Halloween is just about a week away! It’s my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather changing and we have cooler temps, but the creativity in my family is at its height. Decorations for the Halloween party on the 24th are done and, by the time you read this, will be mostly put up. I have moved on to the foods and, since the party is tomorrow, am mostly done with those as well. If you aren’t averse to doing so in the time we are in, come out to the VFW at 1427 N. Okmulgee tomorrow evening and get some goodies! Since I was already making stuff this week, the column is what I have been working on. I had to make it easier on myself this week!
Voters wanting to know more about the eight judges on the statewide judicial retention ballot can find background information for all the judges on one website, www.courtfacts.org. Created by the Oklahoma Bar Association, the website offers biographies and photos of the judges, plus an explanation of how the merit retention system works.
In 1998, Oklahoma and 45 other states sued Big Tobacco for the damage and death their products inflicted on Americans. As the case was scheduled to go to trial, Big Tobacco and the participating states reached a compromise known as the “Master Settlement Agreement.” As part of this settlement, Big Tobacco is required to make annual payments to participating states that will continue as long as cigarettes are sold nationally. Oklahoma receives its payment each April.
Markwayne Mullin is an eastern Oklahoma native, businessman, rancher, family man and youth leader in his church. The youngest of seven children, he was raised in the small Adair County town of Westville.