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 By Randy Kilbourne    Local    June 17, 2018 

The Coffee House Philosopher

My next contact with former inmates from the Alva German POW camp occurred when their 50-year reunion was held in Alva in 1995 at the Sirloin Stockade (now a closed Mexican restaurant.) Stan Almgren was the owner/manager at the time. Roughly...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 17, 2018 

Happy Father's Day to all the father figures out there

Remember, fathers come in all descriptions: single mothers, grandfathers, preachers, stable significant others, stepfathers, or anyone willing to be a role model and help guide young people down the...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    June 15, 2018

Humble teamwork

“For we are co-workers in God’s service” (1 Corinthians 3:9a NIV) Yesterday, the 2018 World Cup started in Moscow, Russia. Though the United States still hasn’t quite picked up on the popularity of the game of soccer, more people will watch...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 15, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked” (David, King of Israel, in Psalm 84:10). David was a man who knew a...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 15, 2018

Old-timers disease

My late football coach Jack Davison referred to himself as having “old-timer” disease. It is true that as we age, we don’t hear, concentrate or remember as well. It becomes harder to multi-task...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 15, 2018

Random Thoughts

Sam Houston’s first term as president of Texas began two months early in October 1836 and lasted until December 1838. Before Texas became a state in 1845, it held three more elections for president...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    June 13, 2018

Lynn Says

For a couple of years, a group known as the Alva Arena Authority has been trying to put together a plan to build a substantial arena facility to help with economic development in Woods County. Part...

 
 By Randy Kilbourne    Local    June 10, 2018

The Coffee House Philosopher

In the fall semester of 1944 at Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma, an 18-year-old coed named Phyllis Stout was surprised to see long lines of German prisoners of war marching past Shockley Hall (now Vinson Hall) on the east side of the NWO...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 10, 2018

Don't forget Gulp and Gallop!

I made all three nights of the Act I young peoples play “How The West was Fun” last week. Cleo made the first night with cousin Anne, Justin and I. Anne came Friday night but I was on my own Satur...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    June 8, 2018

The certainty of salvation

In Titus 3:5 the Apostle Paul writes, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us …” The language of “saved” and “salvation” is the language of rescue. Imagine for a moment that you are on...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 8, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

It's Singing School week once again! The College Hill congregation is hosting its 46th annual Alva School of Music. By the time you receive your Friday copy of the Review Courier, we will be...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 8, 2018

Oceans of plastic

The headline reads: “Ben Lecomte leaves Japan headed for San Francisco 5500 miles away, swimming through shark infested waters and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” At 30 miles a day, that’s a...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 8, 2018

Random Thoughts

Sam Houston was one of four men who served as presidents of the Republic of Texas, and he had more political experience – by far – than any of the other three. As we saw last week, settlers from t...

 
 By Bev Saunders    Local    June 6, 2018

Imagine if you will

You are at a very close and secluded campground in eastern Oklahoma near Tenkiller Lake on Memorial Day weekend. Campers, boats, recreation vehicles and lots of happy people are gathering for a fun and relaxing weekend. It’s Friday evening. Then...

 

Murdock's Minutes

Whether you are a business owner, a teacher, a parent or a public servant, effective communication is a critical skill to help achieve the best results possible. Effective communication means more than just being someone who isn’t afraid to talk in...

 
 By Randy Kilbourne    Local    June 3, 2018

The Coffee House Philosopher

My sister used to be an avid collector of autographs from musical performers. In her teenage years, Sandy (a/k/a “Sis”) used to be very good at being first in line for signatures after a thrilling (to her) operatic performance. (I never did make...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 3, 2018

Reunion time

We started Thursday noon with Edward Scribner. He could not attend the reunion so we had a gathering of family for food and fellowship. Anne Langley from Canada made it in Friday and another...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 1, 2018

Random Thoughts

In a previous article, we looked at the life and career of Sam Houston – the only person in U.S. history to serve as governor of two states, Tennessee and Texas. Moreover, Houston also represented...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 1, 2018

Veteran needs

Veteran’s benefits have long been under scrutiny. It started with overcrowding in VA hospitals and spread to the denial of need for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. There are...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    May 30, 2018

Lynn Says

This January, a Texas man was the victim of a violent attack and his jaw broken in two places. He was taken by ambulance to an emergency room in Austin. After checking to see if the hospital was on his insurance network, he followed a nurse's...

 
 By Randy Kilbourne    Local    May 27, 2018

The Coffee House Philosopher

Some celebrities are very personable and approachable. One of the best at accommodating autograph hounds was “the King” of golf, Arnold Palmer. Unfortunately, he passed from this life a short while ago in 2016. During his playing days, Palmer was...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    May 27, 2018

I hope you are having a great Memorial weekend

Praise the Lord and pass the buttermilk! We finally got a much needed rain Wednesday night. I spent some of Thursday dumping out water to shorten up the mosquitoes' breeding grounds. This week the...

 
 By David Blatt    Local    May 27, 2018

Undecided on SQ 788

For as long as I’ve been a voter in Oklahoma, I’ve almost always had a clear opinion on any state question on the ballot. But the more I study State Question 788, the marijuana initiative that voters will decide on June 26, the more I find...

 
 By Harold Henson    Local    May 25, 2018

Subduing the unsubduable

Far too many times I have heard people speak of people as “lost causes.” They look at a certain individual who is held securely in the clutches of sin, and they declare, “He or she, is a lost cause. There is no hope for them.” They assume...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 25, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

It’s Tuesday morning, May 22. I just finished leaving a message on the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home page for the family of Conner Smith. He was rapidly becoming one of my favorite people – the second son of a fine pair of Christian parents from...

 

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