Area News

Spain hearing continued to February 14

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The preliminary hearing of alleged murder suspect Anthony Spain, set for Thursday, January 31, was passed to a later date in order to give defense counsel ample time to complete discovery.  Spain sits accused of shooting to death his mother-in-law with a 12-gauge shotgun during a domestic dispute that…

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New member cuts the Chamber ribbon

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The Okemah Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture welcomed its newest member this week, cutting the proverbial ribbon and presenting the ceremonial ‘First Dollar’ to Farmers Insurance Agent Shannon Speir in front of her new downtown location Tuesday, February 5. Using the moniker, Farmers Insurance – Speir Agency, the newest…

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First Baptist Church welcomes new pastor and family

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The First Baptist Church’s time without an official pastor leading its congregation is over after recently welcoming a new pastor and his family to lead the place of worship.  Clayton Griggs and family moved to Okemah from Tulsa towards the end of 2018 to take over at the helm…

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Council approves raise for interim city manager

The position of city manager in Okemah continues to be one of fairly common changeover, intrigue and, at times, tension as the municipality’s governing body decides whether or not to continue searching or hire the department head that is currently holding the position in the interim.  Monday’s regular meeting of the Okemah City Council made…

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Disgruntled citizen asks for written permission from county commissioners to use an abandoned road … allegedly abandoned

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter A disgruntled man took advantage of the time allotted for public appearances before the Board of County Commissioners Monday at a regular meeting of the Okfuskee County governing body where, in the end and after discussion, no solution was reached. The still-unresolved issue revolved around the use (or nonuse)…

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OUA adjusts rural water district rates

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The Okemah Utilities Authority called a special meeting Monday to consider a modification of water rates for two rural water districts following a review of the current numbers by an Oklahoma City-area certified public accounting firm.  Crawford & Associates CPAs consulted with the authority, assisting in determining the cost…

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