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Oologah senior Tristan Owens with his medals from the USA Track and Field Nationals last month in Indiana and shows off his state championship rings.

Owens takes National track title

[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS Sports Editor Oologah senior Tristan Owens has brought home another track championship Owens and runners from the Jenks America Track Club won a national championship last month in the 3,200m relay. The relay team took first at the USA Track and Field Nationals June 24-29 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. [...]

Suit claims top Sheriff’s officer provided phony affidavit

[ 3 ] July 23, 2014

  By JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor Copyright 2014 Oologah Lake Leader A new federal lawsuit accuses a senior Rogers County Sheriff’s supervisor of falsifying statements and documents to search for drugs, then destroying the career of a deputy who refused to lie under oath to protect him, court records show. The lawsuit, alleging violation [...]

Future planning dominates RWD4 session

[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

  By JOHN M. WYLIE Editor   Directors of Rural Water District No. 4 spent their regular meeting Friday looking towards the future. Office Manager Julie Hendrix said Jeremy Cox and Thomas Gay addressed directors about cost-saving ideas for the district ranging from reducing the cost of propane used at the water treatment plant to [...]

Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

Seventh Annual O-T NIE Urban Golf Tourney set for Friday, Sept. 5

[ 0 ] July 21, 2014

What’s Urban Golf? It’s regular golf played amidst the hazards of an urban environment with special non-destructive golf balls. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Newspaper in Education at the Oologah-Talala schools.   The tournament is Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll start with registration and refreshments at 6:00 pm at the Doug’s Grill Patio. At 6:30 pm, [...]

Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

Earl E. Ridenhour dies at 81

[ 0 ] July 20, 2014

Graveside services for Earl E. Ridenhour were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Wann Cemetery in Oologah under the direction of Rice Funeral Services. Earl passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. He was 81. Born on May 30, 1933 in Oologah to Raymond and Ruth (Rogers) Ridenhour, Earl was raised and educated [...]

Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

Overcash is back at OHS as Principal

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

Melissa Overcash By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Melissa Overcash was hired as the new Oologah High School Principal at Monday night’s school board meeting. Overcash came to work at Oologah in 2001 as an assistant principal at the middle school . After two years, she went to work at the high school as an assistant [...]

Patriot Guard rides for Osburn

Patriot Guard rides for Osburn

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

By JARRETT HOBBS Leader writer Motorcyclist from across Oklahoma united Friday in Talala to pay tribute to the life and service of Gary Osburn. “As a proud American Osburn enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in Vietnam and receiving both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, he also received the National Defense Service [...]

Ladies take lead of Oologah FFA

Ladies take lead of Oologah FFA

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

By CHRIS EDENS City Editor FFA could stand for future females in agriculture. Oologah is part of the new trend with two females taking the helm of the Vo-Ag program. Kadie Smith was hired by the school board last month as a Vo-Ag teacher and Hilary Bush was approved at Monday night’s meeting. This is [...]

Talala joins 911 Center

Talala joins 911 Center

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

 By CHRIS EDENS City Editor Talala Police Officers have been dispatched through a new 911 center since July 1. Police chief Phillip Coe said the department’s radio systems are compatible with the new dispatch center. He said communications on portable radios have improved dramatically. Coe tested the radios from the Rogers/Nowata county line and said they [...]

Phil Smith is now published

Phil Smith is now published

[ 5 ] July 9, 2014

By JARRETT HOBBS Leader Writer Phil Smith has held multiple titles over the years–night clerk at a funeral home, lumber man, letter carrier, soldier and teacher. Now he can add published author to the list. Out of his diverse collection of jobs, his favorite was teaching Ancient/Medieval History and AP World History for nine years [...]