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STILLWATER – Cool and wet conditions pushed back much of the state’s hay season this summer, but with clear skies and hot temperatures in the forecast, producers are making hay while the sun shines. 

Northeastern Health System has extended its partnership with the OSU Center for Health Sciences to provide board-certified ER physicians for the Emergency Department in Tahlequah, as of July 1.

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It was once said by Gordon B. Hinckley, “You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.” The same is very true on a local community level. You will find it difficult to have a strong, vibrant, and invig…

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Over the past few months, I have been reminded quite often of a quote by Roy T. Bennett. He said “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” My guess is each of us has at some point been or will shortly be at the end of…

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WASHINGTON —The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) to Allied BioScience for their product SurfaceWise2. SurfaceWise2, a residual antimicrobial surface coating, was previously authorized for emergency use in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and …

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STILLWATER – Economic turmoil in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lot of small agricultural business operators asking difficult questions about managing their finances.

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Oklahoma gas prices have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations in Oklahoma. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 7.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 92.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

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Port of Muskogee reported brisk shipping activity in May with tonnage up for all modes of transportation when compared with totals reported for the same period a year ago. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) reports that Oklahoma’s unemployment rate fell to 4% in May 2021. The agency also reports an increase in initial and continued claims’ four-week moving averages, with continued claims declining.

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BOSTON – Rising gas prices have become the theme for the 2021 summer travel season. According to GasBuddy, many drivers will see prices remain above the $3 per gallon mark in time for the upcoming holiday weekend. Even with some relief from a recent small drop in prices, the national average…

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As we exit the COVID era and enter the summer tourist season, what better time to write about tourism, which is the life blood of many communities and an untapped resource for others. I am reminded of the quote by Anamika Mishra when she said, “To travel is to open windows of the heart and w…

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I believe Kevin Brady was correct when he said, “Inflation destroys savings, impedes planning, and discourages investment. That means less productivity and a lower standard of living.” This quote isn’t only directed at each American, it is even more critical businesses and communities unders…

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Oklahoma gas prices have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.71/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations in Oklahoma. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 5.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.06/g higher than a year ago.

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Let’s shake it up a bit this week, and have some fun utilizing the knowledge and expertise of many others. Much has been written regarding communication. Communication is the heart of your community transformation effort; this can’t be overstated. Let’s use my comments coupled with famous qu…

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Bankers Association membership elected bankers to seats on the association’s board of directors, and the new director from Tahlequah, who will serve a three-year board term is Andrew Wells, First State Bank.

At its annual shareholders meeting, the Board of Directors of Armstrong Bank elected Joe Paul Perryman, the organization’s chief lending officer and regional president, to serve as a director.

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BOSTON – We are conflicted about summer travel this year. With more people vaccinated and the economy opening, 57 percent of Americans plan to take at least one road trip this summer, up substantially from 2020’s 31 percent, according to GasBuddy’s annual summer travel survey. The biggest ro…

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Going back to basics, what is a truly local state of mind? Let’s review one of many elements that comprise the truly local mindset. Truly local shopping isn’t just a nice thing to do to show local spirit. Truly local shopping in the future may be the difference between whether a community gr…

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten states have already enacted laws requiring businesses employing 10 or more people to be part of a state-run employer retirement plan and Oklahoma may be next. Although two versions of the Oklahoma Prosperity Act failed to make it through the 2021 legislative session so fa…

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SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) recently awarded the Muskogee Area Human Resource Association its EXCELSilver Award for the MAHRA’s accomplishments in 2020. 

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Lawrence Bossidy once said, “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” This has never been more true than in a smaller community. For a local community to not just survive, but thrive, t…

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – J.D. Power has certified the Arvest Go mobile banking app for providing “an outstanding mobile banking experience” for the second year in a row. Arvest Bank became the first midsized bank – and one of a select few in the nation – to earn this designation in 2020.

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As I have visited communities and various businesses over the years, I have seen very few guilty of dreaming too big. In fact, unfortunately most communities, businesses, and their leaders are guilty of the exact opposite. Far too many dream and think far too small. Vic Johnson said it best …

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) reports a decrease in initial unemployment claims and an increase in continued claims as well as the continued claims’ four-week moving average. The agency also continues to encourage employers and claimants to register for i…

Shipping activity at the Port of Muskogee remained mixed during the first quarter of 2021, reflecting a change in seasons and reports of scaled-back purchases by some local manufacturers. 

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Oklahoma gas prices have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations in Oklahoma. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 1.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.30/g higher than a year ago.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Arvest Bank has been selected to participate in the Federal Reserve Banks FedNow pilot program.

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