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Gifted with exceptional public speaking ability at an early age, Bessie Huff became one of the outstanding journalism educators of her time. In the first half of the 20th century, she helped guide one of the first higher education institutions in Muskogee to serve students of all interests.

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"Weird things seem to happen more (on Friday the 13th) or maybe we just notice them more." •• Law enforcement officials take a light-hearted look at Friday the 13th when asked about the day.
 
 

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Oklahoma Forestry Services, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council, is accepting applications through Nov. 8 from local governments, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, civic groups, educational institutions and tree volunteer groups.

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FAIRVIEW, Okla. — Fairview native George Cohlmia has spent a long career working in financial management firms in Oklahoma City, but it’s the values he learned growing up in his small Northwest Oklahoma hometown he credits with his success.

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As Pastor Jarrid Wilson pointed out, being a person of strong faith doesn’t mean you won’t suffer depression or mental illness. And, seeking professional mental health care doesn’t mean you have any less faith.

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Local residents who are 21 or older have a couple of opportunities to show off their intellect and data retention while having a good time competing with friends during trivia nights.

Members of Muskogee’s Board of Adjustment granted two requests this week for special exceptions that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in areas zoned as local commercial districts. 

Scores of beginning band students at Muskogee Public Schools have prompted a call for used instruments — or money to rent new ones.

Constitution Week, Sept. 17 through 23, is a good time to reflect on the importance of two significant documents; the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

September is Prime Beef Month. While beef producers groan under the pressure of higher production costs and lower cattle sales, this is a good time to raise awareness about the industry. 

Programs provided at the regional office include counseling services, emergency rent and utility assistance, Family HOPE (Help, Organize, Prioritize and Empower) case management, immigration legal services, and A Very Giving Christmas.

Whether the city of McAlester should help private businesses secure loans for expansion is a question that's been presented to two city bodies — the McAlester City Council and the newly-formed Local Economic Advancement and Development Committee.

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The wife of a man who was shot and killed Tuesday showed up at the shooter's house Wednesday night and made threats, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

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During World War II, Lt. John Robert Fox was directing artillery fire near a small Italian town to stall a German advance. Suddenly, a large German force moved in on his position, jeopardizing his men. In order to save his men and perhaps the position, he called in a final strike on himself just as the German soldiers surrounded him. Fox died along with 100 German soldiers. He saved his men and the position.

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Welcome to the library. I’m Jessica Conley and I will be your tour guide for all the exciting things that are happening at your Muskogee Public Library.

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Students hoping to partake in the permitless carry laws Nov. 1 won't be able to do so on the University of Oklahoma.

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The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents made executive hires, increased research opportunities and recognized new programs at Wednesday's meeting held at the National Weather Center.

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The 2013 bond proposition for the new Woodward County Event Center and Fairgrounds was the subject of yet more debate on Tuesday evening, finding its way to the agenda of two county meetings.

Enid Police Department is investigating a home invasion that occurred early Wednesday morning on West Vine and is asking area residents with any related information to come forward.

Proponents of Medicaid expansion need 178,000 signatures if they want to see the question put to the vote of the people, and they only have 47 days to collect them.

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The executive vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association said a judge did not follow the open records law in granting a motion to quash a request for police video of the fatal shooting of a fleeing motorist by state troopers.

Trivia question – who was the last U.S. president whose military service was in the mounted U.S. Cavalry? If you didn’t say “Teddy Roosevelt,” you’re unusual. If you said “Ronald Reagan,” you’re amazing – and you’re right. This is just one of the interesting facts I learned at the U.S. Cavalry Association Museum at Fort Reno, west of El Reno.

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An attorney filed a motion to set aside a Pittsburg County judge’s decision to quash an Open Records request for video of a July trooper-involved fatal shooting.

In an effort to improve transparency surrounding the health of school children, the Oklahoma State Department of Health released a survey assessing vaccination coverage among students enrolled in public and private kindergarten.

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A vote by city councilors in support of a school bond proposal forced Deputy Mayor Wayne Johnson off the sidelines this week on an issue the retired Muskogee Public Schools employee had tried to remain neutral.

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Have you ever tried to read a book with your eyes closed? That is how you might be tempted to read two of Kent Nerburn’s classics, “Neither Wolf nor Dog, On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” (New World Library, 2nd ed., 2002) and its sequel “The Wolf at Twilight” (New World Library, 2009). We have, after all, used this approach to Native American history for generations. You may shut your eyes a few times and, if you have a heart, you will cry, but you will above all find an authentic conversation in these books.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is hopeful his efforts, and those of other attorneys general, will change the behavior of pharmaceutical companies in the long term.

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State and local authorities request the public’s help in finding a Hartshorne man who has been missing for more than three weeks.

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Arthur Neal Chancellor, 77, passed away Friday, August 30th, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born to Arthur Aubrey and Bertha Katherine (Tawney) Chancellor on October 27th, 1941 in Cisco, Texas.

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