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Area sports coaches serve as mentors to young students

Coaches from Duke, Navajo and Altus high schools were among the 699 Oklahoma coaches from 204 communities in 73 counties who participated in the fifth annual Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge, a … more

Mosely sees need to update the city’s strategic master plan

After 17 years at the helm of Quartz Mountain Resort, Terry Mosley took over the duties of the City of Altus’s community development director earlier this summer, a position that opened when … more

Stampede Rodeo fills the air with cowboys

Bareback rider Tim Murphy (and no, he’s not the Police Chief of Altus) from Wheeler, Texas had an early lead in the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo Thursday night, the first night of three for the … more

Crime Report

Initial Appearances Patrick Becker, 41 of Headrick, is charged with failure to pay or appear. A court date is scheduled for Becker on Oct. 3 at 1:15 p.m. with a $2,500 bond. Jacob Campbell, 25 … more

High winds damage former-senator’s home

A storm that hit Altus with 93 mph winds a week ago last Saturday did considerable damage to former Oklahoma State Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz’s home on Jackson County Road 209 … more

County Commissioners approve bridge replacement

The Jackson County Commissioners approved an annual contract for a county building elevator, a bridge replacement and a reappointment to the Southern Prairie Library System Board of … more

97 AMW leaders learn to sort cattle

Every year, the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo Association comes to town, and the 97th Air Mobility Wing is involved in many unique ways. In particular, the cattle sorting competition invites wing … more

From humvees to horses

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Black, the Vehicle Maintenance NCO in charge assigned to the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, has experienced country living his entire life. For the past 15 years, … more

City council passes limitations on driving golf carts, ATVs

Most of the attention of the Altus City Council meeting involved the resignation of City Manager Janice Cain Tuesday night, but the council also adopted a revised policy for motorized vehicles in … more

Electric co-op hosts annual meeting

Members of Southwest Rural Electric Association (SWRE) will meet on Thursday, Aug. 29, for the cooperative’s 82nd Annual Meeting at the Western Oklahoma State College Auditorium, 2801 N. Main … more

AMA appropriates money to replace water pumps

The Altus City Council, whose members also make up the Altus Municipal Authority, paused in the middle of the agenda Tuesday night to meet as the AMA to pass an emergency request to address what … more

Nehemiah Initiative sets Big Day of Giving for Sept. 28

Justin Helin, the project coordinator for the Nehemiah Initiative, announced Tuesday that this year’s Big Day of Serving in Jackson County has been set for Saturday, Sept. 28. The Jackson … more

City council considers code of ethics

During a work session Tuesday afternoon, members of the Altus City Council discussed whether to consider adopting a code of ethics that would set standards for how council members address one another … more

EDC board discusses economic opportunities in Altus

The Altus Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation met in regular session Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Altus Municipal Complex, 509 S. Main St. EDC President and CEO Rodger Kerr provided his … more

Poking along

A cowpoke herds longhorns that were part of a small cattle drive down Veterans Drive Thursday as a promotion of the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. The cattle drive is part of the annual festivities of … more

Rodeo royalty leads cattle drive

Great Plains Stampede Rodeo Queen Maria Hernandez, front right, leads current rodeo royalty down Veterans Drive from Broadway to the West Gate of Altus Air Force Base on Thursday. Rodeo organizers … more

City manager resigns amid ouster attempt

The Altus City Council accepted the resignation of the Altus city manager on a split vote Tuesday night after convening for more than 2 hours in executive session. Mayor Jack Smiley, who has been … more

It follows them forever:
Mental health issues dog storm survivors

MOORE, Oklahoma — After a natural disaster, survivors can have psychological fallouts for weeks and months, or even lifetimes, research shows. Xavier Delgado was 10 in May 2013 when an EF5 … more

Special education director provides annual report

During the Aug. 12 Altus Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Director of Special Education Mindy Hawthorne provided an annual report on students who have special needs. Special Education in … more

APS enrollment up for the first time in a decade

Altus Public Schools Superintendent Roe Worbes was excited Monday, but you couldn’t tell if it was because enrollment is up in the district or the fact that four shuttle buses arrived that … more
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