- Ada, Oklahoma


  • On the prowl Randy's Natural World

    This week in Randy's Natural World I’m featuring the snowy egret (Egretta thula). Not to be confused with the slightly smaller cattle egret or the larger great egret, the snowy egret measures about two feet from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail. It is white with a black bill, long black legs with yellow feet, and yellow between its beak and eyes.

    June 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • Pasture tour scheduled June 30


    Pontotoc Co. Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting its annual Pasture Tour on June 30 at the Allen Ranch, North of Stonewall, where Roy Allen has graciously offered to give us a tour of his operation. 


    June 23, 2012

  • Keep your car cool this summer


    It is no secret that Oklahoma gets hot - really hot - in the summer. Unfortunately, staying indoors in the air conditioning all the time is not a practical option to avoid the heat.


    June 23, 2012

  • Former Byng woman is veteran at Baptist Village

    In my last column I mentioned that one reason Baptist Village is becoming more like home to me is that so many residents or staffers have Byng roots.  I did not realize that I had not yet become reacquainted with a woman who has lived at the Village more than 23 years and whose family is outstanding in Byng’s history.

    June 22, 2012

  • Tom Cole in Ada April 2011 02 C.jpg Conventions should be 'tax-free'

    Ronald Reagan’s famous statement that “a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth” remains frustratingly true.  Although Congress has finally begun to cut billions in recognition of the growing threat posed by the massive national debt, many spending programs persist for no justifiable reason.  So many budget items continue to be funded due to sheer inertia or political self-interest --  not because they successfully fulfill a worthwhile government function.

    June 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • Looking Out Randy's Natural World

    This week’s profile is for the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus).

    June 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • Aquatic weed control necessary


    Aquatic plants growing in ponds and lakes are beneficial for fish and wildlife. They provide food, dissolved oxygen, and spawning and nesting habitat for fish and waterfowl. Aquatic plants can trap excessive nutrients and detoxify chemicals.


    June 16, 2012

  • Vitamins are an essential part of a healthy diet


    Vitamins are substances in food that are “vital to life” and are involved in numerous body functions. There are 13 known vitamins needed to support sound nutritional health.


    June 16, 2012

  • Tom Cole in Ada April 2011 02 C.jpg America at fiscal crossroads


    Month after month, Americans continue to be pummeled with bad economic news.  The dismal employment reports and sobering economic outlooks released in the past few days maintain the unfortunate trend. 


    June 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Taxpayers foot bill for Obamacare ads

    June 6, 2012

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