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Commissioners revisit contract with ACCO

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met Monday to discuss and revisit an agreement with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO). ACCO is a group of 231 County … more

Commissioners consider hiring a general manager for Expo Center

The Jackson County Commissioners met in a special meeting on July 3 to decide what to do now that the Altus/Southwest Economic Development Corporation terminated a lease agreement with the county to … more

Austin man drowns in Lake Altus on July 4th

A 56-year old man drowned on July 4 after diving into Lake Altus just before noon. Robert Kollasch of Austin, Texas reportedly dove into a 5-foot deep area of the lake near the north shore swim … more

Fireworks may have ignited a July 4th fire

The Altus Fire and Rescue Department responded to a grass fire twice on Friday at the former town of Victory. A volunteer firefighter at the scene said the firefighters were first called there on … more

Battle of the Badges returns to save lives

The Oklahoma Blood Institute returned to the Altus community on Tuesday for the 11th year in order to continue its goal of saving lives. OBI partnered with the Jackson County EMS, Altus Fire … more

Teaching new tricks

Juggler Richard Holmgren taught Marshall Wright, 8, how to spin a basketball on a stick and stand on one leg at the same time last week. Holmgren was at the Altus Public Library as part of this … more

Creative writing coach says don’t freeze up, ‘write on’

For writers who stare at a blank page or screen before they decide what to write, a creative writing instructor suggested a series of exercises to go through to generate the thought process. Maria … more

Altus businesses represented in Leadership Oklahoma class, board

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Leadership Oklahoma announced Friday the 52 members of its 33rd class that were selected from applicants throughout the state, including Candace Braddock, Willingham … more

Summer is finally here, and the beef industry hopes it will help increase demand

Much of the United States has been mired in atypical weather patterns the past several months, and that seems to have limited seasonal beef demand. “Most of Oklahoma did not experience the … more

Altus financial adviser wins Edward Jones award

Adam Winters of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Altus recently won the firm’s Frank Finnegan Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Winters … more

Remember When

This circus parade, complete with a herd of elephants, is seen here circa 1905 on the north side of the downtown Altus square. Leger Mill’s worker C. H. Van Natta about 1910. Who … more

City council to review its EDC commitment

The Altus City Council tabled voting on an agreement between the city and the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday because some members said the city may not be able to … more

City Council votes to rejoin Oklahoma Municipal League

After the executive director of the Oklahoma Municipal League admitted wrongdoing, the Altus City Council voted unanimously to rejoin the Oklahoma Municipal League during Tuesday’s … more

School board will consider policy changes, superintendent contract

The Altus Public Schools Board of Education will meet Monday at 5 p.m to primarily take care of annual contracts for various services, consider language changes to some of its policies and possibly … more

Altus Public Schools to host 1-stop enrollment for new students

Enrolling a child in any of the seven Altus Public Schools campuses or local Headstart locations is as simple as one stop. “Our goal is to take the stress out of enrolling new … more

American Spirit shines through in Sunday’s festival

More than 2,000 people attended the American Spirit Festival on Sunday. Most arrived after 7 p.m. to take in the top bands and to wait for the heat to die down. This was the third year of the … more

Board revisits new property

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, July 1, at the Jackson County Courthouse. The board’s meeting focused on possible considerations for the Expo … more

City Council may revisit funding Oklahoma Municipal League tonight

The Altus City Council may reconsider its decision to withhold membership in the Oklahoma Municipal League during its meeting which begins today at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. During a June 4 … more

Wellness Symposium focuses on all elements of health

The Altus Wellness Symposium and Health Fair returned to Altus Thursday at the Western Oklahoma State College with guest speakers discussing all topics of wellness (physical, mental, spiritual, … more

A wet surprise from a juggler!

Parents and children react when juggler Richard Holmgren pours water into a spinning plate held by Amarra Byington, 8, during a program. Holmgren got Byington to hold the spinning plates for several … more
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