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Local girls attend flight training

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This week, in Vernon, Texas at the Wilbarger County airport, 30 ladies from around the world are gathering to receive flight training. Some of these ladies, including Mary Ann Pratt of Altus, are learning to fly for the very first time. There are two other students from the Altus area attending, Jody Hamilton and Tristan Booker.


External audit reports no material weaknesses or findings at WOSC

At this week’s Western Board of Regents regular meeting, Tricia Latham introduced Craig Legener, CPA with Stanfield and Odell for the report and response to Western’s annual external audit for fiscal year 2014. The firm issued an unqualified report with no material weaknesses or findings issued regarding financial statements, federal awards or major programs. Latham continued by highlighting some of the financial items reported. The board voted to accept the audit report.

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Beta Mothers hear self-defense tips

Members of Beta Mothers Club gathered on Oct. 9 at the home of Kim Pickett for an informative lesson on personal safety and self-defense for women. Guest speaker Jason Greer conducted the program. Greer teaches martial arts at SIMS Martial Arts Academy. Co-hostesses for the October meeting were Heather Bonds, Destiny Cummins, Kelley Duncan, and Amy Stork. New Beta Mothers Club members were introduced, and plans for the third annual “Kicks for a Cause” charity kickball tournament w...

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Bulldogs face #1 again

When the Bulldogs tee up the football Friday night on senior night against the Ardmore Tigers, it will be the 3rd time this season that the #1 team will line up against the Bulldogs.Ardmore earned the #1 ranking by knocking off then #1 MacArthur and based on the Tigers strength of schedule according to The Daily Oklahoman. It’s a great opportunity to continue to turn heads toward this corner of the state.Yesterday on the wet practice field, the Bulldogs continued t...

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First time hunter drops 9 point buck

Kyle Martin, 9, of Altus, crouched in a deer blind last Saturday, Oct. 23, on his first deer hunt ever. Holding the rifle for the very first time, at the end of its scope, Martin spotted his first wild game, 108 yards away, just as the sun was falling below the horizon. In one single successful shot, he made his first kill ever- a 9 point buck.“I just fired and I looked and I saw him drop,” Kyle said, coolly hopping out from behind the blind. Kyle was part of a group of...

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7th and 8th fall to Clinton

CLINTON – The Altus Junior High 7th and 8th grade football teams took early leads in their games with Clinton only to watch the Reds come back for victories Tuesday night. The 7th Grade Dawgs lost 38-14 while the 8th grade team lost 22-14.In the 7th grade contest the Dawgs took the opening kick and marched right down the field. Following a big run by fullback Hunter Webb the Dawgs ran a toss to the right side of the field. Slotback Quaylin Johnson took the pinch and followed ...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Council receives water project update

The Altus Municipal Authority received a presentation on the Holloway Well Project during the City Council meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 21., and members of Altus Air Force Base were appreciated for giving the Altus PD access to a base training facility. Council tabled an item for the City if Altus to return to a 5 day work week as community business members and city workers disagree on a new schedule. Also, Council members Rick Steen and Mike Patterson announced they will not be running in the u...

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A time for stargazing

This week has the moon waning (shrinking) from “full” to “new”. The new moon will occur Friday, Oct. 24. Star gazing is best several days before or after the new moon. So now is a great time for star gazing. The Orionid Meteor shower just peaked on Monday/Tuesday (October 20/21) evening. There will still be some meteors you may observe originating in the area of the constellation Orion. At its best, this shower produces perhaps 15-20 meteors per h...

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Former police officer Hansel pleads guilty

District Attorney John Wampler reported today that former Altus Police Department Officer Russell J. Hansel, 43, entered a plea of guilty in Jackson County District Court to five felony counts and was taken into custody by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office following sentencing. Hansel’s jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Frederick where it had been moved at the defendant’s request on a motion for change of venue.

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Truck and trailer catch on fire

A semi truck and trailer caught fire Sunday afternoon on US Hwy 62 east of Altus. According to reports, the truck apparently caught fire after a tire blew out and the wheel started sparks on the pavement. The accident happened between mile marker 48 and 49 around 1 p.m. Sunday. The truck blaze also caught a section of grass on fire. Although the incident closed a section of the highway down, it was reopened and the scene cleared by 3:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Police continue to investigate burglaries

Altus Police continue to investigate a string of recent 1st degree burglaries, attempted 1st degree burglaries and auto burglaries that’s taken place over recent weeks within the city.Investigators have submitted forensic evidence to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis, which includes latent fingerprints along with blood evidence, left at several crimes scenes by the suspect(s). Police hope O.S.B.I. can match DNA evidence left behind by the suspect(s) to t...

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Committee of 100 welcomes AAFB newcomers

Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 members, and Altus Air Force Base leadership, welcomed new airmen, families, and recently deployed returnees with a big cook-out at Lucas Farms, on Monday, Oct. 20.New AAFB members were greeted with a warm cowboy welcome and were treated to horse back riding, hay rides, a marshmallow fire pit, and hamburgers and hot dogs. The Committee’s vision is that all newcomers to Altus will feel like they are at home during their assignment to ...

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Cross country boys take top spot in home meet, girls finish 2nd

At their home Altus meet, Alan Ortiz and Gio Esmerado finish 1st and 2nd respectively to help the Bulldogs claim the team win for the cross country boys. Grace Hernke finished 3rd in individual standings to secure the 2nd place spot for the girls’ team. Results are below. The next action for the cross country team is in the 5A Regional meet at Norman at the Irving Middle School. The girls will run at 10 a.m. and the boys will begin at 10:45 a.m.Boys - 5k - 32 runners...

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Cotton Festival to be held in Frederick

The Frederick Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its seventh annual Cotton Festival on Saturday, Nov. 1. There will be activities throughout the entire day. Vendors will be set up as early as 9 a.m., and the chili cook-off and entertainment kicks off at 11 a.m., while the pageant will start at 1 p.m.They are still looking for contestants for the chili cook off. Chili may be of any type and can be cooked on site or at home. The winners will receive a trophy, and prize money is up...

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held Saturday

The 5th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Altus Community Center, 400 Falcon Road.Terry Wells said, “I’m sure you have your own reason for supporting the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I’ll be walking for my family members as well as Glen Campbell and the wonderful caregivers that continue to care. Come by and create your personal poster or carry a balloon. Hope you can make it!”For mo...

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Commissioners approve bid for 2004 Freightliner

After taking bids under advisement last week, the Jackson County Commissioners approved a bid for a 2004 truck tractor, with fifth wheel, during their regular meeting on Monday, Oct., 20, and considered other items on the agenda.On behalf of Commissioner Cary Carrell, who was absent from the meeting, District 3 Foreman, Rex Roberson, stated that after going over submitted bids they recommended to accept the lowest bid from Holder Bros. Beef, for a 2004 Freightliner Columbia for $26...

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Special called meeting about City Manager search

A special called meeting of the Altus City Council will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Council chambers.The meeting will be to review and discuss request for proposals regarding the selection of an executive search firm to conduct the search and recruitment of a City Manager. Direction and possible vote on a process for selecting one or more executive search firms for further discussion, review and/or negotiation, or to take any other appropriate action regarding the s...

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