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4-H Honors and Awards Reception set

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Jackson County 4-H members, parents, leaders and supporters are looking forward to the annual First National Bank 4-H Honors and Awards Reception, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the WOSC Multi-Purpose Room. Doors to the reception will be open at 1:30 p.m. for guests to review the various 4H project displays and the 4H Year in Review slide show.The First National Bank (FNB) of Altus will again sponsor the banquet for Jackson County 4-H. Walter Treadwell and Kerry Bull, both of FNB, met recently with the county 4H youth council president, Payton Sirmons, to work on the banquet arrangements.

 

Altus hangs on to beat Elk City 20-19

The Bulldogs hold on to beat Elk City 20-19 in maybe the strangest game I’ve ever seen.

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Cooper, Rogers crowned homecoming royalty

Crystal Cooper was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at Friday’s game. She is shown here being escorted by Homecoming King, Aaron Rogers. Crystal is the daugther of Opie Cooper and Tammy & Robert Clements. Aaron is the son of Jimmy and Mary Rogers. Altus won the game against Elk City. See the complete story and photos from the game on page 4 of today’s edition.

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Skippy the Scooter and Walker-Bait

If you are not a fan of the AMC TV series The Walking Dead you may have never heard of “walkers.” These are the living dead—zombies who are taking over the world as they eat their way through the last surviving normal (whatever that means) humans.

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Public Forum planned at Western

Western Oklahoma State College invites the community to a Public Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center at the college. The forum is one of several meetings scheduled with the Western campus and community during the next four months, aimed at creating a new strategic plan for the college. Western will have a new strategic plan by January 2015.

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AgPreference donates over $20,000 to area food banks

ALTUS— AgPreference, ACA, a cooperative Farm Credit System financial institution, serving farmers, ranchers, rural businesses, and rural homeowners throughout southwest Oklahoma today announced a donation of $10,000 to the Tamarack Road Church of Christ Food Pantry in Altus. The gift is to help those who have struggles with hunger in Jackson County.The $10,000 donation to the Tamarack Road Church of Christ Food Pantry is a cooperative effort between AgPreference and Cobank, t...

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Driver burned when engine catches fire

A Hollis man was transported to the Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City yesterday after his vehicle caught fire while driving.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cameron Wade Earls, 26, of Hollis, was driving a 1998 Plymouth one mile east and one mile south of Hollis on E. County Road 1620 when the incident occurred.Reports state that Earls was traveling east on ECR 1620 when flames from the engine compartment entered the passenger compartment of the ...

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Pink Out Night set for Oct. 3

The Altus High Dance Team will again be leading Altus High School in the fight against cancer. Friday, Oct. 2 has been declared a pink out night at Hightower Memorial Stadium. The dance team is inviting business to “Paint It Pink” decorating store fronts to raise awareness and show school spirit. Judging for businesses will be held on Thursday evening prior to the Friday night football game.The dance team is selling pink T-shirts to the community for $15 and donating $5...

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Chili Cook-Off set for Oct. 4 in downtown Altus

The annual “Cookin’ with Main Street” Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, on the downtown Altus square. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with chili being served at 10 a.m. Trophy presentations begin at 1 a.m.There will be trophy and cash prizes for chili, barbecue, salsa and booths. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both the chili and barbecue divisions, as well as grand champion from the two first place winners.The...

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Head Start students get free dental screenings

SOCAG Head Start program students received free dental screenings last week on Friday, Sept. 12, at Bailey Head Start where pediatric dental hygienists examined their teeth and gums.About 40 kids from Bailey, Lincoln, and Wilson Head Start classes, met with dental hygienists from the Lawton based, Dr. Wavel Wells, DDS, Inc. pediatric dentist’s office.“No treatment or cleaning was provided,” explained Head Start Center Health Manager, Christine Hanson, R...

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Cooking and Nutrition classes to start

For eight weeks, on Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m., there will be cooking and nutrition classes called “Fresh Start and You” at the Altus Public Library. The classes will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24. Literacy adult learners and community members are invited.The one-hour lessons will include topics such as Introduction and Fruits; Food Safety; Food Labels and Nutrition; Meal Planning; Food Shopping; Eating Out vs. Home Cooking; Eating More Fruits and Vegetables; Smart Break...

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Homecoming Royalty

It’s Homecoming Week for Altus High School, and a King and Queen will be crowned during the half time ceremonies at Friday’s game at Hightower Stadium against Elk City. Front row, from left, are Homecoming Queen candidates Kimberlyn Weaver, Crystal Cooper, and Madison Morrow. Back row, from left, are Homecoming King candidates Nick Viyouh, Aaron Rogers, and Connor Preston.

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What grade did your school receive on report card?

Fewer schools are getting A’s and more are getting F’s in the third round of Oklahoma’s A-F school report cards, released Wednesday.According to the 2014 report, 289 schools got an overall grade of A, down 22.5 percent from 2013; 473 got a B, down 5.5 percent; 504 got a C, up 6.3 percent; 299 got a D, up 12 percent; 200 got an F, up 18.5 percent; and 30 did not get a grade this year, down from 31 last year.The letter grades are based on student results ...

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‘Mommy and Me’ serves waffle breakfast for PVNC residents

The Elm & Hudson Church of Christ “Mommy & Me” Play Group hosted a Waffle Bar for Plantation Village Nursing Center residents and staff last week. The kids passed out order forms and residents circled the items they wanted on their waffle. Toppings included butter, syrup, blueberry syrup, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips, cool whip, peanut butter and chopped pecans. After the residents completed their order form the children returned it to the Moms to fill and the...

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Council approves airport engineering services

The Altus City Council approved an agreement for engineering services at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport and considered other items on the agenda during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The City re-advertised for airport engineering services as required by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) every 5 years, and selected CEC Corporation as the most qualified company out of the RFQ’s received.

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Uniting to help the environment

What with all the bad news these days—-from the Middle East (ISIS) to the NFL (spouse abuse) —-it’s nice to hear some good news. This one comes from Mother Nature herself in cooperation with some people intent on helping her.It seems the ozone layer is getting better.

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Farmers’ money advantages measured in winter wheat/canola rotation

Agricultural economists need to be conservative in their public discussion. While most agronomists and farmers now agree rotating winter canola and winter wheat offers several advantages, both cultural and financial, it is only recently some agricultural economists have come on board.It’s not rocket science to understand this logic. Winter wheat production in the Great Plains has been a major commodity for a long time. Winter canola production in the same area has only been a...

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Selfie

A group of Altus residents took a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Selfie” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Jackson County Court House, to show support for the African-American 18-year-old, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., who was fatally shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in a confrontation last month. The event has incited a national discussion about police brutality and race.Several Altus residents arrived for the photo to speak out against the use of deadly force...

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