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Coffeetime

Andy stepped outside after the recent huge snow storm in our city to meet our postman halfway. Our street was too clogged with snow and ice for him to navigate safely, so our mailman had wisely...

 

Murdock's Minutes

There’s a famous quote from Oklahoma’s most famous son, Will Rogers, who once said if you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change. That statement may be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. It’s amazing to...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    February 28, 2021 

What a difference a week can make

Gone is the snow. Fifteen degrees below is a memory, and I haven't had to leave the faucets dripping all week. Jack and I dropped Dad off at the Kansas Star Casino and went to the pinball place...

 

Cancelling traditional energy isn't the solution

Did you enjoy the recent free trial of living in Alaska? The sub-zero temperatures in the entire region challenged our families, our first responders, our churches, our nonprofits, and our energy infrastructure. The weather tested our resolve and our...

 

Your name spoken by the divine

I am sure that your mother was the same as mine. We lived on a farm and I had 40 acres to run and roam. One thing was a must. If Momma called, you best be making your way back to the house. Sometimes...

 

Tax season

Tax season was extended last year due to the pandemic and the deadline postponed. If you waited on a refund, it may not have come until November but this year things are back on schedule. There are...

 

Random Thoughts

As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

Random Thoughts

As we saw last week, Sheb Wooley was able to achieve a successful acting career with supporting roles in numerous westerns on television and in movie theaters. Beginning in 1950, Wooley acted in many...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Well, last week was one for the record books for most of Oklahoma. Haven’t seen snow and ice like that in a good long while, if ever. Here in the district, I received a number of reports about ranchers who had calving problems. I’m passing on...

 

Our changing political climate gets local

This past weekend, I decided to make a change in the Alva Review-Courier. Back in 1990 when Lynn and I bought the paper, we decided to subscribe to several syndicated services. These include some...

 

Coffeetime

The little rural church always held its annual summer Bible School for kids. Each mid-morning, loud and boisterous honyocks were let outside for a few minutes for snacks and exercise. Balls were...

 

Murdock's Minutes

Week 3 of the 2021 session is behind us, though the historic snowstorms and arctic temperatures stalled-out committee and floor votes for the first three days. Looking at all the weather forecasts, I had already headed back to Oklahoma City on...

 

What a week

We had record low temperatures and several days in single digits all day. I had some pipes freeze before I got the water to dripping, but luckily they thawed right out. It is hard to believe, but we w...

 

Buy here, pay here

When you watch network television, and thanks to Covid and weather, we’re watching a lot more, you know it is fueled by commercials. Love them or hate them, they make it all possible with the Super...

 

Random Thoughts

Oklahoma’s significant contribution to American culture has been noted many times. Especially has the Sooner State produced performers who excelled in the fields of acting and singing. One native...

 

How much more can we give up?

As Christians begin the Lenten season on our journey to Easter, we find ourselves at a familiar point in time. One in which we are used to “giving up” something for 40 days and 40 nights as a way of returning to and depending on God. However,...

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    February 19, 2021

Let's read the Bible

This week we will go back to the New Testament and read the book of Luke. Luke wrote the book of Luke and the book of Acts. Luke states in Chapter One that he has investigated so we might know the exact truth of what we have been taught. In Acts 1...

 

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to the Alva Water Department I got up the other morning, 9 degrees below zero. Time to make coffee. I turned on the faucet and water came running as usual. I thought, God bless the people in the Alva Water Department. I can only wonder what...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Legislature last week passed the first bill of the session, and the governor already signed it into law. Senate Bill 1301 reinstates temporary modifications to the Open Meetings Act allowing once again for virtual meetings among state agencies,...

 

Senate Review

We’ve hit the ground running this session as we work through the more than 1,000 Senate Bills that were filed this year. Of these bills, we’ve passed 263 measures out of committee and 36 off of the floor. We still have to work quickly, though,...

 

Coping with the cold

This week I’m sending out questionnaires to all the candidates for Alva city offices. In the weeks leading up to the April 6 election, we plan to feature information from the candidates who...

 

Coffeetime

Are you familiar with it? The phrase, “Hey, I know a guy who can …,” usually said to you about the time you have thrown a plumbing wrench clear across the kitchen. Referring to a man you can...

 

Murdock's Minutes

We’ve completed the second week of the 2021 legislative session. We’ve continued to focus on getting bills through committee ahead of the Feb. 25 deadline, with a few bills starting to move to the floor for consideration as well. Icy road...

 

The love of chocolate

Did the title catch your attention? We see more of this delicacy everywhere we go during this month. We enjoy eating chocolate this month and every other month, if we are honest. I could spend time talking about the benefits and drawbacks of...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    February 12, 2021

What Martin Luther teaches us about Covid

Epidemics, pandemics, plagues and pestilence are nothing new, and have appeared repeatedly throughout history. When the Black Death (bubonic plague) appeared in Europe in the 14th century, 25% of the population was lost. In the 15th century there wer...

 

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