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PSO implements Southwest Power Pool (SPP) emergency controlled outage directive

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) implemented an emergency load reduction plan at the request of the organization responsible for managing the regional electricity grid, the SPP.  As a result, PSO began a required series of service interruptions, lasting approximately two hours, for some customers. These planned outages will reduce the risk of lengthy, widespread…

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GOVERNOR STITT ACTIVATES OKLAHOMA NATIONAL GUARD AT STATE CAPITOL

Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that out of an abundance of caution he is activating over 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) to assist local law enforcement should any protests at the State Capitol, or other locations, turn violent. “I support the right for Oklahomans to peacefully demonstrate, but we will not tolerate…

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Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days

Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days By Spencer Hicks The Okemah City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a space sharing assistance and use agreement between the Okemah Police Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, which is closing its Okemah office. The state agency, citing an economic…

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Millions vote early; polls swamped on election day

Millions vote early; polls swamped on election day By Ken Childers ONL Editor A record-breaking 100 million people voted early and millions more were expected to vote in person Tuesday in one of the most highly contested presidential elections in recent history. At press time, the results of the race between sitting President Donald J.…

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Newly-licensed realtor follows in grandfather’s footsteps By Ken Childers ONL Editor A recent high school graduate is following in his grandfather’s footsteps by venturing into the real estate business. Ty Holt, who graduated from Okemah High School in 2018, recently obtained his real estate license and joined the Carl Alls Real Estate team, the very…

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WES WATKINS TECHNOLOGY CENTER SUPERINTENDENT CELEBRATES RETIREMENT

WES WATKINS TECHNOLOGY CENTER SUPERINTENDENT CELEBRATES RETIREMENT   Wes Watkins Technology Center recently celebrated the retirement of Superintendent Wade Walling recognizing his 45-year career in education. Beginning in 1977 at Ninnekah Public Schools as a construction trades instructor for at-risk students, Walling discovered how rewarding it could be to help people find purpose and passion…

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Two plead guilty to federal arson charges

Two plead guilty to federal arson charges By Ken Childers ONL Editor Two local men have entered guilty pleas to federal arson charges after their cases were dismissed in Okfuskee County Court due to a lack of jurisdiction. Mark Kevin Dodson, 51, and 22-year-old Seth Henry Thomas were arrested last fall following an intentionally set…

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Tractor-trailer driver involved in fatal crash charged with manslaughter

Tractor-trailer driver involved in fatal crash charged with manslaughter By Ken Childers ONL Editor Manslaughter charges have been filed against a truck driver who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of a fatal crash that occurred near Okemah in June. Michael LeMay, 28, was killed when his pickup was struck by…

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