By Melba Lovelace For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Melba's Swap Shop include more ice cream recipes from the Oklahoma State Fair.

  • Stepson and his sister are too close for wife's comfort

    Universal Uclick | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    DEAR ABBY: I am happily married to a great man. I have a young daughter from a previous marriage, and my husband has two teenagers, a boy and girl, from a prior marriage. Like many blended families, we have our struggles, but one is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. I don't know how to put this tastefully, but I'll state it this way: My stepchildren are “too close,” if you know what I mean. They flirt, constantly touch each other and playfully tease each other. (A few people have even mistaken them for a couple.) My husband doesn't seem to notice this unhealthy behavior.

  • Horoscopes

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): They say that showing up is often 80 percent of success. What they fail to mention is that you have to show up over and over and over. Well, that won't be a problem for you! Your mood: consistent. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your time to move forward is coming, but it's not here yet. Some will sabotage themselves by succumbing to distraction. Focus instead. Gather your strength, watch and wait. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): What's even better than being in a stellar position? Having knowledgeable people close by whom you can call on to help you make the most of it! You'll succeed brilliantly. CANCER (June 22-July 22): Go ahead and take the job no one wants. There will be hidden benefits.

  • Deaths

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    ADA Bess, Max Keith, 58, died Sept. 29. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Criswell, Ada). AGRA Allen, Marcy Michelle, 46, died Oct. 5. Memorial services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Wes McFarland Center (Palmer Marler, Cushing). ALTUS Benavides, Irma, 58, died Oct. 5. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday, Prairie Hill Cemetery, southwest of Altus (Kincannon, Altus). ANTLERS Martin, Casey, 25, died Sept. 27. Services were Sept. 30 (Burkhart, Antlers). BETHANY Ryang, Jay H., 66, died Oct. 5. Private services (Affordable Cremation Service, Oklahoma City). BLACKWELL Farrington, Georgia Mae, 96, died Oct. 3. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Victory Fellowship Church (Roberts and Son,

  • Billy Graham

    Tribune Content Agency | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    DEAR DR. GRAHAM: Every time I try to witness to someone and tell them about Jesus, it ends up in an argument. They accuse me of being too judgmental, or they say you can't believe the Bible, or things like that, and when I try to answer them it turns into an argument. What am I doing wrong?  — P.J. DEAR P.J.: Arguing by itself seldom wins anyone to Christ, I've found; it only polarizes them and makes them less open to the Gospel. The Bible says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing” (Philippians 2:14). Does this mean we never try to answer someone's question, or never defend our faith in Christ against someone who attacks it? No, of course not. But we do need to ask God to help us discern whether or not


    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Edmond offers free trees EDMOND — Edmond Electric and The Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up to offer the Energy-Saving Trees Program. The program offers free trees along with an online mapping tool to take the guesswork out of tree planting. With information residents enter about their homes and yards, the tool calculates where to plant trees for the greatest energy- and money-saving benefits. To reserve a tree, go to www.arborday.org/edmondelectric no later than Oct. 14; the password is edmond01. Trees will be available for pickup at Chitwood Park, 2 S Story, from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. For more information, call (855) 234-3801.

  • Theater review: Jewel Box offers suspenseful, fun take on murderous classic in Oklahoma City

    By Anna M. Holloway For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City's Jewel Box Theatre offers a suspenseful and fun take on "Dial M for Murder."

  • Application deadline for firefighter training academy in Choctaw is Nov. 9

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw is accepting applications for its next firefighter academy.

  • Revitalizing the ABC’s of VZD’s

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    For decades, the sign on the window at 4200 N Western Avenue has read VZD's, an homage to the Veazey's Drug Store that anchored the tiny conglomeration of storefronts under one roof on the doorstep of Crown Heights. Last December, tax problems halted proprietor Chad Bleakley's time in the building and stewardship of the name, just as they had his predecessor's in 1990. Bleakley's misfortune created an irresistible opportunity for chef Eric Smith and partner Nelson Bolen to take a turn shepherding the VZD's legend. Smith and Bolen opened their incarnation of VZD's last month. If the consistently packed dining room and bar are any indication, the venerable neighborhood bar and restaurant were sorely

  • Minco student gets nominated for presidential scholars program

    By Bill Kramer For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    YUKON — Officials at the state Department of Career and Technology Education have chosen one nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and it's Nathan Herndon, of Minco. Herndon, 17, is a high school senior who is enrolled in biomedical sciences at Canadian Valley Technology Center's Earl Cowan Campus in Yukon. That is significant, his father Corey Herndon said, because the criteria for nomination includes advanced placement classes, and Minco has none. “We love Minco and chose to live there because of the great school system and small rural setting, where everybody gets to know everybody,” Corey Herndon said. “But the school does not have enough classroom space nor enough money to pay AP teachers.

  • Foundation hosts event to help families spay and neuter pets

    By Tina Mosetis For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation will hold its PAWSitive Steps 5k, Dog Walk and Dog Costume Contest at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S Robinson Ave. Event proceeds will go to the state's Pet Overpopulation Program, which grants financial assistance to low-income pet owners for spay/neuter procedures. Dr. Fawn Reely, PAWSitive Steps event chairman, said, “Two dogs and their offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in a matter of six years. Large pet populations lead to animals being abandoned. The fact that pets are dumped to become someone else's problem is disturbing.” Registration will begin at Wiley Post Park at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., runners will take off along the course that runs parallel to the

  • Across the country, pay equity legislation growing in popularity

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    FRUSTRATED by congressional inaction on a wage mandate, states are thumbing their noses at Washington and acting on their own. This isn't about the minimum wage — something state and local governments have been increasing quite frequently. It's about equal pay for equal work. Overall, women don't get paid as much as men. There are some logical reasons for this (more later), but logic rarely figures into a political fight that dovetails neatly with the liberal obsession over “income inequality.” California lawmakers just passed a pay equity bill that may be the strongest ever enacted.

  • Grocer's move is a loss for prison farm workers

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    THERE'S a growing national effort to rethink corrections policies. Too bad some self-proclaimed prison reform advocates only support helping inmates become reformed, productive citizens so long as no one makes a profit. For several years, Whole Foods has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced by a Colorado prison labor program. But activist protest has prompted the company to no longer sell those products. A Whole Foods spokesman told The Associated Press the company viewed the program as a way to “help people get back on their feet and eventually become contributing members of society.” Prisoners working in the program gained skills that could translate into job opportunities outside prison, earning some pay in the

  • Anti-marijuana op-ed missed the mark

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    In “The double standard with smoking, pot” (Point of View, Sept. 30), Ed Feulner cites a study that theorizes marijuana smoking can be bad for IQ or cause brain damage. This is untrue. One can simply look at the known users of the plant and see no ill health effects from marijuana use. Countless celebrities and public names are attached to this plant and use it regularly. Studies vary widely on this plant, mostly due to research bias and bias of the funding of the research. You can find one study that says it lowers IQ, then find another study that says it helps repair brain damage. One study says it affects memory, another says it helps troops returning from battle deal with their bad memories of war. What it comes down to is

  • CJ Day at UCO will include criminal justice career fair

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    EDMOND —The University of Central Oklahoma's School of Criminal Justice will offer a criminal justice career fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in the parking lot just north of Edmond Fire Department station No. 1, west of Baumann Avenue and Main Street. The event is free and open to college and high school students with an interest in a career in criminal justice. If it rains, the fair will be moved to the Nigh University Center third-floor ballrooms. Participants can speak with representatives of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Edmond, Norman and Midwest City police departments, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol,

  • Poet to read at Norman gallery

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Poet Wai-lim Yip will read from his work at 7 p.m. Friday at Mainsite Contemporary Art gallery, 122 E Main St., as part of a series of poetry readings sponsored by the University of Oklahoma. The poetry reading also is in conjunction with the monthly art walk. The Second Friday Circuit of Art will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in downtown Norman and other selected sites. Yip will read from his poetry works at 7 p.m. A professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, Yip is a bi-cultural poet, translator, critic and theorist actively involved for more than 45 years in promoting the exchange of literary works between Taiwan and America. He writes poetry in Chinese and English and translates poetry

  • Jewel Box troupe offers suspenseful, fun take on murderous classic

    By Anna M. Holloway For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Plotting the perfect murder is something American crime writer Mark Halliday does for a living. But his visit to Margot Wendice in London intersects with her husband's plot to kill her. Such is the basic stuff of Frederick Knott's 1952 play “Dial M for Murder,” at Jewel Box Theatre. Directed by Angela Prock, the British thriller (also a film by Alfred Hitchcock) is well- performed and nicely designed for the Jewel Box stage, as the three-act script was written to take place entirely in one location. A great deal of the first act is exposition, but Prock gives us enough movement and character to keep it from becoming overly tedious. The second and third acts are considerably more exciting, both narratively and visually.

  • Seabourn’s ‘expressionist’ exhibit has satirical, tribal, animal themes

    By John Brandenburg For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Subjects range from realistically handled to gently satiric and more spiritual tribal themes in an exhibit by Bert Seabourn. The “American Expressionist” show of mostly acrylic paintings is at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Almost photographic is Seabourn's predominantly black-and-white acrylic of the lined, implacable face of “Wolf Robe.” Rich skin tones and bright background yellow add color to his painting of  “Oklahumma,” squinting at us, wearing two feathers. An owl and a “Medicine Bird” nearly combine with the faces of American Indian men, in front of red backdrops, in two more works.

  • Elephants' baths are more than a wash

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City firefighters helped bathe elephants from the Carson & Barnes Circus. Firefighters were asked to take part in the elephant bathing sessions on Saturday in the parking lot of Plaza Mayor, 7000 Crossroads Blvd. "Our fire department tries to take advantage of opportunities like this to get out and socialize with our community," fire department spokesman Benny Fulkerson said.  "All too often, our interaction with those we serve is during crisis situations.  It's a nice change for us to get to spend some time with our residents in a fun setting such as this.

  • Coaches need to watch their language

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    For a number of years, I have listened to parents voice concern over coaches using foul language at or around kids. It seems to be especially prevalent during football season. Adults should realize that they can communicate without cursing. That's particularly true when you're dealing with someone's child. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and every school district superintendent should make it clear to coaches that this language is not tolerated. If you assume a role of leadership, you have the responsibility to speak up for our kids. The sports field is an extension of the classroom and therefore should be subject to the same expectations. Making our schools better includes prevention from intimidation by the adults who are there to