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Animals will remain at Birthplace ranch

Animals will remain at Birthplace ranch

[ 8 ] August 28, 2015

The Leader has received a number of questions based on comments on social media that there will no longer be livestock at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch. We have been assured on the record that this is not true. “We are going to continue to have animals at the Birthplace, just in a more controlled [...]

Epperly pleads guilty to all charges in 2014 wreck that injured Cassidee Copeland and two children

Epperly pleads guilty to all charges in 2014 wreck that injured Cassidee Copeland and two children

[ 0 ] August 27, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor Ronnie Paul Epperly, the 41-year-old Talala man held since Nov. 13 on $150,000 bond in the Rogers County Jail following a wreck that severely injured Cassidee Copeland, the bride of longtime Northwest Rogers County firefighter Capt. Josh Copeland, and their two small children, today pleaded guilty to four charges [...]

Mike Helm

AG says new indictments, removal action filed against Mike Helm

[ 0 ] August 27, 2015

Editor’s note: The Oklahoma Attorney General made the following announcement by email Thursday afternoon.  The actual charging documents were not provided, and no such documents were listed by OSCN, the state’s online court filing system, as having been filed in either Oklahoma County where the grand jury sits or in Rogers County where proceedings would [...]

Office Brent Holmes will keep the new police dog at his home.

New officer will be in the dog house

[ 0 ] August 26, 2015

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor Oologah Town Board members approved buying the new police dog’s kennel at last Thursday’s meeting. The board voted to buy a police dog last month from K9 Working Dogs International in Kansas. Officer Brent Holmes will be the dog’s handler. Holmes is making preparations to house the service dog at [...]

Town, ODOT work on vital old 169 bridge fix

Town, ODOT work on vital old 169 bridge fix

[ 0 ] August 26, 2015

By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor As potentially dire consequences of  long-term closure of the old US 169 bridge sank in, town and state officials began thinking about ways to fix the problem. Monday, officials of the Town of Oologah and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation met at the bridge site to begin crafting a [...]

Meet the new teachers

Meet the new teachers

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015

Oologah-Talala welcomed 18 new staff members last Thursday. The recent hires went through new teacher orientation and were treated to a free lunch in the high school library Thursday and a welcoming breakfast Friday. It is a diverse group, some with roots in Oologah and some drawn here by the district’s outstanding reputation. See brief [...]

Fly-In soars to success

Fly-In soars to success

[ 1 ] August 19, 2015

With gorgeous weather, a record number of airplanes and a Day of Remembrance literally heard around the world, Saturday’s Will Rogers Wiley Post Fly-In at Oologah was a huge success. Tad Jones, director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, said the Birthplace Ranch Museum on Oologah Lake hosted a record 129 aircraft and thousands of [...]

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Do we have another killer road?

[ 2 ] August 12, 2015

Other stories in this week’s package: A tribute to the four young men the community lost in the past three weeks, details of the Cain and Rodgers accidents, obituaries for Cain, Rodgers and Tice. By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor There was no question that the old US 169 from Oologah to Owasso was a [...]

Tyler Rodgers killed in motorcycle wreck

Tyler Rodgers killed in motorcycle wreck

[ 6 ] August 10, 2015

Tyler J. Rodgers, 18, of Talala, was killed in a motorcycle crash about 9:15 p.m. on the northbound side of US 169 4/10 of a mile north of E. 360 Rd., about 1-1/2 miles south of Talala, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Monday. He was a 2015 graduate of Oologah High School. Trooper Jon Ysbrand said [...]

Cody Tice visitation Friday, services Saturday

[ 0 ] August 6, 2015

  Cody Brett Tice was born June 30, 1985, in Tulsa to Don and Brenda Tice. He died Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 30 years. Cody was reared and educated in Oologah, and graduated with the Oologah High School Class of 2004. He spent much of his working life [...]