EDMOND — Miss Silky’s Express Courier Service celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with ambassadors of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. Miss Silky’s provides certified transport medical specimens as well as Hazmat materials, and is also experienced in the delivery of documents, letters, pharmaceuticals and small packages. For more information, call 833-5716.
GT Clean celebrates 10 years of service
A decade ago, GT Clean was the new kid on the block in the corporate cleaning industry.
Paycom heads toward public stock offering
Paycom of Oklahoma City recently filed paperwork with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its common stock.
One Focus Medical set to open April 1
Edmond doctor Jeffrey Davenport, MD, is planning to open a new practice, One Focus Medical, on April 1. It is a new membership-based, insurance-free, direct-to-patient primary care clinic.
THE ASTUTE INVESTOR: Why the dollar will get stronger
Two questions I hear most often are related to gold and to the U.S. dollar. In my January annual predictions column I wrote, “Despite fear of a collapsing U.S. dollar, the dollar will actually rise in value against most other currencies as other countries try to devalue their currencies to make their exports cheaper. This is the 21st century version of trade wars.”
Social Security Q&A: Military retirement; IRA withdrawals
Q: Will my military retirement affect my Social Security benefits?
A: No. You can get both Social Security benefits and military retirement. Generally, there is no offset of Social Security benefits because of your military retirement. You will get full benefits based on your earnings. The only way your Social Security benefit may be reduced is if you also receive a government pension based on a job in which you did not pay Social Security taxes. You can find more information in the publication Military Service and Social Security at socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Or call us at (800) 772-1213 or TTY (800) 325-0778.
Q: I’m retired and the only income I have is a monthly withdrawal from an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA. Are the IRA withdrawals considered “earnings?” Could they reduce my monthly Social Security benefits?
A: No. We count only the wages you earn from a job or your net profit if you’re self-employed. Non-work income such as pensions, annuities, investment income, interest, capital gains and other government benefits are not counted and will not affect your Social Security benefits. For more information, visit socialsecurity.gov or call us toll-free at (800) 772-1213 or TTY (800) 325-0778.
This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213. For more information, visit socialsecurity.gov.
Specialty crop grants a available
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has funding available for grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops according to Agriculture Marketing Coordinator Jason Harvey. Grants are available to develop new and improved specialty crop seed varieties, enhance food safety, expand marketing of specialty crops or increase child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops. Applications must be submitted by April 18. Specialty crops include many fruit, nut, vegetable, herb and cut flower crops.
Go to http://www.ag.ok.gov/mktdev/scg.htm for details, or call Jason Harvey at 522-5563. Email him at email@example.com.
INTEGRIS plans evening workshop, screening for Lynch syndrome
Join us for an interactive evening with Dr. Thomas Showalter, a medical oncologist with INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, and Dr. Kenneth Seres, gastroenterologist with Digestive Disease Specialists Inc., as they share the information on digestive health and discuss new developments in genetic screening for colon cancer.
First Data, IBC renew merchant acquiring relationship
First Data, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, and International Bank of Commerce, recently announced that the companies signed a long-term extension for merchant services and payment solutions.
Budget proposal forecasts changes for Tinker
Proposed Air Force structure changes resulting from the Department of Defense fiscal 2015 budget could result in big changes to reserve units at Tinker Air Force Base.
If enacted into law, the DOD budget request would direct an increase of four KC-135R Stratotankers to the 507th Air Refueling Wing and inactivate the 513th Air Control Group, whose personnel fly and maintain the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System.
Oklahoma Catholics seek legal relief from Obamacare mandate
Local Catholic leaders are plaintiffs in a new lawsuit seeking relief from a federal rule forcing employers to provide insurance covering contraception.
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City spokeswoman Tina Dzurisin said the Catholic Benefits Association filed suit Wednesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Dzurisin said the association represents nearly 200 Catholic employers and 19,000 employees nationwide.
Other plaintiffs include The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Inc., All Saints Catholic School in Oklahoma and Catholic organizations in Kansas, Maryland and North Carolina.
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