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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began lowering the pool upstream from Webbers Falls Lock & Dam 16 on Wednesday after clearing that part of the inland navigation channel of barges. 

In August of 1905, the chiefs of the Five Tribes called for a statehood convention to be held in Muskogee. In seven months, March 1906, the federal government would require the dissolution of their tribal governments and would press the Indians to join the Union as a state. The question at that time was whether Indian Territory would be a separate state from Oklahoma Territory or if they would join together to form one state.

After the St. Patrick’s Day massacres, my column called for moderation in the two extremes between gun bans and mass shootings. This week’s massacres in El Paso and Dayton, plus five more months of random killings, have been factors in changing my position: Gun advocates, to keep their guns, should demonstrate they can prevent mass shootings and ensure the public safety.

CHARLESTOWN — A Charlestown man got a surprise this weekend when cleaning out his garage the day of a city-wide yard sale — he found an inactive military bomb.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has dispensed more than $3.9 million in direct assistance to 557 registrants in Muskogee County in the months following near-record flooding of the Arkansas River, said representative Carl Henderson.