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Wednesday, 08 July 2015 09:37

Today July 8th is Video Game Day!

It’s Video Game Day! Today, take some time to appreciate the technological achievements of the video game industry. Think about how far we’ve come since the days of the original Nintendo and Game Boy. Today’s games have advanced special effects and seemingly endless themes that appeal to almost everyone!

Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, they have become very popular as group activities at parties for all ages. People crowd around televisions in homes and dorm rooms to battle their friends in adventure, sports, and music-themed competitions.

To celebrate Video Game Day, invite your friends over for some gaming!

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MissOkmulgeeCrownedTwenty two young ladies from across the great state of Oklahoma will be compete on July 11 for the titles of Miss Okmulgee County 2016 and Miss Okmulgee County's Outstanding Teen. Twelve teen contestants and 10 miss contestants will compete for the 2016 titles

Georgia Frazier, Miss Oklahoma 2015, will be special guest all day. Frazier represented Miss Okmulgee County three times as Miss Okmulgee County's Outstanding Teen (Top10) at MOOT, Miss Okmulgee County 2012 and Miss Okmulgee County 2014.

Georgia and her family are great supporters of Miss Okmulgee County and the Miss Oklahoma Pageant as well as the Teen program.

Ashley Thompson, Miss Okmulgee County 2015, Miss America Community Service winner and a non-finalist talent at Miss Oklahoma as well as Ragan Fletcher, Miss Okmulgee County's Outstanding Teen and a non finalist winner at Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen, will be on hand to perform and crown their successors!

The pageant will take place in the Henryetta High School's Alice Ghostly Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Price of admission is $15.

Published in Okmulgee in the News

The Big Brain Trivia Night is coming August 15 on the OSUIT campus in the State Room located on the north side of the campus. Doors will open at 5 p.m.  Trivia teams will descend on the venue and have two hours to decorate tables, socialize, bid on the silent auction items and enjoy beverages and appetizers.  Teams will be ready to participate promptly at 7 p.m.

Team sign-ups are now being taken (See Form download BELOW) Teams are limited to no more than eight people but if you have fewer people it is not a problem. There will be six (6) rounds of questions with approximately 12 questions per round. Paper and pencil will be provided and it is recommended that you designate one team member as a “scribe.”

The game host will read the question and it will be shown on the overhead. Teams will have time to write the answer on their answer sheet. However, it is suggested that the scribe write down each question. At the end of the round the team will have time to reconsider their answers or answer any questions they were not
able to answer during the round. The answer sheets will be picked up and scored at the end of each round.

The correct answers will be given after all answer sheets are gathered. At no point will team answers be read aloud or shared with other competitors! Team standings will be posted at the end of each round.

Electronic devices are strictly prohibited and cheaters will be dealt with severely! Please note that “mulligans” will be available the night of the event. You are limited to two mulligans per table and they must be purchased prior to the beginning of the second round! The purchased mulligans may be used on any question, it will be counted as “correct.” The cost of each mulligan is $25. The winner of this portion of the competition will be presented the traveling Big Brain Trivia trophy at the end of the evening.

Regarding table decorations and costumes. It is recommended that you designate a team member to be in charge of the “beauty” part of your team. Consider a sports team theme, a theme based upon your team members’ occupation or even a hat or color theme. Be creative. Develop a slogan. The table decoration winner will be selected by a vote of those in attendance.

Participants in this part of the competition should bring a decorated “ballot box” that matches the theme of your table and has an opening in the top for voters to deposit ballots. The team will each get a ballot (given to them by the runner the night of the event) and should use it to vote for their favorite table theme the night of the event. Although the competition will be aboveboard with no cheating allowed, this part of the competition offers the opportunity to run a “down and dirty” campaign. You may bribe other tables to vote for you or you may purchase votes ($1 each) by depositing checks or cash in the ballot box of the team of your choice. You may solicit “campaign contributions” (sponsorships in advance and bring those donations with
you the night of the event. Receipts will be issued for any checks made out to the Okmulgee Main Street. The team with the most votes (ballots and donations) wins this part of the competition.

There will be complimentary appetizers and beverages (tea, water and coffee) available throughout the evening. There will also be a cash bar (wine and beer)

During the evening tickets for a 50/50 raffle will be sold for $1 each.  At the end of the evening the winning ticket will be drawn and awarded 50% of all the money paid for the raffle tickets.

The Big Brain Trivia night will include a silent auction with a variety of items. Please bring your checkbooks and/or credit cards and have fun shopping.

It is impossible to set a time that the event will end but the game should end around 10:30 p.m. So get your thinking caps on and create your best team!

CLICK HERE to download a sign up form


Published in What's Happening?
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:09

Buddy Ray Durbin obituary

Buddy Ray Durbin, a lifetime resident of Dewar passed away Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at his home in Dewar. He was born February 25, 1941 in Dewar to Bert Douglas Durbin and Thelma (Liles) Durbin. He married Marylu Moudy March 11, 1960 in Dewar.

Buddy was a glassworker having worked at PPG in Henryetta as well as Anchor Glass Company.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marylu, also by two brothers, William and Harlin Durbin.

He is survived by three children:
Barry Durbin & wife Marcy of Tulsa;
Traci Gaither & husband Lloyd of Dewar;
Christy Westmoreland husband Kevin of Dewar;
Seven grandchildren;
Meghann Samples of Tulsa;
Christopher Durbin of Tulsa;
Ashton Demming & husband Cody of El Paso, Texas;
Tristan Gaither of Dewar;
Kacey Westmoreland & wife Brandi of Okemah;
Devon Blood of Dewar;
Dustin Blood of Dewar;
Five great-grandchildren;
Peyton, Kourtney, Katilynn, Kalli, & Damon;
One brother, Bert Durbin & wife Nancy of Dewar;
Two sisters, Norma Jean Crummett of Dewar;
Marie Durbin of Dewar;
Also by a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

Viewing will be 5-8pm Wednesday, 8am-8pm Thursday, and until noon on Friday at Integrity Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be, Kevin Westmoreland, Lloyd Gaither, Christopher Durbin, Devon Blood, Dustin Blood, & Cody Demming.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2015 at Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan Wells, officiating. Interment will follow in Westlawn under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

Published in Obituaries

The Okmulgee County Health Department is holding a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, July 18, at the YMCA Parking Lot. The rodeo is to promote bike safety and skills and is open to children ages 6 through 12.

The Rodeo, which is sponsored by Main Street Okmulgee, Okmulgee County Family YMCA, Fancier Stone and Hess, State Farm Insurance, Shelter Insurance, and First National Bank, will begin at 9 a.m. with on site registration.

A free bike helmet will be given to the first 100 participants. There will also be a drawing for a new bicycle. An adult must accompany child for registration. For more information please contact the Okmulgee County Health Department at 918-756-1883.


Published in What's Happening?
Monday, 06 July 2015 16:56

County Commissioners report for July 6

After the Okmulgee County Commissioners regular order of business, they had the following agenda items:

The Board opened Bid #27 for the hauling of gravel materials for County Highway projects for a six-month period. Bids were received from B & S Construction & Trucking and Yocham Trucking. The Board awarded both bids based on availability.

The Board approved the Interagency Communications and Programming Agreement with the City of Okmulgee and the City of Henryetta to allow for the County-wide digital radio and repeater system.

The Board approved the updated Agreement for Enhanced Emergency Number Service (E9-1-1) with Oklahoma Communications Systems for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.

Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Okmulgee County for individual disaster assistance. Craighton also reported that the Okmulgee County Emergency Management website is up and running.

That concluded the business for July 6.

Published in Political News

Chocolate bars, chocolate fruit, chocolate chips, hot chocolate, frozen hot chocolate, chocolate and peanut butter, what ever your preference, today is the day for you chocolate lovers. July 7 is National Chocolate Day!

Now don't feel guilty for indulging today chocoholics, studies have been shown that its benefits to your health outweigh any of bad publicity chocolate has gotten over the years, including its effects of aging, oxidized stress blood pressure regulation, its amazing antioxidant potential, the ability to lower cholesterol, prevention of cognitive decline, and the ability to lower the risk of cardiovascular issues.

The history of chocolate is a rich one, including its use as a medicine, evidence that it was enjoyed in drink form dating back to 1900 B.C., and as an aphrodisiac. By the mid 1800’s sugars and salts were added to cut the bitterness, forming the chocolate that we know and love today.

So whatever your flavor, white, milk, dark, bittersweet, semi sweet, partake and enjoy. Be sure and let chocolate know, that today, it is celebrated!

CNational Chocolate Day

Published in Statewide News


The attendees of Okmulgee’s Fourth of July fireworks show got a bit more bang than they were expecting.  Held at the Okmulgee Municipal Park, an evening of family fun, food, and fireworks saw hundreds choosing to spend their holiday close to home. This years fireworks display was set to be choreographed to patriotic music with events kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Children enjoyed the children’s train, the petting zoo, a double water slide, face painting, a duck pond, and more.

FireworksMishapThe fireworks, which began at 9:30 p.m., did not quite go as planned when one of the 18, 6 inch shells failed to launch and ignited within its tube and setting fire to the rack of the remaining shells. “About half of the shells fired”, states pyrotechnic specialist Ken Anderson. “We had one mortar that exploded within it’s shell, we lost about 10 shells as a result.” Anderson explained that this is the first time in years that an incident has happened. “Fireworks, even higher quality fireworks, are unpredictable. No one was in danger, we had the fire department on hand to extinguish the fire. All spectators were in the safety zone, no one was ever in danger.”
By law, the safety zone is 70 feet per inch of the shell size, this events safety zone was over 700 feet away from the racks of explosives.  

This did not put a damper on the evening however with the grand finale lighting up the night sky for miles around.

Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Okmulgee Main Street will host a trivia night at the OSUIT State Room:

Doors open 5:00 pm and trivia starts at 7:00 pm.

Buffet of heavy Hor d'oeuvres, cash bar, complimentary candy bar, and Silent Auction! Trophies will be awarded for Best Table Theme & Team Academic Bowl Champions! Advanced purchase required (no tickets sold at the door) Table of 8 is $320.

Join in for a fun night of TRIVIA!  Get more details HERE


Published in What's Happening?


OKLAHOMA CITY – Three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) set up to help people who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4, are scheduled to close soon in Cleveland, Grady and Pittsburg counties.

The DRC in Grady County will close on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Bridge Creek Elementary

2209 East Sooner Road

Blanchard, OK 73010

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The DRC in Cleveland County will close on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

Noble High School

4601 E. Etowah Road

Noble, OK 73068

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The DRC in Pittsburg County will close on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh County Firefighters Association and Training Center

1505 Wade Watts Avenue

McAlester, OK 74501

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To find an open DRC near you visit http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm.

Survivors can apply for state and federal assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or web-enabled device at m.fema.gov. People may also call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Visiting a DRC is not required to qualify for assistance.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4222 or visit OEM at www.oem.ok.gov.

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