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$1.6 M construction contract approved for Altus Schools

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The Board of Education of the Altus Public School District approved to enter into a $1,665,600 construction contract with Pope Contracting of Oklahoma City, during their regular meeting on Monday, April 14. The Board discussed the joint payment of the project stating about $500,000 should be available in remaining MAPS Funds for renovations at the High School campus and the rest of the funding would come from the District’s building funds.


Commissioners approve juvenile detention agreement

Jackson County Commissioners approved a Detention Services Agreement with the Sac and Fox Nation Juvenile Detention Center on Monday, April 14, during their regular meeting along with other items on the agenda.The agreement states that Jackson County will reimburse the detention center for provisions of juvenile retention services at a rate of $21.11 per day per child, an amount that represents 15 percent of the Office of Juvenile Affairs approved operational cost of detaining a ch...

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Over 150 entries in Walkin’ On Chalk event

Main Street Altus held the 10th annual Walkin’ on Chalk this past Sunday, April 13 in downtown Altus. There were a total of 30 banners judged with the Scientific Theme “Spark a Reaction”. There were also 125 chalk squares judged.Each chalk art contestant was provided a 5-foot by 5-foot area of concrete to create their works of art on. This year, $1,295 was raised by sponsors to be awarded to contestants. Alexis Julian, a 12th grader at Altus High School, received ...

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National Wild Turkey Federation regional banquet planned

The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Best Western in Altus. Those attending the NWTF banquet will have the opportunity to buy exclusive merchandise to raise funds for the wild turkey conversation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled, while protecting the habitat.

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Blair FFA has taken home several awards

This past week the Blair FFA has taken home several awards from recent Career Development Event (CDE) contests.Saturday, April 5, at the Altus FFA Interscholastic, Blair had 1st place senior FFA team in livestock judging and high individual went to McKynzi Forster. Blair also won 1st place 4-H team in livestock judging and high individual was Casey Burnett.

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Annual ‘Book Lovers’ Sale’ to be held at library

It is almost time for the Annual Book Lovers’ Sale at the Altus Public Library. Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 for the best-used book sale in southwest Oklahoma. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. each day. Get here early for the best selections. The library staff wants to make this the biggest and best sale ever and ...

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Altus Ambassadors return from 52nd Annual Quail Breakfast

Altus civic leaders returned from the 52nd Annual Altus Quail Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was held Thursday, April 10, in the Senate Russell Building Kennedy Caucus Room.Approximately 180 people attended the traditional breakfast including the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, USAF Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh, III, and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, as well as the 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Bill Spangenthal, and 97th AMW Command Chief CMSgt. Bry...

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Vo-Ag facility renovations contract on Monday’s School Board agenda

Entering into a contract with Pope Contracting of Oklahoma City for a combined total bid of $1,665,600 and 260 calendar days for construction work will be addressed for approval at the regular meeting of the Altus Board of Education on Monday.The contract will include exterior renovations of the Vo-Ag Facility, and construction of a new high school cafeteria corridor connector and a new standing seam metal retrofit roof installation with HVAC upgrades and retrofits at Will Rogers E...

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Transformer move from Kingfisher to Altus on AMA agenda

A regular meeting of the Altus Municipal Authority will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council chambers. A regular meeting of the Altus City Council will immediately follow.AMA agenda items include the presentation of the financial and operational report by the Finance Department for the period ending March 31, approval of budget amendments, the bid award for wire and cable, and the award of a bid to move and install OMPA’s 69 kV transformer from Kingfisher to Altus and instal...

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Mullins movie to be shown in Altus

According to Minister George Dosher, one of the last showings of “Ragamuffin”, the movie by Christian music artist Rich Mullins, is coming to First Christian Church, 2501 N Park Lane, here in Altus on April 25 and 26. The film, rated PG-13, documents Mullins rise to fame during the 80s as a Christian song writer and musician. He wrote many popular songs, including “Awesome God”, “Doubly Good to You”, and...

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Gordon Yale Linders

Funeral services for Gordon Yale Linders, 92, of Duke, will be held at the Duke Church of Christ on Tuesday with the time pending. Burial will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Kincannon Funeral Home.You have to have winter before you can have spring. This was one of the many sayings Gordon Yale Linders expressed often to his four children and their families who have shared their homes with him for the past two and a half years.

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Political hopefuls wrap up candidate filing

Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for political hopefuls to file for offices in Oklahoma. Locally, incumbent Lisa Roberson (R) has filed for Jackson County Assessor; Jackson County Treasurer incumbent Renee Howard (R) has filed; filing for County Commissioner District 1 are Norman Pruitt (R) and incumbent Marty Clinton (R); and for County Commissioner District 3, incumbent Cary Carrell (R) has filed. There were no local filings on Thursday, and Election Board officials said ther...

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Community partners band together to repair Imagination Station

City Park’s employees prepare to restore Imagination Station by taking an inventory of needed repairs. Due to vandalism, weather, and frequent use of equipment, some areas of the beloved playground have become defaced, deteriorated, and unsafe, and have caught the attention of those wanting to get the park back to its original condition.A community partnership between the City of Altus, Wilmes Ford-Lincoln and Chevrolet, and over 30 Altus Air Force Base members, are set to br...

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The 10th annual Main Street Altus “Walkin’ On Chalk” event will be held in downtown Altus this Sunday, April 13. Registration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The chalk and drawing contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Judging will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m. Along with the contests, there will be food, art displays and other fun festivities.

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2014 Winter Canola Field Tour

Jackson County OSU Extension Office will offer a Winter Canola Field Tour on Monday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at the David and Brandon Bush farm located 5 miles west of Altus (at the Olustee Y) on the south side of Highway 62. Go to the northwest gate entrance of the field.This field tour will cover agronomic, pest management, fertility, and harvest optio...

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Southern Prairie Library System offering free financial kits

OKLAHOMA CITY — April is National Financial Capability Month and to celebrate, the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is observing Jump$tart Your Money (JYM) Week, April 20-26. Helping to promote financial education statewide, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) is offering free Financial Fitness Kits through public libraries, includ...

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Volunteers Are Valuable and Needed

The Great Plains Literacy Council salutes their local volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12. Like many charitable causes, the adult literacy movement would come to a standstill without the generosity of many volunteer tutors in the literacy program who give freely of their time and talents to change lives of adult learners, one person at a time, with understanding and communicating the English language.“Our volunteer tutors are especially giving of their time,...

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Martha Road celebrates Grand Opening of new building

The congregation of the Martha Road Baptist invites the community to join them for a special day of celebration as they dedicate their new Family Life Center. The dedication service will be held Sunday morning April 13. Dr. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), and Bob Mayfield, Sunday School Specialist for the BGCO will be speaking during the service. The special day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a brunch and open house followed by a worship ...

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