Pioneer Stadium was hopping with excitement Tuesday as hundreds of Stillwater Public Schools fourth- and fifth-graders participated in the second annual Jump Rope for SMAC event.

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To help parents who have to work or go to school during Fall Break, the Islamic Society of Stillwater is inviting students of all ages to attend a free day camp at the center, located at 616 N. Washington St. The camp will be held 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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The organizers of the Land Run 100 bicycle race appeared before the Payne County Commissioners on Monday to get permission for racers to camp on the Payne County Courthouse lawn when the event returns to Stillwater on March 14.

The city of Yale will have a new 18-foot-tall animated Christmas tree just in time for the holiday season. City officials appeared before the Payne County Economic Development Authority on Monday to request funding to cover the cost of the tree.

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Jill Hunt, longtime advertising director of the Stillwater News Press, has been appointed publisher of the newspaper, effective immediately.

Last Monday, the day before the cold snap, birding was normal, and we were observing less warblers, yet Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were still out harassing other birds that came too close to their trees. Many people didn’t yet realize that we were in for a few changes last Tuesday. We were a…

I’m grateful Mom herded us all together, as often as she thought she could get away with. Our kids grew up with cousins they consider now to be friends and my sister and I take comfort in being able to share aches and pains with each other no one else would want to hear.


As we left last Sunday’s installment, our traveling trio (grandchild, Maya, 9, bride, Debbie, and myself) were in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, where we stayed two nights in a hotel near their international airport. Early the next morning, we were shuttled to the nearby terminal to board…


Day-length is diminishing, and many perennials and autumn blooming shrubs are beginning to naturally, physiologically, shut down for winter. There are a number of perennials whose flowers will take you through the end of fall with minimal attention.

Animal Welfare is located at 1710 S Main St.  Animal Welfare is open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. You may adopt one of our pets through the Humane Society of Stillwater during their open hours on the weekend as well as through our office during the week.

One of the earliest and certainly the best known examples of Japanese prose literature is a novel written in the 11th century by a court lady named Murasaki Shikibu. The title is Tale of Genji and it is been acclaimed as a Japanese literary classic. Some say it’s the first novel in world lit…


As gardeners, we work hard to be conscious of the environment and take that responsibility seriously. We know everything we do impacts the environment, either positively or negatively. Through gardening, we can approach our landscaping in a way that works with nature to protect the environme…

Agricultural producers who want to take maximum advantage of changes in the current farm bill should plan to attend one of a series of meetings this fall put on by Oklahoma State University in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“K.A.T.S.” is coming to Modella Art Gallery Saturday, Nov.  9, 2019! 

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American Airlines will begin paying the City of Stillwater rental and landing fees for its use of Stillwater Regional Airport. The City has been waiving those fees for the past three years while the airline established commercial air service in Stillwater.

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The United Way of Payne County is in full swing with its largest fundraising campaign to date, with a goal of $950,000.

The Stillwater Public Schools Board of Education has announced a filing period for the open board positions, which will go from Dec. 2 to Dec. 5. The positions No. 4 and No. 5 are the open seats, with No. 5 holding a five-year term of office and No. 4 has a four-year unexpired remaining term…

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Susan Coltharp is going through something. It’s neither tragic nor trivial, but it also isn’t over. A routine mammogram spotted something, a biopsy was performed. They had hoped for DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) tissue, which is precancerous, but found something more. That led to a lumpectomy.

The Payne County Board of Commissioners accepted the donation of $2,500 in gravel from Premier Trading and Transportation, an oil and gas transport company based in Cushing, to help with road improvements in District 3.

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The Stillwater Public Schools Board of Education discussed open board seats, construction projects and the district’s general fund balance during Tuesday night’s regular board meeting.

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Sheriff Kevin Woodward advised the Payne County Board of Commissioners and the Payne County Budget Board on Monday that he is updating his department’s policies and procedures to address concerns associated with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act.

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Author Jodi Picoult is the featured speaker for this year’s H. Louise & H.E. “Ed” Cobb Speaker Series presented by the Friends of the OSU Library. The dinner, keynote and book signing will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Sparrow Beginnings in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

What should you do when you’re looking for a good book? Visit your Stillwater Public Library! In the month of September, more than 32,000 items circulated through our library’s real and virtual check-out counters, including books and magazines, audio books, and electronic materials such as e…

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It looms over the southern shoreline of Boomer Lake, silent and still, but to those who can envision the possibilities, it is filled with potential. The future of the City of Stillwater’s old power station has been a question mark since it was decommissioned in 2016 following construction of…

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Oklahoma State University alumni and benefactors Ross and Billie McKnight have been named grand marshals of OSU’s 2019 homecoming festivities by the OSU Alumni Association.

Animal Welfare is located at 1710 S Main St. Animal Welfare is open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. You may adopt one of our pets through the Humane Society of Stillwater during their open hours on the weekend as well as through our office during the week.

Much of Oklahoma and the Southern Plains should have wheat pasture to utilize as winter feed for stocker cattle, replacement heifers, and in some cases for adult cows. At, and after calving time next January, February, and March “grass tetany” could occur in a few situations. Planning ahead …

If you went to Barktober Fest last week then you probably saw this handsome guy walking around but he has yet to find a forever home.


When a homeowner wants an evergreen tree, they usually ask for pines. The vision of symmetrical shape, minimal care and no raking is appealing. Yet the majority of pines are difficult at best in the average home landscape. Consider a few of the growing requirements of pine trees.

Payne County listings last week for late or early migrants include Mississippi Kite, Eastern Kingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, and Yellow Warblers, Bell’s Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, and Baltimore Oriole. This list has increased since last year, and will continue to …

A number of years ago the government of Japan established a wonderful program which has benefited young people throughout Japan as well as young people around the world. It’s called the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program or JET Program. It takes university graduates, preferably native speak…

As for advantages of breastfeeding, there are many. One less frequently discussed is that of breast cancer prevention. Choosing to breastfeed can be a weighted decision if you have limited experience or knowledge of it. In addition, breastfeeding in the United States is not statistically suc…

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Shirley Ann (Hesson) Leisher, 83, passed from this life on Thursday. Services will be held at 10:30am on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, OK.