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True love is sweet, but “till death do us part” is easier said than survived. Such is the case of a beautiful girl and her young lieutenant in post-Civil War America. Vivia Thomas was born into Boston wealth in 1840. She was expected to find a husband by attending the various Boston society balls.

A former Checotah Public Schools Information Technology specialist faces multiple charges after he allegedly filmed himself masturbating inside a school and touched a 17-year-old student, said McIntosh County Assistant District Attorney David Pierce. 

A dozen candidates competing to fill four seats on the Muskogee City Council fielded questions that touched on a variety of topics during a two-hour forum sponsored by the NAACP Branch of Muskogee. 

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Lexie Lerblance had a few days open before starting her new job, so when 4-H Extension Educator Greg Owen asked her to join him in a roundtable discussion on Thursday, she readily agreed.

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Oklahoma State Department of Education is seeking sponsors to support the Summer Food Service Program, which helps keep lower-income kids across the state from going hungry over the summer break.

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A former Checotah Public Schools Information Technology specialist faces multiple charges after he allegedly filmed himself masturbating inside a school and touched a 17-year-old student, said McIntosh County Assistant District Attorney David Pierce.

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There was the blond chess player who was put in a circular room and asked to find the corner. He said he did it and checkmated his opponent. With this hint in mind, please try to find black’s mate in two.

Muskogee County commissioners on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Sheriff Rob Frazier and mapped out a plan to appoint a successor to serve the remainder of his unexpired term.

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Genesis Church of Muskogee has paid the outstanding lunch balances for every child, kindergarten to high school senior, at Hilldale Schools, said Superintendent Eric Puckett.

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College students and high school seniors interested in entering the beef cattle industry can apply for more than $23,000 worth of scholarships available in 2020, provided by Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation.

It should be the aim of all of us when we attempt a job that we finish it and do it better than is required and better than it has ever been done before. Then there is progress, growth, and personal satisfaction in a job well done.

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2-day dental clinic is ❝designed to meet the oral health needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow.❞ Volunteers are needed. Patients are advised to expect it to take up to 8 hours to complete the process. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for patients at no cost.

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 A cooperative agreement struck between city and county officials for improvements along two streets where jurisdictional obstacles delayed maintenance and spawned critics won approval from the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office. 

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Garfield County Sheriff Jody Helm said some of the property taken in more than a dozen vehicle burglaries reported after the New Year in Garber has been recovered and is awaiting owners to claim it.

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EDMOND, Okla. — A father and daughter who are Iranian Americans and residents of Oklahoma are trying to educate others about the turmoil in Iran and the misconceptions they say some people have.

Muskogee's City Council heard from an attorney representing Arrowhead Mall on Monday night who contended that an urban renewal plan last amended in 1984 has expired. 

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Years-long planning for a $2.1 million new Hatbox event building will hopefully come to fruition this summer, said Muskogee Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilkerson. 

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Natural disasters are definitely on the rise. According to QuoteWizard analysis of FEMA data, disasters nationally increased a whooping 165 percent from 2000 through 2017 as compared to the time period of 1980 through 1999.

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Know how recent columns have touched on the topic of supernovae — explosions of stars? Well, it just so happens Betelgeuse is probably the next star in our galaxy to go supernova.

The 48-page guide lists top attractions, including restaurants, retail locations, public art, lodging and more.

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City councilors will consider an ordinance that would require contractors be prequalified before they are allowed to compete in the bidding process for public works projects. 

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“The first and foremost thing, your number one line of defense when it comes to self-defense is your situational awareness. Knowing where you're at. Not putting yourself in a position where you could be attacked,” Mixed Martial Arts Instructor and Woodward Fire Marshal Michael Wickware said.

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A local man was killed overnight after his truck was overtaken by flash flood waters along the Pittsburg County/Atoka County line. 

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A 30-year-old Stillwater man led law enforcement on a high-speed chase around the city Thursday, and now likely faces felony charges after what might have been a routine traffic stop, according to the Stillwater Police Department. 

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A Moore police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Moore resident Emily Alexis Gaines is set for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 with Cleveland County Special Judge Scott Brockman.

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A dinner held to celebrate those unpaid voluntary caregivers who provide services to friends and family is now evolving into something new for the McAlester area — a support group for those unpaid caregivers who provide so much of the help that others need.

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After announcing voluntary layoffs earlier this week, Spirit AeroSystems announced plans for workforce reductions in McAlester later this month.

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Obituaries

WELLING [mdash] Lester Wayne Fox, 84, died Friday January 15, 2020. Viewing will be held Tuesday January 21 from 12p-8p. Funeral services will be held 11a Wednesday January 22 at the Hart Funeral Chapel.

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 55. Carpenter. Died Tuesday, January 14, in Tahlequah, OK. Funeral Services Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00 pm at Reed-Culver Chapel. Visitation Monday, January 20th, from 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Patsy Peters AGE: 83 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Ministry Secretary DIED: January 15, 2020 SERVICES: 2:00 PM January 21, 2020, Oakdale Baptist Church, OKC, OK

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Richard Bertelle AGE: 81 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Meat Processor DIED: January 10, 2020 SERVICES: No services

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] NAME: Jeanette Sunday AGE: 78 TOWN: Tahlequah OCCUPATION: Insurance Bookkeeper DIED: January 11, 2020 SERVICES: 3:00 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020, Green Country Funeral Home Chapel