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How do we want to be remembered? As a race that could never overcome its differences, doomed to fail like perhaps so many others? Or, will we remember that no matter what, there will be differences among us, and despite those differences we can work toward a common goal to achieve things we all can be proud of?

In 1880, a Texas cattleman named William “Billy” Washington settled on the north side of the Red River after marrying a Chickasaw woman. He formed a partnership with a Chickasaw citizen named Dick McLish and began to amass land and cattle. Washington eventually built one of the largest outfits in the Chickasaw Nation.

One of the things I love about this town is a sense, in certain circles, of community and cooperation. You see it among groups of smaller businesses offering promotions together, or among event planners and the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. 

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Employers grappling with the explosive growth of a protected class of workers created in 2018 when Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana will get a little relief at the end of August when new laws take effect. 

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So much seems to be going on these days it can spin one's head trying to sort it all out — of course, that is if one is inclined to do so or even has the time to try. 

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McAlester resident Tom Crowl hasn’t talked a lot about an old Air Force buddy of his, but the subject came up naturally with all the current attention focused on the Apollo 11 Mission and the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing on the moon’s surface.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt recently announced his intention to renegotiate gaming compacts with Indian tribes in the state, and tribal leaders are expressing concerns that any such attempt would be unlawful.

Even before the first patent was granted for a metal detector in 1925, people searched for ways to locate metal and ore. While some used the devices to benefit the mining industry or military operations, the handheld devices have led to a hobby for treasure hunters.

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A committee comprised of local government agencies, nonprofits and businesses is gearing up to help "meet the unmet needs" of Muskogee County residents likely to be treading water long after recent floods recede from the memories of others. 

Hattie Beachboard believed that her daughter was so talented that she hoped someone would discover her. Molly was born in 1939 in Oklahoma City and grew up in Tennessee, where she began singing and yodeling on the family farm. While living in Tucson, she performed at children’s shows, recitals, and churches. At a grammar school performance, “singing cowboy” Rex Allen heard Molly sing “Lovesick Blues.” He liked her rendition so much that he had her sing it on his popular radio show a few days later. She soon became a featured singer on the radio show.

Two men were arrested Wednesday in the late-night raid of a home on North Hope Street near Eighth Street in Ada.

About 1,000 Oklahomans are test-driving a new digital driver license program that may one day allow Oklahomans to ditch their plastic copies.

Being a strong-willed person isn’t a bad thing, as I might have previously perceived. Nowadays, I see it as a reflection of God in my life.

The fire occurred at about midnight June 14 in a single-family dwelling occupied at the time of the fire by two men, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

BRAGGS — National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jamison Yager powers through the last stretch of his run, jogging across a path of mowed grass amid the encouraging cheers of fellow soldiers and officers on a warm morning.

COMANCHE — The Comanche Nutrition Center is usually always hopping at lunch time, as all citizens are welcome to eat. There are suggested donations, but for  those who experience food insecurity there is no charge. 

The officer told the man it was obvious what happened based on the video footage, and the man replied, “Ah well if you got it on video it is what it is.” He said the incident was not intentional, but he will do what he has to do to clear it up from here forward.

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The woman is accused of taking more than $15,000 belonging to Alpha Assessments and Counseling and Alpha Health and Wellness over a two-year period. She faces up to eight years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000 and restitution.

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EDMOND, Okla. — Close to 150,000 Oklahomans held licenses to use medical marijuana as of July 1, according to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. As a result employers have had concerns about how to handle legalities in the workplace. Two area attorneys addressing a recent Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon said the state Legislature took a large step toward clarifying the workplace laws on medical marijuana licensure and use with the Unity Bill it passed earlier this year.

A nonprofit corporation comprised of landowners, residents and supporters who organized to "actively engage in the preservation of the Spring Creek Watershed" will celebrate its 25th anniversary and make plans for the future. 

Bassist Russ Jones of Mason Jar Revival says he welcomes the chance to play a concert benefiting victims of late May floods.

An Ada man is being held in the Pontotoc County Justice Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond after allegedly striking his fiancé’s brother in the neck with a machete.

The Oklahoma State Chamber Research Foundation is working to ensure that the State of Oklahoma climbs to the top of the national rankings by the year 2030 but launching the OK2030 Regional Forums initiative.

Tahlequah Mayor Sue Catron said the city may have to move "backward before we can move forward" financially, with a general revenue budget that has nearly 90 percent of its funds already allocated for personnel costs.

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Funeral mass will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Holy Name Section of Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Catholic Charities…