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

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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 of nearly $22,000 raised by the community of Altus in support of this hometown athlete.McCaskill landed in Phoenix on Sunday to begin his training to compete in upcoming USA track meets and hopefully the 2016 Summer Olympics. Stay tuned…


‘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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Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate to read for Coffee Cup Bunch

The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will be treated to a poetry reading by Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate Nathan Brown at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Altus Public Library.

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OG&E Thunderbolt coming to Altus for Chili Cookoff

The Oklahoma City Thunder has created a new fan experience designed to reach communities throughout the state and region. The OG&E ThunderBolt will offer fans attending local festivals, neighborhood events, school celebrations and more to engage in an interactive, Thunder-themed display. Among other stops, the ThunderBolt will be at next weekend’s Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cook-Off in Altus. The Thunderbolt will be parked in the parking lot of courthouse in downtown Altus.&#...

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AHS over El Reno 43-8

AHS took care of business as expected Friday in El Reno 43-8. The Bulldogs now sit a 3-1 on the year and take a 1-0 advantage in district standings.Turnovers dampened El Reno’s homecoming. TJ McGill and Jayden Benway had 2 rushing scores and Hunter Cleveland added a 12 yard scamper to give the Bulldogs 5 rushing touchdowns on the night. The other time the Bulldogs reached the end zone was Benway’s toss to Aaron Rogers for a 26 yard score.Altus allowed only an...

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Friday night scores from across the state

PREP FOOTBALLAda 35, Glenpool 7Adair 63, Salina 21Afton 48, Wyandotte 40Alex 45, Macomb 0Allen 57, Bray-Doyle 12Altus 43, El Reno 8Anadarko 41, Elk City 0Apache 59, Mangum 12Ardmore 63, Del City 26Beaver 50, Burns Flat-Dill City 6Beggs 28, Hilldale 14Berryhill 42, Sequoyah-Claremore 14Bethany 42, Meeker 0Bixby 47, Claremore 6Black...

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City-wide “Clean Up Altus” event tomorrow

“Clean Up Altus,” the city-wide cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road between 8-9 a.m., on the East side, to register and pick up their trash bags. Volunteers may want to bring their own pair of gloves. Everyone will begin to return to the Community Center between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to show up and join in the fun.

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