Altus Charity Golf Tournament a Hole-In-One

44 Golfers enjoyed a breezy, cool-by-comparison round of golf Saturday Morning to support The Salvation Army of Altus’ 3rd Annual “Golfing For Soup” Tournament.  After the last putt sank and the silent auction item closed, the event raised a much-needed $5,900 for The Salvation Army’s soup kitchen and social services programs.

“We had a great turnout this year, thanks to The Altus Times, word-of-mouth, KEYB and Quartz Mountain putting the word out about the tournament.  We are so grateful to everyone who helped out and supported this event.  Summer months are hard in so many ways, so having this event was a great way to have a little fun and provide relief at the same time,” says Salvation Army officer Lt. Joseph Price.

The officers, staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army would like to extend a big thanks to all the sponsors for the event: MidFirst Bank, Quartz Mountain Resort, Altus Air Force Base volunteers, Adams & Beach Cattle Company, Advantage Office Supplies, Advantage Realty, Altus Masonic Lodge, Altus Plaza Shopping Center, Applebee’s, Bar-S Foods, Billy Sims, Caldwell Banker, Crown Jewelry, Dobbs & Braddock, Doner Farms, Elizabeth Gray, First National Bank, Gary & Jima Beach, Gator’s Western Wear, Geiger Eyecare, Glen Winters at Ok Farm Bureau, Greg Cross, Grizzard, Holder Brothers Beef, J.A.M. Construction, Jackson County Abstract, James Wilson, John Gallagher at Allstate, Johnny Roberts Motors, Joyce Harris, KEYB, Kwik Kar, Larry & Sharon Duffy, Leon & Nadine Bailey, McDonald’s, Ok Farm Bureau, Papa John’s Pizza, Rod Smith Ministries, Rogers Electronics, Smiley’s, State Farm, Tal Oden, The Plaza Restaurant, Truesense Marketing, The Salvation Army Planned Giving Department (OKC), Turbines, Inc., Western Sizzlin’, Wilmes Chevrolet, Wilmes Superstore and our local news media for helping promote the tournament.

There were 2 flights in the tournament.  The first place team in Flight A, Jim Bales, Brian Peterson, Elmer White and Tom Meacham out swung the competition with an impressive -14.  Flight B winners Ernest Simpson, Bryce Sellers, Scot Simco and Rick Henry were only 3 strokes behind Flight A and matched last year’s best score with -11.

This year’s tournament saw a few key changes, including the elimination of the ‘silly’ holes played in tournaments past, as well as the introduction of a few new team advantages available.  “Changing the tournament made it more appealing to a broader range of golfers, and it proved to be a good choice.  We’ll keep the same format for next year,” says Lt. Betty Price, who says next year’s tournament is already on the calendar for July 19th.

Shawnee Potato & Brisket Luncheon a Success

Home Energy Aid Month events kicked off in Shawnee on Thursday with their annual Potato & Brisket Luncheon, hosted by the Shawnee Salvation Army. Diane Collins, Director of Social Services Ministries for the Shawnee Corps, served patrons who, for a donation to the Home Energy Aid fund, were treated to a fabulous lunch of loaded baked potatoes, homemade barbecue brisket, and an array of desert pastries.

With all the menu items being donated the luncheon was able to raise over $550. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be placed into the Home Energy Aid fund. The fund helps those in Shawnee and surrounding counties in times of home energy needs, such as utility assistance, firewood and propane for gas heaters.

Home Energy Aid Month continues all across the state of Oklahoma in July, with many Salvation Army Corps and Service Units hosting similar fundraisers. For more information on a fundraiser in your area, visit the Events section of, or follow us on our social media pages at and

Altus Responds to a Major Apartment Blaze

The Salvation Army was asked to help provide relief at an apartment complex fire in Altus yesterday afternoon. The fire destroyed 16 units with at least eight more damaged by smoke.

The Salvation Army provided 60 meals, 120 snacks and 480 beverages as well as emotional and spiritual care on-site. The Salvation Army is also providing clothing and other household items to the families affected by the fire through The Salvation Army’s Family Store located on the square in Altus.

“No one can prepare for something like this. We saw families literally running out of their house with whatever they could grab, which was almost nothing. We are here, ready to help them in any way we can” says Lieutenant Joseph Price of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army will continue to work with emergency officials to assess any further needs. Lieutenant Betty Price notes that help came quickly for these families, saying “The community has already reached out and embraced them, including the Altus AFB families who lost their homes. We are so glad to see how many people have come alongside those impacted to help them start the recovery process.”

Donations of clothing and household goods will be accepted at The Salvation Army’s Family Store, 110 N Main, where families will be given the opportunity to ‘shop’ for what they need.