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Salvation Army to serve on front lines of Hurricane Ida relief effort:

Salvation Army Sgt. Michael Schlichting and his son Kelsey Schlichting will be deployed on Tuesday August 31, 2021 to assist with relief efforts of Hurricane Ida in Gonzales, LA. more

Suspect jailed after alleged drain cleaner attack

Andy Dean Garcia, 52, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, following an incident on Tuesday, Aug. 17. At press time, Garcia was in jail and had not been to his initial … more

Jackson County Memorial Hospital sees increase in Covid patients

As a result of rising Covid infections in the area, Jackson County Memorial Hospital has returned to posting its bed count and public Covid statistics last week. Updates will be posted on the … more

Mayor issues proclamation honoring first responders

First Responders Day will hereafter be August the 10th in Altus, by proclamation of Mayor Robert Garrison. “It’s been a lot on my heart, guys,” the mayor told the council and the … more

City manager outlines ongoing, future projects

City Manager Gary Jones gave the Altus City Council an update on a multitude of ongoing and future projects in which the city is engaged. “I read the charter and I understand you are all our … more

Great Plains Stampede Rodeo set for Aug. 26-28

The Great Plains Stampede Rodeo returns to Altus next Thursday through Friday, Aug. 26-28. The annual favorite was canceled last year due to Covid issues. Performances began at 8 p.m. nightly … more

Applications being taken for BIG grant program

The Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors approved the continuation of the Business Improvement Grant (BIG) program. The program is designed to help local … more

County 4-H’ers recognized for achievement at 4-H Roundup

A pair of Jackson County 4-H’ers made a big showing at the Centennial State 4-H Roundup that took place recently on the Oklahoma State University campus. Kayden Duncan and Tori Booker … more

15 under par for winning golfers of annual fund raiser!

Golfers teed up at Altus Greens on Aug. 14 for the popular annual fund raiser, the Jim Holland Memorial Golf Tournament. Approximately $20,000 in additional funds was generated by the tournament, … more

NBC Oklahoma celebrates 90th anniversary

NBC Oklahoma is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month, in August 2021. In 1931, W.B. Gover started the National Bank of Commerce in Altus, OK, in the middle of the Great … more

Local produce stand in Blair features fresh variety

A family produce stand popular among locals lies along the east side of Highway 283 on the south side of Blair. The family business, H&E Farms, which will soon see its sixth anniversary, is … more

Smalts Furniture to close doors after a generation on the square

BY KEVIN HILLEY It’s the end of an era. One of the last mom-and-pop furniture stores is closing its doors for business this month. Smalts Furniture, in the … more

Suspect allegedly pursues, fires gun at two people

Kaleb T. Stidman, 22, Altus faces two felony counts of shooting with intent to kill following an incident on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Stidman allegedly fired a 9mm handgun at two people with the intent … more

Outlook steady for water rates in Altus

Water rates will not rise but wastewater/sewage rates will see a slight increase over the next five years, according to a report to the Altus City Council. A representative of Willldan Financial … more

New city council member appointed to fill term

Ron Osterhout of Altus was named to the at-large seat of Ward 4 at the Altus City Council meeting on Aug. 3. Osterhout said from the outset that he does not intend to run for office when his term … more

Altus students attend Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute

When New York City-based artist and professor Dean Irby tells his colleagues he’s going to teach in Oklahoma for the summer, some responded in disbelief. Returning for his third stint as … more

‘Lots’ of new homes approved by council

The final plats for new homes were approved by the Altus City Council on Aug. 3. Recommendations came from meetings in July of the Altus Planning and Zoning Commission. Recommendations were … more
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