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Eyeglasses assistance offered to elderly

Healthy eyes are something most people take for granted. But there are millions of elderly people in this country who have severe vision impairments. These impairments could be treated and corrected, but many of the elderly can’t afford the treatment they need.South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Aging Services, in cooperation with area optometrists, will be providing reduced cost eye exams and eyeglasses to elderly individuals in your area.

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Community Foundation Grant Given

The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City.“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Nancy Evans, Community Relations chair of the Great Plains Literacy Council, at the presentation. “The literacy council believes in sponsoring free educational literacy services to adults, but it does take funds to operate this beneficial program....

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U.S. Cellular rewarding $1 million to teachers to help boost classroom experiences

ALTUS – U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects across the nation, including Altus, through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds fro...

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Traffic signs replaced at Sunset School

In an attempt to relieve some of the parking issues that Sunset School is currently experiencing, the 500 block of Lark Street will be ONE WAY during the hours of 7-8:30 a.m., and 2:30-3:45 p.m. on school days only, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Working with Renee Long, Principal of Sunset School, and residents living in the area, the Altus Police Chief has directed certain traffic signs be replaced.

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One punch homicide and a police officer’s safety

While in grade school I suffer two concussions in the same calendar year. Both were head strikes I sustained on the school playground and both times I wound up in the hospital. I overheard a doctor tell my parents that one more concussion could kill me. This as a child, scared the hell out of me. Apparently the doctor suggested that I not play contact sports in my K thru 12 school years. I was not apprised of this.

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Gardiner to Review Fannie Flagg novel for the Coffee Cup Bunch

Theresa Gardiner will review a recently published novel by Fannie Flagg titled “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” for the Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library. The review will be given at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Altus Public Library.“I choose to review this book for the Coffee Cup Bunch because nearly every chapter made me laugh out loud, and it is full of Southern charm,” Gardiner explained. “Like most of Fanni...

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Water rates for AAFB on Council agenda

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Altus Municipal Authority includes approval of minutes from the Aug. 19 meeting, and the receiving and acknowledgement of receipt of claims. Any new business, if any, since the posting of the agenda will be reviewed and discussed before moving onto the regular Altus City Council meeting.

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National Book Scholarship Fund Grant

The Great Plains Literacy Council has received literacy curriculum, valued at approximately $2,000, from ProLiteracy through its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF). ProLiteracy awarded more than $100,000 in National Book Fund grants to 65 community-based programs around the nation. According to Michele Diecuch, senior membership and program manager for ProLiteracy, nearly two-thirds of the compelling, high-quality applicants were awarded grants.

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Chamber President: $400 million ‘retail leakage’

Approximately $400 million dollars per year is “leaking” from local retailers and is being spent in other towns, Altus Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bush said as the guest speaker at the Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. That is potentially $14 million annual that could go to City services and infrastructure based on the city tax of 3.5 percent, he explained. Bush discussed several points Altus’ economic potential and bringing more prosp...

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Bulldogs new leash

Head Coach Jeremy Reed takes hold of the leash on the Altus High School Bulldogs. In this his first year as Head Coach and Athletic Director, Reed has been in the midst of long overdue and dramatic changes within the program. After three seasons as Dickson’s Head Coach, Reed believed it was time to move up the coaching ranks. Having an opportunity to serve as A.D. and Head Coach, affords him the control of his team from within and that is always appealing to any coach. Hopefully, the ma...

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Fall football preview 2014

It’s nearly September and we’re all ready for some football weather. These hot days in southwest Oklahoma put a lil’ more sugar on the sweet reward of winning playoff games in December. A couple teams down here in the corner know all about winning in December. Hollis optioned it’s way to the front of class A to win the state championship no matter who their quarterback was and the Tipton seniors have played in three straight title games winning on...

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Writer’s football experience

MY FOOTBALL CREDENTIALS I may have the highest winning percentage as a coach of anyone in nation. I was blessed to have coached receivers and defensive backs at Frederick two years ago. I know that Frederick isn’t reviewed in this edition but it’s my most recent hands-on football experience. Therefore, readers of this paper may become accustomed to my Bomber references. The Bombers were 14-1 that season and I’m telling you if QB Trevor Flores’ year didn̵...

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Mangum Tigers on the rise

Forest Mazey sparks new life into Greer County. The youth of Mangum have bought into this fun style of football too. Sawyer Webb, Aidan Warner and a dozen other future footballers are as much in the drills at practice without the contact as you can be. That’s how athletes learn the ways. Let the kids hang around the team and they will learn. Give them one of the 100 little jobs to do during the season. In trade, every young athlete in Mangum should be outside throwing seam reads, outs a...

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Duke Tigers run rough into 2014

Duke football is on the rise. Anytime you have a coach that loves the game and loves coaching kids as much as Mike Harris, the program is elevated. There is talent down in grades 6 and 7 with size and speed. Matt Milner and Mason Rice and that group should run rampant in the 8-man game. However, the 2014 version of Duke football will chew up small chunks of yards at a time. In southwest Oklahoma, we know there will be a cloud of dust. Will there be 3 yards to go with it?

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REAP Grant public meeting to be held

There will be a public meeting held in the Jackson County Commissioners office, 101 N Main, at 9 a.m. , on Sept. 3. The meeting will be to discuss applying for a Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grant for the Jackson County Rural Fire Chiefs Association.This grant will go to support the Wildland Fire Task Force and firefighter safety concerns for our Jackson County fireman. Questions concerning this grant should be addressed to Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Manager/Safety D...

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Walking from Altus to Lawton for MDA

It started out as a cool, cloudy morning at Hightower Park in Altus, where a long rainbow shined as a sign of good things to come for 62 year-old retired Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Alan Barth. A group of friends, other Air Force retirees once stationed in Altus, saw him off as he embarked on a 51 mile journey on foot along highway 62 from Altus to Lawton. Like the two years prior, Barth walked to raise awareness and donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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Dr. Andrews appointed Hospice Medical Director

During this week’s meeting of the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Dr. Angelia Andrews was appointed as the Hospice Medical Director and Dr. Abuelshar and Dr. Mihanni as alternate Medical Directors through April 30, 2015.Also during the meeting, Jim King reported the highlights from the Performance Improvement Council meeting held on Aug. 6.Michelle Ford reported that the outreach clinics had a total of 225 admissions and 125 outpatient surgeries...

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