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Saturday, 08 August 2015 18:02

Nelson Leon Ford Jr.

Nelson Leon Ford Jr.

Place of Residence:    Stigler, Oklahoma  

Age:    74

Died:    Friday, August 7, 2015      

Occupation:    Factory Worker

Service Date:    2:00 PM Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Place of Service:    Wilson Baptist Church, Wilson Community, Oklahoma

Interment:    Salt Creek Cemetery

Published in Obituaries


Ryan Weldon a 34-year-old Marine Corps Veteran from North Myrtle Beach, SC. is embarking on a 5,000 mile journey walking from the east coast of Delaware across the United States on the Great American Discovery Trail to the coast of San Francisco, CA.  His mission is to raise awareness for Military and Law Enforcement Veterans with PTSD. He started his journey in February of this year. (Photo above by Allen Gardner- ONN)

Weldon traveled through Okmulgee today by foot  carrying his flag and pushing his PTSD awareness cruiser and carrying his backpack down highway 75, in the high temperatures of above 90 degrees.  

Weldon said that he is hopes to bring the awareness up about how serious the effects of mental disorders are, especially the effects of PTSD.  Weldon said 22 marine veterans commit suicide per day.

“As a marine vet myself, I just can’t sit by and let that happen any longer. Something has got to be done, so I decided to take a stand, get out on the road and let people know what is happening. And not just for our Military but our Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMS too."  (See video Interview below)

Weldon says he walks 25-30 miles on a good day, he said he is walking 12 miles today because he overexerted himself the past few days. Just a part of the unknown from day to day.

If you would like to follow his journey visit his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/5000MilesDiscoveringAmericasHeroes or you can help with his mission by going to his "Go Fund Me" page at http://www.gofundme.com/5000milediscovery

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN


Published in Okmulgee in the News

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Shelton said Monday he will refile an earthquake training measure that House Republicans suffocated three years ago.

The Oklahoma City Democrat filed House Bill 2868 in 2012, to require every school district in the state to have “a written plan and procedures in place for protecting students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors from earthquakes.”

“The state must find a way to provide schools with sufficient funds to provide training on ‘earthquake preparedness and response’,” Shelton said Monday. At least two drills would be conducted each year “for the purpose of identifying a safe place to take cover and to teach participants how to react during an earthquake,” his prior legislation decreed.

The training would be coordinated and provided or approved by the state Department of Emergency Management.

After Shelton filed his measure, a governor’s staffer sent an email to the governor’s communications director, asking him to, “Make this go away.” Subsequently the Republican House leadership sent Shelton’s HB 2868 to the Common Education Committee, where it died without ever receiving a hearing.

“These earthquakes are centered largely in central and northern Oklahoma,” Shelton noted. “We have thousands of students attending elementary, junior and senior high schools in that area, as well as the thousands of students attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and Langston University in Logan County.”

Furthermore, Shelton pointed out, the earthquakes are growing in frequency and intensity.

Between 1978 and 2008, a 30-year period, Oklahoma averaged 1.6 earthquakes per year of magnitude 3 or greater.

Records indicate Oklahoma had been subjected to 18 earthquakes of magnitude 4 or greater as of July 28. In comparison, the Oklahoma Geological Survey recorded 14 magnitude 4 or greater tremors in all of 2014, three in 2013 and one in 2012.

The U.S. Geological Survey counted 585 ‘quakes in Oklahoma of magnitude 3 or greater last year. By noon Monday the USGS had logged 544 ‘quakes of magnitude 3 or greater in Oklahoma. Bob Jackman, an independent geologist who lives in Tulsa, said that at the existing rate, Oklahoma is on track to experience a record 923 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher by the end of the year.

Shelton’s legislative district includes Jones and Choctaw in eastern Oklahoma County, an area that has been seismically active and is just north of the five largest oilfield wastewater disposal wells in the state.

“This is our opportunity to get out in front of this and be proactive, not reactive,” Shelton asserted. “We need to do more to educate and to protect Oklahomans. Far too often we don’t pay attention until a disaster occurs because of some situation we were already aware of. Preparedness now will help avoid somebody being severely injured or killed in one of these earthquakes.”

Published in Political News

The public is invited to learn about “The Politics Surrounding Israel – The REAL Story”, at the Tuesday, August 11 meeting of the Okmulgee County Republicans.

The Republicans guest speaker will be Pam Pollard, the State President of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. Pollard was recently honored to travel to Israel with a group hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The group toured not only religious sites, but other areas impacted by the Palestinian conflict, including an Israeli hospital close to the border. They were also briefed by an Israeli General and a member of Parliament and many came away with a different perspective of the situation in that area than what the U.S. media portrays.

Questions such as “Are the Israelies “haters” as portrayed in the U.S. media, or are they “helpers?” “What role does religion play in the regional conflict?” “Why does Israel have such a hard line attitude toward defense and what is the reason for such a robust defense system as the Iron Dome?”

Pollard will share pictures of sites visited and a question and answer time will be allowed at the end of the presentation.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the OSU Student Union Building. OSU is located at 1801 E 4th Street in Okmulgee.

Published in Okmulgee in the News

The Okmulgee County Health Department and the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition announced today the application process for Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs is open. Businesses, communities, educational institutions, and congregations that may qualify for certification are encouraged to apply for recognition of their efforts toward making Oklahoma a healthier place to live.

A crucial factor in improving the health of Oklahomans is providing a variety of opportunities for residents to make healthier choices where they live, work, learn and play. The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs meet this challenge by recognizing businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools that encourage health-focused behaviors and policies.

“The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs provide opportunities for Okmulgee County’s businesses, campuses, communities, congregations, early childhood programs, restaurants, and schools to create environments that support policies and individual decisions that ultimately will improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes,” said Bobby Howard. “We encourage potential applicants to consider what they are doing to make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees, customers, students, and citizens, and to submit an application for Certified Healthy Oklahoma status.”

Applications are now being accepted for Certified Healthy Oklahoma’s seven categories of certification:

  • The Certified Healthy Business program recognizes workplaces that provide health and wellness opportunities for their employees.
  • The Certified Healthy Campus program recognizes colleges and career technology centers that provide a healthy environment for faculty, staff and students.
  • The Certified Healthy Community program recognizes communities that offer citizens a healthy place to live, work, learn and play.
  • The Certified Healthy Congregation program recognizes communities of all faiths that provide health and wellness opportunities to their members and/or attendees and staff.
  • The Certified Healthy Early Childhood Program recognizes early childhood programs that are providing a healthy environment for children and their families, as well as their staff.
  • The Certified Healthy Restaurant program recognizes restaurants that provide healthy options for their patrons and employees.
  • The Certified Healthy School program recognizes schools working to improve student and employee health.

Each program has three levels of certification: Basic, Merit, and Excellence. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 1 for certification consideration. Award winners will be notified in December, and acknowledged at an awards ceremony in Norman Feb. 24, 2016.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma State Chamber, the Oklahoma Academy, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, and other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma. Last year, more than 1700 applicants received certification.

Criteria details and application information for all Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are now available on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma website at www.certifiedhealthyok.com.

For local information or assistance with the application process, please contact: Bobby Howard, 918-756-1883 x 140.

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Thursday, 06 August 2015 12:11

MCN Transit opens Wetumka satellite office

WETUMKA, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Transit Authority is expanding its services to the Wetumka area. Transit will host the grand opening of its satellite location at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 at the MCN Southern Regional Office in Wetumka.

The MCN Transit Authority provides transportation services across the 11-county jurisdiction to citizens, Native Americans and the general public.

The new location features an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant van and bus, two drivers and a dispatcher.

“We’ve been trying to expand in that area through the transit system,” MCN Tribal Transportation Program Manager Charley LaSarge said. “We’re trying to branch out because our ridership numbers keep growing.”

Regular office hours for the satellite location will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The cost for a one-way trip within the Wetumka city limits is $0.50. Transit charges $7 per trip for each county line crossed.

The MCN Transit Authority completes an estimated 80,000 rides per year and possesses a fleet of 22 vehicles including buses, vans, trolley and ADA compliant vehicles.

To request MCN Transit Authority services or inquire about cost for services, contact: 918-732-7909.

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Following this week’s announcement by the Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division (OGCD) that they will reduce oil and gas wastewater disposal well volume in two central Oklahoma counties, Gov. Mary Fallin met with Sec. of Energy and Environment Michael Teague and members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity. Afterwards, those attending the meeting spoke with members of the press about their work and the latest state efforts to reduce earthquakes caused by disposal wells.

Sen. Roger Thompson also attended the briefing which was held Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol. Thompson, R-Okemah, represents McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee and Okmulgee counties in the Senate.
“The latest Corporation Commission rules were announced on Monday and are aimed at Logan and Oklahoma Counties, where they’ve seen an undeniable increase in the frequency of quakes. While our part of the state hasn’t experienced what the citizens there are dealing with, we do have disposal wells here. I was interested to know what the governor and members of the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity had to say about the situation,” Thompson said.

Last year the governor directed Teague’s office to lead the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity, which brings together universities, regulators, legislators, seismologists and industry associations with the mission of coordinating and sharing information across state agencies and the state’s oil and gas industry, identify gaps in resources, and work cooperatively to develop solutions. While some seismic activity in Oklahoma occurs naturally, researchers agree that high volume, deep oil and gas wastewater disposal wells pose the highest risk for induced seismicity. The latest rules take into account other variables which may have triggered earthquakes.

“Because of the Council, the Corporation Commission has had access to excellent, in-depth data provided by oil and gas producers and this has proven invaluable as OGCD has worked to update their rules in response to the increase in seismic activity,” Thompson said. “Before they were focused on high-volume, deep wells. But those weren’t the kind of wells that were located in the areas having the most earthquakes. Other factors, like the cumulative volume of disposal wells, needed to be examined. With the data provided by Oklahoma energy companies and a new study conducted by Stanford University, OGCD modified their rules to better address the situation in Logan and northern Oklahoma Counties.”

“The governor said citizens shouldn’t expect the new rules to result in an immediate reduction in the frequency of earthquakes—it could take several months. But I was very glad to have an opportunity to hear what Governor Fallin, Secretary Teague and other members of the Council on Seismic Activity had to say about the current situation and the state’s response.”

Published in Political News
Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:30

MCNDH sponsors summit for diabetes awareness

OKMULGEE, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health and Dewar Creek Indian Community proudly announce the ninth annual MCN Citizens’ Diabetes Awareness Summit will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 at First Baptist Church in Okmulgee.

“This exciting and informative conference will focus on finding ways to stop the rapid spread of one of the world’s most damaging, costly and preventable diseases, type 2 diabetes,” MCNDH Exercise Programs Manager Duane Meadows said.

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center Educators will provide the conference presentations.

The conference will cover the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, controlling, prevention and treatment of diabetes, nutrition and exercise tips.

The summit is free and is geared toward Muscogee (Creek) citizens. Limited seating will be available for spouses of citizens and other tribal citizens. There are no accommodations for children.

For more information about the ninth annual MCN Citizens’ Diabetes Awareness Summit, look for fliers available at MCNDH clinics, MCN community centers, or contact Duane Meadows at: 918-695-1325, or William Fixico at: 918-637-9683.

Published in Okmulgee in the News

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When the pumpkin turns into a carriage, and the mice become coachmen, and Cinderella arrives, it's time to start the Ball.  Such was the scene for Tuesday's Lions Club meeting with Jill Donovan, founder/owner of Rustic Cuff in Tulsa.  Once the meeting was turned over to Jill, she began taking us on this mythical journey that has been her life up until now--never, ever thinking she would be designing, creating, and fashioning bracelets that are "the rage" now.

Speaking to a jam-packed mixture of Lions and guests (all of whom were special), Jill had us "eating out of her hands" from the first "Hi, how are you", even though the signs clearly said "Do not feed the lions (pun intended)".  However, we supped sumptuously from the fountain of her experiences during her growing-up years, having been born in Baltimore, Maryland and finding her way to Tulsa (via Pensacola, Florida) to Oral Roberts University to play soccer.  There she met her husband,Terry, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Ireland and August, who are her inspiration and great helpers.

Jill never wanted to have a business but began buying bracelets in different countries when she was working for American Airlines.  After researching on the internet how to work with leather and metal, she began fashioning her own designs and giving them to friends, some finding their way to celebrities.  The turning point was when, after five years of calling and writing trying to get a ticket to attend the Oprah Show, she was invited as a guest.  After one of the three airings, the next day she received orders for 2,000 bracelets.  At this point, it would be easy to say "and the rest is history"--but not yet.  She had obtained a law degree but stepped away from her practice to spend more time during the day with her daughters and teaching  law classes at TU during the evenings

Her shop is located on South Harvard and she presently has 24 employees.  Her boundless energy is only exceeded by her "giving nature", and as proof, gave everyone in attendance a bracelet in a draw-string cloth bag.  She was assisted by two of her employees in attendance, Meagen Smith and Jordan Coffman.

What an amazing story as well as a person.  Jill was such an entertaining and inspiring speaker that at times I had quit taking notes because I was so intent on listening to her, not wanting to miss any of the "funnies" that she continually tossed out--you never knew when they were coming.  If we do get her back later on for an update program, you certainly don't want to miss this one.

Pictured in Top Photo is Lion President Beth Flud, Jill Donovan, and Program Chairperson Lion Donna Thomas.   (Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Monica Robertson, 40, was arrested at her Okmulgee home after being served a warrant out of Creek county. Michael Snyder an investigator with the Okmulgee County DA Task Force with the assistance of the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s arrested Robertson Tuesday afternoon and she was booked into the Creek County jail in connection with the recent Wal-Mart grand larceny heist.MonicaRobertson

Robertson is the wife of Rico Robertson who was first arrested in the case last month along with his step-daughter, Mariah Bustamonte, who was his accomplice to the robbery. Robertson was charged in Creek County with conspiracy to commit a felony. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Authorities are still in search of Bryan Johnson, 22, who posed as a Loomis Armored Truck driver and got away with over $70,000.

If anyone has information regarding this case or where Johnson might be located should contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire
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