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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]