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Altus AFB to conduct active shooter exercise

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – The 97th Air Mobility Wing will be conducting active shooter response training at Building 46 (97 MDG Clinic) on Wednesday, Jan. 15. All base gates will be … more

Remember When

This cartoon came from a copy of The Altus Times-Democrat from 1982. Does anyone remember L & B Auto & Bike? It was in the area where Altus Motorsports is now. The Clester Harrington … more

Leadership Oklahoma accepts applications for 34th class

Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program in its 31st year, is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 adult class. The organization accepts a class of 52 members each year. The … more

Freeholders hope to finalized recommended changes by Monday

The Altus City Charter Board of Freeholders may have accomplished its primary mission in the last two weeks. But a disagreement over the duties of the city manager on Monday left the board with an … more

Senator predicts Legislature will focus on flat budget

The state will have less new revenue than in previous years at a time when the state needs to increase the cost of living for retirees, says State Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus. The state board of … more

Air Force graduates first all non-prior service basic flight engineer class

Joint Base San Antonio, Texas — The Air Force’s 344th Training Squadron Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence graduated the first basic flight engineer class, comprised completely … more

Instructor, student pilots experience NVG training through new lenses

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The 58th Airlift Squadron and the 97th Training Squadron recently combined their efforts to present a new virtual, high-resolution, night vision goggle training … more

Airmen deliver holiday cheer to local children’s home

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Members of the 97th Operations Group at Altus, AFB, Okla. embraced the spirit of the season by donating and celebrating their annual children’s Christmas … more

Runners, walkers complete 1st leg of 5 races

About 40 runners and walkers participated in the first in a series of events sponsored by the Altus Parks and Recreation Department. What makes the runs unique is that each time a person completes … more

Food drive brings in more than 10K pounds of goods

The 33rd Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive brought in more than 10,400 pounds of food and hygiene items, 1,400 pounds more than last year, coordinators of the food drive reported last week. Earlier … more

County treasurer reports December tax collections up $1.4 million over 2019

During Monday’s Board of Jackson County Commissioners regular meeting, County Treasurer Robin Fleming said her office received $10.3 million in ad valorem taxes (property taxes) during the … more

Remember When

Here is a unique view of Altus from September 1971. The Friendship Inn restaurant is on the right, but there is only one building past it on the east side of Main Street. That building was the … more

New federal law will protect Oklahoma children

The executive director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) praised a new federal law that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 while also calling for … more

EDC approves $30K for Quail Breakfast, staff reception

The Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Board of Directors approved a $30,000 budget for the 58th Annual Quail Breakfast in the U.S. Capitol on April 2 during the organization’s monthly … more

97 AMW Airmen invest in family quality of life improvements

Airmen from the 97th Mission Support Group, 97th Contracting Flight and 97th Comptroller Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. combined efforts to boost quality of life for everyone by purchasing … more

Firefighters extinguish grass fire

Winds whipped a grass fire close to a home near the intersection of County Roads East-West 166 and North-South 206 on Thursday. Firefighters were able to put out the fire with tanker trucks. The … more

School district’s bond issue was top story of 2019

The biggest news that happened in 2019 were the passage of a school bond issue and the election of city council members that shifted the balance of power on the council, which also serves as the … more

KFC opens at former Long John Silvers location

Ever since the new Kentucky Fried Chicken opened on Saturday, Dec. 28, a steady stream of traffic has flooded the restaurant chain with non-stop service. Sandy Brown, director of operations for … more

Your next edition will arrive on Jan. 2

This represents the last weekend edition of The Altus Times which will now become a weekly and you will receive your copy of the newspaper in the mail on Thursdays. When my two business partners … more

Strong Tower Ministries serves free meal on Christmas day

More than 120 people showed up for a free meal provided on Christmas Day by Strong Tower Ministries at 805 Martin Luther King. Pastor Reuben Ybarra and his wife, Angela, decided to host the free … more
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