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School Spirit: Raising the Bar in Education

April 11, 2011

A Monthly Column from the Desk of ... Governor Mary Fallin

In my State of the State address this February, I told lawmakers that nothing is more important to the future of our state and our long-term prosperity than improving student achievement. To see that improvement, I’ve outlined a comprehensive series of reforms to increase accountability and transparency in education, get more money into the classroom where it can do the most good, and raise the bar for students and teachers.

Among the legislative items I am hoping to see signed into law are bills to:

Community Action Works: Mentoring program for children explained

April 6, 2011

One of Little Dixie’s newer programs is also one of its most visible: It’s called Passport to the Future. The purpose is to provide mentoring opportunities for children whose parents are in the criminal justice system.

Passport to the Future has a staff of five people: A program director, coordinator and mentoring specialist in Pushmataha County, and mentoring specialists in McCurtain and Choctaw counties. In just a few short years since the program’s inception in 2004, Passport staff has signed on 360 children and more than 200 mentors.

Just 100 Calories A Day

April 6, 2011

By Beth Pike
OSU Extension Services in Antlers

When it comes to weight gain, weight loss or weight maintenance, it can all boil down to just 100 calories.

Many people believe that weight gain is a result of no physical activity or excessively overeating, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.

How To Help Prevent & Control Wildfires

March 31, 2011

The prevention and control of wildfires are big concerns as the summer progresses and it is our turn to take responsibility and do what we can to help NOT start wildfires. Here are some helpful hints on how to keep your burning debris from causing a widespread problem.

For safe debris burning comply with Local Regulations. Contact local fire departments in advance to make sure that burning is allowed and to find out whether a permit is required to burn debris.

Gun Control: When is too much too much?

March 25, 2011

New local gun laws had to change following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. They ruled that an American’s Constitutional Right to gun ownership applies nationwide. Legal challenges and debate has continued after the ruling in June, that American’s have the right to own a gun for self defense anywhere they live. This ruling was in response to a challenge of a 28 year old gun ban in Chicago, Illinois.

51 Things To Do This Summer

March 25, 2011

During the summer it is so easy for kids, and adults alike, to say, "I have nothing to do! or I’m bored." As much as everyone says they can’t wait for summer, these words will inevitably cross everyone’s lips.

Well, no more excuses! There is always something that you can do to keep yourself and your family entertained. To help get you started thinking outside the box I have compiled a list of things for you to try when you can’t think of anything to do. With these 51 things to do, you may just escape the “I'm bored” doldrums this summer!

1. Have a picnic in your back yard.

10 Ways to Beat the Heat for Less

March 25, 2011

No, it’s not your imagination, it is definitely getting hotter out there. The 8 warmest years on record have occurred over the past decade, and as much as we would all love to run out & construct a big air conditioned bubble around our community, we can’t. But staying cool doesn’t mean that that you are going to have to pay an arm and a leg. there are many things that you can do, at low or no cost, to help you stay cool.

Manners, Gone Forever of Just Hidding?

March 25, 2011

According to the Webster’s Dictionary; Manners are defined as a socially correct set of behaviors. Other words that have been used in place of it are decorum, etiquette, good form and courtesy. In today’s fast paced race, this is one of the many things that have went by the wayside. People seem almost to busy to be pleasant or grateful for the acts of kindness bestowed upon them by others. If we continue to decline this way, before long we will start to resemble a pack of ravenous dogs fighting over the consumption of the last morsel of a molding carcass.

Funeral Procession Etiquette

March 25, 2011

There was once a time when the only vehicles using their headlights during the day (excluding bad weather) were part of a funeral procession, but with the majority of vehicles now having automatic daytime running lights it can sometimes be a challenge for motorists to recognize them, but it really isn’t that challenging if you are paying attention.

Professionalism & Courtesy in the Workplace

March 24, 2011

Today I want to address a growing problem that I have noticed in out quant little corner or the word. Professionalism & Courtesy in the workplace. First lets define those words shall we.

Professionalism: “A high standard of professional ethics, behavior and work activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee, self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher duty to a client and is required to put the interest of the client ahead of his/her own interests.”

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