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Persuaded by his two uncles, both veteran state corrections officers, Tommy Thompson applied to work at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in the spring of 2018. He breezed through a six-week training period and was promoted from cadet to officer by late summer.

The Biden-Harris Administration has selected Monday, June 21, as Child Tax Credit Awareness Day. The day will make American families aware of the new monthly payments of $250 to $300 for each child, which is included in the American Rescue Plan to help families make ends meet.

Horses account for about 97% of reported non-human mammalian cases of West Nile virus encephalitis, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, underscoring the need for horse owners to employ sound animal-health-management strategies. 

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TAHLEQUAH — Nine Cherokee bicyclists who were part of the 2021 Remember the Removal Bike Ride finalized their 950-mile journey on Friday with a homecoming ceremony in the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. During the trek, six cyclists from the Cherokee Nation and three from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina retraced the northern route of the Trail of Tears in honor of their ancestors who were forcefully removed from their homelands in the southeast more than 180 years ago.

Police officers who shot to death a Webbers Falls man were justified in shooting the man, according to a statement released by the Muskogee County District Attorney.

A Weatherford woman was killed when the 2004 Subaru Legacy she was driving left a county roadway, struck an embankment and overturned late Wednesday in Alfalfa County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A missing Wisconsin woman who was last seen in Enid on June 5 was located safe in Kansas Thursday morning, June 17, 2021, according to the Enid Police Department.

It’s no secret Muskogee is “biker friendly,” and the area has some of the best motorcycle riding in Oklahoma. The Bedouin Shrine Iron Horse Patrol, of Muskogee, has also been doing their share to promote our area to motorcycle enthusiasts by hosting their annual Poker Run for 13 years. The best thing about this is the money they raise for charity with the annual event. Their motto is “Big Kids helping Little Kids.” The sponsors pay for the prize money, and 100% of what the bikers spend goes to the Bedouin Shrine Children’s Hospital Transportation Fund.

Since time immemorial, Cherokees have told stories. In them, they learn about their history. They also learn about morals. The lessons they impart or pick up lead them to understanding who they are.

National News

The violent mob that stormed the national Capitol Wednesday repulsed many voters who supported President Trump’s reelection but the insurrection did not demoralize his zealots in America’s heartland.

NORMAN -- Oklahoma University’s football team canceled practice Friday to march lockstep from the stadium to the campus Unity Garden to protest racial injustice and the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

If you oppose mail-in voting because President Donald Trump calls it a fraud, prepare to stand in long lines to cast your ballot on Nov. 3 Election Day.

Earl D. Lawson's death by COVID-19 was doubly cruel.

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors.

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