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FORT GIBSON — Residents who plan to rebuild property damaged by recent flooding were advised to “talk with a floodplain administrator before they even drive a nail.”

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Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson was tapped this week to help lead a nationwide effort to enforce local, state and federal laws that prohibit animal cruelty. 

Are you a veteran looking for a job? At the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, we oversee three distinct avenues for veterans to gain full- or part-time employment or work therapy. The paths include Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Work Experience (CWT/TWE), Compensated Work Therapy/Supported Employment (CWT/SE), and Vocational Development (VOC DEV). Each one of these unique programs allows our veterans the opportunity to receive the much-needed support to obtain employment or re-enter the workforce while earning a paycheck.

Food, music, books, and places all have the power to evoke visceral memories. Such is the fodder for two recent books, one a novel, “The Bookshop of Yesterday” by Amy Meyerson (Park Row Books, 2018), the other, “The Power of Moments” (Simon and Schuster, 2017), a business psychology study by brothers Chip and Dan Heath.

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The distance between Kaw Lake and a planned water treatment plant to be built on the west side of Enid is 70 miles. According to the project manager, 60% of the landowners in the pipeline’s footprint have, at the very least, been contacted about selling impacted property, and offers still are being prepared for the other 40%.

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Approximately 135 local and area residents jammed into the Seminar Center at the Kiamichi Technology Center on Tuesday night — including those who strode up to a microphone to speak of their frustration regarding crime in McAlester.

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A coalition of Oklahoma healthcare professionals and organizations announced last week that it was launching an initiative to let voters decide whether to bring Medicaid expansion to Oklahoma. The group, which is operating under the name Oklahomans Decide Healthcare, says it wants voters to have a direct say on accepting federal money to expand eligibility for Medicaid to an estimated 200,000 Oklahomans, something the Oklahoma legislature has not gotten done.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as it prepares to move hundreds of immigrant children to Oklahoma, the cash-strapped federal agency tasked with caring for them said Tuesday it has been forced to scale back or cut the education, legal and recreation programs it offers the youth.

Garfield County Certified Director of Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said the damage in the county was seen in Enid, Waukomis, Garber, Kremlin and a "few areas in between."

The waterline along the trees on Muskogee County District 1 Commissioner Ken Doke's property remains visible days after the flood waters receded — the leaves on otherwise lively trees hang dead about 12 to 15 feet up.

A fire gutted a Village East apartment early Monday morning, potentially because of a lit cigarette, said Muskogee Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Gordon Lee.

Muskogee County Treasurer Kelly Garrett credited his staff's "good detective work" for what he described as a "very successful" resale of unredeemed property for which ad valorem taxes were delinquent.  

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The Payne County Board of Commissioners is urging individuals with recent flood losses to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

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A 39-year-old Enid woman was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison on an amended charge of second-degree murder for stabbing a woman to death last year.

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Representatives from a Duncan company are participating in the 2019 Paris Air Show as part of the U.S. Delegation from Oklahoma.

A Cleveland County district judge said Monday he’s hopeful lawyers will be able to reach an agreement by July 1 so an $85 million opioid settlement agreement can finally be reached.

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Joan was in frail health, but she was there, accompanied by her caretaker. She wasn't going to miss this, especially not at the ballpark that she and Paul gave to Enid in memory of their son.

Artemesias have become the mainstay for gray in the garden, yet foliage is the only gray area with this family of plants. They are undisputedly tough as nails where drought, sun and cold tolerance are concerned. You may recognize them by some of their more common or varietal names: Dusty Miller, Silver Mound or Wormwood.

To stake and prune … those are the questions. Every gardener has his or her own method for pruning their tomato plants. Gardeners also have an opinion on whether or not tomato plants need staking. Here are some of the advantages.

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Though most women who give birth do so without any problems, any woman can experience complications. It’s important to be able to recognize warning signs and know what to do if they occur.

City councilors will begin during the coming weeks the process of appointing members to a newly created tourism board that will report to the Muskogee Redevelopment Authority.

Chandra Rai, director of the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, remembers when everyone thought all the oil was gone.

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ADA [ndash] Services for Sheila Joy DeSoto, 79, of Ada are at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Bob Graves will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Criswell Funeral Home. Ms. DeSoto passed aw…

ADA [ndash] Services for Anna Lee Stilwell, 74, of Ada will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Stilwell died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at a local hospital. She was born April 5, 1…