Col. Alain Poisson, who is currently director of Multi-Domain Command and Control, the Air Force Strategic Integration Group, HQ U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, will assume command during a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday.

I hope that all of you enjoyed the recent Memorial Day with family and friends. As we get older, most of us will be thinking more about the people who shaped our lives who are no longer with us. As veterans, some of us remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so others coul…

Finally, weather has turned warm with a low chance of frost, and we've had some amount of rain, so a gardener's thoughts turn to vegetables in the garden. There are those who will tell you if you can grow vegetables in Oklahoma, you can grow them anywhere.

It is now Holy Week for Christians worldwide. The greatest drama of all time happened during this week.

I haven't really ever been the kind of person who likes climbing trees. I think I may have tried a couple of times as a kid, and even as an adult. However, I just never quite could overcome my fear of falling.

Alvie Boles was the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation Veteran of the Week. He will celebrate his 100th birthday April 14. We helped him receive VA benefits a few years ago.

Someone once said, "No one dies happy." Yet, the Declaration of Independence declares the universal right of "the pursuit of happiness."

Although he may have thought about it out of professional habit, Norman Police Maj. Kevin Foster didn't push my head down as I entered the back of his unmarked police car. Riding in the back seat of a police car was another one of those "bucket list" firsts to cross off my life's to do list.

What happens when life takes a serious turn? Suddenly. Without warning. You're skating on the blessings of life one day and the next day, the unexpected hits you like a ton of bricks.

While living at Norman's Rivermont community in his later years, acclaimed writer Martin Gardner regularly entertained accomplished visitors from the world of science and mathematics.

As the Easter season approaches I am drawn to the Book of Isaiah and in particular the 4 Servant Songs that begin in Isaiah 42 and end in Isaiah 52/53 with the powerful portrayal of the "Suffering Servant."

The McFarlin Youth Choir is proud to present the musical "GODSPELL," a musical re-telling of the Gospel of Matthew set in the modern day, originally by Stephen Schwartz with new orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. This will be a performance you don't want to miss!

Christians all over the world are now in the season of Epiphany. Four vital aspects of the life of Jesus Christ are celebrated: the star guiding the Wise Men to come worship the Christ child, the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River, the first miracle of Jesus turning water into wine…

Remember last week when we talked about Groundhog Day predicting an early spring? Well, I guess the groundhog got the last laugh, because Thursday was chilly where we are. With subzero temperatures causing school closings and icy conditions, our volunteers soldiered on.

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While their peers are on the beach, the ski slopes or just sleeping late this Spring Break, a group of OU students and sponsors will travel to Puerto Rico to continue cleanup and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Maria.

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live throu…

Looking at the numbers of veterans and surviving spouses who have already visited us in Norman at 1268 N. Interstate Drive, 2019 is going to be another record year for our foundation. We are assisting more than 300 men and women each week with their VA benefits.

Acts 10 tells the story of salvation for Cornelius and his household. It takes place in a cultural context of social barriers and notions of "clean and unclean."

As a VA accredited claims agent for more than 21,000 veterans and surviving spouses, some VA claims will be denied. Our next step is to challenge that ruling three times. When this doesn't work and the claim is denied, a notice of disagreement will be filed to start the appeal process.

Veterans Corner Inc., 3805 SE 44th St., Newcastle, OK 73065, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing ongoing support and services to our brave men and women in uniform, past or present.

Our veteran of the week is Mr. Ramiro Roca, who served in the United States Army for 13 ½ years. He has been a volunteer alongside me since 2005. Thank you for your many years of service to our country and to our fellow veterans.


The Salvation Army of Cleveland County provides emergency shelter for up to 35 homeless men, women and families on a daily basis. When the weather drops to 36 degrees or lower, shelter director Lisa Chamberlain and her staff clear tables and fit 15 extra cots for individuals who come in off …

Welcome to the new year! Were you celebrating that special moment when we went from 2018 to 2019? Some folks, like many in our church family, come together to play games, staying up for that final countdown. But what were you celebrating, exactly? What really transpired at that moment?

Recently, we sent out almost 22,000 annual newsletters to the veterans and surviving spouses we serve. I want to say thank you to all of you who responded to our funding request. Your dollars make our organization one of the best in the nation when it comes to helping all of those who have w…

Due to the Winter Storm Watch last weekend, Veterans Corner Inc., on Highway 9 West, had a Red, White, and Blue Christmas Celebration last Saturday. Jerry Baxter was Master of Ceremony, and Franklin Thompson provided an inspirational devotional prayer.

Today, we recognize Mr. Allan Ballinger as our veteran of the week. He served honorably in U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. One of the most rewarding things we do each Tuesday and Thursday mornings is recognize the men and women who served during World War II and the Korean War. Each on…

For the last few years, the all-volunteer veteran's advocates at Veterans Corner Inc. on State Highway 9 West have gathered toys during the holiday season to be given to the Toys for Tots program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, which distributes toys to children whose parents …

Each week, we recognize veterans for service to our country who served during World War II or the Korean War. Each of them is given a military cap representing their service. The biggest job we then have is deciding which one of them will be our veteran of the week.

A recent Sunday afternoon, I watched my wonderful grandchildren help Nana put the Christmas tree up and decorate it with all sorts of ornaments.

Each year, we send our annual newsletter to the veterans and surviving spouses we represent before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Saturday, we mailed more than 22,000. If you do not receive your copy, contact us by email or call Lora at 550-8806 to update your address. Veterans, survivi…

My friend, Alan Walworth, retired from the pastorate some years ago to work with churches across the country. He helps them plan capital campaigns and create cultures of generosity in their congregations.

The sounds of Christmas will again fill the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., on Sunday and will be headlined by contemporary classical vocal group Veritas. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the free concert will begin at 6. Child care will be available for birth through pre-K.

I hope each of you was able to spend time with your friends and family last week. One of the places I visited was Norman High School for the annual Food and Shelter Thanksgiving Dinner. I wanted to visit with any homeless or local veterans to offer assistance to them when applying for VA benefits.

On this day after Thanksgiving, I still find myself filled with gratitude for the gift of life, family, friends and the blessings we enjoy and often take for granted. I am reminded of God's love for each of us, a love that allowed His Son, Jesus, to be crucified on a cross for our sin.

The Andrus Award for Community Service honors those who embody the spirit of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others.

Our offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day, so our volunteers can spend this holiday with their families.

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Do you think the new senior citizens center should be built at Reaves Park?

The Norman City Council has announced plans to move forward with building the new senior center at Reaves Park. Other locations have included Andrews Park and the current central library, which will be vacated at some point this summer.

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Dr. John E. Allen, 79, of Noble passed away on June 9th at the Norman Regional Hospital. Funeral Services will be 2:00pm Friday, June 21st at the Noble First Baptist Church. Directed By McMahans Funeral Home of Noble.

Jimmy "Jim" Bayles 81, passed away June 13, 2019. Funeral Services will be held 10:00a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Franklin Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be shared at

Charles "Chas" Stover, passed away June 13, 2019. Visitation is 9 - 11 AM Mon., June 17 at Vondel Smith South Lakes 4000 SW 119th St OKC. Graveside services 2 PM Mon., June 17 at Wanette Cemetery Wanette, OK.

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