THUMBS UP to local business owner Dan Morris for giving back to the community by helping others acquire reliable transportation.
New guidelines announced this week by Gov. Kevin Stitt intended to promote in-person attendance at school during what we can only hope is the peak of a pandemic defy common sense.
Regardless of how hard state and local health officials work, the lack of a coordinated national response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper mitigation efforts.
A recent story in The Atlantic pointed out something that most folks in Cherokee County already know: Many young people in their 20s and early 30s are returning home to live with their parents — at least, temporarily.
It's unfortunate state leaders opted out when the White House Coronavirus Task Force decided to offer its weekly report only to those who request it.
City councilors are doing what they can to help business owners stay in business during the pandemic by waiving municipal license fees, but we must all do our part to help our friends and neighbors save their businesses.
Life could return to a pre-pandemic state by the end of next year IF 75% to 80% of the U.S. population takes part in the vaccination campaign that is being phased in across the nation.
Celestial events this week offered an opportunity for those who took time to pause and reflect on a year unlike any ever imagined and marvel about a cosmic event likened to the Christmas Star of Bethlehem.
It's a now-familiar plea that should be heeded this time above all others. Health officials are begging people not to travel and have big family gatherings during the Christmas and New Year's season.
Efforts to roll back rules requiring safer disposal of toxic coal ash was an exercise in futility. It was a waste of tax dollars revising the rules in the first instance, and it will be an even greater waste defending legal challenges.
It's increasingly apparent that a number of Americans - perhaps a majority - need a course in basic civics, plus pocket copies of the Constitution. It's equally obvious many citizens do not value a free press or the free exchange of ideas - unless, that is, they like what they see and hear.
I realize I’m just a simple newspaper columnist, but it seems having a lame-duck U.S. president openly advocating a coup is a really bad and insane thing, yet the people who most loudly call themselves patriots don’t appear to give a whit.
If Senate Bill 19 passes, it would make assaults on law enforcement officers a hate crime that would be punishable by serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and we think that is too extreme.
Creating a tax increment finance (TIF) district to build 120 homes on a 40-acre tract on the city's east side is a good way to provide more new homes in the city and increase the amount of ad valorem taxes for the city.
An ordinance that will take effect Jan. 30 makes an exception to smoking marijuana at outdoor events that promote medical marijuana at city-owned venues.
Implementing a policy that allows health care professionals to continue working with patients after testing positive for the novel coronavirus exposes a system crumbling due to the demands of a poorly managed pandemic.
THUMBS UP to Rich Schaus who plans to jump out of plane to raise awareness about inmates being released from custody with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
An abrupt about face by state health officials provides "some flexibility" for school districts attempting to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases among students and staff.
City leaders are taking action that will help provide new housing on Muskogee's east side, and we're excited to see new homes will be constructed.
Once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas shoppers take to the streets in earnest, and this year, we hope everyone does some shopping at some of the many small businesses in our city.
Capturing the power of the sun to generate electricity for Muskogee Civic Center will pay dividends that go far beyond the municipal utility bill.
THUMBS UP to the employees of Muskogee Parks and Recreation who spent countless hours preparing for the annual Garden of Lights.
THUMBS UP to Fort Gibson’s 4-H Club. The group will collect canned or other non-perishable food Saturday afternoon, and we hope their efforts will be fruitful.
It appears mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus in Oklahoma now — at a time when hospitals fill to overflow capacity and the number of new cases chart a vertical path to new highs — might best be achieved by eradicating top health officials.
Thursday marks the anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to smoke-free lives. The Great American Smokeout, which has been helping people quit tobacco for more than 40 years, provides an opportunity for everyone to encourage people to use th…
Oklahomans turned out in record numbers for this year's presidential election, overcoming a multitude of obstacles to take part in the ultimate act of self-governance: voting.
THUMBS UP to State Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, who plans to file legislation to modernize the state's radio/telecommunications infrastructure. He wants to establish a statewide radio network for first responders, and this sounds like a great idea.
Hospital capacity continues to shrink across the state as COVID-19 numbers escalate, the consequence of a decision made months ago to manage the COVID-19 pandemic as a political issue rather than a public health crisis,
Oklahoma voters not only cast ballots for president last week, they voted down a state question many hoped would end overcrowding in our prisons.
Following the announcement Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, President Donald Trump ought to concede and leave office with more dignity than he has shown as commander-in-chief.
An Oklahoma Watch investigation into the use of social media by some politicians in the state and their political parties reveals a disturbing pattern of abhorrent behavior.
THUMBS UP to to Muskogee County Assessor Ron Dean, Treasurer Robyn Boswell and their offices for seeing to it that property owners would be receiving ad valorem tax statements arriving by the statutory deadline this year.
A law that authorizes public bodies to convene meetings in virtual settings will expire mid-November even as the novel coronavirus continues to spread through communities unabated in many instances.
When U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin spoke to the Greater Muskogee Manufacturers Alliance, he said there’s a 50% chance of a government shutdown following the election.
This Week's Circulars
Hubert Glenn Cole passed from this life on January 14, 2021, at his home near Okay in the presence of his wife. Glen was 85 years, 4 months and 23 days of age. Glenn was born in rural Wagoner County, near Porter, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1935, third child, second son of Elmer and Violet (Boot…
94, former Checotah educator, passed away 1/12/2021 in Jenks, OK. No Viewing. Visitation 9AM-4PM Monday. Garrett Family Funeral Home Checotah. Funeral Service 1PM Tuesday, 1/19/2021 First Baptist Church, Checotah. Burial Coleman Cemetery.
85, died January 14, 2021. Viewing 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 at funeral home. Service 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 20 at Chandler Road Church of Christ, Muskogee. Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory, Wagoner
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- Local artist, shelter director mourned
- Federal Grand Jury criminal indictments announced
- School Board to hire Travis Hill as Muskogee High head football coach
- Muskogee men plead guilty to attempted robbery
- Death toll continues to climb in Muskogee County
- Checotah woman, fetus die in crash, OHP says
- Cherokee Nation establishes first hunting, fishing reserves
- Miller an Edward Jones principal
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