A Sunday afternoon fire in the concession area of Apex Cinema, 2812 W. Shawnee Bypass, caused the theater's evacuation and sent two people to the hospital.

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A fire at Apex Cinema, 2812 W. Shawnee Bypass has resulted in the theater being evacuated.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are pushing the bounds of a decades-old scientific method to study the origins of osteoarthritis. 

WASHINGTON — Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) will hold a telephone town hall for Oklahomans at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The call will last approximately one hour.

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This week I had a conversation with a man named Jon Tatum who, like me, is a transplant to Muskogee. Mr. Tatum and I were discussing how much livelier Muskogee is than you might think at first glance.


Threatening storm clouds and the beginnings of rain couldn’t stop the enthusiasm at Eight Ten Ranch and Cattle Company on Saturday night for both the party and the cause.


Longtime Muskogee educator Jenny Jamison has taken the reins as executive director for Lake Area United Way where she hopes to continue teaching, just on a larger scale.


A man was killed and a woman hospitalized following a collision between a motorcycle and a 2007 Dodge Nitro on York Street on Friday night.

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A Tahlequah woman faces a charge of child neglect after she allegedly left her children unattended in a running car, according to court documents.


WEBBERS FALLS — Weeks after the Arkansas River has receded from near-record flood levels, water laps high up the slope leading to Webbers Falls Mayor Sandy Wright's house. A tree stands a few yards away, partially submerged, revealing that the water remains higher than normal.

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The Muskogee Police Department has released a short presentation ahead of approaching Independence Day celebrations as a reminder of safe and legal firework practices.

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TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State University has announced Dan Mabery will be the next vice president of University Relations following the retirement of Ben Hardcastle.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-seven Oklahomans were recently selected as members of The Nature Conservancy’s 2019-20 Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy (OCLA), and one of them works as a naturalist at Sequoyah State Park: Angelina Stancampiano.

TAHLEQUAH — Twenty-one cyclists from the 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride arrived in Tahlequah on Thursday, finishing their three-week journey that retraced the northern route of the Trail of Tears.

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TAHLEQUAH — The U.S. Navy is naming its newest rescue ship the “Cherokee Nation” to honor the service and contributions the Cherokee people have made to the Navy and Marine Corps.

Army surgeon John Brown emigrated from Scotland in the early 1800s. The government assigned him to accompany the Seminole tribe on their hazardous journey along the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma. His children would emerge as leaders of the Seminole Nation from 1832 to 1935.

A Tulsa woman faces charges of child neglect and driving under the influence of alcohol after she was allegedly found driving drunk with two children in her car, court documents state.


A long-dormant location on Muskogee's northeast side will return to life this fall as an outlet store.

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Messages exchanged by a mayor and sheriff sparked a debate on social media about whether the Wagoner County community of Okay attempted to leverage traffic enforcement to offset reduced tax revenue. 


Disasters like the recent floods often unite communities as people come together to help out their neighbors — they also present opportunities exploited by some to take advantage of others. 

OSU Center for Health Sciences Center for Wellness & Recovery is presenting a week-long Opioid Epidemic Response event July 22-28 at the Cherokee County Community Building, 908 S. College Ave., Tahlequah.

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host an elderberry workshop on July 13, at the Kerr Center ranch near Poteau.

TAHLEQUAH — Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. said former Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory Jordan to lead the transition team in preparation for his new administration.

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Caleb Q. Olzawski graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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James Heistand, 85, services 10 am Tuesday June 25, 2019 Church On The Word in Warner. Interment in Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

Carl Leo Schroder was born to Winifred (Baugh) Schroder and Cecil Schroder, on September 16th, 1947. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and Northeastern State University in 1970. Carl worked as a plumber for Kelly Haynes, R.B. Jones and Don Walters and then established his own plu…

67, retired school counselor at Muskogee Public Schools, passed Tuesday, 06/18/2019. Service Info: 11am, Monday, June 24, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church. Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory