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  Lawton High School freshman takes second place in Oklahoma Poetry Out Loud State Championship

Adylynn Anderson took second place in the 2021 Oklahoma Poetry Out Loud State Championship.

  Altus crowned state champs at archery competition

  Friendship Baptist Church to give free food to those in need

  Cameron University honors alumni and faculty during homecoming week

  Lawton firefighters volunteer to help Health Dept. administer COVID-19 vaccines

  Donation helped Frederick get water back on sooner than expected

  Frederick receives donation covering entire cost of fixing water line

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  Lawton nonprofit collecting donations for kid-friendly events

  USO hosts Fueling the Forces event on Fort Sill

  Medal of Honor recipient visits Fort Sill Wednesday

  “Oklahoma!” to open Elgin’s brand-new Performing Arts Center

  Curtis Sims finally released from hospital

  First Baptist Church gives gifts to CCMH nurses

  Several teachers across the area pleased to finally get vaccinated

School districts throughout the area have been working with county health departments to get teachers the COVID-19 vaccine.

  300 books donated to Lawton elementary school

Kids at Lawton’s Lincoln Elementary have some new books thanks to a generous donation Tuesday.

  Douglas Learning Center celebrates beloved pet by making donation to Lawton Animal Welfare

Lawton Public Schools students are celebrating a beloved black lab by collecting donations for Lawton Animal Welfare.

  Lawton car dealership owner former player of Super Bowl contenders

This Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will be playing for the Lombardi Trophy, and a former player of both teams will be watching the Super Bowl from Lawton.

  Sterling meat processing plant expanding, hiring more employees

  Renovated Jackson Co. Expo Center hosts SW Banner & Buckle Bonanza

  Parade held for Marlow veteran’s 100th birthday

  Local returns home after three months on ventilator

  LATS benefitting from federal funding

  Grand opening for the Lawton Farmers Market expected before the end 2021

  Elgin improving safety for football team

Elgin’s High School Football team has some brand new safety equipment, thanks to their booster club.

  $50k grant helps local FFA program start meat processing lessons

Marlow Public Schools FFA program is now the only program across southwest Oklahoma to have a meat processing lab.

  Altus artist drawing pet portraits to raise money for community

An Altus man has turned his love of drawing pets into a way to help those in need in his community.

  Lawton Council of the Blind to host fundraiser

Lawton Council of the Blind's Debbie Hendrix talks to 7News about upcoming fundraiser in February

  New way for residents to keep up with Lawton’s parks plan

The City of Lawton has launched a website to keep citizens informed about their Master Park Plan.

  Lawton man shares letter received from Hank Aaron nearly 20 years ago

A letter from his hero - that’s what one Lawton man says he received in the mail from baseball icon Hank Aaron nearly two decades ago.

  Rush Springs student sings impromptu National Anthem before basketball game

A 12-year-old Rush Springs student says she is overwhelmed with the support she’s received since her impromptu performance of the National Anthem before a basketball game went viral.

  Texoma Morning Headlines: January 25th

A look at what is making headlines here in Texoma on Monday, January 25th.

  Ribbon-cutting held for new Cache business, leaders hope others will follow

A grand opening was held for a brand-new business in Cache Friday and business leaders in the town hope it’s the start of a revolution for their downtown.

  Rock art helping feed students in need

A Lawton community member is taking small donations for rock paintings to support his favorite charity.

  Three Altus businesses receive statewide Main Street awards

Three Altus businesses were honored with awards from the Oklahoma Main Street Center.

  Medicine Park fishing tournament supports local animal shelter

People from across the state came to Medicine Park Saturday to compete in a trout fishing tournament.

  Stephens County becomes first Purple Heart County in Southwest Oklahoma

Stephens County has been formally recognized as a Purple Heart County.

Memorial tribute put together for LPS family members

Eisenhower High School held a memorial tribute today for three late staff members who served the country and Lawton Public Schools.

  Outreach Office to benefit many Comanche Nation tribal members

The Comanche Nation held a ground breaking ceremony for their Anadarko Outreach Office today.

  Anadarko veterans to be recognized on certain holidays

The City of Anadarko is honoring veterans by hanging Hometown Heroes Banners throughout town.

  Lawton’s Bethlehem Baptist Church starts initiative to feed families across Lawton

Pastor Willie Smith talks with 7News about Bethlehem Baptist Church's Feed a Family for a Week initiative

  Comanche Nation provides free rides to elders getting vaccinated

The Comanche Nation is providing free transportation for anyone 65 and older wanting to get their COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, January 11th.

  Billingsley Ford makes donations to several local animal rescues

Billingsley Ford held a fundraiser through Go-Fund-Me over the holidays. Through the platform, they raised $2,100. Billingsley then matched every dollar that was donated, raising a total of $4,200 for seven different animal rescues from across Southwest Oklahoma.

  Proposal ideas being taken for old Fire Station in Altus

The City of Altus is accepting proposal ideas to repurpose their old fire station, since a new one was built a few years ago.

  5th Annual Sigma Nu Year Bull Bash happening this weekend

The ladies of Sigma Nu Sorority are partnering with Duncan Regional Hospital to host the fifth annual Sigma Nu Year Bull Bash Saturday, January 9th.

  New ways to make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine shots

An online portal for COVID-19 vaccine availability will be open to the public tomorrow. This will be one of the few ways to make an appointment as doses have become limited after opening to the 65 and older population.

  Lawton man donates car to drivers-ed program

Dr. Todd Bridges won the car during the Classic Chevrolet charity golf tournament after hitting a hole-in-one.

  Students will not be charged for meals until August

Students across the state and in southwest Oklahoma will continue to receive free meals for the rest of the school year thanks to the extension of one program.

  Waiver to benefit people dealing with mental illness or drug abuse

An Institution for Mental Diseases waiver has been approved to increase mental health and addiction services in Oklahoma.

  Tillman County First Responders joining forces

Tillman County EMS and the Frederick Fire Department are teaming up to provide Emergency Medical Services for the surrounding area.

  Wallace family welcomes Grayson, Lawton’s first 2021 baby

Grayson was born at 12:20 a.m. at CCMH

  Vaccination sites speeding up process to get to next phases

The Comache County Health Department is partnering with leaders in the community to set up Coronavirus Vaccination Walk-in Clinics.

  Lawton Municipal Golf Course holds annual Fire and Ice Fundraiser Saturday

The Lawton Municipal Golf Course will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Fundraiser, which is held the first Saturday of the year.

  Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department receives generous donation

The Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department received a donation that will help their entire community.

  Governor Stitt announces approved relief funding for food banks

Food banks across the state have been approved for six-million dollars in CARES ACT funding.

  Christmas carols performed for nursing home residents across Lawton

Members of Ellipsis sang, rang jingle bells and waved to residents

  Duncan church feeds community members

Duncan’s Freedom Biker Church handed out meals to families in need of a Christmas dinner Wednesday.

  NU Directions helped brighten the holiday season for Lawton kids

Some Lawton children got a special Christmas surprise Wednesday afternoon thanks to Nu Directions.

  CARES ACT funding continues to roll in for the City of Lawton

The City of Lawton’s Arts and Humanities Division has received its first share of the CARES ACT funding.

  Soldiers making the most of being on Post for the holidays

Fort Sill is making sure soldiers who weren’t able to make it home for the holidays are having a good time.

  Legend Driven Honda in Lawton announces raffle winners

Legend Driven Honda announced the winners for their raffle on Monday. One person won $500, another won $1000, and the grand prize of $25,000 went to Linda Swinford.

  ASYMCA doing what they can to help military families

The Armed Services YMCA showed up to a Fort Sill soldiers home with a van full of Christmas presents.

  Sylvan Learning Center finishes up food drive in Lawton

The Sylvan Learning Center in Lawton has been holding a holiday food drive for the past couple of weeks.

  School officials share thoughts about being pushed up on vaccine list

Educators and school support staff are being moved up to phase two of the state’s distribution plan for the Coronavirus vaccine.

  Hunters drawn for Fort Sill controlled deer and elk hunts

Close to 100 retirees and active soldiers gathered Friday to hopefully hear their number called for the controlled deer and elk hunts happening this weekend on Fort Sill.

  Fort Sill soldiers head home for the holidays

Several hundred soldiers in Advanced Individual Training left Fort Sill Thursday night for airports in Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Lawton.

  Tyo Chiropractic makes holidays a little merrier with toy drive

Tyo Chiropractic rallied their patients to help collect toys for the Lawton Fire Department’s toy drive.

  Kirk’s EMS giving out Christmas gifts

Residents at the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center will get a special gift this year from Kirk’s EMS.

  Mental health clinic for veterans, families now offering services in Lawton

A new nonprofit mental health clinic for veterans and their family members is set to open early next year in Lawton but is already taking virtual meetings.

Medicine Park sets up for Christmas parade & carnival

Santa’s elves are busy at work in Medicine Park, preparing for this weekend’s Christmas Carnival and Parade. The festivities start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, and include mini-golf, mini-tractor rides, corn hole, and another backyard favorite but with a twist.

Lawton Animal Welfare holds “Awaiting Santa” PJ Week

Lawton Animal Welfare is doing their 5th annual “Awaiting Santa” PJ Week.

Lawton First Assembly teams up with Lovesick Ministries to host coat drive for those battling poverty

Lawton First Assembly will be holding a coat drive until Sunday, December 20.

  Local businesses give Chattanooga family Christmas surprise

Two local businesses are making sure a family in Chattanooga has a very Merry Christmas.

Oklahoma Arts Council awards grants to SWOK organizations

The Oklahoma arts and cultural industry got a boost Wednesday. Nearly 170 organizations were given a share of $3 million in CARES Act Funding, including a few in Southwest Oklahoma.

  Kiowa Casino hosted Cash for Toys Drive to help brighten holiday season for those in need

The Kiowa Casino made a large donation to several child advocacy groups on Tuesday.

  Tipton Public Schools gets new STEM/Ag building

After a years worth of construction, Tipton Public Schools officials are proud to announce the completion of the new STEM and Agriculture building.

  Geronimo Volunteer Fire and Police Departments partner for holiday season food drive

The Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with the Geronimo Police Department to help make the holidays a little merrier for those in need in their community.

  Elgin band plays Christmas music at Lawton - Fort Sill Veterans Center

The Elgin High School Band stopped by the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center today to play some Christmas carols for the veterans.

  House of Bread Ministries needs donations for those in need at Christmas

The House of Bread Ministries will be set up in Lawton’s Central Mall in front of Old Navy until December 18 for their Hope for Christmas and Countrytime Christmas programs.

  Salvation Army distributes Angel Tree gifts

The Salvation Army spent Friday morning distributing the Angel Tree gifts.

  The results are in for the Share Your Christmas donation drive

The 7News team was outside Lawton Walmarts from 8 am to 8 pm Thursday gathering donations for the Lawton Food Bank and Salvation Army.

  VFW Post 5263 host Indian Taco fundraiser for Humane Society of Comanche County

VFW Post 5263 host Indian Taco fundraiser for Humane Society of Comanche County