Columns/Opinions

Wed
26
Nov

Notes from the Washita County Museum

By Wayne Boothe

This week we will continue reviewing the Mennonite movement from Europe to the United States and Washita County, Oklahoma. We have at the museum, the book listing all Mennonite immigrants coming to the United States of America, from 1872 through 1904, from Europe.

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Wed
26
Nov

THANKSGIVING

By LeRoy Jones

What does Thanksgiving Day mean to you? I’m certain that it means different things to different people. To most of us, it is the time when we gather our families for a feast of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. To some, it is the last big weekend of the regular season for college football.

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Tue
18
Nov

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker
 
Let’s take a moment to talk about college football, specifically about a story that just won’t seem to die. Rumors about Bob Stoops and the Florida job have swirled since Will Muschamp will not be returning to the Gators. We’ve been through this before. Every time a job opens at a traditional power, Stoops and numerous other high profile coaches are mentioned as candidates. Even NFL coaches are often the subject of rumors, as some were convinced Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was heading to Michigan.
 
Tue
18
Nov

A Word From The Superintendent

by Brad Overton

With the high school football season now over, we find ourselves playing basketball games most nights of the week. In my article this week, I would like to highlight the football season as well as provide some other school information. The Blue Devil football team ended the 2014 season with a first round playoff loss this past Friday. This is the second year in a row that the football team has made it to the playoffs.
 
Tue
11
Nov

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker

After an electoral drubbing experienced by the Democratic party, the political future of this country still hinges on our beleaguered president. How Barack Obama handles the next two years will go a long way in determining his legacy. Think about Bill Clinton, for instance. Aside from his personal life, his legacy is based on how he worked effectively with a predominantly Republican congress. Obama has a chance to do something similar, but he and congressional Republicans both need to focus on issues on which common ground can actually be reached.
 
Tue
11
Nov

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

James Clarence Wakely was born on February 16, 1914, in Mineola, Arkansas. He was the second of four children to Major Anderson Wakely and Jemima Caroline Wakely. The family moved around quite a bit in Jimmy’s early days, but eventually settled on a farm in Cowden, Oklahoma.
 
Wed
05
Nov

ZANE GREY

If you were a boy named Pearl Gray, growing up in Zanesville, Ohio, in the late 1870s and ’80s, it probably never occurred to you that you just might have the most fashionable name in the world. Queen Victoria of Great Britain had gone into semi-mourning to mark the tenth anniversary of the Prince Consort’s death, and had popularized a shade known as pearl gray. Because of her influence on the fashions of the world, the smoky color crossed the Atlantic and swept through America.
 
Wed
05
Nov

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

This week we conclude our series on the life of George Bent. After the end of the negotiations over the allotments of land in Oklahoma to the plains Indians, George once again found himself out of a job.
 
Tue
28
Oct

Washita County Museum News

We still are following the life of George Bent half breed son of Col. William Bent, Cheyenne Warrior, confederate soldier, and late in life, a contributor to the development of Washita County. In 1887, the government once again cast a covetous eye on the Cheyenne’s land holdings.
 
Tue
28
Oct

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

Native American artists Enoch Kelly Haney, Mike Larsen and Benjamin Harjo Jr. all grew up in Oklahoma, worked from the ground up to develop their careers, produced dramatically beautiful art works and earned numerous awards. All three are featured among artists at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City and in “Art of the Oklahoma Judicial Center,” a recent book, said Justice Yvonne Kauger, but more is to come.
 

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