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Coffeetime

On Mother’s Day, this article comes from Andy: One of my favorite memories is from the earlier years of our marriage, when our two sons were just beginning elementary school age. During those...

 
 By Sen. Casey Murdock    Local    May 9, 2021 

Murdock's Minutes

We’re now in the closing weeks of the session, and work continues on the state budget daily. On the floor, we’re continuing to vote on bills that have come through conference committee – these are bills that were passed in slightly different...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    May 9, 2021 

Happy Mother's Day

Quick personal note: Happy Birthday to my daughter-in-law, Grace, and my brother, Jeff. Young or old, I hope today is special for mothers everywhere. I was thinking about days gone by and how age...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 7, 2021

Squishmallows

You may remember Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Ponies, and the ubiquitous Beanie Babies. According to their ads, “Squishmallows plush toys are here to fill your hearts with love and affection....

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    May 7, 2021

Let's read the Bible

This week we will read the books of Hebrews, James, and First and Second Peter. Hebrews is written at least in part to establish that Christ is superior to the angels and to the old Law. Christ as a priest is superior to the priesthood of the Old Law...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 7, 2021

Random Thoughts

After pinch hitting in the top of the eighth inning of a professional baseball game in July 1952, batboy Joe Reliford thought that he had done all he could to help his team, the Fitzgerald Pioneers,...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 5, 2021

It's May and calendars are full of activities

Suddenly May is here, school is winding down and the calendar is packed with events. The Alva Swimming Pool Task Force scheduled four town hall meetings to go over the results of the engineer’s...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 5, 2021

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House last week passed a bill that stirred a lot of passion from members on both sides of the political aisle. House Bill 1775 is specifically designed to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our public schools and higher education instit... Full story

 

Oklahoma is now a Second Amendment Sanctuary State

The governor signed a historic piece of legislation this past week that I was very pleased to see get across the finish line. Senate Bill 631 is now law, which makes Oklahoma a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. Our Second Amendment rights are under...

 

Coffeetime

Years ago our family traveled a lot, singing on Sunday morning in churches in other states. Back in those days, when you attended church you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted...

 

Murdock's Minutes

Under Oklahoma’s Constitution, the Legislature must complete its work by no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May. That means we’re in the closing weeks of the session. At this point, we’ve passed deadlines for floor votes on bills from...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    May 2, 2021

What is Alva most well-known for?

Most of the time on Facebook you either get religious, political and advertising posts, or Smudge the Cat and Karen. All are mostly okay if they are your cup of tea. Once in a while a question is pose...

 

1 year later – where is the Nutrition and Senior Citizen Center now?

On March 16, 2020, everything changed here at the Nutrition and Senior Citizen Center as everywhere else in the world. We sure had some challenges in the past year and we know already we have more to come. A very special thank you goes out to all...

 

Free time

I heard a comedian recently talking about how much he enjoys free time. While performing a stand-up routine onstage (pre-pandemic), he spoke about the pure joy that comes from plans being canceled, as if time that was not supposed to be “free...

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    April 30, 2021

Let's read the Bible

Paul’s letters were written to encourage first century Christians and to solve problems in new churches. This week we will read Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. These are all pretty...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 30, 2021

Pants

Shorts have become a year-round fashion trend but pants are the preferred Winter wear for most. Trousers are available in flannel, wool, corduroy, chino and, the perennial favorite, jeans. When it...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 30, 2021

Random Thoughts

The rowdy hometown crowd in Statesboro, Georgia, was pleased when, on the night of July 19, 1952, batboy Joe Reliford pinch hit for the visiting Fitzgerald Pioneers in a game the visitors were losing...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We had another incredibly busy week in the House of Representatives last week as we worked to hear all of the Senate bills by the third-reading deadline. We passed several measures that I’m hoping get signed into law. I would like to discuss a coup...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 28, 2021

Our faulty memories

A courtroom drama I watched recently on TV illustrated how faulty our memories can be. In the storyline, a man was on trial for murdering a shopkeeper, and the shopkeeper’s wife was the star...

 

Coffeetime

Ever been caught in a situation where your say-so doesn’t carry enough weight to make a difference? When you totally disagree with the decision, but there isn’t much you can do to change what’s...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    April 25, 2021

Big time wrestling is coming to Alva this week ... or maybe I should say small time

A group of midget wrestlers are going to put on a show Tuesday. I hope all that attend have a fun time. I probably won't go because if I want to wrestle, I just mouth off to Cleo, or get too close, an...

 
 By Nathan Hosier    Local    April 23, 2021

For thee but not for me

As I observe things happening in the world today, I see this saying more and more in the lives of people, “for thee but not for me.” What does that mean exactly? It means that certain things are for others but not for myself. That could be rules...

 
 By Kim Barker    Local    April 23, 2021

Let's read the Bible

Deuteronomy means repetition, Moses is reminding the Israelites to keep the law as they prepare to enter Canaan. This week we will finish the books written by Moses by reading Deuteronomy 18-34. It has been a long journey from slavery in Egypt to...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 23, 2021

Unknown soldier

One of the most famous monuments in Washington, D.C. is the tomb of the unknown soldier. It will be good to review how this memorial came to be and why it carries such significance in the history of...

 
 By Glen Mulready    Local    April 23, 2021

If April showers bring May flowers, get flood insurance today

As a resident of Tulsa for the past 25 years, it was devastating to watch our neighbors’ homes destroyed in May 2019. It was emotional because it was not just the building itself they lost, but also the contents. When my boys and I went out to...

 

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