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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

New faces vie for state rep positions

With State Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus, being term limited, two candidates have filed to fill his position for District 52 which includes Jackson County, Harmon County and parts of Greer and Kiowa … more

Board gives Worbes emergency powers in light of COVID-19

The Altus Public School Board of Education approved a resolution to provide Superintendent Roe Worbes with temporary powers to address the COVID-19 emergency during the board’s regularly … more

Mangum quickly became a hotbed for COVID-19

A little more than a week after Greer County had no reported cases of COVID-19, the county has exploded to at least 31 cases and at least three deaths while a local mortuary reported a fourth death … more

Funeral homes taking extra precautions
Preparing for onslaught of possible COVID-19 deaths

Funeral homes typically take care of bodies, making sure the staff has fully prepared by wearing the recommended personal protective equipment — which most of us have recently learned is called … more

County closes courthouse thru April 27

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will continue to keep the county courthouse closed to the public until at least April 27 following the board’s weekly meeting Monday. On that day, the … more
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