ALTUS – Having been the State Auditor & Inspector for eight years gives Gary Jones plenty of practical experience as Altus’s acting city manager in at least one aspect. “I’ve looked at enough cities that I can certainly tell you what not to do,” he quipped. Jones has held the reins of city…
ALTUS - Farmer/rancher, political recruiter, telephone company “bean counter,” and a public servant who is not easily deterred – Gary Jones has had a multifaceted career. The son of an Army soldier, Jones lived in several places but considers Lawton his hometown. He graduated from Lawton…
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University recently announced that a conference table used daily by the late legendary philanthropist T. Boone Pickens will be lent to the Oklahoma governor’s Cabinet Room for the next decade. In one of his last acts, Pickens sold his conference room table and its 22…
NEW YORK – After a decade’s worth of demographic and economic shifts, the U.S. has seen a significant change in the balance between renters and homeowners according to a new ValuePenguin.com report. Most notably, the study found that millennial homeownership rates fell 20% in the past decade. As…
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Would the sky fall if a chicken moved in next door? Times change. Oklahoma City is different from what it was just a few years ago. City leadership has evolved. Is it time to reconsider loosening the city ordinance that limits backyard chickens to big residential lots (1 acre…
ALTUS – The primary source of water for Altus is a 23-mile-long, 36-inch diameter pipeline from Tom Steed Reservoir operated by the Mountain Park Master Conservancy District. Altus has a permit to withdraw 11,200 acre-feet (3.65 billion gallons per year) of raw water from the lake, according to…
OKLAHOMA CITY – Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network, is now serving customers in Edon, Ohio, and St. Clair, Mich. The two travel stops opened last Thursday. The Edon store, located on State Route 49, adds 60 jobs and 111 truck parking spaces…
OKLAHOMA CITY – A key criminal justice reform initiated by voters is bringing unprecedented opportunity for hundreds of non-violent Oklahoma inmates to become productive citizens. In preparation for the release of more than 700 current inmates in November, the governor’s office and several state…
OKLAHOMA CITY - Businesses located in Oklahoma and owned by Oklahomans have a major impact on the state in a variety of areas. That’s according to Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, who has requested an interim study to highlight the positive role those businesses play in not only the state’s economy…
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Kevin Stitt is bringing the Top 10 Cabinet Tour to Lawton on Thursday, Oct. 24. The third stop on the tour will take place at Lawton City Hall. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. with a presentation from Gov. Stitt and select members…
TULSA – More than 2,000 acres in Inola may soon become one of the state’s premier economic development sites following the ownership transfer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s (PSO) Inola River-Rail Site. PSO is transferring the property to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority,…

Guest column: Surprise medical bills hurt rural Oklahoma

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As we continue to grapple with the rising cost of health care and health insurance, especially in rural states like Oklahoma, one of the most troubling aspects of this trend is the prevalence of hi

THE BOTTOM LINE: Let’s talk

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Last year, members of the Oklahoma House and Senate filed 2,815 pieces of legislation.

Southwest Ledger photo by Mike W. Ray            Altus Interim City Manager Gary Jones

Former state auditor is now acting city manager at Altus

ALTUS – Having been the State Auditor & Inspector for eight years gives Gary Jones plenty of practical experience as Altus’s acting city manager in at least one aspect.

PROFILE: MEET state rep. Daniel Pae district 62, republican

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LAWTON - Once crowned “Third Grade Multiplication King,” Oklahoma’s youngest current state representative, Daniel Pae (District 62), chuckled at the memory of his coronation.