Although national news outlets have portrayed states that were among the first to lift COVID-19 shutdown orders—including Oklahoma—as now suffering an enormous wave of increased infections, Gov. Kevin Stitt says the state is still among the safest in the nation when it comes to the virus.
Okeene’s Mike Dobrinski claimed more than 71 percent of the vote last week outdistancing Adam Masters of Kingfisher by a 4376 to 1725 margin to win the House District 59 State Representative seat.
The Hennessey Lions club will once again sponsor Hennessey’s 4th of July celebrations and supply the annual fireworks show. The town is offering free admission to the new swimming pool from noon unto 6 p.m. A cornhole tournament will be held near the new Aquatic Park. Those interested in participating can contact Sara Bergley for more information. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.
House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, received a perfect score from the non-partisan Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) organization in its annual report.
An Oklahoma beef task force designed to analyze problems in marketing and processing beef has been organized by Representative Justin Humphrey (R), Lane and Senator David Bullard (R), Durant. The two legislators have invited independent ranchers, meat buyers, meat processors, livestock auction owners and meat inspectors to convene and identify financial obstacles and structured solutions that will provide a process for long term financial gain for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Representative Humphrey stated, “Four major meat packers, Tyson Foods, Cargill, JBS (Brazilian owned) and National Beef are controlling about 87 percent of beef processing and sales. They have considerable control over what ranchers are paid for cattle and what consumers pay for meat. The beef price is very low for ranchers and extremely high for consumers while meat packers are making millions of dollars. This is not acceptable.”