Insets are found in almost every conceivable environment in nature. Even in our homes. Insects in the house are irritating, could be a health risk or damaging insects. Insecticides should only be used when specific pests appear or where there is a history of pest infestation.

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law “Brenda” often takes it upon herself to change a baby’s diaper during social gatherings with family. She never bothers to ask the baby’s parents if it’s OK to do this, and they never solicit her help. For years, I found it a bit strange, but never said anything to…

It was this time of the year 400 years ago that the Mayflower dropped anchor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Their original destination was northern Virginia to fulfill a contract with the Virginia Company to settle on land near the Hudson River, then part of northern Virginia. Stockholders ha…

The next-generation of video game consoles launch less than three weeks, and backward compatibility is going to play a pivotal role in subsidizing the launch lineups of both consoles.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 22-year-old woman who was adopted. I recently started dating an amazing man who happens to be of another race. My parents, whom I love very much, told me that if I stay with him, they will disown me. They have made many horrible comments about my relationship, and I’m at a l…

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LAWTON, OK — “Always…Patsy Cline,” is the first show in an unorthodox season for the Lawton Community Theatre. With COVID-19 having paused productions since March, the show is a welcome return for the theater.

DEAR ABBY: My son-in-law “Kirk” has issues with closing doors, kitchen cabinets and refrigerator doors. Three times my daughter has had to throw out food because it spoiled. He doesn’t close cereal boxes, bags of candy or chips, either.

Most of us have taken medicine to help heal from illness or injury at some point in our lives. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. Medications are a frequently impor…

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

LAWOTN, OK — Live music will once again fill the halls of the Cameron University Theatre on Thursday when the university’s own Hyunsoon Whang performs “Beethoven Sonata Cycle 2,” the second in a series of piano recitals.

A selection of new large print books has arrived at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th. To reserve a book, visit the library website at, then click on “your account.”

Q. I recently read that it is important to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D to help prevent severe infection from the coronavirus. This might be a good time for people to check with their doctors to find out if any of their medications might be suppressing vitamin D levels.

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together since we were 21, and he has always had a distant relationship with his parents. I encouraged him during the first few years of our marriage to call them and visit. I stopped doing that after his mom and I had some choice words.

DEAR ABBY: My family and I bought a house in a nice, quiet, safe neighborhood three years ago. What we didn’t know prior to moving in was that our next-door neighbor sometimes smokes cigarettes.

Always...Patsy Cline, by Lawton Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 25, McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris. Tickets $15-$24, depending on seat. or 355-1600.

We’re in the middle of a pandemic, but then you already knew that. We’re also in the middle of an epidemic. It has been going on for decades and the long-term health consequences could be even more grave that those from the coronavirus.

DEAR ABBY: The 22-year-old daughter of close friends of ours has been living in a van during the pandemic. Her parents, my husband and I heard her on her cellphone talking about a party where her friends were doing meth. No one reacted except me. I said, “That’s terrifying!” and she answered…

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This week marked our 200th episode of “Today’s Best Soundemonium!” Called “The Deuce Hundy, a.k.a. Bicentennial AF Show,” this one felt like an achievement for old Steve-O and the columnist.

LAWTON, OK — Community members are invited to join the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra for the Ed Dzialo Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Lawton Country Club.

LAWTON, OK — Well, it hasn’t happened yet but it’s coming. The annual battle with a frost or a freeze has been waged by gardeners for generations. There are good ways and bad ways, popular methods and snake-oil type tricks to protect plants from frost or freeze damage.

Q. Years ago, my mom came to visit — with 18 bottles of pills. During the visit, her health deteriorated, and I persuaded her to give me a list of her pills.

DEAR ABBY: I am thinking about asking my stepdaughter “Gwen” (37 years old with a husband and three kids) if she would like me to adopt her. I married her mother when Gwen was 2. We divorced when she was 8 or 9, so we were out of contact for about 25 years.

DEAR ABBY: I am 25 and live with my parents. My 28-year-old sister lives in a condo about 10 minutes away. She just graduated from school and moved back here, which means she doesn’t have many friends in the city.

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Wachowski sisters. The Duffer Brothers. The Russos. These well known movie making siblings have carved out a league of their own in Hollywood. There seems to be something special about brothers and sisters that share a love of cinema. And now, a set of twins from Southwest Oklahoma hopes to add another name to this growing list, the Brothers Greenlee.

The Rev. J.O. and Helen Howard will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Church of God Fellowship Hall, 2401 SW H.

A selection of new Juvenile books has arrived at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th. To reserve a book, visit the library website at, then click on “your account.”

DEAR ABBY: I grew up in an extremely conservative, rural area of northeast Mississippi in the ‘60s. I came out as gay to my mom when I was 13 in 1970, and she said three things to me that set the course for a lifetime of love. As she hugged me, she said, “I will always love you, no matter wh…

DEAR ABBY: Since the coronavirus lockdown began, my wife and I have been cooped up together all day, every day. Though we have lived together for 35 years, she’s now discovering that I “don’t cook vegetables correctly.” (It goes without saying that I’m no longer allowed to prepare the entrees.)

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Credit and debit cards will be accepted at the Utility Services counter beginning Nov. 1 as the City of Lawton continues its digital transformation with the implementation of Tyler Payments, a new transaction and payment system for City of Lawton customers.

LAWTON, OK — As Ryan Tyler has stepped into the spotlight as a solo performer and with his bandmates in Chasing the Coyote, the promise of more music and hopefully live shows to come offers hope, the death of Eddie Van Halen took away one of the true masters of modern music as well as knocked the wind out of a kid who first fell in love with rock and roll to his music, and some good stuff for the Songs for the Sequestration. 

Oktoberfest, 5-11 p.m. today, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Great Plains Coliseum, 920 S. Sheridan. Music, beers, German cuisine. $3 cover charge for adults today and Saturday after 3 p.m.; children under age 12 free. 357-1192 or 357-1483.

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s nephew passed away last week. He was only 26, and it was a complete shock. No one realized he was using drugs. My husband is attending the funeral (a nine-hour drive) and will be gone for four days. We have two children, ages 7 and 9, and because of the pandemic, we’v…

Everyone knows that candy is not healthful, but can you imagine that too much could kill you? The New England Journal of Medicine (Sept. 24, 2020) published a case report describing the death of middle-aged construction worker who overdosed on black licorice.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  – The Oklahoma Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards through October 23. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose contributions to the arts have had an impact in communities, schools or across the state. 

Tending to backyard vegetable gardens can fill many hours of enjoyable downtime in the great outdoors. What’s more, the bounty produced by such gardens provides healthy, fresh foods to gardeners and their loved ones.

Starting a tree from a seed is a slow process but rewarding way to grow a tree. Tree species may be grown from a seed since the seedling usually retain the characteristics of the parent plants. Raising a tree from hard coated seeds is a rather simple process even though it is a slow method o…

The last day to stream the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Celebration of the Arts is Monday, Oct. 12. The concert can be viewed on the orchestra’s website,

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