Betty Lou Meadows, 86

Born June 28, 1931

Died March 21, 2018

Myrtle L. Fausett, 88

Born June 22, 1929

Died March 20, 2018

Katherine Younger, 81

Born August 20, 1936

Died March 18, 2018


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


Thursday, March 22

2018 Student Art Show
Bread making class
Cliff Casteel Photography Exhibit
Mike Herndon Band Live
Jess C. Epple Jr.

Friday, March 23

2018 Student Art Show

Saturday, March 24

2018 Student Art Show
Oklahoma Carry Course
Bacone Spring Pow Wow
Bedouin Dash Glo N Go 5k

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:23 AM

It’s time for pancakes and sausage as the Muskogee Noon Lions Club hosts its annual Pancake Day from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in the Muskogee Civic Center. Those attending can eat all they want for $5 each and tickets are available at the door.

The “Pride in Oklahoma” menu includes all Oklahoma products with the essential pancakes made by experienced Lions and celebrity cooks using Shawnee Mills products, served with Griffin’s Syrup from Muskogee’s own Griffin Food Company, Blue and Gold sausage, dairy products from Highland Dairy, and drinks from Love’s.

This event has been held for approximately 50 years and benefits many charities in Muskogee. Through its fund raising activities, the Muskogee Noon Lions Club was able to aid several groups in 2017. These included Oklahoma School for the Blind, Muskogee County 4-H, Kelly B. Todd; Ark of Faith, scholarships for seniors at three Muskogee high schools; Oklahoma Lions Club Boys Ranch; Oklahoma Eye Bank; Lions World Services for the Blind; and Leader Dog.

Muskogee Noon Lions Club marked its 101st anniversary last fall and is celebrating over 101 years of service to Muskogee. It is one of the oldest Lions Clubs in the world. Founded in 1916, it helped organize Lions Clubs International in 1917 making it one of the few Founders Clubs in the world.

Sponsorships are available for those wishing to help support the event and the organizations which benefit from it. This year’s event is predicted to be the biggest one yet for the organization.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:17 AM

The Mini-Max store at 2105 Okay Road is hosting a grand opening celebration April 1 through 10.

Attendees can register to win a $100 gift certificate (one of 15). Pony rides will be available on Friday and Saturday of that week, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs and soft drinks will also be available.

On April 6, the store will host its ribbon cutting.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:03 AM

Bobby Rhea Sanders

Bobby Rhea Sanders, 44, of Fort Gibson is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of first-degree burglary and another felony of knowingly concealing stolen property after he allegedly broke into his brother’s home to steal a daschund.

The charges stem from an incident on Feb. 24, where Sanders allegedly broke in through the front door of his brother’s house to grab a daschund named “Slink.” The dog, a piebald daschund, is a member of a breed known for their cuteness, with short, stubby legs and long bodies. Sanders’ brother and his family had owned the dog since it was a puppy four years ago.

Sanders is alleged to have sent his brother’s wife text messages saying “he was supposed to be mine anyways.”

Sanders has a long line of previous convictions, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 1998; malicious injury to property in 1998; uttering a forged instrument in 2000; knowingly concealing stolen property in 2000 (two counts); delivery, possession or manufacture of drug paraphernalia in 2004 and possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute in 2015. In total, he has received more than 40 years in prison sentences, but has served very little of that time.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 11:24 AM

Checotah's Kennedee Rittenhouse shows her golden ticket.

In 2005, a shy singer from Checotah with a huge voice auditioned for what was then the top television show in the nation, American Idol. Carrie Underwood ultimately won that competition and has been a huge country music star since then.

Last night, another Checotah girl auditioned on the new incarnation of American Idol, Kennedee Rittenhouse, whose mother volunteers at the Checotah animal shelter Underwood supports with some of the money she’s made since her turn on Idol.

Initially, the judges seemed skeptical about Rittenhouse’s chances in the competition, despite a voice that judge Lionel Ritchie said he really liked. Rittenhouse then sang Katy Perry’s song to her, and the judges passed her through to Hollywood.

Though the events in Hollywood have already happened, Rittenhouse isn’t permitted to talk about them.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:31 AM

Randy Collins

WARNING: This story contains graphic content.

Randy Collins, 44, of Muskogee was charged in Muskogee County District Court yesterday with two felony counts stemming from an incident that occurred on March 11, according to documents filed with the case.

Collins allegedly beat a 14-year-old girl with a fly swatter, leaving marks on her buttocks, an affidavit filed with the case states. The beating caused “severe physical trauma” to the area. He is then alleged to have inserted the end of the fly swatter into her vagina.

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Monday, March 19, 2018, 3:00 PM

Muskogee Municipal Judge Bret Smith

Muskogee Municipal Judge Bret Smith, who is running for the District Judge seat being vacated by the retiring Tom Alford, said on Friday that, having seen both sides of the court system, fundamental problems are not being addressed.

“You don’t know how often I struggle with folks who owe thousands to the city and the county with only $700 in income every month,” he told supporters at a campaign rally at the Muskogee Golf Club. “We are locking up the indigent, and there’s something unconstitutional about that.”

The poor, he said, often find themselves in a cycle where they owe fines they can’t pay, so they’re arrested again and more fines are added on top.

“We need to take those folks, if they’re willing to get the help they need and work community service, we’ll hook them up with a provider right there in the courtroom,” he said. “Then we can get them out of jail and make our jails available for the people who deserve to be in them.”

As a juvenile judge for ten years, Smith said he also saw a cycle problem dealing with kids who were getting kicked out of school.

“When they had a troubled child, they’d expel him and send him home,” he said. “We would send them back and they’d get kicked out again.”

Working with Superintendent Mike Garde, he said the group created a boot school, where troubled students could get rigorous instruction, discipline and the help they needed to break the cycle of being troubled.

His ultimate goal, he said, is to make the communities he serves safer for families, by focusing not on just locking everyone up, but making sure the people who need to be in jail are.

So far no other candidates have declared they are running for the seat.

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Monday, March 19, 2018, 10:36 AM

Walter and June Points

Walter Points, 65, of Muskogee is charged with three counts of child sexual abuse and three counts of child abuse by injury in Muskogee County District Court. His wife, June Points, 62, is charged with three counts of enabling child abuse.

The charges stem from March 14, when police received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance and possible assault at 1701 S. 6th St around 5 p.m.

While on the scene police say they learned Walter Points had hit, choked and stomped a 12-year-old, leaving visible injuries. Officers continued investigating and say they learned that the assault stemmed from the boy disclosing physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Walter Points. Two additional juvenile victims, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, said they were sexually abused by Walter Points, and the abuse had been going on for around five years.

During forensic interviews with six children living in the home, the three children disclosed physical, emotional, and mental abuse by both Walter and June Points and sexual abuse by Walter Points.

Both were arrested on March 16.

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Monday, March 19, 2018, 9:15 AM

Dustin Wright, 33, of Eufaula was critically injured and his passenger, Tara Park, 26, of Eufaula was also hurt when the 2003 Suzuki Vinson 500 ATV Wright was driving rolled multiple times after he lost control.

The wreck, which occurred late Saturday night, happened four miles north and eight miles west of Eufaula in McIntosh County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Wright was flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted in critical condition with head injuries. Park drove herself to the same hospital to be checked for her injuries.

The patrol cited drinking-impaired ability as a possible cause of the wreck.


Sunday, March 18, 2018, 9:21 AM

Traffic to MuskogeeNOW has steadily and rapidly increased since we started this site in 2009 with no viewers. Today, our viewership averages 48,000 daily, with spikes during the week and valleys during the weekends.

We count as a “viewer” a single IP address in a 24-hour period. An IP address is a number assigned by your Internet provider to your specific device. The first time our server logs see that number, the server records that IP address as one “viewer.” Then, for the next 24 hours, no matter how many times our server sees that same number, it still only counts as one viewer. What all that means is our actual “hit” count is WAY higher, going past 200,000 on some days, and on rare occasions (such as a big story breaking), into the millions.

That kind of traffic is hard for any server to handle, harder still if the site is running complicated programs to ensure Facebook, Twitter and Google get all the information they want to index the site. One of those items all three want is a text description of the main picture that accompanies each article, and our site was providing that information, but it was doing it each time a story was accessed, for each story on every page that was served to someone. What all that means is when the site was getting millions of “hits” in a single day (not viewers, but hits), it was analyzing each picture that appeared on each story millions of times a day, and the server just couldn’t handle it, so it would crash.

We’ve solved that problem, with the added bonus that the site should load a lot faster for everyone as well.

Thanks for being part of a good problem to have.

(If you’re interested, there’s a more technical explanation here.)

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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:42 PM

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in a school bus at 32nd and Okmulgee.

A school bus caught fire in a Taco Bell parking lot at 32nd and Okmulgee, according to the Muskogee Fire Department.

“I heard something huge, and it shook my house,” a close neighbor said. “And then there was fire and ambulances and firefighters everywhere.”

No one was hurt in the blaze, according to a fire official who answered the phone at the department.

The bus is green and white, which are Muskogee High School colors, but there is no name, so right now, there is no identification for what school the bus is from.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:32 PM

Four people are on their way to the hospital right now — two in critical condition — according to Mechele Cruz with Muskogee County EMS.

The two have life-threatening injuries, and two others are in stable condition, she said. Three EMS units responded, one is still at the scene.

Muskogee Police have not yet responded as to what caused the wreck. We will update when they do.

UPDATE: One of the victims is being flown by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital, Cruz said. That victim’s injuries are life-threatening.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:20 PM

Jeffrey Lampkin

WARNING: This story contains graphic content.

Jeffrey Dean Lampkin, 34, of Muskogee is charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12 in Muskogee County District Court in a case that allegedly occurred around March 13.

The girl, who is 9, said Lampkin touched her in the vagina, using two fingers and moving them in a circular motion. The girl also said two other men in California and Oklahoma touch her sexually. She said it usually happens in the mornings, when her mother is asleep. The girl said it has happened “lots of times,” according to an affidavit filed with the case.

Lampkin has not been arrested yet and has retained an attorney to fight the charges.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:33 AM

Muskogee Police were called to Irving Elementary School yesterday around 9 a.m. after a student found drugs in the pocket of the jacket he was wearing.

The drugs, which appeared to be either methamphetamine or a similar substance, were in the student’s mother’s jacket. The student is either a fifth or fourth grader, a source at the school advised.

The student was previously unaware of the presence of the drugs.

UPDATE: The Muskogee Police said Kastie Hollis, 27, was arrested after the child found a bottle containing what is believed to be narcotics.

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Hollis was arrested on a city warrant and a new complaint of child endangerment.

DHS has been contacted by the police.

NOTE: A previous version of this story said the drugs belonged to the child’s father, which was the information we were given by the source at the schools. We changed it to reflect what the police told us.


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Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:25 AM

With the impending retirement of longtime Muskogee Public Schools Superintendent Mike Garde, the district is in the market for a new superintendent.

The schools, “in an effort to obtain stakeholder input regarding the qualifications and characteristics” of the new superintendent, are hosting four community and staff forums on March 28 at 202 W. Broadway.

At noon, the AIM Committee and the Chamber of Commerce Business will meet, with lunch provided.

At 1:30 p.m., the Muskogee Public Schools administrators meet.

At 4 p.m., the district’s staff meets.

At 5:30 p.m., the community meets.

The state school boards association will provide a search consultant to run the meetings, which are designed to be conversational and interactive.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:51 AM

A man fires a gun into the air to disperse a crowd outside Pepper's Club early Saturday morning.

The owners of Pepper’s Nightclub are seeking information about a man who shot a pistol into the air at their club early last Saturday.

Around 2 a.m., about 50 people were exiting the club when then-manager Bennie Compton watched as one of his guests fired a pistol into the air. Compton had been told the video cameras in the bar were not recording, so when the owners asked, he allegedly told them “a Mexican pulled up and started shooting.”

The video, reproduced above in gif form, clearly shows who did the shooting.

The club’s owners are asking for the public’s help in identifying the people involved. If you have any information, call the Muskogee Sheriff’s Office at 918-687-0202.

This is the man who was allegedly shooting.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:59 AM

Kyle Wayne Schaefer

Kyle Wayne Schaefer, 41, of Muskogee is charged with felony domestic abuse - assault and battery after a Feb. 20 event where he allegedly beat and head-butted his ex-girlfriend, breaking her nose.

Schaefer has previously been convicted of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor (2007) and sentenced to a year, with all but 20 days suspended. He was also convicted in 2012 of possession of controlled substance - felony level, and sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended. He was also convicted in 2011 of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor - second and subsequent offense, a felony, and sentenced to five years in prison, all suspended. He was convicted at the same time of protective order violation and sentenced to a year in the Muskogee County Jail, that also suspended.

He was also previously convicted of possession of controlled dangerous substance - felony level, sentenced to seven years in prison, all seven years suspended, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, sentenced to five years in prison with all five years suspended.

His total sentences add up to 24 years in prison, of which he has served no time.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:47 AM

Dwight Dee Jenkins

Dwight Dee Jenkins, 45, of Muskogee is charged with felony child abuse after a seven-year-old he allegedly punched in the face missed school due to the injury.

Jenkins allegedly admitted punching the little boy, whose mother then allegedly withheld the boy from school so no one would see the bruising on his face.

When the boy did go back to school, the school called DHS.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:13 AM

Students at Muskogee and Oktaha Schools have walked out in support of legislation ensuring no more gun violence at schools.

“We support them in trying to get this stopped,” Oktaha Superintendent Jerry Needham said just now. “When they’re done with the walkout, we’ll get on with our day.”

Students nationwide are walking out today in efforts to support laws to ensure no more mass shootings occur in schools.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:56 AM

Muskogee Police Officer Ron Yates will be driving this car.

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway opens up the doors and the throttles this weekend for its first NASCAR Whelen Series race cars, according to the track’s Stanley Slader.

“We are having an open practice on Saturday,” he said. “And our big car show will also be at the Civic Center.”

Two Muskogee Police officers, Ron Yates and Devin Beach, will take part in the open practice, which starts at Thunderbird after the car show, around 2 p.m.

Muskogee Police Officer Devin Beach will drive this car.

The car show starts at 10 a.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center, and runs to 2 p.m., according to Slader. After that, the festivities move to the Thunderbird Speedway’s historic half-mile track for an open practice.

“Also Saturday afternoon, we will have our new quarter-mile dirt track for Dwarf cars mini sprints, and everybody that wants to practice,” Slader said.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:48 AM

David Aaron Lewis

WARNING: This story contains descriptions of sexual acts.

David Aaron Lewis, 26, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of first-degree rape after an incident that happened on March 8.

On that date, Lewis and the victim, whose name we are withholding according to MuskogeeNOW’s policy of not revealing the identities of victims of sexual crimes, were engaged in consensual sex, documents filed with the case allege. “The defendant got rough with the victim and restraining her by holding her wrists and even choked her,” an affidavit filed with the case states.

Lewis allegedly admitted having sex with the victim, but denied that he raped her, despite the fact that she said she resisted when the sex got rough and begged him to stop. Police and forensic investigators later determined that the victim had injuries on her neck and wrists consistent with her story.

She alleges Lewis forced his penis into her mouth, vagina and rectum and that he was physically aggressive while restraining her and forcing her to have sex with him.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:42 AM

Cheerod Culberson

Cherrod Demonte Culberson, 23, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with two felonies: lewd molestation and child neglect in a case stemming from March 8 of this year.

According to court documents filed with the case, an 8-year-old girl told forensic investigators that Culberson sexually molested her in Muskogee and in other jurisdictions around the state. The girl further told investigators that he would “masturbate in her presence.”

The sexual interactions were “continued” “in multiple jurisdictions,” the girl said.

He is alleged to have “intentionally looked upon, touched, and felt the body or private parts” of the girl, as well as sexually molesting her.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:57 PM

Teachers wait the start of the Muskogee School Board Meeting.

Teachers are picketing outside and parking their signs in the meeting room and two overflow areas as the Muskogee School Board prepares to meet.

Teachers are expected to address the board about their current “work to contract” protest and the scheduled April 2 walkout.

Teachers picket outside.

One resident, Tim King, worried that the walkout would affect his daughter’s ability to graduate.

Superintendent Mike Garde addressed that issue: “Some students will have enough credits already to meet graduation requirements,” he said. “We have received guidance from the state board of education. We will graduate our seniors.”

Mike Colvin addresses the board.

Teacher Mike Colvin told the board his motivation isn’t about his personal finances.

“I don’t want a raise,” he said. “I knew what I was getting into when I signed up to be a teacher. But the legislature has chosen over and over again to not fund education. We’ve wiped out an elementary school, consolidated. I never thought I’d see 30 students per classroom. The roof at AR leaks. Windows let in air, good substitute teachers can’t make a living here on three days a week. We have books with no covers, beyond repair. Computers are missing keys and have broken screens.

“I knew what I was signing up for when I became a teacher. And this isn’t it.”

Diane Walker says teachers want to teach.

MHS teacher Diane Walker asked the board to support the upcoming walkout.

“None of us want to walk out or leave public education,” she said. “Too many have already left. We need to have dedicated people who aren’t just here for two years until they find something else. We are asking you to support the future; I touch the future one student at a time.”

The school board just passed a measure to close the schools of teachers walk out. The measure passed 5-0.

UPDATE 7:21 pm: The schools just released the following:

Muskogee Public Schools has selected the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to assist in its search for the next superintendent and school board members want to include the community in the search process.

“The Muskogee Public School Board has joined with the OSSBA in a collaborated effort to attract a pool of quality, qualified applicants to select our next superintendent of schools,” said school board President Keith Biglow. “It is the desire of the Board to move forward with this process as quickly as possible and to have our new superintendent in place in the very near future.”

An online survey will be available March 14-30, 2018 for parents, school employees and other community members to share what qualities they believe are important in the next superintendent. The survey is posted on the school district’s website at

The board also plans to host a community forum, which will be announced at a future date. Biglow said board members will use information gathered via the survey and forum to help guide them in their decision.

Teachers picket down Broadway.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:25 AM

Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service has announced the availability of a membership program to Muskogee County residents and their families.

For $70, the member and all qualified household members can be covered for one year ending March 31, 2019. The membership can cover out-of-pocket expenses for medically necessary emergency ambulance service not covered in full by insurance. Selected non-emergency transports may also be covered. Limitations apply so please see the membership brochure for full details.

To enroll, or for more information, call EMS at (918) 683-0130. Additional information and application is available online at

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:00 AM

The Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center at 566 N. 6th St. (corner of Martin Luther King and 6th), has scheduled an Easter egg dive for March 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Children age 3 to 12 can splash, swim and dive for eggs. Prize eggs will contain turtles for Easter prizes. Each paid swimmer will also receive a free pass to River Country Family Water Park and candy.

Each child must be accompanied by someone 16 or older.

The event costs $5 per child, maximum of 100 swimmers. Call 918-684-6304 for more information.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:47 PM

The Cherokee Nation is giving its certified teachers at Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School an immediate pay raise.

The 45 certified teachers are expected to receive a $5,000 lump sum payment on March 29 for the current contract year with $5,000 added to the teachers’ base salary on July 1, when the teachers’ new contract year begins.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker proposed the legislation and Tribal Council approved it 16-1 during Monday night’s Tribal Council meeting.

“Over the past decade the state of Oklahoma has made drastic budget cuts to public education. At the same time, the responsibilities of teachers continue to increase exponentially. From monitoring student safety, to test preparation to finding ways to help students in need of food or school supplies, Oklahoma teachers go above and beyond the call of duty each day and with fewer resources each year,” Chief Baker said. “Cherokee Nation is unwavering in its commitment to public schools, students and teachers. This pay increase reaffirms that commitment and, I hope, sends a message to state leaders that they should follow Cherokee Nation’s lead and raise pay for all certified teachers in the state.”

The current average salary for certified teachers at Sequoyah High School and Cherokee Immersion Charter School is $42,815.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 4:57 PM

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph

Major County Sheriff Steven Randolph is under arrest. Last November, the District 26 District Attorney’s Office requested OSBI agents investigate allegations against the sheriff in relation to a confrontation with his daughter’s boyfriend in May 2017.

Randolph is alleged to have pulled his sheriff’s vehicle in front of Carlos Aguilar, reached through the open window of Aguilar’s truck and grabbed Aguilar by the clothes near his neck, and threatened to kill him.

Randolph’s wife persuaded him to let go of Aguilar.

Randolph then allegedly pointed his gun toward the roadway and fired a shot. The investigation culminated today with Randolph’s arrest on three misdemeanor counts including assault and battery, malicious injury to property, and reckless conduct with a firearm. Agents arrested Randolph at the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into that county’s jail.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 10:05 AM

Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and Principal Chief Bill John Baker sign their names to the final steel beam placed on the W.W. Hastings expansion.

The final steel beam of the W.W. Hastings expansion project was hoisted into place Friday, completing the facility’s massive four-story steel frame in Tahlequah.

The Cherokee Nation celebrated the facility’s construction progress with a topping out ceremony, attended by more than 300 tribal, federal, state and health officials.

When the 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility opens in 2019, it will be the largest health center operated by the Cherokee Nation and the largest tribal health facility in the country.

Leaders from Indian Health Service Headquarters in Maryland to Hastings Hospital doctors and nurses autographed the final beam during the ceremony to leave their mark on the historic facility.

More than 30 departments will relocate to the new outpatient facility, including pharmacy, primary care, dental, laboratory, and rehabilitation and wellness. The facility will house 240 exam rooms, an ambulatory surgery center with five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites. It will also include a specialty clinic with cardiologists and more orthopedics, a dental clinic with 35 chairs, 16 eye-exam rooms, three audiology testing booths, and diagnostic imaging, including MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds.

The new outpatient facility will create more than 850 health care jobs.

Located next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, the outpatient facility exterior will feature natural lighting, wood and stone. It will include traditional design elements such as abstract floor patterns that represent the reed used in traditional Cherokee basketry and an east-facing entrance.

When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built for 60,000 patient visits per year.

In fiscal year 2017, W.W. Hastings had more than 421,000 patient visits, delivered more than 900 babies and filled more than a million prescriptions.


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Monday, March 12, 2018, 8:52 AM

Muskogee Education Association President Mike Walcutt, left, will be on hand to answer questions.

The Muskogee Education Association will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Thursday March 15, 2018 beginning at 5:30 in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Muskogee High.

This is open to the public, particularly parents and students.

The town hall will give parents a chance to hear from teachers the reasoning behind the ongoing job actions and give them a chance for a question and answer session.

The event is open to anyone in the immediate area, not just Muskogee, however, the association will only be able to answer specific questions about the Muskogee Public Schools district.


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Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:36 AM

Students from Muskogee High School, Hilldale High School and Alice Robertson Junior High School will get together on stage tonight at the Roxy Theater downtown to showcase their talent and the shows their schools have put on this year.

The show, Spring Follies Showcase, will highlight songs from “Sister Act,” “Into the Woods”, “Once Upon a Mattress,” Mulan,” “Waitress”, and “Bee More Chill,” among others.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., Tickets are $10, and concessions are available.

For more information, call 918-684-6366.

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Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:19 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Steve Kouplen, D-Beggs, has issued the following statement on behalf of House Democrats in support of Oklahoma teachers as they organize and prepare to walk out in the face of low wages and inadequate education funding.

“In the past year, House Republican leadership has continued to put revenue measures up for a vote on the House floor that disproportionately affect working-class Oklahomans and protect corporations and wealthy campaign donors.

“Although the Republican majority gets to choose the legislation that makes it to the House floor, the Republican Caucus has yet to have a high enough percentage of their members support a revenue package that would pass if the measure had equal support from Democrats. In fact, a Republican-authored bill that would have raised enough revenue for a teacher pay raise was supported by 82 percent of Democrats last November, but it failed because less than 75 percent of the House Republican Caucus supported it.

“Our caucus is dedicated to finding a long term solution to the current funding crisis that cripples our state. However, investing in our teachers, our students, and our state is going to take more than the $106 million provided from capping itemized deductions, and it is going to take more than the $22 million raised on gaming modernization. The only legitimate path forward to fund the myriad critical needs in this state is one that is truly bipartisan; a plan where all parties are allowed equal input into the final details, not another plan dictated by Republican leadership and presented as a ‘take it or leave it’ deal.

“We fully support the right of teachers to organize. For longer than any of our current members have been in the House, Democratic Caucus members have stood side-by-side with teachers and have fought to protect funding for our most valuable resource – public education.”

Muskogee Republican Rep. Avery Frix has “voted to fund education every time,” he said on Wednesday, just after teachers voted to walk out.


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