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Tue
28
Feb
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As the current Oklahoma Legislative Session enters its fourth week, our state leaders face some very tough decisions. In tough financial times, a “lasertype- focus” on the real issues at hand is a must.

Cordell Schools received notice this past week that due to the first revenue failure of the year, our school district will not receive approximately $60,000 in state aid.

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Tue
21
Feb
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Working Hard for Oklahoma

By Governor Mary Fallin

Earlier this month, I introduced a plan to stabilize our state by beginning true, meaningful budget reforms and modernizing our state’s tax laws. It cuts some taxes and raises others.

To help our families, I proposed eliminating the state sales tax on groceries, which is expected to result in annual savings of $350 to $676 for a family of four.

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Tue
21
Feb
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

A bill that would allow the Oklahoma Lottery Commission to offer larger payouts to improve lottery sales is headed for the House after it passed Appropriations and Budget Committee on Monday. The premise is that this will increase contributions to education.

I am completely against this measure, House Bill 1837. This is just a subtle step in enabling people to develop a dangerous lifelong gambling addiction.

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Tue
14
Feb
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The legislative session started February 6, with a joint session between the House and the Senate. My colleagues and I listened to the governor deliver her annual State-of-the-State Address in which she detailed her budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

 

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Tue
14
Feb
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

This past week has been a trying time within Cordell Schools. Sometimes tragedy makes us look inward and reexamine our thoughts and beliefs. In observing how the faculty of Cordell Schools conducted themselves this past week, I am more proud than ever of our school family.

 

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Tue
07
Feb
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? My income dropped way down when I retired last year in 2016, so I’m wondering if I need to even file a tax return this year.

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Tue
07
Feb
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

Since the prestatehood days of Oklahoma Territory, public buildings have fostered a sense of community, binding people together and playing significant roles in the history of Oklahoma.

These remarkable public efforts go back as far as April 1898 with the construction of the Chickasaw National Capitol.

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Tue
31
Jan
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

This is a very busy time of year within our school system. As usual, basketball dominates the student activities. In my article this week, I would like to highlight how the teams have been doing. Wrestling is also in full swing this time of year. This past weekend the high school boys wrestled in the very tough Hub City Classic at Clinton. Britton Beasley and Rece Wilhelm were the only grapplers to make it to the final day. Rece tied for fifth place which is a nice finish.

 

 

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.

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