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.
When many of House District 31 residents, who also live in Logan County, received their new property tax assessments last April, they noticed a refreshing sight. Their property assessment stayed the same or may have even dropped.
When you are used to something (good or bad), you can take it for granted and expect it to happen. Because of this, I want to begin with congratulations to our Bluejay football team. They are an outstanding group of people led by a dedicated coaching staff. With the success achieved in the recent past, […]
Christmas is on its way! Shop with a Cop is being held December 22nd at 5p.m. in Wal-Mart. The Guthrie FOP Lodge #105 raises funds every year for 35 to 40 children who would not have a Christmas. The children are selected from DHS and are from the Logan County Shelter. Each child gets one […]
Perhaps no effort to shrink the size of state government has been more aggressive than the attempt to consolidate the state’s massive information technology infrastructure. As part of this reform, we included a robust reporting requirement in the legislation that mandated the reform.
Last Wednesday, the new members of the House of Representatives took the oath of office. Unlike Congress, the Oklahoma Legislature does not conduct lame duck sessions. Just eight days after the election, new Representatives are already on the job. Because of this, state policy won’t be determined by those who have been defeated at the […]
I hope this finds you thawing the turkey, gathering the veggies and baking the yummy desserts! We at the Chamber have been promoting Guthrie’s Christmas Festivities this past week by visiting; Pauls Valley, Duncan, Sulpher, Ardmore, Ada, Durant, Tishomingo, Purcell, Gainsville and Denison Texas.