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Franco Farms of Warner is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission continued this week its efforts to process payments for Oklahomans seeking Lost Wages Assistance, pushing the agency toward further revisions of its digital systems. 

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Chris Schiller, DPh, of Economy Pharmacy in Muskogee and Tulsa, has been inducted as the president of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association (OPhA). "I am honored to have been elected as next year's president," said Dr. Schiller. "Over the next year pharmacists across the state are going to be…

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In honor of the 2020 National Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), the REI Native American Business Center will launch a “Buy MBE Day” in Oklahoma on Saturday. The Oklahoma Center will join the national network of MBDA Business and Specialty Centers across the country in demonstr…

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The following is a list of businesses and offices that will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

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The following is a list of businesses and offices that will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

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The following is a list of businesses and offices that will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

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Nia Peeples once said, “Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is in fact, constant transformation.” Recently a good friend passed along a report entitled, “Where Our Jobs Come From.” The author of this piece, Don Macke from the Center of Ru…

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TULSA — In a strategic move to further accelerate investment in Tulsa, Grand Bank has entered into a definitive agreement with Armstrong Bank under which Grand Bank will divest of its Claremore location to the Muskogee-based community bank. Armstrong Bank, with 26 locations in Oklahoma and A…

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Action Group Staffing has been recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Temporary Staffing Firms for 2020. This award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list can be viewed on the Forbes website.

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The impact of near historic flooding a year ago along the Arkansas River continues to ripple through the Port of Muskogee.

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TAHLEQUAH – As construction continues at Cherokee Springs Plaza, Cherokee Nation Businesses gives a progress update and announces new business coming to the tribe’s 154-acre retail, dining and entertainment district.

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Oklahoma gas prices have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.86/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations. Gas prices in Oklahoma were 4.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stood 59.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Oklahoma gas prices are unchanged in the past week, averaging $1.86/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 61.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” To change a community, how might we learn from Mother Teresa and “Maslow's - Hierarchy of Needs”? Can this quote and Maslow apply equally to a community just as it mig…

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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Arvest Bank announced that its mortgage division has originated total volume of more than $2 billion for the third consecutive year, and at the earliest point in company history.

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The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism welcomed a new business to the community, At Home Design, 217 W. Broadway. The team at At Home Design provides remodeling services for kitchen and baths, allowing customers to customize their new space with new flooring, countertops, …

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General manager Josh Hampton and owner Tyrone Watts walk readers through the menu at Watts BBQ in Checotah.

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Oklahoma gas prices have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.87/g on Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations. Gas prices in Oklahoma were 22.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stood 53.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 among investment firms for customer experience in The US Customer Experience Index, 2020. This is the fifth consecutive year the firm has received the highest spot on the CX Index among investment firms from Forrester Research, an independent…

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NEWCASTLE – Concern about losing her remaining vision once held Sonya Cochran back more than her deaf-blindness, a condition many associate with American author, lecturer and humanitarian Hellen Keller.

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Troy Beulah says receiving additional unemployment assistance has been a godsend for him and his family during an incredibly difficult time in their lives. 

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In a move to strategically align its operations with evolving customer preferences and technology, Vast Bank, N.A. (“Vast Bank”) has entered into definitive agreements with Armstrong Bank under which Vast Bank will divest four of its branch locations.

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Every now and again, I just have to share a potential idea; this column is one of those times. It is during times of crisis that some of the greatest innovations, inventions, movements and opportunities present themselves. Could the current COVID-19 crisis present what might be a defining mo…

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FORT GIBSON — Firstar Insurance, formerly Clinkenbeard Insurance, an insurance agency offering personal and commercial products, announced the hiring of Everett Michael to serve as president of the company. Michael will be responsible for overseeing operations and sales.

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STILLWATER – Many families across Oklahoma have learned over the last several weeks how difficult it can be to pay all of their bills each month when income has been decreased or stopped completely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Billy Taylor, with Armstrong Bank in Muskogee, was elected to serve on the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s board of directors by the OBA membership on Tuesday. His election was part of the OBA’s annual business meeting, conducted by video conference.

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W. Edwards Deming once said, “It is not necessary to change, survival isn’t mandatory.” Change has never been more necessary than now. In light of the recent economic impact of COVID-19, it may indeed be mandatory if a community is to survive. In recent columns, we have spent time discussing…

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Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” It is that time of year where many communities have either gone through or are preparing to go through their local elections. While it can be easy to believe your individual …

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We have all known or been associated with business owners that have failed. They had big dreams, small budgets and great work ethic. They had hoped word of mouth would spur business growth. They hoped great customer service would set them apart. They hoped they could overcome the poor, yet a…

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TULSA — Arvest Bank’s mortgage division and Arvest Central Mortgage Company, a bank subsidiary, have been recognized with the Fannie Mae Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards™ (STAR™) Performer designation for 2019.

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Shipping activity at the Port of Muskogee was mixed during the first quarter, reflecting the turbulence of markets before much of the nation began shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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