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 By Paul Cole    Local    June 16, 2019 

A super dad

People will celebrate Father's Day this weekend. They will spend about $15 billion to show their great love for their father who has sacrificed so much (we know of some exceptions). Comic book heroes...

 
 By Glen Mulready    Local    June 16, 2019 

Get ready to fight Medicare fraud

Over the last 25 years, we’ve witnessed amazing advances in science and medicine. What was once thought impossible is now being accomplished. Genetic testing is one example. With a small sample of saliva, your risk for certain diseases can be predi...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 16, 2019 

Happy Father's Day to fathers everywhere

If you have been on the outs with your father, or son and daughter, consider this a great day to make amends. Let's all have a blessed day with our families. A little free food will also help. One...

 
 By Nathan Hosier    Local    June 14, 2019

The Sabbath submission

Ever since I have had our boys and they have become involved in extracurricular activities, I have noticed a trend that has caused me to become more concerned. That trend is the way we treat the Sabbath. That day may be Saturday or Sunday depending...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 14, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Well folks, the Alva School of Music has officially gone to the dogs. The bittersweet news was announced Friday evening at the final exercises of the 47th Annual Singing School. Next year’s school will be held in Weatherford (home of SWOSU – Boo...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 14, 2019

Random Thoughts

When Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for vice-president on the Democratic Party’s ticket in 1920, he became a prominent national political figure. And even though the Democrats lost badly that year,...

 
 By James F. Burns    Local    June 14, 2019

I am your American flag

(Ed. note: June 14 is Flag Day.) I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag. With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777 and then...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 14, 2019

Lunar landing

When President Kennedy asked Congress to appropriate money for a moon mission, we had “no rockets powerful enough, no computers portable enough, no spacesuits,” according to Smithsonian Magazine....

 
 By Gov. Kevin Stitt    Local    June 9, 2019

Becoming a Top 10 state

We are past the first session of the 57th Legislature, and I can confidently say that this administration has hit the ground running on delivering accountability, transparency and results. As your...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 9, 2019

Fondling fathers tour

On the political front, Bill Clinton will be joining Joe Biden on the campaign trail. They're calling it the "Fondling Fathers" tour! Please attend church today, if for nothing else but to pray for...

 
 By Nathan Braudrick    Local    June 7, 2019

God MUST come first

Hello Alva! (Or wherever you happen to be reading this.) I hope you’re enjoying yourselves, but mostly, I hope you’re living with the joy of serving Christ as your King! On Sunday morning, our church has been going through the book of 1 Samuel an...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    June 7, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

It’s Monday afternoon of Singing School week. According to the flier, this is the 47th annual Alva School of Music and the congregation is playing host to around 35 students from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The euphemism, “herding cats” might c...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 7, 2019

D-Day

A scene from the classic movie “Jurassic Park” has a humorous yet terrifying moment when Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom flees the Tyrannosaurus in his Jeep. “Must go faster,” he exclaims,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 7, 2019

Random Thoughts

In this technological era in which we live, candidates for high political office – among other things – have to look good on television. Those people running for president, for example, will...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 5, 2019

Keeping my brain in shape

When an ambulance call comes across the radio scanner, I listen to learn if it’s someone I know. Frequently they’ll say “an elderly female” or list an age. Then it dawns on me that I’d be...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 5, 2019

Carl's Capitol Comments

With the end of the legislative session officially here, it’s time to take a look back at what we accomplished during our whirlwind four months at the state Capitol. We started the session with 1,193 House bills and 32 House joint resolutions and 1...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    June 2, 2019

Barbara Faulkner's 80?

Saturday, June 1, was a busy day for Alva. Besides the 50th Nescatunga Arts Festival, there was the 15th Mud Slinger Shootout at the fairgrounds. This also was the day Wayne and Beverly Kinzie chose...

 
 By Brady Marston    Local    May 31, 2019

Image and community

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth....

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    May 31, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

When I was a little kid, my parents often had “singings” at our home. Daddy was a talented worship leader and loved to host gatherings where 15 or 20 friends would cram into our living room and sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Of course,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 31, 2019

Snowplow parents

Felicity Hoffman pled guilty to a college admission scandal and the U.S. Attorney recommended 12 months imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. Thirty-two other parents have been indicted on fraud charges...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 31, 2019

Random Thoughts

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we are in the beginning stages of our next presidential election. It seems to me, in fact, that we never quit having such contests; as soon as one ends, the next...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 29, 2019

Record flooding for Salt Fork

Sunday afternoon the press crew and I were finishing the pressrun of the Nescatunga Arts Festival section that's included in this Newsgram. I checked my phone for the latest weather updates and was...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    May 26, 2019

Happy Memorial Day to all

Because of Dad's 90th birthday party, we opted to not have a reunion this year. Most of the family were there and the ones we missed will be at the Short Springs School for the Memorial Day program....

 
 By Ernie Pyle    Local    May 26, 2019

A long thin line of personal anguish

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches. But there is another...

 
 By Rev. John Clap    Local    May 24, 2019

One common event

Humanity is truly a diverse lot. We come in different shapes, sizes and colors. We come from different backgrounds, we have various degrees of beliefs and values, each of us have a different set of circumstances that determines everything from our...

 

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