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 By John Klein    Regional    March 15, 2019

Wild Onion Dinner benefits Indian Women's Pocahontas Club

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Ollie Starr can't recall her first taste of wild onions or drink of sassafras tea. "We grew up gathering, preparing and eating those foods," said Starr, former president of the Indian Women's Pocahontas Club. "So I don't...

 

Asbury Puppet Ministry takes production internationally

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jan and Dave Meilner simply volunteered to help out at Children's Church on Sundays at Asbury United Methodist Church. They taught a kindergarten Sunday School class and used a puppet to help illustrate some Bible stories. "The...

 

Retired Tulsa surgeon remembers JFK's assassination

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe. "We heard people had been shot," said retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson. "We heard the p...

 
 By John Klein    Sports    October 14, 2018

Oklahoma football referee retiring after 52 years

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Dr. Robert Breedlove said he was just an average high school football player. "Actually, now that I think about it, I was probably a below-average high school football player," Breedlove said. "But I absolutely loved high...

 
 By JOHN KLEIN    Regional    May 27, 2018

Tulsa Rotary Club funds clean water project in Nicaragua

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A project to bring clean water to a small village in Nicaragua has grown into one of the largest aid programs by any Rotary Club in the world. That project, to finance the drilling of a water well, has ballooned into a massive...

 
 By JOHN KLEIN    Regional    May 6, 2018

New heart valve improves Oklahoma woman's quality of life

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) — Rachel Tafoya had one doctor after another tell her that her time on Earth was limited. Born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart defect at birth, she underwent surgery after surgery for nearly 40 years. Then, about two years ago,...

 

Boat belonging to JFK to be on display in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — If you work for Tulsa-area businessman Eddy Gibbs you learn pretty quickly to never be shocked. "I was surprised when Eddy called and told me he bought a boat," said Jon Davidson, vice president of operations for Shangri-La...

 

Oklahoma manufacturer leads food processing innovation

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) — One could easily drive past Unitherm Food Systems and have no idea that inside the nondescript buildings on the south side of Bristow is a high-tech, international corporation. More than 60 percent of the processing units...

 
 By John Klein    Regional    July 9, 2017

Bixby brothers turn outdoor bag toss game into business

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) — Two brothers said their cornhole game sets started as an idea to lure drivers looking for parking during Oklahoma State University football games. "We were just looking for ways to get more people to park in our yard and make...

 
 By John Klein    Regional    May 21, 2017

Osage Nation discovers unknown history in Jesuit Archives

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The Osage Nation knew the Jesuits had some documents relating to the history of the tribe. Delving into those papers has brought new revelations. "It was so much more," Osage Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear told the Tula World...

 
 By John Klein    Regional    March 26, 2017

Oklahoma man follows in father's auctioneering footsteps

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — J.B. Robison Sr. says his son J.B. Robison Jr. went into the auctioneering business with him from the start. "He didn't decide a few years ago that maybe he'd be an auctioneer," the senior Robison said. "When he was 11 years...

 
 By John Klein    Regional    March 12, 2017

The Tulsamerican may soon have a homecoming

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — All it took was a small picture of an airplane in the Tulsa World to launch a lengthy, exhaustive 17-year search for it. "This was literally a needle in a haystack search," said Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Kevin...

 

Legacy of old trading post lives on in Pawnee

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Pawnee Bill's Old Town Indian Trading Post was an idea that catered to the modern world of the 1920s and the growing use of automobiles, with a nod to the past — trading with Native Americans. Pawnee Bill, born Gordon...

 

Osage Nation reacquires 43,000 acres of sacred land

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — It is always somewhat emotional for Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear when he looks out over historical tribal lands recently returned to the tribe. He feels pride. He feels a responsibility to these ancestral...

 

Route 66 inspires Tulsa sculptor

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Patrick Liam Sullivan has immersed himself in the history and culture of Route 66 through Tulsa. "It is one of America's most cherished accomplishments," said Sullivan. He's slowly driven every inch of Route 66 through Tulsa to...

 

Woman's lost class ring shows up on porch 60 years later

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A package was delivered to Vera Freeman that brought back long-forgotten memories. "There was a note on the inside that said 'I hope this makes you smile,'" Freeman said. "It did. It really did." More than 60 years after...

 

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