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Watt receives hero’s welcome at 3 meetings

The Altus area honored retired Supreme Court Justice Joe Watt so many times on Tuesday, the city should have proclaimed it Joe Watt Day.Watt was honored at 10 a.m. by the Jackson County Bar … more

Burn ban helps reduce structure, grass fires

Jackson County has been in a county-issued burn ban since Monday, Jan. 22, and though winds are expected to pick up today responders at Altus Fire and Rescue have seen a slight improvement in … more

Arrest log Jan. 25-29

ArrestsThursday, Jan. 25Rustin Colson, 18, possession of scheduled III, IV or V substance.Shannon McGowan, 38, larceny of a vehicle.Alicia Rosales, 36, failure to pay.Brandon Wilson, 33, failure to … more

Animal welfare group seeks to prevent overpopulation

With a $32,000 grant from PetSmart, Altus Animal Welfare Association (AAWA) has already sent 37 animals this month to OK Humane Place in Oklahoma City to be spayed or neutered through Altus Area … more

Program gives city councilman a statewide perspective of leadership

Altus City Councilman Dwayne Martin became the latest Altus resident to be selected to participate in the Leadership Oklahoma program.Leadership Oklahoma selects 52 members a year to participate in a … more

Local education students come back to Altus for student teaching

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Education in Weatherford announced that four Altus students have been selected to do their practice teaching assignments from Feb. 5 … more

Hobby Lobby plans March opening

Staff ReportHobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, announced this week that it plans to open its Altus store in March.The company has been … more

Judge sets $100k bond for domestic abuse, firearm charges

Defendants incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail in district court made initial appearances Thursday before Judge Brad Leverett and District Attorney Ken Darby.Loren Rodriguez, 19 of Altus, was … more

Reception will honor Supreme Court Justice Watt

Local organizations will host a reception to honor former Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Joe Watt Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus.Watt … more

Local student accepted into competitive pharmacy program

Brandon Heath Cryer of Tipton has been accepted into the Spring 2018 professional class of the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy in Weatherford.Cryer is the son of Jeffery … more

School district receives package containing cocaine

Staff ReportSomeone must have been on drugs to ship low-grade cocaine to the Altus Public Schools.An employee at the school district’s Administrative Building opened a box of booklets and … more

Red flag warnings highlight the need for Jackson County fire ban

The National Weather Service has issued the highest red flag warning for most of Oklahoma and Kansas and parts of northern Texas, which means weather conditions are right for extreme fire … more

Are we really listening?

In October 2017, “The New York Times” journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey raised substantial allegations in their article “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accuser … more

Don’t fumble: tackle drunk driving before the clock starts

Staff ReportKickoff on America’s favorite past time is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans … more

Tickets on sale for 48th Annual Miss Altus

Tickets are on sale for the 48th Annual Miss Altus Scholarship Pageant scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Altus City Auditorium at 201 E. Commerce St. This year’s theme is Diamond … more

Women’s Health Associates adds doctor

Jackson County Memorial Hospital announced this week that obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Vicente Sanchez has added his medical practice to Women’s Health Associates at 101 South Park Lane in … more
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