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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Selfie

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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 by law enforcement both world-wide and locally by putting their hands up above their heads.

 

‘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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Navajo picks up two wins

Navajo Indians improved to 16-7 on the season after picking up two wins against Big Pasture. Jacob Hall gained the 13-0 victory on the mound in the first game. Colby Staggs also threw a scoreless inning to spell Hall. Navajo had 9 hits and was led at the plate by Stephen Gilstad and Braden Box each going 1-2 with RBI singles.In the second game of the twinbill, Navajo won 10-5. Navajo jumped on Big Pasture early with 7 runs in the first. However, Dylan Mandrell suffered some control...

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Employee Wellness Seminar to be held Sept. 26

The Jackson County Community Health Action Team (JCCHAT) is pleased to announce a free training program opportunity for Jackson County Businesses.

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‘Child Passenger Safety Week’ proclaimed

This week, Sept. 14-20, has been proclaimed “Child Passenger Safety Week” in Altus, to urge citizens to help reduce injures and the tragic loss of life by buckling up and properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts while driving.Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for child...

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Child Passenger Safety Week and Car Seat Check Event

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and Jackson County Health Department, Jackson County Memorial Hospital Pediatric Clinic, Altus Fire/Rescue Department and Jackson County Community Health Action Team have partnered with Safe Kids Oklahoma to provide a Car Seat Check Event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Main Fire Station.

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Homecoming week activities planned

It’s Homecoming Week for Altus High School. It is the time of year when students go all out and show their school spirit and celebrate being an Altus Bulldog, all leading up to crowning the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Activities, like themed dress-up days, are planned to allow students to win participation points toward being the 2014 Homecoming Class. Points are awarded during most school activities and events.On Monday, students were encouraged accumulate points by donn...

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Arts ‘N Action this weekend in Frederick

The Frederick Arts & Humanities Council is proud to present the 42nd Annual Arts ‘N Action celebration, located at the Tillman County Courthouse square in Frederick on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s festivities will include food vendors, live entertainment and of course, lots of art.The live entertainment begins at 10am with Julie Garza followed by Paige Orr and Tenley Mefford. The entertainment will continue throughout the day, finishing up with Les...

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OWRB and Bureau of Reclamation to host inaugural Oklahoma Drought Challenge

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Water Resources Board, in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will host Oklahoma’s inaugural Drought Challenge on Sept. 17 in the Atrium of the National Weather Center in Norman.The Drought Challenge, also known as the Water Supply Reliability and Management Challenge, is an exciting new approach to promoting comprehensive drought mitigation, preparedness, and planning across Oklahoma.Using an engaging competition for...

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Wildlife to be found at Quartz Mountain

Have you seen a Texas Horned Lizard a.k.a. a “Horny Toad” recently? If so, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation would like to know. Input “Oklahoma Wildlife Dept” and “citizen science” into your favorite search engine. You should be directed to http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/wildlifemgmt/citizen_science.htm which has the Texas Horned Lizard survey and the overview on several other survey programs that you might be interested in.

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‘Doing Business with the Government’ workshop set

“The Federal Government is the largest consumer of goods and services in the United States,” Tim Jeffcoat, SBA Deputy District Director, said. “For small businesses, federal contracts can help smooth the peaks and valleys of business ownership.”The Wednesday, Sept.24 workshop will explain how to grow your business by making Uncle Sam your customer. The free workshop will focus on how small businesses can win government business, which in 2013 added up to $35...

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Aldonians Kick Off Year

The women of Aldonian have chosen “Oklahoma Strong” for their 2014-15 theme. They were kicking up their heels to celebrate our great state. Aldonians soon will be performing a puppet show at the Museum of the Western Prairie for the Altus third graders, as well as third graders from Olustee, Duke, Blair, and Navajoe.

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Commissioners approve REAP Grant Resolution

The Jackson County Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, to consider items on the consent agenda.After approval of reports, officer reports, and purchase orders, Commissioners approved a REAP (Rural Economic Action Plan) Grant Resolution and inter-local Agreement with the Rural Fire Chiefs Association of Jackson County. The Grant Resolution is to apply for safety equipment for the Jackson County rural firefighters, including a “cool-down” trailer...

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Retired Educators announce meetings

The Jackson County Retired Educators Association recently planned its 2014-15 meeting schedule. Jan Shera, JCREA president, and the other officers invite all retired public education teachers, administrators, and support personnel to attend meetings and to participate in all of the organization’s activities which will be at various sites this year.

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Thunderbirds swear in Altus enlistee

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilots swore in more than 20 high school graduates during the 2014 Wings of Freedom Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13.As for 18-year-old Altus native Thomas Farley, this could not have been any more perfect. Thomas wanted to be a Thunderbird pilot as a child, so to have the Thunderbirds swear him into the Air Force was a dream come true.

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