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Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:21

Ramona Sue Wocache Sack Lincoln obituary

Ramona Sue Wocache Sack Lincoln, a resident of Muskogee passed away September 24, 2015 in Okmulgee at the age of 76.  She was born December 15, 1938 to Willie S. Wocache & Elizabeth (Thompson) Wocache.  She was a member of Grave Creek Indian Baptist Church in Hitchita.

Ramona is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Butch Wocache, and two sisters Janie & Pauline Wocache.

She is survived by six children:
Charley Sack of Muskogee;
Curtis Sack & wife Tracey Henoch of Lawrence, Kansas;
Melvin Sack of Oklahoma City;
Raymond Sack & wife Stephanie of Muskogee;
Jackie Wiedel of Tulsa;
Teresa Garrett & husband Larry of Muskogee;
Thirteen grandchildren; Seven great-grandchildren;
One brother, Benjamin Willie Wocache & wife Karen of Oklahoma City;
Two sisters, Jean Berryhill & husband Ken Scott of Okmulgee;
Ruby D. Gleton & husband Duke of Tulsa;
As well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

Viewing for Ramona will be from 1-4pm Sunday at Integrity Funeral Service.  

Wake services will be conducted at 7pm Sunday at Grave Creek Indian Baptist Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2015 at Grave Creek Indian Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Lowe & Rev. John Wayne officiating.  Interment will follow in Lackey Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Published in Obituaries


The Okmulgee Fire Dept. was called to the Budget Inn located at 312 Morton Ave in downtown Okmulgee  this morning on the report of a fire in room 22 of the of the complex.

According to Fire Chief Bruce Swearingen the call came in at 12:15 a.m. and Rescue 1 and Fire engine 1 responded.

Swearingen said that they faced a little trouble in actually getting to where the fire was located due to the roof, "The building used to have a flat roof but they had a pitch installed, so the fire was caught between the flat of the roof and the pitch. We had to do a “vertical ventilation in order to put the fire out.”

Four of the rooms were quarantined and all the electric was out in the building Swearingen said.

“No one will be allowed back in for a while,” he said.

Tenants vacated the property quickly. One person was taken by EMS to the hospital. After the fire was put out several people could not go back to their rooms due to the smoke. People stood on the street until the early morning hours talking and contimplating what to do now. The motel owner and manager, Gabriella Hensen was able to relocate affected families that wanted to a different motel.

Disaster Responders from the American Red Cross Northeast Oklahoma Chapter showed up early this morning in Okmulgee to assist affected residents.

Red Cross volunteers opened five cases to provide affected families with the ability to get food, clothing and other emergency items to help begin down the path to recovery. Red Cross nurses are also assisting those needing help replacing important medications.

Disaster Responders will remain available to meet with any other families that may be needing immediate emergency assistance.

According to the manager, speculation to the cause of the fire might have been due to a grease fire, however the fire will be investigated by the Okmulgee Fire Marshall as to determine the true cause of the fire.

Hensen said around 50 people live at the Inn.


Published in Law Enforcement & Fire

The Okmulgee Elementary School held an assembly for Constitution Day Sept. 17. OES Teacher Toni Peterson conducted a game show, "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"

Questions were asked about The Constitution by Mrs. Courtney Norton to the contestants. They each had a electronic button to push if they knew the answer.

The 5th grade members were Hayden Frazier, Colby Ledbetter, and Kelbi West. The OES staff consisted of Deborah Tuggle, Lucky Burney and Principal Phillip Ware. The game show host and score keeper was Mr. Duranti Payne who did an outstanding job.

The final score was 45-02 in favor of the OES 5th graders vs the school staff. Congratulations to the 5th grade team on winning this contest.

OES ConstitutionDay

Photo by Paul Orosco - See more photos on our Facebook Page

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 13:45

Henryetta Labor Day Parade winners announced


Summer is now officially at an end and Henryetta said good-bye in proper fashion, with food, fun, and fireworks at their annual Labor Day event! (photo above by Allen Gardner -ONN)

The festivities began on Thursday night and came to a head on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. when the first fire trucks came creeping down Main Street, signaling the beginning of one of the biggest Labor Day celebrations in the state. With lights and sirens, area first responders led the group revelers who tossed candy, beads, key chains, fans, and other such goodies to the lines of children anxiously waiting in the heat.

Among those displaying their Labor Day enthusiasm were Henryetta High School Marching Band, Oktaha Marching Band, Henryetta Little Knights, Labor Day Pageant winners, Girl Scouts Troop 925, Iron Workers of Oklahoma Local 584, and various politicians including State Senator District 8 Roger Thompson and Jerry Shoemake, as well as Chief and Council Member candidates.

Each float and car that participated in the parade was judged and winners were announced at the evenings end. Winners for the category of Best Car – in various categories- were:First – Ally Mae Collins, Second- RAylee Cook., First- Henryetta Middle School Cheerleaders, second- Mariah Elston, first- Shulter Fire Department, second- Military Mama Network, first- Joy of Travel, first- Mona’s Rose of Sharon, second - Henryetta Back Home Health, first- Transport Workers Local 514.

Pageant Contestant Cars category winners were Renea Page “Junior Miss Labor Day Queen” in first place, and MaKinna Paden in second. Float winners included Adelee and Cory in first place with Princess Labor Day in second. Other float winners included Wilson School First Lego League in first place, First and Second grade cheerleaders in second place, Wilson FFA in third, Henryetta Lions Club in first, Oklahoma State Deomcratic Party in second, Okmulgee County dEcomcratic Party in third, First Christian Church in first, Eagle Hights Christian Center in second, Dewar Harvest Festival in first, McIntosh Tumbling in second, Taco Bell in third, Northeast Oklahoma Central Council in first, IDEN 584 in second, and GMP Local in third. Lainy Griffin and Chloe Dennis also placed first with Kelsie and Timberlyn Doyle in second.

For band competitors, Division 1 first place was given to Weleetka, Division 2 first place was awarded to Oktaha, and Division 3 was a tie between the bands from Checotah and Sapulpa. Second place in each division went to Dewar for Division 1, Henryetta for Division 2, and third place was awarded to Caney Valley.
Awards were also given for events held through out the day.

First place in the title race was given to Madlyn Austin, Chason Frair in second, and Koda and Desi Hill placed third. The “in the front” jumping contest winner was Max Martin.

See all Labor Day photos on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/OkmulgeeNews

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:27

Amberly Danielle Barrett pending obit

 AmberlyAmberly Danielle Barrett, a resident of Henryetta, passed away Monday, September 07, 2015 in Henryetta, OK at the age of 25. She was born April 24, 1990 in Okmulgee, OK to Daniel Barrett & Angela (Holmes) Barrett.

Amberly was a vibrant young woman that loved her family very much. She attended New Beginning Baptist Church in Henryetta.

Amberly was pregnant with her second son, Dallyn Wayne Buchanan, he was born and passed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in Henryetta after the tragic accident that claimed Amberly's life.

Amberly is preceded in death by her grandmother, Wanda Barrett and grandmother, Elizabeth Murphy.

Amberly is survived by her husband, Ricky Lynn Buchanan of the home,
son, Daniel Wade Buchanan of the home,
her parents, Daniel and Angie Barrett of Henryetta,
three sisters, Natasha Knotts & husband Mark of Tulsa,
Ashlee Barrett & George Proctor of Okmulgee,
Stacy Barrett & Chase Smith of Dustin,
one brother, Elijah Barrett of Henryetta,
grandfather, Henry Barrett of Henryetta,
grandfather, Willie Murphy of Henryetta,
mother and father-in-law, Dana and Wade Buchanan of Dustin,
brother-in-law, Tony Barnes of Dustin,
as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Viewing will be from 9am-8pm on Friday, September 11, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta,

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015 at New Beginnings Baptist Church (Turkey Pen & Hedge Road 8880) in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Barrett Family Cemetery south of Henryetta.

Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Published in Obituaries

The Henryetta Chamber of Commerce's Rodeo Committee is pleased to say “Thank You” to our many loyal rodeo sponsors!  Rodeo Committee Chair, Tammie Hiatt, said that the Chamber is so very proud of all of our rodeo sponsors and how they have supported the continuous growth of the rodeo program and the continued improvement rodeo grounds located a historic Nichols Park.  Hiatt reported that this year, One Fire Casino Okmulgee will again be the “Presenting Sponsor” and the Henryetta Ford Ranch has sponsored a beautiful custom hand-crafted saddle to be won by a lucky rodeo fan at the Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo over the Labor Day weekend.  Per Hiatt, each year Henryetta rodeos bring thousands of people to our community.  This year the Chamber of Commerce has invested thousands of dollars in new lighting for the Jim Shoulder Living Legends rodeo arena.  Chamber President, Lyle Stogner, said this is just one of the ways the Chamber helps to support the quality of life for Henryettans.  Hiatt invites businesses, organizations, or individuals that desire to become a rodeo sponsor to contact the Chamber office at 918-652-3331 or give her a call at 918-652-3988.  Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels and are tax deductible as advertisement; and remember when you invest in Chamber of Commerce events your investment stays in Henryetta. Discounted rodeo presale tickets are now available at the following locations:  Paul’s Western Store, Jiffy Mart, Bardin’s Tractors &Farm Supply, Coalton Feed, Hiatt Window & Glass, and the Chamber of Commerce.

The Henryetta Chamber of Commerce extends a very special “thank you” to the following 2015 Henryetta Rodeos sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:
One Fire Casino

The Cowboy Way Sponsors
Kaleidoscope/U S Cellular
Henryetta Ford Ranch
First Family Federal Credit Union

“Friends of Rodeo Legends”
Oklahoma Natural Gas
McDonalds (Henryetta)

Golden Spur
First National Bank and Trust
Henryetta Eye Center
Ron & Sue Richmond
Stewart Martin Equipment
Tiger Mountain Recovery
AtLink Services, LLC

Silver Spur Sponsors
First Family Federal Credit Union
Physical Therapy Central
Steadfast Air Conditioning
Troy Aikman Foundation
Neal’s Furniture

Brass Spur Sponsors
Suddenlink Communications
American Exchange Bank
Edward Jones Investments (Jeremy Roberts)
The Classic Diner
Henryetta Dental Center
Reginald E. Palmer CPA and Dirk Palmer CPA
Arrow Head Truck Equipment

Dusty Spur Sponsors
Henryetta Insurance Agency
Newt’s Tire
RMA Communications
Bardin’s Tractor & Farm Supply
Caves Jewelry
Cheezies Pizza
Coalton Shaving & Feed
Marvin’s Place
Dickey’s Oil Pit
Embroidery Plus
Fountain View Manor
Henryetta Historical Society
Imperial Jewelry & Music
Kennedy Lumber Company
Lou Ann Moudy, ATTY
Midway Grocery & Deli
Paul’s Western Store
Ronnie Kell For State Representative District 16
State Representative, Jerry Shoemake
State Farm Insurance
Woodmen of the World
Cowboy Pokes Café (I-40 Weleetka Exit)

Contributing Sponsors:
Henryetta Free Lance Newspaper
Hiatt Window & Glass
The Henryettan.com
1240 The Brew Radio
City of Henryetta

Published in County News
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:12

September is National Preparedness Month

Okmulgee, Okla. -- September is National Preparedness Month, a good time for all Okmulgee County citizens to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster or emergency.

Okmulgee County Emergency Management (OCEM) urges citizens to be prepared to be self-reliant during an emergency for at least three days (if not more) without utilities and electricity, water service, fuel, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire or rescue.

Preparing can start with four steps:

1. Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.

2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.

3. Build an emergency supply kit.

4. Get involved.

To assist with these efforts, OCEM will be sharing planning resources on the Okmulgee County Emergency Management page (http://www.okmulgeecountyem.com/) and be sure to LIKE US and SHARE the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/okmcoem) throughout the month. The information should be shared with family, friends and community organizations.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year's National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.

Preparedness information will also be posted at http://www.ready.gov/
Information is also available at 1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239), 1-888-SE-LISTO or TTY 1-800-462-7585.

For more information from on State of Oklahoma preparedness, visit http://www.ok.gov/OEM/

Published in County News


ONN Photo Journalist Paul Orosco was on the scene reporting on the large sinkhole that caused travel problems on the government owned Playa del Carmen highway during his travels earlier this week. This the major highway tourists and resort workers take to and from the Cancun.

The road problems happened early around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Traffic in both directions came to a complete stand still for hours. Alternate routes had to be used and many were through dirt and jungle roads.

Local state authorities think the cause may have been caused by "Cenote" a fresh water sink hole common I the region.

Thanks to Paul Orosco's friend Jonathan Hernandez Lopez for the photos.

Published in Statewide News
Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:14

Evelyn Carol Price pending obit

Evelyn Carol Price passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 in Henryetta. Arrangements are pending with McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.

Published in Obituaries

August 16, 2015, the Greer County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigative assistance with a body found in a burned car near ECR 1340 and NCR 1830 in rural Greer County. One of the first steps for investigators is to identify the deceased.

The medical examiner (ME) has informed OSBI the body is identified as 60-year-old Richard Everett Sevo of Sayre. The ME has not determined the manner of Sevo’s death. OSBI is investigating this case as a suspicious death. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also investigating.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
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