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AgPreference donates over $20,000 to area food banks

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ALTUS— AgPreference, ACA, a cooperative Farm Credit System financial institution, serving farmers, ranchers, rural businesses, and rural homeowners throughout southwest Oklahoma today announced a donation of $10,000 to the Tamarack Road Church of Christ Food Pantry in Altus. The gift is to help those who have struggles with hunger in Jackson County.The $10,000 donation to the Tamarack Road Church of Christ Food Pantry is a cooperative effort between AgPreference and Cobank, the district funding bank for AgPreference. AgPreference donated $5,000 and CoBank matched the $5,000 for a grand total of $10,000.


Driver burned when engine catches fire

A Hollis man was transported to the Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City yesterday after his vehicle caught fire while driving.According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cameron Wade Earls, 26, of Hollis, was driving a 1998 Plymouth one mile east and one mile south of Hollis on E. County Road 1620 when the incident occurred.Reports state that Earls was traveling east on ECR 1620 when flames from the engine compartment entered the passenger compartment of the ...

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Pink Out Night set for Oct. 3

The Altus High Dance Team will again be leading Altus High School in the fight against cancer. Friday, Oct. 2 has been declared a pink out night at Hightower Memorial Stadium. The dance team is inviting business to “Paint It Pink” decorating store fronts to raise awareness and show school spirit. Judging for businesses will be held on Thursday evening prior to the Friday night football game.The dance team is selling pink T-shirts to the community for $15 and donating $5...

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Chili Cook-Off set for Oct. 4 in downtown Altus

The annual “Cookin’ with Main Street” Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, on the downtown Altus square. Festivities begin at 9 a.m., with chili being served at 10 a.m. Trophy presentations begin at 1 a.m.There will be trophy and cash prizes for chili, barbecue, salsa and booths. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both the chili and barbecue divisions, as well as grand champion from the two first place winners.The...

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Head Start students get free dental screenings

SOCAG Head Start program students received free dental screenings last week on Friday, Sept. 12, at Bailey Head Start where pediatric dental hygienists examined their teeth and gums.About 40 kids from Bailey, Lincoln, and Wilson Head Start classes, met with dental hygienists from the Lawton based, Dr. Wavel Wells, DDS, Inc. pediatric dentist’s office.“No treatment or cleaning was provided,” explained Head Start Center Health Manager, Christine Hanson, R...

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Cooking and Nutrition classes to start

For eight weeks, on Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m., there will be cooking and nutrition classes called “Fresh Start and You” at the Altus Public Library. The classes will begin Wednesday, Feb. 24. Literacy adult learners and community members are invited.The one-hour lessons will include topics such as Introduction and Fruits; Food Safety; Food Labels and Nutrition; Meal Planning; Food Shopping; Eating Out vs. Home Cooking; Eating More Fruits and Vegetables; Smart Break...

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Homecoming Royalty

It’s Homecoming Week for Altus High School, and a King and Queen will be crowned during the half time ceremonies at Friday’s game at Hightower Stadium against Elk City. Front row, from left, are Homecoming Queen candidates Kimberlyn Weaver, Crystal Cooper, and Madison Morrow. Back row, from left, are Homecoming King candidates Nick Viyouh, Aaron Rogers, and Connor Preston.

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What grade did your school receive on report card?

Fewer schools are getting A’s and more are getting F’s in the third round of Oklahoma’s A-F school report cards, released Wednesday.According to the 2014 report, 289 schools got an overall grade of A, down 22.5 percent from 2013; 473 got a B, down 5.5 percent; 504 got a C, up 6.3 percent; 299 got a D, up 12 percent; 200 got an F, up 18.5 percent; and 30 did not get a grade this year, down from 31 last year.The letter grades are based on student results ...

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‘Mommy and Me’ serves waffle breakfast for PVNC residents

The Elm & Hudson Church of Christ “Mommy & Me” Play Group hosted a Waffle Bar for Plantation Village Nursing Center residents and staff last week. The kids passed out order forms and residents circled the items they wanted on their waffle. Toppings included butter, syrup, blueberry syrup, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chips, cool whip, peanut butter and chopped pecans. After the residents completed their order form the children returned it to the Moms to fill and the...

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Council approves airport engineering services

The Altus City Council approved an agreement for engineering services at the Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport and considered other items on the agenda during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The City re-advertised for airport engineering services as required by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) every 5 years, and selected CEC Corporation as the most qualified company out of the RFQ’s received.

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Uniting to help the environment

What with all the bad news these days—-from the Middle East (ISIS) to the NFL (spouse abuse) —-it’s nice to hear some good news. This one comes from Mother Nature herself in cooperation with some people intent on helping her.It seems the ozone layer is getting better.

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Farmers’ money advantages measured in winter wheat/canola rotation

Agricultural economists need to be conservative in their public discussion. While most agronomists and farmers now agree rotating winter canola and winter wheat offers several advantages, both cultural and financial, it is only recently some agricultural economists have come on board.It’s not rocket science to understand this logic. Winter wheat production in the Great Plains has been a major commodity for a long time. Winter canola production in the same area has only been a...

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Selfie

A group of Altus residents took a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Selfie” on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Jackson County Court House, to show support for the African-American 18-year-old, Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., who was fatally shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in a confrontation last month. The event has incited a national discussion about police brutality and race.Several Altus residents arrived for the photo to speak out against the use of deadly force...

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Navajo picks up two wins

Navajo Indians improved to 16-7 on the season after picking up two wins against Big Pasture. Jacob Hall gained the 13-0 victory on the mound in the first game. Colby Staggs also threw a scoreless inning to spell Hall. Navajo had 9 hits and was led at the plate by Stephen Gilstad and Braden Box each going 1-2 with RBI singles.In the second game of the twinbill, Navajo won 10-5. Navajo jumped on Big Pasture early with 7 runs in the first. However, Dylan Mandrell suffered some control...

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Employee Wellness Seminar to be held Sept. 26

The Jackson County Community Health Action Team (JCCHAT) is pleased to announce a free training program opportunity for Jackson County Businesses.

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‘Child Passenger Safety Week’ proclaimed

This week, Sept. 14-20, has been proclaimed “Child Passenger Safety Week” in Altus, to urge citizens to help reduce injures and the tragic loss of life by buckling up and properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, and seat belts while driving.Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for child...

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Child Passenger Safety Week and Car Seat Check Event

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week and Jackson County Health Department, Jackson County Memorial Hospital Pediatric Clinic, Altus Fire/Rescue Department and Jackson County Community Health Action Team have partnered with Safe Kids Oklahoma to provide a Car Seat Check Event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Main Fire Station.

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Homecoming week activities planned

It’s Homecoming Week for Altus High School. It is the time of year when students go all out and show their school spirit and celebrate being an Altus Bulldog, all leading up to crowning the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Activities, like themed dress-up days, are planned to allow students to win participation points toward being the 2014 Homecoming Class. Points are awarded during most school activities and events.On Monday, students were encouraged accumulate points by donn...

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