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Bar S outbreak fuels virus spike

An outbreak of Covid-19 at the Bar-S plant first reported last Wednesday led to a mass virus testing event two days later. Employees at the plant were tested, and an invitation extended to the … more

COVID-19 cases
jump in county

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, Oklahoma reported a record-breaking day of cases last week and both Jackson County and Altus saw a spike as well, the Oklahoma State … more

Program tries to solve aircraft maintenance shortage

Being an aircraft mechanic takes a lot of commitment and hard work. The Southwest Technology Center’s aviation program helps prepare students for possible high-paying jobs as aircraft … more

Mayor enforces emergency order

As COVID-19 numbers continue to increase throughout Southwest Oklahoma and Altus, yesterday, Altus Mayor, Jack Smiley, made an emergency order requiring residents to wear masks. The order states … more

Jackson County’s use and sales tax see an increase

County sales and use tax revenue continues to rise despite what many people felt would be a decline as part of the economic impact of the pandemic, according to Jackson County Treasurer Robin … more

Adjust mowing frequency, cutting height on bermudagrass lawns

Homeowners with bermudagrass lawns need to match their summertime mowing schedule and cutting height with the variety grown, Oklahoma State University experts said. Some people who grow newer … more

OSU survey showcases public thoughts about economic recovery from pandemic

A recent Oklahoma State University study is providing insights about how public and private agencies can best apply resources to speed up recovery from economic disruptions caused by … more

Sheriff LeVick returns for a last time

The conclusion of Oklahoma’s June 30 election night saw Jackson County vote for a familiar face to return as the county’s sheriff. Incumbent sheriff Roger LeVick won re-election by a … more

Advocate program makes a difference in a child’s life

The Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, … more

Unemployment agency catching up with jobless claims, but many Oklahomans still suffering

For hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, applying for unemployment benefits after losing their jobs due to COVID-19 has meant being trapped in a nightmare of crashing web pages, hours-long hold times … more

Grants awarded for Altus tourism events

Grants totaling $84,500 was approved last week by the Altus Southwest Economic Development group for tourism projects or events in the city. Grant requests from businesses in Jackson County … more

Wind postponed fireworks at Spirit Festival

The annual Spirit Festival featured songs, games, and food – but no fireworks Sunday night as heavy winds made it too dangerous to put fire into the sky. The city was going to try again … more

Sunscreen is a must year-round in order to protect skin

Summer is officially here, and that means people will be spending more time in the great outdoors. To help ensure skin safety in the sun, it’s a good idea to be vigilant with sunscreen. With so … more

Two charged in tangled prison scheme, kidnapping

Two people have been charged with kidnapping and trying to deliver contraband to inmates at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite on June 21, according to an affidavit filed with the Kiowa County … more

Timing critical for Xtend cotton and soybean producers

STILLWATER, Okla. – The recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that forced the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke its approval for dicamba-based chemicals such as … more

Altus Times wins best news story, feature photo in state contest

Former Altus Times Editor and Publisher Rick Carpenter won two first places and one second place in the annual Oklahoma Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The contest included entries for … more

Low census count has Altus officials concerned

If results were finalized today, Altus would have recorded a population of about 10,500 and Jackson County would have only 11,000. Local officials are alarmed at the size of the undercount, which … more

Tuesday’s election features city charter proposals

It may be just another election, but Altus voters better do their homework before going to the polls June 30. And pack a lunch. Remember all the talk about changing the city charter? Well, there … more

Spirit Festival returns this weekend

Altus City Parks and Recreation will host the American Spirit on Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a firework display that night. The festival is free to the public and will be … more

Incumbent, former police officer seek sheriff’s badge

Elections are near and at the end of the month, Jackson County citizens will head to the polls to decide who their new sheriff will be. Current Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick answered a … more
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