News

Rep. Rogers’ bill returns controls to local school districts

 

Legislation that will save millions of dollars and give greater control to local school districts in evaluating teachers went into effect July 1.   House Bill 2957, by Rep. Michael Rogers, vice chair of the House Common Education Committee, and Sen. John Ford, Senate Education chair, was approved during the just-ended 2016 legislative session. The measure […]

New law protects Oklahoma waters

 

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA) recently presented Oklahoma legislators Rep. Terry O’Donnell and Sen. Dan Newberry a resolution of appreciation for their help in passage of House Bill 2446, which made water a “compelling interest” in Oklahoma. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 17, specifically defined “protection […]

Senior Saturday concerts in July

 

Senior Saturdays is a concept of concerts “designed with Seniors in mind,” said Producer Bob Archer. The first one will kick off on July 30 at 2 p.m. with a concert which will feature the American Celebration Orchestra (known for big band arrangements) along with a soloist, Colleen Thompson, who sings a lot for Veterans’ […]

Tim Gillespie to speak at townhall

 

The Muskogee Patriot Townhall meetings will hear from Tim Gillespie, president of Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, at its monthly meeting August 4. Gillespie will explain the problems with the Oklahoma Constitution as related to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and citizens’ rights. On September 1, the townhall program will be a presentation by […]

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Opinion

Editorial: Vote for McCloud in District 67

 

The Oklahoma House has many conservative Christian legislators who work tirelessly to keep the state headed in the right direction. Tom McCloud would be a great addition to that group. McCloud is in a runoff election on August 25 against fellow Republican, attorney Scott McEachin. For more than 15 years, McCloud has published Community Spirit […]

Editorial: Nonpartisanship helps Democrats

 

A survey of the precincts in the June 28 city primary shows that Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum won most of the districts with heavy Democrat registration. That’s not surprising considering his liberal stance on social issues and his backing from liberal former mayors and moderates. Mayor Dewey Bartlett was all for the change to “nonpartisan” municipal […]

Editorial: More Obama homosexual policies

 

Barack Obama has only six more months to damage America’s moral stance, dismantle the military and make America seem weak to all the nations of the world. His pace on changing the country is accelerating. The latest mistake is ordering the military to allow personnel who are confused about their sexual identity to join. This […]

Editorial: England and the European Union

 

Congratulations to the British. With an historic vote, England split with the European Union and will regain the full measure of sovereignty they lost. There are a host of reasons why this is a good idea but the biggest is the preservation of the British culture. As part of the European Union, Great Britain watched […]

Editorial: Obama promotes homosexuality

 

When President Obama ran in 2008, he said he was against homosexual marriage. Now he is the biggest promoter of homosexuality in America. In June, he designated Stonewall Inn as a national monument. This is a designation exclusively held for places of honor in America. But the  Stonewall National Monument in New York City will […]

Columns

Political junk mail says a lot about candidate’s character

    

Are you sick of getting political pieces in the mail? I am. Between the April 5 special election and the June 28 primary, we got almost 50 mail pieces from various politicians and political groups. If you vote a lot, and we vote every time the polls are open, you get a lot of attention […]

The Founders understood the need for religion, morality

    

It was President John Adams who wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Last week, I wrote about the fact that America was founded as a Christian nation by Christians, and cited the evidence from a book written by Jerry […]

Hostile Actors?

    

Although the origin of almost every proverb is shrouded by the mist of time, Cistercian Abbot Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 – 1153) is attributed to the authorship of “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” The saying is “said to emphasize that you must not simply intend to behave well but must […]

Democrats display childishness in their sit-in about gun control

    

On June 23, the communist/socialist-oriented major media (TV in particular) began what appeared to be wall-to-wall coverage of the latest in a long series of rather unsocial actions. This was called a sit-in by the (minority) Democrat Caucus, members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It appeared that the whole caucus was involved, although there […]

A triple blessing from Isaac in Panama

    

I get to work with some of the best students who walk the earth. I am currently working in Panama with a group of students who are giving of their summer to go from the city to farming communities to the jungle. I write this from the front door of the jungle known as the […]

Sports

A true test of faith for Allan Trimble

    

Jenks High School head football coach Allan Trimble made public last week that he has been diagnosed with ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. With his announcement has come an outpouring of support, not only from those within the Jenks Trojans football family, but throughout the entire region. […]

OSU gets highest ranking ever in Learfield Director’s Cup

 

Oklahoma State had an outstanding sports year in 2015-2016 and got the highest finish ever in the Learfield Directors’ Cup. And as a bonus, during the last school year, student-athletes posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.038. Oklahoma State finished 13th in the Learfield Cup standings, marking its highest finish since the competition began […]

CBS Sports tabs OU as the best in college sports last year

 

CBS Sports has named Oklahoma the 2015-16 “Best in College Sports,” with the Sooners edging North Carolina and Notre Dame. The award calculates the success of FBS programs in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and two “wild card” sports. The OU football team became the first of six Oklahoma teams to finish in the final […]

Oklahoma will play Temple in three game series

 

The University of Oklahoma and Temple University announced an agreement to play a three-game football series starting in 2024. The series will begin Aug. 31, 2024, in Norman with a return game Sept. 13, 2025, in Philadelphia. The third game will be played Sept. 2, 2028, in Norman. The Sooners and Owls have met twice, […]

Baylor recruit switches to OU

 

Parrish Cobb, recently released from his football scholarship commitment at Baylor, has signed with Oklahoma. The cornerback bolted from his hometown university, joining many others from the Bears’ 2016 signing class, following recent events at the Big 12 school. Friday’s news was first reported by The Football Brainiacs. Cobb was a longtime OU commit before […]

Entertainment

Expanded attractions await visitors to Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City has never lacked for rides, entertainment and culture. Now it has even more. Families have no worries here about the wholesome nature of Silver Dollar City – and the great fun during the Star Spangled Summer of 2015. This year, Silver Dollar City opened Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million […]

SIX is an energetic show that reaches across generations

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Nobody falls asleep when Six is on stage. The six Knudsen brothers’ show is nearly two hours of incredible singing, infectious comedy and pure energy. But no musical instruments. You have to see this show to believe it. Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen sing, dance, make funny comments and […]

Jim Stafford returns to Branson to celebrate his twenty-fifth season

    

BRANSON, Mo. – It took Jim Stafford 26 years to get in 25 years of entertaining in Branson. After a one-year hiatus in 2014, the affable singer/song writer/guitarist/comedian is back on stage in the heart of the Branson entertainment district. And his long-time fans are really glad. Stafford has consistently been one of the most […]