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New federal law will protect Oklahoma children

The executive director of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) praised a new federal law that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 while also calling for … more

EDC approves $30K for Quail Breakfast, staff reception

The Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Board of Directors approved a $30,000 budget for the 58th Annual Quail Breakfast in the U.S. Capitol on April 2 during the organization’s monthly … more

97 AMW Airmen invest in family quality of life improvements

Airmen from the 97th Mission Support Group, 97th Contracting Flight and 97th Comptroller Squadron at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. combined efforts to boost quality of life for everyone by purchasing … more

Firefighters extinguish grass fire

Winds whipped a grass fire close to a home near the intersection of County Roads East-West 166 and North-South 206 on Thursday. Firefighters were able to put out the fire with tanker trucks. The … more

School district’s bond issue was top story of 2019

The biggest news that happened in 2019 were the passage of a school bond issue and the election of city council members that shifted the balance of power on the council, which also serves as the … more

KFC opens at former Long John Silvers location

Ever since the new Kentucky Fried Chicken opened on Saturday, Dec. 28, a steady stream of traffic has flooded the restaurant chain with non-stop service. Sandy Brown, director of operations for … more

Your next edition will arrive on Jan. 2

This represents the last weekend edition of The Altus Times which will now become a weekly and you will receive your copy of the newspaper in the mail on Thursdays. When my two business partners … more

Strong Tower Ministries serves free meal on Christmas day

More than 120 people showed up for a free meal provided on Christmas Day by Strong Tower Ministries at 805 Martin Luther King. Pastor Reuben Ybarra and his wife, Angela, decided to host the free … more

City officials rededicate Southwest Park

After City Council member Roberta Brady-Lee, who represents Ward 3, cut the ribbon to rededicate the Southwest Park at Pecan and Blain, Benanlio Ponts, 9, was one of the first to explore the new … more

Remember When

Does anybody remember Col. Jimmy S. Lasseter? Col. Lasseter was the Vice-Commander of the 443rd MAW at Altus Air Force Base back in 1975. In this photo, Lasseter bowled a strike to kick off the 16th … more

Freeholders agree to add organizational chart to city government

The Freeholders Board made significant progress when it started voting on specific changes to the Altus City Charter on Monday. In fact, the Freeholders took eight votes that would have been … more

Mandatory height for pilots may be a tall tale

In an effort to educate wannabe pilots while also trying to respond to a shortage of U.S. Air Force pilots, career pilots at Altus Air Force Base are combating misinformation about requirements to … more

Duke schoolboy’s art featured in state calendar

A Duke elementary school student won $100 and has his artwork featured in the 2020 Trash Poster Calendar that highlights student artwork. Lance Womack, who entered the contest as a fourth-grade … more

Mayor pins Fire Chief during City Council meeting

At the start of last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jack Smiley, left, pins Fire Chief Joe Buchanan. The pinning ceremony is part of a tradition when a new chief is named. Buchanan’s … more

Oklahoma Blood Insitute offers another form of giving

You can share the priceless gift of blood donation with Oklahomans in need this holiday season. Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages healthy adults to “follow their instinct,” and set … more

Senator files bill to encourage teacher retention

In an effort to help encourage and retain Oklahoma’s top educators, Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, has filed legislation creating a process for teachers who complete their National Board … more

Local family receives gifts from ‘Santa Boots’ program

A group of volunteers is making sure a military family stationed at Altus Air Force Base have a Merry Christmas by participating in what the Armed Services YMCA calls “Santa … more

State Senator files teacher certification reciprocity bill

State Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, filed two bills this week to help address the state’s teacher shortage by recognizing the skills and service of out-of-state teachers. “Even with the … more

Project Noel serves more than 700 needy people

Volunteers flooded the First United Methodist Church on Saturday to help make a Merry Christmas for 742 people representing in 271 families. Project Noel, organized through the church, raises more … more

Food industry leaders meet with legislators at State Capitol

The Industry Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center met at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City to help build relationships … more
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