Northeast of Tahlequah near Oklahoma 10 sits a beautiful landmark called McSpadden Falls. Here on private land, a stream cascades over the flinty rocks that are part of the Illinois River Basin. The long-time owner of the property reports that the stream never goes dry, even in summer, so the falls are always running even if at a small trickle.

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A monthly tradition at the Warner United Methodist Church has exploded into an event of recognition.

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Day-length is diminishing, and many perennials and autumn blooming shrubs are beginning to naturally, physiologically, shut down for winter. There are a number of perennials whose flowers will take you through the end of fall with minimal attention.

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As we left last Sunday’s installment, our traveling trio (grandchild, Maya, 9, bride, Debbie, and myself) were in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, where we stayed two nights in a hotel near their international airport. Early the next morning, we were shuttled to the nearby terminal to board a commuter flight. To our total surprise, because we were flying a small aircraft to King Salmon, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, we did not have to pass through a TSA inspection area. In today’s traveling world, not having any TSA airline requirements to pass through, was really strange to us!

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Some dogs are born with abnormal protrusions on their heads; others sustain them after trauma or surgery or as a result of high blood pressure in the brain. And these protrusions can be harmful.

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As gardeners, we work hard to be conscious of the environment and take that responsibility seriously. We know everything we do impacts the environment, either positively or negatively. Through gardening, we can approach our landscaping in a way that works with nature to protect the environment around us.

WARNER — Weatherford resident Ingrid Law drove nearly three hours on Saturday to get lucky on Cow Chip Bingo.

A positive reception from the Public Works Committee spelled good news for a steering committee dedicated to improving transportation infrastructure in Muskogee.

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Oklahoma and Texas return to the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.

Current events can boggle the mind these days. That was especially true this week as the crazy and the chaotic spilled from Washington and the Ukraine into Syria, where Turkish forces began bombarding innocents in an effort to wrest control of territory controlled by the Kurds. 

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The American Civil War has no peer when it came to the threat to the physical well-being of the United States of America, set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the subsequent U.S. Constitution.

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The boat isn’t much — an aluminum tray, a copper coil, and a tea candle — but it sputters along the water anyway, to the cheering amazement of the spectating eighth-graders. Of course they’re excited; after all, they built the boat.

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TAFT — Daniel Roberts went to prison for simple drug possession in early 2017 — but a January 2019 ruling on State Question 780 retroactively designated his crime as a misdemeanor, not a felony. Roberts is one of 700 Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmates due for release in November as a result.

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A man who has served 21 years in prison for the rape and shooting death of a teenage girl in Cleveland County will have a chance to receive a reduced prison term.

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Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate a Friday night fatal deputy-involved shooting near the town of Pittsburg.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — When both games are preseason games and one is against the New Zealand Breakers, who are in NBL and not the NBA, do two games denote a trend?

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A Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a 26-year-old Enid woman on drug complaints and possession of a stolen vehicle early Wednesday morning.

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Despite blustery breezes, nurses giving free influenza vaccinations during a drive-through flu clinic did a brisk business Friday outside the Pittsburg County Health Department.

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An Ada man was found lying in the road dead Thursday evening, with at least one gunshot wound police say they do not believe was self-inflicted.

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Not one to skate by with the same thing year after year, Chickasha's Festival of Light is including a skating rink in this year's activities. 

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford said he “would vehemently oppose” Turkey’s membership in NATO if it were petitioning to become a member today, but he believes “there is hope” Turks will reject “their current dictator” and once again become a reliable ally. 

Eva Meraz-Corral, 47, told Enid Police Department detectives she was responsible for an attack on Diana Baez, 41, because she dated a man she had been involved with previously. Baez later died of her injuries.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] NAME: Zachariah Toney AGE: 35 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: DIED: October 10, 2019 SERVICES: No services at this time

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] NAME: Regina Mills AGE: 71 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Owner Vidalia's DIED: October 9, 2019 SERVICES: 11:00 October 16, 2019, Green Country Funeral Home

DALLAS [mdash] age 51. HVAC Critical Facilities Engineer. Died Thursday, August 29th, 2019 in Dallas, TX. Graveside services Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 11:00pm at Swimmer Cemetery in Hulbert, OK.

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 54. Registered Nurse. Died October 7th in Tahlequah, OK. Memorial services October 11th at 2:00pm at Love Light Christian Center. Visitation October 10th from 2:00pm until 8:00pm at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.

ROSE [mdash] age 85. Oaks Mission Cook. Died October 8th in Siloam Springs, AR. Services October 12th at 2:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial at Teresita Cemetery. Visitation October 11th from 1:00pm - 7:00pm at Reed-Culver.