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Budget Breakdown

Budget Breakdown By Sen. Roger Thompson, Senate Appropriations Chair It’s often said the most important responsibility of the Legislature is to write and pass a balanced budget. As Senate Appropriations chair, I can tell you that the budget impacts every single man, woman and child in our state. Each week, I plan to share an…

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Higher ed chancellor honored with lifetime achievement award

Higher ed chancellor honored with lifetime achievement award Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently honored by Leadership Oklahoma with their 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is one of four state leaders recognized by the organization during a virtual Excellence in Leadership Gala celebration.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals…

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Commissioners approve estimate of needs, request for appropriations

Commissioners approve estimate of needs, request for appropriations By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Okfuskee County Board of County Commissioners convened for its weekly meeting Monday morning and took a number of actions, including the approval of the latest cash fund estimate of needs and request for appropriations. The estimate of needs includes appropriation requests…

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September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month Congratulations to Marlee Maxwell and Kellen Delgado for being chosen as the Oakes Elementary students of the month for September. Marlee is the daughter of Kendra Harjochee and Seth Maxwell and the granddaughter of Debra Phillips, Cling Harjochee Jr. Donna Brown and Ronny Maxwell. Marlee enjoys eating burgers, watching OU…

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New faculty members announced by Okemah Public Schools

New faculty members announced by Okemah Public Schools By Ken Childers ONL Editor Several new teachers have recently joined the faculty of Okemah Public Schools, including Sharlet Banks, William Bencoma, Fallon Gaxiola, Loren Green, Amy Richmond and Angela Ryals. Banks, a graduate of Elk City High School, has been hired as an instructor at the…

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Elevator at courthouse inspected, 5 violations issued

Elevator at courthouse inspected, 5 violations issued By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) has given Okfuskee County 60 days to bring the elevator at the county courthouse into compliance with safety standards. ODOL has jurisdiction to ensure that elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks and similar devices are installed, maintained, and regularly…

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Mason schools reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

Mason schools reopen after COVID-19 shutdown By Ken Childers ONL Editor Mason Public Schools resumed on-site learning Tuesday after a two-week shutdown caused by a positive case of COVID-19 in a student. On Aug. 23, Superintendent Alfred Gaches announced that a student had tested positive for the virus and the district’s distance learning plan would…

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Commissioners OK Flat Rock Creek bridge project

Commissioners OK Flat Rock Creek bridge project By Ken Childers ONL Editor Two bridges that span a creek in rural Okfuskee County will undergo a $1.3 million improvement project under a resolution passed by the Board of County Commissioners. In its regular meeting on Monday, the board unanimously approved Resolution No. 20-38, which executes an…

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OSU Extension steps up during COVID-19 pandemic

OSU Extension steps up during COVID-19 pandemic For more than a century, Oklahoma State University Extension specialists and educators have provided research-based information and resources to help Oklahomans lead their best lives possible. This has been especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite office closures, social distancing and overall concern about the unknown, family and…

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Street project, water plant evaluation approved in Monday meetings

Street project, water plant evaluation approved in Monday meetings By Ken Childers ONL Editor Members of the Okemah City Council convened for three separate meetings Monday evening and took a number of actions, including the approval of a street overlay project and authorizing an engineering firm to perform an evaluation on the city’s 60-year-old water…

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