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 By James Neal    Regional    July 28, 2019

Northwest Oklahoma cattle pasture was once an aviation hub

WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) — At first glance, there is nothing remarkable about the large, rectangular patch of concrete in a cattle pasture northeast of Waynoka, in Woods County. But, the unassuming appearance of the concrete slab, now used to store...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    July 10, 2019

Retired Oklahoma sailor remembers career that spanned 3 wars

HUNTER, Okla. (AP) — Only about 7% of adults in the United States have served in the military, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center study, and only a fraction of those have served in combat. Few Americans, then, can share the experience of...

 
 By JAMES NEAL    Regional    June 27, 2019

Former Enid hospital nuns committed to loving and serving

ENID, Okla. (AP) — In Enid's not-too-distant past, a trip to the hospital could be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one, with nurses equally ready to tend to matters of medicine and faith. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, originally...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    June 13, 2019

Enid veteran's birthday also brings memories of D-Day

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Ernest Leierer's 22nd birthday started out like any other day at his Army Air Corps Base in England. By the end of that day, Leierer was in France, in Eisenhower's "Great Crusade" to liberate Europe. Leierer, now 97, of Enid,...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    May 12, 2019

Woodring Wall of Honor aim to fix Vietnam Memorial replica

ENID, OKLA. (AP) — Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is raising funds to repair and restore the park's scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The former American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was welcomed to Enid in...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    May 9, 2019

Woodring Wall of Honor aim to fix Vietnam Memorial replica

ENID, OKLA. (AP) — Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is raising funds to repair and restore the park's scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The former American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was welcomed to Enid in...

 

Oklahoma pastor emphasizes message of inclusion

ENID, Okla. (AP) — "There is a commonality in our faith, in something beyond ourselves and beyond our particular perspective." The Rev. Jerry Galbreath, former pastor at University Place Christian Church, said that was one of the key messages he...

 
 By JAMES NEAL    Regional    May 27, 2018

Oklahoma Muslim groups lead interfaith events for Ramadan

ENID, Okla. (AP) — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun, and members of Oklahoma's Muslim community are working to increase interfaith understanding during the monthlong observance. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar dur...

 

WWII pilot, 99, shares realities of war with Vance airmen

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Student pilots and their instructors at Vance Air Force Base recently had a chance to hear the realities of war, thanks to a visit by a veteran bomber pilot from World War II. Ferman Miller, a 99-year-old retired major and...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    July 16, 2017

2 Oklahoma churches unite despite differences

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Two Enid churches are finding strength in shared resources, overcoming differences in language and liturgy to build a stronger future for both congregations. Peace Korean and Bethany United Methodist churches both have faced...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    June 25, 2017

Man reflects on service in Oklahoma and India

ENID, Okla. (AP) — When the Rev. Rajesh Mankena was assigned to leave his home in India to serve the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, he wasn't sure what to expect. Now, he oversees social services for 50 parishes back in India, but still returns...

 

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