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Store owner uses own products to make hand sanitizer

When Altus Mayor Jack Smiley issued an updated emergency order on Friday that requires businesses to provide hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes at every entrance of a business, hoarders had already … more

Health departments host live Q&A

Beckham, Caddo, Comanche and Jackson County Health Departments will be going live on Facebook this Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. with Regional Director Brandie Combs and District Nurse Manager Janene … more

Commissioners close County Courthouse until April 6

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in an emergency meeting on Monday, March 23, to determine what to do in light of the COVID-19 threat. After meeting with county officials, the board … more

Junior Rotarian brings a lot of talent to the stage

The March Junior Rotarian being honored by the Rotary Club of Altus has been a state champion track runner, received superior ratings for state solo/ensemble concerts and, by the way, just happened … more

Leading the pledge

Braelynn Salafia, a first grade student at Altus Primary School, led the Altus Public Schools Board of Education in the Pledge of Alligiance during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on … more

School district plans to adapt to shuttered buildings

Altus Public Schools Superintendent Roe Worbes published an online letter on Monday advising parents to prepare for the possibility of the school district to shutter its schools for the rest of this … more

Mayor adds new emergency orders
But he’s not acting in a vacuum

Altus Mayor Jack Smiley wasn’t making arbitrary decisions to shut down parts of the city’s businesses when he called for an emergency City Council meeting on March 16. He called key … more

Here are some important closures

As a result of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, Altus restaurants have been ordered shut down for dine-in only. Most are still capable of offering to-go orders. Other businesses and public … more

Churches plan to host online services

Here’s an updated list of how to access Altus area Church Services online: Pastor Earnest Everman with the Altus Church of God will be streaming services on Facebook Live Sunday at 10:30 … more

County declares Oklahoma Emergency Management Week

The Jackson County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 23-29 as Oklahoma Emergency Management Week for the county during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. The proclamation was … more

Branch manager presents national
program for Future-Ready libraries

Just weeks before the coronavirus discouraged public traveling and meetings and days before a tornado struck the area, Altus Public Library Branch Manager Bailee Hutchinson gave a presentation at the … more

State, county candidate filing begins April 8

Statewide and county election activity begins officially at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, when the official candidate filing period opens, according to Jennifer L. Wilson, secretary of the Jackson … more

Imagine Your Story

Altus teenagers were encouraged to draw their favorite fairy tales as part of an annual reading program promoted by the state through the local libraries. Here Jewlie Brzozowski, 15, an Altus High … more

Sign up now for the ‘Grate’ Altus Spelling Bee

The Great Plains Literacy Council is now accepting entries for the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee!, an annual fundraiser that pits as many as three persons on a team against each … more

Birth Announcement

Lane and Debra Anderson announced the Feb. 28 arrival of Colton Lane Anderson at 5:31 a.m. at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Colton weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 21 inches in length. … more

Sen. Howard leads temporary change in Open Meetings law

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation temporarily revising Open Meeting laws so that some members of a public body could participate in public meetings via videoconference … more

Bush and Sons celebrated for high Stoneville yields

Brandon Bush with Bush and Sons was recognized for hard-earned yields at the annual Stoneville Legacy Club celebration held in Destin, Florida on Feb. 24. Now in its fourth year, the Stoneville … more

State, city impose emergency measures

Shortly after an Airman at Altus Air Force Base was diagnosed with the coronavirus on March 12, the Altus Public Schools took immediate action to cancel classes on Friday the 13th to minimize the … more

Voter deadline for Charter Changes set for Friday

Friday, March 13, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 7, City of Altus Special Election about the recommended changes to the Altus City … more

Drinking green beer? Call a designated driver

Green beer, leprechauns and elusive pots of gold are all hallmarks of St. Patrick’s Day, the long-awaited Irish holiday. Make sure you and your friends stay safe this St. Paddy’s Day by … more
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