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CAROLE GILL: How blessed we are

May 8, 2014

Our “German daughter” came to visit us this past weekend along with our daughter, and a tour of Patrick Lynch Public Library was at the top of our activity list. 

DAVID SEELEY: Quite a Thursday for LeFlore County Ball Teams

May 2, 2014

On Facebook, Thursday's are known as "TBT" — standing for "Throw-back Thursdays" — where people put old pictures on their wall.
Thursday in LeFlore County, as far as baseball and softball, was concerned, it was "Terrific Thursday."
Four high school baseball teams won district titles — Poteau, Heavener, Panama and Pocola. All will play next week in their respective regional tournaments.
Two softball teams — Heavener and Wister — made state, which will be next week in Shawnee.
Read all about in Saturday's edition when it comes out tomorrow morning.

BYRON YORK: Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president

May 1, 2014

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, “A Fighting Chance.” As she talks to the press, Warren is repeating previous statements that she will not run for president in 2016. But her denials aren’t really denials, and her party’s unique presidential circumstances give Warren plenty of room to run. Judging by what she has said publicly, there’s no reason to rule out a Warren candidacy.

BENJAMIN POWELL: Affording Tesla the freedom to fail

May 1, 2014

New Jersey recently joined Texas, Arizona, Maryland and Virginia in banning direct auto sales to consumers. That touched off an uproar on the left and right, and many consumers remain confused. They can be grateful for one clear statement of what the ban is really about.
“If you allow someone to come into the market with no overhead, that’s an unfair advantage,” says Deborah Dorman, president of the Eastern New York Coalition of Auto Dealers. She represents traditional automakers who use a dealer network to distribute their cars.

DAVID SEELEY: Postseason heating up

May 1, 2014

It's now getting hot and heavy in the world of high school and college athletics as just about all of the LeFlore County teams are now into the playoffs — or, unfortunately, some teams have seen their seasons end in early postseason play last week.
It's hard to believe that the 2013-14 athletic season is about over. It just seems like yesterday I was working on the 2013 Fall Diamond Tab and the 2013 LeFlore County Gridiron Preview gearing up for the fall sports.
Now, in about 2.5 weeks, it will be complete over. How time flies when you're having fun.

DAVID SEELEY: Nearing the End

April 23, 2014

When the high school spring sports begin postseason play, that's the sign that the school year is nearing an end.
In about three weeks, there will not be any more high school or college athletics going on in LeFlore County as all of them will come to a close.
While there's enough summer activities to keep some local things popping up in the physical paper, it's also the time when this ol' timer can think about some R&R — albeit for a brief time.

KIM ROSS: Morning Mumbles

April 21, 2014

Good morning everyone, hope you had a great Easter. It's going to be a busy morning as today marks the day the county comnissioners will decide whether or not to pass a resolution to place a one half of 1 percent sales tax on the ballots to financially assist Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
The hospital is in need of the money from the tax to complete renovations required by Oklahoma Health Department to reopen the surgical and obstetrics wings of the hospital. Without the tax, the changes may be hindered after the price jumped to $1.2 million.

GARY L. WELTON: Forgiveness incarnate

April 18, 2014

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.
Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, the failure to forgive is described by Christ in the most serious of terms. “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).

DAVID SEELEY: County Tournament

April 9, 2014

Well, we're almost through the two weeks of LeFlore County Tournaments on the diamond. Thursday night, the slow-pitch softball queens will be crowned.
Saturday afternoon, we had new county baseball champions crowned as Spiro beat defending champion Poteau in back-to-back title games to claim county supremacy for 2014.

DAVID SEELEY: Final Four

April 4, 2014

As I write this Friday night, we're on the eve of the men's and women's Final Four. The men's national semifinals will be Saturday night, followed by the women's national semifinals on Sunday. The men's national title game will be Monday night, while the women's championship game will be Tuesday night.

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