John William Elmer Thomas

Like many other men lured to Oklahoma’s Twin Territories, seeking adventure and opportunity near the turn of the 20th century, future politician Elmer Thomas, of Lawton, was no different.

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President Joe Biden’s mandate that all healthcare workers take the COVID-19 vaccine should “level the playing field,” a Comanche County Memorial Hospital executive said.

A group of fall armyworm caterpillars (Spodoptera frugiperda) crawl along in a container. These caterpillars can vary in appearance and coloring.

The "armyworms" which are currently infesting certain areas of Southwest Oklahoma aren't really worms, they're caterpillars — caterpillars of the fall armyworm moth (Spodoptera frugiperda).

Lexie McLemore is Cyril High School’s August Student of the Month.

Lexie McLemore, daughter of Shane and Jennifer McLemore, has been selected by Cyril High School staff as the August Student of the Month. Her parents are both graduates of Cyril. She is the sister of Cason McLemore, also a Cyril graduate.

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Rodeo information can be emailed to Debi DeSilver at

AUGUST Wednesday, August 25 – Saturday, August 28:

Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo; Vinita, OK, American Legion Rodeo Grounds

From left, Elgin High School FFA members Andrea Padilla, Blakley Howard and Sadie Keith.

ELGIN — On a recent Friday afternoon, three members of Elgin High School’s Future Farmers of America group met with their advisor in the school’s state-of-the-art agricultural building, where ag-minded students and FFA members hone their ag abilities and learn how to employ their

Nurses don gowns and gloves inside Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton.

LAWTON — Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 patient population increased by 19% in a single day leaving healthcare officials tasked to find enough beds for everyone.

“We have no COVID unit and they’re not all in ICU,” said hospital spokeswoman Nicole Jolly.