Area News

Commissioners OK Flat Rock Creek bridge project

Commissioners OK Flat Rock Creek bridge project By Ken Childers ONL Editor Two bridges that span a creek in rural Okfuskee County will undergo a $1.3 million improvement project under a resolution passed by the Board of County Commissioners. In its regular meeting on Monday, the board unanimously approved Resolution No. 20-38, which executes an…

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OSU Extension steps up during COVID-19 pandemic

OSU Extension steps up during COVID-19 pandemic For more than a century, Oklahoma State University Extension specialists and educators have provided research-based information and resources to help Oklahomans lead their best lives possible. This has been especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite office closures, social distancing and overall concern about the unknown, family and…

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Street project, water plant evaluation approved in Monday meetings

Street project, water plant evaluation approved in Monday meetings By Ken Childers ONL Editor Members of the Okemah City Council convened for three separate meetings Monday evening and took a number of actions, including the approval of a street overlay project and authorizing an engineering firm to perform an evaluation on the city’s 60-year-old water…

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Census Deadline Fast Approaching

Census Deadline Fast Approaching The opportunity for Oklahomans to be counted in the U.S. Census is only weeks away, and officials are concerned about participation. “If Oklahoma residents don’t self-report, no one will be looking for them after September,” said Larry Sanders, Oklahoma State University Extension agricultural policy specialist. “This is too important to put off any…

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State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for August 25 Elections

State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for August 25 Elections (Oklahoma City) – Fifty (50) counties will have elections on Tuesday, August 25. Several counties will also have local or county elections on the ballot. The State Election Board offers these tips and reminders for Oklahoma voters before they head to the polls. BE PREPARED…

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Okfuskee County Free Fair cancelled this year

Okfuskee County Free Fair cancelled this year By Ken Childers ONL Editor Following in the footsteps of the Oklahoma State Fair and other large-scale events across the country, the Okfuskee County Free Fair has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns. According to Fair Board President Scott Cindle, the decision to cancel this year’s event was made…

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Lightning bolt leaves its mark on local church

Lightning bolt leaves its mark on local church By Ken Childers ONL Editor In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 5, the heavens opened up over a local church and delivered something unexpected – a powerful bolt of lightning. “God is good. This could have been a lot worse…He really protected us,” said Mike…

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County jobless rate edges downward; still higher than a year ago

County jobless rate edges downward; still higher than a year ago By Ken Childers ONL Editor After two consecutive months of being in the double-digits, the unemployment rate for Okfuskee County returned to a semblance of normalcy in June. According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the county posted a rate of 6.1 percent in…

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Hundreds of food boxes roll into Okfuskee County

Hundreds of food boxes roll into Okfuskee County By Ken Childers ONL Editor Last Thursday morning, a semi-truck laden with over 1,100 boxes of food rumbled through the narrow streets of Clearview, eventually coming to a stop in front of the town’s community center. A small army of volunteers helped unload the truck and stack…

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Wilson appointed to workforce development board

Wilson appointed to workforce development board By Ken Childers ONL Editor Okfuskee County Commissioner Terry Wilson has been appointed to serve on the Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board (COWIB), a non-profit group aimed at creating connections between job seekers and businesses. The appointment was made during Monday’s regular meeting of the Okfuskee County Board of…

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