Four candidates have challenged the Principal Chief incumbent George Tiger for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s top post.
The filing period ended Wednesday afternoon, with James Floyd, David Nichols, Adam Jones III, Thomas Yahola and George Tiger formally declaring their candidacy for principal chief with the Creek Nation Election Board.
Second Chief Louis Hicks did not receive an opponent, so he automatically receives another term.
Mvskoke Media will host the 2015 Muscogee (Creek) Nation Candidate Forum Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Additional Oklahoma residents and business owners affected by severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that occurred from June 5-22 may now be eligible for state and federal assistance under the disaster declaration already approved for the state.
At the request of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded the official disaster declaration to May 5 through June 22.
The updated incident period applies to Individual Assistance for residents and business owners as well as Public Assistance for government entities and certain nonprofits.
Survivors who have registered with FEMA already do not have to apply again. Claims for damage or loss that occurred during the additional dates will be processed automatically.
Those with storm damage that occurred during the additional dates who have not yet registered with FEMA are urged to do so as soon as possible. Homeowners, renters and businesses can register online with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362. Phone-registration hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time seven days a week. Registration with other agencies or non-profits does not count as a FEMA registration.
The deadline to register is August 26.
Additionally, homeowners, renters and businesses affected during the new Incident Period might also be eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The designated counties for the Individual Assistance are Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Choctaw, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa and Wagoner.
For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click on http://www.fema.gov or visit the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management at www.oem.ok.gov.
For the third year, the City of Okmulgee has entered into an agreement to offer $6,000 to the Okmulgee Junior Football Association for the support of physical programs for the area’s youth. This amount is a jump from the prior years which had previously been approved for $5,000.
The agreement states “ Okmulgee is in need of the services of the Okmulgee Junior Football Association for providing programs for the Okmulgee area boys and girls by organizing leagues for football as well as other physical activities.”
The City will coordinate with the OJFA to prove other mutually beneficial activities that promote tourism, community development, and orderly growth and expansion of the existing facilities. The intention of both parties is to work together in an effort to encourage public and private commitments and to provide a safe and secure environment for supervised physical activities for the area children.
OJFA will provide to the City an annual budget and year end financial statement that will include an accounting of funds from other agencies supporting the OJFA efforts as well as proof of general liability insurance in the amounts required for the City of Okmulgee.
In return, OJFA will conduct football leagues for boys and girls along with other organized activities, conduct cheerleading activities, provide free or reduced fees for certain underprivileged youth as funds are available, prove free uniforms and helmets to underprivileged youth as available, host events to attract visitors to the City of Okmulgee, and co-ordinate with other youth oriented organizations, as well as have the ability to receive donations from other entities for support of their programs and participate in efforts to promote the City.
This agreement is valid for one year, beginning on July 1, 2015 and terminating June 30, 2016.
Ryan Ray is on a mission to walk across across America. Ray began his journey in Santa Monica California on February 28 for a 3,010 mile journey to New York on a 26 stop speaking tour that brought him to his hometown of Henryetta. The halfway point of his journey found him visiting with old friends and hosting a speaking celebration at Nichols Park which featured live music, food, and a chance to hear Ray speak.
Ray states that the purpose behind the walk is to inspire everyone to life the life they have always dreamed of. “Once upon a time, my life didn't belong to me. As a professional cubicle warmer, every day was nearly identical to the next. The weeks melted into a series of months, melting into a series of years filled with mundane, menial events. I lived in a largely predictable, purposeless vacuum that lacked any heart. I knew something was off, but I truly believed I was trapped.
One day, all that changed. Inspired to make a simple shift in my perspective, in just thirty days time, I was working in Spain and living the life I had always dreamed of. Now, I’m sharing my experiences with others. In each talk, I’ll share where I’ve been and how I got there—literally and metaphorically—going from a corporate paper pusher living paycheck to paycheck, to: dreaming of a different life, finding the key to open the door to my dreams, traveling through Europe, India, Asia, Northern Africa, Alaska, Central America and beyond, getting clear about my motivations, creating and hosting a TV show with 1.2 million viewers, and more.” states Ray’s website RyanRay.com
Ray, who graduated from Henryetta High School in 1998 relocated to Los Angeles where he is now a motivational speaker and writer. He has traveled to around the world in an effort to live the life he has always dreamed. On July 17, Ray reached Henryetta where he met with those gathered at the Sugar Shack for a meet and greet and a community walk to Nichols Park, a distance of 2.3 miles. The walk ended 6 p.m. when the group reached Nichols Park.
Ray’s speaking event began at 7:00 p.m. with a question and answer session beginning at 8:00 p.m. The first two hundred attendees were given custom-made, signed postcard from Ryan's walk across America. Sovereign Dame and Kaizen Pursuit provided the live music.
Ray is currently travelling approximately 8 to 10 hours a day along Highway 62 where he will cross into Arkansas then continue North through Missouri. For more information or to donate to Ray’s journey, visit RyanRay.com
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2015
People today know the importance of breastfeeding. While most new mothers start out breastfeeding, many Oklahoma mothers are not able to exclusively breastfeed for six months nor continue for up to 2 years of age as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). One of the challenges they face is continuing to breastfeed after they return to work.
The Okmulgee County Health Department is promoting World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7 with the theme Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work. The goal is to empower and support all women, working in both the formal and informal sectors, to adequately combine work with child-rearing, particularly breastfeeding.
Data provided in the 2012 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and The Oklahoma Toddler Survey (TOTS, 2013) compiled by OSDH indicates that 85.6 percent of Oklahoma mothers initiated breastfeeding. However, only 34.8 percent of Oklahoma mothers breastfed for six or more months.
Major medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Family Physicians recommend that babies receive nothing but breastmilk during the first six months of life, and continue receiving breastmilk for at least the first year and beyond. Like any aspect of raising a child, breastfeeding requires encouragement from a team of people.
“Many mothers say their efforts to breastfeed are enhanced by having support at home or at work, as well as receiving breastfeeding instruction and education from healthcare providers,” said Okmulgee County Health Department Administrator William R. Pierson. “Since breastfeeding provides significant health benefits for both mother and baby, it is important that family members, clinicians, friends, and employers know how they can help make breastfeeding easier.”
OSDH and the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) recognize worksites that meet the following criteria for becoming breastfeeding friendly:
• Flexible break times and a private location are provided for mothers to express milk.
• A water source is accessible for washing hands and breast pump equipment.
• A written breastfeeding policy is established.
For information about becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite, and a list of current recognized sites, visit the Oklahoma breastfeeding website at http://bis.health.ok.gov. For breastfeeding support and information, call the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline toll free at 1-877-271-MILK (6455), or call the Okmulgee County Health Department at (918)756-1883.
East Central Electric will hold their Annual meeting on July 23 at 7 p.m. on the OSU-IT campus in Covelle Hall.
Each attending member who registers will receive a $20 bill credit. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with lots of activities for the family to enjoy with kids games and activities, arts and craft booths, food, refreshments and more. Plus hundreds of dollars will be given away in cash prizes. The Grand Prize giveaway is a 2008 Chevrolet 1500, 4-Wheel Drive pickup.
During the meeting guests will hear reports from officers and trustees. There will be the election of two trustees in districts 2 and 5, and a vote on the proposed Bylaw changes. ECE would like the public to know there will be air conditioned meeting areas.
Attendees are asked to allow enough time for parking and registration prior to the 7 p.m. start of the business meeting. A free shuttle service will be available. After registration, members do not need to be present at the time of prize drawings to win
Former Okmulgee County native Jeremy Hays is currently starring in The Phantom of The Opera, the popular musical on Broadway, as the character Raoul, the Phantom's handsome arch rival. Jeremy made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables. His additional credits include the U.S. tour of Cats and presently as Rauol in the famous The Phantom of the Opera musical on Broadway. He recently resigned his contract to perform another 6 months.
This Sunday he will be performing for the Chicago Symphony and will be singing 4 songs. Jeremy will return to the Phantom musical after this performance in Chicago.
Jeremy was born in Okmulgee and attended Henryetta school until his junior year and finished his senior year at Holland Hall after receiving a full scholarship fee waiver. He later attended and graduated Oklahoma City University and moved to New York where he has lived since that time 10 years ago.
Traveling throughout Okmulgee County this week will two FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams (DSA Team).
They’re easy to spot and here to help - DSA teams will be traveling in red vans and wearing shirts with the FEMA logo. DAS teams are here to help survivors get information and guidance about what disaster assistant may be available.
Also, Okmulgee County Emergency Management is pleased to announce that a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will open in Okmulgee County. This is to help individuals and business owners who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.
The Okmulgee County MDRC will be open at during two five day time periods:
Location: Green Country Technology Center.
Building #3, 1100 N. Hwy.56 Loop, Okmulgee, OK 74447
Dates: July 23 - 28, 2015 and then on August 6 -11, 2015
Hours: Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
Then Friday, Saturday, Monday & Tuesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
and on Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
You need to act quickly to apply for disaster assistance. Reminder: Individuals and business owners may also to apply for Individual Assistance via:
Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
On the Web: www.disasterassistance.gov
MDRCs are one-stop shops where survivors can get information and guidance about what disaster assistance may be available. Information from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal agencies and volunteer organizations is available at these recovery centers.
The Okmulgee Public Library has reported $1582.86 in receipts including fines, copies, lost books, according to the June 2015 monthly report. The report was in the agenda for the Okmulgee City Council meeting for Tuesday, July 21.
Also reported 132 new borrowers, 366 reference questions, 312 new items added to the library, while 4970 people came through the library doors.
The daily average circulation is 337 and computer use for patrons is 1486. Interlibrary loans include 22 books borrowed for Okmulgee and 4 lent to other libraries.
The library saw a good participation in their Summer Reading program. The attendance was at 665 for the duration of the program.
“The program attendance has increased over the last year. The performers have been entertaining and the children have had a lot of fun,” states the comment section of the report.
The summer program continues in July for children ages 5-12 on Wednesdays in June and July. Shows are at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Please call (918)-756-1448 for more information.
The Library offers home delivery to people who are unable to come to the library. Book deliveries to the homebound and nursing homes include 6 weekly and 2 every other week to Rebold Manor, 1 each week to Plantation, 1 each week to Highland Park, 2 every other week to Baptist Village. Homebound’s have received 5 each week and 5 every other week. The library will be gearing up for back to school with the use to the tutoring rooms, which totalled 58 patrons for the two rooms combined for the month of June. If you would like to use this service contact Danielle Neldon at (918)-756-1448.
Enjoy the Okmulgee Library
Anyone living or working in Okmulgee County may check out library materials at no cost. Parents must accompany children under 18 when signing up for a library card. To receive a library card you need to come to the library and fill out an application card. A picture ID is required. The library is located at 218 South Okmulgee Okmulgee, OK 74447 and is open daily Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. The library number is (918)-756-1448.
Okmulgee, Okla. -- In the last 48 hours areas in Okmulgee County have received from two to six inched of rain (as measured in several area local rain gages).
Currently all the of the flooded areas are south of Hwy 16.
Here is a current listing of the closed roadways.
Sharp Rd west of Madison Rd
Hwy 62 and S. 310 Road
Dentonville Rd south of Hwy 16
Alt 75 north of the city of Beggs, at the Railroad bridge
Ash Rd between Mission and Prairie Bell Rd, South of the City of Okmulgee
Skyline Drive north of Hwy 62
Prairie Bell Road north of Hwy 62
We remind the public: please do not drive around barricades or drive into flooded roadways.
Turn around don't drown.