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Termites: nature’s necessity, homeowners’ nightmare

May 31, 2012

By OSU Extension Services

They aerate and increase the fertility of soil and recycle dead wood. They are an important food source for other insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians and birds, and are essential for the well being of the environment.

However, if allowed to feed within the walls of a house, termites can turn a small problem into a pain in the neck and a huge dent in the wallet.

Disaster Training Available

May 31, 2012

‘Ready When the Time Comes’ is a partnership between the Eastern Oklahoma Region Red Cross and shelter sites, churches, local businesses, universities, colleges and community organizations in Pushmataha County. “This program trains and prepares participants in basic Red Cross disaster response. RWTC volunteers will be able to step up and volunteer in the event of a large scale local disaster” said Donna Head, Red Cross Disaster Action Team Lead of Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties. “These volunteers will only be called upon when a local disaster happens in Pushmataha County”.

Governor Fallin Signs ‘Open Carry’ Legislation into Law

May 24, 2012

Governor Mary Fallin today signed into law Senate Bill 1733, a measure that allows Oklahoma citizens to openly carry firearms. The bill permits those who are licensed, or already have been licensed, to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to openly carry a weapon or conceal it. It also allows property owners to openly carry a firearm on their property without a concealed carry permit for the purpose of self defense.

State Unveils Plans for Tax Cuts and Simplification

May 24, 2012

Governor Mary Fallin and leaders in both the House and Senate today introduced a joint plan for income tax cuts and tax code simplification. The proposal lowers the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.8 percent in Fiscal Year 2013 and includes a one-time additional tax cut tied to a revenue growth trigger in FY 2015. If state revenue grows by at least 5 percent in that year, the income tax rate would be reduced further to 4.5 percent.

Drug-screening bill signed into law

May 24, 2012

Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law House Bill 2388, requiring the state Department of Human Services to screen adults for drug-use who apply to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

If the applicant refuses a drug test or is found to be using drugs, they would be denied benefits.

Tea Party News: Group requests Democrat representatices to speak

May 24, 2012

By Butch Morris

Push for a Better America held their May meeting last Friday evening at Molina’s restaurant. This is a week early due to this weeks Memorial Day weekend.

We had a report from the state GOP convention by Push County delegate Larry Joslin. Larry also presented excerpts from the Oklahoma Republican Party platform.

The Push County Republican Party chairman, Jim Gentry, also spoke with us about the state of the Republican Party in our county and state. There are more of us in this county than ever before.

Tea Party News: Opinions differ inside own party

May 18, 2012

By Butch Morris

Have you ever noticed how much opinions can differ, even with people who are supposed to be on the same page? You see this quite a bit in politics and religion. I have a feeling this is due to focusing on technicalities as opposed to the big picture. And I also imagine there are people who would argue that proposition.

A contingency of local republicans for this county attended the Republican Party Convention last week. There was a group in attendance who was very outspoken and I must say quite obnoxious.

New @ Antlers Public Library

May 18, 2012

44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber. Vietnam veteran Bob Beldon finds himself looking over his shoulder after his war buddy Max Russell is found murdered in the bed and breakfast owned by Bob and his wife, Peggy, and matters become more complicated when Russell's fragile daughter shows up looking for answers that no one seems able to provide.

Joint Press Release of Governor Fallin, Governor Anoatubby and Chief Pyle

May 10, 2012

As part of an effort to resolve ongoing litigation over water rights among the State of Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Choctaw Nation, a new Task Force was assembled today in order to discuss and consider possible solutions. The Task Force was convened by Court appointed mediator, Francis E. McGovern, and includes 19 geographically, politically and demographically diverse Oklahomans.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, and Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle issued the following joint statement:

 

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