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Henryetta fire kills two people

HENRYETTA, Okla. — Two people were killed in a fire Monday morning in Henryetta. According to the Wilson Volunteer Fire Department, a trailer fire was called in around 4 a.m. near Elm Road and Wilson Road in Henryetta. The trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The...
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Guitar World Magazine

5 albums you need to hear by bebop trailblazer Oscar Pettiford

A legend of upright bass who died far too young, Pettiford’s influence can still be heard across jazz and popular music. Here we revisit his finest moments on record. Oscar Pettiford was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on September 30, 1922. His Native American mother was Choctaw and his father Harry was half African-American and half Cherokee.

Sharon Jene Dodson Hall

Sharon Jene Dodson Hall passed away June 1, 2022 after a brief battle with lung cancer. Sharon was born to Floyd “Gene” and Mary Ella “Pat” Dodson January 29, 1943 in Lamar, Oklahoma. Sharon attended Oklahoma State University where she met and married Ferris Hall September...

Service Held for HHS Graduate Bill Shipley

Body Bill J. Shipley was born April 1, 1930 to Audie and Opal (Pogue) Shipley, Bill passed from this life June 18, 2022 in Seminole, Oklahoma at the age of 92. Bill was born and raised in Holdenville, Oklahoma. After graduating from High School, he worked in construction with his uncle J.D. House, learning skills that would serve him his whole life. Bill was deeply patriotic and proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years, stationed at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and San Juan Puerto Rico, After being discharged from service, he returned to Oklahoma and the construction field. As a Construction Manager, Bill worked across the United States, Bill supervised the construction of numerous apartment complexes, student housing projects and residential homes. He also shared his knowledge of the trade, teaching vocational carpentry at Holdenville High School. He enjoyed a long career, retiring from the field in 2008 at the age of 78. For many years, Bill enjoyed fishing and spending time at Oklahoma Lakes. He was also an avid sports fan. He loved to watch baseball, football, and basketball. He rarely missed an opportunity to cheer on any of the OU Sooners, and took pride in his status as a lifelong fan. He is survived by his wife Ann (Jones) Shipley of the home, his sons, Lee Shipley (Edmond, OK), and Larry Shipley (Edmond, OK), and Mike Jones and wife April (Seminole, OK), Bill’s younger sister Shirley and her husband Eddie Nance, reside in Asheville, NC. Bill will be deeply missed by his grandchildren: Taylor Shipley (Dallas, TX), Kyle Kay, (New Braunfels, TX), Tanya Kay (Hartford, CN), Tyler Jones and wife Brittany (Venus, TX), Dustin Jones and wife Krista, Valerie Kiker and husband Derek, Lane Jones and Larsen Jones (all of Seminole, OK), Dustin Hatfield, and Amy Hatfield Hadley. Bill was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Zac Kay (San Antonio, TX), Shelby Kay (Euless, TX), and Brooks Jones (Seminole, OK). Bill leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives including, JannaBeth Tipton (Tulsa, OK), Kathryn Cooper and husband Kelly (Skiatook, OK), Jay Moore and wife Angie (Chesapeake, VA), John Nance (Palm Springs, CA), Clark Nance (Asheville, NC), Leslie Lee and husband Steven (Horntown, OK), Rex Nance and wife Heather (Asheville, NC), Stephanie Wilburn and husband Zack (Edmond, OK), Ryan Nance (Dallas, TX), and Julia Nance, (Asheville, NC). Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Audie and Opal (Pogue) Shipley. Wife, Jo Hatfield Shipley, her son Ronnie Hatfield, and her daughter Donna Cluck. Viewing will be 9:00am- 7:00pm Tuesday, June 21st and 9:00am-7:00pm Wednesday, June 22nd and Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville. Graveside services officiated by Rev. Doyle Long, will be at 10:00am, Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Holdenville Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Lee Shipley, Larry Shipley, Mike Jones, Dustin Jones, Tyler Jones, and Lane Jones. Services under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville, Oklahoma.


Good food, good conversation, and a good time were had by all. Those able to attend were: Back Row (L-R): Stephanie Hale, Meloney Provence, and Dane Robinson. Middle Row (L-R): Travis Mudd, Jason Barrett, Justin The Holdenville Class of 2002 celebrated their 20th High School Reunion at Rudy Alan’s Steakhouse this past weekend. Heath Keeney, Clayton Cornelius, Nick Janes, Adam Smith, Michael…

Wolverine Sports by Tom Turner

Holdenville Cheerleaders Win Awards The 2022-23 school year is rapidly approaching and one of this year’s athletic squads has already established it’s self as an elite award winning team. The 2022-23 Holdenville High School Cheer Squad has been to summer camp and has won several awards! Coach Leslie Phillips’ group won awards for National Cheerleading Top Team Band Chant, won the Spirt Stick…

Local artist joined Mvskoke Radio

HENRYETTA, Oklahoma – A Tennessee man was traveling through the small town of Henryetta when he decided to stop by what was once a church. Drawn by the crowded parking lot that Saturday night, Jonathan Bond walked in to find Winnie Cooper singing one of her original gospel songs and was immediately blown away.
Seminole Producer

Jessica Elizabeth Walters-Harjo

Jessica Elizabeth Walters-Harjo age 23, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022 in OKC, OK. She was born December 8, 1998 in Shawnee, OK to John Walters and Tomi Postoak. Jessica attended Riverside Highschool in Anadarko, OK. She is preceded in death by her mother, Tomi Postoak and sister, Cheyna Walters-Harjo.

Library reading program continues

Henryetta Public Library hosted their third Summer Reading Program meeting on Monday afternoon at Veteran’s Park. Four youth in attendance ... 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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Donald (Don) Lee Yerby

Donald (Don) Lee Yerby, 82, longtime resident of Seminole County, passed from this life on Saturday June 18, 2022, at his home in Bowlegs. Don was born in Maud, Oklahoma, August 1, 1939, to Thomas (Tom) Redus Yerby and Minnie Lee (Laird) Yerby. Don married Carolyn Laxton on July 10,...