State lawmakers sat down this week and began the arduous task of deciding how to spend nearly $1.87 billion being made available from the American Rescue Plan.
For those who harbored doubts about the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent demands made by a group of Republican lawmakers should have cleared those up.
We have to find a way to get people vaccinated. The Delta variant appears to be a powerful foe for those who don’t think they need protection against COVID-19.
Not all Muskogee youth are spending their summer in front of a screen or electronic device. About 75 students spent part of their summer doing good things to help Muskogee residents who need a little help, and we’re grateful for the church leaders who help direct youth to help others.
THUMBS UP to Deputy Mayor Derrick Reed for wrangling the support of other city officials, the Muskogee County Health Department and others helping to boost vaccination rates and protect our community against the novel coronavirus and emerging variants.
There’s no doubt that left-wing culture warriors have done great harm to the Democratic cause. Some of it is mere foolishness. I’ve never forgotten being chided at a college talk several years ago for using the word “murderess” to describe a character in my book “Widow’s Web” who shot her hu…
It’s not easy to run a hideous dictatorship and still have fans and defenders in fashionable quarters, but the Castro regime has managed it for decades.
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is offering an invaluable service to schools and child care facilities at no cost — we hope the participation rate improves.
Imagine walking down a cobbled road from a quaint cottage in a fairytale town to a public square to hear the news and exchange ideas. There, a town crier shouts, “Hear ye! Hear ye!” to attract the attention of onlookers. Here, citizens can address issues that are important to them, such as the price of whale oil and tax hikes on barley and hops.
Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it’s hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults -- about 4.4 million citizens -- are currently under some sort of community supervision.
I will be working closely with a joint legislative committee that has been appointed to help prioritize the spending of Oklahoma state government’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds – about $1.9 billion.
It’s been over a month since session adjourned, but work is ongoing. From budget meetings to various committees and caucuses, the Capitol is never quiet. The new fiscal year began on July 1, meaning the Fiscal Year 2022 budget we approved this session went into effect, along with 75 new laws…
There are serious issues that need to be addressed in this state, but there are some Oklahoma lawmakers who would rather waste time — and the taxpayers' dime — on a more trivial matter.
It appears a groundswell of support is growing in Washington for independent producers who were put at a competitive disadvantage as a result of agricultural policies that favored corporate consolidation of the markets.
There can be little doubt about the connection between an upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases and large summer gatherings that have become more frequent.
While politicians in Washington continue to play games with an urgently needed $1 trillion infrastructure relief bill, the nation was hit full force with the cost of ignoring what needs to be rebuilt in this country.
This weekend Americans will celebrate the 245th anniversary of this nation's founding — a holiday that commemorates a declaration of independence from Great Britain.
My childhood faith was nurtured at the tail-end of the flannel board Sunday School era. And a prime staple of those godly grandma-led lessons was: Idols are bad. Baal is one I remember in particular; his prophets got smoked quite literally in an early precursor to today’s barbecue competitions.
If anyone harbored doubts about the Grand Old Party's win-at-all-costs strategy, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared that up Thursday.
Revelations about the planned closure of a 19th century prison in northwest Oklahoma provides more proof of a pattern and practice of secrecy in the governor's office.
A recent summit to teach how to deal with trauma drew a crowd of volunteers, educators and law enforcement officers, and we think it should be an annual event.
Ongoing staffing issues at Oklahoma prisons threatens the safety of both inmates and employees — it's a problem that must be corrected.
We're glad to see a local church and the state have stepped up to help residents who may need a helping hand with the rent, mortgage or utility bills.
Landing an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Oklahoma is a huge victory, the taste of which is made sweeter by the company's siting decision.
This Week's Circulars
100, Salesman for Nabisco, passed Tuesday July 27, 2021 Funeral service: 11AM, Monday, August 2, 2021 @ New Hope Baptist Church, Muskogee, OK. Services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, Muskogee, Oklahoma
76, truck driver, passed away Sunday 07/25/2021. Celebration of Life 2:00PM Tuesday, 08/03/2021 at Fort Gibson National Cemetery Pavilion. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com
91, Rural Postal Carrier, passed Tuesday, July 27, 2021 service: 10AM, Saturday, July 31, 2021 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, Muskogee, Oklahoma
- Person of interest identified in copper theft
- Tahlequah Police: Man barricaded with gun taken into custody
- Federal jury convicts final member of drug trafficking organization
- 63 of 77 Oklahoma counties in Moderate risk level
- Women flee burning house
- Area team in Little League Softball regional final, qualifies for World Series
- Muskogee man convicted of aggravated sexual abuse
- House fire on Cherry Street
- CHAMPS! Area team wins regional, on way to Little League Softball World Series (updated)
- Okie from Muskogee: Leeds enjoys life outdoors