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Tue
24
Oct
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Calling on All Oklahomans to Help Fight Hunger this Year

By Governor Mary Fallin

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Oklahomans are preparing to spend time with their family and count God’s blessings. For many of us that means enjoying large, home-cooked meals. This year as we plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I am asking all Oklahomans to remember the approximately 632,000 people in the state who face hunger daily.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with one in six residents with inconsistent access to food. The majority of clients served by the Oklahoma Food Banks are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to put food on the table. All Oklahomans can do their part to help by making food and financial donations to fight hunger in the state. The drive runs through Oct. 31 and benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and their partner agencies across the state.

 

Tue
17
Oct
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As educators our challenges are many. At the top of my list of those challenges is the preparation of our students for their life ahead. It is important to know how we are progressing towards preparing our students. The Oklahoma State Testing Program is designed to test that readiness.

As I have written in the past, I am not a fan of our state test being the only determination on how a student/teacher/ school is performing. A single test on a single day for a child can be daunting and stressful.

 

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Tue
10
Oct
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

The food’s awfully good down at the Gates of Heaven Chinese Restaurant. The valley’s other Delbert, Delbert Chin, has been putting on a decent feed there since he came to this country many years ago.

We like that lunch buffet. All you can eat, of course, and he makes this pink sauce that’s out of this world. You can put it on everything. And you want to.

He asked me once why I used so much of it, and I told him if I had enough of that sauce, I could live on cardboard boxes and bedding straw.

 

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Tue
10
Oct
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

Students and Patrons, Welcome to the start of the 2017-18 school year! The beginning of a new year is always an exciting time, not only for students, but for families and our staff as well. In this spirit, it is my pleasure to welcome the students, families and staff of Burns Flat-Dill City Schools back, ready to continue the important work of our school mission – providing a quality education and preparing all students for their chosen endeavor in life.

I want to particularly thank everyone in the community for the warm welcome I have received as your new superintendent. I greatly appreciate the confidence our Board of Education has entrusted in me and I promise to do everything I can to continue the rich educational history of our school system.

As we open a new school year, I would like to draw your attention to the importance of school attendance.

 

Tue
03
Oct
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

Transportation development in Oklahoma goes back to early pioneers who began doing business in Indian Territory long before the land runs started in 1889, or statehood in 1907.

The steamboat Heroine was contracted by the U.S. Army to deliver supplies in 1837, to Fort Towson.

Starting in 1867, cattle herds were driven across Indian Territory from Texas to stockyards on the Kansas-Pacific Railroad in Abilene, Kansas. That became the Chisholm Trail, which is now presented in a new exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher.

Route 66 was established by the U.S. Highway System on November 11, 1926, to run from Chicago through Oklahoma, and other states to Santa Monica, California.

 

Tue
03
Oct
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

I would like to take this opportunity to share some information on some of the testing data for Cordell Schools. The data that I would like to share is from the ACT results of our high school seniors from last year.

The ACT test is used by colleges and universities to determine college readiness. Scoring well does not insure success in college, but I do believe that the results of the ACT help us to determine which areas of our curriculum that we need to focus on.

The first point of reference for these results comes from all of the graduating seniors from last year that took the ACT test.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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Savvy Senior

– By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I think I’m paying too much for the medications I take. I have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and my out-of-pocket spending is over $4,000 thus far in 2017. When and how can I change my Medicare drug plan?

Inquiring Carol

Dear Carol,

You can change your Part D prescription drug plan during Medicare’s open enrollment period, which runs from October 15 through December 7. During this time, beneficiaries can switch drug plans or join a drug plan if you didn’t have one before. They can also switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan, or vice versa if they wish. Any changes to coverage will take effect January 1, 2018.

In September, you should also keep your eyes peeled for your “annual notice of change” from your drug plan. It will outline any changes in coverage, costs or service that will take effect in January.

Wed
27
Sep
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

As I send this, the Legislature is convening for special session. There are several plans on the table to help fill the $215 million budget hole left by the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling in August that overturned the Smoking Cessation Act of 2017.

The act would have tacked $1.50 onto a pack of cigarettes with the money going to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Human Services.

Without these funds, these three healthcare agencies will have to reshuffle their budgets, and important services are at risk.

The speaker of the House has announced a plan to bring another vote on the cigarette tax to the floor.

A significant detail to note is that the majority Republican caucus does not have enough members to pass a tax increase without votes from the minority Democrats.

Wed
20
Sep
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A Word From The Superintendent

On Monday, September 25, our State Legislators will convene into special session. The special session is necessary due to the ruling of the State Supreme Court which found that the revenue which was approved by the legislature was unconstitutional.

It is estimated that 215 million dollars in revenue will be lost due to the ruling of the state’s high court on the cigarette tax. The loss of that revenue has led to the Governor calling for the special session. If a solution is not agreed upon during the special session, deeper cuts in state agencies will be the result. This means more cuts to public education, higher education as well as the Department of Human Services.

Oklahoma has experienced some very tough budgets in the past few years. The decline in the economy along with tax breaks and tax cuts have left us facing continued budget shortfalls. All state agencies have faced reduced budgets and simply can’t handle much more in the way of budget cuts.

Wed
20
Sep
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Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior,

What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it.

Stiff and Achy Dear Stiff,

Many people who have arthritis believe that exercise will worsen their condition, but that’s not true. Exercise is actually one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis.

Proper and careful exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles around the joints and increase flexibility. It also helps manage other chronic conditions that are common among seniors with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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