Before my grandmother died,  her yard became the home for at least 12 gnomes, several plastic deer and no less than three birdbaths. She loved to sit on her porch and admire the flowers. I secretly thought to myself, I will never clutter my yard like that. Thinking you will never do something is a huge mistake of youth. I find that these days I like my clutter, it makes me happy. It's not in my yard necessarily but pictures of the kids, artwork in varying stages of completion, lots of books, treasures brought home from trips clutter my home and they make me happy.

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After more than 93 years the Doughboy statue at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center will get a fresh look.

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The good that e-cigarettes have done — helping many people stop smoking tobacco cigarettes — can’t overshadow the risk they pose to young people, who have been given the impression too often and for too long that these kinds of devices are benign.

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NORMAN — As Oklahoma tested players at the offensive tackle positions this preseason, in one case converting a guard into a tackle, it also evaluated a close competition at center.

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Pittsburg County commissioners say it’s time to try and recoup some of the many taxpayer dollars that have been expended due to the opioid crisis — and they’ve signed an agreement with attorneys to help them collect.

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NORMAN — Among secondary violations that the University of Oklahoma recently self-reported to the NCAA was 2019 wide receiver Arjei Henderson exceeding the 48-hour window allotted for an official visit, according to The Oklahoman.

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ENID, Okla. — A proposal for a casino will be presented to the Enid City Commission by the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe during a study session meeting Tuesday night.

In Norman, fall is all about football, foliage and fun, but when the Sooners are in Fort Worth in a few weeks to play the TCU Horned Frogs, there will still be foliage and fun. The trees will provide the color and the Norman Rotary Club will provide the fun.

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Skies are clearing over Perseverance Valley, engineers say, and scientists should soon know whether the craft will be able to continue collecting data.

ARLINGTON, Texas — For a brief moment Saturday night, TCU gave off the glowing appearance it was headed for its biggest non-conference regular-season win in more than a decade.

On the outside, Norman’s Journey Church looked like the stalwart community leader it had been for decades. But behind the scenes, former staff saw the church’s sale to the Dallas-based Fellowship Church as inevitable.

ARLINGTON, Texas — A few media members surrounded ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor and her interview subject, seconds after No. 4 Ohio State had kept its College Football Playoff goals afloat by surviving a scare from No. 15 TCU.

Normally, that interview subject would have been Urban Meyer, the embattled Buckeyes coach who was serving out the third and final game of his suspension stemming from a tumultuous offseason. Instead, Interim Coach Ryan Day inserted himself into the spotlight for a brief moment.

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Oklahoma will experience the pageantry of facing Army for just the fourth time in school history. Saturday’s game at Owen Field will be an experience both schools’ players will cherish for different reasons.

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AMES, Iowa — People watching at Jack Trice Stadium probably figured David Montgomery would shed tackles. For more than a year, Iowa State’s brute running back has built a reputation for doing so.

When John Wilson, Ron McClure and Jim Burleson joined the American Armed Services as young men, they likely didn't think they'd have to advocate for quality health care decades later. Now these men, residents of the Norman Veterans Center, aren't receiving the level of care they were promised, according to their family members.

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Despite all his obligations as director of the second annual Norman Film Festival, Chase Spivey couldn't resist taking a moment to toy with his young son, Donovan, whose eyes were occupied inside a virtual reality headset.

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“It has bones in it?” In order to get the full impact of these words uttered by my grandson, you have to put an accent on “bones” and then finish the whole thing with the sound of questioning surprise.

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Isn’t this taste of autumn a blessing? I so enjoy the cool in the morning and the movement of air on a sunny afternoon. September, though still warm brings the first signs of fall – a time when a garden’s color palette changes. We will begin to see fall foliage turn, but do we stop to notice the flowers? Many perennials begin opening their buds when cooler temperatures return. Asters are one of these.

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Cooler temperatures and everything pumpkin spice aren’t the only good things that happen in the fall. From mid-September through early October Oklahoma typically has near-ideal day/night temperature combinations for germination of cool-season grasses. So, let the tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass seeding begin. Sodding of these grasses also can be done now, but make sure to keep it thoroughly watered.

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A new and trendy product has been dominating the e-cigarette market over the past year. Many teens have been trying Juul, a new vaping device that closely resembles a USB device and can be charged in any USB port, making them easy to hide in schools and at home. While this product is only supposed to be available to those 18 and older, many middle and high school students are becoming addicted to Juul.

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So, when the headline reads “Kevin Stitt is an Anti-Vaxxer,” that’s definitely going to draw a click isn’t it? The Daily Beast was referring to a forum where Stitt, the Republican nominee in this year’s gubernatorial election, was on video trying to communicate the stance of parental choice when it comes to vaccinations. On the video, it seemed like Stitt had made a choice between which of his children were vaccinated, but may have just been struggling to put his thoughts into words.

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ENID, Okla. — Today is a very special day for the history books. Sept. 16, 2018, marks exactly 125 years since the Land Run of 1893, which ended up being Oklahoma's largest land run.

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I finally had the opportunity Saturday, after coming up now on 10 years as an Enid resident, to attend the annual Cherokee Strip parade through downtown Enid. 

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Members of a limited liability company who hope to open the first medical marijuana business in Muskogee found themselves without a bank just days after the state issued licenses for growing and dispensing the product. 

As early as 1834, the federal court in Arkansas Territory was given jurisdiction over capital crimes occurring in neighboring Indian Territory. In reality, this court had little impact on the Indian Nations because it was given no authority to pursue cases involving Native Americans.

Amen Ogbongbemiga saw a crease in the Boise State punt block coverage – just like his coach told him there would be – and he made a play that changed Saturday’s contest at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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For a long time, Dillon Stoner knew his roommate was fast, but the rest of the world found out Saturday afternoon.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30, benefits will be held at the OSU Seretean Center for the Show Compassion Foundation. Hosted by Claire Grace, the benefits will feature iTunes and Spotify artist Cole Norton, as well as Triana Browne, a former OSU track student-athlete and Miss Oklahoma 2017, who will be the emcee and featured special guest. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.showcompassionfoundation.org and $15 at the door. Stillwater musician Claire Grace answered questions about the upcoming events. 

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Cherokee Nation Entertainment remains the regional leader in entertainment and hospitality, and our efforts continue to evolve, expand and improve. Bigger and better options at our tribal casinos, including the tribe’s flagship Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, ensure Cherokee Nation is able to make investments in programs and services that improve the quality of life for our people. Success allows us to improve access to health care, homeownership rates and educational opportunities.