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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

Food banks adjusting to new self-distance regulations

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid March, the staff of the Altus Community Cupboard has changed its method of delivering food to those who qualify for food. The change has been implemented to … more

Mayor revises Emergency Orders

Here are the latest emergency ordinances proclaimed by Mayor Jack Smiley on Monday. NOTICE beginning Tuesday, he established an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and everyone must wear a mask beginning at the … more

Altus national Census Day

April 1 was proclaimed Census Day in the City of Altus after Vice Mayor Robert Garrison signed a proclamation on March 23. With Garrison are members of the Altus Complete Count Committee, from the … more

Visit loved ones in long-term care via letters, cards and calls

One of the latest emergency orders from both Gov. Kevin Stitt and Altus Mayor Jack Smiley prohibits visitors from entering and visiting residents in nursing homes, long-term care facilities and … more

Newspaper suspends publication for 2 weeks

A newspaper, as most know, is a business. It must sell its products in order to survive. Our product is information and advertising. That being the case, the newspaper depends on other businesses as … more

WOSC, ACA illustrate roadmap to virtual learning

While area public schools were looking for guidance last week from the Oklahoma Department of Education on how to proceed with the school year by implementing a Distance Learning Plan, two local … more

Sen. Lankford provides info on stimulus bill

Help is on the way for individuals and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus, but it will not arrive as quickly as everyone hoped. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, speaking to … more

Altus City Council delays vote on Proposed Charter Amendments

The Altus City Council met in a special virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 25, to reschedule an election for Proposed Charter Amendment changes and to give City Manager Gary Jones the power to … more

The most recent Emergency Order by the City of Altus

MARCH 26th, 2020, EMERGENCY ORDERS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM JACK SMILEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ALTUS, OKLAHOMA Altus Municipal Code, Chapter 9, Article II, §9-26 through §9-35 … more
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