LAWTON — The Lawton Community Theatre is preparing a Halloween costume sale in a bid to raise some funds and clear out its costume shop. 

Duluth, Minnesota — The Catalyst Story Institute, a professional development program for TV writers, actors, directors and producers to advance their work, has selected a finalist from Lawton to present at the annual Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth, Minnesota from September 29 to October 3.

Q. I’ve been experiencing illness that I think is related to Crestor prescribed by my primary care provider to lower cholesterol. I’ve had fever, fatigue and dark urine. I believe that even though I work out regularly, I have experienced muscle damage.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married more than 30 years. We have a problem I cannot seem to get past: We didn’t have a church wedding because he threatened not to marry me if I demanded one. I went along with him because of my low self-esteem, and I’m still sad and angry about it. H…

DEAR ABBY: I am a 25-year-old woman. My fiance is 26. Both of us live at home with our parents but have decided to move out in a few months to an apartment. Although his parents have given their blessing, my parents are against it and keep trying to change my mind.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a minor living at home with my parents and my brother. Everything’s pretty stable. Mom works, but she isn’t gone all the time or anything like that. However, I have a lot of problems with my dad.

LAWTON, OK — The inaugural Straight Outta Lawton Music Video Festival at the Vaska Theatre offered a big hit for local musicians and film artists, Ken Morrow credits his son Cooper with inspiring him to get back on stage and make music, and Don Diego comes to town tonight for a special performance. 

DEAR ABBY: I drive a classic car to work every day at a construction site. Since I began working there this summer, people often ask me about selling it. Most of the time I take it as a compliment and tell them it is not for sale currently, but the same people often continue to ask. It is st…

Nature has many unfriendly plants that can be poisonous when eaten, cause skin irritation or cause physical injury. People can encounter these unfriendly plants at home, work, campgrounds, parks, woods, and playgrounds.

Let’s get one thing straight. We are in favor of effective sunscreens. As kids we experienced too many sunburns. That’s because back then there weren’t any products with SPF (sun protection factor) numbers. What was available did not prevent sunburn and might have even made the situation worse.

DEAR ABBY: When I found out a few months ago that my husband of 24 years had been having affairs with several men, it devastated me. I have gone to counseling to try to deal with the pain and depression I now suffer from. He’s in counseling for himself as well, and we are also in couple’s co…

Children who have obesity issues are more likely to have those same issues as adults. These kids are at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

DEAR ABBY: I have a former high school classmate who, over the years, I’ve gotten pretty close to. He has been there for me when I was at my lowest, and I have been there for him as well. He lives several hours away, but we talked almost daily in addition to being on social media.

DEAR ABBY: I was deeply hurt after going to a barbecue at my oldest daughter’s home. It was to celebrate my granddaughter’s fourth birthday. My daughter’s husband is from Thailand. He barbecued beautiful dishes of shrimp and something that looked like a gigantic crawfish. While my daughter i…

OKLAHOMA CITY — Local and area artists are participating in the annual 12x12 Art Fundraiser from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, which features diverse artwork from 175 Oklahoma artists.

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I hope you can answer a question for us. Two couples we were extremely close with for more than 10 years were divorced two and three years ago. We have just been told that Husband A has been secretly dating Wife B for six months. Wife A and Wife B were “besties.” The m…

Q. After being diagnosed with bradycardia (thanks to my Apple watch revealing a slow heart rate), I had a pacemaker implanted. My blood pressure rose, and I was put on an increased dose of lisinopril. The doctor also prescribed furosemide, amlodipine and Eliquis.

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LAWTON — Filmmakers looking to shoot their next big movie in Lawton will have more help going forward with the city’s official designation as a Film Friendly Community.

DEAR ABBY: I love my wife very much, but we are, unfortunately, having a communication/interpretation issue. She is inquisitive and asks a lot of questions. I become defensive when I’m questioned. Sometimes I feel it shows a lack of confidence or trust in me. My wife says I am being too sensitive.

Q. At the beginning of the pandemic, my doctor prescribed Voltaren gel for arthritis in my thumbs and wrists. I used it for three weeks, and it really helped.

DEAR ABBY: I have been in my second marriage for almost 20 years. My wife came with two grown children, who each have two kids. I have tried to be the best family man I could, and a father and grandfather who treated them like they were my own.

LAWTON, OK — Music videos from almost 20 local artists will be featured in tonight's Straight Outta Lawton Music Video Festival at the Vaska Theatre, and a recent visit by Tyson Meade with Lawton's art students served as a message of inspiration to round out a column centered on creativity in expression. 

DEAR ABBY: After 28 years of marriage, is it strange that I would like my wife to initiate sex? I would like to know that she is interested, not just me. When I brought it up three weeks ago, her response again was, “We can whenever you want to,” which wasn’t true because I have been turned …

STILLWATER — Driving across Oklahoma, it’s not unusual to see patches of wildflowers along the highway. The variety of colors and textures makes these patches appealing to the eye. Wildflower gardens are also a great addition to any landscape and recreating this beauty in a public garden or …

A missing group of plants that can provide a wide variety of colors, textures and even sounds is the grass and the grass-like plant families. Most homeowners think of grasses that are mowed. However, there is a large group of ornamental grasses and grasslike plants that can supply new intere…

Q. I’ve had a wart on the inside of my thumb for the past few years. It was about the size of a small pea and just seemed like tough skin. It didn’t hurt so I didn’t panic over it, but I wanted it gone.

DEAR ABBY: I am a guy who is 27. I have always been somewhat shy and reserved, but I do like people and I like mixing. After more than a year of being “locked down” during the COVID-19 pandemic, although I was fine being housebound, I started missing human contact.

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Sony unveiled a new look at its slate of upcoming games for the PlayStation 5 during a PlayStation Showcase last week.

DEAR ABBY: I am currently without a job. I hesitated to inform my mother because I was sure her reaction would only add to my stress. I was right. She constantly corners me about my efforts to find a job. I talk to her nearly every day to keep up with how she and my stepfather are doing. Bec…

DEAR ABBY: A friend of 40 years is always saying what she can’t afford, yet she owns property, has a 401(k), always finds additional work in her field and buys the cheapest groceries. She won’t spend a dime, even when it’s necessary.

DEAR ABBY: I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m undergoing chemotherapy. My children are still in school. I have lost all my hair and wear a wig when out in the community. It closely approximates my pre-cancer hairstyle, except it’s a bit shorter with highlights.

Doctors write a lot of prescriptions for anti-anxiety agents, pain medicine, sleeping pills and antidepressants. The last time we checked, 22 million Americans were filling more than 100 million prescriptions for drugs like sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac) and escitalopram (Lexapro).

DUNCAN — It may be set in an air-conditioned museum, but that doesn’t mean that local cowpokes won’t be able to get a little taste of the wild west at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s upcoming Lunch and Learn event.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 16-year-old girl, and I’ve been struggling a little bit. My family is super-Christian. They believe that members of the LGBTQ community are sinful because of who they are. I do not agree.

LAWTON, OK — The award-winning poet Ken Hada will kick-off Cameron University's Visiting Writers Series on Friday with a free presentation that is open to the public.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 41-year-old divorced woman. My two grown children live with their dad. I have been in a relationship with “Sir Talks-a-Lot” for 16 months. I feel like I love him, but I’m having lots of doubts. When I don’t see him, it doesn’t bother me. If I made a pros-and-cons list, ther…

Magic Lantern Series, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” 7:30 p.m. today in the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University, 2800 W. Gore. Free admission. Information at cameron.edu/magiclantern.

LAWTON, OK — The Blues Ball ends summer festival season on a high note in Medicine Park, Bannister Chaava's "Knowing, Understanding & Other Myths" is one of the most eclectic and exciting albums of 2021, and the Straight Outta Lawton Music Video Festival Sept. 17 at the Vaska Theatre is taking local musician submission until midnight tonight. 

September is a great time to get back into the landscape as the temperature begins to fall and rains pick up. It is a great time for fall vegetable gardening, planting ornamentals, creating cool-season lawns and performing landscape maintenance before winter begins.

DEAR ABBY: My 24-year-old son is in rehab for the second time. We paid for the first, but we are not financing this one. He has moved in and out of our home since he was 18. We have tried written agreements, but he doesn’t follow them. We let him move back in after his first stay in rehab, d…

DEAR ABBY: My 16-year-old daughter, “Lily,” came home from her father’s very upset. She has trouble sleeping, and I have been taking her to the doctor for tests. Her father told her not to tell anyone, handed her a vibrator and told her that an orgasm will help her sleep. Lily was shocked an…

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