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As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on May 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.


The following is a list of the business to be conducted by the Board of County Commissioners at the above-mentioned meeting:

1. Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible action of Officers’ Reports

B. Discussion and possible action of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible action of Employee Status Reports

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Possible award of Bid #19 to purchase skid steer tracked loader

G. Open and possible award of Bid #18 for labor and equipment for bridge work

H. Leadean Puckett to discuss Okmulgee County Fairgrounds CDBG Project with possible action by Board

I. Discussion and possible approval of Resolutions to dispose of equipment

J. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for expenditures of the District Attorney’s Office

K. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for Election Board Secretary’s salary

L. Possible approval of Invitation to Bid #21 for road materials for six-month period

M. Possible approval of Invitation to Bid #22 for installation of guardrails on bridge project

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Adjourn

Published in Political News

Okmulgee News Network’s new mobile newsroom, the “Scoop Coupe” has landed in Okmulgee. The new ONN news coupe is set up inside an electric blue Mini Cooper BMW and ONN will be taking “you “ out and about with us around Okmulgee County.

We have a lot of exciting adventures planned for 2015. We will take you on road with us where you can see live action as we cover what is happening in the area. We will visit places around town, talk with special guest and even have them come along with us. It could even be you!

We want to give people who are interested in Okmulgee a chance to see the sights and sounds of the cities, become informed about the community and be entertained all at the same time.

ONN is much more than just a news site, as you will see in the following months more than ever. ONN has never wanted to be the starchy, formal, age-old type of news media. We are quite unconventional in fact.

“If it’s perfect and like the norm, it gets old really quick,” said ONN Producer Valerie Rice. “This new generation is changing the way they want to accept their media. They are breaking out of the old molds that simply do not work any more and pushing their preferences into this new “Digital Age” we are in. It is constantly changing and it changes fast. It is even molding our older generation who are getting on board and quite frankly they are doing a darn good job of it.”

Most importantly, ONN was made for you Okmulgee. It's all local hometown news. It’s all about you and the people who live, work, and play here or enjoy keeping up with Okmulgee. We are making archived history now and telling your story so that it lives on. 

We want you to become more involved and tell us what you would like to see. Do you have ideas? We want to hear them! We want you to help us meet interesting people in the neighborhood. You can contact us any time at 918-740-1408 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you have talent and would like to become involved? We need dedicated volunteers also, so get in touch with us!

Thank you for being a part. Happy New Year! Let’s Go!

What looks like a photo from "Back to the Future" - this photo really depicts "Into the Future" for the ONN team as they embrace the Digital Age (L-R) Kelley Love, Paul Orosco, and Valerie Rice ONN Producer.


Published in Okmulgee in the News
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 12:32

Victor Anthony Straessle

Victor Anthony Straessle was born to Frederick and Claudia (Ludwig) Vetter on July 21, 1916 in Seattle, Washington. He passed away on December 22, 2014 at the age of 98. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Bernice Binon.

Victor was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army Signal Corp as a radio intercept operator. He worked many years at Carey Furniture as as a RCA TV repairman.

Victor was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was also a member of Legion of Mary. Victor is survived by his daughter Vickie and husband Bill Fairsheets of Strang, Oklahoma, sons Randy and wife Sharon Straessle of Spring, Texas, Danny and Tony Straessle of Okmulgee, Jim Straessle of Glenpool, Terry Straessle of Drumright, Thomas and wife Rhonda, John, and Fred Straessle of Tulsa, Joe Straessle of Baltimore, Maryland.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Published in Obituaries
Friday, 26 December 2014 17:22

Mary Ann Lemaster obit

Mary Ann Lemaster, a resident of Mangum, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the age of 103 at Grace Living Center in Mangum.

Mary was born in Stroud, Oklahoma on November 22, 1911 to George Washington McConnell and Flossie Lilly Dale (Mitchell) McConnell. Mary grew up in Stroud, OK, and then went on to live in Mountain View. On July 16, 1930, Mary married the love of her life, Andrew Jackson Lemaster in Anadarko. Andrew always called Mary his baby doll and "my honey". In the 1970s, Mr. Lemaster was a pastor for the Church of God in Mangum for several years, and Mary strived at being the preacher's wife. Her children thought of her as the most precious woman on earth who loved and trusted God more than anyone they knew. Although Mary only had a 5th grade education, there was nothing she couldn't do with her hands. She made all of her children's clothes up until they were adults. The children remembered being very proud of the clothes their mother made them. Mary's faith was the most important thing in her life. She was an active member of the Church of God in Mangum, OK. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who cherished spending time with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by everyone she knew.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 65 years, Andrew Lemaster; a daughter, JoAnn Lemaster; a son, A.J. Lemaster; 3 brothers, Gilbert, Carl, Albert McConnell; 3 sisters, Myrtle White, Sylvia Rhodes, and Ruby Hedrick; 2 grandchildren, Mike Rogers and Vicki Lynn Freeland and husband, Kent; 2 sons in law, Homer Rogers and Fred Bomar.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Lemaster and wife Diana of Okmulgee, OK; 2 daughters, Mary Bomar of Mangum, OK and Joyce Rogers of Wessington Springs, SD; grandchildren, Homer Rogers, Jr., Jess Rogers, Tina Rogers, Jessica Simmons, Andy Lemaster, Justin Lemaster and wife Leslie; great grandchildren, Darcy Engel, Nate Engel, Cami Rogers, Mindy Rogers, Dreau Rogers, Nikki and husband, Joe Stadlman, Chad Wilde and wife, Brandi, Bryan Small and wife, Jamie, Nick Ferguson and wife, Jessica, Levi Rogers, Charlie Montes, Kyle Vanzee, Josh Chapman, and Wyatt Chapman; great great grandchildren, Samantha Striker, J.D. Stricker, Shania Engel, Caven Rogers, Devon Rogers, Kaylee Rogers, Kyler Rogers, Keegan Rogers, Alex Wilde, Gavin Wilde, Lily Wilde, Brayden Wilde, Kylie Small, Landyn Rogers, Dawson Rogers, Hailey Rogers, Alissa Ferguson, Foster Ferguson, Gavin Chapman, Ava Chapman, Grace Chapman, Ava Stadlman, Orion Stadlman, Fennigan Montes, Rayne Lemaster, Emma Chapman, Anden Chapman, Kason Chapman, Olivia Chapman; a sister, Margaret Rhodes of Corn, OK; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, December 29th, 2014 at the Taft and Byers Church of God in Mangum with interment following at Navajo Cemetery.

Arrangements are with People's Cooperative Funeral Home, Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.

Please view and sign our online guest book at www.peoplescooperativefuneralhome.com

Published in Obituaries

McClendon-Winters Funeral Home will hold its 17th Annual Holiday Remembrance Service at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 14, at their Okmulgee Location.

McClendon-Winters invites the families and friends that have experienced a loss over the past year to join them for this special service and time of fellowship.

Refreshments will follow the service at the McClendon-Winters Life Celebration Center. Everyone is invited to attend.

Families will receive a special ornament in memory of their loved one. The Holidays can be an especially difficult time following a loss, and everyone is encouraged to join in special carols and an uplifting message.

Please RSVP by Mon., December 8, 2014 at 756-1677, 267-4444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary invites everyone to the 25th Annual Dog Day Afternoon and the Inaugural Cindy Johnson Memorial Dog Walk on Sept. 27.

The event will open at 11 a.m. and run until to 5 p.m. at Reaves Park, 2501 Jenkins Ave. The walk begins at 11:30 am.

Family friendly events include educational demonstrations, low cost vaccination and microchip clinics, raffles, food and drink, pet adoptions, and a free concert in the park by local artists North Meets South, all to benefit Second Chance.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary is a local no-kill animal shelter in Norman with a mission to find forever homes for cats and dogs.

Dog Day Afternoon is an annual event that helps to bring awareness of this non-profit to the community. Visitors can meet the Second Chance dog mascot and T-shirts will be available to commemorate the special day.

The Cindy Johnson Memorial Dog Walk is an opportunity for participants to walk dogs along a designated path in the southeast corner of Reaves Park while raising money for Second Chance.

Named for longtime animal activist and friend of Second Chance Cindy Johnson, individuals or businesses are encouraged to create their own walking teams or join others and donate to the cause. Prizes are awarded to individuals and teams that raise the most money for the organization.

To create your own team or to join the dog walk, visit www.firstgiving.com/SCAS. Keep updated on the event by following @SCASNorman on Twitter or liking us at www.Facebook.com/SecondChanceNorman.

At 4 pm, don't miss North Meets South, a popular Norman-based musical duo blending rock and country original music and covers into a unique style of high energy, toe-tapping fun.

Published in Statewide News

Canadian Bacon on a biscuit and peaches
Sloppy Joes, BBQ beans, wich Bar and craisins

Sausage egg & cheese sliders, and trail mix
Enchiladas, cheesy Mexican rice, corn and grapes

Breakfast will be frittata, toast and jelly
New Orleans Mandarin Chicken, broccoli, fried rice and cantaloupe.

Apple cinnamon muffins, sausages links and oranges.
Crispitos, chips, zucchini and watermelon

Breakfast will be cereal, toast, apples and juice.
Chili dogs, sweet potato cuts and Ice Dogs.

Every meal comes with a great selection of cold fresh milk.

Published in School News
Thursday, 04 September 2014 18:40

Bios celebrates grand opening in Okmulgee today

Bios held their grand opening today at their new location on 202 N. Morton Str. in Okmulgee.  

Bios has been in business for over 20 years and has several locations across Oklahoma according to Terry Wilson Lead Program Manager.

"Bios is the Greek Word that means 'a better life', " said Wilson. "And our mission statement is 'Empowering people to reach their dreams'.

Bios is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing the highest quality of residential, vocational, and community services.

Wilson said they work closely with DDSD and DHS.

The Bios philosophy is to give everyone a chance to experience the world around them. In turn, the individuals at Bios are making their communities better places to live and work. They believe everyone has value and room for personal growth. We build on that belief by ensuring that people living with developmental disabilities are treated with respect and dignity.

Bios currently has over 40 employees on staff through the company in the Okmulgee area and they provide 24-hour in home care.  

The Bios team celebrated today with a cookout to invite the community out. "It was our way to show our appreciation to the Okmulgee community, DHS, DDSD Services and the Okmulgee Chamber.  We appreciate everyone that contributed to the success and making this happen," said Wilson.

Photos by Valerie Rice - ONN

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:54

"America's Educator'' entertains audience

"America's Educator'' entertains audience
DURANT, Okla. – Ron Clark offers energetic comments Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of students and educators in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Known as "America's Educator,'' Clark is a best-selling author and has been honored as Disney's American Teacher of the Year. Southeastern invited public school educators from throughout the area to attend the event. Also in attendance were students and faculty members from Southeastern.

Published in Statewide News

District and State Dignitaries will be at the Okmulgee VFW Post 1189 as they celebrate their 80th Anniversary Birthday Party on Aug the 9th at 1:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate with them. The VFW is also under new management and open to everyone 7 days a week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Sat. until 2:00 a.m.

The post is located at 1427 N Okmulgee Ave. For more information call (918) 756-7559

Published in Okmulgee in the News
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