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Unemployment agency catching up with jobless claims, but many Oklahomans still suffering

For hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, applying for unemployment benefits after losing their jobs due to COVID-19 has meant being trapped in a nightmare of crashing web pages, hours-long hold times … more

Grants awarded for Altus tourism events

Grants totaling $84,500 was approved last week by the Altus Southwest Economic Development group for tourism projects or events in the city. Grant requests from businesses in Jackson County … more

Wind postponed fireworks at Spirit Festival

The annual Spirit Festival featured songs, games, and food – but no fireworks Sunday night as heavy winds made it too dangerous to put fire into the sky. The city was going to try again … more

Sunscreen is a must year-round in order to protect skin

Summer is officially here, and that means people will be spending more time in the great outdoors. To help ensure skin safety in the sun, it’s a good idea to be vigilant with sunscreen. With so … more

Two charged in tangled prison scheme, kidnapping

Two people have been charged with kidnapping and trying to deliver contraband to inmates at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite on June 21, according to an affidavit filed with the Kiowa County … more

Timing critical for Xtend cotton and soybean producers

STILLWATER, Okla. – The recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that forced the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke its approval for dicamba-based chemicals such as … more

Altus Times wins best news story, feature photo in state contest

Former Altus Times Editor and Publisher Rick Carpenter won two first places and one second place in the annual Oklahoma Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The contest included entries for … more

Low census count has Altus officials concerned

If results were finalized today, Altus would have recorded a population of about 10,500 and Jackson County would have only 11,000. Local officials are alarmed at the size of the undercount, which … more

Tuesday’s election features city charter proposals

It may be just another election, but Altus voters better do their homework before going to the polls June 30. And pack a lunch. Remember all the talk about changing the city charter? Well, there … more

Spirit Festival returns this weekend

Altus City Parks and Recreation will host the American Spirit on Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a firework display that night. The festival is free to the public and will be … more

Incumbent, former police officer seek sheriff’s badge

Elections are near and at the end of the month, Jackson County citizens will head to the polls to decide who their new sheriff will be. Current Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick answered a … more

Altus students attend virtual Summer Arts Institute

For over four decades, Oklahoma’s most talented high school students have gathered each June in the Wichita Mountains for intensive studies in their artistic disciplines. For a young artist in … more

Marijuana growers running in to some trouble

KINGFISHER, Okla. – Chris McAlvain and Matt Blackwood were going by the books on their first crop – especially with their combined savings on the line. They did their research, paid … more

Jackson County sees increases in sales, use taxes

In a surprise to some local officials, the county sales and use tax revenue collected in April during the height of the virus shut-down showed modest increases instead of big drops. County sales … more

Kendrix trying to become the only CPA in State House

For Republican Gerrid Kendrix, it is all about the numbers when it comes to his candidacy for the Oklahoma House District 52, which includes Jackson and Harmon counties, and parts of Greer and Kiowa … more

OSU Extension cuts position in Jackson County

Jackson County is losing one of its two extension educators due to budget cuts at Oklahoma State University, but it is getting enough funds to have one educator and a full-time … more

Altus Christian Academy losing its top educator

Dr. Dana Darby, who was part of the original vision for Altus Christian Academy 14 years ago and has served as the head of the school since then, will be leaving after a replacement is found, … more

Primary election date approaches

The Oklahoma primary elections will be held June 30 for state officers, congressional officers, as well as legislative, district and county officers. There will also be a state question regarding … more

Can you invest for education and retirement?

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to … more

Farmers, ranchers can apply for aid through coronavirus food assistance program

STILLWATER – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus … more
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