Ahead of October's vote on a $110 million school bond, Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge has come out in support of the measure.

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Sometimes when you start to write you begin with one view and then end up somewhere else. That has happened to me as I write this column. My starting premise is that there is too much focus on athletics in both college and secondary education. In my mind professional sports are out of control and not worthy of my attention. I am really just asking for college and high school. Does money trickle from the athletic department to impact academic programs?

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An area man charged with murder was set to go to trial this week, but changed his mind for a third time and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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Victor Lezama’s enthusiasm for the upcoming veterans’ center The Barracks remains obvious even in the face of the work ahead. As Lezama walks down hallways stacked with furniture and building materials and half-completed paint jobs, he discusses projects like family rooms and gym rooms, showing off examples of donated equipment.

Police say an Edmond woman became the victim of a scam after she sent $22,500 through United Parcel Service to a person claiming to be with the FBI.

An annual fundraising effort in Kremlin recently was the target of thieves, who made off with a truck bed full of aluminum cans collected to benefit the town, said Gini Zaloudek, head of the WildHorse Gang

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A group of area Native American women raised more than $10,000 in the past month to help feed migrant children at the U.S-Mexico border.

Stillwater is a unique municipality, not quite a city but far from a town. I think I will coin the word ‘mini-opolis’ for we are by far the primary place of commerce and habitation in Payne County, but are shadowed by metropolises to our east and south. One of the things I find endearing about Stillwater is though growth and improvements abound, at times it retains that small-town feel. An Army brat, Stillwater is the closest thing to “roots” in my life; homes where my mother was born, raised and we visited between my father’s assigned posts, still stand; stories of shops and restaurants, prominent families and anecdotes of friends and acquaintances of the past bring a grounded familiarity to many Stillwater citizens.

Oklahoma lawmakers have 133 million reasons to examine virtual charter school funding. That is the number of state taxpayer dollars expected to flow to the state’s five statewide online schools for the current school year.

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It takes a bit for Tequila Grayson to affix the wriggling worm to the hook, but Kaydence Grayson waits patiently while her mother does it. Once the bait's ready, Kaydence jogs down the sidewalk, carefully negotiates her way to the water's edge, and casts out her line.

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The Tulsa Teachers Credit Union branch on West Okmulgee Avenue discovered multiple "shimmer" devices on their ATMs Thursday, according to police reports. 

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WASHINGTON — The Oklahoma delegation returned to Washington this week after a month-long recess to tackle Oklahoma policy issues, as well as concerns regarding the federal appropriation budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

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Former Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger could serve more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to a bribery scheme from which he corruptly received an estimated $61,900. 

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The Oklahoma Legislature passed a new law signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt this year that will require providers to inform patients receiving medically-induced abortions that the procedure could possibly be reversed.

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An anticipated signing of papers regarding financing for the long-awaited Shops at McAlester highway retail project could occur as soon as this coming week.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A state representative said his recent informational meeting at the state Capitol focusing on adverse reactions to vaccines wasn’t meant to discourage people from vaccinating their children.

A hearing is set in a case involving the public’s right to see law enforcement video of the July fatal shooting of a local man by state troopers.

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Gifted with exceptional public speaking ability at an early age, Bessie Huff became one of the outstanding journalism educators of her time. In the first half of the 20th century, she helped guide one of the first higher education institutions in Muskogee to serve students of all interests.

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"Weird things seem to happen more (on Friday the 13th) or maybe we just notice them more." •• Law enforcement officials take a light-hearted look at Friday the 13th when asked about the day.
 
 

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Oklahoma Forestry Services, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council, is accepting applications through Nov. 8 from local governments, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, civic groups, educational institutions and tree volunteer groups.

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FAIRVIEW, Okla. — Fairview native George Cohlmia has spent a long career working in financial management firms in Oklahoma City, but it’s the values he learned growing up in his small Northwest Oklahoma hometown he credits with his success.

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Obituaries

Lee Phillips, 64, died September 1, 2019 in Vici. Private family services were held. Arrangements under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.