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Steve Baldridge

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

At a press conference Thursday morning, July 13, Okmulgee Regional Airport, together with the City of Okmulgee and the Okmulgee Area Development Council (OADC), announced that it will be hosting their first-ever air show, called Okmulgee Airfest, on Saturday, September 30.

“This is great for families and for airplane enthusiasts,” Mayor Steve Baldridge said.

The gates will open at 10 a.m., while the air show begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car/plane.

Attractions will include skydivers, stunt flying, and a drag race between a plane and a motorcycle, with possibly some vintage aircraft and military aircraft as well. There will also be inflatables, food trucks and a kids zone.

“I think that this show will be a great way to introduce the next generation to aviation,” said Bruce Force of the Okmulgee Airport Advisory Board. “I really think that we have something for everyone.”

Event partners include the City of Okmulgee, the OADC, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street, First National Bank & Trust, Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSU-IT) and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Additional sponsorships are available.

“I encourage y’all to come,” said Nevyle Cable, president of First National Bank. “It’s gonna be fun and a great afternoon. We just gotta get the word out and hope for good weather.”

More information can be found at www.OkmulgeeAirfest.com.

Photos by Wesley Coburn

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Okmulgee Public Schools recently released their list of upcoming school supplies needed for 2017-18 school year, just in time for the back-to-school shopping blitz.

Pre-K students will need three large boxes of Kleenex, four boxes of 24-count crayons, a 4-count package of dry erase markers, a 4-pack of Play-Doh, a full-size backpack, six glue sticks, two 3-ring binders with pockets, two boxes or packages of snack items per month, one package of watercolor paints, one box of markers, one pair of scissors, one package of Lysol or Clorox wipes, one package of Ziploc bags (gallon size for girls, quart size for boys), two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, one package of letter size sheet protectors and one package of multicolored construction paper. Additionally, parents are asked to bring two of the following: a bottle of hand sanitizer, one package of baby wipes, one package of paper plates, one package of paper lunch bags (white or brown), or one tube of glue.

Kindergartners will need five 24-count boxes of crayons, one pair of blunt-end scissors, two 12-count packages of yellow #2 pencils, one package of dry-erase markers, three large boxes of Kleenex, six glue sticks, one 4-pack of Play-Doh, one package of pearl erasers (girls only), one box of markers, one large package of Lysol wipes (girls only), one package gallon-sized Ziploc bags (boys only), one 16 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer (boys only), a 5’x8’ box for school supplies, a regular-sized backpack, and two packages of 8”x11” copy paper

First graders need a 5”x8” box for supplies, eight pink pearl erasers, four boxes of 24-count Ticonderoga #2 pencils, two glue sticks, four boxes of 24-count crayons, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, two packages of black dry erase markers, one package of Ziploc bags (girls gallon size, boys quart size), two single-subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks, one pair pointed tip scissors, four large boxes of Kleenex, one Mead Primary Journal, two containers of Lysol or Clorox wipes and one package of multicolored highlighters.

Second graders require one package of Expo markers, one pair pointed tip scissors, two boxes of 24-count crayons, a plastic box for crayons, three pink pearl erasers, one package of plastic-sleeved sheet protectors (girls only), one package red pens (for grading), one 3-pack of disinfectant wipes, two plastic pocket folders with prongs, two glue sticks, three large boxes Kleenex, two wide-ruled spiral notebooks, two packages gallon-size Ziploc bags (boys only), and two packages of 8”x11” copy paper.

Third graders need three boxes Kleenex, three boxes of crayons, one box of colored pencils, three dozen yellow or plain #2 pencils, two big pink pearl erasers, four 3-pronged plastic pocket folders, one package of multicolored construction paper, two journal composition notebooks, one package plain yellow Post-It notes, one package 3”x5” index cards, one pair scissors, six glue sticks, one 12” ruler with inches and centimeters, one box multiplication flashcards, one package wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one small plastic organizer for crayons, one package of yellow highlighters, one package of black dry erase markers, a backpack and two packages 8”x11” copy paper.

Fourth graders require four dozen plain or yellow #2 pencils, one box colored pencils, two journal composition notebooks, two large pink pearl erasers, four glue sticks, a backpack, a handheld pencil sharpener, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, five 3-pocket folders, scissors, five packages of wide-ruled notebook paper (cannot be college ruled), three large boxes Kleenex, a pencil pouch, two packages dry erase markers and two 3-ring binders.

For elementary grades, the student’s name should be placed on their crayon boxes and backpacks, glitter-coated pencils are highly discouraged. Additional supplies may be required after teachers have been assigned.

For fifth graders and up, additional supplies other than those listed may be required for some courses. They need 24 non-refillable mechanical pencils, two large packs of plain or yellow #2 pencils, one box of colored pencils, five boxes Kleenex, a flash drive (new students only), two highlighters, five tab dividers for their binder, two packages of 8”x11” copy paper, a zippered pencil pouch, two large pink pearl erasers, one 4 oz. tube of glue, four packages of wide-ruled notebook paper, scissors, backpack, 3-ring binder and small personal pencil sharpener. No Sharpies, markers or crayons are allowed.

Sixth through eighth graders need a 3-ring notebook, five spiral notebooks, two composition books, seen single folders, two packages each of loose-leaf notebook paper and 8”x11” copy paper, one package each of black pens, colored pencils and colored markers (no Sharpies), 24 #2 pencils and a math compass and protractor.

High school students will need three packages of 8”x11” copy paper, 400 sheets of loose-leaf notebook paper, seven spiral notebooks, a dozen #2 pencils, a composition book, a box of Kleenex, bottle of hand santizer, and if taking math courses, a compass, protractor, colored pencils, scientific calculator and graph paper.

The fall semester begins Thursday, August 10.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

In June 1997, a young adult book titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (retitled in the U.S. as Sorcerer’s Stone) was published in England, by a debut author named J.K. Rowling. This book began the series following the adventures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they navigated the trials of adolescence in a boarding school for wizards. The series became an equally-famous series of films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.

The Okmulgee Public Library is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Potter series with a celebration held from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. the nights of Thursday, June 20 and Thursday, June 27. There will be a live reading of Sorcerer’s Stone, as well as arts and crafts, with other activities remaining a secret until the event. Costumes are not required, but they are greatly encouraged, as they would add to the fun.

“Every so often, a book comes along that captures everything you need to know about life,” says Jeana Robinson, OPL Director of Children’s Services. “In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, this was Harry Potter. I think this series is where real fandom started; the depth of the stories and characters engaged children and adults of all ages.”

The seven-book series, which totals over a million words and four thousand pages, have become required pop-cultural knowledge in college English courses, and made their author into a Stephen King-level celebrity, with 11.2 million Twitter followers. Through these books, as Robinson said, “We learned about Quidditch, butterbeer and potions, love, loss, loyalty and friendship.” Rowling has also written four non-HP novels for adults, in addition to six HP spinoff books, a screenplay for a prequel film and a stage play sequel.

Besides Sorcerer’s Stone, the other books in the series are The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows.

Robinson isn’t sure which of the four houses she would be sorted into, but two of the library staff are confirmed Ravenclaws.

Youth

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and for students (and parents) at Morris Elementary School the following suggested lists of supplies have been posted on social media.

For pre-K students, two boxes of Kleenex, two boxes of 16-count crayons, one 10-count package of markers in traditional colors, eight glue sticks, one pack of Play-Doh, two 3-hole plastic folders, a regular-size clear backpack with child’s name on it, two packages baby wipes, one plastic Kindercare mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one package of sandwich-sized Ziploc bags (if student is a boy), one package of gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if student is girl), if in Mrs. Clay’s or Mrs. Ewton’s class one bottle of glitter (any color is fine), and if in Mrs. Freistedt’s class one pencil pouch with zipper and binder-sized holes.

For kindergarten, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, one box of quart-sized Ziploc bags (if girl), one bottle of hand santizer (if boy), eight glue sticks, one pair of scissors, one 12-count package of sharpened #2 pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), one 10-count package of markers, one package of fine-tip markers, one Kindercare plastic mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one pencil pouch with holes, one composition notebook and two dry-erase markers.

First graders need two boxes of Kleenex, one pair of scissors, two 24-count boxes of crayons, one 4 oz. bottle of glue, one package plain yellow #2 pencils, four folders with pockets, one bottle of hand sanitizer, one 8-pack of washable markers, two one-subject composition notebooks (no ring notebooks), a 5”x8” school-supply box, six glue sticks, one package Clorox wipes, one package gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if boy), one package quart-size Ziploc bags (if girl).

Second graders need one package of #2 pencils, one pair scissors, eight glue sticks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, three plastic pocket folders, two one-subject spiral-bound notebooks, two highlighters in any color, one 8-coutn box of washable markers, one package of dry-erase markers, one package of quart-sized Ziploc bags, and three packages of Clorox wipes.

Third graders need two 12-count packages of #2 pencils, one composition notebook, one box of 24-coutn crayons, one pair of sharp scissors, four pocket folders with brads, two large erasers, one package wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one pencil bag with zipper, one 8-count box of colored pencils, two boxes of Kleenex, four glue sticks, one package of Clorox wipes, three single-subject spiral-bound notebooks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two dry-erase markers and one highlighter in any color.

Fourth graders require one package of Clorox wipes, one 12-count package of #2 pencils, one 70-page spiral notebook, one pair of scissors, two boxes of Kleenex, six plastic pocket folders with fasteners, one package of markers, one package of black dry-erase markers, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of 24-count crayons, one package of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one 4 oz. tube of glue, one package of 12-count colored pencils, and one bottle of hand sanitizer.

Finally, fifth graders require two packages of #2 pencils, three pocket folders with holes (no brads), two pocket folders with brads, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of washable markers, five composition notebooks, two boxes of Kleenex, one 24-count box of crayons, one package of Clorox wipes, one 3-ring binder (a two-inch zipper binder is suggested), one box of colored pencils, two spiral notebooks, eight glue sticks, two packages of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, and a pair of earbuds.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Pre-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year at Morris Public Schools will be held at the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, August 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is for all students, new and returning, from pre-K to high school. Enrollment after these dates is handled on an individual basis at the appropriate school building.

For each student registered, parents must have a Social Security card, immunization records, birth certificate, proof of residence, and if applicable, their CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card.

The high school is located at 307 S 6th, and the MPS number is 918-733-9072. The school year begins on Thursday, August 17.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

 Maddie BIt’s not often that a national championship is won in anything, but a Tulsa college student recently claimed first place in a nationwide financial analysis competition held in Anaheim, California, from June 23-28. Madeline Soukup, who recently graduated from Tulsa Community College with an Associate of Science in international business, won the college-level division (Phi Beta Lambda, or PBL) of the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference last week. The only level of education barred from this competition were those with Ph.D degrees.

In the final round, participants, which may be either individuals or teams of up to three competitors, were given twenty minutes to analyze case studies of business plans, preparing a 5-7 minute presentation to a judging panel of how they would solve the problem.

To get to that final round, participants had to place first or second at state-level competitions, and then once they got to Nationals there was an hour-long hundred-question timed multiple-choice test, with the top fifteen scores advancing to the final round.

“On a skill level, participants must have a good working knowledge in finance theory,” Soukup stated, adding that while most competitors have extensive experience with college classes in finance, her learning experience in this field was self-taught.

This commitment to independent learning likely is because Madeline was homeschooled before graduating from Jenks High School; she has lived in and around the Tulsa area for most of her life.

This was her third national PBL trophy overall, previously garnering two others in economics, which she described as a “widely-applicable social science that considers how decisions are made by countries and individuals,” while finance is “more about how money works and the way it flows through firms.” She was an officer of the TCC PBL chapter this past year.

While at the conference, “I developed contacts all over the nation, made some wonderful new friends, grew closer to my fellow TCC competitors, went to fantastic guest speakers and workshops, and I got to visit a beach for the first time since I was three,” Soukup said. “The trip was absolutely incredible, I wouldn't trade it for anything.”

Madeline, an Honors student with a 3.9 GPA, is continuing her education this fall at the University of Tulsa, where she will double-major in economics and finance.

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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