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CoffeeTime

Ever had the experience of wishing you were just … a little bit different you? Maybe a thousand or so various times in your life? Then in that respect, you are like a lot of people. Because that is...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    February 5, 2023 

Six more weeks of winter

At least that's what the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted Wednesday. Think about it a minute. We have millions of dollars of sophisticated weather equipment, and it comes down to a chubby rodent....

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    February 5, 2023 

Six more weeks of winter

At least that's what the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted Wednesday. Think about it a minute. We have millions of dollars of sophisticated weather equipment, and it comes down to a chubby rodent....

 

School counselors help students dream big

Dear Alva Public Schools Community, It has been a great start to the second semester with students and teachers achieving success in multiple activities. Alva High School has had numerous students rec...

 

Valentine's Day

“Roses are red, violets are blue, if skunks had a college they’d call it P.U.” Before it closed, Phillips University in Enid had a skunk mascot. Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog,...

 
 By Doug Little    Local    February 3, 2023

Ramblings of a Redneck Farmer

I was sitting in my recliner Saturday evening, listening to worship music on YouTube and cramming like I was still in college, trying to get ready for Sunday school, when one sentence in the study guide caught my eye. We were studying John 7:14-29...

 

Random Thoughts

Like most athletic endeavors, football is a sport played mostly by young people who are physically fit. That is especially true when the game is played at a professional level. Consequently, almost al...

 

Remembering fun times from childhood

What activities do you remember enjoying when you were young? I don't mean the big things like a trip to Disney World. I'm thinking about the everyday fun stuff. Before I started school (which was age...

 

CoffeeTime

Years ago, as elementary students at a tiny country school, our bus driver took us to school in his huge station wagon. That meant we kids got to talk with him for an entire hour – both ways. Good-n...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 29, 2023

20% of the people vote and 100% gripe

Next week is the filing period, Feb. 6-8, for the mayor city treasurer, city marshal, and four council seats in Alva. At least one person has announced his intention to run for mayor. Great! I hope...

 

Couples finance

An article in the Wall Street Journal on marriage and money addresses the problems that arise when a spendthrift marries a saver. Can you have the best of both worlds? Yes, it’s called budgeting....

 
 By Doug Little    Local    January 27, 2023

Ramblings of a Redneck Farmer

One of the tractors we own is a Massey 275. On its good days it will put out about 64 horsepower. When it is tired, it puts out less. It doesn’t have a cab. It does have a canopy, though, that is starting to rust. It leaks a little 90 weight oil ou...

 

Couples finance

An article in the Wall Street Journal on marriage and money addresses the problems that arise when a spendthrift marries a saver. Can you have the best of both worlds? Yes, it’s called budgeting....

 
 By Doug Little    Local    January 27, 2023

Ramblings of a Redneck Farmer

One of the tractors we own is a Massey 275. On its good days it will put out about 64 horsepower. When it is tired, it puts out less. It doesn’t have a cab. It does have a canopy, though, that is starting to rust. It leaks a little 90 weight oil ou...

 

Alva school calendar is a committee effort

Dear Alva Public Schools Community, We are now around three weeks into our second semester of school, and planning has already begun for the 2023-2024 school year. Prior to the holiday break the calen...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 22, 2023

Never trust the turtles

A snail returned home all beat up. The other snails asked what happened and he told them two turtles beat him up. “We'll take care of them for you!” replied the snail family. “What did they...

 

CoffeeTime

The holiday fun and games were over, and we were ready to fly home. But a middle of the night message informed us our flight was cancelled, and we had to rebook. And we suddenly became birds without...

 

Pursuing happiness

What makes you happy? Throughout history, humans have endured trial and tribulation to survive and pursue happiness. To the cave dwellers it was bagging the next meal, and as civilization progressed...

 

Random Thoughts

In November of every even-numbered year, the United States experiences something called a “general election” for statewide and national offices. We just recently went through one of those. Now, at...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Our deadline to formally file legislation for the upcoming First Session of the 59th Legislature is fast approaching. I wanted to take a moment to describe several of the bills I intend to file this year. One bill would allow 14-year-olds to be...

 

Small acts of kindness bring big benefits

Here’s a quick reminder: U.S. Postal Service rates will increase on Jan. 22. The cost to mail a letter weighing one ounce or less will go up from 60 cents to 63 cents. This week is a good time to...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    January 15, 2023

Is this the America that our ancestors left us? I think not!

This is from Oklahoma City: Senate Bill 201 was filed Monday and, if passed, would require municipal inspections of homeless camps. The bill says that camps must be up to building codes, and if not,...

 

Inauguration sets tone

Gov. Kevin Stitt set the right tone for his second term in his inauguration speech, signaling a focus on good policy. Stitt’s agenda gives Oklahomans reason for optimism. “It’s time to keep moving forward with big ideas and to get them across...

 

Morse code

“Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, and all the ships at sea.” These words were spoken by Walter Winchell at the beginning of each radio and later television news broadcast from 1930 to the late ...

 

Random Thoughts

Recently, Americans witnessed one of the most contentious (and interesting) elections for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in American history. Ultimately, after 15 rounds of voting, the...

 

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