Pandemic puts halt to SOSU homecoming plans this fall

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DURANT –– Due to the ongoing safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Southeastern Oklahoma State University has made the decision to not hold traditional homecoming activities on October 23-24. “This was a very difficult decision, but the health and safety of our campus community, alumni, and visitors was the top priority,’’ said Southeastern president Thomas Newsom.
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Football Contest winner

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BOBBY YANDELL, of Hugo, was this week’s winner of the Hugo News Football Contest after choosing 11 out of 13 games correctly. Pictured, Yandell collects the $50 weekly prize from Ernie Taylor of R.E. McGuire/Ernie Taylor Insurance, where he obtained his winning entry blank. Sponsoring this year’s Hugo News Football Contest are: Dr. Wade Rowland DDS; First United Bank; Dyer Quick Lube; Red Barn Propane; Shelter Insurance Colby Bryant; Sonic; Hugo Lake State Park/Little Dixie; Wildflower Bud Co.; Security First National Bank; First Bank; Tadpole Marine; Superior Wheel & Tire; Shelter Insurance/Julia King; Ed Wallace Ford; Outreach Health Services; R.E. McGuire Insurance/Ernie Taylor; Jay Hodge. Game selections can be found in each Wednesday edition of the Hugo News.

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.