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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) is hosting a meeting in Oklahoma City on July 27 at 2 p.m. to discuss how ODOL can better partner with Public Sector employees to improve workplace health and safety, in addition to explaining how newly-enacted workplace safety laws work for businesses. The meeting will be held at 3017 N. Stiles Ave.

Governor Mary Fallin recently signed into law new rules for the Oklahoma Occupational Health and Safety Standards Act, which will affect all Public Sector employees across the State of Oklahoma beginning September 15, 2017. Violations will result in fines and potential citations.

An RSVP is requested if planning on attending the event; this can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., requests for a similar meeting in Tulsa may also be sent to the same address.


Volunteers from Okmulgee Lions, First National Bank, community development and Morris Lions worked on this project Saturday morning

Morning came early for seven dedicated civic-minded Okmulgeeans who began trimming the mimosa trees planted in the center median on the new Morris Highway and Wood Drive.  They began at 6 a.m. and, luckily, finished before the rain came on Wednesday.  Three Lions: Beth Flud, R.C. Morrow, and Raymond Kennedy; First National Bank employee Kathy Kennedy; Rob Robertson; Bob Seebeck; and Morris Lion Sandy Patterson did a wonderful job "sprucing up" the trees.  Drive by and take a look, and if you have a green thumb and want to help on later projects, let us know.
(Photo provided by Beth Flud).


StormShelterThe Muscogee (Creek) Nation Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Storm Shelter Program was created through MCN National Council legislation TR-17019 in February, with $100,000 being appropriated for the program.

The program allows for the purchase and installation of storm shelters for Muscogee (Creek) citizens.

Eligible citizens need to be homeowners living within the MCN boundaries. Mobile homeowners must own the home and the land where the home sits.

Preference will be given to elders ages 65 and older, the handicapped or disabled, veterans and those living in rural areas. Limit one per homeowner/household.

DANR will begin accepting applications Aug. 1.

Applications will be available on tribal campus, the Southern Regional Office, and online Aug. 1.

Approved applicants will receive an approval letter and the contractor will contact the applicant to schedule installation. The Nation will make the payments directly to the contractor.

For more information, please contact Rachael Locust at: (918) 549-2555.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:39

Alcohol and Boating Don’t Mix

By Margaret Black
OSU Prevention Programs

There are still a couple of months of warm weather left in Oklahoma. This means boating, swimming, and other water sports. We are lucky to have some great locations in our area for these activities, but it can turn deadly quickly when alcohol is mixed with boating.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about one third of recreational boating accidents are caused by alcohol use. Drinking alcohol while boating or other water activities can not only be deadly to you but others out enjoying their summer. The CDC reports “it’s not just boat operators at risk from drinking while boating. Passengers are a greater risk of injury as well. In fact, 46% of all boating fatalities occurred when vessels were docked, anchored, or drifting.” Alcohol effects a person’s coordination, balance, vision, and judgment. A study in the Injury Prevention Journal states “persons with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 g/100 ml have about 10 times the risk of death associated with recreational boating compared with persons who have not been drinking, but that even small amounts of alcohol can increase this risk.”
The Handbook of Oklahoma Boating Laws and Responsibilities states “it is illegal to operate or be in actual physical control of any vessel while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. Oklahoma law states that a person is considered to be ‘under the influence’ if he or she [meets any of the following circumstances}:

• has an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher as measured in the person’s breath or blood
• is under the influence of any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel
• is under the influence of alcohol and any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel.”
According to the handbook the first violation of this law is a fine up to $1,000. After that the fine goes up to $2,500.

Help keep everyone safe this summer and avoid drinking and driving a boat. If you suspect someone to be intoxicated while driving a boat please contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol by dialing *55 on your cell phone.

The Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is partnering with the Okmulgee County Consortium (OCC) to help reduce alcohol related injuries. To learn more about how you can become involved in this Okmulgee County coalition contact us at (918)756-1248.

IMG 2832 Picture left to right: Lion Dean Craig; Valerie Russell, booking agent for Beth Rengel; Lion Heather Sumner, program chairperson; Beth Rengel; and President Duaine Janzen.

By Dean Craig - Okmulgee Lion

Tuesday's joint Lions-Rotary Club meeting with Beth Rengel, former news anchor for Channel 8 (and later Channel 2, KJRH, and Channel 6, KOTV) could almost be titled "a blast from the past" or even "the success of failure". However, it certainly was not a failure because she commanded our rapt attention from her opening remarks. In fact, I was so intent from listening that, at times, I would forget to jot down notes for this article. But not to worry because most of what she told us is included in her book, "Anchored in Illusion", which most of us purchased.

I had never thought of life or events of being an illusion but Rengel says it best in her book's introduction, and I quote: "My life hasn't turned out the way I planned it, maybe no one's life does. We buy into the illusion we face every day--illusions of the happy family, the flawless body, the picture-perfect marriage, the thriving career. But then we hit that inevitable brick wall of reality, and those illusions shatter. And then what? When that curveball comes straight at you, the question is: do you duck, swerve to the side, or stand firmly and try to catch it?...but I've come to believe that failure itself is an illusion, one that covers up the next success--just a correction in course that can redirect us to what really matters in life. We have to take risks to live by what's truly important.

Mae Beth Comany and her sister, Elaine, grew up poor in South Texas, where her father was a used car salesman and her mother was a housewife, only working outside the home during the Christmas busy-time at the Green Stamp Store so she could buy Christmas presents. The mother was an accomplished seamstress and made all the girls' clothes until Beth began entering beauty pageants. Of course, she suffered through the taunts of female classmates regarding her "home-made" clothes. And her senior year, her dad told her she had three choices--get a job, get married, or get a scholarship. She said she wasn't ready for any one of the three choices. Her sister had set the bar high by getting a four-year scholarship to North Texas State in Denton on her beautiful vocal talents, and later, by singing at the Metropolitan Opera and in Europe as a lyric soprano opera singer.

A flyer was left in their door in Wichita Falls,Texas announcing the Miss Astros contest, an annual promotion for the Major League Baseball team. Even though she was a cheerleader for Rider High School, Rengel was not into beauty pageants. There was no talent involved. The contestants--from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico--were judged strictly on looks and the interview, which purported to reveal their charm, intelligence, and personality. The flyer revealed that the prizes were enormous: a four-year college scholarship, a brand new Toyota, a Rolex watch, a wardrobe, a trip for two to Puerto Vallarta, and pink Samsonite luggage. She took one look at it and went to the kitchen and put it in the trash. Her mother retrieved it from the trash and began her trio of clichés, "You know what I always say, Mae Beth, you'll never know until you try. Your grandmother always said, 'You don't regret the things you do but the things you don't do'. And as far as your dad, 'Well, hell, if you fail, it's better than a kick in the a--'. Do you want to live the rest of your life wondering what might have been?" Rengel won--Miss Astros, Houston Baseball Team 1969-1970. And this was only the beginning.

Losing her first Miss Texas pageant to Phyllis George (who won Miss America), Rengel won Miss Texas (1972), and finished third in the Miss America Pageant (1973). By placing in the top five, she was selected for the USO tour. And because Terry Meeuwsen had won Miss America (1973) and was the lead singer with the New Christy Minstrels and had to resign, Rengel replaced her as the lead singer for the musical group.

During her reign as Miss Texas, Rengel had met and became good friends with Dallas Cowboys defensive end Larry Cole at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and asked Cole to get her a date with Dallas Cowboy quarterback Craig Morton. He refused but said he had another friend for her, Mike Rengel, New Orleans Saints football player, whom she later married. This marriage failed after four years but was a major event in her eventual move to Tulsa. When she came to Tulsa, she became a part of KTUL Channel 8's "Dream Team"--with the legendary, handsome Bob Hower; beloved weatherman Don Woods; and charismatic, brilliant Chris Lincoln. An on-air mistake caused her to be replaced on Channel 8, and she moved to Atlanta. Her marriage to Milton Berry, a Tulsa oilman, resulted in her move back to Tulsa, where her daughter, Ana, was born. But to say the rest is history would not be true. History is for those who quit, and quit is not in her vocabulary. One of the quotes in her book says, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up"--Thomas A. Edison. I don't know whether Rengel was the inspiration for the song "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" but I'm certain she could fit in there somewhere. She still seems to have that fire in her spirit and we were blessed to have her come and "light our fire". She is available for speakings by contacting Valerie Russell, 918 519-6795

On a related note, centennial certificates of membership and centennial pins were awarded to three new members and their sponsor by Immediate Past President R.C. Morrow: David Fetgatter, sponsor of James Gray; Charles Otto, sponsored by Pat Higgins; Anthony Nieto, sponsored by Gary Volz. We still have room for a few more good men and women. Think about it! "WE SERVE".  See photo below.

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from the book, "Anchored in Illusion", by Beth Rengel).

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Beth Rengel and Heather Sumner

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IMG 2823On Centennial certificates of membership and centennial pins were awarded to three new members and their sponsor by Immediate Past President R.C. Morrow: David Fetgatter, sponsor of James Gray; Charles Otto, sponsored by Pat Higgins; Anthony Nieto, sponsored by Gary Volz.


1    David Dunlap       Coach--Okmulgee's Baseball Academic Champions
                                   R.C. Morrow, Program Chair
8    James Gray          15 minutes-of-fame
      Anthony Nieto         "      "         "    "
                                    David Fetgatter, Program Chair
14   Board Meeting     Noon
15   To Be Determined
22   Clay Ballenger      Oklahoma Boys State
                                     Anthony Nieto, Program Chair
29   Jana Martin           OSUIT Nursing Program
                                     Dr. Tom Alexander

Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:29

Patricia Jane Patterson obit

Patricia Jane Patterson, 86 year old resident of Okmulgee, died Tuesday morning, July 11, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  She was born October 14, 1930 in Fremont, Nebraska to the late Kenneth and Norma (Southard) Brown.  Arrangements are pending with the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  www.mcclendon-winters.com

Okmulgee, Okla. -- Are you and your family enrolled in CodeRED?

CodeRed 198x98What's CodeRED? CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within the Okmulgee County and all the communities of Beggs, Bryant, Dewar, Grayson, Hectorville, Henryetta, Hoffman, Liberty, Morris, Nuyaka, Okmulgee, Preston, Schulter, Twin Hills, Wilson and Winchester that will notify you of emergency, weather warnings and general information through phone calls, text messages, emails and/or social media.


or go to www.OkmulgeeCountyEM.com and CLICK ON the tab at the top of the page labeled CodeRED.

EVERYONE WELCOME -  Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am
~~Dine-In or Carry-Out (918-827-6828)~~

Here is the JULY 2017 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens center:
Thur, July 6 - Chicken Casserole, Mixed Veggies, Dessert
Tues, July 11 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans , Dessert
Thur, July 13 - King Ranch Chicken, Vegetables, Dessert
Tues, July 18 - Smothered Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Veggie, Dessert
Thur, July 20 - Chicken A La King, Veggie, Dessert
Tues, July 25 - Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Dessert
Thur, July 27 - Beef Taco Casserole, Salad, Dessert
Thur, June 29 - Frito Chicken Casserole, Salad, Dessert

Thursday, 06 July 2017 13:30

Diapers and Fireworks

By: Tina Pierce LMFT

Summers can be hard and fun all at the same time. I enjoy getting more time with the kids but then I find myself running ragged trying to do all the things we do not typically have time to do during the school year. Between diaper changes, library visits, splash pad play dates, and church who has time for anything else. I caught myself one day wondering when my husband would come save me from the needy toddlers. As he walked through the door I am sure I looked like a mess. The kids and I had just came home from the pool. I was slightly sunburnt sitting on the floor changing the baby’s stinky diaper while all three kids were whining about being hungry and thirsty. The first thing he did was come give me a kiss and ask what he could do to help, as if he had not been working hard all day himself. But I have to say that selfless attitude does not come naturally to either of us. Amazing marriages take hard work, day after day.

I am so blessed to be able to celebrate an 8th anniversary in a few weeks. I know some of you are thinking we are still newlyweds and others are saying they made it past the seven year itch. Either way I can attest that no marriage worth having is made without hard work and perseverance. So set aside the diapers and make time for the fireworks. Tell her she is just as beautiful now as she was the day you married her. Tell him he is an amazing leader for your family and you admire his strength and courage. Give her a hug without expecting anything in return. Bake him some cookies just for fun. Put the kids to bed a little early and spend time talking about something other than the kids. Make your spouse a priority because in reality they came before the kids and if you want them to still be there when the kids are out of the house you better invest in that relationship too. Besides the fireworks are worth the investment. So put down your phone and give him a kiss.

Tina Pierce LMFT
You Place, LLC

The You Place offers Family, Marital, Pre-Marital, and Individual Counseling Services for people struggling with a variety of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and more. The You Place also offers consultation and training services and LPC supervision. For more information call today. 918-777-6045.

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