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County commissioner requests EMS board member to resign; EMS audit discussed

February 22, 2015 1 comment

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All parties with the Logan County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Logan County Emergency Medical Services District (EMS) agreed the 2009-13 EMS audit should have been addressed before a joint  meeting was held. During the public meeting, a county commissioner asked the EMS Chairman to resign his post. Read more…

Lt. Governor stops by Guthrie for 77 towns in 77 days state-wide tour

February 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb visited Guthrie as part of his 77 counties in 77 days tour on Friday morning. Read more…

Categories: Community, Politics

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin: Ensuring a clear definition

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

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Much of my professional career has involved working with nonprofits aimed at improving the lives of Oklahoma children and families.  I’ve seen first-hand what can happen when families are struggling with issues like substance abuse, domestic violence or other problems.  I also know that even in some situations most of us would find intolerable, given the choice, a child will choose to be with their parents.  No matter how flawed the environment or relationships within that family, the bond that child feels toward his or her parents should never be underestimated or callously ignored. Read more…

Categories: Column, Politics

House Bill 1407 would add stipulations to county assessors when lowering real or personal property

February 16, 2015 1 comment

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A bill was introduced to the Oklahoma 55th Legislature earlier this month that would add stipulations on county assessors when it comes to decreasing the percentage of real or personal property. Read more…

Categories: Money, Politics

County Assessor Tisha Hampton asks for new member on excise board

February 16, 2015 Leave a comment

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Before the Logan County Commissioners addressed the agenda concerning the Excise/Equalization board in their latest meeting, County Assessor Tisha Hampton read from a prepared statement during open comments from citizens. Hampton said the current excise board publicly opposed of her lowering the real property tax assessment ratio. Read more…

Legislative cost cutting initiative now approaching 100 Million

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment

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Oklahoma’s information technology unification initiative has saved state agencies nearly 100 million dollars in cost savings and cost avoidance. Read more…

Categories: Politics

The real story of how a bill becomes law

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

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This week state representatives will cast their first floor votes of the new legislative year. The floor vote represents an important step in the process which a bill must follow in order to become law and every so often I write an article which describes this process as a reminder to the reader of the complexities of the legislative process. Read more…

Marven Goodman: District 1 weekly activity update

February 6, 2015 1 comment

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We have started the repair of two guardrail safety systems, completed the rails on Broadway between Simpson & Simpson Lane and moving next to the rails on Broadway & Simmons respectively.  Also, our new asphalt & road maintenance crew has been active this week fixing potholes.  If you know of a really bad one, please let us know.  Read more…

Transparency of action is not the way things have always been in Logan County

February 6, 2015 Leave a comment

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The following is a Letter to the Editor from District One County Commissioner Marven Goodman.

Why do you care? Why do you ask? These questions are often asked by those who have something they would rather not discuss in order to deflect the conversation away from those who are making potentially embarrassing inquiries.

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Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

February 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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The 2015 legislative session is now underway at the Capitol.  While we had one organizational day in January to elect leadership and adopt rules, the regular work of the session actually begins on the first Monday in February.  We received the Governor’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget on Monday, and now we will turn our attention toward committee work on the bills introduced in the Senate. Read more…

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