News

DA dismisses charges versus Joy Hofmeister

 

Without explanation, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has dropped felony charges against State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister in a case involving wrongdoing in her 2014 campaign. The case was dropped against four other defendants. Prater did say there was “further investigation” pending in the case and he could refile the charges. Hofmeister said she […]

Work underway on Turner Turnpike

 

A major construction project to expand the Turner Turnpike from four lanes to six lanes started August 8. It is just one of many projects funding by a $935,000,000.00 bond package for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority that will be repaid by higher tolls. This project is between Bristow and the Creek Turnpike West (State Highway […]

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Camp to celebrate 100 years

 

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), which owns and operates the camp, is hosting events to commemorate and celebrate the occasion on Labor Day weekend. On  September 2, Falls Creek will host a Night of Praise concert, featuring musical artists who […]

Bridenstine: Bill makes U.S. safer

 

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine recently voted for the H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which funds national defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects, and physical border security provisions, while cutting wasteful programs that ballooned during the previous administration. The legislation passed 235 to 192. “The first responsibility of the Federal Government is […]

Police to target red light violations

 

The Tulsa Police Department Riverside Traffic Unit will focus on red/yellow light violations in major commercial/retail corridors in south and west Tulsa (South of E. 11th Street and West of South Sheridan Road) during the month of August. Riverside Traffic Unit Officers will be randomly monitoring all major intersections in the major commercial corridors in […]

Weather

Partly Cloudy
Friday 08/18 20%
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Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Saturday 08/19 20%
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Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 95F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Sunday 08/20 20%
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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 08/21 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 93F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
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Tuesday 08/22 20%
Partly Cloudy
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 93F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Opinion

Editorial: Morality in the U.S. Military

 

President Donald Trump struck a blow for traditional morality and common sense on July 26 when he announced that the U.S. military would ban so-called “transgendered” individuals from being a part of the military. This reverses the immoral policy of ex-President Barack Obama, who tried to open the door to those who pretend to change […]

Editorial: Correcting county jail funding

 

The City of Tulsa is not paying its fair share for the operational costs of the county jail. That is the problem in a nutshell. County officials, including Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo and County Assessor Ken Yazel, think it is patently unfair for citizens in Tulsa County outside the City of Tulsa to subsidize […]

Editorial: No rush to sign a backup QB

 

The liberal sports media (that’s right – the liberal sports media) is all worked up because former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a free agent that no one seems to want. Some ESPN writers claim that Kaepernick is being “blackballed” because in pregame ceremonies in 2016, the quarterback refused to rise during the […]

Letter to the editor: Engle is incorrect about Gary Richardson

    

As a Republican and a supporter of Gary Richardson for Governor now as well in 2002, I read with great interest the article in the August 3, 2017 edition of the Tulsa Beacon, specifically as to what author, Richard Engle, who is an active supporter of Todd Lamb, had to say about Richardson’s candidacy for […]

Letter to the editor: Democrats are fascists

    

Definition of fascism: Often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition; A tendency toward or actual exercise […]

Columns

Weddings have really changed over the last 35 years…

    

My, how things have changed. My lovely daughter Sarah is getting married Saturday to a wonderful young man named Josh Berg. He comes from a wonderful family and our family couldn’t be more happy. Susan and I were married 35 years ago and our oldest son Brian was married a few years back. We didn’t […]

Forcing mass transit on people has unintended consequences

    

Last week, my wife and I spent nearly a week in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area, spending most of our time in Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore.   While Calgary is nearly an hour’s drive to the mountains, the other three are in the Canadian Rockies.  The beauty of the mountains, well-designed and attractive architecture, and […]

Your Economy Now

    

Did you see that the U.S. economy is on track to expand at a 4.0 percent annualized rate in the third quarter with inventory investment adding 1.12 percentage points to growth?  These numbers were produced by the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP new forecast model unveiled on August 3.  For the entire eight years of the […]

Bureaucratic nonsense shows the need to ‘drain the swamp’

    

On July 16, a story in the daily newspaper carried the headline:  “Debate erupts over jumbo tanker as fires rage in West,” with a picture of a Boeing 747 in flight with copious quantities of liquid falling from the  belly as would bombs from a bomber. The sub-head read: “Company says federal officials grounding firefighting […]

Going back to school is a special time

    

School must be about ready to start again. Titus the Honorable came to our house the other day, so excited that he had been enrolled in preschool. To him, enrolling in school is like having a birthday, because it comes with presents. He got a brand-new Lightning McQueen lunchbox (courtesy of his Poppy), along with […]

Sports

With two good years under his belt, Montgomery settles in

    

Philip Montgomery is beginning his third season as head coach of The University of Tulsa football team, and over the past two years, he and his family have acclimated well to the school and the community. “The kids have been going to school here, my son has graduated from school now, my daughter and my […]

Three new coaches will shake up the Big 12 in 2017

 

Who is the best football coach in the Big 12? Coach Bill Snyder is the undisputed dean of football coaches in the Big 12 Conference. He turned what was the worst team in college football history into a powerhouse. That title of dean of coaches will probably shift to Gary Patterson of TCU or Mike […]

Go visit BB&T Ballpark in Downtown Charlotte, N.C.

    

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – I recently performed the National Anthem prior to a Charlotte Knights baseball game and this was the second year in a row I had the honor to do so. I always enjoy visiting BB&T Ballpark in Downtown Charlotte, but in a lot of ways it reminds me of home – the Tulsa […]

NASCAR fans will enjoy Curb Museum for Motorsports

    

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Mike Curb is an amazing man. He’s a musician, recording artist, record label owner, owner and sponsor of several race cars, politician, and philanthropist. Recently, I toured the Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The museum is appropriately located on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard; Curb was friends with Earnhardt […]

Entertainment

Ageless Paul McCartney revisits the Beatles in OKC gig

    

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul McCartney opened his concert here Monday night with a rousing performance of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. But the 75-year-old McCartney didn’t make it seem hard for him to captivate a nearly sold-out audience for almost three hours. And it wasn’t hard to enjoy this energy packed concert. McCartney, who […]

The Showboat Branson Belle concert cruise has all you want

    

BRANSON, Missouri – Fine food, fun, fantastic music and a relaxing concert cruise over Table Rock Lake are the hallmarks of the Showboat Branson Belle. You can hardly tell when the 700-passenger paddle-wheeler eases away from the dock. The excitement begins when the show starts. The Showboat Branson Belle adventure begins with a great meal […]

Sight & Sound in Branson spotlights the saga of Moses

    

BRANSON, Missouri – “Let My people go.” Throughout the history of the Hebrew nation, the story of how God delivered the Israelites from slavery into the Promised Land has been inspiration for Jews and Christians. That story is being brought to life daily here in the Sight & Sound Theatre’s spectacular musical production of Moses. […]

Christmas is a special occasion at Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Visiting Silver Dollar City during the Christmas season is like a trip back in time to better days. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, it was wonderful to see the lighting of the gigantic five-story Christmas tree in the Main Street Square. It was almost as much fun to see the faces […]