Daniel Boone "Danny" Spears II, 70, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Council Hill, Oklahoma. He was born September 6, 1944 in Mountainburg, Arkansas. His funeral service was held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel of Okmulgee. Interment followed at Morris Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.
OKMULGEE, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board will host the 2015 MCN Candidate Filing from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., July 20-22 at the Tribal Conference Room in the Solomon McCombs Building on the MCN Complex in Okmulgee.
Candidates are required to file for the election during the candidate filing sessions.
Fees to file for office candidacy are as follows: principal chief- $1,500, second chief- $1,000 and national council- $500.
Individuals that are at least 18-years-old and enrolled as a Muscogee (Creek) citizen are eligible to vote in the election. Citizens must register with the MCN Election Board in order to vote.
Citizens can register to vote by visiting the MCN Election Board Office, or can complete the form available online and mail it to the MCN Election Board Office.
The form is available at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/pdf/201502-RegistrationForm.pdf.
Emailed and faxed forms will not be accepted when registering to vote.
It is requested that all voters contact the MCN Election Board in order to verify the address on file.
Voters will cast ballots at precincts across the MCN jurisdiction. A list or precincts is available at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/precinct.html.
Any voter may request to vote by absentee ballot. The absentee ballot request form is available online at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/pdf/20150707-AbsenteeRequest.pdf.
Absentee ballot requests for the primary election were mailed out to registered voters June 30. Absentee ballot requests may be returned in person, mailed, faxed or emailed.
Absentee ballot requests must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 27.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out Aug. 31. Absentee ballots for the primary election must be received at the MCN Election Board P.O. Box by 11 a.m. on Sept. 19.
The MCN Primary Election is Saturday, Sept. 19. If a candidate does not receive 51 percent of the votes, then the general election will be held Saturday, Nov. 7.
Absentee voters for the primary election do not have to re-register as an absentee voter for the general election. Voters can begin registering as an absentee voter for the general election on Sept. 23.
Absentee ballot for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 15. Absentee ballots will be mailed out on Oct. 19.
Absentee ballots must be received at the MCN Election Board P.O. Box by 11 a.m. on Nov. 7.
Additional information about filing as a candidate, registering to vote or changing your address can be found at: www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/information.html.
Due to a scheduling conflict, The Okmulgee Lions Club was left without a speaker for their Tuesday, July 14 meeting. Ever resourceful, the Lions Club President, Beth Flud, chose instead to fill the meeting with announcements on future fundraising events and bingo! Flud mentioned that a pancake fundraiser was due to take place in October.
Details were given for July 17 Veterans Information Day to be held at the Okmulgee Civic Center. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Lions to possibly serve refreshments. Congressman Markwayne Mullin, District 2, will be in attendance to speak of the works being done at the Capital on behalf of the veterans.
The next meeting is to be held at the Okmulgee Episcopal Church, located across the street from First Baptist Church on 5th Street, at noon.The guest speaker will be Jeremy Colvard of RAE Corporation, a company specialising in the design and production of engineered heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems.
Everyone is welcome at all Lions Club meetings. The Lions invite you to come and enjoy good fellowship and engaging programs. Each program runs one hour from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday.
After the County Commissioners approved the minutes and financial report they had the following agenda items:
The Board approved the Resolutions for Disposing of Equipment to surplus to sell (1) 1985 Hilbilt end dump trailer and (1) 1987 Hilbilt end dump trailer for District #1.
The Board approved the Juvenile Detention Service Contracts with Cleveland County and Pottawatomie County for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.
The Board approved the surplus of Highway monies from the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year to the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.
The Board approved the reimbursement claim for expenditures of the District Attorney’s Office for the month of June 2015.
The Board approved the reimbursement claim for the Election Board Secretary’s salary for the month of June 2015.
Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be here by the end of the week to set up a disaster relief center for those that need individual assistance caused by the flooding in Okmulgee County.
That concluded the business for July 13.
Notice is hereby given that on August 24th, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m , Vonna Lampkins, Okmulgee County Treasurer will auction off to the highest bidder Seventy-six (76) tracts, parcels or lots of land all situated in Okmulgee County. The auction will be held in the Okmulgee County Treasurer’s office located at 314 W. 7th Street; Suite 201; Okmulgee, OK. The cost for a property list is $5.00. It is your responsibility to do a visual inspection of the properties before you come to the sale. You will need cash in hand or a certified check. Personal checks will not be accepted unless a “Letter of Credit” from your Financial Institution is attached or filed with the treasurer before the sale date. “ALL SALES ARE FINAL”
This is an opportunity to increase the size of your tracts, parcels or lots if your property adjoins any of the properties on this list.
If you have any questions; please call our office Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m . and 4:30 p.m. at 918-756-3848.
The Okmulgee School Board held a special meeting July 13. The meeting opened with item 11 to declare a quorum was met.
The first item was a discussion and planning session in item 2 a. regarding school finances, the implications thereof, various possible solutions to budgetary shortfalls, and the possibility of restructuring of the school sites. The Board heard from financial advisor J. Jenkins regarding the current financial situation of the school and what needs to be accomplished regarding the budget.
In item 3, the Board went into executive session at 7:01 p.m. for: A. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for:
1) Administrative Staff
2) Certified Staff
3) Support Staff
4) Extra Duty Staff and Assignments
In item 4, the Board returned to open session
Item 5, was to take action on the following items for discussion, consideration, and possible vote:
Item A. Discussion, consideration, action or directive regarding possible reorganizing of school sites.
There was discussion from the School Board President Rod Wiemer who said he recommended that school make plans to close the Eastside elementary school by the end of the school year, “giving the administration teachers, and students a clear and coherent plan. I think that we need to make that plan public now. I think we need to, within that plan, develop an administrative model for the school for the future. I think within that plan we need to move the 7th and 8th grade from the current middle school site to the high school. I think we ned to keep the 6th grade at the middle school site and move the elementary students to the middle school site. I think that time is not on our side on this, the carry over has been worse than we projected it to be and yet we currently overspend at the rate we have been overspending, we will in fact be a school district that is out of business. In the interim I think that we need to direct J. Jenkins to give us a 5% overall budgetary reduction to help us get to a halfway point. At the conclusion of the school year I think our plan would then include seeing what our attrition was from the year and then taking whatever necessary action it was to get us to a complete 1 million dollar budget reduction.”
School Board member Marcus Jeffrey said that he would agree with Jenkins plan if they were to get a second opinion on Jenkin’s report.
There was no other discussion and no action was taken.
The following agenda items passed by the board.
B. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment and assignments for FY16 for Administrative Staff.
C. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for Certified Staff.
D. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for Support Staff.
E. Discussion, consideration and action regarding employment, contracts, duties, responsibilities, and assignments for FY16 for Extra Duty Staff and Assignments.
Renee Dove gave a report on the recovery of Mr. Webb who is in physical therapy at the MCN Rehabilitation Center. He is doing well, recovering nicely, is in good spirits she said.
Wiemer said the plan to close the Elementary should appear again on the next school board meeting.
The Okmulgee County Lions Club met today at the Episcopalian Church for their weekly luncheon meeting. This meeting marked the first for Beth Flud as President of the Okmulgee Lions and she took the opportunity to thank those who volunteered their time at the fireworks stand, reporting that the stand brought in over $20,000 in sales.
Tuesday’s speaker was Lori Miller of the Lions Club Eye Bank in Oklahoma City. The Eye Bank harvests donor corneas and completes cornea transplants. Miller informed the club that in October of 2014 the Eye Bank relocated to a new building that is six times larger than the lab and office space they had before. Miller, an army veteran and former funeral director and embalmer, has been the Executive Director of the Eye Bank since March but has been with the facility since 2008.
This year to date, the Eye Bank has recovered 246 donors, in comparison to 122 donors in 2013 and 214 at this time in 2014. Miller states that she expects to have 500 donors by the end of the year. The corneas harvested are used both locally, nationally, and internationally. Over 200 corneas have been placed internationally through the OLEB this year.
Miller states that the first priority of OLEB is to place corneas domestically, but that if a placement is not found domestically during the ideal placement time - within seven days - that those corneas will be sent to International Sight Restoration in Tampa to find a suitable recipient for the corneas, which are only viable for two weeks.
Unlike other organ donations, corneas do not have to match blood type, sex, or size. Donors can be from ages 2-70 and can be used on patients said to be as young as 9 months or up to 104 years old.
Okmulgee County Lions Club has frequently been one of the states largest financial donors, with funding for the OLEB coming solely from Lions Clubs around the state. Future plans for the OLEB include purchasing the equipment to prepare tissue in house. The equipment and lab modifications will coast approximately $75 to $100,000. Miller states that this funding will most likely be obtained by applying for a grant through Lions Club International Foundation. These changes are expected with in the next two to three years.
After high school, Lori Miller served 8 years in the Army Reserves and graduated from UCO with a degree as a Funeral Director. She has worked for the Eye Bank for 8 years and was recently promoted to Executive Director. More information on OLEB is available at www.facebook.com/oklionseyebank and www.facebook.com/oklionseyebank.
Pageant Director Wade Hall and Charity Penington put on a very successful pageant program Saturday night in Henryetta at the Alice Ghostly Auditorium. The crowd that was on hand saw some very talented contestants compete in the following categories; Lifestyle Fitness, Talent Competion, and the Evening Gown/On-stage question.
Miss Okmulgee County Ashley gave her farewell speech as did Okmulgee Outstanding Teen Ragan Fletcher.
The 2016 Okmulgee County royalty was crowned last night in Henryetta Saturday evening. Miss Erin Wilcox captured the title of new Miss Okmulgee County. Miss Lauren Frost was crowned 2016 Miss Okmulgee Outstanding Teen. (See more photos and upcoming videos here on our website and Facebook Page)
1st runner up - Allie Renner
2nd runner up - Summer Webb
3rd runner up - Chelsea Clark
Talent Winner - Erin Wilcox
Swimsuit Winner - Erin Wilcox
Miss Congeniality -Kyleeann Parker
David Anderson Scholarship - Allie Renner
1st runner up - Malayna Stober
2nd runner up - Andrea Cook
3rd runner up - Morgan Money
4th runner up - Rylee Clonts
Active Wear Winner - MacKenzy Horst
Teen Spirit Award - Anastasia Adamson
Talent Winner - Lauren Frost
Winners with Judges -(L-R) Bill Sample, Dion White, Glenda Orosco, Lauren Frost Miss Outstanding Teen, Erin Wilcox Miss Okmulgee County, Gary Scott and Aaron Williams
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer
Around 6:30 p.m. Friday evening a 2005 Lincoln Town car driven by Leon Pinson, a 74-year-old white male, was traveling with his 68-year-old wife Ada Pinson attempting to make a left turn at US 75 and Preston. He failed to yield from a stop sign, and pulled into the path of 1991 GMC pickup driven by Shannon Simpson a 42-year-old white female of Okmulgee.
The Town car was struck in the driver's side door where the driver and passenger were pinned for approximately 30 minutes and was extricated by Okmulgee Fire using jaws of life.
Leon Pinson was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries. Ada Pinson was transported to St. John Hospital in Tulsa by Life Flight where she was pronounced dead a short time after arrival from multiple injuries. Shannon Simpson was treated and released from Okmulgee Hospital for trunk injuries.
Seatbelts were equipped in both vehicles, but only in use by Simpson. Airbags were equipped in the town car and deployed and not equipped in the GMC Pickup.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Michael Taylor assisted by Troopers Michael Scantling, Michael Orr and Lt Ron Hamilton.
Leon Pinson was a former Mayor of Bristow.
Grand River Dam Authority Police Chief Brian Edwards requested OSBI assistance overnight with an officer-involved shooting near Disney State Park.
At approximately 9 p.m. Thursday, a Mayes County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle for a traffic stop near Disney State Park on Highway 28. Witnesses tell OSBI agents a passenger in that vehicle exited the vehicle holding a handgun to his head. He then ran into a nearby wooded area. Officers with the Grand River Dam Authority and other surrounding agencies assisted in locating the suicidal man. At least two GRDA officers found the man who pointed his handgun at the officers. Two GRDA officers fired their guns at the man striking him several times.
Mitchell Rocky Allen (d.o.b. 11/2/1978) was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition. OSBI agents arrived on scene over night and interviewed numerous people and collected evidence from the scene. Once agents have completed the investigation, they will provide the district attorney with a comprehensive written report of the incident.
The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified.