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OKDHS office visits “by appointment only” effective immediately in response to Coronavirus Disease

OKDHS office visits “by appointment only” effective immediately in response to Coronavirus Disease    OKLAHOMA CITY — Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all office visits to Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will be ‘by appointment only.’ If customers cannot be served online or have difficulty with online service, they can call (405) 522-5050 for assistance or…

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Area school board elections could be rescheduled

Area school board elections could be rescheduled By Ken Childers ONL Editor Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax last week declared an election emergency for local elections being held in 74 counties on April 7, including Okfuskee County. The election emergency declaration will require county election boards to accept resolutions adopted by the governing…

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FEDERAL DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE TO SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Oklahoma small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This funding will be provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by President Trump. To qualify for the program,…

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Most items tabled at city council meeting

Most items tabled at city council meeting By Ken Childers ONL Editor Although a quorum was present at Monday’s regular meeting of the Okemah City Council, most of the items on the agenda were tabled until the next meeting, which is scheduled for March 23. Only three of the city’s five councilors, Wayne Bacon, Mike…

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Dollar General building new store in Cromwell

Dollar General building new store in Cromwell By Ken Childers ONL Editor The landscape along Highway 56 is beginning to change rapidly, as one of the largest chains of retail stores in the country builds a new store in Cromwell. Construction of a new Dollar General Store is underway, and according to Town Clerk/Treasurer Linda…

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Runners pound the pavement for historic movie house

Runners pound the pavement for historic movie house By Ken Childers ONL Editor Over 85 runners took to the downtown Streets of Okemah Saturday morning for the 11th Annual Crystal 5K Run, a benefit for the historic Crystal Theatre. The event also included an untimed “fun run.” Cole Beets placed first overall and also claimed…

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December sales tax: Down for city, up for county

December sales tax: Down for city, up for county By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) made its monthly sales tax distribution to city, town and county coffers last week, and while the City of Okemah saw a slight decrease from the amount received one year ago, Okfuskee County’s share was up…

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Changes in store for two local businesses

Changes in store for two local businesses By Ken Childers ONL Editor Change is on the menu of two Okemah food-related businesses that have been a part of the community for several decades. The Okemah Dairy Boy, a favorite eatery among locals since the early 60s, has new owners and Red & White Grocery, a…

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Weekend car crash claims life of Okemah man

Weekend car crash claims life of Okemah man By Ken Childers ONL Editor An Okemah man was killed in a single-car crash in rural Seminole County early Sunday morning. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 20-year-old Ethan Martin was eastbound on EW1190 in a 2004 Buick SUV when the vehicle went into a broad slide.…

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Embattled Wetumka mayor quits after fiery council meeting

Embattled Wetumka mayor quits after fiery council meeting  By Ken Childers ONL Editor A special meeting of the Wetumka City Council last week began with accusations of stalking and culminated with the resignation of embattled mayor James Jackson and two council members. As reported by NonDoc and reprinted in the Jan. 23 edition of the…

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