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Let it is Fight For Our Rights
There are lots of issues in our state and country that need to be addressed. But doesn’t it all finally come down to the freedom to do or say what you want, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other people’s freedoms. One of these particular freedoms, the freedom to play legal online poker and casino games from your home, will be addressed next month in a town hall meeting. Currently the supporters of the movement designed to raise awareness of the online gaming laws have partnered with the good people from representing Leo Vegas online casino . They are currently touring the country and trying to encourage people to speak up, to contact their local and federal government and tell them that this is what they want. It will never be on agenda if people themselves don’t put it there. Right now the situation of online gaming in U.S. is quite complicated. Some advocate that brick-and-mortar casinos have been lobbying against people having the freedom to play the same games online from the comfort of their own homes. However, the online gaming supporters claim that while this situation continues, people still play online. But they are forced to use offshore online casinos that provide no protection for the players. while the country is making great progress with legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use, as well as civil rights, online gaming should also get the attention it rightfully deserves. The examples of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware prove that by making things legal we are not regressing as a country. On the contrary, by legalizing and regulating services that people want, we would provide a safe environment for them as well as get some money into our budgets. The public town hall meeting will be held on June, 28. Anyone willing to participate is welcome. Whether you are for it or against, let your voice be heard. So, please come to the meeting, express your thoughts and support the cause that is important to you.

Governor Frank Keating has signed into law House Bill 2652, which allows volunteer fire departments in Oklahoma to increase their staffing levels to a maximum of 25; currently the limit is 20. Present for the bill signing ceremony were state Rep. Kent Friskup, R-Chandler, principal author of the legislation, and Kent Paul Simpson, rural fire director for the Central Oklahoma Economic Development District. HB 2652 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate without a dissenting vote; the new law goes into effect Nov. 1. According to the state Agriculture Department, Oklahoma has approximately 850 rural, volunteer fire departments that provide 70 percent of the fire protection in the state.

Local news (top)

OSU growth in enrollment

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State University is reporting student population growth that is putting totals close to the levels of the 1980s. Enrollment is predicted to hit nearly 22,000 this fall, just less than the tally for 1983.

Obituaries (top)

Jimmie Joe Kendrick, Sr.

Jimmie Joe Kendrick, Sr., born Aug. 18, 1936 in Hominy, OK, passed away on Thursday, July 25, at his home. Jim was preceded in death by his parents A. Joe and Effie B. Kendrick. Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis J. Kendrick, of the home; son Jimmie Joe Kendrick, Jr. and wife Susan of Saginaw, Tx.; daughter Kathie Morrison and husban Audie of Gilmer; daughter Dr. D. Susan Kendrick of Emporia, KS; and grandchildren, Dixie Wood and husband Eric of Pensacola, Fl, Joshua D. Kendrick, Viki and Freddie Acosta of Saginaw and children, Sabrina Ward and children, A.R. Mathew C. Holcomb, US Navy and Mallory C. Holcomb of Gilmer, Texas; Sister and Brother-in-law, Charlene and Don Anthony of Midwest City, Ok; Niece Kimberly Anthony of Tulsa, OK; and uncle Jack Kendrick of Cushing, OK; Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law, Dorman and Verna Riddles of Cleburne, TX, Brother-in-law, Robert King of Ft. Worth, TX, Sister-in-law Joyce Schlegel of Shawnee, OK, and Mother-in-law, Eva Hayter of Longview, TX, and numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dr. W.A. Meyer

Dr. W.A. Meyer, longtime Chiropractor of Cushing, passed away on Saturday, July 27, in the Cushing Regional Hospital at the age of 81 years.

Grace Ann Spradlin

Grace Ann Spradlin died at her Stillwater residence Friday, July 26.

Michael D. Stephenson

Michael "Mickey" D. Stephenson, 65, of Hull, GA, died Thurs., July 25.

Dale Arvieux

Funeral services for William Dale Arvieux, 66, of Yale, Okla. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Council Valley Baptist Church. Rev. Larry Lehr will preside with interment to follow at the Flynn Cemetery south of Cushing.

Sports (top)

Cushing softballers Competing in national tourney

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