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    Nowata man killed in 169 crash

    Giles Vaughn Jr., 48, of Nowata was killed in a collision about 6:40 this morning just north of Talala on US 169. According to the Highway Patrol, Vaughn was southbound on US 169 and went left of center for an unknown reason. The oncoming Freightliner semi, driven by Shawn Denham, 43, of Tulsa, tried to [...]

  • WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUMS Honoring Will Rogers and Wiley Post On 13 August 1935, Will Rogers and Wiley Post spent the day in Fairbanks, Alaska. There they met with famous Alaskan aviator Joe Crosson, and while in Fairbanks, they would eventually run in to famous dogsled musher, Leonhard Seppala. Here you can see all four of them together in Fairbanks before Rogers and Post departed for Barrow.

    Fly-In set Aug. 13 at Birthplace

    By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Organizers are building on last year’s huge success of holding the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In on the Saturday closest to anniversary of the airplane crash that killed both famed Oklahomans. This year’s event will be Saturday, Aug. 13, commemorating the Aug. 15, 1935 crash near Barrow, Alaska, and is [...]

  • Federal Grand Jury indicts Leaverton

    Federal Grand Jury indicts Leaverton

    Jesse Bud Leaverton of Talala has been indicted on three counts of bank robbery by a Federal Grand Jury. Leaverton was arrested on June 30 near Springfield, Missouri. The Department of Justice says: Jesse Bud Leaverton. Bank Robbery. Leaverton, 59, of Talala, is charged with three counts of bank robbery. He is accused of robbing [...]

  • Leader/Carolyn Estes.  Honoring those who served on the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. The “partnership” celebration brought Will Rogers Memorial Commission members from the past to join the most recent members. The group dedicated a tree on the grounds in honor of Commission’s contributions. Past Commissioners Argene Clanton of Vinita, Paul Johnson of Tulsa, Pat Crume, Judge Steve Pazzo, Ted Jones and Cara Cowan Watts, along with Steve Turnbo of Tulsa, Philip Hixon of Owasso, Phil Albert, Bill Baird and Jack Spinks of Claremore and Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry of California were among celebrants.

    Fond memories, a bright future

    LAKEVIEWS By JOHN M. WYLIE II, EDITOR Last Thursday brought a mixture of nostalgia and excitement to Rogers County as preserving Will Rogers’ legacy was formally reassigned from an independent commission to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The reception that drew about 200 to the Will Rogers Memorial had some bittersweet moments but also offered bright [...]

  • Leader photo by Dawn Orwig

    1st degree manslaughter warrant issued in fatal March 14 crash near Sunnyside

    By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Copyright 2016 Oologah Lake Leader LLC  A no-bond warrant was issued today for Demario Lavon Lucas on charges of first degree manslaughter in the March 14 crash near Sunnyside Ramp that killed a 35-year-old Claremore man. Lucas, 40, of Collinsville, was driving under the influence when his speeding van [...]

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Leader photo by Faith Wylie

Nowata man killed in 169 crash

[ 3 ] July 21, 2016

Giles Vaughn Jr., 48, of Nowata was killed in a collision about 6:40 this morning just north of Talala on US 169. According to the Highway Patrol, Vaughn was southbound on US 169 and went left of center for an unknown reason. The oncoming Freightliner semi, driven by Shawn Denham, 43, of Tulsa, tried to [...]

WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUMS Honoring Will Rogers and Wiley Post On 13 August 1935, Will Rogers and Wiley Post spent the day in Fairbanks, Alaska. There they met with famous Alaskan aviator Joe Crosson, and while in Fairbanks, they would eventually run in to famous dogsled musher, Leonhard Seppala. Here you can see all four of them together in Fairbanks before Rogers and Post departed for Barrow.

Fly-In set Aug. 13 at Birthplace

[ 0 ] July 20, 2016

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Organizers are building on last year’s huge success of holding the Will Rogers/Wiley Post Fly-In on the Saturday closest to anniversary of the airplane crash that killed both famed Oklahomans. This year’s event will be Saturday, Aug. 13, commemorating the Aug. 15, 1935 crash near Barrow, Alaska, and is [...]

Service Tuesday for Dennis Ferguson

Service Tuesday for Dennis Ferguson

[ 0 ] July 16, 2016

Dennis Eugene Ferguson, 63, of Oologah, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Oologah. He was born November 9, 1952 in Tulsa to Floyd Eugene and Ida Jewell (Bradford) Ferguson. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, [...]

Federal Grand Jury indicts Leaverton

Federal Grand Jury indicts Leaverton

[ 0 ] July 14, 2016

Jesse Bud Leaverton of Talala has been indicted on three counts of bank robbery by a Federal Grand Jury. Leaverton was arrested on June 30 near Springfield, Missouri. The Department of Justice says: Jesse Bud Leaverton. Bank Robbery. Leaverton, 59, of Talala, is charged with three counts of bank robbery. He is accused of robbing [...]

Service Friday for David F. Kittrell

Service Friday for David F. Kittrell

[ 0 ] July 14, 2016

David F. Kittrell of Talala passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Tulsa. He was 72. Dave was born on June 2, 1944 in McAlester to Floyd L. Kitrell and Golda Lee Steadman Kittrell. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. After Vietnam, Dave moved to the Talala area where [...]

Leader/Carolyn Estes.  Honoring those who served on the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. The “partnership” celebration brought Will Rogers Memorial Commission members from the past to join the most recent members. The group dedicated a tree on the grounds in honor of Commission’s contributions. Past Commissioners Argene Clanton of Vinita, Paul Johnson of Tulsa, Pat Crume, Judge Steve Pazzo, Ted Jones and Cara Cowan Watts, along with Steve Turnbo of Tulsa, Philip Hixon of Owasso, Phil Albert, Bill Baird and Jack Spinks of Claremore and Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry of California were among celebrants.

Fond memories, a bright future

[ 0 ] July 13, 2016

LAKEVIEWS By JOHN M. WYLIE II, EDITOR Last Thursday brought a mixture of nostalgia and excitement to Rogers County as preserving Will Rogers’ legacy was formally reassigned from an independent commission to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The reception that drew about 200 to the Will Rogers Memorial had some bittersweet moments but also offered bright [...]

Graveside service is Monday for Vernon Bien of Talala

Graveside service is Monday for Vernon Bien of Talala

[ 0 ] July 10, 2016

Vernon Eugene Bien Graveside services for Vernon Eugene Bien are 10 A.M., Monday, July 11, 2016 at Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery. Officiating will be Gene’s nephew, Frank Parrish and Joe Smith. Vernon Eugene Bien, 81, son of Vernon and Mae (Motter) (Bien) Shaffer, went to his heavenly home, July 8, 2016, at the Journey Home [...]

School board to consider Homecoming change, Technology fee for students

School board to consider Homecoming change, Technology fee for students

[ 0 ] July 9, 2016

Several interesting items are on the school board agenda – 6 pm Monday night. * Sports Homecoming Now, the athletic department has three homecoming events for football, basketball and wrestling. The proposal calls for one All Sports Homecoming, held in conjunction with the Football Homecoming Game. All sports would select a senior representative, with 18 [...]

Fire District Candidate filings begin Monday, July 11

Fire District Candidate filings begin Monday, July 11

[ 0 ] July 7, 2016

Candidates for the Fire Districts in seven Rogers County Fire Districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy over three days beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11, and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday, Rogers County Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said today. Dermody said the official filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July [...]

Leader photo by Dawn Orwig

1st degree manslaughter warrant issued in fatal March 14 crash near Sunnyside

[ 0 ] July 6, 2016

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Copyright 2016 Oologah Lake Leader LLC  A no-bond warrant was issued today for Demario Lavon Lucas on charges of first degree manslaughter in the March 14 crash near Sunnyside Ramp that killed a 35-year-old Claremore man. Lucas, 40, of Collinsville, was driving under the influence when his speeding van [...]