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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
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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
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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.


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".

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