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Fair entries being taken tomorrow

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The 2014 Jackson County Free Fair starts tomorrow with entry of open class, 4-H and FFA non-livestock exhibits at the Expo Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Judging of Exhibits will be at 6:15 p.m. The fair runs through Saturday, Sept. 6, and this year’s theme is “Keep Calm and Fair On”.

 

AAFB to open gates next weekend for Wings of Freedom Open House

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The 97th Air Mobility Wing is scheduled to host the 2014 Wings of Freedom Open House next Saturday, Sept. 13, and will consist of various static displays and aerial demonstrations.The open house is open to the public and admission is free. Visitors without a Department of Defense-issued identification card are directed to enter the base from the South Gate on U.S. 62.The schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. - gates open, static aircraft view...

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Summer marks return during August

August made a valiant effort to continue the unusually cool and remarkably wet conditions of June and July and place a final exclamation point on one of the more enjoyable Oklahoma summers in recent memory. Unfortunately, that message was lost during the month’s final two weeks as the heat and dry weather of a normal Oklahoma summer found their way back to the state. According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the mild first half and summery second half of the month combine...

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DAV to hold breakfast fundraiser

DAV Altus Chapter 33 will have an all you can eat pancake, sausage, bacon and egg breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 7 to 11 a.m.This event will be held at the Towers Apartments meeting room, 101 E. Commerce. Cost is $5, with proceeds from this event helping the chapter to assist needy veterans and their families in Southwest Oklahoma.All DAV fundraisers are open to the public. For more information, please contact Virgil Williams, Commander at 580-471-1692.

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Temperature, rain and lake levels compared

The calendar has been flipped over to September. Labor Day and summer are past. So it is a great time to pause, for a moment and look back over the summer.2014 had an interesting summer-cool and wet. From May 1 to Aug. 31 Altus only had 22 days above 100 and no days above 106, according to Mesonet.org. Compare that to 2011 when August alone had 28 days over 100 and 8 days 110 and over. In July of 2011, every day-all 31 of them- were 100 degrees and above, with 5 days 110 degrees an...

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DAV Car & Bake Show planned

The Altus DAV Chapter will have their annual Car & Bike Show on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the west end of the Altus Community Center.There will also be an all you can eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Car & Bike Show registration starts at 8 a.m. Vendors will be setup for information about setting up contact Commander Virgil Williams at 580-471-1692 or Peggy at 940-839-7345.All DAV events are open to the public. Proceeds will help the chapter to assist needy veterans a...

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Navajo finishes 5th

The OSSAA Fall baseball rankings are out today. The Navajo Indians are #13 in Class A. The current rankings includes the weekend games Navajo played in the Labor Day Tournament in Eakly.On Friday Navajo thumped Blair around 17-7. Colby Staggs and Dylan Mandreell combined for 6 innings and allowed only three Blair hits. The Sophomore pitchers struggled hitting the strike zone which accounted for most of the Blair runs. “They are both young and in need of valuable high school e...

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Eyeglasses assistance offered to elderly

Healthy eyes are something most people take for granted. But there are millions of elderly people in this country who have severe vision impairments. These impairments could be treated and corrected, but many of the elderly can’t afford the treatment they need.South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Aging Services, in cooperation with area optometrists, will be providing reduced cost eye exams and eyeglasses to elderly individuals in your area.

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Community Foundation Grant Given

The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City.“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Nancy Evans, Community Relations chair of the Great Plains Literacy Council, at the presentation. “The literacy council believes in sponsoring free educational literacy services to adults, but it does take funds to operate this beneficial program....

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U.S. Cellular rewarding $1 million to teachers to help boost classroom experiences

ALTUS – U.S. Cellular is donating $1 million to fund teacher classroom projects across the nation, including Altus, through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company contributed $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom experiences. U.S. Cellular is working with DonorsChoose.org for a fourth time and encourages teachers to post their projects on the site for potential funding. DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds fro...

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Labor Day

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Traffic signs replaced at Sunset School

In an attempt to relieve some of the parking issues that Sunset School is currently experiencing, the 500 block of Lark Street will be ONE WAY during the hours of 7-8:30 a.m., and 2:30-3:45 p.m. on school days only, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Working with Renee Long, Principal of Sunset School, and residents living in the area, the Altus Police Chief has directed certain traffic signs be replaced.

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One punch homicide and a police officer’s safety

While in grade school I suffer two concussions in the same calendar year. Both were head strikes I sustained on the school playground and both times I wound up in the hospital. I overheard a doctor tell my parents that one more concussion could kill me. This as a child, scared the hell out of me. Apparently the doctor suggested that I not play contact sports in my K thru 12 school years. I was not apprised of this.

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Gardiner to Review Fannie Flagg novel for the Coffee Cup Bunch

Theresa Gardiner will review a recently published novel by Fannie Flagg titled “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” for the Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library. The review will be given at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Altus Public Library.“I choose to review this book for the Coffee Cup Bunch because nearly every chapter made me laugh out loud, and it is full of Southern charm,” Gardiner explained. “Like most of Fanni...

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Water rates for AAFB on Council agenda

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Altus Municipal Authority includes approval of minutes from the Aug. 19 meeting, and the receiving and acknowledgement of receipt of claims. Any new business, if any, since the posting of the agenda will be reviewed and discussed before moving onto the regular Altus City Council meeting.

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National Book Scholarship Fund Grant

The Great Plains Literacy Council has received literacy curriculum, valued at approximately $2,000, from ProLiteracy through its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF). ProLiteracy awarded more than $100,000 in National Book Fund grants to 65 community-based programs around the nation. According to Michele Diecuch, senior membership and program manager for ProLiteracy, nearly two-thirds of the compelling, high-quality applicants were awarded grants.

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Chamber President: $400 million ‘retail leakage’

Approximately $400 million dollars per year is “leaking” from local retailers and is being spent in other towns, Altus Chamber of Commerce President Brian Bush said as the guest speaker at the Southwest Oklahoma Republican Women meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. That is potentially $14 million annual that could go to City services and infrastructure based on the city tax of 3.5 percent, he explained. Bush discussed several points Altus’ economic potential and bringing more prosp...

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Bulldogs new leash

Head Coach Jeremy Reed takes hold of the leash on the Altus High School Bulldogs. In this his first year as Head Coach and Athletic Director, Reed has been in the midst of long overdue and dramatic changes within the program. After three seasons as Dickson’s Head Coach, Reed believed it was time to move up the coaching ranks. Having an opportunity to serve as A.D. and Head Coach, affords him the control of his team from within and that is always appealing to any coach. Hopefully, the ma...

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