Edna R. Bruce, 88

Born July 17, 1929

Died February 15, 2018

Virginia Mary Dunevant, 86

Born July 23, 1931

Died February 15, 2018

Laura Young, 79

Born October 25, 1938

Died February 14, 2018

Richard Wayne "Dutch" Hughes, 80

Born January 16, 1938

Died February 14, 2018


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Tuesday, February 20

Homeschool Genealogy Meeting
Zumba at the Library
Bare Bones Movie and Mixer

Wednesday, February 21

Adults Craftastic
Oil painting in the painterly style

Thursday, February 22

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Night
Greg Jacobs with Kenny Cornell

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 6:53 PM

Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson, 37, a teacher at Irving Elementary School in Muskogee, was charged last week in Cherokee County with felony child abuse, according to documents obtained by

The case accuses him of willfully, maliciously and excessively spanking a four-year-old boy to whom he is not related, leaving “significant” bruises.

According to an affidavit filed on the case by Officer Bryan Qualls of the Tahlequah Police Department, the child’s mother called police after her sister noticed bruises on his legs and buttocks while babysitting the boy.

The mother took the boy to a Muskogee pediatrician, who told her the bruising appeared to be “non-accidental.” When the mother asked the boy what happened, the affidavit states, he said “Denny did it.” Denny is the name the boy called Watson, the affidavit continues.

The mother then contacted DHS, which advised her to contact the Tahlequah Police. Officer Qualls interviewed Watson, who, according to Qualls, said, “it’s not OK,” and “I didn’t mean to hurt him.” The boy, who is autistic, got up too often during the night, Watson said, so he bent the boy over his knee and spanked him multiple times during the night, according to the affidavit.

Officials with Muskogee Public Schools were not available to comment on the issue, according to an unidentified woman who answered the phone at the administration building. Watson is, however, still listed as faculty on the district’s web site.