Area News

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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Sales and use tax revenue up for city, down for county in August

Sales and use tax revenue up for city, down for county in August By Ken Childers ONL Editor Sales and use tax revenue was up in August for the City of Okemah, according to the latest report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC). The report, dated Oct. 13, shows that the city received a sales…

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Budget Breakdown

Budget Breakdown By Sen. Roger Thompson, Senate Appropriations Chair It’s often said the most important responsibility of the Legislature is to write and pass a balanced budget. As Senate Appropriations chair, I can tell you that the budget impacts every single man, woman and child in our state. Each week, I plan to share an…

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Higher ed chancellor honored with lifetime achievement award

Higher ed chancellor honored with lifetime achievement award Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson was recently honored by Leadership Oklahoma with their 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. He is one of four state leaders recognized by the organization during a virtual Excellence in Leadership Gala celebration.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals…

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Commissioners approve estimate of needs, request for appropriations

Commissioners approve estimate of needs, request for appropriations By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Okfuskee County Board of County Commissioners convened for its weekly meeting Monday morning and took a number of actions, including the approval of the latest cash fund estimate of needs and request for appropriations. The estimate of needs includes appropriation requests…

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September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month Congratulations to Marlee Maxwell and Kellen Delgado for being chosen as the Oakes Elementary students of the month for September. Marlee is the daughter of Kendra Harjochee and Seth Maxwell and the granddaughter of Debra Phillips, Cling Harjochee Jr. Donna Brown and Ronny Maxwell. Marlee enjoys eating burgers, watching OU…

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New faculty members announced by Okemah Public Schools

New faculty members announced by Okemah Public Schools By Ken Childers ONL Editor Several new teachers have recently joined the faculty of Okemah Public Schools, including Sharlet Banks, William Bencoma, Fallon Gaxiola, Loren Green, Amy Richmond and Angela Ryals. Banks, a graduate of Elk City High School, has been hired as an instructor at the…

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Elevator at courthouse inspected, 5 violations issued

Elevator at courthouse inspected, 5 violations issued By Ken Childers ONL Editor The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) has given Okfuskee County 60 days to bring the elevator at the county courthouse into compliance with safety standards. ODOL has jurisdiction to ensure that elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks and similar devices are installed, maintained, and regularly…

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Mason schools reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

Mason schools reopen after COVID-19 shutdown By Ken Childers ONL Editor Mason Public Schools resumed on-site learning Tuesday after a two-week shutdown caused by a positive case of COVID-19 in a student. On Aug. 23, Superintendent Alfred Gaches announced that a student had tested positive for the virus and the district’s distance learning plan would…

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