Lorrie Ann Paden, 53

Born May 27, 1965

Died July 20, 2018

Carol Lee Preston, 75

Born January 9, 1943

Died July 19, 2018

Barbara J. Hammond, 80

Born June 30, 1938

Died July 18, 2018

Bonnie Jane Harrison, 93

Born May 17, 1925

Died July 18, 2018

Scharyl Celeste Gates, 61

Born August 24, 1956

Died July 18, 2018


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



Thursday, July 12, 2018, 8:39 AM

The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce recognized two local women at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference held at Indian Capital Technology Center on Wednesday.

The Spirit of Excellence Award winner is Angela Martindale. The award is presented to a woman who is demonstrating well-rounded and exemplary success throughout the many facets of her life and community and is at the peak of her experiences.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Kathy Adair, business and industry services director for Indian Capital Technology Center. The award is given to a remarkable woman for contributions and accomplishments made over the term of her career or a sustained period of time.

The chamber accepted nominations from the community and businesses. Candidates were evaluated by an anonymous committee based on their career accomplishments, community involvement, work – life balance, educational accomplishments, and criteria such as being a role model, a door opener for other women and girls, and on how they participate with the chamber.

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Friday, July 6, 2018, 8:54 AM

The Cherokee National Treasures Advisory Committee will host an art show on Saturday, July 7 showcasing student work created during this year’s mentoring program.

The show will be held in the Cherokee Nation Community Room located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees at 17793 U.S. Highway 62 from noon to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event is open to the public and free to attend.

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Monday, July 2, 2018, 10:04 AM

Looking to score a break as a newspaper reporter and impress beautiful Alma Parker (Joan Staley), milquetoast typesetter Luther Heggs (Don Knotts) pitches a story about his small town’s haunted house.

When his editor (Dick Sargent) insists Luther spend a night alone in the spooky mansion, where a grisly murder-suicide had taken place decades earlier, the timid reporter learns that the house contains a supernatural resident who doesn’t like visitors.

You can watch this classic at the Roxy Theater on July 10. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 - Credit/Debit cards accepted - Call 918-684-6366 for more info.

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Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:24 AM

September 15, 2018, Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge at the Inaugural Great American Dodgeball Festival. Test your skills against some of this generation’s greatest athletes while pursuing the elusive Golden Wrench. Adult Teams are $120 (6-players per team; $20 for each additional player) and Youth Teams (ages 10-14 years old) are $60.

The event will be held at the Muskogee High School Gymnasium. Team check-in begins at 8:30 am and the tournaments begin at 10 am.

The funds raised for this event will benefit A Soldier’s Child Foundation. Their mission is to serve the Gold Star Children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty, while defending the United States. ASC has three points of service for the children of the fallen:

  • Birthday Celebrations: Celebrating recipient children birthdays every year from 1 year old and up to age 18, by spending $150 per child, per birthday according to the child’s specific gift wishes and needs.
  • Mentorship Programs Journey Camp – The group offers a journey camp experience for recipients between the ages of 8-16. This is a week-long summer camp hosted by ASC and kids are encouraged to attend for at least three years.
  • College Scholarships: ASC facilitates in secondary/college scholarships for our recipients through its partner organization, The Folded Flag Foundation and Fallen Patriots Foundation.

“We are seeking sponsors, teams, and anyone willing to volunteer to help at the event,” Ryan Hardaway, Event Committee Member, said. “Hopefully, it will be a large family-friendly event that Muskogee can be proud of and at the same time show support of these Gold Star Families to tell them that we appreciate the sacrifice their loved one made for us so we can continue enjoying our freedoms.” For sponsorship and team registration forms, please email Hardaway or go to Great American Dodgeball Festival Facebook Page. You can also download the registration form here.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018, 8:42 AM

Muskogee author Jonita Mullins has just released her fourth novel — and eleventh book — titled The Marital Scandal. A n award-winning author, Mullins focuses her writing on the rich history of her home state. This new book is based in fact and covers Creek and Cherokee history in the days leading up to their removals from Georgia to the river bottom lands of Indian Territory in the late 1820s.

“Most history textbooks focus on the tragic Trail of Tears journey made by the Cherokees in 1839,” Mullins states. “But the story is much larger and more complex than that. Many journeys were made over the course of several decades. The Marital Scandal shows some of the earliest events in this part of Oklahoma’s history at a time when interracial marriage was considered scandalous.”

Mullins will sell and autograph her books at the Local Flavor Café in Haskell on Friday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A second book launch is scheduled for July 10 in Muskogee at the Arrowhead Mall food court from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Jonita Mullins grew up in Haskell and currently lives in a 100-year-old fixer-upper in a historic neighborhood.

Jonita has published eleven books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her books can be purchased at her website: or on Amazon. Several shops in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri carry her books as well.

Contact her for interviews, author events and book signings at jonita.mullins@

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Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:49 AM

Kaylee Bryson

Kaylee Bryson, 17, of Muskogee, will be featured as part of the Rev Racing Youth Driver line-up at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Program, competing at the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to Rev Racing.

Bryson is an accomplished race driver who started racing winged karts in 2010 when she was only 8 years old. In two and a half years, she racked up 50 wins in the division, before she made the transition to Restrictor Micro-Sprint cars, where she got another 16 wins between 2013 and 2015. She was just the second female in history to win a Golden Driller at the Tulsa Shootout in 2015. In 2016, she won both of the micro-sprint races she ran before moving up to A-Class and Outlaw Micro-Sprint Cars, where she garnered multiple top three, top five and top 10 finishes before claiming the 2016 Port City Raceway A-Class rookie of the year and points championship honors.

In 2017, she won two A Feature races.

The junior NASCAR program she’s entering “cultivates growth and seizes the opportunity for development in drivers at the earliest age possible,” Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management, said. “Drivers who are successful and show promise are considered to compete for a chance at the next level of the program in the Late Model Series.”

The summer shootout will kick off with a practice session on Tuesday.

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Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:05 AM

The Friends of Honor Heights Park Association is hosting a craft beer festival tonight at the Hangar at Hatbox Field.

Celebrating nothing but craft beers that are brewed in Oklahoma, the second-annual event raises money to benefit the park association.

Last year, more than 500 people attended the event, and this year, it has grown to include food trucks, beer tasting, snacks and entertainment. Designated drivers are $5 at the gate, and tickets are $20. A $40 VIP ticket gets you in 30 minutes early and access to the VIP lounge, which includes private seating, more beer and food, plus a souvenir Belgian-style beer glass or sample lanyard.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Friday, May 25, 2018, 10:24 AM

Muskogee Art Guild’s Summer Art Camp for Kids runs June 4 through June 29 at the Art Guild, 211 W. Broadway.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. New classes each week. Most are just $50. Grades 1 and up welcome.

Scholarships are available. Go to for information or to enroll. Or call camp director Gwyn LaCrone at 918-616-5947.

Creative fun with rocks, clay, drawing, painting, paper crafts, banners, mixed media, poured acrylics, pastels and much more. Taught by experienced artists.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2:57 PM

The Don Price band will bring its classic rock chops to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame tonight, according to Alicia Tanksely of the museum.

Don has been a staple player for The Bopcats for many years and will bring his own brand of classic rock to town for this show.

The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $5 per person at the door.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is at 401 S. Third St.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018, 10:28 AM

This weekend is the Renaissance Festival’s three-day celebration over Memorial Day Weekend, including a celebration of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the weekend, the Castle of Muskogee will celebrate the foundation of Western civilization, the Holy Roman Empire, which emerged after the fall of Rome, with the coronation of Otto I in 962 AD. The germanic empire ruled much of Central Europe until almost 200 years ago under the rule of Napoleon.

Monday is the Memorial Day Parade. In honor of those who have fallen, the festival staple provides a day of reverence in honor of American soldiers, beautiful photo opportunities and an emotional occasion unlike any other of the festival.

Quench your thirst and tantalize your taste buds with the wonderful varieties of food and drink found throughout Castleton. Stroll through the World Trade Market with more than 140 artisans displaying unique wares and beautiful creations. Take the wee ones to the Children’s Realm for games and hands-on demonstrations and then pick a side, English or Scottish, in our Royal Quest. Show your best garb in the costume contest at 2pm inside the Castle Keepe.

Attend the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, or the King’s Smoker. The festival continues every weekend through June 3rd. For more information,

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Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8:54 AM

Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of the Addams Family is hosting auditions this Saturday for six to 10 males, two of whom are teens, and three to six females, one of whom is a teen. The show, which will perform during August, requires singing and dancing as well as acting.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, young man from a respectable family — a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Auditions begin Saturday at 2 p.m. Director is Doobie Potter, musical director is Kerry Huffer and choreographer is Angelina Cummings. For more information, got to

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Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:54 AM

Cody Canada will play in Wagoner in July.

Wagoner’s Main Street Association has just released the name of their headlining act for this year’s third-annual Switch Monkey Music Festival, July 14 in downtown Wagoner.

Cross Canadian Ragweed fans will certainly know the name Cody Canada, and his newest band, Cody Canada and the Departed, will be the premier performer at this year’s Main Street Association music festival.

“I just want to say, ‘thank you,’ to the Wagoner Main Street Association for their hard work in making this year’s music festival the best Wagoner has ever seen,” Wagoner Mayor Albert Jones said. “Their tireless efforts have landed a headlining act that is of national fame — truly pioneers in the Red Dirt music movement.”

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 8:27 AM

Muskogee Little Theatre’s summer camp this year will put on a performance of Shrek, based on the Oscar-winning film.

About the camp

  • Campers must be between the ages of 6 and 14
  • Camp is held at MLT, 311 South 3rd Street
  • Monday through Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Camp tuition for entire 4 week session and production is $300 with a $25 discount for siblings
  • Camp students will learn the complete process of a theatrical production, including the audition process, stage direction, vocals, choreography, set and costume construction, make-up, stage management and crew, sound and lights, special effects, and cross-curricular activities. Only enrolled campers will be cast in the show.

    Enrollment will take place at little theater’s front office on May 5 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until the camp is full. Camp enrollment forms can be downloaded at (click on Education).

    A deposit of $150 will be required at enrollment for all non-scholarship applicants. If applying for a scholarship, scholarship applications, which can also be downloaded at the site, should be attached to enrollment form.

    The camp runs from June 4 to June 29, and the show is June 28, 29, 30 and July 1.

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    Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:00 PM

    The 23rd Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival gets started tomorrow, according to Matt Hiller of the Castle of Muskogee.

    The festival, which celebrates everything medieval and Renaissance, draws thousands of people to Muskogee each year to observe actors, visitors and comedians as well as rip their teeth into ancient food and beverages.

    This year, the festival runs tomorrow and Sunday, then every weekend in May and the first weekend of June.

    Tickets are available here.

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    Monday, April 23, 2018, 9:42 AM

    Young Nanyehi receives turkey feather cape honoring her as a tribal leader. (Left to Right) Dragging canoe, played by Travis Fite of Muskogee; Chief Oconasota, played by Michael Stopp; and Chief Attakullakulla, played by Ken Foster.

    The story of Nancy Ward, legendary Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker, has made its way to the big screen in the short film “Nanyehi.”

    The film depicts the struggle between peace and war and the fight to preserve tribal land in the 18th century.

    “Sharing the story of Nanyehi has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and my life,” said Becky Hobbs, “Nanyehi” co-writer. “There is so much we can learn from her story that we need in today’s world. Her message of peace is one that inspires change and one that I hope will make the world a better place.”

    “Nanyehi” features Cherokee Nation citizen Winnie Guess Purdue in the title role, supported by a local cast of 44 from northeast Oklahoma, the vast majority being Cherokee Nation citizens.

    “The film incorporated the families of our cast and created a truly magical environment watching them share the story not only of Nanyehi, but of their own ancestors as well,” said David Webb, co-producer for the “Nanyehi” film. “This cast does an amazing job presenting a compelling story in a way that is both educational and engaging for audiences of all ages.”

    The production has been recognized as a finalist in the Short Family Films category at the upcoming Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee. Screenings will be held at the Roxy Theater located at 220 W. Okmulgee Ave on Friday, April 27, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m.

    The festival’s awards ceremony will immediately follow the screening on Saturday night.

    The film was co-written by Cherokee Nation citizen Becky Hobbs, who is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist, as well as a direct descendant of Nancy Ward. Additional co-writers include Holly Rice and Nick Sweet. The film is scored by Duane Sciacqua and is produced by Nanyehi Films LLC in conjunction with Holly Rice Films.

    The Nanyehi musical will return to The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa the following weekend, May 4-5. Tickets are $15 with a $5 discount offered to Cherokee Nation citizens and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 918-384-ROCK.


    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:53 AM

    Artist Jim Hall had just endured three painful weeks of the shingles virus. Because he was a recovering alcoholic, Jim had refused pain medication and tried to tough it out. So when he awoke on a morning in 2000 and didn’t feel the debilitating pain, he let out a sigh and a smile - until he opened his eyes. The pain was gone but the bout with shingles had suddenly marred his vision, causing him to see the world in all vertical lines.

    “It was like the skinny lines you used to see on an old television set,” Jim said. “I was afraid I was going blind.”

    Doctors weren’t sure if the lines would go away or if they would be a permanent part of Jim’s vision. Instead of panicking, Jim started painting, inspired by the lines.

    “I started to be intrigued about the lines as an artist,” Jim said. “I thought I’d try to paint the way I was seeing the world.” The pivot in his painting created a new art form he called “Lineillism.” As he started painting the lines, they faded from his vision. While his sight was restored, he continued to paint in that style, creating more than 100 Lineillism works.

    Jim told his story to filmmakers Steve Oldfield and Jim Hampton, who have spent the past three years working on a documentary and traveling exhibition about Jim and his painting.

    “Jim’s creation of Lineillism is an inspiring story,” Oldfield said. “And when you hear the rest of Jim’s personal struggles, you can’t believe one man was able to accomplish so much after being faced with so many challenges.”

    Hall was born to tenant farmers in Kentucky during the great depression. After an accident ended his Naval career during basic training, he found himself homeless on the beach in Santa Monica, California. Jim also battled addiction and alcoholism but was able to launch a successful art career and become an executive at Procter & Gamble, while raising three children with his soulmate, Joan.

    “Lines of Sight,” the award-winning hour-long version of their documentary, will be featured in a special screening at the Muskogee Art Guild, Tuesday April 24th, as part of the opening festivities of this year’s Bare Bones International Music and Film Festival.

    For more information on the documentaries and traveling exhibit, check out and

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    Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:01 PM

    The Roxy Theater, home to The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame, is celebrating its 70th anniversary and will be commemorating this occasion in conjunction with OMHF’s second-annual induction on Friday, April 20th at 6 pm.

The Oklahoma Movie Hall of Fame was formed in 2016 with initial inductees Zachary Mabry, Clu Gulager, Cassandra Gaines, and Oscar and ShIron Ray of the Bare Bones Film Society.


This year the group honors Rudy Ramos, actor, Gray Frederickson, producer of the film, Te Ata, Hillary Jordan, writer of Mudbound, and Jack Oakie.

    Ramos’ films include “Beverly Hills Cop II”, Quicksilver and “Colors”. His career spans more than six decades, including the part of “Wind”, the Indian boy in the legendary television western, The “High Chaparral”.

    Ramos will be performing on April 19th at the Roxy in the play, Geronimo: Life on the Reservation.

    Frederickson is known for winning an Oscar as one of the co-producers of “The Godfather Part II”, Oscar nominee for “Apocolypse Now” and Emmy winner for “Dream No Little Dream: The Life and Legacy of Robert S. Kerr”. Frederickson is the only known Oklahoman to win an Oscar for his work.

“Te Ata” the film, based on the life of Mary Frances Thompson, an actress and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation known for telling Native American stories and her performances as a representative of Native state dinners before President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.

    Jordan, from Muskogee, is the writer of the novel Mudbound later made into the period drama film, is a 2017 American period drama film directed by Dee Rees and written by Rees and Virgil Williams, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan. The film depicts two World War II veterans – one white, one black – who return to rural Mississippi each to address racism and PTSD in his own way.  At the 75th Golden Globe Awards it received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Blige) and Best Original Song (“Mighty River”). At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for Blige, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. It also earned a nod for Best Cinematography, making Rachel Morrison the first woman ever nominated in the category and Blige became the first person to ever be nominated for an acting and song award during the same year.

    Oakie (November 12, 1903 – January 23, 1978) was an American actor, starring mostly in films, but also working on stage, radio and television. He is best remembered for portraying Napaloni in Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940), receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The rumor is he was the original “Okie from Muskogee”.

    The induction ceremony will be held inside the theater at 7:00 pm along with live musical entertainment to follow. 

Contact the Roxy at 918-684-6366 to reserve tickets.  Space is limited.

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    Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:17 AM

    TV and film actor Rudy Ramos is coming to Muskogee on Thursday, April 19 to portray the Apache warrior Geronimo in Geronimo, Life on the Reservation at the Roxy Theater.

    “The white men will never tell the whole story. They control everything that is said about us in newspapers and books. Even the maps favor the whites. Look and you will see they are dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You will see that if the soldiers won, it was a victory. If we won, it was a massacre.”

    A story of Geronimo’s life as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian reservation. It focuses on the resiliency, humor, and genius of the great Apache warrior.

    In this presentation, Geronimo cleverly evolves from a surrendered Indian leader into a celebrity and entrepreneur. Keenly aware of how to work the political system, he joins the same church that Teddy Roosevelt belongs to and rides in his Inaugural Parade. Although he isn’t successful in getting everything he wants, he certainly succeeds in making the best of his situation.

    Tickets are $20. Call 918-684-6366 to reserve your tickets. Credit cards accepted. Concessions available.

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    Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:56 AM

    Kevin Flock's Quality1 Lube and Repair car will be at the track tonight.

    Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway will host a test and tune tonight, starting at 6 p.m. for all the NASCAR Whelen Series cars, factory stock and next generation cars.

    Flat track motorcycles are also welcome.

    Grandstands are free, and with lit passes $20.

    Now is your chance to see the cars get the kinks worked out and get ready for the season.

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    Monday, April 2, 2018, 9:03 AM

    This week (April 2 through 8) 8th is the annual Walk-Run-Ride the Trails Week in Muskogee, with daily activities on one of the city’s many trails.

    “With over thirteen and a half miles of paved trails in parks and other city property, Muskogee has a lot to offer folks looking to be active outside, while enjoying some fresh air,” said Brooke Hall, assistant director of Parks and Recreation.

    During Walk-Run-Ride the Trails Week, twenty three different walks, runs and bicycle rides are scheduled, with at least a couple happening each day. There will even be a group roll on Tuesday evening, for those who’d rather skate or scoot their way down the trail.

    These casual group meet-ups are free and open to everyone. Each of the different activities provides Muskogee area residents a chance to get out and see all the trails and paths in the parks and around town.

    Every group activity is led by someone familiar with that particular trail, who will be handing out free pocket-size folding trail maps and other items promoting active living.

    Vicki Herringshaw, who rides regularly on the Centennial Trail, will be leading bike rides during the week for beginners and those not in a big hurry. As an active member of Muskogee Area Cycling, she encourages people of all ages who want to start riding a bike again, to come out and remember how much fun it is.

    Scheduled activities on the trails include:

    • Group bike rides each day of the week on the Centennial Trail, for novices as well as for intermediate and advanced bicyclists
    • A walk with the Mayor of Muskogee, Bob Coburn, from City Hall to Trail and back on Thursday at noon
    • A fun run for all ages and abilities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
    • Casual walks on the Coody Creek Trail and the paved path at Robison Park
    • Nature walks in Elliott and Honor Heights Parks on Monday and Thursday

    Go to for a complete list of all the activities with times and locations, plus a link to the online trail map.

    For more info, contact: Doug Walton, 918-683-0321 or 918-360-2012

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    Monday, April 2, 2018, 8:54 AM

    Phil Mackey of Wagoner shows one of the 40 quilts he has made since he took up the hobby a few years ago. He and his wife Janelle have taken the couch out of their travel trailer to make room for the sewing machines each of them uses in their crafting.

    There’s a little of everything in this year’s Wagoner City Historical Museum Quilt show.

    The show is now on display and runs through April 6. The museum is at 122 S. Main and is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuiesday through Saturday. There is no admission charge.

    The second-annual show has high-quality quilts, including four by well-known quilter Myrtle Allen. There are counted cross stitch quilts, family history quilts, baby quilts and quilts made for everyday use. They date back to the Civil War era.

    In addition, the museum is accepting quilt scraps throughout the month. Those will go to a Quilts for Veterans project.

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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 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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    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, February 23, 2018, 9:53 AM

    In addition to theater fare, the Intermission Cafe has more to offer.

    The Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee is opening its Intermission Cafe during the lunch hour for people to eat, relax and watch music videos.

    From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, the Intermission Cafe is having a soft opening, with the grand opening set for Monday.

    The cafeteria offers hot dogs, chips, sodas, theater candy and more, including smoothies.

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    Friday, February 16, 2018, 9:06 AM

    The NAACP of Muskogee will present a Black History movie premier: Marshall at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Roxy Theater downtown.

    In the movie, young Thurgood Marshall, before he is appointed to the US Supreme Court, faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP.

    Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder.

    He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who’s never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

    Tickets are $5, concessions are available.

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:56 AM

    The City of Muskogee Fire Hydrant Art Project is recruiting volunteer artists for another round of fire hydrant painting in the downtown district on March 17. The City of Muskogee and A More Beautiful Muskogee hope to get more people involved with the beautification by painting the fire hydrants in downtown. The first and second round of artists painted 23 fire hydrants around the Art/Depot District. The response was so overwhelming, a decision was made to schedule another weekend event.

    The City of Muskogee will clean and prime the hydrants for painting. The City of Muskogee will furnish the safety vests and basic colors of paint for use: black, white, yellow, turquoise, brown, bright blue, and plum. The artists should provide any additional colors they wish to use, brushes, drop cloths, rags, and various containers to contain paint. Also, a gallon of water is useful to clean brushes.

    Any theme or picture is allowed as long as the images are not obscene or controversial. The artists must submit their design or idea no later than March 10 to Karen Coker, or Brandon Garner, Once the design is approved a fire hydrant will be designated for the graphic to be placed on.

    For more information on the fire hydrant painting, please contact Brandon Garner, 918-869-7870 or Karen Coker, 918-348-8159.

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    Thursday, February 1, 2018, 10:04 AM

    Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway at the Fairgrounds downtown is now NASCAR sanctioned, the speedway’s Stanley Slader said today.

    “We got the certification Monday,” he said just now. “It’s a really big deal for the racers, the track and Muskogee.”

    NASCAR sanctions, difficult to get, mean drivers can race for a “real nice” point fund, and gain the chance to win regional and national championships. In addition, the races being sanctioned means they’re far more likely to draw out-of-town spectators to Muskogee.

    “At the end of the season, our top 10 racers are invited to Charlotte (North Carolina) to the NASCAR awards banquets,” Slader said. “And the racers and crews now have access to a million-dollar insurance policy.”

    The track will now also be eligible for help to make improvements and draw more shows.

    Opening night is April 6, but a car show aimed at downtown is set for March 17.

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    Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 11:08 AM

    Mudbound, the award-winning movie based on former Muskogee author Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name, has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

    Jordan will attend the awards, her father, Muskogee’s Jan Jordan, said today.

    The movie was nominated for:

    • Best Adapted Screenplay
    • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mary J. Blige)
    • Cinematography
    • Best Original Song (“Mighty River” by Blige)

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