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U.S. census timer running down, state funding at stake

U.S. Census timer running down, state funding at stakeBy Brian Brus STILLWATER, Okla. – The opportunity for Oklahomans to be counted in the U.S. Census is only weeks away, and officials are … more

Cole hopeful stimulus package passes by end of September

In an effort to reduce contact during a global pandemic, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) hosted a conference call for media outlets across Southwest Oklahoma on Aug. 20, 2020. He provided a … more

Election day approaches; voting early possible this week

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 25 for the City of Altus Special Election. Jackson County Election Board Secretary Jennifer L. Wilson asks voters to keep the following information and … more

Census takers to start home visits

Census takers in Oklahoma are working to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The self-response rate in Oklahoma is 57.9 percent. The Census Bureau will need … more

Deadine nears for absentee ballot applications

Voters in Jackson County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the Aug. 25 City of Altus special municipal election should apply now. It is not necessary to give an official reason … more

Team Cross takes golf tournament championship

The 30th annual Jim Holland Memorial Golf Tournament was held in Altus on Saturday, Aug. 8. “It was a beautiful day on The Greens and another successful year,” said Debra Valerio, … more

Altus student inducted into state 4-H hall of fame

Tori Booker certainly has made a name for herself in Jackson County’s 4-H Youth Development Program. She’s the second 4-H’er from that county to be inducted into the prestigious … more

Walk this way, please!

Members of the City of Altus street department painted fresh stripes on pedestrian crosswalks last Friday on Park Avenue across from Altus High School. Crew members poictured, left, Raul Ornelas, … more

OSU alumni chapter awards 21 scholarships

The Jackson-Harmon Counties OSU Alumni Chapter announces their scholarship recipients for the 2020-2021 school year. Any OSU incoming freshman can apply for an Oklahoma State University Alumni … more

Robots do the dirty work at JCMH

Germ-fighting robots are being used by Jackson Memorial Hospital (JCMH) to destroy Covid-19 and prevent its spread in the facility. The manufacturing company, Xenex, announced that the pulsed … more

SWTC set to open with new regulations

Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) of Altus will begin the school year on Thursday, Aug. 13 on a regular schedule with face-to-face instruction. School will go forward unless health guidelines do … more

Back-to-school bash returns to Atlus

The annual Back to School Bash will return to Altus this Saturday, Aug. 8, for the fifth year in a row. The event is being carried out by Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries. The program this year will … more

It’s tax free shopping time

The new school year kicks off with the annual Tax Holiday this weekend, just in time for back to school supplies. The Oklahoma Tax Commission has announced that this year’s Tax-Free Weekend … more

Base inducts ‘honorary’ commanders

Leaders from the 97th Air Mobility Wing welcomed 15 southwest Oklahoma community members into the wing’s honorary commanders (HCC) program during an induction ceremony on July 21 at Altus Air … more

New student enrollment held July 30

The Altus Public Schools’ will be hosting their annual One-Stop Enrollment for upcoming students today, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Altus High School Cafeteria. One-Stop … more


The Covid-19 virus surge has finally made it to Altus, with active cases jumping from 20 July 13 to 129 as of Tuesday, and the city council last week extended the mayor’s authority to require … more

Altus orders machine to produce virus sanitizer

As outbreaks of COVID-19 continue to increase in Altus and nationwide, the city’s Emergency Management Services Department is as busy as they have ever been. Due to increased virus cases in … more

Altus natives return home to film second movie

Altus natives Alex and Todd Greenlee will be returning to where it all started to begin filming their second featured film. The Greenlee brothers, who now reside in Los Angeles, grew up in Altus … more

Nominations close for FSA committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. … more

Bar S outbreak fuels virus spike

An outbreak of Covid-19 at the Bar-S plant first reported last Wednesday led to a mass virus testing event two days later. Employees at the plant were tested, and an invitation extended to the … more
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