Columns/Opinions

Tue
20
Jan

MURDER STEER

By LeRoy Jones

When Robert Powe examined his father’s body and found him to be dead, he rode to Alpine to tell Sheriff James B. Gillett of the killing. Gillett, aided by former Sheriff John M. Rooney, rode to the site to pick up the trail but in a short time lost it. He sent information containing Gilliland’s name and basis of the killing to the lawmen of neighboring counties and to the Texas Rangers.

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Tue
13
Jan

House Report

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is a vital law enforcement organization in our state. Despite the extra training and vetting that OHP employees receive, the state’s 800 troopers were receiving pay below that of many city police officers.  
 
Tue
13
Jan

A Word From The Superintendent

January is designated as school board member appreciation month. In my article I would like to communicate to the Cordell Schools community the role that school board  members play within the community. As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges.  
 
Tue
06
Jan

A NEW YEAR

By LeRoy Jones

God has given us a brand new year. Hopefully, it will be used to make the world a better and a safer place in which to live. Last year was fraught with violence in the streets in many towns and cities in our land. Rhetoric that seems meant solely to urge hatred in our land was heard in far too many places. I would hope that citizens of the United States are better than resorting to this.

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Tue
06
Jan

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

This week we are going to give you an update on some of the recent happenings at the Washita County Museum. We have been working hard on the basement area of the museum. Most of the repairs are finished. The walls have been painted to match the existing paint color and an old gas line that was nonfunctioning has been removed.

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Tue
30
Dec

2015

By LeRoy Jones

Ready or not, the calendar says the year is 2015. I hope that it holds forth a year of promise. After the mid-term elections last year, I think that just about everything that could be promised was promised. I think it was Will Rogers that once said, “Well, now the promising time is over and the time for excuses will begin.” I’m guessing that we will hear much less of the promises and a lot more of the excuses for a while. I am holding out hopes for better times for everyone during the new year ahead.

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Tue
30
Dec

Washita County Museum News

In 1967, while still a member of the Mitchell trio, John Denver married Ann ("Annie") Martell of Minnesota. While touring Europe, the Mitchell Trio in Great Britain decided to go to Sweden. Annie, who had been with them through a couple of countries decided to go home. Travel wasn't her thing. John interpreted Annie's departure as an abandonment and even worst, as justification for cheating on her when he was on the road without her. These infidelities became, in his words, "a time bomb."

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Wed
24
Dec

CAN IT BE?

By LeRoy Jones

Are you ready for the year 2015 to begin? If you are not, you have only one week to get ready. The only alternative I see would be that time may cease to be and that eternity will come upon us. Can you remember that fifteen years ago, people were making dire predictions of what would happen with the year 2000? None of the computers in the world would be able to function with the date change.

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Wed
24
Dec

Washita County Museum News

To stay out of the Vietnam War, John Denver, in 1964, obtained a 1-Y draft classification based on two missing toes, the victims of a mishap with a lawn mower. This status meant he could be called up only in the event of a national emergency or a declared war, which Vietnam wasn't. As one of the singers in the Mitchell Trio, Denver participated in protests against the war.

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Tue
16
Dec

MORE ABOUT OMAR BARKER

When Omar Barker finished his studies at New Mexico Highlands University, he secured a job as a high school Spanish teacher. Most boys growing up in the ranching country of the Sangre De Christo Mountains spoke Spanish out of necessity and when he was elected to the state legislature the necessity was accentuated.

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