John Hammans, 62

Born July 23, 1956

Died April 18, 2019

Sharon Jean Long, 69

Born April 10, 1950

Died April 18, 2019

Victor Ivan Clement Jr, 70

Born May 3, 1948

Died April 17, 2019


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


Saturday, April 20

Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunts at the USS Batfish!
2nd Annual Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Free Banjo Clinic! - Earl Scruggs Style
Easter Celebration
JJ Baldwin & Casey West Live @ Max’s Garage
Candy From Heaven Helicopter Candy Drop
The Choice
Women's Professional Basketball Team Tryouts
Harley Tinsley
9th Annual WISH benefit
"Celebrate 420 On Broadway"
Movie Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
420 Grand Opening Party
Downtown Muskogee Walking Tour
Oklahoma Open/Concealed Carry Class (OSDA Class)
Chalk it Up with Keya
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Journey To Jesus

Sunday, April 21

Easter At Genesis
Annual Easter Services & Egg Hunt
The Choice
Easter at New Community Church
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Easter Sunday Services
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
Home Church of Muskogee Gathering/Discussion
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace
Young Couples' Class - "Think Differently"
Sunday Celebration Service 10:30 AM
Easter 8:30am Experience
Easter at Eastside
Margaret Artist Taylor - Citizen of the Arts Award
Easter...The Life
Easter Sunday
Easter 11:30am Experience
Easter Sunday!

Monday, April 22

Ceremonial Swearing In: Evelyn Hibbs, Ward 1 City Councilor
Honor Heights Park - Azalea Festival
Traveling Exhibition: Blessings of Liberty & The Bill of Rights
April Foundations
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
Financial Fitness at Your Library
Microsoft Excel II - An Intermediate Course
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee

Monday, November 5, 2018, 8:19 AM

MuskogeeNOW last month reported that the Keefeton Fire Department was likely in violation of state law regarding the keeping and spending of funds separate from county oversight.

A few days later, Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge issued an opinion that agreed; stating that rural volunteer fire departments in the county should close bank accounts independent of the county, and instead process all money through the county treasurer. His opinion was based on the same state audit cited by MuskogeeNOW in our story.

Later, Loge spoke with State Auditor Gary Jones, who told him the state had changed its mind since that audit and no longer considered the opinion in that audit as accurate. Jones then said he would send Loge a letter stating that.

Though the letter has not yet arrived, Loge said when he receives it, he will change his official opinion on the issue. When that happens, the official word will be that rural volunteer fire departments under Title 19 of state law are still independent operators, though under county oversight. That means they will largely operate independently, including their bank accounts.

MuskogeeNOW is reporting this news now instead of waiting for the letter because the previous story mentioned Speck Plunkett is in charge of the Keefeton Fire Department, and since he is also running for county commissioner, it would be unfair to leave that shadow over his campaign while knowing the official opinion on it is set to change, yet not in time for it to be cleared up before the election, which is tomorrow.

So in a nutshell, according to existing standards and state opinions, rural fire departments that are Title 19 (owned by the county) must process all money through the county treasurer. However, the state has changed its mind on that, and when it is official in writing, Loge’s instructions to rural fire departments will change to be in line with that official opinion.