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‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer
May05

‘Pray for Caleb’ 5K event has powerful results in participation, prayer

NEWCASTLE—“We just want Caleb to be fully restored. Our big prayer is that God, in a way that only He can, heals Caleb’s brain in such a way that it’s no mistake that God did it.” These were the words of Jeremy Freeman, pastor of Newcastle, First, in his interview with the Baptist Messenger just four and a half months ago. Freeman spoke of his son, Caleb, who, in December 2017, was involved in a car wreck. The wreck left Caleb, 16, in...

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Lost things: The Heart & Hand Thrift Center story
Oct15

Lost things: The Heart & Hand Thrift Center story

BETHANY—There’s nothing quite like a good treasure hunt through a thrift store. Whether someone is just looking for a new crystal candy bowl or eagerly searching for the last element of their Fall Festival costume, thrift stores seem to be such a treasure trove. Antique hunters and quiet browsers alike are guaranteed to find more than a good steal when entering Heart & Hand Thrift Center on Council Road and N.W. 23rd Street. Amid...

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The greatest fight of all: WWII veteran twin brothers honored for their service
Aug31

The greatest fight of all: WWII veteran twin brothers honored for their service

MCALESTER—As nations around the globe clashed in devastating war, young men from each of those countries packed their duffle bags, kissed their loved ones goodbye and ran off to fight battles. World War Two (WWII) enlisted many teenagers in their armies. Among those young men were McAlester twin brothers, Claude and Clyde Stokes. At age 19, the twins said goodbye to the family farm tractor and said hello to a U.S. WWII tank. Before...

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Faith Focus: A heart for healing
Jul24

Faith Focus: A heart for healing

“You can call it House of Healing, nana!” Kylie said after listening to her nana, Kathy Boeckman, explain what God had called her to do. It wouldn’t be long after the conversation with her granddaughter that House of Healing for the Teenage Soul would grow from Boeckman’s calling, to a reality. The facility would become a safe place where teen girls between the ages of 13 and 17 could come and begin the healing process emotionally,...

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Faith Focus: It takes a good man
Jun12

Faith Focus: It takes a good man

As a 16-year-old, Larry Goodman never found himself thinking of God, let alone attending church. But one certain Sunday was different. One of Goodman’s high school friends invited him to come to church with him. It was that Sunday that Goodman felt the Lord’s presence during the sermon. Down the aisle with his buddy in tow, he gave his life to the Lord. “It was the best day of my life. From then on, I just wanted to get involved with...

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