During the past few weeks I have received many emails about 2nd amendment related legislation that will be sponsored this year in the Oklahoma. Here is a just-released updated describing one such measure of which I will be one of 15 principle authors.
You can hear what is going on in and around town every Wednesday at the Chamber Coffee’s. This week’s coffee will be hosted by the Masonic Grand Lodge located at 102 S. Broad! Bring your business card for our drawing…. everyone is welcome.
This week begins the recovery from soft, soaking rains which devastated country roads throughout areas of Oklahoma. I’ve traveled many of the District 2 roads, assessing conditions, and many of you have called my cell phone or the office. This has given us a good comprehension of where the worst areas are and how best […]
Ever been interested in Japanese? Now is your chance to take language classes! Join the Guthrie Public Library each Saturday morning at 9:30 am. This beginner-level class will focus on both conversational and written Japanese. This is an 8-week course meeting each Saturday running through March 2nd. Classes are taught by Dutch Hinkle, who lived […]
Last week, members of the House of Representatives received their committee appointments for the next two years.
On January 2, 2013, I stood before Judge Luke Duel to be sworn in for a second term as County Commissioner of District 2. I count it an honor to serve the residents of this district and pledge to continue the process of making road and bridge improvements which will help bring the county highway […]
Over my years as an educator, I’ve seen violence change the way schools operate in many different ways. Most visitors now understand that identification is required as well as a pass or escort to enter the building. Occasionally, parents have voiced their disapproval of this practice as unnecessary but I can assure you it is […]
Happy New Year! Byron Berline’s Double Stop Music Hall will be kicking off the New Year with a great concert featuring the greatest Bluegrass Music you have ever heard! This Saturday, January 5th at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by contacting The Double Stop Fiddle Shop at the number above 405-282-6646, located at […]
In the next few weeks I plan to release the latest version of the House District 31 transportation update. This update is published periodically in response to great interest expressed by local constituents.
Last week, I wrote of the House of Representatives’ creation of new committees designed to expand legislative purview at the state level. Specifically, I pointed to the attempt to gain a grasp on the state’s overwhelming dependence on federal dollars.
The Guthrie Chamber of Commerce board members along with the staff and volunteers wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I normally have a long list of things to talk about but this week but our calendar of events is slim pickings’ which is normal in preparation for Christmas. All of the Guthrie schools are out […]
I love a good story but I love a great story even more. One of my favorite great stories tells about people in a country in big trouble. They are afraid they are about to be overrun by powerful enemy armies, and all indications suggest their fears are well founded. Smack dab in the middle of their great […]
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 8 maids a milking! We’re almost there….. one of Santas elves sent me an email saying Santa was going to stop in to refuel at the Guthrie/Edmond Regional Airport on Sunday the 23rd around 3p.m before heading to the North Pole for his […]
Last week, Representative T.W. Shannon, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced the House committee structure for the next legislative session. This event has been greatly anticipated by members of the Legislature. Shannon campaigned for the Speaker position on the platform of truly allowing the makeup of the House membership to be represented […]
Progress continues on the University Bridge east of Midwest. A temporary low water crossing has been built, the old bridge torn out and dirt excavated where the new structure will be placed. Forms to create keyways in the concrete footings for new bridge legs have been constructed. If the weather cooperates, next week ditches will be […]
This week marks the first deadline when state legislators (Representatives and Senators) must submit notice of their intent to file bills for the 2013 legislative session.
Since tax season is upon us and annual ad valorem statements have been mailed to property owners, it seems important to mention again that property taxes do not fund roads. This is a widespread misconception and one we repeatedly try to clarify. The huge majority of property tax funds public education. This is indicated on […]
We had a great weekend in Guthrie with the Historic Homes Tour, Candlelight Trolley Tours and the Victorian Walk! The nativity scene down at the Apothecary Garden counted over 1000.00 visitors! The Christmas Committee set up a screen and played an outdoor movie in the empty lot across from Harrison’s Chicken House! The Ok Choral Sweet […]
In District 1 we have a ten-man crew who perform maintenance on 275 miles of county roadway. I often tell people this is approximately the distance from Guthrie to Corsicana, Texas. When you think of it that way, it helps you understand what a challenge the county faces with a limited workforce and a constrained […]
Construction of a new bridge on University Ave. has begun and will replace an older, narrow, wooden structure.