Area News

City approves $7.3 million budget

The Okemah City Council held a public hearing on Monday for those who wanted to ask questions about the budget for fiscal year 2018-2019. No public appearances were made during that meeting. In the regularly scheduled City Council meeting held immediately after, the Council approve the budget for a total of $7,325,215. Mayor Mike Fuller…

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Summer Kids Cafe helps fight hunger in Okemah

This summer, any child 18 and under in Okemah can receive free meals through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding Program at the Okemah Summer Kids Cafe. “While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma are going home to empty cupboards,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food…

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Paden School to hold Special Election

The Board of Education of Paden Public School District hereby announces that statutorily qualified individuals interested in running as a candidate for Seat #4 on the Paden Board of Education may file to run as a candidate for this seat at the Okfuskee County Election Board between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,…

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Okemah Public Schools Receive Grant for Science Equipment

The Okemah Public School system recently received a grant for $3,292.10 from the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) to help boost their science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM) resources. The OERB gave a total of $2 million to boost STEM materials and equipment in every school district in Oklahoma. The money was divided based on…

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Volunteer storm spotters train for this time of year

It’s been five years since the last tornado wiped out the city of Moore. Fortunately for Okfuskee County, that type of devastation has not been seen in many years. But that does not mean the Okemah/Okfuskee County Emergency Management Director Jim Bill Copeland is not prepared. Copeland and his volunteers keep an eye on the…

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County to use Sanders, Bledsoe & Hewett to write budget

This year Okfuskee County has been in search of a new organization for the preparation of the county’s estimate of needs. The estimate of needs is an itemized estimate of proposed expenditures and anticipated revenues for the upcoming fiscal year. The county has used budget writer Dan Hall the past several years to write the…

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Okemah library offering free financial kits

April is National Financial Literacy Month and to celebrate, the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is observing Money Smart Week, April 21-28. Helping to promote financial education statewide, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) is offering free Financial Fitness Kits through public libraries, including the Okemah Public Library, Tinker Federal Credit Union branches and online…

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Okfuskee County Success from the Field

Donnie Nero Restores Family Farm Donnie and Shirley Nero moved to Clearview, Okla., which is an original Historical Black Town, to return to Shirley’s family farm. Donnie, retired President of Connors State College, started working with the Okfuskee Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in 2002 to…

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