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Local News 4.13.2018

Marion County is doing a good job balancing its checkbook  – that’s the word from an official audit, which was released to the public this past Monday.  The audit by Hunt & Associates, a Knoxville accounting firm, showed $25,353,310 in revenue and $22,977,053 in expenses for the year ending June 30, 2017.  The county collected local tax revenue of $50,722,017, forwarding $37,535,472 to townships, school districts and cities around the county. It kept more than $13 million in taxes, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Service charges, grants, investment income and other sources brought in more than $12 million.  The nearly $23 million in expenses was a 10.7 percent increase from the prior year. County Auditor Jake Grandia said equipment purchases and mental health services accounted for much of that increase. The costs came as no surprise and were budgeted for, he said.

The letter grading system for mathematics will stick around a little longer in the Oskaloosa School District – After presentations, discussions and deliberations, the Oskaloosa Community School District (OCSD) Board of Directors in a close 4-3 vote did not approve revisions to high school mathematics grading.  At a previous school board meeting, OCSD Curriculum Director Steph Wilson and high school math teachers Beverly Jenkinson, Bret Foster, Cory Sheely and Michael Comfort gave a presentation on standards-based grading.  Board members expressed concern whether the standards-based grading would affect students’ higher education opportunities, especially concerning how important grade point averages and scholarships are to college and university admissions, as well as honor rolls.

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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