Each year, countless hours are spent preparing for an event that has been happening in Pontotoc County for 100 years! Just think, this event could be one that your great-great grandparents attended!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 611 cases of salmonella infections in people from 45 states, with 32 percent of the cases in children under 5 years of age. The majority of the people infected had contact with live poultry within a week of becoming ill. This should be a warn…

  • By Janna Kelley OSU Extension 

Doing laundry probably tops the list of the most frequent, yet necessary household tasks, so anything to make the chore a little easier is certainly welcome.

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This image released by Open Road Films shows Woody Harrelson, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from "Triple 9." (Bob Mahoney/Open Road Films via AP)

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  • By JAMES BEATY | McAlester News-Capital 

This year’s Super Tuesday presidential primary election may not be quite as super as initially expected — at least where the number of viable candidates is concerned.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

Since this spring, lawmakers have been hard at work sharing ideas and crafting legislation to responsibly fund the government. In the House of Representatives, the process of fulfilling this critical function of government started with hearings and discussions in the 12 subcommittees of the …

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

We focus a lot on the death of Christ. It was important. In fact, His death was symbolically practiced for centuries before He actually did it Himself — for the last time. Beginning with Adam’s son, Abel, a sacrificial death of a pure and “undefiled” animal became the symbol of the soon-to-c…

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

For many Oklahomans, fuel-burning appliances such as fireplaces and wood stoves are popular and reliable ways to chase away the winter chill. However, using these types of appliances does come with some risks, so it is important to use them as safely as possible.

  • David Slane

Two mass shootings in recent weeks may have distracted some people from an Oklahoma tragedy that left the entire state shocked and dismayed when four people were killed and dozens more injured at the end of the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in October.

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

Lawrence Kohlberg theorizes that that are six reasons why man does “the right thing.” He describes six different levels of moral development. A level-one person does the right thing to avoid punishment or to gain personal pleasure. A level-two individual does the right thing to please someon…

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

The realm of New Year’s resolutions is limitless: Spend more time with the family. Lose weight. Read more. But, what about your money?

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON  — In 1992, in the Central Asian winter that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, I hit upon a slightly crazy, but also most unusual, path to adventure. I would spend the two months of January and February out there where nobody went, in what had been Soviet Central Asia, ex…

  • U.S. Sen. James Lankford

When I took the oath of office in January to be the next U.S. senator for Oklahoma, I made a commitment to represent our great state and our values in Washington, D.C.  While Oklahomans do not agree on many issues, most Oklahomans are very protective and very skeptical of Social Security. We…

  • Congressman Tom Cole

In response to the escalating conflict in the Middle East, thousands of refugees have fled the violence, terrorism and oppression directed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). Without question, this flood of refugees into Europe and their potential resettlement into the U…

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

Lost — a term that was common to describe a person without a personal and committed relationship to God. I don’t hear it too often today. It was also used to describe a person destined for an eternity without God.

  • By Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — Until the advent of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, the word "immigration" tended to mean the controlled and more-or-less legal movement of one people to another country. Oh, there were always "border troubles" here and there, but nothing to (so to speak) write home about.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

The world was shaken by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that claimed dozens of innocent lives in Paris. Reportedly carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the senseless attacks demonstrate that these terrorists are becoming bolder and more violent by the day, inten…

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — Until the advent of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, the word "immigration" tended to mean the controlled and more-or-less legal movement of one people to another country. Oh, there were always "border troubles" here and there, but nothing to (so to speak) write home about.

  • U.S. Rep. Tom Cole

The world was shaken by a series of devastating terrorist attacks that claimed dozens of innocent lives in Paris. Reportedly carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the senseless attacks demonstrate that these terrorists are becoming bolder and more violent by the day, inten…

  • By Jerry Duncan, Ph.D., ABPP, guest writer

Have you ever heard the college version of the hymn, “Love Lifted Me”? It goes something like this, “I was sinking deep in sin — wheeeeee!”

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — When French President Francois Hollande addressed both houses of the French Parliament after the terrorist ravages of Paris — "We are at war!" he proclaimed — he was doing something more rare and historically important than it at first seemed.

What do we do with the belief that God owes us protection and provision? I am not sure how the expectation originates in the Christian community, but I know that it exists.

  • Gene Lyons

At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let's get real about Dr. Ben Carson's presidential campaign. Every four years, rural Iowa Republicans fall raptly in love with a Bible-brandishing savior who vows to purge the nation of sin. In 2008, it was Mike Huckabee; in 2012, Rick Santorum.

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

A new law, which passed in May 2015 and went into effect Nov. 1 is geared toward making the state’s roadways safer and saving lives.

  • Georgie Anne Geyer

WASHINGTON — When the first Syrian refugees and many from other "nations" began showing up on Europe's southern shores last summer, usually wet, bedraggled and only half-alive, amazement soon turned to pity, then pity to action and resentment to mercy.

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

We have been discussing the hard work of recovering a severely damaged relationship. We started with the difficult, but doable task of forgiving old and severe hurts. We then took a look at the how-to of recovering trust that was once given to us freely, but now has to be earned back. Last w…

  • By Jerry Duncan, Ph.D., ABPP, Guest Writer

In marriage, we can find ourselves hurting our partner and being hurt by our partner on a regular basis. Even though we might be diligent in confessing and apologizing for wrongs to each other, continuing the same hurt over and over can make our partner wonder how committed to change we are …

  • By Congressman Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

As long as President Obama is in office and Republicans control Congress, the nation will remain in an era of divided government. Given our system of checks and balances, true negotiation must take place and real compromise must be reached to govern effectively. And like I’ve said on numerou…

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

Remember, forgiveness is a process. It will take a while as you regularly look back at your deep hurts and see your partner as weak and fallible, and separate what he/she did from who he/she is.

  • Congressman Tom Cole

More than three years after our nation learned about the tragedy at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, there are still unanswered questions about what happened there and what could have prevented the murder of four Americans on the 12th anniversary of September 11. Since that terrible day tha…

  • By Jeff Mullin, Enid News & Eagle

A long time ago, in a desert far, far away, there was a man named Abraham. It seems Abraham’s wife, Sarah, could not bear him children, so when he was 86, she suggested he sleep with her slave girl, Hagar, so that she might bear him a son.

  • Janna Kelley OSU Extension Educator

The candy aisle at the local store is filled with all kinds of treats. Costumes and decorations fill another section of the store. Obviously Halloween is just around the corner.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

  The Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget recently reported that the annual federal deficit had declined to its lowest level in years. At first glance, this sounds like very good news, and predictably President Obama was quick to claim it as his victory. However, even …

  • By James Jackson, executive director, Ada Regional United Way

The Ada Regional United Way has seen a lot of change since the beginning of 2015. In addition to the new executive director (nice to meet you), we have fresh faces on the board of directors, people who are passionate and dedicated to the mission of Ada Regional United Way. In early summer, w…

  • By Jerry Duncan, Ph.D., ABPP, guest writer

 As you are reading this article, I am arriving in Romania for a two-week missions trip with my brother, Mike, and his church. If you are interested in following our daily progress, starting on Monday, July 27, go to www.cmiada.org and follow the links to Romania missions.

  • By U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

Without question, we live in a dangerous world with threats that only continue to grow or become more apparent each and every day. Given the nature of the times in which we live, it is critical that our country maintain the capability to confront the mounting dangers to our security and thos…

  • Justin McDaniel OSU Extension Educator

Most cattle, pig, sheep and goat producers are used to giving vaccines.  What producers may not be aware of is how important the proper handling of the vaccine.  Any breakdowns in handling the vaccine before giving it to the animal may compromise the efficacy of the product.  The following i…

  • Jerry Duncan Ph.D, ABPP, Guest Writer

When I was nineteen, my pastor recommended I attend a weeklong conference presented by Bill Gothard in Oklahoma City. Bill Gothard would travel from city to city around the world and pack large conference centers with people anxious to learn practical application principles from the Bible fo…

  • Congressman Tom Cole

The release of a series of videos that have exposed the despicable backroom practices at Planned Parenthood and which documented disturbing conversations with some of its employees have caused Americans to question the federal funding the organization receives. Without question, I share the …

  • By Jack McElroy, editor, The Knoxville (Tenn.) News

In 1928, Frank Capra made a silent movie called “The Power of the Press.” Douglas Fairbanks Jr. played Clem Rogers, an ambitious cub reporter hungry for a scoop. He gets more than he bargained for when his big story implicates the mayor’s daughter – who just happens to be Clem’s girlfriend –…

  • By Ray Mosby, editor and publisher, The Deer Creek (Miss.) Pilot

“I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…” —Roger Miller

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