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Bell McKaughan

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Graveside services for Fannie Bell McKaughan were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in the Nolia Cemetery. Pastor Rick Westbrook officiated the services for the family. Bell went to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2020 in Paris, Texas, at the age of 93.

USDA extends WIC COVID-19 flexibilities

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the extension of more than a dozen flexibilities ensuring participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continue receiving the food and health support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA’s proactive extension of these waivers throughout the national public health emergency will ensure nutritionally at-risk mothers, babies, and children receive the critical nutrition benefits and services they count on in a safe manner while allowing the program to operate based on local conditions throughout the pandemic.
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Sis. Lucile Lee Parker

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Sis. Lucile Lee Parker, 75, of Hugo entered eternal rest on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at New Olive Baptist Church with the the Rev. George Fisher serving as eulogist. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Alberta Funeral Home, assisted by Maxey Funeral Home. Interment was held in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Big issues facing cattleman

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Sharp and critical words flowed from the recent Oklahoma Independent Stock Growers Association board meeting. Board members are cautioning, “Meat buyer beware.” The United States is importing three billion pounds of beef and two million head of cattle per year or 20% of beef consumed by American households. Very little of the imported beef is inspected before it receives the USDA inspection stamp and is shipped to various parts of the county. Tim Bryant, Ardmore rancher, said, “We will fight the USDA recommendation for traceability. We understand the need to trace cattle with disease, but how can you ask American ranchers to place traceable Radio Frequency Identification (RIFD) tags on our cattle when billions of pounds of foreign beef is imported from countries like Namibia? “ R-CALF, the national representative for OISGA filed a lawsuit alleging the USDA RFID mandate was unlawful. In response, USDA withdrew their mandate, yet shortly thereafter, USDA contracted with three cattle ear tag companies for millions of RFID tags.