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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

City officials rededicate Southwest Park

After City Council member Roberta Brady-Lee, who represents Ward 3, cut the ribbon to rededicate the Southwest Park at Pecan and Blain, Benanlio Ponts, 9, was one of the first to explore the new … more

Remember When

Does anybody remember Col. Jimmy S. Lasseter? Col. Lasseter was the Vice-Commander of the 443rd MAW at Altus Air Force Base back in 1975. In this photo, Lasseter bowled a strike to kick off the 16th … more

Freeholders agree to add organizational chart to city government

The Freeholders Board made significant progress when it started voting on specific changes to the Altus City Charter on Monday. In fact, the Freeholders took eight votes that would have been … more

Mandatory height for pilots may be a tall tale

In an effort to educate wannabe pilots while also trying to respond to a shortage of U.S. Air Force pilots, career pilots at Altus Air Force Base are combating misinformation about requirements to … more

Duke schoolboy’s art featured in state calendar

A Duke elementary school student won $100 and has his artwork featured in the 2020 Trash Poster Calendar that highlights student artwork. Lance Womack, who entered the contest as a fourth-grade … more

Mayor pins Fire Chief during City Council meeting

At the start of last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jack Smiley, left, pins Fire Chief Joe Buchanan. The pinning ceremony is part of a tradition when a new chief is named. Buchanan’s … more

Oklahoma Blood Insitute offers another form of giving

You can share the priceless gift of blood donation with Oklahomans in need this holiday season. Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set … more

Senator files bill to encourage teacher retention

In an effort to help encourage and retain Oklahoma’s top educators, Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, has filed legislation creating a process for teachers who complete their National Board … more

Local family receives gifts from ‘Santa Boots’ program

A group of volunteers is making sure a military family stationed at Altus Air Force Base have a Merry Christmas by participating in what the Armed Services YMCA calls “Santa … more

State Senator files teacher certification reciprocity bill

State Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, filed two bills this week to help address the state’s teacher shortage by recognizing the skills and service of out-of-state teachers. “Even with the … more

Project Noel serves more than 700 needy people

Volunteers flooded the First United Methodist Church on Saturday to help make a Merry Christmas for 742 people representing in 271 families. Project Noel, organized through the church, raises more … more

Food industry leaders meet with legislators at State Capitol

The Industry Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center met at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City to help build relationships … more

Council approves moratorium on raising electricity charges

The Altus City Council and the Altus Municipal Authority, which are comprised of the same elected members, passed an ordinance on Monday to keep electric rates at their current level through … more

High school choirs join forces for Rotary Club

Altus High School BluHarmonix singer Jordan Guyton, in front, sings a solo portion of a Christmas choir performance at the Rotary Club of Altus on Tuesday. Singers, from the left, Allison Cope, … more

Dog owners charged with mauling death of 12-year-old

Oklahoma Third Judicial District Attorney David Thomas announced Wednesday the arrest of two Hollis men in the connection with the mauling death of a 12-year-old boy last week. Victor Garces was … more

Freeholders plan to begin voting on language changes Monday

During Monday’s Altus City Charter Freeholders Board meeting, the group discussed a variety of issues and announced it will start taking motions and voting on proposed changes beginning … more

Remember When

Almost 100 years ago, today, Kinney’s Store in Altus was offering a “community sewing machine” for anyone who had the use of it. People who reserved their spot for this sewing … more

Remember When

It has been 100 years since the ads on this page have appeared in the Altus Times-Democrat. Cole and Raines were pushing this post-war Maxwell in 1920. The new year in 1920 wasn’t great for … more

The Altus Times to become a weekly in 2020

Graystone Media Group, Inc., which owns The Altus Times and three other newspapers in the state, will complete a two-year project in January that will have converted The Altus Times to a weekly … more
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