Jimmy Ray "JR" Hutson, 73

Born May 5, 1946

Died February 16, 2020

John V. Allen Jr., 65

Born December 9, 1954

Died February 16, 2020

Deborah Moore, 61

Born December 10, 1958

Died February 15, 2020

Jessi Michelle Haworth , 15

Born September 3, 2004

Died February 15, 2020

Mary Lois VanBeber-Coffman, 94

Born September 2, 1925

Died February 15, 2020

Myrtle M "Punkie" Staton, 80

Born June 15, 1939

Died February 15, 2020


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 9:16 AM

The Tulsa Ballet will give one performance only at the Muskogee Little Theater on March 8 at 2 p.m.

The group will present “This Must Be the End,” with choreography by Daniel van de Laar. The performance is a high-energy stretch of near nonstop dancing, accented with moves that come straight out of a mosh pit.

Another presentation, “Peter and the Wolf,” with choreography by Ma Cong, is Sergei Prokoflev’s symphonic fairy tale illustrated by the dancers as each character is represented by a corresponding instrument in the orchestra.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 9:11 AM

Oklahoma State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has announced its endorsement of State Question 805 as Oklahoma confronts its mass incarceration crisis.

“Oklahoma’s black and minority communities make up a disproportionate share of our state’s prison population, and a leading reason for that is prosecutorial discretion with sentence enhancements that allows people to be sentenced more than once for the same crime,” said Anthony R. Douglas, president, Oklahoma State Conference NAACP. “We are fully aware that District Attorneys across the state have also publicly opposed the measure, saying it would negatively impact public safety. However, what they don’t tell you is that the over-incarceration of blacks and minority populations is not because these Oklahomans are more prone to commit crimes.”

Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate of black men in the nation. One in 29 African American adults in Oklahoma is in prison. Black people make up 7 percent of the Oklahoma population, but 26 percent of the incarcerated population.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020, 5:58 PM

A 15-year-old girl died this morning in a single-vehicle wreck on State Highway 10 just north of Braggs, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The girl, whose name was withheld, was a passenger a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by another juvenile near South 95th Street East, when the wreck occurred, the patrol reported. The driver was admitted to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa with head and internal injuries. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts.

The cause and circumstances of the wreck and the condition of the driver are under investigation.

The Braggs schools postponed basketball district finals scheduled for tonight until Feb. 17. Parent conferences have been rescheduled to Feb. 24 and 25, and pictures scheduled for Monday will be rescheduled.

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Friday, February 14, 2020, 9:11 AM

A Coweta man was hurt late last night after he was involved in a pursuit by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol just north of Muskogee County on US 69, according to the patrol.

The man, whose name was withheld by the patrol, was driving a 2007 Ford Focus, pursued by Trooper Jacob Smith of Muskogee. As the pursuit approached Baker Road, Smith performed a tactical vehicle intervention, which the patrol stated caused the Focus to depart the roadway to the right and roll 2 1/2 times, coming to rest on its top.

The man was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted with internal trunk and sternum injuries.

The wreck did an estimated $4,000 damage to the man’s car and $500 to the patrol car.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:01 PM

Michael Tomblinson

Michael Keith Tomblinson, 38, of Muskogee was convicted just now of sexual abuse of a child under 12 in Muskogee County District Court. The jury recommended he serve the rest of his life in prison.

The victim, who was five years old, disclosed to family members that Tomblinson used his penis to penetrate the child’s rectum on multiple occasions when the child’s mother was away.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020, 4:15 PM

Michael Foutch

Michael Joe Foutch, 48, of Haskell was arrested on Feb. 11 after he called the Muskogee County sheriff’s office, complaining of a dog bite.

When deputies noticed Foutch didn’t appear to have a dog bite, they interviewed the dog’s owner at a trailer park in Haskell, where the dog was tied by a leash to the trailer. The owners, according to Muskogee County Undersheriff Michael Mahan, had video of Foutch teasing the dog, then producing what appeared to be a knife and slashing the dog across the face with the knife.

Foutch was arrested on a complaint of animal cruelty and taken to the Muskogee County Jail. Today, he was charged with felony animal cruelty in Muskogee County District Court.

He is due for a sounding docket on Feb. 27. Judge Robin Adair set his bond at $15,000.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:55 AM

The Muskogee police released the following statement just now:

Overnight officers responded to a burglary in the 1800 block of North County Club where the suspect ran from the vehicle and was not located.

This morning officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Eufaula and North Country Club. Officers made contact with a subject there who advised that when she came out to start her vehicle there was a male subject asleep inside it. The suspect got out and fired shots and took off running.

We have our K9 officers as well as several other officers in the area at this time actively searching for the suspect who is described as a white male, thin build with short brown hair. He is wearing jeans and a brown jacket.

Due to this active search for the suspect Muskogee High School is currently on lockdown.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1:40 PM

Dr. J’Dene Rogers, a licensed clinical psychologist originally from Muskogee, served as Psychologist of the Day for the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Feb. 10 at the invitation of Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee).

“I’m thankful for the role Dr. Rogers has served in helping people in the Muskogee community and the surrounding area,” Frix said, “and that she was willing to lend her talents and expertise for us at the House of Representatives.”

Dr. Rogers obtained her doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a master’s in social work from the University of Oklahoma. She worked in the Chicago area for several years before returning to Oklahoma in 2001. She now serves as a community liaison with several local government and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Rogers founded Integrity Pathways, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic serving more than 700 clients annually in Muskogee and the surrounding areas. She also served on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Psychological Association as secretary and is currently president-elect.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10:17 AM

The 2020 Chili and Barbecue Cook-off will be hosted April 17 and 18 at Hatbox Field, organizers announced. Exchange Club and the city have discussed the change for years, making the move to provide better parking and better access to utilities for the cook teams.

“For many years, we have had discussions about what is the next step for the cookout and how we can attract more teams and people to the event to further our overall mission of raising funds for local children’s charities,” Robert Smith, event chairman, said. “This move not only gives us more than enough room for cook teams, but plenty of parking for the public that does not disrupt local businesses.”

The annual Friday Night Cook-off, Kick-off Concert will be inside Hatbox Hangar One. Cody Canada and The Departed will play that show.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 8:25 PM

Marlon Coleman

Marlon Coleman won 40 percent of the votes in Muskogee’s mayoral race today, giving him a 10 percent advantage over Wayne Divelbiss. Coleman and Divelbiss will face a runoff on April 7 to determine the final winner. Interim Mayor Janey Cagle Boydston got 24 percent of the vote, placing her in third place. Tracy Cole got 5 percent of the vote and “DJ Highpockets” John Lowrimore got 2 percent of the vote, with 62 votes.

Stephanie Jones Morgan will be the Ward 1 city councilor, coming in with 71 percent of the vote. Evelyn Hibbs defeated Ashley Davis by 65 percent to fill the Ward 1 unexpired term.

Muskogee insurance agent Traci McGee will be the Ward 4 councilor with 53 percent of the vote over Wayne Johnson and James Webb.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:31 PM

Jim Paul Blair poses with his wife, Katey and his assistant, Angelina Cummings, right.

Jim Paul Blair, whose passion for Muskogee and music helped shepherd the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame through its most difficult times, and advocated doggedly for the Muskogee hospital, has died of complications resulting from a recent illness. Blair’s wife, Katey Sherrick Blair, posted the news 30 minutes ago to her Facebook page.

Blair had been in the hospital for several days suffering from an undisclosed illness with pneumonia-like symptoms, friends and family said.

He was popular around town for his Buddy Holly and Hank Williams impressions, his frequent and fruitful collaborations with other Muskogee musicians and his work with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Blair was also in charge of the Muskogee Medical Foundation, which manages the land on which Saint Francis Hospital sits, and frequently held the hospital’s operator, Saint Francis, to the fire to fulfill the conditions of its lease.

Blair also initiated and shepherded the music festival GFest and was a founding partner in Max’s Garage.

No arrangements have been made yet.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 8:35 AM

William D. Lowe, Bacone College human resources and special projects director, is one of three recently appointed to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Board of Directors.

Lowe, also the Okmulgee District Representative for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council, served in the Marine Corps from 1993-2002. He has more than 20 years of experience in management, tribal business development, governance and negotiating both tribal and government contracts. Lowe also serves on the boards of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, the Okmulgee County YMCA, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, and is a Bacone College graduate.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a non-profit organization which assists American Indian tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development, according to its website,

Its mission is to: “Develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of viable tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.”

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Monday, February 10, 2020, 5:40 PM

A silver alert has been issued by the Muskogee Police Department for a missing 78 year old man believed to be in imminent danger.

Gordon Lee Hughey was last seen by his son in the 400 block of North 12th Street in Muskogee Oklahoma at approximately 1:30 this morning. Hughey suffers from dementia.

Hughey is described as a white male clean shaven and thin build. He is 6 foot tall and weighs 135 pounds, he has black eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a brown Carhart jacket, black and red plaid shirt, denim jeans and cowboy boots.

Please contact the Muskogee police Department at 918-577-6906 or Crime stoppers at 918-682-COPS (2677) if you see a subject matching this description.

UPDATE: The police released the following:

At approximately 2:30pm officers were called to the 900 block of Talladega in reference to a male subject that was possibly deceased laying behind the building.

The subject has not been positively identified at this time, however based on the clothing description provided and the clothing that the deceased is wearing he is believed to be the subject from the silver alert that was issued this morning. The family has been notified of this information and we are waiting for official identification to be made at this time.

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Monday, February 10, 2020, 8:17 AM

Cherokee Nation leaders will hand deliver hundreds of homemade Valentine’s Day cards to veterans at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee.

Each year tribal employees as well as area schools, churches and individuals create handmade valentine cards to thank veterans for their military service as part of the tribe’s annual Valentines for Vets program.

This year, valentine cards will be delivered to area veteran centers and hospitals in Tahlequah, Muskogee, Jay, Fayetteville, Sallisaw, Claremore, Vinita and Talihina. The valentine cards will also be given to veterans during an annual Valentine’s Day celebration hosted by the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center this month.

The tribe’s Valentines for Vets program was started in 2008 by the late Rogan Noble, a Marine Corps veteran and veterans affairs advocate. The program provides handmade valentine cards to Cherokee and non-Cherokee veterans and is part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients.

For more information on the Cherokee Nation’s Valentines for Vets program, call the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center at 918-772-4166.

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Monday, February 10, 2020, 8:10 AM

Jerry N. Barnard, 69, of Porum died yesterday afternoon a mile southwest of Porum after he went to clean out tinhorns in a small creek, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Barnard’s wife told police he left his house around 4 p.m. to clean the tinhorns out. Twenty minutes later, she walked the 60 yards to the creek and found him face-down, the patrol reported. His wife rolled him over onto his back, but was unable to get him out of the creek.

Porum Police and Muskogee County EMS arrived on the scene, but were unable to revive him.

Cause of death is being investigated by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office.


Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:21 AM

Brandon McFrazier

Around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, police responded to a shooting around 17th and Martin Luther King Streets, police said.

When they arrived, they found shell casings in the street and a 22-year-old man, Brandon Terrell McFrazier, with a non-life-threatening gunshot would in the leg.

Police also made contact with a witness whose vehicle was struck by a bullet as they were driving by the area at the time of the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Friday, February 7, 2020, 8:04 AM

Country music recording artist James Robert Webb will play the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Feb. 27.

Webb, from Kellyville, walks the line between traditional and contemporary country music.

His sound is driven by his unique, indefinable voice and organic, neo-traditionalist style fused with modern production. His 2016 debut, Pictures, yielded two top-40 singles on the Music Row Country Breakout chart - “Makin’ Love Tonight” and “How That Feels.” Both broke the top 60 on the Billboard Indicator charts. In 2019, one of country music’s most award-winning and renowned producer’s Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson), took notice of Webb’s unique style. The pair recently finished recording a full-length project coming February 28th.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:02 PM

Cindy Renee Jones

District Attorney Orvil Loge has charged Cindy Renee Jones, 40, of Fort Gibson with second-degree murder in the Feb. 4 death of her boyfriend, Danny Reed, 28.

Jones and Reed were arguing, according to an affidavit filed with the case. Jones told police Reed slapped her in the face. Prosecutors allege she retrieved a revolver from another room and returned to the room Reed was in. Jones told police Reed slammed the door as she was entering the room, “causing the revolver to discharge.”

Reed was struck in the chest with the bullet, and later died from the injury.

Jones is also charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct with a firearm.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:05 PM

Muskogee’s Big Papa’s Okie Toke medical marijuana dispensary is hosting a patient drive at the Muskogee Civic Center tomorrow, where prospective patients can get their doctor’s recommendation for $25 and uploading that recommendation to the state for another $25.

The recommendation and upload must be paid in cash.

Patients who want to finish the application to the state can do so there as well. If they are on SoonerCare, Medicare or Medicaid, the cost is $22.50. Otherwise, the state’s fee is $104.30, and that fee must be paid with a credit or debit card.

The dispensary is also hosting raffles with giveaways, and BossLady will pay the full costs for 25 patients who sign up.

The event runs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For questions, call 405-264-6221.


Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:56 AM

Michael Mahan, left, accepts his badge from Sheriff Terry Freeman

Muskogee County Sheriff Terry Freeman promoted Chief Deputy Michael Mahan to the office of Undersheriff for Muskogee County.

Mahan has served in law enforcement since 1991 as a Muskogee Police reserve officer, then police officer — during which he served as the public information officer, community relations officer and sergeant in the patrol division — and from 2018 to the present as chief deputy of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Mahan graduated in 1993 from Northeastern State University with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

He is a lifelong resident of Muskogee County, married to his wife, Karen, for 24 years with seven children.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020, 8:07 AM

Patrick David Weller

Patrick David Weller, 46, of Muskogee is now a registered sex offender and must complete 10 years of probation after he was convicted yesterday of molesting an 18-year-old woman with diminished mental capacity.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, told police Weller performed oral sex on her and grabbed her breasts on a separate occasion.

He had faced similar allegations before against a different woman, according to family members.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:39 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha with heirloom seeds being sent to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a long-term seed storage facility housed deep inside a mountain on a remote island in Norway.

The Cherokee Nation Secretary of Natural Resources office collected nine samples of Cherokee heirloom crops to send to Svalbard, including Cherokee White Eagle Corn, the tribe’s most sacred corn, which is typically used during cultural activities, and three other varieties of corn grown for consumption in distinct locations to keep the strains pure. Other seeds sent to the seed bank include Cherokee Long Greasy Beans, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Cherokee Turkey Gizzard black and brown beans, and Cherokee Candy Roaster Squash.

All nine varieties sent to the seed bank predate European settlement.

“This is history in the making, and none of it could have been possible without the hard work of our staff and the partnership with the team in Norway,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “It is such an honor to have a piece of our culture preserved forever. Generations from now, these seeds will still hold our history and there will always be a part of the Cherokee Nation in the world.”

In 2019, after being interviewed by National Public Radio about the Cherokee Nation’s heirloom seed bank program, Senior Director of Environmental Resources Pat Gwin was contacted by Luigi Guarino, director of science for the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

“He sent me an email and said they would be honored to have the tribe’s seeds in the seed vault,” said Gwin. “This is a tremendous opportunity and honor for the tribe. Additionally, knowing the Cherokee Nation’s seeds will be forever protected and available to us, and us only, is a quite valuable thing indeed.”

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves seed and crop diversity in the case of an agricultural hardship or global catastrophe that would leave future generations without food supplies. The vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million varieties of crops and currently holds more than 980,000 samples from nearly every country in the world.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 3:21 PM

Danny Reed of Fort Gibson was shot and killed this morning, according to Undersheriff Michael Mahan.

Reed was shot in the chest, allegedly by his girlfriend, Cindy Jones, around 9 a.m. on north Six Mile Road. He later succumbed to his injuries. Police have not yet released Jones’s name as the suspect, but have confirmed the suspect was Reed’s girlfriend.

UPDATE: Jones is now in the Muskogee County Jail on a complaint of manslaughter. Reed was 28 years old.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:16 AM

Arrowhead Mall LLC, the company that owns Arrowhead Mall, has sued the city of Muskogee in Muskogee County District Court, alleging the city is wrongfully and unlawfully trying to exercise authority over the mall to prevent the US Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office from moving its office into the mostly-vacant mall.

The Urban Renewal Plan that the city used to say it couldn’t allow the move “expired by its own terms in 2010”, the lawsuit states.

Arrowhead states that it is likely to lose its contract with the VA to fill that office space.

“The Defendants’ actions have left the property with no viable alternative use and constitute a taking without just compensation,” the suit states, alleging that the city is taking control of the mall without paying for that control.

City Attorney Roy Tucker said his reading of the Urban Renewal Plan indicates that it did not expire and therefore still governs the mall.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:07 AM

James Bret Pevehouse, 49, of Warner is charged with felony cruelty to animals in Muskogee County District Court after six witnesses say they saw him abusing two dogs on Jan. 29.

Around 9:30 in the morning, witnesses say Pevehouse was punching and kicking two of his dogs “multiple times” on the side of E. 203rd St. in Warner.

Although the affidavit filed with the case says “six” witnesses saw him, there are seven witnesses listed as endorsed by the DA’s office.

A warrant has been issued for Pevehouse’s arrest.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8:11 AM

Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach today advised voters, candidates, campaign officials, and volunteers to be very aware of — and careful to not violate — state election laws in the February 11 City of Muskogee mayoral and city council election and the Hilldale School Board election next Tuesday. This includes early voting that takes place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on February 6th and 7th.

Beach said all known election law violations will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities, usually the county sheriff and district attorney.

“Our precinct officials are going to be watching very closely on election day for illegal electioneering by candidates, zealous campaign staff, and their volunteers. It’s unlawful in Muskogee County and across the State of Oklahoma to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box,” he explained.

To electioneer means to work for or against election of a particular candidate, political party, or issue. This includes the illegal placement of any campaign signs inside the 300 feet boundary limit away from the ballot box.

Beach said election law violations sometimes committed accidentally by voters include disclosing how one voted while within the election enclosure or removing a ballot from the polling place.

Other violations by voters include taking a ballot into or out of the polling place or taking intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling location. It is unlawful for any person to disclose how he or she voted to any other person while inside the election enclosure. Beach said it also is against the law for anyone other than voters waiting in line to vote and for precinct or other election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during the election.

Citizens can find these and other state election laws in Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes. For more about this topic and other Oklahoma election-related information, please visit

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Monday, February 3, 2020, 9:18 AM

Emma Sherron

Native American youth are invited to participate in the 2020 Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition and Show, scheduled for April 4 through May 2.

All artists must be citizens of a federally recognized tribe, in grades 6-12, and are limited to one entry per person. There is no fee to participate in the competition.

In addition to the monetary awards listed below, the Best in Show winner will also receive a free booth at the Cherokee Art Market in October.

Last year’s Best of Show winner was Tahlequah eighth-grader Emma Sherron for “Woven Wall Hanging.”

“Having my own booth space at Cherokee Art Market was incredible,” Sherron said. “Everyone was very helpful, and it was amazing to be in the environment surrounded by so many elite artists. I learned to weave from my grandma, and she learned from her sister-in-law, my great-aunt, Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Ice. I can’t tell you how special it’s been for me to learn from them. Now I’m sharing traditional art in a way that’s specific to me, and I enjoy using different colors, patterns and sizes in my work. I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity this competition gave me and am excited and proud to carry on both my family and cultural traditions.”

Entries will be received March 26 and 27 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Ho-chee-nee Chapel at Cherokee Heritage Center, located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

Submissions must include an entry form attached to the artwork, an artist agreement form and a copy of the artist’s CDIB card or tribal card.

Artwork is evaluated by division and grade level. Awards include Best in Show - $250; first place - $150; second place - $125; third place - $100; and Bill Rabbit Art Legacy Award - $100.

A reception will be held on April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherokee Heritage Center in conjunction with the 49th Annual Trail of Tears Art Show. Winning artwork selected from the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition will remain on display throughout the duration of the Trail of Tears Art Show.

The Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition is hosted by Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism. Applications are available at

For more information, please contact Deborah Fritts at 918-384-6990 or

The Cherokee Heritage Center is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive in Park Hill.

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Monday, February 3, 2020, 8:16 AM

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Signed into law June 25, 2019, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between January 6, 1962, and May 7, 1975, as well as veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone between January 1, 1967, and August 31, 1971.

These Veterans can now apply for disability compensation and other benefits if they have since developed one of 14 conditions that are presumed to be related to exposure to herbicides. Veterans do not need to prove that they were exposed to herbicides.

The specific conditions can be found by searching the term “Agent Orange” on

The VA is hosting a town hall on the subject on Wednesday at VFW Post 577, 1109 E. 6th St. in Tulsa at 6 p.m.

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 9:23 AM

Eighteen-year-old Kaylee Bryson of Muskogee will drive with Keith Kunz-Curb Agajanian Motorsports for more than 25 races beginning in March, driving the JBL Audio sponsored Toyota/Bullet.

“Kaylee will be an exciting addition to our program this year,” Kunz said. “I’m looking forward to getting her in the car and working with her.”

Coming through micro sprint ranks in Oklahoma, Bryson has emerged as a consistent challenger, winning several big races throughout her teenage years. In 2015, she became the second female in history to win a micro sprint Gold Driller at the Tulsa Shootout. Last year, she topped her first career POWRi Outlaw Micro feature at the I-44 Riverside Speedway.

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:05 AM

The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting just now to appoint a new sheriff to fill the remainder of the term of Rob Frazier, who resigned to take the position of Fort Gibson police chief.

Commissioner Ken Payne said the commissioners thought all four candidates interviewed well for the position.

“One of our priorities was to not undermine the upcoming election,” Ken Doke said.

“I make a motion to appoint Terry Freeman,” Payne said. The board voted unanimously to appoint him.

Freeman is not an interim sheriff, DA Orvil Loge said. He is the official sheriff for the remainder of Freeman’s term, until Dec. 31 of this year.

Freeman was undersheriff for Frazier and his predecessor, Charles Pearson, who was also one of the candidates. Freeman told last week that he has no interest in running for the office in the upcoming election, in which Pearson and Muskogee Police Lieutenant Andy Simmons have both already declared their candidacies.

“We just wanted someone who could come in and Day One run the sheriff’s office,” Doke said. “And he can do that.”

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