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April 13, 2014

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  •  State income tax reduction

Each legislator said he is in favor of reducing the income tax, as long as it’s done within reason.

Barrington said the state has to be wary how much is being reduced because many state services are paid with funds from income taxes.

“People expect a lot of services,” Barrington said. “We have to be cautious. I’m not opposed to lowering taxes. There’s just a lot of things that depend on that funding.

“I wish we could zero out our taxes like Texas, but I don’t want to increase ad valorem taxes like Texas. We need to be cautious when cutting taxes.”

Brooks referred to the tax reduction as a “balancing act,” ensuring people keep as much of the money they earned as possible but making sure services are still funded.

“We need to be conscientious of how we consider tax cuts,” Brooks said. “I don’t think anyone will know what it will look like.”

  •  Horizontal drilling

To provide incentives for horizontal drilling in Oklahoma, taxes for horizontal drilling were reduced to 1 percent from 7 percent. But that time is almost up, which could push the taxes back 7 percent.

Johnson said he thinks the incentive will end somewhere between 1 and 7 percent, but isn’t sure where to expect it to stop, not wanting to discourage horizontal drilling

“Ninety-five percent of our wells are horizontal,” Johnson said. “I guess that means it’s working.”

Brooks said the legislature will have to focus on what’s fair.

  •  Native American Cultural Center

None of the current legislators were in office when the Native American Cultural Center was approved nearly 15 years ago, but each has dealt with the project, which has reached a standstill.

Brooks said he would like to get the project finished, instead of having the state pay for upkeep to a facility that is incomplete.

“There’s millions spent in upkeep and security,” Brooks said.

He said the state could regain some of those funds if the building is completed because businesses may move in next door, bringing more funds into the state.

Barrington said he opposed a bill to complete the project because he doesn’t believe the project will offset the loss the state has taken.

 

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  • Duncan’s dead animals to be sold for science

    The City of Duncan has found what it believes is a positive way to handle the disposal of all the dogs and cats it euthanizes.
    It sells their carcasses to science.
    The practice, which has been going on for about five years now, not only furthers the cause of educational science, but provides some money for the cash-strapped Duncan’s general fund.

    July 27, 2014

  • 7-27 Academy.jpg Prisons expand their reach to train new officers

    Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cable ONE starts lineup changes

      Cable One, the cable TV service provider for Duncan and Marlow, will begin a series of changes in its channel lineup on Aug. 5, the company said.
        The cable service is changing to an all digital format that will enable customers with an HDTV to see high definition programs in true high defnition.

    July 27, 2014

  • Tax-free weekend begins Friday

    It’s been seven years since Oklahoma legislators passed the tax-free holiday to keep shoppers in Oklahoma.
    Beginning at midnight Friday, the tax-free weekend returns to Oklahoma and is set to conclude at midnight Aug. 3. The Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes Duncan retailers will benefit from the three-day event.

    July 27, 2014

  • Murder trial postponed until January

      The impending trial of Miles Bench, who faces a possible death penalty in the slaying of a Velma teen-ager, has been postponed until January.
      District Judge Joe Enos granted the continuance at the request of Bench’s attorneys, District Attorney Jason Hicks said Saturday.

    July 27, 2014

  • Masses give unaccompanied children a taste of home

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship.
    But the weekly Masses celebrated by Fathers Philip Seeton and Nerio Espinoza since the end of June are unique for their location, at Fort Sill, and their congregants, who are hundreds of Hispanic children hungry for the familiarity of their Catholic faith.

    July 27, 2014

  • 7-25 Marlow Gas.jpg Church ministry to host $1-per-gallon gas event on Saturday

    Hop & Sack Grocery should be hopping on Saturday morning.
       The annual gas buydown project, a ministry of Marlow’s First Baptist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon on Saturday.
     The church will buy down the price of gas so customers will pay only $1 per gallon for up to 20 gallons.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 Chance Anderson.jpg Homegrown Marlow singer returns for free concert

        Marlow native Chance Anderson brought his  band to  Marlow’s downtown stage Thursday evening for the second of three community concerts of the summer.
     Free hot dogs and drinks were served to about 150 people who gathered for the music.
        Jason McPherson, city administrator, said he was proud of the turnout, especially with the raging heat.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • Red Cross notes importance of local participation

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25 National Day of the Cowboy 0013.jpg National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday

    The annual National Day of the Cowboy will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
    The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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