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Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan Offers Free OCSP At Work Benefit

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With increasing priority placed on higher education in the United States, employees are continuously looking for workplaces that provide ways to prepare their children for college.Employers not utilizing OCSP at Work are losing out on a no-cost, administration-free benefit that offers employees an easy way to save for their child’s college fund. According to World at Work, an overwhelming 75% of all workers believe employers should offer help with college, an opportunity often missing from benefit packages.1 Through OCSP at Work, automatic payroll direct deposit to an employee’s Oklahoma 529 college savings account, provides families a hassle-free way to increase their financial security through their employer and elevates the importance of higher education for families.

Registration Open For Rec Soccer

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The Fall 2020 Soccer Season is preparing to restart with registration underway. The Cordell Rec Soccer Club generally registers an average of 75 kids per season. At this time, we only have about 50 percent of our regular registration. Registration is FREE to all children that registered and paid last season that was shut down due to COVID-19. All other registrations are $45.00 per child with discounts for two or more children. This season, we are also going to try something new. For children with birth years 2008 up to 18 years of age, we are going to attempt to put together a small sided game format that will be played solely in Cordell. This will be an excellent way to reconnect with friends as well as get in shape and work on skills for the upcoming spring season. If you are interested in registering your child for soccer, please look us up on the Cordell Rec Soccer Facebook page. There is a link to register online. At the bottom of the form, you will have your chance to mark your preference of play. District play, if the club majority votes to participate, is projected to start Sept. 26 and run through Oct. 24. If the club majority votes to play in-house, games are projected to start earlier in September. For further information or to have questions answered, please contact us on our Cordell Rec Soccer Facebook page or you can contact anyone on the soccer board which includes Jennifer Fuller, Tarra Harrison, Lisa Holland, Daltin Holland, Kyle Baker, Martin Vela, or Amy Neeley.

Managing Withdrawals Carefully Can Protect Retirement Income

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Throughout much of your working life, you contribute to your 401(k), IRA and other investment accounts to help ensure a comfortable retirement. However, once you do retire, you’ll need to shift your focus somewhat from building these investments to using them – in other words, you’ll have to start withdrawing from your portfolio to meet the costs of living. How can you be sure you’re not taking out so much that you risk outliving your resources?

Agriculture Smuggling Impacting Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has received numerous reports from Oklahoman’s stating they have received unsolicited seeds from foreign countries. These seeds are sent in packages usually stating the contents are jewelry.

Obituary: Mary Susan Harvey Manuel

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Mary Susan Harvey Manuel “Susan” former resident of Burns Flat, passed away surrounded by love and family on Sunday July 5, 2020. She had a long history of fighting cancer, having previously beat it three times. The last go round proved to be too hard on her, she fought tirelessly for three years, but it eventually became too much.

Corn Patch Splash Pad Officially Opens

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Since 2017, Corn has been working together as a community to bring something to their town for every generation to enjoy. After three years of hard work, the Corn Patch is officially open to the public.

Favorite Views Of Cordell: Lisa Walters

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This week’s favorite view of Cordell comes to us from Beacon reader Lisa Walters. Lisa captured thisbeautiful shot of the Cordell water tower flanked by rainbows after a summer shower and shared it with The Beacon.

COVID Pandemic Worsens Across Oklahoma, Nation

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oklahoma continued to rise last week, with 5,916 new cases reported between July 27 and Aug. 3, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 38,602. Five hundred fifty-one deaths in the state have been attributed to the virus. Nationally, more than 4.5 million cases have been confirmed, with 154,860 deaths.

Flashbacks

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25 Years Ago July 26, 1995 Honey Bees Keep Cordell’s Koehn Busy Busy bees mean a busy Bob. Cordell’s Bob Koehn has two million honey bees that he keeps and cares for as a hobby, albeit a big hobby.

Cordell Fined For Water Quality Violations

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The New Cordell Utility Authority, the city’s public utilities arm, was recently fined by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for numerous documented violations of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, violations that could pose a risk to both the public health and the environment. The violations prompted DEQ and NCUA to enter into a Consent Order to avoid a formal hearing and additional legal action by the department.