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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.

OKLAHOMA CITY – OG&E received top honors recently for its safety performance among 18 utilities participating in the Southeast Electric Exchange (SEE). The SEE, a nonprofit association of investor-owned utilities, gives its Safety Performance Award annually to one member company in recog…

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Unprecedented flooding halted shipping activities in mid-May at the Port of Muskogee, and officials said it may be some time before it picks up again. 

TTCU Federal Credit Union has been ranked as one of “America’s Best in State Credit Unions” by Forbes magazine. TTCU was one of three Oklahoma credit unions to receive this honor.

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine among its “Best-In-State Banks” for the second consecutive year. Arvest received the recognition for its banks in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


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TULSA – Arvest Bank launched its annual Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. The bank announced that with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a record total of 2.4 million meals…

A strong fourth quarter turned what city officials expected would be a flat year for sales tax revenue into one with more than 2 percent annual growth when compared to the previous year. 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Morgan Copeland and Justin Calvert, both with Firstar Bank in Muskogee, recently completed the Oklahoma Bankers Association 2019 Intermediate School at the Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City. Copeland and Calvert were among 37 students who attended the two-session school in…

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The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants recently honored its 30-, 40- and 50-year members at the organization’s 101st annual Members Meeting on June 7, in Broken Arrow. Two CPAs from Muskogee were among those honored.

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas – Arvest Bank recently won a Silver Anvil Award for its 2018 1 Million Meals Campaign at a ceremony held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Muskogee-area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Kimberly White has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2019.

The Muskogee Phoenix Advertising Department brought home a second place award at the Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest Awards during the OPA Annual Convention, June 7-8, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee.


Dorothy missed a chance to take shelter during a 1939 Kansas tornado and, instead, experienced a "Wizard of Oz" adventure few movie viewers ever forget.

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Funeral Service 1:00pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Muskogee. Viewing Tuesday 11am-12:30pm at New Hope Assembly of God Church.

71, Truck Driver for ODOT, Died September 16, 2019. Funeral Service Monday, September 23 at 1:00 pm at Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Porter, OK. Visitation Sunday from 3:00-5:00 pm at Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory, Wagoner.

60, Supervisor, passed Thursday, September 17, 2019. Service is 11:00am Monday, September 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St., Muskogee, OK 74403.