We have always admired towns that were once nothing more than wide spots in the road that became tourist hot spots.

Russian deadenders try for comeback

The Trump-Russia investigation effectively ended on July 24, 2019, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill. Mueller's halting presentation of his 400-plus-page report troubled both Republicans and Democrats. But of greater concern was this fact: After two years of investigating, with all the powers of law enforcement at his command, Mueller failed to establish that Russia and the Trump campaign conspired to fix the 2016 election. It was the central allegation the special counsel was hired to investigate, and he could not establish that it ever took place.

You gotta have a little faith

I used to be one of those people who argued with the talking heads on television. I was a political junkie from my earliest days, so there I would be on a Saturday morning, thanking Bill Buckley on the other side of the screen for correcting his "Firing Line" guest's wayward thinking or telling Eleanor Clift on "The McLaughlin Group" that there is another way to think about things (as if she didn't know that on her own, or, well, could hear me).

The return of jazz

Clinton High School jazz band member Garrett Rivas practices the mixolydian, dorian, and blue scale on his bass on the first day of jazz rehearsal.

Art and music in one

Triston Yeager, 8, works with professional colored pencils that are made of beeswax. His drawing of the moment displays a skull to represent his favorite band.

Last month an initiative petition was filed seeking to take redistricting away from the Oklahoma Legislature and put it in the hands of a committee it would select. If enough signatures are collected, the question would eventually be put on a statewide ballot for voters to consider.

Less than one month to be counted

We have until the end of the month to get as many Oklahomans counted in the U.S. Census as possible. Our participation rate will determine the percentage of certain federal funds Oklahoma receives over the next 10 years, and we’ve fallen to 41 in the nation in participation.