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Law enforcement to set up checkpoints

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As part of a statewide ramped-up enforcement effort over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, will be operating a special enforcement patrol along with impaired driving and safety checkpoints from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Local law enforcement agencies involved will include the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Altus Police Department.In addition to the safety checkpoints, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be conducting saturation patrols in different locations within the Troop M geographical area throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Early voting begins on Thursday

New Oklahoma law changes ‘early’ voting to the prior Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; affects August Democratic Runoff Primary Election.A new law which took effect on Nov. 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma. Now, early voting begins on Thursday and continues on Friday and Saturday. Jackson Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson explained today. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday....

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Local Toastmasters Club to host humorous speech contest

The Red River Toastmasters Club of Altus will host their local Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest on Sept. 9 at the Southwest Technology Center. The contest will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Contestants for the local Toastmaster Club will compete for a spot in the upcoming Area Speech Contest.The Red River Toastmaster Club welcomes all members of the community to come to this entertaining contest to cheer on the competitors and discover what Toastmasters is all about....

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Animal wwareness and critter courtesy

Wildlife lives year round at Quartz Mountain. There may be hundreds of thousands of human visitors each year, but only two people live at Quartz Mountain. The rest of us are visitors. Some are frequent visitors (350 days a year) and others just come once or twice year.As we are guests we need to be on our best behavior. Do not leave trash and litter in your wake. That spit cup you used and tossed on the ground may become lodged on a skunks head. Diapers belong in dumpsters and tras...

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3rd Annual Blair Park Swing planned

The 3rd Annual Blair Park Swing is planned for Sept. 12-13, at the Blair City Park. The event will kick-off on Friday evening Sept. 12, with a cornhole tournament and continue all day Saturday, Sept. 13th with a coed softball tournament.All proceeds will go toward continued improvements to the local Blair City Park.“With the help of our community, grants and donations, we are very excited about the park’s transformation thus far and look forward to the many m...

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Softball tournament announced

The third annual Up-All-Night Softball Tournament is slated for Friday, Aug. 22 at Davis Park in Altus. Games will begin 6 p.m.Mens and coed divisions are available. The Coed division will be 6 men and 4 women on a team.Only USSSA or ASA bats and balls will be allowed. Blue Dots, 47 Core and 650s will not be permitted.A pitch must hit the strike mat in the air to be called a strike. The height limit for pitches is 10’. Batters will begin with a 1-1 count...

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Firefighters extinguish midnight blaze

Altus Firefighters arrived to a structure fire early this morning after 2:40 a.m. on the 400 Block of W. Sutherland to a vacant house fully engulfed in flames. Altus Fire Chief Jerry Abbott, and the Fire Marshall, were still on the scene after 9 a.m. today conducting their investigation as to the source of the blaze. Abbott stated that there were no utilities running through the house and that it was likely due to suspicious activity.“The front half of the building was fully ...

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Bulldogs back to basics

The AHS Bulldogs took their practice session to the field at Hightower Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Head Coach Jeremy Reed was pleased only with the opportunity to practice in front of a crowd and the Bulldogs are grateful to all that attended.Reed mentioned that Monday’s practice was a much needed improvement over Saturday’s effort. “Today (Monday) was a great day. We got much better today. The kids locked in and accepted the corrections we (coaches) wanted impl...

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Commissioners request motor graders for County Road Machinery

The Jackson County Commissioners requested to receive motor graders for each District through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and considered other items on the consent agenda during their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 18. Commissioners selected their preferred machinery after approving a Resolution to participate in ODOT’s County Road Machinery and Revolving Fund for the FY 2015. Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Cary Carrell, stated that the Commissioners will...

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Dollar Tree, CVMA partner to provide school supplies

Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and Dollar Tree partnered together to equip local children with school supplies for the new year.On Saturday, Aug. 16, CVMA members made the pick-up of donated items from the Dollar Tree at 2700 N. Main St., Altus, for the 2014 Operation Homefront “Back Pack Brigade,” and delivered them to the charity organization based in Lawton. This year, Dollar Tree has collectively donated over 700 items. CVMA transported...

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Jackson County 4H Youth bring home the gold for southwestern cooking

Dusty Dollins and Spencer Riley recently attended the “Great American Seafood Cookoff – 4H Edition” in New Orleans representing Oklahoma 4H. They prepared a dish called “Southwest Okie Fish” and presented it in front of a large crowd while the event was televised. They prepared their dish and served it to a panel of 4 judges, gave an oral presentation, and answered questions related to preparation, nutrition, how the dish relates to Oklahoma, and costs associated...

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Holiday art class to be held at library

The Shortgrass Art Institute and the Southern Prairie Library System are offering a new art class, “Get Artsy for the Holidays,” with Lyn Taylor. The class is scheduled for Aug. 25, 26 & 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost of the class is $30. No experience is necessary and it promises to be a fun class for all. Sign up early as this class is sure to fill up fast. Art works will be completed during the class.

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Event provides shoes for 121 children

Joseph’s Closet held their second annual “Shoe Project” recently, and were happy to provide shoes for 121 children. Shown are the employees of Hibbett’s and the Operation CARE and Joseph’s Closet volunteers. Many thanks to Tanya and her staff for their time and patience. Also, thanks to those who donated their money and time to make this project possible.

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Stories from the baptistery

Connor rocked back and forth on his heels, biting his lip as his eyes darted back and forth, scanning my office.It was his baptism day.“It’s okay to be nervous,” I said, trying to put him at ease as he left my office with his parents on the way to the baptistery.His father had warned me earlier that Connor was anxious about being baptized. “He’s worried that you’re going to ask him a lot of questions,” his dad had grin...

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Refugee training

There is no such thing as 9-1-1 emergency services in Iraq or Afghanistan. When the next crisis comes (and they always do) in those countries, there are no first responders to bring instant assistance for fire, police and emergency medical needs. When what is left of a normal system degenerates into chaos in a society, the last bastion of relief is to flee the disorder, confusion and life threatening danger.

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Wheeler to perform at Giddy Up Gala

Ashley Nicole Wheeler, former Miss Altus and now the reigning Miss Bricktown, along with the country swing entertainers “Wendell Sollis and The SIDEKICKS BAND” will perform at the annual “Giddy-Up Gala” on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Jackson County Expo Center. Come to eat barbeque and home-made desserts, enjoy the music and dance to country and western swing. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end in time for everyone to attend the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. Tickets ...

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Caswell makes initial appearance on charges relating to inappropriate acts with a child

Jennifer Lynn Caswell (Sexton), 28, of Hollis, a former Hollis School teacher, was formally charged on Wednesday in Harmon County District Court with crimes alleging inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old male child, who was formerly one of Caswell’s students.Eric Yarborough, Assistant District Attorney for Greer and Harmon Counties, advises that his office filed felony criminal charges of three counts of Second Degree Rape, one count of Forcible Sodomy, and two coun...

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Newly promoted APD Officers to be introduced

The Altus Municipal Authority and City Council will receive an introduction of newly promoted Altus Police Officers during their regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19. Those officers include Deputy Chief Bill Perkins, Captain Mike Munn, and Lt. Tim Scott.During the AMA, the Trust Authority will discuss advertising for an RFQ for the purchase or lease purchase of a used bulldozer to replace a rental bulldozer being used by the Sanitation Department at the City ...

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