Matthew Robert Elliott, 34

Born October 18, 1984

Died January 17, 2019

Alice Jean Ricketts-Culp, 91

Born July 15, 1927

Died January 16, 2019

Charlotte Jackson, 75

Born September 21, 1943

Died January 16, 2019


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


Sunday, January 20

Painting with Gwyn 3rd Sunday
Vision Board Workshop
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace

Monday, January 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Parade & Celebration
Georgia-Pacific Playground - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Antioch, The Temple of Hope
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
PS Academy Oklahoma Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale
Act Like Men Study - Don't Waste Your Life

Tuesday, January 22

The Real Okie Movie Night Presents, Pretty in Pink!
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®- Awareness Campaign
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

Friday, December 21, 2018, 12:14 PM

Longtime Muskogee investigative reporter Donna Hales has passed away, family members are telling

Hales worked at the Muskogee Phoenix from the 1980s to just a few years ago, when she retired after a string of health problems for herself and her husband.

Hales’ reporting was instrumental in bringing down corrupt state and local institutions and politicians.

Hales died after long struggles with her health, including several strokes and broken bones. She was in hospice care when she died of what is being called natural causes.

Hales worked at the Muskogee Phoenix from 1985 until after a stroke in 2011 forced her retirement. After her retirement, Hales frequently told family members she was going to get better and come work for

We are getting more information now and will add to this story as we can.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I worked beside Donna — literally the next desk over — for 20 years, and we became close friends. When I started MuskogeeNOW (ten years ago next month), Donna was very encouraging and after she retired, she would frequently provide me with news tips and other information. When my first wife miscarried our only child together, Donna rushed to my house with a homemade lasagna and cried with us for the loss. Though she made many enemies in her time as a reporter, she made just as many friends and admirers — and many times the same people were both. I will miss her.