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Congressman Lankford in Altus to hear issues

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Republican US Congressman James Lankford is visiting Altus and Altus Air Force Base today to meet with citizens, civic leaders, and AAFB leadership on current concerns, needs, and issues. After visiting places like Tusla and Lawton this week, Lankford will ask questions and listen to what is going on in Southwest Oklahoma.“It’s very, very important to me that if you’re going to represent somebody that you have to know who they are and what the issues are, you can’t just guess,” Lankford said early this morning at a breakfast held at the Friendship Inn. “You’ve got to see people face to face and work on those issues together.”


Drivers loses vehicle on Hwy 62

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Jackson County EMS, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call on Wednesday, Aug. 27 east of Altus. The call, which came in around 4 p.m., said that there was a man lying in the roadway, eastbound on Highway 62 near mile marker 48.Officers on scene stated that the driver had reportedly stopped and exited his pickup truck for an unknown reason. After getting out of the pickup, the man realized the vehicle was not in park, and it began ...

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Air Refueling Wing gets new squadron, mission

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — The 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base is assuming command over the 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron from Altus Air Force Base.The 730th is a reserve unit of the Air Force charged with training aircrew. The reservists in the unit work next to active duty airmen.Commander Col. Brian Davis of the 507th Air Refueling Wing says the unit is excited to be working with the airmen and happy to be gaining a new mission....

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VFW, Ladies Auxiliary reaching out to welcome eligible people to join local organization

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4876 and Ladies Auxiliary are reaching out to welcome eligible people to join the local organization. Their main goal is to help Veterans and their families in need of assistance whether it be medical, physical issues or economic aide. Community involvement is an ongoing effort conducted by the local group.Programs such Essay and Art contests that involve the youth at Middle and High School levels. Scouting, sports teams and youth church grou...

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Stockman’s Bank honors Altus Public Schools Employee of the Month

LaNell Mobbs has been named Altus Public Schools’ Employee of the Month for the month of August. Mrs. Mobbs is the secretary to Altus High School principal and has worked for Altus Schools for the past 26 years. She was nominated for this award by her colleagues, who say, “LaNell Mobbs is second to none!” Mrs. Mobbs is known around the high school campus as “a team player” and “a problem solver.” Mrs. Mobbs has been married to her husband, Eddy, for 4...

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Navajo loses late to Leedey

Navajo dropped a 4-3 decision to Leedey on Tuesday. After trailing early 2-0, Navajo managed a run in the 4th inning on some aggressive David Gilbstad base running and a Leedey throwing error.Gilstad continued contributing in the 5th inning with a single to right field scoring Collin Becerra. The score remained locked until the top of the 7th inning.With one out, Prince Silva doubled down the left field line and later advanced to third on another throwing error. When the...

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$100 million raised for ALS under a month

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, has seen a huge jump in donations for a cure in just over a month. The nearly $100 million in donations towards a cure is largely due to the Ice Bucket Challenge. What is the Ice Bucket Challenge? When someone nominates another to take the challenge, they have 24 hours to complete it by pouring a bucket of ice and water over themselves, nominating three other people to do the same, upload their video to a social media website, and make a donation....

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Goodwill Open House Saturday at new location

The new Goodwill store, located at 1218 N. Grady in Altus, will be celebrating their Grand Opening with a very special event this Saturday. On Saturday, Aug. 30, Goodwill along with Walker Carpet, H&H Furniture and Altus Finance, all located in the same shopping center, will be holding their Grand Opening together throughout the day.Goodwill is very excited to be one of the four new businesses in this amazing shopping center, which is located one block east of N. Main on Falcon Roa...

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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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