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Emergency services appreciate Commissioners

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The Jackson County Commissioners authorized the cremation of a deceased Altus resident, and considered other items on the agenda, during their regular meeting held on Monday, July 28, in the Commissioners’ Office of the Jackson County Courthouse. Following the meeting, area emergency response agencies gave a brief presentation showing appreciation to the County Commissioners for their support for emergency services.

 

First night time Christmas parade planned for Altus

It’s Christmas in July! Or at least you should start planning for the 34th Annual Altus Christmas Parade, NOW! According to Christmas Parade Chairman Debbie Davis, Altus will be holding their first night time parade.“Our community has been asking us to do this for several years and the Parade Action Committee has agreed it is time to provide something new for our spectators, families and organizers,” said Davis.This year’s parade will be held Satu...

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Altus woman in critical condition after Monday accident

An Altus woman was admitted to the hospital in critical condition Monday after an accident east of Altus.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Consoelo Simmons, 38, of Altus, was driving west on US Hwy. 62 about 11 miles east of Altus when the accident occurred around 4:46 p.m.The reports states that Simmons was traveling west in the inside eastbound land. The driver took evasive action to oncoming eastbound traffic, departed the road right, and struck a...

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Voter Registration Deadline is Friday

This Friday, Aug. 1, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Democratic Runoff Primary Election, Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson said today.Wilson said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of th...

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Summer blood drive to be held Aug. 5 at Community Center

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in local hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Altus community’s blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 5, provides the opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old* to make a life-saving difference. The blood drive will occur at the Community Center, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.Two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a “Feel Cool” T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Dono...

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Painted Buntings spotted at Quartz Mountain

Had the privilege of having a family of Painted Buntings stop by the Nature Center for their Sunday bath this week. Both the male and female were escorting three juveniles. The sprinkler was on rather low, with the water barely rising 15 inches in the air while tucked in amongst the blooming Zinnias.The Painted Buntings are beautiful, small finches. The male has a blue head, red body and yellowish & green wings. The female and juveniles are darker green above and lighter green belo...

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Woman crawls from burning vehicle after accident

A personal injury accident south of Lone Wolf Sunday sent a woman to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Judyann Parks, 63, of Lone Wolf, was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber on CR 2090 one mile south of Lone Wolf Sunday at 12.40 p.m. when she became distracted inside the vehicle, and left the roadway. Reports state that Parks then struck a culvert and came to rest in the east ditch. She then crawled out of the vehicle before it...

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Altus Summer Tennis tournament-Jackson County player results

Altusians Jarmal Dorsey and Alex Drake teamed up this past weekend for first place in the 2014 version of the Altus Summer Tennis Tournament. The pair went undefeated in a four team round robin pool ahead of the second place team of Kade Redden of Altus and Justin Bailey of Lawton.Ladies singles was dominated by Jackson County ladies. First place honors went to Brittany Mungaven, second to Deanna Keegan and third place was secured by Georgetta Fowler of Headrick. AHS freshmen-to-be...

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Unsafe speed on curve results in rollover accident near Granite

A personal injury collision happened on Hwy 6 near CR 1410 one mile north of Granite on Saturday morning at approximately 8:10 a.m.According to reports, Lacey White, 22, of Granite, was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 when she failed to negotiate a curve and left the road to the left, approximately 150 feet, impacting a culvert. The vehicle then rolled one complete time coming to rest on its wheels on the roadside.White was admitted to Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus...

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Artist uses chainsaws to create sculptures

It didn’t take long for neighbors and passersby on Saturday to figure out that the man in front of 3204 Gettysburg wasn’t just cutting a tree down, but was creating a work of art.Artist Adam Hall came to town specifically to carve an angel out of a tree in Patty Srader’s front yard. Srader had heard about Hall’s work and commissioned him to come to Altus from Ada with his chainsaws to carve out one of his masterpieces. Aside from the angel, Hall has carved m...

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Altus AFB to break ground for KC-46 FTU

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE – A ground breaking ceremony for the incoming KC-46A Pegasus is scheduled to take place here at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7.U.S. Air Force General Robin Rand, commander of Air Education and Training Command, and other distinguished visitors will participate in the ceremony.Altus AFB will be the Formal Training Unit for the KC-46A and is scheduled to start receiving aircraft in 2016. The KC-46A mission will be an additive mission to the installat...

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Altus man in critical condition after falling asleep at the wheel on H.E. Bailey Turnpike

An Altus man was injured in an accident on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike Saturday after he was said to have fallen asleep at the wheel.Reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol state that Steven R. Hankins, 22, of Altus, was driving a 2013 Dodge Dart at 7:16 a.m. westbound Saturday when he apparently fell asleep and ran off the road to the right. The vehicle struck the guardrail, vaulted down an embankment and rolled two and 3/4 times. He was pinned for approximately 35 minutes before be...

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Winter canola meetings, crop insurance applications and hopefully, a better growing season are coming

Winter canola has grown in importance as a money crop and for rotating with winter wheat for a decade. But in its 9th crop year of 2013-14, almost all of the wheels came off the crop wagon.Like the wheat crop, canola was dusted in with little or no soil moisture with farmers trusting October rains would help out. And in October, 2013, the US government sequester of funds and services left many farmers without crop insurance to protect them against a natural disaster. Not only was t...

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Local Airman defends base in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. Air Force Airman from Altus successfully defended his forward operating base here during a more than four hour insurgent attack, July 17, 2014. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Treadwell, son of Greg and Sheila Treadwell of Snyder, is currently deployed and serving as a Security Forces member with the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing at Forward Operating Base OQAB, at Kabul International Airport. The wing’s mission is to set the conditions for a professional, independent...

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Local Toastmaster receives Advanced Communicator Bronze

Altus Toastmaster and Area K-2 Governor, Marty Vincent of the Red River Toastmasters Club was recently recognized for completion of projects designed to enhance her skills as an Advanced Communicator.She earned her Competent Communicator Bronze Award by completing a series of 10 speeches to become a Competent Communicator and then preparing and presenting 10 additional advanced speeches. The Advanced Communicator series of speaking assignments is designed to take members to the nex...

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USDA Farm Bill Programs, Soil Health & Livestock Disaster Workshop to be held in Altus

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that NRCS, the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), USDA agencies and the Jackson County Conservation District are partnering to hold a free conservation workshop and dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 12.The workshop will be held in the Seminar Room, at the Southwest Technology Center, located at 711 West Tamarack, in Altus. Pre-registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the workshop will begin at 6 p.m. Local f...

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Board of Directors Elected for Statewide City Management Association

New Altus Assistant City Manger Greg Buckley was recently elected to the City Management Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) Board of Directors for 2014-15. Buckley is a past-president for CMAO. After an Altus City Council executive session on Thursday, Buckley was appointed the Assistant City Manger here in open session. The Council also voted to solicit a recruitment agency to contract with the City for the purpose of recruiting a City Manager. Buckley will serve as Acting City Manager effective...

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Perkins named new Deputy Chief of Police

Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy is pleased to announce the promotion of Bill Perkins to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.

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