LAWTON, OK — The Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus of Lawton has announced that their annual show, originally slated for March 13-14, will be postponed until the Spring of 2021 due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus and the health and safety of the chorus and audience members.

Books are full of important tips on how to grow beautiful flowers. Most gardeners have their own little secrets and tips on how to grow better plants. Here are a few tips that I have found useful for growing a beautiful garden.

LAWTON, OK — Saturday the Lawton Farmers Market will move to their new summer location at Cameron University, 227 SW 38th Street, which is the parking lot at the corner of 38th St. and Gore Blvd. The market will be open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-Noon.

Any time is a great time to get in shape. People with more time on their hands due to stay-at-home restrictions may want to begin an exercise regimen right away.

DEAR ABBY: My husband has a bad habit of forgetting to lock up our house at night when he’s the last one to come to bed. On nine occasions I have gone downstairs after he’s in bed or awakened in the morning to find our sliding patio door or a garage door unlocked.

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LAWTON, OK — Bart McClenny took over the position of director at the Museum of the Great Plains during one of the strangest, most trying times in recent memory. But if is knowledge of history has taught him anything it is that this too shall pass. 

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LAWTON, OK — Tyson Todd Meade shares his beginnings with Defenestration on a musical journey to Oklahoma alt-rock immortality, Ray Bordelon makes local musicians an offer they can't refuse and #VirtualSoundemoniumFest Showcase Part 1 showcases a first round of local talent from the self-quarantine performance series. 

Many times, that age old question comes up, “How do I get rid of those pesky insects eating my garden.” The best answer to that question is not control but prevention. With a few preventative practices the gardener can eliminate many of these insects and disease pests.

Mimetic language is one of the oldest forms of communication. Modern internet memes are the latest evolution in mimetic language, and millennial memes are some of the strangest. Join the columnist on his journey into the modern meme-net. 

Margarett Elizabeth (Updegrove) Harrold was my grandmother and 13 years old in 1902 when she came to Oklahoma Territory in a wagon. I want to use this column to share what I know about that wagon trip.

LAWTON, OK — Even while in the midst of a global pandemic, couples are still preparing their nuptials. One local couple has been on edge trying to decided how to move forward with their wedding. To survive, they provide one another with constant reminders of their love. 

LAWTON, OK — A selection of new adult non-fiction handicrafts books has arrived at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th. To reserve a book, visit the library website at www.lawtonok.gov/departments/library, then click on “your account.”

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LAWTON, OK — Local artist Robert Peterson has been spending his time in self-quarantine bringing joy to others by creating portraits of strangers. 

LAWTON, OK — The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra has canceled its July 18 concert as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert was to be the final concert of the orchestra’s 2019-2020 season, “The Concerto Games.” The concert was originally scheduled for April 25 and then rescheduled for July 18.

LAWTON, OK — The Tito Lindsey Band readies to return to the local live music stages Friday night at the Guitar Bar and he shares his thoughts and fears about returning to the spotlight, Elgin singer Nex makes an impression with her original music as she readies to hit the big time, Father John Misty with a song that isn't a bad number at this time in history; #VirtualSoundemoniumFest closes out with some power and the column's radio show chugs along with its 178th show of local music in a row.

In order to gain a working knowledge of gardening, it is necessary to understand the structure and function of plant parts. In the kingdom of plants, all flowering plants have certain structures and functions in common.

LAWTON, OK — Microsoft was poised to show off the first next-generation console gameplay during its “Inside Xbox” last Thursday.

Instead, it delivered an anemic 20 minutes of underwhelming “gameplay” in the form of low-quality trailers of low budget cross-generation games with disclaimers that the visuals being seen were merely targeted for the power of the Xbox Series X. 

Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a century.

End of life planning is a difficult subject to broach when the world hasn’t been turned upside down. In the middle of a global pandemic, despite it being more relative than ever, and seems even harder to think about. One thing that people often fail to consider when they do begin this planning is their digital legacy. 

LAWTON, OK — In a year where uncertainty is the new normal, many college graduates are ending their journeys in ways they never expected. At Lawton’s Cameron University, the class of 2020 is leaving the safety and comfort of the place many of them have called home for the last four years to step out into a changed world.

LAWTON, OK — Lawton Community Theatre has teamed up with Broadway veterans Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and Peter Donovan to host a live Zoom Q&A, with all proceeds going to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. This masterclass will take place at 6 p.m. May 18 via Zoom.

DEAR ABBY: Regarding “Recipe for Disaster in Texas” (Feb. 17), I have to say I disagreed with your response. Although Michelin won’t be awarding me any stars, I consider myself a good cook, and I strive to make unique, flavorful meals for my family. My husband frequently feels the need to do…

LAWTON, OK — 1GCrew's latest release "Wrong Place" comes out at the right time, the Songs for the Sequestration Series emotionally strikes with The Flaming Lips and some Ben Gibbard, "A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story" is a must see for music fans, and #VirtualSoundemoniumFest keeps gaining steam. 

Randy jones is a wildlife photographer who is cut off from his passion, the great outdoors. With many state and national parks shut down he has had to rely on his own backyard as a makeshift replacement. But he longs to return to the wilderness. 

LAWTON, OK — Richard Clift Jr. faced a test of his faith in himself and his music with the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown just as he'd turned to music as his full-time gig but he keeps on singing, a cool Songs for the Sequestration Series tune/video combo from Electric Wizard, #VirtualSoundemoniumFest keeps bringing local live music to fans and offers the column's radio show great stuff for an upcoming episode.

LAWTON, OK — A garden soil well supplied with organic matter and minerals will produce a good yield of vegetables, high in quality, flavor and nutritional value. The same is true with flowers and shrubs. The organic content of the soil must be maintained at a high level in order to use fertilizers to their best advantage.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have two sons in their late 30s. We always thought they got along well and loved each other. Over the past year, they are no longer speaking with each other because of hard feelings over current situations. They live in the same neighborhood.

Q. You’ve written that fever can boost the immune response, but a high fever should be treated. What is considered high? How should it be treated? I understand it is not good to treat every fever, but at what elevated reading should one take something?

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LAWTON, OK — The staff of the Lawton Public Library remain hard at work during the pandemic as they come up with novel ways to continue to support the community and tweak some of their traditional services to better suit the current situation.

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