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Animal ordinance creates distinction for altered animals

At a Jan. 2 meeting, the Altus City Council approved amendments to the City Code of Ordinances at the recommendation of the Altus Animal Welfare Committee.The amendments create a surrender fee for … more

City calls public meeting for proposed recreational trail

Next Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., members of the public can attend a meeting held by the City of Altus to discuss a proposed recreational trail project on Falcon Road.The project would connect Altus … more

Upcoming events

This WeekThe Altus Public Schools, Western Oklahoma State College, Southwest Technical Center and most city and county government operations will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, in honor of Martin … more

Police log for Jan. 8-12

IncidentsMonday, Jan. 812:09 a.m., Loud unusual noise, York Street and Park Avenue5:55 a.m., Loud unusual noise, 700 block North Julian Street10:34 a.m., Fraud, 2500 N. Main St.12:05 p.m., Stolen … more

Sheriff’s office reports December activity

Staff ReportThe Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released its monthly report covering the month ending Dec. 31.Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick reports that the JCSO deputies took a total of … more

Wrestlers support free community meal

This past holiday season, Strong Tower Ministries at 805 Martin Luther King Avenue in Altus, served lunch on Christmas Day. Pastor Ruben and Angela Ybarra said they served a free meal to more than … more

Farmers get tips on maximizing wheat yield

Farmers from the area heard a review of the current status of Oklahoma’s wheat crops and ongoing research by Oklahoma State University, some as close as Altus and Tipton, during an … more

District to announce Teacher of the Year tonight

The Altus Public Schools Board of Education will recognize state champions, All-State athletes and band members and name the teacher of the year during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. … more

Property taxes help fund public education

The Jackson County Treasurer’s office reported over $8 million in property taxes collected as of Dec. 31. That number includes the first half of property taxes owed and property taxes for … more

Voters pass Blair bond issue

Blair Public School students will soon be riding on safer school buses and the district will have more operating funds after voters overwhelmingly approved a $300,000 bond issue Tuesday.Voters passed … more

Prepare now to prevent unwanted pipe damage later

Did you have problems with frozen pipes during the last cold front? It might be warmer now, but with Oklahoma’s fickled weather patterns it’s good to be prepared for the next cold front … more

Blair bond election is set for today

Voters in Blair will go to the polls today to vote on whether to approve a $300,000 bond issue for the Blair School District that would be used to buy three school buses.The district currently rents … more

Police log for Jan. 5-7

IncidentsFriday, Jan. 53:58 a.m., Domestic disturbance, Jackson and Commerce streetsSaturday, Jan. 612:43 p.m., Assist other agency, Veterans Drive2:51 p.m., Fire, East Eula Street, Eldorado9:04 … more

County receives more than $8 million in property taxes

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday at the Jackson County Courthouse.The board discussed the total property taxes collected as of Dec. 31, 2017, at which time half … more

SWOSU offering STEAM camp for 7th-grade girls

Staff ReportGirls from across Oklahoma will have the opportunity to experience a new camp featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM, at Southwestern Oklahoma … more

Upcoming events

The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association will hold an informational meeting regarding producer planning opportunities for the upcoming 2018 wheat harvest from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Southwest … more


Foster-DonaldsonLauren Nicole Donaldson and Evan Curtis Foster, both of Norman, are announcing their engagement to be married.The couple plan to be married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in … more

Duke student wins regional investment award

Staff ReportOKLAHOMA CITY – Ashlee Bevers, a senior at Southwest Alternative Cooperative, Duke High School, was recently honored as the Southwest Region Winner of the Oklahoma Securities … more

Upcoming events

TodayThe 2018 Frazer Bank Invitational Basketball Tournament concludes today with games beginning at 1 p.m. at Western Oklahoma State College. The championship games begin at 6:20 p.m. for girls and … more

Accountant says Altus district complies with state regulations

The auditor who presented an audit of the Altus School District said an adverse opinion amounted to boiler-plate language that shouldn’t alarm taxpayers.Rick Miller of accounting firm Britton, … more
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