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City may begin addressing ‘crash pad’ issues

During a special work session by the Altus City Council and Altus Municipal Authority, the council made recommendations to changing some line items in the fiscal year 2021 budget, received a … more

Competition drives top 2 students at AHS

Altus High School’s top two students didn’t just happen to become the top students in the Class of 2020. Valedictorian Michaella Reed and Salutatorian Raegan Cope spent their high … more

Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute plans virtual program

The Oklahoma Arts Institute has moved its annual Summer Arts Institute to a virtual classroom. While it was making the decision to move it online, the staff began to restructure its programming and … more

Reopening: just another phase for coffee house

Like many small businesses, the owners of Just Brew It Coffee House are adapting to the reality of health and safety issues for employees and customers. When Shannon and April Preston, owners of Just … more

Richardson named to Faith 7 Bowl

Jameson Richardson has been selected to play for the Oklahoma team against Texas in the 2020 Faith 7 Bowl, now in its 55th year. Unfortunately, this classic, sheduled for Saturday, June 6, has been … more

Altus High School graduation set for Friday

The Altus High School Class of 2020 will graduate on Friday, May 22. Due to unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, the ceremony will be different than in years past. … more

Altus student awarded $1,000 scholarship

Tori Booker, an Altus High School senior, has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Each year the OKFB YF&R committee … more

Some misunderstand use of service data collection

A misunderstanding of a service that the City of Altus has recently subscribed to caused a Mangum woman to start a buzz on social media. Last week, The Altus Times reported that a program allows … more

Chemical exposure risks rising in pandemic

Clean, disinfect, sanitize, repeat. This has become the mantra of households across the country in an effort to keep the novel coronavirus at bay. With the increased use of cleaning supplies, … more

Jackson County records 1st COVID-19 death

The Jackson County Health Department, along with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), announced the first death associated with COVID-19 in Jackson County on May 11. The patient was a male … more

A new norm

A banner saying “Honk for Florene’s Birthday” was the safest way to celebrate Florene Brewer’s 88th birthday during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of friends from her church … more

Downtown square honors Altus Class of 2020

Don’t be surprised if the downtown square gets a little busy on Memorial Day weekend. That’s because graduation is on Friday, May 22, that will include a parade from Altus High School to … more

Grocery store sales cause spike in sales taxes

The Jackson County and Altus City governments anticipated a shortfall in sales tax collections for the month of March, due to the many businesses shuttered after one case of COVID-19 was reported at … more

School board hires new teachers for 2020-21

The Altus Public Schools Board of Education accepted resignations and retirements and hired new teachers and staff during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. Two teachers retired including … more

City council
splits vote

In a 6-3 split vote, the Altus City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with a Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) Committee recommendation to ask voters to approve a 12-year sales tax of .015 … more

Air Force honors personnel helping fight COVID-19

The U.S. Air Force saluted first responders, transportation drivers, grocery workers and other essential personnel supporting the COVID-19 effort in Oklahoma with a flyover at hospitals across the … more

Cope twins named Junior Rotarians for May

A pair of twin sisters whose mother was the Atlus Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2018 have been named the Junior Rotarians for the month of May by the Rotary Club of Altus. Allison and … more

Local students selected for leadership class at SWOSU

Two Jackson County high school students have been name to Southwestern Oklahoma State Univeristy’s Presidential Leadership Class for next year. Altus High School’s Raegan Cope and Duke … more

Flower, jewelry stores offer plenty for your mom

Mother’s Days are traditionally the second biggest holiday for florists, trailing only Valentine’s Day. And despite the COVID-19 pandemic, local florists say they’re ready for one … more

Retail stores used down time wisely

Most of the retail stores on the square around the Jackson County Courthouse have opened or are in the process of doing so. And for some, the government Paycheck Protection Program paid dividends … more
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