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2008-08-05 18:00:24

By Travina Coleman, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 5--Ken Beard gave his advice for people thinking of entering KOTV's Channel 6's "Gimme the Mike" in the future: "Relax and enjoy the music and the story the music tells." Beard of Muskogee made his television debut on the contest Monday night after making it through auditions earlier in the summer. And regardless of the endless dialing his family and friends did, he didn't win the show or the wild card vote. The wild card vote is the...

2008-08-05 09:00:58

By Cathy Spaulding, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 5--Editor's note: One in a series of stories to help readers save money. So, you're driving your hybrid car, adjusting your thermostat, buying in bulk and you still need help keeping cash in your wallet. Step awa-a-a-y from the pop machine, pass by the drive-through, snuff the cigarettes. Those on-the-spot purchases you make each day could cost you hundreds of dollars a year, financial experts say. The financial Web site,...

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Travina Coleman, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 3--There will be a convergence of fairy tale characters in the woods. Shrek won't be there, but all of the classic characters will be. In Stephen Sondheim's musical, "Into the Woods," many characters are searching to fulfill their own personal goals. Muskogee Little Theatre is opening their performance of "Into the Woods" at 8 p.m. Friday. Clay Guiltner of Norman, guest director for the Tony Award winning musical, said the...

2008-08-03 06:00:06

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 3--Marty Richerson suspected for years that something was wrong with her daughter Britney. It took years before Britney was diagnosed with autism, a disorder that is one of illnesses increasing in alarming numbers among children. "She cried all the time, she wouldn't grow, she wouldn't suck," Richerson said. "She didn't walk until she was almost 2 years old." According to the National Institutes of Health, three of the most alarming...

2008-08-03 06:00:06

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 3--Among three diseases that are on the rise in children -- autism, obesity and asthma -- the causes, as well as treatments, range from unknown to frustrating. Scientists are continuing the search for the cause of the neurodevelopmental disease of autism. Obesity's causes are well known but embedded in the American lifestyle and difficult to address. Pollution is seriously suspected as a cause of asthma. Marty Richerson, whose 9-year-old...

2008-08-02 06:00:24

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 2--TAHLEQUAH--Applications are now being accepted for a program designed to keep people in their communities rather than nursing facilities. The new Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly is a program for people age 55 or more who are eligible for nursing home care. It is offered through a partnership of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Cherokee Nation Elder Care and the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid services....

2008-08-01 06:00:46

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Aug. 1--Muskogee City Councilman Jim Ritchey said Thursday he thinks one of the ways to help Muskogee Regional Medical Center is to get the word out about its quality of care. Ritchey and the rest of the council attended a special call meeting at MRMC to view a presentation about the hospital's successes and challenges. "We need this hospital," he said. "If more people in the community don't support this hospital, there is always the...

2008-07-29 03:01:19

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Jul. 29--Where drug abuse once meant the stereotype of illegal drugs, it now includes abuse of prescription drugs. Oklahoma was recently ranked worst in the nation for pain reliever abuse by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The information came from a survey of 136,110 Americans ages 12 and older to track state-by-state substance use and mental health patterns. Janet Petty, prevention resource coordinator at...

2008-07-27 09:00:24

By Keith Purtell, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Jul. 27--Although business owners sometimes say they are already burdened by government red tape and cost, a new fee to be charged by the state may actually be a money saver. Anyone planning to open a food service or lodging business should note that the Oklahoma State Department of Health now requires submission of a Plan Review Application along with a nonrefundable $200 application fee as part of a process to help the applicant comply with...

2008-07-25 15:00:40

By D. E. Smoot, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla. Jul. 25--Property owners along the Illinois River have access to funding for the implementation of conservation efforts designed to reduce nutrient and bacteria levels in the scenic river. The funding is being made available through the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and local conservation districts in Adair, Cherokee and Delaware counties. The cost-sharing program will be funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Oklahoma...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.