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MRHC expansion warrants voter support

Voter approval of an emergency department expansion at McAlester Regional Health Center makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. We urge you to cast a vote in favor of this proposal when you go to the polls on Feb. 9. 

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Sunday 01/31/2016
'This is Where it Ends'
Posted: January 31, 2016

In every class, there are always a few kids you try to avoid.

Sunday 01/10/2016
Oklahoma State 4-H Ambassador applications now available
Posted: January 10, 2016

The objectives of the State 4-H Ambassador program are to- Make 4-H more visible in your county and across the state of Oklahoma; Maintain relations with 4-H alumni and supporters; Help 4-H members tell the state and national 4-H story. 

Horticulture tips for the new year
Posted: January 10, 2016

Here are some horticultural tips for 2016.

MPD addresses computer crimes
Posted: January 10, 2016

The McAlester Police Department would like to make the citizens of McAlester and Pittsburg County aware of The Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. It is against the law to use a computer to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person. If you are convicted of doing this, you may be punished up to $5,000 in fines and/or 30 days in the county jail. This also includes smart phones.

Sunday 01/03/2016
Commentary: Need for nepotism policy immediate at MPS
Posted: January 03, 2016

There have been lots of stories in the McAlester News-Capital in recent months that, in retrospect, demonstrate how the taxpayer was abused by now suspended McAlester Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Marsha Gore and her husband, Joseph ‘Skip’ Gore.

Happy New Year
Posted: January 03, 2016

 This will be another new year — 2016. 

4-H Impressive Dress Contest/Animal Science Skill-a-thon
Posted: January 03, 2016

Pittsburg County 4-H will be holding one of our 4-H Impressive Dress Contests on Thursday, January 14th at Canadian School at 4 p.m. Pre-entry deadline is Jan. 8. We plan to hold a second Impressive Dress at Frink-Chambers at a later time but that date is to be determined. The objectives of this contest include to learn proper coordination, proper fit and clothing combinations. Another objective is to teach youth how to stay up-to-date on styles. Finally, the contest also tries to teach proper attire for various occasions. 

Spraying for insects in winter
Posted: January 03, 2016

As we have moved into winter here in Pittsburg County, now is a great time to look at insect control. Many insects such as mites, gall forming insects, aphids, etc., have an overwintering stage or hide out on plants during winter months in cracks and crevices of trunks and stems. One way to control them and keep their numbers to a low roar this growing season is to spray them with horticultural oil during the winter months.

Fun things to do with your dog in winter
Posted: January 03, 2016

It’s cold. The days are shorter. It’s snowing or raining. It’s a perfect day to play with your dog. If he likes the snow and cold, take him outside. If he likes to chase balls, he will probably enjoy chasing snowballs, too. Make a large pile of them, but don’t pack the snow too tightly. Throw them just as you would a tennis ball. If there is enough snow, take him snowshoeing with you. If you use local parks or trails, you may be required to keep him on a leash.

Icy road safety tips from MPD
Posted: January 03, 2016

As winter approaches and the temperatures are dropping, we may start seeing some ice on the roadways, especially with all the precipitation we have recently seen. This in turn usually causes more traffic accidents. Having said this, here are a few tips for you when roads are icy:

Sunday 12/27/2015
This is a very special place
Posted: December 27, 2015

“Heaven knows this is a heartland” 

What makes a good church?
Posted: December 27, 2015

Someone asked me, “What did I think made a good church?” 

4-H Essay Contest results
Posted: December 27, 2015

Our 4-H Essay Contest results are in. We had a record setting turnout with 169 entries from 12 different clubs. Our grand champion entries were as follows: Clover-bud (ages 5-8)-Natalie Hollingshead, Crowder; Junior (ages 9-13)-Allison Shropshire, Crowder; and Senior (ages 14+)-Maggie Armstrong, Kiowa. Clover-buds topic was “What do you like about 4-H?” The junior topic was “Who is your 4-H role model?” The senior division topic was “How can 4-H benefit your life?” 

New Year's resolutions
Posted: December 27, 2015

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? The hardest part isn’t making them. It’s keeping them. This year include your pets. It will increase your chances of keeping them. This is the time for a fresh start.

Monday 12/21/2015
Finding peace at Robbers Cave
Posted: December 21, 2015

I was confused, tired, and a little bit lost.

Sunday 12/20/2015
Prescription drug costs out of control
Posted: December 20, 2015

The mushrooming costs of prescription drugs have placed a massive burden on senior citizens. Being a disabled Korean War combat veteran, I get most of my medicines from the Veterans Administration.

Tired of waiting
Posted: December 20, 2015

Dear Editor,

Acorn poisoning in cattle
Posted: December 20, 2015

When forage is scarce, cattle will often search for alternative food sources. In Pittsburg County, where cattle are frequently grazed on pastures that may contain Oak timber, the possibility exists for cattle to consume acorns. If these acorns are over-consumed, they have the potential for fatal poisoning. Many species of oaks exist in our county, and most of them are considered toxic to animals. They typically affect cattle and sheep, but can also intermittently cause toxicity in rabbits, chickens, goats and horses. Poisoning most commonly occurs when green, ripe acorns are consumed in the fall to early winter.

Dogs at Christmas
Posted: December 20, 2015

The Christmas season can be a happy time for your dog. 

4-H Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser
Posted: December 20, 2015

Pittsburg County 4-H members will be raising money soon for the 2016 Oklahoma Kids Helping Kids campaign. 

Sunday 12/13/2015
P.A.W.S.: Cats and Christmas
Posted: December 13, 2015

All cats are kittens at Christmas. Everything is a toy and everything is a game. They don’t know what is dangerous and what isn’t. It is our job to keep them safe. Christmas is an exciting time for families and cats pick up on that. The new activity may cause them to act differently. They may sleep more or less, may get cranky and difficult or may need more of your time and attention. They definitely will find ways to get in trouble.

Counterfeit money calls on the rise
Posted: December 13, 2015

The McAlester Police Department has recently been called to several local businesses and banks in reference to counterfeit money. 

4-H Fall Food Festival and Technology Contest results
Posted: December 13, 2015

The 4-H Fall Food Festival contest was held this past week at Frink-Chambers School. Results for that event were as follows: Senior Grand Champions (ages 14+)-Cookies-Aurora Buss, Clover Power; Pies-Jayden Hall, Lakewood; Cakes-Skyla Edwards, Hartshorne; Quick Breads-Trent Pickens, Frink-Chambers and Candy-Skyla Edwards, Hartshorne. Junior Grand Champions (ages 9-13)-Cookies-Elizabeth Milligan, Frink-Chambers; Pies-Hali Bailey, Crowder; Cakes-Jacob Brown, Transformers; Quick Breads-Rhyan Johnston, Frink-Chambers; Candy-Zoe Boatright, Clover Power. Our contest has 85 entries and 11 clubs participating. 

COMMENTARY: Time to get fit
Posted: December 13, 2015

The moment of truth came for me at the McAlester Stockyards.

Social Security: a promise that isn't being kept
Posted: December 13, 2015

When I took the oath of office in January to be the next U.S. Senator for Oklahoma, I made a commitment to represent our great state and our values in Washington D.C. While Oklahomans do not agree on many issues, most Oklahomans are very protective and very skeptical of Social Security. We know years ago the federal government made a promise to America’s seniors. We also know that, for decades, individuals have paid taxes into the Trust Fund to support their own retirement and to provide an emergency backup in case of disability. Now it is time to keep that commitment.

Counterfeit money calls on the rise
Posted: December 13, 2015

The McAlester Police Department has recently been called to several local businesses and banks in reference to counterfeit money. 

What is a servant?
Posted: December 13, 2015

Dear Editor:

Thank you to United Rentals
Posted: December 13, 2015

Dear Editor,

Sunday 12/06/2015
Christmas light safety tips
Posted: December 06, 2015

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got plenty of turkey. As we enter the holiday season, the McAlester Police Department would like to offer you a few tips to keep you safe. Christmas is a time of giving and making memories with family and friends. Christmas is also a time when many people decorate their homes inside and out. These beautiful decorations also can be dangerous. Christmas tree lights are the cause of many accidental fires and there are a few steps you can take to ensure you and your loved ones stay safe during the holiday season.

Postal Service plan is flawed
Posted: December 06, 2015

Dear Editor: 

Letter from Diane
Posted: December 06, 2015

To the Editor:

Is your cow good for another year?
Posted: December 06, 2015

At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. 

Quality ratings can help in comparing Medicare plans
Posted: December 06, 2015

With the Dec. 7 deadline for Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan enrollment arriving tomorrow, 675,000 Oklahomans eligible for Medicare are examining their options for health care coverage. With its possible impact on your health and finances, your Medicare health plan choice is among the most important decisions you’ll make each year.

Holiday foods that are dangerous for your pets
Posted: December 06, 2015

Pet problems during the holidays are often related to something they have eaten. 

Thursday 12/03/2015
Judge relents on gagging the press in East Texas mass murder case
Posted: December 03, 2015

State District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans got her prior-restraint priorities right Tuesday when she excluded the press from an earlier unconstitutional court order restricting news coverage of the East Texas mass murder case.

Tuesday 12/01/2015
Judge confuses press coverage of East Texas mass murder case
Posted: December 01, 2015

State District Judge Deborah Oakes Evans either doesn’t understand the constitutional right of the press to publish or she inadvertently granted a defense attorney motion for a sweeping prior restraint on news coverage of the East Texas mass murder case.

Monday 11/30/2015
Remembering Kennedy
Posted: November 30, 2015

 Dear McAlester News-Capital Publisher Amy Johns:

A timeless value
Posted: November 30, 2015

A person I truly admire — Ravi Zacharias — gave a sermon once in which he posed a seemingly simple question to his audience.

IRS tax scam continues in Pittsburg County
Posted: November 30, 2015

The McAlester Police Department and Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office have received over a dozen calls this week alone concerning the IRS Tax Scam. 

4-H Fall Food Festival and Essay Contest
Posted: November 30, 2015

The 4-H Fall Food Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5th at 11 a.m. at the Frink-Chambers Community Center. 

IRS tax scam continues in Pittsburg County
Posted: November 30, 2015

The McAlester Police Department and Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office have received over a dozen calls this week alone concerning the IRS Tax Scam. 

Sunday 11/29/2015
Hold those responsible accountable
Posted: November 29, 2015

 Dear Editor:

Building a more competitive Oklahoma, one (giga)bit at a time
Posted: November 29, 2015

In Oklahoma, my administration has focused on diversifying our economy, building our workforce and educating our citizens. We have worked to build an Oklahoma that attracts companies and new industries. I’m happy to say we are succeeding. To continue building on what makes the Sooner State great, we must continue encouraging investments in our technology infrastructure.

Preparing an outdoor cat for winter
Posted: November 29, 2015

The best place for a cat is indoors during the winter, but some cats have owners who don’t let them inside or the cats could be feral cats who are afraid of people strays who have been lost or abandoned. These cats need help surviving the cold. They need shelters, food and fresh water.

IRS tax scam continues in Pittsburg County
Posted: November 29, 2015

The McAlester Police Department and Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office have received over a dozen calls this week alone concerning the IRS Tax Scam. 

Thursday 11/26/2015
Thanks for Thanksgiving
Posted: November 26, 2015

 There is a story in the Bible about Jesus when he took two fish and five loaves of bread and fed over 5,000 people. 

Monday 11/23/2015
Willie and the Great American Songbook
Posted: November 23, 2015

It’s fitting Willie Nelson became the first country music artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a ceremony held Wednesday night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.

Sunday 11/22/2015
Willie and the Great American Songbook
Posted: November 22, 2015

It’s fitting Willie Nelson became the first country music artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a ceremony held Wednesday night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.

4-H technology contest
Posted: November 22, 2015

The 4-H Technology exhibits are open to all ages and are based off the categories used for the County and State Fair Technology project sections. We will have a junior division for ages 9-13 and a senior division for ages 14+. The Clover-buds (ages 5=8) are non -competitive. Each exhibit must have on the back of the exhibit the exhibitors name, club, county and age as of 1/1/16 and the date the poster was completed. Copy written materials should not be used on these exhibits. Exhibits on posters should be no more than 14”X22”. They may be horizontal or vertical. Posters will be judged on educational idea, public appeal and creative and original ability presented. Posters are encouraged to be laminated. Text of posters should be readable from 10 feet away. Promotional exhibits must include an official 4-H clover or mention 4-H. 

 

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