Caylee Sperling, 9, right, makes different sounds for Caison. Mom says he loves her voice the most. He stares and giggles as his big sister puts on a show for him.

ELGIN — A 7-month-old Elgin boy recently received a gift many take for granted: the ability to hear.

A male indigo bunting perches on a snag. Note the overall blue coloring which appears to go from an icy blue on the tail to a royal blue on the head.

figured after featuring spiders, assassin bugs and butterflies in the last couple of months, it might be nice to get back to the birds.

More insects and spiders will be featured in the future, but this week, the indigo bunting will take center stage.

Sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks swim within an arm’s reach of a preteen.

JENKS — An easy day trip away, the Tulsa area provides an exciting destination adventure filled with Oklahoma wildlife and some marine life not native to the Sooner State.

The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories about fun and interesting things to do within a day of Southwest Oklahoma. Maximize what’s left of your summer vacation by visiting some of these hidden gems and family fun spots. 


The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is converting to cashless toll collection – “PlatePay” – over the next four years. The H.E. Bailey is scheduled for conversion in the spring/summer of 2022.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will begin converting the state turnpike system to cashless tolling for motorists who normally pay with cash.

Indian Territory (Oklahoma), 1885. Restored reproduction map shows land designated as Indian Territory. The arrival of the railroad in what would become Comanche County benefitted the agricultural community and spurred business growth throughout the area.

Soon after the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation in 1901, the Iron Horse couldn’t be corralled any longer. Railroad development that had been stopped at the Indian Territory borders was ready to stampede through the land.

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Lawton, named for U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Henry W. Lawton, was one of three townsites planned by the federal government prior to the 1901 land lottery in the former Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation.

Straight-line winds toppled this car port at 2nd and D streets in Elgin.

Less than two weeks after Elgin residents bailed themselves out of floodwater brought on by torrential rainfall, Mother Nature dealt a second blow with severe straight-line wind damage.