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  • Oologah board meetings stay put

    Oologah board meetings stay put

    By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Oologah Town Board members on Monday rejected an idea to change its meeting time and continued a search for a new police chief. A small crowd attended the special meeting to support moving the board’s meeting time from the morning to the evening. Supporters of the time change said more [...]

  • Oologah senior Tristan Owens with his medals from the USA Track and Field Nationals last month in Indiana and shows off his state championship rings.

    Owens takes National track title

    By CHRIS EDENS Sports Editor Oologah senior Tristan Owens has brought home another track championship Owens and runners from the Jenks America Track Club won a national championship last month in the 3,200m relay. The relay team took first at the USA Track and Field Nationals June 24-29 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. [...]

  • Suit claims top Sheriff’s officer provided phony affidavit

    Suit claims top Sheriff’s officer provided phony affidavit

      By JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor Copyright 2014 Oologah Lake Leader A new federal lawsuit accuses a senior Rogers County Sheriff’s supervisor of falsifying statements and documents to search for drugs, then destroying the career of a deputy who refused to lie under oath to protect him, court records show. The lawsuit, alleging violation [...]

  • We are community

    We are community

    REFLECTIONS • BY FAITH L. WYLIE, Co-publisher  I suffered culture shock when I moved to Oologah—a town of 800 people—from the Kansas City suburbs. People talked to me in the grocery store and at the cafés. Whether I had met them or not. Why are they so rude? Doesn’t anyone have any privacy? Those were [...]

  • Future planning dominates RWD4 session

    Future planning dominates RWD4 session

      By JOHN M. WYLIE Editor   Directors of Rural Water District No. 4 spent their regular meeting Friday looking towards the future. Office Manager Julie Hendrix said Jeremy Cox and Thomas Gay addressed directors about cost-saving ideas for the district ranging from reducing the cost of propane used at the water treatment plant to [...]

  • Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

    Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

    What’s Urban Golf? It’s regular golf played amidst the hazards of an urban environment with special non-destructive golf balls. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Newspaper in Education at the Oologah-Talala schools.   The tournament is Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll start with registration and refreshments at 6:00 pm at the Doug’s Grill Patio. At 6:30 pm, [...]

  • Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

    Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

    Graveside services for Earl E. Ridenhour were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Wann Cemetery in Oologah under the direction of Rice Funeral Services. Earl passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. He was 81. Born on May 30, 1933 in Oologah to Raymond and Ruth (Rogers) Ridenhour, Earl was raised and educated [...]

  • An open letter to our family

    An open letter to our family

    John M. Wylie II and Faith L. Wylie, Publishers When we came to Oologah more than 30 years go, we vowed to provide the best newspaper you had ever seen. We’ve succeeded–we are the most honored community newspaper in Oklahoma, with 16 Sequoyah awards as best newspaper of our size in the state–a state record–and [...]

  • Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

    Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

    Melissa Overcash By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Melissa Overcash was hired as the new Oologah High School Principal at Monday night’s school board meeting. Overcash came to work at Oologah in 2001 as an assistant principal at the middle school . After two years, she went to work at the high school as an assistant [...]

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Oologah board meetings stay put

Oologah board meetings stay put

[ 3 ] July 23, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Oologah Town Board members on Monday rejected an idea to change its meeting time and continued a search for a new police chief. A small crowd attended the special meeting to support moving the board’s meeting time from the morning to the evening. Supporters of the time change said more [...]

Oologah senior Tristan Owens with his medals from the USA Track and Field Nationals last month in Indiana and shows off his state championship rings.

Owens takes National track title

[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS Sports Editor Oologah senior Tristan Owens has brought home another track championship Owens and runners from the Jenks America Track Club won a national championship last month in the 3,200m relay. The relay team took first at the USA Track and Field Nationals June 24-29 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. [...]

Suit claims top Sheriff’s officer provided phony affidavit

Suit claims top Sheriff’s officer provided phony affidavit

[ 2 ] July 23, 2014

  By JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor Copyright 2014 Oologah Lake Leader A new federal lawsuit accuses a senior Rogers County Sheriff’s supervisor of falsifying statements and documents to search for drugs, then destroying the career of a deputy who refused to lie under oath to protect him, court records show. The lawsuit, alleging violation [...]

We are community

We are community

[ 1 ] July 23, 2014

REFLECTIONS • BY FAITH L. WYLIE, Co-publisher  I suffered culture shock when I moved to Oologah—a town of 800 people—from the Kansas City suburbs. People talked to me in the grocery store and at the cafés. Whether I had met them or not. Why are they so rude? Doesn’t anyone have any privacy? Those were [...]

Future planning dominates RWD4 session

Future planning dominates RWD4 session

[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

  By JOHN M. WYLIE Editor   Directors of Rural Water District No. 4 spent their regular meeting Friday looking towards the future. Office Manager Julie Hendrix said Jeremy Cox and Thomas Gay addressed directors about cost-saving ideas for the district ranging from reducing the cost of propane used at the water treatment plant to [...]

Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014

What’s Urban Golf? It’s regular golf played amidst the hazards of an urban environment with special non-destructive golf balls. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Newspaper in Education at the Oologah-Talala schools.   The tournament is Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll start with registration and refreshments at 6:00 pm at the Doug’s Grill Patio. At 6:30 pm, [...]

Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

[ 0 ] July 20, 2014

Graveside services for Earl E. Ridenhour were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Wann Cemetery in Oologah under the direction of Rice Funeral Services. Earl passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. He was 81. Born on May 30, 1933 in Oologah to Raymond and Ruth (Rogers) Ridenhour, Earl was raised and educated [...]

An open letter to our family

An open letter to our family

[ 2 ] July 16, 2014

John M. Wylie II and Faith L. Wylie, Publishers When we came to Oologah more than 30 years go, we vowed to provide the best newspaper you had ever seen. We’ve succeeded–we are the most honored community newspaper in Oklahoma, with 16 Sequoyah awards as best newspaper of our size in the state–a state record–and [...]

Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

Melissa Overcash By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Melissa Overcash was hired as the new Oologah High School Principal at Monday night’s school board meeting. Overcash came to work at Oologah in 2001 as an assistant principal at the middle school . After two years, she went to work at the high school as an assistant [...]

Patriot Guard rides for Osburn

Patriot Guard rides for Osburn

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

By JARRETT HOBBS Leader writer Motorcyclist from across Oklahoma united Friday in Talala to pay tribute to the life and service of Gary Osburn. “As a proud American Osburn enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in Vietnam and receiving both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, he also received the National Defense Service [...]