Area News

Book Babes to meet

The Book Babes Book Club will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 21 at the library. “This Tender Land” will be discussed. Everyone is welcome. Chamber Elects Officers The Carmen Chamber of Commerce met last week and elected officers for the coming year. Those service as officers will be: President, Kathy Gregory; Vice-President, Sam Wooten,…

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Government approves state of emergency

Governor Kevin Stitt announced the federal government has approved the State of Oklahoma’s request for public assistance for 16 additional counties to help with expenses related to the winter weather storm that began on October 26, 2020. The funding will deliver public assistance to municipalities, counties, tribes and rural electric cooperatives for debris removal, infrastructure…

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Pederson to host redistricting meeting

As the Legislature is set to tackle state and congressional redistricting, Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, is encouraging citizens to get involved in the process by attending a redistricting town hall meeting in Enid on Jan. 21. The meeting will be held at the Autry Technology Center Lectorium at 6 p.m. At the town hall, participants…

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Winter weather makes sure to flex muscles during month of December

A powerful winter storm pounded the state on 2020’s final day, a fitting epitaph to a tumultuous year—and a wintry December. The storm lasted into the first morning of 2021 and brought widespread totals of 2-6 inches of snow from southwestern into northeastern Oklahoma. Localized areas in central Oklahoma reported up to 10 inches of…

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Newton holds redistricting meeting

State Reps. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee, and Brian Hill, R-Mustang, hosted a public meeting on the legislative redistricting process on Wednesday in Woodward to answer questions and gather input from the public. Newton said the Lawmakers and House Redistricting staff got some good questions at the meeting, and they enjoyed the chance to meet with constituents…

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Town to host upcoming blood drive

Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that Oklahoma schools following safety protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be permitted to forgo the mandatory two-week quarantine period for potential COVID-19 exposures.    Gov. Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye emphasized the new Oklahoma State Department of Health policy is intended to keep students and…

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Municipal office filings to open soon

Candidates for municipal office in seven Alfalfa County municipalities may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, February 1. Kelly Stein, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 3. Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office. Located at 602…

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Town to host upcoming blood drive

As Oklahomans ring in the new year, Oklahoma Blood Institute has its “fingers crossed” for 2021! Blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” t-shirt. Oklahoma Blood Institute is hosting a blood drive with: • January 28: Cherokee High School, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals ages sixteen and up are urged to…

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Eagle Scout works at area cemetery

Scouts form Kansas recently worked on a project at a cemetery near Jet for an Eagle Scout project. On January 9, 2021, Aidan Brockman and five Scouts along with two leaders from Troop 898 of Clearwater, Kan., and three Cemetery board members visited Pleasant View Cemetery in Jet worked to complete Brockman’s Eagle Scout Project.…

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DEQ to help Cherokee with audit

Mayor Karen Hawkins called to order the Cherokee Development Authority meeting on January 13 at 6 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation led by Jeremy Hickman, City Clerk Amber Wilhite called the roll. All five Cherokee Development Authority members answered the roll. The Authority considered the approval of the minutes from the…

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