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 By Darin Kearns    Local    August 17, 2018 

Take my word for it

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth,...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 17, 2018 

Spiritually Speaking

While preparing for next Tuesday’s inaugural classes for the fall semester, I was repeatedly reminded of the role that one’s world view plays in just about every part of life. In Old Testament introduction, we will be talking about the creation o...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 17, 2018 

Military burn pits

Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange continue their remaining lives with multiple health problems related to their exposure. The burning oil wells in Operation Desert Storm exposed many soldiers...

 

Lawn care is so easy

Dear Editor, Why does Alva look so crappy??? Our town has a lot going for it – the college, the downtown with pocket parks and green spaces, the murals, the new bank and the restored Runnymede are a few things. However, weeds are out of hand ...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 17, 2018 

Random Thoughts

Slavery existed in every U.S. state when the Constitution went into effect in 1789. Some of the Northern states, however, soon began outlawing the practice so that by 1827 the country was divided...

 

Let's join the community together for another winning season

The Alva schools held their "media day" Monday evening at the huge practice building at Alva High School. All sorts of attractive elementary to senior football players, cheerleaders and softball playe...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 12, 2018

Well, I must have missed August and Labor Day both because school is starting

I may live to see school letting out May 25th and starting June 6th someday. Anyhow, what I really want is for drivers to watch out for the kids around the schools. They don't mean to not pay attentio...

 
 By Max Ridgway    Local    August 10, 2018

Work out your own salvation

Salvation is a word used by the Apostle Paul to describe our relationship with God. The word salvation is a word that implies rescue. By choosing to use this word, Paul is therefore describing a one-sided relationship. God is the rescuer and we are...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 10, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Raise your hand if you hate giving blood. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Some of you actually raised your hands – earning some strange looks from the other early morning coffee drinkers at McDonalds. Some were a bit more demure and raised hands in...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 10, 2018

Tunnels

Tunnels have always held a fascination for me. It began with a boyhood plan to tunnel under the alley at 719 First St. connecting my back yard with Bill Sperry’s on the other side. I knew of a...

 

Alva yards looking 'ratty'

Dear Editor, We have been blessed with ample moisture this year to help make our city look good – wrong! I have never seen our city look so “ratty” and unkempt. Where is our pride? The courthouse lawn is really kept nice due to the pride of... Full story

 

Random Thoughts

Few people would dispute that the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was perhaps the most significant domestic event in U.S. history in the last half of the 20th century. Among other things,...

 

The Coffee House Philosopher

Though the ancient philosopher and teacher Socrates is long gone, variations of the pedagogical technique known as the “Socratic Method of Teaching” might still be encountered in institutions of higher education today, most notably in law...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 5, 2018

I almost had a celebrity at the salvage this week

Doug Murrow and wife, owner of Kevin the Goat from Cherokee, brought me a load of iron. Unfortunately, there wasn't room for Kevin to ride along; maybe next time. Dad and I went to Ponca City last...

 

It's about the children

My mind is on children right now. Our summers at Bible Baptist Church start with youth camp in June and ends with our Youth Week (vacation Bible school) in August. Tonight is our closing night, which consists of a carnival and parents enjoying what...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 3, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

Soon it will be time to start another semester. Professors are putting together syllabi and making sure their policies and procedures are securely in place. Students are putting the finishing touches on their summer vacations and making arrangements...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 3, 2018

Credit score

“I would rather be debt free than have a perfect credit score.” — Holly Johnson Managing credit is something from which we can all profit, and that is not just a play on words. Before the days...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 3, 2018

Random Thoughts

Most of us idolize some famous people whom we will likely never meet. We appreciate them because they entertain us and make our lives better. But, as we saw last week, the price of stardom can be...

 
 By Bob Moos    Local    August 2, 2018

Medicare plays big role in protecting nursing home patients

When you hear about Medicare, you probably think of the federal program that helps pay for older adults’ health care. What you may not realize is that another of Medicare’s major responsibilities is to inspect health care facilities to make sure...

 
 By Lynn L. Martin    Local    August 1, 2018

Lynn Says

For the second time within a month, I've seen an extortion email trying to collect a sizeable sum of money. It’s from a fellow who says he has proof the victim was watching porn on his computer...

 

Murdock's Minutes

It seems like summer just got started, and now the stores, newspaper ads, and radio and TV commercials are all reminding us it’s time to start getting ready for the new school year. It’s amazing how quickly shoes, jeans, shirts and more get worn...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    July 29, 2018

We're No. 1 at something, finally

The Tulsa World had an article about the ten least popular governors in America. The short list is six Republicans, two Democrats, and one independent, one unknown; eight males, two females. No. 2 lea...

 
 By Randy Kilbourne    Local    July 29, 2018

The Coffee House Philosopher

Ah, to be back in the old classroom again, listening to old Professor Droning Onanon explaining some of the finer points of western civilization – occasionally referencing an ancient Greek teacher and philosopher named “Socrates” [470 BC - 399...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    July 27, 2018

Joy! It's all in the perspective

My family and I had the privilege of going to Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the 4th of July week to visit my mother and my son’s family. My grandson turned one on July 5 and we were not going to miss that wonderful day. But the day we got there...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    July 27, 2018

Spiritually Speaking

This morning, bright and early, I had another visit from Alva’s finest. Mind you, I’m 57 years old and, until recently, had never been called to the door by a police officer. That’s a pretty good run, if you ask me. However, if you’re...

 

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