McALESTER — Forty years ago this weekend, prisoners at Oklahoma State Penitentiary banded together in what became a three-day riot, taking employees hostage, burning buildings and beating employees and each other. In the end, the riot was blamed for the deaths of three inmates, injuries to more than 20 and more than $20 million in damage. The infamously decrepit West Cellhouse was later closed and other reforms were instituted, most likely due to prison conditions revealed in the wake of the revolt. Today, the state’s only maximum-security men’s prison — home to Death Row and the most dangerous inmates in Oklahoma — houses a fraction of its 1973 inmate population. On Sunday, we’ll take an in-depth look at what happened on July 27, 1973, why it happened, and what the future looks like for one of McAlester’s biggest employers.
McAlester News-Capital and Oklahoma Watch has teamed up for epic issue that commemorates the 40th anniversary of this event
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Paid lunch prices, payment options
The McAlester Public Schools released lunch prices for the upcoming school year and have payment options.
Does your student qualify for free or reduced lunches?
McAlester Public Schools say more student households — than what apply — qualify for free and reduced lunches.
Highway construction expected to last for most of next year
For most of the next year, area drivers using U.S. Highway 69 south of the Pittsburg County line will likely see traffic restricted to one lane in each direction.
Canadian Shores Volunteer Fire Department to build $114,000 addition
Pittsburg County Commissioners voted unanimously, 2-0, Monday to approve a contract to add onto the Canadian Shores Volunteer Fire Department building that will cost more than $114,000.
Back-to-school tips for parents
Cyndie Sandford of Kidz Choice Pediatric Care in McAlester offered back-to-school tips for all parents:
Man allegedly assaults another with stick
A convicted felon was charged Friday with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon along with misdemeanor public intoxication.
Schools, local governments hurt from loss of military’s leftovers
Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years.
Commissioner sees the bright side of rain delays
For at least the last two weeks in a row, road work by Pittsburg County crews has been interrupted by rain, but one county commissioner looked at the positive side of things.
Individual enrollment schedules for Pittsburg County schools
Individual enrollment schedules
All Pittsburg County schools’ enrollment practices, dates and times, very based on what best suits their district.
However, schools ask new students to bring a current transcript, immunization record, birth certificate, proof of residency, and CDIB card — if applicable.
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