Area News

State living choice explained

The Oklahoma Living Choice Program administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority can assist residents to move out of a nursing home and back into the community if a resident chooses to explore other options for managing health care needs. Individuals who live in a nursing home and are currently receiving assistance through the state…

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Local pastor discusses digital or print books

BY KYLE KINER FUMC PASTOR What do you choose, digital or print?  This is the world we live in now.  Do you read books that are printed?  Do you read books in digital format?  It is a way of life for many to read on their phone with a digital application.  But many people still…

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Cherokee Farmerettes hold their March meeting

Farmerettes OHCE Group held their March meeting in the home of Marguerite McMurtrey on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Mike Jones, Cherokee City Manager, was the special guest.  He gave very informative information on the three propositions which will be on the ballot for the upcoming City of Cherokee election on April 6, 2021.  He also…

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If you can’t buy local, ship local

As you may have heard, President Biden recently signed a $1.9 trillion COVID bill. Regardless of your support for this partisan COVID relief plan, the fact remains that a majority of our community will receive an individual check. How much, you ask? According to NBC News, individuals who make less than $75,000 will receive $1,400…

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OTC releases sales tax numbers for county

The March distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from January business. The monies they reported this period represent sales from January 16 to 30 and estimated sales from February 1 to February 15. The March breakdown is as follows: The disbursement of $155,155,951 in sales tax…

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Easter Egg hunt coming soon

The annual Carmen Chamber of Commerce Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 3 at the Carmen Park beginning at 10 a.m. There are over 1,500 eggs ready for the children to hunt. Prize eggs will be awarded in each age group and there will also be grand prizes for each group. Children…

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Carl’s Capitol Comments: Bills going to Senate

By the time you read this, the deadline for House bills to have passed the House floor will have passed. We considered 242 bills or resolutions last week and advanced 416 to the state Senate. We’ll take a brief pause as staff on both sides of the rotunda work to get legislation moved to the…

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Fire departments announce needs

Peak fire season in Oklahoma is quickly approaching and the fire departments in Alfalfa County are preparing for it. In Alfalfa County there are nine rural fire departments that are all volunteer filled. The following departments listed some of their needs: •  Cherokee: Peanuts, crackers, eye drops, wipes and Chapstick. Contact Chief Clint Ream to…

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Senate Review: Busy week at State Capitol

It’s been an extremely busy past few weeks as we worked toward the March 11 deadline to pass measures that originated in our chamber. We had a few late nights, but when it was all said and done, we passed more than 450 measures that now move to the House of Representatives for consideration. We…

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Burlington BOE accepts resignations

The Burlington Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 4, for a special meeting. The meeting was called to order with Terry Graham, Robert Hill, April Kisling and Aaron Smith present. The agenda was approved as part of the minutes first. At 5:37 p.m. the board convened into executive session to discuss the…

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