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County officers prepare for Moving Day

All county offices will be relocated to Washington Elementary School in the 300 block of E. Cypress. Moving Day is expected to be in late January or early February. The existing Jackson County … more

City to manage Jackson County EMS for 90 days

The Jackson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) District will be financially operated by the City of Altus for a 90 period. Jackson County EMS appealed to the Board of Jackson County … more

Drug suspect found with his pants down

Christopher Don Martin (AKA Caldwell), 47, Altus, was arrested last week for felony lewd exhibition of person and a misdemeanor count of possession of controlled dangerous substance. Court records … more

Treasurer’s report shows sharp rise in county tax collections

Jackson County received a total of $351,428.31 for the month of October 2021, as a result of the first month of tax collections to renovate the county courthouse. Jackson County Treasurer Robin … more

Covid numbers are rising again

Numbers are climbing in southwest Oklahoma and other areas in the region as Covid claims more victims. According to the weekly report released from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a total … more

Extreme fire danger prompts county burn ban

A county-wide burn ban was approved by county commissioners on Monday, in response to a region-wide alert of extreme danger of fire. Conditions will be re-examined and the burn ban renewed every … more

Clifford T. Peterson Cafeteria showcases $1.9 mil remodel

The Clifford T. Peterson Cafeteria at Altus High School officially opened its doors to feed hungry students on Monday, Nov. 29, following the Thanksgiving break. A little over a week later, the … more

Elements of crash pad issue examined by council, parties

The issue of crash pads was the subject of an open working session of the Altus City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The situation has many different angles. No decision was on the agenda and no … more

Blow struck to the head, meds robbed

Phil Molina, 39, was arrested for First Degree Robbery following an incident on Sunday, Dec. 19. At press time, bail had not been set and he remained in the Jackson County Jail. Altus Police … more

Blair welcomes home O’Connor, world champion roper

Brandt O’Connor was surprised when he arrived home on Sunday, Dec. 12 and found a large welcome party of family, friends and schoolmates ready to cheer his victory as rodeo’s 2021 Junior World Champion. more

School board filings show no races

The open positions on most boards of education of Jackson County schools showed no filings other than incumbents, by the end of the filing period on Dec. 8. The one exception for which there was … more

Tax statements hitting the mailboxes

Jackson County ad valorem taxes are late going out, announced Treasurer Robin Fleming last week. Statements are being printed and will be mailed, as soon as they are printed and in … more

City Police to acquire new K9 unit

The Altus Police Department will soon acquire and train a new K9 unit, following a decision by the City Council on Dec. 7. The total cost for the K9 is $14,900, according to city figures. The … more

Judge Benson Appointed to Judicial Elections Committee by Chief Justice

Tillman County Associate District Judge Brad Benson was recently appointed to the Committee on Judicial Elections by Chief Justice Richard Darby of Altus. Judge Benson is one of three judges … more

Rep. Kendrix honored by State Chamber as Rising Star

Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, R-Altus, received the State Chamber of Oklahoma's 2021 Rising Star Award at their annual Public Affairs Forum in Oklahoma City on Dec. 8. “His positions on a variety of … more

Child advocates seek ARPA funds from commissioners

Members of the board of directors of the Stephen E. Booker Foundation appealed to the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 30 for funds from the American Rescue Plan Act … more

Commissioners approve premium pay for county workers

An agenda item on the meeting of the board of Jackson County Commissioners dissolved into an active and opinionated discussion among county officers on Nov. 30. Commissioners acted to approve … more

Main Street Altus wants your vote in national semifinals

Main Street Altus is competing in the national semifinals, among other city’s Main Street programs, for a grand prize of $25,000. The deadline for voting is Sunday, Dec. 12. Main Street … more

Ten Altus businesses awarded BIG grants

Ten Altus businesses were awarded nearly $60,000 in grant funds to improve their exterior conditions. The annual grants are awarded by the Altus / Southwest Area Economic Development … more
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