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STILLWATER – After devouring the traditional foods on Thanksgiving, the feeling of drowsiness can become overpowering. The post-meal nap on turkey day has given rise to the myth that glazed turkey can make a person feel heavy-eyed.

“There’s nothing to do here” is the mantra heard far and wide, in nearly every community. For those looking for something to do in Rogers County, though, there’s plenty to choose from.

STILLWATER – Property owners who put out grain to attract wildlife species need to make sure the bait does not contain aflatoxins, said Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Extension wildlife management specialist.

My family’s newest puppy died this last month. She was a sweet shepherd dog who was going to be our patrol dog and keep all the predators away from our chickens. She hadn’t been gaining weight well in spite of multiple dog food changes, and one morning we woke up with her panting abnormally.…

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Sandra Mathis picked a winner when she recently moved her Pickin’ Queen home décor store into downtown Claremore’s 418 West Will Rogers Boulevard building. This peaceful, century-old building conceals an extensive, eclectic past.

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“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood . . . . Therefore put on God’s complete armor. . . . Stand therefore—hold your ground—having tightened the belt of truth around your loins.” – Ephesians 6:12-14 AMP

“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” – Ephesians 6:13

STILLWATER — The college football season is back, and everyone enjoys getting together for tailgating, but you won’t want to pass on these food safety tips. Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center recommends closely following these guidelines when par…

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“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the he…

Everyone loves a well-written murder mystery until the murder happens in one’s own home town. The unsolved mystery of the murder of John Bullette was a grievous injustice in early Claremore history. Bullette hailed from a prominent pioneer, Delaware family. His father, George Bullette, led a…

STILLWATER – When the oven door opens and sweet aromas of warm chocolate chip cookies or a fresh loaf of bread waft through the house, it’s a passport back in time. In recent years, people have discovered the therapeutic art of baking that often allows them to reconnect with family through t…

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Back to school brings the newest to do lists – school shopping, haircuts, groceries, paperwork, etc. I would offer a thought on some alternate items to put on your to do list.

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“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth [. . .] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

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What is your most important school supply? A Will Rogers Library card! Whether you’re headed back to school, considering continuing education, or just interested in learning more about your current hobby or career, a library card gives students and adults access to a wide variety of educatio…

Sometimes in the gardening world, certain terms are tossed around as if they’re interchangeable. The word pesticide includes products such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, bactericides, rodenticides, etc. It’s basically any labeled product designed to control a pest.

I had a mother ask me a couple of weeks ago about her pre-school child’s education. She was worried that he would not be ready for pre-K because they had not been specifically working on what are commonly thought of as “pre-K” skills. I reassured the mother that he will likely be fine, and t…

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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This series is intended to be much more than just a review of the history of the rise and fall of powerful nations and kingdoms. It is also to confirm God’s sovereignty in dealing with those nations and kingdoms so we can get a glimpse of the future of the nations. All the nations are just p…

One of the interesting things about being a pediatrician is getting questions that they don’t prepare you for in medical school. It turns out that there is not a randomized controlled trial on how to wash kids’ ears. Or when it is safe to pierce a baby’s ears if they have [insert rare condit…

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As I am opening a new pediatric practice, I am seeing lots of newborns and reviewing jaundice frequently. If your kids are older, feel free to skip this article, or think about that little baby you used to have and say, “Phew, glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore!”

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This column will begin a series to examine God’s absolute sovereignty in the rise and fall of world kingdoms; the identity of present world powers; and characteristics of the seventh world kingdom.

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U.S. flags waving, brass bands blaring, parade crowds cheering - these are the sights and sounds of Memorial Day, the day patriotism abounds as we honor brave heroes who sacrificed their all to preserve our great country’s freedoms.

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This 100-year-old tradition began after the First World War (1914-1918) to honor the soldiers who died therein. Claremore’s first American Legion Post 141 (organized February 1920) took on the responsibility of selling these paper poppy tributes as a fundraiser for returning veterans (Clarem…

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One of the most prevalent threats to our democracy is the attempt to suppress free speech. And perhaps the most common method today to limit undesirable messaging is for large tech companies to remove or censor posts on social media that don’t match their ideology, or may offend their followers.

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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” — Walt Disney

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Some may wonder if it is relevant and appropriate to talk about taxes in a ‘religious’ column. They may think that taxes are associated with government, and religion and government should not be intermingled.

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I grew up on a “farm”. In retrospect, my childhood was atypical, although I didn’t know it then. I could run and play outside, read a book under a tree and ride my bike at leisure. Now that I have lived in multiple cities and suburban areas, I realize how blessed I was to have rich experienc…

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China claims they will in the future be the most exceptional nation based on the prediction that they will have the largest economy in the world. They are presently the nation with the largest population.

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“Seeing the crowds, he [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them [. . . .]” Matthew 5:1-2

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For those who believe in God and trust the Bible as God’s revelation of Himself, the population of the world is divided into just two categories, i.e. those who will spend eternity in God’s presence and those who will not. Let it be said from the onset; this column is not anti anything, but …

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“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

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In recent columns we spoke of the half-brothers Ishmael and Isaac. Recall that Ishmael was born to Abraham and his wife Sarah’s servant Hagar; inasmuch as Sarah had not borne Abraham a son to inherit God’s promises.

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STILLWATER – Although some people may think snacking between meals is counterproductive to a healthy diet, research has shown snacks can play an important role in meeting kids’ nutrient needs.

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One of the most relevant Scripture passages dealing with political leaders for today is found in a letter written by Paul two thousand years ago.

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