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Coffee, conversation, and connection is what the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly A.M. Live is all about, and a group of business and community leaders filled the Thompson House Friday morning to enjoy those three C's.

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Saturday was supposed to be a day of focusing on playoff basketball for both the boys and girls teams at Braggs High School.

Gospel Rescue Mission Executive Director Rich Schaus will set out from Mrs. Webber's Plantation in Stilwell at 1 p.m. Feb. 28, with hopes to arrive at the Gospel Rescue Mission at 9 a.m. Feb. 29. Schaus will be carrying a 50 pound rucksack the whole way, he said.

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The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Legislative Focus gathering of this session Friday, when area lawmakers visited Go Ye Village to discuss their priorities during the legislative session and answer questions from the public.

❝We’ve always had strong lineups, but I’m really excited for what we have coming up in 2020, and because there’s some really big shows.❞ — Kevin Boryczki, Stride Bank Center general manager

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In an effort to promote transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature, a state representative has introduced a bill that would required the House of Representatives and the Senate to follow the Open Meetings Act.

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Mike Gaxiola and Carrie Umphrey danced for a few minutes. It could’ve lasted forever for both of them Friday at the Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee Rehabilitation Reunion.

Haskell residents potentially facing thousands of dollars in failure-to-appear fines could avoid those penalties in the first week of March, said Police Chief Michael Keene.

While gardeners may be tired of the cooler weather, green peas thrive in it. Young plants even tolerate light frosts. Because of their durability, it’s a good time to get your peas in the ground. They need to be planted as early as possible in order to get a full harvest before the blazing heat of an Oklahoma summer arrives.

On Nov. 21, 1920, a wounded Jake Hamon stumbled into an Ardmore hospital. He wasn’t just a rich oilman, he was joining newly-elected President Warren Harding’s cabinet. This mystery would draw writers from all over America to uncover the truth.

Enid Public Schools has implemented an anonymous reporting app, allowing students to alert school officials to bullying, hazing and other inappropriate behaviors or dangerous situations without identifying themselves.

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When the Supreme Court found segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, voucher-funded private schools boomed in the South. Within 15 years, more than 200 voucher-funded private schools opened in previously segregated districts, with one express intent — to allow white families to continue segregation.

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In Oklahoma, the news as it pertains to indigenous people has been contentious lately. The tribes say their gaming compacts with the state automatically renewed, and they're correct - but Gov. Kevin Stitt has his hand out for a bigger piece of the action.

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Celebrating love on Valentine's Day is unique for every couple. Whether it's dinner out or a romantic candlelight meal at home, flowers and gifts exchanged, or camping and fishing, it's about making special memories that matter to them. And for many families it may not involve so much romance, but tons of love.

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Hotel staff were contacted by the man's father, who wanted a message delivered to his son, according to the affidavit. Staff entered the room to check on Neill and found drugs in the room and then called police.

The Oklahoma House has passed legislation directing all sheriffs, jailers and deputies to comply with any request made in an immigration retainer request provided by the federal government.

On Wednesday afternoon, the court found probable cause that a crime was committed regarding James Leroy Brown, 55, of Stillwater, who was accused of child sex crimes in 2019.

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EDMOND, Okla. — A 20-year-old man was the victim of a residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon early Wednesday morning at 209 E. Ayers Street, said Emily Ward, Edmond Police spokeswoman. This was the second home invasion in Edmond in two days.

This Valentine’s Day, many veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended. No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no veteran has to be. 

Instructor Trey Daman said the class will be ideal for "anyone who struggles with stress, people struggling with being at peace in their life, people who feel like they're missing something in their walk, or people who want to deepen their spiritual growth.

Local musician, historian and columnist Jim Paul Blair has died at the age of 58, said his friend and colleague Cliff Casteel.

EDMOND, Okla. — An Edmond Public Schools bus driver was investigated by police but was not charged with any wrongdoing regarding a note he passed on to a student of Edmond Public Schools on Jan. 31, according to police.

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President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 includes what was described by Oklahoma’s congressional delegation as a “major investment” in the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee. 

A first-degree murder charge has been dismissed against a Muskogee man Monday morning, according to court documents.

A 25-year law enforcement veteran is under fire for posting on his Facebook page comments described as homophobic, and city officials quickly decried the thread and its sentiments.

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A reserve Tahlequah police officer was arrested and subsequently released from his duties after he was found unresponsive behind the wheel and admitted to drinking 12 beers.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

ADA [ndash] Clayton Thorne Adams, 29, of Ada passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Ada. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Under The Blood Ministries Church in Ada. A family visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at Estes-Phillips Funeral Home in Ada.

ADA [ndash] April Dawn Odom, 54, of Ada passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Pecos, Texas. Funeral services for April will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Estes-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Interment will follow at Maxwell Cemetery in Ada.