A digital revolution for some schools, graduation day, at least for now, is going to be the real deal for Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus students. 

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State Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah, sat down with representatives of Bank of Cherokee County Thursday, April 2, for a Facebook Live video to discuss ways small businesses can survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

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It’s tempting to view this as a temporary situation, that will pass as the virus passes. But, that is a comfortable lie. The grocery clerk, the trash truck driver, the nurse, delivery driver and factory worker — these always have been essential to our society, our economy and our way of life.

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We must fight the urge to become complacent. This is not a time to ignore our faith. This is a time to be more deliberate than ever, and to step out in prayer when we cannot step out in body.

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Melony Carey was elated when she found out that the Founders' Place Historic District in Muskogee will be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As a president and resident of Founders' Place, Carey had twice as many reasons to smile.

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A local stage backdrop manufacturer has retooled operations and started making face shields for hospitals and Norman Regional Health System is currently evaluating them.

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A local car dealership says it has been the sole target of Norman’s new restrictions and fine schedule after the general manager said he received two citations while competitors have remained open.

Thursday morning Chamber President and CEO Chris Deal was joined by Councilwoman and United Way Chairperson Patty Wininger along with United Way Executive Director Helen Stewart for the daily virtual chamber hour to discuss opportunities for those needing assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Practicing simple acts of kindness everyday” is a good motto to live by. One company is doing just that as they flooded the school district with food deliveries from their local supply chain.

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EDMOND, Okla. — The threat COVID-19 poses to all sectors of humanity appears to be decreasing Edmond’s crime rates, according to Edmond Police.

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With many non-essential businesses closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Americans with the greatest strain on their wallets might be college students, who normally work part-time jobs to help pay for tuition and make loan payments.

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With Tahlequah having two hospitals, it is home to many health care workers - and many are putting their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindsey Johnson, 33, is a full-time registered nurse who works nights in the Northeastern Health System emergency room. 

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 multiply every day, with the U.S. to date logging more than 185,000 cases and 3,600 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the identities of the victims may not be known unless they choose to come forward.

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An April 21 trial scheduled in federal court was canceled after the city settled disability-based discrimination and retaliation claims alleged in a lawsuit filed by a fitness coordinator who works at the Muskogee Swim & Fitness Center. 

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Cancellation of April's Azalea Festival activities could have broad economic repercussions, says Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Justin O'Neal. 

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Fort Gibson resident Jason Thayer says he took his time painting his first Muskogee Azalea Festival banner this year.

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Some of Oklahoma’s mayors, including Stillwater mayor Will Joyce, have been responding to the threat of COVID-19 with more aggressive restrictions than Gov. Kevin Stitt has been willing to take at a state level. The governor announced Wednesday that he is extending his emergency order closing non-essential businesses and directing people at high risk from the virus to stay home unless absolutely necessary through April 30 and applying it in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.

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Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma is offering a free mental health helpline to help people through the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the social isolation that comes with it.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program has implemented an online application for new and existing clients in order to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus. This application allows clients to provide information and answer questions used to determine potential eligibility. 

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❝We're hoping to give people a place to come and be inspired by aviation, and enjoy what our airport has to offer. It gives our community a safe viewing area. And, I am excited that it gives the community a place where they can enjoy their airport.❞ — Deirdre Gurry, airport director at Enid Woodring Regional Airport

 

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Joy Marie Nichols went to be with her Heavenly Father on March 31 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband Albert Nichols Jr. And her parents Ambrose and Mandy Lee. She is survived by her daughter Donna Killingsworth of Claremore Ok; son Joe Nichols and wife LaDonna of Owasso Ok; Grandc…

Pansy Kathaleen Garner, 53, passed away on Tuesday, March 30th, surrounded by her family. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Billie Kay Rigotti and Bill Garner. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a devoted grandmother to her five gra…

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