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  • Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

    Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

    By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Vernon LeeMountel Smith is now jailed  without bond after being charged late Thursday with first degree murder in the death of Chazz Holly. Documents detailing the charges were still being processed by the Tulsa County District Court Clerk’s Office at mid-afternoon Friday. The office also is processing filings in [...]

  • Mary E. Scroggins

    Mary E. Scroggins

    Mary E. Scroggins, 84, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. Services are to be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 1 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.

  • Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

    Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

    By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor After winning in the original vote and a recount—which a court voided because the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled enough ballots invalid to make determining a winner impossible—Oologah’s Bill Pearson lost Saturday’s District 14 tribal council election to Claremore’s Keith Austin 498-425. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the [...]

  • District 2 Commissioner Mike Helm

    2 commissioners seek Helm ouster, fire HR and 911 chiefs

    By FAITH WYLIE and JOHN M. WYLIE II, Leader writers Chairman Dan DeLozier and Commissioner Ron Burrows on Monday asked Oklahoma’s Attorney General to begin ouster proceedings against indicted Commissioner Mike Helm and fired E911 director Janet Hamilton and Human Resources director Jennifer Bentley Monday. The vote to fire the two office directors was 2-1 [...]

  • Mat Shockley

    Shockley named permanent fire chief

    By CAROLYN ESTES, Leader writer Mat Shockley, a longtime figure at the Northwest Rogers County Fire District, was named its permanent fire chief Tuesday. Shockley has served as interim chief since April 9. The board’s decision to hire Shockley was unanimous. Board Chairman Mel Dainty said, “Mat was one of three extremely well qualified candidates. [...]

  • Service Friday for Chazz Sterling Holly

    Service Friday for Chazz Sterling Holly

    Chazz Sterling Holly, age 27 years old, was born August 6, 1987, to Robert Clay and Sherrie Annette (Hart) Holly, in Tulsa. Chazz passed from this life July 19, 2015. A celebration of life will be held 11 A.M., Friday, July 24, 2015, Current Church, 14133 N. 137th E Avenue, Collinsville, Interment will follow at [...]

  • Vote often for our Mustangs. Deadline is Aug. 2

    Vote often for our Mustangs. Deadline is Aug. 2

    By CHRIS EDENS, Sports Editor Three Mustang football players are in the running for the Tulsa World All World Team. Votes can be cast at OKPrepsExtra.com. The list of ten will be cut to the top five Aug. 3. Final voting will continue until Aug. 14 and you can vote as many times as you [...]

  • Mike Helm

    Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Helm, Thacker

    Helm Indictment: 20150717 Helm Indictment Helm/Thacker Indictment: 2015071 HelmThacker Indictment By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Oklahoma’s Multi-County Grand Jury has indicted District 2 Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker on conspiracy charges. The indictments accuse Thacker and Helm of conspiring in 2009 to award work to [...]

  • Public Agendas

    Public Agendas

    The Leader will post agendas for public meetings as available: Oologah Town Board, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 pm. Oologah 8-3 Agenda Meeting Times Oologah-Talala Public Schools 6 pm on the second Monday Posted Agenda  Rogers County Commission 9 am Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday.) RC Posted Agenda  Oologah Town Board 7 pm on First [...]

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Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

Smith now held without bond in Holly murder

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Vernon LeeMountel Smith is now jailed  without bond after being charged late Thursday with first degree murder in the death of Chazz Holly. Documents detailing the charges were still being processed by the Tulsa County District Court Clerk’s Office at mid-afternoon Friday. The office also is processing filings in [...]

Mary E. Scroggins

Mary E. Scroggins

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015

Mary E. Scroggins, 84, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015. Services are to be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, August 1 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.

Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

Austin tops Pearson in Cherokee vote

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor After winning in the original vote and a recount—which a court voided because the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruled enough ballots invalid to make determining a winner impossible—Oologah’s Bill Pearson lost Saturday’s District 14 tribal council election to Claremore’s Keith Austin 498-425. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the [...]

District 2 Commissioner Mike Helm

2 commissioners seek Helm ouster, fire HR and 911 chiefs

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015

By FAITH WYLIE and JOHN M. WYLIE II, Leader writers Chairman Dan DeLozier and Commissioner Ron Burrows on Monday asked Oklahoma’s Attorney General to begin ouster proceedings against indicted Commissioner Mike Helm and fired E911 director Janet Hamilton and Human Resources director Jennifer Bentley Monday. The vote to fire the two office directors was 2-1 [...]

Mat Shockley

Shockley named permanent fire chief

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015

By CAROLYN ESTES, Leader writer Mat Shockley, a longtime figure at the Northwest Rogers County Fire District, was named its permanent fire chief Tuesday. Shockley has served as interim chief since April 9. The board’s decision to hire Shockley was unanimous. Board Chairman Mel Dainty said, “Mat was one of three extremely well qualified candidates. [...]

Service Friday for Chazz Sterling Holly

Service Friday for Chazz Sterling Holly

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015

Chazz Sterling Holly, age 27 years old, was born August 6, 1987, to Robert Clay and Sherrie Annette (Hart) Holly, in Tulsa. Chazz passed from this life July 19, 2015. A celebration of life will be held 11 A.M., Friday, July 24, 2015, Current Church, 14133 N. 137th E Avenue, Collinsville, Interment will follow at [...]

Vote often for our Mustangs. Deadline is Aug. 2

Vote often for our Mustangs. Deadline is Aug. 2

[ 0 ] July 19, 2015

By CHRIS EDENS, Sports Editor Three Mustang football players are in the running for the Tulsa World All World Team. Votes can be cast at OKPrepsExtra.com. The list of ten will be cut to the top five Aug. 3. Final voting will continue until Aug. 14 and you can vote as many times as you [...]

Mike Helm

Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Helm, Thacker

[ 0 ] July 17, 2015

Helm Indictment: 20150717 Helm Indictment Helm/Thacker Indictment: 2015071 HelmThacker Indictment By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Oklahoma’s Multi-County Grand Jury has indicted District 2 Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker on conspiracy charges. The indictments accuse Thacker and Helm of conspiring in 2009 to award work to [...]

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

An Editorial: AG’s Office cannot provide documentation of Helm indictment

[ 3 ] July 16, 2015

You may have heard news stories tonight that Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm and former Commissioner Kirt Thacker have been indicted by the state Multi-County Grand Jury on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement. The Leader will NOT report this as fact, because the statement is based solely on a news release issued by Attorney General [...]

Leader photo by Chris Edens Growing up Will Rogers Museum volunteer Harriet Kuykendall is dressed in a period costume as she teaches a group of children about gardening in the frontier days at kids camp at the birthplace ranch Monday morning.

Campers relive ranch days

[ 0 ] July 16, 2015

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor Young day campers this week got to experience a taste of life when Will Rogers roamed the hills of the Dog Iron birthplace ranch. This was the first year for the Frontier Kids Days Camp. Volunteers were pleasantly surprised by the number of kindergarten through middle school children who signed [...]