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Low census count has Altus officials concerned

If results were finalized today, Altus would have recorded a population of about 10,500 and Jackson County would have only 11,000. Local officials are alarmed at the size of the undercount, which … more

Tuesday’s election features city charter proposals

It may be just another election, but Altus voters better do their homework before going to the polls June 30. And pack a lunch. Remember all the talk about changing the city charter? Well, there … more

Spirit Festival returns this weekend

Altus City Parks and Recreation will host the American Spirit on Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. and will conclude with a firework display that night. The festival is free to the public and will be … more

Walking the plank

Monday was a good day to walk the plank at the city swimming pool with temperatures in the mid-90s. Drake Abernathy, 8, takes a walk on the high diving board, while a cool refreshment awaits. more

Incumbent, former police officer seek sheriff’s badge

Elections are near and at the end of the month, Jackson County citizens will head to the polls to decide who their new sheriff will be. Current Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick answered a … more

Altus students attend virtual Summer Arts Institute

For over four decades, Oklahoma’s most talented high school students have gathered each June in the Wichita Mountains for intensive studies in their artistic disciplines. For a young artist in … more

Marijuana growers running in to some trouble

KINGFISHER, Okla. – Chris McAlvain and Matt Blackwood were going by the books on their first crop – especially with their combined savings on the line. They did their research, paid … more

Jackson County sees increases in sales, use taxes

In a surprise to some local officials, the county sales and use tax revenue collected in April during the height of the virus shut-down showed modest increases instead of big drops. County sales … more

Kendrix trying to become the only CPA in State House

For Republican Gerrid Kendrix, it is all about the numbers when it comes to his candidacy for the Oklahoma House District 52, which includes Jackson and Harmon counties, and parts of Greer and Kiowa … more

OSU Extension cuts position in Jackson County

Jackson County is losing one of its two extension educators due to budget cuts at Oklahoma State University, but it is getting enough funds to have one educator and a full-time … more

Altus Christian Academy losing its top educator

Dr. Dana Darby, who was part of the original vision for Altus Christian Academy 14 years ago and has served as the head of the school since then, will be leaving after a replacement is found, … more

Primary election date approaches

The Oklahoma primary elections will be held June 30 for state officers, congressional officers, as well as legislative, district and county officers. There will also be a state question regarding … more

Can you invest for education and retirement?

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to … more

Farmers, ranchers can apply for aid through coronavirus food assistance program

STILLWATER – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus … more

Senators call for oversight of KC-46 aircraft delays

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, along with two other senators, has asked the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate ongoing delays to the KC-46 aircraft program that are … more

Schools delay athletic workouts

The third and final phase of Oklahoma’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” program began Monday, June 1, but Altus schools will not be in any rush to have student athletes participate in … more

State, city celebrate Bob Beers Day in Altus

A World War II Veteran who once led the Oklahoma Highway Patrol troop that includes Altus was honored by members of the OHP, Altus Police and Fire departments and area citizens on Friday, May 15, … more

Miller takes over as Carpenter retires

Graystone Media Group CEO Larry Miller has taken over the editor and publisher positions at The Altus Times and the Frederick Press-Leader following the retirement of former Editor and Publisher Rick … more

Beach receives Farm Credit scholarship

Derek Beach, a senior at Altus High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Farm Credit of Enid, headquartered in Enid, Oklahoma. He is the son of T.J. & Diane Beach of Altus and plans … more

Class of 2020 has most unusual graduation

In what has been the most unusual graduation in Altus High School history, organizers took extra precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that emphasized social distancing. All 194 students … more
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