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North Park Lane project officially complete

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Construction officials made one last walk through for the North Park Lane ODOT project last week to officially call the project complete. Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, City of Altus, and TTK Construction Co., walked along the road looking for any defects or exceptions during a final inspection.


Bush to speak at Uplifting Business Training set for Oct. 14 in Hobart

The General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority are sponsoring an educational event for entrepreneurs and business owners. This free event featuring three motivational speakers sharing their business insights is set for Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Stanley Building, 300 S. Washington in Hobart.

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Winners of local humorous speech and evaluation contest announced

The Red River Toastmasters Club of Altus recently hosted their annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest. Four contestants used their best speaking skills to entertain the audience using humor in their speeches. In the evaluation contest, three contestants listened to a sample speech and were given five minutes to prepare an evaluation of the speech and then gave a two minute verbal presentation to the speaker and audience. A panel of judges scored each contestant based on predetermined c...

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Commissioners approve FY 2014-15 budget

The Jackson County Commissioners approved their 2014-15 FY Budget, and considered other items on the agenda, during their regular meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The budget, as approved by the Jackson County Excise Board, shows an increase of $241,626.05 to the overall budget for a total of $2,511,738.60. Cary Carrell, Chairman of the County Commissioners said that the increase is a result of monies that have carried over from various departments of last year’s budget. District 1 Com...

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National Manufacturing Day proclaimed

To help highlight the challenging and rewarding careers that manufacturing offers, and to reaffirm the importance of manufacturers to our state’s economy, Mayor David Webb proclaimed October 3, 2014, as National Manufacturing Day in Altus, with representatives from Bar-S Foods, Turbines Inc., American Gypsum, Hokett Asphalt and Construction, Altus Chamber of Commerce, and Southwest Technology Center’s Business and Industry Department.

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‘Road To Rio’ raises $4,600 for Will To Run

The Will To Run “Road to Rio” Fitness Competition was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Altus, where local athletes pushed themselves to their limits for a fundraising cause to send William McCaskill, II., of Altus, to the World Athletics Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The event, hosted by the Will To Run Committe, Evolved Fitness, and the Professional Loadmasters Association, raised approximately $4,600 through food, t-shirt, and entry fee sales. In all, organizers have reported a total o...

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‘Seat Check Saturday’ Event in Altus a Major Success

The Altus Fire Department and Jackson County Health Department reported that 12 car seats were inspected by Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and 16 new car seats were distributed during the recent car seat check event at Altus Fire Station 2. The event was sponsored by Jackson County Memorial Hospital and Safe Kids Oklahoma. JCMH provided 10 new car seats for the event.“The event helped Jackson County parents learn how to choose the right car seat and correctly in...

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Patricia Ann Crosswhite

Patricia Ann Crosswhite died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Hennessey. Services will include a prayer vigil Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., and Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Both will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Hennessey, with interment following at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Smith and Kernke funeral service.

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Altus man arrested on child rape charges

Altus Police arrested a 19-year-old man, Imashay Don Shivers, on complaints of 1st degree rape, rape by instrumentation, and resisting arrest. Investigators went the suspects residence at 1229 West Davis Monday afternoon at around 2 p.m. to serve a felony arrest warrant. The suspect was found in a back bedroom, and resisted officers after being told he was under arrest.Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said that the suspect is accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl. Police originally r...

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Beach takes oath of office at hospital board meeting

At this past week’s regualr meeting of the Jackson County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting, Gary Beach took the oath of office after being appointed by the Jackson County Commissioners to serve as a member of the JCMH Board of Trustees for a four year term.Also at the meeting, representatives from Charles Schwab presented the annual 401k Plan Review and the Investment Review of funds to the board. The committee did not recommend making any changes in funds at this ...

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Fall migrations have started

Fall migrations have started. Many summer-resident hummingbirds have started their trip to Mexico. Others that summer in more northern locales are stopping in at area feeders for a much needed pit stop. Please keep you hummingbird feeders up, clean and full until Halloween.Monarchs are also on the move. If you want to have a butterfly garden, you must avoid using insecticides, herbicides and pesticides. Butterflies ae very susceptible to chemicals and Monarch numbers are plummeting...

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Navajo Wins district

Navajo battled back through the losers’ bracket beating Fletcher twice to win district. Curtis Goodson was big on the hill gaining his 7th win and staying undefeated. He also added a 2-3 game at bat with 2 runs scored. Prince Silva was 3-3 and Dakota McGrory had the walk-off single to win it.Navajo turned around and dropped a 2-1 game to Fletcher in 8 innings. “We gave this game away. We had many chances to win but we didn’t execute things to win,” said head...

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Altus Track Booster Club holding Intermediate/Elementary Meet

The Altus Track Booster Club will be hosting 6th grade and below Intermediate/Elementary 1600 Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will be held on the north side of Western Oklahoma State College.The Altus Track Boosters are trying to raise funds to help support the Women’s and Men’s track programs in Altus. The Women’s program has been one of the most successful programs in Altus over the last 12 years winning 10 Regional titles, 2 Regional Runner-u...

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Man pleas guilty to second degree murder

A former Altus man, Garland Allen, 49, entered a plea of guilty on two counts of 2nd degree murder on Thursday, Sept. 26, during a plea hearing at Jackson County Courthouse, making a 13-year cold case officially closed. Allen was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for the murder of his wife, Tracy Allen.

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Cleanup Altus counts over 170 volunteers

Over 170 volunteers helped “Cleanup Altus,” in this past weekend’s city-wide cleanup event. The event was a success due to the volunteer efforts of Altus Air Force Base, Western Oklahoma State College, NBC Oklahoma, Tamarack Road Church of Christ, Elm & Hudson Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge #62, Altus Lions Club, Shamrock Bank, JCHAT, Main Street Altus, Alley Cats, Men of Faith Breakfast Group, the City of Altus, McDonald’s of Altus, and individual community members....

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Dr. Chesser to speak at Rotary Club

Ronald Keith Chesser, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker for this coming Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.“This will be an amazing program and very timely,” said Rotarian of the day John Horschler.Dr. Chesser will be traveling from Texas Tech for his presentation is “Dismantling Iraq’s Former Nuclear Infrastructure.”Dr. Chesser is the Director for the Center for Environmental Radiation Studies, and Professor for the Department of...

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As of press time, two people were still being sought by local authorities after multiple arrests on Friday. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, warrants were issued for eight individuals in connection with a human trafficking/sex crimes case.Murphy said that an investigation began in January 2013 by Altus Police that resulted in charges being filed in Jackson County District Court for sex crimes against a 13 year old female.

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Students see puppet show

Third graders from Altus Christian Academy enjoy posing with puppeteers after watching the Aldonian puppet show, held in the Museum of the Western Prairie. The show is offered in the fall to third graders from Altus and its surrounding communities. The puppets, along with vintage photographs, teach how basic needs were met for the Native Americans and settlers who lived in our southwest area. Following the show, the students take a guided tour of the museum.“There’s jus...

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