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Homecoming Queen Olivia Rucker gets a kiss from Homecoming King Jordan Young

It was an eventful night at the 2013 Okmulgee Homecoming game Friday night.  Pre-game festivities included the Royal walk for all Homecoming Candidates and the final announcement of this years Homecoming Sports King and Queen followed by a ribbon cutting for the new turf of Harmon Stadium.  Former Okmulgee Athletic Director and Coach Danny Morgan was an honorary guest to the ribbon cutting as he was an integral part of the field project. The stadium looked its best ever with the latest renovations and the event was supported by a large crowd.

Former Athletic Director and Coach Danny Morgan

Homecoming King and Queen was awarded to Jordan Young son of Terry Perkins and Olivia Rucker daughter of Dayna and Jaymz Rucker, their attendants were Riley Robertson and Matthew Robertson.

The Homecoming game kept fans from both teams on their feet all night, as it was a neck and neck battle between the Bulldogs and their opponent the Beggs Demons.  Just when the Bulldogs thought they were about to receive their first win of the season the Demons stole their glory with a three-point lead in the last quarter.

Homecoming Royalty - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN


Turf Ribbon Cutting - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

Photos from the football game - - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

Before the game Okmulgee Held their Homecoming Parade.  - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

Published in Okmulgee in the News

 

Okmulgee Mayor Steven Baldridge sits atop Oliver the Watusi Bull

Okmulgee Mayor Steve Baldridge was on hand Saturday Night to welcome Rodeo Fans to our city. That evening Baldridge met Oliver the Yatusi Bull.  The Bob Arington Rodeo Arena was a little damp before getting started, but the weather held out for some nice rodeo action. 

The 58th Annual Okmulgee "Roy LeBlanc" Rodeo champions for 2013 are Wefus Tyus Conway Arkansas Champion Steer Wrestler. Cory Solomon Prairie View, Texas repeated as the Calf Roping Champion. Yanna FullBright Muskogee, Ok. Ladies Barrel Racing Champion. Natasha Harrison Port Arthur, Texas Ladies Steer Undecorating Champion. Cyrus, Marsaw Naches, Mississippi Champion Junior Breakaway Roper. Denim Goff Stigler, Ok. Champion Junior Barrel Racer.  

Each night opened with some exciting "Wild Horse" races, where teams tried to capture and ride an unbroke

horse and ride it. Fans watching the cowboys and cowgirls faced the challenges and thrills of each rodeo contest.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday the corresponding rodeo parade was held. SEE PHOTO GALLERY - CLICK HERE

Ram Rodeo Series rode into Okmulgee as Rodeo sponsor with a popular attraction the Ram truck display put on by Dick Baily Motors. Spectators could  check out the newest Ram pickup trucks and be entered into the 2013 Ram Rodeo National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible Chrysler Group vehicle.


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The audience last night at the Miss Okmulgee County Scholarship Pageant 2014 saw Georgia Frazier being crowned Miss Okmulgee County and Elizabeth Ware crowned Miss Okmulgee County Outstanding Teen for 2014.

The annual pageant was held under the direction of Pageant Director Wade Hall and produced two top quality and very talented young ladies to represent Okmulgee County.  The competition was very strong in all categories and the judges had their hands full in picking the two winners.

In the end Georgia and Elizabeth rose to the top. Georgia thrilled the crowd with her great singing talent and Elizabeth wowed the audience with her upbeat violin playing (she later admitted her new found talent is only 11 months old).

The Miss Okmulgee County Court includes 1st Runner-Up Christine Williams and 2nd Runner-Up Jordan Smith  and Miss Outstanding Teen Royalty Court First Runner-Up was Courtney Tairent.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


Published in Okmulgee in the News

Okmulgee enjoyed a huge Firework’s display provided by the City of Okmulgee on July 4.  Many volunteers from the City along with some of their spouses, Lions Club members, Judge Ken Adair, Okmulgee Police and Fire and many sponsors pulled together to make the show a huge success.   

Work began setting up the display late Wednesday evening as several volunteers began the first stages of assembly.  Officer Marty Williams, Detective James Ables, Cory and Sarah Radebough, Judge Ken Adair, Fireworks Specialist Ken Anderson along with tag team Police Chief Joe Prentice and his wife Margaret were there at 9 p.m. to lay the groundwork.  This is the third year that Margaret Prentice has worked on the Firework’s display and she has been quite an asset according to Ken Anderson becoming very skilled with the schematics of setting the wiring into place.  Many other volunteers joined in the work as the evening went on.  

The event was the largest ever and included 1240 aerial shots that were electronically set to Patriotic music.  Before the show began at the Harmon Stadium, volunteers served attendees a good old Fourth of July specialty, hotdogs, chips and a soda.

Becky Adcock sang the National Anthem.  

Mayor Steven Baldridge welcomed guests and was very happy with the turnout and the quality of the show. He expressed his gratitude to the many volunteers and sponsors who made it possibly.

There was much chatter and many ooo’s and aaah’s as the audience filtered out of the stadium after the show.


4th of July in OKmulgee 2013 Slide Show

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:14

YMCA Swim Team Kicks Off Season

The 2013 Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team is now two meets into their season and has increased in size by double the number of swimmers from 2012.  The team is comprised of a strong returning group and a group of eager youngsters ready to learn.

The first meet, held at Tulsa Park’s Reed Pool on Monday, June 17th started the season.  Team results are as follows:
Mixed 15-18 year old 200 Meter Free Relay
1st Place – Cody Jackson
          Gage Thomason
          Seth Roberts
             Clint Newton

Girls 7-8 year old 25 Meter Free
4th Place – Piper Nix
5th Place – Leslie Abbott

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Free
6th Place – Abigail Force
9th Place – Erin Howell
10th Place – Madison Parsons


Boys 9-10 year old 25 Meter Free
8th Place – Noah Matthews

Girls 11-12 year old 50 Meter Free
10th Place – Savannah Baldridge

                                                                           Veteran swimmer, Clint Newton prepares for his 50 Meter

                                                                           Freestyle race.

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Free
2nd Place – Gage Thomason
9th Place – Seneca Roach
10th Place – Jesse Roach

Boys 13-14 year old 50 Meter Free
4th Place – Seth Roberts

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Free
1st Place – Clint Newton
2nd Place – Cody Jackson

Girls 7-8 year old 25 Meter Back
4th Place – Piper Nix
5th Place – Kylie Force

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Back
4th Place – Abigail Force
7th Place – Madison Parsons

Girls 11-12 year old 50 Meter Back
2nd Place – Savannah Baldridge

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Back
1st Place – Gage Thomason

Girls 9-10 year old 25 Meter Breast
5th Place – Erin Howell
8th Place – Madison Parsons

Boys 9-10 year old 25 Meter Breast
8th Place – Noah Matthews

Boys 11-12 year old 50 Meter Breast
3rd Place – Gage Thomason
8th Place – Jesse Roach
9th Place – Seneca Roach

Boys 13-14 year old 50 Meter Breast
4th Place – Seth Roberts

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Breast
1st Place – Cody Jackson

Boys 15-18 year old 50 Meter Fly
1st Place – Clint Newton

                                                                                        Eleven year old Gage Thomason, surveys the pool

                                                                                        before his first race of the 2013 season.

For more information contact:
Amy Nix
Okmulgee YMCA Swim Team Publicity
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(918)770-3412

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:54

Okmulgee School Board meeting tonight

The Okmulgee Board of Education will hold a special meeting this evening at 6 p.m. in the administration building at 316 E. 8th Street in Okmulgee.  The agenda is as follows:

AGENDA

1.    Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum      

2.    Consent Agenda – Items recommended for approval by a single motion.

At the request of any Board Member, any item herein listed may be removed from the consent agenda for discussion or vote as a single issue.

A.    Consideration of the minutes of the June 11, 2013, Regular Meeting, and the June 19, 2013, Special Meeting.

B.    Consideration of monthly encumbrances /expenditures as listed:    
1.    General Fund (F11);
    Purchase Orders:   
        FY 13:  # 843-877  
            FY 14:  # 1-133
    Payroll:
        FY 13:  #50281
             FY 14:  # 50000- 50189
    Change Orders:   as listed

2.    Building Fund (F21);
    Purchase Orders:  
        FY 13:  # 53
             FY 14: # 1-32
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   as listed

3.    Child Nutrition Fund (F22);
    Purchase Orders:
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: # 1-38
    Payroll:   
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: # 50000-50016
    Change Orders:   as listed
 

4.    Bond Fund (F31);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

5.    Bond Fund (F32);
    Purchase Orders:   None
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:   None

6.    Sinking Fund (F41);
    Purchase Orders:
        FY 13:  None
             FY 14: #1-4
    Payroll:   None
    Change Orders:  None

C.    Consideration of School Rental Requests as listed:

RENTAL SITE    ORGANIZATION    DATE
        
    NONE    
        
D.     Vote to approve/disapprove Fundraiser Request(s) as listed:

FUNDRAISER    ORGANIZATION    DATE
    NONE    
        
E.    Consideration and vote to declare as surplus / junk, an old intercom system recently removed from the Middle School.

F.    Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the sublease of District-wide renovations and improvements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 as required under the provisions of the Sublease Agreement dated August 1, 2011 between the District and Okmulgee County Educational Facilities Authority.

G.    Board to consider and take action on a motion approving the renewal of the lease-purchase agreement for FY14 for the construction of a Track & Field Dressing Facility  as required under the provisions of the Lease-Purchase  Agreement approved by the Board on May 31, 2013 between the District and Citizens Security Bank of Okmulgee.

3.    REPORTS:

A.    Superintendent’s Report -– Tod Williams
B.    Special Ed Report  -– Margie Bemis

4.    Petition to Opine – Input from the Public:

Input or comments on matters that would violate individual rights or confidentiality requirements are prohibited.  Individuals will be limited to 3 minutes and must sign up prior to the start of the meeting.  There will be no comment or response from the Board.

5.    Action Agenda – Individual items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:

The Board may choose to take action on any item listed, including:  motion to approve; motion to not approve; make a specific motion; take no action; table an item; or concur no action required,  Members may second a motion, cast a vote, or abstain.

A.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding Band Director’s proposal for an out-of-state Band Competition for FY14.

B.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding Band Director’s proposal for supplemental Color Guard trainer for FY14.

C.    Discussion, consideration and vote regarding recommendation on changes to Administrative contracts for FY14 vis-à-vis a Board requested COLA.

D.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #5004 – Employment Procedures for Certified and Support Staff.  

E.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #5006 - Supervision.  

F.    Discussion, consideration and possible vote regarding updates to Board Policy #6011 – Purchasing.  

G.    Discussion, consideration, and vote regarding a loan agreement for Food Services between Child Nutrition Fund and General Fund for FY14.

6.    Discussion, consideration and vote to go into executive session, pursuant to OKLA. STAT. tit. 25 § 307(B)(1), (B)(2), & (B)(7) (Supp. 2002) to discuss:
                                                                        
A.    Resignations/Retirement/Leave of Absence of the following staff:

•    Amy Redding – resignation
•    Starla Thomas – resignation
•    Candis Goodnight - resignation
•    Any at hand upon consideration of this item

B.    Employment of certified or support staff:

•    Kevin Gordaon – Extra Duty ($3000.00) (half FY13 / half FY14)
•    Donna Hammon – Extra Duty FY14
•    Tiffany Ramer – Certified on temporary contract
•    Sherrie Callahan – Certified on temporary contract
•    Carla Griffin – Support Staff (cook)
•    Glendora Dye – Support Staff (cook)

C.    Discussion regarding employment negotiations for administrative staff and administrative contracts for FY14

7.    Vote to acknowledge return to Open Session.    
                                    
8.    Board Clerk statement of compliance with the record keeping requirements of executive session.

9.    Consideration and possible vote regarding:
                                                                                   
A.    Resignations/Retirement/Leave of Absence of the following staff:

•    Amy Redding – resignation
•    Starla Thomas – resignation
•    Candis Goodnight - resignation
•    Any at hand upon consideration of this item

B.    Employment of certified or support staff:

•    Kevin Gordaon – Extra Duty ($3000.00) (half FY13 / half FY14)
•    Donna Hammon – Extra Duty FY14
•    Tiffany Ramer – Certified on temporary contract
•    Sherrie Callahan – Certified on temporary contract
•    Carla Griffin – Support Staff (cook)
•    Glendora Dye – Support Staff (cook)

C.    Discussion, consideration and vote regarding recommendation on changes to Administrative contracts for FY14 vis-à-vis a Board requested COLA.

10.    ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.    ADJOURNMENT                                                   

Published in Spotlight Events
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:47

Harvest progresses with sunny weather

The week began with rainfall, but the rest of the
week was sunny and dry, allowing for substantial progress in small grain
harvest and row crop planting and emergence, according to today's
Oklahoma Crop Weather report issued by the USDA-NASS Oklahoma Field
Office. Small grain harvest was approximately halfway complete, and
canola harvest was three-quarters complete by the end of the week.
Precipitation for the week averaged 0.92 of an inch for the state; most
of which fell on Monday. The June 18th U.S. Drought Monitor reported 42
percent of the state was in a moderate to exceptional drought, with the
worst affected areas in southwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.
Problems with grasshoppers were reported in various parts of the state.
Topsoil moisture conditions continued to be rated mostly adequate.
Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 46 percent adequate and 53
percent short to very short. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Small Grains: Harvest of wheat, rye and oats made significant progress.
Wheat harvest was 55 percent complete by Sunday, 26 points behind the
five-year average. Rye harvested was 49 percent complete by week's end,
26 points behind normal. Oats in the soft dough stage reached 94 percent
and 47 percent of oats were harvested by Sunday, 28 points behind the
five-year average.

Canola was rated mostly fair to poor condition. Virtually all of canola
was mature and 75 percent had been harvested by the end of the week.

Row Crops: Corn and peanuts were rated mostly in good condition, while
sorghum and cotton were rated mostly good to fair. Ninety-eight percent
of corn had emerged by the end of the week. Sorghum seedbed preparation
was 96 percent complete, and 78 percent of the crop had been planted by
the end of the week. Half of the crop was emerged by week's end, nine
points below the five-year average. Soybean seedbed preparation was 91
percent complete, and 65 percent had been planted. Soybeans emerged was
42 percent complete by the end of the week, 27 points below normal.
Peanuts emerged was complete by Sunday and 32 percent was pegging, 17
points ahead of the five-year average. Cotton planting was 71 percent
complete and 58 percent had emerged by Sunday, 25 points behind normal.

Watermelons running vines was 88 percent complete. Twenty-nine percent
of the crop was setting fruit, 12 points behind normal.

Hay: Conditions of alfalfa and other hay were rated mostly good to fair.
Sunny and dry conditions allowed for significant progress in hay
cutting. A first cutting of alfalfa hay was 96 percent complete by the
end of the week, while a second cutting was only 38 percent complete, 36
points behind the five year average. A first cutting of other hay was 64
percent complete.

Pasture and Livestock: Conditions of pasture and range were rated mostly
good to fair. Just over half of the livestock in Oklahoma was rated in
good condition, while 32 percent was rated as fair.



Published in County News
Thursday, 20 June 2013 07:52

39th Annual Creek Festival opens today

The Creek Festival opens today

The 39 Annual Creek Festival opens June 20 and will run through June 22.  All events are free. Everyone is invited!

These are the events you can expect. 

Stomp Dance

Lawn south of the Mound Building, MCN Complex, Hwy 75 & N. Loop 56

A Stomp Dance ceremony is the official opening of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival. The opening ceremony promises visitors an educational experience and a glimpse of Creek culture brought from the ancestral homelands in what is now the southeastern region of the United States. All are welcome to join in the dance and fellowship. The opening ceremony begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20, on the lawn south of the Mound Building at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex.  

Traditional Games

June 20-22

Traditional Games Lawn west of the Mound Building, MCN Complex

This is not the origin of modern Indian gaming; however, there will probably be some betting.  Participants will compete in the traditional sports of the Muscogee people and surrounding tribes including a corn stalk shoot using hand-made bows and arrows while dressed in traditional clothing.  The events start on Thursday, June 20 on the lawn west of the Mound Building at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex with the bow shoot range open at noon.  This will give participants time to practice and socialize before the traditional corn stalk shoot on Saturday, June 22 at 3 p.m.  Take advantage of the opportunity to witness ancient sports in a modern day setting. View traditional skills demonstrations beginning on Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m.

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Friday night headliner; Aaron Lewis (formerly of Staind).

Performance Time: 9:00pm

5k Walk/Run

*All events are FREE to attend! Participation costs vary.

June 22

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex

Everyone looking for a way to start living healthier can begin with the 2013 Festival 5k Walk/Run which will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Highway 75 and Loop 56 at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex.  Trophies will be awarded to Overall Male and Female.  Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each group.  Age groups competing in the event begin with 12 and under and progress to 70 and over.  This is an excellent opportunity to get the entire family active.

Live Entertainment—Free Concerts

June 21 & 22

Claude Cox Omniplex Main Stage

The Muscogee (Creek) nation Festival Concerts are one of the most anticipated events of the year and this year’s entertainment is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Entertainers from many different backgrounds and styles, including local and national acts, will grace the big stage over the course of two days providing electrifying performances for those in attendance.  All concerts will be performed on the main stage at the Claude Cox Omniplex Friday and Saturday.  Headlining acts will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. both nights.

Saturday night headliner; Smokey Robinson . (performance time 8:45pm)

Saturday night co-headliner; Natalie Cole . (performance time 7:00pm)

Fast Pitch Softball

June 21-23

Claude Cox Omniplex

Always an exciting event of the Festival is the Men and Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament.  Teams from all over the country will compete.  This year’s action starts on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Claude Cox Omniplex.  Saturday’s and Sunday’s games begin at 8:00 a.m.  One team, in each division, will walk away with the title of “2013 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival Champions!”

Divisions include men and women.

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:53

Balloon artist shows how "Reading is Fun!"

Dustin The Twisted Balloon Guy entertained and made reading fun for the 60 plus youngsters in the audience at the Okmulgee Public Library's summer reading program.

His magical words of "Reading is Fun, was repeated by the youngsters and who had fun in the process. The children enjoyed an excellent presentation targeting young people.  

Be sure to sign you child up for next the next show. Contact the Okmulgee Public Library at 918-765-1448 or visit the library for more information.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer


Published in Okmulgee in the News