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BookerOSUIT Alumna Chef Jennifer Hill Booker to be in Okmulgee to share her success story with the public, especially to the faculty and students of OSUIT.    

Chef Jennifer Booker is an alumna of both TU and OSUIT as well as the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She has written a cook book titled, "Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent."

Currently, she is on a national tour now making her debut through the Greater Tulsa Area.

Booker spent Wednesday with the OSUIT faculty participating in cooking demonstrations with the students and will enjoy a meet and greet on Thursday with invited guests in the School of Culinary Arts State Room.

On Friday Booker will do a cooking segment for Channel 8 on the morning show and afterword do an on air interview with Rich Fisher's Studio Tulsa on NPR.

On Saturday, she will be available for a full book signing event at Barnes & Noble at 71st in Tulsa, across from Woodland Hills Mall. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of her book that day will go to the charity of Booker’s choice.

OSUIT proudly supports graduates and sharing their successes and encourages the public to check out Chef Booker personally while she is on tour.

More About Chef Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker. Personal Chef. Chef Instructor. Menu Consultant. Radio Show Host.

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker is not only a Culinary Educator, she is the Executive Chef and Owner of Your Resident Gourmet, LLC, a Personal Chef and Catering Company. YRG specializes in bringing fine dining to its clients in the comfort and privacy of their homes.

Your Resident Gourmet also manufactures condiments for its Jelly’s Jams & Condiments division.

Chef Jennifer is a contributing columnist for Basil MAGAZINE and The Host of Basil MAGAZINE Radio. Chef Jennifer Hill Booker has recently partnered with The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation with plans to educate our youth on the best Healthy Cooking, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Exercising Practices, and has joined forces with Urban Major League Chefs Association as their Director of Culinary Resources.

Although Chef Jennifer Hill Booker was born in Michigan, grew up in Florida, attended college in Oklahoma, and lived in Europe, she finds herself right at home in Georgia. Chef Jennifer Hill Booker earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from The University of Tulsa and immediately enrolled in Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee. There she graduated top in her class with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science-Culinary Arts. After working several years in the culinary industry Chef Jennifer was afforded the unique opportunity to earn a Cuisine de Base Certificate from Le Cordon Bleu-Paris, once again receiving top honors.

Jennifer left Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Atlanta, where she taught for several years as a Lead Chef Instructor, to take a position at Grayson Technical High School as their Culinary Arts Program Director. Chef Jennifer Hill Booker took her culinary arts program through the rigorous steps of earning their accreditation through The American Culinary Federation. This accreditation made Grayson Technical High School the only school in its county and the first of only four schools in the entire state of Georgiato boast such honors. Chef Jennifer is currently the Executive Chef at The Cottages, a luxury stabilization residence for women suffering from mental illness. There she provides healthy gourmet meals and offers culinary therapy sessions to it’s residents as a way to provide necessary life skills.

Published in County News

January 5, 1981, started as a happy day for Tracey Neilson. She was celebrating her 21st birthday that day. The OU student ran

several errands in Moore that morning. Eyewitnesses put her home just before noon. After noon, several friends and family called to wish her a happy birthday. She never answered the phone.

At 5 o'clock that evening, Jeff Neilson, Tracey's husband of only five months, found her dead inside their apartment at the Jamestown Square Apartments in Moore. Tracey had been stabbed numerous times. Moore police responded to the scene and began investigating. The next day, the Moore Police Department requested OSBI assistance with the case. During the next 34 years, dozens of OSBI agents would work on the case following
more than 15-hundred leads.

One of the best pieces of evidence in the case was a fingerprint. In the 1980s, matching latent prints was time consuming and extremely difficult without a suspect print to compare with the unknown print. In 1994, Jeff Neilson's family helped OSBI convince Oklahoma legislators to pass a law to fund the state's first Automated Fingerprint Identification System. This system could scan a database full of latent prints searching for

matching characteristics. We all had great hope this new fingerprint technology would identify that print. Sadly, to this day, no match has been made to that print. But AFIS has helped solve hundreds of violent crimes in Oklahoma.

In the past few years, the OSBI laboratory began a cold case initiative. This project had agents and criminalists looking through old cases to determine if evidence existed that new DNA technology could produce fresh leads. Several items of evidence were recently tested – several more are in the process of testing. But we don't want to wait one more day to try to solve this case. That's why we are here today asking for the public's help. One piece of evidence could give this case new life.

For decades, agents have worked to identify the owner of a cable trouble assignment ticket book. The last ticket in the book is for work at

Tracey's home at 11:51 the morning she was murdered. On the bottom left corner of the book is a box for the employee name. We want to
identify the three letters written in that box.

OSBI is also offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Tracey. The Moore Police Department is putting in another $1,000 and Tracey's family is offering an additional $5,000 for a total reward of up to $11,000.

If anyone has information relevant to this case, please call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or the Moore Police Department.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire

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Published in Okmulgee in the News

Frances Elizabeth "Betsy" Campbell, a resident of Okmulgee passed away Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 in Tulsa at the age of 61. She was born November 21, 1952 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Carl Mays and Mary Frances (Smiley) Mays.

She is survived by two sons: Billy Lee Edward Compton of Okmulgee;
Mark Allen Richard Compton of Tulsa;
Her mother, Fran Rafonovich of High Point, North Carolina;
Two brothers, Alan Jennings & wife Carrie of Broken Arrow;
Richard Rafonovich of San Diego, California;
As well as a host of friends and other relatives.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, 2014 at Integrity Chapel with Rev. Suzie Stephens officiating. Services are under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Published in Obituaries

The human brain OkmulgeeMost everyone has heard of flipping houses. It is the art of buying a home that needs fixing up at a low price, fixing it up and reselling it for a profit. Think about this for a moment. Picture in your head a run down, out of date, decaying home and everyone that thought of living in it would turn up their nose in disgust. Then, a contractor buys the home and completely restores it to a modern, comfortable, valuable piece of property. And guess what happens next? Everyone wants to live in it!

Now picture for a moment...the same thing happening to the town where you live? What if your town, Okmulgee, was flipped!? And everyone wanted to live there?!

Do you have your favorite places that you love to go to? Are there certain places that you speak highly of? Is there a place that you like too vacation to? Can you think of your favorite cool or cozy spots you to go and what they have to offer? What are they?

So just picture bringing those imaginations to the downtown area of Okmulgee, even the surrounding areas, parks, walking trails, streets, housing editions, schools...the list goes on. Ok, sure we cannot bring sandy beaches, oceans or snow filled ski slopes, but there are plenty of extraordinary things that we could bring to our town.

It can happen.

Now, a little housekeeping. Go ahead all you naysayer’s and spout your gloom and doom thoughts. Well, thank you. And now I and all the other people who believe in a positive vision for Okmulgee will take those thoughts, wrap them up in a big ribbon and throw them off into the place of no existence. We don't need them.

Now for those that are beginning to think a little bit, those who haven't really thought about it. Some of you may commute to larger cities for work. You might just work and stick to your own little home and what's going on. There are so many scenarios, but you are living in your own little world. Knock knock! You are the people I am speaking to.

I challenge you to look around your neighborhood, look around the downtown area, look at the parks and vacant spaces here and there. Imagine all the things that could be improved, fixed up.

Here's a little something for your imagination. Do you realize a creek runs right through Okmulgee? A great place to begin seeing it is at 20th street. It passes by the YMCA, down and around the west side of Harmon Stadium and First National Bank. It goes under 8th Street. It has a beautiful little bend that turns and flows under 6th Street. Look at this quaint little bridge!

Here are some pictures. Look past the overgrowth and yes the moss…. look further into what it could be.

Look at this photo from Siloam Springs….it too was once…just a creek.

Siloam Springs

I have driven through this town over and over since I was a kid and never even knew it existed. Did you? Seriously I didn't and all it took was for me to start opening my eyes and looking around. Looking at all the wasted spaces, neglected areas and just places that have so much potential. This city could be transformed.

Well you don't have to be a naysayer to simply begin churning around in your head what it would take to make this happen. Time, money, ingenuity, people, time, money...it's true, but what is more powerful than time and money is "people and ingenuity" and the only thing people and ingenuity need, is a VISION.

So right now there is a very important three days that is coming to Okmulgee and it begins tomorrow. You can find out all about by clicking here.

If something has sparked your interest, I challenge you to start paying attention. I will show you how to find out what is going on. It is going to happen whether you are on board or not, but I hope something I have said will make you want to shake the dust off your boots and think about getting involved. That’s all I want you to do right now, is THINK.

Follow this column as I take you on a journey of thought.  You didn't have to live here all your life, even if you did.  It doesn't matter if you moved here yesterday. It's "Our Hometown." Think about it.

Take a look around Okmulgee - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

Stewart Martin Kubota Okmulgee

Published in Our Hometown

Okmulgee, Okla.-Thirteen representatives from Phillips 66 were on the OSU Institute of Technology campus Wednesday for an unveiling and dedication ceremony of the newly renovated Phillips 66 Classroom in the Pipeline Integrity Technology program.

The Texas-based energy company donated $25,000 for classroom improvements and $45,000 toward the development of a hands-on training facility for OSUIT's newest program, Pipeline Integrity Technology.

The renovated classroom includes new teaching equipment, furniture and décor, a first step in growing the program. The larger donation from Phillips 66 will be utilized to develop an outdoor integrity training facility so students can get more hands-on training in a real-life field setting.

"The graduates that are coming out of this program are vital to not only our industry, but our country, ensuring the miles of pipeline that we all depend on remain safe, stable and secure," said Debbie Adams, President of Transportation at Phillips 66. "We are proud to invest in the education and training of this workforce who will do such crucial work for our industry."

In addition to the donations to help the Pipeline Integrity program develop its physical infrastructure, Phillips 66 has also committed $25,000 to the program on an annual basis. These funds will be used to assist students majoring in certain energy-sector programs with financial scholarships, assistance with the upkeep of safety training tools, equipment and materials, student recruiting efforts, and student club support.

The Pipeline Integrity program started at OSUIT in the fall of 2013 with nine students, but for the upcoming fall semester the program has fielded nearly 80 inquiries already for the 24 seats that are available.

OSUIT's Pipeline Integrity program started when industry leaders came to the university asking for a training program to help meet the need of skilled technicians in the pipeline field.

"We're one of the only pipeline integrity programs in the country," said Dr. Abul Hasan, Engineering Technologies Division Chair. "This support is monumental for our program. Contributions from companies like Phillips 66 are how we've been able to improve and grow our curriculum and training."

With more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines in the United States transporting 65 percent of the country's oil and nearly all of its natural gas, having skilled workers to maintain that complex network of pipelines is a top concern for the energy industry.

Partnerships with companies like Phillips 66 means students get the training they need to do these highly skilled jobs that are in such high demand, said OSUIT President Dr. Bill R. Path.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to take this exciting program to the next level and prepare our students for a career in pipeline integrity," said Path. "This is only the beginning of bigger and better things happening in this program as we've seen the unbelievable growth potential in this program and in this field."

The hope is the contribution from Phillips 66 will be a catalyst for other companies that have a vested interest in the country's pipelines to offer support for the Pipeline Integrity program.

"We want to develop more classrooms, hire more faculty and increase the number of students enrolled, which will all help the pipeline industry," Hasan said. "It's a win-win for everyone."

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Wild Inions Patch Okmulgee News

When Spring is in the air, most generally so is the smell of "wild onions", a popular fresh vegetable for many Oklahoman's.

Even though they are known to be highly popular among the Native American culture, they are also loved by all nationalities across Oklahoma.

(Watch video below)

Jack and Rita Murphy of Okmulgee were out gathering wild onions on Monday.  "My family has gathered wild onion since I was a little kid," Rita Murphy said. "We brown them with oil and sometimes bacon, add them to eggs and sometimes eat them with some fresh cornbread. A lot of times we find fresh poke salad and add that in too."

Wild onions are members of the onion family which grow naturally in the wild, rather than being specifically cultivated. These are the dainty little onions with some powerful flavor - super oniony. They can be found all over the world, and several species are treated as culinary delicacies, Gardeners sometimes find these members of the onion family irritating, because they can be difficult to eradicate from flowerbeds and lawns.

Like cultivated onions, wild onions have a distinctive sharp flavor and scent. Many have a very strong odor, which can sometimes make them very easy to identify when they are growing in the wild. As a general rule, the leaves, bulb, and flowers of the onions can all be eaten, with most people concentrating on the leaves, rather than the bulb, as these onions tend to develop small bulbs with shallow roots.

There are a variety of ways to use wild onions. They can be used in many of the same dishes domestic onions are used in, and they can also be grilled, chopped and used as a garnish, roasted, cooked in sauces, and so forth. The pungent flavor and aroma can be a cause for caution, as a small amount will often go a long way.

Rita and Jack gather "Wild Onions" Watch the video:

Published in Citizen Spotlight
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:16

A Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition, I wish to express our gratitude towards two local schools that have made significant steps in ensuring the health-safety of our counties' children. A big thanks to Beggs and Morris Public Schools whose school board voted to add electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigs) to the prohibited list under the "24/7 Tobacco-Free School policy". The change will encourage consistent role modeling across the school campuses, and will help give parents peace of mind while their children are in the school's care.

In addition to making school properties a breathe-easy place, this addition to the existing 24/7 policy is consistent in preparing students for higher education. All state owned properties, including our state owned college education systems, are now both tobacco and "vape-free". By implementing this policy at the local school level, students are being prepared for life and success beyond High School.

The Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition would like to say "Congratulations!" and "Thank You!" to the Administrators and School Board Members of Beggs and Morris for paving the way toward improving children's health. A measure of society is how they value their children. Beggs and Morris have once again clearly demonstrated a deep concern for their children through willingness to help keep all tobacco and the targeted delivery systems out of the hands of children. The leadership of these two schools is great example for others to follow.

Once again, thank you!


Bob Seebeck
Vice President, OCWC

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Sunday, 23 February 2014 11:54

Susan J Dombek pending obit

Name: Susan J Dombek


Age: 68

Date of Death: Sunday, February 23, 2014

Place of Death: Midwest City, Oklahoma

Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service


Published in Obituaries

J.W. Hill Republican announces bid for State Senate seat

J.W. Hill Republican, currently County Commissioner of District 1 in Okmulgee County, announces he is running for the State Senate seat currently held by Roger Ballenger who is not seeking reelection. District 8 includes counties, Okmulgee, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and the southern part of Muskogee.

"I have been a dedicated servant to the citizens of Okmulgee County, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to be a leader for the people of Oklahoma. We live in a great state with multiple resources providing us the ability to be even greater," Commissioner Hill states. "Oklahomans are conservatives, and we need to continue standing firm with our beliefs. We can't afford to allow Washington to push us around!"

"As a commissioner, I have made it my priority to be financially responsible for the county always looking for ways to save money & make operations run smoothly."

"Working together regardless of party affiliation is what makes government more efficient & responsible to our residents & communities."

Currently Hill serves on the local Deep Fork Community Action, Circuit Engineering Dist. 2, and a member of Okmulgee County Jail Authority beyond his job duties as commissioner.

Hill has lived in rural Okmulgee county since 2001. He is married to Gwen Hill. They have four adult sons, 4 grandchildren, and raising 2 adopted daughters 9 & 10.

"I see myself as a regular guy identifying with the conservative majority whom I want to represent. My education and job experiences have allowed me to put boots on the ground with business, agriculture, and public relations."

To learn more about this campaign email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Political News
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