New figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor show Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 6.6% in June, a significant decrease from 12.6% in May. Oklahoma is tied with Maine for the fifth lowest rate in the country, a ranking which is reflected on the newlylaunched Governor’s Dashboard of Metrics. The national unemployment rate for June declined to 11.1%.
Gov. Kevin Stitt accused employees of the Commissioners of the Land Office of playing politics after his pick to run the agency was approved in a special meeting Tuesday morning where two of the five commissioners were absent.
The proposed new secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office ran an energy company which filed for bankruptcy last year and had been underpaying the commission royalties for oil and gas production.
The Hennessey First Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) was back and as great as ever last week, Jul. 6 thru the 10th. This year’s theme was Concrete and Cranes. VBS was available to all kids Preschool though the 5th grade. Originally, VBS was scheduled for May 17 through May 21st, but COVID-19 changed the plans.
Long time Okeene resident and businessman Mike Dobrinski defeated Adam N. Masters of Kingfisher 4,377 (72%) to 1,725 (28%) in the House District 59 seat to replace term-limited Oklahoma House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher. There will be no general election vote for District 59, and Dobrinski will be sworn in Nov. after the general election. Dobrinski won his home town of Okeene’s 060002 precinct by a 292 (85%) to 51 (15%) margin. He carried Hennessey’s precinct 370201 by a 323 (83%) to 68 (17%) margin. The District 59 seat is the first public elected office Dobrinski has ever run for. He was elected to the Pioneer Telephone Cooperative’s Board of Trustees years ago and continues to serve on their board.