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Tue
24
Jan
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the steps seniors need to take if they suspect Medicare fraud?

Suspicious Sandy Dear Sandy,

Medicare fraud costs taxpayers more than $60 billion every year, making it one of the most profitable crimes in America. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips for preventing, detecting and reporting it, if it happens to you.

Tue
24
Jan
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

One of the first bills lawmakers likely will face in the coming legislative session, which starts February 6, will be to address Oklahoma’s compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently granted Oklahoma an extension until June to comply with the portion of the 2005 federal law that will allow Oklahomans into federal buildings and onto military bases. The extension originally was denied in October. In January, 2018, all commercial airlines will require a compliant ID.

Tue
17
Jan
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best treatments recommended to help seniors with bladder control problems? Leaking Linda Dear Linda, Incontinence is very common in older adults. According to the CDC, more than half of women and 30 percent of men ages 65 and older are affected by it. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of treatment options that can help, as well as a number of absorbent pads or underwear you could use for leakage protection. Here’s what you should know.

 

Tue
17
Jan
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As recent events will testify, the winter weather in Oklahoma can be very unpredictable. In my article this week, I would like to convey my feelings about the decision of whether to call off school or not. First, my job requires decision making. I make thousands of decisions every week. Sometimes I feel that I am a very good decision maker while other times I question my abilities. Trust me, I am my harshest critic.

 

Tue
10
Jan
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

 

“Tell you kids what,” he said, sitting down and cutting off their escape route, “there’s more to lifetimin’ than jest gettin’ married, makin’ a buncha money and bein’ a success. Yessir.” The kids had made the mistake of leaving the ice cream parlor by the side door instead of the front door, you see, and before they had a chance to yell “Incoming!” why … there he was … Windy Wilson. Some folks, you see, can’t live without food and water. Windy can’t live without an audience. “I knowed that there look on your faces when you heard me say that, yes I did. And you was thinkin’ solemnly to yourselves ‘Why’s Alphonse Wilson sayin’ stoopid stuff like that there?’ Well, why have a happy, successful life if there ain’t no fun innit? Tell me that?

 

Tue
03
Jan
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A Word From The Superintendent

By: Brad Overton
 
2017 is here! Ready or not, a new year is upon us. It seems that many people are excited for the beginning of a new year, but I think it is more about being done with the previous year. For me, 2016 was a great year within Cordell Schools. On a personal note, 2016 brought many challenges and tested me on a personal and professional level.
 
Tue
03
Jan
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ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols
 
Tue
27
Dec
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Washita County Museum News

By Lonnie Yearwood

Lists of Washita County's first appointed and elected officials were provided in a 1914 Cordell Beacon article and in the 1937 History of Custer and Washita Counties (1887-1937).

Both publications admitted their lists were incomplete. The Beacon covered elections up through 1912 and relied largely on on the county clerk's fidelity bond records.

The county history publication relied on the Beacon's work but only went up through the 1900 election. Although the pictures and names of individuals thought to have been elected in 1902 were provided, the group was actually elected in 1900.

The list below covers the elections of county officials up to statehood and comes from original books of entry the county turned over to the Washita County Historical Society. The information is more complete and corrects errors made in the 1914 and 1937 lists.

 

Tue
20
Dec
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Pet Corner

By De De Young

Itchy skin is a common condition in the winter for a dog that is kept inside. Gas heaters can dry the skin out and it will become a little itchy. Or, keeping your dog too warm, can dry the skin. Your dog will let you know if he or she is too warm or cold by panting or laying up by the window, or door.

 

Tue
20
Dec
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help us with aging in place ideas? Staying Put Dear Staying, Many retirees, like you and your husband, want to stay living in their own house for as long as possible.

 

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