LAWTON, OK — Krista Ratliff moved away from Lawton almost two decades ago, but she always wanted to come back and share what she’s learned with her hometown.

LAWTON, OK — The runway at Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport is scheduled to close Monday, as contractors move to the next phase of their renovation project.

Suppose you own property you intend to transfer to your loved ones. Perhaps you are considering giving your children an ownership interest in your principal residence. Before you act, you should review the tax consequences of your decision. Specifically, tax law includes several provisions i…

LAWTON, OK — The City Planning Commission is recommending a change in Lawton fencing requirements that would allow Lawton Public Schools to erect security screening around its school sites.

LAWTON, OK — Members of the City Planning Commission said amending uses allowed in a specific zoning district is a better way to deal with potential conflict between commercial entities and adjacent residences. Three local businessmen say they just want to be able to conduct business as they have in the past.

Kerry Givens of Cache was elected to serve a three-year term on the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors during a district caucus meeting held Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Southern Technology Center in Ardmore.

LAWTON, OK — Leadership Lawton Fort Sill will host a livestream event meant to inspire, spread positivity, and bring to light individuals making a difference in the community.

As an owner of a small business, you’ve proven that you’re a self-starter by operating a successful private enterprise. Of equal importance is applying your skills towards saving for your future. Here are some of the most popular tax-advantaged retirement vehicles for small business owners i…

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New homes accounted for more than half of the value of building permits the City of Lawton issued in October.

When it comes to money topics, you’re always hearing how to save more. But even with the best of intentions, you can run into trouble when you try to save too much.

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) announced that Dolese Bros. Co. (Dolese), a long-standing construction materials business, is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Quality Award for the seventh consecutive year. This award is presented to a mixed-concrete producer tha…

Suppose you’re switching jobs if you were furloughed because of the pandemic or you’re simply searching for greener pastures. If you have a 401(k) from your soon-to-be former employer, you must decide what to do with your retirement account when you leave. Here are your four options:

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LAWTON, OK — The COVID-19 lockdown instituted in March was a gigantic hindrance to most, but for one enterprising Lawton woman it provided the time she needed to turn a brick building that had sat empty for 5½ years into a place for veterans and military spouses, dependents and retirees to grow their start-ups, meet clients or attend self-help classes.

You may have started your business as a simple sole proprietorship that files its taxes as a Schedule C on your Form 1040. As your business grows, you may want to change the structure. Here are several scenarios where it may make sense to do just that.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The State Chamber of Commerce and its members joined Gov. Kevin Stitt to celebrate October as Manufacturing Month and promote the Oklahoma’s manufacturing industry.

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You have your own unique personality, preferences and lifestyle. Likewise, how you manage and organize your finances can have its own personality, including how you budget. Here are five different methods of budgeting, each with a distinct way of helping you organize your spending and finances.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Destiny Blackwell, Jacquelyn Whitaker and Amy Pressley, all with City National Bank, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association Compliance School in Oklahoma City.

You’re ready to take out a loan to buy a house, a car or get a credit card. You fill out the application and wait to hear back from your bank on its decision whether to loan you the money. And then you get the dreaded phone call. Your credit score wasn’t high enough to approve the loan! Was …

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced plans Thursday to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the country to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus.

The IRS recently announced its 2020 edition of its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Here are six of the more common scams.

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After a hotter-than-expected spring and early summer, Lawton building permits cooled in August.

Are you still waiting for your Economic Impact Payment? Did you get your payment, but it was for the wrong amount? The IRS initially said you needed to wait until filing your 2020 tax return to resolve any issues with missing or incorrect Economic Impact Payments. Thanks to the prodding of t…


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Here are several new tax laws passed this year to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation.

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Lundy Kiger, R-Poteau, on Tuesday hosted an interim study on state park parking fees before the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services

LAWTON, OK — A City of Lawton trust authority established to handle a new economic development project is scheduled to hold its first meeting Tuesday.

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Brandi Sims has resigned as Vice President of Communications & Membership.

What is normally a reliable estimate of your taxes — the amount of money withheld from your paychecks by your employer — may be an unreliable estimate this year thanks to the current pandemic. Even worse, using the safety net of paying in what you did last year may not be practical if your f…

With the cost of college rising rapidly, it can be overwhelming to think about how to pay your way through school for either yourself or your kids. Fortunately, saving hundreds, even thousands, is possible. Teenagers can help keep down the cost of their future college tuition by taking the f…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) has awarded multiple Dolese Bros. Co. locations with Safety Excellence Awards, including Coleman Quarry, Hartshorne Quarry, Ponca City’s 7 Mile Mine, Mustang Sand and OKC East Sand.

Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine for the second time this year, this time as part of its “Best-In-State Banks 2020” lists for Missouri and Oklahoma.

More than 70% of small businesses in America now have loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help retain employees during the current pandemic. The entire amount of a PPP loan is eligible to be forgiven if the funds are used for qualified expenses. Recent legislation lib…

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Lawton construction permits topped $5 million for the third consecutive month in July after a pandemic-wracked April.

With 30-year fixed rate mortgages approaching historical lows of 3%, you may be thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage. But you better read the fine print before signing on the dotted line to avoid paying too much money. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when refinancing…

LAWTON, OK — Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) and Oklahoma City-based Red Rock Behavioral Health Services plan to open the proposed Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at 4202 SW Lee Blvd. this fall. It will provide behavioral health services for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

Unemployment rates dipped across Southwest Oklahoma in June, but the numbers also contained some not-so-cheery news.

LAWTON, OK — Plans to convert the former Fairmont Creamery into a technology innovation park are on track, members of the Lawton Economic Development Corporation said.