We now have dry conditions around the state of Oklahoma and across the nation. Grass fires have been ignited by various causes. Crops are suffering. Fire is no laughing matter, especially if it is fast approaching your home and barns. We pray for rain to the Lord of all creation, so that He …

Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation's board of directors formed a task force to visit the offices of various Congressional members to discuss issues affecting veterans and the work our 60-plus volunteers are doing to address those issues. On Aug. 8, our task force began a two-day assignment i…

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Last week when I visited our Cleveland County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at the fairgrounds, I noticed marigolds planted in among the tomatoes in the vegetable garden. The caretaker, Linda Fielder, said the marigolds were planted with the tomatoes to repel nematodes.

SAN ANTONIO -- Usio, a tech-enabled payment solutions provider, announced today that they have executed an agreement with One Church Software, a Miami, Florida-based church management software platform, where One Church has integrated Usio's "PayFac-in-a-Box" technology and as a result, will…

Thank you to veterans and their families who have done so much for this United States of America. Without the sacrifices the men and women who served in our military have made for us, this country would not have continued to survive. When we look at the many countries around the world where …

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My dad was a seasoned carpenter working for years with the Carpenter's Local in Savannah, Georgia. His talents was put to use with the Atlanta Gas Company as their building manager overseeing many remodeling projects around the Savannah area, including The Pirates House.

Many of us have been blessed to have brothers and sisters. Siblings are a gift from God. We have grown up with them in our families. We share the same parents. It is always amusing to share memories with them from childhood.

The Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation honored Korean War veteran Sylvester Moore as veteran of the week. He served our country as a member of the United States Army. He makes his home in Talihina.

Our veteran of the week is Russell Miller, of Norman, who served during the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force. We recognized him for his service and presented a military cap depicting his time in the military.

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.

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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.

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Dorothy Jean "Dot" Duncan, 69, formerly of Norman, passed August 15, 2019. Celebration Services will be held 2PM, Monday, August 19, Shekinah Fellowship Church, 412 SW 104th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73139. Condolences may be shared at www.tribute.care (405.292.4787).

Frederick Powell Goodwin Jr. 67 of Norman passed away Wednesday August 14, 2019. Memorial services will be 10:00am Saturday August 24, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences please visit havenbrookfuneralhome.com

Ted VanSchuyver, (66) of Norman passed away at his home on August 13th. Graveside Services are 10:00am Saturday, August 17th at Johnsonville Cemetery, Byars, Ok. Arranged and Directed By McMahans Funeral Home.

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