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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 [...]

The right decision is ‘Yes’

The right decision is ‘Yes’

[ 0 ] March 22, 2015

LAKE VIEWS EDITORIAL By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor When we first heard about an Oologah-Talala School bond package that would raise property tax bills by about 9 percent a year for four years, we thought the folks behind it were nuts. Who would vote to pay over 9 percent more for anything without a [...]

Lakeviews: In honor of Cara Cowan Watts

Lakeviews: In honor of Cara Cowan Watts

[ 7 ] March 4, 2015

Lakeviews by John M. Wylie II, Editor We are sad that Cara Cowan Watts will not hold an elected office in the Cherokee Nation after the upcoming election. She gave up her Tribal Council seat to run for Principal Chief, then announced Monday that the best chance of advancing her goals for the Cherokee people—including, [...]

John, Faith and James at the OU Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

Reflections: Living with uncertainty

[ 0 ] December 20, 2014

  By FAITH L. WYLIE, Co-publisher If I can’t say something humorous and positive, I don’t write about cancer. Why share gloom and doom? Everyone knows cancer is horrid for both the patient and their family. What surprised me, though, was the uncertainty that cancer brings. Will this treatment work? Will the cancer ever go [...]

Mickey Thompson will be missed

Mickey Thompson will be missed

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014

Can one person with no local roots really make a difference? If you enjoy having a brand-new grocery in town–a project that took 15 years to complete—you already know the answer. His name was Mickey Thompson. A committee met regularly for at least five years trying to figure out a way to make it happen. [...]

A great little town

A great little town

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014

  LAKEVIEWS • JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor and Publisher “And after it rains, there’s a rainbow, and all of the colors are black. It’s not that the colors aren’t there. It’s just imagination they lack. Everything’s the same, back in my little town. Nothing but the dead and dying, back in my little town.” [...]

Forget Ebola—Oklahoma faces worse

Forget Ebola—Oklahoma faces worse

[ 1 ] July 30, 2014

JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor and Publisher   We have read a great deal lately about Shingles, Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever, West Nile Virus, Ebola and other horrible diseases. But Oklahoma is facing a disease far more pernicious—Transparency Deficiency Disease. It is caused by government officials at all levels who believe the people are [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]