December 2017

Collinsville filing dates are Feb. 12-14


Candidates for municipal office in the City of Collinsville didn’t file December 18-20 as previously announced. Gwen Freeman, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period will instead be February 12 – 14, 2018, with a nonpartisan primary election to be held April 3 and a general election, if needed, on June 26. […]

Christmas closings set


The Tulsa Beacon will not publish on Thursday, December 28, but will resume on Thursday, January 4. The newspaper office will be closed from December 23 until January 3. To contact the Tulsa Beacon during that time, call 918-523-4425 and leave a message or email or (for legal notices). The City of Tulsa […]

OSDH gets a new CEO


Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger announced that he is naming Kim Bailey as chief operating officer and Margot Barnes as director of human resources (HR). “As we work to regain the public’s trust, it is important that we place highly qualified people with strong personal values and ethics in leadership […]

Peggy Louise Flores


January 30, 1936 – December 7, 2017 Pittsburg, California, Resident, Peggy “Pooker” Flores passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017. She made her journey home, peacefully surrounded by love and her family. Peggy was born January 30th, 1936, in West Virginia, the only daughter of Ben and Rama Campbell. Peggy was a graduate of San […]

Editorial: Oklahoma in the ‘Booze Belt?’


In 2018, more alcohol will be on sale in Oklahoma, more alcohol will be consumed and more problems will result. There is nothing wrong with an occasional drink but the issue will be how many drinks how often and what happens when so many Oklahomans drink so much more. In 2016, state voters approved the […]

Editorial: Silence on gambling’s destruction


The media manipulates public opinion more by what it doesn’t report or de-emphasizes than the actual news. The liberal media in Tulsa – the daily paper, the TV stations, most magazines and most radio stations go out of their way to protect the casinos by minimizing the social destruction caused by gambling. They mute the […]

Black, red, white and gold pages in the Wordless Book


I think it was in 1960 when Mrs. White (I don’t recall her first name) sat down with me and explained the Wordless Book. That book had no text. It was simply a book with pages of different colors. The first page was black. Mrs. White said that darkness represented the result of sin. In […]

Christmas is the perfect time to recognize who Jesus is


“In the beginning the Word already existed.  He was with God, and he was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn’t make.”  (John 1:1-3 NLT) The Word is who the apostle Paul spoke about in Romans 1:20 (NLT) when he said: “From the time […]

More Bad News for TPS


Many in Oklahoma applauded Governor Mary Fallin for her bold executive order calling for the Oklahoma State Board of Education to compile a list of school districts that spend less than 60 percent of their budgets on instructional expenditures and then make recommendations for administrative consolidation or annexation. At this point, we do not know […]

I hope everyone has a happy and prosperous New Year in 2018


As we now come to the final week in the “Year of Our Lord” 2017, so much has happened this year that it would take several pages of typed printing to  cover it all. And since these efforts of mine are being published in a few papers and therefore subject to editorial license and possible […]