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When a breach in the spillway at Cushing Lake was discovered Sunday, the city of Cushing, Payne County and state officials scrambled to assess the damage and respond to any potential danger.

Jessie, Ashley, Preston and Fayth Bates, who live at 1010 Hillside Drive in Perry, suffered a devastating loss of their family home Friday night. The family was uninsured. 

Ericka Denea Mitchell, 44, of Cushing, was charged with embezzlement on Tuesday. According to a written affidavit, Cushing Police Department officers responded to a report of embezzlement at a Cushing church in December 2017. A reverend at the church said a church employee was using church f…

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Congressman Frank Lucas represents Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District, which covers a broad swath of the state extending west to the far end of the Panhandle, south to the Red River and stopping just short of Tulsa and Bartlesville to the east.

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Austin Meade is a musician in the Texas music scene who released an album earlier this year that he said has opened more doors for him and his music career since it came out. Meade is set to play at the Tumbleweed in Stillwater on Saturday along with Read Southall Band. Meade answered questi…

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Contractors have been putting in extra hours over the past few weeks to get Stillwater’s Westwood Elementary ready for students. While other Stillwater Public Schools sites started classes Monday, Westwood’s opening was delayed for 10 days because items needed to get a Temporary Certificate …

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Contractors have been putting in extra hours over the past few weeks to get Stillwater’s Westwood Elementary ready for students. While other Stillwater Public Schools sites started classes Monday, Westwood’s opening was delayed for 10 days because items needed to get a Temporary Certificate …

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A Stillwater man was charged last week with violating a zone of safety as a sex offender after a Highland Park Elementary employee told police a woman was there adding his name to a list of people authorized to pick up her child. A warrant was issued Aug. 15 for James Leroy Bear, 54, of Stil…

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Stillwater Public Schools reported that an unauthorized parent on school grounds led to lockdown/lockout situations at Skyline Elementary as well as the junior high and middle school. After a tense half-hour and a search of Skyline, police me the parent at the parent’s residence.

Starting after Labor Day there will be a few changes to the usual storytime routine at the library. For those of you without little ones just be aware that the times before and after a storytime can get a little boisterous as youngsters learn how to control the volume of their voices, how to…

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The Stillwater City Council has given city staff its blessing to begin developing a homebuyer assistance program. It’s a reimagining of a program that was discontinued in 2012.

The City of Cushing went into emergency mode Sunday after learning that a spillway separating Cushing Lake and fields north of the lake was breached. As or Monday morning, City Manager Terry Brannon reported that no structures nor livestock were harmed as the lake water drained.

A Pawnee man was killed in an early morning car wreck today on the Cimarron Turnpike west of Glencoe. Douglas H. Kilgariff, 69, was the only person involved. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical examiner.


Indivisible Stillwater is hosting multiple opportunities to sign the petition to put State Question 802 on the ballot and put Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma to a vote of the people. These events will occur from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4 and Sept. 16 at Nikki’s Greek Restaurant, 610 E McElr…

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City, county and state officials are responding to a reported dam breach at Cushing Lake. Property owners north of the dam have been warned and the lake has been closed to public use until further notice.


It was another good week at Boomer Lake, but the Bird of the Week was none other than the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at our Meridian Technology Ponds. A couple of the rarer birds that have come across the Central Flyway are the Red Knot and the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, both in spring and summer. 

Usher in the fall semester of classes, sports and the return of Stillwater filled up with a “Cat Tale Ale” from Iron Monk Brewing Company.

Animal Welfare is located at 1710 S Main St. Animal Welfare is open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday. You may adopt one of our pets through the Humane Society of Stillwater during their open hours on the weekend as well as through our office during the week.


The common conception of a garden designed and planted to attract birds is one with berry bearing shrubs and scrubby branching to protect birds from predators. These aspects are only two of many factors to consider if you desire avian visitors. Different bird species have different needs, bu…

Many folks have “must see” destinations, while others refer to these places as “bucket list” trips. Whatever name you want to use to identify your list, I am fairly certain this unique place is included in your wishes?


From mid-July through September, thousands of people visit Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and other waterways to cool off and enjoy their summer. And many of them encounter Oklahoma’s wildlife, as animals also utilize the water and adjacent wilderness.

Everyone has something or someone, which will make their palms sweat and heart race. For those who prefer medical terms – it’s called a phobia.

Many organizations in Oklahoma have become certifiable – Certifiably Healthy that is! So what does that mean? Being Certified Healthy means an organization has created an environment that supports health. That healthier environment could be focused on employees, customers, students or member…


What gardener out there doesn’t like a good bargain? Well, if you’ve planted perennials in your garden, it’s about time for some freebies. Simply dividing your perennials is like getting free plants.


Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley is being asked to decide how much property tax seven different energy companies owe the county for 2019.


The organizers of Merry Main Street, Stillwater’s newest holiday event, are looking for a rotating selection of vendors interested in selling their wares during the holiday pop-up shops.

This sweet young lady has been with us for a few months now and no one has seemed interested in adding her to their family. We at the Humane Society are not sure why because she is absolutely the cutest and silliest pup around. Carly only wants to play and cuddle with people and has so much …

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Twas the last Friday of summer vacation when all through the school, teachers were hustling and bustling trying to keep cool.

In the calming space of the Modella Art Gallery, for the rest of this month, is an exhibition featuring art that seems to jump out from the canvas.

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Ronda Meyers has been a loyal and faithful volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – OKC Chapter and has been the event lead for the Stillwater Color Splash Dash for 6 years. Her grandson, Aden, lives in Stillwater and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was born. This year, the …

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Students eager to walk the halls of the new $26 million Westwood Elementary School will have to wait at least one week after the Stillwater Public Schools Board of Education voted to authorized the superintendent to delay the start of the school year for the one site for up to 10 school days.

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The clock is ticking for Barrett Investment Properties, LLC, the Georgia-based owner of a block of dilapidated apartments along Duck Street that the Stillwater City Council has ordered to be torn down.

The Board of County Commissioners for Payne County approved a contract on Monday with Express Employment Services to provide temporary personnel for the Payne County Expo Center during events.

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