PRYOR, Oklahoma - Dr. Larry Burdick, former superintendent of Pryor Public Schools, has been watching Tigers football for 54 seasons, more than 40 of them from his recognizable seat at the 50-yard line and about half way up. He says he originally chose that seat, not just to have a good view…

PRYOR, Oklahoma - Can you imagine trying to decide whether to purchase needed medication, or pay the utility bill, or buy food this month? The key word is OR – in our own communities there are families, veterans, the disabled, and elderly individuals who are faced with considering this quest…

PRYOR, Oklahoma - Pryor High School has been around for about 102 years. Pryor High School Band has been around for 100 of those years. In 1919, Grand Canyon National Park was created. The first transatlantic flight was made (non-solo, not Lindbergh). Drinking alcohol was banned in the Unite…

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PRYOR, Oklahoma - In August 2018, WisContext wrote an article titled, "The Allure of Destination Breweries As Rural Economic Engines." The article tells the story of Driftless Brewing Company and its hopes of building a reputation as a craft beer destination. Driftless Brewing Company is loc…

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PRYOR, Oklahoma - In the year 2000, three delinquents who happen to share my last name decided to build a trail along Pryor Creek, south of town.  We press-ganged some help and got permission from the Army Corps of Engineers, who controls most of the land.  By 2001 we had a nature trail almo…

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There is no way to completely encompass a person through words after their passing. In fact, normally it is impossible as no one speaks ill of those who have passed on. However, in very few instances a person is described by their loved ones and peers in the exact same way, that has been tru…

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In May of 2001, I reported to the School of Infantry (West) at Camp Pendleton, CA. For a new First Sergeant, this would be a laid-back final tour of duty.  I had just finished a grueling tour as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Recruiting Office in Claremore.  The first f…

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September 11, 2001, my 13th Birthday, a day that will forever be ingrained in my memory. Long before social media was a thing, most 13-year-olds were busy worrying about how many people would remember their special day as they walked down the hallway. They were concerned with who would come …

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I would venture to say most Americans, whether alive or not born yet, know the importance of 9/11! It was the Pearl Harbor of the new 21st century and a wake-up call for new generations to learn how our democracy is accepted around the world. Most of us old enough to recognize the significan…

PRYOR, Oklahoma (PIP) — Ladies, are you tired of driving to Tulsa or beyond to find a faith based seminar for women? Are you passionate about Christ, but you want to support your local community and its businesses while visiting with other women of faith in your own city?  Gents, are you loo…

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PRYOR, Okla.-To understand the use of mRNA in vaccines, we need to revisit basic cellular biology. Cells in our body produce proteins. Proteins are large, complex molecules that have vital roles in our bodies. They have a variety of functions such as antibodies, enzymes, messengers (hormones…

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PRYOR, Oklahoma (PIP)— In 1903, four years before Oklahoma became a state, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered airplane for the first time in history. Taking turns at the controls, they made five flights over two days. Then, after a flight, a gust of wind flipped the plane and did some …

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PRYOR, Oklahoma (The PiP) Save the date for the Big Boy 2021 Tour as it crosses through Oklahoma. Known as the world's largest steam locomotive, the Big Boy No. 4014 is the last operating "Big Boy" from the original 25 that were built beginning in 1941 to cross steep terrain between Utah and…