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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 [...]

Claremore man arrested for indecency with kids at Oologah Lake

Claremore man arrested for indecency with kids at Oologah Lake

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

  By JOHN M. WYLIE II   Editor   A 53-year-old Claremore man was being held in the Rogers County Jail Monday night after deputies arrested him at Spencer Creek Park on Oologah Lake for allegedly attempting to molest children ages 7-15, jail records show.   Hugh Morgan Wilson of the 200 block of S. [...]

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.

Faith Wylie earns International honor

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

By JOHN M. WYILIE II Leader writer Faith Wylie has received the prestigious Golden Dozen Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. ISWNE represents the world’s English-language community newspapers, including members throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland. Mrs. Wylie’s winning entry was a column [...]

Earl Hart passes away

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014

Rancher Earl Hart of Talala passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. He was 85. Private family services planned under the direction of Rice Funeral Service

Services set Friday for Gary Lee Osburn

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014

Services for Gary Lee Osburn will be held at 11a.m. Friday, July 11  at First Baptist Church in Talala for. He died Thursday, July 3 at the age of 66. Interment of cremains will be held later at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery in Ft. Gibson, Okla. Arrangements are under the direction of Mowery Funeral Service [...]