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Fourth of July is a time for friends and family to get together to celebrate our nation's nationhood. It is also the time of year that this writer likes to start looking into the future.

Runners participate in a previous Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay will run on Oct. 3. The 5K and Kids Marathon will run on Oct. 2.

Whether it’s a run for fun or for a good cause several communities around the state offer 5Ks, half-marathons and marathons.

Dead period for state athletes

Fourth of July is always a meaningful time of year and for Oklahoma coaches and athletes it signals a mandatory mid-summer break known as Summertime Dead Period.

LAKESIDE: A favorite fishing spot at Lake Frederick in Southwest Oklahoma.

July is Oklahoma Lake Appreciation Month and here’s a little trivia to get everyone geared up and ready to enjoy a summer on and in the water, if you haven’t already started. Actually, in our household, we enjoy Oklahoma lakes year round.

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Hey, Rodeo Fans! Just an update that the National Junior High Finals Rodeo is underway at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, until Saturday, June 26.

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Rodeo information can be emailed to Debi DeSilver at



Friday, June 25 – Saturday, June 26: Chickasha Rodeo; Chickasha, OK, Grady County Fairgrounds.

LANDING THE LUNKERS: Above and below, Sammy Cooper Sr. from Apache shows his 49.82-lb. catfish to the crowd at the 2021 Okie Noodling Tournament Saturday, June 19, in Pauls Valley. Cooper finished in third place in the Natural Division. First place in the Natural Division went to Nathan Williams with a 63.31-lb. catfish catch by hand.

Catching catfish in Oklahoma isn’t something that normally makes for a big headline, but when a 63-lb cat is caught by hand … well, that’s not an ordinary fish tale.

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Finally, the DeSilver family packed up the station wagon (actually we rented an SUV) and got to take a road trip. For you that have been around awhile know that occasionally we throw a few clothes in the car and head off on an adventure.