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(L-R) Rollo Redburn and Dean Craig, standing in for Jim McClendon, program chair.

Tuesdays Lions club program was Rollo Redburn who was appointed as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery by the Board of Trustees on June 19, 2012, becoming the only second Director of the lottery.  He was asked by Gov. Henry to help the new Lottery Commission Board of Trutees get established in February 2005.

Prior to that, he worked with the Office of State Finance for the previous 29 years.  He reported that the distribution of the education proceeds from the lottery is 45% for Higher Education; 5 % to the school consolidation fund; and 5% to the teacher retirement fund.

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)

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Notice is hereby given that on August 25, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m , Vonna Lampkins, Okmulgee County Treasurer will auction off to the highest bidder Seventy-four (74) tracts, parcels or lots of land all situated in Okmulgee County. The auction will be held in the Okmulgee County Treasurer’s office located at 314 W. 7th Street; Suite 201; Okmulgee, OK.

The cost for a property list is $5.00. It is your responsibility to do a visual inspection of the properties before you come to the sale. You will need cash in hand or a certified check. Personal checks will not be accepted unless a “Letter of Credit” from your Financial Institution is attached or filed with the treasurer before the sale date.   “ALL SALES ARE FINAL”

If you have any questions; please call our office Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m . and 4:30 p.m. at 918-756-3848.

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Anna Hamby and Braden Winters of Beggs Middle School and Chase Jones of Beggs High School Among More Than 6,500 Students, Educators at National Technology Student Association Conference in Washington, D.C. Area

A record number of Technology Student Association (TSA) members attended the 2014 National TSA Conference in the Washington, D.C. area, with more than 6,500 students and educators participating. The conference was held June 27 through July 1 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. The conference theme is "The Spirit of Innovation."

Middle and high school student members will take part in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

High school and middle school students, guided by their chapter advisors (teachers), prepare throughout the school year to compete with their peers in STEM events such as Agriculture and Biotechnology, CAD, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production, and Structural Engineering. Many attendees will also participate in leadership sessions designed to develop and enhance leadership skills through customized sessions based on The Student Leadership Challenge – The Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders. Other special interest sessions will be presented by industry representatives and educators.

TSA partners with the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) to stage Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) at the national level. This will mark the first year that students participate in the national JSS competition at the conference. More than 80 teams of 5th through 8th grade students are expected to participate. Throughout the school year, these contestants have been researching, designing, and building solar cars to bring to the conference to race against peers at the national level.

Anna Hamby and Braden Winters competed in the Junior Solar Sprint with a solar powered car they built and won first place at the state level earlier this year. Judging accounted for the speed of the car as well as the display and workbook created by the two for the contest. They proudly advanced to the finals and nationally were ranked 8th overall. Anna Hamby again took the stage for her Promotion Design Project that earned her 10th place nationally. Chase Jones, a 2014 Beggs High School Senior, also competed at the Conference with the plane he built for the Flight Endurance program. Chase has been a student in the TSA program for 5 years and has won at state twice in the Flight Endurance program.

Mrs. JoLynn Pemberton has been the instructor and sponsor of the Beggs TSA Program for seven years and has successfully led students to the state and national levels multiple times. Mrs. Pemberton spends countless hours engaging her students while providing guidance in the classroom and at many weekend competitions.

Chase Jones graduation from Beggs High School and is pursuing a degree in Helicopter Flight. Chase is the son of Donnie and Sherie Jones. Anna and Braden will be in the Ninth Grade at Beggs High School next year. Anna is the daughter of Jared and Jennifer Hamby and Braden is the son of Jason and Nicole Winters.

The students were accompanied by Mrs. Pemberton and their families to the National Conference and between meeting and competitions were able to experience many parts of the Washington D.C. area while visiting.

Published in County News

Governor Mary Fallin Appoints Nikki Leach Associate District Judge of Noble County

Governor Mary Fallin Appoints Nikki Leach Associate District JudgeOKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of Nikki Leach as associate district judge for Noble County.

He is replacing Judge Dan Allen who resigned. His appointment is effective immediately.
Leach, of Perry, has been in private practice since 1985.
"Nikki Leach will serve the residents of Noble County well," Fallin said. "He is very intelligent and has an exceptional knowledge of the law."

Leach, a native of Perry, earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He and his wife, Laura, have three children.

"After practicing law for 27 years, I feel it's time to give back to the community and the legal profession," he said.

Published in Political News

The Catholic Community Of Okmulgee Would Like To Welcome Father Joshua Litwack As The New Priest Of St. Anthony’s & Uganda Martyr Churches.  

Rev. Joshua E. Litwack was born on February 18, 1971 in Burbank California, Fr. Josh grew up in Tulsa and Tahlequah Oklahoma, Kingwood Texas and, Rogers Arkansas, graduating from Bishop Kelley High School in 1989.
Fr. Josh’s father, Deacon Steve (St. Augustine and St. Monica Churches) mother, Donna and younger brother Zach, live in Tulsa.  His older sister Maria lives in Florida.
Attending St. Meinrad Seminary College (BA in English Literature with a minor degree in Theology) and School of Theology (MA in Christian Thought & Life and Masters of Divinity) in St. Meinrad, Indiana, Fr. Josh graduated in May 2000, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tulsa on July 28, 2000 by Bishop Edward Slattery.
Since July 2000, Fr. Josh has held the following positions:
·        2000-2003 Associate Pastor of Christ the King Church in Tulsa as well as being part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2003-2004 Associate Pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Tulsa and continued being part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2004-2005 Full time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School
·        2005-2009 Pastor of St. Clement of Rome Church in Bixby, part-time Chaplain at Bishop Kelley High School, and Diocesan Chaplain for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire
·        2009-2013 Pastor of Sacred Heart Church (Wilburton), St. Catherine of Siena Church (Talihina), and Holy Trinity Church (Clayton)
Traveling, doing artwork, writing, reading, eating interesting food, and being with friends are just a few of Fr. Josh’s interests.
Celebrating the Sacraments, teaching, preaching, blessing, and visiting with parishioners are some of the things Fr. Josh loves to do in his priestly ministry.

Fr. Josh is very much looking forward to being Pastor of St. Anthony and Uganda Martyrs Churches. He loves God very much and desires to serve God’s People in celebrating and growing in our Catholic Faith.  
There will be no daily masses from July 1st  to 5th 2013.  He will say his first mass on Saturday July 6th at 5 pm at St Anthony’s.
On Sunday July 7, there will be a combined St Anthony & Uganda Marty  mass at  10:00 am at St. Anthony’s (there will be NO 8:30 am MASS at Uganda Martyrs) After the 10:00 am mass the annual Parish picnic/Welcoming Reception for Father Josh will be held at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be furnished.

Published in Spotlight Events
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:02

Okmulgee Lions install three new members

Story by Pat Higgins

Okmulgee Lions Club installed three new members on June 18.  The installation ceremony was conducted by Dean Craig.  

Craig reminded new and old members of the importance of Lionism.  The goal for Lions Clubs all over the world is to serve.  The Lion's main service is sight conservation by providing eyeglasses and cornea transplants to those who could not otherwise afford them.  The eye bank of Oklahoma is supported by all the Oklahoma Lions.  

New Members are Donna Thomas sponsored by Ken Bridgman, RC Morrow sponsored by Beth Flud.  Standing in for Beth was Dan Anderson.  Michael Keaton, sponsored by Dean Craig, helping out is Raymond Kennedy.  

The Okmulgee Lions are very proud to have these new members in their club.  

Photos by Broc Rice - ONN

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