Area Breaking News

OKDHS to close Okemah office

In an effort to reduce its budget by four percent, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) is closing nearly three dozen offices across the state, including its Okemah location. Facing reduced revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2021, OKDHS is rolling out a “service-first” model that entails the elimination of 35 county offices and moving…

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Honoring America’s fallen veterans

Honoring America’s fallen veterans By Bill Oxford  National Commander, American Legion  Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out.  Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking…

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EPA injects $300K into Okemah ‘Brownfield’ program

EPA injects $300K into Okemah ‘Brownfield’ program By Ken Childers ONL Editor A vision to redevelop historic gas station properties, or “Brownfield Sites,” along the Highway 62 corridor in Okemah is one step closer to becoming reality, thanks to a federal grant that has been awarded to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC). Last week, the…

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High-speed pursuit ends near Cromwell Man who sparked manhunt was recently released from prison

High-speed pursuit ends near Cromwell Man who sparked manhunt was recently released from prison By Ken Childers ONL Editor A newly-released prison inmate was one of two suspects apprehended near Cromwell Monday morning after leading authorities on a pursuit that began in southwestern Oklahoma. Austin Chace Burks, 31, and Jennifer Nicole Wilson, 36, were taken…

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Mason HS principal retiring after 35 years

 Mason HS principal retiring after 35 years  By Ken Childers ONL Editor He has been a fixture at Mason High School for more than three decades, and on June 11, he is going to leave the only school system he has ever been a part of professionally. “It will be tough to walk out that…

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Boley Rodeo & BBQ Festival falls prey to coronavirus

Boley Rodeo & BBQ Festival falls prey to coronavirus By Ken Childers ONL Editor The list of large-scale events in Okfuskee County cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow. Okemah’s Pioneer Days Celebration, held annually in April, was called off this year, and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, a mid-July tradition since 1998,…

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Gas pump victim of hit-and-run

Gas pump victim of hit-and-run By Ken Childers ONL Editor A convenience store gas pump was taken out in an apparent hit-and-run last week in Okemah. At about 5:18 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, an employee of Fiesta Mart called police to report that a trailer had just knocked over one of the store’s gas…

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Sen. Thompson urges citizens to complete their 2020 census; billions of dollars in federal funding is at stake

Sen. Thompson urges citizens to complete their 2020 census; billions of dollars in federal funding is at stake  State Sen. Roger Thompson is urging citizens throughout Senate District 8 to step up for their communities, their counties and the entire state by completing the 2020 U.S. Census.  Thompson, R-Okemah, said right now Oklahoma is trailing…

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Health crisis delays hearings for murder suspects

Health crisis delays hearings for murder suspects By Ken Childers ONL Editor The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in delayed preliminary hearings for two local murder suspects. Tommy Gouge, who allegedly called police on Valentine’s Day to report that he had killed his wife, and Joshua Green, accused of double homicide and arson, have had their…

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William Bencoma hired as new Okemah High School boys basketball coach

William Bencoma hired as new Okemah High School boys basketball coach By Justin Scrimshire ONL Sports Reporter In the midst of COVID-19 disrupting business as usual at Okemah Public Schools and forcing teachers and student’s alike to adapt to a distance-learning format, the search has been on for a new high school boy’s basketball coach…

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