The edition contains five special sections including Health, Education and Religion; Community, Sports & Recreation; Southwest Oklahoma; Agriculture and Military; and Business and Industry.
New business growth and development is the topic of the main Business and Industry feature of the Altus Times progress edition, but there are also stories about businesses that are re-emerging after years closed, businesses that are adding services in an effort to further expand, and a feature on Main Street Altus. The efforts of Main Street Altus has helped build up and promote the downtown area.
The Community, Sports and Recreationsection contains features, stories and photos about such topics as new directions in sports activities, Quartz Mountain State Park and Lodge, recreational opportunities in Altus.
The Southwest Oklahoma section focuses on the festivals, traditions and events in Altus and the surrounding communities. Many of these festivals, from Mangum's Rattlesnake Derby to Hollis' Blackeyed Pea Festival, are often times what keeps some of these small towns on the map and progressing into the future.
The Health, Education and Religion section has a feature about how Altus Schools is adding new classroom wings to provide much-needed space and improved learning environments, the hospital's plans for a cancer center, and and a feature on Altus' Cowboy Church and other information about local houses of worship.
The annual Farm/City Week activities was the perfect choice for the Agriculture and Military section. The ties between the Altus community and Altus Air Force Base have grown stronger through the years and is reflected in their many joint efforts and activities.
The section also includes a feature on a farm family and Altus Air Force Base's annual economic impact report.
Be sure and pick up one of the special editions this weekend. It's an issue that will be well-worth keeping for years to come.