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Make sure your holiday
decorations aren’t fire hazards

The winter months are the peak time for fire-related deaths, according to the National Safety Council. The leading cause for holiday fires is electrical failures with tree lights. Be sure not to … more

Dog mauling case will have separate (delayed) trials

HOLLIS – Court appearances for two men accused of manslaughter have been pushed back to January due to pandemic-related delays, according to Harmon County court officials. Jacob and Ruben … more

All-State Choir members announced

From sports to music to academics, everything has looked different this school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One big change has been band and choir auditions moving to virtual. Frederick … more

BancFirst donates over 671 pounds of food to Food Bank

BancFirst in Frederick held its annual Boys vs Girls Food Drive. BancFirst was able to donate a combined 671.8 pounds of food to the Tillman County Food Bank. The official contest numbers were: Boys: … more

Discovery Education Science Techbook approved for Oklahoma schools

Following a comprehensive evaluation, the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee has unanimously approved the Elementary and Middle School editions of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for … more

Tipton teacher wins mini grant

The Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children and Youth awarded five mini grants. Tipton special education teacher Ashlee Tyler was one of those five recipients. Tyler is a special … more

Death rate declines, active cases up and down

In Jackson County, the Covid-19 death rate and the amount of active cases have each showed a decline since last week. Two men over the age of 65 were reported deceased on Monday, Nov. 30 after the … more

Oklahoma State School Boards Association recipient of the NSBA 2020 Leading Edge Award

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is proud to announce the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) as the recipient of the NSBA 2020 Leading Edge Award … more

Governor Stitt issues executive order, implements actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY— Governor Kevin Stitt has joined Commissioner of Health Lance Frye to announce Seventh Amended Executive Order 2020-20, which increases safety measures for restaurants, bars and … more

Health dept. offers help for Covid-related stress

One does not have to have Covid-19 to be subjected to the great stress the virus is causing in families, workplace and society. Everyone is affected by this stress, and sometimes one just needs … more

Statewide mask policy considered by groups for in-school learning

A diverse group of organizations advocating for children, education, and health care announced a new coalition Thursday to seek a statewide mask rule for in-school learning. During a remote press … more

Gift made in memory of Altus native

The family of an Altus native has made a $10,000 donation in her memory to their hometown hospital in Bradford, PA. Mary Jo Saunders died in August of this year in Bradford. She was born on May 5, … more

City, county sales tax reports psoted

October 2020 sales tax collections, representing local tax receipts for August business: Altus (0.0375 cents on the dollar)… $814.927.60 (up $4,335 from October 2019). Blair (0.03)… … more

Financial literacy taught remotely

Students in Jackson, Greer and Harmon counties are getting a free education on how to manage their money. Stockmans Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy … more

$56,000 in grants awarded to local businesses

Thirteen Altus businesses have netted a total of $56,000 in grant money as a continuation of the Business Improvement Grant (BIG) program. The BIG program is designed to help local businesses and … more

Driver of runaway car slapped with criminal charges

A battery of charges were filed and three defendants were arrested following a recent car chase by law enforcement through the city limits. At press deadline all three remained in the Jackson … more

WOSC adds Lifetime Alumni member

The Western Oklahoma State College Alumni Association is pleased to have Lupe Nicholas Vidaurri as one of the newest Lifetime Alumni members, With an obvious passion for learning, Nick began his … more

The pandemic will not threaten local voting

The 2020 general election will continue as planned despite the threat of Covid-19, assures local and state election officials. In a time of uncertainty, some people fear that their normal voting … more

Shots fired, Altus Police investigate

A number of shots were fired in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 11 in the 800 block of North Park Ave. Two residents of nearby homes reported that their vehicles had been damaged by … more

Cameron University releases Summer ‘20 honor rolls

Cameron University has announced President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls for the Summer 2020 semester. To make the president’s honor roll, undergraduate students must be enrolled … more
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