Jo Elaine Sproule, 68

Born December 29, 1950

Died August 20, 2019

Georgia Belle Waggoner, 85

Born October 3, 1933

Died August 19, 2019

John W. Shiew, 75

Born September 19, 1943

Died August 18, 2019


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 5:35 PM

An investigation started in Checotah led to a Muskogee County seizure of a cache of stolen property worth an estimated $100,000, according to the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office.

A family in Checotah got hit by burglars and, suspecting they knew who did it, visited the house of their suspects, on Old Taft Road. Finding some of their property there, the family notified Checotah Police, who enlisted the aid of Muskogee County Sheriff’s office.

Yesterday, the sheriff served search warrants on the property at 8605 Old Taft Road and found motorcycles, a zero-turn mower, tools, tool chests, two box trailers and more items.

Arrest warrants have been issued.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:55 AM

Current Fire Marshal Derrell Jones has been appointed Muskogee’s new fire chief after the retirement of Mike O’Dell.

Jones’ family is from Muskogee. He attended Baker University under a basketball scholarship and then Tulsa Tech. He came back to Muskogee to work for his family’s construction business. He joined the fire department in 1985.

He will take the chief role on the last day of this month.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 9:07 AM

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Sarah Nicole Bravo, 42, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with exploitation of a disabled adult, according to documents filed with the case.

Bravo is accused of forging checks from the accounts of six disabled adults in her care at a Muskogee house where she was house manager. DHS investigated and referred the case to the district attorney after “numerous checks” were forged and Bravo allegedly withheld money from the adults in her care after she cashed their paychecks.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 10:49 PM

Ronald Boren, a Muskogee music stalwart, has died, according to friends and family.

Boren, who was a longtime supporter and volunteer at Muskogee’s Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, was an early and ardent supporter of the Swon Brothers, who later went to the finals of The Voice and became Nashville recording artists.

Boren’s main gig was as a drummer, but he was proficient in most instruments, including guitar and bass. He advised an entire generation of musicians and played with Muskogee greats such as Harley Hamm and Jim Paul Blair. His influence cannot be overstated.

Early reports suggest he died during open-heart surgery, but those reports have not been confirmed.

Services have not been confirmed yet.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ron was a personal friend and neighbor of mine. That relationship did not affect the coverage of this story.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:33 PM

A child who was waiting on the curb at Whittier Elementary in Muskogee was run over by a car this afternoon, according to Muskogee emergency officials.

The child stepped off the curb, they said, and her foot got run over by a car.

The child was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee with non-emergency status.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:31 PM

One person was injured at an assault at Lakeland Shopping Center just now, according to Muskogee Police sources.

According to the police, the victim was walking in the parking lot of Lakeland Shopping Center on East Side Boulevard when an assailant attacked them.

The victim has been transported to the Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee by Muskogee County EMS.

According to eyewitnesses, two customers were fighting inside the Family Dollar store, when one stabbed the other “several times.”

The suspect, whom police have not yet identified, is still on the loose.

UPDATE 10:54 p.m.: One person has died, according to police. A suspect is in custody. More details when they are available.

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UPDATE: The victim’s name is Keith Boswell, who died in the attack. Arrested on a complaint of murder was Johnathan Zamudio.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 7:52 AM

The Muskogee Main Post Office will begin operations at its new location, at 505 N. Main St., about half a mile from its current location, effective August 26.

The hours of operation will remain from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, and closed on Sunday. P.O. Box customers will have 24-hour lobby access, seven days a week.

P.O. Box customers may pick up their mail at the current location, 525 W. Okmulgee, until 4 p.m. on August 24.

A complete listing of Post Offices and hours of operation can be found on the Postal Service website:, or customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


Monday, August 19, 2019, 1:12 PM

Danielle Sheree Nelson

Danielle Sheree Nelson, 18, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child neglect from an incident in July.

Nelson is accused of leaving her one-year-old child alone in a home in the Country Club area while she and her boyfriend, Jack Ray Driggers, went out joyriding. The alleged joyride resulted in a collision, and Driggers is accused of fleeing the scene.

Police gave Nelson a ride home, when police discovered the child had been left alone, sleeping.

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Monday, August 19, 2019, 7:53 AM

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Georgia-Pacific and Oklahoma Gas & Electric have each donated $25,000 to flood recovery efforts in Muskogee County.

The Muskogee-area companies made the donations to the Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee during an event at the Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning on Friday night at Hatbox Field. The combined $50,000 will be used to help flood victims in Muskogee County as they work toward long-term recovery.

Georgia-Pacific is the largest private employer in Muskogee with nearly 800 employees at its Muskogee paper mill. OG&E is Oklahoma’s oldest and largest investor-owned electric utility, serving more than 843,000 customers across Oklahoma and western Arkansas, including Muskogee County.

The Muskogee County Disaster Recovery Committee is comprised of local governmental agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, and the business community working collaboratively and transparently to help provide long-term and unmet needs of Muskogee County residents and businesses that have been impacted by recent flooding. When donations are made, 100 percent of all funding will be used to help victims in Muskogee County. With the announcement of the GP and OG&E gifts, more than $70,000 has now been raised toward the MCDRC’s stated goal of $250,000.

Thank you to Georgia-Pacific and OG&E for your donations to help flood victims in Muskogee County,” MCDRC Board Member Ken Doke said. “This is a great example of how our community is coming together to help those in need.”

Donations to the flood recovery effort

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Monday, August 19, 2019, 7:48 AM

Allen Spurlock, 59, of Stidham died yesterday around 2 p.m. just west of Hanna, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Spurlock was westbound on a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Oklahoma Highway 9, going around a left curve, which he failed to negotiate. He departed the roadway to the right and struck a dirt embankment, rolling twice.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.


Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:34 AM

A school bus full of children was struck by an SUV north of Keefeton around 3:45 yesterday afternoon, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Muskogee County EMS.

The bus was stopped at a stop sign at 20th Street and US 64 half a mile west of Keefeton when a 2008 Mazda SUV driven by Billy Williams departed the roadway to the right and slammed into the bus’s driver side.

Five juvenile passengers were injured, the patrol reported, but all were treated and release for their injuries. Williams was taken to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa by Muskogee County EMS with head, arm, internal, external and leg injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the patrol. None of the children were wearing seatbelts because the bus did not have any.

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Friday, August 16, 2019, 1:04 PM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health wants to remind the public that immunizations are important for people of all ages.

Routine childhood vaccinations protect children from 16 serious diseases. The immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is designed to provide immunity early in life before children are potentially exposed to serious diseases. Some vaccines require more than one dose to provide the best protection; it is important to receive each dose at the recommended time.

Dr. Fauzia Khan, director of the OSDH Immunization Service, said vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious, potentially life-threatening diseases. “While many serious diseases are no longer common in the United States, some still exist and can spread to those who aren’t vaccinated,” said Khan. “This is particularly concerning for infants who are too young to be immunized or even to adults who have health conditions which prohibit them from receiving vaccinations.”

Childhood diseases such as whooping cough, chickenpox and even measles remain in the United States, and can be prevented by vaccines.

It is important for pregnant women to be up to date on vaccinations prior to becoming pregnant, and also to receive recommended vaccines during pregnancy to protect the baby after birth by passing on antibodies. Some illnesses such as the flu are more serious for pregnant women as changes to the immune system, heart and lungs make them more prone to severe illness and puts them at risk of premature labor and delivery.

Receiving a Tdap vaccine during pregnancy provides protection against whooping cough for a mother and her baby.

“The Tdap and flu vaccines are safe to receive during pregnancy,” said Khan. “A 2017 CDC report found Tdap vaccination during the third trimester prevents more than 3 in 4 cases of whooping cough in babies younger than 2 months old.” Whooping cough is a contagious illness causing uncontrollable coughing which can lead to choking or vomiting. Anyone can get whooping cough but it is especially dangerous for infants. Health officials recommend vaccinations for parents, grandparents, siblings and childcare workers who are in contact with infants.

In addition to the routine childhood immunizations, adults need vaccinations to protect against other illnesses such as shingles, pneumonia, tetanus and the flu. For those with conditions such as diabetes, illnesses like the flu can make it difficult to control blood sugar.

Vaccines are also important in preventing adults, especially those over the age of 65, from becoming seriously ill or being hospitalized from a number of illnesses. The CDC provides an adult vaccine assessment tool to help determine which vaccines may be appropriate. The tool can be viewed at For more information about recommended vaccinations for children or adults, contact the OSDH Immunization Service at (405) 271-4073 or visit

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Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7:44 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has announced he is calling upon the Cherokee Nation Businesses board of directors to follow the tribe’s lead and implement a wage increase for employees working for the business arm of the tribe.

Cherokee Nation Businesses employs more than 7,560 people and is the board-governed holding company for the tribe’s for-profit businesses. CNB pays a direct dividend of 37 percent of its profits to the Cherokee Nation for services such as housing, health care, education and social services. The remaining 63 percent is reinvested into growing jobs, wages, business development and special projects, such as new health care facilities construction.

“As Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I respect CNB’s status as a wholly-owned business entity of the Cherokee Nation, overseen by a board of directors with the business acumen to balance the very real needs of our Cherokee Nation citizens today, with what will keep our businesses thriving in the long-term. However, it is clear that CNB has experienced tremendous success during the past eight years in large measure due to the dedication of its employees,” Chief Hoskin said. “Accordingly, it seems appropriate in my view for CNB to raise employee wages in a manner consistent with my plan to increase Cherokee Nation government employee wages.”

Last week Hoskin announced that starting Oct. 1 Cherokee Nation’s minimum wage will increase from $9.50 per hour to $11 per hour. All 3,850 government employees, regardless of salary, will receive an increase to their pay in October.

“Raising the entry level wage to at least $11 an hour further enhances our ability to attract and retain great talent at CNB,” said Chuck Garrett, executive vice president at Cherokee Nation Businesses. “In addition to this very attractive wage, all regular, full-time hourly employees are offered a competitive benefits package, including a dollar-for-dollar match up to 6 percent on their 401(k) and participation in a rewarding incentive program. Likewise, employees at CNB have very meaningful career paths.”

Hoskin anticipates CNB to review its budget and develop a fair and sustainable pay increase plan.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 8:07 AM

A Wagoner three-year-old nearly drowned on Lake Fort Gibson yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The toddler was swimming around 8 p.m. with family members when the father turned away to put bait on a fish hook. The child went under water, and when the father turned around, he started looking for the victim. He found the child just under the water and started doing CPR.

The child was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital Pediatric in Tulsa and admitted in critical condition.

The child was not wearing a flotation device.

UPDATE: The highway patrol has reported the child has died.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 8:14 AM

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is teaming up with more than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state to make sure everyone has a safe end to their summer.

The campaign starts on Aug. 14 and runs through the Labor Day holiday, ending on Sept. 2.

Each year, law enforcement from Oklahoma are joined by thousands of personnel from around the nation to participate in this high-visibility enforcement campaign. The goal is simple; keep impaired drivers from killing themselves, and innocent people, on Oklahoma roadways.

According to newly released data from the OHSO, 331 people were killed in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes in 2018. That’s the equivalent of a fully loaded jetliner crashing with no survivors.

While Oklahoma has seen a decrease in the number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes, the number of fatalities reported in drug-related crashes continues to climb.

“These numbers are shocking and they are why it is more important than ever to team up with law enforcement to help solve the problem,” said Paul Harris, director of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

Each year, the OHSO works with local law enforcement agencies by providing grants to agencies that have been identified as having traffic-related problems in their areas.

Programs like ENDUI Oklahoma and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign work to address the growing severity of the impaired driving problem in Oklahoma.

“We want to make sure everyone has the chance to enjoy Labor Day and the end of the summer safely. We want everyone to have a good time, but it’s important to celebrate responsibly,” said Harris.

With the ever-growing popularity of rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft, there really is no excuse to drive under the influence, he said.

“If you’re going to the bars or to the lake, make sure you plan how you’ll get home before you start drinking,” said Harris. “If you’re camping, get all of your supplies before you start drinking to make sure nobody has to go back to the store. If you’re going out on the town, have your rideshare app handy so that you can get home safely.”

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Monday, August 12, 2019, 9:24 PM

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A female daycare worker, whose name has not yet been released, was arrested today after police viewed a video allegedly showing her manhandling a child and putting a blanket over its face, according to Police Interim Public Information Officer Jeramie Garcia.

The daycare, Oak Tree Academy, at 131 N. Anthony St., showed police the footage. There are three possible victims, according to Garcia.

Patrol officers are still at the scene, but Investigations officers are en route.

DHS has been notified.

UPDATE: The suspect’s name is Rebecca Isham. The daycare’s owner said she has been fired.

Attorney Rusty Smith, who is representing Hannah Long, the child’s mother, sent the following statement: “In light of the criminal filings today and the commencement of what is certain to be a complete and thorough investigation by the appropriate authorities, Ms. Long has no comment, at least until those proceedings and the evidence is further developed. But I will say that I expect the evidence to speak for itself and, with respect to ‘proportionality,’ we will proceed forward with a manner that is proportionate to what appears to every parent’s worst nightmare.”

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Monday, August 12, 2019, 7:59 AM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has launched an online appointment application for the federal Women, Infants and Children program. The online application allows potential clients to notify the organization of their interest in receiving services so an agency representative can follow up with them to schedule an appointment.

WIC is a nutrition program for pregnant and postpartum mothers, infants and children younger than the age of 5. More than 50 percent of all infants born in Oklahoma are enrolled for WIC services. The program offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods and improved access to health care and social services to women and children with low to moderate income. WIC Director Terry Bryce said the online application is a tool to make the enrollment process more convenient. Applicants will be asked to submit their contact information and answer a few questions which will help determine their eligibility.

“We hope this tool will help mothers reduce the time they have to spend in the clinic,” said Bryce. “We will still schedule an appointment to provide services, but this will help speed the application process and coordinate the scheduling of appointments. As a government service, we look for any opportunity to use technology that improves the customer experience.”

Over time, studies indicate the obesity rate for children participating in the Oklahoma WIC program has decreased, and the intakes of iron, vitamin C and B6 have increased. The program currently serves more than 15,800 pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women; more than 17,300 infants and 32,000 children up to the age of 5.

The online appointment application is available here. After completing the form, a representative of the nearest WIC site will contact the applicant. For assistance or to get help in person, those interested can call or walk-in to any WIC office. To find the nearest WIC office, call 1-888-655-2942.

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Friday, August 9, 2019, 9:54 AM

The colorful Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit will be located at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1715 Wewoka Street, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, to offer free screenings to Muskogee residents for several serious health problems. The screening unit is sponsored by Muskogee Noon Lions Club. The church is also sponsoring a health fair with displays in the church fellowship hall. Volunteers from the church and Lions Club will staff the screening unit.

Lions for a healthy Oklahoma is addressing the most critical health issues in Oklahoma. Free health screenings and information on obesity, tests for glaucoma, diabetes, cholesterol, visual acuity, basic lung function, and high blood pressure are all included. Bone density screening is available, usually for women over 40 years old. Osteoporosis, especially in women over 40 years old, is a critical concern. Glaucoma and diabetes are two of the major causes of blindness and often are not discovered until irreversible damage has occurred. Undetected high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can be life threatening.

The Lions unit will provide screenings only, not diagnoses. The results will be given to the person being screened to take to his or her personal health care provider.

The church will also hold its Back to School Bash and Youth Explosion at 5 p.m. For information, all Maryland Guidry, 918-310-3485.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:59 AM

Cherokee Nation operators Mary Washington, Janice McCarter and Rufina Crittenden visit with Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. following his announcement that the tribe’s minimum wage will go from $9.50 to $11 per hour starting Oct. 1.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Wednesday that he will sign an executive order raising Cherokee Nation’s minimum wage to $11 an hour. The tribe’s current minimum wage is $9.50 per hour, already well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Through the increase, fulltime employees currently earning $9.50 per hour will make an additional $3,120 annually. The increases will affect 415 government employees who currently earn less than $11 per hour, including 99 earning the existing minimum wage of $9.50 per hour. Raises will also positively impact 1,382 government employees earning between $11 and less than $15 per hour.

The change to the tribe’s minimum wage is part of Hoskin’s first 100 days of office initiatives. This will be his first executive order as principal chief.

“Our 3,850 Cherokee Nation employees are the backbone of our government. Raising the minimum wage is going to be life-changing for them and their families at a time when the costs of goods and services continue to rise,” Hoskin said. “For months, I have listened to the concerns of our tribal employees and sought guidance from the Council of the Cherokee Nation. I promised them I would put together a plan that is both fiscally responsible and allows employees to rest easier knowing they will be able to better make ends meet. I’m proud this will be one of my first acts as Principal Chief. This pay increase is absolutely the right thing to do, and this is the right time to do it.”

Cherokee Nation employees are also eligible for health, dental and life insurance; a 401k matching plan; paid vacation and sick leave; and other perks such as educational reimbursement and a holiday bonus.

Deputy Chief-elect Bryan Warner said these benefits coupled with the tribe’s new $11 per hour minimum wage will allow the Cherokee Nation to continue being an economic force for the state and an employer of choice for northeast Oklahoma.

“Taking care of Cherokee Nation employees and their families is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” Warner said. “These women and men are on the frontlines of providing vital services to the Cherokee people. When we pay employees a competitive wage, they not only benefit by having more money to pay bills and to put into savings, but the Cherokee Nation as a whole benefits because our quality of life is improved.”

Hoskin announced the minimum wage increase at the new W.W. Hastings outpatient health facility in Tahlequah during a surprise visit with more than 100 employees who will be affected by the change.

“This announcement makes me feel very appreciated. I had tears in my eyes when Chief-elect Hoskin made the announcement, I was so happy,” said Michelle Keys, a Cherokee Nation Human Services clerk. “The employees deserve it. We work really hard and to be appreciated this way, it makes me feel loved. When we received merit raises each year in the past, I always took the lump sum because something would come up where I needed it, like an emergency, and I might not otherwise be able to pay for it. So raising the minimum wage is pretty awesome.”

Hoskin said the Cherokee Nation’s pay increase is possible due to strong financial stewardship of Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s administration over the past eight years.

The executive order will take effect Oct. 1. Funding for the wage increases is part of the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, subject to approval by the Council of the Cherokee Nation later this month.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 7:39 AM

Stanley Williams, 80, and Christopher Dugan, 21, were both hurt in a head-on collision about five miles west of Muskogee yesterday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Williams was driving a 2018 Ford Transit van east on Oklahoma 16 and Dugan was driving a 2014 Ford F150 pick west. Williams went left of center, according to the patrol, and Dugan steered to his left to avoid a collision. Williams, however, corrected his vehicle and struck Dugan head-on. Williams’ vehicle then left the roadway to the right, struck some construction equipment and caught on fire.

Both men were transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa, where they were admitted with head, arm, leg, internal and external injuries. Both men were wearing seatbelts.

UPDATE: Multiple family members have called to say Williams was driving the truck and Dugan was driving the van. This report is based on the Oklahoma Highway Patrol report, however, and they have not corrected their report to reflect that.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 3:25 PM

Police and ambulances are responding to a possible drowning near 24th and Border Streets.

No other details are available at this time.

UPDATE 3:43 P.M.: EMS confirmed they have transported one patient in critical condition to the Muskogee hospital.

Muskogee Police Officer Jeramie Garcia said officers found the adult male and started CPR until EMS arrived.

The victim was alive when police last saw him and when EMS took him to the hospital.

UPDATE: Aug. 8: The victim passed away en route to the hospital, according to a family member.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:40 PM

On Wednesday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will present a Community Forum: Know Your Rights Training at the Muskogee Civic Center. This event is open to all members of the community.

Modern-day debtors’ prisons result from the unconstitutional jailing of people who are unable to pay court fines, fees, and costs. Many Oklahomans are at serious risk of being jailed without inquiry into their ability to pay, and are often denied the right to counsel and basic due process protections. Learn about these rights and gain tips for interacting with the judicial and educational systems.

Members of both the Criminal Justice Project and Educational Opportunities Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will be present, and a member of the Mexican Consulate will be available for additional questions.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St.

Light snacks and refreshment will be provided.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 8:51 AM

State Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee) today commented on the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Muskogee and the Hotel Muskogee being added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The church, currently named The Praise Center Family Church, at 304 N. 7th; and the Hotel Muskogee, at 26 W. Broadway, were selected by the National Park Service for the designation. The properties also are listed in the State Register of Historic Places.

“I’m pleased these properties in Muskogee were chosen for this recognition,” Frix said. “This will help us preserve these pieces of our local heritage and allow the property owners special protections.”

According to the National Register, the 1923 First Church of Christ, Scientist, is an excellent local example of a late 19th to early 20th Century revival/mission revival-style building and was nominated for architectural significance under criterion c for the year 1923. The building retains its integrity of location, setting, design, materials, and workmanship and still provides the feeling and association of a neighborhood worship center. More about the church can be read here.

The Hotel Muskogee, meanwhile, was built in 1922 and 1923 and opened in 1923. It is listed as locally significant under criterion in the area of social history for the years 1923-1969. The hotel served primarily male sales representatives involved in manufacturing and wholesale distribution. Because of this narrow clientele, the hotel is said to illustrate the gendered nature of a growing “business culture” in America, which changed after 1969.

From the mid-1920s through the 1940s, the Hotel Muskogee represented the link between the nation’s commerce and that of Muskogee and also the segregation of the genders in the business world. The Register lists that the building retains a high degree of integrity of location and setting. More about the hotel can be read here.

The National Register is the Federal Government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation. It is authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and part of the National Park Service. Places are selected for the quality of their significance in American history, architecture, archeology or culture, among other reasons.

Properties listed on the National Register qualify for certain federal tax credits and other protections.

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Monday, August 5, 2019, 8:01 AM

Colton Edwards, Phillip Lemont Jones Jr, Jobe Terronez, Jakeydious Key and Jaysea Williams are charged in Muskogee County District Court with conspiracy, conjoint robbery and shooting with the intent to kill after an alleged crime spree in Haskell on the night of July 30.

First, the group is accused of kicking in a door where a teenage girl was alone, stealing money and a television and running the girl over with a car as they left. Then they proceeded to another residence where they allegedly kicked in the door and began shooting at the resident, who was sleeping on a couch beside the door. The house also contained another adult and a child. The shots were fired from an SKS rifle into the couch, according to police.

The break-in victim identified Colton Edwards to police as the shooter. The house’s other resident appeared from the back of the residence and began to return fire. The five men then fled from the residence while the resident continued to fire at them. A black Audi vehicle registered to Terronez was later found on Taft road with bullet holes, a shredded tire, smashed window and blood on the inside.

Police then responded to a call from Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee for people suffering from gunshot wounds: Jones, Edwards, Williams Terronez and Key. Jones, Williams and Edwards were then taken to the Tulsa Saint Francis, where they underwent surgery.

One suspect told police it was Terronez’s plan to go to that specific address. He also told police three firearms had been thrown from the vehicle while they were fleeing.

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Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:18 AM

Cherokee Nation citizen Lola McKinzie visits with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. and future first lady January Hoskin at her home which received a new roof recently through the home rehabilitation program.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-Elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Thursday a $30 million plan that will repair hundreds of Cherokee homes, remodel community buildings and create construction jobs all across northeastern Oklahoma.

The Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act of 2019 is part of Hoskin’s first 100 days of office initiatives. Hoskin officially becomes Principal Chief on Aug. 14.

“We are focused on improving communities at the grassroots level within the Cherokee Nation. That means investing in our citizens’ homes and the community buildings where Cherokees gather,” Hoskin said. “The improvements mean our most vulnerable citizens, including low-income elderly and disabled Cherokees, can get the help they need after waiting sometimes years for assistance. Additionally, investing in our community buildings means state-of-the-art improvements, including solar power and other energy saving measures, to the places where many of our citizens of all ages gather.”

Additionally, the housing rehab construction will create a wide array of jobs for contractors, and those dollars will have a significant multiplier effect in local communities as goods and services are purchased. This strategic endeavor is forward-thinking and will add to Cherokee Nation’s continued investment in northeastern Oklahoma, he said.

The Cherokee Nation currently has 668 low-income Cherokee families needing housing rehabilitation, which includes the need for new roofs, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, wheel chair ramps or removing environmental hazards such as lead. More than 400 on the list are Cherokee elders or citizens with disabilities.

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Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:46 AM

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Tara Nichol Wixom, 35, of Muskogee is charged with felony child neglect in Muskogee County District Court after her three children, 12, 9 and 3 were found in a house that was filthy and dangerous, according to information filed with the case.

The house in which they were living had dangerous power and hand tools laying within reach of the children, trash and feces on the floor and “large holes in the floor” that led to a 10-foot drop to a basement floor.

The house also had mold on the walls, no running water and the only lighting available was provided by an extension cord that was moved from room to room, according to police.

A warrant has been issued for Wixom’s arrest.

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Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:38 AM

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Paultricia Olivia Walker, 39, of Muskogee is charged with two felonies — desertion of a child and permitting abuse — after she allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine while giving birth on June 12. The next day, against the advice of doctors, Walker allegedly left the hospital, abandoning the child there.

Doctors are testing the child’s cord blood for methamphetamine, and the child has been placed with a guardian.

Walker was previously convicted of felony possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute and sentenced to 20 years in prison suspended. The suspended sentence was revoked on Feb. 2, 2018.

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Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:28 AM

Emma Mitchell

Emma Lee Mitchell, 49, of Muskogee is charged with felony child neglect and first-degree burglary in Muskogee County District Court after an incident in which she allegedly dropped off her two children with a man who was unable to care for them due to failing health.

The children, 11 and 9, were allegedly left in the man’s front yard after a male with Mitchell kicked in the front door to the residence. Mitchell is alleged to have told the man inside the house that she “did not want to take care of them anymore,” according to an affidavit filed with the case. She and the other male then drove off, leaving the children behind, according to the affidavit.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019, 7:59 AM

Matilda is the perfect role model for children who love the written word, and she’s a reminder that being well-read is a powerful tool. Matilda’s one safe haven is the library, a place where she can devour as many stories as she wants until it is time to go back to her literary-devoid home life. Books are her escape. Knowledge is her escape.

Matilda is a reminder that children have power to control their own educations, and reading is a big part of that. For Matilda, reading opened up doors she doesn’t even know exists.

As part of its presentation of Matilda, The Muskogee Little Theater is hosting a children’s book drive. When you go to see the show, bring a gently-used children’s book to donate. After the run of the show, the theater intends to donate the books to the Martin Luther King Center’s after-school program.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 4:43 PM

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested two people in connection with the shooting yesterday in Haskell, where four people were injured.

Jobe Anthony Terronez, 18, and Jakeyvious Key, 18, are both facing first-degree burglary charges and are being held without bond in the Muskogee County Jail, according to the agency.

No one inside the home was injured in the gunfire.


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