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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 [...]

An open letter to our family

An open letter to our family

[ 2 ] July 16, 2014

John M. Wylie II and Faith L. Wylie, Publishers When we came to Oologah more than 30 years go, we vowed to provide the best newspaper you had ever seen. We’ve succeeded–we are the most honored community newspaper in Oklahoma, with 16 Sequoyah awards as best newspaper of our size in the state–a state record–and [...]

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 [...]

Timothy Marcotte passes away

Timothy Marcotte passes away

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

Timothy Marcotte A celebration of the life of Timothy Michael “Tim” Marcotte was 10:00 a.m., Fri,  July 11, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Claremore, OK. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Tim passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014. He was 45. Born in Cairo, Egypt on May 13, [...]

Work ethic is right here

Work ethic is right here

[ 0 ] July 16, 2014

JOHN M. WYLIE II  Editor and Publisher We always gain insights when we spend time with Larry Rice, president of Rogers State University. A recent conversation involved the evolution of RSU from a junior college to a full service university. It is gaining an increasingly impressive reputation in part because of graduates who have been [...]

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. [...]