everybody we’ve come in contact with, they have all been excited while waiting for us to open,” Little Caesars General Manager Paul McClure said at the ribbon cutting. “They are a friendly bunch of people here in Altus. I lo...

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