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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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Repeat offender pleads guilty to robbing Paden bank


Repeat offender pleads guilty to robbing Paden bank By Ken Childers ONL Editor A Shawnee man has pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing BancFirst in Paden at gunpoint and is headed back to prison after a short-lived freedom. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced last week that 42-year-old…

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Park pavilion to bear namesake of local singer/songwriter

Park pavilion to bear namesake of local singer/songwriter By Ken Childers ONL Editor The City of Okemah has long acknowledged its rich musical history by naming streets and walkways after artists who hail from the area. Three luminaries, Woody Guthrie, John Fullbright and Shawna Russell have had their names immortalized in one or more forms…

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Man killed, woman injured Monday in separate crashes

Man killed, woman injured Monday in separate crashes By Ken Childers ONL Editor One man was killed and a woman sustained injuries in two separate crashes in Okfuskee County on Monday. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), a Wetumka man, whose identity had not been released by press time, was killed in a single-vehicle…

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Local candidates debate issues ahead of upcoming election

Local candidates debate issues ahead of upcoming election By Alanna Bradley ONL Reporter Grading the state on COVID-19 management, whether to strike down abortion and police reform were topics discussed by candidates running for local offices at Monday night’s debate held in Okemah at the Okfuskee County Historical Society. The debate was hosted by the…

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COVID-19 cases on the rise in Okfuskee County

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Okfuskee County Two local school districts close classrooms, shift to distance learning By Ken Childers ONL Editor A surge in COVID-19 cases in Okfuskee County has caused two local schools to implement distance learning for a two-week period. Mason Public Schools and Paden Public Schools announced last week that…

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Creek Nation Hospital launches 3D mammography service

Creek Nation Hospital launches 3D mammography service By Ken Childers ONL Editor A new service was launched this month at the Creek Nation Hospital in Okemah, and the timing couldn’t be any better. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that new service is 3D mammography. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the hospital on Thursday,…

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Crash near county line leaves two men dead

Crash near county line leaves two men dead By Ken Childers ONL Editor Old Highway 62 was shut down near the Okfuskee/Okmulgee County line for several hours last Friday as multiple agencies responded to a double-fatality accident involving a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Jordan Pearson, Henryetta, was driving…

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Budget Break Down — Department of Corrections

Budget Break Down Department of Corrections By Sen. Roger Thompson, Senate Appropriations Chair In Fiscal Year 2020, DOC’s total budget was $613 million, an increase of approximately 9.9 percent over the agency’s previous budget of $558.1 million.  Between low energy prices and the pandemic, we all know state revenues took a major hit this past…

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