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Pictured left to right: David Fetgatter, R.C. Morrow, Craig Brydges, Dean Craig, Philip Wright, Ron Martin, Leroy Parker, James Thompson, Mike Keaton, Tim Walker, Duaine Janzen, James Gray, Cassandra Northington, Jim Vaughn, Gary Volz, Jim McClendon, Anthony Nieto, and a truck load of fireworks.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting brings to a close our calendar year for the "changing of the guard" and marked the final meeting for R.C. Morrow's year as President. It has been a remarkable year but he is just continuing what has been the "norm" for the past number of years of outstanding leadership for our club. The meeting place was changed from the First Baptist Church to the fireworks tent on Highway 75 north of town to show off our vast array of fireworks. This is our biggest project and ALL of the proceeds go back into the community and that is why we ask you to PLEASE buy your fireworks from the Lions. Of course, everyone gets the "family discount".

We welcomed our two newest members: Anthony Nieto, General Manager of the Okmulgee Times; and James Gray, Shelter Insurance, who has been a previous member and served as President of the club in 2000-2001. We still have a few more spots for a few more good men and women--just give us a call and we'll reserve your spot. "WE SERVE".

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The City of Okmulgee Fireworks Extravaganza is bigger and better this year. This free event is always a lot of fun for the whole family and something the citizens of Okmulgee don’t want to miss. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the City Municipal Park and celebrate America’s Birthday together with your family and friends. At 7:00 pm the celebration will begin with free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, bottled water and this year they are adding free snow cones. There will be a live band with great music and the children will enjoy a water slide/bounce house, face painting, sand art, a petting zoo and a circus train. There is a shuttle service from Walmart if you want to avoid parking.

City of Okmulgee Emergency Manager, Kenneth Anderson, the lead Licensed Pyro Technician, has an extraordinary fireworks show choreographed to music that is amazing and keeps the crowd excited throughout the whole event.

Anderson said, “The fireworks event starts the planning stage eight months in advance and it takes a lot of departments to prepare this show for the citizens of Okmulgee.” City of Okmulgee’s Technology Services, Okmulgee Police Department, Okmulgee Fire Department, Public Works, City Hall Employees and of course the Okmulgee City Council work hard to provide this outstanding demonstration. Many thanks go to the generous sponsors of the show, including CP Kelco, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Polyvision, Muskogee Creek Nation, Harlan Motor Company, First National Bank, First Family Credit Union, Loves Travel Stop, McDonalds, B & C Mechanical, Okmulgee Tag Office, Morris State Bank, Okmulgee Main Street, Better Built Structures, M & M Machining, Jimmy Jones Electric, Stone Horse Construction, Mabrey Bank, Scott Wallick and Taylor Made Graphx.

Anderson said they try to make it bigger and better for you each year and this year’s choreographed music will include Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Atkins, Broadway cast of Oklahoma, John Phillip Sousa, Mariah Carey and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Anderson has four teams of Pyro Technicians who build this magnificent show for you, working all night to put together the fireworks display of over 1000 shells. You can see it from a lot of locations in the city, but there is nothing like being right there to hear and see it up close; an event you will remember all year. Come out and join the celebration and wish America a Happy 241st Birthday.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Fourth of July is almost here, and for many, that means shooting off fireworks. Within Okmulgee city limits, fireworks may be legally shot off from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, July 3-5. Here are the rules spelled out by the city’s fireworks ordinance:

A permit must have been purchased at City Hall, and this may be done until 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. They cost $20 each and must be purchased by an adult (18 and up).

The permit holder needs to be physically present and within one hundred feet of the display to allow another household member to set them off.

Fireworks must be set off on a noncombustible surface at least fifty feet away from buildings, and at least five hundred feet away from churches, crops, hospitals, schools, and any locations where fireworks are sold or may reside in large quantities.

Fireworks by private citizens may not be shot off in any city or county park, nor can they be fired on any highway or street wider than 26 feet.

Debris caused by firework displays is expected to be cleaned up by the permit holder, failure to comply will result in a $225 fine. Any violations of the rules listed above will also result in a $225 fine, and use of fireworks outside of the designated times could be punished with a $550 fine.

Okmulgee County Republican's welcome the general public to a special meeting, no matter the political affiliation:

Special Agent Darrin Collins with Homeland Security Investigations in Tulsa, Oklahoma will be our guest speaker for the July 11 meeting of the Okmulgee County Republicans.   Agent Collins works a variety of investigations, most which include Narcotics Smuggling, Money Laundering, Child Pornography, Human/Sex Trafficking, and Immigration Fraud.  Agent Collins will be specifically informing us about sex trafficking nationally, in our state and in our region.  He will give statistics, what is being done to help victims after recovery and what is being done to catch and prosecute predators and traffickers.  This is an opportunity to learn from a specialist about this horrific issue.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the student center at OSUIT located at 1801 E 4th Street in Okmulgee.

Reminder that our business meeting will begin at 6:30 before the regular meeting.

Creative Oklahoma is partnering with Cross Sector Innovations to support the Oklahoma Creative Communities (OCC) initiative. Creative Oklahoma launched OCC in 2016 with the vision of ensuring Oklahoma communities are supported in their efforts to implement local solutions to local challenges.Creative Oklahoma Logo

Okmulgee is one of eight communities participating in the initiative, along with Altus, Durant, Enid, Guthrie, Locust Grove, Ponca City and Tahlequah.

“Creative Oklahoma is excited to support the work of participating communities,” stated Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “We offer a variety of resources, including a creative problem-solving tool, a facilitator, training opportunities, peer learning, support for grant-seeking and access to additional technical expertise as needed.”

Oklahoma communities exemplify creative problem-solving and the ability to develop innovative solutions. Creative thinkers and problem-solvers can learn a great deal from their success.

“Census data tells us that rural communities are more entrepreneurial than urban areas. There are times, however, when resources outside of the community are not accessible or responsive to local needs,” said Ed Long, principal of Cross Sector Innovations. “We look forward to connecting communities to additional outside resources as they move ideas to action.”

Strawberry Olive is the Creative Oklahoma facilitator providing support to the efforts underway in Okmulgee. “Communities collaborate to create the vision of the future. I use the gardening analogy,” said Olive. “The community is like a garden, changing with the seasons. The gardeners are members of the community, all of whom have the vision of what the garden will be used for. Sometimes the ideas need tools they don't have in the garden shed. As a facilitator, our role is to help provide those tools to build the garden.”

Participating communities will share their experiences and insight with other communities and creative thinkers throughout the state contributing to Oklahoma’s culture of creativity and innovation.

More information on this and other Creative Oklahoma initiatives can be found at www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Creative Oklahoma

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma's economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma's creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. For more information, please visit www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Cross Sector Innovations

Cross Sector Innovations (CSI) drives social innovation by bringing together business, government and nonprofit resources for creative solutions to community and statewide challenges. CSI promotes more efficient use of resources across sectors for improving outcomes in Oklahoma. More information can be found at www.crosssectorinnovations.org.

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Special recognition was given at Tuesday's Okmulgee Lions Club meeting to four Lions who have received the prestigious District Lion of the Year Award. Only one award is given in each district per year out of approximately 1,200 Lions members in each district. Pictured is PDG Dean Craig (who was awarded the first award in 1974), Lion Duaine Janzen (2016), Lion R.C. Morrow (2017), and PDG/CC Jacque Mooney (2017 District 3-H). "WE SERVE".

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"Lion Ron Martin was awarded the Lion of the Year award by President R.C. Morrow for his dedication, service,
and contribution to the Okmulgee Lions Club during the past year. Thank you, Ron, for all you do for us".

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:20

Okmulgee Lions Club install new Officers

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Pictured left to right: Craig Brydges (Director), Beth Flud (Director), Dean Craig (Director), Dr. Tom Alexander (Director), R.C. Morrow (Immediate Past President), Duaine Janzen (President), James Thompson (1st VP), Heather Sumner (2nd VP), Raymond Kennedy (Membership Chairman), Ron Martin (Lion Tamer), Gary Volz (Tail Twister), and Jacque Mooney, Installing Officer.
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By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion

And a good time was had by all--that's a phrase usually used to end a story, however, this is also a good way to start this story because that's the way Tuesday's Lions Club meeting began. What a marvelous program of induction of incoming officers presented by Past District Governor/Council Chairperson Jacque Mooney of the Midwest City Lions Club. We are so proud of this year's slate of officers, as we have been for many, many years, and they just seem to keep getting better and better--a result of good leadership. Lion Mooney calls this her "Bandana Installation", presenting a colorful bandana to each officer installed with the indicated color for their particular office. What a unique approach of installation.

A rainbow is made up of seven different colors--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each one of these colors are exquisite. However, when they all come together to form a rainbow, they become unequaled in beauty. Likewise LIONS CLUBS are made up of many types of people. Each person is unique, but by joining a Lions Club, a new member becomes a part of a colorful group unequaled in strength

Although there are only seven colors in the spectrum, there are over two million tints and shades of these basic colors. The tints and shades of the colors can be compared to the many talents and skills that individual members bring to a Lions Club. Some members have creative abilities, some have organizational skills, and some have leadership qualities

Today, the officers of the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB will be installed using the colors of the rainbow. Just as each color of the spectrum is distinctive, each office of the club has specific tasks. When the officers successfully perform their duties, they help keep their Lions Club running smoothly. Will the newly elected officers please come forward as I call your title?

LION TAMER--Ron Martin. The color TURQUOISE represents the Lion Tamer. Before each meeting all items to be used must be in place and "good to go". You will be in charge of the responsibility for the club property. You will see that the flags, gong, gavel, and badge boards, etc., are properly placed. You are to assist the past president as the official greeter, always welcome and introduce guests.

TAIL TWISTER--Gary Volz. COWBOY/HORSE. What can I say about giving GARY this bandana. It kind of says it all, doesn't it? As Tail Twister you have permission to horse around, maintain harmony, and encourage good feelings, life and enthusiasm in the meetings. You shall impose and collect fines at meetings. You are to be resourceful in promoting fun, fellowship, and laughter at meetings. A little known fact is that you can be fined by a vote of the majority members present.

MEMBERSHIP/RETENTION--Raymond Kennedy. RED. You will lead the Membership Committee, and help to develop and implement a growth and retention program as approved by the club's Board of Directors. You will regularly report to the club and encourage members in bringing qualified people into the club. Since you will be ON FIRE for this club, please accept this RED bandana.

TREASURER--Pat Higgins will get two bandanas. The color GREEN symbolizes the Treasurer. GREEN represents money, energy, vitality, and perseverance. As Treasurer, your duties include collecting all dues and monies, paying all approved bills, and keeping accurate financial records. You will be giving of yourself in many ways to this Lions Club as you handle its financial responsibilities. May the GREEN color of your bandana give you the energy, vitality, and perseverance needed to fulfill these obligations.

SECRETARY--Pat Higgins. The color MULTICOLOR symbolizes the secretary and is considered to be a bright and optimistic color. Yours is one of the most important offices in the club. You are charged with helping pull all the colors together. The success of your club will be determined largely by the efficiency with which you perform the duties of your office. You are the President's "right hand" person. As Secretary, your duties include keeping an accurate record of all of the club's business, monthly reports of attendance, projects, and activities. Writing up each meeting's minutes will require a great deal of thought and accuracy. May the MULTICOLORS color of your bandana give you the mental concentration and optimism needed to fulfill your commitment

VICE-PRESIDENTS--James Thompson and Heather Sumner. The color LIGHT BLUE symbolizes the VP and represents healing, love, faith, loyalty, and inspiration. As VP's you are in training for the office of President. Your faith and loyalty are important to these Lions Club members and especially to the president who will rely on you for help. As chairman of various committees, you are to inspire members, old and new, to become active in your club. You must strive to keep members in harmony about projects and goals. May the LIGHT BLUE color of your bandanas give you the inspiration to face your challenges.

PRESIDENT--Duaine Janzen. The color PURPLE symbolizes the President. PURPLE represents leadership, greatness, and unselfish efforts. A regal color, purple is associated with royalty, or persons of high rank. As president, you will be treated royally for you have been elected to the highest office in your Lions Club. Being President is an honor and a privilege, but with the esteemed office, comes many responsibilities. Duties of the office include presiding at all meetings and dealing with all issues and opportunities. As president, you are also this Lion Club's representative to your community. May the PURPLE color of your bandana remind you to give unselfishly of yourself as you lead the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT--R.C. Morrow. The DARK BLUE bandana is a symbol of calm waters ahead. As Past President, you have served the club well. I am sure the Okmulgee Lions Club is extremely grateful for your service and your continued support of the club. Your contribution and loyal service has helped this club continue to be successful in this community. Thank you for your leadership and sacrifice of time, energy, and skill as you fulfilled the duties of your office,

DIRECTORS--Dr. Tom Alexander, Craig Brydges, Christian Tiews, Kyle Powell, Rusty Milroy, and Beth Flud. AMERICAN FLAG. You have been elected by the members to serve on the Board. You will assist in formulating and executing the policies of the club. All new business is considered and shaped by this Board. This AMERICAN FLAG represents a pride and loyalty to the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.

DIRECTOR FOR LIFE--Past District Governor Dean Craig. ORANGE will be the color of your bandana. As a Director For Life, you will be charged to light the way for the other directors. Without someone to guide the Club, there would be no direction. Your years of guidance and experience will be a benefit to others. You are to stand with the flame of your ORANGE bandana to guide the club to great things.

During this ceremony, each officer has been installed with a different color. Alone, each color is striking, but when the colors come together, a larger more beautiful thing occurs. A rainbow is created. Each color is needed to make the rainbow complete--just as each officer is necessary to make the Lions Club run properly. As Council Chair of Multiple District 3, it is my great pleasure to declare these Lions duly installed into their perspective offices to which they have been elected.

Incoming President Duaine Janzen presented a President plaque to outgoing President R.C. Morrow in appreciation of his outstanding year. President Morrow presented a 50-year membership patch to Lion Dean Craig and a President Appreciation Award to Anita Craig for her outstanding behind-the-scene work she does for the club even though she is not a member. We still are looking for a few more good men and women to join us. Think about it! "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with the installation text by Jacque Mooney).

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:11

Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Hasselman obit

Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Hasselman
June 10, 1939 – June 17, 2017

Dr. Robert (Bob) Hasselman, longtime Okmulgee resident, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa at 78 years of age. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 10, 1939, to the late Dr. W.L. Hasselman and Margaret (Nell) Hasselman.

Dr. Bob attended Okmulgee High School where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Mary Lou Thornburgh. He was recognized in high school for his athletic abilities and received All-State Honors in Baseball, All- Conference Basketball and Honorable Mention All-State Football. He later attended Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma State University before obtaining his medical degree at Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine in 1965. He interned in Tulsa before returning to Okmulgee to join his father’s medical practice.

Dr. Bob enjoyed many years of coaching little league football and later became the team physician for Okmulgee High School. He formed deep bonds with his players, many of whom

returned to Okmulgee to visit Dr. Bob and reminisce about the memories they shared with him.

Dr. Bob’s greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family and friends. He was always so excited for his grandchildren to visit to take them on many adventures.

In his lifetime, he touched many lives and leaves behind a host of many friends and family who loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. W.L. Hasselman

and Margaret (Nell) Hasselman, and his son Kyle Bert Hasselman.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Lou Hasselman of Okmulgee; his daughter Kelly Waswo and husband Jim of Edmond; his son Robert (Bobby) Hasselman and wife Debbie of Bixby; daughter-in-law Lynn Hasselman of Grove; his sister Carol Thatcher of Garland, Texas; grandchildren Brooks and Blake Hasselman of Bixby, Kacie Waswo of Edmond, and Katelyn and Allie Hasselman of Grove, as well as several other family members.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. There will be a funeral service honoring the life of Dr. Bob on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11am at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee, officiated by Pastor Charles Green. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on Dr. Robert Hasselman’s Tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com

Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:54

John Gilbert Pullen obit

John Gilbert Pullen, a resident of Boynton passed away Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 74. He was born May 25, 1943 in Houstonville, Kentucky to Charles Pullen & Ethel (Wade) Pullen. He married Norma Sue Fowler April 3, 1970 at their home. He worked as a painter and was a member of the Painters Union Local #1895, also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Norma of the home;
One son, Sean Pullen & wife Jen of Portland, Oregon;
One granddaughter, Zahra Pullen also of Portland Oregon;
Also by a host of friends and other relatives.

At John's request there will be no services held.

Arrangements were made through Integrity Funeral Service.

Hey Kids!

Twin Hills Baptist Church invites you to attend Vacation Bible School June 25th-June 30th from 6:00pm-8:30pm! There will be classes for 3 year olds through 6th graders!

There will be a Kick-off Event Saturday, June 24th, at 3:00 pm.

They will have hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno cones, games, and music! You will also be able to pre-register for VBS during our kick-off event. Please bring your kids to learn more about how much God loves each and every one of us!

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