Sheila Dawn Rose

Sheila Dawn Rose passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the age of 61 in Calera, OK. Sheila was born on December 11, 1959 to Jesse Willard Rose, II and Betty Jean Fuller Rose in Okemah, OK. Sheila was raised north of Okemah by her grandparents Isaac “Ike” and Etter Green Fuller. Sheila married…

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Harold Dean Witty

Harold Dean Witty was born on July 7, 1941 in Welty, OK to Berl and Mable Witty. He passed away on February 12, 2021 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, his parents, and brother, Clayton. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl and her partner, Carmel of Oklahoma…

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PSO implements Southwest Power Pool (SPP) emergency controlled outage directive

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) implemented an emergency load reduction plan at the request of the organization responsible for managing the regional electricity grid, the SPP.  As a result, PSO began a required series of service interruptions, lasting approximately two hours, for some customers. These planned outages will reduce the risk of lengthy, widespread…

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Troy Gene Shumate Sr.

Troy Gene Shumate Sr., of Okemah, passed away on January 24, 2021 at the age of 93. He was born in Hinton, Oklahoma on October 14, 1927. Troy was a Corporal in the US Army serving during the occupation of Japan after WWII. He was a pitcher for the US Army baseball team. Troy was…

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GOVERNOR STITT ACTIVATES OKLAHOMA NATIONAL GUARD AT STATE CAPITOL

Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that out of an abundance of caution he is activating over 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) to assist local law enforcement should any protests at the State Capitol, or other locations, turn violent. “I support the right for Oklahomans to peacefully demonstrate, but we will not tolerate…

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Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days

Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days By Spencer Hicks The Okemah City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a space sharing assistance and use agreement between the Okemah Police Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, which is closing its Okemah office. The state agency, citing an economic…

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Investors sought to turn pollution into profits

Okemah city officials are looking for investors who can turn old gas stations into profitable new businesses. Thanks to a new grant program, regulators at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission have funding to help make the transition easier for entrepreneurs. The Commission’s Brownfield Program received $300,000 to cover the costs of environmental assessments, so business owners…

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