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Leader photo by Chris EdensSticking up for votingSharon and Rex McKKee hold up their “I Voted” stickers Tuesday evening at Northwest Fire Station #1 in Oologah.

Ballard, Carini, Burrows oust incumbents;

[ 0 ] June 25, 2014

By JOHN M. WYLIE II Editor Three offices in the Rogers County Courthouse will have new occupants in January and liquor by the drink soon will be available in the county on Sundays following Tuesday’s primary election. Matt Ballard defeated incumbent District Attorney Janice Steidley and a second challenger, Erin Oquin. He will face Democrat [...]

Services for Betty Sue Gilley set Thursday

[ 0 ] June 18, 2014

Betty Sue Gilley, 77, of Talala, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 in Talala. She was born August 20, 1936 in San Berdin0, Calif., to Delmar Alton Eledge and the former Ellie Lee Routzone. She is survived by a sister-in-law , three brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m., June [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

Former Sheriff Jerry Prather dies

Former Sheriff Jerry Prather dies

[ 0 ] June 13, 2014

Retired Rogers County Sheriff Jerry Prather died Thursday at a Tulsa Hospital. He was 66. Arrangements are being handled by MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Claremore. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.