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Zach Crissup is the successor to Zach Allen as head football coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He was official...
09/11/2020
'Interim' removed from Crissup's NEO job title - Succeeds Allen as Norse HC

Zach Crissup is the successor to Zach Allen as head football coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He was officially introduced during a press conference Thursday, Sept. 10.

MIAMI — What went through the mind of Zach Crissup after it was officially announced Thursday morning that “interim” had been removed

Zach Crissup, who has served as interim head coach of the Northeastern A&M football team since the departure of Zach All...
09/10/2020
Crissup promoted to Norse head coach

Zach Crissup, who has served as interim head coach of the Northeastern A&M football team since the departure of Zach Allen, was introduced as head coach Thursday morning.

Will be updated MIAMI — What went through the mind of Zach Crissup when it was announced Thursday morning that “interim” had been

Miami’s non-district football game against Verdigris, originally scheduled for Friday night, now will be played at noon ...
09/08/2020
Dogs' game with Verdigris pushed back to Saturday

Miami’s non-district football game against Verdigris, originally scheduled for Friday night, now will be played at noon Saturday at Red Robertson Field due to COVID-19 related issues.

MIAMI — Miami High School’s non-district football game against Verdigris has been bumped from Friday night to noon Saturday because of COVID-

Jay ground out a 14-6 victory over Miami Friday night, handing the Wardogs their second straight loss on the season and ...
09/05/2020
Wardogs drop defensive skirmish against Jay

Jay ground out a 14-6 victory over Miami Friday night, handing the Wardogs their second straight loss on the season and fourth straight in the rivalry.

JAY — After losing a slugfest with Dewey in the season opener, Miami dropped a 14-6 decision to Jay Friday, Sept. 4 in a defensive battle.

There are four finalists for the vacant City of Miami city manager position. Interviews of the group have been scheduled...
09/04/2020
Miami city manager finalists announced

There are four finalists for the vacant City of Miami city manager position. Interviews of the group have been scheduled for Sept. 17-19.

MIAMI — The City of Miami has announced the four finalists for the vacant city manager position.   Interviews of the finalists are scheduled

The Miami High School football team hits the road Friday night, traveling to Jay for its second non-district game.
09/03/2020
Dogs hit road for first time to face Jay

The Miami High School football team hits the road Friday night, traveling to Jay for its second non-district game.

JAY — Looking for its first win in the previous three meetings, Miami travels to Jay Friday for the second of three non-district games.   The

Jonathan Appell, founder of Connecticut-based Atlas Preservation, has embarked on a 48 States in 48 Days Gravestone Rest...
09/03/2020
Miami part of gravestone restoration tour

Jonathan Appell, founder of Connecticut-based Atlas Preservation, has embarked on a 48 States in 48 Days Gravestone Restoration Tour. One of the stops will be at Miami’s G.A.R. Cemetery on Sept. 24.

MIAMI — It’s quite the undertaking.   Jonathan Appell, founder of Connecticut-based Atlas Preservation, has embarked on a 48 States in 48

A student at Quapaw High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Both the middle school and high school are now on virt...
09/03/2020
Quapaw student tests positive for COVID-19

A student at Quapaw High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Both the middle school and high school are now on virtual instruction for the next two weeks and the Wildcats’ non-district football game at Dewey has been cancelled.

Updated QUAPAW — A student at Quapaw High School has tested positive for COVID-19. High school and middle school students were dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Per Ottawa County SO: On today’s date at 16:15 Hours, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to rural Fairland for a u...
09/03/2020

Per Ottawa County SO: On today’s date at 16:15 Hours, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to rural Fairland for a unknown disturbance. Upon arrival deputies found an adult female with what appeared to be a gun shot wound to the chest and was pronounced deceased by medical on scene. The scene was cleared, secured, and OSBI was requested to assist. At this time, no other information is available pending the investigation.

There’s a shortage of football referees in northeastern Oklahoma heading into the 2020 season.
08/10/2020
Referee shortage keeps getting worse

There’s a shortage of football referees in northeastern Oklahoma heading into the 2020 season.

MIAMI — Wanted: football game officials.   As part of a nationwide trend over the past couple years, the number of those fulfilling a passion

Schools in Ottawa County are ready to get things rolling taking COVID-19 in mind.
08/10/2020
County schools gear up for return

Schools in Ottawa County are ready to get things rolling taking COVID-19 in mind.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt life, area school officials are finalizing plans in preparation for the return of students to in-class

Woman shot during disturbance at Miami residence Saturday afternoon.
08/08/2020
Woman injured in Saturday shooting

Woman shot during disturbance at Miami residence Saturday afternoon.

MIAMI — A woman has been transported to a Joplin hospital following a shooting in the 100 block of J NW Saturday afternoon. Miami Police Chief

The Oklahoma State Health Department reported Thursday morning that Ottawa County has had its third COVID-19 related dea...
08/06/2020
Ottawa County has third COVID-19 related death

The Oklahoma State Health Department reported Thursday morning that Ottawa County has had its third COVID-19 related death. It was a male in the 50-64 age group.

MIAMI — Ottawa County has had its third COVID-19 related death, a male in the 50-64 age group. It was one of 10 additional deaths statewide,

Alli O’Banion, an assistant coach at NCAA Division II member Ouachita Baptist University, has been named head volleyball...
08/03/2020
O'Banion named NEO volleyball coach

Alli O’Banion, an assistant coach at NCAA Division II member Ouachita Baptist University, has been named head volleyball coach at Northeastern A&M.

MIAMI — Alli O’Banion has been named head volleyball coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. O’Banion comes to NEO from Ouachita Baptist

Officials at Afton Public Schools have announced plans to get things started for the 2020-2021 school year with enrollme...
08/03/2020
Afton releases back-to-school information

Officials at Afton Public Schools have announced plans to get things started for the 2020-2021 school year with enrollment on Aug. 10-11.

AFTON — Afton Public Schools will be enrolling students on Aug. 10 and 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. If you are going to be a

The livestock premium sale at the Ottawa County Free Fair will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14. The sale will ta...
08/03/2020
Plans for fair premium sale moving along

The livestock premium sale at the Ottawa County Free Fair will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14. The sale will take place at its regular location, but it also will be streamed on Facebook Live.

MIAMI – The livestock premium sale, which will help wrap up the Ottawa County Free Fair, will be held Friday, Aug. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. with a

Former Miamian David Osborne was honored with a day in his honor Saturday. It coincided with the unveiling of a sign den...
08/03/2020
Osborne firm believer in 'don't give up'

Former Miamian David Osborne was honored with a day in his honor Saturday. It coincided with the unveiling of a sign denoting a portion of D Street SW just off West Steve Owens Blvd. as “David Osborne Drive, the presentation of a proclamation, his induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and a concert at the Coleman Theatre featuring the David Osborne Trio.

MIAMI — David Osborne’s words of wisdom to the dreamers out there: “Don't give up.”   Osborne has gone from Miami (he’s

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The Green all-stars used a huge third-quarter rally to claim a 42-22 come-from-behind victory over their White counterpa...
07/20/2020
Third quarter burst carries Green stars

The Green all-stars used a huge third-quarter rally to claim a 42-22 come-from-behind victory over their White counterparts during the annual Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game Saturday night at Red Robertson Field.

MIAMI — The Green was a landslide winner in the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game Saturday night at Red Robertson

Jerry Coach of Commerce was glad to be able to call the late Charlie Daniels a friend. Daniels often would make a donati...
07/20/2020
Daniels was a 'go to' guy for Coach's toy program

Jerry Coach of Commerce was glad to be able to call the late Charlie Daniels a friend. Daniels often would make a donation to help raise funds for Coach’s drive to provide toys for underprivileged children.

COMMERCE— Jerry Coach was fortunate to call the late Charlie Daniels a friend.   Daniels, who hit gold with his single “Devil Went Down

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Festifall has been bumped back, but it’s still full speed again for the 101st annua; Ottawa County Fair.
07/15/2020
Annual fall events still planned in Miami

Festifall has been bumped back, but it’s still full speed again for the 101st annua; Ottawa County Fair.

MIAMI — Despite today’s uncertain times, officials in Miami and Ottawa County are hard at work trying to keep the wheels turning while doing

Ronnie Busick, who has been charged in the 1999 deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman, and the disappearance and presumed de...
07/15/2020
Welch girls' accused killer pleads guilty to lesser charge

Ronnie Busick, who has been charged in the 1999 deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman, and the disappearance and presumed death of their 16-year-old daughter, Ashley; and her best friend, Lauria Bible, pled guilty to an accessory to murder charge Wednesday.

VINITA – A suspect in the 1999 deaths of Welch residents Ashley Freeman, her parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman, and Ashley’s friend, Lauria

As had been earlier reported, the National Junior College Athletic Association confirmed that fall sports — including fo...
07/13/2020
NJCAA approves plan to move fall sports to spring

As had been earlier reported, the National Junior College Athletic Association confirmed that fall sports — including football and soccer — will move to the spring because of COVID-19.

This story will be updated MIAMI — Get ready for some spring football — and not just the Blue-Gold scrimmage. Real, live Northeastern Oklahoma

The NJCAA is expected to announce Monday that football and other fall sports will move to the spring, the result of the ...
07/13/2020
Football at NEO, NJCAA moving to spring?

The NJCAA is expected to announce Monday that football and other fall sports will move to the spring, the result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This story will be updated MIAMI — For the first time since World War II, it looks like there won’t be any football in the fall of 2020 at

Zach Allen has resigned as head football coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College to become an assistant at Northeaste...
07/10/2020
Allen resigns as Golden Norse head football coach

Zach Allen has resigned as head football coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College to become an assistant at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.

MIAMI — Zach Allen has resigned as head football coach at Northeastern A&M Friday to accept a position at Northeastern State University in

MIAMI — Zach Allen has resigned as head football coach at Northeastern A&M to accept a position at Northeastern State Un...
07/10/2020

MIAMI — Zach Allen has resigned as head football coach at Northeastern A&M to accept a position at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
Allen has been a part of the Norse football staff for the past 12 years and head coach since 2018.
He will join the staff of J.J. Eckert, a Tahlequah native who had been head coach at Southwest Junior College Football Conference from 2007 to 2018.
This story will be updated

Two children from southwest Missouri who were involved in an Amber Alert search were found safe in Miami late Thursday n...
07/10/2020
Amber Alert suspect arrested in Miami

Two children from southwest Missouri who were involved in an Amber Alert search were found safe in Miami late Thursday night. They were taken by their mother, who does not have custody.

MIAMI — An Amber Alert involving two southwest Missouri children was safely resolved late Thursday night after they were found in Miami.

Parker sworn in as new Miami mayor prior to Tuesday’s meeting.
07/09/2020
New mayor takes the helm in Miami

Parker sworn in as new Miami mayor prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

MIAMI — Bless Parker was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami at the start of the regular city council meeting Tuesday evening.   He unseated

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