Afton, OK

Ole Miss fans flood The Grove to welcome CWS champion Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) – The celebration has not stopped since Brandon Johnson got that final out Sunday to bring home Ole Miss Baseball’s first national championship. Hundreds of Rebels fans packed the Grove Monday to welcome home the 2022 College World Series Champions. Mike Bianco and his national...
Picture for Ole Miss fans flood The Grove to welcome CWS champion Rebels

The Draw of Lake Living

Grove is home to one of Oklahoma’s most beloved bodies of water,. Located in the northeast corner of Delaware County and skirting the eastern shore of the massive Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, Grove has a population a shade over 7,000. That figure holds during the week, but on any given weekend, it can swell manyfold.
Centre Daily

Man paralyzed fellow student who ‘ruined’ his chances of sex with two women, feds say

A technical school student in Oklahoma was left paralyzed from a 2017 attack after a classmate blamed him for interfering with his sex life, federal authorities say. Now the attacker has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison, according to a June 24 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

News to Know: Oklahoma charter school founders face embezzlement charges, and MODOT & KDOT weigh in on a proposed gas holiday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma law officers arrest three top officials in the state’s Epic Charter Schools program on multiple felony charges. On Thursday the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of Epic Charter School founders Ben Harris and David Chaney and former Chief Financial Officer Josh Brook. They face a slew of charges including embezzlement of state funds, racketeering and conspiracy to commit a felony. The OSBI says their investigation began nearly a decade ago. Investigators claim the men were involved in a scheme that cost Oklahoma taxpayers more than 22-million dollars.

Billye Lynne Odom

Billye L y n n e Odom was born on April 22, 1941 in Joplin, MO; the daughter of William Taft and Opal Joe (Davidson) Dungan. She was a 1960 graduate from Baxter Springs High School. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a masters degree in education from Baker University. On June 6, 1964, Billye was united in marriage to James Brian Odom in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Billye was truly a wonderful educator and spent 34 years at several different schools; including Meadowbrook Junior High, Indian Woods Middle School in Overland Park and Atchison High School. She spent most of her career teaching 7th grade life science. Billye loved to travel; whether she was exploring with her children, grandchildren or church friends, she was always going to new places where she might learn something new. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado. Her greatest joy in life was her family which includes her sons, Doug (Alicia) Odom of El Dorado and Greg (Tabbey) Odom of Carlsbad, New Mexico; grandchildren, Chloe, Jeremiah and Zoey Odom and Brantley Henson and Jaycie Henson (Adam Rubi); and dog, Christy. Billye passed away on June 12, 2022 in El Dorado. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James in 2010; and infant sister, Vicky Dungan. Friends may gather with family on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Carlson Colonial Chapel from 5-7 PM. Graveside services will take place at Baxter Springs Memorial Cemetery in Baxter Springs, Ks at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to First Presbyterian Church and Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign her online guestbook at www.

Six in running for Cowtown Queen

25 Years Ago June 19 -25, 1997 Toni Hartley and Jennifer Cottrell, both of Baxter Springs, attended the 55 th annual Sunflower Girls State at the University of Kansas. John Elmo and Maxine Gardner Burrows, of Baxter Springs, are celebrating their 60 th wedding anniversary on June 25. They are the parents of four children, John Burrows, Becky Lorass, Polly Phillips and Julie David. Megan Leigh…

Galena wins 14U softball league

Galena’s Gravy’s Place 14U Softball Team won the league championship in the inter-city league tournament, in Riverton, Thursday, June 16. The champions entered the tournament as the number one seed and drew a bye in the first round. Columbus 1, (Tamko) won their first round match-up over Baxter Springs 2, but lost the semi-final to Galena. Riverton, Gardner Express Care, took their first round…