Area News

Trailer thief nabbed by Okemah, Weleetka Police Departments

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The collaborative effort of two police departments brought into custody a man who stole a trailer full of lumber earlier this month.  Okemah Police Department Assistant Chief Doug Danker, along with other officers, arrested last week 38-year-old Billy Deo in Weleetka on complaints of grand larceny after receiving a…

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Okemah teen arrested in San Diego for multiple sexual assaults

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter After earlier this year being involved in a runaway teen’s case in Oklahoma, an 18-year-old has now been arrested in California on multiple counts of sexual assault.  The San Diego Police Department arrested Seth Roberts last week, listing two counts of forceful rape and another count of sexual assault…

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Interim superintendent of Okemah schools lauds new, recently-installed sign

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter The Okemah school district has a new sign, recently installed somewhat near the administration building, that administrators and school board members are proud of.  The recently-installed sign is a multiple-screen digital message board, that will soon allow the district to send out messages to citizens, students, families and visitors…

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Drinking water deemed safe after oil leak in Okemah Lake; interim city manager says testing will continue to ensure safety of citizens

By Joshua Allen ONL Staff Reporter Okemah’s water has been deemed safe after a ruptured pipe last week resulted in an oil leak into the Okemah Lake, causing concerns of contamination to the city’s water supply for city officials. Interim City Manager Dustin Danker said Friday the Department of Environmental Quality had conducted tests following…

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Ruptured pipeline causes oil to leak into Okemah Lake

By Kay Thompson ONL Publisher For the second time in 18 months, oil has leaked from the direction of Buckeye Creek into Okemah Lake. City officials became aware of the leaking oil on Monday, December 17. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was called in to take control of the situation. At first they were unable to…

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Weleetka School Board to hold elections; all other seats go unopposed

Of the eight school districts and the two career tech districts in Okfuskee county, only one district is having an election. Two individuals filed for both Weleetka Public Schools seats 2 and 4. Running for seat 4 are Bobbie Sue Joslin and Howard Goodnight. Neither currently are holding the position. The election for this seat,…

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Okemah now a Purple Heart City

There’s no greater sacrifice for one’s country than to give of him or herself. On October 22, 2018, the Okemah City Council decided to honor those who were wounded or killed in combat by proclaiming Okemah as a Purple Heart City. The designation is given by the state Military Order of the Purple Heart as…

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