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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 25, 2019 

Random Thoughts Mr. Stengel goes to Washington – part 2

Casey Stengel’s life was dedicated to the sport of baseball. In addition to managing four major league teams, Stengel also worked for several years during his career as a minor league manager. Prior...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 25, 2019 

Next weekend is Labor Day

Let's hope for cooler weather and lots of free food and fellowship. It's been a banner birthday month for my family. Mine was August 2nd, followed by cousins from Lincoln, Nebraska. Allen Scribner's... Full story

 
 By John Clapp    Local    August 23, 2019

Ignoring the wrong thing

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: … thou hast forgotten the law of thy God” (Hosea 4:6). Remember the first day of high school? The fear of algebra, assorted classes across the campus, and older students walking the halls – a...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 23, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

It’s that fantasy football time of year, again! Since I’ve never taken part in a “league” or chosen players for my “team,” I don’t know a great deal about the game. I do know enough to understand that one is able to gather a mixed...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 23, 2019

Technology's future

The world’s population doubles every 40 years. While that happens, technology is catching up to biology with some surprising results. DNA is the basis for life on Earth and as it makes copies of...

 

Alva needs a new direction over laws, regulations, rules

I’m concerned about the shrinking downward size of the Alva business community. As an elderly woman told me a few days ago that she could remember when Alva had about seven bars and when a college town begins to see bars closing and now we are...

 

Random Thoughts

Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel, who lived from 1890 to 1975, was – to say the least – a colorful character. He is remembered primarily for being the manager of two New York major league...

 

Swimming pool bond defeated; now what?

The $2.5 million GO bond proposal by the City of Alva to fund an aquatic center was defeated as reported in last week’s Newsgram. Those opposing the bond issue have been remarkably quiet except for... Full story

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 18, 2019

Watch your driving

School has started this last week. Excited children don't always pay as good attention as they should, so it is up to us drivers to keep them safe. The people have spoken in resounding fashion to the...

 
 By Darin Kearns    Local    August 16, 2019

Gift giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about judgment lately. There are several phrases that use the idea of judgment in them: an error of judgment, in my judgment, against one's better judgment, pass judgment, reserve judgment, sit in judgment. I’m sure there...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 16, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

Today, I made a “routine” call to my credit card company. I was interested in moving some money for the betterment of my monthly cash flow. That part of the call was short, sweet and successful. Then the (extremely well-trained) person on the oth...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 16, 2019

To rebuild or not

The recent decision concerning the Alva pool reminds us of the dilemma over the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral whose entire roof and spire were destroyed by fire. While the degradation of the...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

It is really nice to be spending time back home in northwest Oklahoma. I have been trying to get around to the different community events. There are so many great things to do in our area, it’s a race to keep up with them all. I would like to...

 

El Paso and Dayton, now what?

Americans have grieved over the senseless murders of 31 people recently gunned down in an El Paso, Texas Walmart and a Dayton, Ohio nightclub. People were out living the American dream, shopping and having a night of fun. They were just living their...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 11, 2019

Please go vote Aug 13

If you don't do anything else Tuesday, Aug. 13, voting is the number one priority. Whether you want to proceed with the plan, or you would like to take more time to study other options, PLEASE go vote. We are talking about $2.5 million, ten years of...

 

The greatest education or the worst

School will start in about a month. Some parents have great excitement as their children go back to school and have a chance to further their education. The cost for a child to start school and...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 9, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

If you’ve been around me much, these last few weeks, I’ve probably mentioned a book I’ve been reading by Ken Ham called “Gospel Reset” (salvation made RELEVANT). I have to admit, the title kept me from beginning this read for quite a while....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 9, 2019

Summer heat

John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful sang, “Hot time, summer in the city, back of my neck getting’ dirt and gritty,” and global warming was yet to come! Oklahoma, cool, and August have never...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 9, 2019

Random Thoughts

President Abraham Lincoln (who served from 1861 to 1865) and his wife, Mary, had four children. All boys, they were – in the order of their births – Robert, Edward, William and Thomas....

 

Murdock's Minutes

Interim is the time in between the end of one legislative session and the beginning of another. While it is true that the session itself is only about four months long, work continues at the State Capitol throughout the year. A couple of weeks ago,...

 

Letter to the Editor: Preserve our treasure

None of the plans being considered for the Alva pool include any figures for repair and restoration of our existing historical Alva pool. As I understand it, a yes vote allows a committee to choose any design they want and the designs that have been...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    August 7, 2019

It's Sheldon Russell's fault

The brownies I was baking Saturday for a church dinner ended up in the trash. It’s all Sheldon Russell’s fault! I’ve been making brownies (from a mix) since I was in my teens. My husband used to...

 
 By Jim Scribner    Local    August 4, 2019

Deja vu all over

If you don't vote yes on an $8 million renovation project your hospital will close. I thought it was sad that the only way to get the funding passed for Share Medical Center years ago was not on the m...

 

Time to learn

Guess what time it is? I bet the kids know the answer. It is time for school to begin again. Noah, my son, says that he is looking forward to going back and seeing his friends again. I remember that when I was a kid in school. I was excited to see...

 
 By W. Jay Tyree    Local    August 2, 2019

Spiritually Speaking

“None of us are the sum total of the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I believe that statement, from a woman identified only as “Lisa,” is dead on target. Her son was killed while committing a crime. When his name was released by the news...

 

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