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CHICAGO — Benjamin L. Kadish of Maverick Commercial Mortgage has announced the closing of the financings for a manufactured housing community in Muskogee.

A recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. If you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you may be affected.

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Dear Helaine: I need some financial advice. I am 60 years old and, after working for a U.S. embassy as local staff, I migrated to the United States in 2014. Upon separating from the embassy, I received a six-figure severance. I invested about $40,000 toward the purchase of a home in North Ca…

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) 2020 Policy Committee convened for the second time in Oklahoma City Jan. 6-7 to discuss proposed changes and additions to the organization’s policy. Doug Ogden, Oktaha, has served as an integral member of th…

Are you looking for new ways to save time this new year? Social Security offers many of its services online by signing up for a secure my Social Security account.

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Climate change is costly, and the cost curve has become steeper during the past five years. The five-year average for 2011-2015 of $55.88 billion grew to $106.3 billion for 2015-2019 after being adjusted for inflation. 

TTCU Federal Credit Union has reached $2 billion in total assets during the last quarter of 2019, doubling the size of the credit union’s assets in just nine years. First chartered in 1934, TTCU reached $1 billion in 2011.

TULSA — Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Texas-based USA Harness, Inc. A leader in trailer harnesses and electronic control systems, USA Harness serves the global transportation…

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Hi, Helaine: Here's a problem for you: While doing some holiday gift shopping online, I used my credit card and bought a sweater for myself from a small but cool clothing company. It never arrived. When I checked the tracking online, the delivery service dropped it off at the wrong address, …

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The bulk of the holidays are past us, although 2020 rushes toward us at breakneck speed this week. Even so, I think one last burst of holiday cheer would be a good way to ring in the new year, don't you?

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Hi, Helaine: For a recent significant birthday, I received a number of gift cards as presents, but I didn't use most of them. They are collecting dust in my wallet. Now that it's the holiday season, am I allowed to regift the cards, as long as I make sure not to give them back to the person …

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Refresco US Inc., has announced plans to add 75 new jobs and invest nearly $12 million at its Fort Gibson operation.

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Dear Helaine: I'm writing with a question about medical expenses in retirement. Over and over, I keep reading something to the effect that "a couple retiring today can expect to spend $250,000 on medical expenses during their retirement, even with Medicare." I realize Medicare doesn't cover …

OKCBiz teamed up with the Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to rank the state's top 46 employers. Companies named Best Places to Work in Oklahoma for 2019 were divided into 19 large companies and 27 small/medium companies based on the number of people they employ in Oklahoma.

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Dear Helaine: My house is in a booming neighborhood in an "it" city. I only have a $50,000 mortgage. The property would appraise for about $300,000. It's a large lot, with a house and detached garage in so-so condition. It needs some work.

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With all this talk of shopping local — especially in this space — one would think I make every effort not to trek out to Tulsa or the mythical lands supposedly beyond Tulsa. One would be absolutely correct in this thinking; the closer I can stay to home while still getting my errands done, t…

Main Street Muskogee will host Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 30 for merchants in downtown Muskogee. Visitors can pick up a Shop Small Passport at various locations in the downtown area. By visiting and having the passport signed at five of the 23 participating shops, restaurants and cultural v…

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Barge traffic rebounded at the Port of Muskogee in October, the first full month the inland navigation channel was open after being shut down for five months. 

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Dear Helaine: I keep reading from multiple sources that the best advice for investing is to invest in low-cost index funds, like with Vanguard, rather than trying to buy and sell individual shares of stock. But I've been using a financial adviser with a major brokerage for years who is doing…

Muskogee saw its uptick in sales tax revenue during the past few months stall in November, with deposits dropping to a level just below its 10-year average. 

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I want to give a shout out to the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for accomplishing something I myself find frequently impossible: they are waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin celebrating Christmas. 

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Arvest Bank is pleased to announce Natasha Franklin and Lori Reed as winners of a $500 award given to teachers throughout its four-state footprint. A total of 131 awards, totaling $65,500, are being given this year.

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TTCU Federal Credit Union will celebrate 85 years on Nov. 20 with a reception for members at the Muskogee branch featuring refreshments. Members can also enter for a chance to win an $85 gift card all week long.

Dunham Sports will hold a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Friday at the new Shawnee Crossing location, 2346 E. Shawnee Bypass, according to a release from the company.

In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, maurices announces its partnership with Blue Star Families to support local military families. For every gift card purchased now until Veterans Day on Nov. 11, maurices will donate $1 to Blue Star Families – with up to $20,000 in donations.

ANKENY, Iowa — Today through Nov. 15, Casey’s General Store is hosting a round-up promotion to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

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Dear Helaine: My husband and I split expenses 65/35 because he came in to the relationship with far more money and earnings than I did. This worked fine for a long time, but I felt burdened with the housework, and I recently asked him to do more. His response was that he already was contribu…

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chris Pearson, with Firstar Bank in Muskogee, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association Consumer Lending School in Oklahoma City.

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Barge traffic resumed along the upper reaches of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System just in time to keep third-quarter tonnage from being a bust at the Port of Muskogee after damage caused by near-record flooding and related events closed the channel four months. 

Muskogee deposited its largest October sales tax check since 2007 this month, due at least in part to strong retail sales of clothing, groceries, auto parts and medical marijuana. 

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Dear Helaine: I am a 64-year-old woman with two problems that will contribute to my being homeless sometime in the future. In 2003, I began dental implant procedures to replace several teeth. I suffered through rejection and a jaw infection, and I couldn't place implants where I had the infe…

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John Newby, the executive director of Main Street Muskogee will be stepping down as the executive director effective the end of October. He has accepted a new role returning to the news-media industry working with several media companies throughout the country. He will be assisting in the de…

Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate recently hosted its 24th annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference where they awarded Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate members for their outstanding peer recognition, relentl…

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88, Homemaker. Died January 15, 2020. The Visitation is 5:00-7:00 pm Monday. The Funeral service is at 1:00 pm Tuesday at the Kingdom Hall, 1102 North Pierce Avenue, Wagoner. Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory.

87, formerly of Muskogee, Real Estate Broker, died Friday 12/27/2019. Memorial service, 10AM Tuesday, 01/21/2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

87, formerly of Muskogee, Real Estate Broker, died Friday 12/27/2019. Memorial service, 10AM Tuesday, 01/21/2020 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com