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Telling the stories of World War I at Altus Public Library

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The Southern Prairie Library System and the Museum of the Western Prairie will present an evening program of stories, slides, maps, and artifact facsimiles telling the stories of World War One on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson. August 2014 marks the 100th year observance of the start of hostilities that lasted for four years and cost countless lives.


Sexual Assault Response & Resource Teams to hold training in Altus

Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (2007). Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18. In Oklahoma, a rape occurs every five hours, fifty minutes and twenty-four seconds (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. Approximately 2/3 of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. This can include a friend or acquaintance, someone in a close relationship with ...

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Deputy Police Chief to take on new role in Coweta

Altus Deputy Police Chief Michael Bell looks ahead to his new position as appointed Coweta Chief of Police, and reflects on his time in law enforcement while serving the great city of Altus.In comparison to Altus, with its Police Department of thirty-one officers and seven detectives for a city of 19,500 people, Bell will accepted a position in Coweta, southeast of Tulsa, to oversee a police force of just 14 officers in a city of about 10,000 people.Although criminal act...

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Weaver, Greenlee in Los Angeles working on new TV program

Production started this week in Los Angeles for The Dr. Bill Show. Produced by Illuminate Media and Emmy Award winning Executive Producer, Altus’ own Mike Weaver of Dream Weaver Entertainment. The show promises a fresh approach to the typical syndicated daytime talk show.Dr. Bill Dorfman (aka “America’s Dentist”) will host and exec produce, with Weaver at the helm. Also exec producing will be Steven Richards and Jim Hardy of Illuminate Media. Emmy Award winn...

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Western announces Strategic Planning Endeavor

Western Oklahoma State College is embarking on an exciting and challenging journey with the beginning of a new strategic planning process that will culminate with a comprehensive strategic plan by January 31, 2015.

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The Hampstead Stage Company – The Legend of King Arthur

The Southern Prairie Library System is proud to introduce The Hampstead Stage Company to the residents of Jackson and Harmon County. The performance will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Altus Public Library. This will be the final performance in the Library’s summer program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!”

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Neon sign said cause of fire

The Altus Fire Department responded to a call Friday afternoon of smoke and possible fire at Fred’s Restaurant on N. Main in Altus. Employees and patrons were removed from the building as crews quickly contained the fire. According to firefighters, a neon sign caught a section of the soffit ablaze. The fire was quickly contained with minimal damage, and the fire did not get inside the restaurant. The restaurant later re-opened for business.

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Regional Canola Conference set for July 30 at WOSC

Agriculture producers mark your calendars for this year’s Regional Canola Conference set for July 30 at Western Oklahoma State College, Multipurpose Room. The Conference will start at 8 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m.Various State Extension Specialists along with industry personnel will be in attendance to both give presentations and lead discussions. Topics will include cultivar performance, insect and disease management, production management, weather outlook, U.S. and World ca...

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Water shortage solutions to be studied in ‘hot spot’ water basin near Altus

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials and planning specialists from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) have announced an in-depth study focused on reviewing specific solutions to preventing future water supply crises and shortages in a water basin near Altus. ...

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Oklahoma wheat crop worst in nearly half century

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drought conditions that continued through spring, followed by a late freeze in April and untimely rains in June have produced the poorest Oklahoma wheat crop in nearly a half century, Oklahoma agriculture officials said.The official forecast is for 51 million bushels of Oklahoma’s top cash crop, the lowest amount since 43 million bushels were harvested in 1957, according to Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commi...

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Lions Club to hold new fundraising event

Altus Lions Club will hold their first Chair-ty Fun-raiser on Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Altus Best Western.Local businesses have been decorating all kinds of chairs filled with a gift basket to be auctioned off to the lucky bidder. Lemaster Auctioneers are donating their services to help the Lions Club raise funds for their vision projects (primarily purchasing eyeglasses for those in Jackson County who are in need).

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Community welcomes new Chamber President and family

New Altus Chamber of Commerce President Brain Bush was greeted by members of the Altus community during a welcome reception hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at the Chamber on Thursday afternoon, July 17. Bush and his wife Becca were welcomed by business owners, civic leaders, and Altus Air Force Base leadership as he begins his third week in his new position, gearing up to spearhead economic progress for the hometown he grew up in.

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LeGrand named Top 12 finalist for State Teacher of the Year

James LeGrand, Altus High School social sciences teacher, has been named a Top 12 finalist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. LeGrand was recognized on Wednesday, July 16, at the SDE’s Vision 2020 Conference in Oklahoma City.Legrand was also selected as the 2013-2014 Altus Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He has been teaching for the past 19 years, 10 of the last 19 in the Altus School District. LeGrand aspires to be the type o...

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Heavy rains fall in area; flash flooding possible

Slow moving, heavy rainfall is causing flash flooding in parts of Oklahoma.Rains began Wednesday in Altus, and by nightfall, 1/2” was measured. Overnight rainfall measured 3”, 1.02 of which fell after midnight. Due to the slow moving rains that are still in the forecast today, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for most of the state, including Altus and Jackson County. There is also a slight chance for severe weather.Becau...

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‘Protect Kids’ truck appears at county courthouse on state-wide tour

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy “Protect Kids” truck and trailer visited the Jackson County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 16, as part of their 77 county tour across the state to prevent child abuse. Leading the effort is Rodney Timms of Tilman County who has written two books as a child abuse survivor and is currently working on a third called, “Contract Killer.” During the tour, Timms provides information and books, resources, and his urgent message....

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Step back into WWII History at Open Hangar Day

Folks will once again have a chance to step back into WWII History at the upcoming Jump School and Open Hangar Day at the historical Frederick Army Air Field. The public will also have the chance to meet and Thank WWII Veterans in attendance. Veterans will be honored that afternoon at the wing pinning ceremony for the jump school students. A list of veterans whom are planning to attend are listed on our website (listed below).

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Five Altus families attend Grandparent University at OSU

STILLWATER – Five families from Altus were participants in Grandparent University 2014 at Oklahoma State University in June.Grandparent University is hosted by the OSU Alumni Association and brought 522 legacies and grandparents to Stillwater in June. While on campus, they attended classes taught by OSU faculty and staff, stayed in student housing, dined on campus and enjoyed the life of average college students.

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Subjects reportedly shot at each other from cars

Altus Police are investigating another overnight shots fired call. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, police responded to the 400 block of W. Broadway at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Police believe at least one suspect, in a silver or grey mini van, was shooting at occupants in another vehicle. That second vehicle is being described as a small silver car. There have been no victims come forward to police and report being shot at. Investigators did recover one...

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