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Laura Ann says goodbye

May 14, 2013

Finals are over, summer break has begun, and I am home from SWOSU as a sophomore in college.

DOUGHERTY: Commissioners did right thing with Ten Commandments monument

April 23, 2013

There was a lot involved in the decision by the LeFlore County Commission to reverse itself Monday on its April 1 decision to allow the Ten Commandments monument, pushed by VFW Post 63 member Charlie Horsley, to be placed on the county courthouse lawn.

DOUGHERTY: Cavanal sun splash stunning to see

April 18, 2013

It was a strange sensation.
Realizing what I saw as I drove south on Oklahoma 112 the last five miles or so toward Poteau was rather stirring.
As a driver returning from a trip to the east, you’re used to the sloppy weather with a slight drizzle and dark gray, overcast skies. Suddenly you see the sunlight splashing down on Cavanal Hill, bathing it in a warm glow — it was something to see and experience. The change in your outlook was quite sudden.

DOUGHERTY: Somehow, it seemed 'Lumpy' would be around forever

April 17, 2013

Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford forever will be an overgrown unsuccessful bully of 17.
Somehow, though, his secret identity, former actor Frank Bank, who played the friend of big brother Wally Cleaver on the late ’50s-early ’60s TV series, “Leave It To Beaver,” got away from us and turned 71 Friday. He died the next day in Southern California.

DOUGHERTY: 'You snooze, you lose' on bargain air fares

April 13, 2013

When Southwest Airlines says, “book it now,” they mean it.
Nancy and I didn’t have the money to pay for a “Wanna Get Away!” special to fly to Corpus Christi, Texas, to get us in the neighborhood of my daughter’s Gulf Coast beachfront wedding in July, so we waited a week. Wow!
I sure wish we’d figured out a way to “book it then” because by booking it today (Saturday, April 13) we’re paying almost twice what we would have.

DOUGHERTY: 'Family Band' strange, uncomfortable trip

April 12, 2013

It starts out as an apparent wistful, nostalgic story of a musician who once was a star performer and still slogs through the one-night bookings in small clubs. Sad enough, but not that uncommon.

But the deeper one gets into the Showtime Network’s “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” narrated by the second-oldest member of the title group, it becomes clearer that the 1960s family pop act that was the original basis for “The Partridge Family” TV series was of darker stock.

DOUGHERTY: Bracket contests bring their own memories

March 20, 2013

Filling out a bracket for both the NCAA basketball tournament has become a way of life in the middle of March, even for those who don't follow the college game until then.

Usually, the first four days are so full of upsets that even the novice "bracketologist" can appear to be in it for a while.

DOUGHERTY: Major college tourney time starts Wednesday for Oklahomans

March 18, 2013

It all starts Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

That's when the University of Tulsa, which drew a bid in the relatively unknown College Basketball Invitational Tournament, kicks major-college tourney action off for Oklahoma fans. The Golden Hurricane goes on the road to challenge the Wright State University Raiders of Dayton, Ohio. Wright State is a member of the Horizon Conference. Though the team nickname is the Raiders, the logo usually features a wolf.

No TV coverage has been anounced for the game.

DOUGHERTY: Spring and ping are in the air

March 15, 2013

I love spring because with it comes the warmer weather, fresh possibilities and the eternal optimism that comes with a new baseball season.

Yes, I am a baseball fanatic, but I hate the pinging sound of aluminum bats. The trend for some colleges and summer leagues is a switch to new composite bats, but the great majority of youth leagues still hang on to their “traditions” of the past 30 years or so and the supposed cost savings of using aluminum bats.

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