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Bobby (Bob) Wilks, 84

Born September 20, 1937

Died August 17, 2022

Richard Glen Byrd, 60

Born September 1, 1961

Died August 16, 2022

Larance S. Hill, 67

Born October 20, 1954

Died August 15, 2022

Joan Ann (Benge) Gladd, 87

Born December 28, 1934

Died August 14, 2022

Linda McDonald, 79

Born July 20, 1943

Died August 14, 2022

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 7:20 AM

Cherokee Nation citizen Dwight Birdwell, 74, is the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the Vietnam War after President Joe Biden awarded him the military’s highest recognition Tuesday at the White House.

“Not every service member has received the full recognition they deserve,” Biden said during the Medal of Honor ceremony. “Today, we are setting the record straight.”

Although more than 50 years have passed since the jungles of Vietnam, where Birdwell first proved his mettle, Biden said “the tide has not diminished” for his astonishing bravery, selflessness, and putting the lives of others ahead of his own, in which the nation owes its gratitude.

Specialist Five Birdwell was a soldier with Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary, 25th Infantry Division. On Jan. 31, 1968, the enemy launched an attack in Saigon.

While under heavy enemy fire, Birdwell’s tank commander was incapacitated and many of the unit’s vehicles were disabled or destroyed. Birdwell moved the tank commander to safety. Himself wounded, he took command. He continued fighting until receiving enemy fire to his face and torso, and even when he ran out of ammunition, remained on the battlefield until reinforcement arrived. He then aided in evacuating the wounded.

Birdwell joins only 3,800 service men and women since the Civil War awarded the Medal of Honor, including a handful of Cherokees, including Jack C. Montgomery and John Noah Reese in World War II.

Birdwell, a former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice, is a native of the Bell community in Adair County and served on the Cherokee Nation’s highest court from 1987-1999. Today, he continues to practice law in Oklahoma City.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 7:23 AM

Braxton Byrd, 23, of Norman was killed on Lake Eufaula over the weekend almost a mile south of Porum Landing Boat Ramp just east of Checotah, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Byrd was surfing behind a 2018 Moomba boat full of 13 passengers and operated by Kenna Ingram, 22, from Norman, when he fell, the patrol reported. The boat circled back to pick him up, then was put into reverse and the boat’s propeller struck Byrd, the patrol reported.

None of the 13 passengers were injured, and Ingram also was not injured. Byrd was wearing a personal flotation device, but no one else was. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Friday, July 1, 2022, 7:25 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs Muskogee Regional Office will undergo a major renovation of the facility at 125 S. Main Street in downtown Muskogee, OK.

During the renovation, which is expected to last several months, in-person services will be relocated to the Annex facility, located at 122 East Side Boulevard, Muskogee, OK, beginning July 5th. This location is less than one mile east of the Muskogee Federal Building.

To discuss benefits in-person, such as compensation for service-connected disabilities, pension, aid and attendance, and Veteran Readiness and Employment, visitors may access the Annex facility, which will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about VA benefits and eligibility or how to file a claim, Veterans and survivors can visit VA.gov or call toll-free at 800-827-1000.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1:37 PM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting the first human case, and death in 2022, caused by West Nile Virus in a Central Oklahoma resident. The patient was hospitalized before passing away.

The virus spreads through the bite of an infected mosquito. In Oklahoma, West Nile Virus is primarily spread by the Culex mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and then spreads the virus when biting humans, horses, and some other mammals.

This type of mosquito increases in abundance during mid to late summer when temperatures are high, and the weather pattern is dry.

OSDH officials are reminding the public to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

Tips to avoid mosquito bites and prevent WNV:

  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin and clothing when going outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite. Insect repellent with permethrin should be used on clothing only.
  • Repair or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
  • Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots, children’s toys and tires from holding water to prevent providing mosquitoes a place to breed.
  • Empty pet outdoor water bowl and refill daily.
  • Scrub and refill bird baths every three days.
  • Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged.

While the vast majority of individuals with the virus will likely never experience symptoms following an infection, those with symptoms, are often mild and may include sudden fever, headache, dizziness or muscle weakness.

Recovery typically occurs within one to three weeks.

People older than 50 years, diabetics, or those experiencing uncontrolled hypertension are at a greater risk of developing severe neurologic disease from West Nile Virus infection. When the disease affects the nervous system, it can cause confusion or disorientation, loss of consciousness, paralysis, neck stiffness or coma.

Long lasting complications of the disease can include difficulty concentrating, migraines, headaches, extreme muscle weakness and tremors, and paralysis of a limb. There is no vaccine or treatment drug for this illness. The best defense is taking steps to avoid mosquito bites.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022, 7:02 AM

The Port of Muskogee has announced the creation of a $10,000 incentive program for home ownership to entice new employees to Muskogee.

A newly created job board is a clearinghouse of job opportunities in the county. The port is advancing both efforts to help businesses identify hard-to-recruit talent.

The City of Muskogee Foundation supported the port’s proposal to incentivize employees of Muskogee-area businesses to build or purchase a home in Muskogee city limits.

Companies can make application for newly created positions or hard-to-fill positions. Wage and sector restrictions apply. Click here to see a long listing of jobs that are available.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8:34 PM

Larry Edwards will continue to be Muskogee County’s district attorney after a race in which he defeated Muskogee attorney Matt Price. There are no Democrats in the race, which means Edwards’ primary win gives him the seat.

Muskogee’s Avery Frix is the top Republican vote-getter in the race to replace Markwayne Mullin as Oklahoma’s Second-District congressional seat as well, but that race is headed to a run-off with second-place Josh Brecheen, who was separated from Frix by less than a percentage point. Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee showed well in the race, finishing just a little more than a percentage point behind Frix and Brecheen.

Price is set to concede any moment now, according to people in his campaign.

In Muskogee County, Carlisa Rogers and Neil Hayes are headed to a run-off to replace Frix as the state representative for District 13.

Ken Doke handily defeated Republican challenger Steve Goad in the County Commissioner race.

More as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Frix responded to MuskogeeNOW’s questions earlier with the following quote:

I’m so humbled to finish first in this race. Markwayne Mullin leaves big shoes to fill, but I am ready to step up and do the job of putting America First. As your Congressman, I will fight tirelessly to fight Biden’s inflation, lower gas prices by making America energy independent again, finishing Trump’s border wall, and bringing Oklahoma values to Washington. I want to thank my beautiful wife Haley who supported me every step of the way, my volunteers who worked tirelessly knocking doors and making phone calls, and people who gave money to get our message out to the voters. We look forward to continuing our campaign in the runoff.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 1:08 PM

The Muskogee VA Hospital will not close, according to a report released today.

There had been recommendations to close the hospital when certain functions are moved to Tulsa later, but today, an official report says the Muskogee VA hospital will not close.

Read the report here.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7:02 AM

Today is the primary for the upcoming November election, but some races will be determined in today’s primary, and some polling locations have changed.

The district attorney’s race will be determined today, since there are only two candidates — Matt Price and incumbent Larry Edwards — and both are Republicans.

There are numerous other primaries on the Republican ballot and several primaries on the Democrat ballot.

Many polling locations have changed around the city and county, so if you’re unsure where your location is, please contact the Muskogee County Election board to ask where your precinct’s polling location is.

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Monday, June 27, 2022, 8:31 AM

A virtual town hall to discuss the upcoming launch of the 988 Mental Health Lifeline will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 on YouTube Livestream.

Led by Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges, the forum will allow the public to ask questions directly about the statewide mental health lifeline. The service is set to begin operating in mid-July.

988 is the number approved by the Federal Communications Commission to replace the 11-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. The 988 Mental Health Lifeline will operate 24/7 and offer services for mental health crisis calls. Operators are licensed and certified health crisis specialists who answer calls, connect to and dispatch local services and mobile crisis teams.

For more information about 988, click here. To participate in the virtual town hall, click here.

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Friday, June 24, 2022, 8:43 AM

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe will accompany senate candidate Luke Holland to a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Charlie’s Chicken’s Chandler Road location.

Inhofe is retiring after 28 years in the Senate, and Holland is running in a crowded Republican primary for the chance to replace him.

Inhofe has described Holland as “a conservative’s conservative.”

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Friday, June 24, 2022, 6:44 AM

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has arrested Epic Charter Schools founders Ben Harris and David Chaney, and former Chief Financial Officer Josh Brock. They were taken into custody and were transported to the Oklahoma County Detention Center for booking. Harris, Chaney and Brock are facing the following charges:

  • Racketeering
  • Embezzlement of State Funds
  • Obtaining Money by False Pretense
  • Conspiracy to Commit a Felony
  • Violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act
  • Submitting False Documents to the State
  • Unlawful Proceeds

The OSBI investigation began in 2013 at the request of then-Governor Mary Fallin based on a complaint from the State Department of Education of dual enrollment. A second request was made in 2019 from a state legislator concerned about misappropriation of state funds that were obligated to Epic Blended Learning Centers.

“This has been a very complex and arduous investigation with many roadblocks causing delays in getting to the truth,” said Ricky Adams, OSBI Director. “Harris, Chaney and Brock came up with a ‘get rich quick scheme’ that lined their pockets with tax dollars that were to be spent for the benefit of Oklahoma students. The OSBI criminal investigation unraveled the intricate scheme layer by layer, in spite of a lack of cooperation, legal obstacles and delay tactics.”

Through Epic Charter Schools, Epic Youth Services and the Student Learning Fund, a complicated criminal enterprise allegedly emerged that involved among other things: co-mingling of funds, excessive and unnecessary management fees, the use of Oklahoma tax dollars in California, political influence, concealment of profits, submission of false invoices, and the illegal use of employees. Over the years, the scheme allegedly resulted in a cost to the state of Oklahoma in excess of $22 million.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:48 AM

Brian Lamar Logan

Brian Lamar Logan, 39, of Tulsa is charged in Muskogee County District Court with felony child abuse after he allegedly threw a two-year-old child across a porch, according to documents filed with the case.

The event allegedly happened around 4:30 p.m. on June 17, in the 5300 block of South 51st Street W in Muskogee County.

The arresting officer said Logan smelled of intoxicants at the time.

Logan has previously been convicted of multiple felony driving under the influence charges, felony domestic assault and batter with a dangerous weapon, felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and stealing an automobile. For the first felony DUI in 2013, he was sentenced to three years suspended. For the second felony DUI in 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison with the last 4 years and 8 months suspended. For the third felony DUI in 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison with the last four years and eight months suspended. For the other charges in 2019, he was sentenced to four years in prison.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:30 AM

Early voting begins today for voters in Muskogee County. Voters who will not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting early at their county election board.

Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach said early voting is open to all voters.

“You do not need to provide an excuse to vote early. Oklahoma allows early voting for all elections conducted by the county election board or state election board — from school board and municipal elections to state and federal elections,” he said. “This is a great option for those who will be out of town on Election Day or who want to avoid long lines”

Early voting is available Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Muskogee County Election Board, 400 W. Broadway St. in the basement of the Muskogee County Services Building. Beach reminds voters that early voting is not available at polling locations.

For questions, please contact the election board at (918) 687-8151 or muskogeecounty@elections.ok.gov.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 8:45 AM

Ashley Gearing and Andrea Young are no strangers to Nashville’s music scene, and are bringing their talents to the Muskogee Civic Center for one night only. They will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

Both have numerous accolades to their names; working with some of the biggest in the business. The girls bonded while touring internationally with the critically acclaimed Nashville band Farewell Angelina. The two found that their chemistry and energy needed its own stage. This new project exposes Ashley Gearing’s powerhouse vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar alongside Andrea Young’s ferocious fiddle playing and voice. Together they create one voice in harmony.

The duo have recently been featured in American Songwriter and Off The Record Live for the release of their encouraging single, “Light On” and promoting the upcoming release of “Pour The Wine.” due out in January.

This is a musical show for all audiences, with rising star Ahna Jennings and The Palomino Playboys opening as well as The Don Price Band. Doors open at 6 pm with first band performing at 7 pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Get your ticket online at www.muskogeeciviccenter.com, www.ticketstorm.com or from 9am to 5pm at the Muskogee Civic Center Box Office.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 7:35 AM

The Remember the Removal riders spent nearly three weeks retracing the northern route of the Trail of Tears through seven states, beginning at New Echota, Georgia.

Eleven Cherokee bicyclists who were part of the 2022 Remember the Removal Bike Ride finalized their 950-mile journey with a homecoming ceremony in the capital city of the Cherokee Nation.

During the trek, cyclists from the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina retraced the northern route of the Trail of Tears in honor of their ancestors who were forcefully removed from their homelands in the southeast more than 180 years ago.

The cyclists began the memorial ride in New Echota, Georgia, on May 30 and pedaled through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma before they were welcomed back at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion in downtown Tahlequah.

During their journey over the last three weeks, the team of cyclists visited historical spots that are significant to Cherokee history. These locations were emotional – sites like Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, which is the last piece of Cherokee homeland Cherokee ancestors stood on before beginning their forced trek to Indian Territory. Other stops included Mantle Rock in Kentucky, where Cherokee ancestors sought shelter as they waited for the Ohio River to thaw during a bitterly cold winter.

The ride is not an easy one, testing both the physical and mental capabilities of the cyclists. The team traveled through rain, sunshine, heat and hilly terrain — sometimes pedaling almost 60 miles a day.

Cherokee Nation cyclists included Emily Christie, 24, of Stilwell; Kayce O’Field, 24, of Tahlequah; Jeanetta Leach, 23, of Rocky Mountain; Madison Whitekiller, 23, of Verdigris; and Desiree Matthews, 18, of Watts.

Eastern Band cyclists from North Carolina included Amy West, 25, of the Big Cove Community; Adrian “Bubba” Aguilera, 32, of the Painttown Community; Emra Arkansas, 39, of the Wolftown Community; Ethan Ledford, 56, of the Birdtown Community; Justin Lambert, 34, of the Birdtown Community; and Larry Blythe, 67, of the Birdtown Community.

The ride’s inaugural event was held in 1984 to illustrate the hardships that the Cherokee people faced. It’s estimated that 16,000 Cherokees were removed from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina in the spring of 1838. Nearly 4,000 of them died during the roundup, incarceration and removal.

Cyclists were greeted in Tahlequah by hundreds of friends and family from the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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Friday, June 17, 2022, 10:49 AM

Mike Sisco

New Muskogee High School band director Mike Sisco has won a lot of awards in his career, according to a press release from Muskogee Public Schools announcing his hiring. What the release doesn’t mention is that Sisco was once accused of bullying students and intimidating one for taking their complaints to the school’s administration.

One former student also alleged that Sisco had a sexual relationship with a senior at one of his former schools, though no corroboration of that claim has surfaced.

The Muskogee School Board says it knew about the bullying allegations, but that since there was only one complaint, they viewed it as “unfounded,” even though Sisco allegedly immediately left that school for another school after the allegations.

The schools issued the following statement today after being asked about the allegations:

The Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education approved the recommendation to hire Mike Sisco as Director of Bands during the April 2022 regular board meeting. Sisco was recommended to the board following a comprehensive search by a selection committee.

The committee, composed of parents, community members, and administrators, interviewed candidates from the applicant pool. Two candidates were selected for final interviews with district administrators. At the conclusion of the process, Sisco was selected to be recommended for board consideration.

During the vetting process, information about allegations of bullying and inappropriate relationships surfaced. MPS thoroughly investigated the allegations and found one isolated complaint within Sisco’s 30 year tenure as a band instructor. As a result, MPS administration determined the allegations to be unfounded and moved forward in recommending Sisco for board approval.

Student safety and wellbeing is the utmost priority for the district. All reports of concern are reviewed and taken seriously.

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Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:50 AM

Three more suspects have been named in the May 29 Memorial Day shooting in Taft, according to Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Edwards.

Gervorise Warrior, Kendall Alexander and Keshawn Jackson have all been charged with one count of first-degree murder and eight counts of shooting with intent to kill. Alexander was arrested this morning. Arrest warrants have been issued for Warrior and Jackson.

“Thanks go to the OSBI, Muskogee County Sheriff’s office, Muskogee Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol for all their hard work,” Edwards said. “This is still an ongoing investigation.”

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Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11:16 AM

Kim Fleak has been named Principal of Muskogee High School pending approval of the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education. The board will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting next Tuesday.

“Mrs. Fleak’s heart for our students and community coupled with her energy and experience will guide the school into an exciting new chapter,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. “The upcoming year at the high school will be a milestone that marks a new season of pride for our community.”

Fleak returns to the high school having most recently served as Executive Director of Student Services and previously serving as Executive Director of Human Resources for the district. Prior to serving as a district administrator, she was the Principal of Muskogee High School, a role she held since 2017.

In her thirty-year career in education, Fleak has taught grades fourth through twelfth. She began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Sand Springs. Fleak came to Muskogee in 1993 joining Saint Joseph’s Catholic School teaching sixth through eighth grade for four years. In 1997, she joined Muskogee Public Schools.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022, 8:55 AM

Jimmy Dale Rosson, 70, of Haskell was killed Tuesday around 5:40 p.m. in the county according to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Rosson was driving a Honda Rancher four-wheeler westbound on W. 20th St. North when the vehicle departed the roadway to the right and hit the ground, tossing Rosson and his 34-year-old passenger, Cody Swinford, from the vehicle, according to the patrol. Swinford sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Muskogee’s Saint Francis Hospital.

The cause of the wreck and the condition of Rosson are still under investigation, the patrol reported.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 8:05 AM

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Alex Uribe, 33, of Muskogee is charged in Muskogee County District Court with felonies of first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation and child neglect, according to documents filed with the case.

On May 29, according to an affidavit filed with the case, at a residence on South Cherokee, Uribe is accused of being intoxicated and using force and violence to have sex with the victim, a 35-year-old woman, in front of his three children.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 10:54 AM

Around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Muskogee County Deputies Lieutenant Nick Orman and deputy Dylan Carder responded to a report of a house fire at the corner of Cemetery Road and Oktaha Road in Oktaha.

When the deputies arrived, the house was fully involved on fire and they determined there were still people inside the structure. Carder kicked in the front door and noticed an elderly man motioning to the back room of the house.

There, they found an elderly woman, the man’s mother, who was bedbound and could not get up on her own. Orman and Carder carried the woman outside to safety as the house burned.

Muskogee County EMS transported her to the hospital, where she was treated. Both people survived the blaze.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 7:37 AM

From the contest winner announcements, Pecan Creek Winery earned two Silver Medals at the Sommeliers Choice Awards contest in San Francisco. A dry white wine, Estate Vignoles 2021 and a dry rosé, Estate Rosé 2019 competed against hundreds of well-known wines. Both Pecan Creek wines are estate-grown in Oklahoma. In 2021, Pecan Creek’s Estate-grown Marley’s Merlot won a gold in this competition with 92 points.

“We are very proud of our estate-grown wines with their expression of Midwestern terroir” said Candy Rude, Assistant Winemaker at Pecan Creek Winery. “We know that our restaurant, brewery, and bar customers will appreciate the recognition of our classic dry wines on their wine lists. We are growing and making great wine right here in Oklahoma” she said.

Estate Vignoles and Estate Rosé are available in over 80 liquor stores throughout the state as well as a growing list of restaurants, breweries, and bars. The dry white Estate Vignoles is similar to Sauvignon Blanc in its grapefruit and tropical fruit nose with a long, mineral finish. The dry, Estate Rosé is based on Chambourcin grapes and was aged two years in light-toasted American oak.

Pecan Creek ships to thirty-seven states as well as in-state in Oklahoma through its online ordering portal.

Founded in 2014, Pecan Creek Winery produces high-quality artisanal wines from locally grown grapes. “Our mission is to win gold at a major competition in San Franisco and we are definitely headed in that direction,” said assistant winemaker Heather Ezell.

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Monday, June 13, 2022, 7:15 AM

House Republicans will introduce a slate of inflation relief bills in special session Monday, reiterating their support for helping Oklahomans overcome the rising cost of goods and services.

An array of bills dealing with personal income tax, grocery tax, business taxes and other inflation relief measures – with options to make the policies permanent or temporary – will be introduced in the third extraordinary session of the 58th Legislature. The bills will be introduced Monday for first reading, second read Tuesday and voted on by the full House on Wednesday.

“We expect some combination of these bills, but not all of them, to reach the finish line and become law. The House is presenting options to, once again, start and lead a thoughtful conversation on the best path forward for inflation relief,” McCall said. “The majority of these options have already passed the House, and we will pass them again plus other options.”

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Friday, June 10, 2022, 9:10 AM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has identified its first probable case of monkeypox and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the infection in a central Oklahoma resident with recent international travel to a country with confirmed cases.

The individual is currently in isolation and OSDH officials are working to complete contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the individual.

“As soon as we learned about the monkeypox outbreak in Europe our response team began working to coordinate areas within the agency to respond if a case was identified in Oklahoma,” said Jan Fox, Deputy Commissioner of Health Preparedness. “We are currently working through the case investigation and contact tracing. However, we do want to stress to Oklahomans that the general public is not at risk.”

While this virus is not easily transmissible, monkeypox can be transmitted to humans through direct, physical contact with an infected person or animal. It can also be transmitted from person to person through large respiratory droplets or through direct contact with body fluids and lesions, as well as bedding and other contaminated materials.

Symptoms of monkeypox may include fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes. An infected person will also present with firm, deep-seated, and well-circumscribed lesions.

OSDH is advising clinicians to have a heightened awareness if a suspicious rash, consistent with monkeypox, shows up on someone who has traveled to countries with recently confirmed cases of the virus, reported having contact with a person or people who have similar appearing rash or have received a positive test result for monkeypox.

More information about monkeypox is available on the OSDH website.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8:18 AM

On Wednesday, Port of Muskogee Director Emeritus Scott Robinson was recognized for more than 31 years of service in a ceremony at the newly renamed Robinson Gallery and Event Center at Three Forks Harbor. In addition to addressing the career Robinson, officials unveiled upcoming infrastructure plans at the port.

Robinson began working as port director in July of 1990. His primary responsibility being the management and development at the port, located at the headwaters of the Arkansas River portion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. He has served, at one time or another, as an officer and member of a variety of waterway related boards and commissions including the Arkansas Basin Development Association, the Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operator’s Association, the ODOT Waterways Advisory Board, the Governor’s Port Task Force, the National Waterways Conference, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, and the Arkansas River Historical Society. Prior to becoming port director, Robinson spent seventeen years as an independent oil and gas producer with operations in Oklahoma and Texas and was an active member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Colonel Scott Preston, Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Tulsa District, recognized Robinson for his years of service. Additionally, US Sen. Jim Inhofe’s staff provided an accommodation that was read on the US Senate Floor. Former colleagues Bob Portiss, Dave Davis, Steve Taylor and Ed Gage shared admiration of Robinson’s leadership, vision, and dedication. Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman called Robinson a visionary and presented him with the key to the city.

Carrying out the strategic plan, Port Director Kimbra Scott announced $58 million of upcoming infrastructure improvements at the port that will bring transformative change and usher in the next fifty years of service. Improvements include rail improvements, updated security, levy construction, and waterfront infrastructure improvements at the port.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 2:12 PM

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Muskogee roads are starting to flood, according to the Muskogee Police.

The flooding creates hazards even to drivers in relatively shallow water.

Police advise that no one drive into standing water, even if they’re confident they know where the road boundaries are and how deep the water is.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 7:45 AM

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Brandy Diane Lord, 33, of Haskell is charged in Muskogee County District Court with a felony count of child abuse after an eight-year-old child called police and said she was trying to kill him, according to an affidavit filed with the case.

Lord is alleged to have been shouting “we are all robots” as she attempted to smother the boy with blankets, while her husband stood by and asked her to stop, the affidavit states.

She was arrested by police and booked into the Muskogee County Jail. She is due in court on June 21 for a sounding docket and is being held on $25,000 bail.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 7:33 AM

Cherokee Nation is accepting artwork for its annual Cherokee Homecoming Art Show and Sale. The show is being offered both virtually and in person Aug. 13 – Sept. 10 at the gallery adjacent to the Cherokee National Research Center, and the deadline for submissions is July 8.

The all-Cherokee, juried show is in its 27th year and is open to citizens of Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band. Artists of distinction, including Cherokee National Treasures, UKB Tradition Keepers and EBCI Beloved Persons, are exempt from jury but must complete the online entry process by the July 8 deadline to participate.

Selected artists will compete for more than $15,000 in two divisions: traditional and contemporary. The traditional division is defined as “arts customary to Cherokee people before European contact” and consists of three categories: basketry, pottery and traditional arts. The contemporary division is defined as “arts arising among the Cherokee after European contact” and consists of seven categories: paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry, beadwork, jewelry and textiles.

Winning work will be announced at an awards reception Aug. 12 at 6 p.m., followed by the public opening on Aug. 13.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 7:50 AM

The Cherokee Nation will welcome its first visit from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg, the nation’s second-highest ranking transportation official, today.

Since 2021, the USDOT has engaged with the Cherokee Nation in the negotiation of a compact and funding agreement under the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program in support of the Cherokee Nation’s right to self-determination and self-governance.

The approval gives the tribe the ability to plan and oversee its own road construction planning and transit projects without having to seek federal permission and oversight over projects.

Deputy Secretary Trottenberg will visit a Cherokee Nation road project and discuss EV initiatives undertaken by the tribe.

The Cherokee Nation built one of the first solar canopies in Oklahoma at its headquarters in Tahlequah. The structure is used to charge Cherokee Nation’s electric fleet vehicles and the rising number of electric cars driven by staff and visitors to its tribal complex.

The tribe has two electric transit buses and new charging stations built to accommodate the vehicles which were purchased through a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant awarded to the tribe in 2018, as part of Cherokee Nation’s ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. It also has an electric school bus.

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Monday, June 6, 2022, 7:24 PM

A 14-year-old girl, whose identity we have verified, but are withholding, says on Feb. 10 of this year, Braggs basketball coach Jeff Fry, who earlier allegedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old student from Talihina, where he then was a coach, closely examined her breasts, then made inappropriate comments on the size of them.

Fry denies the alleged previous admission of sex with the minor, and his attorney called earlier today to demand information on how MuskogeeNOW acquired documents that were supposedly sealed by a court order from Pittsburg County — although police records are not necessarily sealed when a criminal case is dismissed and sealed. Fry has also denied making inappropriate comments to the girl from Braggs.

The Braggs girl, who says she is one of two victims in Braggs, said she has been harassed incessantly since she made her story known in February.

“I have been waiting for this,” the girl said just now. “I would love to share my story about Jeff Fry. So this was back in February 10th 2022 when I was sitting at the scoreboard in the gym. He then approached me and my friend next to me looked at my breasts with wide eyes then at my eyes then back to my breasts and said “[name redacted] you have a lot going on right there” I awkwardly zipped up my jacket as he laughed it off and walked away. Later that day I went and told my coach and it was dropped that day. It wasn’t until the following week when the principal John Pinkston decided to do anything about it. Ever since the incident I haven’t been able to truly feel like myself and look myself in the mirror. What he did traumatized me. I’ve gotten threats of people coming to my house and jumping me and saying I caused this and it’s my fault.”

The girl went on to say School Board member Alicia Beasley showed up to her family’s home and pounded on the door, demanding to speak to the family.

“He’s done this to multiple people,” the girl said. “He gets away with it.”

The girl had a friend next to her at the time, who corroborates her story.

Fry has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He has also threatened loudly to sue MuskogeeNOW.com.

UPDATE: Beasley says the girl’s statement misrepresented why she was at the family’s house, saying the girl and her son had been driving without licenses, and she came to the house to speak with the mother to say she hadn’t been the one who called law enforcement about the children driving.

“I didn’t go up there to talk to her about that,” Beasley said. “I’m smarter than that.”

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