August 2017

Family and youth festival Sept. 3-4

 

Bill Shepherd Ministries is presenting the “Turn on Your Light Family and Youth Festival” September 3-4 at Haikey Creek Park, 11327 S. Garnett Road. The family-oriented Christian event will run from 1-8 p.m. Sunday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Sunday is “God bless ministers, America and Israel Day” and Monday, Labor Day, […]

City closings for Labor Day holiday

 

City Hall and other city facilities will be closed September 4 for Labor Day. Public safety and mission critical operations will operate as normal. Residents who need assistance with a water or sewer problem may call 24-hour emergency numbers: water – 918-596-9488, and sewer – 918-586-6999. Residential refuse, recycling, green waste and bulky waste will […]

Assistance for veteran job placement

 

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for veterans, transitioning military, National Guard and Reserve members and their families at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Building 3955 Mow-Way and Sheridan Roads, Fort Sill, Oklahoma on September 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Employers and career seekers interested in attending this event should register […]

Special shows, events in Branson

 

BRANSON, Missouri – Silver Dollar City Attractions are preparing to present over 70 acts performing for 12 days and nights on 8 stages as top artists gather for events on land and lake that began August 24. Silver Dollar City presents Southern Gospel Picnic, one of America’s premier Southern Gospel events, and the Showboat Branson […]

Editorial: Brian O’Hara for District 37

 

Seven Republicans will be on the ballot on September 12 in a special primary election to fill a seat in Oklahoma Senate District 37. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman in a special election November 14. That seat is open because Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is resigning to take a job […]

Editorial: More for Gist, less for teachers?

 

The Tulsa School Board is considering signing Superintendent Deborah Gist to a new contract. In the final year of her current three-year contract, she will make $431,977 in salary, fringe benefits and bonuses. That contract ends on June 30, 2018. If you want to blame anyone for low teacher salaries, blame school administrators and local […]

Editorial: OK Supreme Court gets it right

 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has correctly ruled that the $1.50 cigarette tax is a tax and not a fee and was therefore unconstitutional. During the legislative session, Republican leaders crafted four separate bills to raise the tax on cigarettes. This was promoted by Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican who ran twice on conservative values but […]

Labor Day family reunions were fun in Conway, Ark.

    

September 4 is Labor Day. When I was a boy and young man, sometimes we would go to Arkansas on Labor Day weekend for a family reunion. It wasn’t the Biggs Family but it might as well have been. It was actually the Williams Family. My Grandmother (my Dad’s Mother) was part of the Williams […]

Who should pay for the damage from Hurricane Harvey?

    

As I write this article on Sunday, August 26, Hurricane Harvey has already dumped about 24 inches of rain on Houston, causing massive flooding.  By the date this article is published, Houston is expected to receive at least that much rain again. Although the amount of rain Harvey will eventually produce over Houston and the […]

Search for a Better Tomorrow

    

There were a series of excellent articles over the weekend concerning education.  The first was an Associated Press interview with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  Ms. DeVos starts out by saying, “We think that there has been an overreach in many cases on the part of the federal government in really intruding on states’ issues […]