e bodies of Jack Denney, 65, and Elaine Denney, 66, were found by their daughter on Christmas Day inside their home on Iron Post Road near the Cherokee-Mayes County line. Both were fatally shot. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the shootings are believed to have occurred Dec. 23, 2007. The OSBI is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. A group of Locust Grove residents raised an additional $5,000.
Student earns Cherokee degree
Northeastern State University’s Cherokee Education degree program now has its first graduate. Greg Drowning Bear received his bachelor’s degree on Saturday during the university’s fall commencement ceremony. The program is a partnership between NSU and the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation. NSU said it is the only public university in the nation to offer a teaching degree in an American Indian language.
Gift beefs up charity’s kitchen
Members of the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association took 150 pounds of beef to the local Salvation Army last week. The hamburger will be served at nightly meals at the charity’s facility at 615 S Main, said the Salvation Army’s George Hackbarth. The center heavily depends on donations for its feeding program, but meat is not frequently donated, Hackbarth said.
Exhibit features antique toys
The Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee is presenting a "Toys from the Past” exhibit through Decemberantique Christmas decorations, toys and dolls. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 students. The museum is at 220 Elgin St. For hours and more information, call (918) 686-6624.
From staff and wire reports