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Courthouse will open on Monday with restrictions

The Jackson County Commissioners voted Monday to open the county courthouse beginning May 11 but visitors will be screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms. And, rooms, including courts, will … more

FCA names Garrison All-Star athlete for Southwest Oklahoma

Altus High School senior Bethany Garrison has been named the Southwest Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Athlete for 2020. FCA is divided into nine geographical areas in Oklahoma. … more

Draft city budget reflects drop in sales tax income

The Altus City Council received a copy of the draft budget for fiscal year 2021 which begins July 1 during a special meeting Tuesday, May 5. The Altus Times goes to press on Tuesday evenings and … more

Police arrest 6 suspects in COVID-19 con

The Altus Police Department has arrested six people, late Thursday afternoon, on charges of violation of the governor’s executive order and obtaining money under false pretense, according to a … more

Help Main Street Altus win $25K

Main Street Altus has been named one of 25 quarter-finalists to receive as much as $25,000 in cash through a national small business movement known as “Independent We Stand.” You can … more

Police arrest suspect in Friday night shooting

Altus police have arrested a suspect in a Friday night shooting that took place in the 1100 block of Loyadell. Police responded around 10:30 p.m. Friday after the homeowner told police an adult black … more

Churches can begin opening on Friday
But must follow disinfecting, distancing protocol

After being shuttered for more than a month, some local churches will reopen on Sunday after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced a three-phase Open Up and Recover Safely (or OURS) program to jump-start the … more

County signs letter supporting economic loop grant

The Jackson County Board of County Commissioners signed a letter in support of a proposed grant application for federal funds for the Altus Economic Loop project during its regular meeting on Monday. … more

Flyover to salute frontline COVID-19 responders

The 97th Air Mobility Wing and the 71st Flying Training Wing are partnering to fly over several medical centers in Oklahoma to honor our frontline COVID-19 responders and to support the state’s … more

Hair salons among first to reopen for business

The Razor’s Edge owner Brian Davis began accepting appointments for haircuts on Monday after being shuttered for more than four weeks. And each appointment now takes longer because his stylists … more

City Council clarifies rules to cut off utilities

The Altus City Council passed a revised ordinance Tuesday night that allows for disconnecting utility services to customers who haven’t paid water and sewer bills within a 15-day from the … more

Signs of reopening creep through Altus

Crown Jewelry has a sign on its window announcing it’s opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., limiting the store to two customers at a time, asking shoppers to wear masks and asking them to wait at … more

Sprucing up

Chris Palmer, left, and Chris Brock spent Tuesday morning painting a building in the 200 block of west Commerce Street. They work for Lee Hunn Roofing and were repairing the building before an … more

Governor opens hospitals to elective surgeries

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt last week issued an amendment to Executive Order 2020-13, which sets guidelines for medical providers to determine which elective surgeries that can resume April … more

Lack of sales will impact city budget

Cities and towns are likely to have major funding shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19. That’s because in Oklahoma, cities and towns are funded with two main sources: sales and use taxes and … more

Financial institutions react quickly to Paycheck Protection Program

Many local bankers went through a two-week period of working long hours to get Small Business Administration loans filed with the U.S. Government as part of a federal stimulus package known as … more

Volunteers sew masks for base employees

When a memo came down last week from the U.S. Air Force mandating that all Department of Defense employees had to wear a face mask on all installations, leaders at Altus Air Force Base grounded all … more

Animal group receives $15k grant to expand pet services

Altus Animal Welfare Association has received a $15,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States to support animal care for Pets for Life communities during the COVID-19 … more

Marple named Junior Rotarian for April

Although the Rotary Club of Altus has suspended its meetings for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, the club continues to honor its Junior Rotarian of the Month. This month’s honoree, … more

City Council extends Emergency Orders to May 5

The Altus City Council approved the extension of the city’s emergency orders on April 7 until its next meeting on May 5 just a day before Mayor Jack Smiley invoked the newest orders which … more
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