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Okemah City Council announces special meeting

The Okemah City Council will conduct a special meeting of the City Council for the purposes of conducting a workshop session for the upcoming Water System Improvements. Location: Okemah City Hall, Council Room, 502 West Broadway, Okemah, OK. 74859. July 7, 2022. 5:00 p.m.
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Traffic backed up on I-40

The work on I-40 has been in progress since 2019. The westbound lanes were approved for construction by ODOT on June 20, 2019 and work began on December 2, 2019. The eastbound lanes were approved for construction on August 20. 2020. While it was believed by ODOT administration that both...

George finishes banking school

Wes George, an employee with American Exchange Bank (AEB) in Henryetta, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association (OBA) 2022 Intermediate ... PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!
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Laura Campbell

Laura Parthenia Campbell, age 90, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Purcell, OK. She was born March 30, 1932 in Natural Dam, AR to the late Ed Workman and Evoline Burks Workman. She married Alfred David Campbell on June 13, 1949. Laura attended school at Van Buren. She attended...
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Lorene Quinality

Lorene McGinnis Quinalty, age 93 departed this life on Sunday, July 3, 2022 in Seminole, Oklahoma. She was born in Konawa, Oklahoma December 16, 1928 to the late S.E Sidney McGinnis and Bessie Hudson McGinnis. She married William Quinalty in 1946 in Knoawa, Oklahoma. Lorene was a Life long member...
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Helen Jones

Helen Elizabeth Jones age 85, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Wewoka, OK. She was born November 28, 1936 in Wewoka, OK to the late Dimpsey Burl Pierce and Lillie Irene Gayler Pierce. Helen married James Colton Jones on August 8, 1955 in Wewoka, OK. Mrs. Jones graduated from...

Melissa Billings selected as Employee of the Quarter at Okemah Casino

Melissa Billings selected as Employee of the Quarter at Okemah Casino. Casey Jones, General Manager for the Okemah Casino announced the Employee of the Quarter on Friday afternoon, July 1. Melissa Billings was surprised and honored as she accepted the citation. The citation read: The management staff of the Okemah Casino would like to thank you for your hard work, dedication, to the property and overall superior service.

Service Held for Virgil Gann

Body Virgil Deward Gann passed away in Oklahoma City, June 27, 2022 at the age of 81. Virgil was born March 12 , 1941 in Carson, Oklahoma to Jewell Rupert Gann and Vallie Shipley Gann. Virgil graduated from Dustin School. He married Billye Baldwin on April 4, 1958 in Lamar. Virgil was an IOUE Local 627 Union Pipeline Operator, Boom Hand. He attended Faith Freewill Baptist Church in Holdenville. He was a 33rd degree Mason. Virgil was the caretaker at the Lamar Cemetery for several years. He loved animals, birds, working, his grandchildren and visiting with friends and family.

Service Saturday for Sarah Joyce Puckett

Body Sarah Joyce Puckett, Joyce to all who knew her, was born on May 18, 1928, to Joseph C. Taylor and Della Raines Taylor at Dustin, Oklahoma and passed away Friday, July 1, 2022, at the age of 94. Joyce attended Dustin schools and graduated high school as salutatorian. During those later years she worked at Oscar Cook’s drugstore and during one summer Joyce worked for Parrish and Clark Dodge in Tulsa.

Stewart the Goat Attends Holdenville Library‘s Summer Reading program

Dr. Hartfield , Holdenville’s Veterinarian and Local Author , read her newest book “Stewart the Goat” to guests of the Holdenville Library’s Summer Reading Program . Printed books will not be available till later in the year, so this was the first and only reading of the book this summer . Stewart the Goat then had the chance to meet all the young people that attended .Fun was had by all .

We Would Not be Free if it Were Not for Heroes Like Vance Vanhooser.

Vance Vanhooser was a life-long resident of Holdenville. His wife Mabel was well known and loved by everyone. Their son, Vance Jr. is a close friend of mine who lives in Okemah. What many folks don’t know is that Vance was a World War II hero and kept a journal of his service. Today, we share a portion of that journal with you. -Bill Robinson by Vance Vanhooser Record of Raids May 15 th ,…

The Calvin 4th of July Parade

The Calvin 4th of July Parade was a HUGE success this year. It is the only 4th of July parade left in the county and it was a great one. Youngsters pictured above at the event are Kyler Cates, Brody Cates, and Easton Rogers.
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Silas Spencer, Jr.

Silas Spencer Jr. 72, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Silas was born on December 22, 1949, in Seminole, Oklahoma to Silas and Irene Spencer. Silas was married to his wife of 45 years, Joyce Spencer. He raised his son Shawn Wilde of Tulsa, daughter Tonya Hall of Owasso and two grandsons Shawn Michael Wilde and Tyshon Wilde.

Federal Disaster Assistance Approved for 7 Counties Including Seminole After EF-2 Tornado

The White House approved Oklahoma’s request for a disaster declaration in seven counties after tornadoes and flooding occurred last month. Home and business owners in Adair, Cherokee, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Pottawatomie, Seminole, and Tulsa counties can apply for federal disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at In...