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This year, OSBI celebrates 90 years of fighting crime.  OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt is putting the finishing touches on the 90th anniversary badge he  has painted inside headquarters.  Interestingly, in 1925 bank robberies plagued the state.  Criminals eluded local police and sheriff's deputies by simply traveling across county lines. Today, Internet crimes against children is one of the most prevalent crimes in Oklahoma.  Despite child predators using the World Wide Web to share pornographic images of children, the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit and the statewide ICAC task force arrested on average 1.5 predators each week in 2014. So far this year, the average is 3 predators per week.

Published in Okmulgee in the News


Lion President Beth Flud, Athletic Director Coach Gordon and R.C. Morrow

Bulldogs Rising was the order of the day for Tuesday's Lions Club meeting with Coach Kevin Gordon and five Bulldog players--Dakota Ivy, Jeremiah Williams, Jabrion Tate, Chris Brown, and Tre' Pizang.  Coach K is really excited about this year's team and is impressed with the off-season work that the young men have put in prior to the beginning of practice.  The biggest loss due to graduation is the offensive and defensive linemen, however, even though this years linemen lack the size of last year, they make up for it with quickness, speed, and desire.  The linebackers and defensive backs pretty much remain intact, so the coaches are hopeful the added year of experience will help to contain or shut down opposing offenses.  According to Coach K, these young men have the "will" and "want-to" to succeed and they are the kind who will listen.  

Even though several coaches have left the program for promotions, new coaches have stepped in to take up the slack, which has created a positive air of expectation and excitement for coaches and players alike.  Practice began with 54 players but football is not a sport for everyone and attrition does take it's toll, however, the coach is really excited about his stable of running backs, with speed and athleticism.  Wide receivers and tight ends are also experienced with speed and athleticism.  This is Coach K's fourth year as Head Coach and he alluded to the fact that last year they were two points short of making the play-offs, which would have been for two years in a row.  So, the goal this year is to win the conference, make the play-offs, and see how far they can go toward a gold ball.

Coach K spoke with pride of Harmon Stadium and the new turf field, similar to Jenks, Union, and Tulsa University, which should give all Okmulgeeans a sense of pride, also, to have such a beautiful facility for football, track, and band, for students, parents, sports fans, and the community.  I'm reminded of what President Harry Truman once said, "It's amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit".  And I always appreciated how Bob Brewer used to close his sports' broadcasts with, "remember, good sports prepares you for the game of life".  After all, this game of life is what it's all about, isn't it?  The Bulldogs need and want the community's support--meet us at the stadium!
                                                                                       (Photos and information provided by Dean Craig)

Lions will hold a Pancake Day October 13.
Lion's Club members Christie Baldridge and Craig Brydges were introduced at this week's meeting.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:18

Minor injury in Craig helicopter crash

The small damaged helicopter will remain where it crashed a half mile north and one mile east of Ketchum in a privately owned hay meadow in Craig County until federal authorities have examined the wreckage,” say emergency responders.

The Aircraft crashed in the field Tuesday morning around 7:45 a.m.

John Marcotte, 51, of Vinita was the pilot and only passenger of the 2003 Robinson R44 Raven II Helicopter.  

Marcotte was fortunate to be treated at the scene for only minor cuts and abrasions.

Marcotte said he took off from Ketchum airport enroute to Grove, but shortly after becoming airborne he heard a sudden boom and suspected mechanical failure. Marcotte lost control of the aircraft and crash landed in the hay meadow. He emerged from the craft almost unscathed.

Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and prepare a final report on the incident.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 10:05

Film Festival coming to Okmulgee in October

The first annual Okmulgee Main Street 48 Hour Film Festival [MAIN STREET 48] will be held in conjunction with the “Harvest Spoon Chili Festival” on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in beautiful downtown Okmulgee Oklahoma.mainstree48logoWhite

Independent filmmakers will begin their 48-hour filming process on Friday evening, October 9th with a Kick-off party where the film “elements” will be revealed.   The elements are specific items that must be incorporated into the short films during production to make them eligible in the competition; some of which include a specific character, prop, and line of dialog. Entrants have 48 hours to script write, film, edit and produce their short film. Judges will have the following week to choose 1st and 2nd place.

All films will be screened on Saturday, October 17th at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Following the announcement of the Okmulgee Harvest Spoon Chili Festival winners on the downtown square, the 48-Hour Film Festival will begin at 4:00 with an “Orange Carpet” Event, sponsored by Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

Filmmakers will be announced and honored as they arrive to the theater. After all entries have been screened, 1st & 2nd place winners will be announced at the end of the screening.

Three judges will pick first and second place winners for $300 and $200 cash. A final Audience Choice Award will receive $100. Prizes and trophies will be awarded at the event. The "Audience Choice” votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced at an after party for the filmmakers.

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Okmulgee Main Street recently organized the Okmulgee Arts & Humanities Council. The council is working to support and expand cultural activities in the Okmulgee area. One of the first events is the Okmulgee 48-Hour Film Festival.

The Chair for this film festival event will be Tyler Roberds, Main Street Design Committee member and Arts & Humanities Council member. Tyler is a local independent filmmaker with experience in acting, directing, and producing both short form media as well as feature films & broadcast television. His last film, The Only Oly, was filmed entirely in Okmulgee and was premiered at the OrpheumTheatre in 2013. He has participated in several film festivals over the years in various capacities. According to Roberds, “Okmulgee is a fantastic place for story telling. It's a great place to produce film because the locals and businesses are so accommodating. I look forward to bringing more theater and film opportunities to the Okmulgee area in the future.”

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Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday after he was stabbed multiple times at an Oklahoma City restaurant and his adult son was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint, police said.

Officers were called to a Braum's ice cream and fast-food restaurant on the city's northwest side after a stabbing was reported, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said. Police said the altercation started inside the building and spilled into the parking lot, where bystanders helped subdue the attacker until officers arrived.

Costello was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area, Balderrama said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

State Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott said an autopsy would be performed.

Balderrama said Costello's 26-year-old son, Christian Costello, was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint and was in police custody late Sunday night. Balderrama said he did not know whether the younger Costello had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Condolences poured in from state officials.

"Our hearts ache as an agency for this tragic event and our department grieves for his family during this very difficult time," Labor Department Chief of Staff Jim Marshall said in a statement.

Costello was married with five children.

"I'm just numb right now, as many of us are," Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon said. "He was a great Christian, a good man and a wonderful husband and dad. He is going to be sorely missed."

Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford also lauded Costello, saying in a statement he was "passionate about our nation, conservative fiscal principles, and the people of our state."

"Mark was a friend, and as we grieve, we will also pray for his family as they deal with this unbelievable tragedy," Lankford said.

A successful businessman from Bartlesville who founded a telephone software company in 1984, Costello ousted the incumbent Democrat with 64 percent of the vote during a Republican sweep of statewide offices in 2010. He easily won re-election in 2014.

A strong proponent of smaller government, Costello closed the agency's Tulsa office, which he said was underused, and that the agency's technology upgrades had allowed much of its professional licensing services to be conducted online.

"You can reform government," Costello said during last year's campaign. "It can be done when there is political will. I have that political will," he said.

Costello also faced criticism for comments he made in 2011 in which he compared state bureaucrats to "feral hogs," a comment he later said was "an unfortunate animal analogy."

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The Okmulgee County Democratic Party met the candidates running in the Primary for the District 16 State House of Representative seat which State Rep. Jerry Shoemake holds and is retiring at the end of his term. The candidates were given time to talk about their qualifications to the members. They were Jan Columbine, Ronnie Kell, Anna Dearmore and Sarah Amador. (Amador was unable to be at meeting).

Mr. Mark Hammons State Democratic Party Chair was the guest speaker. Okmulgee County Committee Vice-Chair Tom Taton conducted the meeting.

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A third position has just became available on the Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA). Gary Clason, who had served as a member of HEDA since 2010, resigned from the board on Monday. G Clason

The resignation came after a discussion on whether or not it would be a conflict of interest with Clason’s wife, Jennifer, serving on City Council. Clason had recently been reappointed to a five year term on the board.

The brief resignation letter emailed to Roy Madden, HEDA Secretary, states “I, Gary Clason, must resign from the HEDA board effective immedately. If I can be of any help in the future please let me know.” Clason also stated he felt confident that the City will continue to move forward and progress.

Just last month HEDA member Mike Meeks also resigned while a third opening became available this last week with the resignation of Henry Koelzer as City Council Representative.

The Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA) was approved by the City of Henryetta on December 11, 1990, and the Trust Indenture was certified by the Oklahoma Secretary of State on December 28, 1990. The HEDA serves as an economic development arm of the City of Henryetta. It is managed by 6 trustees, each appointed by the City Council for a 5-year term.

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HENRYETTA, Okla. — To help provide encouraging and positive re-entry conditions for Muscogee (Creek) citizens transitioning back into the community, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program will build a transitional living center and administrative building in Henryetta.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at the site in Henryetta.

The facility will offer accommodations for up to 39 citizens for a time period of six months to a year.

A vocational technology learning center will also be on site to train citizens in skills such as driving commercial vehicles and welding.

Reintegration Program administrative offices will also be included in the center.

“This new facility will help our citizens transition back to the community and encourage them through accountability in a caring environment,” MCN Reintegration Program Project Coordinator Kevin Green said. “We hope to empower and help foster success with each of our clients and believe that this facility will not only strengthen their ties to the tribe, but strengthen the Nation as a whole.”

The transitional living center and administrative building was designed by Architect 1 and will be constructed by RedStone Construction. It is estimated to be completed in July 2016.

The Reintegration Program strives to protect the public by offering quality re-entry services to Muscogee (Creek) citizens and re-invest positive citizens back into the community. The program bases its services on the principals that every citizen, even ex-prisoners are an important part of the community and are capable of change.


Published in Statewide News

Absentee voter registration and the request for an absentee ballot closes at 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (Forms will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m.)

Both forms need to be completed in order to receive an Absentee Ballot.

Forms can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

Mailing address: Election Board
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, Ok. 74447

Fax number: 918-756-2637

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out August 31, 2015.

Precinct voter registration closes Sept. 9, 2015 5:00 p.m. CST.

The MCN Election Board Office can be reached at: 918-732-7685, 732-7631 and 732-7736.

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:34

Ryan Olson’s walk, over before it began


Over before it even began, Ryan Olson’s mission to walk for Muscular Dystrophy has come to an end for now. Olson planned for his 2,800 mile journey to being in Coney Island, New York, a destination he would reach after two days on a greyhound bus.  

The journey was expected to take 100 days, with Olson hoping to walk 28 miles a day primarily along Route 40, detouring to the Grand Canyon, and eventually ending in Long Beach, California.  We received an email regretfully informing us that after only a few days into his expedition, Olson twisted his ankle and was unable to walk any further.  No word on if Olson plans to attempt the walk again next year. Attempts to contact Ryan for more information have been unsuccessful so far.


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