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Tue
12
Dec
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Working to Get More Tax Dollars to Teachers

By Governor Mary Fallin

Teacher salaries need to be increased in the state of Oklahoma. This is a simple fact, especially as we compare our teacher compensation to surrounding states. It’s also obvious when school districts from other states come to our state to hold recruiting drives, such as the Dallas Independent School District’s three-day job fair in Oklahoma City the first week of this month.

For the past two years I have called for a teacher pay increase in my State of the State addresses, but there has not been a solution to this challenge. We must address this issue if we expect to continue to be a prosperous state.

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Tue
05
Dec
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Technology use among older Americans is on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of U.S. seniors over the age of 65 are online today compared to only 25 percent just a few years ago.

If you are a technology late-bloomer and are interested in learning how to use a smartphone, tablet, computer or the Internet, there are many great technology teaching tools available today depending on where you live. Here are several places to look for help.

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Tue
28
Nov
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It’s A Great Time To Be A Blue Devil Cordell

By Brad Overton

There is no doubt that basketball season is a favorite within the Cordell community. As we are now in the full on basketball mode, I would like to express some of my thoughts about the upcoming basketball season.

Over the years, I have observed that the home basketball games are a major social event. I realize that our fans come to watch the basketball games, but I always enjoy watching everyone catching up on the events of life. We are fortunate to always have good crowds at the game. I appreciate that we have so many to come and support our teams. It is also nice that fans can come and socialize as well.

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Tue
28
Nov
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Steve slowly saddled Old Snort, and climbed aboard. Kinda stiff this morning. He pulled his hat down a little lower and pulled the wild rag up to cover his nose and mouth from the morning chill.

How many mornings had he done this over the years?

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Tue
21
Nov
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host.

Very few Thanksgiving dinners achieve legendary status, but “Steve’s Thanksgiving” was certainly one of them. Some said it happened because he’s lived alone and cooked meals for himself for so many years. Some say he has worked alone for so long that he isn’t of a coordinating mind. The answer could be buried in the middle there somewhere. Steve himself isn’t certain.

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Tue
21
Nov
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How to Protect Yourself from Peripheral Artery Disease

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

For the last six months or so, I’ve been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I’m getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition?

Limping at 60

Dear Limping,

The health condition your friend is telling you about is known as “peripheral arterial disease” (or PAD), which is an under the radar disease that affects up to 12 million Americans.

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Tue
14
Nov
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Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

With the holiday season approaching, we are about to hit the halfway point of the school year. It’s hard to believe that the school year is going by so fast.

The school year moves through different phases as the sports season change. Last week we marked the end of the football season and the beginning of basketball season. Our junior high teams have started the basketball season off on a good note. The first high school basketball game will be on Tuesday, November 21st when Hobart comes to town.

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Tue
14
Nov
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

We have much to be proud of at Burns Flat-Dill City Schools. Concerning our fall sports, our fast pitch team was very competitive and had an exceptional season. Coach Ashton Ellis is to be commended for her work.

Coach Lori Schneberger’s Cross Country team not only qualified for state but carried off the Academic State Championship for the third year in a row with a 4.0 average. Can you say, “THREE-PEAT!”?

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Tue
07
Nov
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Dud came in the Mule Barn truck stop all grins. Aha! thought the other members of the world dilemma think tank, Dud’s been up the road in deer camp three days now. We know what that happy look means.

Or maybe not …“You fellas have GOT to come out to the camp with me and see what I’ve got!” Dud said. “You won’t believe it!” “Got a nice buck did you, Dud?” said Doc. “You just have to see for yourself,” he said.

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Tue
07
Nov
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love

Dear Savvy Senior

What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier.

Inquiring Sister

Dear Inquiring

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