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Dunham Sports will hold a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Friday at the new Shawnee Crossing location, 2346 E. Shawnee Bypass, according to a release from the company.

In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, maurices announces its partnership with Blue Star Families to support local military families. For every gift card purchased now until Veterans Day on Nov. 11, maurices will donate $1 to Blue Star Families – with up to $20,000 in donations.

ANKENY, Iowa — Today through Nov. 15, Casey’s General Store is hosting a round-up promotion to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

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Dear Helaine: My husband and I split expenses 65/35 because he came in to the relationship with far more money and earnings than I did. This worked fine for a long time, but I felt burdened with the housework, and I recently asked him to do more. His response was that he already was contribu…

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chris Pearson, with Firstar Bank in Muskogee, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association Consumer Lending School in Oklahoma City.


Barge traffic resumed along the upper reaches of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System just in time to keep third-quarter tonnage from being a bust at the Port of Muskogee after damage caused by near-record flooding and related events closed the channel four months. 

Muskogee deposited its largest October sales tax check since 2007 this month, due at least in part to strong retail sales of clothing, groceries, auto parts and medical marijuana. 

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Dear Helaine: I am a 64-year-old woman with two problems that will contribute to my being homeless sometime in the future. In 2003, I began dental implant procedures to replace several teeth. I suffered through rejection and a jaw infection, and I couldn't place implants where I had the infe…

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John Newby, the executive director of Main Street Muskogee will be stepping down as the executive director effective the end of October. He has accepted a new role returning to the news-media industry working with several media companies throughout the country. He will be assisting in the de…

Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate recently hosted its 24th annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference where they awarded Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen their Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate members for their outstanding peer recognition, relentl…

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Navigation resumed this week along the uppermost reaches of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System after being closed to barge traffic for more than four months.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has approved nearly $37 million in claims to Oklahomans for damages from the severe storms and flooding that took place this spring.

Dunham’s Sports is hiring for the Muskogee location at North York Street and East Shawnee Bypass. Positions available are team members/cashiers, key team leaders and team managers.

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As part of a strategic leadership transition, Armstrong Bank's Board of Directors has chosen Ryan Quidley as president of the organization. In addition, Billy Taylor, who has held the position of president and CEO for many years, will remain in his role as CEO of Armstrong Bank and will cont…

Oklahoma gas prices have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26/g Tuesday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 15.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, yet stand 34.0 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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Dear Helaine: Earlier this week, I met one of my gal pals for lunch at a restaurant near my home. As the waiter cleaned the table, a plate slipped and sauce spilled on my friend's dress. 

NORMAN – Chuck Thompson, CEO of Republic Bank & Trust, Dr. Sinclair Armstrong Jr., Chairman of Ironhorse Financial Group, and Billy Taylor, CEO of Armstrong Bank, said their respective boards of directors have entered into a definitive agreement for Republic Bank & Trust to merge wit…


BOSTON – With Labor Day and the close to summer driving season on the horizon, gasoline prices this Labor Day are set to be lower than last year for everyone, but some are still putting in more “labor” to fill their tanks, according to GasBuddy, the smartphone app helping consumers avoid pay…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Board of Director's approved to increase the brand registration and renewal fee from $20 to $40 during a special meeting held Aug. 24.


Clean Pro, a locally owned and operated cleaning and restoration company, recently became an Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification-certified firm, formalizing their longstanding commitment to implementing quality industry standards and professional training.

TULSA — Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF), a division of Arvest Bank, has been recognized by MonitorDaily, a leading publication of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

TTCU Federal Credit Union states in a news release that it paid $798,724 in member rewards dividends at the end of the second quarter. Year-to-date, TTCU has distributed over $1.5 million in member rewards.


Newly minted tourism director for the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce, Justin O'Neal, has a pitch he uses whenever he's trying to attract attention to the town.

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Near-record flooding in late May halted barge traffic along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System through this past week, and it could be September before "the channel is open to Oklahoma ports."

ATLANTA — Holiday Inn Express Muskogee received the IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) 2018 5 of 5 Winning Metrics Award based on achieving guest experience goals. These goals are based on key metrics that bring the brand to life for every hotel guest. It takes every team member's commitmen…

The Potts Family Foundation will recognize 32 businesses from seven locations across the state at the second annual Family Positive Workplace Awards Ceremony 10 a.m. Aug. 7, at the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association, 420 E. Britton Road in Oklahoma City. Presenting the awards will be …

FORT GIBSON — SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah received the Chairman's Silver award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th annual convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company w…

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Arvest Bank announced that its mortgage division has originated more than $1 billion in mortgage loans for the 17th year in a row. That includes both purchase-money and refinance loans. This is the earliest the bank has reached the $1 billion mark since 2013.

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Good first impressions are important when starting a business. In fact, your first few weeks might be some of the most crucial to get right. Starting off on the right foot can make or break a fledgling enterprise.

FORT GIBSON — U-Haul Company of Oklahoma Inc. is pleased to announce that A Flower Can has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Fort Gibson community.

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89, Retired Business Manager at Muskogee Women's Clinic, passed Sunday, 11/10/2019. Service Info:10:30AM, Saturday, 11/16/2019 at Southeast Baptist Church. Family Visitation: 5:30PM-7:30PM, Thursday, 11/15/2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

A Loving Tribute to Lorri from her Family. Lorri Gayle White Tedder was born August 18, 1964 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Lewis G. White Jr. and Margaret Sullivan White. Her family lived in Muskogee, Tulsa, and eventually made their home in Porter, Oklahoma. Lorri attended Porter Schools and gra…