Well it didn't rain on our Strawberry Festival parade or the rodeo. It was a truly beautiful day and a very large crowd. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the work of Fletcher Park and all the benches, which  were really appreciated all day and those on the courthouse lawn. They we…

Recently in the mail, I received a beautiful homemade card. I was taken with the thoughtfulness, care and work which went into its design and putting it together. It was so precious, I want to share it with you. I’m 


Stilwell City Councilor Debbie Johnson retired from Johnson Plumbing, where she worked 32 years, from 1974 to 2006. And she retired from Rolling Wheels Skating Rink after 34 years, 1984-2019.

Our family traveled a lot years ago, singing on Sunday morning in churches in other states. Back in those days, when you attended church you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted today. Therefore this entailed having to pack suits, ties, and dresses, along with ‘non-church clothes.’

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Adair County's Dr. Gitanjali Pai has been named chief medical officer for the State of Oklahoma. Here she reads from a medical journal with her photo and story on the cover. Renee Fite | Democrat Journal


Adair County's Dr. Gitanjali Pai has been named chief medical officer for the State of Oklahoma. Throughout the COVID 19 pandemic, she has been an invaluable resource for the state and others.

A Graduation Parade for the Senior Class of 2021 will be held on Thursday, May 20 beginning at 6 p.m. The parade route will go down 2nd Street, turn by McDonalds on Highway 100 West, then follow to the high school.  

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Stilwell Elementary Principal Mark Lea was recently named State Principal of the Year, an honor he says has humbled him.

Yesterday we laid to rest one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. Billy Dean Hamblin made his last visit to the Westville Methodist Church surrounded by an amazing and beautiful array of flowers and a church full of friends and family. He was as honest as the day is long,…

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Larry Adair, former Oklahoma Speaker of the House of Representatives and a Vietnam veteran, said Dwight Birdwell is most deserving of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and if selected, he will join the ranks of heroic Native Americans who received this recognition.


The 1971 Class officers included Dale Haraway, president, other officers were Stan Turner, Joyce Morton Starr,  David Malcolm, and Sallie Davis. The Class of 71 started with around 150 students in 1968 and 115 graduated. Valedictorian was Margaret Couch Scrapper, and Co-Salutatorians were Su…

As we are continuing our series on prayer, we want to make sure we are praying according to this dispensation we are in. Remember we are not in the Old Testament and we are not in the New Testament. So, our Apostle Paul gives us instructions on exactly how to pray in this age of Grace we hav…

When people think about summer, those visions often include a trip to the local swimming pool, catching lightning bugs and putting them in a jar or planning a vacation. For others, however, slicing that first vine-ripened tomato is a sure sign summer has arrived. No matter how you pronounce …

A shield will be placed around City Clerk Bridgett Beaver's desk as the office reopens to the public on May 3 from the COVID-19 closure.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation aimed at making it easier to hire, retain and fire state employees by overhauling the state’s civil service reform system.

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As a researcher, I am exposed to hundreds of pictures and videos yearly, and following the guidelines spelled out by the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center (MABRC), I evaluate all this accordingly.  Back in 2009, a local landowner caught something on a trail camera that was pointing towards…

Gov. Stitt this week signed a bill that will stop abortions from being performed once an unborn child is determined to have a detectable heartbeat.House Bill 2441 by Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, would allow for abortion only if a medical emergency exists that threatens the life of the mother.“…

It was a cool week, but we had a good soaking rain and now the sun is shining. Gardens should be sprouting, and it is finally time to plant flowers.  I will try to get that accomplished this week.

Last weekend, with these beautiful rainy spring days, I decided to go hiking. Besides autumn, nothing makes for better pictures than the fresh, newly sprung spring, cool temperatures and an array of mountain flowers dancing in the breeze.

Westville School will be gaining three new teachers in 2021-2022 and losing two.  At the regular monthly Westville School Board meeting on April 19, resignations were accepted from Paula Brunner and Amy Kaiser, while Amber Carlton was employed as a first grade teacher, Hailey Cole as a secon…


So many people consider pets their four-legged family members. Not everyone who loves a pet can afford vaccinations, though, so a free clinic is coming to Stilwell on June 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carson Park, and 250 animals will be vaccinated free of charge.

From our original homeland in eastern North America, Cherokees have moved all over the world. Wherever we go, our Cherokee identity goes with us. A new virtual event series aims to strengthen those bonds. The series, called “Cherokee: Wherever We Are,” will bring Cherokees together from arou…

Bill Garrett was confirmed as manager of the Stilwell Area Development Authority during a special meeting of the Stilwell City Council on Thursday, April 22. The board had a quorum, with Debbie Johnson and Joe Adair absent.

A week ago, former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of a Black man, George Floyd, a incident that happened in Minneapolis last May. The death was caused by Chauvin's putting his knee on the neck of Floyd, who was on the ground, for almost 10 minutes.

I keep hearing about how a few bad cops give all cops a bad name. Well, there is some truth to that, but I’ve been watching some of the body cam videos, and I will say that most of the ‘bad cops’ have good cops with them, people are visibly very uncomfortable with how a suspect is being trea…


Linda Sue (Stunkard) Ritter was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 8, 1950 to Lawrence and Eva (Tapp) Stunkard and departed this life on April 18, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Kimberly Jo Downing-Miller was born on May 2, 1965 to Shirley Downing and Jo Phillips in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at her home in Westville, Oklahoma.


Patricia Ann Bruner, daughter of Raymond Leslie and Alza Mae (Farmer) Phillips. She was born on April 2, 1941 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed from this life on April 20, 2021 at the age of 80 years, and 18 days.