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Dist. 2 Update: Logan County’s population up 10.4 percent in the last five years

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The Senate and House Appropriations Committees and representatives of the Governor are hammering out a budget as I write this (See Wednesday’s Special Update).  What is at stake for us in District 2 are 15 miles of asphalt roads and five bridges on our 5-year construction plan. The accumulation of funds in the CIRB state general funds account are on the plate for consideration to meet the shortfall in the state’s budget. Read more…

A tailored approach to economic development

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Whether it’s through the school’s career training programs, customized business and industry training or entrepreneurial assistance, Meridian is committed to providing a tailored approach that contributes to economic development in the communities we serve. Read more…

Categories: Column, Education, Money

Never, ever retaliate

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In the middle of April 2014, I finished my work for the day at the House of Representatives and drove to the Cedar Ridge neighborhood at 220th and MacArthur. It was the commencement of campaign season and for the next few months my family and I would make thousands of visits door to door. Read more…

John Wood: What are we doing to our students and teachers?

May 4, 2015 7 comments

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While I have served Guthrie on city council for six years, this is my first column for the Guthrie News Page. I’m compelled to write because we face an important upcoming issue: the Guthrie Public Schools bond issue vote on May 12. Read more…

James Long: Preparing your house to go on the market

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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Local realtor James Long shares his column this week on preparing your house to go on the market.

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Chamber Chat: Master Gardener course scheduled for the fall

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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Many of you have heard the news that I will be leaving the Guthrie Chamber at the end of May.  I will be tackling a new adventure but an old passion: FOOD. I will be opening a food trailer with my brother, Ben Coffin.  We will be traveling around Oklahoma creating menus with fresh ingredients from the farm and or farmer’s market. For more information find us on Facebook under “I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care”  Read more…

Superintendent: Student growth and current buildings is a goal of this bond issue

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

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I began comparing our community and school district to others long before my family even moved to Guthrie. In fact, I researched Guthrie and our peer districts long before I applied for the job as Superintendent. What I found in the research was a school district with remarkable success in athletics and a community with potential for tremendous growth due to geography and existing transportation infrastructure. I also found a concerning history of failed bond issues. Many local opinions exist on why, including a large population of retired citizens as well as a relatively low average family income level.  Regardless of the ‘why’s’, I’ve said from the beginning that the importance a community places on education is directly reflected in the condition of its school buildings.    Read more…

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