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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Wednesday that revenue collections by the state rose by more than 27% in July due to a delay in the state income tax filing deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic, but not enough to offset previous shortfalls.

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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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It was described this week as "a great success story" — the response by the White House to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and all of the related issues. 

TULSA — Arvest Bank ranks highest among its peers in customer satisfaction with retail banking in both the Southwest and South Central Regions, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study released April 30.

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Hi, Helaine: We don't know what to do. I lost my job last week (COVID-19 layoff). At the same time, my husband's salary has been reduced by 10% through next year, for the same reason. I'm applying for unemployment, but when the $600 federal boost to it goes away this summer, I'll receive onl…

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Tony Robbins once said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you you’ve always gotten.” This rings so true with the onset of COVID-19, and the major restructuring of the national retail scene underway. Every community, both small and large, will feel the pending impact. What m…

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Municipal sales tax revenue in Muskogee bounced back in April after sinking to its lowest point this fiscal year, but this month's deposit lagged totals reported for the same period a year ago.

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Dear Helaine: The government deposited the $1,200 check we are getting to help us get through the coronavirus lockdowns and shutdowns in my checking account. No problem. My question is about what I should do with the sum. 

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I love the quote by Jim Rohn when he said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Most will agree there are several potential pathways a community or downtown district might take as they embark on a successful transformation or revitalization effort. It certainl…

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STILLWATER  – The U.S. cattle industry lost an estimated $13.6 billion by early April this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more economic damages to agriculture are likely, according to a study commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims dipped slightly from the previous week as COVID-19 related closures and the energy crisis continue to take a toll on Oklahoma’s workforce.

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Muskogee Farmers Market plans to open May 2, with restrictions to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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STILLWATER – Soil temperatures and other weather conditions indicate most Oklahoma crop producers wanting to plant corn should do so now, agricultural experts said.

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Hi, Helaine: I've got four middle-aged children, and I am well-off. My youngest daughter, age 45, is married to a man who is spiteful and possibly mentally ill. For more than a decade, he's done his best to alienate my daughter from me. 

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While communities certainly have more on their minds these days, it is never too early to start thinking how your community is going to position yourself moving forward post virus. If your community has never really focused on their brand, now is the time to start thinking about that. With t…

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BOYNTON — Cane Creek Distillery has turned out thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer since loosened regulations allowed them to begin producing it, said owner Steve Allen.

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A period for public comment on an interim final rule that restores the Small Business Administration’s affiliation principles and size standards that existed prior to 2016 will close Friday. 

Hi, Helaine: I own a home that's divided into four apartments. I live in one and rent out the other three units. I like some tenants more than others but never experienced a difficult problem until now. In one unit, my tenant lost her job and says she can't pay the rent until she gets on une…

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