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Altus selected to receive KC-46A Pegasus aircraft

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4/23/2014 - WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced April 23, that Altus Air Force Base, Okla., is the Air Force’s KC-46A Pegasus formal training unit and McConnell AFB, Kan., is the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base.“The KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker remains one of our top three acquisition priorities,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Making a final basing decision is an important step in recapitalizing the tanker fleet. We will begin to replace our aging tanker fleet in 2016, but even when the program is complete in 2028, we will have replaced less than half of the current tanker fleet and will still be flying over 200 half-century-old KC-135 (Stratotankers).”


County Health Department observes Administrative Professionals Week

The Jackson County Health Department is recognizing the work of its five administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week April 20-26, 2014.“We are grateful for the excellent work all our office professionals do each day to bring order and cohesion to the Jackson County Health Department office,” said Karen Weaver, administrative director. “This work is vital to assure our clients receive the services they are seeking from our agency.”...

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School Board OK’s band trip to Hawaii

The Altus Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to allow “That Altus Band” to perform in the 75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary Parade in Hawaii in November of 2016. The motion to approve the band’s fundraising efforts and travel to Hawaii for the 75th Anniversary Parade was made by Dr. John Thomas, with the stipulation that the Band Parent Organization meet all requirements to be sanctioned by the board of education each year and that quarterly updat...

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Jr High girls dominate Elgin Owl Classic track meet

Victories in two relay events helped the Altus Junior High girls dominate the recent Elgin Owl Classic track meet.Altus won five events en route to 152 points. Host Elgin was second with 79 points.The quartet of Lynzie Herron, Sophia Pack, MacKenzie Wood and Olga Lopez took the 3200-meter relay in 12 minutes, 45 seconds. The 1600-meter foursome of Nia Hill, Nakome Clarke, D’Lonie Jackson and Wood won in 5:01.Other firsts came from Kelsee Baker in the 300...

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Edward “Leon” Monday

Edward “Leon” Monday, 63, of Altus, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Services are pending with Kincannon Funeral Home.

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Winners return from NAGA Jujitsu competition with medals

Earlier this month students of Wilcoxen’s Academy of Martial Arts returned from a NAGA (North American Grappling Association) Jujitsu Competition held on April 5, in Dallas, Texas.“We had about seven people and brought home 8 medals,” said Head Coach Jason Greer. “These guys train six days a week… seven days a week some...

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What happens after the resurrection?

I heard about a town in Southwest Oklahoma that had a community-wide Easter pageant. It so happened that the character chosen to play Jesus had obviously been miscast; he was more suited for the part of a Roman soldier.This man, a roughneck, a seasoned oil field worker, was known for an occasional barroom brawl. With his burley physical presence and no-nonsense personality, he could have easily moonlighted as a bouncer, had he wanted the job.After weeks of rehearsal, the...

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Altus boys soccer focused on winning season finale Friday

Jaime Reyna isn’t concerned about the complicated playoff scenario.The Altus boys soccer coach and his Bulldogs are focused on one thing - winning their regular season finale Friday at Lawton.Altus scored a close-range goal in each half and relied on gritty defense to hold off Duncan, 2-1, on Tuesday – Senior Night - at Hightower Memorial Stadium. Altus, 3-3 in district, plays Lawton Eisenhower on Friday at Cameron University.“We played hard,...

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