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12/18/2020
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It was a big day for #oklaed. While Gov. Kevin Stitt announced K-12 teachers will move up the priority list for #COVID19 vaccines, the State Board of Education suspended A-F school report cards for the year and launched termination proceedings for a struggling charter school.

Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye hold a press conference to provide an update on the State...
12/10/2020
December 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye hold a press conference to provide an update on the State's response to COVID-19.

Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye will hold a press conference at 3:45 p.m. to provide an update on the State's response to COVI...

Oklahoma Watch
12/10/2020
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Oklahoma Watch

Top legislators provided a preview of what’s to come next year during the annual legislative forum hosted by the State Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.

Below are the big takeaways from the discussion with leaders from the two parties.

The Frontier
11/25/2020
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The Frontier

The governor’s office has hired an outside consultant to help find ways to address a likely budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

Reid Newspapers is working on a story and would appreciate your feedback.3 COVID-19 vaccines are nearing approval with t...
11/24/2020
Will you take the COVID Vaccine?

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3 COVID-19 vaccines are nearing approval with the first batch expected to be distributed starting in December.

The State of Oklahoma has submitted preliminary distribution plans to the federal government.

The four-phase plan prioritizes the vaccines among several groups. Note that these plans are preliminary and are not final.

Group 1 includes frontline health workers, nursing home residents and nursing home staff.

Group 2 includes other health care workers, prison/jail/factory populations, first responders, and support staff/government officials.

Group 3 includes essential business/industry workers and students/education workers.

Group 4 includes all remaining Oklahomans.

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11/16/2020
Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye will held a COVID-19 update at 12 p.m. today at the Oklahoma ...
11/16/2020
COVID-19 Update - November 16, 2020

Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye will held a COVID-19 update at 12 p.m. today at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Governor Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye will hold a COVID-19 update at 12 p.m. today.

Photo by DJ JohnsonAfton senior Brandon Coombes plays defense during the Eagles’ recent game against Quapaw. The Eagles ...
11/12/2020

Photo by DJ Johnson
Afton senior Brandon Coombes plays defense during the Eagles’ recent game against Quapaw. The Eagles lost to Wyandotte 24-14 in their final game of the season

Wylie and Toby Sills were having fun at the Party Station in Grove on Halloween
11/06/2020

Wylie and Toby Sills were having fun at the Party Station in Grove on Halloween

The Afton 2020 Football Homecoming King Eli Carr and Queen Layne Hudson just after the announcement. They are accompanie...
11/06/2020

The Afton 2020 Football Homecoming King Eli Carr and Queen Layne Hudson just after the announcement. They are accompanied by Crown Bearer Ty Kelly and Flower Girl Paizlie Smith. The homecoming was held Friday, October 30.

Photo by Arizona SmithHoly smokes! Mr. Pumpkin Head’s son, four-year-old Tommy Wolfe Pumpkin Head was at the Monkey Isla...
11/06/2020

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Holy smokes! Mr. Pumpkin Head’s son, four-year-old Tommy Wolfe Pumpkin Head was at the Monkey Island Lakeside Baptist Church Halloween Fall Festival.

Courtesy photoAfton’s Junior High girls competed at the recent Lucky Seven Conference Cross Country Meet with all four m...
11/06/2020

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Afton’s Junior High girls competed at the recent Lucky Seven Conference Cross Country Meet with all four members finishing in the top ten. Pictured are (from left): Abby Osterberger (2nd place), Elianna Sanders (4th place), Haley Hankins (8th place) and Jada Mendez (9th place). All four girls are in the 8th grade.

Oklahoma Watch
11/04/2020
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma Watch

As the dust continues to settle on the election, here are four takeaways after a historic night.

Reid Newspapers Audience PollThe Presidential race is entering its second day with no clear winner yet. Reid Newspapers ...
11/04/2020
2020 Presidential Election Results

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Oklahoma Watch
10/29/2020
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Oklahoma Watch

Early voting begins today in Oklahoma. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Review a sample ballot at the link below.

Photo by Joe CapolinoMasonic Lodge #76 Afton Master Mike Nelson presents a $1,500 check to Tristan Gibson in support of ...
10/22/2020

Photo by Joe Capolino
Masonic Lodge #76 Afton Master Mike Nelson presents a $1,500 check to Tristan Gibson in support of the Afton FFA and AG Boosters at the Masonic Lodge.

Photo by DJ JohnsonFairland’s Jeremiah Mattingly returns a kickoff during the Owls’ 19-10 loss to Wyandotte on Monday in...
10/22/2020

Photo by DJ Johnson
Fairland’s Jeremiah Mattingly returns a kickoff during the Owls’ 19-10 loss to Wyandotte on Monday in Wyandotte.

Photo by DJ JohnsonAfton’s Kevin Thomas (28) flattens a Quapaw ball carrier during the Eagles’ hard-fought 14-0 loss to ...
10/22/2020

Photo by DJ Johnson
Afton’s Kevin Thomas (28) flattens a Quapaw ball carrier during the Eagles’ hard-fought 14-0 loss to the Wildcats last Thursday night in Afton.

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by a vote o...
10/22/2020

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by a vote of 12 yeas to 10 not present.

Committee Democrats boycotted the hearing while all 12 Republicans voted in favor.

A full Senate vote to confirm the nomination is scheduled for Monday.

10/21/2020
COVID-19 Press Conference -- October 20, 2020

Governor Kevin Stitt, State Commissioner of Health Lance Frye, MD, and hospital executives gave an update on COVID-19 hospital capacity and revisions to the surge plan yesterday.

Governor Kevin Stitt, State Commissioner of Health Lance Frye, MD, and hospital executives will provide an update on COVID-19 hospital capacity and revisions...

Local McDonald’s owner to donate “Bass Buddies A-Z” book to every kindergarten student at Grove Early Childhood CenterMc...
10/14/2020

Local McDonald’s owner to donate “Bass Buddies A-Z” book
to every kindergarten student at Grove Early Childhood Center
McDonald’s Owner/Operator Alex Maffei will deliver books along with author Jacque Blauvelt During October 8 book signing

Photo by Joe Capolino
Alex Maffei, center in shark mask, and author Jacque Blavelt with Katie Hutson’s Kindergarten Class on Thursday, October 8.

Photo by DJ JohnsonGrove’s Laken Malone pitches during the Lady Ridgerunners’ loss to Skiatook in last week’s Class 4A R...
10/14/2020

Photo by DJ Johnson
Grove’s Laken Malone pitches during the Lady Ridgerunners’ loss to Skiatook in last week’s Class 4A Regional Tournament final in Skiatook.

Photo by DJ JohnsonFairland third baseman Keena Webb throws out a runner at first base during the recent regional tourne...
10/14/2020

Photo by DJ Johnson
Fairland third baseman Keena Webb throws out a runner at first base during the recent regional tourney in Fairland. The Lady Owls lost to Caddo last Thursday ainthe Class A State Tournament quarterfinals at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City to finish the season with a 32-6 record.

The Wyandotte Lady Bears routed Tonkawa to claim a Class 2A Regional Tournament championship last week in Wyandotte. Tea...
10/07/2020

The Wyandotte Lady Bears routed Tonkawa to claim a Class 2A Regional Tournament championship last week in Wyandotte. Team members include, front row (from left): Chelsea Hawkins, Jennelle Lundien, Haley Hart and Ally Bartley. Back row: Kaydence Harjo, Brylen Bartley, Taylor Lundien, Carly Turner, Gracie Turner, Madi Lyman, Josie Hart, Haley Jones, Mallory Butterfield, Maci Murray, Samantha Griner, Amanda Stephens and Aly Harding.

Red Hatters On the Go AgainThe Grand Red Hatters of Grand Lake, from left, Barbara Haver, Carole Chalupnik, Ginger Hopki...
10/07/2020

Red Hatters On the Go Again
The Grand Red Hatters of Grand Lake, from left, Barbara Haver, Carole Chalupnik, Ginger Hopkins, Clara Rowley, Nedra Clark and Norma Gardner, bit the bullet, left their homes, and enjoyed meeting and having lunch at Grove’s Rib Crib. “It was sooooo good to get out and see everyone again,” said Gardner

Vintage by the Creek owner Kim Hacker, left, in mask, and Patricia Williams pose behind the cash register in the Vintage...
10/07/2020

Vintage by the Creek owner Kim Hacker, left, in mask, and Patricia Williams pose behind the cash register in the Vintage by the Creek Main Building on Saturday, October 3. Hacker stated the event was well attended and the weather could not have been more beautiful for the event.

Oklahoma Watch
10/06/2020
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma Watch

State data shows that since Sept. 14, at least 100 Oklahomans in the 5-17 age group tested positive for COVID-19 each day the state has reported data.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for COVID-19
10/02/2020

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for COVID-19

The Frontier
10/01/2020
The Frontier

The Frontier

Health inspectors have cited about one in seven Oklahoma nursing homes and assisted-living facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 for violations that could lead to viral spread, but have issued no monetary penalties.

Oklahoma Watch
09/30/2020
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma Watch

Count LaBraia Owens among the seniors who were counting on Oklahoma’s commitment to provide and pay for one ACT for every member of the class of 2021. The state broke that commitment, but LaBraia made one to herself.

Oklahoma Watch
09/23/2020
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma, one of 10 states without an official online voter registration website, has seen a nearly 22% drop in new voter registration through the end of July compared to the same point in the 2016 presidential election as COVID-19 restriction has added to the challenges in signing up new voters.

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“UPDATE PLEASE READ” “Share with all your friends please” the grinch is still lurking around the town of Miami he just may be in a different disguise for the time being till Saturday December the 14th! This Saturday December the 14th he will be planning to attend the Peoria parade and then the fairland parade! After those parades “”””FROM 2PM-4PM””” he will be at the Security Bank in Miami at the Christmas tree for whoever wants to come see him and take pictures! He will be himself, rambunctious and all. This will be the grinches last “Christmas Festivity” of the year then he will go hide back in his home and won’t show his face till next years Christmas when he returns! This is for any adults or kids that enjoy the grinch and it is free of charge. Just bring cameras for pictures! “I’d like to say thanks to everyone for the support, this will be a yearly tradition!” Please get this out as much as possible so we can get the Christmas spirit rolling and hopefully put some smiles on many faces! “HE WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING GROVES PARADE SATURDAY THE 14THAND WILL BE THERE AROUND 5pm RUNNING THE STREETS! PLEASE HAVE CAMERAS OUT AND READY AS HE WOULD LIKE TO TRY MAKING IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PARADE!”
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Joe Capolino should correct his article on the July Fairland Trustee's meeting as the chief of police was not at the meeting but quoted on several items and there was a statement by Mr. Harris that was an opinion held by many people in Fairland and as an election for trustee's is not too far away, should not be swept under the rug.
We are accepting donations for the fireworks fundraiser. We would also like to invite everyone to attend the fundraiser.