Holiday cheer

Clinton High School Key Club member Ciara Mathews works on a blanket that will be given to Mission House.

It’s a lot of money – nearly $428 million – but if the Oklahoma State Department of Health gets what it has asked for in its budget for the next fiscal year it will be 1.5 percent less than the department received this fiscal year.

Attorney General Mike Hunter sent a letter to Congress, asking members to take quick action on legislation that would permanently classify illicitly manufactured fentanyl and related substances as Schedule I drugs.

‘Tis the season for magical moments

Waving to the crowds at the Festival of Lights Parade are, from left, Tinley Moore and Kimber Cornette on the Shepherd Home Health float; and Audrey Kauk, Asher Nicholson, Hutton Nicholson and Harper Nicholson on the Pepsi Event Center float.

Homelessness, hungry children, gun violence and pollution are just a few of the issues Oklahoma students are tackling through a social studies program called Generation Citizen.

Parade judges serious about fun

Judging the entries at this week’s Festival of Lights Parade are, from left, Cheryl McCullers as Cindy Lou Who; The Grinch; and Clinton mayor David Berrong as the Mayor of Whoville. All are dressed as characters from the Dr. Suess story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

‘Star Students’ in Burns Flat

Students of the Month at Will Rogers Elementary in Burns Flat are, front row from left, Paxon Tate, Mia Jones, Evelynn Hanna, Jordyn Cooper, Bryler Britton and Seth Nolan; middle row, Elijah Dougherty, Emma Stegall, Louis Thomsen, Sophia Tyler, Tucker Reeve and Angelina Peace; and back row, Josep

Warm holiday wishes

Mission House director Jennifer Howard, left, receives warm blankets made by the Clinton High School Key Club from student Hannah Garner. It was Garner’s wish to spread comfort and hope during this holiday season.