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JIMTOWN — Recent complaints by three families and a local atheist group regarding alleged separation of church and state violations at Jimtown High School, part of Baugo Community Schools in Elkhart County, resulted in a formal response by the school corporation Monday afternoon.

OKLAHOMA CITY — As Jena Nelson was named Oklahoma’s 2020-21Teacher of the Year she announced it was a time for celebration, and not just celebrating her but celebrating all Oklahoma educators who represent their schools and districts as Teacher of the Year.

Stillwater is a unique municipality, not quite a city but far from a town. I think I will coin the word ‘mini-opolis’ for we are by far the primary place of commerce and habitation in Payne County, but are shadowed by metropolises to our east and south. One of the things I find endearing about Stillwater is though growth and improvements abound, at times it retains that small-town feel. An Army brat, Stillwater is the closest thing to “roots” in my life; homes where my mother was born, raised and we visited between my father’s assigned posts, still stand; stories of shops and restaurants, prominent families and anecdotes of friends and acquaintances of the past bring a grounded familiarity to many Stillwater citizens.