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Altus selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

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4/23/2014 - WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced April 23, that Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is the Air Force’s KC-46A Pegasus formal training unit and McConnell AFB, Kan., is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base.“The KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker remains one of our top three acquisition priorities,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Making a final basing decision is an important step in recapitalizing the tanker fleet. We will begin to replace our aging tanker fleet in 2016, but even when the program is complete in 2028, we will have replaced less than half of the current tanker fleet and will still be flying over 200 half-century-old KC-135 (Stratotankers).”

 

County Health Department observes Administrative Professionals Week

The Jackson County Health Department is recognizing the work of its five administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week April 20-26, 2014.“We are grateful for the excellent work all our office professionals do each day to bring order and cohesion to the Jackson County Health Department office,” said Karen Weaver, administrative director. “This work is vital to assure our clients receive the services they are seeking from our agency.”...

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School Board OK’s band trip to Hawaii

The Altus Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to allow “That Altus Band” to perform in the 75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary Parade in Hawaii in November of 2016. The motion to approve the band’s fundraising efforts and travel to Hawaii for the 75th Anniversary Parade was made by Dr. John Thomas, with the stipulation that the Band Parent Organization meet all requirements to be sanctioned by the board of education each year and that quarterly updat...

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Jr High girls dominate Elgin Owl Classic track meet

Victories in two relay events helped the Altus Junior High girls dominate the recent Elgin Owl Classic track meet.Altus won five events en route to 152 points. Host Elgin was second with 79 points.The quartet of Lynzie Herron, Sophia Pack, MacKenzie Wood and Olga Lopez took the 3200-meter relay in 12 minutes, 45 seconds. The 1600-meter foursome of Nia Hill, Nakome Clarke, D’Lonie Jackson and Wood won in 5:01.Other firsts came from Kelsee Baker in the 300...

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Edward “Leon” Monday

Edward “Leon” Monday, 63, of Altus, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Services are pending with Kincannon Funeral Home.

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Winners return from NAGA Jujitsu competition with medals

Earlier this month students of Wilcoxen’s Academy of Martial Arts returned from a NAGA (North American Grappling Association) Jujitsu Competition held on April 5, in Dallas, Texas.“We had about seven people and brought home 8 medals,” said Head Coach Jason Greer. “These guys train six days a week… seven days a week some...

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What happens after the resurrection?

I heard about a town in Southwest Oklahoma that had a community-wide Easter pageant. It so happened that the character chosen to play Jesus had obviously been miscast; he was more suited for the part of a Roman soldier.This man, a roughneck, a seasoned oil field worker, was known for an occasional barroom brawl. With his burley physical presence and no-nonsense personality, he could have easily moonlighted as a bouncer, had he wanted the job.After weeks of rehearsal, the...

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Altus boys soccer focused on winning season finale Friday

Jaime Reyna isn’t concerned about the complicated playoff scenario.The Altus boys soccer coach and his Bulldogs are focused on one thing - winning their regular season finale Friday at Lawton.Altus scored a close-range goal in each half and relied on gritty defense to hold off Duncan, 2-1, on Tuesday – Senior Night - at Hightower Memorial Stadium. Altus, 3-3 in district, plays Lawton Eisenhower on Friday at Cameron University.“We played hard,...

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School activities cancelled

Due to the timing of the severe weather threat for this afternoon, we are cancelling Title I; Extended Day; Alternative Night School, after school programs for Altus Schools.

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Sheriff to meet with legislators at State Capitol

The Jackson County Sheriff is meeting with State legislators at the Capitol, with other Sheriffs state-wide, regarding House Bill 2804. The bill will greatly reduce the occupancy of county jails used to house state inmates awaiting transfer to a Department of Corrections facility. According to Jackson County Sheriff, Roger LeVick, such a reform will negatively impact county finances as well as residents safety and tax dollars.LeVick will meet with Senator Mike Schulz and House Repr...

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2014 City of Altus Annual Easter Egg Hunt

2014 City of Altus Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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Man arrested on Burglary to Auto charges

Altus Police arrested a man early Saturday morning in connection with a burglary to an automobile.After a citizen called and stated they saw a subject walking in the area of Flamingo and Mockingbird carrying a small case, officers made contact with a man walking in the area. The man, Paul Lawrence Campbell Jr., 45, was carrying a case which c...

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Three weekend accidents send several to hospital

A personal injury accident happened on US283, 3/10 of a mile north of CR 169 in Jackson County on Sunday afternoon. According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,Joshua Lee Kelly, 21, of Olustee, was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup north bound on US 283 when he was distracted by an object inside the vehicle. Wade Lavoy, 51, of Altus, was driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup when he made a right turn from a private drive into the north bound lane of US 283 and struck ...

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Oden wins Mangum Rattlesnake Run

The Mangum Education Foundation 5K Rattlesnake Run had a great participation Saturday, April 19. The winner was Ryan Oden from Altus, shown here with the President of the Foundation, Todd McRay of Mangum. A ‘sea’ of green shirts started at 9 a.m., and the run was completed in about 45 minutes which included young and ‘older’ runners, walkers and parents pushing baby buggies. Congratulations to the FIRST 5K Rattlesnake Benefit spearheaded by Tabitha Mills, a Mangum atto...

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Commissioners approve emergency operations plan

The Jackson County Commissioners approved the updated Altus and Jackson County Emergency Operation Plan on Monday, April 22, during their regular meeting. The plan was updated to include current names of City and County Officials as delegating authorities and a following chain of succession in the event of a major emergency.Also during the meeting, Commissioners approved minutes from the previous meeting and purchase orders for District 2 and District 3, both for Dolese Bros. Co. f...

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Weather folklore predicts wet Sundays

We had some rain, Easter Sunday at Quartz Mountain. There were some sprinkles of rain in the morning and rain showers in the evening. Most of the sources indicate between 0.2 and 0....

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Girls team finishes 1st in tennis invitational

The Elk City Tennis Invitational 2014 was held with Altus Girls finishing 1st as a team.Individual honors were: #1 singls - Shalee Maahs (4th place); #2 singles - Taylor Busby (champion); #1 doubles - Carsen King and Taylor Landes (champions); and #2 doubles - Chealsey Kille and Morgan Worrington (champions).Boys finished 3rd as a team.Individual honors were: #1 singles - DeOndre Chandler (4th place); #2 singles - Kade Redden (2nd place); #1 doubles - Spencer ...

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State Climatologist to hold Drought Talk Tuesday

Gary McManus, State Climatologist for the Oklahoma Climate Survey, is set to be at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W Tamarack, on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. to discuss the drought impacting the area.The meeting is free.“This is an important meeting to learn about our current situation,” said Lloyd Colston, City of Altus Emergency Management director.While the situation is of some concern, he urged residents to be informed about the drought....

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