Okmulgee NAACP held a question and answer forum for the two remaining candidates Monday Night moderated by Rae Ann Wilson NAACP Chapter Chairperson. The upcoming April 2 run-off election will determine who will be Okmulgee's new mayor. Final candidates in the run-off election are Steven Baldridge and Terry Watkins.
Jack Willis Questions Candidates (Photo by Paul Orosco Chief Photographer)
Two School propositions passed effortlessly in the Annual School elections Feb. 12. Runoff elections will be held along with the City Council races coming up on April 2. Preston passed a 2.1 million dollar bond issue by 148-32 votes in order to build a new high school on 20 acres across from their sports complex in Preston. A new art room and band room will also be included on the site. The old facility will be torn down.
“It is really exciting for all of us, the people of Preston came out and showed a lot of support to come out and vote,” said Superintendent Mark Hudson. “The proposition passed by an 84 percent margin, which is just terrific. We are excited and ready to get to work and get this new high school built.”
The proposition to consolidate Graham and Dustin schools passed 126-19. Dustin school will house Pre-K through fourth grade and Graham will house fifth through twelfth grades.
In the Okmulgee Mayor race there will be a run-off election between Steven Baldridge, who carried the race throughout the evening, and Terry Watkins. Baldridge gained 49.07 percent and 342 votes to Terry Watkins 27.78 percent and 258 votes. Brian Priegel took the remaining 23.15 percent and 248 votes.
Baldridge commented on the outcome of the election, “I am very excited that I led the race and I appreciate all the citizens that participated in the political process and came out and voted. I look forward to the next phase of this election, which will be the runoff. I look forward to a change. I think Okmulgee made a statement tonight that they want to move forward in our city and they reflected that by the vote today.”
There will also be a runoff in the Henryetta School Board race for seat 3. It was a tight race between Brandy Cunningham and Bruce Jones. Cunningham pulled 145 votes to Jones 140 and Shane Berry followed with 26 votes. In the Beggs School Board seat 3, Debby Toland took a 60 percent margin with 96 votes defeating Alcardio Foy who received 55 votes.
The Chili Festival held usually in October is annual event for Okmulgee. The cook-off brings out the most spectacular chili cooks and a galore of chili connoisseurs. The chili cook-off contest as the main event also features a chili booth contest for the best decorated booth.
The Okmulgee Square is filled with vendors selling a variety of items, food venders, live entertainment, car show, sidewalk sale, Jupiter Jump, face painting and other activities for all to enjoy.
Visit this and many more Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce events!
City Manager Bob Baxter covered a major problem that lays within the city water distribution system at the last Okmulgee City Council meeting. (Pictured) Is a piece of rusted pipe cut from part of the Okmulgee water system that Baxter brought for example.
This has been the root of the brown water problem that Okmulgee has been dealing with for some time. The pipes have been in service since the 1920’s and are a common problem that most cities, if not all cities face.
The new federal stimulus law provides $6 billion for water projects, with $2 billion of that directed to drinking water systems. But that money is only, well, a drop in the bucket: a report released last month by the E.P.A. estimated that the nation’s drinking water systems require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades, with most of the money needed to improve transmission and distribution systems. The dangers of the nation’s aging plumbing are everywhere.
The fix will not be cheap, quick or easy. Okmulgee has around 153 miles of pipe in the city for water service. The problem has literally been underlying for many years and the City is now delving into a solution as they address the issue.
The oldest cast-iron pipes, dating to the late 1800s, have an average useful life of about 120 years. For cast- iron pipes installed in the 1920s, that drops to about 100 years. And pipes put in after World War II has an average life of only around 75 years. The consequence is that all three vintages of pipe need replacement in a short period of time when looking at the task of what it takes to replace them.
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Approximately 60 halves of beef that were born and raised in Okmulgee County will be sold at the Beef Carcass sale at the Okmulgee Fairgrounds Mar. 21 at 7 p.m. These calves have been fed specifically for this program by 4-H and FFA members in Okmulgee County.
For more information contact Doug Maxey at 918.756.1958
At the Okmulgee Lake Dam, the spillway is located on Hwy 56 on the east end of Okmulgee Lake. The dam and spillway was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1940. It's on the National Register Properties in Oklahoma and is a National Historical Landmark.
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After a report of a shooting, Okmulgee sheriff deputies were dispatched to the residence of Willie Antwine at the 11000 block of N, 160 Rd. Tuesday afternoon.
Once on scene, it was discovered that the victim was Antwine’s son, Timothy Antwine, who had been shot with a .22 caliber and had already been transported to the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital by vehicle.
Sheriff Rice said it appeared a family quarrel had taken place, which resulted in the shooting, however the victim has declined to file charges.
Chief Deputy Smokey Patchin and Investigator Robert Heath began an investigation into the incident and are still collecting facts about the case. The victim was treated at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital and released. No one has been taken into custody at this time.