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  Local animal shelter in need of volunteers

Elgin’s animal shelter is in need of dog loving volunteers.

Duncan homeschooling moms holding Q&A event for new homeschooling parents

LSC postpones Fall sports competitions until Spring 2021

  Medwatch: CCMH supports moms during World Breastfeeding Week and beyond

STATE UPDATE: Stephens County reports third death

  Medwatch: Healthcare professional reminds parents to keep shots up to date

  Minco, OK barrel racer proves age is just a number

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  Sterling bull rider returns to Lawton Rangers Rodeo to reclaim title

Walking to pray for school

Crash victim’s body found weeks after death

  A Day in the Life: Marine Corps

  Friends and family mourning loss of first baby delivered at CCMH

  Elgin animal rescue in need of foster families

  BACK TO LEARNING: Altus Public Schools prepares for new year

Altus Public Schools has finalized its plans for both an in-person and virtual classroom experience this year.

LPD discusses mask compliance checks

Lawton police say if you’re cited for not wearing a mask, just like other citations, you can still contest it in court.

  Oklahoma Highway Safety Report shows decrease in roadway deaths

Speed-related and Motorcycle deaths also decreased by more than 20

Cache Public Schools announces delay to school year

Cache Public Schools announced several changes for the coming school year, among them a delay to the beginning of the semester.

Lawton man charged with felony for Mercury possesion

  Census self-reporting just north of 53-percent as deadline nears

Autopsy report filed in 2019 Lawton murder case

  Fort Sill hosts 31st ADA BDE Change of Command ceremony

  Fort Sill Half Section preserves history, sports 1912 uniform

Duncan Schools mandate masks

  Welcome Our New First Alert Meteorologist, Jacob Dickey!

Meteorologist Jacob Dickey joins our First Alert Weather team!

  Central High teacher wins Presidential Award

A southwest Oklahoma math teacher has received one of the nation’s highest recognition awards.

  Altus voters to decide on MAPS II propositions

Altus voters are set to head to the polls this month to decide on two propositions that affect tax rates and quality of life.

  New Altus music building complete, baseball/softball complex not far behind

Altus Public Schools is happy to announce a project that was funded by MAPS is now complete.

STATE UPDATE: SWOK adds three COVID deaths

Statewide 17 new deaths were reported on Wednesday but only one happened in the last 24 hours. The total now stands at 583.

  Local Facebook group coordinating an all-class MacArthur High reunion

Reunion date is set for May 1 of next year, and the group is still searching for any ideas on how to make the reunion special for everyone.

  Despite material cost increase and global pandemic, now is the time to build a home in Lawton

Another benefit for people wanting to build a home is the record low interest rates

Duncan Board of Education approves mask mandate for schools

The Duncan Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to mandate masks for schools in the district.

  LPS needs parental participation to prepare for upcoming school year

Lawton Public Schools is continuing to get things in order for the unique school year, but one thing they need help with is communication from parents.

Lawton police plan mask ordinance compliance checks

Lawton police plan to make sure businesses and people are obeying the city's Mask Mandate.

Comanche County Deputies uncover 13-pounds of meth during drug bust

The bust was the culmination of a lengthy investigation

Lawton woman arrested for stabbing inside CSL Plasma

The victim was at a kiosk when Porter reportedly stabbed him several times in the neck, back and arm

  Happy Birthday! Lawton turns 119 amid COVID-19

Lawton turns 119 today and while there would normally be celebrations all over, people stayed socially distant to exchange gifts. The City only kept one celebration going during COVID-19. Mayor Stan Booker said it's important to have events like the gift-giving ceremony with Fort Sill.

  Lawton seniors receives scholarships for college

The Lawton Marine Corps League gave out scholarships to two Southwest Oklahoma seniors this week.

  Armed Services YMCA will not offer child care program

The Lawton-Fort Sill Armed Services YMCA is ending its child care program amid the pandemic

  BACK TO LEARNING: Tipton, Geronimo superintendents discuss re-opening plans

We’re just a few weeks away from school restarting and every school district is different in how they’re handling re-opening.

  Marlow church holding back to school event

Students are preparing to head back to learning and one Marlow church wants to make sure they have all the supplies they need.

STATE UPDATE: Jackson Co. reports new COVID-related death

Jackson County had the only new Southwest Oklahoma death, a man between the ages of 50-64.

Lawton Athletic Foundation receives $5,000 donation from Arvest Bank

The Arvest Foundation delivered a check for $5,000 to the Lawton Athletic Foundation during the first round of the Gridiron Golf Tournament which tee’d off on Monday at the Lawton Country Club.

  Lawton housing market remains steady despite COVID’s economic impact

Another perk for those wanting to sell is the the average sales price, now at 154-thousand dollars, compared to 140-thousand dollars last year

  Kiowa Casino gives thousands of dollars through Hometown Heroes initiative

The pandemic may have put a damper on many things, but not on the Kiowa Casino’s willingness to help. This year was their 12th annual Hometown Heroes community initiative.

  82nd Lawton Rangers Rodeo draws in record number of entries despite pandemic

The Lawton Rangers Rodeo has returned to southwest Oklahoma for its 82nd year with a record number of entries: 800 competitors have signed up.

Local park opens two new animal exhibits

Bonnie the Bobcat has been neighbors with the other animals at Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center for the past year. The Bobcat moved in next to her buddy, Moriah the Coyote, who came to the park after transferring out of the Fort Sill Department of Natural Resources.

  Retired Veteran receives a newly remodeled and furnished home

A homeless Veteran and his family were given the keys to a new home today.

  Walters church giving away clothes, school supplies

As students prepare to head back to learning, a Cotton County church wants to make sure they have all the clothes and school supplies they need.

  Duncan shop with a cop rummage sale happening Thursday

This Thursday is a shop with a cop fundraising event in Duncan.

STATE UPDATE: State adds 377 cases on Monday

According to the state website, 377 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday morning.

  Fort Sill Veterinary Clinic provides free rabies vaccinations

This program will continue throughout the summer

  Global Serve Day gives community a chance to thank CCMH staff

Other churches, high school students and volunteers joined First Assembly to serve.

  Altus Police investigate shots fired, robbery call early Saturday morning

The suspects have not been identified, as police continue to investigate

  Fiesta in Fuqua benefits 500-plus Stephens County students

They passed out more than 550 back packs, and will give away nearly 200 more before school starts

  Fort Sill Air Defense Artillery Brigade attempts to make history with weather balloon launch

The Fort Sill Air Defense Artillery Brigade came off Post on Friday for an attempt to make history. The goal was for their weather balloon launch to reach the highest altitude in the state.

  Fort Sill welcomes new FA Commandant and CSM

Fort Sill is the hub of the Army when it comes to field artillery, and the Post just welcomed a new Commandant and Command Sergeant Major in charge of the operations.

  Lawton Rangers will still host annual breakfast

The Lawton Rangers will hold their annual all-you-can-eat Rodeo Breakfast tomorrow morning, before the rodeo kicks off next week.

  Altus dispatch adds new radio feature to 911 system

The Altus 911 dispatch center has made some upgrades to their system that will better connect them with first responders in the area.

Murder suspect who escaped from Oklahoma County jail now in custody

A man in an Oklahoma jail for a 2019 murder has escaped and is now on the run.

Coronavirus stalls Lawton Propel project

Lawtonians voted on the propel city project last fall, but the coronavirus pandemic slowed down progress on planning."The 2020 City Improvement Project is a 14-year plan that puts millions of dollars of funding into various areas.

Funnel Cloud Spotted in East Lawton

A funnel cloud formed in eastern Comanche County Thursday evening.

  Possible delay for the 2020 presidential election

President Trump suggested on twitter this morning that the presidential election should be delayed due to potential fraud issues with universal mail-in voting.

  BACK TO LEARNING: Sterling prepares for unique year of education

School districts are preparing to head back to learning and with that comes new challenges they've had to deal with.

  Comanche music department holding garage sale fundraiser

The Comanche High School music department is holding a giant garage sale Saturday to raise money for the upcoming year.

Wichita Falls, Lawton ranked among best southern cities to live in post-pandemic

The ranking comes from a list created by Business Insider.

  Food drive set for July 31, with a goal of 2020 pounds of food

The drive will benefit the Lawton Food Bank, who AUSA partnered with for this event.

  Investigation underway at Lawton Ft. Sill Veterans Center

Following complaints of mistreatment, negligent care and inadequate staffing

  Altus Municipal Court provides alternative options for posting bond during pandemic

An Altus Municipal Judge has released a judicial order giving people an additional option for handling court procedures during the pandemic.

  Steady increase in positive Coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases continue to rise across Southwest Oklahoma.

  Frederick students volunteer to beautify school’s campus

As Frederick officials prepare to get back in the classroom, several students decided they wanted to help.

  BACK TO LEARNING: Chattanooga, Frederick superintendents discuss re-opening plans

As we head Back to Learning next month, school districts across the area are making decisions on how they’ll handle students being back on campus.

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts automatically renewed on Jan. 1, handing a victory to the tribes who sued Gov. Kevin Stitt to renew them.

  A Day in the Life: Fort Sill K9 Handlers

We are starting a new series on Fort Sill we are calling A Day in the Life. Each week, 7News reporter, Hunter McEachern, will experience a new job on Post, learning about the many different roles that keep Fort Sill operating optimally.

City moving forward on West Gore Blvd project

The city plans on widening West Gore, From 67th to 82nd into a five lane road.

  Lawton City Council approves next step for Citizens Advisory Board

Lawton Police Chief James Smith explained what the board will and wont do

  OK State Superintendent speaks to 7 News about upcoming school year

People all across Oklahoma are wondering what schools will be like when they reopen for the fall.

  C Carter Crane searching for a new place to call home

A Lawton non profit is putting on a fundraising event to help raise money for a new building.

  BACK TO LEARNING: Marlow, Fletcher schools prepare to re-open

We’re just a few weeks away from heading back to learning and school districts across the area are putting the finishing touches on their initial re-opening plans.

OTA votes to approve Rep. Daniel Pae’s HB1071 to increase turnpike speeds

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has voted in favor of Representative Daniel Pae’s House Bill 1071. The bill would establish maximum speed limits of 75 and 80 miles per hour on some portions of Oklahoma Turnpikes.

  City of Altus purchases industrial-grade sanitizer machine

The City of Altus made a recent purchase to slow the spread of coronavirus by more easily cleaning public areas.

  Federally funded unemployment benefits set to expire July 31

There’s been talk of extension in Congress, but Senate Republicans are pushing for a 400 dollar decrease if that occurs.