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LAS VEGAS – Now in his seventh trip to the National Finals Rodeo, team roping header Pryor resident Coleman Proctor has learned to trust himself and those special things around him.

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As a way to celebrate a stellar year of growth, the Downtown Business Alliance has created a way to win hundreds of “Downtown Dollars” simply by visiting small businesses in Huntsville. There are 19 locations handing out passports from now until December 11 for a drawing that totals $1000 in redeemable vouchers at local shops. Winners will be selected on December 15.

Lone Star Lights of Huntsville are the newest holiday attraction around for miles. The huge holiday light show experience opened on Nov. 25, on 17 acres with over 1 million lights for family festivities. 

The North Texas Medical Center Auxiliary is selling H.E.A.R.T. of the Community discount cards. The cards, which are being sold for $10, feature discounts to 16 Gainesville restaurants and businesses including Chicken Express, Bungalow 123, Chickfil- A, Cornerstone Cafe, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Good Things, Happy Dogs Corn Dogs, Happy’s Sip and Dip, Luigi’s, Rib Crib, Sarah’s on the Square, Ten Twenty Five Collection, Twisted Hanger, Villa Grande and The Wolf Den.

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The Huntsville Police Department has a new leader after the retirement of Kevin Lunsford in early 2022. Darryle Slaven, who has been serving as interim police chief, has been Assistant Chief.

WALKER COUNTY – Weather permitting, beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday,  Dec. 6, the southbound mainlane traffic will be closed to allow for future improvements to the FM 1374 bridge overpass of IH 45.  This lane closure will only last one night and will reopen at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. 

Together with the support of the committee made up of volunteers from both Rogers and Mayes County, Safenet Services raised a net amount of over $85,500 during the annual Festival of Trees event.

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Rogers County Winter Farmers Market will be from 9-11 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month through March at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N Sioux Ave.

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Crews work to remove old striping and lay down new striping on State Highway 20 from Lynn Riggs Boulevard to the Will Rogers Turnpike. Oklahoma Department of Transportation Public Information Officer T.J. Gerlach said there is still work left to be done at the railroad crossing, but traffic was expected to be open by the end of Friday.

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HARRISBURG — The 2021-22 Legislative Session closed on Wednesday. There were more than 4,000 bills and 600 resolutions proposed in the state House and Senate, the two chambers that constitute Pennsylvania's General Assembly. What follows is a look back at the outcome of legislation proposed …

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Question: I have decided to retire when I turn 65 in January and will need to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. My husband, Sam, is 70 and he enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B when he turned 65 and remained on my company benefits due to having health issues.

Soggy and cool conditions failed to dampen participation and turnout for Thursday night's annual Christmas parade along California Street in downtown Gainesville. Parade goers were treated to dozens of floats manned by local schools, businesses and other groups.

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WASHINGTON, D.C — Unsolved lynchings from the Civil Rights era are getting another push to justice, with Congress passing the Civil Rights Cold Case Investigations Support Act of 2022.

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There’s this myth about rushing. If we move faster and rush, that is going to save us time. In reality, it doesn’t save us much time at all. It definitely adds stress and impacts our health.

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The Tu-Mile Sportsmen’s Association presented the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County a $27,000 check. This donation was the proceeds of a deer hunt that was auctioned off during the annual banquet on Sept. 24. The deer hunt was donated by Rack-N-Horns Ranch of Bedias. The deer hunt sold for $17,000 and ten individuals added an additional $1000 each, to raise the total donation to the $27,000. 

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Shoppers turned out in masses for Black Friday shopping in Huntsville. Five Below and Ulta are the two new stores to the Ravenwood Village and Kroger Center that saw a successful day of shopping. Both stores are diversely different, but each offer exciting new choices for the local shopper. 

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Josh and Chaysen Wischnewsky are proud supporters of the Holiday Lighting in downtown Huntsville. They took time to pose with their family to show their continued support of local small business shopping during the holiday season. Wischnewsky Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram will be moving to their new location across I-45. Details will be published soon.

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Huntsville and the surrounding area has a lot to offer this holiday season. Local shops and vendor markets are where the perfect gifts can be found. For music lovers, there are dance parties and a wide range of concerts to choose from. Go back in time at a living history exhibit or take part in an art workshop. Stroll downtown or take a drive to enjoy the lights. Capture the special moments of Christmas, in Santa’s lap or in front of a very unique tree. No matter what age you are, there is something for everyone to find a little comfort and joy.

The premise behind “Violent Night” is something so straightforward and entertaining on its face that it’s a wonder no one has managed to make this exact movie until now. “Santa fights the bad guys” is nothing new, of course, and the idea of a Santa-driven action movie is so pervasive that “Scrooged” made a fake trailer for one way back in 1988. It was never a question of if this movie would get made, but when we’d finally see it. 

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The Tower of Pizza restaurant at 145 Franklin St., downtown Johnstown, has been retired and the building sold by owners Lou and Karen Taranto. Real estate agent and commercial property landlord Barry Gallagher has purchased the building, saying he has a new restaurant tenant interested in moving in.

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HARRISBURG — A longtime aide of Josh Shapiro was chosen to become his chief of staff when Pennsylvania’s current attorney general transitions to the office of governor next month.

HARRISBURG — Sparring over majority control in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continues between Democrats and Republicans as the ruling parties have failed to agree on which side is in power and how to proceed when members take their oaths next month.

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This morning at approximately 11:41 a.m., the Huntsville High School building had to be evacuated due to smoke. The Huntsville Police Department and the local fire department arrived immediately on scene to inspect the entire building. It has been determined that the building is not safe to occupy at this time; therefore, the campus is going to be closed for the remainder of the day and students are being dismissed early.  

EUFAULA – Marine Development Inc. (MDI), a decades-long industry leader specializing in new marina construction, expansions, restoration and repair, wave attenuators, fuel docks and more, announced today the purchase of the company by Claremore native Mick Webber, a highly respected and long-time industry professional in the boat lifts and marina equipment markets.

A United Express carrier’s flights between Johnstown and Chicago are now back to direct, non-stop service – as expected.

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101.7 KSAM, 94.1 & 104.9 The Lake, and Bill Fick Ford present the 16th Annual Radio M*A*S*H Toy and Food Drive happening Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. 

Claremore Community Chorus will present a free concert for area residents to help kick off the Christmas Season this Friday, Dec 2nd at 7:30 pm. Claremore First United Methodist Church will host the group’s first concert since 2019, due to the Covid epidemic. The Chorus is in its 37th year and is comprised of singers from local and surrounding communities. Chorus Pres. Martha Vandiver and Director Vicki McCuistian-Bording encourage you to attend

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TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. will speak as a panelist Wednesday morning at the White House Tribal Nations Summit at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

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First responders, church projects and other local charities were among 90 groups across three counties to receive a share in more than $300,000 in mini-grants Tuesday through the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies.

The teen fantasy book, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor, hadn’t been checked out from the Western School Corporation library in Russiaville, Indiana for 10 years.

Barry Doss has prepared a special gift for the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and Republic of Texas Library. With the help of the Huntsville Arts Commission, friends from Lufkin, SHSU graduates and members of Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society, “The Lone Star in the East” Christmas tree will be ready for viewing on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the rotunda of the museum.