LAWTON – Oklahoma’s transition from a court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative system has been wildly successful. “It’s all good news in terms of results if viewed through the lens of what the reformers wanted,” Mark Liotta, chairman of the three-member state Workers’…
DUNCAN - Randomly deciding to take an introduction to criminal justice class changed Jason Hicks’ career path. It was the fall of 1995 and Jason wasn’t really sure what he wanted to do. He had worked in the restaurant business with his father, Ed Hicks, from the time he was a young boy. At 26,…
TULSA - State Sen. Kevin Matthews, Chair of the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission, announced recently that Tulsan Phil Armstrong had been chosen to serve as project director. The Commission will facilitate actions, activities, and events that commemorate and educate citizens in Oklahoma and…
WASHINGTON D.C. - Each year the Department of State helps protect sea turtles around the world by the Secretary of State or a delegate certifying to Congress that the governments and authorities of shrimp harvesting nations or economies have adopted regulatory programs comparable to that of the…
TULSA – The new $360 million Sofidel tissue manufacturing facility located at Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s (PSO) 2,500- acre Inola River Rail Industrial Park is bringing new attention to the area after it was named a Project of the Year by the Oklahoma Economic Development Council (OEDC).…
LAREDO, Texas – Ending June 30, 2019, IBC (NAS- DAQ:IBOC), reports a strong net income at $101.9 million or $1.55 diluted earnings per common share ($1.55 per share basic) compared to $106.3 million or $1.59 diluted earnings per common share ($1.61 per share basic) for the same period of 2018,…
TULSA - On a rainy Memorial Day in 1921, a black teen named Dick Rowland entered the Drexel Building’s elevator where he encountered Ms. Sarah Page. For reasons still unknown, Page, a white 17-year-old elevator operator cried out. Her cries were heard by a sales-clerk in the floor below which…
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Tim Downing announced that a Mangum pharmacy owner pleads guilty to two counts of healthcare fraud. A federal grand jury indicted Jeffrey Terry, 37, in March, after an investigation found he…
OKLAHOMA CITY – The State treasury is getting high returns from medical marijuana. The state reaped $21 million from the medical marijuana tax and state sales tax over the last 10 months. From October 2018 through July 2019 the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) collected $9.3 million from the 7%…
OKLAHOMA CITY – The interim fire chief at Altus has settled into his new role and seems to be quite content. “I used to answer 9-1-1 calls, but now I do administrative stuff and head off problems,” said Joe Buchanan, who became the department’s interim fire chief on July 5 for a 90-day trial…
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services approved premium rates for health, dental, life, disability and vision insurance products to be offered to state, education and many local government employees, retirees and dependents for 2020. The rates were recommended by the…
Photo By Chris Martin, Lindsey Bushyhead, appellate counsel for the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission was on hand at the Aug. 9 business luncheon held at the Lawton Hilton Garden Inn to answer questions about timelines for decisions and appeals. Several members of the commission’s staff were also in attendance to present and answer questions. Representatives from Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Hilliary Communications and other local businesses were represented.

Workers’ Comp Success Story Brought to Lawton: Bearer of Good News

LAWTON – Oklahoma’s transition from a court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative system has been wildly successful.

PROFILE: Meet Kenny Stradley Comanche County Sheriff

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LAWTON - Underneath the cowboy hat and behind the badge, lies a man of unwavering faith, dedicated to upholding the law and willing to go that “extra mile” to better serve the people.

PROFILE: A Weld That Won’t Break

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LAWTON - It was definitely a case of love at first sight. When Clarence Fortney was a young teenager, his father brought home a Hodaka Super Rat Motorcycle.

PROFILE: ‘I’ve Been Pretty Blessed.’

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FREDERICK- Growing up in Lawton, Young Professional of the Year award winner Chase Massie says he is excited to have a career that allows him to give back to the..