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Faith Wylie accepts the sweepstakes award for column writing from Cherokee Ballard, communications manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. The two discovered that both have survived Lymphoma cancer.

More fun with the girls

[ 1 ] June 18, 2014

Reflections by Faith Wylie We had fun getting smashed with the girls. Writing about it was even more fun. Winning the state column contest with my humorous account has topped the entire experience. The girls have had quite an adventure since I wrote that column in August. We scheduled the party because one of the [...]

Faith Wylie accepts the sweepstakes award for column writing from Cherokee Ballard, communications manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas. The two discovered that both have survived Lymphoma cancer.

Wylie column is ‘smashing’ success at OPA

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

Sometimes, getting smashed can be a winning experience. Faith Wylie’s column titled “Getting smashed with the girls” was named Oklahoma’s best newspaper column in 2013 at the Oklahoma Press Association annual convention last week in Midwest City. The column features a humorous account of a mammogram party for the women of the Oologah Lake Leader [...]

Tree stump barely survives

Tree stump barely survives

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor An old tree stump in Oologah has been turned into a work of art. Sharon and Steve Wigginton recently had to take down two old silver maples in their yard on Lake Ave. Sharon decided to research turning one of the stumps into yard art. “I hate it that we [...]

New cop on the beat in Oologah

New cop on the beat in Oologah

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor David Book has joined the Oologah Police Department. Mayor Jerry Holland said Book was hired on an emergency basis to fill in for Jared Tice who recently left the department and to help cover shifts for Police Chief Novale Thompson. Chief Thompson has been limited in his ability to work [...]

Primary is Tuesday (June 24), early voting starts Thursday

Primary is Tuesday (June 24), early voting starts Thursday

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Rogers County voters will decide some races and elect other nominees in primary election voting that begins Thursday (June 19) at the Rogers County Election Board and concludes Tuesday (June 24) at precinct polling places. Probably the hottest local race is for District Attorney in District 12, which covers [...]

Our Endorsements

Our Endorsements

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

How politics have changed in the last three decades. For 20 years we endorsed in Democratic primary races locally because just having a thought of a Republican primary would likely earn you a stay at Vinita. Today, exactly the opposite is true—we’re endorsing in Republican primaries because there’s not much in the way of Democratic [...]

Commissioners call special to deal with funding

[ 0 ] June 17, 2014

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Publisher Rogers County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Commissioners meeting room to discuss how to fund completion of the new Courthouse parking facilities and plaza to the west of the new Courthouse. The meeting is open to the public. Two issues [...]

New Rogers County audit issued

[ 0 ] June 17, 2014

The State Auditor and Inspector released its report on Rogers County government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 on Tuesday afternoon, after the Leader’s deadline for this week’s newspaper.   The complete audit is available online at: www.sai.ok.gov/Search%20Reports/database/RogersCoFin13WebFinal.pdf A complete analysis will be published in next week’s newspaper.

Eunice Osten Stritzke passess away

Eunice Osten Stritzke passess away

[ 0 ] June 16, 2014

Eunice Osten Stritzke, 91 of Talala, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, in Nowata. She was born August 26, 1922 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Louis Henry and Etta Kate (Harkins) Osten. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1939 and worked for two years at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa and riveted airplanes, B-24 and [...]

Tad Jones named new Will Rogers Museums chief

Tad Jones named new Will Rogers Museums chief

[ 0 ] June 13, 2014

By JARRETT HOBBS, Leader writer Former State Rep. and Oologah High School graduate Tad Jones is coming home to Rogers County to become executive director of the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. Jones was offered the position at a special meeting of the commission Friday and accepted early Friday afternoon. The vote to hire Jones was [...]