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DEATHS

W. Bruce Madding, 60

Born September 7, 1961

Died December 2, 2021

Bertie Faye "Nana" Metzger, 85

Born April 1, 1936

Died December 2, 2021

Larry D. Cragg, 69

Born February 17, 1952

Died December 1, 2021

Bill D. Chanslor, 88

Born June 3, 1933

Died December 1, 2021

Jimmy Lee Bryson, 83

Born July 28, 1938

Died November 30, 2021

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THINGS TO DO

Friday, December 3, 2021, 9:32 AM

Muskogee County District Judge Bret Smith launched his re-election campaign last night at the Muskogee Country Club with accolades from lawyers and citizens praising him as fair and thoughtful.

Around 150 people attended the event, and Smith spoke about his passion for helping children and equal justice for everyone.

Smith was elected in 2018 and has seen the courthouse through several transitions and crises, including navigating the COVID-19 shutdowns while keeping court cases moving as much as possible during the crisis.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021, 8:49 AM

Glenda Risenhoover, 62, of Fort Gibson died around 5:45 yesterday on the Muskogee Turnpike after her vehicle collided with a semi, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Risenhoover was southbound at mile marker 4 when her 2010 Ford Edge departed the roadway to the right, striking a Freightliner semi that was parked on the side of the road, the patrol stated. Risenhoover’s condition at the time and the cause of the wreck are unknown at the time, according to the patrol.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:02 PM

Rebecca Jean Boyd

Rebecca Jean Boyd, 29, of Muskogee went missing in 2002, according to reports from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. In July of 2005, a skull was found in a field in Kiowa by a farmer, and the body part was identified only as Jane Doe, since it could not be identified.

Today, the OSBI announced that it has identified the skull as Boyd’s.

The rest of Boyd’s body has not been recovered, and her cause of death is undetermined at this point.

Boyd was visiting relatives in Lawton on July 26, 2002, which is the last time she was seen alive. Her skull was identified this year when detectives matched her skull’s DNA with Boyd’s DNA, which had been entered into a national missing persons database.

The OSBI is pledging to discover how her skull ended up in the field, whether any foul play was involved, and if so, who was responsible.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7:35 AM

Mayor Marlon J. Coleman will officially kick off the Christmas season tomorrow with the Depot District tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

The heart of Muskogee’s Depot District, the Depot Green, will feature a 35-foot tall Christmas tree and the brand new P&R Railroad passenger train. The train will provide rides around the Depot District, which has been decked out in its holiday best.

The Christmas season in Muskogee is full of lights, events and action. For a complete list of holiday happenings visit www.visitmuskogee/holiday.

The Depot Green is located at 205 Elgin Avenue in Muskogee.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 7:22 AM

Muskogee’s Christmas Home Tour gets going this weekend, taking participants around town to some of the most beautifully decorated homes in town, and including a silent tree auction, cocktails and desserts from local vendors and entertainment by Suzanne Barnes.

The times are:

  • Friday, December 3rd at 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the homes
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Country Club for a silent tree auction, cocktails and desserts from local vendors, and entertainment by Suzanne Barnes.
  • Christmas Day Tour – Saturday, December 4th at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for the candlelight tour and $10 for the day tour and benefit Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-Muscular Center in Muskogee. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Monday, November 29, 2021, 8:07 AM

After debuting with a sold out run in 2019, and having to postpone plans to perform in 2020, “Christmas In Killarney” is launching its national tour in the 2021 holiday season and will play here tomorrow night, according to Muskogee Civic Center manager John Cruz.

Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, “Christmas In Killarney” combines the excitement of Irish dance with the harmonies of traditional Christmas classics including “Sleigh Ride,” “O Holy Night,” “Holly and Ivy,” and “Carol of the Bells” and others.

“Christmas in Killarney” focuses on traditional Christmas music and Irish dance, with singers, musical performers and Irish dancers. Set in Killarney, Ireland in the late 1920s, the stage production shows what it means to celebrate Christmas the Irish way. Watch Irish dancers leap through the air and tap their feet while you enjoy the music and harmonies of the season.

Tickets are still available online at www.muskogeeciviccenter.com or www.ticketstorm.com. Also 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center Box Office.

“This is the biggest musical to perform at the Muskogee Civic Center stage,” Cruz said. “It is a good musical to open up our Christmas season.”

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Friday, November 26, 2021, 9:25 AM

Collin Phillippi, 29 of Checotah died in Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa of head, trunk, external, internal and leg injuries after he was pinned when a 2003 Dodge pickup driven by Robert Johnston, 32, of Eufaula, wrecked on Texanna Road in McIntosh County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Johnston was not injured, nor was Christopher Hellweg, 28, of Checotah, who also was a passenger. None of the three men were wearing seatbelts, according to the patrol.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation.

UPDATE: Johnston was found deceased over the weekend by family members, according to a law enforcement source. Authorities are working to determine an official cause of death.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 7:39 AM

After noticing an increased use of unmarked police cars for routine traffic enforcement, Sen. Cody Rogers, R-Tulsa, announced on Monday that he has filed Senate Bill 1109 calling for municipal police departments to use clearly marked vehicles.

“The concern is that these vehicles are being used for revenue generation as opposed to tools for public safety on our roads,” Rogers said. “I’ve heard from many constituents who have had encounters with law enforcement and had no way of identifying their vehicles or if they were even actual officers at all.”

Muskogee Police generally do not use unmarked vehicles for traffic enforcement, but some surrounding towns do.

SB 1109 also calls on municipal police to use markings that are in contrasting colors for maximum visibility. This would put a stop to the use of “ghost markings” on police vehicles and ensure that citizens would easily be able to identify police officers.

“People tend to pay more attention and have better driving habits when marked police cars are around,” Rogers said. “If we’re concerned about public safety, then we should get more of those vehicles out there.”

The bill can be heard when the regular session begins February 7, 2022.

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Monday, November 22, 2021, 12:05 PM

With 11,807 deaths from COVID-19, Oklahoma now holds a dubious record: more deaths than 70 Oklahoma City bombings.

The 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 168 people and until 9/11 was listed as the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

Oklahoma reported 667 new COVID cases today, more than 2,000 over the weekend. The nation is reportedly experiencing a new surge of the disease, even though most places have relaxed their protocols against it, believing the worst to be over.

Last week, America reached the same total number of COVID cases as it did in all of 2020.

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Monday, November 22, 2021, 10:26 AM

Muskogee martial arts legend Louie Cruz passed away over the weekend after a battle with COVID-19, according to family and friends.

Cruz had been on a ventilator prior to his passing.

The owner and chief instructor at Dragon Fly Dojo on York Street, Cruz gave inspiration and training to numerous families throughout the Muskogee area as he mentored countless martial arts champions. Himself a champion, Cruz’s two brothers, Charlie Meggyes and Michael Cruz, were also martial arts champions, as well as his sons, Ryan Cruz and Brandon Cruz.

Cruz’s Facebook page was flooded with tributes from friends, family, students and ex-students and their parents yesterday and today as the shock of his passing sank in.

“This is with a heavy heart and a river of tears!” Meggyes said in a message. “My brother, best friend and mentor, Master Louie ‘Dragonfly’ Cruz passed away this evening! I am at a loss for words right now!”

No word yet on funeral arrangements, but they will be posted here when they become available.

UPDATE, Nov. 23: Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation starts today until 5 p.m., runs Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to greet friends.

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Monday, November 22, 2021, 7:47 AM

Tickets are on sale now for the Muskogee Little Theater’s production of A Christmas Story.

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television each Christmas. Set in the 1940s, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts - an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full ensemble numbers.

A Christmas Story the Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.

Tickets are available at www.muskogeelittletheatre.com. The show runs Dec. 3 to Dec. 11.

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Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:10 PM

Christopher Hill, 47, of Checotah was killed around 3:30 this morning just east of S. 4295 Road in McIntosh County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Hill was driving a 2004 Chevy Tahoe eastbound when it departed the roadway to the right, overcorrected and departed to the left of the roadway, where it overturned and struck trees, finally coming to rest.

Hill was pronounced dead at the scene due to massive injuries, the patrol reported. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Friday, November 19, 2021, 7:51 AM

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Aaron Isaiah Johnson, age 33, of Haskell, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of robbery in indian country; two counts of use, carry and brandish of firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; two counts of burglary in the second degree in Indian Country; kidnapping in Indian Country; assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in Indian Country; and conspiracy to commit robbery in Indian Country.

Johnson’s jury trial began with opening statements on November 8 and concluded on November 12, with the jury returning guilty verdicts on all nine criminal counts. Based on the jury’s verdicts, Johnson is facing up to life imprisonment.

During the trial the United States presented evidence the defendant committed a series of criminal offenses including: on January 11, 2018, the defendant and two co-conspirators forcibly entered an occupied residence in Porter, where they tied up, blindfolded, and robbed at 13-year old boy at gunpoint; on December 18, 2018, the defendant and a co-conspirator forcibly entered an occupied residence in Haskell, where they assaulted an 82-year old man with a rifle, and robbed him at gun point; on February 27, 2019, the defendant burglarized the Red Bird Fire Station in Red Bird, and stole two fire department emergency vehicles; and on March 14, 2019, the defendant burglarized the Liberty Fire Station in Mounds, and stole a fire department emergency vehicle.

The trial evidence established that Johnson was arrested and charged in the District Court of Muskogee County with the January 11, 2018 home invasion. The defendant was released on pretrial bond and required to wear a GPS equipped ankle bracelet. The United States utilized the data recorded from the Johnson’s ankle bracelet to prove the defendant was present at, and committed, the subsequent home invasion robbery and burglaries.

The guilty verdicts were the result of an investigation by the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the defendant in this case is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Wagoner County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee Nation Reservations, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

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Friday, November 19, 2021, 7:42 AM

Two hundred smoked turkeys and all the fixings will be distributed from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow morning at the Martin Luther King Center for free. A local physician has paid for the meals to be distributed to families in need.

Area churches have identified the families in need and the packaged meals baskets will presented in a drive-through process.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity along with city counselor Derrick Reed of the Martin Luther King Center have teamed up to operate the giveaway.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021, 8:04 AM

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation with the search for a missing Haskell woman. On Tuesday the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing persons report.

Tamera Lynn Banks, who also goes by Ellison Banks, was last seen on Monday, November 15 on Highway 64 in Haskell.

The 43-year-old’s vehicle was found at her residence.

If you have seen Banks for know anything about her disappearance, please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov, or the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 687-0202.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 8:19 AM

A man in his 20s was stabbed to death, allegedly by a Native American juvenile, yesterday, according to law enforcement officials. The man, whose identity has not been released, was stabbed on Scott Street in Fort Gibson yesterday afternoon, they report.

Police in Fort Gibson turned the case over to the FBI because the suspect is Native and therefore falls under their jurisdiction.

The man was pronounced dead when he arrived at Saint Francis Hospital in Muskogee.

The FBI has not returned calls for comment.

UPDATE: The FBI confirms that a man was stabbed to death inside a residence in Fort Gibson and that it is working with the Fort Gibson Police Department and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service on the case because the suspect, who is in custody, is a Native. The agency would not confirm that the suspect is a juvenile, and said its policy prevents it from releasing the names of victims.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 8:07 AM

Patrick Dearman was driving on a local highway when someone cut in front of him and forced him into a ditch in the process, according to family and friends. Dearman, they said, honked and sped up to tailgate the vehicle of the person who did it.

The man driving the vehicle pulled off the road, and when Dearman passed him, pulled in behind him and followed him.

Dearman pulled into his apartment complex and the man rear-ended him, family said, and got out of his vehicle and started punching Dearman’s window. Dearman got out of his vehicle and the man knocked him out, family members say. After he was unconscious, the man jumped on top of him and continued beating him until someone else pulled him off.

Dearman was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was treated for a broken cheekbone, a fractured jaw, two cuts, multiple bruises and scrapes and a brain bleed.

Police have not yet responded to questions about the case.

UPDATE:

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Police have said Christopher P. Brown, 57, was arrested at the scene and taken into custody on a charge of aggravated assault and battery.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:42 AM

The Imaginaries will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at Muskogee’s Historic Roxy Theater. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by phone at 405-613-8195.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Maggie McClure, from Norman and Shane Henry from Verden, both caught the music bug early. Maggie was given her first keyboard by her parents when she was only a year old.

She has opened for Sara Bareilles and Walk Off The Earth, has had more than 45 original song placements on TV shows such as Dr. Phil, Cougar Town, The Real World, The Vineyard, and The Hills, in TV movies like Hallmark Channel’s My Christmas Love, and in the feature films Cowgirls N’ Angel sand A Cowgirl’s Story. She also had a recurring role on ABC’s The Middle and was cast in the Disney show Violetta as the lead character’s English singing voice.

Shane was 12 years old when his dad, who played guitar, made a point of exposing him to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix. He played 30 dates on tour with B.B. King, and also toured with Etta James, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Johnny Winter, Edwin McCain, the Neville Brothers, and Grand Funk Railroad to name a few. He has had many song placements on NBC, CBS, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and the E! Television network, as well as in feature films.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:35 AM

A bill filed with the State House that would have created an independent redistricting committee to redraw the state’s Congressional districts based on the state’s interests — rather than those of the political party in power in order to insulate current legislators’ chances of re-election — died without being heard in the House Committee controlling redistricting.

House Joint Resolution 1001, by State Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Del City, would have created an independent redistricting committee to prohibit anyone with financial or political interest - lawmakers, lobbyists, their families - from serving on the committee. It also would have added independent voters to the process for the first time.

“It’s disappointing that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle refused to even hear the proposed legislation,” Fugate said. “Instead of drawing districts to better serve communities, our current redistricting process allows politicians to choose the communities they serve. It’s time to stop a century of politicians picking their voters. In our country, voters get to pick their politicians.”

The current proposed redistricting map was created without input from Independents or Democrats, and is viewed as likely to be adopted without change in the Republican-controlled state Legislature.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:32 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Monday participated in the White House Tribal Nations Summit, encouraging the United States government to support new educational opportunities for Native students and to make key investments that help tribes save and perpetuate their sacred languages.

The two-day virtual Tribal Nations Summit, the first gathering of tribal leaders since 2016, was established to connect the Biden Administration, in a nation-to-nation setting, with tribal leaders from across the country.

During a panel on Native American education and Native languages, Chief Hoskin spoke about the Cherokee Nation’s $40 million investment to replace or upgrade Head Start centers with modern facilities and about the expansion of the Cherokee language immersion school. He also encouraged the creation of a Bureau of Indian Education program similar to the Indian Health Service joint-venture program that would allow tribes to incur construction costs for upgrading BIE school facilities, such as Cherokee Nation’s Sequoyah High School campus in Tahlequah.

Chief Hoskin also highlighted Cherokee Nation’s ongoing efforts to save the Cherokee language in both spoken and written form. Currently, only about 2,000 fluent Cherokee speakers remain and the average age of a fluent speaker is nearly 70 years old. Chief Hoskin has worked with Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and the Council of the Cherokee Nation to make historic investments for preserving and growing the Cherokee language.

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Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:36 AM

The Muskogee County Democratic Party and the Democratic Women of Muskogee will hold a joint holiday meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Center.

Democrats will have an opportunity to schedule their turn as Salvation Army bell ringers after the party accepted the Republican Party’s challenge, the shifts are 1 ½ hour long at Hobby Lobby and WalMart.

Plans for the new year will be discussed and Democrats will share goals for 2022.

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Friday, November 12, 2021, 8:27 AM

Native students preparing for the national ACT exam in December can now register for a free virtual workshop hosted by Cherokee Nation Foundation.

The Dec. 4 workshop is hosted in partnership with Testing With Success for students in grades 9-12, with preference given to Cherokee Nation citizens.

“These workshops are a great way for students to build upon their existing knowledge, gain valuable testing strategies and increase their confidence ahead of the national exam,” said Janice Randall, executive director of CNF. “Whether preparing for their first exam or looking to better a previous score, this workshop has proven a valuable opportunity for students willing to put in the work.”

Testing With Success provides customized testing preparation, featuring copyrighted strategies and specialized testing handbooks that deliver significant results.

Registration for the Dec. 4 workshop is available through Dec. 1 at www.cherokeenationfoundation.org.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7:02 AM

The Cherokee Nation is looking to hire 10 new teachers to help with the tribe’s ongoing expansion of its Cherokee language programs and immersion school efforts.

Cherokee Nation needs 10 certified teachers, including one who has a special education certification. Applicants are not currently required to speak Cherokee but will be trained as part of the program.

“Preserving the Cherokee language and growing the number of Cherokee speakers is critical to the Cherokee Nation’s future,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “This will continue to be our priority, which is why I recently announced that we will create a second Cherokee language immersion school under the umbrella of the Cherokee Language Department. To help with these language preservation and perpetuation efforts, we need to hire new teachers who can help us achieve our goals. We will provide them with all of the tools and training they need to succeed while working with our language program.”

Many of the tribe’s current state-certified teaching staff are at or near the age of retirement, so the new teachers will help fill the gaps being left by those who are retiring, as well as fill the new jobs being created by expansion of the Cherokee language program.

Those hired by the Cherokee Nation will go through approximately 30 months of training including 24 continuous months of Cherokee language learning within the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, along with six months of immersion school teaching methodology training and the study of other successful immersion school systems.

All interested applicants can apply at https://loom.ly/izvTyrY or email questions to clmap@cherokee.org.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:47 AM

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Shawna Lee, 43, and Keith Morrison, 36, of Muskogee County are charged with two felonies each in Muskogee County District Court after police say they found two toddlers strapped to their beds and held there with zip ties — and “piles of trash” littered throughout the house on E. 93rd Street.

The children’s hands and feet were restrained with the zip ties, according to affidavits filed with the cases.

Along with the piles of trash, investigators found “dirty, soiled diapers” throughout the residence, along with rotting food.

They are both charged with child abuse and child neglect and are in the Muskogee County Jail on $50,000 bond each.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:04 AM

Muskogee’s Historic Roxy Theater will kick off the holiday season with the showing of the comedy classic Christmas Vacation on Saturday, November 13.

The 1989 box office hit stars Chevy Chase in his comedic prime and veteran actress Beverly D’Angelo with Randy Quaid and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki. Both the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings of the movie are free to the public.

The third installment of movies that follow the Griswold family was adapted from the short story “Christmas 59” written by John Hughes. The movie’s scenic exteriors were filmed in Summit County, Breckinridge, Frisco and Silverthorne Colorado. The rest of the motion picture was shot at Warner Brothers Ranch Facilities in Burbank California where the Griswold House and street are located.

The Roxy Theater kicked off its annual food bank drive during its previous movie showing and encourages attendees to the movie that are able to drop by any canned or boxed food items. All food collections will be given to local food pantries.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and concessions and adult beverages will be available for purchase.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:44 AM

Tyler McPhail, 22, of Warner, Ashley Villalobos, 38, of Muskogee and Ronald Coffman, 49, were all injured in a two-vehicle crash just south of Keefeton near the Five Ponies Convenience Store, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

McPhail was driving a 2004 Ford F-150 westbound on 133rd Street, and Coffman was northbound on US 64, when McPhail failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by Coffman’s 2014 Chevy Silverado, the patrol reported.

McPhail, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported by helicopter to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition with a head injury, the patrol stated. Villalobos, who also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Muskogee, where she was admitted in stable condition with internal injuries, the patrol continued. A juvenile passenger in McPhail’s truck was not injured. Coffman, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported by Muskogee County EMS to Saint Francis Muskogee, where he was treated and released.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:32 AM

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Kenny Lyle was killed yesterday after an accident on a Webbers Falls farm where a forklift he was starting ran over him and dragged him for some distance, according to emergency workers.

The farm, which is in city limits, is owned by the Sheffield family, and Lyle was a handyman of sorts, taking care of the lawn and other projects, according to family friends. Muskogee County EMS took him to Muskogee’s Saint Francis Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Webbers Falls police reported that Lyle attempted to start the forklift, which then lurched forward, ran him over and dragged him some ways before it was stopped.

It’s unknown where Lyle lived, though family friends believe he may be from Vian.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:45 AM

The Masters of Soul Tour is making a stop at the Muskogee Civic Center on Sunday, November 14.

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who have been touring together for decades. Masters of Soul has performed to numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country at venues ranging from community theaters and universities to performing arts venues and concert halls.

“The Muskogee Civic Center is alive and we are excited to host tours like Masters of Soul” stated John Cruz, Muskogee Civic Center’s general manager. “This is one of the great multicultural events for our audience to sing and dance.”

Masters of Soul performs songs from Gladys Knight and The Pips, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Barry White, Sam and Dave, and James Brown. Tickets are $20 and the doors open at 5 pm. For tickets and more information check out muskogeeciviccenter.com.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021, 5:06 PM

Five people were seriously injured last night in a wreck near Oktaha, according to emergency workers.

Two were flown by helicopter to Tulsa hospital, two were transported to a Muskogee hospital by Muskogee County EMS and later transferred to Tulsa, and the fifth was taken directly to a Tulsa hospital by EMS under emergency status.

No names have yet been released, nor have the circumstances surrounding the wreck.

UPDATE: A family member of one of the injured parties says they were all in a side-by-side All-Terrain Vehicle when it hit a deer, then hit three trees and overturned. Three of the injured parties are children, according to the family member, who requested prayer for all the victims. Officials have not confirmed those details.

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