Early Voting Starts Today for Runoff Primary

(Oklahoma City) – Voters can begin casting ballots Thursday during early voting for the Aug. 28 Runoff Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.

In-person absentee voting, or “early voting,” will be available at all 77 county election boards across the state and at satellite locations in some counties. Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

All three of the state’s recognized parties have at least one statewide runoff. Registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians may vote in their respective party primaries. The Democratic Party has opted to allow registered Independents to vote in its primary, but the Republican and Libertarian Parties opted to close their primaries to Independents.

There are 35 state and federal runoffs on the Republican ballot and 12 runoffs on the Democratic ballot. Libertarians will have one race on the ballot, a gubernatorial runoff.

You can view a sample ballot or check the status of your absentee ballot by using the Online Voter Tool at http://elections.ok.gov.

Vyve Upgrades Pawhuska TV and Internet

‎Friday, ‎August ‎3, ‎2018

Pawhuska, OK USA

I started out this morning intending to look over the new services made available to our town by Vyve Internet. I met with the regional VP of operations, Ken, at the community center. I had a lot of questions, and if he didn’t have the answers, he brought a technician in on our conversation. He was extremely helpful.

I have to say that I’ve had some reservations about what this company had to offer because of the past history of the different names associated with our Cable TV / Internet company.

Before this week, Vyve offered SD TV on a limited number of channels. Their internet capabilites were not up to the current needs of most people, let alone an experienced internet / network technician like myself. I e-mailed the corporate office about that several times over the past couple of years. Ken seemed to remember one of them.

This week’s rollout of 105 Mbps internet along with the HD Television services brought much needed upgrades to our community. The limited basic is now a full CATV offering of the broadcast channels that are available over the air if you have a tall enough antenna and enough coaxal amplifiers. I’m grateful I don’t have to put one up – I don’t need the lightening strikes – and they’ve put in fiber optic to their neighborhood nodes and new amplifiers where needed.

The channels are clear and all the channels that are HD have a full HD picture on your TV screen. Even those channels that are broadcast in SD are sharp and clear now. Most folks will prefer to have the channels offered in the Basic package as well as some of the other packages they now have available.

For internet, the package they offered this past week of 105Mbps for $39.95 a month is really a bargain. The package makes the assertion that the price to you will not change for one year. At the end of each year, the price will increase by only $10.00 a month for the next year until you reach the retail price for the plan which is $109 a month. That is still a very competitive price for the 105Mbps and it will take about 7 years to get there. You, however, are not under any contract and may cancel with no penalties at any time should you be dissatisfied for any reason.

My personal experience was terrific. The day I ordered the package it was installed and working perfectly the same day. Because the team was in town to upgrade all the current customers to High Definition TV boxes, I had 3 technicians working quickly to get me connected. One on the pole, running a new wire. I had no cable to the house, but that was resolved in a hurry. One on the outside, and one tech on the inside running wire to the new modem. They left after everything was up and running.

My transition to Vyve was very transparent on my end. All I needed to do was plug in my devices to their modem, whether by wire or by wifi. A technician was handy in case I needed help. I didn’t need very much, though, and before long I only had 1 computer on my old connection.

With a terabyte of data a month, everyone in the house should be able to do all the streaming and I can maintain my 5 websites better. The first weekly update I did today to one of them went much faster. Uploads of pictures and information has never been so quick. The speed that I’ve experienced so far is worth every penny – even at the full regular price.

All in all, I’m completely satisfied with the experience and look forward to pushing the limits over this next month. By then, I may let go of my old internet provider completely!

Michael

Casey’s to Open Thursday

Our newest neighbor, Casey’s General Store at the intersection of Highway 99 and U.S. 60 (Main Street), will be opening at 6 am on Thursday April 26, 2018.

Previous reports from Casey’s corporate offices said they would be open the last week of April, then by April 27th.

I dropped by to visit with Angela, a supervisor at the new store. Casey’s will bring some good options to Pawhuska. They will have some baked goods, pizza and some of the standard fare for corner convenience markets.

The Grand Opening will be on May 11th and 12th. There will be quite a few special offers during this event.

I hope everyone can make some time to drop by and say hi starting at 6:00 am tomorrow.

Casey’s General Store

Casey’s General Store to Open in April

The construction site is busy and Casey’s General Store’s latest addition to Pawhuska, Oklahoma nears completion.

I checked with Casey’s earlier about the opening date for their new store. The best information I could get from them set the last week in Apri for their opening.

You can check out more information about our newest neighbor at https://www.caseys.com/.

Thank You Veterans

This Saturday, November 11th 2017, is the national holiday of Veteran’s Day.

Let’s all take a few minutes to honor those who are putting their lives on the line to maintain our freedom.

A very special thank you to each and everyone of you who serve in the Armed Forces of these United States.

We are proud of your service. You are in our prayers.

 

For more about Veteran’s Day as a national holiday, click here.